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Old 10-11-2018, 06:07 PM   #951
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Decided to go with delta motorworks midpipe. Arrived yesterday. Hopefully get some time to install it soon. Review to come.

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Old 10-29-2018, 01:52 PM   #952
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Hey everyone. Been a bit busy, so I have not updated the recent progress on the car lately. I am going to fill everyone in on the mod's I have done over the last month or so.

October 23, 2018

What's being installed: Delta Motorworks Non res midpipe

Mileage: 17,443

I've been looking to add a bit more sound to the car and battled back a forth with a few options on how to go about getting this done. I was looking into other companies to see what else was out there and almost went with another reputable brand that I was looking to try out. However, it would involve me leaving my partnership with Delta Motorworks as well as having to sell off the axleback first to get something else. Since I saw this as more of a hassle than it was worth, I decided to stick with a tried and true brand I was happy with and get their newly developed midpipe to add to the axleback.

Ben and the guys over at Delta got this midpipe ready to go and at my doorstep in a matter of 2 days from when I ordered. It really helps they are only a few states away, but they jumped right on it and got me everything I need to get it installed on the car. They included all new hardware and a nice sticker pack in the order.

The welds and overall quality is top notch. I expected nothing else after having experience their muffler before. All the welds are crisp and clean and the overall piece feels quality. They use a different type of flex pipe than I have ever seen before, as I am used to the braided part that I am sure many of us are familiar with. This type of flex joint is a lot more flexible and really allows the piece to fit right where it needs to go in the exhaust tunnel. Definitely adds a coolness factor to it as well just looking at it.

Finally got some time to get under the car and get it installed. A few bolts to take off and 1 hanger and the OEM midpipe was off the car. The nice part about the delta midpipe is that it comes in two pieces, so it is much easier to handle when installing. After about 20 minutes of bolting it up and adjusting tightening everything down, I was ready to start this thing up.

Initial start up is definitely more audible and adds a much more deeper and aggressive tone to the exhaust note. Right away, I knew I made the right choice and it was the sound I was looking for. Took the car out for a spin to make sure everything was bolted up correctly and to hear the new sound.

This thing really woke up the car and the extra burbles and backfires only added to my overall enjoyment. The deeper tone really unleashes the boxer sound, yet keeps it defined without being obnoxious. It is loud, for sure, but it is a good kind of loud. I was a little nervous about extra drone this would introduce, but to my surprise, it really didn't add as much as I was anticipating. You can really control the sound by certain gears and RPM. I got to take it for a longer ride with one of my kids in the car and they didn't mind the extra noise at all. Nor did I!

Overall, I am very happy with the Delta Motorworks Midpipe. Their customer service is top notch and will go above and beyond to make sure you are a happy customer. Make sure to hit them up and let them know Chris sent you! They will get you exactly what you need. They also offer a resonated midpipe as well if any of you are looking for a bit more subdued sound.

















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Old 10-29-2018, 02:01 PM   #953
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October 23 and 25, 2018

What's being installed: Intake Filter and Carbin Air Filter

Mileage: 17,443 and 17,507

Went to get my oil changed at my 4k mile interval and they took out the filters and showed me they needed to be replaced. They were going to charge me over 100 bucks to do them, so I politely declined.

Hit up amazon and got an OEM intake and cabin filter and did the the "work" myself. Took all over 7 minutes to do everything and I paid about 30 bucks or so for both filters.

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Old 10-29-2018, 02:21 PM   #954
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October 28, 2018

What's being installed: Dasaita DSP

Mileage: 17,603

I was fairly pleased with the kicker upgrade, but I have been battling back and forth if there is anything else I should do to get a little more quality out of it. To do a headunit right, it would be pretty pricey to get all the necessary harnesses and part to make it a clean install, however, I am just not a fan of the aftermarket look in these cars. It looks unfinished and really cheap, IMHO. I know of the Android auto headunits out there, but we are looking at $450 on something that I am not sure of the quality and overall longevity of these things. They really do look nice and maybe one day I snag one to try out. However, I wanted something more simple.

I was fairly close to going with the Alpine power pack or the new Kicker DSP amp, but I didn't want to do any type of soldering or custom wire work to get it to work. I wanted something plug and play, so if I didn't like it, wanted to change something up, or simply sell off when I am done with it, all I would have to do is unplug and remove.

I came across a brand called Dasaita. Did a some looking into the company and to my surprise, they actually are the ones that make many of the Android headunits. However, this was a much more reasonable price and it was a complete plug and play install. I reached out to the company asking if they had any coupons and they sent me over a discount and got it for $75! Pretty happy with that, so I decided to go for it and see what it's all about.

It arrived a few days later and decided to tackle the simple install. I am not much of an audio head so I wasn't really sure what I was looking for, but it seems to be a nice small unit and very simple. You have separate bass and treble gains for the front and rear speakers as well as an on/off switch. I marked out where I planned to mount it and found the best place to put it was in the glovebox. It will allow me access to it for any changes I wish to make and it is tucked away nice and cleanly.

Since I had experience removing the headunit once before when installing the kicker sub, this time around it went much more smoothly and quicker. Plugged in the necessary harness and shoved the excess down at the bottom below the headunit. Ran about 8" or so of harness to the glove back and buttoned everything back up.

Used a small piece of 3m double sided tape to keep it from sliding around. Looks really clean and very easy to access to adjust the levels.

Overall, the quality definitely has increased. The crispness sounds really good and it added a lot of low end to the speakers. It fills in the bass that is missing in the cabin and really sounds like a pretty damn good system for what it is. I mean, everything is plug and play and beats spending the extra 4k on a car that has the H/K audio system. Granted, the h/k system sounds pretty good, I am pretty happy with my $500 upgrade to my base stereo. And I got to keep my OEM headunit and all the OEM functions.

If anyone is interested, here is the link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have a MA Performance Stage 1 tune to try out and review, so stay TUNED for that.












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Old 10-31-2018, 03:23 PM   #955
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Quick snap while she sat in the rain while I had a customer cars in the garage getting a detail

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Old 11-05-2018, 01:25 PM   #956
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Afternoon All,

Slow around here, but figured I would post up.

Been running the MA performance Stage 1 tune. Wanting to put more miles on it before I give my review, but definitely be on the lookout for that.

Right now, I am pretty content with the car. My only complaint is the volume of the exhaust, so I have been contemplating trying to find a setup that is drone free, yet still offers good sound. I really do love the aggression that my catback provides, but I think I might be getting old and wanting something a bit more tame.

Looking at the Invidia r400 or the awe touring catback. Q300 might be a bit too quiet for my liking, but I am open to suggestions.
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Old 11-05-2018, 06:36 PM   #957
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Afternoon All,

Slow around here, but figured I would post up.

Been running the MA performance Stage 1 tune. Wanting to put more miles on it before I give my review, but definitely be on the lookout for that.

Right now, I am pretty content with the car. My only complaint is the volume of the exhaust, so I have been contemplating trying to find a setup that is drone free, yet still offers good sound. I really do love the aggression that my catback provides, but I think I might be getting old and wanting something a bit more tame.

Looking at the Invidia r400 or the awe touring catback. Q300 might be a bit too quiet for my liking, but I am open to suggestions.
Oh come on! You aren't that old
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Old 11-05-2018, 06:55 PM   #958
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AWE touring is the perfect catback for a DD. Definitely worth the price tag
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:33 AM   #959
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Q400 is a drone monster.
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:03 AM   #960
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Oh come on! You aren't that old
Having 2 kids... I beg to differ.

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Yeah for sure. I almost went with the track awe catback, but decided I was too lazy to sell off my current exhaust as selling items on here as become frustrating and a time waster. But most likely what I will go with if I do get the motivation to sell the current catback.

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is it???? Good to know. I wasn't aware. Looks like the awe touring cb is the way to go.
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:53 PM   #961
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I'm in the same boat, trying to figure out the best exhaust sound for a WRX. I miss the rumble of the EJs. The Cobb catback I have isn't bad, but it's not as deep as I want.
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:55 PM   #962
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I'm in the same boat, trying to figure out the best exhaust sound for a WRX. I miss the rumble of the EJs. The Cobb catback I have isn't bad, but it's not as deep as I want.
FAs rumble too... just not with the stock turbo and header lolz.
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:59 PM   #963
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I saw rumor of a turbo relocation and unequal length header kit that was in the works for the FA for SEMA 20...17 I think? But I dunno if anything ever came of it lol. The lengths some people will go to.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:24 PM   #964
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I saw rumor of a turbo relocation and unequal length header kit that was in the works for the FA for SEMA 20...17 I think? But I dunno if anything ever came of it lol. The lengths some people will go to.
I found this information on one FB group post

"I looked into it and seems to add up. Heres a little info: Was made by a shop called AIRS Motorsport in Japan. They used fujitsubo headers as base and extended one of the sides."

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Old 11-06-2018, 02:58 PM   #965
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On another note, I have the R400 on my WRX and no complaints of drone here at all (this was a concern for me too), but of course I'm on stock DP and, more importantly, FA20 instead (so it may not apply to EJ25 the same way). But I do think the R400 completely makes it sound like a completely different car and finally brings out the true sound of power out of the FA20 (stock mufflers were just insanely huge).

Honestly, I dunno how they did it but, at lower RPMs it has a genuine rumble to it, almost like the classic Subie rumble from the EJs (not quite but very very close). After doing my research, supposedly the R400 (due to it's unique split muffler structure) is the only one that produces that kind of sound (and I absolutely love it!). I'm sure on the STI it will only make that rumble even more pronounced. The volume is definitely significantly louder than the stealthiness of stock but at the same time not obnoxiously loud like muffler deletes or the N1 so I really do think it's the perfect balance.

As a sidenote I do also think the R400 tips look absolutely gorgeous on Lapis Blue Pearl!

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Having 2 kids... I beg to differ.
33 here. 0 kids.

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I'm in the same boat, trying to figure out the best exhaust sound for a WRX. I miss the rumble of the EJs. The Cobb catback I have isn't bad, but it's not as deep as I want.
So glad I have the boxer rumble back
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33 here. 0 kids.

So glad I have the boxer rumble back
Lucky! Hows the hawkeye treating you? That was a great find.

And I'm turning 30 in a few weeks, I feel old.
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Old 11-12-2018, 01:29 PM   #968
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Selling off a few OEM parts to clear out the garage. Let me know if anyone wants anything.

https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2889019
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So clean.. so beautiful.. :drool:
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Lucky! Hows the hawkeye treating you? That was a great find.

And I'm turning 30 in a few weeks, I feel old.
Hawkeye is treating me well.

Did a few things to it.

- Cobb AP (Stage 1)
- Indivia Q300 catback (previous owner had it but didn't have it installed - installed it but want a Cobb catback)
- Feal Fixed Perch Struts w/ RCE Blacks & Group N Tophats

Just got it winterized and ordered a car cover since she's not the daily.

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Selling off a few OEM parts to clear out the garage. Let me know if anyone wants anything.

https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2889019
Hope you clear it out! Unfortunately I find the FB groups more active these days for selling stuff
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So clean.. so beautiful.. :drool:
Thank you!

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Yeah, I have it posted up other places. Just putting it up as usual. Not a necessity to sell, so we'll see.
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Old 11-15-2018, 01:50 PM   #972
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November 4, 2018

What's being installed: MA Performance Stage 1 93 Tune

Mileage: 17,821

I have been running the Cobb OTS Stage 1 tune for around 2k miles and there were a few things that I have noticed that bothered me a bit. Off the shelf, it definitely has some nice increase in power. It's very noticable and the car seemed to just run much better overall. There was less bog down low and the car just felt much easier to drive overall. However, having the V3 AP, I am able to monitor the health of the engine and how it's performing at all times. I kept a close eye on the feedback knock and learn over the course of the 2k miles. Granted these knocks can be very superficial as the mic's on the black are very sensitive, it just seemed very inconsistent.

Anywhere from -1.4-2.8 is normal and shouldn't give you any concern. However, I randomly got -7.2 one time. a -4.3 once. These were not under WOT though, so that was a good thing to hear. However, it just didn't seem like I should be getting those readings ever. With that in the back of my mind, I wanted to try and find something that was much more consistent and healthier for the overall health of my motor.

I came across MA Performance and their extremely reliable and highly reviewed OTS maps. All the reviews were highly recommended and showing a great deal of consistent readings. I decided to hit them up to see if we could work something out. Within 15 minutes of me contacting them, Ian sent me over an email showing his enthusiasm and willingness to work with me. He sent me over a stage 1 93 tune and I was extremely interested to see just what they were able to do with this motor.

Installed it through my AP and went out for a quick spin to see if I could notice any differences right away. As soon as I came up to my first stop sign and heard the car decel, I was greeted with the most wonderful burbles I was looking for. Right away, that gave me a big fat grin and knew the tune was about to really wake the car up. Under hard WOT, there are some awesome grumbles and burbles between gears. Under hard decel and downshifts, the pops, burbles, and bangs hit such a sweet note and make me laugh every damn time. Under WOT, the car absolutely rips. Dare I say a massive difference from the Cobb Stage 1. PSI is hitting around 17-18 consistently and I never get any feedback knock over -1.4. Ever. DAM is at a constant 1 and never changes.

I am extremely happy with the tune from MA Performance. The car just is an absolute blast to drive. Even more so than it ever has before. It is exactly what the car needed to give it that extra umph I was after. The extra pops and burbles give it the edge over anything else. I highly suggest you check them out as they were a pleasure to work with. They stand behind their product and definitely know what they are doing. Please keep in mind, I have about 400 miles on this tune as I wanted to run it through its paces and let the car adapt before I voiced my opinion on it.

https://www.maperformance.com/

I have an android headunit coming in a few days/week, so I will be sure to update all of you when I receive it and install. There are a lot of cool features this thing has and it didn't break the bank so if it sucks or doesn't last, I won't be upset. Either way, I will be sure to keep you all in the loop.

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Great build thread so far, did you do anything suspension wise other than the Fortune auto coilovers? Im looking at doing some but im wondering if I should get some adjustable rear lower control arms as well?
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Old 11-23-2018, 10:43 AM   #975
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Great build thread so far, did you do anything suspension wise other than the Fortune auto coilovers? Im looking at doing some but im wondering if I should get some adjustable rear lower control arms as well?


Thanks man. I just have the coilovers on for now. I plan to do some spc rear control arms and a 24mm rear sway in the future to dial the handling a bit more. However the chassis from the factory is pretty composed and adding the fortune autos helped remove any slop that was there. I dont find the need for sway bars as much as I did with my Wrx. Although, I do want to dial in my alignment specs better at some point with the spc arms.
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