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Old 07-12-2019, 02:40 AM   #18
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Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: LI NY
2005 sti
aspen white


Originally Posted by UncleFester View Post
Thanks again for your feedback. It's really helpful.

In reality, I would be happy with even a little less than 450 if I could safely add some of that torque in the midrange (hence forged internals). I dont care as much about high end and top speed. As I understand it, a bigger turbo gets more high end at the cost of spool and midrange, but I'm still learning.

I'm about 6 months to a year out from the shortblock, here's where my head is at so far:

IAG stage 2 shortblock
Timing belt kit
Upgraded head bolt kit
Head work - machine for studs, resurface if needed. Talk to tuner or shop about any necessary work for my goals.
Gaskets, Oils, fluids and all other small accessories
Boxes, tape, ziploc bags, sharpie, laptop
Jack stand, hoist, tools, service manual, beer, and a week off..

Sending heads off for work does start feeling like a new motor and could be the deal breaker for me. I'll update as I find out more about what is recommended on these fa's.
If you have the engine out what about the clutch? Upgrade for the power level. Like someone said before talk to the tuner you are going to use as they have seen what works well and what does not. Nothing worse then spending money on something and being told you'd be better off with the other thing. I have a 05 sti so can't really compare but I had sent my head to headgames for a pocket port while I had them off.
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