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Old 10-14-2018, 08:23 PM   #26
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Hey everyone,


New to this site and the Subaru scene although I've always had an infatuation with Subarus. Now I am the proud owner after waiting and letting countless WRX's slip through my fingers. I just picked up an 08 WRX hatch. 104,xxx on it. It does have some body work needed to be done, but motor seems sound and largely entact! The car has got as some mods, mostly dress up and I am looking to mod it where it counts. First thing I need is new fender flares since the old ones on the car warped from the elements. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:24 PM   #27
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The fender flares are ugly and I need to replace them, but after that the money goes into the motor!
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Old 10-15-2018, 10:42 AM   #28
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Hey everyone,


New to this site and the Subaru scene although I've always had an infatuation with Subarus. Now I am the proud owner after waiting and letting countless WRX's slip through my fingers. I just picked up an 08 WRX hatch. 104,xxx on it. It does have some body work needed to be done, but motor seems sound and largely entact! The car has got as some mods, mostly dress up and I am looking to mod it where it counts. First thing I need is new fender flares since the old ones on the car warped from the elements. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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The fender flares are ugly and I need to replace them, but after that the money goes into the motor!
Thats great but make your own thread about it, this is my build journal.
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:16 PM   #29
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I've just ordered an IAG Stage 2 shortblock, Killer B Ultimate Oil Pan, ARP Head Studs, OEM oil cooler, OEM gaskets and a Dom 1.5 XTR. Mach V is doing all of the work, because I just don't have the time and space to be doing this for my daily while my garage space is still taken up by my full time race car, and they believe they should be able to knock it out in a few weeks(they had one Stg 2 block in stock) and get me back on the dyno in time to make my last event of the season and hopefully make the podium. I also had a professional photo shoot scheduled but that is on hold now as well until I can get the car back but atleast I will have quality photos to share with you all once I do get it back.
Are they still in the midst of this install? Mach V did my IAG block install, Blouch 440XT, and supporting mods in about two weeks time. After the break-in period, Calvin did the tune.

The car and build look great!
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Old 10-15-2018, 03:37 PM   #30
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Are they still in the midst of this install? Mach V did my IAG block install, Blouch 440XT, and supporting mods in about two weeks time. After the break-in period, Calvin did the tune.

The car and build look great!
Yea, it's kind of a long story but since I'm here and don't have my car I shall tell it.

Three STIs, mine included, were all at Mach V with motor failure with a couple of days of each other but they only had 1 IAG Stage 2 block on the shelf so I put my deposit down immediately. A couple days later they called me to ask if I would be OK with them letting one of the other guys take the motor they had reserved for me because his car was a daily driver and he was paying for a rental out of pocket while I have an alternate vehicle that I can use as needed. They told me it would be about 3 weeks for IAG to ship them more shortblocks so I agreed and that's where we stand currently. I'm being told the car should be done tomorrow or Wednesday so I should be able to begin the break in process before my date with JR on 11/7/18 at IAG.
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Old 10-15-2018, 04:15 PM   #31
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Thats great but make your own thread about it, this is my build journal.
Well I had to reply to a forum in order to start posting my own messages as per the rules of the site. So don't get your panties in a bunch. Thanks.
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Old 10-15-2018, 08:57 PM   #32
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So don't get your panties in a bunch. Thanks.
You’re gonna make a lot of friends like that. You seemed confused as to how forums function so I was letting you know this was my build journal and not the new member introduction thread.
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Old 10-18-2018, 10:59 AM   #33
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Got the car back yesterday but the Dom 1.5XTR was making a whining/whistling noise even while at idle so Hill Country Forced Induction advised me to send it back to them, they did the rebuild for the guy I bought it from, to ensure there is no damage to the turbo. I was told it would be a two week turnaround but that doesn't give me enough time to get the break in miles done before my dyno so I ordered a BNIB FP Blue HTZ. I just can't catch a break with this car...
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Old 10-28-2018, 04:15 PM   #34
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Got the car back about a week ago with the BNIB FP Blue HTZ installed, no more noises and car is running great. I took a little time this morning to replace the drivers rear axle and install a few more cusco braces under the rear of the car to even things out a bit.

I'll start with the whole car pic.


Old axle vs New Axle


New Cusco Rear Braces, I think I'm going to pull the muffler and have the entire thing sandblasted and ceramic coated to get rid of the surface rust.

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Old 11-08-2018, 08:13 AM   #35
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More of the same terrible luck with this car, I'm starting to fall out of love with it.

Here's the graph from IAG with details to follow.

409whp/403wtq


As you can see at the top of the graph, I have a valve float issue on the newly assembled motor. Motor is coming back out and I'll be replacing the entire valvetrain while I'm in there so I'll be missing the final race of the season and the first race of the winter season. Not happy with this car right now.
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:22 AM   #36
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Nice looking ride! That Torque curve looks fun. Sucks about the build issues your having.

As a 08 Daily driver I'm always interested in others experiences with this car.

Best of luck to you!
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Old 11-12-2018, 08:26 PM   #37
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I've got a 2015+ but I've always loved the hatches.. Keep it coming!
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:48 AM   #38
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I've got a 2015+ but I've always loved the hatches.. Keep it coming!
Working on pulling the motor out now and while it's down getting a built valvetrain I'm moving the battery to the hatch and rotating the intake manifold so there will be more coming soon.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:04 PM   #39
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Maybe I missed it somewhere, but the tune/dyno is 93 octane correct?
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:31 PM   #40
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Maybe I missed it somewhere, but the tune/dyno is 93 octane correct?
Yes it is. I won't be doing flex fuel until sometime next year at the earliest.
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:47 PM   #41
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Yes it is. I won't be doing flex fuel until sometime next year at the earliest.
Gotcha.

Last question, what in the dyno graph presumes floating valves?
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:48 PM   #42
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Gotcha.

Last question, what in the dyno graph presumes floating valves?
The oscillation at the very top of the graph and the fact that they cut the run short. The motor and turbo could easily keep producing above the factory redline.
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:23 PM   #43
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If it's not one thing, it's another. Did you have any valve work done when the engine was replaced?
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:32 PM   #44
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What kind of valvetrain work would be necessary to solve the floating valve issue?
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Old 11-13-2018, 05:12 PM   #45
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Stiffer springs.
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:29 AM   #46
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If it's not one thing, it's another. Did you have any valve work done when the engine was replaced?
I did not, just had the heads cleaned and resurfaced. Now Im doing valves, springs, guides, seals and titanium retainers with a 5 angle valve job and resurfacing.
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Old 11-15-2018, 08:58 AM   #47
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Here's a small update. I have the motor stripped and just about ready to pull. I also received the battery box and tie down that I'll be using to relocate the battery to the trunk. I'm still undecided on which battery kill switch I'm going to use and where to mount it because I want to remain SCCA legal.




And here's a random pic I took of the new red out vinyls I had applied to my tail lights.
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Old 11-18-2018, 11:36 AM   #48
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Got the motor out and started shaving the IM for when it is reversed. I'm getting rid of all unused bungs and getting it powder coated to match my IC piping. I'll also be getting the downpipe, cobb heatshield and mach v header heatshield ceramic coated while it's all apart. I'm deciding whether or not I want to unwrap the header and get that coated as well.

I also replaced the stacks of washers I was using on my kartboy endlink/whiteline sway bar combo with the kart boy spacers, wiped down the engine bay and subframe and retrimmed and applied a rubber, adhesive backed u-channel to my front bumper lower grill.

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Torque Solutions motor mounts and AEM X-Series UEGO have just been ordered as well. Stay tuned, I'll keep posting as I get boxes in and get things install while I wait for the motor to come back from IAG.
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