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Old 11-27-09, 01:50 AM   #1
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I originally bought this car stock in June 2009, since then the car has traveled one heck of a rollercoaster that continues to this day.

Table of Contents

#2 - 11/27/09 - The Story So Far
#22 - 11/29/09 - In other news, An engine swap! (Pics and Vid)
#23 - 11/29/09 - In other news, An engine swap! (Explanation)
#25 - 11/30/09 - Pictures of the Pistons going in
#45 - 12/11/09 - Pictures of the Heads fresh from the machine shop
#49 - 12/22/09 - Picture featured in MTV Iggy article
#55 - 12/30/09 - More motor pics, Its almost done!
#65 - 1/06/10 - Intake Manifold is on!
#81 - 1/09/10 - Motor is in! Car is running on the dyno.
#94 - 1/20/10 - The 48 Hours of Tri-state and Breaking in the motor!
#133 - 1/28/10 - CSS Top Mounted Intercooler is in.
#143 - 1/29/10 - EFI Tuned, 351awhp/353wtq on Mustang Dyno
#222 - 2/12/10 - Litespeed Performance Heat Shield Installed
#256 - 2/23/10 - Pictures: Playing in the Snow
#277 - 3/8/10 - Ski Rack!
#307 - 4/8/10 - Volk Rims have arrived!
#329 - 4/9/10 - Brakes Upgraded and Track approved
#338 - 4/15/10 - Retune w/ 70mm 366/366 and a race map
#349 - 4/19/10 - Tune and Track Days #1+2 - NJMP Lighning - HPDE1
#387 - 5/2/10 - TK's First Detail
#410 - 5/13/10 - Schroth Quick-fit Harnesses Installed
#461 - 5/25/10 - EFI Logics Sponsored!
#479 - 5/30/10 - Rolling Shots with the New Vinyls
#488 - 6/7/10 - Small Photoshoot at Sandy Hook
#498 - 6/14/10 - WICKED BIG MEET!
#504 - 6/19/10 - Auto-X Class Magnets Aquired
#506 - 6/20/10 - AutoX #1 Pictures
#512 - 6/21/10 - AutoX #1 Video
#532 - 8/2/10 - AutoX #2 and Class Win in Rookie Non-Stock!
#541 - 8/31/10 - Top of the Trop Atlantic City Meet/Cruise
#543 - 9/21/10 - AutoX #3, Pics and Video
#560 - 10/4/10 - Track Days #3-4 Watkin's Glen - HPDE1
#577 - 10/7/10 - Fire Extingisher and RA Mudflaps
#586 - 10/18/10 - AutoX #4, Pics and Video
#618 - 11/2/10 - Track Days #5-6 - NJMP Thunderbolt HPDE1+2
#650 - 11/10/10 - NJMP RallyCross Events and AutoX #5
#671 - 12/7/10 - New Track Rims
#691 - 12/19/10 - Start of the trouble: Tire Failure
#698 - 12/20/10 - TOTAL ENGINE FAILURE
#744 - 1/6/11 - Daily Driver Found! Enter the GF!
#759 - 2/11/11 - Pictures Of Engine Teardown
#794 - 3/13/11 - New Helmet?
#801 - 3/19/11 - New Sponsor: R&D Performance Shop Inc.
#807 - 4/9/11 - THE CAR LIVES AGAIN!
#832 - 4/19/11 - Track Day #7 - NJMP Lightning - HPDE 2
#839 - 5/15/11 - New Racing Seats Installed
#847 - 6/1/11 - WBM 2011 Prep, Day 1
#850 - 6/2/11 - WBM 2011 Prep, Day 2
#854 - 6/3/11 - WBM 2011 Prep, Day 3
#855 - 6/4/11 - New Sponsor: Oswald Perfomance & Prep Day 4
#870 - 6/7/11 - WBM 2011 Prep, Days 5-7
#875 - 6/10/11 - WBM 2011 Prep, Days 8+9
#879 - 6/11/11 - WBM 2011 Prep, Harnesses Installed!
#882 - 6/13/11 - READY FOR WICKED BIG MEET!
#890 - 6/19/11 - Wicked Big Meet 2011 Recap!
#898 - 6/21/11 - Videos of the WBM Ride Alongs
#905 - 7/13/11 - AutoX #5, Pics and Video
#906 - 8/1/11 - AutoX #6, Pics+Video, First in Class!
#910 - 8/9/11 - Track Days #8+9 - NJMP Lightning - HPDE 2
#938 - 9/12/11 - Car Trailed Purchased!
#943 - 9/20/11 - NES Supermeet6 and AutoX #7
#947 - 9/21/11 - Trailer Work Begins!
#960 - 10/4/11 - Track Days #10+11 - Watkins Glen - Crash in the Rain!
#974 - 10/25/11 - Crash Repair Results
#981 - 11/1/11 - Track Days #12-14 - NJMP Thunderbolt - Open Track + HPDE 3
#991 - 11/8/11 - AutoX #8, Second in Class
#1007 - 12/27/11 - Plans for the Winter
#1017 - 12/31/11 - Night Shots @ Local Meet

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Engine + Power

2006 STi Longblock w/VF39
NGK One Step Colder Spark Plugs
Walbro 255lph Fuel Pump
GT Spec Unequal Length Exhaust Headers
APS 70mm Cold Air Intake
Perrin Radiator Shroud
Zerosports 160* Thermostat
Invidia V2 Bellmouth Downpipe
HKS Hi Power CBE
Prodrive Boost Control Solenoid
CSS Top Mounted Intercooler
LiteSpeed Performance Titanium Turbo Heat Shield
EFI Protuned via Cobb V2 Accessport

Drivetrain + Suspension

BC Racing BR Coilovers
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Whiteline Rear Differential Lock Kit
Whiteline Rear Subframe Bolts
Whiteline Front Control Arm Front Inner Bushing
Whiteline 24mm adj. Front Swaybar
Whiteline 24mm adj. Rear Swaybar
Whiteline HD rear swaybar mounts
Whiteline adj. front endlinks
Whiteline HD alloy Rear endlinks
Group N Engine Mounts
Group N Tranny Mounts
Mishimoto Radiator
TiC Super Shifter Bushing Set with Kartboy Short shifter
ACT Street Clutch
Resurfaced Flywheel
Oswald Perfromance Rear Triangle Brace

Brakes:
Performance ZR Front and Rear Pads
Goodridge SS Brake Lines
ATE Superblue Brake Fluid
Perrin Master Cylinder Brace
DBA 4000 Front and Rear Rotors

Wheels/Tires
Rota DPT 17x9 +48 Rims
Yokohama Advan AD08 255/40/17
Mutegi Black Extended Lug nuts

Interior
Driver/Passenger MOMO Start Racing Seats
Driver/Passenger RaceQuip 6 point Harnesses
NGK Harness Bar
WC Lathe Werks Titanium Shift Knob(In custom PURPLE!)

Exterior
AeroCatch Hood Pins
Oswald Perfomance Front and Rear Aluminum Bumper Beams w/ Tow Hooks

Dyno Chart:
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Old 11-27-09, 01:50 AM   #2
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The Story so far:

Alright everyone. First off, my name is Amy and I’ve wanted an STi pretty much since I saw the 04 come out. So I was overjoyed to find this little car not to far from me, for a price I could afford. In silver, the color I wanted. It had a few miles on it (120k at purchase) but I knew that I’d want to build it from the ground up.

Heard the saying be careful what you wish for? …Yeah

Day 1:

Got the car on June 16th 2009 and I was the happiest girl in the world.



Had a great time driving it home from the dealer and a terrific time cruising and driving circles around my friends SRT-4

The problems begin:

I spent about a week and a half being carefree, then the CEL came on. And things went south.

Had the CEL checked(P0011-camshaft position advance) and cleared and was told to drive around to see if it came back. A week later I was finally able to drive for the proper length of time since I was going on vacation that weekend and sure enough, CEL was back. Along with a great grinding sound.(BAD) On the way back, the grinding noise stopped, but the tailpipe started blowing oil out the back like mad. Got it back up to my Dad’s garage, where we proceeded to take it apart.

BLOWN TURBO #1:

We found the exhaust impeller in the downpipe.

So, ordered and new MHI TD05 18G turbo, timing belt and gaskets galore. Put it all back together and it started up great. Drove fine and no CEL. I made an appointment for a tune at EFI Logics for August 12th.

EFI visit 1(of many):

I spent the time leading up to the visit driving carefully so I could break in the new stuff. The morning of my appointment with EFI, the CEL returned on the drive over. Chris told me to bring it in, but instead of tuning it we elected to do a compression test to try to diagnose the problem.
Results:
Cylinder 1:130
Cylinder 2:120
Cylinder 3:130
Cylinder 4:130
Since the compression test didn’t show much, Chris suggested we replace the oil pickup.

Replacement… Oil ain’t supposed to look like that!:

I ordered the Ultimate pickup for KillerB, but since it was backordered I decided to just get the OEM pickup to see if it fixed the issue and swap in the KillerB pickup when it came in.

So we took off the oil pan and pickup and this is what we found:



Can you say chunks? Alright, we assumed(more like hoped) that the bits of metal were from the turbo that had just disintegrated in the engine and continued. Flushed the system, new oil and filter. No CEL.

Emailed EFI the updates, and since we found that much metal in the pan, they suggested pulling the motor.

BLOWN TURBO #2… déjà vu…:

While deciding on what to do, I was using the car just to get to work and school since it was the only thing I had. On my way to class one day, I heard the new turbo make a suspicious sound… THAT sound… the sound that the stock turbo had made before it died. The oil cloud returned and there was no denying the fact that the new turbo had gone the way of the old one.

Two turbos in three months, I dub the car TK(Turbo Killer)

Off to EFI:



I officially throw in the towel, contact EFI and arrange to drop off the STi to see if they could work a miracle. Turns out there was no saving the motor. The heads and block were completely shot. The car probably was driven to the ground and left to sit for a while(evidenced by excessive rust and salt buildup in the engine bay). Rob called it the “Worst rot box I have ever touched.” Hell, when I fail, I don’t go halfway.

11/21 START THE BUILD:

Went over to EFI with a few other IW guys, sat down with Pete and hammered out the build and put down a deposit. Might add a few other items to the list as we go along, but my TK is on its way to FIXED!

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Old 11-27-09, 03:43 AM   #3
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So, Im assuming the turbos went because of oil starvation from chunks being in there. Did you get new oil supply lines for the turbo?
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Old 11-27-09, 03:54 AM   #4
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Yeah. I'm pretty much getting EVERYTHING new. I don't want to worry about this car exploding anymore.

The odd thing was that I unhooked the oil supply line and made sure oil came out when I replaced the pickup. I think it may have been able to transport oil up there at idle, but under driving conditions it might not have had enough oil pressure to get it that high in the engine.
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Old 11-27-09, 04:30 AM   #5
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Sorry to hear about your past luck. Good luck with the new build. Looks like a nice parts list! Which Dom Turbo are you going with?
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Old 11-27-09, 04:50 AM   #6
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Thanks! Off the top of my head, I forget which DOM I got. It was a slightly used one EFI had laying around the shop. When I remember I'll update the list.

Edit: Dom 3 with a 2.4 inlet

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Whats up with the name? Are you a nurse?
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whats your power goal? I would also go with some arp head studs just to be safe!
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Whats up with the name? Are you a nurse?
Stripes - My nickname since high school. I had a car with racing stripes

RX - I work in a hospital pharmacy

I'm a pharmacy tech right now, and I'm going to school to eventually become a pharmacist.

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whats your power goal? I would also go with some arp head studs just to be safe!
I think EFI uses the ARP head studs, but I honestly forget. Pretty sure though. I don't really have any HP goals right now. I had just gotten the car when it blew up in my face. I'd like a modest HP number so I can get used to the car before I wrap myself around a tree.

If I make 350, Cool with me.
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whats your power goal? I would also go with some arp head studs just to be safe!
She will be getting ARP studs as well!

Your block came in on Wednesday and your heads should be in today! Let's get the party started.

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