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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

Yeah, I didnt realize they were having issues so I didnt go ask. I also ended up having to leave early so I probably wouldnt have been able to run them anyway.

Yeah, PAX for FP is not where I want to be. LOL
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

Been on the internet looking at parts again. ;). Matching Singular Motorsports hood louvers anyone?


Now that I know they will still fit... the temptation is strong!

All i can hear is:
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

Go for it!

I can't wait to do mine :D
I want to so bad! The only thing holding me back is the idea of daily driving with vents that "open" on the hood. Other than being at work during the day, and parking in the garage at night, there isn't anywhere that I usually leave the car for a long period of time though. I think I'd probably be ok...
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

I want to so bad! The only thing holding me back is the idea of daily driving with vents that "open" on the hood. Other than being at work during the day, and parking in the garage at night, there isn't anywhere that I usually leave the car for a long period of time though. I think I'd probably be ok...

What's the concern there? Just possibility of rain or dirt or stuff getting in?
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

You know the answer looks like.

Haha
It certainly feels that way ;)

What's the concern there? Just possibility of rain or dirt or stuff getting in?
More of a vandalism sort of concern I guess... I've just always been weary of any kind of "easy access" into the engine bay in general. Although the car is parked in the garage at night, so there's probably not much to worry about there.
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

So good!
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

contemplating a wholesale RE-DO of the underbody... possibly even adjusting some of the exhaust accordingly as well... I want it to be more efficient/functional than it is now and a "better" final product. Not satisfied with how its held together currently either.

I would be ditching the OEM plastic panels in favor of one large solid sheet of aluminum for either side of the car. Potentially one piece that extends the length of the car from the back of the beatrush undertray to the rear diffuser.

I would also have a sheet metal shop give me an inch tall vertical lip down the sides for me to attach rubber skirt extensions to.

But before this, I would want to adjust the axle-back such that the pipe under the rear subframe is lifted up a little (out of the airflow) and the rear muffler is shifted upwards into the cavity left by the (rather tall) OEM muffler

you can see here in this picture that only the right side of the diffuser is acting as well as it could be. With the exhaust hanging low in the center section, the turbulent air is causing enough airflow separation to keep the middle section dry during the rain. The left section is completely compromised by the muffler and is out as well. If I can shift the exhaust pipe in front of the diffuser upwards, and the muffler out of the diffuser, I stand a chance at all three sections operating as well as the right side...


Now, the diffuser is still "working" as I have clearly seen an increase in the amount of water carried up (vertically) visibly behind the car in the rain, but its not working nearly as well as it could be. This bothers me to no end... That and the construction of my existing system is not as solid as I would like (sometimes rattles here and there), and fitment isnt great in places.

I am now well past the "does it matter" stage, and well into the "can I build it better" stage. I am still working through what capability I have to correct some of the issues, but if I can find a way to build this better without having to do anything to drastic, then I will have to try.
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

I too want to get the exhaust up inside a diffuser whenever I get around to making one. Did you have to ditch the charcoal canister for the diffuser?
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

Consider his autocross pictures stolen! Give me his name for photo credit.

Looking good out there by the way. Wish you were closer to build me a rear diffuser.:(
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

Consider his autocross pictures stolen! Give me his name for photo credit.
updated the post with his name (Brian Caffarel) :tup:

Looking good out there by the way. Wish you were closer to build me a rear diffuser.:(
Thanks!

Well hey if you want to pay some shipping you might could have one ;) :naughty:
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

I too want to get the exhaust up inside a diffuser whenever I get around to making one. Did you have to ditch the charcoal canister for the diffuser?
No, I've still got the charcoal canister up there, but I did have to cut out a large chunk of the upper end of that endplate to fit around it... I'm wondering how easily I can get rid of it :naughty:

BTW, i saw your recent posts of your car on FB and it reminded me (again) of those glorious Singular Motorsports hood vents. Thinking reeaaaaal hard about getting a pair. :D
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

No, I've still got the charcoal canister up there, but I did have to cut out a large chunk of the upper end of that endplate to fit around it... I'm wondering how easily I can get rid of it :naughty:

BTW, i saw your recent posts of your car on FB and it reminded me (again) of those glorious Singular Motorsports hood vents. Thinking reeaaaaal hard about getting a pair. :D
I've looked into removing it, I can't remember exactly but you put a little filter on one of the lines and have to delete some codes. May have a gas smell if the car is garaged?

I was under the back of the car the other day looking at how I want to cut my bumper and that stupid thing was staring me in the face. I'd like to remove it to make room for for the diffuser and such.

Get the louvers!
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Auto-X (Pics&Vids)

Little bit of a long weekend so, time to start working on stuff! Cleaned the car Friday before tucking the car into the garage for the weekend :) (always a good start!)

Pulled the drivers side side-skirt off. The back end never stays clipped in, so I figured I'd pull it and replace the clips and stuff. Man it was dirty under there! Cleaned it up tho :tup: I kinda like the look better without the skirts, its very clean!



Also pulled all the under panels (except the front) in order to see what I can do with the catback. The good news is theres actually some decent head room for raising the piping a couple inches :D

Here's a quick shot of what I might be trying to replace (or modify)...

 
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