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Old 12-14-2013, 11:23 AM   #26
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Are you having overheating issues with the install of the FMIC?
No, what makes you think that? Because it blocks the radiator?

Just noticed I mentioned getting a "real" radiator, that was more in reference to one that is mounted how and where I want it. Also just the fact that its one of the few stock parts connected to the engine still. LOL
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:25 PM   #27
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No, what makes you think that? Because it blocks the radiator?

Just noticed I mentioned getting a "real" radiator, that was more in reference to one that is mounted how and where I want it. Also just the fact that its one of the few stock parts connected to the engine still. LOL
yeah I took it as you had overheating issues when you said "real" lol I will most likely upgrade mine in the future but right now the stocker will be more than sufficient. Especially since it only has 12k miles on it
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Old 12-14-2013, 01:01 PM   #28
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yeah I took it as you had overheating issues when you said "real" lol I will most likely upgrade mine in the future but right now the stocker will be more than sufficient. Especially since it only has 12k miles on it
Nope no temp issues here, I just would like to tuck it up under the cross beam that the hood latches too, so basically move it forward about 3 inches. I originally wanted to just move the fans to the front to clean it up but don't want to create more of an issue just to look "clean". Regardless I will need to get one made.

Function over form here, but if it doesn't hurt function why not make it look good.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:54 PM   #29
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Nope no temp issues here, I just would like to tuck it up under the cross beam that the hood latches too, so basically move it forward about 3 inches. I originally wanted to just move the fans to the front to clean it up but don't want to create more of an issue just to look "clean". Regardless I will need to get one made.

Function over form here, but if it doesn't hurt function why not make it look good.
I gotcha. I always agree function over form! But heck its kinda hard to look bad with an STi

Who you looking into for the radiator?
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:55 AM   #30
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Keep us updated if you throw on any new mods...
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:57 PM   #31
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Yeah once I do anything ill post it.

Ill most likely start my search at the local street rod shop that welded up my trunk holes called Zig's. I am sure they will have a guy who does it or point me to the guy they have make them. I like to keep it as local as I can.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:53 AM   #32
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Well started the New Year by pulling the engine. Found a few minor issues beyond just the small oil leak that drove me to want to pull it.

So far:
Chips on turbo inlet impeller
Clearance issue on one intercooler pipe (first one out of the turbo)
Torn air filter
Other than those I mostly just want to re-do some of the hose routing to improve it.

I will post pictures tomorrow.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:03 PM   #33
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Well started the New Year by pulling the engine. Found a few minor issues beyond just the small oil leak that drove me to want to pull it.

So far:
Chips on turbo inlet impeller
Clearance issue on one intercooler pipe (first one out of the turbo)
Torn air filter
Other than those I mostly just want to re-do some of the hose routing to improve it.

I will post pictures tomorrow.
Good thing you found the issues now instead of when things went boom! You going to rebuild the turbo or just get a new one?
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:51 PM   #34
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Good thing you found the issues now instead of when things went boom! You going to rebuild the turbo or just get a new one?
Fix it. Just might keep the car down a bit longer now, I need to figure out what I'm willing/able to spend on it this winter. I did not plan on needing to fix more than a valve cover seal and front crank seal. Ill get it all fixed but I spend my "play" money on the fuel upgrade I mentioned I was adding.
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:32 PM   #35
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Fix it. Just might keep the car down a bit longer now, I need to figure out what I'm willing/able to spend on it this winter. I did not plan on needing to fix more than a valve cover seal and front crank seal. Ill get it all fixed but I spend my "play" money on the fuel upgrade I mentioned I was adding.
Man that sucks but there's always next winter to get the fuel upgraded or even right before summer
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:09 PM   #36
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Man that sucks but there's always next winter to get the fuel upgraded or even right before summer
Too late, already picked it up. I was going to install it when I had the engine out. Just holding off on the details of that until its in, working, and I have some results from it sense it is a new product.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:00 PM   #37
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Here is an overview shot just after I got the engine out to re-seal the valve covers and front crank seal:

20140101_201926 by Scuby04STi, on Flickr


Here are shots of the turbo: Not 100% sure how I feel about that wheel being dinged up. I am looking into if this is a "must fix" (thinking its not) or if its simply not as efficient for the time being.


20140103_071426 by Scuby04STi, on Flickr


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Old 01-03-2014, 09:10 PM   #38
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Is that from the torn air filter ?
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:31 PM   #39
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Is that from the torn air filter ?
Correct, I found evidence of the pebble like sand that found its way into the intake wedged in one of the connections between the intake and turbo. Extreemly fine and grainy, so I'm fairly sure that was the cause.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:04 PM   #40
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I have looked into if the damage to my inlet wheel will cause further damage to the turbo/engine and it appears as far a Garrets turbo is concerned this type of damage is nothing to get too worried about.

The "solution" will be to replace the filter and protect or move it at the same time.

I also was provided with examples of cars that have had a Garret with much more chipping/dings in the same way and in those situations it never became an issue.

So my game plan will be to leave that alone for now and focus on the oil leak/fuel system to keep life as far as this car is concerned simple. I figure when I do mess with this turbo I will go v-band so will end up digging into a much much larger project because of that and do not currently have the funds after my recent car purchase.

So stay tuned for some uninteresting projects in the mean time. LOL
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I have looked into if the damage to my inlet wheel will cause further damage to the turbo/engine and it appears as far a Garrets turbo is concerned this type of damage is nothing to get too worried about.

The "solution" will be to replace the filter and protect or move it at the same time.

I also was provided with examples of cars that have had a Garret with much more chipping/dings in the same way and in those situations it never became an issue.

So my game plan will be to leave that alone for now and focus on the oil leak/fuel system to keep life as far as this car is concerned simple. I figure when I do mess with this turbo I will go v-band so will end up digging into a much much larger project because of that and do not currently have the funds after my recent car purchase.

So stay tuned for some uninteresting projects in the mean time. LOL
Good to hear the turbo isn't toast!! Any progress is good!
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:55 PM   #42
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Well I have been ignoring my car for a bit with the Portland Boat show and Sportsmen shows both over I will actually not be working 60-80 hour weeks. I removed my battery tray to make room for the surge tank, just plan to toss primer on the unpainted areas until my next winter project in what I hope is 2 years if this all holds up well.

Honestly have put in 10x the effort/time into my garage the last month than my car but its worth it to be organized.
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:46 PM   #43
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So I have some progress on the car, new tools, and built a new work bench. So mostly been getting things set-up to not need to go use my dads shop every time I feel like doing something to my car.

Here Is my motor home safe from getting the oil leaks taken care of, when they pulled my timing a idler pulley was falling apart so had to switch those out as well. I will need to get over my fear of timing these interference engines sooner than later to avoid all the waiting involved in taking it places. You can also see my new engine hoist I just picked up (that's its box still on the floor).


2014030695100835 by Scuby04STi, on Flickr

This is the new bench set-up I have been building, only thing left to do is add the trim around the edges and drop on the finishing board I plan to top it with. Also you can see how nicely the hoist folds up, really happy with it.


2014030695154601 by Scuby04STi, on Flickr

Lastly here is what the area looks like now that I plan to add the "surge tank" best part is how it mounts makes it look as if its "just sitting there". I just tossed a quick coat of paint over where I removed the spot welds, I will worry about how it looks later for now I just need function. I will get more into this topic after the re-tune, hope to get the engine in and buttoned up this Sunday if I have time. Then I will just be at the mercy of the tuner after that.


20140222_161405 by Scuby04STi, on Flickr

Seeing I focused more on the garage than the car the last month or so I spend a far amount of my radiator money elsewhere so that will also need to hold off for another winter project.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:13 PM   #44
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Looking good so far!!!
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:07 PM   #45
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Welp, first time not using a real garage wasn't too bad got it in myself with no issues. I stopped after I got it snugged up to the tranny and the engine mounts tightened. I am going to pick up some new jack stands so I can set the car higher to do the DP and such. I just prefer to have more room to work with, the blocks of wood I had on hand just didn't give me enough clearance to use both arms when I was under the car.

As it sat when I left it last night:


2014030995220712 by Scuby04STi, on Flickr

Just need too:
1) Attach DP and WG
2) Re-do fuel lines so they come out on the front drivers corner rather than the rear so its a more direct path to the new "surge tank" I still don't know what they are even referring to this product as technically (might be the best time to lose my stock FPR and get a aftermarket one)
3) plum intake/intercooler pipes and lines
4) Wire the new fuel pump
5) Add fluids
6) Turn key and cross fingers I did not miss something
7) If all is well after #6 drop it off for the re-tune

Ill do a little here and there this week seeing I typically don't have time to tinker on week days I will likely not be through the list until the end of next weekend. But who knows I might just bust it out one of these nights.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:09 PM   #46
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Well I am done with most everything basically just waiting to get some help on the wiring the pump, rather get my work double checked from a buddy who does it for a day job than just assuming I did it correctly before calling it good and actually hooking it up. Also I forgot I need to trim the fog light mounts a bit more to fit my bumper a little better around the intercooler pipes/intake.

Considering my tires are basically toast I have been digging around to see what I want to run next. I have had the Toyo 888's before and really liked them, could use a stiffer side wall but I will always want a tad stiffer side wall.

After looking at as many options I could think of I ordered up a set of 235/45R17 Pilot Super Sports, the "Cup" version per tire would cost roughly what a SET of the Super Sports cost so that drastically helped my decision. I have experienced both, just not on a Subaru so REALLY wanted the Cup but it just makes no sense spending more on tires than I was unwilling to spend on wheels this year.
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:08 PM   #47
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So close man!!! Seeing this makes me super sad I have to wait until this winter to do the build! So your car porn will have to sustain me lol
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:21 PM   #48
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She is running again

Finally able to wash her again so snapped a quick picture, no hood seeing I didn't happen to have a second set of hands around. Looked kind of sick, just not one to leave it that way.


2014032395160549 by Scuby04STi, on Flickr

So the surge tank I have been mentioning was the FST from Perrin, here is a quick picture of it:


2013121995153856 by Scuby04STi, on Flickr

As for the installation of this product it was very simple and easy. I already had my battery relocated to the rear so just drilled out the spot welds holding the tray down to get to a solid flat surface. Then painted the area just to keep it from getting corrosion on it and drilled the mounting holes in the sheet metal. The sheet metal in that area is VERY thin so I made a aluminum sandwich plate to add strength (both top and bottom of the sheet metal). Once it was mounted the lines where very simple to run, only one that matters is the feed from the surge tank needs to run to the feed line on the engine, all the rest simply connect to the pot. As for wiring I personally tapped into the fuel pump relay to get keyed power but any keyed power would have worked just fine (I just like to keep the fuel system all on once wiring system). I would be happy to expand on this, I just don't have a lot of time this week to do a solid write up and was to happy to have it running not to post.

Finished product:


20140318_235900 by Scuby04STi, on Flickr

20140318_235638 by Scuby04STi, on Flickr

Running good, just need to have it re-tuned once my tuner has some free time/space.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:25 PM   #49
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:02 PM   #50
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Well I got EXTREEMLY lucky yesterday.

I went to drive home after work and 3 blocks down the road I noticed the motor running oddly and I smelt fuel. I looked down at my AFR and it was all over the place, glanced at my fuel gauge and it was dropping FAST. Pulled over once I got the chance and shut it down. After popping the hood I saw were my feed connected to the "T" in the rail feed came off, I lost 1/2 a tank in under a block (adds up around 6 gal/100 yards, so at least I know my fuel system flows well).

Fortunately I always have some water around and poured it all over the exhaust/engine before things got really bad aka

Within 20 min I had around 6 cars at different times pull into the parking lot to offer a hand, a common statement being "if you see WRB and an open hood you just have to stop" man I love some Subaru people. I got the tools needed to reattach it, poured around 3-5 gal of soapy water on everything and rinsed that all off with a few more gal of clean water. Then drop it home without another issue.

That could have been BAD!!!

I think I will be double checking no other clamps are on top of the keeper lips on the connections.
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