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Old 07-17-09, 12:02 PM   #151
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Take your exhaust off like I did for a few days and you'll lose some more weight but, gain attention to yourself.

I buzzed past your work (the STi was there) last week sometime with the exhaust off, not sure if you heard it or not.
I'm considering a full titanium midpipe and cat back .

I hear some pretty loud stuff go by from time to time .

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im very impressed by your weight reduction, when i get home i will be doing everything you did thank you for inspiring me
Your welcome. Thank you for being abroad on behalf of our country .
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Old 07-18-09, 10:16 PM   #152
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Lightening today and taking apart middle console/dash for gauge install.

Left pic is the metal rod in the glovebox which weighs 14.1 oz and is a big PITA to remove as Fuji Heavy actually casts the plastic around the rod so you have to cut it out after disassembling the glove box. Right pic is piece of metal within the rear part of the console and under the main storage bin. It prys right out and weighs 13.4 oz (the bracket under the rear part of the console bolted to the driveshaft tunnel weighs 6.8 oz).


Sorry to backtrack a little, but I was browsing through the journal again, and have some questions...

With regards to the above, did you really mean to state the weights in oz (ounces)? I'm curious because 14.1 oz for the metal rod in the glovebox seems rather light, that's just about equivalent to 1 lbs. I always thought it was much heavier.

Another thing is, having removed the piece of metal under the console, do you know what its purpose is?
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Old 07-19-09, 04:58 AM   #153
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Ounces is correct. Most people seem to overestimate the weight of what they're taking off and/or fail to weigh it properly. Similarly, vendors frequently underestimate or even outright lie about how much parts weigh, not all, but many.

I don't know what the metal part under the rear of the console is for. Maybe give it a little more stability? I have found some ofthis car to be overengineered while some of it to be underengineered, but what do I know, I don't design road cars .
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Old 07-19-09, 09:34 AM   #154
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Seemed like most people claimed the metal rod weighed at least a few pounds, thanks for clarifying!
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Old 07-21-09, 04:43 PM   #155
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Found another pound to take off. Maybe a tad controversial, but if you look into your hood scoop you'll see a metal baffle that curves down in toward the intercooler. It effectively blocks half the IC from direct flow through the scoop. So I took it off.



Its lighter than it looks, close to 2 lbs, so 328 lbs off the car. I found a way to zip tie the IC water sprayer nozzle to the hood to keep it functional. This is in preparation for a planned future Spearco TMIC that can really use that broader flow from the scoop. More underhood cooling mods to come as well.

Edit: more acurate weight of hood scoop splitter is 2 lbs.

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Old 07-21-09, 08:56 PM   #156
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By metal baffle, do you mean you removed the air splitter?

If so, I don't think that 1lb is worth the loss of function of the splitter. Without it, the rammed air supposedly goes all the way to the back of the scoop and doesn't effectively spread itself on the intercooler.

Anyhow, good job!! That's a real load off !
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By metal baffle, do you mean you removed the air splitter?

If so, I don't think that 1lb is worth the loss of function of the splitter. Without it, the rammed air supposedly goes all the way to the back of the scoop and doesn't effectively spread itself on the intercooler.

Anyhow, good job!! That's a real load off !
Yes, the splitter. It really doesn't look like an adequate design to me. I doubt I could tell a difference either way to be honest whether by butt dyno or temp probe while driving, but I'm already thinking of something custom whenever I do the IC upgrade.
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Yes, the splitter. It really doesn't look like an adequate design to me. I doubt I could tell a difference either way to be honest whether by butt dyno or temp probe while driving, but I'm already thinking of something custom whenever I do the IC upgrade.
maybe replace the splitter with something made out of a different material.

the WRX doesn't come with a splitter, but the STI does.
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maybe replace the splitter with something made out of a different material.

the WRX doesn't come with a splitter, but the STI does.
Yes, different material...light material .
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Couple of things in the works. Took the aluminum trunk lid with the 17 or so fiberglassed and JB Stick welded holes to my painter yesterday. He seemed to think my prep work was pretty decent and said he'd finish it for $200 . Only thing is he's busy as hell and told me to bring it back in a week and a half.

I bought a used throttle body last PM from another member here. Assuming it looks good, I'm going to send it to P & L for their new porting/polishing service they're offering and install that. Want to get a Grimmspeed PnP intake manifold and a Spearco TMIC to go with the throttle body. Freakin' TMIC's are nasty expensive though. Funds are tighter due to my week long vacations in June and July (I am my business so no work no money) so will have to wait a bit on that.

I also bought a OBD code reader-deleter which should get here next week. Good thing too because I threw a CEL last night farting around in the car. Right after shifting from 4th to 5th and gettin on it, I got fuel cut followed by the light. This is the second time this has happened (the first being winter before on a downshift from 6th to 5th and going WOT to pass on the highway) and I'm 99% sure it's an overboost situation. Both times the car immediately began running normally again and the 1st time the light reset itself after two start/drive cycles. I didn't screw with it last PM as I want to read the code. I need a tune. I got the code diagnostic reader to be able to reset the CEL's that will result after removing the air pump.

Other planned future mods include a Group N tranny mount and crossmember bushings and probably the TiC ultimate super duper short shifter and bushing set. What the heck.

There is no end

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