Sinister's Progress Thread by Sinister

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Sinister's Progress Thread



Compliments of Sinister @ www.clubwrx.net



7-10-2011


Holy Smokes... I've never made one of these. I should have. I've had the car since 2006 when I got back from Iraq. Kind of a present to myself. Since then it's been a massive money pit... Incredibly fun... and an insane learning project. I've finally got the funds, room, and garage together to be able to turn her into a toy that I can drive to work, and then to the track! Should be a fun close to 400whp e85 beast 


I've gotten almost all of the parts from WRXPro.com, TiC, and a few from RallySportDirect.


Update:

Just got done with the new tune. Made 430/429whp


Updated Mod List (9/4/12):


Still to install:

Volk Aluminum Hubcentric Rings

Subtle - Saggy Butt Shims


Currently:


Engine Bay:

EJ25 Block with D25 Heads

Nitride Crank

STi Forged Rods

CP Forged Pistons

ARP Headstuds

Suba Performance built the engine.

K&N Typhoon Short Ram Intake

Blouch 1.5XTR 10cm with 15psi IWG Actuator

Walbro 255lph Fuel Pump

Processwest TMIC w/ Silicone piping and Shroud

SPT Radiator Shroud

Cobb Turbo Heatshield

Grimmspeed Air Old Separator

NGK -1 Plugs

Perrin Inlet

ID1000cc Injectors

Perrin Fuel Rail

Grimmspeed EBCS

Grimmspeed TGV Deletes with Coating

Grimmspeed Phenolic Spacers + Gaskets

Grimmspeed Intake manifold PnP with Coating

Grimmspeed Exhaust Manifold Pnp with High Flow Crosspipe and Coating + gaskets

Invidia heatwrapped v2 downpipe

Hanksville Hotrods Custom Catback

killer b oil pickup

Protune by Eric Minehart of Torqued Performance

Carbon Fiber Hood Struts



Traction Bits:

Enkei 17x8 45et RPF-1 Wheels

245/40/17 Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110 Summer Tires

225/45/17 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 Winter Tires

STi Pink Springs

Cobb 25mm R Swaybar

Perrin 22mm F Swaybar

Perrin Spherical Bushing Endlinks

Eibach Camber Bolts

SPT F/R Strut Tower Bars



Brakes:

Brembo Calipers

Hawk HPS Pads

Goodrich SS Lines

ElF DOT 4+ Fluid



Drivetrain:

6spd STi Transmission

DCCDPro

ACT Streetlight Flywheel

ACT XTSS Clutch

STi Factory Short Shift Linkage with Kartboy Shortshifter Bushings

KB Front/Rear Shifter Bushings

TiC Shifter Linkage Bushings

KB Outrigger Bushings

KB Subframe Lock Bolts

Group N Engine Mounts

Group N Tranny Mount

TiC Tranny Crossmember Bushings

KB Pitch Stop



Interior:

Scroth QuickFit Pro Racing Harness

STi Shift Knob (Not OEM... the one from the STi/SPT Catalog)

STi Aluminum Shifter Bezel

STi Gauge Cluster

AccessPORT v2 mounted next to gauge cluster

Pioneer AVIC - F90BT

STi Floor Mats (Black)

Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector Hardwired

OEM Style Dead Pedal



Exterior:

JDM Legacy STi Badge

GM Flexfuel Badge

RetroQuik HID Retrofit: D2S BiXenon HID Projectors with 5000k Morimoto Bulbs

STi License Plate Delete

Grimmspeed License Plate Relocation Kit

Tint

WRXPro.com Vinyl Decals on rear windows

High Output PIAA Ion Yellow Fog Lights


I've been asked to explain the turbo, because the blouch numbering system is totally jacked up... and no one seems to know anything about this turbo. They seem to think that because the number is so low, that it's a small turbo.


It is basically a GT3071r stock location designed to work with stock location inlets but with a billet wheel.


Here's the Blouch Dominator 1.5XT-R info:

Compressor: 71mm Billet

Compressor Inlet: 2.5” or 3.0" 

Turbine: 56.5 mm

Center Housing: Water cooled

Bearing System: Full ball bearing



And the Garrett GT3071r info:

Compressor: 71mm

Compressor Inlet: 2.75” or 4.00" 

Turbine: 56.5 mm

Center Housing: Water cooled

Bearing System: Full ball bearing





8-18-2011


Back on it... 


Installed the KB Botox Bolts the other day. Definitely got rid of the bang between hard shifts. Thank goodness.


8-22-2011


Grimmspeed stuff is in the mail 


Macintosh HD:Users:nickbalistreri:Desktop:grimmspeed order.jpg


Plus I already have the AOS, the EBCS, and the License Plate Relocation kit.


9-28-2011


Bump.... It starts today 





Holy crap!! The intake manifold was the most difficult thing I've ever done on a car... even tougher than that time scott and I removed the whole drivetrain from his STi.


I'm going to clean up, and eat... then I'll post some pictures from today guys.


Here are some pictures throughout the day... (in no particular order... because club dub doesn't know it's head from it's ass and can't keep things in order)














Yes that's a beer bottle catching my coolant when I cleared the system...


9-29-2011


Bump. Exhausted. Did 12hrs today. Assembled new intake manifold/tgv/fuel setup gently so I didn't mess up the grimmspeed coating. Replaced fogs. Removed full exhaust system. Removed turbo. Installed shifter bushings (f/r). Installed group n tranny mount. Wheeeeeww tired!!


9-30-2011


finish crossmember, kb oil pickup, engine mounts, HIDs, new front sway bar, install header-back exhaust, install turbo, install manifold + TGV + wiring harness, install everything else I took off.


10-3-2011


Bump. Day 4/5? Finally installed the intake manifold, TGV deletes, and phenolic spacers. 


If you ever decide to do phenolic spacers... let me know. I have an AWESOME trick that worked so well it's not even funny. Just took 5hrs to figure out 


The inlet was a b!tch. The Blouch turbo is so big, that there isn't any room to work to get the inlet on. It was constantly shooting to the driver's side. Finally decided to just lube it up, stick a hangar in it, and pull really hard. Worked like a charm. Pictures will be coming later on.


10-4-2011


I can't find anyone that carries the crush washers for a banjo bolt this late at night  I'm getting up bright and early... see if I can't get this done in time to head up to Harv's


10-9-2011


Oil problem fixed!! Exhaust leak fixed!! Car is finally driveable! 


Now I have a p0328 code... but meh. I think it's just a plug that's not all the way connected.


10-10-2011


Just fixed my CEL issue. AND... got the impossible bolt on. Topped off fluids... I THINK I'm ready.


Tomorrow I have a tune with Harvey "The Boost Creep". I'll post my results!


I'm an ass, and forgot to plug in the knock sensor... just like I was told was going to happen. 












This is what it looked like stock 




10-11-2011


Holy Freakin Christ. I just spent the last 2 hours fixing my up pipe exhaust leak. Now I have a leak at the downpipe to catback gasket... I'm about done with this damned car. Tomorrow I'm getting up at 5 to fix it. If I can't fix it... I don't know what I'm going to do.


10-12-2011


No big deal. 380whp and 380wtq at 20psi on E85 at a mile of elevation. 


I'll post the dyno sheets tomorrow.


Both tunes were super conservative considering my stock block.


10-13-2011






10-15-2011


Thanks guys!


I haven't been on much lately, because I'd rather be driving 


Thing is unbelievable. Crazy part is the noise. I have so much interior drivetrain noise with absolutely no exhaust note. Our engines sound incredible on the group N mounts. And the rear diff outrigger mixed with botox bolts, mixed with group N engine mounts, mixed with TiC crossmember bushings... I can hear so many transmission noises, it's not even funny. I had to sound cliche, but the damned thing sounds like a rally car from the inside.... but quiet enough that I can have a conversation 


Updated Mod List:


Still to install:

Shift Linkage bushings

KB Rear Diff Bushings

Volk Aluminum Hubcentric Rings

Subtle - Saggy Butt Shims

RetroQuik HID Retrofit


Currently:


Engine Bay:

K&N Typhoon Short Ram Intake

Blouch 1.5XTR 10cm with 15psi IWG Actuator

Walbro 255lph Fuel Pump

Processwest TMIC w/ Silicone piping and Shroud

SPT Radiator Shroud

Cobb Turbo Heatshield

Grimmspeed Air Old Separator

NGK -1 Plugs

Perrin Inlet

DW 1000cc Injectors

Grimmspeed EBCS

Grimmspeed TGV Deletes with Coating

Grimmspeed Phenolic Spacers + Gaskets

Grimmspeed Intake manifold PnP with Coating

Grimmspeed Exhaust Manifold Pnp with High Flow Crosspipe and Coating + gaskets

Stock STi Catback

Grimmspeed 3" to 2.5" Gaskets/adapter

Invidia heatwrapped v2 downpipe

Protune by Harvey Epstein at Boost Creep LLC



Traction Bits:

Enkei 17x8 45et RPF-1 Wheels

245/40/17 Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110 Tires

STi Pink Springs

Cobb 25mm F/R Swaybars

Perrin Spherical Bushing Endlinks

Eibach Camber Bolts

SPT F/R Strut Tower Bars



Brakes:

Brembo Calipers

Hawk HPS Pads

Goodrich SS Lines

ElF DOT 4+ Fluid



Drivetrain:

6spd STi Transmission

ACT Streetlight Flywheel

ACT XTSS Clutch

Kartboy Shortshifter with Bushings

KB Front/Rear Shifter Bushings

KB Outrigger Bushings

KB Subframe Lock Bolts

Group N Engine Mounts

Group N Tranny Mount

TiC Tranny Crossmember Bushings

KB Pitch Stop


Interior:

STi Shift Knob (Not OEM... the one from the STi/SPT Catalog)

STi Aluminum Shifter Bezel

STi Gauge Cluster

AccessPORT v2 mounted next to gauge cluster

Pioneer AVIC - F90BT

STi Floor Mats (Black)

Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector Hardwired

OEM Style Dead Pedal



Exterior:

STi License Plate Delete

Grimmspeed License Plate Relocation Kit

Tint

WRXPro.com Vinyl Decals on rear windows

High Output PIAA Ion Yellow Fog Lights


10-26-2011


Installed that godblessed KB oil pickup today. Totally not worth it. Mine looked to be in PERFECT shape. No heat marks, or anything similar to the ones that people were concerned about failing, or had failed.


So... BTW.... I've been asked to explain the turbo, because the blouch numbering system is totally jacked up... and no one seems to know jack squat about this turbo.


It is basically a GT3071r stock location designed to work with stock location inlets but with a billet wheel.


Here's the Blouch Dominator 1.5XT-R info:

Compressor: 71mm Billet

Compressor Inlet: 2.5” or 3.0" 

Turbine: 56.5 mm

Center Housing: Water cooled

Bearing System: Full ball bearing



And the Garrett GT3071r info:

Compressor: 71mm

Compressor Inlet: 2.75” or 4.00" 

Turbine: 56.5 mm

Center Housing: Water cooled

Bearing System: Full ball bearing


12-8-2011


Installed my HID retrofits today.... Would show a picture.. but they look stock 


(by the way.. RetroQuik isn't anything close to quick, or easy)


12-9-2011


fk you 




1-17-2012


I've been asked several times "What's Next". Well, here's the final mod list. After this I'm done for the street machine. Maybe I'd go further after it's not street legal, and I want to keep it as a garage queen/track monster


This will be in the future, but not the near future. On 24psi I'm expecting 430whp-ish.


QTP Downpipe with e-cutout, and stock catback

Tial EWG on Grimmspeed Pipe

AMR Headers

CP Pistons with Eagle Rods

STi Nitride crank shaft

ARP Headstuds

ACL Bearings

TiC SST/AST Coil Overs

Defi's Advance ZD system


Having DCCD Pro installed friday. Doing tranny/diff/engine oil change tomorrow.


1-20-2012


HRmmm.... Added DCCDPro to the first page.  Installed it today.


1-21-2012


one day in... the dccdpro is cool, but... I'm not sure I quite understand it's technical wizardry, and how to apply it to my driving. For now, I'm just leaving it full open on auto. Even one knotch in from full open clunks the rear end when I turn... which I'm surprised about. Is it that way with anyone's STi? (Matt... chime in here dudeski )


1-27-2012


Just installed hood struts. Work better than I was expecting


5-12-2012




6-13-2012


engine. Blown. FML


Will do. I was having -3.5 FKLC at high RPMs. I emailed the tuner and he said "it looks like false knock to me. Here's a new map with a less sensitive knock sensor."


Needless to say, I'm not very happy with my tuner right now.


I will be building the engine myself, and I will be tuning myself. I'm to the point where I don't trust anyone to work on my car.


no. accesstuner race.


I took EFI101, so I've got the basics down. There will be a ton of exploring and learning though. I appreciate the offer for assistance.


6-19-2012


I'm sending it in for a compression/leakdown test friday.


Filled up 2.5qts of oil to make it to the full line. That's how much I lost while it was smoking and I was trying to drive it to a safe place to pull out.


6-21-2012


Tomorrow... compression test! We shall see if it was the engine or the valvetrain, or the turbo!


6-22-2012


#4 piston is blown. We'll see about valves once the block is pulled apart.


7-3-2012


Woohoooo!!!! AJ from WRXPro.com just sent me these:




7-5-2012


I haven't been super open about them to this point because I wasn't 100%. Here go you though:


EJ257 block, STi nitride crank, STi bearings, STi rods, CP EJ255 Pistons, ARP head studs, Cosworth Head Gaskets, ID1000's, Perrin Fuel Rail, Gates timing equipment, STi oil pump, STi water pump, STi thermostat, NGK plugs, new walbro pump (it's been 5 years...)


and then of course a shmattering of gaskets.


STi rods are forged. Pistons are not. I talked to crawford (or cosworth.. can't remember off the top of my head) But they stated that the pistons are the weak link, and that the STi rods are a lot stronger than people give them credit for. They only recommended aftermarket rods, and aftermarket bearings over 500whp. They recommended pistons over 400whp.


Plus... I don't have to break the casehalves for the pistons.. I would for the rods. The cost goes up a lot if I do rods and bearings.


7-6-2012






7-9-2012


I've got GREAT NEWS, and really bad news....


So... I melted the piss out of a piston, and put a hole through the stock block. So... resale of the block? Not happening. Also... the heat of the cylinder means I have to replace the valves in that cylinder.


But... the heads are good!! And there was no valve tapping!  So my cams are good! 


7-23-2012


Motor is back from the builder.



This car is costing me way too much money.


7-29-2012


i start installing the engine tomorrow


7-30-2012


Almost the whole engine is finished being put together. Setting up the perrin fuel rails in a clean fashion was super difficult.


I screwed up one of the connectors for my new ID1000's... Kinda pissed.


I think I'm going to cut off the TGV cables.


7-31-2012


it's in. I'm not done... but the engine is in. This time around I put everything on the engine (tgv's manifold, injectors, rails, turbo, and up pipe) before I installed it. Best idea ever. I was able to get the turbo on correctly so much easier than last time when the engine was still in the bay.


As a matter of fact... I'd argue that it's easier to pull the engine to do the up pipe and big stock location turbo install than it is to do it on the block.


Got the fuel system (perrin fuel rails) almost all the way finished. In typical me style, I didn't have any of the fuel lines exposed... so unless you know what you're looking for... you'd probably never know the difference.


Got the PS pump, Alternator, and AC compressor all installed as well as the radiator. Tomorrow will hopefully be quick.


8-1-2012


I was, but then I talked to Eric Meinhart from torqued performance. He's giving me a hell of a deal on doing a break in map, a road tune of 91, and e85, and then dyno touch up of both of those.


Plus, he's the kind of guy that seems like he'll let me pick his brain the entire time, and... All of my maps are going to be accesstuner race maps. So I can edit them as I please.




thanks guys.... intake, intercooler/bov, downpipe, and subframe.... sunday.


also, I have to fix an injector clip that I broke.


8-13-2012


It's alive!!!


8-27-2012


Got my tune today from Eric of Torqued Performance. The road tune on 91 and e85 is complete. He's going to be doing the dyno tune on tuesday.


9-4-2012


Just got done with the tune. Made 430/429whp 24psi tapering to 22psi and 11.8 AFRs. I'll post the graph in a little bit.


9-5-2012


Sinister's Progress Thread



9-6-2012


I had a fuel leak  retuning weds to double check that my tune isn't off from the fuel leak.


9-10-2012


Thanks dude!


Here are some updates:

Randomized p0016 code... I can't figure it out, and i've talked to 2 engine shops and a tuning shop. No one knows. Replaced the ckps and it's still doing it.


Have a slight clunk on start... Not sure what from. I'm going to dig deeper when I have a chance. 


Had a fuel leak, turned out to be the FPR pushing on the oeteker clamp, easy fix.


Taking her to bandimere on Wednesday to race. I'll be in the 12's... Just not sure how low. I'd like to break 12.3.


Got an alignment and my front left has a clunk. Taking her back tomorrow to an alignment shop. Not the same one though. They stripped a bolt last time.


9-14-2012




10-7-2012


She's running and driving well... Cold starts under 40 degrees are a bish. I'm going to fiddle with stuff in the tune.


For all of you thinking about doing an aftermarket fuel rail... Rethink using oeteker clamps. They suck. I have yet another fuel leak. It seems like as soon as it gets colder and colder the rubber hoses shrink and I have more problems.


Now my shifter is starting to vibrate more... I need to look into that. 


I just got front brakes. I'll do those either tomorrow or the next day.


10-9-2012


Sheared a brembo caliper bolt.  caliper is at a machine shop as we speak


10-10-2012


so... "Heads By Drew" took care of the caliper. He did an awesome job. I'm overly pleased... and the price was less than I was expecting.


I'm never changing the front rotors on my brembos again. That is the biggest son of a gun ever.


So... since I took the caliper off... I bled a bunch of fluid. I tried just bleeding that side, but my brakes are spongier than snot. Also... the inside bleeder on the front left is stripped. That's always nice. I'm to the point where I just want someone else to do it. I'm not able to drive my car though!


Comments

Great build!

Posted by Diggymart on 7/30/20 @ 11:44:51 AM

Love this build

Posted by bdub on 7/30/20 @ 11:42:06 AM