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Old 02-18-2015, 09:30 PM   #1
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Location: Ohio
Default Covert Tuning Dynamics built 2006 STI

So this is one of those horror stories that luckily has a happy ending. I omitted names, since I want this to be about the build and not a witch hunt. I am ready to move on to bigger better things now.

Stating point, I knew the owner of Performance Theory Motorsports, a family friend. I grew up with his brother and he had done some good work for me in the past. He originally did some bolt ons to my 2006 STI and I moved to TX due to military. While there in Nov of 2010 the ground for my voltage relay for my fuel pump came loss. This caused my AFR’s to spike while in boost, leaning out to 15.5 AFR and blowing the piston rings. I had the car shipped back to Ohio to get worked on while I was deployed.

PTM and I came up with a build sheet for a rebuild and bigger stock location turbo. Was going to be a mild build something fun reliable (Forged internals, head work, fuel, cooling and turbo). I put a down payment for parts to get the build kicked off in January 2012 due to their backlog and a Lambo project they were working on.

As the months went by down range, I was told it was back another month. I kept calling when I could and emailing. I was told of a possible merger with IPS. I was told the vehicle would be done there. I contacted IPS and they explained that isn’t the case and the owner of PTM had backed out of their merger due to differences.

Then Covert Tuning Dynamics was stood up. I was again told by the owner of PTM it would now be honored at the new shop. Due to I couldn’t get my money back or recall it due to the length of time and knowing small claims court wasn’t going to get me much, I decided to stick with it (around Aug 2012). The original location they were in was only temporary and they were moving into their now current shop. The car sat again as due to current build and was going to be started once they moved.

At this point I decided since the car has been down for so long and had some more deployment funds I decided to add sleeves to the build. I started then to inquire about all the original parts I had paid for. This is when a certain person again is let go and the full story comes to light. That the turbo and all my parts that I had paid for originally, were not there. That they had never been, my money was never used for anything for my car.

It is now the beginning of 2013. The car is in pieces, the engine was at least getting sleeved. I spoke with the owner of CTD and he gave me the full run down of the incident. We discussed how to move forward. At this point due to I had nothing, Eric (tuner and longtime Subaru guru) and I came up with a new build. The build was originally going to be aiming for 500whp mark. CTD honored most of my money that I had put down with PTM and gave me a huge discount on parts /labor. This just shows the character for their shop to step up like that. The deal was the car would be worked on in between projects. The final details to going forward were reached at the end of March of 2013. From here the parts were ordered and the build started.

The build progressed between their other major builds and various projects. The original turbo was going to be a GTX 3076, but we decided to change it a GTX 3582. Due to the turbo size increase we changed the injectors a few times to compensate for the added power.

On Sept 30th 2014 the car made 515whp on 93 at 26psi and 540 WHP at 25psi on E85. From here we thought that the Maddad header and up pipe were restricting the flow. This brought us to go with AMR Equal length Race header. The wrong header was originally sent and built for a 2.5 RS. It took some time to get the proper header made. From there a custom up pipe was completed.

The car was then retuned and I picked the car up on 14th of February 2015. The car made 551 WHP /490 TQ on 93 and 556 WHP / 491 TQ. The car is hitting 90% IDC. The car needs bigger injectors, which I will switch to ID2000 at a later date. Also restricting the car is the intake tapering from 4in to 3in to fit through the fender. Like the injectors, this will be done later in the future. I just couldn’t wait any longer to drive and enjoy the ca, which I haven’t driven since I shipped to Ohio in 2011.

The car so far has been a blast and I can’t tell you how happy I am to have the car finally back. Though I love my BRZ, it is great to have massive amounts of torque on demand. I definitely owe a huge thanks to everyone at Covert Tuning Dynamics for coming through and making a horrible situation into something “GREAT.” Rarely do these stories like these have a happy ending. I am excited to continue to make my car faster and enjoy every minute of it. Definitely would recommend them to anyone looking for work on your car.

Build Sheet (2006 Sti)
Golden Eagle Sleeves
OEM 11+ heat treated crank
ACL Main and Rod bearings
JSC Speed Manley Rods
CP Piston
ARP Head Studs
GSC S2 Cams
GSC Springs
Valve Cut
Heads port polished
Treadstone intercooler
CTD Fuel System for 02-07 WRX/STI- (Includes Deatschwerks 1300cc injectors, Modified stock fuel hanger, Walbro 450lph, all AN lines, fittings and regulator)
Perrin Rotated turbo kit w/GTX3582R
Tial Blow Off Valve
PtP Turbo blanket
AMR Equal Length Race Header (coated/wrapped)
CTD up pipe
Mishimoto X-line radiator, fan shroud w/fans, oil cooler, silicone hoses
Cusco engine/Trans mounts
Killer B Ultimate Oil pan package (pan, pickup and baffle)
CTD Crankcase Breather Kit
Omni Power 4bar MAP Sensor
Battery Relocation kit
Spec Stage 3 clutch
All fuilds changed
All the brakes had to be replaced
New Dunlops ZII all around (old ones rotten from sitting so long)

I am sure I am missing various components and bushings that were replaced were replaced.

93 Oct Tune
E85 Tune

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Old 02-18-2015, 10:48 PM   #2
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Member#: 276915
Join Date: Mar 2011
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Pittsburgh (South Hills)
2011 WRX Limited
Satin White Pearl


Interesting story. I know a few people that have used them for Lambo builds. Glad everything worked out! Nice car!
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:33 PM   #3
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Join Date: Jul 2004
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Kingwood, TX
2007 STI Limited#534
Crystal Gray


Sick build!
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:35 PM   #4
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Location: Ohio

Originally Posted by jvsoundwave View Post
Sick build!
Thanks appreciate it. Just now need some nice weather in VA to really get on it.

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