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Old 01-25-2019, 05:20 PM   #376
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I ordered the Group N Pitch Mount also. Might wait on the Group N Motor Mounts though.
I can understand. I swapped mine out when I replaced my motor and the most noticeable difference between the stock mounts was a a massage seat at idle. Feels like a baby muscle car at idle imo and helps keep the engine flatter when cornering at autocross.

After taking the Sti for a short test drive after installing the pitch mount I was eager to install the trans mount to get them all working together.
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Super awesome build!!! Love the blobeye. Probably my favorite gen TBH.
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Old 01-25-2019, 08:22 PM   #378
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Super awesome build!!! Love the blobeye. Probably my favorite gen TBH.
Thanks man! My dream car when I bought it and still is today. Wish you much luck with your Subaru!

Guess I haven't put up any recent STi shots. Here is a few!

Crouching Photog, Hidden STi by Blingstrom, on Flickr

Fallen by Blingstrom, on Flickr
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Old 01-30-2019, 02:25 PM   #379
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Spent a few hours putting together a DIY on how to reboot you Cv axle. Having this extra axle around and wanting to give it a try I succeeded. Given that it isn't always easy or cheap to replace older GD Sti axles.. I thought this is something I should know.

Not too bad of a job but just a bit messy. I would recommend a few pairs of gloves and a good sized roll of paper towels to keep the mess at bay.

Here is the link to my website DIY: https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...s-subaru-style

Here are a few photos from the actual replacement.

The inner race and C-clip hanging out.



Cv shaft and bearings.



Cv cup and putting on the new boot and c-clip.



Website!

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Old 02-05-2019, 01:17 PM   #380
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Put up a new DIY on the website and a few more reviews! Feel free to stop by and check them out!

https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...-working-clips

It's all about those pesky door clips breaking or coming undone that give your Subaru even more wind noise in the cabin than normal.





My review is on my Group N trans mount which is a great addition to any car to give it better shift feel and smoother power delivery!

https://www.blingstrom.com/modmonday...up-your-shifts



Few other updated older reviews for you reading and clicking pleasure! www.blingstrom.com!
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:34 AM   #381
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My review is on my Group N trans mount which is a great addition to any car to give it better shift feel and smoother power delivery!
Thanks! Checking it out now.
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Old 02-08-2019, 02:35 PM   #382
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Thanks man I hope you are enjoying the content!

Popped up a few more part reviews! This one gives my insight and ownership of my Subaru four piston front calipers and overall thoughts!



https://www.blingstrom.com/blog/2019...powerful-stops

This one gives you intercooler bolts a rest and no longer will you worry of over or under tightening the bpv/bov.




https://www.blingstrom.com/blog/2019...-studly-subaru

Then a review on a STi part for those of you looking into forged pistons! Wiseco standard compression forged units!



https://www.blingstrom.com/modmonday...nglandfailures
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:17 PM   #383
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Another #modmonday entry for this week. Tackling the intake tube from the air box to turbo inlet replacement with a Perrin Afta Maf hose. Full review and pictures on the website blingstrom.com!

Fade to Perrin shot.






Link to review. https://www.blingstrom.com/modmonday...t-hungry-turbo
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:38 PM   #384
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awesome car man! blob eyes are my favorite!
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:27 PM   #385
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Such a clean build, I am taking notes for my blobeye, cheers!
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:15 AM   #386
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Such a clean build, I am taking notes for my blobeye, cheers!
Thanks guys I appreciate the love! Ready to get it out of the garage and enjoy Spring and Auto-x'ing. Not too long to go!



Found the factory boost control solenoid had a very small crack in it.. Picking it up showed that it was snapped right in two. A short trip to parts store matched up the hose and got it taken care of.





Where the factory solenoid lives and connects too.



Removing the hose ending up breaking it into many more pieces. So brittle over the years of heat cycles.



Takes a little over a foot of hose, I ended up buying 2 feet to be safe.

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Old 02-14-2019, 01:20 PM   #387
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Found the factory boost control solenoid had a very small crack in it.. Picking it up showed that it was snapped right in two. A short trip to parts store matched up the hose and got it taken care of.





Where the factory solenoid lives and connects too.



Removing the hose ending up breaking it into many more pieces. So brittle over the years of heat cycles.



Takes a little over a foot of hose, I ended up buying 2 feet to be safe.

I had the SAME exact problem working on restoring my 04 STi! Thanks for the post, just made a trip to the hardware store and fixed that crappy worn out line.
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:23 AM   #388
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What size line is it? I've been eye balling mine and been thinking of replacing as they just don't look great.
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Old 02-15-2019, 10:36 AM   #389
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What size line is it? I've been eye balling mine and been thinking of replacing as they just don't look great.
Just take the little white plastic clip with you to the auto parts store, tell them that you need vacuum line that inserts into the smaller end.
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Old 02-15-2019, 05:24 PM   #390
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What size line is it? I've been eye balling mine and been thinking of replacing as they just don't look great.
As stated above I just took a piece of the line into the store and matched it up. Not even sure the receipt or the store clerk mentioned the size. My best guess would be 3/8ths hose.
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Old 02-15-2019, 05:37 PM   #391
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Recently had a moment to install some Chargespeed style rear aprons/spats... whatever they are called today. Finally had time and a bit of nice weather. Being that my car slides through slaloms and smashes cones I am all right with the Frp versions. Would hate to smash a nice carbon fiber piece when out on the course.

Here is my one man install.

Assorted tools, parts and jacks ready for use.



Lining up the fitment and using my second jack as a holder.





Pretty straight forward install after lining it up and adhering it with the supplied self tapping screws.



Finished product.







So far I am really digging them. They add a nice subtle touch that gives the car a bit more flair/style. Might have to add the side skirts now.
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:04 PM   #392
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On an aside, the ridges on the aftamaf hose are an interesting design inclusion
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:43 PM   #393
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On an aside, the ridges on the aftamaf hose are an interesting design inclusion
Are you speaking of the first photo of the Perrin Afta Maf hose? If so, that was a quick composite to show the differences between the two. If not, disregard the below images!

Stock


Perrin




We had a decent sized storm roll in yesterday. I haven't ever shot in snowfall so I decided to give it a go. Was quite chilly at 2F windchill and the wind blowing in my face but I can't complain.

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Old 02-17-2019, 10:01 AM   #394
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great details and documentation... much appreciated...

On the vacuum line "conversation" here is my "route" pardon the intentional pun...

I took a Sunday when I knew I'd have the Mrs. car handy and took out basically the entire Intake vacuum system, as installed by subaru, and mapped it on a large piece of cardboard.

I wish I'd saved the pics to something. They are long gone. But with any restoration/upgrade sequence like this... DOCUMENT.. take pics with your phone, make drawings, tag/bag clamps, clips, connectors etc.

I never understood why Subaru stepped that front turbo inllet fitting from approx 5/16" down to 1/4" ID lines to go over to the boost solenoid. And they step LOTS of vacuum connections. The EBCS has a step down at the inlet and yet when coming out, steps UP! WTF!?

Anyway. What I did was take the entire set up and lay it out on cardboard. Like iWire and street rod wiring companies do to build custom wiring harnesses. Labeled everything and then bought super cheap $.05/ft harware store hose to determine the BEST sizes, then ordered bulk silicone boost/vacuum rated hose in 4 different sizes. Be sure to order ID (inside diameters)!!!! the marketing trick is to call a 2mm hose a 5mm hose because the silicone hoses are thicker. Be carefull what you order. ID is the important spec.

Also: there is no good/accurate way to install the required boost restrictor pill in the waste gate system. Been there and tried. I know some claim to have conquered it, I say nay-nay... Its under 5" of rubber line. Zip tie the be-Jeezuz out of it and use silicone to everything else.

On zip ties.. Some of the OE vacuum connections use spring-tension clamps. At that small size, my experience has been that they are single use, once sprung and released, they are worthless after.

I did a $4 new OE Subaru clamp test. I took brand new spring-tension vaccum sized clamps, 5 of them, and attached them for the first time on a spare OE TD04 I had clamped into a vise. 3ft of hose off the turbo nipple. Same hose every time, same pliers to set the clamp, I did everything in complete control, down to dry fitting the hoses on the nipple every time.

Results: all 5 new subaru provided clamps held my entire 225lb/ 6ft frame at full pull. I had to brace my feet against the same bench to even budge the clamp/hose on the first try.

Then I released the clamp, pulled the hose off, let it rest, hose apart from clamp, clamp "at rest" without the pliers, everything sat for 20 minutes. Then reattached the exact same set up for the 2nd tensioning.

Results: I had to work a little, but not even 1/3 the amount of effort, all 5 clamps failed to hold the connection.

All that said: quality zip ties and preferably a zip-tensioning tool. I use a GB branded zip tie tool that pulls, sets, and cut the zip tie. Then I take my little butane torch or the torch with a small flame tip in tight spots, and melt the little tail left from zip-tie cutting down. Why? seals the connection is the big one, but also gets rid the freaking sharp edges I always seem to find with every finger, arm and back side of my hand.

I applied the same approach to sorting out the much dreaded P0457 evap and P0171 lean codes. The hoses get so brittle and literally crack and fall apart. Some of the Evap/Fuel area molded hoses are still available from Subaru and worth the $$.

~Rob
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:42 PM   #395
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Great info man! I have a Grimmspeed Ebcs to install hopefully this year and I may do as you stated and lay everything out and make my own lines.

Can't wait to get that installed and a new tune on the car.

I have had a few questions and comments about my fender flares over the last few weeks. The ones I have installed are the Subaru Oem Euro flares that are made in Hungry. I picked them up a year and half ago and have loved them since the install. Looking at older photos of my Forester show just how much it was missing without them.

Anyways, one of the question I was asked was about the new fiberglass versions that are being made and what I thought about them. If they are pretty good copies of the original they could be the answer for many that have been on the fence of purchasing the oem versions. Given the fiberglass versions are much cheaper (around 150$) vs the oems ones being wildly priced determined by how many are available.

Decided to write up a review about my thoughts and installed flares on my Forester over on my website. https://www.blingstrom.com/blog/2019...lonely-fenders




You also get a sweet set of instructions when you pick up the Oem versions!


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Old 02-18-2019, 12:28 PM   #396
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Awesome as always. Your coverage is always top notch.
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Old 02-23-2019, 10:07 PM   #397
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Awesome as always. Your coverage is always top notch.
Thanks man!

Slapped together another install. This time it is on Wellvisors 03-08 Forester window visors. These are pretty spot on from the Oem units from Subaru but quite a bit cheaper. After having a used set fall apart during shipping I decided to give these a go. Check out the install here! https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...d-installation



After noticing a bit of oil collecting in the intercooler hose I decided to replace the center section of my 15+ STi Vf48. Picked it up from turborebuild.uk on eBay for much cheaper than any state side vendors. And it got here in less than 4 days from England without a shipping charge... Crazy. The turbo chra is manufactured by Melett comes prebalanced, assembled and ready to be installed with a 1 year warranty. Hoping to have enough time this coming Friday to get it installed!

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Awhile back on my Instagram I posted up a few tips for repairing a few problems that seem to pop up for Subaru power steering units. Well I spent some more time and made a more complete detailed post and it is up on the website now. Links for parts and photos to show what they do included.

https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...or-older-pumps

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Old 02-26-2019, 09:02 PM   #399
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Are you going to do a write up on the turbo rebuild. I need to do the exact project. I have had rediculous quotes for a rebuild. This would be great especially if I can do it myself.
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Are you going to do a write up on the turbo rebuild. I need to do the exact project. I have had rediculous quotes for a rebuild. This would be great especially if I can do it myself.
I definitely will be making a write up on my turbo rebuild. Honestly, it is one of the easier rebuilds if you purchase a full CHRA like I did. I replaced the unit in my old VF39 before I installed it into my Forester. I have a few photos from it but didn't take my time with a whole step by step version.

Here's all three pieces, cold side, hot side and CHRA. As long as you mark the orientation of the sides and put them back in the same part you are done!



I ended up replacing the hot side after I had a stud break off. Here are both the new parts when they came.



On the hot side there is even a locating tab seen below that helps you properly orient them together.

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