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    Hold_Fast's ESP/SM/AutoX/Track build. Procastination racing.

    I figured it's time to finally get a build thread going to keep track of my progress and keep myself motivated to get work done to the car. It is officially no longer my DD, so I've decided to start driving it like it's meant to be. With a few autox events under my belt, I'm going to start getting more prepared for next season in ESP and to start doing some HPDE's. So as she sits now:

    2004 WRX wagon - World Rally Blue

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    Engine
    EJ255 w/ intake AVCS disabled
    SPT Short Ram Intake w/ AEM Dryflow filter
    Perrin Turbo Inlet
    TGV Delete and Coated
    Intake Manifold P&P and Coated
    GrimmSpeed Ported and Coated Exhaust Manifold
    GrimmSpeed 3mm Phenolic Spacers
    GrimmSpeed EBCS
    TurboXS TMIC w/ DEI Cool Tape
    Boomba Fuel Rails (AN Bling)
    Walbro 255lph FP
    Tanabe Downpipe (Heat Wrapped)
    Cobb Catback
    GrimmSpeed Uppipe
    Mishimoto Radiator
    Mishimoto Radiator Hoses
    EVAP Deleted
    A/C Deleted
    Stereo Deleted
    Lightweight (Motorcycle) Battery
    Tons of Heat Wrap

    Suspension
    JRZ RS1's - 12k front 11k rear springs w/ helpers
    MSI Motorsports Front Camber/Caster plates
    Rear Camber bolts
    MSI Rear Lateral Links
    TiC Rear Lateral Link RACE Bushings
    TiC Rear Trailing Arm RACE Bushings
    Eibach 22mm Rear Swaybar & Endlinks
    Perrin 25mm Front Swaybar & Endlinks
    Custom Alignment (using my eyes)

    Driveline
    Carbonetic 1.5 Way Rear Differential
    Exedy Stg 1 Clutch
    ACT Lightweight Flywheel
    Cobb Knob
    Kartboy Shortshifter
    Kartboy Front Shifter Bushings
    Kartboy Rear Outrigger Bushings
    Kartboy Rear Differential Bushings

    Brakes
    Front - Wilwood Dynapro 4 Piston kit
    Rear - Wilwood Powerlite 4 Piston kit
    TCE Stainless Brake Lines
    Wilwood BP-30 Front, BP-10 Rear Pads
    ATE Superblue fluid

    Wheels
    18x9.5" Enkei PF01 +45 in Silver with 275/35/18 Hoosier A6's
    Need...Moar...Wheels...

    Interior/Electronics
    STRI Boost Gauge
    STRI Oil Pressure Gauge
    Innovative Motorsports Wideband O2

    Exterior
    Pillarless Front Grill Mod
    De-ambered and Painted Headlights
    20% Tint All Around

    Waiting to be installed...
    06' WRX TR front aluminum control arms. Need to pick up some sedan axle's.








    On going Plans:

    Brakes, etc
    - ARP Wheel studs, because I feel like I should after using an impact wrench on the lugs multiple times a month Waiting for bearings to need replacing
    - master cylinder brace Done!
    - New-to-me Hoosier A6's for next year (unless I pony up for some BFG g-Force R1-S's) waiting to figure out the wheel situation...

    Misc.
    - Put water/oil temp gauges where my radio was (already have the mount made up!) waiting...
    - Rear strut tower bar, see if it changes anything, not sure that it will waiting...
    - 1 Way LSD Front Diff
    - Rear Camber Plates
    - Racing Seats and Steering Wheel
    - Maybe Fender flares. Because never enough tire. Done!
    Last edited by Hold_Fast; 02-24-2014 at 11:32 AM. Reason: Updated
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    In my efforts to knock my first item off my winter list, I placed the following order from TiC:

    MSI wagon lateral links w/ TiC bushings
    MSI/TiC Groupbuy Deposit
    TiC Trailing arm bushing bundle
    WL Steering rack bushings
    TiC Tranny Crossmember Bushings

    The group buy deposit is for the MSI DSS. Check out the group by and save some money!

    MSI & TIC love child group buy!!! - NASIOC
    ~Stan
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    Yeah, the ST Coilovers are next on my list. I can get high spring rates straight from the factory too, so I'll probably be shooting for a 8k front/7k rear set up. Then see how mow sway bar I need after that.
    ~Stan
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    Box of goodies from Turn in Concepts.



    Now if only my landlord would clear out my garage space...
    ~Stan
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    With the beautiful weather this weekend, I attempted to swap out my rear trailing arm bushings and do some rust repair to the arms this weekend. Despite a 24 hr soak of PB Blaster, I couldn't get enough torque on the bolts to get them loose. It might be time for a new high-lift jack. But I'll be back another weekend for you...



    But I did finally get around to removing that under-hood-insulation thing.



    If anyone stumbles upon a good deal on coilovers or has any suggestions, let me know!
    ~Stan
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    They are somewhere on my list. I should swap them out when doing the lateral links, but that would make too much sense.
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    You should stick with a good spring/strut combo. Any $1000 coilover isn't worth the metal it's made of.

    How did you get the '04 STi Brembos to mount up? Do you have some sort of adapter?

    And what's up with the end of the thread title "Because race car." ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    You should stick with a good spring/strut combo. Any $1000 coilover isn't worth the metal it's made of.

    How did you get the '04 STi Brembos to mount up? Do you have some sort of adapter?

    And what's up with the end of the thread title "Because race car." ???
    I was contemplating a spring/strut combo, but I can't really find anything that will allow me to use higher spring rates (seems like people have found more spring, less sway bar to work well for autox). I've looked into the kits offered by Ground Control as well, but they seem to get mixed reviews.

    That's why I figured I would give the ST Coilovers (rebranded German KW Varient 1's) with nice high spring rates and camber plates a shot. This package comes out to roughly $1700, and I will at least have a nice set of GT Worx camber plates once I can upgrade to something more aggressive/$$$.

    Thoughts?

    Also, the 04' front brembo's bolted right up. Just need to use the caliper bolts that came off the STi, get some 04' rotors, do some slight heat shield modification, and you're done. Pretty easy actually. I'm running the 07' wrx rear 2 pots for now, till I decide if a BBK is in my future.

    "Because race car" is just a joke going around NASIOC that I found amusing.
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    I don't understand what you mean that you can't find anything that will "allow" you to use higher spring rates. Just get shorter and stiffer springs and sport/HD struts to match...
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    The stiffest springs for a spring/strut combo that I can seem to find is the RCE Yellow springs (~380lb Front/~325lb Rear). While these would probably be OK, if I went with a coilover setup, I can basically pick whatever rates I want to fine tune the suspension more if I wanted to. Is there another vendor or setup that I'm missing?
    ~Stan
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    Going to bump this for the MSI/TiC group buy going on right now for an autocross legal front control arm bushings & aluminum housing.

    OMG an affordable MSI part!!!! - NASIOC

    If the group buy hits 50 people, MSI will raffle off one of their subframes (worth almost $2k!)!!!!
    ~Stan
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    '08 WRX ~ Daily Beaten ~ '86 BMW 325es ~ "The Chump"

    "I was raised knowing there is a replacement for displacement, it's called engineering."

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    Pre-Christmas bump.

    Just got a great deal on some very lightly used carbotech brake pads, so those will be going on once summer hits. Pretty excited to try these out. But I missed out on a deal to get a full set of used ground control coilovers, so I'll still be browsing the classifieds.

    I'm also looking at some cheap rental garages so I can hopefully *fingers crossed* get some work done this winter.
    ~Stan
    '04 WRB WRX Wagon (Build) - Hard Parked, AutoX Toy
    '08 WRX ~ Daily Beaten ~ '86 BMW 325es ~ "The Chump"

    "I was raised knowing there is a replacement for displacement, it's called engineering."

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