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Zach's I wanna be Hella....
Compliments of Terminal Kuz @ www.clubwrx.net
So whats up, finally got my ass around to making a build thread. The first time i drove my first Subie i was 16, it was my uncles 04 wrx wagon with a vf39 ELH, TBE ect. I was in love with the handling the most seeing as i had only driven FWD cars. My first car was a 99 Nissan Maxima with a 3.0L v6, i still love that thing but its no where near the car that the WRX is. So i bought my first WRX about 6 months ago after moving out to SoCal and having been lurking and trolling on here ever since.
So this list is what i have now and thinking/planning for the future.
K&N typhoon intake
ETS (or something like that) Y-pipe and couplers
STI Pink injectors modded to 830cc (from Mainframe)
DW fuel pump (from Mainframe)
New injector Rings
Agency Power Pitch Stop
NGK Iridium One-step colder spark plugs
Grimmspeed and OEM Gaskets only
MAW composite TGV Deletes
Tune by Bill Knose (Delcious Tuning) at Infamous Performance
251WHP/ 226ft/lb TQ
Suspension Technique Coilovers (made by KW)
Group-N Rear Tophats
Whiteline Com-C front camber/caster tophats
Whiteline 24mm Adjustable front swaybar
Whiteline 22mm Adjustable rear swaybar
Kartboy Front/Rear endlinks
Rays Engineering Gramilight 57DR 17x9 34(or 38) offset
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A 245/40/17
H6 Rear upgrade w/ Centric Premium rotors F/R
Hawk HPS pads
From Stock + the ugly fake 3 piece wheels
To Hellafunctional with Rays and coilovers
So today i called Mason from Flatline Motorsports, ordered Whiteline adjustable sway bars 24F/22R. Kartboy endlinks, a Defi Racer boost gauge in blue, and the SMY gauge cluster. Will post up pictures when i get the parts next week.
So another update. Bought an openport 1.3U cable so I can go opensource. Also bought the AEM UEGO wb02 all from tunertools.com
So got all my parts in this week. Had to fight with fedex and UPS to deliver to where i live. Such a hassle to get things shipped.
I will be installing the gauges today and working on a tune possibly. Sway bars will wait until tomorrow or saturday. Will post the write ups when im done.
Ok, got my gauges in. the install would have went faster if i was good at doing easy things. For some reason im that person that has difficulty with the easy installs and breezes through the difficult ones. Anyway, the SMY cluster gauge pods were a little too big for the 52mm gauges (i checked to make sure it wasnt for 60mm gauges). Simple fix of some electrical tape around the gauges until they fit in snug. Over all i really like this gauge system, it blocks my view from 125mph to 140mph but i dont really plan on going that fast. The boost gauge install was pretty simple, it came with everything you need for the install but you might want to go and buy small zipties for the vacuum lines and to keep wires from getting too messy. The only problem I had with this system was the T hose fitment. It was too small for the BPV vacuum line, so i went to autozone to buy a bigger T hose, simple solution. I ran the wires from the boost gauge and WB02 through the grommet right by the steering column and pedals. Was pretty easy to run the wires to where i needed them from that position. The Wideband was extremely simple to install also, although i didnt like the instructions they came with for the power wires. I misunderstood them and wired it up wrong the first time. Other than that the install went pretty smoothly, i went out and bought solderless wire connectors and a cheap wire cutter/stripper/crimper. I would suggest to everyone that installs gauges to use the crimpers and solderless wire connectors.
If anyone wants more detail on where and how i did everything for this install feel free to leave a question.
This is where i spliced and crimped the wires. I used the clock because it is easily accessible and right next to where my pod was.
lol we cant even roll them anymore, i was just in coveralls anyways.
EDIT 1/20: Went up to LA for a cruise today, we started in Downey then headed through the Topanga Canyon to Malibu (where the pic was take). Ended in Venice on the boardwalk hanging out.
Well, i would post pics of my sway bar install but i cant upload to flickr tonight. I did install the rear sway bar and endlinks and front endlinks. I didnt have time to take the front bar out because i realised i had to drop the sub frame after i started. The rear install took like 30 mins, simple enough but when i went to the auto center so late i had no idea i was going to have to drop the sub frame so i still have the stock sway bar on there. I had to fix my headlights today, kinda pissed at how expensive the bulbs were. I was really bored today so I did a lot of little things.
Yeah really bored right now too, so here's a picture of my car and some mountains.
So this weekend i was going to flash a new map to my ECU from WTF Tuning, didnt work out as i have a ****ed up endlink. Ordered replacement bushings for it, no big sweat. Found out that i have a somewhat bad power steering pump leak. It hasnt affected the performance of the car and i havent noticed any difference in the steering as of late.
So the new updates are small but they are License plate holders (repping a Socal forum), Re-done headlights, when my buddy opened them up we noticed that i had an HID conversion kit i think he said. Going to find out more about that because i want some brighter headlights.
So we had our McSubaruWeds Sunday BBQ today. Took a few shots of the cars there. Im pretty terrible at photography now since i havent been able to use my camera in like two years. These are my favorite shots, and the white hawkeye if by far my favorite subie that I've seen.
Lol my car is the only 2nd gen not lowered. Soon though..... very soon.
EDIT: If anyone has any tips on shooting photos its greatly appreciated.
NEW WHEELS!!!! Got some Varrstoen ES1 in 18x9.5 34 wrapped with Achilles ATR sport in 245/40. I have some slight rubbing in the rear so i will need to roll and pull the rear fenders.
Is it bad I'm in the airport about to fly to Kuwait and I'm thinking of all the mods I can buy when I get back? I think im pretty normal don't you? In super bored, gonna miss being able to jump on clubdub and talk **** in the chat.
lol well i couldnt wait until i got back to the states. Probably would have changed my mind like 12 times till then. Thanks to Mattypants for suggesting the Suspension Technique Coilover package from TIC. Unfortunately i missed out on the package but ended up getting about $100 off downgrading(?) the front camber plates. They were supposed to come with Moore sport front plates but i substituted them for the Whiteline Com-C. AAHHHHH I WANNA GET HOME AND INSTALL THESE!!!!!
Well its about time i updated this thing. I have some new goals i want to achieve. Start cone chasing by the summer. I have a lot of friends that auto x their stock wrx/sti's. Figured i might give it a shot. Still on the hunt for a turbo, looking for a reasonably priced but used Blouche 16g-xt which i think with the 2.0L it would be perfect for Auto X. On to the updates
I was deployed to Afghanistan which is the only reason i can afford anything.
Left-Me being dumb and not wearing all my PPE
Right-This was my small section i worked with. Only 5 of us really went outside the wire a lot for missions, we would do a lot of back to back missions.
When i got back i would do stupid **** like this and offroad a car not set up for it. Broke my cat-back and blew a strut. No worries though because COILOVERS!!!!!
So the Coilover install kinda sucked. We were working with a little tool case from costco, tools were bad quality and we had no breaker bar or torque wrench. Besides the lack of correct tools the install was pretty straight forward. Only took about half a day and two 6 packs.
How it looked with the saggy incorrectly spaced rear coilovers.
Went on a few cruises to Angeles Crest Highway (30+ miles of driving heaven). The Coilovers handled amazing for the most part. I still couldnt really test out the max performance of them because i was still rubbing with the Varrstoens. They were good enough (but mostly the driver mod) to be able to pass modded Evos through turns. Although they smoked me on the straights (not racing, just friendly cruising). Here are some pictures i took from those drives.
The rubbing finally got to me and i decided to buy some new wheels and tires
Enter the Rays Gramlight 57DR in 17x9 34 (maybe 38) offset, i wrapped them in some Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A tires in 245/40/17. Still havent gotten the first heat cycle through them yet as im in Boston currently. This fitment is way more functional for DD use and im sure once i go cruising through the mountains i wont have any problems with rubbing. I did rub once on the highway but im convinced i was air born for a second or two.
That beautiful new rubber
I honestly like the look of the Varrstoens more on my car, its just the fitment was terrible. Now i need to sell or trade them....... anyone interested? lol
So yea not much has been done since i got back from the deployment. I still have these parts awaiting a turbo for install.
ETS (or something like that) Y-pipe and couplers
STI Pink injectors modded to 830cc (from Mainframe)
Walbro 255lph fuel pump (from Mainframe)
Fuel pump install kit
New injector Rings
Yup thats it for now
My car is looking more complete. i got rid of the ugly ass faded purply tint. Suntek film 5% on the rear three, 20% on the front two windows. All done at Shield-X in Oceanside, CA. I never realized how much better the car would look after i got it done, it really completes the image of a decent looking car. As always a picture for you few that actually read this.
I think im going to take all the stickers off my car, especially the rally pig sticker on my bumper.
AAAAANNNNDDDD....... BIG NEWS!!!!
(sorry for my ugly ass mug)
Finally got the perfect turbo for my block/setup/goals<--- not too sure what it actually is. The Blouch 16g-XT. I did a lot of thinking, youtube watching, tune researching, thread reading, asking EJ, Zax, and Mainframe because I'm new to this. Many thanks to those guys dealing with my questions on "what do you think of this turbo?" and "do you think this is too big for my 2.0L?" and guided this project to something better. I was about to just give up and buy an STI turbo, i was talking to a few different people at the same time all with different turbos when i just said **** it and got the turbo i really wanted. Stay tuned for the next update in 5-6 months roughly...
I hate this S***
The intake manifold and TGV's are the hardest project I've taken on with this car. There are literally brackets of death on top, next to, and underneath the damn thing. I'm also the kind of guy that says "**** directions", I've just been disconnecting everything i see that will hinder the removal of the intake manifold and TGV's. This is what my engine bay currently looks like.
So theres this bracket on the right side of the intake manifold that i cant for the life of me get off, it connected down to the back of the tgv motor. If anyone has any recomendation on how to remove it that would be greatly appreciated. Its covering the last bolt i need to disconnect on that side.
The stupid bracket that is kicking my ass.
All pictures are taken with snapchat for personal notes and are to be criticized if you really care enough.
I'll update this when i can get better pictures and think of more to write
EDIT: I guess i can write about some of my adventures this weekend. I had finally gotten the first heat cycle through my RE-11s, figured i would go out and go around corners as stupidly fast as i could to see how much grip i had. These tires are the grippiest damn tires i have ever had, they outperformed (in my opinion) the Dunlop star specs. I could not get these tires to slip, i thought i was going to go out the window from the seat not being able to hold me in place because the car was so planted. On a day to day basis they are better than some of the other tires I've had. They are quieter than my Nexen N5000 and ride softer than the Nexen and my Achilles ATR sports. I would seriously recommend them for the driver that autocrosses/tracks and daily drives the car. If you can justify the price of the tires go for it. If you are the type of the person that buys the cheapest tires just remember that the tires are what makes contact with the ground allowing you to stop or avoid a nasty situation. just my 2 cents.
A personal update as well, i got Lasik eye surgery. That is also totally worth it, i was wearing glasses since i was probably 6 or 7 years old. I was able to see as well as when i was wearing glasses (20/20) in a week.
HAHAHA SUCCESS!!!!!! The easiest way to take the manifold out is with the fuel rails, turbo inlet, GBOD (green brackets of death), tgvs and part of the wiring harness all together and then take it all apart once its out. In all seriousness, I am never doing this again unless im getting paid to do it with lots of beer.
For someone attempting this, make sure you unplug the wires from the coil packs and the two big engine harness connectors by the battery. As well as a small sensor right by the AC compressor and you cant forget the crank sensor and oil pressure sensor connections underneath the alternator. Easy to miss.
My engine bay now