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Old 07-27-2016, 11:49 AM   #1
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October 3, 2015 was a great day for me, as I joined the wrx club on that day. This is my first Subaru, and now it is true love. I wanted to keep track of what I've done and just as much, hear any good advice of other rex-heads.









Engine:
Grimmspeed Catless J-pipe, uncoated 304 stainless steel
Grimmspeed Stealthbox Cold Air Intake with high flow oil filter, 1/8” thickness 6061 aluminum tube
Grimmspeed 3-port EBCS (waiting to install, see post #8)
Cobb Tuning Accessport V3
Pure Tuning (Toledo,OH) custom dyno tune (Mustang dyno) – with 16 and 20 max psi maps (93 oct)
Millers Nanodrive 5W40 oil
K&P Engineering high-flow oil filter (304 stainless steel micronic filter cloth)
Turbocharger air inlet duct, Subaru recall/replaced
Fumoto Quick Engine Oil Drain Valve

Pure Tuning Mustang dyno specs:
310 wtq @3000-3800rpm
286 whp @5400rpm

Suspension:
HKS hipermax IV GT coilovers, inverted monotube dampers – 10th stiffest on 30 way adjustable; 1/2" drop from factory
Perrin Rear 25mm sway bar (4130 chromoly steel); hole #2 (160% stiffer than OEM)
Whiteline Adjustable Rear Endlinks
SPC rear camber adjustable control arms, cambolt to max positive (final -1.0 camber)

Wheels/Tires:
OZ Grigio Corsa Bright Omnia 18”x8” +45mm, 21lb, aluminum alloy
Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/40ZR18
(Winter) Michelin Ice-X 245/40R18

Steering/Alignment:
-1.7 Front camber, -1.0 rear camber
0.0 Front toe, +0.28 total rear toe
+6.5 front caster
Perrin Steering dampener lockout, 6061-T6 aluminum

Drivetrain/transmission (6MT):
Beatrush machined aluminum/anodized gold rear subframe stopper kit
Torque Solution Polyurethane 75a durometer rear differential bushing inserts
Beatrush forged 7075 aluminum alloy pitch stop mount

Exterior:
Painted headlight housings black
Scorpion Predator window tints 35% VLT front windshield, 20% VLT side and back windows
JDM front grille
JDM rear underbody splash guards
Seibon carbon fiber low profile rear spoiler
Carbon Reproductions Sujin front lip
Nameless plate delete through existing JDM-drilled plate holes
Fender emblems, matte black
Matte black WRX emblem
Front/Rear emblem frames, matte black
Front/Rear emble overlays, carbon fiber/blue
Front sidemarker overlays, dark smoke
Smoked tail-light overlays

Interior:
Raceseng Ashiko 1.62lb (735g) Charcoal Translucent ungated shift knob (OEM 0.4lb)
A-pillar mount (Accessport)
OLM LED Interior map/dome lights
Interior footwell lighting (Blue)

Lighting:
Morimoto XSB switchback LED C-light
OLM Headlight Low Beam 35W 8000k
DRL Delete
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:57 PM   #2
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One of the nicest modded WRB WRX I've seen.
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Old 07-27-2016, 07:41 PM   #3
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Thanks Meki - means a lot to me. Really appreciate it. Especially seeing you are in SD, CA. My brother lives there and I know there are a lot of impressive wrx's out there.
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Old 07-27-2016, 08:55 PM   #4
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It was a rainy day in Toledo the day I brought her home, but to me it was one of the brightest days in recent memory.



I had just let go of two cars, one from 1994 and one from 2015, neither of which I was ready to part ways with.
I really needed a pick me up, and this was the perfect way to move on.
She was all mine, 4 total miles on the odometer.
That, AND I stopped by Chick-fil-A on the way home with my wife.
(It doesn't get better than Chick-fil-A.) Life couldn’t be better.





But it wasn’t a total match made in heaven. There were a few obstacles early in our relationship.
Didn’t get to 200 miles before I heard a pop driving down Carpenter Rd. “What was that?” I asked my wife. “Probably nothing,” she said.
Two minutes later, the TPMS indicator started flashing. I got out of the car, and sure enough, I heard the dreaded hissing sound from the left rear.


It was a gash that couldn't be patched.

So, very early on, I was faced with a decision, and I decided to sell the remaining 3 oem Dunlop Sport Maxx tires.
I'd hunker down with Michelin X-Ice snow tires to mount on the oem wheels; because, at that point, as they say, "Winter is coming."

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Humble beginnings…
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They didn't have X-Ice's in my size so they had to be ordered.
In the meantime, I was rockin the spare tire style.
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Old 07-28-2016, 05:32 PM   #5
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When the X-Ice's came in, I was ready and itching for some snow driving!
Nice soft rubbery treads!
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:24 PM   #6
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Now that the small misfortune was out of the way, it was time to go forward in the right direction...

My goals are (probably not unlike a large part of this community):

1) reliability/safety - this is my daily driver and it's gotta take me to work (on-time). Need a build that won't be too high maintenance, as the job sucks me in and won't let me go for weeks and sometimes months on end

2) performance - knowing that my #1 goal will put a ceiling on this, I'd try to stay within the confines of reliability and maxing out performance safely, and very occasionally go to the track

2a) aesthetic - gotta show up to work in style (though no one really sees it in the dimly lit parking lot- still, it makes me happy)

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First things first - Cobb accessport V3. In order to switch to more aggressive and store custom maps and monitor the effects on the ECU and the engine, needed to start off with the right tool.
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Second thing: free up the most restrictive part of this generation car's air flow - the catalytic converter in the J-pipe.


I had a decision to grapple with: catless or high-flow cat. From what I've heard and seen (with one major caveat), it appears that there is negligible power difference between catless and a good high-flow cat. The caveat is that this is probably true only for cars that do not have major power upgrades like aftermarket turbos.

I figured I would feel better just with a catless pipe, not knowing for sure how far I would intend to performance mod in the future. If I move to another state with more stringent inspection laws, I would just get a new high-flow pipe.

And then the Grimmspeed 304 stainless steel thing of beauty arrived:



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Old 07-28-2016, 09:59 PM   #7
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Of course to go with it, before getting all dyno tuned up, a Grimmspeed Stealthbox Cold Air Intake.

The air filters with these are oiled air filters. I actually didn't realize that until recently when I took it off to clean, and the hose water came out all red when I rinsed it. Got an K&N re-oiling kit, and oiled it.



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Old 07-28-2016, 10:24 PM   #8
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Grimmspeed 3-port EBCS:



And somehow I got lucky with this: I had bought the Grimmspeed 3-port EBCS with the intake and the J-pipe, but held off on installing it for lack of time, and given my relatively stock setup and stock intercooler, lack of effect at this early period.

Turns out I avoided having to install it, remove it, take the turbo duct to the Subaru recall to get replaced, and then having to re-install the EBCS. (Also, the EBCS requires a tune, so it's not great to switch back and forth between the aftermarket and stock parts.)
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Turbocharger inlet duct:

This poor duct (not the greatest pic I know), didn't make the cut. It got recalled and replaced. It wasn't cracked like some of the ones in the recalled lots, for whatever that's worth. It was manufactured 4/7/15.



I will probably install the 3-port EBCS if/when I get a new intercooler.

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Old 07-29-2016, 12:30 AM   #9
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Good stuff man, can't wait to see more. Subscribed.
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Old 07-29-2016, 01:15 AM   #10
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Good stuff man, can't wait to see more. Subscribed.
Thanks a ton, Gootz - I suspect you are the kind of subi-vet who could tell me a good thing or two about these cars, being a scooby specialist with '02 wrx!
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Old 07-29-2016, 01:56 AM   #11
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The next topic I addressed was the question of TGV deletes and whether to install them.

I started to lean towards not installing them, and I actually returned them before installing, because:

1) from previous generations, the estimated gain seemed to be ~12HP, and even that was debatable, +/-

2) my trusted local tuner, at that time, in the 2015+ wrx's, was not seeing much power increase with the TGV deletes. Notably: they had seen TGVD power gains in previous generations, so something seemed to have changed.

3) Keeping my goals in mind (goal #1 in post #6, and the fact that after some certain limit, what I want is not to squeeze every last drop of power but instead achieve a balanced effort to find speed – including weight reduction, stiffer bushings, etc.), a somewhat involved-sounding TGVD job didn’t seem worth the effort.

4) I could always do it later if something changes
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Old 07-29-2016, 11:21 AM   #12
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Very nice, love wrb subarus. Keith and Aaron do great work over at Pure Tuning. Been running their tune/work for a couple years now with zero issues.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:42 PM   #13
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Very nice, love wrb subarus. Keith and Aaron do great work over at Pure Tuning. Been running their tune/work for a couple years now with zero issues.
Thanks Ringa. Love the wrb too. Also love galaxy blue and dgm, to be honest. Sometimes I get wandering eyes.

Also completely agree. Keith (and Aaron behind the scenes) have helped me a lot. I have had a stable setup since my tune. Very happy with it. Keith also gets what I'm trying to do with the car and isn't just trying to sell and push power upgrades. In fact sometimes, I'm looking to do things and he will be like "For your car and what you're trying to accomplish, doing that won't make a difference. Not worth it."
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:17 PM   #14
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Oil:

I stuck with the Subaru OEM 5w30 engine oil through the break-in period, and did one oem to oem change.




After the first 1-2k miles, I quickly jumped ship and went to an ester-based fully synthetic oil.

I reached for a top-shelf choice with Millers Nanondrive 5w40. The downside is that it is not cheap at ~$90 for 5L. It is probably overkill for the relatively low level of daily abuse I dish, but it's one of those peace of mind things. I've been doing 3k mile changes. Bucky balls and tribofilm!

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Old 07-29-2016, 04:25 PM   #15
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Oil filter:

The oem disposable oil filters weren't going to be welcome under the hood very long either. I endured a few of these filter changes.



I went with K&P Engineering's S-series oil filter. I picked up an S30 filter. Most past Subaru's take the S1 filter, but because of the new spot upright in the engine bay, the larger S30 still fits! (That said, the filter's high flow/filtration capabilities make the size difference of these filters somewhat moot, ie the filter element's filtration area is not a limiting factor in oil flow.)

I think this is a majorly worthwhile investment. The filter is the engine's body guard, and whimpy disposable ones simply aren't the best at their job. The K&P filters use 304 stainless steel micronic filter cloths. They use the same tech in nascar and F-1.

Aside from better than oem micron ratings, it allows increased flow (7 times more than paper filters), the pressure gradient across the filter is lower, leading to faster oil pressure at start up, less pressure against the oil pump, and potential small <5hp power gains (nothing to write home about)


It also has a magnetic pre-filter - the small round circle at 7 o'clock (even though we have aluminum engine blocks/heads, it still picks up some debris from other components)




It's protected my engine for 10k miles and counting. Bottom line, enjoying increased oil flow and filtration with K&P!
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:26 AM   #16
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And I thought I was nuts dumping redline every 4 to 5 months...
You ever run a UOA with that filter. Would be interesting to see the insoluble results. I have a S1 but haven't used it yet, still using up my stash of OEM filters.

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Old 07-30-2016, 11:00 AM   #17
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You ever run a UOA with that filter. Would be interesting to see the results.
No but it's a great idea! Wish I had done a baseline earlier. I will probably do one after this next oil change.

What lab/kit have you used or recommend?
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Old 07-30-2016, 11:14 AM   #18
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I use Blackstone Labs which is a popular one on this forum. Plus it's in Fort Wayne so it's quick and cheap to ship it.
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Old 07-30-2016, 11:29 AM   #19
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Subie looks awesome
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:22 PM   #20
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Subie looks awesome
Thanks Juice! U da man.
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Old 07-30-2016, 07:38 PM   #21
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November 13, 2015

Time to step up to the Mustang dyno smurf!
Show us what you got! I’ll still love you either way – home run or strike out. (Just don’t blow up)
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Tuner: Pure Tuning, Keith
Dyno Info: Mustang Dynamometer MD-AWD-1100-SE with 30” diameter rolls, 2000HP capacity
Target boost: 20 psi
Fuel: 93 Octane – (consistently fill up with moderately high volume Shell station, to keep things consistent from a source as reliable as they come.)
Peak torque (wheels) at RPM: 310 @ 3000-3800rpm
Peak horsepower (wheels) at RPM: 286 @ 5400rpm




Wish I had some baseline numbers, but on Pure Tuning’s dyno, stock wrx’s run around 180’s-200’s whp.
In any case, graph looks pretty good to me, torque has a nice FA20 low-rpm plateau, and boost and A/F ratio look consistent.

Very happy with the result!

That said, I definitely don’t take these numbers too much to heart – really just gotta have a baseline on your own wrx, on the same dyno, with the same tuner/tuner settings, with as little day-to-day fluctuations as possible for a meaningful number. (Pissing contests over small differences over different dynos are meaningless.) But let’s be honest, we all like to have some numbers! We wanna know!

I also asked them to help me with some of the horrible stock rev hang issues (modern manufacturers do this intentionally to meet strict emission laws – turns out gradually decreasing throttle produces less emissions than abrupt rpm drops). Anyway, Pure tuning really helped me with that too, and it is definitely improved from baseline.

Nice job Smurf! Rockin' those X-Ice's on the dyno!




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Old 08-01-2016, 11:09 PM   #22
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Nice day in Plymouth, MI



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Old 08-03-2016, 10:15 AM   #23
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First cosmetic order of business:

it's like jdm wanted usdm to have a ridiculous look. like a bad haircut!

Getting the jdm grille in the mail is not something you can wait until daylight to put on. It's gotta be now!!



Ahhh. Much better.
Kinda silly we gotta pump $$ into this, but it's just gotta be done.

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Old 08-03-2016, 10:24 AM   #24
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Now with the regular front grille emblem, it still looks sorta tacky to me, like a ford taurus or something




So the emblem and the emblem frames needed to go.



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Old 08-03-2016, 10:35 AM   #25
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Now my headlights housings were way too bright on the darkened front end.
Plus I got some morimoto xsb c-lights and (OLM Headlight Low Beam 35W 8000k). The stock headlights were just way too yellow and dim.

So, time to open up the headlights!



getting through the adhesive is a pain....oem adhesive doesn't need to be baked, but the goo that morimoto provides does. i forgot what temp exactly so i won't say the wrong thing here (~325 F?) for about seven minutes.



Prime the chrome piece with several light layers:
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