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Old 07-25-2011, 09:55 AM   #601
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Xluben, can you provide more info on your spacers? I have searched all over for spacers for the 08+ (specifically for the 11) and the only solid finds I have is ichiba which I don't even know will fit and perrin which sells the H&K spacers but only the 5mm and 10mm.

Do you have a model number or something similar?
I have the H&R 25mm spacers. They are hubcentric and come with new lugs.

http://www.trakplus.com/

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love the car! swapping to the 2.5i hood was a nice touch.
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:07 AM   #602
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Ben,
I have a few questions for you...
Since I'm sticking with a TMIC, I'm curious as to why you chose IPR instead of the others on the market like Perrin, AVO, or Process West. Care to elaborate? (Yes, I realize you've since switched to a FMIC.)

I plan on upgraded my BPV when I do my intercooler. Any reason why you went with Forge Recirculating instead of some of the other brands others are running?

Can you explain the "hybrid boost control" you're utilizing? I'm on the fence about which route I wanna go, manual or electronic. Curious about your setup.

Lastly, why did you go with the Walbro 255 fuel pump over the DW 300?

Car looks great btw. You haven't wasted any time with mods. I look forward to following your build thread more to see what's next.
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:38 AM   #603
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Ben,
I have a few questions for you...

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Car looks great btw. You haven't wasted any time with mods. I look forward to following your build thread more to see what's next.
Thanks,
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Matthew - Thanks for the questions. I'll do my best to answer them below.

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Since I'm sticking with a TMIC, I'm curious as to why you chose IPR instead of the others on the market like Perrin, AVO, or Process West. Care to elaborate? (Yes, I realize you've since switched to a FMIC.)
For most people, I think sticking with a TMIC is a good choice. The main driver for the IPR was cost. It is identical to the Perrin. It is quite large, but does have some minor fitment issues (just like the Perrin does). I was under the assumption that all the TMIC's would end up performing similarly, so I went with the most affordable one. If you have money to spend, I think you could get a little better fitment, if you spend the money on it (AVO or PW, Perrin will have the same fitment issues).

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I plan on upgraded my BPV when I do my intercooler. Any reason why you went with Forge Recirculating instead of some of the other brands others are running?
The Forge is a simple design, and is very well made. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles that some of the other valves have (adjustable lift, partial vent-to-atmosphere, etc), but I felt all of these other features were not very useful, and the Forge did exactly what I wanted it to.

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Can you explain the "hybrid boost control" you're utilizing? I'm on the fence about which route I wanna go, manual or electronic. Curious about your setup.
In a hybrid setup the EBCS controls boost during partial throttle. At WOT the manual controller takes over. This allows for quick spool times and solid boost (manual), while still retaining the partial throttle boost control for better drive-ability (electronic). IMO, for most people the 3-port EBCS is plenty. It is a big step over the OEM solenoid.

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Lastly, why did you go with the Walbro 255 fuel pump over the DW 300?
When I got the pump the DW300 was not yet widely available. They both seem like fine choices to me. For my current setup the Walbro 255 is plenty. For a bigger turbo, a larger pump will likely be needed (probably even more than the DW300).
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Old 07-25-2011, 01:05 PM   #604
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I decided to swap out my exhaust for a full 3" setup. Ordered the Invidia Q300, and it showed up on Friday! Here are some photos. Video in the second post.

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Had a bung welded in for my widband O2 sensor:



Newer Invidia downpipes have trimmed dividers (to allow VF52 wastegates to open):



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Here's a quick video:

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Old 07-25-2011, 04:08 PM   #605
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That sounds incredibly badass.
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:38 PM   #606
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Looks great!
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:52 PM   #607
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very nice pics.....all i use is my mobile phone lol
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:09 PM   #608
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That sounds incredibly badass.
Thanks. I like it.

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Looks great!
Thanks. You inspired me

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very nice pics.....all i use is my mobile phone lol
Mine are all taken with my cell phone.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:24 PM   #609
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I love this car.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:28 PM   #610
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is that invidia's full tbe? also if its catless how do you plan on passing inspection(sorry i dont know your states laws)? sounds awesome btw. great build and great read. i just sat here and read the whole thing. read jockey's build yesterday
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:38 PM   #611
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Mine are all taken with my cell phone.
Haha, yeah.

Any plans to upgrade your rims? The car has really come together.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:39 PM   #612
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I love this car.
Thanks!

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is that invidia's full tbe? also if its catless how do you plan on passing inspection(sorry i dont know your states laws)? sounds awesome btw. great build and great read. i just sat here and read the whole thing. read jockey's build yesterday
Yeah, I suppose you'd call it a full turbo back exhaust. They only sell it in separate pieces though. No inspections in MN.

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Haha, yeah.

Any plans to upgrade your rims? The car has really come together.
It's kind of on my list, but not really high up there.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:44 PM   #613
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Ben, can you please make your car even more bad ass? Haha. Hopefully I'll see you driving around sometime!
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:46 PM   #614
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Ben, can you please make your car even more bad ass? Haha. Hopefully I'll see you driving around sometime!
I'll try! Just need some more money

I definitely drive it around a lot, but I'm usually on the north side of the cities.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:27 PM   #615
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Thanks!

Yeah, I suppose you'd call it a full turbo back exhaust. They only sell it in separate pieces though. No inspections in MN.

It's kind of on my list, but not really high up there.
No inspection?!?! Lucky you man
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:47 AM   #616
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No inspection?!?! Lucky you man
Yep, they haven't had those in MN in years...
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:02 AM   #617
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i wish new jersey was the same way haha. then when i got my car i could go catless also. o well
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also i thought that invidia system was for the sti only? guess not since you have it haha
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:30 AM   #619
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also i thought that invidia system was for the sti only? guess not since you have it haha
The 2011 WRX Hatch uses the same exhaust as the 08+ STI Hatch. It would even fit the 08-10 WRX Hatch, but you would have to cut the bumper for the extra exhaust tips.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:46 AM   #620
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The 2011 WRX Hatch uses the same exhaust as the 08+ STI Hatch. It would even fit the 08-10 WRX Hatch, but you would have to cut the bumper for the extra exhaust tips.
ahhh ok. good to know
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:39 AM   #621
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looks good with the new exhaust! have you bottomed out the muffler at all? it looks really close to the ground in the vid.
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:45 AM   #622
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looks good with the new exhaust! have you bottomed out the muffler at all? it looks really close to the ground in the vid.
I have not done that (yet). The joint right before the muffler is still the lowest point (just like the SPT), and the fact that the muffler is right between the wheels means it has to be some kind of lump to be able to hit the muffler (ie. not a speedbump or something that both wheels go over at the same time).
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I have not done that (yet). The joint right before the muffler is still the lowest point (just like the SPT), and the fact that the muffler is right between the wheels means it has to be some kind of lump to be able to hit the muffler (ie. not a speedbump or something that both wheels go over at the same time).
gotcha. love the car! did you notice any difference in power with the downpipes since the invidia is full 3" and the cobb tapers to 2.5"?
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:04 AM   #624
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gotcha. love the car! did you notice any difference in power with the downpipes since the invidia is full 3" and the cobb tapers to 2.5"?
I did try logging and plotting on Virtual Dyno before and after the new exhaust, and (somewhat disappointingly) there was very little difference. Gains were small (<10HP/TQ), which is small enough that it could be differences in roads, wind, weather, etc. Hard to say if it really gained me anything, but maybe a tiny bit.

Overall, I'd say that (at 350WHP) a 2.5" exhaust is not much of a restriction.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:59 AM   #625
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BTW, off topic a little, but have you seen this?
http://www.gizmag.com/iphone-slr-mount-announced/19193/

You mentioned taking those shots with your cell phone. Now you can connect that 70-200 to your phone (iPhone and sworn allegiance to Apple Required).
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