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Old 05-01-2019, 11:11 AM   #1
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Talking 2012 STi Limited Sedan money pit of misery build

2012 STi Limited Sedan Build journal
(And Financial Suffering)

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So I bought this STi in June of 2016. I have had many Subaru’s before this one to include: 07 Impreza 2.5i; 06 wrx; 08 wrx hatch; and an 11 wrx hatch. My dream had always been to own a limited widebody STi. When I could afford one I jumped on the opportunity and picked up this gem. She was bone stock with only 30k miles on her with only 1 owner at the time of purchase. It of course didn’t take long for me to start modding away. I’ll keep it short and sweet and post up the mods that are on the car as of now.

Engine/performance mods
-aem intake
-Perrin turbo inlet
-gs ebcs
-IAG Tgv deletes
-IAG v3 fuel rails
-IAG aos (comp series)
-id1050x injectors
-aem 340lph fuel pump
-gs limited catted downpipe
-invidia q300 catback
-cobb fpr
-cobb fpr sensor
-cobb accessport v3
-pro tuned by JR at iag performance in April of 2018
***315whp and 353wtrq***

Transmission/Drivetrain
-kartboy sts and bushing kit
-tic crossmember bushings
-group n tranny mount

Exterior/aesthetic
-jna performance cs style front lip
-black jdm side ornaments
-Perrin shorty antenna w/ nav
-debadged trunk
-20% window tint
-grimmspeed license plate relocater

I’m sure I’m missing a couple things, but that’s all of the important stuff!
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:27 AM   #2
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In September of 2018 I bought a new daily with every intention of beefing up my suspension with a good set of wheels and tires to prepare the STi for the track. On the way home from picking up my new daily, the STi spun a rod bearing.

After contacting a few shops, starting with IAG since I have been a long time customer there. A couple other shops I spoke to were agile performance and element to name a few. I finally decided to go with Andrewtech in Gaithersburg Md for my build. They beat IAG’s price by a bit and a much quicker turn around time. My STi will be dropped off to them on May 16th to get a built engine put in her. Looking to have her back in June some time.

The new build will consist of the following:
-new v3 closed deck from outfront
-Manley platinum series forged pistons
-Manley I-beam turbo tuff rods
-acl main and rod bearings
-new nitrate treated STi crank
-killer b ultimate oil pick up
-killer b oil pan and baffle
-new STi oil pump
-full super tech valvetrain
-kelford 272 cams
-decking the heads
-arp 1/2 inch head studs
-act hd Street clutch kit
-smy dual gauge cluster
-aem uego AFR gauge
-aem oil pressure gauge
-secondary air pump delete with Andrewtech block off plates.

Now, I won’t have the money to do the turbo kit and everything else at the same time. So as of now it will just be the long block with the stock turbo and the rest of my setup being the same as it was before. Over the next year I will be compiling parts for the rest of the build. As of right now I will be adding the following this time next year.
-ETS rotated turbo kit
-speed density
-Garrett gtx3576r gen 2
-ETS fmic
-cobb flex fueling package
-id1700cc injectors
-Visconti fuel basket with walbro 485lph pump

Goal of 550whp on e85.

Still a long road ahead for this build and I’m sure some things will change. But I just can’t wait to have her running and be able to drive it again!

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Old 05-01-2019, 12:13 PM   #3
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That’s wild, good timing on picking up that daily driver LOL!

With that motor, the 3576 and E85, your going to have an excellent combination of responsiveness/power/reliability. Good choice of parts, looks legit to me.
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Old 05-01-2019, 12:43 PM   #4
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You aren’t kidding. What are the odds of my STi blowing up on the very day I buy another car. If I didn’t have dumb luck I wouldn’t have any at all!
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Old 05-01-2019, 12:51 PM   #5
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Forgot to mention I am going with the ARP 1/2 inch head studs. Added that to the OP.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:36 PM   #6
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STi got dropped off safe and sound at Andrewtech yesterday. As of today they have the motor pulled.
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:52 AM   #7
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STi got dropped off safe and sound at Andrewtech yesterday. As of today they have the motor pulled.
Stoked for you keep up the posts and pictures
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:34 AM   #8
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Car loaded up on the trailer on May 15th!

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She was filthy so i decided to give her a propper bath once she was loaded up.
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Taking the 2 hour road trip to Andrewtech! We made it there safe and sound, thats where she currently sits getting the built motor put in!

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Old 06-01-2019, 05:37 AM   #9
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Old 06-08-2019, 10:28 AM   #10
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Well some good and of course bad news! What would a Subaru build thread be without a splash of bad news!?!?

I was out of town the other day and stopped by Andrewtech to check out the process. Well, from the bearing spinning while the car was driving, the bearing material made it to the turbo. Thus resulting in my stock vf48 being toast!

Also while tearing down the heads they noticed that my valves were sinking in a bit, and needed new valve guides. Luckily the valves themselves were just fine and able to be reused.

The short block is done and looks incredible! The guys at Andrewtech took care of me and upgraded me to the version 4 closed deck from outfront. Free of charge!!! Can’t talk highly enough about the guys there. They have worked through the few hiccups they have encountered and expected with a bearing being spun to the severity mine was. They are currently sourcing me a used vf48 to throw on it until it comes time for my rotated turbo set up.

The heads should done early this coming week and everything should start getting buttoned up. I did take a couple pics of the new valvetrain and cams in the boxes while I was there. I’ll post them up later!
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Old 06-18-2019, 12:01 PM   #11
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Well I talked to Andrewtech last week and here is where the car stands.

I dont know how or where they got it, but they got me a VF48 and didn't charge me for it! I assume that another STi was in for a turbo upgrade and didn't want their stock turbo back. But i am not sure, but they are putting it on the car for free so I am very grateful!!!

Other than that they were working on finishing up the heads and will hopefully start putting things back together.

As promised here are a few pictures I took of the valvetrain and cams while i was there.

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Old 06-23-2019, 02:13 PM   #12
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Ordered a new brake package from KNS brakes last week. Got them a couple days ago. Along with these Andrewtech is installing Goodridge SS brake lines with motul 5.1 fluid.

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Old 06-25-2019, 08:19 AM   #13
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Nice!

What does Andrewtech charge for the install?
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Old 06-26-2019, 12:23 PM   #14
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GREAT looking block. I am getting the IAG Stage 2 EJ25 pretty soon here! Following your build! Good looks!
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I have two engines and a transmission built by Andrewtech. They are my first call to have work done. Great shop.
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GREAT looking block. I am getting the IAG Stage 2 EJ25 pretty soon here! Following your build! Good looks!
IAG is great! Iíve actually always gone to IAG prior to this build. Only reason I went with Andrewtech is because they beat iags price and the turn around time was much quicker. Needless to say, after my experience with Andrewtech, I will continue doing business with them! But you canít go wrong with IAG either. Top notch shop. Andrewtech or iag will be the only shops that touch my car!
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I have two engines and a transmission built by Andrewtech. They are my first call to have work done. Great shop.
Yeah they have been great so far!
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Old 06-26-2019, 11:02 PM   #18
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I talked to Andrewtech today. My heads are done and they are going to be putting everything back together and back in the car within the next week. Should have the STi back in the next week and a half to two weeks!
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Old 06-28-2019, 02:54 PM   #19
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Well, things can change on a build just like that. And mine just did. In a very large way.

Andrewtech called me a couple days with a stellar deal. Iíll keep out the long drawn out version of this. Just know I just acquired a FULL turboxs rotated turbo kit with a Garrett gtx3582r gen 2 turbo.

Keep a look out for some nice parts being sold from my current setup. At the minimum, aem cai, Perrin inlet, grimmspeed limited catted downpipe.
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:09 PM   #20
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Did someone say assembled long block!?


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Old 07-13-2019, 01:01 AM   #22
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Yeah man. Just waiting on my intercooler and intake piping to come back from the powder coater and it won’t take long after that.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:44 AM   #23
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When you had the motor pulled did you re-powdercoat the intake manifold? Mine is a different shade than all my Perrin covers and it drives my nuts. Yours all appear to blend together nicely.
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Old 07-13-2019, 11:37 PM   #24
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When you had the motor pulled did you re-powdercoat the intake manifold? Mine is a different shade than all my Perrin covers and it drives my nuts. Yours all appear to blend together nicely.
No sir. Never been powder coated.
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