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Old 06-06-13, 06:11 PM   #1
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Hi, my name is Aaron and this is my 2006 STI. My goal is to have the ultimate daily driver, capable of some light track duty without sacrificing too much comfort.

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Table of Contents:

*LEGEND*
Event Results
Aero Improvments
Cooling Improvments
Power Upgrades


Post #0002 - Introduction
Post #0003 - Mods List
Post #0011 - PIC(s) Removed Pin-stripping
Post #0012 - PIC(s) Plastic Sheet added to Front Bumper
Post #0013 - PIC(s) Photoshoot 7/7/13
Post #0014 - PIC(s) USB/Aux Extension Cord Installation
Post #0025 - VID(s) 7/20/13 Auto-X in Fayetteville
Post #0026 - PIC(s) Ram Intake/Brake Duct Installation
Post #0034 - PIC(s) Wheel Spacers Installed
Post #0046 - PIC(s) Installed JDM V7 STi Seats
Post #0049 - PIC(s) Pictures of my newborn son!
Post #0051 - PIC(s) Night Photoshoot 11/11/13
Post #0054 - PIC(s) Access doors cut into undertray
Post #0060 - PIC(s) Intake air box construction progress
Post #0061 - PIC(s) Completed intake air box
Post #0067 - PIC(s) Mishimoto Radiator Installed
Post #0085 - TIC Holy Shift Set (shifter bushings) installed
Post #0086 - Finally Tuned! (Dyno graph from Virtual-Dyno included)
Post #0090 - PIC(s) Got backed into
Post #0092 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom for Bumper fab'd and Installed
Post #0099 - PIC(s) Painted Headlight Housings
Post #0100 - Sparco Evo 2 seat installed (barely)
Post #0101 - PIC(s) Sparco Evo 2
Post #0104 - VID(s) 5/10/14 Auto-X at NCCAR
Post #0112 - PIC(s) 5/10/14 Auto-X at NCCAR
Post #0113 - PIC(s) Hellas and Rally Armor Mud-flaps
Post #0114 - PIC(s) Power Steering Cooler
Post #0115 - PIC(s) New Wheels! SSR GTV02
Post #0125 - PIC(s) Wheels back from Powder Coating
Post #0129 - PIC(s) Wheels and Tires installed
Post #0133 - PIC(s) Recaro Pole Position Installed
Post #0145 - PIC(s) Recaro Baby Seat and Umbrella Holder installed
Post #0147 - PIC(s) Lunchtime Photoshoot
Post #0151 - PIC(s) Gauges Installed
Post #0158 - DD Tire Analysis
Post #0179 - PIC(s) 11/7/14 VIR Holiday Laps
Post #0184 - VID(s) 11/7/14 VIR Holiday Laps
Post #0185 - PIC(s) Continental DWS Tire Review (winter setup)
Post #0193 - Swapping a to a Legacy key with integrated keyless entry
Post #0210 - PIC(s) Flip Key Conversion Complete
Post #0216 - PIC(s) Maddad Whisper CBE installed
Post #0223 - PIC(s) Trunk Utility Panel built and installed
Post #0224 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Resumed!
Post #0225 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 2) - Panel #5 and Project Outline
Post #0226 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 2) - Panels #3 & 5
Post #0227 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 2) - Panels #3 & 4
Post #0231 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 2) - Mounting locations
Post #0236 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 2) - Phase Complete (ABS Panels)
Post #0239 - PIC(s) First Track Day at CMP
Post #0240 - VID(s) First Track Day at CMP
Post #0296 - PIC(s) Brake Cooling Step 1: cutting holes in the dust shields
Post #0298 - PIC(s) Brake Cooling Step 2: foglight ducts
Post #0307 - PIC(s) Brake Cooling Step 3: Brake Ducts installed
Post #0308 - PIC(s) Fog Lights Secured after being hit
Post #0313 - PIC(s) Bumper Secured
Post #0320 - PIC(s) Heat Taped the Intercooler
Post #0324 - PIC(s) Random pic a friend took
Post #0328 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 2) - Panels #2, 3, 4 & 5 cut and welded together
Post #0338 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 2) - Panels #2 & 3 Completed, Aluminum Panel VS Plastic Panel
Post #0339 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 2) - Phase Complete (Aluminum Panels)
Post #0343 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 3) - Panels #6 &7 Beginning/rough first cut
Post #0344 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 3) - Panel #6 Complete
Post #0370 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 3) - Panel #7 Complete
Post #0374 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 3) - Phase Complete
Post #0375 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 3) - Mounting locations
Post #0377 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 4) - Rear Diffuser mocked up and cut out
Post #0387 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 4) - Rear Diffuser fitted and trimmed (no strakes yet)
Post #0392 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 4) - Rear Diffuser sides removed and one end fence fitted
Post #0399 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 4) - Minor Aero Improvements and Water Pattern on underbody results
Post #0409 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 1) - Flexible air dam added under front bumper
Post #0410 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 4) - End-Fences complete, next up strakes!
Post #0418 - VID(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 4) - Video of Water Spray out of Diffuser
Post #0430 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 4) - Painted End-Fences Flat Black
Post #0431 - PIC(s) Installed Hood Scoop Mesh Screen
Post #0434 - PIC(s) Flat Bottom Panel Project Update (Phase 4) - Rear Diffuser Complete(ish)
Post #0444 - PIC(s) Bought some vents for my hood
Post #0447 - PIC(s) New Alignment spec
Post #0454 - PIC(s) Trimmed out the hood vents
Post #0455 - PIC(s) Cut in and Installed Hood Vents
Post #0456 - PIC(s) Hood and Hood Vents Painted
Post #0463 - PIC(s) Trimmed/Reshaped Intake Box for better clearnace
Post #0489 - PIC(s) Group N Transmission Mount install
Post #0500 - PIC(s) Leaking Brake Line!!!
Post #0501 - PIC(s) Carbon Fiber Vinyl wrapped center console
Post #0504 - PIC(s) Downpipe installed, TGV deletes and turbo inlet next
Post #0513 - PIC(s) IAG AOS Installed
Post #0514 - PIC(s) Up-Pipe and Dump Tube Ceramic Coated
Post #0522 - PIC(s) Intake Temp Sensor Installed in Intercooler
Post #0524 - PIC(s) Installed IAG AOS Breather Vent through Underpanels
Post #0535 - PIC(s) Strapping down on the Dyno
Post #0537 - PIC(s) Dyno Results
Post #0540 - VID(s) Dyno Video
Post #0541 - PIC(s) Cobb AP V3 Hard mounted to dash
Post #0543 - PIC(s) EWG Muffler custom muffler installed
Post #0548 - PIC(s) Picture of my newborn daughter!
Post #0557 - PIC(s) Painted the lettering on the tires
Post #0558 - Installed Oswald Performance Rear Triangle Brace
Post #0559 - PIC(s) EWG Dumptube rerouted into Downpipe
Post #0566 - PIC(s) New turbo-blanlet installed
Post #0568 - PIC(s) IMSA Weathertech GT Race at VIR
Post #0581 - IAT data pre/post turbo blanket install
Post #0592 - PIC(s) New Fender Vents just arrived
Post #0601 - PIC(s) Cars and Coffee 11/05/16
Post #0616 - PIC(s) Windsheild Banner and Light-Weight Battery Installed
Post #0620 - PIC(s) Vents Cut into Fender Liner
Post #0622 - PIC(s) Fender Vent cut and test fitted
Post #0636 - PIC(s) Fender Vents painted and passenger side vent installed
Post #0641 - PIC(s) Winter cover for lower radiator opening built
Post #0645 - PIC(s) Fender Vents installed and complete
Post #0656 - PIC(s) Started custom switch panel project
Post #0671 - PIC(s) Custom switch panel test fit in car
Post #0685 - PIC(s) Custom switch panel mounted and wiring ran down A-pillar
Post #0722 - PIC(s) Oil Cooler Core installed along with front tow-strap
Post #0723 - PIC(s) Oil Cooler Core installed with front bumper back on
Post #0724 - PIC(s) Hawkeye bumper fitment discovery! Fix that sagging bumper!
Post #0730 - PIC(s) Mocal Sandwich adapter with –AN fittings assembled
Post #0731 - PIC(s) Pressure testing oil cooler lines
Post #0742 - PIC(s) Phone Holder project started and Oil Cooler fully installed
Post #0753 - PIC(s) New Auto-X magnets and new WedsSport TC105N wheels
Post #0771 - PIC(s) Gurney Flap added to rear wing
Post #0780 - PIC(s) RE71-Rs are finally mounted on GOLD WedsSport TC105Ns!
Post #0791 - PIC(s) Radio wiring cleaned up and Fuseblockk added
Post #0797 - PIC(s) Rear Fenders rolled to fit WedsSports/Bridgestones
Post #0800 - PIC(s) Built a replacement USB plate for center console
Post #0820 - PIC(s) USB Plate completed
Post #0826 - PIC(s) Installed the new wheels/tires for the first time!
Post #0838 - PIC&VID(s) HyperFest Results (First Session)
Post #0839 - PIC&VID(s) HyperFest Results (Second Session)

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Old 06-06-13, 06:11 PM   #2
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Hi everyone, my name is Aaron and I bought my 06 STI in April 2012. I have been in love with the STI for years and vowed to one day buy one, so I joined the site back in 2009 to start reading up on subies. My last car was an Integra (which I knew pretty well) and did not want to jump into buying a car I knew nothing about... Reading up on newbie threads and generally surfing the technical forums have provided so much great information, by time I bought my 06, I felt like it was already so familiar to me!

My goal from day one was to have a well handling, fun, daily driver that was still comfortable enough for my wife. She hated my Integra for being low and uncomfortable, so I didn't want to go that route again. She still thinks the STI is a little uncomfortable, but she doesn't mind riding in it

When I bought the car it had 85K miles on the odometer, Enuratech Coilovers, an Eibach 25mm rear sway bar, and a no-name FMIC. I wanted a stock car, but this one was pretty clean, local, and a good price. First off, I replaced engine oil, trans oil, diff oil, spark plugs, air filter and accessory belts. I'm a big fan of starting off fresh with all regular maintenance items so I know whats in the car and when it needs to be changed.

When I bought it:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)-original-jpg

The first upgrade came in the form of a KillerBee Oil Pickup tube and windage baffle tray 2 months later. Last thing I needed was to be one of the few who have theirs break. I know its not a super common problem, but this was a piece of mind upgrade as much as it was for reliability.

A month later, I notice some dents in the rear lateral links from the swaybar flipping, so I bought a set of KartBoy Endlinks (Front & Rear) to fix that. Word of caution to those, who do not know, you will need the additional spacers for an aftermarket front sway bar (I did not know this at this point).

Next, I flushed the brake system and filled with ATE SuperBlue. Don’t want to boil any brake fluid… Not long after that I bought new brakes as well; the previous owner had some cheap slotted/drilled rotors that were toast. I went with Centric Premium rotors (non-slotted/drilled) and Ferodo DS2500s. I ended up adding Goodridge SS lines and TiC master cylinder brace later down the road as well. The brakes feel very responsive and bite hard. I am quite pleased with the results.

Then in December (2012), I was finally sick of running an FMIC with a stock turbo/tune, and my coilovers, so I started looking into swapping them both. FMIC was first. I sourced a stock TMIC and swapped that on and sold the FMIC. In the process of installing the TMIC I found several little issues that were “rigged” instead of fixed, to fit the FMIC. While being displeased, I was glad I found them and fixed them. I also noticed, what seemed like, an alarming amount of oil in the piping for the FMIC. I realize now it was probably accumulated over a long time, but nevertheless I picked up a Morosso Air-Oil-Separator to fix that. I also picked up the odds-and-ends to wrap it all up, like the stock TMIC air splitter and the windshield washer fluid tank. I wanted it all to be back to stock as much as possible. I sort of had to piece it all together in steps but it was worth the effort.

Before:
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After:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)-tmic-jpg BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)-morosso-aos-jpg

While this was going on, I was looking into swapping out my suspension as well. After a lot of research into the “perfect DD/handling” approach, I decided to go with stock struts, revalved by FEAL, with JDM Pinks and some big swaybars. I heard nothing short of great reviews about the “Pinks”, and I have not been disappointed. I chose RCE lowering camber plates in the front and Group N tophats in the rear, to try to eliminate any unnecessary slop, and to give the car a slightly more aggressive look. Luckily for me I found an IWSTI member selling this exact setup (minus the revalve). After purchasing his setup, I found his journal and discovered he had a very similar perspective on suspension, which was a pleasant surprise. Only reason he was selling was to upgrade to coilovers to handle the additional track time he was seeing. So I immediately had the struts sent to FEAL before installing them. They installed the grease fittings on the rear struts so I can nip strut-clunk once it starts to resurface down the road. As you probably figured, I went with the tarmac spec/mild springs revalve to match the springs. The next major piece of the puzzle was the front sway bar. Sticking with my strategy of “adding” front grip, I went with a 27mm Whiteline FSB. Its’ probably a little bigger than I needed, but I have been nothing but pleased with it. Then a little over two months ago (March 2013), I found a used Whiteline ALK for cheap and pounced on it. Next up will be the Whiteline roll center/bump steer kit!

Old Coilovers:
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Newish Stuff:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)-new-suspension-jpg

Stock vs New FSB:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)-swaybars-jpg

The car has come along way and is so much more fun now!

Thanks for visiting!
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Current Mods/Upgrades:

Suspension:
FEAL revalved struts (Tarmac Spec - Mild Springs)
JDM Pink Springs
RCE Lowering Camber Plates (front)
Group N Tophats (rear)
Whiteline 27mm Front Sway Bar
Eibach 25mm Rear Sway Bar
Kartboy Endlinks
Whiteline Anti-Lift Kit
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Whiteline Roll Center/Bump Steer Kit
Whiteline Adjustable Rear Lateral Links
Oswald Performance Rear Triangle Brace
TIC Fender Braces
Alignment Specs: -2* Front, -1.75* Rear Camber, Zero Toe


Brakes:
Ferodo DS2500 Pads (Street)
Carbotech XP10 Front/XP8 Rear (Track)
DBA 4000 Blank Rotors - "KNS Special" (Street)
DBA 4000 Rotors (Track)
Goodridge SS Brake Lines
TiC Master Cylinder Brace
Fog Light Brake Ducts, RooDucts, brake dust sheilds removed


Engine:
Stage 2 Protune 309WHP/321WTQ
Cobb Accessport (V3)
KS Tech Type-2 73mm Intake
GM EBCS
KillerBee Oil Pick-Up Tube
KillerBee Oil Baffle
IAG Air-Oil-Separator
Moore Performance Turbo Blanket
Maddad Whisper CBE
Invidia Catted-Divorced-Bellmouth, ceramic coated, downpipe
Grimmspeed ceramic coated uppipe
TiAL 44mm EWG - Dumptube routed back into downpipe
TGV Deletes, ceramic coated
AMR Turbo Inlet


Drivetrain:
Group N Engine Mounts
Group N Transmission Mount
Kartboy Transmission Crossmember Bushings
Kartboy Pitchstop
Goodridge SS Clutch Line (just because...)
Kartboy 6MT front shifter stay bushing
Kartboy Rear Shifter Stay Bushing
TiC 6MT Pivot Bushing
TiC 06+ Subaru Shift Linkage Bushings


Cooling:
Mishimoto Aluminum Radiator and Silicone Radiator Hoses
Mishimoto Power Steering Cooler
Fluidyne Custom Oil Cooler with Mocal 200°F Sandwich Plate


Fluids:
AmsOil 10W-40 Engine Oil
Motul 90PA Diff Oil (Amsoil 75W-90 Severe Gear next)
Subaru Extra-S Trans Oil
Motul RBF600 Brake Fluid
ATE SuperBlue Clutch Fluid
Subaru green Coolant
Idemitsu ATF (Power Steering)


Interior:
Recaro Pole Position Drivers Seat
SMY Gauge Cluster
Defi Red Racer 52mm Oil Temp. Gauge
Defi Red Racer 52mm Oil Press. Gauge
Kenwood CD Player
Red Key Ring Mod
Red Cig. Lighter Mod
Red Climate Controls
Red Clock
Subaru Flip Key swap
Tinted Windows
USB/AUX extension cord mounted in Center Console
H3R Halgaurd Fire Extinguisher with Subimods bracket
Dynamat inside doors, under backseat, and on rear shock towers/wheel wells
FatMat under carpet
LED interior lights
Carbon Fiber Switchplate


Exterior:
V-Limited style Front Lip
Custom Aluminum Flat-Bottom Panels (Full length of car)
Custom Aluminum Rear Diffuser
Beatrush Undertray
GrilleCraft Lower grille
GrilleCraft Upper grilles
GrilleCraft Hood Scoop grille
(2) Perrin Wing Stiffies
Removed Pinstripping
Intake via NACA duct under bumper
Blacked-out (Painted) Headlight Housings
Hella Horns
04/05 Brake Lights
LED License Plate Lights
DIY Hoodscoop Mesh Screen
Custom Hood Vents (Paint matched)
XPEL Clear Bra on Hood, Fenders, Lower half of Front Doors
Singular Motorsports Fender Vents (Paint matched)


Wheels/Tires:
255/40/17 Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R (Track)
255/40/17 Continental DWS (Street)
SSR GTV02 17x9 +45, powder coated gold (Street)
WedsSport TC105N 17x9 +35, powder coated gold (Track)





Future Mods/Upgrades:

Suspension:
Oswald Performance subframe


Brakes:
2-peice rotors
Stiffer calipers (BBK?)


Engine/Drivetrain:
No current plans


Interior:
DAMD D-shaped Steering Wheel
Extended Gas pedal


Exterior:
Swap for an Uncut front bumper (mine is cut for a FMIC)
Oswald Performance Lightweight Front Bumper Beam
Prova Wide-Angle Side Mirror Lenses (blue)
LED Turn signals/Brake Lights
JDM Power Folding Mirrors
Removable Front Splitter (Track-Day Only)
AeroFlow Dynamics V1 Sideskirt Extensions
Singular Motorsports Hood Vents




Removed Mods:
Morosso Oil Catch Cans
JDM V7 STI Front Seats
Sparco EVO 2 Drivers Seat
Custom 25mm Wheel Adapter-Spacers
Custom ABS Plastic Flat Bottom Panels (Phase 2)
RallyArmor Mudflaps
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Old 06-09-13, 07:12 PM   #4
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Looks good man, nice job returning it to stock. It's always scary buying somebody else's toy, not knowing how often the played with it.

You autocross much? That's one of the best/safest ways to push the limits of your car and really get to know it.

Keep it up.
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Thanks man. The more I got into, the more things I found that frustrated me, but nothing major luckily.

I've been once last year, before any mods, and on the old suspension setup. But I'm planning on hitting a couple this summer. From what I've experienced already with the handling and grip increase from swapping the suspension, I should be much more competitive (not that I'm actually competing with others, just against my own times)
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Nice glad to hear you working on suspension improvements. Car can be quite enjoyable once you get it to turn correctly.
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Definitely. I had no idea just how bad it was on those coilovers (granted the car was slammed with a stock FSB). It is WORLDS BETTER now!

Every now and then I like to test what kind of corning speed I can hold on a freeway cloverleaf on-ramp (closest thing to a skid-pad on the roads), and I seriously gained 20mph going around the corner (same one used for reference point). That goes to show you just how bad the handling used to be.
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Awesome!! I'm a huge fan of blue on gold
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Well, just finished getting the timing belt changed. In the past three months I have changed clutch, new tires, and now the timing belt. I'm ready to not have to fix/replace anything for a while now...
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