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Old 06-07-2019, 12:25 PM   #1
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 499461
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Union, NJ
2005 Baja Turbo

Default 2005 Turbo Build

2005 Baja Turbo 5spd
Goal #1: 300hp at the wheels plus the stopping power to reign that in.
Goal #2: bed cover
Goal #3: Bags, wheels, tires

Current mods:
STI pistons
STI crank
Cobb Accessport
Custom A Pillar Pods
Autometer Boost Gauge
Innovate Wideband
Dakota digital 5-way air pressure
TurboXS V2 Downpipe
Custom 3" Stainless Catback
Magnaflow Muffler
Invidia Res
QTP Cutouts before Res
New Rear Cradle
7.5# Flywheel
Exedy Stage 1 Clutch Kit

'06-'07 STI Calipers
Centric Premium Rotors
StopTech 309 Series Brake Pads
Blouch 16g
IAG Top Feed Conversion
1050x Injectors
Crossover pipe (maybe)
Southbend Stage 2 Clutch kit
AEM Fuel Pump

Cutouts closed: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...p5UTkwWURoXzhn

Cutouts open: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...dIYk5qS24xQ2ZR

Bed cover: I'd like to make something that either quad-folds or rolls up so it sits between the sport bars when I need the vertical space and can sit nicely on the back seat if I need to bring it into the cab. There are some great DIY's on a single-hinge top but those won't fit in the back seat the way I'd prefer.

Yes, I have considered coilovers. My other car (Mitsubishi Lancer) is lowered on coils and I really don't want to deal with 'Will I fit over that bump?' while driving the Baja, it's great to be static low but I'd prefer the adjustability. That said, I will listen to and research good arguments for coils so if you have a great recommendation or counterpoint I'm all ears. I am looking to put the tank and compressor under/in the bed - I need to pull some of the bed cladding off to look for compressor space. Will probably pull the spare to mount the tank.

As for wheels I really like the US Wheel Series 68 (https://www.uswheel.com/wheel/11993/...8/?finishID=12) in a dark gray but am having a lot of trouble finding them, or similar, in spec - 5x100 is not a popular pattern for such wheels. I'd prefer 7 or 8" wide, but if I have to go with 6" wide I can probably live with it. Also considering hub adapters but there isn't much room to space out without cutting the body and I don't want to go with overfenders on top of the cladding. Or so I think.

Advice, suggestions, input all welcome.
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:10 PM   #2
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Member#: 240649
Join Date: Mar 2010
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Tallahassee
2004 WRX STi


$25k in mods on a $5k car. I dig it! :P

You'll probably need a transmission and axles and diffs once you get up to those power levels and maybe a custom drive shaft.
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:15 AM   #3
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Location: Union, NJ
2005 Baja Turbo


I'm hoping not, at least for a while. If I do I'll swap to the 6spd

Dropped off at AZP for brakes this week, hoping they have the time to get the speed parts installed as well.
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