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Old 06-21-2013, 01:13 AM   #1
mtl_sti
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Updated 4/23/2014

A lot of new stuff on there

Mtl_Sti's Wingless STI

My baby in all her current glory, after a wash.
Feedback is much appreciated




Acquired the car in May 2012, and so far have done the following mods:

Fuel & Tuning:

-Cobb Accessport Pro Tune done by Lachute Performance
-374.9 wtq, 274.1 hp at the wheel and 364.2 hp at the crank
-94 Petro Can

Exhaust / Intake:

-Tomioka bellmouth catless downpipe
-Invidia q300 exhaust (with titanium finish)
-GrimmSpeed UpPipe, with black ceramic coating (dumptube rerouted to Downpipe)
-Tial 44mm wastegate assembly
-Grimmspeed IWG bracket
-DEI Header Wrap, on downpipe and uppipe
-K&N Air Filter

Engine/Turbo:

-Stock Block (eventually most likely the AK2 from Lachute Performance)
-Stock Turbo (for now)
-Grimmspeed EBCS
-Grimmspeed Turbo Heatsheild
-PTP Turbo Blanket

Drivetrain:

-Perrin Reverse Lockout Lever
-TWM Short throw shifter
-TWM front and rear stay bushing kit
-Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
-Group N Subaru 6-Speed Transmission Mount
-Group N Subaru Engine Mount Set
-Kartboy Engine Pitch Stop Mount
-Whiteline KDT901 Positive Shift Kit - 2008-2013 Subaru WRX STi

Suspension+Brakes:

-Swift Spec-R Springs - 2008-2013 Subaru WRX STi
-Whiteline BSF39XZ 24mm Adjustable Front Sway Bar - 2008-2013 Subaru WRX STi
-Whiteline BSR49XZ 22mm Adjustable Rear Sway Bar - 2008-2013 Subaru WRX STi
-Whiteline KCA409 Front Com C Strut Mounts - 2008-2014 Subaru WRX STi
-Kartboy endlinks (front+rear)
-Powerflex Powerflex Rr Upp Arm Inner Rr Bushes Adj PFR69-511G

Wheels & Tires:

-Winter:
-Micheline Alpine PA4 245/40/18
-Stock Rims (gunmetal)

-Summer:
-Potenze Re-11 265/35/18
-Weds Sa-15r Gunmetal Bronze/Black 18x9.5 (5x114.3) +38 offset


Interior:

-TWM Shift Knob (Big Type R RL)
-Redline Shift and ebrake boot, done in alcantara with red perforated leather stripe)
-Weathertech custom fit black floormats
-DAMD D shaped steering wheel (red stitch)
-SMY Keyless Entry/STI Push start kit+remote start

Exterior:

-Lower Rear Brake Light (from avoJDM)
-Spoiler Removed (actually bought a trunk lid, and had it painted)
-R205 Side Badges
-Badges on trunk deleted (all except STI)
-Rally Armor Mud Flaps
-Red Pinstripe in front grill
-3m clear bra on front bumper, hood, mirrors, and scoop
-Window chrome delete vinyl (from premiumautostyling)
-Smoked tail light overlays (from premiumautostyling)
-HT Auto Subaru front sport grill (painted OBP)
-HT Auto front lip
-HT Auto rear lips/spats
-HT Auto rear diffuser
-Grillcraft Lower front grill
-Grillcraft Hoodscoop grill
-Hella Supertones+Subimods Hella Horn Bracket and Wiring Harness

What's next? Before doing anything else performance wise, will probably invest in some forged internals for the engine; would hate to go down the cracked ringland road. The AK 2 engine rebuild by Lachute Performance looks appealing. After that, headers, injectors, fuel pump, turbo and suspension. Will take me a few years to realize my goals on this car; each summer I will advance the process. Would also like to do full vinyl wrap, in matte military green, once the obp paint starts to really show the imperfections.

Would like to give a shout out to Lachute Performance, who did an amazing job on the install, not to mention the protune and excellent custom reroute on the UpPipe dumptube. Had a long internal debate in regards to the ewg dumptube and what to do with it. Went for the reroute over the small muffler solution, and do not regret it at all. Sounds amazing; nice and quiet but the ewg just audible enough to give me a boner when flooring it.

Nasioc has been an absolutely amazing resource. Would like to say thank you to QueensEng, JonzFaSTi, trev762, Mr Wrex, and the Unabomber's Subaru encyclopedia, just to name a few. Your input, as small or great as it may have been, was instrumental for me in going forward with modding my STI.

Ended up with 374.9 lbf.ft, 274.1 hp at the wheel and 364.2 hp at the crank (after the Lachute Performance dyno tune). The difference between stock, and my little Stage 2, is night and day. Car is now a monster of a daily driver, all disguised in a nice clean sleeper exterior. Could not be more happy.

Here are some pics of the end result. Enjoy.






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Old 06-21-2013, 04:03 AM   #2
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Great looking car! What did you do with your STI trunk lid and wing?
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:39 AM   #3
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Great looking car! What did you do with your STI trunk lid and wing?
Thnx

The lid and wing are for sale, there is a post in the for sale forums.
PM me if u interested.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:04 PM   #4
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updated

Recently had the whole driver's side fender liner replaced; the clips popped out, and the fender was rubbing the wheel.
Could have been much worse, caught it before the whole liner was ripped out.
Subaru actually covered it under warranty, which was a pleasant surprise.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:07 PM   #5
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Looks good so far! Nice car.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:21 PM   #6
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OBP crew! nice mods, especially that shift knob
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:45 AM   #7
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OBP crew! nice mods, especially that shift knob
Thnx

And yes, I too enjoy the knob, TWM makes nice stuff; nice and heavy, easy to install/adjust, and still looks brand new after 1 year.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:42 PM   #8
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Update:

Bought the

-tail light overlays (smoked)
-window trim chrome delete

from:

http://www.premiumautostyling.com/20...wrx-sti-sedan/

The window trim chrome delete was used to replace the plasti dip that was previously covering the chrome. Have only done the passenger side rear small window trim and rear door trim so far, but has turned out pretty sweet. The hardest part was removing the plasti dip.

The tail light overlays were very easy to install, and also turned out pretty nice.

Before:


After:





Chrome delete:

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Old 08-01-2013, 08:47 AM   #9
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car looks good, i like the brake & shift boot!
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:52 AM   #10
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Looking good, did u powder coat your rims or did they come in that colour?
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:43 PM   #11
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Looking good, did u powder coat your rims or did they come in that colour?
They came in that colour; was pretty stoked about that
Like the charcoal look a whole lot more than the high luster finish.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:21 PM   #12
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Looks great man. I also bought the chrome delete from premiumautosyling myself, was thinking about the tail light overlays from them but was a little concerned that it would be hard for other drivers to see the turn signal and was afraid about getting pulled over for them. Do you think they obstruct the turn signal very much?
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:34 PM   #13
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i never understand all the power/engine mods before suspension, or never doing suspension, but that's just me i guess.
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:04 PM   #14
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everyone has different directions.. but i'm with you STI_SLC.. i would definitely target the suspension upgrades first before anything (except some cosmetic stuff)..
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Old 08-09-2013, 02:50 AM   #15
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Looks great man. I also bought the chrome delete from premiumautosyling myself, was thinking about the tail light overlays from them but was a little concerned that it would be hard for other drivers to see the turn signal and was afraid about getting pulled over for them. Do you think they obstruct the turn signal very much?
Was worried about the same thing; the turn signal still comes through very yellow, and just as visible.
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:13 AM   #16
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i never understand all the power/engine mods before suspension, or never doing suspension, but that's just me i guess.
My logic in going for the power mods first was that the sti's suspension was already more than adequate. I don't take my car to the track, and around town, on aggressive turns and corners, the STI feels like it is on rails, glued to the road. The way I figured it, would rather push power and acceleration rather than upgrade a suspension that I am still very content with; I stand by my decision to go stage 2 before upgrading any suspension.

As far as next mods are concerned, my tuner, and everything I have read online, has me convinced than any more power mods should really be preceded by going with forged internals for the engine. I am already worried about the dreaded ringland issues, and am very reluctant to go beyond my current power mods without: Drumroll.....

The AK-2 from Lachute Performance
http://lachuteperformance.com/ak/?lang=en

That said, suspension mods are much more affordable. I would probably strongly consider upgrading suspension before going for the ak-2 engine upgrade.

As it stands I am very happy with my STI as is, and am a lucky guy to have this car, not to mention a stage 2 setup. With a baby on the way, and getting a house soon, my car will have to wait. If money was not an issue I would be all over most of the upgrades involved in the LP400 from Lachute Performance:
http://www.lachuteperformance.com/lp400/?lang=en

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Old 11-04-2013, 01:17 PM   #17
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Any more updates on the car?
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:38 PM   #18
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This is a really good direction and I like the sleeper look. If you got a front lip, Lowered the car a little and threw on some OEM STi BBSs that car would look even better.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:56 PM   #19
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Any more updates on the car?
No updates as of late.

Will have to get some new summer tires after this winter which I am excited about (have been on the stock dunlops until now), am leaning towards Bridgestone Potenza RE-11a.

Depending on how the paint fairs this winter, am strongly considering doing this in the spring:



The matte military green will look nice on the sedan.

The front lip is also a great idea.

Would powder coat the rims some shade of black if doing the green vinyl.

Other major suspension and power mods are on hold for now, but oooo what I would do to my car if I had a spare 10k sitting around...
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:14 PM   #20
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Have been busy, here is what I have done since my last update:

-Weathertech custom fit black floormats
-DAMD D shaped steering wheel (red stitch)
-SMY Keyless Entry/STI Push start kit+remote start
-Grillcraft Hoodscoop grill
-Hella Supertones+Subimods Hella Horn Bracket and Wiring Harness

And here is what is happening in April:

Drivetrain:

-Perrin Reverse Lockout Lever
-Group N Subaru 6-Speed Transmission Mount
-Group N Subaru Engine Mount Set
-Kartboy Engine Pitch Stop Mount
-Whiteline KDT901 Positive Shift Kit - 2008-2013 Subaru WRX STi

Suspension+Brakes:

-Swift Spec-R Springs - 2008-2013 Subaru WRX STi
-Whiteline BSF39XZ 24mm Adjustable Front Sway Bar - 2008-2013 Subaru WRX STi
-Whiteline BSR49XZ 22mm Adjustable Rear Sway Bar - 2008-2013 Subaru WRX STi
-Whiteline KCA409 Front Com C Strut Mounts - 2008-2014 Subaru WRX STi
-Kartboy endlinks (front+rear)

Wheels & Tires:

-Summer Setup:
-Potenze Re-11 265/35/18
-Weds Sa-15r Gunmetal Bronze/Black 18x9.5 (5x114.3) +38 offset

Exterior:

-HTA Subaru front sport grill (painted OBP)
-Grillcraft Lower front grill
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:15 PM   #21
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Beautiful ride man!
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:15 PM   #22
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Beautiful ride man!
Thank you
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:09 PM   #23
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This picture one of my favorite GR shots. It is seriously making me want to go wingless. The angle/lighting and color combo of the black with the red badge make it look very Audi RS4-esque. I love it!
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:22 PM   #24
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Nice to see another Canadian kicking around here. Too bad you don't have a hatchback, I'm curious what Lachute's hatchback exhaust sounds like (looking for something about as loud as a Cobb, but I'd like to buy Canadian if possible... but from the looks of it, the Lachute is probably pretty loud.)
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:59 PM   #25
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This picture one of my favorite GR shots. It is seriously making me want to go wingless. The angle/lighting and color combo of the black with the red badge make it look very Audi RS4-esque. I love it!
Why thank you sir

I too love that shot, soo clean, at least it was for 5 minutes lol
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