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Old 09-05-2008, 04:12 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I've been on the boards for a couple of months now anticipating my first subi purchase, and thought it would be prudent to introduce myself since I'll probably be frequenting the forums with newbie questions.

Finally got my first subi last week, a silver 04 wrx wagon mostly stock except for an hks bov and a whiteline rear adjust sway. It came like that from the sudo-dealer and I suspect this wagon was highly tuned by the previous owner, but than re-stocked prior to the sale. I say this because, although i already assume the interior workmanship of a wrx is not of the highest luxury quality(things being physically strongly in tact and not feeling like it will fall apart from the slightest touch), it feels as though the car was completely gutted and than put back together. The center console/armrest is wobbly, interior winshield molding is loose, the back seats look like they were reinstalled and bolted back into the car from the outside. Nevertheless, a tuner is a tuner and chances are it was tuned right? Especially since it was salvaged 3 months after it was bought in 03.

Well now its my new baby and first project, and oh how excited i am!!! I'll be posting on the wagon, tires, wheels, suspension, and so-cal threads if any of you are interested in monitoring my progress.

My first questions concern my hks bov. Ill pose the question here since its my first post but let me know if i need to move it to another thread. Looks like the bov is rubbing/wearing down the bottom of my hood from engine vibration, or the previous owner sanded a grove out of the hood to make room. i suspect the former scenerio.

1. since its done its damage, should i leave it there or move it anyways?
2. do i need to recalibrate anything if indeed the car was previously highly tuned and only the bov was left intact, or would the guy have done it to make the engine run properly before sale, or would the ecu self monitor this and adjust accordingly?

And yes i do know that the hks is doing more harm than good, and that i should remove or recirc with an adapter, but its not the question at hand thank you....


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Looking forward to some feedback...or flames...

afrothang
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:47 PM   #2
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Sounds like you have a bit of an unknown quantity on your hands, since you're not sure if it currently running a stock tune or a map designed for parts that may have been removed from the car.

If it was me, I'd want to get a clear baseline. I'd remove the BOV and see if I could get it reflashed back to stock. That way you know where you are at least.
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:55 PM   #3
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Thank you.

Any thoughts on the position of the bov and the hood damage?
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:38 PM   #4
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Its not the hood damage that is the problem. Its the fact that those HKS SSQVs are leaky pieces of isht.

If you want a VTA bov, get something decent. Sell that thing for like $100 and buy an APS/TurboXS/Perrin or something. Stay away from GoFastBits bovs though.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:48 PM   #5
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It was probably put on because the guy wanted the sound. You could probably pick up a used BPV for fairly cheap.
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:53 PM   #6
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how bout a bump
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:56 PM   #7
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get a turbo smart,aps,txs,or perrin i would have to agree with davenow
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:13 PM   #8
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If you are not clear on the history of the car I would suggest you take to your local mechanic. Have a compression check done, check all the fluids and change as needed and have them do a once over on everything else.

It is imperative that you know what you are working with before you start modifying. Better to check things now than to buy a new motor later.

I'm just a newbie myself but that's my 2 cents.
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:18 PM   #9
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get a turbo smart,aps,txs,or perrin i would have to agree with davenow
I agree that you need to get rid of that noise make you have on there but i would suggest going with a stock BPV. I couldn't quote the specs of it but i know they work well until you have a very heavily modified engine. Not to mention you can get one in good order dirt cheap.

If you donít want to lose that sound, get rid of the "snorkel" in your stock air intake track or get a short ram type intake and you will be able to hear the stock BPV blow back to the charge air.
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:55 PM   #10
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It was probably put on because the guy wanted the sound. You could probably pick up a used BPV for fairly cheap.
Yeah; if you took out the silencer in your intake or upgraded it, can't you hear your stock BPV just fine?
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:23 AM   #11
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thanks for all the input. id like to replace the bov with a bpv soon. i know there is an adapter that i can get to recirc from a bov, any thoughts on that?
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:29 AM   #12
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Just go back to stock, you don't need the one you have now it's going to leak eventually if it's not already.
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