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    Hi all!
    WRB 2004 Impreza WRX 2.0L - Stage 2
    Conservative tune at 16psi , +/- 230 HP
    I like that it doesn't look like a girl's car - ok, except for the E-4AT lol don't hate - and plan to keep it that way.

    30 Nov 2014
    A year and a half since I bought the Shoopster and started this build thread!

    Before the Shoopster, I knew next to nothing about cars, let alone WRX. The Shoop came with a Turbosmart BOV (that kept getting stuck), some garden-hose setup in lieu of the oil vapor tubes across the intercooler, an AEM air intake in the fender (that I worried about flooding in the smallest puddles), a busted up-pipe, and a fart-can stuffed with shredded fiberglass with a silencer. I gradually returned it to somewhat stock and we're finally onto some real mods at #21 below. The Shoop is not so stock anymore

    Shoopster's public photo album

    I take pics every time I park next to another Subie
    Shoopster's Fb page


    Mods
    - Stock airbox with intake 'speaker-mod'
    - Okada Projects plasma coils
    - Grimmspeed up-pipe
    - PTP turbo blanket
    - Cobb turbo heat shield (stainless)
    - Invidia downpipe + Grimmspeed adapter flange
    - AEM Uego WB02 sensor, A:F gauge
    - Borla Hush twin tips, 3" catback
    - stock/OEM '02 bypass valve
    - GReddy magnetic oil-drain plug
    - Cobb oil cap (WRB)
    - ZeroSports splitter and rad shroud
    - Autometer Cobalt triple pod pillar (boost / oil pressure / water temp)
    - Wheels:
    -> front Brembos
    -> FireHawk 15mm spacers
    -> Summer: DAI Revo 17" Gloss Black, blue lug nuts (tires 225/45R17)
    -> Winter: gold STi V7's, blue lugs (Nokian Hakka 8 205/50R17)
    - JDM limited edition STi nose: Hood, scoop, bumper, big fogs
    - Badgeless aftermarket grill
    - STi HID headlights, black-housed
    - Subtle license plate delete
    - Rally Armor mud flaps
    - Stock horns painted gold
    - Tinted rear windows
    - Debadged rear & plasti-dipped Subaru lettering
    - Sticker-bombed passenger's side mirror
    - The Shoopster runs on 94 octane (avg 21 mpg), Lucas Oil 10W40 every 5k km (3100 miles), and has 275,000 km on the clock ( ~170k miles)

    Here's a general menu, in case you want to skip the BS'ing (err, I mean experienced advice and witty banter):

    1. Up-pipe, brake discs, inner fender (front-left) & Up-pipe again, #25
    2. All-weather floor mats
    3. Headlights polish
    4. License plate delete Plasti-dip (here too) and installation; bumper clips
    5. Painting front grill and stock horns; stock horns finished
    6. Bewbs
    7. Radiator belts, oil pressure switch, timing belt et als. (the latter discussion starts here), and engine wash.
    8. A few blue touches: LEDs above the license plate, and COBB oil cap. The 3-gauge pod pillar and AEM air intake came with the car.
    9. Sideskirts black plastic, restoration
    10. Stock '02 catback scrubdown: Purchased a used OEM because I'm considering replacing the fart-can that came with the car
    11. Roof rust removal and paint, and an overall compound/buff.
    11a. Pref-buff photo-op here, and post-buff here.
    12. Winter wheels acquired
    13. The Chapter In Which We Finally Have Boost!
    14. Vent replacement center of dash
    15. Rear badge plasti-dipped black
    16. Installed Rally Armor mudflaps ('Classic', black logo)
    17. Fixed the heater (refer also to #14 above)
    18. Fixed the blow-off valve (see also #13 above)
    19. Shhhoopster loses the fart-can and the AEM air intake (stock air intake mod)
    20. Blue lugs, sticker-bomb, the Shoopster takes a hit, and STi HID's
    21. Invidia downpipe installed 2 Apr 2014, and a temporary WTF tune
    22. Compression & Leakdown tests; Borla Hush twin-tips catback installed; adios BOV!
    23. Brembos installation and everything that can go wrong.
    24. Fender rolling and Brembo-clearing V7's for the winter
    25. Up-pipe again
    26. ZeroSports scoop splitter
    27. Blinker fluid or, water in my STI HID's.
    28. Busted bumper buildup: JDM nose didn't fit, painting the winter bumper.
    25... Next update: installed!
    - STi jdm ltd Edition fog lights (the big ones!), bumper, hood
    - WB02 + AEM uego A:F gauge
    - major evap P0457 solved!
    - Okada Projects plasma coils
    - Tuned! locally by Walter Turgeon


    To-do List
    - replace rusted U-frame (purchased)
    - prestone o-ring gaskets under intake (purchased)
    - gas line recall (kit purchased)
    - TGV delete
    - install rear Brembos (purchased)

    Wishlist
    - JDM cluster for automatic with gear display
    - zax's hood shocks
    - Subtle dead-pedal
    - stainless gas/brake pedals
    - front lip
    - rear spats
    Last edited by Shoopster; 12-04-2014 at 02:30 PM. Reason: shoopsterbuild 3.0 tuned! :)

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    Job 1. New up-pipe.
    We ordered an eBay jobber, but it turns out it's a good pipe, not one of those nightmare-mesh-interior ones that shred.
    Either end of the pipe was a little warped, it needed to be grinded and leveled for a perfect seal.
    And we pulled out this piece of shrapnel still attached inside to the sensor bung.
    (Lesson here: feel around the inside just to be sure it's smooth.)
    Lastly, we plugged/soldered the bung and leveled the nub that remained on the inside.

    New up-pipe


    We wrapped it (then read not to over-wrap it, and) unwrapped it, re-wrapped the non-flex sections per advice (then read that wrapping only one piece can over-heat that piece and the adjoining parts) and unwrapped it again.

    Shrapnel picked off the inside, gadzooks! god save my turbo.


    Up-pipe gasket, not a perfect fit, the holes needed to be adjusted/widened



    Here is the old, busted up-pipe (stock).

    The torch marks are from opening it, we had to see what was going on inside. Old up-pipe was cracked clean in two.


    and the mess inside it


    Sensor bung inside the new UP before & after, leveled/smoothed to reduce turbulence



    We also did the electronic fix since the EGT sensor is removed (details here). These cost a whopping $1 for 5.


    ---> Interesting side-story to (and likely cause of) the cracked up-pipe, and I had this terrible throttle lag, took forEVER to take off. About a week after changing the up-pipe, we noticed this awful sound coming from the exhaust (it was embarassing, even). My muffler was stuffed with shredded fiber-glass and I don't think they did it right. We pulled out three foot-ball sized bunches of what looked like the kind of stuff you pack Easter baskets with. The pressure build-up in the exhaust is probably what split my stock up-pipe inside its steel casing. We removed the stuffing, the lag was instantly gone and the Shoopster now takes off like a Shoopster should. Oh and the b-e-a-utiful sound my car makes now Ah yes and the BOV also then made its BBppllllthptptptpt sound heard for the first time since I bought the car.

    Good thing we also ordered a downpipe gasket, just in case, mine was cracked.


    Downpipe is stock.


    I bought the Shoop for only $7k. I think the used-car dealer knew the up-pipe was a problem (which we had found on inspection), and that there was a serious throttle lag. He didn't know about the stuffing until we pointed it out though, and I'm sure he was surprised when we told him the lag is fixed hahaa!


    Job 2. New front brake discs (I think we call them discs in French. Rotors in English?)
    These were a Shoopster-warming gift from my boyfriend :-)




    Caliper is unimpressed.


    I apparently don't have a decent pic of them installed.


    Job 3. Inner fender, front-left (in French we call this a "false-wing", fausse aile)

    I've no idea how this came to be busted. There are scratch marks under the bumper too, I think one of the prev owners must've run up on a side-walk or one of those parking-concrete blocks.


    The part we ordered didn't fit properly, so we've re-ordered it (received) and Job 3 is still on the to-do list.


    NEXT/upcoming jobs

    4. Timing belt & water pump (and accessories) purchased here. I know y'all aren't crazy about eBay stuff in general, but boyfriend-mechanic is really happy with the quality of the items received, he said it's the same they use at the garage (and shipping was faster than light). Dude's got over 100,000 transactions and 100% satisfied reviews.

    5. Turbo heat-shield to be replaced ( at MWF)


    6. And the waste-gate actuator is corroded. Waiting on a used turbo hopefully...
    Can't really see it too well with the shield on, sorry


    And here are some random shots of the engine bay and exhaust.
    Don't laugh at my garden-hose attachments, they came with. When I can afford to replace those, they're on the list.
    The exhaust seems to be a mix of stock/not. As for the rest, I'm finding out as I go.
    I don't know enough to recognize stock from not, so please feel free to let me know what I've got goin' on here....









    xoxo
    Last edited by Shoopster; 07-28-2013 at 09:40 PM.
    -Stephanie 2004 WRB WRX | Blobeye Syndicate Member #104
    "I can't see the Shoopster from here; I'll wait for you outside."
    Shoopsterbuild 2.1: Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster. Now with premium 'menu' option!

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    Update: Goodies arrived today
    Could have probably found better prices, but buying from a single seller saves me $hipping

    Turbo blanket
    PTP Turbo Blankets Turbo Blanket Blue Subaru Models (inc. 2002-2013 WRX / STI) FPRO35-009-005 at RallySportDirect.com



    Greddy magnetic oil-drain plug
    Greddy Magdrain Magnetic Oil Drain Plug M20 x 1.5 Subaru / STI Rear Diff 2008-2013 13901303 at RallySportDirect.com



    And my license plate delete from Subtle Solutions.

    (it is SO perfectly perfect i'm gonna have to install it with suede gloves on)


    Subaru 2002-07 Impreza OEM all-season floor-mat Review
    The driver's side floormat fits nicely, that's what counts.


    The rear mats are much smaller than the carpets, but since there are no kids to stomp mud or cheerios all over them, they'll do nicely. Nobody puts their feet under the front seats anyway.



    The passenger-side floormat is much smaller than the carpet though, about 3" less coverage above and below, which is unfortunate. Another case of bad planning.



    Stay tuned for more exciting stuff.

    Edit: Update in Post #30
    Last edited by Shoopster; 07-28-2013 at 09:47 PM.
    -Stephanie 2004 WRB WRX | Blobeye Syndicate Member #104
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    there's always something.

    can't install the drain plug til next oil change
    can't install the plate delete without removing the bumper.
    gotta get backing clips for the screws, and
    if i'm going to remove the bumper,
    need the (correct) clips to put it back on again,
    and might as well do something about the peeling paint on my horn(s)

    -Stephanie 2004 WRB WRX | Blobeye Syndicate Member #104
    "I can't see the Shoopster from here; I'll wait for you outside."
    Shoopsterbuild 2.1: Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster. Now with premium 'menu' option!

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    i just screwed the supplied screws in...they held in fine..no backing screws
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruh Roh View Post
    i just screwed the supplied screws in...they held in fine..no backing screws
    i wish

    The holes are too big, gotta see (and change) whatever's currently behind there.
    -Stephanie 2004 WRB WRX | Blobeye Syndicate Member #104
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    Shoopsterbuild 2.1: Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster. Now with premium 'menu' option!

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    ah okkk :/
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    red sky at night...



    -Stephanie 2004 WRB WRX | Blobeye Syndicate Member #104
    "I can't see the Shoopster from here; I'll wait for you outside."
    Shoopsterbuild 2.1: Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster. Now with premium 'menu' option!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoopster View Post
    red sky at night...
    Shoopster's delight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackSTi View Post
    Shoopster's delight!
    <3
    -Stephanie 2004 WRB WRX | Blobeye Syndicate Member #104
    "I can't see the Shoopster from here; I'll wait for you outside."
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    Cold, rainy day. I tackled the headlights under the carport after watching a couple videos.

    I used Meguiar's PlastX on a dry shammy, and a terry cloth to buff/wipe it away.

    My old headlights aren't in great shape, a little peely in places, there's only so much I can do for them
    (new ones are around $250++ so, not on the priority-shortlist for now).

    Still, I'm pleased with how they turned out, better than I expected (because I expected to scr*w up somehow)
    Took about 15 minutes, the taping prep took longer than the job itself.









    Then I rinsed this morning's layer of pollen dust off the Shoop and did bf's beat-up Echo's lights too because why not.

    Only so much I could do for those too. I didn't have to tape it though because he doesn't give a crop about it anyway.
    Toothpaste works too (on the Echo anyway lol I sure didn't try it on the Shoop)
    but it didn't come out as shiny and I re-did it with the PlastX anyway.

    -Stephanie 2004 WRB WRX | Blobeye Syndicate Member #104
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    Shoopsterbuild 2.1: Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster. Now with premium 'menu' option!

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    i just used a 3M headlight kit that i got at a local parts store. requires a hand drill and a squirt bottle of light soapy water. both my brother in law's and my wrx wagons now have mega shiny lights. its kinda scarry at first, sandpaper on clear plastic but the end result is fantastic. patience is key and dont freak out after first stage.(i had to get another beverage...) takes about a hour for both. well worth it, my brothers looked like clear paper shoping bags. very yellow and nasty. now bright and shiny!

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    Thanks Rob!
    I will look into that because they still look peely but only up close.
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    Shoopsterbuild 2.1: Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster. Now with premium 'menu' option!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Well I wasn't saying get a new turbo. Source a used one for $100-150 or so! Same price!
    #6 on the To-do list: Used wastegate actuator (and turbo) acquired locally! Thanks for the advice Mikie13!



    For those wondering, a new wastegate actuator costs about $135 +tx + shipping.
    Used turbo cost less and now I have a spare just in case; it's in good shape, very little play.
    And mine is missing the little C-clip too (I just learned) so now I have that too.
    -Stephanie 2004 WRB WRX | Blobeye Syndicate Member #104
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    Shoopsterbuild 2.1: Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster. Now with premium 'menu' option!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoopster View Post
    [...]
    can't install the plate delete without removing the bumper.
    gotta get backing clips for the screws, and
    if i'm going to remove the bumper,
    need the (correct) clips to put it back on again,
    and might as well do something about the peeling paint on my horn(s)
    Hoping to get this done this weekend.
    - Ordered Subaru WRB touch-up pen and all bumper clips to replace the tie-wraps holding up my front bumper.
    - will replace the oil pressure switch, mine has a leak.
    - will install the LF inner fender, and
    - we're also tackling the timing belt job, water pump and everything that goes with.

    Also hoping a friend of mine will (find the time to) show me how to sandblast my windshield-wiper arms and my horns
    - picked up some satin-black spray paint for the the wipers, and
    - gold for the (stock) horns but I'm still undecided as to that. I think it would be subtle behind the grill. Thing is, there's no other gold anywhere (yet. Maybe my future winters wheels, we'll see.)
    - I don't know if I should paint the grill black too, or leave it bare metal as it is. I think black would look better over the gold horns and overall.
    Opinions welcome. There's a decent pic of the grill and horns (presently faded, peeling metallic red) above, in my headlights-cleaning post.

    While I'm waiting, I Plasti-dipped the license delete last night so that it doesn't get permanently messed up with chips and bug squish like my bumper.

    Here's a few pix of the process:

    Box-top for a work surface. On the back of the delete, I used a couple of rubber stoppers (formerly from my step-ladder's feet) with some tape to both raise the surface of the delete, so it doesn't stick to the box, and to pick it up if needed without messing up the edges or finish.


    Supports are placed strategically so that they don't interfere with the Plasti-dip that may leak/wrap/dry around the delete's edges. No point in dipping the back of it though.


    About half an hour between each coat, sprayed it once from each direction to make sure I got all the nooks a crannies, and then a 5th coat for OCD's sake.


    The finished product


    The screws that go with it are also painted black, but I'm not going to Dip those, because the screwdriver will wreck it anyway, it'd be impossible to preserve. The delete's finish is thus more matte than the screws (but who cares, at least they won't be silver). There's a pre-Dip pic of the delete in post #2 above.
    -Stephanie 2004 WRB WRX | Blobeye Syndicate Member #104
    "I can't see the Shoopster from here; I'll wait for you outside."
    Shoopsterbuild 2.1: Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster. Now with premium 'menu' option!

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