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Old 01-13-2013, 11:20 PM   #26
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Looks great man, congrats!
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:50 PM   #27
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:21 AM   #28
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1/22/2013:

Hey guys, now that I have my AccessPORT, I'm sure like many of you, I hate having to pull my best contortionist moves to access the damn test mode connectors. To that, I say "NO MORE!" Today I added this mod:

*not particularly clever, but definitely useful: added a toggle switch to create a circuit between the two test connectors. Now, instead of having to go underneath the dash, I just simply flip the switch next to the inter cooler sprayer!



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Old 01-30-2013, 11:34 PM   #29
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Hey guys,

Quick update: please welcome my buddy, SW4GGON (here's his intro thread: LINKY), to our awesome community! He's coming from the BMW scene. After his E36 M3 got hit by an uninsured motorist, he asked what car he should get next. The answer was obvious: SUBARU. He settled on an 05 WRX and we took my Roxy on her first (for me) road trip to San Diego. Here are a couple of shots:

Sorry for the crappy shots.

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:15 PM   #30
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Howdy kids,

Today's mod has been sitting in my trunk for quite a while and I was finally able to get some time to throw it in there. The other part of today's activities was cleaning the k&n drop in which was a huge mess.

*first, front turn signal swap to white LEDs






*cleaning the drop in


All the junk that came out!

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Old 02-03-2013, 03:17 PM   #31
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This might sound funny. Take an old soap pump dispenser that has the long tube attached to it. Put it into the power steering reservoir and pump out old fluid. Refill with new ATF and do again in a couple weeks. My steering felt alot better,,,
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:16 PM   #32
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This might sound funny. Take an old soap pump dispenser that has the long tube attached to it. Put it into the power steering reservoir and pump out old fluid. Refill with new ATF and do again in a couple weeks. My steering felt alot better,,,
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:21 AM   #33
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Hey Subes,

Haven't updated for a while but I wanted to share these pics that I took with my good buddy, SW4GGON. It was a good opportunity to use my iPhone 5's panorama mode. Coming up in terms of mods is a Lamco dash pod and a full test for the accessport I bought back in January. So here are the shots:









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Old 04-12-2013, 01:14 AM   #34
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Hey Subabros, *giggles*

Been gone for a while due to work being crazy but now I'm back with a couple of updates. So I finally got rid of my Magnaflow catback. The fellow nasioc member that I sold it to had a Lamco gauge set and an OEM dash pod to put up for trade. So we settled for some cash and his pod/gauges. Since i bought the car with a set of Lamco gauges in the dash, I decided to sell the new gauges to my good buddy, SW4GGON, and relocated my gauges to the dash with the pod. So here are some pics of the before/after:

*Lamco gauges relocation (before)


Close up



Wires up close (I had them sticking out of where the ashtray sits)


*Lamco gauges relocation (after). I had to move my phone cradle to the right vent since it blocked my view of the boost gauge. Also, you'll notice that I need a din pocket to cover up the massive void above the radio.


Close of the dash pod



I ran the wires through the ashtray so the tray is still functional.

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Old 04-14-2013, 01:53 AM   #35
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AW YEAH! Some liquid gold is about to be installed
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:34 AM   #36
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Just wanted to share a nice pic of Roxy at sunset. Big update coming soon!

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Old 04-15-2013, 06:47 PM   #37
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This one is a big update . My buddy, SW4GGON, and I got together for a mod/maintenance day. We started early in the morning at 9 AM and didn't finish till 6! *grumble*stupiduppipe*grumble*. So this is what was on the docket:

To do on Roxy:

1. Seafoam through vacuum to get that pesky gunk out
2. Rotella T6 oil change
3. OEM oil filter change

To do on SW4GGON's wagon

1. Seafoam through vacuum to get that pesky gunk out
2. Rotella T6 oil change
3. OEM oil filter change
4. Catless uppipe (not sure what brand)
5. Catless HKS downpipe
6. eBay catback exhaust
7. Stage II reflash! Lucky bastard.......

So here are some pics from throughout the day! Enjoy!

The patients


The transplants


SW4GGON's OEM downpipe


OEM vs HKS downpipe




Random pic


Once the absolute a-hole of an uppipe decided to give up its spot, we took some comparison shots


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Old 04-15-2013, 07:08 PM   #38
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Uppipe and turboback installed


Now, some fun stuff

Afterwards, we took care of our oil changes and seafoamed our engines. Then went for a nice, um...spirited drive. thanks for reading!

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Old 04-16-2013, 01:24 AM   #39
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Needs Moar Updates!
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:10 AM   #40
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I know, I've been lagging
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:33 PM   #41
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Some beauty shots



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Old 04-21-2013, 01:44 AM   #42
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What's up Subabros?

So after helping my buddy, SW4GGON, go stage II on his 05 wagon, and seeing as how he could now keep up with my stage I STi.....well......I decided that THIS CANNOT STAND!!!! So after much searching for info (on reliability of stage II STis) and finding a decent used downpipe, I pulled the trigger and picked up this HKS downpipe from Craigslist:



As you can see, the pipe was a little beat up. No dents or damage, just a little rusty. Definitely needed some TLC. So I bit my buddy's idea of spraying his uppipe in a wrinkle red finish (pictured above). He had some wrinkle red spray left over so he let me have it. THANKS, HENDOG! But first, some hi-temp primer:





After 3 coats of the hi-temp primer, on to the wrinkle red!:



Close up of the "wrinkle-ness?":






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Old 04-21-2013, 01:45 AM   #43
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*WARNING - THIS NEXT STEP IS VERY VVVVVEEEEEERRRRRRYYYYY STUPID TO DO ON YOUR OWN - I SHOULD KNOW ಠ_ಠ *

So with the pipe painted, it was time to install the downpipe. Let me just start by saying, don't be an impatient moron like me. Wait till a buddy can help you. My eyes were bigger than my stomach I suppose. Although my buddy's install was tough and took like 9 hours (?!), I figured mine wouldn't take as long/be as difficult as I was only doing the downpipe. Yep. I was wrong. Plus, my floor jack went out so I had to use the oem one which barely lifted the car. Sigh. The odds were definitely against me but it was all for my Roxy <3.

For reference, here's the stock downpipe and a pic of the engine bay (I had already removed the heat shield about a minute prior to taking the pic):




LOOK AT THIS AWESOME STi TOOL TRAY!



Also, should I paint the oem heat shield and put it back on? Let me know:



Well since the STi intercooler is much bigger than the WRX kind, I had to remove the whole frickin thing unlike with my buddies instal. Sigh.:



I took this opportunity to inspect the IC and turbo inlet for oil. From what I understand, a thin film is okay. A ton is a cause for concern. Luckily, that is not the case:




I also took this opportunity to cleanup the STi y-pipe elbow and back of the intercooler:


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Old 04-21-2013, 02:35 AM   #44
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So after what seemed like an eternity and some bumps and bruises (remember kids, don't do this on by yourself. That stock downpipe is heavier than it looks), the stock downpipe was out. Here are some more comparison chops next to the HKS downpipe:





I also checked out the turbo to make sure everything looked okay:



Luckily for me, this is a castles HKS downpipe. That means its about a third of the weight, so it was much easier to snake it under the car and guide it to the back of the turbo. Here are the fruits of my labor, ain't it pretty?:



Comparison shot of the stock wrinkle finish of the intake manifold:



This is what an STi sounds like with only a catless downpipe lol:


So here are some shots of the finished project! YAYZ!:

I love how my lanyard is reping HKS on the left lol



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Old 04-21-2013, 03:09 AM   #45
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Here's where it meets the catback. I love the contrast:



Here's another vid of the finished product:




Before everything was done, SW4GGON saved the day by bringing over an exhaust gasket where the catback meets the downpipe. Like a moron, I forgot to buy one. Once complete, we took the ol girl out. We were both blown away by the jump in performance. Even though I'm only running a stage II off the shelf map, the jump in POWAHHHHH s very noticeable. I'm very pleased with the stage II.

Oh! As a bonus, while we were out test driving Roxy in cypress, by pure dumb luck we ran into a branch office of Subaru R&D!






I know it was a long long post but it was over due. Thanks for reading!

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Old 04-21-2013, 03:17 AM   #46
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:47 AM   #47
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Did you notice the crack near your internal wastegate?
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:55 AM   #48
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Did you notice the crack near your internal wastegate?
Lol yeah, bricks were shat. It was some gunk and scratched right off weird. I have read that most turbos get a crack near the wastegate anyway though.

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Old 04-21-2013, 05:18 AM   #49
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^ wow, lucky for you!! Im glad it wasnt a real crack. It looks really like a crack from the picture.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:32 AM   #50
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Wonder if there would be much difference between a less restrictive down pipe over the hks. That dp seems close to stock
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