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Old 03-21-2013, 12:27 PM   #26
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High quality factory oil? Haha, I dont think its that high I put a new high quality oil in anyways.

TP tune has been in for about 100 miles now, there was more power in the 3-5th gear compared to the Cobb tune. I got the OTS tune but Eric (TP tuner) will be tweaking the tune to fit in the conditions here, every car are different so if there's any tweaks needed, Eric will do it. I'll be updating the thread with my experiences with the TP tune after 500-1000 miles, from what I see, alot people love the TP tune.
Wait does he charge to tweak it? I live in Utah so some what high altitude, and drastic temperature changes so having map for different season would be nice.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:33 PM   #27
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Wait does he charge to tweak it? I live in Utah so some what high altitude, and drastic temperature changes so having map for different season would be nice.
No, you pay $85 to get the tune then do a datalog thu your AP and send it to Eric and he will check and make sure things looks good, and then do another log a week later or so and send it again to make sure everything looks great. The tune itself is worth it, he will tweak your tunes to fit into the Utah conditions.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:48 PM   #28
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Hmm that sounds great. I'll wait and see more reviews from you to see.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:08 PM   #29
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Took the WRX out for some shoots.

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Old 03-23-2013, 04:51 PM   #30
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Kartboy shifter came in! Thanks Bostonmotorsport for the quick shipping!

Installed the shifter, will see if I have time tomorrow to do the bushings.







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Old 03-23-2013, 06:12 PM   #31
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Nice!!! How do you like it? I'm about to head to the garage to so the same thing now. I'm going to just install the shifter now and then do the bushings another day.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:48 PM   #32
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Nice!!! How do you like it? I'm about to head to the garage to so the same thing now. I'm going to just install the shifter now and then do the bushings another day.
The shifter itself made a big difference, I love how it's shorter now! Drove around thu all gears, feels great. Doing the bushings later too, they require me to go under the car ha. The shifter itself took me about 30-40 mins to install everything.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:20 AM   #33
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Quick update:

Torqued Performance Stage 1: Loving it more everyday, the power it gives is just about right for a DD car, I can see myself going stage 2 in the future but I will wait until I'm ready for it. I forgot what the stock tune feels like now because I just dont want to remember how bad it was haha. The tune brings alot of positive things, just one disadvantage is I find myself boosting more often than ever and my gas gauge goes down faster haha.

Kartboy shifter: I had a short throw shifter in my speed3 and when I got the WRX, the shifter felt sloppy and long. Installed the short shifter only, the bushings will be done later when it warms up in the North. The shifter itself made a difference, it's just about right, the shifting feels stiffer now. I cant wait to install the bushings to see what it does, the stock bushings feels fine now but people tell that the kartboy bushings makes a big difference. Will post another update when I install those.

Exhaust: OEM exhaust is not going to stick on much longer, looking to order the Turbo XS in Mayish. Looking forward to bring out the rumble sound more.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:18 PM   #34
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Now onto the headlights, I've been debating on between two different choices of going black from chrome.

Choice 1: Buy the black headlights from RockAuto.com, offbrand name but looks the same as the OEM ones. $350ish for two headlights.

Choice 2: Use the current OEM ones and bake/paint them (not sure if I want to leave the chrome rings around, I want to stay close to the OEM looks), time consuming choice.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:28 PM   #35
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Now onto the headlights, I've been debating on between two different choices of going black from chrome.

Choice 1: Buy the black headlights from RockAuto.com, offbrand name but looks the same as the OEM ones. $350ish for two headlights.

Choice 2: Use the current OEM ones and bake/paint them (not sure if I want to leave the chrome rings around, I want to stay close to the OEM looks), time consuming choice.
Choice 2. Stick to OEM. Don't mess with non OEM lighting products. Not worth the time/effort and you end up spending more money in the long run since you end up just buying the better option later down the road after all the headaches you go through. Another option is to source STI headlights with the black housings.

If you are opening them up, change out the projector. STI projectors with a clear lens will do wonders. Or even the quick retro fit from theretrofitsource is a nice option as well. Although, the STI's are direct bolt in (no cutting of any sort). More work, yes... but the results are worth it.

FWIW, I am doing an STI projector with a clear ZKW lens, blacked out housing around the projector (leaving blinker/DRL area chrome), and all OEM ballasts. Going to top it off with some nice Philips 4200k 85122+ D2S bulbs to get the good cut off.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:56 PM   #36
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I would go with choice 2. I'm actually considering doing it this summer. There's a guy in our local subie scene that will do it for $50 + material. I'll do dark CF, with red on top part of the low beam housing, and some sort of blue LED angle eye rings. I don't think I'll go HID as I don't care for it. I rather spend that $300-$400 on the double deck spoiler.

Also scoobyfreak86, don't use the STI projectors unless you'll go HID as well. Those projectors were designed for HID bulbs so it won't work well with Halogen bulbs. The WRX projectors aren't bad. They just use weak bulbs on them. You can get H11 bulbs to put in them instead of the weaker H9 bulbs. Google H11 to H9 conversion for more info on how to do that. MAJOR improvement to lighting, much better vision at night and in extreme weather condition.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:21 PM   #37
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Also scoobyfreak86, don't use the STI projectors unless you'll go HID as well. Those projectors were designed for HID bulbs so it won't work well with Halogen bulbs. The WRX projectors aren't bad. They just use weak bulbs on them. You can get H11 bulbs to put in them instead of the weaker H9 bulbs. Google H11 to H9 conversion for more info on how to do that. MAJOR improvement to lighting, much better vision at night and in extreme weather condition.
HID's are a given. I am very knowledgeable in the lighting world as I have done several retrofits and work to headlights in the past. Notice I talk about ballasts in my previous post.

The WRX h11 projectors aren't great. Cutoff is poor and width/distance isn't anything to write home about. Yes, bulbs do help, but a proper retrofit is very important when talking about lighting since it won't cause excessive glare to oncoming traffic.

Yes I have read up on the h11 to h9 conversion, but not worth it in my mind. I would rather do a full retro and get the proper parts in the headlights to provide a clean, crisp cutoff that not only helps me see at night, but is safe for others on the road.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #38
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HID's are a given. I am very knowledgeable in the lighting world as I have done several retrofits and work to headlights in the past. Notice I talk about ballasts in my previous post.

The WRX h11 projectors aren't great. Cutoff is poor. Yes, bulbs do help, but a proper retrofit is very important when talking about lighting since it won't cause excessive glare to oncoming traffic.

Yes I have read up on the h11 to h9 conversion, but not worth it in my mind. I would rather do a full retro and get the proper parts in the headlights to provide a clean, crisp cutoff that not only helps me see at night, but is safe for others on the road.
Ok just making sure you're not throwing Halogen bulbs into HID projector. The cut ou tis the same when you put H11 bulbs in o.O lol. The bulbs has nothing to do with cut out. It's the way the projector set up. There're no glare from the H11 halogen bulbs into our projectors. But yeah like I explained, even HIDs are nice I rather spend that money elsewhere. $300 can almost get me that double deck spoiler I always wanted haha.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:30 PM   #39
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Ok just making sure you're not throwing Halogen bulbs into HID projector. The cut ou tis the same when you put H11 bulbs in o.O lol. The bulbs has nothing to do with cut out. It's the way the projector set up. There're no glare from the H11 halogen bulbs into our projectors. But yeah like I explained, even HIDs are nice I rather spend that money elsewhere. $300 can almost get me that double deck spoiler I always wanted haha.
I am not speaking of glare in the h11 bulbs. I am talking about putting bulbs OTHER than h11 halogens in those projectors. H9's are ok, but not my cup of tea.

And yes. Proper bulbs will produce a better cutoff than others. And it's cut off. Not cut out. The shield does indeed produce a better cut off, but if you put some cheapo 40 dollar ebay autozone bulbs into a projector compared to, lets say, some Philips 85122+ bulbs in there, you will see a big difference in cutoff.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:37 PM   #40
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Took the speed3 and WRX out today for a quick photoshoot!







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Old 04-04-2013, 12:04 PM   #41
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Been researching on doing my headlights sometime soon.

I had the DDMtuning in my 06 and eventually got done with the DDM **** so I'm looking to work with The Retrofit Source this time with the Morimoto bulbs they offer.

This kit, H11: MORIMOTO ELITE HID SYSTEM, is what I'm looking at right now, have anyone used this kit before or know someone with the kit? I want to see someone with this kit before making the purchase. I've researched that this works well in the OEM projectors and do not need to upgrade to the fancy projectors.

Also I plan to do the "squirrel finder" mod which would give me a better cut off. I've been debating on taking the headlights apart to paint them like my 06, I have no problem taking them apart, it's just time consuming. The "squirrel finder" mod doesn't require me to take the headlights apart so I might just hold the painting later in the summer when I have a decent garage to work in.

Any experiences/inputs would be appreciated.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:11 PM   #42
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HID's in a halogen type projector is a big no no. Excessive glare will cause tons of on coming drivers to be blinded by your headlights. Do it right and get some appropriate projectors. Whether it be the retrofit source quick retro kit or the STI projectors, do it right the first time. Simple to do as they both are plug and play and the reward will far surpass any HID kit you put into the stock H11 projectors. Appropriate cutoff is very important. Not many people realize how dangerous lighting mods can be unless you do it the right way.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:35 PM   #43
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Finally ordered the Front Lip. FedEx needs to hurry up.
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Nice shots of both cars Mike.
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Nice shots of both cars Mike.
Thanks! I again thanks for the work done on the WRX
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One of the few new parts came in mail today...



Hardware came in with the lip, they look neat.



Installing it this weekend.
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Update

Mileage: 3034

V-Limited JDM Front Bumper Lip Spoiler installed, only picture I have right now, will be taking proper shoot eventually when the weather becomes nice again.




Also bought the invisicord for my Valentine one radar. I made a DIY one but it had some shortage issues and made me buy a profession done one, I am happy with the quality.



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Took it out to Watkins Glen track today for the opening, took a picture of the car and the entrance after the laps. Had fun, was able to push the car and see where it needs improvements.

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looks great
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looks great
Thanks!

Here's the video for the paced laps.

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