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Before she was wrapped.

My suspension thread had turned into a bit of a journal, so I figured that I would actually make a journal on here. Doglegging at Autocross

The picture that started my quest for a proper autocross setup:


Purchased the car December of 2009 with 16K miles on the odometer. Left it stock for about a year before taking the plunge into Stage 2. After having boost control issues I decided to make the jump to an external wastgate. It is an atomospheric dump, but works extremely well.



In 2012 I found an SCCA region about an hour from me. That's when the autocross bug bit me. The problem was that I had already modded the STI into SM meaning my PAX would be terrible.

This year we have voted to create a pax multiplier for SM on street tires. This will help us modded guys just running street tires.

255 BFG Rivals


The Mods
Exterior
-matte black vinyl done by skinwrapz
-lamin-x front headlights
-wrx trunk (STI wing is pretty big)
-"Wrc replica" flaps
-rear oem diffuser
-carbon fiber lisence plate surround

Suspension/Drivetrain
-17x8 rpf1's on 245 michelin pilot super sports (Street)
-17x9 5zs on 255/40r17 RE71R (Autocross/track)
-muteki sr48 lug nuts in neochrome
-RCE T2 coilovers
-Whiteline roll center adjusting LCA balljoints and tie rod ends
-kartboy endlinks
-cusco 22mm front sway
-TiC master cylinder brace
-oswald performance rear brace
-vorshlag front camber plates
-cusco rear camber plates
-Carbotech XP12
-DBA 4000 T3 Rotors
-ARP wheel studs
-ATE brake fluid
-4lb Lithium ion battery
-2007 OEM STi Fender cowl braces
-Rooducts in case of track days

Engine/Exhaust
-process west tmic w/splitter
-turboxs catback (replaced a very loud litespeed titanium)
-element tuning downpipe (swaintech coated)
-grimmspeed ewg uppipe (swaintech coated)
-turbosmart compgate 40
-grimmspeed 3 port ebcs
-cobb ap v2
-crawford aos v2
-3mm phenolic spacers (Had to pull the intake manifold anyway due to xpipe coolant leak)
-grimmspeed tgv deletes (Had to pull the intake manifold anyway due to xpipe coolant leak)
-walbro 255lph fuel pump
-DW850cc injectors
-apexi paper air filter
-koyo radiator (stock calsonic split)
-killer b radiator shroud

Interior/Electronics
-hella horns and bracket (perfect for getting cutoff)
-defi 52mm red racer gauges (boost, oil temp, oil pressure) fitted into an OEM pod. I did not like how the defi hood doesn't match the dash.
-pioneer touchscreen (handsfree, movies, etc)
-map, dome, liscense plate, and trunk lights are LED
-dead pedal to match the sti pedals
-JPM coachworks shift boot, arm rest, and e-brake boot
-Red Flossy knob (I like heavy knobs and this burns me less than the TWM Abrams)
-Scroth quickfit harness (Less flopping around at autocross)


Current Alignment, etc
500lb Front Hyperco springs
7KG Rear Swift springs
0 Toe
-3 Front
-1.8 Rear
Front Compression 5
Front Rebound 8
Rear Compression 7
Rear Rebound 9

Wish List/Debating
-Karlton Fender Flares and 18x10.5 wheels with 295 - 315 width tires
-Aftermarket rear differential
-TIC rear diff bushings
-MSI Trailing Arms and TIC Bushings
-Killer B EL header with EWG uppipe
-Oil cooler using Mocal thermostat sandwich plate
-Removing the old vinyl now that I can keep the car in a garage
 

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Re: Carl's 05 Stock Turbo SM Class STI



Replaced wheel bearing on the left side and pulled the coilovers off the car, as one of my rear RCE Tarmac 2'ss sprung an oil leak. These are not covered by the Racecomp Engineering warranty, as I sold me original T0's to purchase these used. Still trying to find someone to repair/rebuild. PSi in Sonoma can't work on KW anymore.

Car is back moving on street tires and factory stuts. I miss having coilovers already this week driving it to work.



Side note, my wife and I autocrossed her Forester XT on all seasons, stock sways, and stock struts. This was her first ever autocross.
me:
RRR SCCA Event #10 2013, Forester XT, Carl's best run - YouTube
her:
RRR SCCA Event #10 2013, Forester XT, Cassey's best run - YouTube
 

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Re: Carl's 05 Stock Turbo SM Class STI - Night of the Living Dead Coilovers

Spent $140 today shipping all four coilovers to Odi @ Feal Suspension. Trying to get the car prepped for next season.
 

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Re: Carl's 05 Stock Turbo SM Class STI - Night of the Living Dead Coilovers

Glad you got the dampers sent out. They should come back in tip top condition.

What all do you plan on doing before next season?
 

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Re: Carl's 05 Stock Turbo SM Class STI - Night of the Living Dead Coilovers

Mainly maintenance items.

TIC Diff bushings
TIC fender braces
Install the coilovers back in
New alignment -3F/-2R
New fluids; brake, diff, transmission, engine
New street tires
Try to find someone to weld my litespeed header (cracked)
Pads are still good, looks like these DS2500s last a long time.
 

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Re: Carl's 05 Stock Turbo SM Class STI - Return of the Coil

Came home to a present today.





All four re-welded, rebuilt, new dust covers. 600s on the front were a bit high for the valving, it appeared the rears were damaged by too short of a spring. A 7KG swift spring replaces the rear, the 500 rear is now on the front.

In short these are now 500F/400R.
 

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Re: Carl's 05 Stock Turbo SM Class STI - Night of the Living Dead Coilovers

TIC fender braces
I'm not positive about this, but I think fender braces are not allowed in SM. There is no mention of it in the rule book, and the intent is if it doesn't say you can, you can't. You could write the SM SEB and ask if it is allowed. But, I would only do that if you/your region are super serious about the classing rules. In my home region, we wouldn't care and let you run SM. Just a warning.
 

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Re: Carl's 05 Stock Turbo SM Class STI - Night of the Living Dead Coilovers

I'm not positive about this, but I think fender braces are not allowed in SM. There is no mention of It in the rule book, and the intent is if it doesn't say you can, you can't. You could write the SM SEB and ask if it is allowed. But, I would only do that if you/your region are super serious about the classing rules. In my home region, we wouldn't care and let you run SM. Just a warning.
I think I read in the SM nasioc thread that they are illegal. Also not 100% on that though. However with the update/backdate rule, you could get some from an 07 (maybe 06 as well?) as I have heard they are stiffer.
 

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Re: Carl's 05 Stock Turbo SM Class STI - Return of the Coil

Thanks for the heads up guys. Didn't realize it wasn't something allowed for SM.
The TiC ones are similar to the 07 ones.

Snag some 07s if you're worried about being 100% legal.
 

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Re: Carl's 05 Stock Turbo SM Class STI - Return of the Coil

Got the coilovers back in Friday evening. Going to spend MLK day getting an alignment.

The regional annual awards ceremony was today. Ended up 10th overall in PAX for the year and winning SM class.

 

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Well, it has been extremely cold here in Louisiana. My Oreilly autoparts battery wasn't cutting it despite being on a battery tender when sitting for long periods. I decided to take advantage of the dieing battery and go to something lighter. I didn't like how the wiring was sitting when mounting this battery horizontally. What ended up happening was a left over exhaust hanger and the OEM bracket. Not ideal, but it'll do for now until I get some longer wiring.
 

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Re: Carl's 05 Stock Turbo SM Class STI - It's Electric

Got under the car today, since I thought the CV was going out. No tears on either boots, so maybe they are just going out despite having adequate grease.

Rewind to 2-3 months ago. I was putting the OEM struts in the car while the coils were being rebuilt. The LCA wouldn't extend low enough to allow me to install the stuts. After some swearing and pushing they actually lowered enough and I was able to install the strut. On the FR side, they whole axle pulled out of the trans when I lowered the control arm. I popped it back in using the hub, since the axle nut was still attached.

Ever since then at full right I have heard some popping. That's the only time I hear anything from the car.
 

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Re: Carl's 05 Stock Turbo SM Class STI - EvapLeaks

Time to clean out the lines and get a new charcoal canister... or delete if you can?
 
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