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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Coilovers or RCE springs + my konis?

Yerp, 124k now. Yeah I'm goin with a koyo, I'll order it tonight.

On another note the engine is all set to go back in the 2.5 gt, hopefully have it in thursday night
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Coilovers or RCE springs + my konis?

Got the 2.5gt all set over last weekend. Had some small scares when I first drove it but it runs mint. After the first test drive I looked in to the over flow tank and bubbles were coming up:mad: So I shut it off and burped the system, still fearing that the new head gasket wasnt holding. Since then I've had zero problems with it and me and a friend took it down to the cape for the fourth of july. No bubbles no nothing, needless to say I'm relieved.

Got the radiator for the sti a few days back but havent had any time to throw it in. Ill have it in tonight though with some pictures. I was planning on autocrossing it this coming sunday but I completely forgot to register last night, oh well





Install was easy as expected, only thing you need are some bolts (m6 1.25 maybe, just had some laying around) to mount the fans since the stock bolts are more like lag bolts.
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Cracked radiator. Koyo unit OTW!

Just heard the news about Chris from EFI. Pretty shocked. Had the pleasure of getting my car tuned by him and he really seemed to enjoy what he did. Super nice guy. RIP Chris.
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Cracked radiator. Koyo unit OTW!

Here is what I've been up to lately.


No money for the STi for a while :lol:
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Cracked radiator. Koyo unit OTW!

I decided to datalog for the first time in the sti the other day and found some troubling things in there. I had just come back from driving 500 miles through maine/new hampshire. I remember I filled up with 91 oct gas while up there when my tank was pretty much empty which is what I believe caused my problems. My car is specifically tuned for 93 but I figured it wouldn't be a big deal.

On the way home I was going up a slight hill in 6th at about 60, right around 2500 rpm. It was two lanes and the guy behind me was right on my ass so I decided to pass the car to the right of me and let him by. Started to give it gas slowly until I started to accelerate and then realized I had it floored and I was only keeping the same speed. The car felt like it hit a wall and it was just sitting at 6 psi, so I downshifted and got out of the guys way no problem. I know from previous experience that my car has no problem boosting in 6th at 2500ish rpm so when I got home I filled up with 93 and started logging.

My DAM was only at .88 and my fine knock learning was bumping the timing back up all over the place. Woopsies, no more 91 I guess! I drove it around quite a bit and was hoping the DAM would get back up to 1 but it never did and since it wasn't knocking I reset the ecu. DAM is now back to 1 and she seems happy now. I'm guessing my car started saying "F*ck you" once I started boosting in 6th and began to pull timing.

On another note I finally plan on getting out to an auto-x on the 23rd. My little dinkie stock sized tires are done for.
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Cracked radiator. Koyo unit OTW!

Sorry about the mess on the front bumper today! Maybe I should get one of those warning stickers about not being to close while launching.
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Cracked radiator. Koyo unit OTW!

Sorry about the mess on the front bumper today! Maybe I should get one of those warning stickers about not being to close while launching.
It's all good! It goes nicely with my burnt-to-balls rear bumper.
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Cracked radiator. Koyo unit OTW!

:lol: True, true. I noticed the burnt bumper, though that looks more bad ass than some black sooty crap sprayed on the front!
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Autocross stuffs!

At least that stuff washes off easy. Hopefully the carbon build up on my rear will transform into diamond, that stuff is tough to get off. It adds character though :cool:

Finally got out to my first autocross of the year this past Sunday. Met Matt(mickle) and had a great time as always! Due to my turbo swappage I ran in Street Modified for the first time. I was not expecting to place well. There were 8 2010 and up Camaro's entered in my class along with an 09 Nissan GTR. Luckily most of the camaro guys were novices. I ended up running a 66.237 as my fastest and last run. Didn't hit any cones and kept improving throughout the day, which tells me I'm not pushing hard enough. I feel as though I can easily get another 2-3 seconds out of the car once I learn how to drive it :lol:

I ended up coming in third and getting a sweet magnet! Rockin that on the fender! The GTR only beat me by .8 seconds or so. I ended up ahead of all the new Camaro's but a guy in a well set up '99 Camaro won the class. Silly new Camaro club :rolleyes: I let my friend co-drive with me since he has never done it before or really even driven a quick car at all. First few runs he was all over the place and flailing around like a mad man but he slowly settled with some novice coaching

I've decided that I really need to get some good suspension. The car is quite wobbly as is and just feels unsettled going in to a corner and going through quick transitions. Coilovers coming in the spring!

STi wheelie! (almost)
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Autocross stuffs!

Almost blew up my motor today! Took the highway to work and went WOT in 5th merging. Wasn't totally paying attention to my boost gauge but thought I saw it read above 20 which is what my boost is set at. On my way home I went WOT in second while staring at the gauge and it quickly PEGGED and hit 25 psi which is all my gauge reads. I immediately let off the gas once I saw it get that high so I'm guessing I was only between 3500 and 4000 rpm. First thing I thought was a vac line popped off the EBCS. Pulled in to the garage, popped the hood and there she was, a vac line laying limp and floppin around in my engine bay. Thank you boost gauge.

Just to make sure I didnt destroy a piston I took the oil cap off while it was running and no smoke. Logged some and the DAM didnt drop so I must not have knocked much if any, thank jeebus
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Almost blew it!

Saves like that make even the $1000 Defi's well worth it when it saves a $4000 motor!!

Any plans on pushing that 1.5 harder with the stock block?
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Almost blew it!

It popped off because I had to use a reducer since the nipples are much smaller on the EBCS than on the turbo. They are now zip tied :tup:

Saves like that make even the $1000 Defi's well worth it when it saves a $4000 motor!!

Any plans on pushing that 1.5 harder with the stock block?
I do have plans for that, but not for quite some time. EL headers, up pipe, torn between bigger top mount or FMIC, and a good CAI. I figure I could hit 340 wheel on the same dyno with that setup.

Come early spring I'm gonna get some good coilovers. Racing again really inspired me to get some more suspension work done. The new AST 4150's look really intriguing, but we'll see if I have the money then. My current tires are toast as well so i'll be needing those for next summer. Depending on how much money I have leftover I want to get some 17x9 rpf1's and big ole slicks. It all depends on how much I can actually save.

For now I plan on getting some gauges. Probably oil temp, coolant temp and oil pressure. I might get a wideband as well. I wish I had taken out the one I was using on my rx7 before I sold it.
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Almost blew it!

Good thing that it cought your eye. Where is your gauge located? I often feel like my center gauge pod is too far away to glance at/notice when things go wrong.

Try to get gauges that have the ability to set warning beeps and lights at a certain treshold. My defi advance gauges have this but i was forced to turn the beeping off because the oil press gauge beeps constantly with the ignition in the "acc" position. It was driving me insane not being able to listen to the radio while sitting the car stationary without that constant BEEEEEEEEEEEP :censored:.I really need to find a fix for this ...
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Almost blew it!

It's in the stock sti location (I believe) on the left side of the gauge cluster mounted behind the steering wheel. It's an omni gauge or something like that and reads in psi, not megapascals or whatever the stock gauge reads:lol:

Don't see a way around that beeping unless you re-wire your radio. You could splice in to the constant power wire and run that to the current ACC wire (obviously disconnecting the ACC wire coming from the fuse box) so youre radio would be on all the time. You'd just have to remember to shut the radio off every time:lol: I'll definitely get a good set like that though.
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Almost blew it!

It's in the stock sti location (I believe) on the left side of the gauge cluster mounted behind the steering wheel. It's an omni gauge or something like that and reads in psi, not megapascals or whatever the stock gauge reads:lol:
Probably an omori gauge. FYI there is this new pod by SMY clustermaker or something like that ... looks exactly like the autometer one. Ideal location for 2 gauges next to your normal cluster.

Don't see a way around that beeping unless you re-wire your radio. You could splice in to the constant power wire and run that to the current ACC wire (obviously disconnecting the ACC wire coming from the fuse box) so youre radio would be on all the time. You'd just have to remember to shut the radio off every time:lol: I'll definitely get a good set like that though.
Believe it or not ... my headunit doesnt have an on/off button :lol: (pioneer avh-3300BT) it's on as soon as the key is turned. If only i was able to seperate the gauge alarms but you either have alarm on all of them or none. I do have the led light but it's doesn't catch your attention so well.

Anyway good luck with finding the right gauge setup and pod.
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Almost blew it!

I'll look in to that, thanks. That sucks about your radio. You could always wire in a switch if you really wanted to fix it lol
 

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Re: Willub's 04 STi: Almost blew it!

Probably an omori gauge. FYI there is this new pod by SMY clustermaker or something like that ... looks exactly like the autometer one. Ideal location for 2 gauges next to your normal cluster.
Yep it's an omori. Most likely going with SMY cluster, looks much nicer than the autometer one. Now for the gauges. I REALLY want the defi's but holy nutbags are they expensive. They just look so damned good with the sti cluster though I might have to go for it. :banghead:

Any more suggestions are welcome
 

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Yep it's an omori. Most likely going with SMY cluster, looks much nicer than the autometer one. Now for the gauges. I REALLY want the defi's but holy nutbags are they expensive. They just look so damned good with the sti cluster though I might have to go for it. :banghead:

Any more suggestions are welcome
Yeah man the DEFI's are insanely expensive but the quality is just top notch ... never seen a gauge that comes anywhere near them. They all try to copy them for a reason ;)

I spent 1300€ for the whole set ... when i think about it now yeah i probably can't justify the price but they are SO nice. I wanted those long before i actually got the subie :lol:

STRI gauges are similar in looks and far less pricey however i can't vouch for reliability/accuracy. Shadow pro also looks alot like defi's ... haven't heard of them before but RCM stocks them (they used to have DEFI and it's where i got mine)
Roger Clark Motorsport - RCM Product Detail
They look good but again i have no clue about how good/bad they are ... just pitching some brands. I get sick just looking at the prices ... less than HALF of what i payed :lol: but hey i just had to have em.

(edit: part of my post removed that was intented for another thread lol.)
 
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