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Old 03-26-2020, 12:03 PM   #1
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Default Ecko's 16 DGM WRX Build thread with Pics (Updated 10/22/2020)

Whats up everyone? Ive been in the subaru game off and on for about 10 years. I have owned now 4 subarus. I started off with a 2004 WRB STi, then into a 13 WRX ISM Hatch, had a second kid and bought a 2018 Legacy, now i have a 16 DGM WRX.

I bought this car in December of 2019 used with 58k miles on it. I didn't have any idea on where i wanted to go with it or have any major plans. I kept the STi stock minus a cat back and some visual upgrades. The Hatch i had a build thread on here that for me at the time was extensive with how to's. but never really documented it other than some pictures and explanations.

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The car as it sits today is stage 2 ***65533;***65533;

Interior:

-Red LED Dome Light
-Red LED Map Light
-Red Anodized climate control knobs
-Fuse box coin bin upgrade
-Red/Carbon fiber steering wheel overlay

Exterior:

-Debadged
-Blacked out WRX Fender emblems
-Red Pinstripe grill mod
-LED Hyper white license plate lights
-Tow hook License plate holder
- LED Running lights
-Diode Dynamics SL1 LED Headlights

Engine:

-AEM Cold Air Intake
-Invidia Catless J Pipe
-Invidia N1 Race Single Tip Cat Back
- Cobb V3 AP w/ Red Face plate
-GrimmSpeed 3 Port Electronic Boost Controller
-COBB AOS
-Aluminati EGR Delete
-Aluminati TGV Delete
-Pro tune date pending on arrival of parts

The Day i picked her up:

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Old 03-26-2020, 12:11 PM   #2
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The First thing i did like previously stated was debadge the car.

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After:


After completing the debadging, i decided to paint the chrome WRX Fender emblems black and inlay them red (red hasn't been completed yet)

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During:







After:



Excuse the dirty car i havent had time to wash it will all the rain

I then changed the lights on the License plate for the rear of the car:

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Old 03-26-2020, 12:40 PM   #3
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I also changed the running lights in the head lights to LED

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I debated on doing the pinstripe and ultimately chose to do it.

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Climate control knob covers:

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Old 03-30-2020, 10:17 AM   #4
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So yesterday i decided to continue with the theme of the car while i'm waiting for all of the stage two goodies i ordered to come in, and i tinted my rear tail lights.

Before:



Prepping:



Tip: if you are looking to do this to your lights, over the hundreds ive done, if you remove the bulbs and completely cover the area you want to not have tinted with tape, put a flash light through the bulb hole and illuminate the area, if will make your lines way more easy to cut if you have a steady hand.

Finished:










I also got the windows tinted with 5% tint all the way around with 35% on the windshield





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Old 03-31-2020, 11:46 PM   #5
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So today i got an awesome text from the UPS man, 98% of the parts i ordered at the beginning of the week have arrived!







I'm still waiting for the Alluminati TGV and EGR deletes to come in.
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Old 03-31-2020, 11:54 PM   #6
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So since the parts came in today i just sat and looked at the boxes and just looked at them some more, went for a walk and came back and looked at them some more like a kid at Christmas, i planned on waiting until everything came in. Buttttttt i couldn't, so i installed just the cat back portion of the exhaust and flashed the car with a stage 1 93 octane tune base map from cobb.









Install went as expected. super simple. I'm happy with the sound of it for now, i definitely miss the rumble. The fitment and alignment of the exhaust was superb. Overall super pleased.
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Old 04-10-2020, 04:23 PM   #7
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So over the last 10 days the car has been transforming. The car is now stage 2. All parts that were ordered have been installed by myself. i haven't been able to do much over the last few days being on a mandatory quarantine for lovely covid-19. However i have been doing small things to keep myself from going crazy.

The next few posts are going to be pictures of everything i have installed over the last 10 days.

List of parts installed:

-AEM Cold Air Intake
-Invidia Catless J Pipe
-Invidia N1 Race Single Tip Cat Back
-GrimmSpeed 3 Port Electronic Boost Controller
-COBB AOS
-Aluminati EGR Delete
-Aluminati TGV Delete

I started off by installing the TGV/EGR delete kits. Im by no means a master mechanic however i have some clue on what im doing. The install was straight forward and very simple. Lets face it if you can access youtube this install is for you.



This is the upper portion of the EGR:



Upper EGR Block off plate installed:



Lower EGR Coolant tube removed:



Lower EGR Block off plate installed:



Overall the install probably took me about 45 minutes total. like i said not hard at all.

The TGV Deletes were super simple and took me maybe 20 minutes total and 5 of those minutes was because i kept dropping my phone while i was trying to prop it for videos lol.

Side by side comparison of the TGV's and the deletes:



Drivers side Installed:



Passenger side: (not a great picture)



Pile of unnecessary weight:


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Old 04-10-2020, 04:52 PM   #8
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Once i finished the TGV/EGR delete install. i started on the exhaust. Having already installed the cat back from invidia, i just had to install the j pipe and stud kit on the turbo. It always helps doing some simple research when you buy parts to install yourself, i like to learn from other people and the issues they ran into and NASIOC has been so amazing in the fact that the amount of information on here is amazing and plentiful. I ordered Grimmspeed's turbo stud kit just from reading the horror stories of the studs breaking.

The biggest pain in the ass on this entire install of the j pipe besides the upper right stud bolt that is nearly impossible to get leverage on, was taking the plastic cover and skid plate off underneath the car. those stupid plastic pop clips are the devil. the o2 sensor clips to unplug can be troublesome but if you work at them for a minute with some patience they will come out no problem.

PB Blaster and some soak time is definitely going to be your best friend during this install. i soaked the studs 3 times over 4 hours. the first two bottom bolts came out super easy. i got super lucky that the studs came out with the nut. I wasn't able to crack the upper two lose the same way i was able to do with the lower, so instead of using a breaker bar or cheater bar on these nuts, i heated them with a torch. Doing this saved me so much time and stress and the studs too came out with the nuts still intact. Super lucky. I installed the stud kit and torqued it down to 30 ftlbs.

This is with the stock J pipe taken off with Grimmspeed's stud kit installed:



This is with Grimmspeeds turbo to J pipe gasket and stud kit:



definitely recommend installing the o2 sensors after you clean the threads and put a little bit of anti seize on the threads. a little bit goes a long way.



this is my level of luck on this install:

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Old 04-10-2020, 05:14 PM   #9
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Once i finished the install of the exhaust and j pipe. while i still had the cover and skid plate off and the turbo exposed i installed Grimmspeeds 3 port electronic boost controller. This was super easy and fairly quick to do.

Turbo inlet uninstalled:



Grimmspeeds 3 port electronic boost controller installed:



The next morning the only thing left to install was the Air Oil Separator from COBB. I printed their instructions off line along with watching some you tube videos of other people installing it. Now with out me being in a shop and just operating in a garage it was a little more time consuming that i planned. took me around 6 hours to install everything. mostly in part to on problem ass clamp that i didn't have long enough needle nose pliers to get too, so i had to end up removing the ac compressor to get access which was no big deal its just 4 bolts. i didn't take many pictures of the install because i was by my self and it was fairly aggravating at times.

Here is it installed:





this is the problem clamp that ended up being the bane of my existence lol



Over the last few days ive been doing small things to the car to keep me occupied. I removed the shift boot and painted the shifter trim piece a satin black and painted the WRX red:

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Painted:



WRX Painted:



i also painted the shift knob but i dont like the way it turned out and i ordered another:

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Im looking for some ideas on what to do next. The car gets tuned in a few weeks. Im thinking about tackling brakes and suspension next but not sure anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 04-13-2020, 05:15 PM   #11
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Im looking for some ideas on what to do next. The car gets tuned in a few weeks. Im thinking about tackling brakes and suspension next but not sure anyone have any suggestions?
Not sure if I missed a flex fuel kit, but highly recommended. The power advantage over pump gas is night and day. Wakes up the FA.
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Old 04-13-2020, 06:33 PM   #12
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Transmission mount needs to be your next upgrade.
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Old 04-13-2020, 11:12 PM   #13
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Not sure if I missed a flex fuel kit, but highly recommended. The power advantage over pump gas is night and day. Wakes up the FA.
any recommendations on a kt?
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Transmission mount needs to be your next upgrade.
ill look into it thanks for the suggestion
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any recommendations on a kt?
I have the Cobb FF kit, FBO minus headers tuned on E60 by Ron Watson of PhatBotti. Thing rips. +1 on the trans mount. I have the group-n
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