This is a discussion on 2004 WRX - Shoopster's build (or rather, repair) thread within the Builds forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Originally Posted by Shoopster This happened today! STi V5 for the winter OH MY GAWD 0_o.... Very nice...
Nice! I even see a fifth for spare rotate/oops blew a tire protection. That's awesome! Congrats on a good pic
thanks y'all!! got a good deal, and they're nicer than I thought they would be, the picture in the ad was not flattering (camera adds 10 pounds, ya know). Glad you like 'em
There's some curb rash, they could sure use a new coat. Hopefully I can find someone local to powdercoat 'em for a reasonable price...
I just finished up repainting my stockers with custom paint stuffed into spray cans for me. Real DuPont paint...no booth. I am really astounded NY how good it looks. Just self etch primer, paint(check) and clear. It was a fun diy job, although that might have been the fumes talking....
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Last edited by Shoopster; 08-10-2013 at 07:50 PM.
Ok have I got an UPDATE!!1!
The Shoopster was having boost issues since I bought it in April. For the longest time it was no boost (just vacuum), and since the up-pipe and timing belt (etc.) jobs it had never topped 8 psi. Until today!
I'd like to start by thanking Simon for his work on this today, the guy who sold me the wheels
Referring to pictures below: There was this garden-hose kludge across the bottom-front of the intercooler (1) because the blow-off valve's 'trumpet' couldn't be installed over it, apparently. We learned this, in fact, while re-installing the metal pipe that goes there (5) (2nd pic).
The BOV is a Turbosmart Dualport, came with the car; it can be 50/50 (atmosphere/recirculating) or 100% recirc with a blank (delete) installed. The plan was to try the blank first (6) and if that didn't do the job, to install an OEM bypass valve that I bought from zax (thanks zax!).
Next, the boost gauge was connected to a "T" just before the BOV (2). This had to be rerouted (arrow) and connected elsewhere (7) (8).
My stock heatshield (3) looks a lil' something like rusted swiss cheese (click). The wastegate actuator was heavily rusted, and missing the c-clip. Respectively, replaced and installed.
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Also installed the PTP Turbo blanket I bought back in May (2 weeks into owning the shoop) and -FINALLY!!- the Cobb heatshield michaelwfox GAVE me!
And wouldja just look at that nice clean actuator
We went for a ride around the block (country-side block, a couple miles) and much to our suprise... nothing.
Well, almost nothing. The turbo blanket was smoking, that was a little disconcerting. (I left Mattypants a panicked voicemail lol)
So, Simon's currently rebuilding a 2004 WRX/STi swap. The body is a barenaked skeleton, sitting freshly painted on freshly painted wheels, its innards are strewn across his garage. He made a call to ask his friend's advice, then he fished a boost control solenoid (4) from his mountain of parts and switched mine out. (In fact, EJ257 told me how to test the BCS just last week, but I didn't quite understand what I was listening for )
Off we went around the block again and like magic, BOOST!
The change was immediate and evident.
The gauge needle used to hover below zero (in vacuum) unless I really pushed the throttle, up to, say, 100mph. Even then it used to struggle to get to 7-8 psi, the needle would shudder like it was suffering.
Now it's out of vacuum (needle at zero) as soon as I press the gas. Hard acceleration, pushing a solid 10-11, easily. Peak is an unbelievable 14.5 psi at WOT.
Next plans: a road trip and a WTF tune.
Last edited by Shoopster; 08-26-2013 at 06:43 PM.
I haven't listened to the VM; there's a "burn in" process that happens.Originally Posted by ShoopsterDon't make a special trip...Originally Posted by Shoopster