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Old 08-18-2011, 09:25 PM   #651
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Subscribed. Car looks amazing. Interested to see what's next!
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:16 AM   #652
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I haven't seen any solid evidence that says it's really worth it, but I have heard that some people have problems with them. The GrimmSpeed one looks promising, but I haven't felt compelled to go out and buy it.

. All of the problems I have read have been with other brands but it's possible that is due to the grimmspeed being relatively new. I fell victim to the quicker rpm drop and the supposed reliability enhancement. Anyway, I just
took the leap and got the grimmspeed. I'll let you know if thing go awry.
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:48 AM   #653
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Subscribed. Car looks amazing. Interested to see what's next!
Thanks. I'm also interested to see what's next!

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. All of the problems I have read have been with other brands but it's possible that is due to the grimmspeed being relatively new. I fell victim to the quicker rpm drop and the supposed reliability enhancement. Anyway, I just
took the leap and got the grimmspeed. I'll let you know if thing go awry.
A local guy was one of the testers for the GrimmSpeed pulley, and he hasn't had any problems. I'm still not really convinced though. We'll see.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:03 PM   #654
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Raise that Rex Ben, please, for the love of Peet.

SO, Invidia FTW then?
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:23 PM   #655
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Nice build. very similar to my 2010. Can u please elaborate on the DIY seat bolster mod? Gracias.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:27 PM   #656
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Raise that Rex Ben, please, for the love of Peet.

SO, Invidia FTW then?
It's been raised up 1 1/4" since the photos. More livable now. Feels like an SUV. Lol, jk.

I really like the Invidia stuff. Bummer the ground clearance isn't very good, but I think this was done to allow for the best flow.

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Nice build. very similar to my 2010. Can u please elaborate on the DIY seat bolster mod? Gracias.
Here's the link:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...4#post33261304

The IWSTI thread should have all you need to do it. Takes 5 min. Feels great.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:29 PM   #657
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It's been raised up 1 1/4" since the photos. More livable now. Feels like an SUV. Lol, jk.

I really like the Invidia stuff. Bummer the ground clearance isn't very good, but I think this was done to allow for the best flow.

Here's the link:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...4#post33261304

The IWSTI thread should have all you need to do it. Takes 5 min. Feels great.
Thank u sir. Btw did Mikey tune u for 85? Actually thr link comes back to this same page.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:38 PM   #658
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Thank u sir. Btw did Mikey tune u for 85? Actually thr link comes back to this same page.
Nuke tuned me for E85. He is local and has done a bunch of the local guys.

Link works for me, but here's the link to the individual post:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&postcount=152

And here's the direct link to IWSTI:

http://www.iwsti.com/forums/gr-inter...ing-needs.html
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:39 PM   #659
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Nuke tuned me for E85. He is local and has done a bunch of the local guys.

Link works for me, but here's the link to the individual post:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&postcount=152

And here's the direct link to IWSTI:

http://www.iwsti.com/forums/gr-inter...ing-needs.html
Now its working. Thanks man, much appreciated.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:01 AM   #660
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Approx Prices:
Premium: $3.70
E85: $2.80

Approx Fuel Economy:
Premium: 20MPG
E85: 16MPG

Price per Mile:
Premium: $0.185/mile
E85: $0.175/mile

So right now I'm pretty much breaking even on cost, slightly ahead at the moment. If my mileage dips to 15MPG or E85 gets more expensive (in relation to Premium) then it swings back the other way. It's close enough not to be a concern at this point.
I'm trying to justify e85 currently. I did the math in my head (big mistake, lol) and after I wrote it down on paper, it wasn't so bad.
I used your average fuel consumption numbers to determine how much less miles per tank you are seeing.

MY08+ WRX Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal): 16.9
93oct average fuel consumption (combined): 20mpg
e85 average fuel consumption (combined): 16mpg

93oct average miles/tank: 338miles
e85 average miles/tank: 270.4miles
Difference = -67.6miles/tank

That's not that bad, IMO. I was expecting worse (in my head I had 170...yikes!)
However, you seem to have a lighter foot than me.
I'm in Philly, and I'm happy to see a combined fuel consumption of 18mpg on 93oct.
I have a Yakima roof rack with the old style Yakima fairing. (I cruise at 75mph on the highway.)
Were your average fuel consumption numbers before or after you added your roof rack & fairing?

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Old 08-24-2011, 09:59 AM   #661
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i dont think its having a lighter foot, its MN vs philly. I live in a pretty rural area and I average around 21...used to always get awful mpg when I lived on long island with tons of stop and go traffic all the time.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:37 AM   #662
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i dont think its having a lighter foot, its MN vs philly. I live in a pretty rural area and I average around 21...used to always get awful mpg when I lived on long island with tons of stop and go traffic all the time.
i live in so cal, lots of traffic and stuff and i get 17.1 total.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:09 AM   #663
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I'm trying to justify e85 currently. I did the math in my head (big mistake, lol) and after I wrote it down on paper, it wasn't so bad.
I used your average fuel consumption numbers to determine how much less miles per tank you are seeing.

MY08+ WRX Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal): 16.9
93oct average fuel consumption (combined): 20mpg
e85 average fuel consumption (combined): 16mpg

93oct average miles/tank: 338miles
e85 average miles/tank: 270.4miles
Difference = -67.6miles/tank

That's not that bad, IMO. I was expecting worse (in my head I had 170...yikes!)
However, you seem to have a lighter foot than me.
I'm in Philly, and I'm happy to see a combined fuel consumption of 18mpg on 93oct.
I have a Yakima roof rack with the old style Yakima fairing. (I cruise at 75mph on the highway.)
Were your average fuel consumption numbers before or after you added your roof rack & fairing?

. . .
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i dont think its having a lighter foot, its MN vs philly. I live in a pretty rural area and I average around 21...used to always get awful mpg when I lived on long island with tons of stop and go traffic all the time.
Yeah, the actual numbers themselves may not line up for all people, but the % change in fuel economy should be reasonably reliable. I think a 25% drop when going to E85 seems pretty normal.

I did notice that when I added the roof rack, my fuel economy dropped even more. I've been seeing 13-15MPG lately.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:03 PM   #664
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Car looks and sounds awesome! For being a dd (including winter driving) your black paint looks really good! I take care of mine the best I can and still have some marks and the famous cobweb look when the sun hits it. Black looks the best but is the worst to take care of.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:20 AM   #665
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Car looks and sounds awesome! For being a dd (including winter driving) your black paint looks really good! I take care of mine the best I can and still have some marks and the famous cobweb look when the sun hits it. Black looks the best but is the worst to take care of.
Thanks, but I promise my paint has many more imperfections than you can see in the photos. It really is hard to see everything when you just take a still image of it. In person there are plenty of swirls and other marks in my paint, just like everyone else. In fact it really could use a polish and wax.
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Old 09-17-2011, 01:34 AM   #666
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:29 AM   #667
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I guess you could not hold off. haha What size is that?
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:09 AM   #668
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20g-xt?

Jealous.
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:35 AM   #669
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It's the Blouch 20G-XT-R.
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:20 AM   #670
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Doooood! I can't wait to see your numbers with the 20gxtr. I'm such a noob, I thought turbos were a lot more expensive than what they are. After I learned how "affordable" they are, I've been shopping for them the past 2 weeks. I'm leaning towards the Blouch 20gxtr as well. Good luck with it. Are you staying with the e85? or Do you think you'll run mostly 93oct on it?
(I'm mostly considering staying with 93oct and going 20gxtr INSTEAD of keeping the vf52 and going e85.)
Keep us updated!
p.s. where'd you order from?
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:49 AM   #671
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looks real good!
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:04 AM   #672
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I am going to be using E85 with this turbo too.

If you have E85 available I would definitely go for that and the stock turbo over a larger turbo and pump gas.
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:43 PM   #673
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e85 is not widely available (only 2 stations within a 20mile radius to me.) But I would be willing to make the drive...
So why do you recommend against 20gxtr + 93oct vs vf52 + e85?
^(thought about just asking you that in a PM but decided this was a relevant discussion regarding your specific build as well.)
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Old 09-17-2011, 01:02 PM   #674
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-Both require fuel system upgrades.
-Both make similar power.

VF52 and E85:
-Cheaper (don't have to buy a new turbo)
- Spools faster
- More resistant to knock

But if E85 is too big of a hassle, then it's not worth it. Otherwise I think there are a lot of good arguments for E85 instead of a bigger turbo.

Ideal is a bigger turbo AND E85
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-Both require fuel system upgrades.
-Both make similar power.

VF52 and E85:
-Cheaper (don't have to buy a new turbo)
- Spools faster
- More resistant to knock

But if E85 is too big of a hassle, then it's not worth it. Otherwise I think there are a lot of good arguments for E85 instead of a bigger turbo.

Ideal is a bigger turbo AND E85
Vf52 and e85 is a great combo. Specially in hot and humid climates.
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