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Old 08-10-2014, 02:20 PM   #876
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Don't do it jessie, i bet he has 70 grand under the hood of that bugeye.
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Old 08-10-2014, 02:26 PM   #877
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Don't do it jessie, i bet he has 70 grand under the hood of that bugeye.
Omfg. Made my day. Thanks Celery
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Old 08-10-2014, 02:33 PM   #878
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I live my life a fast and the furious reference at a time, for thse 11.2 seconds or less, I'm free.
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Old 08-10-2014, 03:24 PM   #879
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Any worries about the drivetrain components blowing up at this point? That's a lot more than stock power, even compared to the car that donated its engine and transmission. I can't remember how much else you replaced.
I have 2012 STi 6MT, and 04 STI front axles and driveshaft. The rear diff and rear axles are stock. I broke one rear axle at the track last time. I'm sire I'll probably break more next time.
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Old 08-10-2014, 03:26 PM   #880
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NF performance rear axles: $63,000
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:44 PM   #881
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NF performance rear axles: $63,000
That price seems a bit high. Maybe I'll just get one.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:49 PM   #882
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:24 PM   #883
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I did some more work getting the reverse flow FMIC piping to work today. I had tried it previously just by switching the top two pipes that come with the 02-07 TurboXS FMIC kit. The pipes all fit together, but the passenger side sat too high and touched the hood. This caused the pipe to pop out under boost so I had to switch back.

Luckily I found someone locally that was willing to donate the two spare pipes that come with the FMS/TurboXS FMIC kit for the 08-14. He has a WRX, so I got the STI version pipes (for the STI flange turbo, and STI intake manifold). These pipes are both longer than the 02-07 pipes so I cut them down to fit.

The driver side works perfectly. I did have to sand off the powdercoating to get the TurboXS BOV to fit, but I am glad that I at least got it on. On the 02-07 kit I sanded a LOT and it still wouldn't fit so I had to use a hose and clamps. The passenger side pipes don't really line up, even after cutting, so I ordered a 45 deg coupler. It should arrive later this week or next week.

Additionally I had been having intermittent issue with the pipes popping out, even with the pipes in the standard configuration. This happened at least half a dozen times at the track and multiple other times on the street. To try to resolve this issue I bought a set of hump couplers.

The driver side mounted up fine. The hump coupler allows for a bit more movement and it also a hair longer. I managed to use a hump coupler and get the passenger side on as well. It's a bit kinked, but it does hold full boost. I will still be putting the 45 deg coupler on when I get it. I will also be putting hump couplers on at least the intercooler core endtanks. Maybe on the other two joints as well.

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Old 08-14-2014, 05:09 PM   #884
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I did some weighing of my WRX and RS hoods last night:
  • RS (flat, steel, no insulation): 37.0lbs
  • WRX (scoop, no splitter, insulation): 19.5lbs
  • WRX (scoop, no splitter, no insulation): 18.5lbs
  • WRX (no scoop, no splitter, no insulation): 17.0lbs
WRX hood is back on to save ~20lbs.

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Old 08-14-2014, 06:37 PM   #885
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Quick shot with some new wheels!

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Old 08-14-2014, 06:41 PM   #886
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I think a lower front lip spoiler would balance out the whole look... wheels are sweet
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:50 PM   #887
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I think a lower front lip spoiler would balance out the whole look... wheels are sweet
I might spray paint the current lip when I have time. I'll see how it looks after that.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:31 PM   #888
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I hosed off the wheels.

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Old 08-14-2014, 09:31 PM   #889
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Car looks great!
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:51 AM   #890
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I hosed off the wheels.

You've always loved those wheels. I remember the gold ones you had on your built GR before
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:59 AM   #891
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You've always loved those wheels. I remember the gold ones you had on your built GR before
Yeah because they look decent and they weigh 15lbs. They're at least 5lbs lighter per wheel than the 2011 WRX wheels. I think they're actually even lighter than the 02 WRX 16" wheels!
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:58 AM   #892
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Here are a few more photos. This was before I washed the wheels so they're pretty filthy. I'll have to take some new shots sometime.

2002 Silver Bugeye WRX Sedan
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:31 AM   #893
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let me know how the GSC head work holds up and if you run into the same typical issues others are seeing no matter what mfg they run... i wanted to do head work so bad as its all thats left for me but $$ and the fact that there are so many bucket/oiling failures listed with little solution i stayed away for now.. awesome build though !
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:42 AM   #894
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let me know how the GSC head work holds up and if you run into the same typical issues others are seeing no matter what mfg they run... i wanted to do head work so bad as its all thats left for me but $$ and the fact that there are so many bucket/oiling failures listed with little solution i stayed away for now.. awesome build though !
I think most of the failures in "that thread" are shortly after break in, correct? I'm hopefully past that point, but who knows. I guess only time will tell.

I really don't know what to think about all that. Seems very odd. NF has done plenty of cammed builds (mostly GSC) over the last few years and I haven't heard of any failures like in that thread.
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:46 AM   #895
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right like inside of 2k miles, typically in the 600-1200mi range.. its something to do with the chinese blanks everyone is using and not affecting non-avcs builds. i think its bc the actual rods the lobes are mounted on have the oiling holes in the wrong places - iAG performance makes an adapter of some sort that from what i understand helps a ton with the issue but still ive got so much money in my build i was worried about that.. when i do the headwork im 100% going with GSC though.

looks great man. have fun !
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:47 AM   #896
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I think most of the failures in "that thread" are shortly after break in, correct? I'm hopefully past that point, but who knows. I guess only time will tell.

I really don't know what to think about all that. Seems very odd. NF has done plenty of cammed builds (mostly GSC) over the last few years and I haven't heard of any failures like in that thread.
We also have had the same "luck" no failures with GSC over here either, must be a midwest thing.
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:48 AM   #897
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Almost all the cammed NF builds are GSC AVCS cams. Mine are AVCS cams as well.

I haven't really been following the thread lately. I might have to go page through it again.
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:53 AM   #898
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We also have had the same "luck" no failures with GSC over here either, must be a midwest thing.

^ good to hear, looks like GSC is a winner. thanks for the info !
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:47 AM   #899
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I did a little more work on the car tonight.

45 coupler arrived and was installed. I had to trim another ~1.5" off the red pipe on the turbo side. The 45 coupler was extra long so it was fairly easy to get the length to something that would work. With this coupler the reverse flow setup seems like it will work perfectly.

I have noticed that since I switched the piping setup, my boost (measured at the intake manifold) is a couple PSI lower. I'm assuming that is because the air going into the manifold is colder and more dense, while the air pressure coming out of the compressor (and controlling the wastegate) is unchanged. At least I hope so... Or maybe it's just the weather? Haha.







I also swapped out the intake for something a little less beat up. The old one was just looking pretty worn out. I got a new filter and used the short intake tube that comes with the TurboXS FMIC kit. It looks a bit better with a newer filter instead of the old worn out one.



And what's this...



I also installed a set of Agency Power Equal Length headers. They are wrapped with DEI Titanium wrap. I got them used and they came fully wrapped, but a couple spots were tearing (around the slip joints). I also got about 20ft of spare wrap so I touched up the spots that had issues. It came out looking great.











Install went smoothly. No fitment issues and no leaks. The old header-to-head and header-to-uppipe gaskets looked like they had been sealing well. The sound changed considerably (as with any EL header). Much quieter. Haven't tuned it yet so I don't know if it increased power at all.

I also removed the front sway bar while I was under there. One of the endlinks broke (with quite a loud pop) the other day when backing out of my driveway. I just removed it completely since it wasn't connected anyways. Ended up having to cut one of them off.
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:38 PM   #900
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Car should make some nice power now! I'm always tempted to replace my UEL with EL but I'm not sure the gains are worth the money.

How long is this set up sticking around? I'm shocked you didn't go to a rotated set up right from the beginning because it seemed you loved the one you had on your 2011, but I guess that takes away the fun of trying out all new stuff.
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