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Old 09-27-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Default gsrcrxsi's narrowbody WRX (2010)

I havent shared my car here formally, so why not.

I bought this car new in early 2010, wanted to keep it simple with mods but that snowballed quickly lol. I've spent most of my time working on the suspension/brakes/wheels/tires, but at 103,000 miles i discovered a blown head gasket. which turned into a mild engine rebuild from IAG lol. hey, it needed the 105k service anyway, and I couldn't be happier with the experience dealing with IAG.

Dealer options on the car when purchased:
SPT catback exhaust stainless
Media Hub (for hooking up an ipod/iphone or other flash drives/mp3 players)
Under dash red lighting
All weather floormats

Current Mod List - 06/05/2014
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Engine/Drivetrain:
Stock VF52 turbo
Manley 99.75mm forged Pistons
ARP head studs
ACL Race main/rod bearings
Killer-B oil pickup tube
Full-Race 1.5-scroll header, Swaintech coated and wrapped in DEI Titanium
Injector Dynamics 1000cc
Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
COBB catted downpipe wrapped in DEI Titanium
COBB SF Intake + Airbox
Perrin Turbo inlet
COBB AccessPort - protune by Jorge @ IAG
Air pump delete with IAG block off plates
Spearco Top Mount Intercooler
TurboSmart Kompact BPV
Grimmspeed 3-port EBCS
PTP "Lava" turbo blanket
COBB turbo heatsheild
Kartboy Short Shifter w/ poly shifter bushings
Whiteline KDT901 "positive shift kit" poly crossmember bushings
GroupN Engine Mounts
GroupN Transmission Mount
Mishimoto Aluminum Radiator
Gates Timing Belt
Crawford Air-Oil Separator (catch can with drainback)
Exedy Stage 1 Clutch

Wheels/Tires/Suspension/Steering/Brakes:
Feal 441 Coilovers (summer)
17x9" +44 Work Emotion CR-Kai (summer)
245/40/17 Continental ExtremeContact DW (summer)

15x7" Team Dynamics Pro Rally 1 (winter)
215/65/15 General Altimax Arctic (winter)
Koni Sport "yellows" with King Lift Springs (winter)

2011+ STi aluminum front LCAs
2009+ Forester inner tie rods (to support wider LCAs)
2011+ WRX front axles (to support wider LCAs)
Cusco front 4-point brace
SPC Adjustable Rear LCAs
RalliTek HD endlinks f/r
Perrin 25mm Front sway bar
Whiteline 22mm Rear sway bar
Whiteline KDT905 Rear Differential bushings (front)
Whiteline KDT906 Rear Differential bushings (rear)
Whiteline KDT907 Rear Subframe bushings
Whiteline KSR207 Steering Rack bushings
Whiteline KCA313 Roll Center Adjust Kit
STi solid steering linkage
FHI 4-pot front calipers, repainted and rebuilt
FHI 2-pot rear calipers, repainted and rebuilt
KNS mounting brackets for rear 2-pots
StopTech stainless braided brake lines
StopTech Street Performance brake pads
GrimmSpeed Brake Master Cylinder Brace

Interior/Exterior:
30% tint
Rally Armor Urethane mudflaps
SMY Clustermaker gauge pods
Defi Red Racer boost gauge
WC Lathewerks Copolymer shift knob w/ brass insert


Pics in Summer Mode:





Some pics in Winter Mode:





Recent engine bay shots:





I dont think i can fit anything else in the engine bay
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:59 AM   #2
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Some pics while IAG was building the motor:








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Old 09-28-2013, 02:02 PM   #3
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Could you tell me more about the sti steering linkage?
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:56 PM   #4
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What about it? It's off a 2011 STi, it's solid, and it's direct bolt on.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:24 PM   #5
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I mean is it actually different from the WRX, could you tell an improvement in steering? I have a narrow body and I'm building the suspension at the moment so I was curious how you felt about it.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:11 PM   #6
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A little different. A little tighter, no more dead zone in the middle. Not a huge improvement honestly.
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:57 AM   #7
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Love the car and everything you have done to it.

Sub'd and thank you for all the suspension research you have done, it has definitely helped me!
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Old 09-29-2013, 01:43 PM   #8
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Do you feel any benefits from the wider control arms?
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:17 PM   #9
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Them being wider...not necessarily.

My goal was to get the OEM booted/greased spherical bushing in the ALK location. This is what made the difference, not the wider arms. But to get what I wanted, I HAD to go to the wider arms and everything else needed to support them (axles, inner tie rods)
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:06 PM   #10
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Can you show me some pictures for reference please?
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:50 PM   #11
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pics of the STi arm:




parts gathered and laid out:



compared to the WRX (narrow body) arm:



notice that the sway bar mount on the wider arms is further out. i forgot to mention that if you do this you have to run the sway bar for the widebody. the sway bar i have was off of a 2011 WRX, but an STi sway will work also.
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:16 PM   #12
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Have you had any problems witht he Whiteline Bump Steer kit and did it make a big improvement to the overall driving feel
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:29 PM   #13
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No problems with it at all. Been running for 10,000mi.

It's tough to say what improvement it made.

I installed all if this at the same time:

Whiteline roll center kit
STi LCAs
Feal 441s
Cusco 4-point brace
Perrin 25mm front sway
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:37 PM   #14
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Took the PLX M300 from my old track car and repurposed it for use on the WRX. Need to secure the box but it's pretty nice in that spot.

Wrapped the sensor wiring in gold reflective foil too to hopefully keep temps of the wiring down. Might not be needed but being the sensor will be in the downpipe about 6" from the turbo so it can't hurt.



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Old 10-02-2013, 05:54 PM   #15
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Interesting choice on Koni sport yellows and King lift springs. How do you like them for winter use and "rough" roads over a stock setup?
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:19 PM   #16
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They work pretty well in my opinion. They aren't too harsh but are about as stiff as RCE blacks. Which helps with the body roll with the higher CG.

I wanted the extra bump travel (you sacrifice droop) with more ride height and it was what I wanted. For some people, spacers and stock springs will be more desirable.

Honestly the only reason I used the Konis was because I already had them (first paired with Epic springs, then RCE Blacks) and they have a lifetime warranty so why give that up?

Feal inserts would be a better choice with king lift springs for more "rough" or "off road" use, but I hear they aren't making them anymore
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:55 PM   #17
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Some pics. Tuned at IAG today. They have a new dyno setup which blows a lot of air across the front of the car (~65mph) and they tune with the hood closed for more realistic tuning environment.



Air comes in here:


And gets pulled out here:


The dyno fan inlet (gf next to it for reference):


The car put down 300hp/360trq. Peak 22psi tapering to 15ish

I was taxing the stock fuel pump pretty hard to the point that the pressure was dipping down and affecting the tune. So they threw in a Walbro 255. Peak numbers stayed the same, but I gained a bunch in the low end (25hp/50trq@3000) and I won't have to worry about starving for fuel and causing more problems.

Overall. Very happy
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:31 PM   #18
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sorry for the big pic, but i wanted to show everything with sufficient resolution for those that would want to see it. going into the tuning session, Jorge warned me that i would be taxing the stock fuel pump pretty hard, and likely to failure at some point. and he sure wasnt kidding. after getting a bunch of runs in, he showed me the pump strugging to maintain fuel pressure, especially at high RPMs and it was causing misfires. so, he tuned a few other cars while IAG threw in the new pump and he finished up my tune last.

here is the dyno plot. the run conditions are listed for comparison. these runs were made approx 6hrs apart. the ONLY change between the runs (besides ambient conditions) was swapping the stock fuel pump out for a Walbro255, and then some touching up. note, 29 runs on the stock pump to hash out 95% of the tune, then only 3 more runs to touch it up.

ive added on graphs of Fuel pressure, AFR, and Boost. final tune is bolded (obvious)

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Old 10-22-2013, 12:09 PM   #19
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With the koni/king setup, what's the total lift over stock (after everything settled)?
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:30 PM   #20
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Quote:
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With the koni/king setup, what's the total lift over stock (after everything settled)?
About 1-1.5" over stock
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:02 AM   #21
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Very nice build Sir, quality for sure. Any plans for a turbo swap?
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:56 AM   #22
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Yes eventually.

Thinking about either a BW EFR7163 or a BW EFR6758 "stock location"

I'm thinking I should probably build the trans first lol.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:09 AM   #23
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Yeah that is the trick with us WRX guys. I think I swap between deciding on a 6speed or PPG/Albins at least 3 times a week.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:15 AM   #24
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I want to stick with the 5MT, even thought it'll probably cost as much to build as a 6MT as-is, the 5MT will swap in, whereas the 6MT needs lots of other parts to be changed. and the 5speed will be lighter.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:46 PM   #25
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I'm back on my winter setup now. Getting an alignment tomorrow morning.

The old tires are done, my alignment must have gotten out of whack but they only had 3-4/32" left when I put them on back in April. I can't complain too much I was trashing the tires anyway after this season and they have like 40k on them. They are well ****ed. Lol.



In other news, I've been going down the transmission build road. I have 2 options. Build the 5speed. Or swap in the 6speed. The 5spd will be more expensive to build, but is lighter and a simpler design and needs less changing of parts. The 6spd is a lot stronger stock, maybe even as strong as a built 5sp. But it's heavier and requires changing a lot of parts. I also think the 5speed has better gearing for my power band. The 6spd with shorter ratios will be better suited for higher RPMs, but I'm topping out at about 6500-7000. Even with a new turbo, on the stock heads, I don't expect to rev higher than that, just more power.

One thing I definitely want is DCCD. 6spds come with DCCD stock, and are not compatible with the 5spd trans. And a few JDM/EDM 5spds have them too, but they are rare and hard to find and a bit pricey (expecting to pay $500 for the diff and tail housing alone.)

So I went searching. I stumbled on an ad from last year for a whole trans. JDM 99-00 STi RA 5sp with DCCD and helical LSD front diff. Broken 1st gear. Seller says it "clicks in first gear". So I messaged the guy and he still had it! Best of all he's local! This is unreal. I asked him to meet up so I can check it out. And we settled on $475 for the whole thing.



I can't use the front diff unfortunately because my axles are a male stub and this diff needs female axles.

The plan is to build this trans with PAR gears (1-2 straight cut, 3-4, helical, OEM 5th) swap out the front diff with something else compatible with my car, and then a trans brace (apparently they flex), and a DCCD controller.

I still need to find out if I can use this trans case with my car. I don't think it's any different. I should be able to sell the front diff too. And if for whatever reason I can't use the case/inside parts, I'll sell what I can and keep the DCCD and housing.
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