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Old 06-09-05, 04:53 PM   #1
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Cool jph's journal - the comeback ? car sold - getting a 2008 sti ???

well, it's about time that i make a journal. one thread with everything. or at least, most of the things that i did or that happened to my dear sti

i have a few pictures lined up already, but will keep updating this thread as i go along.

you'll find the good, the bad and the ugly inhere.

enjoy


EDIT: Sunday March 11, 2007.

Final list of parts that will be installed "soon"

installation will be done at GST motorsports
and Protuned by Mike Warfield.

i plan to have him tune two maps.
one regular 91 octane "conservative" tune.
one 91 octane plus water/meth (boost juice) map.

# Blouch turbo : TD06H18G; 3" compressor inlet; Jethot2000 coated, ported, 8cm2 turbine housing, 15PSI wategate actuator, oil and water cooled
# Perrin PWI-1 water/methanol injection system
# Perrin V2 fuelrails
# Perrin EBCS
# Walbro fuelpump
# Nismo 740cc injectors
# Denso IKH22 1 step colder plugs
# APS 70mm CAI
# APS turbo inlet
# APS SR 375 TMIC
# APS BOV
# JDM TGV delete maifold risers
# STi group-n motor mounts
# STi group-n pitch stopper
# STi group-n transmission mount
# STi stainless steel clutch line
# TiC Tranny Crossmember Bushings
# TiC Giuyngmyo Fender Cowl Braces
# Autospeed up-pipe (swaintech coated and thermotec wrapped)
# Greddy oil catch can
# Cobb lightweight crank pulley
# RPS Street MAX clutch
# ACT street lite flywheel
# AEM UEGO wideband O2 gauge and probe
# ISSPRO EGT probe
# Automerter boost/vac gauge
# Autometer EGT gauge
# Autometer oil temp gauge
# Autometer instrument cluster gauge pod
# Lotek A pillar dual gauge pod
# Samco intercooler hoses
# Power Enterprise super strong timing belt
# flush and replace fluids (radiator, brakes, engine oil, transmission oil, rear diff oil)

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Old 06-09-05, 05:00 PM   #2
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after sending out a few emails and online quote requests, i decided it was time to pick the best deal, and finally get my own sti.

so we headed down to Santa Cruz.

the online quote really helped, no need to bargain, just show the email i printed out, and about 2 hours later i drove away in a nice WRB/Silver 2004 sti. at $500 over invoice, with 9 miles on it.

options:
Armrest extention
Security system upgrade
Turbo boost gauge
rubber floor mats

here's a picture of our two cars in front of our old appartment, the day i got the sti.



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Old 06-09-05, 05:03 PM   #3
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so the next thing i needed to do is protect myself from the sun, and protect the radiator and intercooler from bugs and other flying things

so i decided to do the home depot gutter guard grills
then some window tints
and to make it look clean, partly debadge/desticker it.

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Old 06-09-05, 05:05 PM   #4
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my first "mod" was the well known (on this message board at least) Static-X grounding kit, in blue.

no pictures of that one, but i guess most of you knows what it looks like.

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Old 06-09-05, 05:15 PM   #5
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edit: this system has been replaced. see post #49 on page 3

now it was time for some music.

i had the system installed at the local car audio store. but somehow, they didn't really do a nice job, so i decided that my untrained skills could do it better.

so after tearing everything out, and buying the correct wireing harness at circuit city, came up with the following system;

Alpine CDA9827 headunit
Boston Accoustics 6.5 proseries
kicker KX150.2 and KX200.2 amps
kicker CompVR 8 sub in
built a custom sub box that would fit behind the passenger seat.








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Old 06-09-05, 05:17 PM   #6
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this sound system has been working perfectly untill recently.
every now and then, the right midbass speaker would stop working.
until it stopped working permanently.

so, i really should go through the whole process of taking off the doorpanel and checking all the connections.

but since i hardly ever used the radio/cd/mp3 player, and enjoy listening to the car too much, i haven't gotten around to actually do it yet

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Old 06-09-05, 05:21 PM   #7
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my next "mod" was the APS pod air intake, and a samco maf hose.

ahhh... the sweet sound of turbo.

haven't taken a picture of it installed yet. so, i'll just steal one from their site



i didn't find a picture of a red one... so here's a blue hose

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Old 06-09-05, 05:25 PM   #8
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at one of my first scheduled maintenance appointments, the service manager said this to me, as he was pulling up the information about my car on his screen;

"wow, you've just gotten the car, and already replaced the wheels, and interior trim!"

so i told him : "no i have not"

and then we found out that one morning while this car was sitting at the dealership, it had the wheels, and dashboard trim stolen.

ohwell... at least they didn't take it for a joyride, so, no harm done.

but i did take that as an excuse to have a dent in my trunk repaired at no cost, as i'm sure i didn't put it inthere (must have happened in some parking lot though)

so, that day i found out my car had a history, and got a free dent removal

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Old 06-09-05, 05:29 PM   #9
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next "mod" : Accessport!! stage1
WOW. smooth power, quick spool.

and...

fuel cut!

but after more learning, i can pull though 5th and 6th now without hitting any fuel cut or CEL.

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Old 06-09-05, 05:40 PM   #10
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time for more mods.
i had my dealer install the following things:

Whiteline steering rack bushings, kartboy short shift lever and bushings, Agency Power lightweight crank pulley.

another WOW!
the whiteline steering rack bushings really firm up the initial steering response. this is definately a MUST DO mod.

the kartboy shifter and bushings are definately a big difference too. it took me a while to get used to it. it takes a little more effort to change gears, but somehow, it still feels "better" it clicks into place.

there still is some left-right slop though.

i can't really tell if the pulley made a difference or not. some people say they feel it immediately, i guess my butt dyno is not sensitive enough, or not calibrated i do know that it didn't do anything bad (yet)






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