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Old 01-27-2021, 12:11 PM   #251
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I'll have to give Giorgio a call today and tell him I want the same turbo you're getting...
Good Luck haha!


I am no way affiliated with ASE but,, their customer service and response time to all my dumb questions on these rare oem turbos is better than anything out there. Giorgio has personally answered my questions. Not many places do that. I strongly encourage anyone to choose their next turbo from them. Talk to WRXnick16 who has the holy grail VF58 they upgraded. He can set you up with anything you need from them
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Old 01-28-2021, 10:08 PM   #252
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Drove down to Ralispec in south New Jersey yesterday. They had 1 more set of JDM Spec C Top Feed TGV Deletes still on the shelf. I told them to set them aside, and drove the 1.5 hours down to pick them up.




These Spec C TGV Deletes are taken off the assembly line before the machining takes place to install the butterfly valves and the drive motor. Yea, there are some sexy billet TGV deletes from some companies out there for sure. However, there is just something about how the OEM does things when they want to go racing. The parts are just cooler.
Agreed!!!

I'm curious if these are different than the "kit" offered for VABs that come with the pair of TGV deletes and the two sets of gaskets. I believe the middle holes on the intake manifold needed some modifying for the 08+ with the "Spec C" deletes. I'm wondering if the VAB kit would be ready to go?


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Old 01-28-2021, 11:00 PM   #253
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Agreed!!!

I'm curious if these are different than the "kit" offered for VABs that come with the pair of TGV deletes and the two sets of gaskets. I believe the middle holes on the intake manifold needed some modifying for the 08+ with the "Spec C" deletes. I'm wondering if the VAB kit would be ready to go?


Good luck with the tune!
I have gotten mixed answers on that. The Group N parts list has the number you posted. It does not mention needing modification. However, im told thats because those Group N parts are for the JDM EJ20x manifold. I spoke to David at Ralispec and he told me the ones I have he is sure need the holes opened up a hair.

These were cheap, and since Prime Tuning was installing injectors throwing these on the car didnt cost anymore so I figures why not. I still would love a Spec C manifold, however for now these will be fine.

I definitely want to use the open circuits on the TGV's to install oil psi and oil temp and monitor it on the Accessport instead of gauges in the car.
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Looking forward to you getting it tuned..not for the numbers but so you can finally enjoy the fruits of all your labors.. Hope it all goes well. Like I say..I am excited for you .

BTW ..do you have a detailed pic of the right side of your motor with the intercooler off.??? I am putting a VA STi intercooler on.. and need a detailed pic of the Right side Bracket configuration, so I can emulate it on my GD..

Thank you good sir..the more detail of this area .. the better



Oh and how did you mount the heat shield??? whereto???
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Old 01-28-2021, 11:27 PM   #255
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Looking forward to you getting it tuned..not for the numbers but so you can finally enjoy the fruits of all your labors.. Hope it all goes well. Like I say..I am excited for you .

BTW ..do you have a detailed pic of the right side of your motor with the intercooler off.??? I am putting a VA STi intercooler on.. and need a detailed pic of the Right side Bracket configuration, so I can emulate it on my GD..

Thank you good sir..the more detail of this area .. the better



Oh and how did you mount the heat shield??? whereto???

The heat shield mounts to the OEM stock heatshield mount in 3 parts. The SPT one could have fit, but its a pain in the ass with the spacers they need, and they always loosen up and rattle.

Also, sorry I dont have any other pics with the heat shield off. I assume you are going to need the VAB intercooler bracket/mount the one that goes over the heat sheild
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The heat shield mounts to the OEM stock heatshield mount in 3 parts. The SPT one could have fit, but its a pain in the ass with the spacers they need, and they always loosen up and rattle.

Also, sorry I dont have any other pics with the heat shield off. I assume you are going to need the VAB intercooler bracket/mount the one that goes over the heat sheild
No worries...I have the bracket already.. was looking to see where it mounted ... and see how 'adaptable' it is to the GD..my VAB intecooler

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Old 02-20-2021, 09:15 AM   #257
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With all of the endless amounts of snow the US as a whole has gotten this year the mod plans are starting to slow. My tune was rescheduled for March 5th so I needed something to occupy my time.

Detailing. I will be the first to admit I like to keep the car clean. Not to the level some of you OCD crazy people are, but there is nothing like running your hand over a freshly clayed and waxed car.

My grandfather loved detailing classic cars. OCD to a level that was insane to me. He is 92 now, and gave me all of his detailing tools that make this so enjoyable. He gave me mostly Griots Garage stuff, and their orbital buffers make even a newbie like me look good. Their 3" and 6" buffers make the job pretty effortless. Paired with their synthetic clay mit it took me maybe 4 hours to fully clay and wax the whole car.

Griots told me on their awesome tech service to apply their Best of Show Wax by hand on the carbon roof and spoiler.

Didn't get alot of pics outside yet, as the roads are still awful





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Old 02-20-2021, 09:31 AM   #258
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A few fellow RA guys installed the OEM Kicker Tweeters and had good things to say about them. I had $100 sitting in my PayPal account from my Super Bowl winnings, so I pulled the trigger with Subispeed's Valentines Day discounts.

Overall, they sound fine. I thought the stock system was fine, but I am not an audiophile so who knows. I didn't buy the car for the sound system lol.





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A few fellow RA guys installed the OEM Kicker Tweeters and had good things to say about them. I had $100 sitting in my PayPal account from my Super Bowl winnings, so I pulled the trigger with Subispeed's Valentines Day discounts.

Overall, they sound fine. I thought the stock system was fine, but I am not an audiophile so who knows. I didn't buy the car for the sound system lol.





... but do these weigh more?

Edit: Forgot to add, great job on the detail bro!!
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Old 02-20-2021, 10:57 AM   #260
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... but do these weigh more?

Edit: Forgot to add, great job on the detail bro!!
They weigh less!!!!!! lol
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Better quality sound and they weigh less, thatís definitely a win!
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Did you get tuned??? or is that later in the spring ???

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Old 02-20-2021, 08:17 PM   #263
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Did you get tuned??? or is that later in the spring ???

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March 5th. Got pushed back from that blizzard in early February. Gunna have my tuner also install a Cobb Remote Oil PSI sensor that the open TGV circuit can be used to monitor on the Accessport.

Also, hopefully some updates on my turbo soon
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@archer1.8 I love following your build. Lots of great stuff. Curious... Are you able to run the engine undertray with all the front braces and stiffeners?
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@archer1.8 I love following your build. Lots of great stuff. Curious... Are you able to run the engine undertray with all the front braces and stiffeners?
The front undertray is still all bolted up perfectly. However, when I added the R205 lower support bar it pushes the back down so you can't get those rear clips to slide onto the Crossmember. My next oil change im gunna notch the tray for a perfect fit
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First off, I wan't to say thanks to Prime Motoring and JRTuned for doing an incredible job on the RA. Prime Motoring knows their stuff, and definitely respected seeing an all OEM type build. I heard very few negative comments about JR and his tuning abilities and was excited to see what he could do.





I dropped the car off Thursday March 5th, and I was shocked when they said it would be done Friday night! They were going to install my Spec C TGV deletes, (that require drilling the manifold holes), ID 1050x injectors, AEM Fuel Pump, and S209 Intake, Cobb remote Oil PSI sensor to accessport, and their pre dyno inspection.

Friday at 5pm, I got a call telling me the car was done. I was shocked. I was even more shocked when he told me what it made on the dyno. They backed it off to an even 350whp and 380wtq at 19psi on 93 octane! They couldn't explain why the car made over 25whp and 25wtq more than typical 19+ cars on their dyno. Either way, I was happier than hell. I was thinking my future turbo upgrade on 93 would get me into those numbers lol.





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Took advantage of a day off from work, and the 70 degree weather here in the Tri-State and took the RA on a 400+ mile break in on the new setup. If anything was gunna be a problem what better way to find out!

Left Morristown, NJ at 7am with a little breakfast on the wing lol



Headed up to Cannonsville Reservoir in Deposit, NY. Drove up throught the Delaware Scenic Byway and had the road to myself for most of the day,

This Man-made reservoir was built to directly feed NYC by the worlds longest undrground tunnel. They flooded like 5 towns to build this thing.





Followed the incredible road over to to Pepacton Reservoir where the views and roads got even better.

The car is absolutely incredible. Absolutely no knock to be seen on my logs throughput the day of beating on it respectfully. Torque is instant and more than enough for the mountains. The suspension is the best part. Yes, coilovers and some swaybars could get you to the same performance for cheaper, (and probably better) but the car is just so compliant and it feels OEM with absolutely NO understeer.

I had a vision to try and replicate a car Subaru theoretically could have built and sold. Yes the fueling is aftermarket, and so is the DP, but that's about it. It's as close to what I think Subaru's Ultimate Tarmac Specialist feels like in the 2007 Spec C Type RA-R. Can't wait for upgrades coming.










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OUTSTANDING....I am hoping for the similar results on my GD.. *I will be happy @325 AWHP and 350 torque.. with my setup.. Congrats man. Now enjoy for a while. What else do you have planned??? Mine will be pretty much done once I get everything on and tuned.. Appearance stuff is also coming to a close..Again... congrats..

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OUTSTANDING....I am hoping for the similar results on my GD.. *I will be happy @325 AWHP and 350 torque.. with my setup.. Congrats man. Now enjoy for a while. What else do you have planned??? Mine will be pretty much done once I get everything on and tuned.. Appearance stuff is also coming to a close..Again... congrats..

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Thanks for the kind words! Those were the numbers I was shooting for as well. Its definitely more than enough for the mountains and track work I do.

As far as future mods.

Twin Scroll Turbo On the way lol
Twin Scroll R205 DP/Header/Up Pipe
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JDM STi Performance Light Weight Flywheel
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"Dream Idea"
USDM Spec B Taller 5th and 6th Gear Ratio
JDM STi 4.44 Axle Gear Ratio.

With the 4.44 Gear Ratio and the Spec B gears it would be at 3k RPM in 6th gear at 75mph which is what my car is now. I know this is possible but its not cheap. However. I drove a GC8 that had 4.11 gears and it was amazing. I would love to be able to have the 4.44 performance without sacrificing highway street-ability


Its a list of things that will happen, and things that if I find a good price I would go for it.

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Thanks for the kind words! Those were the numbers I was shooting for as well. Its definitely more than enough for the mountains and track work I do.

As far as future mods.

Twin Scroll Turbo On the way lol
Twin Scroll R205 DP/Header/Up Pipe
Killer B V4 Baffled Oil Pan/Pickup
JDM STi Spec C Oil Cooler
JDM STi Performance Radiator Hoses
Cylinder 4 Cooling Mod
JDM S206/7 Rear 4 Piston Brembos
JDM S206/7 Brembo 2 Piece Rotors
JDM STi Stainless Brake lines
JDM STi Performance Brake Pads
Group N Engine Mounts
Group N VO Strut Top Mounts (Maybe)
Group N Front Control Arm Bushings with Caster
STi R4 Front Control Arm Rear Pillow Ball Bushing
STi R4 Front Swaybar Endlinks
Group N Rear Upper Control Arm Bushings
Group N Rear Lower Trailing Arm Bushing (in hub)
Group N Rear Diff Support Bushings
Group N Finned Rear Diff Cover
Group N Subframe Bushings
Group N Rear Swaybar bushings
USDM S209 19x9 Gold Wheels
USDM S209 Rear Spare Tire Foam Tray
USDM S209 Multimedia Display (STI Welcome Home screen)
JDM STi RA-R Mirrors
JDM STi RA-R Canards
JDM STi Performance Clutch
JDM STi Performance Light Weight Flywheel
JDM STi Genome Boost Gauge


"Dream Idea"
USDM Spec B Taller 5th and 6th Gear Ratio
JDM STi 4.44 Axle Gear Ratio.

With the 4.44 Gear Ratio and the Spec B gears it would be at 3k RPM in 6th gear at 75mph which is what my car is now. I know this is possible but its not cheap. However. I drove a GC8 that had 4.11 gears and it was amazing. I would love to be able to have the 4.44 performance without sacrificing highway street-ability


Its a list of things that will happen, and things that if I find a good price I would go for it.
I just spent the last hour or so re-reading the thread.. still as enjoyable as the first time with some key information I had overlooked. concerning fueling.. and the open TGV Circuits to read oil pressure/temps on the AP ... How is that done..and what will I need to emulate that. I am also wiring my Wide Band up as well to the AP. as I am emulating most of your fueling requirements...and couple of other things that were relatable to my GD build that cross-over. Love your plan for the future as You will be probably one of the most complete JDM/Crossover STi's on the planet.. Mad Props good sir.. Hope your enjoying it

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I just spent the last hour or so re-reading the thread.. still as enjoyable as the first time with some key information I had overlooked. concerning fueling.. and the open TGV Circuits to read oil pressure/temps on the AP ... How is that done..and what will I need to emulate that. I am also wiring my Wide Band up as well to the AP. as I am emulating most of your fueling requirements...and couple of other things that were relatable to my GD build that cross-over. Love your plan for the future as You will be probably one of the most complete JDM/Crossover STi's on the planet.. Mad Props good sir.. Hope your enjoying it

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Hey South, I personally had Prime Motoring take care of the Oil PSI sensor when they installed the TGV's for me. However, all they did was use the rear oil galley plug, run a remote digital oil psi sensor, and had a pigtail that went to the left side TGV plug. On the accessport it comes up as LH TGV Circuit Voltage or something.

Its nice to see on the AP, but its just a number that moves so damn fast as its digital its hard to read. I use it to basically see when the oil PSI goes from 100psi when cold, and when it reaches 80 psi constant with engine coolant temp at 180 degrees then I know I can romp on it.

My next round of mods when I install an upgraded oil pan and pickup I am going to add the oil temp sensor to the right side tgv housing. I am not a fan of gauges.

As far as fueling goes. I have 1050x and 340lph pump. with 350whp/380tq and a super cold morning with good air I think I saw injector duty cycle hit 65%. PLENTY of room even for my turbo upgrade coming. E85 is not in my future either.
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Haven't updated this in awhile since I just got back from Aruba for a few weeks. Been a bit of life updates as well as some updates on the RA.

I got my Oil Analysis back from Blackstone Labs this week. This Oil has about 2500 miles on it, and was in the car during the tuning process, and about 1000 miles after. Results look good. I think it all looks good.



Also, while in Aruba I reached a life goal. I am a big watch collector. Everything from vintage or modern. I had a Tudor Black Bay 58 reserved for me down there that was accidently sold. I was furious. Well, fate happens for a reason. The Rolex AD my girlfriends parents frequent asked what was my grail Rolex. I laughed and said I wanted a Submariner Kermit as they were impossible to get, and I was looking for over a year for one for my 30th Birthday. A few hours later and some paperwork I had my grail.







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Also while I was gone I got a teaser pic from Giorgio from ASE in Italy regarding my turbo they are working on. Hopefully, I get a few more pictures to tie me over before this thing is in my hands!



Finally, caught up on events. Today I installed the STi Group N Rear Sway Bar bushings.



These only come in 18mm as the Group N Sway Bar that was used was 18mm. All I did was clamp the bushing into the housing mount then ran a 3/4" drill bit through the hole to open it up just a tad to fit perfectly



Overall, its obviously one of those mods that is not night and day, but the bushing is VERY hard and does not deflect. Slowly getting close to having the full Group N catalog.
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Grats brother!
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Since I started this build I always had a final vision for what I wanted this car to be. To build an USDM based RA-R that Subaru theoretically could have built with everything from their parts bin and history.

There was one part from their parts bin I wanted bad. Like, really bad. Never, in a million years would I have thought I would have one for this build.

Along the way, I found out there is quite a loyal crowd to the OEM+ mod path for various reasons, and with the help of a few of those guys I got all the parts I wanted. But, special thanks to WRXnick19 for hooking me up with Advanced Sports Engineering in Italy who rebuilt and upgraded his VF58.

Well, I have my turbo. Even requested to have a little something special added for my Type RA #454 added to the compressor housing.

I am waiting on all the final tech specs from ASE so I can post everything they did to this turbo, but it is essentially ASE's Uprated VF58 except this will not have the TiAl exhaust wheel. Instead, Inconel was chosen for various reasons, but the ability to rebuild down the road was what sold me as the TiAl wheel is impossible to get for a rebuild.

I hope to have the car tuned to around the same HP/TQ numbers but just a broader power curve throughout and instant spool. I know this will be capable of alot more, but with a stock block still I wana be conservative.








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