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Old 12-21-2012, 11:03 AM   #501
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:01 PM   #502
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Any at home and better quality pics? You've done a great job with your vehicle man!
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:47 PM   #503
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How far are you planning to spin the motor rpm wise? Also what fuel and boost are you running to reach 290? I was expecting to see around 330-340, being that you were going to be conservative. Which kind of dyno were you tuned on?
I am currently running the stock redline on the motor right now, there isn't too much of a benefit spinning it much higher as the horsepower curve levels out at 6000 rpm due to the intercooler heat soaking and the motor has not been built up internally. I am tuned on 91 octane pee water California fuel. The car was tuned on gst's mustang dyno which is known locally as a heartbreaker dyno. I believe a stock sti puts around 225 whp on their dyno, so I am 65 hp over a stock sti. On any other dyno it probably would be in the 320 whp range, mine are real numbers no numbers inflated for the dyno or the Internet. All I know is while power is addictive and I definitely have plans for te future, the car is pee in your pants fun right now and I am loving it. It is more power than I have ever had before, and I need quite a bit of time to learn this setup before I will need to upgrade. I have much learnin to do, but it is going to be a fun process.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:32 PM   #504
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That paint job looks awesome!!!!
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:08 AM   #505
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:02 PM   #506
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I figured it would be easier for everyone to respond to the multiple pm’s I have recieved in regards to the process of the bodywork done on my project wrx, who I used for my work, and most importantly the results.* For those following my project know I am running a very aggressive track fitment wheel on my gd wrx, with 275/35-18 nitto nt05 tires on rota dpt 18x9.5 inch rims.* This has resulted in a massive increase in mechanical grip, I have a picture of the rims and tires stacked and just barely over three of my new tires was equal to all 4 of my oem rims with 225 series bfgoodrich g force kdw’s.* Obviously, the tire needed someplace to go, and here lied the problem.* Wrx’s are known for not having as much fender space as say a mitsubishi evo, plus the fact that I had a wrx and not an sti with the more aggressiv edifferentials, which meant I could not run very much negative camber in the rear.* Well, I could, but it would be unfunctional and detrimental to the handling.* As the wrx inherently understeers, and with know dccd to bias more power to the rear wheels, I would have to run minimum negative camber to help the car rotate, much like a front wheel drive car.* Of course, this made it even more difficult to fit the tires on the car under compression, as the tire would not tilt in nearly as much as on an sti.

So I searched and searched, took it to one chassis shop to get the work done prior to dropping the car off at GST Motorsports for the mechanical work, but after being assured they could do it over the phone and having explained multiple times over the phone what the job entailed, I was turned away and saying to go elsewhere and they were unable to do the job.* For an idea of how difficult it is to perform these aggressive fitments and the work involved, here ar elinks to two articles posted on t3hclap’s blog whose website was the only source of information I could find for functional track oriented fitments (two articles:http://t3hclap.com/archives/385, http://t3hclap.com/archives/49).* Huge thanks to t3hclap for all the info on his website, I used it enough times I should probably send a check to him in the mail, huge resource of very helpful information.* It was on this website that I first saw the Karlton fender flares and immediately was impressed at the look and functionality it gave to the gd chassis, as I did not want to go through the expense of installing a wide body kit to fit wide tires.* People that know me know I am very much suspension oriented, and coming from light weight 240’s I feel that heavy subaru’s are usually severely undertired for track work.

After seeing Karlton’s car on t3hclap’s website I searched the internet to find his car, and read his whole blog on iwsti (xtremeyolks) and was blown away.* The guy had a serious car, and liked to drive the hell out of it.* I loved the look of his fender flares, which he had a bodyshop near him custom make to fit the gd chassis.* So I contacted Karlton and inquired about the flares, and he was super, super helpful on tips and ideas for the car, and had a set of his fender flares made for me (he has a bugeye specific version of his flares). Within a day the body shop was making the flares, and I picked them up with hardware within a 7-10 days.* I was shocked that a privateer was so helpful with all my noobie questions and had it ready so quick.* I drove home with the flares and savored the smell of fiberglass.* Upon just holding them up to my car, I could tell the fitment was very precise to the oem bodylines.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:03 PM   #507
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So I called up my friend Kelby who I got the tires from who was tracking a well sorted gc impreza with a wrx swap in it, and asked for some help as I couldn’t find anyone willing to fit the tires functionally on my car.* I clearly remember him asking one question, “Well do you want them done right?” and I responded, “Of course, everything else is pretty top notch on my car, I want to pay once for bodywork and have it done right the first time and not ever have to worry about it again.”* He responds with something like, “Call Kris at 5fifteen autobody, tell him what you need and he will be able to do it.” I asked if he could do everything quick release front bumper, paint matching, fender flares, sealing my rear quarter panels from cutting, etc.* Kelby just says, “Call them, they will take care of whatever you can think of.”* I did, and boy was I glad I did.*

I called Kris at 5Fifteen Autobody and scheduled an appointment.* I went out there and immediately knew it was the right spot to have work done on the car.* These are true import enthusiasts, with multiple custom widebodys in the parking lot.* I also saw the daily grind of a body shop, insurance repairs, was just as flawless as their more extravagant builds.* If you can think it, they have done it.* Everything I asked for they said they could do, even brainstorming ways to do a better job and ensure reliability (little things, like making sure my bumper doesn’t fly off the car).* They even told me they were about to move into a new facility, they could do it at their current location, but the quality at the new facility would blow me away if I could wait two weeks for them to move.* Of course, after having my car on jackstands for 8 months, I could wait two weeks to have the work done to the highest level possible, and I was not disappointed.

I dropped the car off at their new location and saw a parking lot full of amazing cars, Porsche’s, NSX’s, BMW’s, everything from show to full on track cars, I knew my car was in good hands.* The walls are decorated with pictures of their work in all the big auto magazines, and their workshop was amazing.* All I asked for was Kris to send me one or two pictures showing the progress for my thread.* I was expecting a couple pics throughout the process, Kris sent me a picture or two everyday showing what was done and keeping me informed of problems and solutions. *

The end result speaks for itself, and will look even better after a week or two and I take it in to be professionally detailed (have to give the clear coat some time to finish adhering/drying).* I have very very high standards, I purchase quality parts and expect high end results.* 5Fifteen surpassed my every expectation, and my car looks fabulous.* My fenders fit amazing to the body, paint is absolutely breathtaking, front bumper done correctly and able to be quickly removed with 4 dzus fasteners.* Every person in the auto world has a horror story of a body shop, and the highest praise I can give to the crew at 5fifteen is I will never go to another body shop.* Very reasonable on pricing, top top quality work, the work was done the proper way, quick turn around, good customer service and communication, everything about this shop is top notch.* With my current setup, my car would not be far away from a show car if I wanted to, and now I know why they have such amazing products under their roof.* So if you’re looking to have some bodywork or performance modifications done to your car, I highly recommend giving them a call, if I had known about them in the beginning it would have saved me a lot of headaches and frustrations (like wondering if you’re going to have to sell your brand new tires for a loss and buy a smaller set to get your car to roll properly.* The highest praise I can give is they treated my car like it was their own personal project, which is very hard to find in todays market. *

Check out some of the projects they have going on at the shop on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/5FifteenAutoBody.* Kris and the crew at 5Fifteen Huge Huge thanks for all the amazing work you did on my car.* People are constantly snapping their necks staring at the car, it just looks plain bad a**.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:09 PM   #508
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I love hearing about quality auto body shops.

Also, glad you were able to find some useful info on the blog. Can't wait to see the finalized pics.

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Old 12-28-2012, 03:56 PM   #509
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Been a while since I last checked this thread out. Car is looking amazing! Nice new paint job.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:30 AM   #510
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Time for an official photoshoot!
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:00 PM   #511
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Minor update, pic of Synapse BOV prior to being installed. These are made to mount specifically to the wrx tmic. The fast acting valve is highly tunable, allowing tuning to be done to reduce or eliminate driveability issues such as fluttering. The higher lift of the piston valve design allows more air to pass through, reducing loss of spool during shifts and can eliminate surge. I will be configuring the valve in the pull configuration as that is the fastest responding and will work well with my maf setup. I am initially configuring the valve in its fastest reacting setup, with a pull on just vacuum port b. This should work well for my setup, but I will be contacting Synapse on Monday for their recommendations, if it changes it is very easy to change what port the vacuum is pulling on. Of course, my dv valve will be full recirculated, as I am less about the noise and want a car to run and function properly. Pure function on this car... hopefully the response will be a very positive and effective modification.



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Old 01-02-2013, 03:41 PM   #512
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Any at home and better quality pics? You've done a great job with your vehicle man!
Nothing yet, I am ironing a few minor issues out then I will update with more pics. I had to wet a few weeks for the clear coat to fully cure before taking te car to be detailed, so I will post pics up after it is detailed and truly shines. I also have one or two very minor tuning issues to iron out before I can give true end results and start dialing in the chassis. Plus I need to spend some time dialing in my ride height before it gets corner balanced, plus I need to decide on what passenger seat I want to run.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:29 PM   #513
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That paint job looks awesome!!!!
Pictures truly don't do this paint job justice. The work 5fifteen did blew me away, to the pint that with the addition of a couple tiny things I could have a show car. The paint and body work are absolutely top notch, and make it look almost like an aggressive oem option. Fit and finish is superb. I was very worried about this, as everything else on the car is functional and quality parts, I less than perfect install of the body parts would have really brought down the quality and appeal of this dual purpose car. I just can't wait until it gets detailed and truly sparkles.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:21 AM   #514
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I love everything going on in here. Great updates, great products and seems to be great work by you and 5fifteen. I look forward to more updates and pictures of this beast.

I made an Official Karlton Fender Flare thread so once you get some more pictures make sure to represent the bugeyes and post some in there if you wouldn't mind.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:22 PM   #515
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I love everything going on in here. Great updates, great products and seems to be great work by you and 5fifteen. I look forward to more updates and pictures of this beast.

I made an Official Karlton Fender Flare thread so once you get some more pictures make sure to represent the bugeyes and post some in there if you wouldn't mind.
No problem, once I get it detailed I will throw up some nice pics. Those flares definitely make the car look like something special, and it is so nice having that much mechanical grip from being able to widen the track width and run some decent width sticky tires. I love 275's, definitely worth all the hassle to make them fit. Glad you have liked the build thread, hopefully its been a fun read and given the community some good ideas or information. I think people will definitely like the power curve I am having with the 3071 out of the meager ej205.

On a side note, I decided to do a little tinkering on Friday in preparation for my upcoming trip to GST for some minor tuning work, and decided to install my Synapse DV Valve. First, it is a tight fit with the upgraded APS TMIC and the extra height on the intake manifold with my Phenolic Intake Manifold spacers. So as I finally get everything in a bolt snaps mounting the dv valve to the tmic. After some swearing, I break out the EZ out to remove the bolt and pick up some new bolts. Of course, the EZ Out tip breaks off in the bolt instead of removing the bolt. AAARRRGGGHHHH. So I remove the tmic and have to take it to the local machine shop, and the price is quite steep due to the ez out tip being broken off in the bolt. Stupid me to mess with a good thing.

On the bright side, I needed to do a little work under the tmic anyways, so the goodridge stainless steel clutch line will be installed and bled while the tmic is out.I will also take this time to stroke the suspension and make sure there is ZERO binding or rubbing, and probably play with the ride heights a little bit. The car might need to be raised a 1/4 inch or so, as I am getting some slight rubbing on harsh bumps due to my soft springs, so have a little bit of playing to do. Also need to finish programming my Greddy infometer so all that information can actually be useful and prevent any problems. Should get the tmic back on Thursday, and then take the car in to finalize the tune and iron out a few kinks, then get on with enjoying the car.
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Awesome! Good update. Good luck with it all and hope you're driving around Thursday/Friday enojying!
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TMIC Back off the car, feels like I took a few steps backwards. Leave it to me to start messing with a good thing. Oh well, I needed the TMIC off to install the braided clutch line, and it will be the proper way to install the synapse dv valve. Front suspension just got pulled from car and coilovers sitting on the ground. I will probably be raising the ride height a 1/4 inch, but will be removing the springs and reinstalling the front suspension and stroking through the travel to make sure there is no rubbing or contact. Maybe, just maybe, I will have time this go around to measure out the bumpsteer.



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Old 01-10-2013, 04:15 PM   #518
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Been a while since I last checked this thread out. Car is looking amazing! Nice new paint job.
Glad you like it. Just have a couple loose ends to tie up, then finalize the tune and enjoy. For the short time I drove the car it is amazingly fun. Pull up top is phenomenal. The paint job definitely ties the whole car together and is top notch, I can't wait to detail it, it already gets crazy looks and snaps heads, and when I go wide open throttle above 3000 rpm it snaps my head back. Looking forward to getting some final numbers for everyone and start dialing in my suspension.
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Various people have been emailing for pictures in regards to the rears, and how much fender has been cut away. Hopefully these pictures help, unfortunately I am too busy getting the car back up and running to pull the flares to take a picture. The different layers of metal are seam sealed together, then painted to avoid water and rust issues.



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Nice build! Just found this and I like what I'm seeing I'm using a GTX3071R in my current build
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It's a fun turbo and a good match on a 2.0, anything above 3300rpm comes real quick. Amazing pull, especially if you throw some forged pistons and really turn up the boost.
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Front suspension put back together without the springs. Allignment set back to where it was previously, and measured suspension points so I know where my ride height is without the springs. Made a ghetto fabulous bump steer gauge out of some pieces of plywood and door hinges. One bolt through the plywood to locate rim, second hole for a dial gauge to measure bumpsteer. This will give me some good suspension information, amount of bump travel, droop travel, bumpsteer, and any clearance issues.



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And for any of those who are interested, this is the amount of wheel clearance I have with the flares with my setup. My suspension settings (ride height, camber, toe, wheel size, offset, blah blah blah) have all been posted previously. This is my wheel clearance prior to ride height adjustments.

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