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    Quote Originally Posted by TownLine500 View Post
    I will install pillar pods myself but to install gauges I'll go to my buddy's shop in Quincy, I don't have the tools plus it gets me out of the house and doing something.
    You are LUCKY you have access to a lift man! I wish I did! Let me know how the guages are! When are you installing everything?
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    Here's a pic for the road!

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    So I'm going to take a wack at installing the boost gauge tonight! Going to be a little while before I can buy the oil pressure gauge and the smy cluster. Well update more when I'm not on my cell.
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    Alright so the boost gauge install didn't go that great. I really didn't want to tear the interior apart to route all the wires so I cracked and bought the SMY Cluster Pod with a blank for the second pod and am going to get it installed at wicked innovations since they only charge $47.50 for the install which isn't that steep.
    Next mods are an STRi oil pressure gauge, Invidia Q300, Tomei UEL headers, Red Hella Tones, Slotted Rotors, stainless steel brake lines, and other mods I'm still trying to figure out!

    Stay tuned!
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    This is how the nice cars park at work
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    Just a suggestion...don't bother wasting money on the UEL headers. You will see negligible gains with the exception of possible little bit quicker spool.

    EL headers are worth it...but you lose the boxer rumble (the rumble of inefficiency). You will end up sounding more like an Evo or a Porsche though
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    Haha yea I actually meant to type EL headers. Still trying to decide on that one though. Don't know if I want to give up the boxer rumble for performance. Sounds like it shouldn't even be a question but I just love that sounds so much!! I'm sure I'll get used to the EL headers though.
    So I installed the Grimmspeed adapter for my spt exhaust and downpipe today since the Dp Is 3"all the way through and the flange on the spt catback started bending before the donut would compress all the way so I can still see the donut and there is a space between the adapter and the catback.is that ok?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SubaruWRXJosh View Post
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    That's why I cut that off and welded the piece my friend made. As far as headers. Killer B motor sports equal length headers. They are awesome but expensive. My friend just ordered some. You can get internal or external waste gates. I'm saving up for those, best I've seen around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SubaruWRXJosh View Post
    Haha yea I actually meant to type EL headers. Still trying to decide on that one though. Don't know if I want to give up the boxer rumble for performance. Sounds like it shouldn't even be a question but I just love that sounds so much!! I'm sure I'll get used to the EL headers though.
    So I installed the Grimmspeed adapter for my spt exhaust and downpipe today since the Dp Is 3"all the way through and the flange on the spt catback started bending before the donut would compress all the way so I can still see the donut and there is a space between the adapter and the catback.is that ok?
    Ahhhh gotcha. Yeah I'm not getting EL headers because one of the reasons I get Subarus is because of the rumble. I know its worth it in the long run, especially if you're going a bit past Stage 2, but I just don't want to

    I'm willing to bed that you have a bit of an exhaust leak. If things aren't lined up perfectly, you're probably not sealed up all the way. I've experienced that myself.
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    Maybe I should do a little sanding in the spt? Maybe a bit of build up Is what is making the fit not kosher. Can I re use the donut if I take it apart? It's only one day old.
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    Woo! Build thread fouuuund lol
    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tirerob View Post
    Woo! Build thread fouuuund lol
    Welcome!
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    So I made an appointment to get my boost gauge installed for Tuesday... then I went home and installed it myself!!! lol Everything went really smooth and I didn't run into even one issue. Very happy with how it came out. Wiring is CLEAN and the boost gauge works perfectly! Enjoy some crap quality pics! I've circled the wires that goes to the boost gauge in these pics so you can see how I did it. If anyone is interested in doing theirs and has questions feel free to ask I'll be happy to help!

    Review & Installation

    So first I took out this off. Take off the two clips under the side skirt and pull that off a little bit. Then take off the piece of the car that has the black WRX ornament on it (not sure what its called). Then you can take the 5 clips off the wheel well and peel that off to gain access to the grommet that allows you to run the wire through to the inside of the car.
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    Now I installed the boost sensor and hid the excess wiring behind the fuse box. I then slid the rest of the wire down this hole which lets it drop down the wheel well.
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    There is a clip above the wheel well that you can tuck the boost wire in.

    This grommet is an absolute pain in the butt to make a hole in. Any puncture to it and it just closes right up. I tried many different tools here some of which include drilling, many flat heads, and a big philips head. In the end I found the best way was to get through it with a big flat head and the sticking a pair of needle nose pliers in there and opening them to rip the grommet. After about a half hour I was able to insert the end of the wire and then push it through with a flat head.
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    Next I attached the wiring to the fuse box. I went to a bunch of stores to try to find an add-a-circuit, but none of the stores had the right size so I just stuck the wiring in there and put the fuse in. Very snug fit so I don't see anything bad happening.

    Now it's cable management time! Some work with zip ties and I got everything hidden away neatly. There are lots of areas to zip tie here so it's all personal preference!

    Moment of truth. I turn the car on, let her warm up, and then take it for a ride. Boost gauge is spot on hitting 19.5 PSI at WOT in third gear. Very responsive, and I like that there is a warning feature which I set at 20 PSI.

    Love the gauge and I'm happy I didn't let someone else do the work for me. The satisfaction of working on your own car is totally worth the money saved and getting your hands dirty!
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    I guess I've exceeded my quota for pics so I can't upload the rest
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