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Old 10-09-2014, 09:23 PM   #51
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Car looks great. Love the wheels and your build ideas.. Keep up the good work!
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:28 PM   #52
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That's a nice car, can't wait to see more photos!
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:22 PM   #53
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Im going catless this winter...i was thinking about the tomei, this seals the deal.
Well I'm glad I was able to help!

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Car looks great. Love the wheels and your build ideas.. Keep up the good work!
Thank you! I actually love your wheels too, I'm thinking about getting a set next year in matte black.

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That's a nice car, can't wait to see more photos!
Thanks man, I will be posting some stuff over winter as parts go on the car for sure. But no outside photos 'til next season. I'm going to look at some options for a professional shoot of some kind at that time. I hope something materializes with that
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:09 PM   #54
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It was a very tough choice between the flat black and phantom silver. Would love to see them on your car to know what I am missing out on.
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:34 PM   #55
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Well, it's been a while since I've been on here. Kinda lost interest in coming back every day and haven't been back since I got all the parts I need. Life has a way of keeping you busy of course. I haven't been able to work on the car at all unfortunately, been too cold and I desperately need to improve my garage lighting first.

Waiting on the weather, but the plan is to push the car out of the garage, install ceiling lighting, then push it back in onto the ramps, jack it up, then get RaceRamp cribs under the wheels since I won't be doing any of the suspension upgrades until after it's tuned. The logic for this is that I want all the oil to stay in the pan after all these months of sitting, rather being circulated back into the engine on first start. It'll just be easier that way when I go to drop the oil pan for the Killer B parts. This all hinges on getting started of course.....which now has to probably be postponed until after I get back from a May trip to Scotland. Or I may just start before, I have yet to decide.

I have, however, decided that I'm pretty much done modding the car after all this. My current goal is the same as it was when I started: to get more from the platform while addressing the shortcomings. I'm confident with the parts pending that this will be accomplished. I was never shooting for the stars from the get-go anyways; whatever gains I take in the end with a solid tune is what I'll be happy with. I've always stayed realistic.

The only things I'm considering at this point are:

AOS setup
Oil cooling loop
Finding a slightly larger turbo new or slightly used for a price that I can't pass up
Better-performing TMIC necessitated by the larger turbo
Possible further attention to suspension
Some carbon aero(side skirts, another lip, very possible HKS Kansai diffuser)

Looking REAL hard at a set of matte black SSR GTV02s in 17x9 +45 from Evasive. Would be wrapped with Bridgestone RE-11As or Dunlop ZIIs in 255/40 or 245/40. THAT will be happening after the initial suspension rework though.

I will get around to taking some of the pics I promised in the past(when it gets nicer), just as a reference for anyone driving by my journal. It'll be a while though I think as I coordinate with some local help to finish the car.

Stay tuned and keep your stick on the ice!

- 'til later
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:46 PM   #56
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You're still on a stock tune right? Don't worry about a bigger turbo this year. When I tune you on E85, you'll be amazed at the increase of power. With that said, your STi intercooler is not falling short, save your money. Unless you're going to take the car around the road course, I wouldn't worry about an oil cooler wither.
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Old 03-06-2015, 01:00 PM   #57
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Yes I am still running the stock tune.

I am not actively looking for a new turbo/TMIC. I only mentioned those because the only way either of those would happen is if I found some stupid awesome deal on either, but I know what you're getting at.

Realistically the only things with a chance of happening are the AOS, oil cooling, and the aero bits and the first two will be a ways off, but I do want to get out to MAM sometime, and I'll probably get addicted to it.

Wheels for sure though.
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:40 PM   #58
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:32 AM   #59
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Might check around on those SSR gtv02 prices. Autoanything has them for much cheaper. I really dig the flat black ones too it was very hard to decide on one over the other. Josh at Kamispeed matched any price I could find as well.. Great guy to deal with.

I was so content to get my killer b oil pick up in. No worries anymore and I hope you can get yours on soon too. Wish you luck in your progress! Hope it comes sooner than later.
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Old 03-07-2015, 11:37 PM   #60
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Awesome, thanks for the tip on the wheels. Will look into that for sure.

Yeah that'll give me peace of mind when I get mine put on. I hope so as well.
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Old 04-28-2015, 12:07 AM   #61
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Well, it's been a while since I've been on here. Kinda lost interest in coming back every day and haven't been back since I got all the parts I need. Life has a way of keeping you busy of course. I haven't been able to work on the car at all unfortunately, been too cold and I desperately need to improve my garage lighting first.

Waiting on the weather, but the plan is to push the car out of the garage, install ceiling lighting, then push it back in onto the ramps, jack it up, then get RaceRamp cribs under the wheels since I won't be doing any of the suspension upgrades until after it's tuned. The logic for this is that I want all the oil to stay in the pan after all these months of sitting, rather being circulated back into the engine on first start. It'll just be easier that way when I go to drop the oil pan for the Killer B parts. This all hinges on getting started of course.....which now has to probably be postponed until after I get back from a May trip to Scotland. Or I may just start before, I have yet to decide.

I have, however, decided that I'm pretty much done modding the car after all this. My current goal is the same as it was when I started: to get more from the platform while addressing the shortcomings. I'm confident with the parts pending that this will be accomplished. I was never shooting for the stars from the get-go anyways; whatever gains I take in the end with a solid tune is what I'll be happy with. I've always stayed realistic.

The only things I'm considering at this point are:

AOS setup
Oil cooling loop
Finding a slightly larger turbo new or slightly used for a price that I can't pass up
Better-performing TMIC necessitated by the larger turbo
Possible further attention to suspension
Some carbon aero(side skirts, another lip, very possible HKS Kansai diffuser)

Looking REAL hard at a set of matte black SSR GTV02s in 17x9 +45 from Evasive. Would be wrapped with Bridgestone RE-11As or Dunlop ZIIs in 255/40 or 245/40. THAT will be happening after the initial suspension rework though.

I will get around to taking some of the pics I promised in the past(when it gets nicer), just as a reference for anyone driving by my journal. It'll be a while though I think as I coordinate with some local help to finish the car.

Stay tuned and keep your stick on the ice!

- 'til later
Did you end up going with the GTV02s? I'm looking at 18x9 +45 but I'm unsure of Brembo clearance.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:53 AM   #62
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Did you end up going with the GTV02s? I'm looking at 18x9 +45 but I'm unsure of Brembo clearance.
No, I actually went with a set of Advan RGIIs in white. Size is 17x8.5 with +50 offset. White will be harder to keep clean, but either a coat of wheel wax or Rejex will put a layer between the wheels and the outside elements. Plus I'm quite diligent keeping the car clean anyway.



I really wanted those SSRs, but the price was too good to pass on the Advans, and I've always liked the RG model line. There's a thread over on IWSTI about fitment for 17x9 wheels and the last few pages are of some people who have in fact confirmed Brembo clearance for the GTV02. Plus Blingstrom has them as well. http://www.iwsti.com/forums/gd-tires...p-ftw-122.html This starts on page 122, just read to the end of the thread. Some decent info for you.

So that being said, I can't imagine an 18x9 at a +45 offset being different as far as the face design/concavity. And the +45 is what is confirmed to clear Brembos with 17x9. You could always buy one wheel, do a test fitment, but don't actually mount the wheel.

On another note, heading to Scotland tomorrow for 10 days, so there's that. I will be coming back with the sole goal of starting the parts changeout on the STi.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:34 AM   #63
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Sucks about the exhaust. Those wheels are so freakin sweet. My favorite wheels ever, and the color goes so well with wrb. You have excellent taste!
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Old 05-11-2015, 03:57 PM   #64
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Scotland was awesome as I was expecting it to be, already miss it and not ready to be back at work! We saw castles, Loch Ness, a lot of other cool things. The first person we talked to after getting out of the airport was a guy at the Hertz rental counter. I handed him the card I booked the rental with and he saw my STi on it(custom credit card design) and he asked if it was mine. When I told him yes, he said he used to have one too!

Then we of course got to talking about our cars and since my GF was apprehensive about having a manual trans, he upgraded us to an automatic with satnav for no extra coin; pretty cool of him, since both of those would've cost a boatload more! Guess it pays to find other Subaru fans. And I was so ready to be shifting with my left hand too...... Gotta get ready somehow for when I import an R34 VSpec II in 10 years!

Anyway...going to start getting the garage ready for the parts install! Stay tuned!

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Old 08-07-2015, 10:27 AM   #65
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So it's been forever and a half since I've updated my journal here, but I've started the motor disassembly and have gotten the top end removed, save for the turbo. I have spent a lot of time doing cleanup on a lot of parts, as the previous owner neglected the car for some time and did not store it properly. While the outside of the car shines(due to many hours spent polishing and compounding by yours truly), it's the inside that could use a little work. I had always meant to do this stuff, but needed a legit reason to go in-depth. Well now I have that reason.


I knew it was bad under the intake manifold, but I had no idea how bad. I vacuumed literally 2-3 pounds worth of leaves, twigs and mouse leftovers from the top of the motor before removing the manifold. I was actually out in the garage being pissed and grumbling to myself. Seriously, how do you let something like this happen? Wherever he/she is, **** 'em. Originally, this is what I was faced with after removing the manifold:






I have yet to clean up the intake<->head surface of old gasket material, but this is after spending a while with some cleaning solutions and brushes on the passenger side of the block:


I will do more after the motor is out, but after attacking the passenger side some more and then the driver side, this is how it looks now:


The motor will also be coming out to do a clutch replacement with a South Bend Stage 2 Daily kit and (most likely) my resurfaced OEM flywheel. That will also give me the chance to clean more. However, this is where I'm at now, as I'm waiting for some tools and availability of some local help to line up. So I'm kind of in a holding pattern at the moment, but I have made some use of the time to clean up other stuff, pull off most of the exhaust, clean up the intercooler(which now looks practically more new than it did!), etc.

Have ordered some new gear recently, including more bolts, gaskets, Cobb heat shield, PTP turbo blanket, and some other OEM stuff. ****'s expensive, yo. Oh well, it's the price of the hobby.

Dropped off the intake manifold at a local shop to get the KSTech CAI piping and the intake manifold refreshed with a new coat of red since it was a little sad and flaking in some obvious spots. The STi manifold is a darker shade of red from the factory(and was a bit dirty too), but now it should match the new brighter red of the AMR inlet and the CAI piping. I'm confident it will look awesome when this is all back together.

More in next post!

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Old 08-07-2015, 10:30 AM   #66
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Have some more pics!

This is my garage now. Finally got better lighting, now I can see what I'm doing. I have no idea why I waited so long to do this.




These are my starter ramps I built to perform easy stuff on.


The front clearance is ok, but a little left to be desired.


However, to make it easier and do the rest of the work under the car, I got RaceRamps wheel cribs. I originally went with 12-inch cribs, but I could not jack the car high enough to get clearance with the suspension unloaded and sagging. So after a long downtime without those, I finally got the 8-inch replacements. These are so helpful, seriously. I highly recommend the investment. Yeah, I have jackstands too, but I just don't trust them enough to be under the car for any extended amount of time. Call it paranoia, whatever.


The clearance is fantastic. I may have been able to swing 10-inchers, but I'm content.
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Old 08-07-2015, 04:33 PM   #67
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Looking good man! I dig the ramps and wheel cribs. Very cool.

Just having torn my motor down I know what you mean about the previous owners dirt and debris. What a great feeling to get it all cleaned up and back together.

Can't wait to see the advans on. Excellent wheel choice.

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Old 08-11-2015, 09:30 AM   #68
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^Thanks! Yeah it already is a good feeling to have gotten this far, but there is so much more to do. It will be even better when everything is done though...

Like I said, I wanted those GTV02s real bad, but the Advans were just too good of a deal.

Here's some pics of the TMIC just because it looks new now:


The back side really didn't need any work, but might as well address it.
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Old 08-16-2015, 11:55 PM   #69
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Looking good! keep us updated!
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:54 PM   #70
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Thanks! Will be doing that for sure.

Got my intake manifold and the CAI piping back from a local powdercoating shop. I'd say it's a damn good job.











Now all the red bits match each other. Should look pretty nice and understated when it's all back together.


Going to shoot for this weekend for more work.
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:33 AM   #71
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Powder coating looks excellent. Makes me wish I would had mine done when I had the motor out. Can't wait to see more of your shots.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:39 AM   #72
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Many thanks. TBH, I think it looks better than OEM.
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Old 08-23-2015, 06:01 PM   #73
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The Cobb heatshield and the intercooler have now been wrapped with DEI, so hopefully it does the job.






Friend with equipment isn't really getting back to me, so I'm not able to progress any farther really. Kinda sucks to have unreliable friends.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:24 AM   #74
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very nice! so clean!
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Old 08-31-2015, 05:56 PM   #75
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After what was a super-busy whirlwind weekend, I am proud(yet overwhelmed, OHGODWHATAMIDOING!?) to say that I have the motor out of the car. The whole process, due to some other sidetracks, took around 5 hours, but the motor took some fanagling just because.

It really went pretty smooth, had to heat some bolts up with a MAP torch, then they complied. The only real issue so far is still that rear P/S pump bracket bolt that sheared off in the block. We tried tapping and extracting it, but the extractor bit broke off in the bolt! So now we will try welding a nut on the top and taking it out. The only positive was that right before the extractor broke, the bolt turned in the thread. :\

So now comes cleaning the engine bay, the motor, and then taking the oil pan off for the KillerB parts install. Slowly and surely...but let's get to the pics!

DUN DUN DUN.




No wastegate crack and no shaft play, hotside is clean inside!


No oil leaking from the rear main seal! Again the bellhousing was surprisingly clean in there considering the rest.


Hotspotting on the flywheel and pressure plate, but I'm getting the flywheel resurfaced this week sometime.




Clutch is in okay shape, with a decent amount of material left. Too bad it was slipping so much.


It looks clean, but it's not. That will soon change.


Say byebye to all those old OEM pieces; won't be missing those ****in' corroded bolts!
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