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Old 02-21-2019, 10:36 AM   #326
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Nice work learning to tune it. It's fun!

Also nothing better than knowing what is really going on tune wise, if something is off you are way more likely to catch it or feel it. Do you have E85 in your area? That stuff seems to help keep motors alive longer. It burns cooler in the cylinder vs gasoline.

Get a good shot of your new "semi" meaty tire setup! From what I can tell (strange angles) it looks bad ass. Always nice to have some extra grip with the power.
Finally got a good pic today, post coilover adjustment.

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Old 02-21-2019, 12:40 PM   #327
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Murf, if you’re interested , I have GD rear tail light brackets that have been sand blasted and powder coated wrinkle black from my old time attack build. Comes with socket head screws. You can have them for free to help motivate uourself to do 04/05 rear bumper

https://i.imgur.com/jAnEBmY.jpg

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Old 02-21-2019, 12:52 PM   #328
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Finally got a good pic today, post coilover adjustment.

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Looks tough from the back! I know you said you would have rather went 255/40/17 but something about those tires makes it look fast to me. I think it's because it kind of looks like drag radials from the height. I like! What's the offset?

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If you don't mind i would GREATLY appreciate it. I learn just as fast thru someone elses experiences as i do if i were in the driver seat myself so EVERY bit of reading i can do or any videos i can watch count me in. im like a sponge
Ok Foo, just be aware that I was learning and many times I was responding at work or while on the go so it's a rough read on my end here and there, hahahaha. I was reading through it a bit yesterday and wow I have come a long way tuning, or just in general

But I think it will be helpful for you to be able to download the different rom/map revisions that were made as we went and see which maps were changed to adjust boost or adjusting timing etc.. And also you can go through my logs and see which parameters you should log for what and learn what the parameters are that your logging.

For the record this motor (stock sti shortblock) lasted 22k miles/3 years of heavy heavy abuse, it was tuned by me right from the start. It had an 18g (360whp), then a 30r, then a borg 9179 (40r sized) twinscroll, then hta86 making 600+ whp. I attribute the stock block lasting so long (with all that power) to running E85 and after learning to tune it myself I was able to keep a much closer eye on the tune than your average suby owner. The car was run at around 360 whp in its mildest form and 600whp in its wildest. At the end the car began putting out a 007 smokescreen and after teardown it turned out to be a ring land.

http://www.romraider.com/forum/viewt...&view=previous
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:26 PM   #329
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Ok Foo, just be aware that I was learning and many times I was responding at work or while on the go so it's a rough read on my end here and there, hahahaha. I was reading through it a bit yesterday and wow I have come a long way tuning, or just in general

But I think it will be helpful for you to be able to download the different rom/map revisions that were made as we went and see which maps were changed to adjust boost or adjusting timing etc.. And also you can go through my logs and see which parameters you should log for what and learn what the parameters are that your logging.

For the record this motor (stock sti shortblock) lasted 22k miles/3 years of heavy heavy abuse, it was tuned by me right from the start. It had an 18g (360whp), then a 30r, then a borg 9179 (40r sized) twinscroll, then hta86 making 600+ whp. I attribute the stock block lasting so long (with all that power) to running E85 and after learning to tune it myself I was able to keep a much closer eye on the tune than your average suby owner. The car was run at around 360 whp in its mildest form and 600whp in its wildest. At the end the car began putting out a 007 smokescreen and after teardown it turned out to be a ring land.

http://www.romraider.com/forum/viewt...&view=previous
THIS IS PERFECT! I feel like im right there 10 years ago real time. I'm going to make my way thru the entire thread post by post.

I found a dell xps 15 9550 that isnt being used so i reformatted it and updated all the drivers. it has an i7 and 16 gb ram so as a dedicated tuning laptop i think its more than enough. just downloaded ecu flash and rom raider and went thru the setup procedure on the forums. Just need to wait for the cable to arrive
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Old 02-22-2019, 10:58 PM   #330
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Looks tough from the back! I know you said you would have rather went 255/40/17 but something about those tires makes it look fast to me. I think it's because it kind of looks like drag radials from the height. I like! What's the offset?

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Ok Foo, just be aware that I was learning and many times I was responding at work or while on the go so it's a rough read on my end here and there, hahahaha. I was reading through it a bit yesterday and wow I have come a long way tuning, or just in general

But I think it will be helpful for you to be able to download the different rom/map revisions that were made as we went and see which maps were changed to adjust boost or adjusting timing etc.. And also you can go through my logs and see which parameters you should log for what and learn what the parameters are that your logging.

For the record this motor (stock sti shortblock) lasted 22k miles/3 years of heavy heavy abuse, it was tuned by me right from the start. It had an 18g (360whp), then a 30r, then a borg 9179 (40r sized) twinscroll, then hta86 making 600+ whp. I attribute the stock block lasting so long (with all that power) to running E85 and after learning to tune it myself I was able to keep a much closer eye on the tune than your average suby owner. The car was run at around 360 whp in its mildest form and 600whp in its wildest. At the end the car began putting out a 007 smokescreen and after teardown it turned out to be a ring land.

http://www.romraider.com/forum/viewt...&view=previous
The offset is +25, a bit more aggressive than stock, but amazingly, at that offset, I am still rubbing the inside if my fenders on the front during turns. Time for spacers and a widebody fender setup perhaps
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Old 02-22-2019, 11:00 PM   #331
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Murf, if you’re interested , I have GD rear tail light brackets that have been sand blasted and powder coated wrinkle black from my old time attack build. Comes with socket head screws. You can have them for free to help motivate uourself to do 04/05 rear bumper

https://i.imgur.com/jAnEBmY.jpg
How do the 05 brackets differ from the 04 brackets? I literally took a.grinder and cut a half circle into my rear bumper and bumper beam to make 05s fit
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Old 02-23-2019, 10:46 AM   #332
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I have a set of 05's I picked up for the bugeye, what's this about cutting the rear bumper beam? Lol!
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Old 02-23-2019, 10:54 AM   #333
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I have a set of 05's I picked up for the bugeye, what's this about cutting the rear bumper beam? Lol!
When you take off the tails, if you want that half circle to sit more flush, just take out a Dremel and trim the bumper a bit. When you do, you will see some bumper beam you can (but don't have to) also trim. The only difference in terms of fitment is maybe one or two millimeters, and it's not mandatory, but I figure what the hell
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:05 PM   #334
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That doesn't sound too bad if they will fit a little better. Cool.
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Old 02-27-2020, 01:41 PM   #335
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I've been AFK for a loooong time... nearly a year. But finally time for an update....



I pieced together this kit over the last year or so, and it's nearly ready for paint or vinyl... not sure which direction to go yet.
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Old 03-21-2020, 09:29 AM   #336
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Wanted to suede to match the 2012 STi gray/black/red suede seats, so decided on this -- finishing up now



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Old 03-23-2020, 05:00 PM   #337
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Very nice!
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:55 AM   #338
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Got all of the door panels back on, and working on some additional upholstery work and sound deadening on the interior... teaser pic for now.. more when this is all said and done!

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Old 03-25-2020, 10:41 AM   #339
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I like it. Wanna see a pic with the seats in frame too. I would see if there is a suede shift boot available too but that's just my 2 cents.
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:50 PM   #340
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I'm having some trouble with the door handle clip fitment on the passenger side door... something to do with the suede foam backing being so thick. So for now, here's an example. I don't think I could pull off these door cards if I didn't have 2010+ seats.



Here's one of the back.. I did suede black flocking on the rear C pillar covers but I am thinking about redoing in black perforated suede.

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Old 03-29-2020, 03:41 PM   #341
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Soon.

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Old 04-08-2020, 05:44 PM   #342
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Drool ...
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Old 04-12-2020, 09:17 AM   #343
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Now 90% done with the interior project, some more steering wheel goodness coming in the near future

Not 100% happy with the carbon fiber vinyl, may look into laying real carbon fiber.

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Old 04-12-2020, 10:34 AM   #344
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Hi Smurf,

I just meandered onto your thread...funny that you've done the door panels in red. I see you also decided to do the armrests in the pictures with them installed. That's been on my mind and I'm looking to get a door card to experiment with to give it a trial run. A place called RPG in California sells a number of CF parts, interior and exterior, and has the top portion of the door card in CF. I'm considering doing that plus Alcantara red for the door.

Anyway, looks great!
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Old 04-14-2020, 09:15 AM   #345
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In my opinion people in the Subaru community generally undervalue red suede interiors

In other news, I finished vinyl wrapping the widebody panels last night which was honestly, kind of a bitch. But, I finally learned a perfect edge sealing method.

Time to get ready on the rest of the car

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Old 04-23-2020, 10:00 AM   #346
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Updated photo now that the initial steering wheel job is complete. Chose the AutoInteriorTechnic stitch on cover... generally happy but may actually take the steering wheel off to get fitment perfect. Right now it's just good enough.

Pretty happy with the steering wheel job in general, in terms of overall cost. Worn out 2007 steering wheel with rebadged Saabaru airbag cover. It may seem strange, but piecing together this way saved a significant amount of money over just buying a 2005-2007 STi setup.

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Old 04-28-2020, 10:20 AM   #347
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Far beyond the point of no return at this point.

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The end result will be worth it!!
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Old 05-04-2020, 09:30 AM   #349
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The project continues, slowly. Trying to take the time necessary to have a decent end product.



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Old 05-04-2020, 08:15 PM   #350
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That thing look awesome
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