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Old 09-16-2013, 06:24 PM   #71
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i wish i had friends around like that to help me when i need to swap my car..
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:22 AM   #72
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i wish i had friends around like that to help me when i need to swap my car..
I've been very fortunate. I've got a great group of friends who are all pretty talented with cars in their own way.

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Old 09-21-2013, 06:42 PM   #73
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Had two projects to complete (or at least start) today:

Install EGT thermocouple

Remove intake manifold so I can finish my PCV system and pain the manifold.

Some photos from today....

It's suuuper dirty because the PS pump has been leaking for some time it looks like. Did my best to clean it up a bit, but its hard with the intake ports open and in the car. Probably will have to rebuild it at some point and thoroughly clean then.



Eliminated the throttle body/IAC coolant lines. Just ran a hose from one nipple to the other...



Crank case vent hose and T all cleaned up



I'll plug the PCV valve hole with a bolt. Heres the CC vent re-installed. Hose coming from left is from the passenger side rocker cover vent. hose going to the right goes to the drivers side rocker cover vent.



The line in middle from the T will go to the catch can mounted next to the alternator. Catch can is vented to atmosphere via the little filter. With the intake mani out, I was able to pull out all the stock plastic PCV hard lines.



I stripped the intake manifold, de-greased and cleaned, and masked



Sprayed VHT wrinkle red



Also decided to do my Apexi intake too



Still drying and wrinkling but looking pretty good...



While all that dries I got to work on the EGT probe install. Removed the drivers side exhaust manifold. Drilled with 11/32 bit...



Tapped with 1/8 NPT



Fitting installed...



Get the TC centered in the pipe..



TC and compression fitting installed and ready to go...



Thats all for today. Gotta wait for the wrinkle red to dry at least two days before I can re-assemble.

Vipec standalone should be here next week (fingers crossed!) so I'm hoping to have it all together and running by next weekend
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:25 AM   #74
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Looks great
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:13 PM   #75
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That's all for now.


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Old 09-25-2013, 06:12 AM   #76
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Got the engine back together yesterday. I wasn't sold on the red before doing this but now that its all back together I'm really pleased with how it came out...
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After getting it back together I drove it around a bit on the stock ECU to make sure all was okay. It actually ran better than it has in a looong time. Too bad It hasn't been running like this for a while!

Onto the Vipec install...

Removed the stock 3B wagon ECU
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Here's what comes in the Vipec kit...

Board, anti static wrist strap, USB cable, decals and an IAT sensor that was extra
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Open the stock case up and remove the old board...
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Installed the new board...
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Had to notch the case so the interface cable can protrude
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Aaaand...Up and running!
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Still need to configure IAT, Wideband O2 and EGT into the ecu...all on my to do list. And then base fuel tuning...

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Okay, so again some time has passed since I've made an update. Since last September there have been a couple of changes and a couple of trips, but mostly the car has been sitting in it's new garage.

IAT and EGT sensors were installed and configured. EGT gauge installed as well. Working on wiring...


Just after I got my Vipec ECU all up and running, I started road tuning and doing some tinkering. I noticed pretty soon on that the internal baro sensor would drift up as the car was running. After doing some diagnosing and working with both Vipec directly as well as Innovative tuning (my dealer) we figure it was defective. I must say that both Vipec and Mike/Ian at Innovative went to incredible lengths to get my problem solved. Not only did Vipec send out a new ECU immediately (without me having even sent my old one in), they got it to me from New Zealand in 3 days! And, Innovative sent me a bunch of decals and a hoodie for my trouble.
Up and Running on the new module!



All of this meant I could take my RS to LSPR rally in Houghton, Michigan as I had been planning on - but not without one more hitch.


3 days before I was supposed to leave for LSPR my radiator sprung a leak - A cracked end tank almost thwarted my plans. However, I was able to get a Mishimoto from Summit just in the nick of time.


Here's some photos from LSPR...
I'm loving the Nur spec, btw...!


A little grass mustache


Accumulated dirt from the weekend...



Also, here's a couple videos of playing with the rotational idle and a little bit of playing with the anti-lag. Let me tell you...This thing, with the crazy idle, the Blitz exhaust and Anti-lag......produces an absolutely brutal noise.




I need to get some better videos up of playing around with the anti-lag...

Other than all of that, I've just been working on getting the tune more refined.
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:37 AM   #78
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Time for my 6 month update

The Mishimoto Rad uses GD WRX style radiator brackets so the stock ones wouldn't work. I got some Mishimoto brackets to match...Perrin wants something like $70 for these! The MM Brackets we're $22.


Next up...I had been suspecting my knock off BOV had been the source of a boost leak. The car will spike to like 12PSI and then quickly drop and hold 10-11PSI. So I got a 25mm plug to completely block off the BOV. I'm not worried about the turbo...I'm already using anti-lag and this is just a little more torture for the stock TD04. Plus, a friend of mine has been using no BOV on his VF39 for more than a year with no issues.


Also, played around with some turbo blue 110 Leaded race gas. Because why not. Found a gas station like 3 miles from my house that sells it!


A couple of non RS related updates...

Finally pulled the trigger on a garage heater. This will make it possible for me to start the rebuild on the RS this winter. My plan is to completely tear the car down and clean, rust kill, and replaces parts as needed (bushings, suspension, etc.). My main goal is to get all of the rust cut out and fixed and all of the body work repaired.

So anyways...new heater and gas line installed in my garage...Heater install this weekend:



Also got new rubber for the STi...Gonna need brakes soon too which isn't going to be cheap...
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Documenting garage update...

Heater install completed! Should make working through cold Michigan winters possible.



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Old 09-08-2014, 01:20 PM   #80
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I wouldn't worry about the no bov situation. Most aussies with built / semi built engines don't run one. I've heard many a stories of them lasting years without a bov and a solid tune required to boot.
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