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Old 08-05-2013, 09:37 AM   #176
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Either way it's a lot of fun! I think it's probably down 300lbs from a GR STI so 300WHP feels more like 340WHP in the STI.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:15 AM   #177
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Either way it's a lot of fun! I think it's probably down 300lbs from a GR STI so 300WHP feels more like 340WHP in the STI.
I'll bet it is! Can't wait to see how your build progresses
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:22 AM   #178
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Great thread so far! Definitely helping me with inspiration for a vf39...

What did you use to plug up the holes in your trunk when you took the wing off? Did you find color matched vinyl?
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:16 PM   #179
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Great thread so far! Definitely helping me with inspiration for a vf39...

What did you use to plug up the holes in your trunk when you took the wing off? Did you find color matched vinyl?
Right now I have pieces of bright green masking tape. Haha. I still need to find a better solution.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:13 PM   #180
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For a quick fix I would see if you can find some 3M Scotch-35 electrical tape, they make it in a grey color so it would be closer color wise. Put it both inside and out I did this on my forester hatch (but black) when I pulled off the spoiler for rack clearance one summer.

I also did badge deletes on my Forester a couple years ago and the 2.5xt badge left 2 holes. I know they are small holes but what I did for those was, I used black 3M silicone and applied a small dab to both sides of the holes. Then I wet my finger with mineral spirits and carefully removed as much excess of the silicone as I could from the outside and left a little button of it on the outside. I let it harden an hour or so then smoothed it a bit more same technique with the mineral spirits. It's held for 2+ years now. It might work if you can find a closer color match in silicone caulk. Or custom paint some smooth buttons.

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Old 08-05-2013, 01:42 PM   #181
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Very nice!!!!
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:59 PM   #182
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For a quick fix I would see if you can find some 3M Scotch-35 electrical tape, they make it in a grey color so it would be closer color wise. Put it both inside and out I did this on my forester hatch (but black) when I pulled off the spoiler for rack clearance one summer.

I also did badge deletes on my Forester a couple years ago and the 2.5xt badge left 2 holes. I know they are small holes but what I did for those was, I used black 3M silicone and applied a small dab to both sides of the holes. Then I wet my finger with mineral spirits and carefully removed as much excess of the silicone as I could from the outside and left a little button of it on the outside. I let it harden an hour or so then smoothed it a bit more same technique with the mineral spirits. It's held for 2+ years now. It might work if you can find a closer color match in silicone caulk. Or custom paint some smooth buttons.
Thanks! I think I might have to try some grey electrical tape. There is some rust around the holes so they are going to take some additional work long-term, but I think tape will be fine for now.

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Old 08-05-2013, 02:35 PM   #183
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awesome to see a bugeye with those miles still tearing it up.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:21 PM   #184
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this should be good
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:50 PM   #185
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What are you using to tune your car? I have a 2002 bugeye and have a vf23 i plan on putting in, i just ran into some issues with cash and dont have enough for a pro-tune. Do you happen to have any suggestions?
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:22 PM   #186
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What are you using to tune your car? I have a 2002 bugeye and have a vf23 i plan on putting in, i just ran into some issues with cash and dont have enough for a pro-tune. Do you happen to have any suggestions?
Nuke at NF Performance is doing custom open source tunes (pro tunes) on it.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:31 PM   #187
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Followed your GR WRX real close. Love what you're doing with this. Seeing your previous build, i'm sure you have big plans, however, that E85 early torque is going to murder that clutch, and transmission if its stock. Some VF cars can do close to 400wtq with the 2.5 on that VF series turbo on E85, i'm sure the 2 liter is less, but probably not too far off.

The only thing in that clutch and tran's favor is that the VF series turbo does in fact spool later in the RPM band on the 2.0L. Just a little heads up if you were hoping to save that trans.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:19 PM   #188
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^If I had to guess, he has zero ****s for the transmission.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:01 PM   #189
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The VF on the 2.0L spools much later than the 2.5L and should be easier on things to some extent because of that. It's likely not doing anywhere near 400WTQ either. The shortblock and tranny are both stock with 185k miles. The clutch was supposedly replaced this spring with an OEM (or OEM style) clutch.

I took it out for a couple sessions on the road course last night at NF Performance's track event. It was a lot of fun and the car is still in one piece. The 5 speed + 2.0L + VF powerband wasn't the best for some of the tight sections, but it was still a good time. And the motor/tranny/clutch did make it back home without blowing up!
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:03 PM   #190
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The 5 spd won't just blow up at a 350wtq power level. It all comes down to the driver. A guy locally ran ~500whp/tq, daily driver, without an issue for years. He made over 100 passes on that trans at the track and it held till 600hp lol. Point is, shock load and the driver can prolong the life of the 5spd.

But, I'm sure a 6 spd is in the near future for Ben.
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:02 AM   #191
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The 5 spd won't just blow up at a 350wtq power level. It all comes down to the driver. A guy locally ran ~500whp/tq, daily driver, without an issue for years. He made over 100 passes on that trans at the track and it held till 600hp lol. Point is, shock load and the driver can prolong the life of the 5spd.
Haha. I bought this car to drive it, not to baby it.
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:35 AM   #192
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Haha. I bought this car to drive it, not to baby it.
No kidding! Kill the 5 speed, then swap and be done! I'm glad I did..

Does your stock transmission have the narrow or wide gearset?
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:39 AM   #193
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No kidding! Kill the 5 speed, then swap and be done! I'm glad I did..

Does your stock transmission have the narrow or wide gearset?
Since it is an 02 I would assume it's the narrow gears.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:11 AM   #194
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Since it is an 02 I would assume it's the narrow gears.
Narrow and wide should be relative when discussing bug-eye transmissions.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:02 AM   #195
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Narrow and wide should be relative when discussing bug-eye transmissions.
True. I'm sure I could break it very quickly with a few FFS's. I thought all the 02's had the narrower gears anyways.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:52 AM   #196
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Helped a friend work on this one last weekend:













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Old 08-15-2013, 12:51 AM   #197
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Paint those side skirts! Easy 30 dollar afternoon project.
And damnnnnnn that was quick 40-60.
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:54 AM   #198
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Helped a friend work on this one last weekend:
What was wrong with it?
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:50 AM   #199
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Paint those side skirts! Easy 30 dollar afternoon project.
And damnnnnnn that was quick 40-60.
Maybe. Someday I wouldn't mind getting the whole car sprayed, so I might just wait for that.

Hopefully it will be quick from more than 40-60 one of these days...

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What was wrong with it?
Nothing. Just decided the rotated GTX30R on E98 wasn't fast enough
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:43 PM   #200
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Nothing. Just decided the rotated GTX30R on E98 wasn't fast enough
yea... that whole "not fast enough" thing seems to be a common problem...
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