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Old 05-10-2012, 04:18 AM   #1
8thWonder
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(See the second post for the car's history. A list of all current/upcoming mods is below. I'll continue updating & adding photos as time permits!)

2005 STi
color: OBP



Current mods (power):
Blouch Dom 2.5xtr turbo (10cm)
73mm short ram intake + K&N filter
AVO turbo inlet
APS dr525 FMIC
Turbosmart re-circ BPV
2.5i NA intake manifold
KSTech 19mm phenolic spacers
Injector Dynamics 1000cc fuel injectors
Deatschwerks 300lph fuel pump, hard-wired for constant voltage
Outfront Motorsports fuel rails
Fuelab fuel pressure regulator
Fuelab in-line fuel filter
Braided fuel lines + AN fittings
Perrin divorced catless downpipe (ceramic coated)
Grimmspeed ported/coated exhaust manifold
Grimmspeed coated hi-flow crosspipe (heat wrapped)
Grimmspeed coated catless uppipe (heat wrapped)
Cobb catback exhaust
Cobb AccessPort v2 (pro-tuned on Cobb Tuning Plano's mustang dyno)
Grimmspeed EBCS
Crawford air/oil separator
Mishimoto X-Line radiator
Optima red top battery
AEM wideband gauge + logging cable

Current mods (suspension/wheels/drivetrain):
Competition Clutch stage 2 clutch
Perrin shifter bushings
Cusco front strut bar
BC BR coilovers
Whiteline tie rod ends
GTSpec ball joints
Kartboy endlinks
Enkei RPF1 18"x9.5"
Federal 595 tires 225/40
spacers, extended studs, etc.

Current mods (interior/dressup):
custom audio, digital gauges, etc. (check the 3rd post in this thread for details)
Killer B alternator shroud (radiator shroud no longer fits due to radiator upgrade)
ixiz hood lifts
Cobb turbo heat shield
custom hoodliner
Mishimoto power steering & coolant reservoirs
front lip
limited lip spoiler
custom bumper trim
WRX side skirts
WRX all-black interior

Purchased and waiting to be installed:
CP pistons
Manley Turbo Tuff i-beam rods
OEM crank
King main & rod bearings
ARP head studs
GSC valves (stainless intake; super alloy exhaust)
GSC valve springs, titanium retainers, guides, etc.
Torque Solution timing belt guide
Killer B oil pickup & windage tray
4-sensor EGT setup
Gates Racing timing belt & water pump kit
new Subaru oil pump
ixiz vacuum distribution block
more audio goodies

For sale (make offers):
Deatschwerks 1300cc injectors - 500mi on them
Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors - 12000mi on them
EJ25 STi case halves, bored to 99.75mm
stock STi pistons, rods, and crank - no bearing issues at all


Lots of credit and a huge shout-out to my good friend wrxadam05, who helped me plan the majority of this build and taught me a lot throughout the process. Wish you were still in TX. More shout-outs to Brandon, Danny, Joseph, Tom, and Ken, for all of their help and time hanging out with me in the garage. And now a huge thank you to Dan for his motor-building expertise, tools, and time.

more pics coming soon...


the pre-op engine bay (minus the top panel of the Cobb air box)


**UPDATE 7/25/12** post-op engine bay (higher quality pictures on page 4 of this thread):
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:18 AM   #2
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The history:

My love affair with the WRX started back in 2002. I was a senior in high school, and my best friend bought a black bugeye wagon, right when they were released in the US. (He couldn't afford it at all, so he did an accelerated program to graduate high school early, then worked 2 jobs to pay the car payment... but that's beside the point.) We had a blast in that thing, and it made its way onto my list of "cars I'd like to own some day."

Fast forward to 2010. All 4 members of my immediate family, including myself, are driving Honda Accords. Yay Honda. My sister gets into a wreck and totals hers, so I give her mine in exchange for her insurance payoff, which I use to buy a blue 2004 WRX sedan from a mechanic who works at a local Subaru dealership. Angels sing; a light shines down from heaven onto my smiling face; I'm a WRX owner and loving every second of it. Other than the SPT intake and STi exhaust that come with it, I totally baby the car and keep it mostly stock, adding only a cool audio/DVD setup and speakers. But it doesn't take me long to get sucked into the seedy underbelly of NASIOC/TXIC, and now I want POWER. Nasty, filthy speed. Things I know nothing about. I only have a 10-minute commute to work, but dammit I want those 10 minutes to feel like the Nürburgring! At this point, I've had the car for about a year, and I'm considering spending a bunch of money on engine mods. Then I think to myself, "why don't I take this money and just put it towards a faster car?" Makes sense, right? Sure it does. Well, this revelation had perfect timing, as I'd just changed careers, and a new car seemed like a proper celebration.

So 14 months after buying the WRX, I put it up for sale and start looking for an STi. I take about a month and look EVERYWHERE for the right STi (specifically, a 2005). I drive a bunch of modded/abused Subies from all around Dallas/Ft Worth and am starting to feel like I'll never find one without a questionable past, when I finally spot my dream girlfriend on the NASIOC Classifieds... in San Diego. The sexiest black 05 STi ever. After some friendly back-and-forth with the owner, I fly out to San Diego, bum a ride to La Jolla, test drive the car, have a mechanic check it out, and put down a deposit on the car right away. I fly back to Dallas the same day, sell my WRX later that week (for more than I'd bought it for... schwing!), arrange for the STi to get shipped to the great state of Texas, and wait patiently. (Actually I was extremely impatient. Just know that when an auto transport tells you a time frame, you can triple it.) 10 car-less days pass by impossibly slowly, then she finally arrives! Angels sing; a light shines down from heaven onto my smiling face; I'm a STi owner and loving every second of it.

So here I am, 15 months later. Remember all that business about "putting money towards a faster car, instead of modding my slower car"? Hahahahahaaha. Did you see my mod list in the first post of this thread? Yeah... you can guess how that went. Once you become a car guy, putting your money towards a faster car will not keep you from wanting to modify it. Lesson learned. But hey, I freaking love this car. It's my only true hobby, and it's one of the few things that keeps me sane sometimes. I'm a full-blown Subaru junkie now. If you have any questions about my car or yours, feel free to ask. Hope everyone enjoys this thread!


My first Subie:


My second/current Subie, loaded onto a trailer in San Diego, getting ready for the long trip to Dallas:

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Old 05-10-2012, 04:18 AM   #3
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Alright, it's time to add some pics of the audio/electronic stuff. With my previous cars, the only mods I did were audio-related, so naturally, that was the first thing I messed with on the STi. I decided to take it to the next level here though. Thanks to multiple users here on NASIOC for ideas, feedback, and some killer deals.

I was toying with the idea of building a carputer, but then I came across jr4284's "I want an iPad in my Subie" thread. Boom. Best idea ever, especially since I'd won an iPad at a work event, which was just collecting dust in my room. The iPad would be my head unit, and I'd put the $$ saved towards better speakers.

My first setup: iPad, Focal 165KR component speakers, JL 12w3v3 sub, Memphis amps, Clarion equalizer
Current setup: iPad, Hybrid Clarus woofers, Hybrid Legatia L1 tweeters, Morel SC-2 sub, Memphis amps, Clarion equalizer
Setup in-the-works: iPad, Hybrid Clarus, Hybrid Legatia L1, Morel SC-2, Audison Voce 5.1k amp, Audison Bit Ten D processor
Amps I need to sell: Zapco 1100.1 subwoofer amp, Zapco 350.2 speaker amp

Step 1: sound deadening (materials from RAAMaudio)



Step 2: install speakers (needed massive baffles to make them fit)

Tweeters not pictured.


Step 3: wiressssss


Step 4: iPad bezel (made by CBINS)


PLX Kiwi Wifi + DashCommand iPad app = digital gauges


The trunk, completed with the JL sub (enclosures by Audio Integrations):


Random notes:
When the iPad is docked, you can't control the volume. I was having to bend down to adjust the volume on the equalizer under the driver seat (not pictured). That got old really fast. Solution: JL CL-RLC remote-mount volume control (small knob next to the intercooler sprayer).
pic here: http://i.imgur.com/q3E9H.jpg
You can isolate the majority of your trunk lid rattles by using RTV silicon gasket maker. The flash makes it look terrible, but it's black and blends in pretty well.
pic here: http://i.imgur.com/QvTIc.jpg

Wideband gauge:
The ECU doesn't measure air/fuel ratio, so my digital gauge program won't display it. My friend Adam welded a sensor into my downpipe and I installed the AEM gauge in a Subtle Solutions bezel.
pic here: http://i.imgur.com/shMgH.jpg

Time for upgrades!
Sold the Focal speakers and got some Hybrid Clarus woofers and Hybrid Legatia L1 tweeters (not pictured).
Annnd a Morel SC-2 Ultimo sub.


Still rocking the Memphis amps and Clarion equalizer for now, but I have an Audison Bit Ten-D DSP waiting to be installed. Some day I'll sell the Memphis blocks and grab an Audison Voce 5.1k amp to complete the system.

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Old 05-10-2012, 04:19 AM   #4
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My dashboard brings all the boys to the yard:


(More pics have been posted throughout this thread. Check the next few pages for lots of pics of the power mods. I'll organize them better soon.)

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Old 05-10-2012, 04:42 AM   #5
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Looks great!!
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:43 AM   #6
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i really like it
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:54 AM   #7
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Subscribed.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:45 PM   #8
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Looks real clean. Should put down some good power when your done too.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:55 AM   #9
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Thanks guys. I have lots more info and pics coming!
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:34 AM   #10
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omg we have the same alternator cover. except mine is black
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:47 AM   #11
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Haha Eric, what's up man! I haven't seen your engine bay in a while. My alt/rad covers are getting powder coated white. Dropping them off today.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:56 AM   #12
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lookin good man!
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:25 PM   #13
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doing good dude!

are you able to keep the cobb sf box with all that fmic piping??
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:46 PM   #14
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Did I meet you at the Hill Country Cruise? You have a very custom head unit/gauge setup correct?

Looking forward to seeing this build.

Chris
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:52 PM   #15
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are you able to keep the cobb sf box with all that fmic piping??
We'll see. Might take a little chopping. I'm hoping to be able to keep the Cobb intake in some form or fashion though.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:54 PM   #16
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Did I meet you at the Hill Country Cruise? You have a very custom head unit/gauge setup correct?
Yessir, that was me! I'll post some interior pics of the custom dash stuff soon.
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:10 PM   #17
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Added some pics and the history of the car/my love affair with Subies (second post).
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:11 AM   #18
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Car looks great!

What offset are the wheels?
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Car looks great!

What offset are the wheels?
Thank you! +38
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wheels look extremely good wide+low offset. Clean car! Can't wait to get into an STi(even though my wagons a blast to drive)
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wheels look extremely good wide+low offset. Clean car! Can't wait to get into an STi(even though my wagons a blast to drive)
Thank you! I absolutely loved my old WRX but am extremely happy that I decided to get the STi. If you have the funds and can find one that hasn't been abused, I say go for it
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Looks sick man!
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:42 PM   #23
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Looks sick man!
Thank you! I'm traveling this week, but more updates will be coming soon. Just got a phone call letting me know that a bunch of parts are finished getting powder coated, and the new FPR, fuel filter, etc have arrived. Two big steps closer to installing/tuning!

btw, this banana is dancing at the exact tempo of the song I'm listening to at the moment:
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:39 AM   #24
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Engine bay update: picked up my parts from the powder coating place and installed the few that I can install without needing to tune.

Waiting for the fittings for my new fuel lines to arrive, double-checking to make sure I didn't forget any gaskets or anything, then installation time!
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:06 PM   #25
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i love the white pulley cover and rad shroud...i was actually going to do that soon in white ! any more pics of the car ??
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