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Old 03-21-2013, 02:33 PM   #126
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You said you painted a few parts white under the hood because you are anal and want everything to look clean, but yet everything is a mess under there.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:58 PM   #127
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My paint is clean, and while it's a work in progress since the new Turbo and front mount aren't in, I don't get how an intake and new black covers constitute a 'mess'?
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:18 PM   #128
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Moore Blast plates just arrived. Great construction and finish for a part nobody will ever see. Unfortunately, someone missed packing the bolts for this baby, but I'm guessing that was a small goof. Planning on these as a little extra insurance while I save and search for the right 6 speed deal; can't hurt for whoever winds up taking my 5MT second hand either. Feet and meat included free of charge:
You know the motor has to come out to install these right?
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:31 PM   #129
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I'm looking at just pulling the transmission, now considering combining it with new gears at the same time and possibly skipping the 6 speed.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:25 AM   #130
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Finally back in town for a good stretch, got around to a few 'comfort' items this weekend that every car should really have:

Installed IxizHood Struts:


Put in some Hyundai cupholder inserts; thanks to whoever posted these, great fit:


Added a homelink mirror, long overdue:


And lastly put in a backup camera (5 stars and $18 on Amazon )


I wound up installing inside the glass; I had planned on attaching it to the spoiler, but even with my rear window at its dirtiest, the camera shot was still sharp, and no drilling is always a plus:
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:02 AM   #131
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Weekend project time- first off is a spring (not the season) and summer tire swap. Decided to go to a 5/7kg setup from a 7/9kg. It was perfectly fine on the road trips I've been taking, but a few of the local Seattle freeways are a little jarring; 5/7 is still double the stock springs and should put it right where I want it. Fortunately, I've had no bouncing and the MDUs are holding up quite well, the only touch of surface rust I could find was in the very bottom of the coilovers. Considering these have been driven about 70% on snow with salt, not too shabby.




And compare to my DBA 4000s that went on new at the same time :


Step 2 is just as big- back to stock downpipe, back to stock intake, and I'll be heading in for baseline dyno pulls on the 22nd. The new exhaust will be built over those next two weeks, now along with a fresh intake and the SaaBeeru's first protune
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:10 PM   #132
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Sry for my stupid question but is this a normal saab? Cause we havent this model here in Germany. Cheers

P.S. Cool car ;-)!
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:23 PM   #133
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A Saab 9-2X is essentially an 05-06 Impreza wagon built by Subaru with different body panels, suspension, and a slightly different interior. Engine and drivetrain-wise, the cars are identical, and the Linear models are same as base Imprezas and Aero models like I have are the same as a WRX.
It was part of a deal GM had with Subaru when GM owned Saab, and was dissolved prematurely, so the cars were built for just over a year. To my knowledge, they were just US and Canadian market cars; the couple Russian and Swedish examples I've seen are imports, so there's a chance there's not a single one in Germany.
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:28 AM   #134
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Well, of course I figured out that something was lost in translation and my spare softer Chinese springs are fronts oh well, I'm not that disappointed with the 7/9kg setup, but if you're staying stiff, do it right, yay Kartboy:




Also went to town on taking care of the black on the car,and picked up,some Turtle Wax 'Black Box', here's a review I posted with a bunch of pics: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2492166

A before and after close up:



I went to town with some trim restorer, here on the left:


And all ready for the prom :
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:10 AM   #135
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Finally got my gauges in today, found an Autometer dual gauge pod that was still in stock (fitment was excellent), and put in Maddad Ultra Basic Oil Pressure and Boost gauges. Perfect interior daytime match, finally getting this to look the way I think it should have stock:

Backlighting is a little bright, need to look into if a potentiometer works on these:

And here's the wiring for anyone wondering how to set them up:

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Old 04-21-2013, 08:21 AM   #136
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It was part of a deal GM had with Subaru when GM owned Saab, and was dissolved prematurely, so the cars were built for just over a year.
When GM owned part of FHI before going bankrupt and selling that share to Toyota.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:39 AM   #137
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What year is the homelink mirror off of? I've been considering ordering one for the past 6 months or so.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:13 PM   #138
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What year is the homelink mirror off of? I've been considering ordering one for the past 6 months or so.
Sorry, I'm not actually sure, I picked it up from another member, I know from the instructions it was for multiple years of Impreza and Forester.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:06 PM   #139
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Sorry, I'm not actually sure, I picked it up from another member, I know from the instructions it was for multiple years of Impreza and Forester.
Cool. Off topic - do you guys do tours? I might have to come up and see this car/drink a beer this summer.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:24 PM   #140
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Cool. Off topic - do you guys do tours? I might have to come up and see this car/drink a beer this summer.
We haven't been open to the public, but we're opening a taproom in North Seattle in a few weeks. We plan to run food trucks thought the lot since it won't have a kitchen. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, we'll be posting info soon.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:14 PM   #141
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Thank you English Racing:



And my baseline Dynojet numbers:


So the Saabaru will be a patient at Nameless Performance the next couple of weeks, then English Racing for the protune. After that, back in hand for the FMIC , then the next project will be a 'lightweight' soundproofing based off Mass Loaded Vinyl. If anyone knows where I can get some for reasonable cost along I5 in Washington, let me know. As I add each section of MLV, I'll log and post it here. Same stretch of road, 60mph in 5th. Here was my baseline today on the stock exhaust using the 'Decibel 10th' app on my iPhone (yes, I know iPhone mics aren't great):

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Old 05-09-2013, 02:42 AM   #142
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If this is what the new exhaust is doing WITHOUT a tune, I've got a lot to look forward to the next couple weeks...

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Old 05-09-2013, 11:35 AM   #143
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Wow... That is impressive. Makes me so that I only have a ver.1 accessport that is stuck with OTS maps. Thinking of selling it and putting the $ towards and opensource setup.

Good luck with the tune. Very interested to see what they squeeze out of it. What are you having done @ Nameless?
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:48 AM   #144
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It will have the full turboback, a prototype intake, and then protuned by English Racing. Back in hand next week I've got the Uppipe and FMIC waiting. I had planned on doing the FMIC the same time as the 18G-XT, but both shops said I'll see benefits from it now and it's set to be fine with the tune, so it's going to be nice cleaning out the garage and not having to do all that extra work the same time as the turbo if nothing else.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:11 PM   #145
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This thing is the cooliest
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:01 AM   #146
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The SaaBeeru is back in hand. I haven't seen the final numbers, but I was told the English Racing tune put on an additional 60whp/70wtq which should mean about 240whp/260wtq, I'll post once I have the pics.
As for what anyone really cares about- The Nameless exhaust... Fully divorced DP has been out for a bit, and soon it can be mated to a full 3 inch Catback with a resonator and muffler delete. Tip is a dual-walled 4". The hangars are a bit over-engineered and will be simplified on the production units.




The sound is pretty well perfect and yet a bit unique. The 'gurgle' from our '11 is nonexistent. There's classic boxster rumble, very deep, and yet it sounds truly free-flowing, similar to what I get from my V8. With that kind of breathing you'd expect raspiness, but there's never even a hint. It's loud, but there's no drone at all, just a bit more bass in the road noise. Saw a 3db jump at 60. I'll get around to making some videos soon, for now:



I'm working under the hood this weekend and next, but I did get one very useful item in- a Mishimoto Black weighted shift knob. So pissed I didn't see this 6 months and 3 knobs ago. It's 1lb and a post style, perfect for my needs. Unfortunately, their logo looks like some kind of superhero icon:


Good thing the shift pattern from my old knob was just the right size, now my interior is pretty much perfectly the way I want it:

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Old 05-19-2013, 10:10 AM   #147
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I really like how the shift pattern fits and looks oem on that knob.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:18 PM   #148
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In the past, I've made my own from a DIY I found on here somewhere. You can get plastic 'page pebbles' at craft stores in the scrapbook section, they're the perfect size.
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:18 PM   #149
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Got the same backup camera from amazon!dude I was super amazed with the quality and the amount of light you can see at night time !
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #150
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I'd like to also point out that the Saab headlight housing is the perfect candidate for a filthy quad projector retrofit set up! You should hit up theretrofitsource.com !!
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