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Old 10-03-2013, 08:59 AM   #301
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I didn't do any work on the car last night. The motor is basically ready to go back in (but there are still things to finish up once it's in), but I didn't have any extra hands available so I decided to wait. I was trying to get it done before NF's track day at DCTC tomorrow, but it looks like it won't be up until after that.

I did get a chance to finally setup my product photo studio at my new place. It is in my office this time. Basic 2 light setup with a white cloth backdrop. May switch to a paper roll or new cloth piece soon. I traded my fog lights for a pair of Beats by Dre, so I took a few photos of them.











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Old 10-03-2013, 12:56 PM   #302
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I didn't do any work on the car last night. The motor is basically ready to go back in (but there are still things to finish up once it's in), but I didn't have any extra hands available so I decided to wait. I was trying to get it done before NF's track day at DCTC tomorrow, but it looks like it won't be up until after that.

I did get a chance to finally setup my product photo studio at my new place. It is in my office this time. Basic 2 light setup with a white cloth backdrop. May switch to a paper roll or new cloth piece soon. I traded my fog lights for a pair of Beats by Dre, so I took a few photos of them.
Headphones? I thought you were staying away from aesthetic mods.... how are they going to fit over the helmet at the track day?


Can you tell me more about the mapdccd. Make me switch from dccdpro. Lol.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:24 PM   #303
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i just saw that your 2011 wrx was totaled sorry to hear that... Im gonna keep up on this build seems very promising! good luck!
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:20 PM   #304
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Headphones? I thought you were staying away from aesthetic mods.... how are they going to fit over the helmet at the track day?


Can you tell me more about the mapdccd. Make me switch from dccdpro. Lol.
I had no intention of getting headphones until a few hours before I got them. He offered and I said sure.

The MapDCCD has a better case, better interface (lights buttons), and better programming options than the DCCDPro. And the price is the same or less (if you buy the OEM controls for the DCCDPro it brings the price up a LOT).

The built in light output is a big winner for me. I really like getting realtime feedback that all things are working properly. The metal case and custom front panel have a much nicer look and feel than the plastic DCCDPro, which just feel cheap. No wonder it's meant to be hidden.

The computer interface and programming options are also a lot better (and free). It's really nice to be able to do custom programs and load any program you want. My brother really likes his MapDCCD. I will have more thoughts once I get some drive time with mine.

Here are a few more pictures:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2526146
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:50 PM   #305
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Those bulbs look sweet! I might try out a couple for my garage.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:06 PM   #306
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Thanks!


Yep, I've seen that one! Looks great! But a far different path than this car will be on. That one is mostly aesthetic/exterior with minimal powertrain mods, and mine will be just the opposite.

Trust me when I say that the power is coming!
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:21 PM   #307
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Haven't updated this in a while. Unfortunately that's because I haven't done anything.

MapDCCD and VSSPro are close to being done. Still have to wire in boost, oil pressure, and AFR gauges. Motor is pretty much ready to go in, just need to actually put it in and then finish up all the loose ends that end up taking forever Here are a couple photos from last week that I never posted.











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Old 10-11-2013, 03:55 PM   #308
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I want your garage lol
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:05 PM   #309
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Nice Roller Blades

On a serious not though, where are you mounting the gauges?

I've been looking into gauges myself and I think I'm going with the OEM 3-pack, just for the fact that it looks stock/ is stock. But the JDM one with Oil pressure instead of boost.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:11 PM   #310
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I want your garage lol
It's not as big as it looks, and it's a mess. I really want to finish it off, but I seem to lack motivation to get started.

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Nice Roller Blades

On a serious not though, where are you mounting the gauges?

I've been looking into gauges myself and I think I'm going with the OEM 3-pack, just for the fact that it looks stock/ is stock. But the JDM one with Oil pressure instead of boost.
Lol. I bought the ATI triple gauge pod. My brother has it in his Bugeye. It seems decent enough. Kind of big, but at least it snaps in and fits well. I have Prosport () EVO oil pressure and boost gauges and the Innovative wideband.

http://www.rallysportdirect.com/ATI-...-STI-2002-2007
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:31 PM   #311
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It's not as big as it looks, and it's a mess. I really want to finish it off, but I seem to lack motivation to get started.


Lol. I bought the ATI triple gauge pod. My brother has it in his Bugeye. It seems decent enough. Kind of big, but at least it snaps in and fits well. I have Prosport () EVO oil pressure and boost gauges and the Innovative wideband.

http://www.rallysportdirect.com/ATI-...-STI-2002-2007
First time you forget to close it and you get a bat in the rafter or a big spider crawls down on you I think you will find motivation

That pod just seems too big for me, the main thing that bothers me is the gauges not matching. I don't mean they have to match the main cluster but I'd rather have all the lamco Gauges that look same and OEM than Gigantic modern looking DEFI's or something.

Do you not like the Prosports?
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:41 PM   #312
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Here is my factory gauge pack modified to fit 52mm gauges. I ran my prosports for 4 years, but about 3 months ago they failed one at a time.

They entertain my three year old kids because they turn green when I flip the lights on. The motors are not fast enough to show an accurate boost reading. You'll need defi or auto meter for that. The oil pressure and volt gauge were accurate because it doesn't really matter if they are slow to read.

I really like this pod because its factory, but it takes a bit of trail and error to fit it. I had to trim some plastic to get it to fit with the prosports because they are deep. My first one cracked after about a year, probably from all the test fitting. I got both from wrxtra.com.

Hope this helps you decide.




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Old 10-11-2013, 09:42 PM   #313
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First time you forget to close it and you get a bat in the rafter or a big spider crawls down on you I think you will find motivation

That pod just seems too big for me, the main thing that bothers me is the gauges not matching. I don't mean they have to match the main cluster but I'd rather have all the lamco Gauges that look same and OEM than Gigantic modern looking DEFI's or something.

Do you not like the Prosports?
Haha, I didn't think about a bat but I already had a really big moth, lol.

I'm really not a fan of the old-school looking Lamco gauges. The EVO's are green and the Innovative is green, so that's good enough. Unfortunately there aren't too many good options for widebands that match. Prosports are pretty crappy in general, but the EVO's should be a little better, and the price is right.
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:51 PM   #314
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Image fixed in post above. Here's a better fitment after a few adjustments so I could get it to sit flat.

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Old 10-11-2013, 10:00 PM   #315
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Here is my factory gauge pack modified to fit 52mm gauges. I ran my prosports for 4 years, but about 3 months ago they failed one at a time.

They entertain my three year old kids because they turn green when I flip the lights on. The motors are not fast enough to show an accurate boost reading. You'll need defi or auto meter for that. The oil pressure and volt gauge were accurate because it doesn't really matter if they are slow to read.

I really like this pod because its factory, but it takes a bit of trail and error to fit it. I had to trim some plastic to get it to fit with the prosports because they are deep. My first one cracked after about a year, probably from all the test fitting. I got both from wrxtra.com.

Hope this helps you decide.



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The embedded image didn't work, but the link did. Looks very nice. I agree that Prosports are OK while they work, but they usually fail after a while. I had Defi's on my 2011 WRX and I loved them, but I decided I really didn't want to spend nearly $1000 on a gauge setup on this car. I think the Prosport EVO series look pretty cool and seem to respond quickly from what I've seen of them.

EDIT: You fixed the image!
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:39 PM   #316
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Man I wish I had a garage that large. I am stuck in a single car with a work bench on the left and a washer/dryer on the right... I guess it's better than nothing though.

Nice build!
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:48 PM   #317
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Man I wish I had a garage that large. I am stuck in a single car with a work bench on the left and a washer/dryer on the right... I guess it's better than nothing though.

Nice build!
Thanks! I am pretty lucky to have a 3 car. It was one of the things I had to have when we were looking for a new place. It's not perfect, but I'm definitely lucky to have the space that I do have. It's probably better that it's not finished, because now I can finish it how I want it done.
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:06 PM   #318
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Haha, I didn't think about a bat but I already had a really big moth, lol.

I'm really not a fan of the old-school looking Lamco gauges. The EVO's are green and the Innovative is green, so that's good enough. Unfortunately there aren't too many good options for widebands that match. Prosports are pretty crappy in general, but the EVO's should be a little better, and the price is right.
Forgot about the a/f gauge, it would be nice to have everything match.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:37 AM   #319
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I am very interested on how you like the MapDCCD and VSSPro. I probably going to run the same setup on my car. How hard is to install the VSSPro?
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:32 PM   #320
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I do like the custom aspects and the look of the build quality of the MapDCCD but I would like if it had the ability to run with stock controls for a more stealth look. I really don't care for a bunch of additional controllers mounted all about the cabin.

I was given 2 sets of stock controls (I still have an extra set, if anyone needs some) when I bought my tranny swap. I then installed the DCCDPro, it works perfectly and I use the stock controls in stock lower left dash knock outs and the switch light intensifies as the front bias in creases. I like the user variable aspect of front to rear bias in auto mode of the DCCDPro! I do wish it was user upgradeable for firmware changes and or additions like the stock STI gauge lights if I were to do the STI gauge cluster swap into my Forester and also wish that it had a USB interface.

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Old 10-14-2013, 12:59 PM   #321
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I am very interested on how you like the MapDCCD and VSSPro. I probably going to run the same setup on my car. How hard is to install the VSSPro?
Here's a quick review/comparison I did.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...4&postcount=62

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For me there are a few tangible reasons that MapDCCD is better. First is overall fit and finish. The DCCDPro is a plastic off-the-shelf enclosure. It's quite large, and overall feels very cheap. Secondly, the wires are all connected internally to the case. They cannot be removed without opening up the case. This is a pain for installing and working on the unit. The MapDCCD has a socketed connector which works great. It also has a metal enclosure with a custom faceplate. Overall a much nicer looking product. Honestly one looks home made, and one looks professional.

DCCDPro Plastic Enclosure:





MapDCCD Metal Enclosure, Socketed Connection, Custom Faceplate:





Two other big things are the visual interface, and the controls. The DCCDPro normally comes with a really crappy-looking Radioshack-type knob for control. To get the OEM controls it costs $150! (about 3x dealer cost). I was suckered into paying this $150 because it come pre-wired. It turns out the wiring isn't long enough and I had to completely re-wire the thing anyways!

It is another $65 if you want STI cluster interface, $50 for left foot braking options, and $100 for a USB tuning kit! You're nickle and dimed to death with this kit. And if you don't have an STI cluster you are left with ZERO optical feedback of what the controller is doing, unless you decide to DIY some LED's into your dash. Very poor options, IMO.

The MapDCCD has controls and LED indicators built into the nice custom faceplate. For free! It also comes with full tuning ability! You can adjust anything you would like. And not just crappy scaling parameters like DCCDPro (that you have to pay for anyways), but real adjustments. You can also load multiple maps and switch on the fly.

DCCDPro's $150 OEM Controls (which I had to completely re-wire anyways):





MapDCCD with Controls, LED's, and USB Connections Built In:



The DCCDPro I had seemed to work fine (although without any visual indication it was actually hard to tell when it was even doing anything), but I think the MapDCCD is a much nicer product. For me to consider the DCCDPro again it would have to see some significant design upgrades, or a drop in price to about half of what it currently is. As it stands the MapDCCD is a much better value.
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I do like the custom aspects and the look of the build quality of the MapDCCD but I would like if it had the ability to run with stock controls for a more stealth look. I really don't care for a bunch of additional controllers mounted all about the cabin.

I was given 2 sets of stock controls (I still have an extra set, if anyone needs some) when I bought my tranny swap. I then installed the DCCDPro, it works perfectly and I use the stock controls in stock lower left dash knock outs and the switch light intensifies as the front bias in creases. I like the user variable aspect of front to rear bias in auto mode of the DCCDPro! I do wish it was user upgradeable for firmware changes and or additions like the stock STI gauge lights if I were to do the STI gauge cluster swap into my Forester and also wish that it had a USB interface.

I built a custom 3 gauge pod for my XTI using the Subaru Forester SG9 double din gauge pod.
After using both I would never buy the DCCDPro again.

Please remove unrelated photos from my thread or change them to links instead of embedded images. Thanks.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:05 PM   #322
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^^No worries, I just removed them. I just wanted to show you how I mounted my DCCD switches and the gauge pod.

The DCCDPro was the only game going when I did my swap. I'd like to drive a car with the MAPDCCD to see the actual difference. If stock controls could be used with it, I'd bury the MAPDCCD also!
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:47 PM   #323
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Not sure if anyone is even following this thread (not surprising due to my lack to activity!), but I recently saw a good deal on a 1/2" drive Craftsman impact driver, so I ordered it (on Monday). Surprisingly it already showed up today! Very fast shipping.

Here's the link:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00931305000P

Sears has a 15% off sale right now AND this particular item is on sale at the moment. Normally $140. On sale for $100. Order online and get the additional 15% off and it's $85! Quite a deal considering it is normally $100 for the driver alone (no battery or charger).

I decided to take some photos to compare the 1/2" drive to the 3/8" drive and the NiCad battery to the LiIon battery.

*Note: 3/8" drive is used and that is why there is discoloration on the grips.

1/2" drive w/NiCad vs. 3/8" drive w/LiIon



1/2" drive w/NiCad





3/8" drive w/LiIon





3/8" drive w/LiIon vs. 1/2" drive w/NiCad



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Old 10-23-2013, 09:47 PM   #324
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LiIon battery vs. NiCad battery





1/2" drive w/NiCad vs. 3/8" drive w/LiIon (no batteries)







Now, with the batteries swapped around. They are nearly the exact same height like this.

1/2" drive w/LiIon vs. 3/8" drive w/NiCad



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Old 10-23-2013, 10:26 PM   #325
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What are the specs on these? Torque and what not, I've been thinking about getting some instead of a compressor but it doesn't seem to me the electric has caught up to air yet.
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