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BJJ Brown, eh ... on the road to black :) Who do you train under, if I may ask? Go to any competitions lately?

As for the pod -- thanks. Yeah, I see some images in Google, but not on the STi. Guess I'll have to keep looking. Carbon fiber is nice, but I think too much of that stuff looks kitchy ... just my opinion, of course.

Did you install the gauges yourself? How easy was it? Installing them on old Chevys isn't so bad, because you have a lot of room ... Japanese cars are always a pain to work with. I guess I will attempt to do this, though ... why not.

I'll look for your thread -- the A-Pillar pod is really cheap there (like 40 bucks) ... with the weak dollar, that's like lunch for a day here :p Gauges, on the other hand, aren't all that cheap, but the ones you pointed out where pretty cheap compared to others I saw ... interesting indeed!

I'll browse around and do some more reading ...


I train under Nate Marquardt (Nate Marquardt Official Site), and got my belt from Ricardo Murgel (Ricardo Murgel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) of World Union in Brasil. I'm actually getting ready for a tourney in march. Wish me luck....!

I did install the gauges myself, and I was actually going to take some pics one of these days, when I catch some time. It wasn't hard at all, you just have to know what to do. There's a DIY on how to install DEFI's on this site, but I didn't end up using it much, because the guy already had some of the stuff wired up and so on. But it gives you a pretty good idea on what to do. Once you figure out that most of the dashboard comes apart very easily, you're half way there. Let me know i you need some help with this, I'd be glad to share my experiences.
 

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Thanks Bro ... you guys are angels ... :bow:
And Jesus, I'm reading your journal -- HOLY :censored: do you like to MOD! :evilbanan

You know, I didn't notice one important MOD -- the air freshener .. WAT UP WID DAT?!?! Go for the Little Tree Pumpkin Spice (can't get it here in the CZ, had to have my moms send one over from the US) ... perfect for this time of the year :p



^Yup, theres a how-to here:
GaugesHowTo

You can either get the gauges in PSI or Bar, your choice. 1 Bar is 14.5 PSI which is what the car runs on stock boost levels.

Your going to hate me.....I can list just about anything you will want for the STi, your bank account will REALLY hate me :lol:.
 

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Sweet. I know Nate from the UFC ... good fighter. I know the name Murgel from my trainer (Fernando Araujo). I just had a no-Gi match in a ring! (in Slovakia) ... won on points (how gay) ... I had the flue and stayed out until 5am drinking vodka before my match -- lol. Excuses, excuses (the guy I fought was 6-time Slovak Judo Champion). Once I have the vid, I'll post it ... kinda boring match, but what to do ... If you look at my other videos on Youtube, you can see some of my Gi matches ... (sounds funny, but most videos I have are of me in tourneys where I only had time to train 1-2 weeks beforehand, because of injuries -- so, my cardio sucked!).

Thanks for the pointers and the offer to help -- I most definately will take you up on it once I order the gauges. Not having a garage sucks ass ... I need to find one soon so I can get dirty (not quite in a Christina Aguilera kinda way, though :p)

You have lots of time until March to train -- I'm supposed to have some local yokel one here in 2 weeks (still kinda sick, but may go) ... mainly normal Jiu-jitsu guys under (almost) BJJ rules -- kinda boring actually. Then, in Hungary, a good BJJ tourney -- I guess Roger Gracie and his boys will be there, so I want some of that action -- I want to see my instructor take on Roger ;-) Keep on training, so you can choke a muggah fuggah out!

I train under Nate Marquardt (Nate Marquardt Official Site), and got my belt from Ricardo Murgel (Ricardo Murgel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) of World Union in Brasil. I'm actually getting ready for a tourney in march. Wish me luck....!

I did install the gauges myself, and I was actually going to take some pics one of these days, when I catch some time. It wasn't hard at all, you just have to know what to do. There's a DIY on how to install DEFI's on this site, but I didn't end up using it much, because the guy already had some of the stuff wired up and so on. But it gives you a pretty good idea on what to do. Once you figure out that most of the dashboard comes apart very easily, you're half way there. Let me know i you need some help with this, I'd be glad to share my experiences.
 

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Sweet. I know Nate from the UFC ... good fighter. I know the name Murgel from my trainer (Fernando Araujo). I just had a no-Gi match in a ring! (in Slovakia) ... won on points (how gay) ... I had the flue and stayed out until 5am drinking vodka before my match -- lol. Excuses, excuses (the guy I fought was 6-time Slovak Judo Champion). Once I have the vid, I'll post it ... kinda boring match, but what to do ... If you look at my other videos on Youtube, you can see some of my Gi matches ... (sounds funny, but most videos I have are of me in tourneys where I only had time to train 1-2 weeks beforehand, because of injuries -- so, my cardio sucked!).

Thanks for the pointers and the offer to help -- I most definately will take you up on it once I order the gauges. Not having a garage sucks ass ... I need to find one soon so I can get dirty (not quite in a Christina Aguilera kinda way, though :p)

You have lots of time until March to train -- I'm supposed to have some local yokel one here in 2 weeks (still kinda sick, but may go) ... mainly normal Jiu-jitsu guys under (almost) BJJ rules -- kinda boring actually. Then, in Hungary, a good BJJ tourney -- I guess Roger Gracie and his boys will be there, so I want some of that action -- I want to see my instructor take on Roger ;-) Keep on training, so you can choke a muggah fuggah out!
It's amazing how the sport has spread all over the world. So Jungle BJJ is your gym? I should swing by next time I'm in europe, which should be next summer. My buddy's dad lives in Prague and he goes up there all the time. So we can get a roll on, then go drink some good beer! How are the prices in Czech these days? Croatia has become very expensive in the last 5-10 years.
 

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Yeap, Jungle BJJ -- you're welcome to come train with us anytime. We have expats coming to train all the time with us for a few week or so and then leaving ... they go back to their gym, and miss it (we're a close team, big jokers, and have fun ... don't take it too serious). Beer is still doing ok -- dollar / czech exchange rate isn't so good for you -- beer is going for about 25-35kc per .5 liter. Croatia is, in my opinion, a bit more expensive still than the CZ ... the last time I was there (for daily items)- I have a friend in Zagreb -- small world, eh. (was just there last summer again for a few days ... Zagreb and Baska)

Housing in Prague is hella expensive ... it's the same'ol, same'ol -- you can get a big nice house outside of Prague, for the same price as a 2+1 roach box in Prague... sucks. Problem is, like all capitol cities, that's where the work is. Stuuuuuupid.

Rolling, and then beer is normal Jungle BJJ routine :) I'm a crap drinker, though ... :p

It's amazing how the sport has spread all over the world. So Jungle BJJ is your gym? I should swing by next time I'm in europe, which should be next summer. My buddy's dad lives in Prague and he goes up there all the time. So we can get a roll on, then go drink some good beer! How are the prices in Czech these days? Croatia has become very expensive in the last 5-10 years.
 

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So, I ordered the standard (2 52mm, 1 60m) A-Pillar 3-pod (Grey) from Lotek ... so, we'll see how it looks. I haven't purchased gauges, yet, though. Do you know if I get a US gauge (PSI for boost), it should be ok instead of the EUR gauges that measure kPa? It shouldn't matter, no?

Also check out www.gaugepods.com // Lotek Inc. They are basically Lotek and make 2-3 guage pods for the A-Pillar. They even paint match for our interior. You can even specify that you want 2 upper 60mm gauge slots, and one 52mm gauge slot on the bottom just how I did mine. I also had the a-pillar pod wrapped in CF!
 

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It honestly doesn't matter what boost gauge you want. It won't effect your car either way if its PSI or kPa. It just depends on what you would like it to read. Everyone here in the USA read boost in PSI, in Japan its kPa. Just your choice basically:)! Should be a nice looking pod!
 

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Yeah, that's what I thought ... but, my only experience with this stuff is helping my dad do his Tach in his race car ... a big ass one the size of a frisbee! :p Checking out DeFi gauges now ...

It honestly doesn't matter what boost gauge you want. It won't effect your car either way if its PSI or kPa. It just depends on what you would like it to read. Everyone here in the USA read boost in PSI, in Japan its kPa. Just your choice basically:)! Should be a nice looking pod!
 

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LOL! Yeah, 13 years ago ... no doubt she was illegal. Hell, there are still illegals ones over there! Let me guess ... she was a waitress? I think they all make porn now ... :lol:

Thanks for the welcome!

i had an ex from like 13 yrs ago that was from prague ..... she was hot :lol: and an illegal alien :eek: LOL.. nice ride and welcome :D
 

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Here they are fresh out of the box from Rally Armor USA ...



After having them for 3 weeks, I finally made time to install them ... here they are:


(Close up of the front)


(Lighting could have been better, but there you go ...)


(they look real good, and make the car look more aggressive)

The mud flaps are pretty easy to install ... you don't have to take your back tires off, but just jack up the side you're working on -- the wheel will drop as the car goes up, giving you room to do the back flaps quite easily.

My car is double-filthy, as it hasn't been washed in a month - by the time you see these photos, those mud flaps will already be filthy too.
 

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Yeap, VAT (it's called DPH here) is 19%. They hit me with that. Sometimes, they hit me with an additional 10% (Import / CLO) tax, but in this case, the officer didn't do it ... maybe he was in a good mood.

So, not only do Czechs have worse incomes on average, they get super raped on taxes when they order stuff that you cannot find locally. Isn't that a *****. Now you know why Euros don't mod as much. TAX TAX TAX!

God bless America ...

19%???? Freaking thieves. Is that VAT?
 

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Nice car man! BTW I just updated my journal with gauge pics ect... Check it out, I highly suggest Defi.
 

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Well, you can always take the mudflaps off ... :) I think you should get some mud flaps now, and worry about the body kit later ... big price difference (and effort to install) between the two. Besides, Winter is almost here ... new body kit should be saved for the summer :)

Which kit you looking at, anyway?

That blows. I was thinking about getting mudflaps, but I also want a body kit (or at least some strakes) at some point, and I'm not sure if the two go well together at all.....I can't say I've ever seen a car with a body kit & mud flaps.
 

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Thanks Bro, but she ain't got nothing on your Beast! Yeap, checking out your journal now ... sweet stuff! And thanks for the recommendation! Everybody seems pretty keen on DeFi (despite them being kinda spendy) ... so, we'll see!

Nice car man! BTW I just updated my journal with gauge pics ect... Check it out, I highly suggest Defi.
 

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Well, you can always take the mudflaps off ... :) I think you should get some mud flaps now, and worry about the body kit later ... big price difference (and effort to install) between the two. Besides, Winter is almost here ... new body kit should be saved for the summer :)

Which kit you looking at, anyway?
Not sure about the kit yet, and my thoughts keep changing, but as of lately, I've been thinking :
Side: WRX side skirts + front and back strakes (need WRX side skirts to mount those),
Front lip: Kaminari (like the plain-ness of it) or Ings (or even CS V1...hell, there's a lot of good looking front skirts out there),
Rear - Not too picky, but as long as it's a skirt that comes down a good length. Not too much into those rear spats, because they leave a lot uncovered and it looks kinda crappy IMHO. I want something like CS V1, I'm thinking.

Are you thinking about a kit at some point?
 

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Damn, that's ambitious :)

I haven't thought of any kits like that -- I want my ride to remain low-profile. For me, it's simple:

Phase one: Mods mainly for performace, but not exceeding Stock block potential (at max a FMIC).

Phase two: More performace mods exceeding stock potential ... adding things like newer suspension, etc...

Phase three: External mods (no idea yet).

I need to keep it low-profile until I can really get it in a garage, otherwise, ****ers will pick my car apart. Plus, there are no good tuners here, and it'll be hard to find people who can help me do stuff here. I can do some stuff, but replacing Turbos, headers, intakes, etc... that's out of my league unless I have a big shop and a lot of tools. I'm kinda f--ked here.

I'm thinking of opening up a tuning type shop here ... need to kidnap some bad ass tuner from the states and get'em to stay here ;-)




Not sure about the kit yet, and my thoughts keep changing, but as of lately, I've been thinking :
Side: WRX side skirts + front and back strakes (need WRX side skirts to mount those),
Front lip: Kaminari (like the plain-ness of it) or Ings (or even CS V1...hell, there's a lot of good looking front skirts out there),
Rear - Not too picky, but as long as it's a skirt that comes down a good length. Not too much into those rear spats, because they leave a lot uncovered and it looks kinda crappy IMHO. I want something like CS V1, I'm thinking.

Are you thinking about a kit at some point?
 
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