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Hi :wave:

My name's Jim, and I love my STi.

This journal is going to probably be forgotten about; but if not, it'll be used to keep track of all the highs and lows with this amazing vehicle. After about a year (approximately 9000Mi) of ownership, its been mostly highs, but at stage 2 with almost 60k on the stock bottom end I'm prepping myself for that low. You probably know the one I'm talking about...
But until then, I'm going to fully enjoy ripping through the gears terrorizing on ramps.... And once in a blue moon, making a riced out Honda owner cry.

I don’t plan on tracking the car at all but want a build that wouldn't do half bad if there was ever a spur of the moment change of heart. I’m really quite new to this whole modding game, and I've already learned more than I ever could have thought from reading various threads here, but having next to zero actual wrenching experience, tips, tricks, or any other knowledge you can offer up will be more than appreciated.










Okay, enough babble. Onto what you really came for….

MY05 Aspen White STi


MOD LIST:

A conservative DD tune netted me 301WHP & 319WTQ on Granite State Dyno’s DynoJet (Thanks Alex!)



Engine/Transmission:

APS DR525 FMIC

SPT SRI

Invidia catted DP

P&L Straight pipe (swapped out the Fujitsubo RM01A for a few more decibels :D)



Suspension:

...Is stock, and squeeky and clunky and....:tdown:



Interior:

Status Ring drivers seat (Blue)

Schroth Rallye 4 harness (Red) w/ pads (Red)

Planted seat base

OMP seat sliders

Cobb AP V2

JVC R840BT

Valentine 1

Prodrive shift knob

Defi Boost & Oil Pressure

SMY Cluster

JDM Hazard button

Satin black center console

OEM All Weather mats



Exterior:

RallyArmor Mud Flaps (Red)

Primitive Racing Skid & Rear Diff Plates

JDM Tails

V-Limited Style lip

Kartboy 15MM Exhaust Hangers

JDM Ego "Hella Bored Of Stance" plate frame



Future Plans:
Supporting mods to make the dyno sheet numbers start with a 4..

UPDATE 1/16/14:

Saw this My 900+ HP Toyota Supra TURBO - YouTube, its a pretty good story but @ 7:41 it dawned on me... I'm no different than he is, just a few steps behind. That's a good thing in this case.

I've since decided to heir on the side of caution, and stay at a mild stage 2 setup. The 4xxWHP goal is a possible money pit I don't really want, nor can afford, to dive into right now or in the foreseeable future. To boot, I don't use all of the power I have now, do I really need almost 100WHP/TQ more?

I'm impatient. I don't want to wait for more, just give me what I have now so I can be on my way!

My new goal is to make the car feel as planted, direct, and responsive as possible. I figure if the car isn't so squishy the power I put down now will feel like quite a bit more. Once I eliminate most of the slop and squish, I'll add some KillerB ELH with the EWG of course, and a possible E85 conversion. Both geared more towards a safety aspect than an added power aspect.

Any input is appreciated, especially from the suspension junkies!
 

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Reserved for pictures...If I ever buy a camera

iPhone pics:tdown:







Have you seen how large my set of... Drums, are?
It's been the love of my life for the past 10 years, and its only getting better.
For the drummers in the group....




Drums:
Ludwig Epic Series Shell pack
Bass: 22"
Snare:14"
Rack Toms: 10" & 12"
Floor Toms: 14" & 16"

Pearl Q-Popper Timbale Snare (Secondary)
DW RotoToms (6", 8", 10")

Cymbals:
Sabian Paragon 13" hi hat
Sabian Paragon 14" hi hat
Sabian Paragon 16" Crash
Sabian Paragon 18" crash
Sabian Paragon 20" China
Sabian Paragon 22" Ride
Sabian Paragon 8" Spash
Sabian Paragon 10" Spash
Zildjian Avedis 10"Splash

Gear:
Trick Pro1V Bigfoot Double Pedal
Pacific hi hat
DW9000 Remote hi hat
PDP hardware
Pork Pie Memory Foam ass holder:tup:
 

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A journal without pictures is like pasta without wine and cheese mi mama used to say! :lol: Nice title and decal though! :tup:

So... it's Jim, 'eh ? I like 3 letter names, especially starting with a "J"! ;)

IMHO, DIY is the way to go if you truly want to enjoy what makes a Subaru a Subaru... damn ad, leave me alone! :mad:

I can't help you much with tips for a DD build, but I know you've got some place to go if you need weird and cheap ideas for a budget racer! ;)

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A journal without pictures is like pasta without wine and cheese mi mama used to say! :lol: Nice title and decal though! :tup:

So... it's Jim, 'eh ? I like 3 letter names, especially starting with a "J"! ;)

IMHO, DIY is the way to go if you truly want to enjoy what makes a Subaru a Subaru... damn ad, leave me alone! :mad:

I can't help you much with tips for a DD build, but I know you've got some place to go if you need weird and cheap ideas for a budget racer! ;)

:beer:
Because pasta requires wine and cheese, here are some iPhone photos:lol:

I meant to upload them when I got home from work yesterday but in my attempts, I think I killed my computer... Thankfully there's work computers, which can only mean less work and more iwsti:D





And Jay, you cant go wrong with those three letter J names.:tup: I also agree with you on DIY. I figure I have two options.

1. Pay someone and not learn a damn thing, or;
2. Attempt it and either learn and succeed, or fail and end up paying someone.

Option 2 please! And with all the guys that actually know what they're doing on iwsti, I feel a little more comfortable tackling things. And dont speak too soon good sir, you've already helped me with my build, you just dont know it yet. I plan on stealing your front wiper mod idea in the near future!



Laaaaaaaaaaave the intro Jim ! :lol:


Quote ". And once in a blue moon, making a riced out Honda owner cry."


Grats on starting your Journal :tup:


Oh, and don't listen to Jay ... He'll be putting ideas in your head like cutting your car in half just to weld it back together :rolleyes: ;)
Thanks! And, its funny you mention it.... I've been back and forth with the idea of installing a Spec C roof vent for a few weeks now. If I can get my hands on a vent I'll be getting friendly with the Dremel :tup:
 

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If you like ripping through the gears and terrorizing ramps, you should definately try some form of performance driving. Autocross is a Blast, Most regions have local clubs doing it. But, there is no substitute for a day at a road course. The thrill of ripping up an on ramp or finding a couple of curves on a country road, compared to a day on a road course is equivilent to the difference in winning a $2 scratch off lottery ticket and winning the Mega millions. I didn't get to track this year due to my health and the Health of my STi, but Both should be ready to go for Spring.

It looks like with some suspension upgrades, You'd be ready to go!

Enjoy your car!
 

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Those damn $2 tickets are the only ones I ever win on, so your arguments pretty convincing. I don't live too far from where Team O'Neil does there shenanigans so maybe I'll hit their winter course in the next few months. I also plan on doing all sorts of suspension mods so I don't feel like I'm in a boat anymore... AutoX would give me the perfect excuse to see how well it all works.

Wow bossdog, you are one hell of a salesman! You had me at "If":lol:

Glad to hear you and the car are on the way back to health!
 

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Whereabouts are you in mass? Devens airfield in Ayer is where the autocross happens in the area. Lots of different clubs run there. One is this coming Sunday with SCCA :)

I went up to team O'Neil this past winter for a test and tune rallyx type thing. It was tons of fun, though I'm not sure I'd bring my sti again :lol: It was rough.
 

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Whereabouts are you in mass? Devens airfield in Ayer is where the autocross happens in the area. Lots of different clubs run there. One is this coming Sunday with SCCA :)

I went up to team O'Neil this past winter for a test and tune rallyx type thing. It was tons of fun, though I'm not sure I'd bring my sti again :lol: It was rough.

I'm in Amesbury, about 500' to the left of NH haha. I'm scheduled to work this weekend:tdown: But, I just checked out the schedule and should be able to make it the 29th. I'd hope work can find someone to cover me given 2 weeks notice...

Were you beating the hell out of the motor, or more so the suspension at that team O'Neil thing? Or was it just rough all around? Curious because I plan on replacing the suspension soon anyway, but not so much on the bottom end.
 

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Thanks! And, its funny you mention it.... I've been back and forth with the idea of installing a Spec C roof vent for a few weeks now. If I can get my hands on a vent I'll be getting friendly with the Dremel :tup:


Check out my Journal for the main shop I use ;)

They'll hook you up no problem.. Still had some in stock a few weeks ago... I'm positive nothing has changed
 

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I'm in Amesbury, about 500' to the left of NH haha. I'm scheduled to work this weekend:tdown: But, I just checked out the schedule and should be able to make it the 29th. I'd hope work can find someone to cover me given 2 weeks notice...

Were you beating the hell out of the motor, or more so the suspension at that team O'Neil thing? Or was it just rough all around? Curious because I plan on replacing the suspension soon anyway, but not so much on the bottom end.
Suspension, and my poor brembos :lol: The course was a solid sheet of ice. They got a foot or two of snow a couple nights before we went and it hadn't really been taken care of until we got there. The course was full of ruts after a while. Some rocks got wedged between my wheels and front caliper and gouged up my brembos :( If you're looking to keep the car in nice condition, rallyx isn't a good idea. If you don't care, DO EET.

Here's one of my runs. Pretty much zero traction out there lol.

About your engine. 60k miles and you're worried about it? Don't be. I'm at 134k on the stock motor. It was stock for 106k, stage 2 for maybe 10k and where I'm at now (380whp on a high reading dyno) for another 20k. Lots of autocross abuse. As long as you take care of it and your tune is good, you'll be fine. :)
 

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Check out my Journal for the main shop I use ;)

They'll hook you up no problem.. Still had some in stock a few weeks ago... I'm positive nothing has changed
Much appreciated! I dont know if I missed it, but I could only find the scoop, not the actual vent kit. Regardless, I emailed 'em and should hopefully be purchasing soon. Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction:tup:

Suspension, and my poor brembos :lol: The course was a solid sheet of ice. They got a foot or two of snow a couple nights before we went and it hadn't really been taken care of until we got there. The course was full of ruts after a while. Some rocks got wedged between my wheels and front caliper and gouged up my brembos :( If you're looking to keep the car in nice condition, rallyx isn't a good idea. If you don't care, DO EET.

Here's one of my runs. Pretty much zero traction out there lol.
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About your engine. 60k miles and you're worried about it? Don't be. I'm at 134k on the stock motor. It was stock for 106k, stage 2 for maybe 10k and where I'm at now (380whp on a high reading dyno) for another 20k. Lots of autocross abuse. As long as you take care of it and your tune is good, you'll be fine. :)
Haha I think the only thing in good condition is my brembos:lol: The clear along with some paint on my front fender is peeling baaad, and the paint match on my hood looks almost as bad. Bad enough to make me want to either plastidip or vinyl wrap the thing. That looked like it was really fun; before I take any steps to make it look nice again thats definitely on the list!

And those are some great numbers, especially on something with over 100k! That makes me feel a lot better about my engine. Kind of to the point where I may just have to get myself a bigger turbo sooner than I thought. Maybe even one of them fancy ones that goes in at a funky angle.

Good luck at Devens this weekend!



Off topic: Cruised with a black GR hatch around 1230 on 495S for a few minutes before you took your exit, might've been exit 48? If that was anyone here, hi :wave:
 

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Much appreciated! I dont know if I missed it, but I could only find the scoop, not the actual vent kit. Regardless, I emailed 'em and should hopefully be purchasing soon. Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction:tup:



Haha I think the only thing in good condition is my brembos:lol: The clear along with some paint on my front fender is peeling baaad, and the paint match on my hood looks almost as bad. Bad enough to make me want to either plastidip or vinyl wrap the thing. That looked like it was really fun; before I take any steps to make it look nice again thats definitely on the list!

And those are some great numbers, especially on something with over 100k! That makes me feel a lot better about my engine. Kind of to the point where I may just have to get myself a bigger turbo sooner than I thought. Maybe even one of them fancy ones that goes in at a funky angle.

Good luck at Devens this weekend!



Off topic: Cruised with a black GR hatch around 1230 on 495S for a few minutes before you took your exit, might've been exit 48? If that was anyone here, hi :wave:
Thanks. Have fun with the car. Get er' dirty :)
 

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Ordered a JVC 840BT last night, cant wait to be able to stream Pandora instead of putting my phone in the cup holder speaker side down to get a little more sound out of it:lol:

Will update when I'm frustrated because I'm too dumb to figure out how to wire it:tup:

Update: Head unit is installed, and it surprisingly actually works. It was my first time attempting any sort of electrical in a car so I was very apprehensive. There were a lot of those, "really, I had a hard time figuring that out..." It sounds a lot better than my stocker, and has bluetooth!:tup:
 

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Ordered more stuff! Ordered a forester single din pocket so I can have something that looks a little more finished. I plan on painting all the silver on the center console with some satin black while its all apart. Also ordered a Prodrive shift knob to spice up the interior a little more.

I'd also like to purchase a spare dash in the near future so I can attempt to flock it and still have a dash when I fail miserably. After that, a seat I don't flop around in all the time and the interior should be complete.

Should be....
 

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I'd also like to purchase a spare dash in the near future so I can attempt to flock it and still have a dash when I fail miserably.
Mine is collecting dust in my garage. However, I did paint it flat black a few years ago. Looks decent with minimal glare, but not as sexy as flocking though. Call in advance so I don't shoot you for trespassing.
 

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Been super busy lately. The company moved its main office from Andover to Boston, and set up a satellite office in NH...and decided I should be in charge of the move. Dummies.:lol:

Got my Prodrive knob installed and the console painted in satin black, as well as installed the forester single din pocket. I installed the console a little too soon and left some prints so I'll have to respray it this weekend but all in all it looks a lot better than that silver!

Note to those installing the forester single din pocket. It can only open up; if you have it open down (like your lighter pocket) your radio trim piece will not fit! I learned this at 2100 hours on a sunday.:tdown:

Mine is collecting dust in my garage. However, I did paint it flat black a few years ago. Looks decent with minimal glare, but not as sexy as flocking though. Call in advance so I don't shoot you for trespassing.
And thanks Jay! I'll have to figure out how to get it down here, its not often I'm that far north. Not to mention the whole possibility of getting shot thing doesn't sound too appealing
 

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Note to those installing the forester single din pocket. It can only open up; if you have it open down (like your lighter pocket) your radio trim piece will not fit! I learned this at 2100 hours on a sunday.:tdown:
There is an old thread somewhere on that very subject........:rolleyes:
 

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There is an old thread somewhere on that very subject........:rolleyes:
Like I didn't feel dumb enough getting my ass kicked by an inanimate object to begin with, you point out I'm twice as dumb as I thought:lol:

That's what I get for not reading....
 

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Dont know how I forgot to mention this but, the STi is no longer my DD:tdown: I now enjoy a roughly 2 hour ride in a thrilling Olds Alero; Where passing gear doesnt rev above 3K RPM...:crying:

On the upside, I can now do all sorts of unnecessary things to the STi. Unnecessarily stiff suspension, unnecessarily hard mounts, unnecessarily loud, unnecessary amounts of power...

I want to make the switch to E85 where there's a station less than 2 miles from my work. I figure I'll enjoy my ride once a week and fill up a couple of 5 gallon canisters for the weekend.

I'm hoping to have some injectors, a fuel pump, an EWG, and maybe a catless downpipe in favor of my current catted DP (per my tuners recommendation - any experts have opinions on this?) installed in the next couple of months. Maybe even a seat I fit in if the budget allows.
 
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