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Old 04-04-2013, 06:53 PM   #61
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haha steve i never looked at your journal before. I never saw that picture of taylor with your wheel on it before
Ha! yep, who knew old Chrysler vans were 5x100?
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This came today

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Apexi Power Intake Installed:





Install was quick, took like 25-30 min. So far the only differences noticed are a LOT more noise. Compressor noise is beautiful, lots of recirculation noise. Also, there is a noticeable difference in response. It also over-boosts much more now. I pegged it at 15 PSI a few times today. Normal peak boost is 11-12 PSI.


I've been thinking more about future powertrain options. Vipec ECU and a tune on stock turbo? VF39? 20G and E85?

I'm actually currently under contract on a house, so its possible the RS will have a GARAGE to call home! In that case, the body items I've been dying to fix will move up the list as well.

All in good time...

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Old 04-11-2013, 05:43 AM   #64
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Ooph...Sometimes this damn car takes me to my wits end.

So, this last weekend, was driving to a friends on Saturday and the car goes into limp mode. Checked the codes (black connectors) had 4 Major engine codes including Knock sensor (Which is very new), TPS, MAP, and one other. So I'm thinking 4 bad codes out of nowhere? Maybe a bad ground. Sure enough, had 100-200 ohms between the negative battery terminal and the main engine ground.

So the next day, I went and got a new ground cable and installed. Sure enough, codes didn't return and the car ran super strong. You could even hear a difference in the starter motor - further proving that the ground was likely an issue.

then this week driving to work it goes into limp mode again. This time though, its not setting any codes Even when I had those 4 major codes, the CEL never set. And now it's seemingly in limp mode for no reason.

I'm super fed-up with the stone-age level ECU. Got some quote yesterday on the Vipec plug-in model. I think after everything with the house is settled and closed, I'm going to buy it. Then that way, even if I decide to stay stock turbo for a while, I'll have a modern controller with far better diagnostics.

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So this happened a while back...



Some drunk asshole at my apartment threw a fire extinguisher at my window while I was gone for the weekend. $200 later, new windshield....good as new. Still, it bounced off the roof and left some dents ehhh...Can't catch a break.
Closing on my house keeps getting pushed back and back. Hopefully closing in 2 weeks...GARAGE...!!!

Moving on...Work has been pretty generous with Bonuses this year so I ordered a Vipec plug-in ECU for V2 WRX from Innovative Tuning in NY. I have to wait for them to place a stocking order, so It might take a bit...but...! Super excited.

In preparation, I got an AEM wideband and EGT gauge which I'll wire into the ECU. EGT will go into my center gauge pod, taking the third spot. This left me with no place for the Wideband, so I went ahead and did this...

Center vent removed, turned into gauge pod. I wanted to keep the gauge high and within sight.

Made a cardboard template



Cut it out of carbon fiber


Cut a clearance for the gauge


And....


Hopefully I'll get to installing the working bits tomorrow.

More to come...
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Wide band installed.

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Turns out I ordered the wrong EGT gauge. I wanted degrees C but I ordered degrees F. Oops. So probably will get the replacement next week.

No word on the Vipec...





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Long overdue for an update.

Since August the biggest change has been we finally have a house! And more importantly...a garage!
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I now have my tools at home and can takle longer term projects and leave the car apart if I have to.

Updates to the car have been:
AEM egt gauge installed. Still need to install the sensor in the manifold.

Right before we moved I got a killer deal on a used Blitz Nur-spec R. This required a new down pipe as my ebay junk one was the wrong length. Picked up this AMK down pipe on Ebay for $140 shipped and it fits perfectly. Very good quality and nice cast bellmouth.
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However! In order to install, I wanted to fix the 2 broken studs on the turbo that I had never addressed. This turned into 3 broken/damaged studs as I was trying to fix the other two. There was no way I would get this done with the turbo on the car, so I decided to remove it. Easier said than done. All 3 of the nuts mounting the turbo fought me tooth and nail on the wait out. The last one, I had to cut/chisel off which damaged the stud on the up pipe. Instead of fighting with replacing that stud too, I got an Invidia up-pipe.
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The turbo studs turned out to be a huge project. I eventually had to have some machinist friends at work help me out. They had to drill out the 3 old studs, weld the holes in, re-drill and tap all 3.
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I got my silicone turbo inlet which is a generic reducing elbow. It has no provision for a BPV so I'm going atmospheric. This is a turbosmart kompact supersonic knock off. I'm skeptical that it will work, however it is a very simple design and so far seems to be functional. I had to modify my samco inlet hose to fit it.
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The aforementioned Blitz Nur-spec all polished up thanks to some Nevr-dul
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And more the AMK down-pipe. I gotta mention that this is the least expensive DP with a second O2 bung for wideband on ebay. Shipping was super quick and as I said earlier, the quality and fitment was perfect.
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I got the rear bumper off so I could start attacking the rust on the pass side rear quarter. The bumper beam itself was super rusty so I'll probably replace it with the aluminum beam. Rust is going to be a bitch. The lower panel I can buy and weld in, the fender it self I'll patch with a custom made panel.
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Blitz exhaust installed. It sounds SO much better/more aggressive than the ebay crap I had. Fitment is much better too.
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I also was able to order my Vipec plug-in ECU from Innovative Tuning this week! I had to expedite shipping, but it will be worth it. Hopefully that will be my next update in the coming week or 2.



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Current engine bay shot...still have to complete my pcv/catch can vent
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Close up of new turbo inlet and BOV
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Silicon inlet is a 90* reducing elbow (2.5 - 2.25" ) from siliconeintakes.com. of course there are no ports for pcv or BPV, hence the vent to Atmo pcv can and BOV. The new ECU is map based air path control, so VTA BOV will be no problem.

So far the knock off BOV seems to work okay. Its a pretty clear copy of a Turbosmart Kompact Supersonic. I have had to shim the spring a little bit to get it to work better and also removed one O ring in the piston bore. In the genuine version the piston seals right to the bore presumably by tight machining tolerance. On the knock off they use two O rings which restricted the piston movement. Removing one seems to free it up nicely and still seal.



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Also...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDQ4...e_gdata_player

Short video of the car at idle with new exhaust.

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