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Old 06-22-2020, 01:31 PM   #26
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Update #9

We installed the engine a couple of weeks back, and I've spent the last couple of weeks finishing up the wiring, fluids, intake, and AOS.

I picked up a Grimmspeed AOS for $50 from a local guy. $20 in 1/2 fuel hose and we are all set. I know this AOS gets some flack for how its mounted to the oil filler, but for $70 I'm happy.

I'm not 100% happy with the location of the air intake and will probably relocate it depending on intake temps.

Only thing left is the tune and I'll be back on the road!

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Old 07-29-2020, 11:47 AM   #27
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Update #10

Well I've managed to get a lot done on the WRX! Car runs great and I haven't experienced any issues to date.

We completed the Brembo swap this past weekend. I know this is a popular swap, but man, the difference is night and day. I do have some rubbing from the DNA rotors in the rear that I need to sort out. We also installed all new SS brake lines and Stoptech pads.

I've also been working on the shifter assembly. My car is experiencing the shifter wobble while in gear issue. I bought the new assembly from fastwrx. I also upgraded the shifter bushings with a Kartboy set.

Last big update is a full STi interior swap. I have always loved the blue STi seats and managed to pick up a full 2007 interior for only $600!

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Old 07-30-2020, 06:42 PM   #28
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Found the culprit!
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Old 08-05-2020, 08:39 PM   #29
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This was fun!
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Old 09-08-2020, 03:16 PM   #30
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I participated in my first ever track day this past weekend! I had a blast and learned a lot about the car. The Oklahoma Subaru Group help their annual Subie meet at Hallet Motor Racing Circuit in Jennings, OK. I have to give a huge shout out to them for putting this on!

I'm very happy with the car, especially with it having a 146k miles on the engine and chassis. I'm actually surprised I didnt have any issues!


Overall I'm happy with its performance on the track, but do know I have a lot of suspension work, and driver experience, ahead of me.

Stay tuned!
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Old 09-09-2020, 12:58 PM   #31
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How bad was the shifter linkage replacement? I'm getting ready to do mine too
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Old 09-10-2020, 02:50 PM   #32
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How bad was the shifter linkage replacement? I'm getting ready to do mine too
It wasn't too bad considering I had no idea what I was doing haha. There is a smaller roll pin inside the larger roll pin that needs to be knocked out first. If I had known that I would have finished a little faster.

This video was a lot of help:

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Old 09-10-2020, 03:41 PM   #33
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Great work so far
Some suspension advice if you haven't gotten your coilovers yet..
Depending on your budget.. I would highly recommend do bushings in the control arms/lateral links/subframe/rear diff.. It makes a HUGE difference on how the car responds and will be able to utilize the adjustment of your coils. Sway bars are a HUGE must for the track. I personally would recommend Whiteline Adj front and rear that will help dial in your suspension more to your liking and driving style. ADJUSTMENT is key.. Swaybars/coilovers/Camberplates etc.. the More Adjustment the better. Now for coils.. you mentioned FA...not a bad way to go.. but there are better for about the same money.. Dual Adjustment , Rebound/compression adds to that Adjustability I was talking about. The key to suspension is to get the most out of it...that suites your driving to make the car feel like 'YOU' want it. Comfort at this point is kinda out the window.. Hope that helps
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Old 09-10-2020, 07:38 PM   #34
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Great work so far
Some suspension advice if you haven't gotten your coilovers yet..
Depending on your budget.. I would highly recommend do bushings in the control arms/lateral links/subframe/rear diff.. It makes a HUGE difference on how the car responds and will be able to utilize the adjustment of your coils. Sway bars are a HUGE must for the track. I personally would recommend Whiteline Adj front and rear that will help dial in your suspension more to your liking and driving style. ADJUSTMENT is key.. Swaybars/coilovers/Camberplates etc.. the More Adjustment the better. Now for coils.. you mentioned FA...not a bad way to go.. but there are better for about the same money.. Dual Adjustment , Rebound/compression adds to that Adjustability I was talking about. The key to suspension is to get the most out of it...that suites your driving to make the car feel like 'YOU' want it. Comfort at this point is kinda out the window.. Hope that helps
Thank you! It's been a fun adventure.

I appreciate the advice. I noticed almost immediately that I need some bigger sway bars. They would have helped tremendously. I had FA's on my 2011 WRX. I enjoyed them but never had the chance to track that car. What brands are you referring to? I'm open to suggestions.

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Old 09-10-2020, 08:31 PM   #35
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Thank you! It's been a fun adventure.

I appreciate the advice. I noticed almost immediately that I need some bigger sway bars. They would have helped tremendously. I had FA's on my 2011 WRX. I enjoyed them but never had the chance to track that car. What brands are you referring to? I'm open to suggestions.

SJ
Depending on Budget:

- Megan Racing D/A $$
- FA $$
- Koni D/A Struts with Race Comp Springs *non height adjustable $$$
- KW Varient 2 $$$
- KW Varient 2 from Race Comp $$$
- Ohlins Road & Track $$$$
- MCS $$$$

All these manufacturers produce a quality 2 way or more adjustable setup
Big thing is that you can put whatever spring rate you want on them.. most run a Square setup Ex: 500 frt 500 rear..

The Swaybars will help along with some quality endlinks..I recommend Kartboy.

Your model of WRX is fortunate that when you slam the camber it will automatically toe the front out for better turn in.. As I tell my Novices that have fancy stuff.. Don't be afraid to TWIST THE KNOBS AND TURN THE BUTTONS...

Things you want to add to your Track Day prep:
Bring a Jack to be able to jack the front corner of the car up to set the camber on the front camber plates.. When you get your alignment. Tell them you want a reading for normal driving..EX: 0 toe. 1.5 neg front.. then a reading for when you slam the camber. EX 1/4 toe out 3.3 Neg Camber that way you will learn the various ranges to help facilitate tire wear and general felling of the car.. its going to be a bit 'darty' with the toe out.. but you learn to enjoy that for the future because it helps your 'turnin'..

If you need more info don't hesitate to reach out. the biggest thing is to learn the limits and have fun ..Hope that helps

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Old 09-11-2020, 09:50 PM   #36
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Depending on Budget:

- Megan Racing D/A $$
- FA $$
- Koni D/A Struts with Race Comp Springs *non height adjustable $$$
- KW Varient 2 $$$
- KW Varient 2 from Race Comp $$$
- Ohlins Road & Track $$$$
- MCS $$$$

All these manufacturers produce a quality 2 way or more adjustable setup
Big thing is that you can put whatever spring rate you want on them.. most run a Square setup Ex: 500 frt 500 rear..

The Swaybars will help along with some quality endlinks..I recommend Kartboy.

Your model of WRX is fortunate that when you slam the camber it will automatically toe the front out for better turn in.. As I tell my Novices that have fancy stuff.. Don't be afraid to TWIST THE KNOBS AND TURN THE BUTTONS...

Things you want to add to your Track Day prep:
Bring a Jack to be able to jack the front corner of the car up to set the camber on the front camber plates.. When you get your alignment. Tell them you want a reading for normal driving..EX: 0 toe. 1.5 neg front.. then a reading for when you slam the camber. EX 1/4 toe out 3.3 Neg Camber that way you will learn the various ranges to help facilitate tire wear and general felling of the car.. its going to be a bit 'darty' with the toe out.. but you learn to enjoy that for the future because it helps your 'turnin'..

If you need more info don't hesitate to reach out. the biggest thing is to learn the limits and have fun ..Hope that helps

Bill
Bill,

I appreciate all the info! I have a lot to consider. I'll be in touch.

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Old 10-07-2020, 10:23 PM   #37
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Update #11:

Finally got around to installing the A/C system. The car was missing the condensor and lower A/C line that runs along the firewall. I purchased a new condensor from RockAuto and a grabbed a used line off a 2005 STI. The system charged up with no leaks!

I ordered a full Whiteline sway bar kit with end links, and a set of Megan Racing SPEC-RS coilovers. Everything has been delayed due to the virus. I'm hoping to have them in within the next couple of weeks.

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Old 10-19-2020, 06:40 PM   #38
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I installed the Bayson R Lip and Splitter kit from eBay last night. Overall, I'm happy with the quality of the plastic for the price. Both kits came with their own hardware; the clips are junk but luckily I had a full assortment on hand.

I'm thinking of leaving the splitters black. What do you guys think?
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Old 10-19-2020, 07:37 PM   #39
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good to see decent progress on the car... can't wait to hear how you like the suspension ..Glad its coming together. Leave it Black if that is what tickles your fancy..

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Old 10-19-2020, 11:12 PM   #40
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Wait the title says track build but then you go and add A/C
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Update #11:

Finally got around to installing the A/C system. The car was missing the condensor and lower A/C line that runs along the firewall. I purchased a new condensor from RockAuto and a grabbed a used line off a 2005 STI. The system charged up with no leaks!

I ordered a full Whiteline sway bar kit with end links, and a set of Megan Racing SPEC-RS coilovers. Everything has been delayed due to the virus. I'm hoping to have them in within the next couple of weeks.

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Old 10-20-2020, 09:42 AM   #41
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Wait the title says track build but then you go and add A/C
Haha, you need A/C to get to and from the track here in Oklahoma!
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Old 10-20-2020, 06:47 PM   #42
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good to see decent progress on the car... can't wait to hear how you like the suspension ..Glad its coming together. Leave it Black if that is what tickles your fancy..

Bill
Thanks, Bill! Well, it doesn't look like I'll be installing the coilovers anytime soon. They're on backorder for 3-4 months...
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Old 10-20-2020, 11:02 PM   #43
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Thanks, Bill! Well, it doesn't look like I'll be installing the coilovers anytime soon. They're on backorder for 3-4 months...
Dohhhh Sorry man... It'll be worth it tho.. I am sure of it.
I would start learning how to set the suspension up once you get it installed.. One thing right off the bat.. Swap the springs from Front To rear and rear to front, when you get these so the higher rates are in the back.. Adj the front bar to full stiff and rear bar to Full Stiff right away.. .. Lots of You tube videos on how to Adj Compression and Rebound suspensions.. I have a coulple of lists for you.. Send me your Email add in a PM..

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Old 10-21-2020, 10:19 AM   #44
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Dohhhh Sorry man... It'll be worth it tho.. I am sure of it.
I would start learning how to set the suspension up once you get it installed.. One thing right off the bat.. Swap the springs from Front To rear and rear to front, when you get these so the higher rates are in the back.. Adj the front bar to full stiff and rear bar to Full Stiff right away.. .. Lots of You tube videos on how to Adj Compression and Rebound suspensions.. I have a coulple of lists for you.. Send me your Email add in a PM..

Bill
No worries, it seems everything in this industry is behind due to the virus. I'm willing to wait through the winter months.

Thanks for the advice, I was wondering about the spring rates. PM Sent!

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Old 11-22-2020, 01:29 PM   #45
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Update #12

I hope everyone is doing well! I've made some progress on the WRX over the past couple of weeks. The first thing to tackle was a bent rear lateral link. Specifically, the passenger side toe arm. I looked and looked and could not find an OEM replacement arm that didn't cost an arm and a leg. So I decided to pick up a set of aluminum STi links. I also picked up all new hardware for the install.

I was pretty lucky when it came to removing the long bolt that goes through the hub. Laterla link bolt? I only had to cut the driver side one, but it wasn't that bad. Overall, I'm very happy with the STi links.

One thing you should consider before you install the STi links. You will need a STi sway bar and endlinks. The STi sway bar is wider than the WRX one to compensated for the longer lateral links. I opted for the Whiteline STi sway bar and end links.

Lastly, I installed a COBB axle back to quiet down the exhaust a bit. Yes, I know. It's supposed to loud, it's a weekend track car. But, the older I get the more I want a mature exhaust tone. The cannon exhaust sounded great, but it shaked walls.

SJ
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