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Old 12-20-2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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Default The Stewbaru Build- 2011 Wrx, Built Motor, 6 speed swap, and E85

I've been looking at some pretty solid builds on here and iWSti recently, and seeing all of the awesome threads has made me wish I had better documented the build of my beloved 2011 Wrx WRB 4-door. Don't get too excited. This isn't a xluben kinda build, or Jive Turkey, or Rsutton... (few of the cars on here that I envy), but I'm proud of all the hard work I've put into it and I'm proud of the results.

I've taken plennttyyy of pictures throughout the car's life, they're just not organized well and there's a lot more crummy pictures than good ones, so I have a lot to sift through. I will continue to add more pics to the page as they become better organized. It might take me a while to get everything in here, so I want to apologize in advance for that.

I purchased the car almost two years ago now, and it's come a long way. Much longer than I had originally planned. As of now, this is the current mod list:


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OEM crankshaft
OEM rods
OEM heads
CP 99.5 mm 8.3:1 Forged Pistons
ARP Head Studs
Accessport w/ Area 51 Tune (by Omar Crespo)
Grimmspeed 3-port Boost Control Solenoid
Invidia Catless DP
Grimmspeed EWG Uppipe
Tial 38 mm EWG
Perrin Cold Air Intake
Perrin Silicone Turbo Inlet
Perrin Front Mount Intercooler
Agency Power Unequal Length Header
Magnaflow 15472 3" Catback Exhaust
Injector Dynamics 1000 cc Fuel Injectors
Deatschwerks 65c 265 lph Fuel Pump
GFB TMS Response Hybrid BOV
NGK 1-Step Colder Plugs
Perrin Turbo Blanket
Torque Solutions Air Pump Delete
ACT Heavy Duty 6- Puck Sprung STI Clutch
Exedy Lightweight STI Flywheel
2008 STI Starter

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2008 STI Transmission
2008 STI R180 Rear Differential
2008 STI Driveshaft
2008 STI Front and Rear Axles
2008 STI Slave Cylinder
DCCD Pro Auto/Manual Controller
Group N Transmission Mount
Kartboy STI Short Throw Shifter
Kartboy Rear Shifter Bushing
Perrin Front Shifter Bushings
Flossy Redhead Shift Knob
Whiteline Rear Diff. Mount Bushings
Torque Solutions Positive Shift Kit

Suspension/Chassis:
Stance SuperSport Coilovers
Perrin Strut Tower Bar

Exterior/Interior:
15% Tint F&R
STI CS Style Polyurethane Front Lip
R205 Sti Side Sills
HT Autos JDM Sti Ts Lip spoiler
SPT Carbon Fiber Trunk Trim
Perrin Radiator Shroud
ProSport Premium Boost Gauge
Innovate Motorsports 52 mm Wideband Gauge
Moneybones Racing AC Vent Dual Gauge Pod
JPM Coachworks Alcantra Shift and E-brake boots


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StopTech Powerslot Slotted Rotors
Hawk Ceramic Pads
Goodridge Stainless Steel Braided Lines
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Positions 245/45-17

The car is actually at Tampa Bay Tuned right now having the motor rebuilt. It has about 34,xxx miles on it. I took it to TBT 99% sure the head gasket was leaking, and I wanted to get it taken care of before something terrible happened. I first started to wonder about the head gasket when my overflow filled up completely, popped the cap off, and sprayed coolant everywhere, including into my intake.

They did a block test on it and guess what? Bad head gasket. Figure the motor is out, heads are off, might as well do some CP pistons, ARP head studs, and ACT clutch. I really wish I had enough for complete rebuild with rods, valves, springs, etc. but unfortunately I just couldn't pull enough together to redo everything. The dyno numbers posted above are before the engine build. I will get a retune after break in and I'm sure we'll see some good numbers then.

I've been missing my car so much, it motivated me to finally make a thread and document my full build. Enough of me rambling, let's get with the pictures.

This is how she sits now. A few more recent ones.






Now, let's start from the beginning. In January 2011 I traded in my 2004 Mazda Rx-8 GT. I loved the car, I really did. It was just always in the shop for something stupid. And yes, I did know how to properly take care of a rotary engine unlike most rotary owners.


I went with the base model Wrx over the Premium for a couple reasons. I've always loved wingless subie's, and that's what I had always hoped for in my future Subaru. My Mazda was fully loaded, and to be honest, I didn't really care for most of the options in it. When I looked at what the standard Wrx came with, it was more than enough. I couldn't justify the extra money for options I didn't care so much about i.e. fog lights and sun roof. I like fog lights, but I like the look of 2011+'s more without for some reason.



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Old 12-21-2012, 12:00 AM   #2
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First bath




First few things I did, just debadge, and painted the side sills black and red.
This was taken on the other side of Tail of the Dragon. Just removed the "Impreza" badge first, then removed all except the "Wrx."




Nice pic with Lamborghini Gallardo right outside of Prosport Gauges in Clearwater, FL, purchasing my Premium 52mm boost gauge.


Hated the trunk trim. I wanted to have mine painted originally, ended up settling for SPT carbon. But before the carbon I had it vinyl wrapped gloss black. I had it on for about 9 months and I was very satisfied with the overall look, especially for $20. I also got in on the group buy that Treble Racing had for the M3 style lip spoiler. If you look closely, you can see the Curt hitch tucked under there. Don't worry, it was not on long and only ever pulled a little 5x8 twice.



And how could I forget about the Blue Batmobile turn signal overlays! They look so good, seriously looks like the taillights came that way from the factory. Very very pleased. Had them on for over a year and a half now and the color has not faded a bit, and the edges have not come up on them at all.

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Old 12-21-2012, 12:39 AM   #3
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Then, in August 2011, something REALLY AWESOME happened. Fiancee and a good friend of mine were riding with me down Hillsborough Ave, a very busy road if you are unfamiliar with Tampa. Was in the left lane slowing down for an upcoming red light when a guy tried to cross in between a bunch of moving traffic and T-boned me. It was a little old 90's Corolla that I couldn't see until he was already in my lane. I slammed on the brakes and swerved into the median, almost dodging him. Luckily, there was no frame damage and I eventually got over it.

The car ended up getting a brand new rear door, side skirt, rear wheel, and tire. They repaired the door and had to weld in a new bottom section of the quarter panel. Took about 5 weeks (mostly because of the responsible party's insurance company) and $8k.




I actually had to drive the car damaged for a few weeks because this guy's insurance company seriously blew so it took them forever to get it in the shop. I felt so bad looking at it like that, I bought it a few presents. This is when Perrin Cold Air, Invidia DP, and Accessport came along. I ran a Perrin stage 2 map for a while and was pleased. But was even more pleased when I switched to a Torqued Performance stage 2 map. I also went with a catless downpipe because I live in Fl, no emissions....Yesssss. And because I wasn't worried about volume at all, I've been playing drums for years.







When I got the car back from Gene Perez Body Repair in November, I had a set of Agency Power UEL headers, Perrin strut bar, and Perrin Radiator shroud waiting to go in. First pic is the previously damaged side the day I got it back.




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Old 12-21-2012, 01:03 AM   #4
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H&R springs. Lowered the car about 1.4" in the front, 1.2" in the rear. Overall, I've been satisfied with them. I noticed an immediate difference over OEM. Much firmer ride, a lot less body roll, and I had less of an issue with understeer in hard cornering as well. But I do regret the purchase. I wish I just purchased a set of coilovers from the beginning.





Shiny new Magnaflow 3". Wish it still looked this good.



The car didn't get much more for a little while after the catback. Just before my second Dragon trip in April this year, I replaced the brake pads with Hawk Hps, the tires with BFGoodrich KDW II's, and added an Innovate LC-1 wideband with MonkeyBone A/C vent gauge pod.

Please ignore the wideband readings, O2 was shot during pics with gauge pod.




Went to the Dragon with an awesome group of friends, seriously cannot wait until this years trip.




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Old 12-21-2012, 08:30 AM   #5
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awesome thread so far man!
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:39 AM   #6
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Looks amazing. One of the only newer body styled wrx I approve of in sedan trim
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:04 AM   #7
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Thanks guys! I've got a lot more to upload, and I have a few new things I'll be doing soon to set it apart a little bit. Nothing nobody has done before, but the few things I'm planning on are not too common.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:05 AM   #8
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It's all good. I will see you at the Dragon hopefully
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:20 AM   #9
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Yes definitely. I'm guessing you've seen the thread in the South East forum? Was a blast last year with 12-15 cars most of the trip. Talking about 40 so far this year.
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I have. We have a yearly trip there. It just so happened to coincide with the Nasioc one. We are staying at the Cabins in Robinsville.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:31 AM   #11
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Looks great. Sounds like you'll be ready for a new turbo after the pistons are dropped in!
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I have. We have a yearly trip there. It just so happened to coincide with the Nasioc one. We are staying at the Cabins in Robinsville.
Sounds good! That's where we were last year. Looks to me like it's going to be quite the turn out. We will definitely have some fun.

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Looks great. Sounds like you'll be ready for a new turbo after the pistons are dropped in!
That's the plan!! I'm still deciding on what turbo to run. Looking at 20G Xtr and Dom series right now. Want to shoot for low 400's. I know you're running 20G, what's your opinion? I'd like to bolt on new turbo and EWG in the near future.

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Pump gas? EWG and DOM1.5XTR will get you to the upper 300's. Maybe close to 400WHP on a Dynojet. But with pump gas you're pushing it.
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Pump gas? EWG and DOM1.5XTR will get you to the upper 300's. Maybe close to 400WHP on a Dynojet. But with pump gas you're pushing it.
As of now, yes, 93 octane. I would love to run E85 but there's none in my area at the moment. I was worried the 1.5 might be a little small. Still leaning towards a 20G at the moment.
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I'm so freaking excited about the Dragon trip this year, I'm going to reminisce a bit.






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Nice thread! I live in Clearwater. Hopefully I'll see you at some meets. I'm on TBSC as well.
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looks great!
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Nice thread! I live in Clearwater. Hopefully I'll see you at some meets. I'm on TBSC as well.
Nice! Do you come out to QSL ever? I'm usually there but didn't feel like bringing the Miata down this past week.
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Let me get back on track. So car is still running great, no problems and at about 26xxx miles. Just before I left for the Dragon trip, I coughed up enough for a Deatschwerks 65c 265 lph fuel pump. I went with this pump because it's drop-in fitment on the 08+, don't have to worry about cutting up the fuel pump housing. My injector duty cycle was in the 106% range on my TP stage 2 map @ 18.5 psi. This is why I upgraded my pump. The 65c brought it down to about 96%, still too high.




It just so happens that in July I was started to get a misfire pretty bad. It was only at partial throttle under a few lbs (3-6 psi) of boost. Replaced plugs, checked coil packs, grounds, checked for any kind of boost leak, Post-MAF leak, did compression check, etc. etc. I won't bore you with with the details because frankly, it took way too long to figure out what it was. Long story short, Lutz Performance and I eliminated everything except the injectors. Cyl 4 injector was sticking open at times.

Car needed more fuel anyways. I looked into DW 850's, 1000's, and the ID 1000's. I saw fewer issues with ID's from the research I did. But the main reason I went with ID's over DW's is that ID bench tests all their injectors, then packages injectors with alike flow patterns to make the tuning process much easier. I know Omar at Tampa Bay Tuned was happy that was the choice I made when I brought it to him for a new tune. Injector duty cycle's are in the low 60's now.



When I first installed the injectors I had the car e-tuned. It was a very reputable tuner, but I just wasn't satisfied with the overall feel of the car. It ran good, power at full throttle was good. But the throttle was much too sensitive in the mid range. To this day, I think it's just because the man never sat in the car and drove it ya know?

End of Summer I added a few little things. I purchased a GFB Hybrid Repons BOV, SPT trim, and finally added the S205 JDM side sills. The quality of the BOV is amazing. When you look at the GFB next to the OEM, it's night and day. Very sturdy, CNC machined, great sound, fully adjustable. It was a no brainer.

I got tired of the vinyl on the trunk trim and ripped it off, and replaced it with the SPT carbon fiber trim. As many of us know by now, OEM is always best. Fits like a glove, sticks on with double-sided tape, and looks really good. And it is real carbon fiber for those wondering. I also replaced my black and red painted side sills to the JDM ones. I know my car isn't an Sti or anything, not trying to make anybody think it is. But I had repainted mine a few times, and every time was not satisfied with the overall finish.








^^Please excuse my extremely dirty wheels, it had been raining for weeks on end so I did not have a chance to clean it for a while.

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Very nice car! Where did you get the air vent gauge holder? Ive been trying to find one for a wideband i want to install. I could only find them for older model years.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:57 AM   #22
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Just a couple months ago, a good friend of mine (who also owns an '11) got into a little front end collision with his two week old APR front lip. His insurance was actually covering it and purchasing him a new one, so he came to me and said if I wanted to try and fix it, that I could have it. I figured it's an $850 lip for free, why not give it a try?

I wish I had before pictures to really show you, but the thing was split completely into two, almost right down the middle. There was a slight chunk missing out of the front in one spot and in the passenger side corner. I knew I had some work cut out for me but I went for it. I ended up taping everything together on the outiside of the lip with a lotttt of painter's tape. I laid it upside down and started by joining the two pieces together with a lot of fiberglass resin and fiberglass cloth. Did at least 4 or 5 layers of both.

Sorry picture quality is not so great.




After I had one nice solid piece, I put the nose of the lip facing down with the sides on the air, and poured about a cup of fiberglass resin into the curve of the inside, so it was completely solid fiberglass. Just did not want it to snap again in the same spot.

Once that was completely dry, I started covering up the crack on the outside and the two chunks that were missing. I sanded down the clearcoat before applying any resin. This is the first coat on the outside. It's overdone on purpose so I can sand it even.



Working on the underside a little more.



This is the final result on the top side. Took about 6 coats and good sandings for me to be satisfied. You can see there's still a slight piece on the bottom that still needs filled in. I filled it, but no final pics.




After all the cracks and missing pieces were filled, I sanded the entire thing and sprayed it with a few coats of automotive primer. I applied 2 coats of primer, then painted with an indoor/outdoor satin black paint. The paint has a few little chips in it now, nothing serious, but I'll probably have it professionally repainted soon.

Here it is hang drying after the second coat of paint.




I love this lip!! It seriously makes the front end of my car IMO. I spent a total of about $45 on sand paper, paint, primer, and resin. Did take me about 5 days total, but was definitely worth it.



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Old 12-22-2012, 10:58 AM   #23
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Very nice car! Where did you get the air vent gauge holder? Ive been trying to find one for a wideband i want to install. I could only find them for older model years.
Thanks you!! I picked it up from RevWorks. They have good service and had it shipped out the day I ordered it. Was $79 if I remember correctly.
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GUESS WHAT TIME IT IS!?

I love my Perrin front mount. Heat soak on my stock top mount was miserable, especially in the Summer in Tampa. I had to do something about it. I did not like any of the top mount options for 08+Wrx's, so I decided FMIC. I went with Perrin because I've used a lot of their products, and I've loved every one. Everything always bolts up no problem, fitment is perfect, very high end quality. Same goes for this front mount kit.




Bumper back on.




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