This is a discussion on pete25r's bugeye progress (pic heavy) within the Builds forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; ah how cute.. look at the widdle TD04 spin......
man your build has come along nicely. it has me looking forward to my bugeye that i should be getting in the next couple of days.. keep it up
It's been a fun ride so far. I've learned a lot about my car. I've learned stuff about me too.
when I was a day away from buying my bugeye that's all I could think/talk about.
After you get your bugeye and get settled with it, pick my brain if you want. I'll share everything I know.
-build type update. told myself, screw all the new noises. I torqued everything down good-n-tight. Turned the radio up and pushed it through some corners "at a medium pace". Konis/springs are feeling awesome. The handling of the car has improved so much.
-short term plans, alignment, install WB O2
I appreciate it man and you know I will. As far as part orders, what are your go to sites?
I've ordered most of my goodies from TIC ( - Turn in Concepts ). They have the best customer support. Problem is they don't have everything one could want. I've ordered stuff from both RallySport direct and Kronos Performance. Both went well so I'd recommend them too, if TIC doesn't carry what you're looking for.
Also the classfieds here and on NASIOC are pretty good. I prefer to use that to buy stuff locally, like contact the seller meet them halfway or whatever then when all is good trade parts and money. I've also had stuff mailed to me. Just use common sense, like the too good to be true thing, and you'll be fine on the forum for sales.
Bugeyemaina, more than half your posts are on my build thread. I feel special.
I just like this thread alot. Your post have informed me of parts and company's. plus your ratings will help me in future decisions when I'm building my subaru. Only a couple more days.
been using my tactrix as a standalone logger for the past week or two. maybe I should look at the logs?
trying to tighten up my tune. MAF rescaling.
as you all can tell, not much going on with my bugeye. been dorking around tightening up some installs, like my amp. Moved it to under the pass. seat (from trunk) and re-wired it a bit neater. Pics after I get some loom on it.
Also picked up an ebay TMIC for dirt cheap. Worked out the slight fitment issues as I installed it, well most of them, no bolts are holding it down but the splitter surround ain't letting it go nowhere. Good news is I got some throttle response out of it.
I don't have any parts really. I've got a stock front sway somewhere. cracked radiator, 90k-ish struts, a set of PNP TD04 housings (CHRA is toast).
I like to hang onto my old parts for about a year after a mod. Just to make sure I like it and if it breaks I have a fall back.
I fully agree.... Well maybe you can answer a question for me. Will swapping my stock exhaust for a 2004 oem sti exhaust yield any big improvement? Any experience with this?
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to see gains from exhaust it needs to be bigger or more free flowing than what you have on there now. I don't have any experience with STI exhaust, but its probably not a huge gain, search on here and NASIOC. I know getting a bigger downpipe on there will help out.
Mine came with a downpipe so I have no reference to stock.
Also you'll want a tune for a bigger exhaust.
if you have a stock up-pipe on a bugeye, swap that for a catless one asap. little pieces can come out of the cat and screw up your turbo real quick. that doesn't always happen but it can.
be sure to have some engine management lined up too. COBB, Open Source like Tactrix and a tuner or some other resource to get info on what mods need a tune.
do some research, it'll do you some good. I've learned a good bit about my car. Still learning though.
Hit up EJ257, he has tuned a few bugeyes(and others), don't know how busy he is but .