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Old 02-03-2016, 07:22 PM   #26
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That turbo seems like a great dd choice. I've had my mind made up on a gtx 30/71 for a long time but by the time I actually buy a turbo, there will likely be something new and uber awesome haha. How do the R888's compare to the z2's?
Thanks, it really works well and turned out just as I wanted it. Will be adding a little more power this year, trying to end up over 400. If I was to upsize I think a gtx3071r would be great. If Borg Warner can catch up to Garrett and make a decent compressor wheel they will be able to compete, but still too much concentration on turbine imo, so you can keep your dreams alive

I went from a 235z2 to the 255r888 so hard to make a direct comparison because the 255 won't perform as well until max lateral grip is exceeded, but the upgrade was mainly for that reason, to add a safety buffer for hard cornering. I would find I was on/over the limit too often and wanted to build in a safety cushion.



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Im looking at the ATP GTX3067r since the killerb 3067r is absolutely amazing.

Why not use the KillerB setup? You want the vband turbine housing and you also want the holyheader... Might as well get it all
The ATP bolt-on kits will not perform at the limit, they are decent for a cheap bolt on nominal power setup only. I would only recommend KillerB.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:16 PM   #27
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Thanks, it really works well and turned out just as I wanted it. Will be adding a little more power this year, trying to end up over 400. If I was to upsize I think a gtx3071r would be great. If Borg Warner can catch up to Garrett and make a decent compressor wheel they will be able to compete, but still too much concentration on turbine imo, so you can keep your dreams alive

I went from a 235z2 to the 255r888 so hard to make a direct comparison because the 255 won't perform as well until max lateral grip is exceeded, but the upgrade was mainly for that reason, to add a safety buffer for hard cornering. I would find I was on/over the limit too often and wanted to build in a safety cushion.
I honestly haven't really done too much research on the borgs. I've seen great plots and everybody raves about them but that's about the extent of my knowledge on them. I've thought about the efr's, blouch's, fp, etc.. but I always come back to the gtx 3071. I think it would suit my goals of a balanced street / road course 400ish hp car.

As for the tires, I had a couple sets of z1's in the past and one set of z2's in 245x40 on stock bbs'. Now i'm on my second set of z2's in a 255x40 on 17x9's. I can say that the extra width is certainly noticeable and a nice cushion of safety as you say.

I'm wondering if you could elaborate a little though? Are you saying the 255 won't perform as well as the 235 until the lateral grip is exceeded? Or are you referring to the 255 itself? ...Regardless, would you care to elaborate on that statement in general? It's a little more tech than my tire comprehension..
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Old 02-04-2016, 05:48 PM   #28
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I honestly haven't really done too much research on the borgs. I've seen great plots and everybody raves about them but that's about the extent of my knowledge on them. I've thought about the efr's, blouch's, fp, etc.. but I always come back to the gtx 3071. I think it would suit my goals of a balanced street / road course 400ish hp car.



As for the tires, I had a couple sets of z1's in the past and one set of z2's in 245x40 on stock bbs'. Now i'm on my second set of z2's in a 255x40 on 17x9's. I can say that the extra width is certainly noticeable and a nice cushion of safety as you say.



I'm wondering if you could elaborate a little though? Are you saying the 255 won't perform as well as the 235 until the lateral grip is exceeded? Or are you referring to the 255 itself? ...Regardless, would you care to elaborate on that statement in general? It's a little more tech than my tire comprehension..

Well it's a complex topic but to put it as simply as possible... Tire width adds lateral grip at the edge of available traction but reduces lateral grip on a diminishing curve up to that point (of course assuming that the original tire is correctly sized). Tire length(height) adds longitudinal grip at the edge of traction (braking/accelerating).
Larger contact patch means less psi so will require more input from the car to create higher psi on the contact patch to create grip. So start adding wings, more weight, stiffer suspension and more aggressive driving style etc.... And all of that requires more power to overcome the added weight, added aero drag from the wings and wider tires, and added friction drag from the wider tires.
Basically the 1/1000secs you gain at peak g in a corner with the wider tire will probably not make up for the top speed loss on a straight, the reduced acceleration from the extra rotational mass and aero/friction drag, the reduced driveability etc...
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:15 AM   #29
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Plans for this summer are pretty small and simple.

- Getting some new headlight bulbs. Ordered some Philips X-Treme Ultinon d2s. These are 6200k but with 3300lumens at 35w. I'll be driving them at 50w so along with a substantial lumen increase it will also warm them up to the 5500k region. Hopefully they take the 50w as well as my X-treme Vision (3200lumens at 35w, 5000k)

- New seat. OEM drivers seat is painful to sit in for anyone and way too wide. It was livable until I got a Fiesta ST for a daily... those seats are too perfect for me and ruined the driving experience on the STI I've ordered a Recaro Pole Position ABE (street version), it is used as an OEM seat for some cars and is comfortable and wide enough to allow some wiggle room. This will probably be the best mod of all.

- Exhaust, changing to full 3.5" with a Varex muffler. Not sure yet it if I will keep the wastegate plumbed back in or dump it.

- Boost control solenoid. Picked up a Company23 bcs as it is chipped to match the hZ of the ecu boost control so it should get rid of the helicopter sound on the gate which I absolutely hate. These new MAC valves are also very fast reacting

- Finally going to install my GReddy front lip and WRX side skirts. Been wanting to do this for many years now...

- Debating whether to add fog lights. I picked up a set a couple of years ago, I think I will have to mod them to use the Morimoto LED units though as they perform very well on my Fiesta.

- Picked up a spare intake manifold, so if time allows I'm going to have it customized to move its efficiency range further to the right from stock (which is already pretty good!)
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:19 AM   #30
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New Philips X-Treme Ultinons are in and they are as advertised. I am running them at 50w so the colour temp is warmer than the 6200k they would be when run at 35w. I would say somewhere in the 5800k range. They are similar to the LED headlights in terms of the colour temp you see on the asphalt. To compare to the X-Treme Visions (4800k at 35w) they are noticeably cooler in the spectrum and are very similar in brightness/intensity. They claim 100 lumens more than the X-treme Visions which are already top of the range for brightness at a cooler temp.


These are an interesting new style, D2S/R I think they might refer to them as D2C. The bulb has the blockers for use in OEM reflector housings requiring D2R bulbs (I think Foresters use these?)



For those that are "into" this stuff, notice these new X-treme Ultinons are using a yellow salt instead of the older red salts that make the standard WX Ultinons have a more purple colour and that caused them to go red/mud colour at 50w.


Heres a nice (lol) camera phone noisy pic of - OFF, then amber VLEDS TRITONS (corner marker/turn signal) only (so ridiculously bright I love them), then new low beams.



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Old 05-17-2016, 09:26 AM   #31
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sub'd. love the car. makes me miss my '06
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Old 05-24-2016, 05:46 PM   #32
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sub'd. love the car. makes me miss my '06
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Thanks! Yeah, its a blast, not sure I could get into a newer one... something about the homologation years just feels right
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Old 11-29-2016, 06:27 PM   #33
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I haven't updated in a while! It's been mostly a maintenance summer and didn't get to drive much unfortunately. I am hating the exedy stg 1 w HD pp and exedy light flywheel combo, chattery and stiff, I feel like I can barely drive properly :tdown:

Had a rear wheel bearing go earlier in the year, fixed that but seemed to have some handling issues start soon after, it felt as though my shocks might be blown, imprecise steering etc, mostly during suspension movement. Then I started hearing a faint clicking/grinding noise that got worse every drive. It seemed like it might be the rear diff or an axle but found it was the wheel bearing again, along with the hub, or vice versa... Got that fixed and it seems to have been the issue all along... the rear wheel was a little wobbly with the broken hub

Onto the fun stuff!

I finally bit the bullet and ordered a seat to replace my aging oem park bench. I had a set of Spec-C Type-RA seats for a while and liked it, but stupidly sold them and have been in agony with the massive and flat stock seats ever since.

Recaro Pole Position ABE.

This is a street version of the Pole Position and as such is not FIA certified, however it is TUV certified for road use in Germany. It has larger belt openings to allow correct routing for 3pt seatbelts as well as some indents so that the buckle can be fed through and not dig into your body. The headrest is slightly more padded because it does not need to accommodate a helmet.

This seat is supremely comfortable, finally supporting my legs, offering good upper body support while allowing some leg movement so is comfortable on longer drives as well.






Also it was time for a brake change, I decided to try out some Endless product this time, using MX72 pads and RF650 fluid.

In the spirit of change also moved from Amsoil 10w/40 to Motul sport 5w/40





After that I just went for a nice drive







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Old 01-08-2017, 09:05 PM   #34
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Some xmas updates, I can't leave well enough alone

Time for another round of lighting improvements. This time I opted to swap out the OEM HID projectors and retrofit a set of morimoto 4TL-R bi-xenon units. I was thinking about using the larger mini-D2S 3.0 or 4.0 but my goal for this upgrade was simply distance lighting. The OEM setup had great width but spread the output to do this so the hotspot wasn't as intense as it could be. the 4TL-R in our testing vs the OEM and 3.0 shows a more intense hotspot with the 4TL-R which means better long distance lighting. This comes at the expense of some width intensity.... but that will be rectified later

The other reason for the upgrade was simply the ability to have "double" the high beams, so the OEM were retained, still with HIR bulbs and with the addition of the high beam from the projector shield moving to allow light above the cutoff I have LOTS of high beam light now

breakdown, testing, and retrofit :





Completed, before buffing:



After Buffing. I also had a clear protective film from APShield added so that I can reduce the amount of pitting and uv damage better.



On to the output. Still using 50w morimoto ballasts and Philips Xtreme Ultinon bulbs. The wall is just over 200' away so this really shows how well this setup works. Still a nice crisp cutoff and really good intensity at this distance, and the high beams kill it







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Old 01-24-2017, 07:22 PM   #35
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I was never happy with how low I sat using the BuddyClub rails so I changed them out last week for a setup that fit my size better.

I sourced the Recaro ABE specific aluminium side mounts, a Planted Technology base, and a set of Recaro sliders. I initially was going to use the Recaro side mounts on the buddy club base/slider but was concerned that I would still be too low.

This combo puts me right where I need to be, it actually makes getting in and out a little harder strangely enough as the gap between seat and steering wheel is now smaller









I'm not too happy with planted, though, after finding that there isn't a threaded boss on for the seatbelt buckle. If you have the tab, it should be a proper nut welded on. Unfortunately I didn't unpack the part until install so this meant I had to remove the seat another day after getting a nut to get it all bolted up properly. Being a standard size, 7/16-20 this should be present on any seat base with a tab for a seatbelt buckle.

The next thing I learned was that now I have the seat a few inches higher, I need a seatbelt extension, so I ordered a 3" buckle extender to make it easier to get in and out.
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Old 04-17-2017, 07:07 PM   #36
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I've had a bunch of body parts for years now that I haven't installed yet. This summer I will be changing up the look a little bit, starting with some WRX side skirts. I don't really like the STI ones and as I am also changing the front lip I think these will tie it together a little better.








Next up is a Greddy Lip and some Morimoto LED foglights, have to make some custom fit for these.
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Old 05-08-2017, 06:12 PM   #37
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Purchased December 2013...., painted 2016, installed May 2017...

So it took a while, but well worth the wait. I had to do the wrx sides to match as I don't think the sti skirts look right with this lip.

Also dropped in a pair of Hella Sharptones recently to better blast the horrible drivers and head-down clueless texting pedestrians







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Old 05-08-2017, 06:35 PM   #38
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Looks clean! I have an 07. Have you considered getting it coated with a ceramic paint protector, such as OptiCoat Pro? Highly recommended. Mine was looking a little tired last year, so I was able to get a paint correction and OptiCoat Pro application in January of 2016. Well worth the cost. 30 minutes to clean using No Rinse and Wash system with two buckets.
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:13 PM   #39
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Looks clean! I have an 07. Have you considered getting it coated with a ceramic paint protector, such as OptiCoat Pro? Highly recommended. Mine was looking a little tired last year, so I was able to get a paint correction and OptiCoat Pro application in January of 2016. Well worth the cost. 30 minutes to clean using No Rinse and Wash system with two buckets.
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I would more likely re-spray the front end and blend it far back then do a clear protective film instead. Great idea though for good paint
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:51 PM   #40
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Just another small update. I had a set of universal Morimoto LED foglights waiting for install. As any other GD owner knows there aren't really any options other than the OEM setup for fogs but those just weren't going to cut it for me so these had to be custom mounted.

Using the OEM foglights, removing the lenses, projectors etc and just using the "cups" we were able to mount the foglights as the bolt patter matched up with the OEM projector pattern. Some studs, jb weld, and some nuts and screws later... success and a clean install that still allows for adjustment.

The unique challenge for GD fogs






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Old 07-09-2017, 11:29 PM   #41
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High mileage update

245,000KM

Well, time flies when you're having fun.

Its been about 30,000km since the turbo upgrade and supporting mods. Because I only use this car as a toy now most mileage is for fun, meaning attack every ramp, lots of WOT through the gears, fast road driving etc... Still running strong.

Still stock motor, its never been out of the car. 365whp at 7000rpm used often. I love this thing. I've even had the pickup tube crack and lost oil pressure while driving back at around 85,000km and its still running perfectly. Don't skimp on the tune.

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such a proper build! love it love it love it!!!
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Old 08-29-2019, 01:35 PM   #43
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such a proper build! love it love it love it!!!
Thanks!! Still going strong at 265,000km now
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Old 09-04-2019, 02:38 PM   #44
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Thanks!! Still going strong at 265,000km now
Anything different on the setup??
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Old 09-05-2019, 08:24 PM   #45
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Anything different on the setup??
No, just been driving it. The only failure I've had was the crappy synapse dv which broke its seat and popped off at 7000rpm a couple of years ago.... back to oem bpv.
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