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    AEM CAI + TP SG 1

    Excited as I just ordered a tactrix cable and in the process of downloading RomRaider etc. Also just ordered the AEM CAI - excited to see the parts finally coming in.

    Unlike when I was single and could mod at will I am coming from a modded S60R and to not have an exhaust or a modded WRX will finally be worth the wait. Nearing 7500 miles on her and not a "real" issue yet. Just the 2 normal clutch vibration feel and rough low idle when slowing down to a stop. (which both have yet to be determined a fix for)

    So I have been frustrated with the stock tune on this car - very rough through the power band and the turbo doesnt seem to kick in until the higher RPMs ... I like torque so I am excited for a STG 1 tune. I am going to go with TP as I hear it is very good.

    Will post some pictures of the intake install and tuning fun in the next month or so.... Since I got married I had to create a small fund and save up little by little in order to get things for the car - I am sure most the guys can relate

    As far as the intake - I dont want to have a discussion on which one or why... my future goals will be intake, dp, exhaust, tmic, ebcs (boost solenoid valve), maybe a BOV... so the and hit over 300 WHP on a protune so the intake will help.

    Of course along the way - bushings, mounts, goodies...etc

    I love the car and cant wait to unleash the potential!
    2012 WRX Hatchback ISM - Base Model - STI STS, SPT Boost Gauge, AEM Intake, TP Stage 1 Tune, red illumination kit, cobb shift knob, 20% tint - currently on stock wheels wrapped in Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Tires
    Some cool tidbits to come...

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    Here is a picture of the ride now - with 20% tint all around

    2012 WRX Hatchback ISM - Base Model - STI STS, SPT Boost Gauge, AEM Intake, TP Stage 1 Tune, red illumination kit, cobb shift knob, 20% tint - currently on stock wheels wrapped in Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Tires
    Some cool tidbits to come...

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    So I installed the AEM and the TP Stage 1 last night.

    First impressions on the AEM Intake:
    Stock intake was kind of a pain to take out following the AEM instructions. The bolt that holds the bottom of the intake housing down was a pain to get out as my extension was not long enough and the 10mm wrench was turning a couple mm each turn... can get frustrating. The AEM filter is HUGE! and the installation went together easily. After I had it all bolted up, the filter had disappeared and now sits in the fender well.



    Then I flashed TP Stage 1. I did run into a few snags along the way but got them worked out. Just make sure you have the correct definitions in the correct locations. I also had Rom Raider up before I was using ECM Flash. I had to unplug Rom Raider and unplug the usb in order the refresh ECM Flash. Once I did that, everything worked great!

    Sent the logs back to Eric, he sent another one back to me. I have not flashed the new file on , but WOW this Stage 1 is such a huge difference from stock. I have increased throttle mapping and the car feels much more responsive, the boost is higher, car pulls very smooth and I am pleased. I had my wife help me log so I could focus on the road... her reaction was "it pulls you back in your seat, like more" haha

    The intake is louder at higher boost (anywhere after 0 psi) and sounds cool. That is all I noticed from the intake is that it sounds way cool and I can hear the turbo more. I am sure that with the intake added to the tune there are more gains than no intake.
    2012 WRX Hatchback ISM - Base Model - STI STS, SPT Boost Gauge, AEM Intake, TP Stage 1 Tune, red illumination kit, cobb shift knob, 20% tint - currently on stock wheels wrapped in Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Tires
    Some cool tidbits to come...

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    Awesome stuff, I've only heard great things about Eric's tunes. I finally bought a laptop so I'll hopefully be going stg 1/2 here pretty soon too. Nice pics, that's cool the wife helped out

    Also, definitely get on some bushings and a shifter if you haven't!

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    Have the sti short throw shifter... I have cobb bushings for it but have yet to tackle that as I see it is a PITA... maybe some weekend when I get bored. I will probably take better pictures and make a true "build" thread to document my progression...

    I love the increase in power, the next step is to save for some handling upgrades like sways or strut bar along with the pitch stop mount and stiffer bushings.
    2012 WRX Hatchback ISM - Base Model - STI STS, SPT Boost Gauge, AEM Intake, TP Stage 1 Tune, red illumination kit, cobb shift knob, 20% tint - currently on stock wheels wrapped in Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Tires
    Some cool tidbits to come...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgmoehn
    I have cobb bushings for it but have yet to tackle that as I see it is a PITA... maybe some weekend when I get bored.
    I can usually do all four sets of bushings in 60-90 minutes, with beer breaks.
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    Re: AEM CAI + TP SG 1

    Now your just showing off Matt. Don't you have work?

    Glad to hear you're enjoying the car man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UEDan
    Now your just showing off Matt.
    It's not difficult, especially with a brand new car (no rust to deal with)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    I can usually do all four sets of bushings in 60-90 minutes, with beer breaks.
    Do you have to take off a heat shield panel or some panel to get to them? I tried looking at my last oil change and could not see them at all
    2012 WRX Hatchback ISM - Base Model - STI STS, SPT Boost Gauge, AEM Intake, TP Stage 1 Tune, red illumination kit, cobb shift knob, 20% tint - currently on stock wheels wrapped in Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Tires
    Some cool tidbits to come...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgmoehn View Post
    Do you have to take off a heat shield panel or some panel to get to them? I tried looking at my last oil change and could not see them at all
    Yes, you have to take off a heat shield located above the midpipe to get to them.
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