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Old 01-06-2012, 02:34 AM   #1
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Default SpeedMasterLee’s 05 STi Journal- Daily driver to a weekend warrior GTX3071+FULL RACE

This thread will be journaling the build of my 05 STi that I have slowly and meticulously chronicled in the 7+ years that I have owned the car. I have no idea why I never made a journal on NASIOC before but it is better late then never. When I first purchased the STi in Oct of 2004, I kept telling myself that I would not modify the car too much. But as time went on I could not control myself and the never ending build began. Through out the years modifying my STi has become an uncontrollable obsession for me. It has not only been a hobby but a way of life. I will try and post the pictures of my build in a chronological order from past to present.

The Mod sheet below has all the current parts and parts that are currently being installed.

ENGINE:
Stock Engine
COBB Accessport V3
ATP GTX3071R Stock location
Invidia V3 DP with race cat
Full Race Header 2000 Deg. Titanium Coated
Full Race 1.5 Scroll Up-Pipe 2000 Deg. Titanium Coated
PTP T3/T4 Turbo Blanket
Tial QR Recirculating BOV
Tial 44mm MV-R ext wastegate Custom routed back into DP behind Cat
1000cc Injector Dynamics T1 Side Feed to Top Feed Conversion Kit
All fuel lines modified with AN fittings
Weldon Fuel Pressure Regulator
Aeromotive 340 Stealth Fuel Pump
Kinsler 25 Micron Fuel Filter Hardlined to firewall
Grimmspeed Electronic Boost Controller
Grimmspeed 8 mm Phenolic Spacers
TGV Deletes Custom Black Ceramic Heat Coated
APS Turbo Inlet Custom Powder Coated Candy Violet
APS 70mm Cold Air Custom Powder Coated Candy Violet
APS 525 Front Mount with Custom Coated Candy Violet Piping
Moroso Aluminum Coolant Expansion Tank Anodized Purple Modified with AN fittings
Moroso Dual Billet Aluminum Air Oil Seperator Tanks Anodized Purple and Modified with AN fittings
Gates Race Timing Belt and Accessory Kit
Tomei Timing Belt Guide
Beatrush Floor Performance Bar
Innovative MTX-L Wideband Air/Fuel Ratio Gauge
Killer B V2 Performance Oil Pan
Killer B Ultimate Oil Pickup
Killer B Oil Pickup/ Windage Tray
JDM Fujitsubo Legalis Super R one Piece Exhaust Modified 3inch piping
Earls Temp-A-Cure Oil Cooler Custom Mounted
Koyo Radiator Modified with AN Fittings
Samco Radiator Hoses
Sun Auto Auto Hyper Force Ignition
System Sun Auto Hyper Voltage System


DRIVETRAIN:
Cusco Motor Mount and Transmission Mounts
STI Oem Short Shifter
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushing
Upgraded STI short shifter linkage
Kartboy Short Shifter
Kartboy Front 05 Stifter Stay Bushing
Kartboy Rear Shifter Stay Bushing
Katboy Pitch Mount TiC 6MT Pivot Bushings
TiC 05 STi Shift Linkage Bushings
TiC Crossmember Bushings
TiC Botox Rear Subframe Lock Bolts
Kartboy Limited Edition STI pink exhaust hanger bushings

SUSPENSION:
Cusco Zero2E + Econ Controller
Cusco Front Strut Bar
Cusco Rear Strut Bar + V-Brace
Whiteline 24mm Adjustable Front Sway Bar
Whiteline 24mm Adjustable Rear Sway Bar
Whiteline Anti-Lift Kit (Sport)
KartBoy Front Endlinks
KartBoy Rear Endlinks
Kartboy Rear Subframe Outrigger Bushings
M1 Chromoly Sub Frame
TiC Rear Diff Mount Bushings
TiC Lateral Link Bushings
TiC Front Trailing Arm Bushings
TiC Fender Braces
MSI Rear Trailing Arms

EXTERIOR:
Upgraded 6000k HID Bulbs
Advan TCII 18x8.5 +37 dunlop Direzza Star Spec Z1 245/35/18
Prodrive GC010E 18x8.5 +50 (British Black) Nitto NT05 245/40/18
Project Kics R40 Forged lugs
Perrin Stiffies Beatrush Aluminum Undertray
HKS Kansai Service Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser

BRAKES:
APM 2 Piece J-Hook Front Rotors
DBA 4000 Rear Rotors
Ferrodo DS2500 Pads
TiC Brake Master Cylinder Brace
Earls Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Motul RBF600 Fluid

INTERIOR:
Works Bell Short Hub
Works Bell Rapfix II
Nardi 350mm Deep Corn Leather Red Stitching
Baller Bolts Ti Burnt blue steering wheel bolts
Custom Ti Burnt Blue Shirt Knob by Lathe Works
Defi 3 Meter Hood
Defi Boost Gauge
Defi Fuel Pressure Gauge
Defi Exhaust Temp Gauge
Blitz Power Meter
JDM STI Head Rest Pillows
Suede Center Console
Suede Arm Rest
Suede Glove Box
Suede Pillars
Suede Doors
Kicker Components in the Front and Kickers in the rear
Bride Stradia II Special Edition Japan Carbon Fiber x 2
Bride Stradia Leather Knee and Bolster Protectors x 2 sets for each seat
Bride RO seat rails x2

Removed Parts
Cobb Accessport V1 Stage 2
K&N Typhoon Intake
Tomei Un-Equal Length Headers and Up-pipe
Top Fuel Zero1000 Power Neo Professional
Grimmspeed AOS Fumoto Valve + Oil filter mag
Do-Luck 7-Point Aluminum Sub frame brace


October 2004
When I first brought my baby home from Sierra Subaru in Monrovia, CA. It was the only Aspen White Subaru I could find anywhere around me.


Super stock, virgin engine bay.


Within the first couple of months of having the car a buddy of mine told me that he wanted to do an article in a automotive magazine called AUTOTIME which is similar to Motortrend in the US comparing the Chinese WRX with the USDM STi. My car only had a CUSCO front strut bar and rear V-brace at the time. Other than those two mods the car was completely stock. I was more than happy to help out.

Magazine Cover:


The article in Chinese of course:

A little comparison chart between the WRX and the STi


Here is an actual picture that was used for the article.
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:34 AM   #2
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Then the mod bug bit me in the ass.

First up was the INVIDIA Downpipe with race cat for just that extra itty bitty horse power.








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Old 01-06-2012, 02:35 AM   #3
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Then I decided that I would start with the suspension mods. First up CUSCO Zero2E with E-Con aligned and corner balanced for aggressive street driving by Daryn at West End Alignment in Gardena, CA.







E-Con Mounted to the gauge cluster


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Old 01-06-2012, 02:35 AM   #4
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When I took the car to the alignment shop Daryn noticed that I had flipped my rear strut bar and bent my rear endlinks after a local shop had installed the coilovers. He temporarily straightened them out for me but this was only a temporary fix. I then decided to hit Turn In Concepts and purchase new rear Kartboy Endlinks to replace my stock ones. I also purchased a couple of other goodies along with the endlinks.

Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Kartboy Rear End Links
TiC Tranny Crossmember Bushings



Whiteline 24mm front and rear sway bars


CUSCO Engine and Transmission Mount


During this time I actually drove my car quite regularly to Las Vegas so I decided to add a custom oil cooler.



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Old 01-06-2012, 02:56 AM   #5
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Was bored one day so I decided to take a nice drive up to Palos Verdes and take some random pictures. Sorry outside is stock but its whats inside that counts. Right? Added some Perrin Stiffies and NRG Carbon Look dampers.














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Old 01-06-2012, 02:57 AM   #6
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Sunday drive to Terminal Island in Sand Pedro. There are two 06 STi's and my aspen white 05 STi which are all stage 2.


















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Old 01-06-2012, 02:57 AM   #7
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On Feb of 2008 I purchased a set of used ADVAN TCII 18x8.5 +37 with crappy Falken all season tires on them which I later replaced with RT-615’s.











BEWARE OF THE DOG




Here are some more from Angeles Crest



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Old 01-06-2012, 03:01 AM   #8
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I then purchased a set of used CUSCO Un-equal length Headers which gave me much better low end throttle response while still keeping the boxer rumble.


CUSCO Headers











Some random Pics from Suby drive to Terminal Island


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Old 01-06-2012, 03:01 AM   #9
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Then came along a JDM Fujitsubo Legalis Super R one piece exhaust. It was actually a JDM version so had to modify the flange to make it mate up to the USDM INVIDIA DP.












Then more suspension mods: Do Luck 7 point Aluminum SubFrame Brace


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Old 01-06-2012, 03:03 AM   #10
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Ok, need to sleep. More to come in the next couple of days. I have plenty more pics.

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Old 01-06-2012, 03:10 AM   #11
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Here goes the updates in the order they were upgraded.


Defi Hood with Defi Boost, Exh Temp, and Fuel Pressure installed.


Oh yeah if yo havent noticed by now I am a suspension whore. I am a firm believer in suspension first and power second. Turn In Concepts Fender Braces, MSI Trailing arms, TiC Front Trailing Arm Bushings, Kartboy Pitch mount, Kartboy Short Shifter.


I bought a set of Tomei headers when I thought that my CUSCO ones had cracked. Everytime I went past 3 thousand RPM I would hear a metalic rattle under my car. After taking off the header and replacing the stock up-pipe with the TOMEI up-pipe it turned out that it was the heat sheald on the stock up-pipe that had broken off and was rattling in the engine bay. I had to give up my Do-Luck brace to install these headers. TOMEI Header and Up-pipe, sorry these are the latest pictures. Didn't get a chance to take pictures when I first got them.



M1 Chromoly Sub Frame Brace. My first brace was a Do Luck brace but ended up going back to stock for a bit when I changed my headers to the Un-equal length Tomei Headers which do not fit with it. After a while of not having a sub frame brace I came across a very nice M1 brace that I could not keep my hands off of. There was definitely an improvement with both aftermarket sub frame braces I have used. It just makes the front end feel much more connected and really stable at high speeds and turns.


From going from CUSCO to TOMEI headers the stock undertray was getting beat up and stretched out from the heat. Beatrush Aluminum Under tray was installed to fix this issue.

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Old 01-06-2012, 03:23 AM   #12
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My stock brake rotors lasted through two sets of brake pads and close to 70,000 miles before the rotors needed to be changed.


APM Two piece front rotors, rear DBA400 slotted, Ferrodo DS2500, Grimmspeed brake master cylinder brace, and whiteline front A arm bushings. Custom Earls Brake Steel Braided brake lines were also installed but not shown in this picture.




APM Two Piece Rotors vs Stock Sti Rotors




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Old 01-06-2012, 03:24 AM   #13
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My buddy had a brand new HKS Kansai Rear Diffuser sitting in his shop for years and I was just tired of seeing it not being used. Finally decided to make him and offer use the damn thing. Installing the diffuser required alot of cutting into the stock bumper and modifying of the HKS Diffuser bracket that came with the kit. The end result speaks for itself.

HKS Kansai Rear Diffuser Installed










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Old 01-06-2012, 03:27 AM   #14
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Works Bell Short Hub
Works Bell RapfixII Quick Release Quick Release (Blue)
Works Bell Rapfix Flipper
Nardi Deep Corn Leather w/red stitching
Custom Ti Burnt Blue Shirt Knob by Lathe Works








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Love your car man, by chance is there a large difference in the way the car feels with the sub frame?
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I gotta say I am jealous. I am loving your STi, the mods and the cute little doggie.. But the best picture is the guy waving in the back ground..LOL

How is the performance and handling now?
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I gotta say I am jealous. I am loving your STi, the mods and the cute little doggie.. But the best picture is the guy waving in the back ground..LOL

How is the performance and handling now?
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Love your car man, by chance is there a large difference in the way the car feels with the sub frame?

I went from Do-Luck---->stock---->M1
I can definitely say that it helped tighten up the front end quite a bit. At high speeds the car was much more stable and at low speeds the car was much less harsh over road imperfections.
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I gotta say I am jealous. I am loving your STi, the mods and the cute little doggie.. But the best picture is the guy waving in the back ground..LOL

How is the performance and handling now?
Oh thats a buddy of mine who ownes the black hawkeye 06 STi of the right side of that picture. With the E-Con my car is very flexible in terms of handling. I can go from & little bit better than stock to go cart in a few seconds. When I have it set up for maximum handling the car has almost no roll.
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Ok now for the stuff waiting to be installed.

ATP GTX3071






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Old 01-06-2012, 10:12 PM   #22
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looks like the mods are piling up quick. Gonna be a good time when the new turbo set up is on. Ur car makes me wish i got aspen white ha, gorgeous color

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Very nice mods....
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so beautiful.
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What do you do for work!??? looks great!

And I am in love with that works bell Nardi set up!
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