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Old 02-09-2012, 04:59 PM   #1001
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Im not supposed to do that? Sorry if I am coming off wrong. Didnt know I was comparing my trials with my build to others. Anyway I got the core for $600 new and I am going to send it off to be really polished nice and possibly have not decided yet to put the TurboXS logo on the front.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:03 PM   #1002
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I personally don't mind a little discussion but it is generally frowned upon to go into a thread about someone's car and start talking about your own car or posting photos of your car.

That is pretty spendy for that core. Nearly as much as the whole FMS kit. When you get it, would you mind doing a detailed comparison between the two to see how much of a difference there is?
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:19 PM   #1003
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Sure will, but I will post it on my build. Sorry guys learning new things everyday!
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:51 PM   #1004
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I <3 the steelies you're using for your winter setup. After all the mods and switch to E85, what sort of mpg are you getting?
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:09 PM   #1005
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I <3 the steelies you're using for your winter setup. After all the mods and switch to E85, what sort of mpg are you getting?
I get 15-16MPG with normal driving. Probably close to 50/50 mix of city/highway.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:05 PM   #1006
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FYI for any 08+ WRX running higher boost:

The Omni Power MAP Sensor for the Toyota Supra is a direct drop in for our cars.



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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2310334
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:38 AM   #1007
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Just wondering: Is there a thread somewhere online for the MS3 that your bro drives?
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:55 AM   #1008
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Just wondering: Is there a thread somewhere online for the MS3 that your bro drives?
No, he doesn't have a thread anywhere. Do you have any specific questions? Here's a summary:

Black 2011 MazdaSpeed3
  • James Barone Rear Motor Mount LINK
  • James Barone Rear Sway Bar LINK
  • James Barone Short Shift Plate LINK
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  • James Barone Heavy Shift Knob LINK
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  • Rally Armor Mudflaps LINK
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:00 AM   #1009
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so do you guys have a consensus on which car you like better? or do you fight about it?
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:28 AM   #1010
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We agree that we both made the right purchase. The MS3 has a nicer interior and cost him several thousand less than what a base WRX would cost. It is faster on the highway than a comparable WRX (stock vs. stock, Stage 1 vs. Stage 1, Stage 2 vs. Stage 2, etc), and has excellent handling at the track.

The downsides are that there is less aftermarket support, so modding isn't quite as straightforward. The direct injection fueling is the main part of this. They require an expensive high pressure fuel pump upgrade even at Stage 2. This pump and the lack of availability of injectors is a limiting factor in making big power.

As they sit now, mine is obviously quite a bit faster, but it could certainly be argued that his is the better daily driver. It's still very quick, much more livable than my car, and cost a lot less. I'm still happy I made the purchase I made, and wouldn't change a thing. It's just a different option that I'm sure many people will find to be preferable depending on their situation.

Also, he is constantly mulling the idea of picking up a project STI, so he can stop modding the MS3 and keep it as a nice daily driver, and then go for bigger power in the STI
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:36 AM   #1011
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sounds about right
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:12 AM   #1012
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No, he doesn't have a thread anywhere. Do you have any specific questions? Here's a summary:
Nothing specific, the reason I ask is because your build is extremely well documented and I've noticed a couple pieces on your build thread (i.e. the down pipe) for the MS3. I'll probably end up checkin out some mazda forums in search for a nice build.

Thanks for the list of mods on his MS3, I'll be sure to bookmark these
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:31 AM   #1013
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I had just happened to take some photos of the downpipe, so I put them up. I haven't been documenting anything else for his car, sorry. Here are a couple shots of the cars together that I took quite a while ago.



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Old 02-15-2012, 12:09 PM   #1014
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^ Twins from a different mother
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:54 PM   #1015
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What are number on this beast, sorry I'm sure u posted but it quite a few pages to search for. Great looking car and I used ure bolster mod. Thx
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:01 PM   #1016
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Are you still running stock clutch?
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:01 PM   #1017
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What are number on this beast, sorry I'm sure u posted but it quite a few pages to search for. Great looking car and I used ure bolster mod. Thx
It did 390WHP @ 22psi on a Mustang Dyno and 425WHP on Virtual Dyno.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:01 PM   #1018
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Are you still running stock clutch?
Yes I am.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:03 PM   #1019
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Have you ever tracked the car?
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:04 PM   #1020
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It did 390WHP @ 22psi on a Mustang Dyno and 425WHP on Virtual Dyno.
Damn u and ure sweet ride. I'm converting to 85 now. Nice build and enjoy.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:05 PM   #1021
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It did 390WHP @ 22psi on a Mustang Dyno and 425WHP on Virtual Dyno.
Also did u go 85 before the turbo? If so was the ms3 faster @ that point?
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:08 PM   #1022
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Yes I am.
How? I have 321hp and I drive it once a week for the past 2 years and its ( clutch)gone.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:20 PM   #1023
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Have you ever tracked the car?
Yes, I did one day each of the following:
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  • 3.5 Mile Road Course
All were done while I was still on the stock turbo and had bolt on's and E85.

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Damn u and ure sweet ride. I'm converting to 85 now. Nice build and enjoy.
You will really like E85! It is a great jump in power and torque.

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Also did u go 85 before the turbo? If so was the ms3 faster @ that point?
Yes, I was on E85 on the stock turbo for about 8k miles. The WRX on E85 was obviously quite a bit faster than the MS3 on pump gas. I was about 340WHP at that point, and the MS3 on pump gas + Stage 2 is probably around 300WHP.

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How? I have 321hp and I drive it once a week for the past 2 years and its ( clutch)gone.
I'm not sure. Driving style? I like to think I'm not that hard on it.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:33 PM   #1024
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So what's next on list? You should post some new videos on YouTube! Your latest one sounds soo sweet!
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:13 PM   #1025
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Hey Xluben I couldn't find whether or not you had already answered this question in your thread, but did the Cobb Downpipe make a difference in sound? I currently have an SPT Catback but I just wish it had a little more volume/rumble to it. I can't really tell from your video so I figured I'd ask. Power gains for me would be marginal without a protune since I'm already running Cobb's OTS map for the AEM Intake. (If I remember correctly the AEM intake map and stage 2+AEM were quite close in comparison power wise.) So that's not really a factor. Anyway, great build, definitely an inspiration to the rest of us 2011 WRX builders. Keep up the good work.
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