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Old 08-09-2003, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Well my Sti hoodscoop just killed its 2nd bird in 1 week...

Some of you might remember that last week my hoodscoop swallowed a swallow and I found it a day later plastered to my intercooler.

Yesterday while driving on a rural road, there was a small bird in the middle of the road, as I approached, the bird must have had some type of fatal attraction to my scoop, and upon its take-off it was sucked in to my hoodscoop. Of course I was thinking that it couldn't happen twice like that. About a mile later I pulled off the road, popped the hood, and sure enough, found little yellow bird plastered to my intercooler. Luckily like the first one, it was not a messy cleanup. After clearing my intercooler form any other land animals, I was on my way.

Of course now I'm looking into a small steel mesh to put into the hood scoop. BTW, I find all of this rather humorous and it really doesn't bother me too much, just slightly amazing...

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Old 08-09-2003, 07:25 PM   #2
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I knew it was bound to happen, just waiting for someone to post it! Haha, well I guess thats one animal thats proven to fit within the STi hoodscoop I guess the IC sprayer could function as a bird bath as well...

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Old 08-09-2003, 08:49 PM   #3
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I knew it was bound to happen, just waiting for someone to post it! Haha, well I guess thats one animal thats proven to fit within the STi hoodscoop I guess the IC sprayer could function as a bird bath as well...

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Hehe, bird bath...hmmm, never thought of that

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Old 08-09-2003, 09:09 PM   #4
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dang... if only you had a camera on your person at the time. That would have made for a pretty nice OT OWN3d pic.
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Old 08-09-2003, 09:32 PM   #5
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yah dude
you are the only who s swallowing swallows like crazy

just bring Digi Cam at all time.

then youcan start your own collection.

i check my scoop everytime i stop.

http://www.kastleskorner.com/store/p...e2d6b6354d1567

try that link

it's not working now.. but it should go back up soon

they have a mesh screen for STi pretty cheap
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Old 08-09-2003, 09:55 PM   #6
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Old 08-09-2003, 09:57 PM   #7
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Old 08-10-2003, 12:11 AM   #8
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Just out of curiosity, does the bird bend any of your intercooler fins?
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Old 08-10-2003, 12:29 AM   #9
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The whine of the turbo must call out to the birds I had the same thing happen coming up a hill, the bird was on the road and just got airborne as I came up to him. This bird must have realized the impending doom of the intercooler and tried to pull up....with no luck, he caught the top lip of the scoop and damn near got cut in half!
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Old 08-10-2003, 03:23 AM   #10
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Are you guys crazy?? Cut this thread short!!! We all know what Nader did to the Corvair. Think what the Sierra Club could do, to the STI, if they were to get wind of this. PLEASE do not ever mention the Spotted Owl, that my car Inhaled!!
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Old 08-10-2003, 04:03 AM   #11
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Hey, you're being like Solberg!

In this month's RallyXS magazine there's a little photo pictorial of him in the Cyprus rally I think sucking up a bird into the hoodscoop, the copilot picked it up and threw it into the footwell when it wound up in the cockpit. Solberg was so into the racing he didn't even notice.
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Old 08-10-2003, 08:32 AM   #12
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Ok guys, I'll take a picture next time my hoodscoop swallows a swallow.

Luckily there doesn't seem to be any damage to the intercooler. None of the fins are bent. Like I mentioned above, there is not such a mess either from the bird impact/suction.

In retrospect, maybe I should have saved my hoodscoop kills and make a little trophy case. Thereby I can hang them up on the wall next to my deerhead and other "game" kills



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Old 08-10-2003, 09:32 AM   #13
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Quote:
Of course now I'm looking into a small steel mesh to put into the hood scoop.
A buddy here on the SE region forum sells one a little more trick. It is a carbon fiber mesh lift out screen(gotta get at least 50 more HP). It works very well on his wrx and they have made one for the STI. He is sending one up for my car. So, I'll check the fit and finish and let everyone know if anyone is interested.

Kelley
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Old 08-10-2003, 10:52 AM   #14
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Maybe the STi will be recalled for free scoop screens via requests from the Cruelty to Animals Division.
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Old 08-10-2003, 12:04 PM   #15
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Many times birds that are killed that way are sick. So to quote from a local newspaper. "Do not play with dead animals and use precautions".
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Old 08-10-2003, 12:07 PM   #16
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Does the STi's steady diet of birds and small mamals stop the engine from pinging?

Reminds me of Christine. Let us know if your window chips and paint chips start disappearing.
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Old 08-10-2003, 11:06 PM   #17
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Yeah, I heard that Subaru has a recall on Sti's because they like to eat small animals and fear for the safety of small children.
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Old 08-11-2003, 02:21 AM   #18
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Many times birds that are killed that way are sick. So to quote from a local newspaper. "Do not play with dead animals and use precautions".
I never thought of it before but I guess with the spread of West Nile virus it pays to be careful when dealing with dead birds.

A friend of mine just had the transformer in front of his house blow out. A hawk made to land on it and touched a wingtip on two wires. He'd just caught a gopher. Both were cooked instantly.
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:41 AM   #19
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Default Damn Birds



At least the gutter guard will prevent those sparrows from damaging the fins on your ic!

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Old 08-11-2003, 04:04 PM   #20
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that should be made into an "owned" picture
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Old 08-12-2003, 05:22 PM   #21
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Wow, good thing it's a small bird.
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Old 08-12-2003, 10:26 PM   #22
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wow, davis- i thought i was alone in this problem.

i've taken out no less than 4 - count 'em: *4* birds in the 2 months since i got my evo. i've never hit anything before in my life, except for that one raccoon way back when... no idea what the problem is.

my coworkers keep telling me it's because of the big ass wing on the back- the birds think i'm one of them, and they're trying to mount me. i prefer to think that they feel threatened, so they're attacking me. at least i don't feel so violated that way.

http://kng.net/evo/

the guys at vishnu actually noticed the feathers stuck in my i/c grill when i was down there a couple weeks back. there were just a few left by then, but i started out with a nearly perfect outline of a dove traced in feathers...

of course, i don't have that nifty Small Game Catcher on the hood like you guys do, so i'll most likely never see a meal out of all this....
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Old 08-13-2003, 10:33 AM   #23
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You guys should put some voltage through your hood scoop screen... kinda like a bug zapper.

Would make for an interesting light show while driving at night.

-Mike.
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Old 08-13-2003, 11:38 AM   #24
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Today on the Outdoor Network....

"Well Bob, it's always important to choose the right ammo for the game. Today we're hunting small birds, so buckshot isn't the best choice. Normally we'd go for birdshot but we're really excited to try a brand new product on the market, the STi.

Now, the STi is is not only an effective tool for bird hunting but it also has the advantage of having AC for when you're hunting in hot climates."

sorry, couldn't resist
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Old 08-13-2003, 12:00 PM   #25
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Good one guys!

geminix- good to hear a EVO guy on the board (there are a few here but not many) who is also a bird catcher

I imagine that your FMIC is rather attracting to the local feathered game. IMHO, I think its pretty cool looking too.

I'll get pics next time because I'm sure its going to happen again.

Shockwave- I usually hunt deer, fox and rabbits, but maybe I'll take the Sti out on the range

mpaone- bug zapper for sure. "Hey look man, check out that Sti! Do u hear its turbo?! Sounds kinda weird, like a zapping noise, geeesh he must be going fast. Or maybe its just really bad det!"

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