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Old 04-18-2011, 12:09 AM   #51
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Thanks guys! I can't wait to get all this installed. Should make some really nice numbers down low.

Just ordered an 8cm exhaust housing for the ported blouch 16G. Going to port match the new housing to perfectly match the uppipe.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:21 PM   #52
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While waiting to get all my parts in and ready to go I decided to do a couple aesthetic and convenience mods.

Here is the first one I am posting about. I made a plastic backing plate for the "2.5XT" badge so I could mount it onto my front grill. I used the mounting location where the stock "Forester Sports" badge was.









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Old 05-11-2011, 11:37 PM   #53
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thats different, i like it.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:57 PM   #54
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being an engineering student, i appreciate this thread
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:01 AM   #55
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being an engineering student, i appreciate this thread
Ha ha, well then you would appreciate the fact that the back plate on the badge above was drawn up in CAD and cut on my CNC machine that I have set up in my home shop (AKA spare bedroom).



As for my reasoning to do the badge, I wanted the same badge to be on both the front and back of the car, the back of the car is about to get de-badged except for the 2.5XT. Most of the Forester Sports guys go with the STi badge as the sports front end really is the STi front end. I figured I wanted something a little less flashy.

I will be doing a photo shoot of the car itself on Saturday after it gets detailed.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:06 AM   #56
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16g on a 2.5 liter, if this is not a pure auto x car or you really like response, this looks like a huge engineering blunder. You will have almost no top end, a vf39 would be almost as good and cost a fraction less, not to mention hit wayyy harder and earlier on torque. PM me if you want to chat, also a 10cm housing would help you, obviously..but not as much as a whole new turbo, at least a 20g, you lose at most 300rpm of spool from a 16g I would say, but have top end and potential to make 400hp+(which can also be done at the crank with a vf39 on e85, so you see my arguement about your choice of a 16g which most tuners say is severly outdated and really NOBODY should be putting this turbo on a 2.5 liter, nobody!)
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:27 PM   #57
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16g on a 2.5 liter, if this is not a pure auto x car or you really like response, this looks like a huge engineering blunder.
I am looking for a highly responsive turbo and I don't plan to make over 300whp. Top end and high hp is not my goal. Its also my daily driver so E85 is out of the question due to availability near me.

I have a road race prep'd 406whp 2200lb honda civic in my garage with a 1.8L motor and even it has a larger turbo than the 16G.

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Old 05-12-2011, 02:08 PM   #58
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:38 PM   #59
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I am looking for a highly responsive turbo and I don't plan to make over 300whp. Top end and high hp is not my goal. Its also my daily driver so E85 is out of the question due to availability near me.
to each his own, on pump, a vf39 will outrespond and give more torque than your 16g. Just saying, the vf39 is cheap, and a no joke spool/torque MONSTER. I like moore performance parts, btw.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:59 PM   #60
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to each his own, on pump, a vf39 will outrespond and give more torque than your 16g. Just saying, the vf39 is cheap, and a no joke spool/torque MONSTER. I like moore performance parts, btw.
Well I have done the calcs comparing compressor maps of both turbo's, the 16G should be just the right size to hit where I want it and to stay how long I want it. Most turbo's out there are good for one specific set of criteria, I tried to pick the one that fits my parameters the best. Its all still a bit a guessing game though, we will see what the dyno says!
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:59 PM   #61
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Gotta ask what kind of engineer are you?

Car looks nice, a 400hp civic < 300hp forester in my opinion. Maybe even with the canoe on it, but you tell me when your done. Also should of went with ul headers for the sound. I didn't see anything from down pipe back??
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:31 PM   #62
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Gotta ask what kind of engineer are you?

Car looks nice, a 400hp civic < 300hp forester in my opinion. Maybe even with the canoe on it, but you tell me when your done. Also should of went with ul headers for the sound. I didn't see anything from down pipe back??
I am a mechanical engineer. I work in the energy field (power plants). The turbines I work on make a turbo look really really tiny. (Think exhaust pipe you can stand up in, that will give you some scale)

The civic is and still will be much faster, in a straight line or around a corner then the forester that is for sure. The power to weight ratio is king. Is a civic the best racing platform? No, that is for sure, but the price to performance ratio makes it really easy, and no I didn't waste any money on body kits, spoilers or special paint. LOL.

I think the civic is on the chopping block though, my next toy will be something much more designed around performance, even more so than an STi. I will hopefully be making room for a Lotus Elise next.

As for behind the downpipe on the forester, I am not 100% sure yet. For now I am just going to leave the STi exhaust on. I am going to see what the dyno graph shows with that on there then decide. I want it real quiet for everyday driving so maybe an electronic cut out in front of the STi exhaust will be my ticket.
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I am a mechanical engineer. I work in the energy field (power plants). The turbines I work on make a turbo look really really tiny. (Think exhaust pipe you can stand up in, that will give you some scale)

The civic is and still will be much faster, in a straight line or around a corner then the forester that is for sure. The power to weight ratio is king. Is a civic the best racing platform? No, that is for sure, but the price to performance ratio makes it really easy, and no I didn't waste any money on body kits, spoilers or special paint. LOL.
Dude I worked in a nuclear power plant, I'm going back to college for chemical engineering.

On the civic, yeah price to performance is affordable. As long as you don't replace/delete cats the exhaust shouldn't get much louder than a rumble. I have a straight pipe from the turbo to a magnaflow, I've heard the same setup with cats and it's 10x's quieter.

A Lotus is nice but can be a tight fit, however when I worked at the FAA (WJHTC) there was a guy who was 6'5"+ and he seemed to like it. He slouched a bit though when he drove.
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:07 PM   #64
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The weather cleared for just a couple hours! So I quick ran out, went through a touchless car wash and hand dried the car. Then as I drove from location to location I had to re-dry the car as the roads were still wet with rain.









I did these for a Forester of the Month photo contest over on sf.org:
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...fe-city-93890/
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:40 PM   #65
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Finally finished my TMIC splitter. I kept it simple to keep costs low, real low. I anodized it red, thought it might be a little much but you can only really see it if you look directly into the scoop. It adds a really nice subtle red accent that goes well with the red supertones in the grill and the red on the 2.5XT badge on the front.

Here are the pics:









I am really pleased with how it came out, the fit is just about perfect! I had to do a couple tweaks to overall I like it.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:45 PM   #66
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wow i never though a forester could look so sexy. family daily in style
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Utility + Performance = Perfect
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:07 PM   #68
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that's a freakin huge tmic splitter lol
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that's a freakin huge tmic splitter lol
ha ha yeah the Forester has lots of head room under the hood! Thats why an STi splitter wont work.
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Red 4/2pots installed last night along with STi Master Cylinder and booster! Pics to come!
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:36 AM   #71
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I am a mechanical engineer. I work in the energy field (power plants). The turbines I work on make a turbo look really really tiny. (Think exhaust pipe you can stand up in, that will give you some scale)

The civic is and still will be much faster, in a straight line or around a corner then the forester that is for sure. The power to weight ratio is king. Is a civic the best racing platform? No, that is for sure, but the price to performance ratio makes it really easy, and no I didn't waste any money on body kits, spoilers or special paint. LOL.

I think the civic is on the chopping block though, my next toy will be something much more designed around performance, even more so than an STi. I will hopefully be making room for a Lotus Elise next.

As for behind the downpipe on the forester, I am not 100% sure yet. For now I am just going to leave the STi exhaust on. I am going to see what the dyno graph shows with that on there then decide. I want it real quiet for everyday driving so maybe an electronic cut out in front of the STi exhaust will be my ticket.
Small world, I'm a mechanical engineer who ALSO works in the power field. I work at combine cycle (GT/HRSG) plants all around north america and we have an office in france that does the same thing, just in Eurpoe/midwest.

The turbines you're referring to sound like the GT's (Gas Turbines) that can be found in a simple cycle or combined cycle unit.

Nice Forrester by the way, pm me to chat about where you work and whatnot, maybe i've been to your plant!
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Took my car over to J&S Dyno today! These guys hooked me up and did a few runs for free! THANKS!

I just wanted to get a baseline test to see what my forester puts down stock. This is also the dyno that my car will get tuned on so I will get a good before and after.

I will have the graph up soon but it did 177 hp / 192 ft lbs (Mustang dyno, 81 deg F, ~1000ft of elevation)







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First, some more eye candy pics of the parts before they went on the car:











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Couldn't you have at least put up some really good pics. I mean c'mon, you couldn't use an all white background and tight focus?!?!

LOL Amazing pics!!! Can't wait to see the numbers you put up with this setup.
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Couldn't you have at least put up some really good pics. I mean c'mon, you couldn't use an all white background and tight focus?!?!

LOL Amazing pics!!! Can't wait to see the numbers you put up with this setup.
The car is getting tuned tonight! You won't have to wait long.
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