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Old 12-05-2012, 04:21 PM   #201
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Well. I'm not sure you know what a tune is...

If your car is running rich, your engine management is probably incorrect. Thus, tuning.

Any mods done? TBE, or Intake?
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:29 PM   #202
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Bought the car already tuned yes mods stage 2 intake. Idk what else but has been tuned
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:35 PM   #203
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Bought the car already tuned yes mods stage 2 intake. Idk what else but has been tuned
I think running rich can be bad for your catalytic converter(s) over time. Something about un-burned hydrocarbons causing the cat to run hotter and wear out faster. I am sure someone here knows the process in much more detail than me and could expand on it.

Since the car is modified you should definitely have a tuner check out the tune to make sure it's within normal operating parameters and/or return the car completely to stock till all your issues have been resolved.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:00 PM   #204
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I think running rich can be bad for your catalytic converter(s) over time. Something about un-burned hydrocarbons causing the cat to run hotter and wear out faster. I am sure someone here knows the process in much more detail than me and could expand on it.

Since the car is modified you should definitely have a tuner check out the tune to make sure it's within normal operating parameters and/or return the car completely to stock till all your issues have been resolved.
No way I could go back to stock. There's a bunch of upgrades. But anyone know of any local tuners located near 01832?
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:20 PM   #205
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Sulfur / Rotten eggs smell? I think that's an indication that you (or someone ahead of you) was running really rich.

Incorrect...fuel smells like, well fuel! A sulfur smell is very typical of a catalytic converter on its was out.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:05 PM   #206
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:31 PM   #207
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No way I could go back to stock. There's a bunch of upgrades. But anyone know of any local tuners located near 01832?
Find out exactly what is done to your car. Take pictures, try and read what the parts say on them and post back here. Where did you buy the car from? How do you know its tuned and did they say where or by what? You said you have no money to spend right now so your in a tough spot.

I would ask your pops to loan you some money for a cobb accessport, seeing you need the car to get to work you will have no downtime. It will give you the peace of mind that your engine is running properly. That does not apply if you have bigger injectors and turbo though.

I noticed your in mass, check out EFI Logics in Bethel,CT. Its probably a couple hours from you but it will be well worth the drive. Or even just e-mail them, I am sure they will help you out.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:32 PM   #208
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:33 PM   #209
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Bugeyes dont really NEED a tune.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:37 PM   #210
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Incorrect...fuel smells like, well fuel! A sulfur smell is very typical of a catalytic converter on its was out.
I am sorry. My original post that you quoted said "good way to burn up the cat" but I didn't want to scare this guy so I erased it. I don't know if that smell appears when the cat starts going bad, or when it has already gone bad. What I do know is that running rich caused my cat to go bad on an older car. I don't know if there are other more common causes of catalytic converter failure. Also we don't know for sure if the smell is coming from his car or someone else's.

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:43 PM   #211
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Bugeyes dont really NEED a tune.
Vision....


He has a full stage II setup. The bugeye may be more forgiving but he absolutely needs a tune, or at least an OTS map for his mods.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:46 PM   #212
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False. it will benefit from one, but it doesnt absolutely NEED one like the newer vehicles do.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:52 PM   #213
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False. it will benefit from one, but it doesnt absolutely NEED one like the newer vehicles do.
Are we splitting hairs about semantics here? Don't tell the kid to just go run it wide open, jeez. He's already said he can't really afford to repair the thing. Bad advice man. Did you notice he also has an intake? Untuned? I don't care if it's a bugeye or not, the wrx is a maf setup.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:58 PM   #214
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Its not bad advice. Were not splitting hairs or arguing semantics.

Back when the WRXs were new to the US, people would run full catless TBEs with a MBC and no other tune. These cars got the living **** beat out of them without blowing up, assuming there wasnt a nut turning the MBC.

The 16 bit ECUs are a bit more flexible than the new 32 bit ECUs.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:19 PM   #215
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I have the whole list of mods sec


Bought new in 2002 from Planet Subaru. This car is in excellent condition and has always been well maintained with only the highest quality synthetic lubricants (Mobil1 / Royal Purple). Significant investment ($10K) in upgrades makes this car really fun to drive. It's a sleeper but it flies. Cobb Access Port stage2 map delivers very smooth, linear & immediate power. K&N Air Filter, TurboXS turbo back exhaust and PDE Up-pipe allow the car to breath freely. Many handling mods including Whiteline Group4 adjustable coil-overs contribute to this cars' amazing handling. Pay my asking price and I will throw in a set of winter wheels (17x7.5 Rota Tarmac) & tires (Dunlop Winter Sport M3 DSST). I will also include all of the stock parts that were replaced from the list below.

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Cobb Tuning Access Port -- Stage 2 Map Loaded
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:47 PM   #216
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So Planet Subaru tuned it?
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:49 PM   #217
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So Planet Subaru tuned it?
Nooo. Well not that I know of.. But idk he said he got alot of the work at his buddys shop in ct.
I honestly don't know
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:52 PM   #218
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I have the whole list of mods sec


Bought new in 2002 from Planet Subaru. This car is in excellent condition and has always been well maintained with only the highest quality synthetic lubricants (Mobil1 / Royal Purple). Significant investment ($10K) in upgrades makes this car really fun to drive. It's a sleeper but it flies. Cobb Access Port stage2 map delivers very smooth, linear & immediate power. K&N Air Filter, TurboXS turbo back exhaust and PDE Up-pipe allow the car to breath freely. Many handling mods including Whiteline Group4 adjustable coil-overs contribute to this cars' amazing handling. Pay my asking price and I will throw in a set of winter wheels (17x7.5 Rota Tarmac) & tires (Dunlop Winter Sport M3 DSST). I will also include all of the stock parts that were replaced from the list below.

Extras & Mods:
Subaru security upgrade
Pioneer DEH-P7000BT BlueTooth Receiver (phone and audio BlueTooth)
Whiteline Group 4 Coilovers (adjustable in height via strut body, bump & rebound via knob)
STI Strut Top Mounts
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Turn-in Concepts Rear Diff Bushings
Turn-in Concepts Outrigger Bushings
Turn-in Concepts Fender Braces
Turn-in Concepts Shifter Bushings
Perrin Adjustable Rear Sway Bar
Energy Suspension rear sway bar urethane bushings
Perrin End-Links
Cusco Rear Strut Tower Bar with V-Brace
STI Engine Mount Bushings
K&N Air Filter
Turbo-XS 2" Stainless Turbo Back Exhaust
PDE Flex Up-pipe
Kartboy Exhaust Hangers
Kartboy Short Shifter
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Enkei RPF1 17x7.5 Wheels
Custom Aluminum Centering Rings/Spacers
Pirelli P Zero Nero Tires
StopTech Braided Brake Lines
SpeedBleeders
Greddy, Peek/Hold/Warn Boost Gauge (silver)
Cobb Tuning Access Port -- Stage 2 Map Loaded
ABS Switch Mod
Fog Light with High Beams on Mod
EGT (catless) resistor mod
Grounding Mod
New Windshield (Oct 2012)
New Clutch (Jan 2010)
Estimated Power: HP: 280 / Torque: 285 ft-lbs
It says access port stage 2 tune. Was the cobb access port given to you when you purchased the car? It could have been re flashed before it was traded in/sold. As it has been stated your model/year does not REQUIRE a tune and is a bit more forgiving. I would just take it easy and stay out of boost until you can get a tune or some way of data logging. Looks like the previous owner had good taste. That is if the dealer is being honest though.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:57 PM   #219
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Yes I do have the ap! He did give it to me he said he's used it only a couple times
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:08 PM   #221
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:39 PM   #222
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Planet Subaru is, according to the pasted text from the article, simply the Subaru dealer where the previous owner bought it. I remember your other thread when you posted this add asking about the car. You have a Stage 2 car with a lot of suspension work. I honestly do not know why people brought up tuning issues.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:56 PM   #223
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Planet Subaru is, according to the pasted text from the article, simply the Subaru dealer where the previous owner bought it. I remember your other thread when you posted this add asking about the car. You have a Stage 2 car with a lot of suspension work. I honestly do not know why people brought up tuning issues.
Idk what the tuning has to do with this either
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:01 PM   #224
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Idk what the tuning has to do with this either
Someone diagnosed your car as burning a cat. Likely due to running too rich, which can be fixed with a tune.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:33 PM   #225
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Someone diagnosed your car as burning a cat. Likely due to running too rich, which can be fixed with a tune.
If I have the ap can I tune myself? Like what that thing even do lol
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