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Old 06-07-2019, 12:25 PM   #1
AdkBaja
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Location: Union, NJ
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2005 Baja Turbo

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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
'04 STI ECU
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
Protune

Upcoming:
'06-'07 STI Calipers
Centric Premium Rotors
StopTech 309 Series Brake Pads
Blouch 16g
IAG Top Feed Conversion
1050x Injectors
UP
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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$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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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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Old 03-14-2020, 08:47 PM   #4
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First year update:

Goal #1 met.
Tuned by Ray at TurboTek Tuning we hit a comfortable 285hp at the wheels (Mustang dyno, Dynojet would have been around 315hp so I'm happy) and are at a good place with the stock block. Pulls smooth, drives great. Went back to an OEM flywheel when the Stage 2 clutch went in.
AZP hooked me up with STI brakes and boy do they work. HUGE improvement over stock. It has been several months and I still surprise myself coming up a length or two short of the line sometimes.

Other bits:
Had some serious work done on the rockers but Dave at Body Work by Fischer took excellent care of me and the car. The last foot or so of the driver rocker had to be cut out and replaced, inner and outer, and it is all solid back there now. He also took care of the rust patch in the passenger door jam.

Wheels are Fuel Zephyr D663 17x8" and I am running 235/55 at the moment. I have 225/45 as well in case I need a lower profile when lowered.

Goal #2: In progress.
Cover will be 4 pieces of 3/4" ply padded and wrapped in marine vinyl with 1/2" ply underneath for lap joints, sealed and painted. Each piece will lock in at the back and lap at the front. Seats will have to come at the very end, as they will be pricey.

Goal #3: On order.
The spare tire box is about 26x17x9". To stay tidy in that small space I will be running one AccuAir ENDO tanks with E-connecr management. I have pressure sensors from Dakota Digital and will not be using height sensors for now, perhaps later I will upgrade to those if I feel it is needed. Airlift struts are on order.

Drive safe y'all
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Old 03-16-2020, 06:21 AM   #5
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Very happy to hear of your success! I just acquired a 2006 Baja Turbo. It needs a little bit of love and care, then I'm looking forward to adding some performance mods to it. Who's doing your work? I'm based in NYC, I think I've got some good options.
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Old 03-17-2020, 06:52 AM   #6
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I've done a few small things, like the gauges and downpipe.

CasteSystems Performance in Norwood, NJ for custom exhaust

AZP Installs in Kenilworth, NJ for brake package and speed part install

Ray at TurboTek Tuning for speed parts order and tune. West Chester, PA

Fred at Suby Solutions in South Glens Falls, NY for a bunch of great advice and getting me in touch with Ray

Open Road Subaru in Union, NJ for OEM maintenance
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