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Post 1 and 2 have a good comparison of how my car has changed over the years.

My name's Ryan. Here's a little journal of my car...from when i bought it...till now. And it is a work in progress. I bought it in march of 05 with 4300 miles on the odometer. I paid 27.5k for it. No stereo...no aftermarket parts...no nothing.




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Current 1/8/08



Engine/Drivetrain:
Ported/polished throttlebody
Stock LongBlock
Exedy Twin Plate Ceremetallic Clutch with Billet flywheel
Stock Transmission
Drive Shaft Shop Aluminum Driveline
Koyo Radiator
Samco radiator hoses
Samco Ancillary hoses
Crawford Performance Radiator Shroud



Turbo/Induction:

Crawford Performance CP35r turbo kit
Crawford Performance up-pipe
Crawford Performance downpipe
Crawford Performance Intercooler (larger than the APS DR725)
Crawford Performance intercooler piping
Crawford Performance Blue Air/Oil separator
Crawford Performance injectors (magic 720cc's)
Crawford Performance Cold Air Intake with Thermotec lace-up air tube insulation
Crawford Performance lack of BOV
Crawford Performance Hood Scoop Block Off Plate
Tial 44mm external wastegate
Boost logic turbo blanket



Exhaust:

Stock Header
Crawford Performance Signature Series Cat-Back Exhaust



Suspension:

KW Variant 3 coilovers with 500lb front springs and 400lb rears. Linear rear conversion.
WR front camber plates
Cusco 22mm Front Sway Bar
Cusco 3 Way Adjustable 20-24mm Rear Sway Bar
Cusco lower rear power brace
Covert Performance chromoly subframe brace
Whiteline ALK
Whiteline adjustable Trailing arm kit (which is really 4 lateral links)
Whiteline front control arm bushings
Whiteline Adjustable roll center kit (ball joints and tie rods)
Kartboy front sway bar end links
Kartboy rear sway bar end links
Kartboy 6MT front shifter stay bushings
Kartboy 6MT rear shifter stay bushing
Kartboy rear subframe outrigger bushings
Kartboy rear subframe lockdown bolts
TIC shift linkage bushings
TIC 6mt pivot bushings
TIC rear diff mount bushings
TIC tranny crossmember bushings
TIC Fender Braces/Cowl Stays
GroupN tranny crossmember mount
GroupN engine mounts
SuperPro Steering Rack Bushings
Volk CE28N-LE (or LE28N’s) Gunmetal with polished lip
Dunlop Direzza Star Spec tires 255/35R18
*I rolled and pulled my fenders bishes!*


Engine Management/fuel:
EcuTek EasyECU Tuned by I-Speed
Walbro 255l Fuel Pump
Stock ECU
SMC Enterprises Water/Methanol Kit with M15 Nozzle


Boost Control:
Stock (somehow that's magic too)


Interior:

TXS Knocklite
Blitz Turbo Timer
MadDad Clarity gauges:
MadDad Clarity Oil Temperature
MadDad Clarity Oil Pressure
MadDad Clarity Exhaust Gas Temperature
MadDad Clarity Boost/vacum
LC-1 Wideband AFR Meter with Digial Display Stock Boost Gauge


Mod's that seem pointless:
Grounding kit...daisy chained
AVCS cam filter removal
 

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My name's Ryan. Here's a little journal of my car...from when i bought it...till now. And it is a work in progress. I bought it in march of 05 with 4300 miles on the odometer. I paid 27.5k for it. No stereo...no aftermarket parts...no nothing. Just to let you know. I am a huge fan of shopping around and getting good deals for my money. I will spend lots of time on here and Ebay looking for parts and getting awesome deals. I will buy new or used stuff. But, used stuff i will be very picky about...there's just some things you can buy used.





These are the mods I did in order. the main factor was money. thats why i havent done bigger stuff first..you know how it is:

summer of 05:
-APC p.o.s front strut bar from ebay $29
-Ebay sti replica rear strut bar $24
-Invidia downpipe ebay $209 <-heat wrapped the downpipe
-Cel fix from ebay $15
-perrin short ram intake from ebay $70
-exhaust shop 3" midpipe $125


I had this exhaust on for awhile. It greatly decreased spool combined with my invidia downpipe. I was hitting 17psi with the stock ecu. i ran that for a couple months untill i went on a suby run. in 10/05 I heard an RS*R catback on a STi. pure sex. I had to buy one. but i wasnt gonna pay $600 for a new one! THE NEXT WEEK...
-RS*R catback used from ebay $189 :huh: to my door no joke! perfect condition!

-christmas of 05 my wife bought me an AP $645

I am now at cobb stg 2 :disco: but im not impressed with it. people talk it up too much. my butt dyno was expecting more :rolleyes: . I didnt loose any fuel economy. still at 24.6mpg the best i could ever get.

from 11/05 until 6/06 i was only able to drive my car for a total of 14 days. I work all over the country and i had the car at home. So my wife put about 2k on the odo in that time. But, i was buying parts!

-Walbro from godspeed $85
STi walbro install concerns and questions - Factory 2.5L Turbo Powertrain - NASIOC
-Txs knocklite from godspeed $90
Where did you mount your knocklite? My install with pics-> - Factory 2.5L Turbo Powertrain - NASIOC <----pics
-SMC water/meth kit $509

-I decided to port and polish my throttlebody and intercooler elbows after doing much reasearch on here. So i got out the carbide bits and die grinder, yanked off my intercooler and throttlebody and went to town. i took a lot of metal out...making a very smooth transition instead of the WALL like the oem stuff was. here's my review with similar pics:
I Ported and Polished my intercooler elbows and throttlebody today - Factory 2.5L Turbo Powertrain - NASIOC

-Ordered..yet havent recieved..MadDad Clarity V2 EGT gauge $189
-All my suspension stuff from RacecompEngineering: $988
my review: :eek: STi install: Swift springs, ALK, cusco sway bars, steering rack bushings and groupn's - Brakes, Steering & Suspension - NASIOC
-Swift springs
-Whiteline ALK
-Cusco front sway bar
-Cusco rear sway bar
-Superpro steering rack bushings
-Kartboy shifter bushings
-front GroupN strut tops
-I performed the alignment myself at a local Ford dealership.
Camber:
RF -1.2*
LF -1.2*
RR -1.5*
LR -1.6*

Caster:
RF 4.9*
LF 5.0*

Toe:
RF 0
LF 0
RR -.02
LR +.01

-I also bought some floor mats from subaru$69
-From subiegal, I bought a corner dash mounted gauge pod $50



Now, i was going to get protuned. I had a date for July 31st. but i cancelled it. Ive decided to get a perrin gt30r kit. I didnt want to pay to get my car tuned twice in one year. So i am currently purchasing parts for my gt30r kit. I have been quoted $2400 for the whole kit. but i dont want to pay that. so im piecing it together. Also, i was running the stock tmic and i knew i needed the fmic. So i bought the Ebay fmic TXS rippoff intercooler

-Ebay intercooler $455 :mad: now cause they're going for $100 less?WTF
Currently, Ive been buying and searching for:

-Perrin rotated intake setup NEW $200
-TXS dtec boost controller NEW $350
-Blitz Turbo timer ebay with harness (yeah, i know.) $70
-Ebay stainless radiator shroud (complimented with a Perrin sticker) $30
-I will be buying a gt30r.82:
-Perrin rotated exhaust kit
-Tial wastegate
-Tial BOV
-Mahle pistons

again...this is a work in progress. Same with the edit of this post...stay tuned for more pics! anything specific?

Engine/Drivetrain:
Ported/polished throttlebody
Stock block
Stock clutch
Stock radiator/cooling system
Stock BBS wheels and tires


Turbo/Induction:

Perrin GT30r.82
Crawford Performance Blue Air/Oil separator
Ebay (TXS style) FMIC
Custom CAI
Custom intercooler connections
Perrin BigMaf
Tial Bov
DEI inulation on cold chargepipe
Thermotec lace-up air tube insulation
Boost logic turbo blanket
uppipe/downpipe wrapped: twice/once


Exhaust:

Stock header ported and polished
Perrin up/downpipes for rotated turbo
RS*R 3" Catback
Tial wastegate


Suspension:
Swift springs 24mm drop in front, 20mm rear
Cusco 22mm front sway bar
Cusco 3 way adjustable 20-24mm rear sway bar
Stock endlinks
Whiteline ALK
SuperPro steering rack bushings
Kartboy shifter bushings
GroupN front strut top mounts


Engine Management/fuel:
Cobb Accessport "Protuned" by PDXtuning
Perrin modified 816cc injectors
Walbro 255l fuel pump
Stock ECU
SMC Enterprises water/methanol kit



Boost Control:
TXS DTEC controlled via gameboy


Interior:
TXS knocklite
Blitz Turbo Timer
MadDad Clarity gauges...still waiting on em'
Stock boost gauge


Mod's that seem pointless:
Grounding kit...daisy chained
AVCS cam filter removal


Lots of pics are coming....











So what i have done is Googled parts and used retail prices from all over the internet including vendors:
retail-----------what i paid
-APC strut bar $65-----$29
-Ebay rear strut bar $24-$24
-Invidia downpipe $320--$209
-Cel fix $15-------------$15
-Perrin short ram $190--$70
-Exhaust shop 3" midpipe $125--$125
-RS*R catback $600----$189
-STi cobb AP $645----$645
-walbro $99----------$85
-TXS knocklite $129---$90
-SMC water/meth $509--$509
-EGT gauge $189-----$189
-Racecomp suspension stuff $1012 calculated individually $988
-Alignment $80---------$FREE
-floor mats $69------$69
-gauge pod $50--------$50
-Intercooler compared to TXS $1199-----$455
-Perrin rotated intake $400----$200
-TXS dtec boost controller $550--$350
totals:

retail price:
$6,270

I paid:
4,291
 

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sorry..its dark...




Newest addition:

its a $30 shroud from ebay....ok $9 plus 20 shipping. I put a perrin sticker on it ;) You do the comparision for the $30 savings.
 

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pics courtesy of Verdugo's gallery from the Cascade Loop run.







What do you guys think of the front liscense plate job. I drilled holes into it and raised it up...then bent it over the top slightly. In WA, its a $101 :huh: dollar fine for no front plate :rolleyes: . Its the only thing i could do...other than an EVO mounting bracket.

^^^look at it from farther away in the prev. posted pics: and
here's a closer shot:
 

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New items ;) :
TurboXS DTEC boost controller


 

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Newest addition: Blitz turbo timer....yeah i know. :rolleyes: but a 30r is making its way onto my car and i feel i needed it do to the extreme heat it will put out:





thats the best place i liked for mounting. its not obstructing my view and i think it looks good. Install was a breeze.
 

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:lol:

I couldn't wait. *check's in the mail*!!!!

I sent PDXtuning an official check for an amount (since i've shared with you what I've spent so far, I'll let you know later ;) ) in which PDX price-matched. I got a good deal! I've been talking to Forrest at PDXtuning alot lately and their customer service is Awesome! I have also been in contact with Jeff Perrin about a support bracket for my turbo setup also. The support bracket was not included in the turbo kit, but they will send you one as I believe it is a revision for the rotated turbo kit. I can't wait to see my new turbo!

I ordered up my:

Perrin gt30r.82 rotated mount turbo kit
http://perrinperformance.com/products/sti/turbo_upgrade.htm

On tuesday, I will buy:
-blue Tial Sport BOV
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/TIAL-BLUE-50-MM-BOV-new-FREE-FREIGHT_W0QQitemZ260050702733QQihZ016QQcategoryZ33742QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

-boost logic T4 turbo blanket


On the following tuesday I will order:
-Crawford Performance air/oil separator
-gameboy
 

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The first pic is hot...with the reflection. Philly likey
Some pics I had when I went through my photobucket account.









the mother of all intercoolers:
 

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a crapload of pics are coming....here's one from my recent luck: yes I was able to drive that car....550whp! I was screaming like a little girl ripping through the gears
 

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my wife loves me :lol:










 

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im in the middle of my 30r kit being installed right now and I bought a whole bunch of crap from www.siliconeintakes.com awhile ago. I was hoping to be able to make a CAI with this intercooler kit, coupled with the perrin 30r. Needless to say it has be a ride. I have come to the conclusion that without some serious fabrication, it cannot be done...using the 3" piping that I wanted to. As you can see in the pictures, this is a 3" intake. It may have been possible with smaller piping, but I didn't want to get into any maf turbulence issues. I wanted to stuff the piping down the hole in the fender and put the filter there....but some MAJOR cutting to the fender would be in order. I don't have time to do that..nor do I really want to. I ended up with this, mostly to move the maf sensor farther from the turbo, as some of you have possibly heard about the perrin kit and their intermittant idling problems. I wont sacrifice driveability. Also shown is how I connected the turbo to the intecooler hotside. It was very simple, I bought a 2.5 90* elbow, a 2.5" s.s joiner, and used the rest of the perrin stuff that my kit came with.






 

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She's alive!

I ran her alot yesterday. I had to order some more parts from www.siliconeintakes.com to make my intercooler connections work. The t-bolt clamps that are provided in the ebay fmic kit were a little too big for some of the new silicone connections i have. I had to order some more smaller t-bolt clamps. when i was pressure testing to 30psi, I would constantly have one connection popping off.....and it would sound like a gun going off. :rolleyes: but that will get fixed.

I installed the 9psi spring on the tial bov and it is coming open the slightest bit at full vacuum. I will shim it today to try to stop that. :)








I am having a hard time with the bov settings. First off, my idle isn't right...sometimes its good...sometimes it likes to have a "rolling idle" of about 300 rpms. I am confident that PDX can tune that out...even if I have to have a 1000 rpm idle...as long as it's solid.

Since the idle isn't right, it is effecting my bov coming open and closed when the vacuum changes. I know I have it too tight now because I get compressor surge....the very thing that I don't want. I cringe at that. The car is running very RICH. Better than lean for the time being though.

Some new intercooler connections are coming due to when pressure testing...the connection by the intake kept blowing off...I will change that!!




Lets talk about lag.
what lag? This thing isn't tuned to anywhere near that it's going to be. i can get 7psi of boost without thinking. Anywhere near + 3k rpm and 1/3 throttle...rolling into it, this thing wants to boost. I just have to keep telling myself to wait....wait....for the tune. I don't want to boost on this map...but I need to check how my bov is reacting to the changes I make.



Lots of pics tomorrow!

BTW: cleared headlights FTW!
 

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need to turn the flash off the camera...
 

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DTEC is in!

Wow! this thing is schweeeeeeetttt!


I will post a small how-to on wiring this thing. Plus some pics of the install. This tool is amazing....I am impressed to say the least.





















Finally!
sorry guys...I copy/pasted my journal from the crack house NASIOC.

let me know what you think.

BTW:
I forgot I loved this website soo much.
 

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nice work, I like the picture of the wife showing how she feels... haha ;)
 
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