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Old 12-22-12, 12:15 PM   #1
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Greetings IWSTI! I am finally creating my journal after reading through so many awesome ones and being on here since early 2012. Long time coming...

I've been obsessed with cars as far back as I can remember, so I can't really get enough of 'em actually. I've also been a longtime follower of motorsports, including WRC, which is where the love for Subaru began. Watching the GCs dominate in the late 90's and GCs/GDs in the early 00's was so memorable. Then when I saw that the STi was coming to U.S. shores for the '04 model year, it was desire right there. Maybe that's why I'm so fond of the GDB chassis. I just knew I had to have one some day. I never gave up that dream and finally, in May of 2012, I was able to get one after an extensive search. I knew what I wanted, so I was on a two year hunt for an untouched, low mileage, one owner car with a clear history/title, and it had to be a fair price to boot!

I found the car the same day that Subaru of Gainesville had listed it on the internet and somehow, I was the first one to call about it. It had just over 28k on the odo, one owner, and was bone-stock. It wasn't listed more than 24hrs and after talking it over with the salesman, my mind was made up: I had to jump on this one because the price was remarkably fair compared to what the rest of the market was doing at the time. After working out a fair deal, it was shipped to me up in Nebraska, and it's been a joy to own ever since.....

Only problems were one wheel had some minor curbage and there were many bug marks permanently in the paint all over the front clip, because the owner did not like to clean I guess. After the flurry of getting things done right after the first month of ownership(it really needed a deep clean, since the previous owner did not care much, and the dealer's "detail" department was less than optimal in their work on it), I decided to fix the major cosmetic issues rather than put money into performance mods. I had the front bumper, hood, hood scoop, and trunk lid repainted. Also had some surfaces buffed and small dents removed. The rest of the car could use a good buff and there are a few small rock chips here and there that I will be touching up myself, but other than that, the paint and clear coat is in good shape and it's a damn perfect car. I am very particular and detail-oriented, so this translates to my car.

As for my plans with it, it's a nice weather toy only. My goals are pretty modest and not attention-grabbing, so to some of you my journal may be somewhat boring and the upgrades may be rather slow since I won't be dumping all my money into it(read: not abusing it and racing irresponsibly).

I have a pretty well-thought out mod path and I know most of the parts that I want to put into it(but suggestions are welcome), so whatever the best power gains from the best possible tuning, I will be happy with. When I'm done upgrading, I'm shooting for somewhere between 330-380whp, but it won't be the easiest to obtain 320 on the 39. I will NOT be going rotated or FMIC probably ever. I want to retain responsiveness and drivability, so I will be staying with the stock turbo as long as I can, as well as the TMIC orientation. I know there's really not that much lag involved, but everyone goes rotated and FMIC around here and I'm not really looking for huge power. I want to be a bit different. Who knows, I may eventually consider an 18 or 20G though; would love to have a ball-bearing turbo. Too bad VF34's don't pop up very often! Most everything else is fair game. I do plan on replacing or upgrading much of the chassis and suspension components relatively soon.

Whew! As I said my journal may be boring to some and it will take some time for parts to go on it, but I welcome discussions on anything and like to talk technical, so have at it! I'm over on that OTHER Subaru forum(NASIOC) with the same name.



More to come!!
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Old 12-22-12, 12:16 PM   #2
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Orange = Pending/Waiting to go on the car
Green = Installed/completed


ECU
  • Cobb AP tuning by jazTuning

Engine
  • Rotella T6 5w-40
  • DEI Reflect-A-Gold - heat shield and TMIC
  • Block machine work, crank polish, dynamic balance, and assembly by IAG Performance
  • Head resurfacing by IAG Performance
  • Closed-deck conversion by IAG Performance
  • Powdercoating by Trail Performance - Papillion, NE
  • Headwork and valve job by Daly's Machine Co. - Omaha, NE
  • Turbo rebuild service, coated turbine housing, and upgraded billet compressor wheel by Pavel @ PRE Tuning
  • ARP 2000 head studs
  • Cobb 3-port EBCS
  • Cobb turbo heat shield
  • Cobb XLE BPV w/GrimmSpeed BPV gasket
  • CSF Cooling 3076 performance radiator
  • Denso U-Groove K20HR-U11 spark plugs - gapped to 0.027in
  • Flex Innovations grounding kit
  • GrimmSpeed manual boost controller
  • GrimmSpeed VF series wastegate bracket
  • IAG StreetSeries AOS system
  • JE ProSeal 0.039in headgaskets - 100mm
  • KillerB oil baffle tray
  • KillerB oil pickup tube
  • KSTech 73mm cold air intake w/Airaid 701-430 cone filter
  • LIC Motorsports aluminum head plugs
  • King MB5382XPG main bearings
  • King CR4125XPGSTDX rod bearings
  • Manley Turbo Tuff 99.75mm 8.5:1 C/R forged pistons
  • Manley Turbo Tuff I-beam forged rods w/ARP 2000 bolts
  • Motive AutoWerks composite top-feed TGV deletes
  • New 06+ STi OEM oil pan
  • New OEM 10mm oil pump
  • New OEM water pump
  • New OEM Subaru crank pulley, valve cover gaskets, timing belt, timing components, brackets and other hardware/gaskets
  • PTP turbo blanket
  • Perrin throttle body coupler
  • Subtle Solutions alternator cover
  • Subtle Solutions radiator cover
  • Tomei timing belt guide
  • Tomei silicone turbo inlet
  • Torque Solution billet radiator stays
  • Torque Solution billet pitch stop arm
  • Turn In Concepts FU Cam bolts
  • AMR/ETS/Process West TMIC

Exhaust
  • All pre-turbo exhaust components coated by SwainTech - TBC-EX White Lightning coating
  • Blitz Nur Spec Touring CBE
  • GrimmSpeed PnP OEM exhaust manifolds
  • GrimmSpeed Hi-Flow crosspipe
  • GrimmSpeed Hi-Flow 38mm EWG uppipe
  • TiAL MV-S blue-top 38mm EWG
  • Tomei Expreme Ver.2(two-piece) bellmouth catless downpipe
  • GrimmSpeed/Tomei/Blitz gaskets
  • Cobb/Cusco/Kartboy exhaust hangers
  • IAG Performance/GTSpec/AMR/Tomei Expreme UEL(when/if new turbo is had)

Drivetrain
  • New Subaru OEM flywheel
  • South Bend Stage 2 Daily clutch kit
  • Subaru Extra-S 75w-90 gear oil
  • Subaru OEM LSD oil

Fuel System
  • '07 OEM STi top-feed rails and FPR
  • DeatschWerks DW301 340lph fuel pump
  • Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors

Suspension/Handling/Chassis and Settings
  • Kartboy front and rear stay shifter bushings
  • STi GrpN motor mounts
  • Cusco 22mm adjustable sway bar - front
  • Cusco 22mm adjustable sway bar - rear
  • Fortune Auto 510's Version 6 - 9k/8k Swift springs, rear adjustment extenders
  • Fortune Auto camber plates front/rear
  • Kartboy solid rear endlinks
  • Kartboy rear subframe lockdown bolts
  • Kartboy front swaybar spacers
  • Koyo sealed radial bearings - front
  • SuperPro front endlinks
  • SuperPro RCA kit
  • Torque Solution shift linkage bushings
  • Whiteline/Cusco lateral links
  • Cusco/MSI trailing arms(if needed)
  • Replace all bushings with Whiteline/Kartboy/SuperPro PU bushings

Wheels/Tires/Brakes
  • AMS stainless steel brake lines front/rear
  • ATE Super Blue brake fluid
  • Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R 245/40/17
  • Cosworth Streetmaster brake pads front/rear
  • DBA 4000 ClubSpec T3 slotted rotors front/rear
  • SSR Type C RS wheels - 17x8.5 +48 - anthracite grey
  • WORK RS closed-end lugs - blue and red
  • 17x8.5 +50 Advan Racing RGII wheels - white - SOLD
  • 17x9 +45 Advan Racing RGIII - gold
  • Bridgestone Potenza RE-11As/RE-71Rs or Dunlop Direzza Star Spec IIs in 255/40/17 or 245/40/17

Exterior
  • Bad Mutha's custom front plate delete w/Totsubo mounts
  • JDM Subaru multicolor crystal ion fog lamps w/HeadLight Armor clear film protectors
  • JDM Subaru WRB fog lamp surrounds
  • JDM Genuine Subaru V-Limited lip
  • JDM-style taillight "mod"
  • LED license plate bulbs
  • Philips Xtreme Vision 85126XV D2R bulbs
  • RallyArmor UR black flaps w/grey lettering
  • Tein hood dampers
  • 35% front/20% rear tint
  • 4 inch blue vinyl windshield visor
  • Debadged except for a few STi badges and stars in grill
  • New weatherstripping on wing and hoodscoop
  • Lens restore and amber removal by Lightwerkz
  • ChargeSpeed carbon fiber side skirts
  • ChargeSpeed Bottom Line Type 1 carbon fiber lip
  • HKS Kansai Service Carbon fiber diffuser
  • PIAA H3 crystal ion bulbs

Interior
  • AutoMeter Sport-Comp digital gauges - boost, oil pressure
  • AutoMeter ES digital wideband AFR
  • FastWRX OEM-style dead pedal
  • JDM red hazard switch
  • JPM Coachworks black alcantara shift boot w/red stitching
  • Pioneer AVH-P1400 dual-din head unit
  • OEM-style WRXtra 52mm 3 gauge pod
  • WC LatheWerks titanium-blued shift knob(weighted!)
  • WC LatheWerks brushed stainless steel reverse ring
  • Those rare blue floor mats with the STi logo on them

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Old 12-22-12, 02:10 PM   #3
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Nice car and sounds as if you have a decent plan to improve it. Good luck.
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Old 12-22-12, 04:17 PM   #4
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Car looks mint. Congratz on the purchase and good luck with the future mods!
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^Thanks guys!

On a side note, why oh why do CF lips for my fitment have to be so damn expensive?! And when I do find lips for fair prices, they're always 06-07! GRRR! I search for these all the time. They're hard to come by! BoostIt, where did you get yours??

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Old 12-26-12, 03:27 PM   #6
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Ordered some random interior and exterior bits recently, including a new shift boot and metal dead pedal. So exciting I know, but I had to treat myself a little for Christmas!
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Got some more random bits coming along the way! Happy new year to all. Winter season is half over, so that much closer to getting the car back home!!
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Went over to storage yesterday to run the car for a bit, started right up! No weird sounds, idled just fine. Pretty uneventful visit, but I guess that's a good thing!
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started right up! No weird sounds, idled just fine. Pretty uneventful visit, but I guess that's a good thing!
Sure is btw happy new year to you too. Oh and i forgot to mention i'm really liking that shift knob ... the blue tint is really nice. Bet it's smooth shifting too with the extra weight.
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Ha thanks! Yeah I love the color too, it looks great in that blue interior. Chris @ WC really is good at his craft. The shifting is buttery smooth due to that extra weight might I add...especially after adding the Kartboy front and rear stays. I'll be doing the other shifter bushings once I get 'er back.
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