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Re: Ron Davis x KillerB x IAG x ARC x Recaro x Varis x Greddy - Alex Introduces...Gab

so the rpf1 needed spacers?
Yes Arthur, 3mm spacers up front.

So how do you find the re71r when compared to the stock dunlop sp600 in terms of ride comfort, noise and handling?
The ACR's are gorgeous. Great pics. :tup:
The RE71Rs are really responsive tires. Noise is louder, in terms of going over the painted pavement markings. I haven't noticed anything about ride comfort to be honest.

ugggh ACR. Uggggggghhh.
It's a beautiful car!

The Enkies look sweet bud and yes l agree your wallet must be empty now :)
Thanks Doug my man! Oh it's empty alright :lol:


Alright so update time!!! I'm extremely happy to present this update to you. It is definitely one of my favorite updates to share so far!

I had the pleasure to again work with my good friend [email protected] of Bling Polishing, who was responsible for bringing my "Polished" IAG Race Version AOS, and newly acquired ARC TMIC to life again.

Shawn as you know is the best Metal Polisher in Toronto hands down, and I'm super happy to team up with him again have him continue to be part of this long journey with Gabby.

Shawn ensured that this procedure to restore both of my parts was well documented for my journal to share with you all:

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Here's my review for [email protected] of Bling Polishing:

Shipping/Packaging: 5/5 ... Shawn personally came by my house for pick-up and drop-off of my parts, and everything was very well packaged when I received the parts to prevent them from getting damaged during the drive to my house.

Overall Experience: 10/10 ... To say I'm happy would be an understatement; rather I am ecstatic with the job that [email protected] of Bling Polishing did for restoring both my ARC TMIC and IAG Race Version Polished AOS! Shawn as always is very professional to deal with, and really cares about ensuring the job is done properly and perfectly each time. His attention to detail is evident as can be seen with the taping job to protect certain areas of the parts. I continue to have the biggest smile on my face with how transformed both of these parts are!

I will always support Shawn as it is evident how much passion and care goes into every job he does! I would highly recommend you get in touch with him for all of your Metal Polishing needs.

For those interested in Shawn's work, below you will find his social media outlets where he can be reached:

King of Bling Polishing Website
King of Bling Polishing Facebook Page
King of Bling Polishing Instagram
[/url]King of Bling Polishing Youtube Channel




I then had my good friend and Head Touge Tuning Mechanic, Justin, come over to install my ARC TMIC and Carbing Titanium Strut Tower.

Enjoy the pictures:








I'm beyond happy with how the engine looks, and I know it's only going to look better when I have the IAG Caps, and all the other engine and cooling components installed!

To conclude this update, I have two teaser pics to share with you all:






As always, thank-you very much for stopping by and stay tuned for next update!
 

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Re: Ron Davis x KillerB x IAG x ARC x Recaro x Varis x Greddy - Alex Introduces...Gab

Update Time!!

This update dates back to August. How about we start off with another casualty that my car suffered. I thought the crack in the carbon side skirts from the dealership was the only suffering Gabby would see, but boy was I wrong.

I believe this incident happened back at the first CSCS racing event, where it was super windy. Some guy in an Audi parked really close to me, and his door must've opened and the wind took it right into my baby Gabby. This impact bruised Gabby's ego and left a dent in the front passenger door as a reminder. Fortunately the impact did not go through the paint, or else I would've been heartbroken, as my car is in immaculate shape.

I was referred by my good friends at Auto-Links to get in touch with [email protected] Deron is regarded as the top Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) specialist in Toronto, and a personal friend of the guys at Auto-Links. Deron has been in the industry for over 10 years, and I'm super excited to have him work on my car.

His business model is simple:

- Quick turnaround (1-3 hours typically)
- No paintwork necessary
- No harmful chemicals
- Only specialized tools are used for the PDR

These all checked off in my books, and I hope you enjoy the pictures of the work:

Before:




During:




After:






I'm beyond happy with the job that [email protected] Dent did for my car. He restored the car to its immaculate shape, and there is no sign of dent whatsoever on the door!!

For those in the GTA area, look no further for your Dent-removal inquiries. You can get in touch with Deron via the picture of his car which has all of his best contact methods:






While at Auto-Links, I also got a Pioneer BC6 Rear View Camera, which has been on my list for quite some time. Special thanks goes to Auto-Links for the super clean install. Enjoy the picture of it:




Alright moving on to the teaser picture of the ARC Oil Cap. So my engine bay is in dire need of some titanium hardware to match the titanium theme that I'm going for. I turned my attention to [email protected] Coast Fasteners, who supplies the BEST titanium hardware available on the market. My ARC oil cap would get the first sign of titanium love to go with my titanium Carbing Strut Tower.

Enjoy the pictures:






Later on in August I visited my good friends at Touge Tuning, and wanted to grab a couple of things; let's first start with the Cobb Intercooler Coupler.

So my ARC TMIC is for a GD STi, and doesn't fit perfectly with my stock intercooler coupler. The purpose of purchasing the Cobb one is to have a brand new coupler, and cut it up to shorten the length of it. This project will be done when I get the other engine parts installed.

Enjoy the pictures of it, and special thanks to [email protected] for packaging this up for me:










I think you guys are going to like something else that I purchased at Touge Tuning. It has to do with the direction I've been going towards for the last couple of posts...HANDLING.

I decided to purchase SuperPro Front and Rear Sway Bars (22 front /22 rear) and the Rear Sway Bar Support Brace for my car, which will really help tighten up the car and get it to handle like it's on rails. I plan on running a 23 front and 22 rear sway bar setup, and can only imagine how Gabby will drive when they're installed.

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Thanks for stopping by on this shorter update. I'm going to leave a VERY VERY special teaser. When I said big things are coming, BIG things are really coming for Gabby: :)

 

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Re: Ron Davis x KillerB x IAG x ARC x Recaro x Varis x Greddy - Alex Introduces...Gab

Hey guys, I'm back with another update!

This update takes place around mid-September, and addresses those 4 boxes in the last teaser picture.

Before I get started with what exactly they are, I want to give a very special thank-you to my friends Chris and Mike at Touge Tuning for guiding me in the direction to having the ultimate street car with the most Motorsport-inspired parts. That's all I've ever wanted Gabby to be...Tastefully Aggressive. Chris pointed me in the direction to a Canadian company called Mooresport (MSI). They are based out of Quebec and produce some of the finest Motorsport parts for Subarus in the entire world! All of the parts they make are carefully crafted and the attention to details is top-notch.

Something about me that I always strive to achieve in everything I do is the Japanese word Kaizen = Continuous Improvement.
MSI follows this exact principle, and constantly looks for ways to revise their products to make them sturdier, lighter, and ultimately more performance-oriented, as well as looking for new parts to create to improve the Subaru Chassis. I love working with companies like this who are always Forward-Moving!

I went to see [email protected] Tuning to get the ball rolling on this MSI project, and ordered a few parts, as pictured in that previous teaser picture; the parts included in this order are as follows:

  1. MSI Front Motorsports Endlinks (Bearings)...these were purchased to be used in conjunction with my newly acquired SuperPro Sway Bars.
  2. Custom MSI Rear Motorsports Endlinks (Bearings):these are fully custom, as they are not listed on the MSI website, and will be used in conjunction with the rear SuperPro Sway Bar. What's really interesting is that the Tie Rods on these Endlinks are the same ones used on WRC and F1 cars!!!
  3. MSI Billet Toe Arms (Bearings)
  4. MSI Billet Trailing Arms (Bearings)
The links to check these parts out are below:

MSI Motorsports End-Links
MSI Billet Toe Arms
MSI Billet Trailing Arms


I hope you enjoy the pictures:


























Feel free to check out MSI at these links:

MSI Website
MSI Facebook Page
MSI Instagram
MSI Youtube Channel




A very special thanks goes to my good friends at Touge Tuning for making me aware of MSI, continuously updating me throughout the entire process of the order, and striving to deliver the best service possible! Be sure to check them out at these links:

Touge Tuning Website
Touge Tuning Facebook Page
Touge Tuning Instagram
Touge Tuning Youtube Channel




To conclude this post, I'm going to leave you all with a couple of teasers:







 

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Re: MSI x Ron Davis x KillerB x IAG x ARC x Recaro x Varis - Alex Introduces...Gabby

Those parts look pretty.......beefy!
 

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Hey Alex, always nice seeing another friend online, even if I'm way late to the party. Haha
 

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Re: MSI x Ron Davis x KillerB x IAG x ARC x Recaro x Varis - Alex Introduces...Gabby

Those parts look pretty.......beefy!
Haha they are Darryl, super excited to get Touge Tuning to install them for me :)

Hey Alex, always nice seeing another friend online, even if I'm way late to the party. Haha
Dave! Great seeing you on here too! Welcome to my journal, you're here now so that's all that matters haha. :D



Update Time!

Before I get started, Happy New Year to you all!

This update will address the teaser pics from the last post, and it takes place at the end of September. I decided to pay a visit to my good friend and owner of Advance Powerhouse (APH), Brian, to get some work done to Gabby. While Gabby doesn't frequent APH often, she always leaves very happy thanks to the APH team.

I wanted to get all of my Cusco Chassis Bracing installed and reap the benefits of a stiffer ride to optimize the feel/tightness of the car without having to go with a roll cage. The list of chassis braces that were installed at APH were:

  1. Cusco Front Lower Arm Bar Type II (CUS 692 477 A)
  2. Cusco Power Brace Crossmember (CUS 692 492 M)
  3. Cusco Power Brace Floor Center (CUS 692 492 C)
  4. Cusco Power Brace Rear Lower (CUS 692 492 R)
A special thank-you again goes to [email protected] for helping me get all of these braces for Gabby!






As always, it's very important to protect these braces with the trifecta combo:

  1. Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant
  2. Collinite 845
  3. Pinnacle XMT 360 Spray Wax








So for those of you interested in protecting any of your braces, or any painted parts you may have, ideally you'd want Opti-coat or CQuartz. I personally don't use any of those as I'm not trained on using it. Instead, I use the above 3, which yield excellent results. To apply the above 3, these were the steps I took:
  1. Clay bar the braces.
  2. First, apply the Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant to the braces. Leave it on the braces for 24 hours.
  3. Remove Wolfgang Deep Gloss Paint Sealant off the braces with a wax-removal microfiber after the 24 hours of curing.
  4. Properly "prep" the Collinite 845 Liquid Wax...more info on how to do this can be found here: Collinite #845: The Definitive How-To Guide For This Legendary Wax
  5. Apply Collinite 845 Liquid Wax to the braces, and let it cure for 45 minutes.
  6. Remove Collinite 845 Liquid Wax off the braces with a wax-removal microfiber after the 45 minutes of curing.
  7. Finally, apply the Pinnacle XMT 360 Spray Wax on the braces. Please note that Pinnacle XMT 360 Spray Wax is a wipe-on, wipe-off type of application.
Here's a picture of them curing:




With all of the braces cured, I packed them up and was off to APH. Once I arrived at APH, I was greeted by Brian and head mechanic Faisal, who owns a track-oriented Hyundai Genesis with a Motec digital dash, Garrett GTX3582r turbo, built motor, etc...all of which yield a whopping 600hp!! Here's a picture of his car... and I'm sure you can tell, Faisal likes Boost lol:




You can see more of this beast on Faisal's instagram account:

Faisal's Instagram

So as you saw in the last teaser picture, Faisal was cutting one of the plastic underpanels to make the Cusco Power Brace Rear Lower fit properly.

Enjoy the pics of that:














With the Cusco Power Brace Rear Lower installed, Faisal continued with installing the rest of the braces:










The end result:




While at APH, I also snagged a couple pics of some of the other cars here:




My personal favourite is Brian's "Asparagus" Mitsubishi Evo MR Edition:




A special thank-you goes to my good friend Brian and my new friend Faisal for the great service and good conversations. I always like to support my friends when I can, and will always continue to support Brian and APH.

Brian always ensures my car is well taken care of, and that the installation is done properly and carefully. Faisal installed all of my braces with care as if it were his own car, and I highly recommend if you are in the Markham area to check out APH for your performance needs. They specialize primarily in JDM cars (Mitsubishis, Nissans, Toyotas, but do still work on Subarus, and even Porsches).

You can check out APH at the following links:

Advance Powerhouse Facebook Page
Advance Powerhouse Instagram







Now the million-dollar question, "Do you notice a difference?" You better believe I notice a difference with all of these braces. The car literally wants to turn in a precise manner. It would probably have been better to test each of these individually, but you'll probably get the best effects with all of them together, so please take my word for it :p
The car essentially feels like it's on rails. As mentioned, the drive and turn-in feels very precise, kind of like a "point-and-shoot" feel to it. Gabby now takes turns with even more confidence, and transfers that to me through my DAMD Steering Wheel.
Looking back on the purchase, I don't regret purchasing these braces. They are expensive, but they look pretty and do the job when all are used together.



To address the second teaser picture regarding the Top Secret Japan logo, let's address it so that it's no longer Top Secret :lol:

So I'm part of a Facebook group specifically for Top Secret Japan-related parts. While I already have the original Auto Staff Japan Titanium Tow Hook, I again really wanted to purchase the Top Secret version...commence the JDM Brand W**** comments :lol: I ended up finding one being offered for sale on the group by a gentleman named Tom. Tom is a big car guy (drives an Evo X), who also appreciates rare parts such as these. I got in touch with him to purchase it, and the rest is history! He ensured that the process was smooth, and made me aware throughout the entire process of the purchase. Thank-you very much Tom for giving me the opportunity to purchase my dream tow hook! Glad to have made a friend in the process, and now you will always be a part of my build!

Enjoy the pics:










Thanks for stopping by, all I'm going to say is the best is yet to come, so stay tuned for what's next. Enjoy this teaser from the Mooresport (MSI) team:

 

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Re: MSI x Ron Davis x KillerB x IAG x ARC x Recaro x Varis - Alex Introduces...Gabby

Hey everyone, it's time for an update!! :)

This update dates back to early October. I had a feeling it was going to be an early winter up here in Toronto, so I decided that Gabby would be put away earlier than when I usually put her away (late October).
I headed to the best Subaru shop in Ontario, Touge Tuning, for my oil change and winter prep.

I managed to snag a couple pics of Gabby looking clean as ever and ready to be put to sleep after leaving the shop...enjoy:






If you are anywhere in the GTA, make the trip to see [email protected] Tuning. I can honestly say that if you want the best experience and hands touching your Subaru, you go see them. If you want the best service, you go see them. They are always busy, so I recommend you always email them for any inquiries/requests. They will always be the one shop that Gabby loves the most.

Be sure to check Touge Tuning out at the following links:

Touge Tuning Website
Touge Tuning Facebook Page
Touge Tuning Instagram
Touge Tuning Youtube Channel




While I was at Touge Tuning for Gabby's oil change, I also had to pick up a few more parts that I had ordered; these parts include:

  1. MSI Motorsport Top Mounts
  2. MSI Rear Lateral Links
  3. SuperPro Front Lower Control Arm Bushings (SPF3728K)
  4. SuperPro Front LCA Rear DUROBALL Caster Kit (DURO3738K)
Touge Tuning is the sole distributor of Mooresport (MSI) parts in Canada, and they really stand by the Motorsport parts that MSI creates. These parts are among the most aggressive applications on the market. The competitive advantage with these products is the fact that they are stronger than the competition, much lighter than the competition, and there is a lifetime warranty for manufacturing defects. Touge Tuning continues to help me achieve my goals for having a tastefully aggressive street car, by keeping me informed of cutting-edge companies like MSI who make parts for my car!

Please enjoy pictures of the 4 parts listed above:


































Now HOLD UP 1 SECOND!!!

As I paid and was leaving Touge Tuning with these parts, Chris stopped me and said, "Alex, come back in my office, there's a surprise here for you!"

I had absolutely no clue what that could be? Could it be a rotated turbo kit...maybe but probably not :lol: Do recall though from last update's teaser picture that there was a box saying "Surprise!"

So I walk back into Chris's office and see a small white box. Still having no clue what it was, and Chris hiding the sticker on the box from me identifying what it was, I opened it carefully and found "Surprise! - Mooresport Team."

At this point I am ecstatic, but still unsure as to what's in there. It honestly felt like an early Christmas surprise, kind of like when I opened my IAG engine bay caps from my sister last Christmas. With great excitement, I went through the wrapping paper, and found MSI's Billet T6-6061 Aluminum Solid Engine Mounts!!!!

These engine mounts are designed for Motorsport-use (Circuit, Drag, Rally), and are not "recommended" for street use...probably due to the NVH.
Why I love MSI so much again goes back to their competitive advantage; they make the most aggressive parts, while also being lighter than the competition. More specifically, I currently have the Beatrush Solid Engine Mounts installed in my car...these are very aggressive (steel with polyurethane bushings). They are also very heavy.
Let's compare the Beatrush Engine Mounts to the MSI ones...MSI weigh 2 pounds...the kicker...they weigh 2 pounds combined!!!! This and them being more aggressive is what seals the deal for me...great work MSI!

These mounts will replace my existing Beatrush ones the same day I get Touge Tuning to install all of the other suspension components.

Enjoy the pictures:










And all of my MSI parts together:






Be sure to check out MSI at the following links:

MSI Website
MSI Facebook Page
MSI Instagram
MSI Youtube Channel




Before I continue any further, I would first and foremost like to give a special thank-you to two parties:

1) Thank-you very much to the Mooresport (MSI) team for this very generous gift of the Solid Engine Mounts. It was an extremely special moment, that I cherish and will never forget, and I hope you know how much I sincerely appreciate it. You will always have me as a client of yours, and an advocate of the awesome parts that you manufacture. Continue to innovate the existing parts and grow the Subaru Motorsports community, because everyone can appreciate the level of workmanship that goes into each and every part created by your team!
2) Thank-you to [email protected] Tuning for all that you do, especially helping to arrange this surprise for me. I'm truly honored to be a client, friend, and advocate of the cornerstone business that you have created. I am truly excited to see Touge Tuning grow as a business and as a leader in the Subaru community, and wish you all of the success in the future.


I'm going to conclude this post with a picture of Gabby all put away for the winter, and a teaser picture for some more attention-to-details parts for my engine bay. Thank-you all for stopping by, and stay tuned for next post :)



 

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Ahhh Titanium dress up bolts for the engine bay!! Very nice!! Let me know what you got in that order. Back in the day I got the BallerBolts in Titanium but he is out of business now.
 

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Re: MSI x Ron Davis x KillerB x IAG x ARC x Recaro x Varis - Alex Introduces...Gabby

Ahhh Titanium dress up bolts for the engine bay!! Very nice!! Let me know what you got in that order. Back in the day I got the BallerBolts in Titanium but he is out of business now.
Hey Chris, perfect timing with your question because the below update will be addressing everything in detail :lol:

Also, wanted to share with you all a milestone that we've achieved...50k views on my journal!! Thank-you all for your continuous interest in my long journey with Gabby. I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to share with you all my pride and joy and the passion that goes into it...you all keep me pushing the boundary and I want to say thank-you.
Another special thank-you goes to one of my best friend's Quincy. This particular update could not have been possible if it weren't for his referral, and being a key player in where my build is today, and who I am as a person today. You always inspire me to be driven and determined and a better person...so thank-you Q.



Hey everyone, it's time for an update!

This particular update takes place at the end of October, and is in regards to sprucing up the engine bay (as seen in the last teaser picture). I really want my engine bay to POP and showcase some attention-to-details that Gabby features. In my opinion, one of the best and most overlooked areas to achieve this is by hooking your engine up with some Titanium hardware.

Let me tell you, replacing your boring stock nuts and bolts with Titanium ones not only gets people's attention when they see it, but makes everything else in your engine bay stand out even more!

I decided to take the step to address this area and got in touch with [email protected] for his Titanium hardware. There are a lot of players in the market of Titanium Hardware, and I'll admit, I did consider a few different companies before ultimately deciding to go with Rick, and here's why:

- Rick's Titanium Hardware is burnt in the U.S. as opposed to being pre-burnt overseas.
- Proper fitting hardware (nothing generic/one-size fits all).
- Available with washers to really make the titanium hardware pop.
- The most different burn variations available (Burnt Green, 24K Gold).
- He came highly recommended by a couple of my friends with magazine-build show-cars.
- His business is forward thinking (Proof Cards of Authenticity).
- He returned my emails in a prompt manner showing that he wanted my business.
- Genuine guy who has similar interests as me (Attention-to-detail, rare parts, relationship building).


So after getting in touch with Rick, I placed the order to purchase the entire engine bay hardware kit, and waited patiently for everything. I believe my STi is the first STi in the world to sport Rick's complete engine bay titanium hardware kit...so I'm humbled to have this opportunity to showcase to you all Rick's work!

Here's a picture of my engine bay, where all of the red circles will be getting the WestCoastFasteners treatment:




The parts arrived, and I quickly opened to see what was inside. They look UNBELIEVABLE!

I'm so happy with the job that Rick did! Please enjoy the array of pictures:

***Please note that the last picture of each category will be where the WestCoastFasteners part will go for your reference. All of these will be installed by Touge Tuning when Gabby comes out of storage.










Strut Tower Nuts w/ Washers:










ARC TMIC Support Bolts w/ Washers










ARC TMIC Bracket Bolts w/ Washers














ARC TMIC Face Plate Bolts






ARC TMIC Support Bolts w/ Washers (Silver Metal Bracket)










Stock BPV










Turbo Heat Shield










Power Steering Clear Reservoir










Power Steering Touching Passenger Body of Passenger Fender










Black Bracket on Passenger Strut Tower






Moroso Coolant Expansion Tank










Ground Bolt near Moroso Expansion Tank










Radiators Stays












Fender Bolts














Special thank-you goes to [email protected] for the opportunity to purchase such amazing hardware. I'm super stoked to have my engine bay pop, and join your crew of clients with 1st Place Trophies who sport your hardware!

Be sure to check out West Coast Fasteners at the following links:

West Coast Fasteners Website
West Coast Fasteners Facebook Page
West Coast Fasteners Instagram





Thank you all for stopping by! I can't wait for Touge Tuning to install all of these for me :)

Enjoy a teaser picture of some upcoming parts, which I know Gabby will enjoy:

 

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Nice! I did the same with Baller Bolts when they were in business. My bugeye could use some freshening up! Did he mark each package to where each bolt/washer set goes to? How did he determine what you needed? Also, roughly how much was it if you don't mind me asking.
 

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Re: MSI x Ron Davis x KillerB x IAG x ARC x Recaro x Varis - Alex Introduces...Gabby

Nice! I did the same with Baller Bolts when they were in business. My bugeye could use some freshening up! Did he mark each package to where each bolt/washer set goes to? How did he determine what you needed? Also, roughly how much was it if you don't mind me asking.

Hey Chris, yes, each package is marked for where it is supposed to go...I don't think I would've figured it out otherwise :lol:

I had a friend identify everything I needed, he took measurements of everything, and then I presented the findings to [email protected], and asked him to make it happen :D

For everything, you'd be looking somewhere in the $300USD+ range...best thing to do is get in touch with Rick for what you need. Keep in mind though that I also got those purple washers too, which brought the cost up quite a bit.



Hey everyone, hope you all enjoyed the Super Bowl; it's time for an update!

This update takes place at the beginning of November. Judging by the teaser picture from the last post, you know I got something from Grimmspeed and Radium Engineering...the question is, what parts from these companies did I get?

Well I want to complete the rest of my Engine Performance Parts and get Gabby at a Stage 2+ level, so I decided to pick up a couple of parts from [email protected] Tuning. The parts that I purchased include the following:

  1. Grimmspeed Black Ceramic Coated Up-Pipe
  2. Radium Engineering Fuel Pressure Regulator
Now I know what some of you might be thinking... "Why didn't you go the EWG route?"
The reason has to do a lot with the sound. Actually the reason why I bought the car was because of the sound.
Back in 2012 before I bought the Subaru STi, I was driving to school and heading to the parking garage. As I entered, I heard this really loud sounding car, 4 levels down from the main level (yes, it was that loud). :lol:

At that time, I had no clue about Subarus...my goal was to get a brand new E92 M3 the day I graduated. When I reached the bottom level, the love to soon have an E92 M3 quickly disappeared when I saw my now best friend Carl's Subaru STi hatchback (White Varis STi from Wheelsco featured many times in my journal).

I didn't know Carl at the time, so I did what every normal car guy would do...I parked my car nearby and walked right up to his window and chatted with him. He told me about performance parts that I'd never heard of (headers, catbacks, all that kind of stuff). :lol: But he did tell me his exhaust setup which I paid very close attention to. Carl's STi has the following exhaust components:

  1. Greddy SE Spectrum Elite Catback...I have this.
  2. Cobb Catted Downpipe...I have this.
  3. Perrin Equal Length Headers...I have the Killer B Equal Length Headers.
  4. Perrin Up-Pipe (No EWG)...I have Grimmspeed Coated Up-Pipe (No EWG).
To put it very simply, that day I heard Carl's car and met him, was the day I knew I was buying a Subaru STi!!

Now I've been in Carl's car, heard Carl's car drive by, and driven his car several times. I truly believe that the above combo yields the BEST sounding exhaust for our cars possible! This is entirely why I've tried to follow having an almost identical exhaust setup as him.


Just for fun, enjoy this throwback from early 2013 of Carl's car and my old Jetta at the car wash in the winter:




To get back on track with this post, the reason why I didn't go EWG is because I felt that getting an Up-pipe with the EWG option would overpower the best sounding exhaust, and ruin the sound.

A lot of my decisions with modifications is to not leave power on the table, which is why I went with the best of the best components, and even deciding over parts like (APS Hard Turbo Inlet vs. the competition Silicone Turbo Inlet). The EWG will be the only component that I decide to leave power on the table...so please spare the pitchforks this one time :lol:


When I arrived at Touge Tuning, I sat down in Mike's office, and explained to him the above 2 parts that I wanted. I'm sure you all can agree that it's such an exciting feeling hearing, "We have these in-stock." :lol: I love leaving Touge Tuning with parts...it's like Christmas every time I get home from Touge Tuning.

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Props go to Grimmspeed for producing such an amazing quality Up-Pipe. The welds are unreal, and the finish of the Ceramic Coating is impeccable...I know it's going to hold up very well, even with the little amount of driving Gabby gets :lol:

Props also goes to Radium Engineering for continuously releasing innovative parts that impress everyone in the aftermarket community! Seriously, I've never seen a nicer FPR than this! Glad to have finally purchased a part from your company; Gabby will really enjoy this! :)

Finally, a special thank-you goes to Touge Tuning for being my go-to performance shop for all of Gabby's needs. You guys always deliver an inimitable customer experience, which is why you guys will always be at the forefront of the few shops that Gabby and I visit.

Be sure to check out Touge Tuning at the following links for your performance needs:

Touge Tuning Website
Touge Tuning Facebook Page
Touge Tuning Instagram
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Thanks for stopping by, and I will leave you all with a teaser for next post...this purchase was inspired by Marc's LP700R...enjoy:

 

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I have the Full-Race twin scroll header and up-pipe with twin EWGs. That is JUST INSANE. Doesn't take the sound away, it sounds more like the exotic JDM STi you would see over in Japan. It is sick, check Full-Race out! Other than that, KillerB is really good for a header/up-pipe config. If Full-Race to me wasn't an option, I would go with KillerB.
 

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Re: MSI x Ron Davis x KillerB x IAG x ARC x Recaro x Varis - Alex Introduces...Gabby

Hey everyone, I got another update to share.

This update takes place towards the end of November. This particular update will be a bit shorter, but is one that is pretty unique.

Let me first start off with a non-car part that I purchased, which I thought would be a MUST-SHARE with you all.

As many of you know, I love collecting rare JDM parts/memorabilia. You have seen me post my Top Secret Japan 2001 Jacket, but this one in particular is pretty cool... ARC Parts Catalogue.

I saw on a special ARC Facebook group the owner of Origin Fabrication, Mark, post up the ARC Great Masters Choice Vol.1 Catalogue. The collectors were going crazy over this, and I knew I had to have it. Mark helped me out on the price due to a previous communication error, which was very kind of him, as there were multiple higher offers. Glad to have gotten the opportunity to purchase a collector's item that this Catalogue is.

Enjoy the pictures:






Now onto the teaser picture...way back when on Marc's LP700R journal, I vividly remember Marc purchased something super unique, that most, if not all of us had never heard of...Tommi Makinen GroupN Short Throw Shift Linkage System (35010ZR010).

I knew when I saw that post, I had to have it, and really complete my Drivetrain modifications. I actually lost track about this part for quite some time, and only really remembered about it when I was perusing through Marc's journal in November.

A special thank-you goes to Marc for being one of the inspirations for my build. Marc always looked to push the boundaries for this platform, and this is one of the many parts that was influenced by his LP700R build. In case you've never seen Marc's car, here's a picture of it and the link to his journal:



Marc's IWSTI LP700R Journal


I decided to purchase this part through JapanParts as they had it in stock, ready to go. I'm sure we can all agree that JapanParts is nothing short of awesome, I just love dealing with them. Even though this was my first purchase from them, I've interacted with [email protected] countless times over email to inquire about some rare JDM parts lol...but I'm glad to finally be a client and I know I will definitely be buying more from them in the future.


Please find my formal review for Japan Parts:

Quality: 10/10 ... This Tommi Makinen GroupN Short Throw Shift Linkage System (35010ZR010) is noticeably sturdier than the OEM piece. Here's a photo comparison of the OEM Shift Linkage System vs. the Tommi Makinen GroupN version:
**Photo borrowed from JPNBUY (Top Shelf Japan Parts).




Turnaround: 5/5 ... This part arrived I believe 1 week after I placed the order. I don't think I've ever received a part from Japan that fast. :lol: This goes to show that JapanParts was very quick to ensure that once the part was purchased, it was ready to go out for shipping ASAP.

Communication: 10/10 ... Yuki as previously mentioned has been wonderful to interact with. All of my questions were answered promptly given the time differences. Yuki explained what the part was, and ensured that I was getting the best service possible, and that they were doing everything they could to satisfy my inquiry.

Shipping/Packaging: 5/5 ... This part was very well packaged from Subaru. There was tons of protective packaging to ensure that my part was not damaged...plus, who doesn't like reading Japanese newspapers :lol:

Overall Experience: 10/10 ... I'm more than happy with my Japan Parts purchase experience. They always deliver exceptional customer service to ensure that all consumers and clients have their needs met. I don't think my experience could have any better...great job Japan Parts!


Now for the pictures! Enjoy:
















Be sure to check out Japan Parts at the following links:

Japan Parts Website
Japan Parts Facebook Page




Thank-you all for stopping by! Before I leave, I'm going to conclude with 2 things:

1) A couple years ago, one of my best friends and fellow IWSTI member: "canadianwrxsti," Quincy, visited the Subaru headquarters in Japan. While there, he got a private tour of the secret museum that houses some of the most famous Subarus of all time. Many of us are very familiar with the S206 Nurburgring 24hr. Challenge STi...mainly because of that front bumper. I'd like to share with you all a picture that I drool over on a daily basis:




More pictures of this car will be posted in the next update...again thank-you to Quincy for capturing this beautiful car in person, and making me aware of this back in 2015, as I hadn't heard of it at the time.


2) Enjoy this teaser picture of what's to come for Gabby:

 

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Nice Alex, I haven't seen your build thread before!

a few small things.

1: You can plumb the EWG back into the exhaust further down so you don't leave much/any power on the table and don't get the ugly howl. Also, if you use the company23 ebcs you wont get the stupid helicopter sound ;)
2: Send back the DW fuel pump and get something else, its not a part I would put on your car considering your attention to detail.
3: are those push pins or bolts holding on your air inlet scoop? Those could use some titanium as well if they are threaded as well as the headlight bolts :):) Love the ti, i'm going to look into that :)
 

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Re: MSI x Ron Davis x KillerB x IAG x ARC x Recaro x Varis - Alex Introduces...Gabby

Nice Alex, I haven't seen your build thread before!

a few small things.

1: You can plumb the EWG back into the exhaust further down so you don't leave much/any power on the table and don't get the ugly howl. Also, if you use the company23 ebcs you wont get the stupid helicopter sound ;)
2: Send back the DW fuel pump and get something else, its not a part I would put on your car considering your attention to detail.
3: are those push pins or bolts holding on your air inlet scoop? Those could use some titanium as well if they are threaded as well as the headlight bolts :):) Love the ti, i'm going to look into that :)
Hey Jason,

I'm just going to stick with non-EWG.

Thinking of maybe doing some Radium Fueling options lol.

Air Inlet Scoop will be gone. And apparently the headlight bolts are very special...I remember my buddy saying something about them having "shoulders" on them, which hold the headlights in place...so I'll just retain those.
Ya definitely look into them Jason; it's a great way to spruce up the engine bay.


It's update time people, and this is a big one!

Let's first start with the S206 Nurburgring 24hr. Challenge STi that Quincy visited in Japan. This car is definitely an eye-opener to all of us. It is probably one of the best-looking STi's that I've ever seen. I love everything about the look of this car: the fenders, the hood, the rear bumper, and most importantly, the front bumper with integrated Carbon Fiber Brake Ducts and Carbon Fiber IPF Fog Light Surrounds. Here's a picture for your reference of what it looks like:




As you know I have those same rare and discontinued IPF Version 1 Fog Lights, but unfortunately, I would lose them if I bought the carbon brake ducts from APR. It would be really nice to purchase this bumper setup. So I called Subaru Japan, and out of the dealerships that could speak English, I was advised that it was a one-off part created by Subaru's racing team, and that they are not available for sale. I even tried emailing APR to see if they were interested in making it...they said they weren't interested, as the cost would be too great to profit from. Oh well, I guess I'll just continue to drool over this bumper.

Please enjoy the pictures of Quincy's visit to the special Subaru Museum:


























Alright moving forward, the major part of this update has to do with the BIG purchase that I made at Touge Tuning...I'm the proud owner of a Willall Block!!! ... KIDDING :lol:
Bad joke, I know, but mark my words that one day, you will see me post about buying the Willall Block!

So the big purchase has to do with the last teaser picture in the previous post. I'm sure you all are tired of seeing me post buying parts and not installing them...don't worry, I am too. I can't wait until Gabby comes out to play this summer with all of these parts that I've accumulated over the past couple of years. So to finish up all of the engine performance parts for Gabby and get Gabby prepped for her Stage 2+ setup, I decided to stop by Touge Tuning and order everything else that is needed for this setup to run optimally.

Here's the list of what I purchased:

  1. Deatschwerks 65c Fuel Pump
  2. Injector Dynamics1000cc Fuel Injectors w/ Pigtails
  3. Radium Fuel Pressure Regulator Gauge
  4. PTP Turbo Blanket for Stock Turbo Subarus
  5. Grimmspeed Turbo Heat Shield Ceramic Coated Black
  6. Killer B Motorsport High Capacity Performance Racing Oil Pan
  7. Killer B Motorsport Oil Baffle Windage Tray
  8. Killer B Motorsport Ultimate Oil Pickup

When I visited Touge Tuning, I experienced that same exciting feeling described a couple posts ago when I heard Mike say, "We have these in-stock." :lol: They had all of these parts in stock, and I left very happy as always.

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Now something to share with you all; when I purchased the Killer B "trio," the baffle wasn't packed in the box with the other two.

I notified [email protected] of this and he promptly got in touch with [email protected] of this and within a day the situation was resolved...no questions asked. I received the Killer B Baffle a couple days later, Killer B paid for shipping as well, which was much appreciated.

I think this situation goes to show how awesome both Touge Tuning and Killer B are. On one side, it goes to show that Touge Tuning wants their clients such as myself to have the best experience possible, and that was conveyed to me by their prompt action in finding a solution to resolve the problem. I say this every time and I truly mean it... thank-you [email protected] for ALWAYS striving to deliver the best-in-class, inimitable service. From getting to know you over the years, I know you focus on consistency, whether that's having consistent lap times at the track or consistently delivering the best service to ensure that you guys are the #1 Subaru shop in Canada!
On the other side, it goes to show that Killer B too aims to deliver that same pinnacle service to keep clients happy. Mistakes do happen...we are all human. What I like about Killer B is that they apologized for the incident, and sent a baffle expedited to my house. Thank-you to the Killer B team for ensuring a Win-Win situation for all of us. I'm so happy to support a company that makes cutting-edge parts for our cars, and continues to innovate and improve on existing designs. My Killer B headers and this oil system are a work of art, and I'm so excited to have them installed on Gabby.

Enjoy the pictures of the baffle:
















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I'm going to conclude by making this update more epic:

All I'm going to say is that there is a reason why I got this spare front bumper, and have been driving around this year with no fog lights...remember these pictures from previous posts:








Commence brainstorming people :lol: Thank-you all for stopping by.
 
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