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I really like the new KNS 4K rotors paired with Ferodo DS2500s for a dual/triple duty STI.

The new KNS 4K rotors are made by DBA but are blanks so they are cheaper (huge plus).
This is good advice. While I don't have experience with those rotors in particular I do use blanks and have been happy with the performance. I used the ds2500's for a while and was also pretty happy with them. To me they have a little less initial bite than the HP+ but they are quieter, cleaner and don't tear through rotors as quick. IIRC they are very close in price with the HP+ as well.
 

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It is very fun :D I love street bikes, but for where I ride this is perfect. Bumpy backroads with the highest speed limit being 50, my cbr was too track oriented for the area. Up to 33 miles now! Going from 120hp to 22 is pretty rough :lol: This stock exhaust needs to go. This bike doesn't have a tach, which I would be fine with.... if I could hear the exhaust! An engine back exhaust system plus the fuel programmer from FMF will get me 6whp. That doesn't sound like much, but when the bike makes 18whp stock, it's a 33% increase. That's like going from a stock STi to my old 1.5xtr setup. A 305 big bore kit is also available, but I'll wait a while for that. Maybe.

I'll be getting it a little dirty after work :naughty: Enough two wheel talk, back to the STi.
If you're looking into full exhausts, before you go the FMF,TwoBros,ProCircuit,BigGun route. Check out Dave @ MRD. The Warranty there is the best I've ever seen...
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I've used these pipes on my supermoto and 2 out of last 3 dirt bikes I've owned. If you're looking for sound? Oh be ready to smile when you crack the throttle because that's all you'll be doing down the road is blipping it.

Happy 2 wheeling :)
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Devens Match Tour

I really like the new KNS 4K rotors paired with Ferodo DS2500s for a dual/triple duty STI.

The new KNS 4K rotors are made by DBA but are blanks so they are cheaper (huge plus).
This is good advice. While I don't have experience with those rotors in particular I do use blanks and have been happy with the performance. I used the ds2500's for a while and was also pretty happy with them. To me they have a little less initial bite than the HP+ but they are quieter, cleaner and don't tear through rotors as quick. IIRC they are very close in price with the HP+ as well.
Damn it. You guys have to suggest the pricey stuff :lol: I may go with that setup though.

If you're looking into full exhausts, before you go the FMF,TwoBros,ProCircuit,BigGun route. Check out Dave @ MRD. The Warranty there is the best I've ever seen...
MRD Racing About and Warranty


MRD Racing

I've used these pipes on my supermoto and 2 out of last 3 dirt bikes I've owned. If you're looking for sound? Oh be ready to smile when you crack the throttle because that's all you'll be doing down the road is blipping it.

Happy 2 wheeling :)
I'll definitely check them out. It doesn't look like they have a specific exhaust for the 250L yet. I'll shoot them an e-mail.


This is me vs. mickle from the match tour. It's his last run of Saturday and my first run from Sunday. I forgot to empty out my SD card so neither of our fastest runs were captured with my camera. I might make another video using the footage from his gopro. Mickle is in the upper left.

 

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Well I swapped in my other wheel bearing last night. It's still getting hot :banghead: Everything around it is cool, and the axle stub is hot. There was nothing apparently wrong with the one I pulled out, besides it being a bitch to get off of the hub. The one I previously pressed on actually scored the hub slightly, but nothing major.



I put the new one on as loose as I could without leaving play in the bearing. It basically "pops" into place so there isn't much adjusting you can do while pressing it on. I'm going to try loosening the axle nut a safe amount and see what happens.
 

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Loosening the axle nut didn't help much. It may not get quite as hot, but still abnormally hot. Torque spec for the nut is 140 foot pounds I believe, and it's nowhere near that. I did some more searching and someone else had the same exact issue after replacing the bearing, but never reported back that they had fixed it :tdown:. I'll be driving the car upwards of 300 miles in the next few days so we'll see what happens.

If I have time tonight I'm gonna try some fender modding to allow my tires to tuck. It's tricky with my car (to make it look good at least) since it's an 04 and missing the rear valences from the 05 and up. I think the front may fit if I just roll the fenders. The rear will take some massaging though :)
 

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just be patient and use heat. :D It'll look gooooooood!
 

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Best of luck on the rolling/flatening :) As the master of fender rolling says above me, take your time and use that heat gun!

I'm still trying to figure out what to do for a liner in the front of the car. I bought a bunch of 1'x2' hdpe but i just stare at it every day so far...
 

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Best of luck on the rolling/flatening :) As the master of fender rolling says above me, take your time and use that heat gun!

I'm still trying to figure out what to do for a liner in the front of the car. I bought a bunch of 1'x2' hdpe but i just stare at it every day so far...
ditch the liner, cover up the wiring and be good. :)
 

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just be patient and use heat. :D It'll look gooooooood!
Best of luck on the rolling/flatening :) As the master of fender rolling says above me, take your time and use that heat gun!

I'm still trying to figure out what to do for a liner in the front of the car. I bought a bunch of 1'x2' hdpe but i just stare at it every day so far...
That's the plan! I'm not so good on the patience part though. I want to do it before I drive it a lot, cause when the tire rubs hard enough it grabs the already rolled lip and pulls it back down, then proceeds to slice my tire over every bump. No bueno.

:lol: Take a look at what acejam2k did, sig. He recently modified his liners. I can't say where it is in his journal though. IIRC he pulled the liner down and made slits in it, then folded the slits up. Something like that. I keep forgetting to take a look under his car.

Or just get rid of it like teh clap says. It's not so easy for us folk that have to deal with the white fluffy stuff ;)
 

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That's the plan! I'm not so good on the patience part though. I want to do it before I drive it a lot, cause when the tire rubs hard enough it grabs the already rolled lip and pulls it back down, then proceeds to slice my tire over every bump. No bueno.
Haha, that sounds scary, better get that fixed up soon!

:lol: Take a look at what acejam2k did, sig. He recently modified his liners. I can't say where it is in his journal though. IIRC he pulled the liner down and made slits in it, then folded the slits up. Something like that. I keep forgetting to take a look under his car.

Or just get rid of it like teh clap says. It's not so easy for us folk that have to deal with the white fluffy stuff ;)
Thanks for that, I'll have a look. Can't wait to find this, it sounds interesting to say the least.

Getting rid of the liners all together seems scary to me. I for one have an AEM CAI that is pretty darn low in the passenger front. That for sure needs to be covered up. Living in Hawaii with the amount of rain we get sometimes is like playing with fire. Hydrolocking comes to mind. I've never had it happen but I've had plenty of friends here who have locked up and cried after.

Best of luck rolling it out!
 

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I'm still trying to figure out what to do for a liner in the front of the car. I bought a bunch of 1'x2' hdpe but i just stare at it every day so far...
I punched a few small holes in my fender liner and used small zip ties to hold it up to whatever I could reach at the top of the wheel well. I figure if they ever get caught the liner will still tear out and/or the zip tie will break easily so no threat of anything else being damaged. I've had a bit of rubbing that has been made apparent on my liners since and they are staying in just fine, and I even have the back half removed completely (Gotta stay ASP legal!)
 

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I didn't have time to do the fronts. All I did was get really aggressive with my fender roller. The only issue with it is my coilovers. They don't droop enough so that I can use the adjust-ability of the roller. It's just stuck at it's lowest height and unfortunately it wasn't low enough for me to do up towards the doors more, since the roller was hitting the fender well rather than the lip.

Once I have a proper amount of camber they should tuck up in there over le bumps now. Most of the paint on the inner lip came off, since it was already a little rusty. At some point I'll go in there and go over everything with some POR (paint over rust). I need to do that on the chassis as well. This car really could use a new paint job, but it's probably the last thing I'm worried about.
 

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She made it! I put about 350 miles on the STi this weekend without a hiccup. I went to the very end of Cape Cod to volunteer for the Pan Mass Challenge, in Provincetown. It's an interesting place, to say the least :lol: This was my first journey with the iffy wheel bearing and new setup/tune. I probably have about 2000 miles on the valve cover gasket I replaced and it has yet to leak a drop :tup: I only heard tire rub twice, and it was because the car pretty much goes airborn over some of the bridge abutments on the highway :lol: The tires no longer rub over the bumps they used to.

I let my friend take the car out for a thorough test. He said it's,"Too fast to be impressive." :lol: He said it goes through the gears TOO quick. Mind you these are windy and sandy roads and was probably only going wide open in first and second, so I get what he's trying to say. He has an 04 stage 2+ wrx. It's actually the car I drove that encouraged me to get an STi.

I got lots of compliments on the car. Mostly on the RPF1's :D

Brakes are on the way. I went with Centric premium high carbon rotors and ds2500's. I also recently found out that there is a gas station within 30 minutes of me that sells e85. Oh boy.
 

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She made it! I put about 350 miles on the STi this weekend without a hiccup. I went to the very end of Cape Cod to volunteer for the Pan Mass Challenge, in Provincetown. It's an interesting place, to say the least :lol: This was my first journey with the iffy wheel bearing and new setup/tune. I probably have about 2000 miles on the valve cover gasket I replaced and it has yet to leak a drop :tup: I only heard tire rub twice, and it was because the car pretty much goes airborn over some of the bridge abutments on the highway :lol: The tires no longer rub over the bumps they used to.

I let my friend take the car out for a thorough test. He said it's,"Too fast to be impressive." :lol: He said it goes through the gears TOO quick. Mind you these are windy and sandy roads and was probably only going wide open in first and second, so I get what he's trying to say. He has an 04 stage 2+ wrx. It's actually the car I drove that encouraged me to get an STi.

I got lots of compliments on the car. Mostly on the RPF1's :D

Brakes are on the way. I went with Centric premium high carbon rotors and ds2500's. I also recently found out that there is a gas station within 30 minutes of me that sells e85. Oh boy.
Dude thats awesome! I used to go to Provincetown every year to pick up my dad. He rode in the PMC for ~5-6 years or so. Some of those cape roads can be pretty nice too - especially near the Cape Cod National Sea Shore area.
 

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DS2500s FTW!! :D

RPF1 ALLTHETHINGS!
 

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Dude thats awesome! I used to go to Provincetown every year to pick up my dad. He rode in the PMC for ~5-6 years or so. Some of those cape roads can be pretty nice too - especially near the Cape Cod National Sea Shore area.
Nice! This was my 6th year volunteering. I shuttle people back and forth from parking lots and finish areas.I wish they would let shuttle people in my car rather than a shortbus :lol: I want to ride in it but I need a good bike, which are expensive. You also need to get 3000 bucks or something in donations as well. Some day.

DS2500s FTW!! :D
RPF1 ALLTHETHINGS!
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Airbourne on the bridge abutments FTW!

Congrats on the rotors and Ferodo's! Welcome to the squealing like a pig club!
Awesome pads!!! You ever upgrade the lines, fluid, and master cylinder bracket? The pedal feel goes from firm to omg that feels so good... :)
 

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Airbourne on the bridge abutments FTW!

Congrats on the rotors and Ferodo's! Welcome to the squealing like a pig club!
Awesome pads!!! You ever upgrade the lines, fluid, and master cylinder bracket? The pedal feel goes from firm to omg that feels so good... :)
Nope! Haven't done any of that. After driving mickle's car (he has all of that stuff) my car's brakes felt broken. It now feels like stepping on a pile of mush :lol: I'll probably get the bracket soon.
 

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I recently had an epiphany on what the noise is coming from the rear of my car. The noise became very noticable right after I put the coilovers in. I didn't think much of it at the time, mainly because the back seat was out and I figured the extra noise was due to that. However once I put the seat back in it was still louder than before the coilover install. I still figured it was a wheel bearing. The new bearing helped but the noise was still there. I think it has been tire noise this whole time, due to misalignment. I have yet to get this car aligned since I have owned it. I really hope that's all it is.

Another topic, e85. Why? Because I'm a power hungry bastard! :lol: I would only be running e85 for autocross, since it's a 30 minute drive to the closest e85 stop. This is the parts list I've been thinking of.

Injector Dynamics top feed conversion kit
DIY TGV deletes
Some sort of hard inlet while I'm in there
Better in-tank fuel pump
New HD clutch

The plan is to drain the gas and swap tunes the night before a race, and throw some e85 in. I think I remember seeing a drain plug for the gas tank the last time I was under there. I'll check again.

This will obviously require two new tunes. I'm going to attempt tuning the car myself after I put the new injectors and fuel pump in. If the motor goes then oh well, it's done it's job long enough and I have been planning on it going anytime now. I'll start ordering the new parts soon and probably wait til the end of the autocross season to begin installing them so I have time to tune it. The ID coversion comes with 1000cc injectors and new rails. Will 1000's be sufficient for e85 and my 1.5xtr? I've read that my current injectors (dw 850's) almost flow as much as the ID 1000's.

As always any recommendations or advice is welcome! Brake stuff comes tomorrow!
 
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