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Re: Baron's '05 STi journal - **It ran, but it was a mixed bag**

Been a while since I stopped by. Hope everyone's doing good.

The 2018's are going to look even more Evo-y and blah. Glad I'm not spending the money on one.

Nothing else to report really, other than Toni and I are heading up to Canada in June for the Montreal F1 GP at Circuit Gilles Villenueve; super excited to finally be going to a race. Tickets were a lot more affordable than I thought they would be, but still not cheap. I guess it's good that the CAD is pretty low right now to the USD. Can't believe it took this long but it certainly won't be the last! I plan to go to other venues around the world eventually, especially the historic tracks like Monza, Nurburgring/Hockenheim, Spa, and Silverstone.
 

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Re: Baron's '05 STi journal - **It ran, but it was a mixed bag**

I know, I know....Seems like I've been dead. I've been waiting til it gets warmer here to spend any amount of time in the garage, but it looks like that's now happening, so I'll be out there rather soon. I got pretty burnt out on the car and definitely wanted to take a break after that night in December. Since I walk by the car daily going out to my DD, I'd grumble to myself and curse it whenever that happened, but lately I've really missed it; I really need to wrap this up.

That said, I took a long hard look underneath a couple days ago, and the one small drip that remained after the test fires seems to be gone. I'll be looking to do a boost leak test soon.

I know I may be blaspheming here, but for a while there I was seriously considering getting the car running smoothly then selling it and probably getting a Focus RS as the new toy, but I decided I'm just going to keep it for the time being and get a newer DD. So after I come back from Canada, I'll be getting the ball rolling on getting a slightly used Focus ST.
 

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Re: Baron's '05 STi journal - **It ran, but it was a mixed bag**

From what I hear / read about the Focus RS...
I would not want one for track duty. The STI is the more reliable car...

There seems to be an issue that the head bolts stretch, lifting the cylinder head and the head gasket says bye bye if you have the car retuned. Sounds familiar, right?

Also there is a recall here in germany which is about high oil consumption during high rev driving (racetrack). The official letter says the oil consumption could result in low oil levels and permanent engine damage because of oil starvation.
Their SOLUTION: Reprogramm of the PCM (Powertrain Control Module)...whatever that has to do with reducing oil consumption.

Anyway, yes the warmer weather is doing wonders in terms of motivation to work on the car :cool::tup:

Keep it up Gavin, you'll have it out rolling sooner than later and will laugh at the hurdels left behind :cool:
 

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Re: Baron's '05 STi journal - **It ran, but it was a mixed bag**

Thanks for the pep talk Ben haha. I'm sure looking back on it I'm going to laugh at myself for getting stressed out so much over it. I just can't believe it's been almost 2 years now...damn. My idea with getting an RS would just be to enjoy it on the street. I say that now.....but I've heard about some issues yeah.

I bought the suspension components all the way back in 2014 and still haven't installed them. My idea was to save it all for when I really got the car apart and could do it all at once. That didn't happen. Hopefully I can get it all swapped out this year.
 

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Get it together and bring it out here for some fun. :) I wish you had gone with a bigger turbo though. :) Hell, if you do come out, we can even knock out the suspension here.
 

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Re: Baron's '05 STi journal - **It ran, but it was a mixed bag**

You're right Blue however I'm kind of a noob when it comes to how it should be set up initially and tweaked to the right parameters. I've read about all I can on the topic, but I guess there's only so much I can read and the rest comes by just nutting up and doing it.

Trust me Jason, I'd love to do that, really. I know it'd be a good time. I'm sure I can make that happen this year as soon as we figure out the cooling and stumbling idle issue. But I also have neither a truck nor a trailer to get it out there. :(

I suppose a bigger turbo really isn't off the table, but just wanna see what the car can do as is. I'll probably be happy with it for a while, but we'll see. I still can't believe you can fit larger turbos back there. When I was getting everything to fit back together, it seemed like a bit of a pain.
 

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Re: Baron's '05 STi journal - **It ran again, this time much better!!**

Hey everyone, it seems like it's been forever since there was some really good news to come out of this camp....but alas, I have some...

I hope I'm not speaking too soon here, but at this point I believe I have a healthy running car.

What's this, you say?

Indeed, last night Matt came over and helped me out. We did a short boost leak test, but it could've been more thorough however. Since I have a piddly air compressor, we weren't able to charge the intake tract by much before it lost a bunch of air and had to turn on to pressurize. I sprayed around the motor with solution, as much as I could but I didn't see any noticeable leaks. That doesn't mean there aren't any though. I may have to revisit that later once I throw some boost at it...

But after that we decided to bleed the coolant. Definitely had to put more in to replace what boiled out back in Dec. Putting on the Lisle funnel and then priming the car a couple times, found out the battery was low on charge so we got the battery out of his car to hook up to mine. After that it turned right over and the car fired up without a hitch.

Going over the car and looking for leaks, squeezing hoses, and giving it some revs, temps stayed way lower for longer this time; it didn't get hot as quickly this time and there was heat coming out of the vents. So it seems it was as simple as air in the coolant. Typical...

Looking at the AP and my gauges, everything stayed in reasonable ranges - A/Fs were mostly ok as well, a bit lean at idle but at rev, right at 14.4-14.8 stable. And the best part? Not once did it stumble...the entire time. It was smooth idle, and smooth coming back down from revs and then right back to stable idle. The motor was very quiet as well for having forged internals, very smooth-sounding.

Matt sat in the car and revved while I went out back and listened since I was too stressed and running around the first time I did all this, but let me tell you....it sounds amazing I mean really amazing. I'll prove it by uploading some vids later on. You can really hear the turbo with the CAI and even a little spooldown through the exhaust. The pops/burbles on the down revs are really something else in person. Matt agreed :) After that we had some beers and hung out for a while. Well-deserved. It seems silly now all the worry and doubt that I had.

In any case, we'll see what happens next month when I insure it and plan on starting the break-in driving on the road. Huge thanks to Jason, Matt, Rick, IAG, and all the support from the IWSTI members so far. For the first time in a long time I'm in a really great mood. This project has been weighing on me personally for quite a while and it feels good that things are looking up.

'til later.
 

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Re: Baron's '05 STi journal - **It ran again, this time much better!!**

Hey everyone, it seems like it's been forever since there was some really good news to come out of this camp....but alas, I have some...

I hope I'm not speaking too soon here, but at this point I believe I have a healthy running car.

What's this, you say?

Indeed, last night Matt came over and helped me out. We did a short boost leak test, but it could've been more thorough however. Since I have a piddly air compressor, we weren't able to charge the intake tract by much before it lost a bunch of air and had to turn on to pressurize. I sprayed around the motor with solution, as much as I could but I didn't see any noticeable leaks. That doesn't mean there aren't any though. I may have to revisit that later once I throw some boost at it...

But after that we decided to bleed the coolant. Definitely had to put more in to replace what boiled out back in Dec. Putting on the Lisle funnel and then priming the car a couple times, found out the battery was low on charge so we got the battery out of his car to hook up to mine. After that it turned right over and the car fired up without a hitch.

Going over the car and looking for leaks, squeezing hoses, and giving it some revs, temps stayed way lower for longer this time; it didn't get hot as quickly this time and there was heat coming out of the vents. So it seems it was as simple as air in the coolant. Typical...

Looking at the AP and my gauges, everything stayed in reasonable ranges - A/Fs were mostly ok as well,a bit lean at idle but at rev, right at 14.4-14.8 stable. And the best part? Not once did it stumble...the entire time. It was smooth idle, and smooth coming back down from revs and then right back to stable idle. The motor was very quiet as well for having forged internals, very smooth-sounding.

Matt sat in the car and revved while I went out back and listened since I was too stressed and running around the first time I did all this, but let me tell you....it sounds amazing I mean really amazing. I'll prove it by uploading some vids later on. You can really hear the turbo with the CAI and even a little spooldown through the exhaust. The pops/burbles on the down revs are really something else in person. Matt agreed :) After that we had some beers and hung out for a while. Well-deserved. It seems silly now all the worry and doubt that I had.

In any case, we'll see what happens next month when I insure it and plan on starting the break-in driving on the road. Huge thanks to Jason, Matt, Rick, IAG, and all the support from the IWSTI members so far. For the first time in a long time I'm in a really great mood. This project has been weighing on me personally for a quite a while and it feels good that things are looking up.

'til later.
Good to hear :tup:

Been following for awhile, seemed time to make a first comment.
 

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Re: Baron's '05 STi journal - **It ran again, this time much better!!**

Glad to hear you got it where it needs to be and that Matt came out to lend a hand! I really look forward to dialing in the car. If that turbo really give the VF39 and extra kick, you're going to have some fun, but I predict an upgrade (Matt knows what I'm talking about). :)

Gavin, you'll want to update your ATR install and resend me the folder. There is an update that requires the AP to be able to complete. The last time a car/ATR customer needed such a big upgrade, the previous version kept slightly changing numbers when I would save. It would play havoc with the MAF.
 

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Re: Baron's '05 STi journal - **It ran again, this time much better!!**

Thanks everyone!

Jason, I will send you the files soon. I am eager to have you look at it closer and come out there this year with 'er. I will find a way to do that, most likely after Canada. I think I'll have a good time with it for a while before I think about touching it again haha.

I also forgot to mention that I found out I could exchange my v5 Fortune Auto 500 set back to Fortune directly and pay a nominal fee to upgrade to v6 510s. They'll have a brand new 5 year warranty on them since the last set burned almost 3 years just sitting in the box. The v6 series has some updates and improvements over the previous gen that I thought would be worth it. I also elected to go with Swift springs in 9K/8K rates F/R. I should be getting them in hand in about 3-4 weeks.
 

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Thanks everyone!

Jason, I will send you the files soon. I am eager to have you look at it closer and come out there this year with 'er. I will find a way to do that, most likely after Canada. I think I'll have a good time with it for a while before I think about touching it again haha.

I also forgot to mention that I found out I could exchange my v5 Fortune Auto 500 set back to Fortune directly and pay a nominal fee to upgrade to v6 510s. They'll have a brand new 5 year warranty on them since the last set burned almost 3 years just sitting in the box. The v6 series has some updates and improvements over the previous gen that I thought would be worth it. I also elected to go with Swift springs in 9K/8K rates F/R. I should be getting them in hand in about 3-4 weeks.
Very glad to hear that the car is up and running!

You'll have to let me know what you think of the 510's with 9k/8k swifts - that's exactly what I'm thinking of replacing my RCE T0's with.

Congrats man, about time you had some good news for us.
 

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I'll be updating here for sure when I get the suspension installed and set up. Excited to see how it handles.

I know, it's been a long time coming.
 
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