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Old 04-01-2014, 04:39 PM   #601
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What's up with this build?
It is still sitting like this:

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I have these parts waiting to go on:
  • TurboXS BOV
  • TurboXS FMIC
  • FP Oil Line Kit
  • Rebuilt STX71 (Production Specs)
  • Silver RS Hood
  • ProDrive Front Lip
  • Silver OEM Fog Covers
  • TurboSmart 40mm EWG
  • GrimmSpeed EWG Uppipe
  • COBB Catback Exhaust
  • DEPO Blacked Out Headlights
I've just been really lazy and unmotivated by the winter.

Hopefully I'll be able to put it back together one of these days. I've been missing it!
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:46 PM   #602
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These appeared over the weekend:

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Old 04-07-2014, 07:51 PM   #603
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whatcha got there??
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:54 PM   #604
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A set of wheels.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:47 PM   #605
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A set of wheels.
same boxes sitting in my living room
wonder if the wheel matches.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:49 PM   #606
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Doubt it.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:49 PM   #607
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I need new headlights and am close to pulling the trigger on the Depo ones on ebay, have you installed yours yet? Any issues or anything I should know about?

Killer car, it's come a long way in a short period, puts my build to shame
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:11 PM   #608
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Nope. I haven't put mine on yet. I'm out working on the car at this very moment.
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:34 PM   #609
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Did some work, but didn't get a whole lot done. My brother came over to help and to install some new strut assemblies onto his Bugeye. Unfortunately he forgot that he had taken 4 jackstands to his house, and my car was on the other 4. So we had no way to hold up his car so we didn't do anything with his.



This was the tentative plan for install tonight. Put the header back on (not in photo). Swap out the GrimmSpeed Uppipe for their EWG version, install the TurboSmart EWG, install the FP oil feed line, and then install the turbo (rebuilt STX71, now made to production specs, 1mm larger compressor).





First I took the OEM oil hardline off and installed the FP line. No issues. Then I took the uppipe off the header and then put the header back on. Then I put on the new EWG header. Then I remembered that I needed to plug the BPV recirc port on the inlet. I took the recirc hose off and tried one of the caps I bought. I got a 1" cap, but I think I'm going to need 1 1/8" or 1 1/4".

So without that I didn't want to put the turbo on because it will be harder to reach after the turbo is installed. I mounted one of the uppipe to motor brackets and then called it a night. I could have probably done the EWG, but I'm not really in a rush. I'll buy a new cap for the inlet and then go at installing the turbo. Maybe tomorrow if I have time.

Wheels are still sitting in boxes waiting for me to decide what tires I want.





And a current shot of the Forester with the 2011 WRX wheels back on. They sure do look nice!

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Old 05-15-2014, 06:41 PM   #610
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Updatez? I'm mainly curious about the wheels.
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:51 PM   #611
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I'm sure you've seen them before. Nothing new or unique.

No progress on the car. Hopefully I'll stop being lazy one of these days.

I FINALLY got the wastegate block off from GrimmSpeed
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:19 PM   #612
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I'm sure you've seen them before. Nothing new or unique.

No progress on the car. Hopefully I'll stop being lazy one of these days.

I FINALLY got the wastegate block off from GrimmSpeed
Haha, those GS guys are so lazy, it's amazing you got it at all.

Cool, looking forward to seeing how the rebuilt turbo compares.
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:21 PM   #613
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Well I did get free home delivery, so that's pretty cool.

I'm hoping the new turbo, along with EWG, will be a good bump in power.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:53 PM   #614
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will you be selling the Grimmspeed Uppipe you already have installed?
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:42 PM   #615
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will you be selling the Grimmspeed Uppipe you already have installed?
No, I don't think so.
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:49 PM   #616
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Small update from the other night:
  • Installed the EWG
  • Installed IWG Blockoff on Turbo
  • Installed Turbo onto Car
  • Ordered Federal 595 RS-R Tires
The turbo didn't have studs for the DP (again), so I had to go buy another set.

Picked up the following:
  • Turbo Studs
  • GS Battery Tie Down
  • GS Antenna Deleta
  • GS Keychain
  • GS MPLS Shirt
Over the weekend I need to install the turbo studs and put the rest of the exhaust back on. Then do the FMIC install. Hopefully next week the tires show up and I can get them mounted and the car on the road.

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Old 06-06-2014, 02:54 PM   #617
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Finally making progress.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:00 AM   #618
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Super jelly of whats going down on your car, i cant wait till i can start wrench on my car again
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:29 AM   #619
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Thanks!

Here's another update from Saturday night:
  • Installed Turbo Studs
  • Installed Coolant Hoses onto Turbo
  • Installed FMIC Core
  • Instaleld FMIC Piping
  • Installed BOV
Things that still need to be done:
  • Cut Bumper for FMIC
  • Install Bumper
  • Install Foglight Covers
  • Install Front Lip
  • Install Grill
  • Install Headlights
  • Install Downpipe
  • Install Catback Exhaust
  • Swap Hood
  • Remove Charcoal Canister


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Old 06-09-2014, 11:18 AM   #620
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The knock off TurboXS FMIC went on pretty well. No major issues, but a few small things that had to be resolved.

I already had the bumper and bumper beam off. The bumper beam bolts tend to be quite rusty so use PBlaster and try not to snap anything off. Mine all came off fine despite the corrosion. The new bumper beam bolts in easily. I mocked up my grill to try and get the beam mounted at the right height. The grill and core basically locate the beam where it needs to go. Hopefully that all works out once the bumper is on.

The core mounts to the bottom of the frame with two brackets that go into bolt holes that are normally used for the front u-brace and maybe the splash guard. I have both of these removed so I don't quite remember. The threaded holes are really just nuts welded inside the frame rail. When taking off the u-brace I broke one of these nuts. I had to cut the bolt off and then drill a hole in through the top of the beam and drop a long both through to mount the core. It worked great and is very secure.

With the core secured on the bottom, and the beam mounted on top, I then bolted the beam to the core. I didn't realize there was a rectangular bracket in the kit so I tried to use a bunch or washers all while being very confused why they cut a square hole. Later on I found the rectangle bracket and it all bolted together very easily once that was in place. Here is a photo.



After that I pulled the OEM coolant overflow and replaced it with the small one they provide. The mounting bracket works well. Next I laid out all piping, couplers, and clamps based on photos from online. The pipes were much less ambiguous than on the 08+ kits, so it was pretty easy to figure out where everything went. I then bolted up the driver's side pipes. First loosely fitting all the pipes and couplers and once it was all lined up, then tightening it down. No issues. Perfect fitment.

Onto the passenger's side. The first thing I did was put the edging in to the hole the FMIC piping passes through. Edging fit perfect and looks like it will work great. Then I mocked up the lower two pipes. The top pipe has the BOV mounting flange. I bought a TurboXS BOV due to the (assumed) bolt on fit. Unfortunately the mounting flange OD was too large and the BOV wouldn't fit on. This was an issue that I had noted previously and knew I needed to resolve.

I had purchased some coarse grit sandpaper and went to work sanding it down. After I while it still didn't seem like I was getting much closer and I noted that the BOV comes with a mounting flange (for welding onto a custom setup). But I realized I could just use a small house and use the adapter onto the other flange. Here are a couple photos to make things more clear.

Supposed mounting point on my piping kit:



TurboXS BOV is supposed to be able to slide on and be secured with set screws (not my photo):



TurboXS BOV comes with weld on flanges (one aluminum and one steel):



So I got out the pipe cutter and chopped down the flange on the pipe to only be ~1/2" long and then cut off a short piece of hose and clamped it on. Then I stuck the BOV adapter into the other end of the hose and clamped it down. Finally the BOV goes onto the adapter flange and the set screws hold it on. Not quite as elegant or pretty as the normal setup, but it is secure and shouldn't give me any issues.



Once that was on I bolted that pipe onto the throttle body and the rest of the passenger side piping. I had purchased the correct throttle body reducer coupler (since it is not included) and used one of the clamps I had used with the throttle body previously. The fitment on this pipe was a little tight but not too bad. Everything is clamped down securely.

I did not use the drivers side mounting bracket. I seem uncessary and will likely break. The 08+ kits don't have any hard mounting points for the piping and it was never an issue, so I think I'll be fine. The hot and cold side pipes do touch near the throttle body so I'll have to keep and eye on them for wear.



So, the FMIC is all on. Just need to hack up the bumper to get it to fit. Any suggestions on the best cutting tool? I think I might just go with a Dremel with cutoff wheel, unless something else will work better. Will a jigsaw or some other reciprocating saw work? I'm worried it's too tight of a space to work. Anyone know how much of the lower section of the bumper needs to be cut out? From what I can tell it looks like about ~1" from the front?

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Old 06-09-2014, 11:46 AM   #621
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Looking good Ben! I wish I had advice on the bumper cutting. I used a dremel on mine, but will be revisiting this once my new bumper comes in. It was destroyed this past winter... Keep it up.
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:05 PM   #622
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Picked up a new Dremel and a mini hacksaw. Hopefully one of these will work.



My battery powered Dremel seemed like a good idea when I bought it years ago, but in the end the battery just doesn't have a lot of power and runs out fairly quickly. So this plug in Dremel should be a nice upgrade.

I did cut some of my 2011 bumper with the Dremel and high speed cut off wheel last time, so I know it will at least work, but it's not a real clean cut and kind of melts the plastic. It cuts quick though, haha. I did notice that Dremel makes a saw attachment now. Anyone have experience with this?

http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-546-01-4-Inch-Diameter-Crosscut/dp/B00008Z9ZQ/http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-670-Mini-Saw-Attachment/dp/B00008Z9ZP/
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:57 PM   #623
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Picked up a new Dremel and a mini hacksaw. Hopefully one of these will work. My battery powered Dremel seemed like a good idea when I bought it years ago, but in the end the battery just doesn't have a lot of power and runs out fairly quickly. So this plug in Dremel should be a nice upgrade. I did cut some of my 2011 bumper with the Dremel and high speed cut off wheel last time, so I know it will at least work, but it's not a real clean cut and kind of melts the plastic. It cuts quick though, haha. I did notice that Dremel makes a saw attachment now. Anyone have experience with this? Video Link: http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-546-01-4-Inch-Diameter-Crosscut/dp/B00008Z9ZQ/ Video Link: http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-670-Mini-Saw-Attachment/dp/B00008Z9ZP/
Haven't seen that but I've used the MultiMax (there are plenty of non-Dremel brand competitors too) to flush cut casings and baseboard. It's a handy tool for all sorts of stuff and I'm sure it would cut the bumper too. You'd have the same melting and/or non-smooth cut though. I would still use it and file/sand after, but that's a guess and not from personal experience.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00DSJWCZQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?qid=1402369010&sr=8-3&pi=SX200_QL40
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:18 PM   #624
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Nice man! Idk if you remember me pm'ing you about the fog light cover install but... I bought some. I also have a brand new bumper sitting in my room without any fog lights and I just can't figure out how they mount up. The brackets that came with my fog covers just don't make since. Lol. So any info on how that install goes will be helpful.
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:34 PM   #625
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Things that still need to be done:
  • Remove Charcoal Canister
What purpose does this serve? I'm all for free mods but haven't seen this one yet.
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