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    The 100% CORRECT, Multi-picture, Non-ghetto, STI I/C sprayer installation

    This spot is reserved for an all-inclusive Youtube video (to be filmed shortly) detailing all aspects, functions, parameters, and metered performance advantages of a full STI intercooler sprayer system transplanted into a 2006 WRX.

    Please continue reading the below picture thread to see a detailed description of the complete (and correct) installation.

    EDIT - 11 Jan, 2011: With as cold as it is outside (10-15 degrees), the I/C spayer has virtually no effect on the intake temp, as it is already, literally freezing. I will still do a video. My plan is to do a 50-80mph 5th gear pull and time it.... then do a 2nd pull after the I'c has been sprayed, while using my pre and post I/C intake temp gauges as a guide. Should be a good video, but it will have to wait until it gets warmer.
    Last edited by ninefourteener; 01-11-2011 at 12:51 PM.
    2006 Subaru WRX-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine-modifications/165158-ninfourteeners-progress-thread-pics.html
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    WRX 12 sec drag (vs. late model Camaro SS):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0vWdD2cjU
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    I have been collecting parts and doing research on this for nearly 2 months. You would be absolutely AMAZED to discover how much bad, or incorrect information there is out there. I’ve found that most pictoral threads detailing I/C sprayer systems are either:

    1. High $$$, elaborate, custom systems
    2. Completely ghetto, non-properly functioning garbage

    I’ve found that there is almost ZERO information on how to do an actual transplant of a 100% factory STI I/C sprayer system into a WRX… the RIGHT way. Not jimmy-rigged, not ghetto, with all correct parts, installed correctly, and functioning properly. Again… I researched EVERYTHING out there, and over 90% of it is completely wrong, or not worth doing.
    So, before I begin, I thought I’d go ahead and clear up several misconceptions I managed to discover, usually the hard way.

    1. The intercooler sprayer SWITCH should NOT be grounded. (trust me, it’s correct)
    2. You need the STI spray timer relay to get the 2-3 second burst
    3. Running pump power through the switch by “holding” the switch down will burn out the internal light
    4. The Subaru schematics ARE correct, but they are MIRROR images of how the plugs actually look.

    First things first, lets start with all the parts I used:

    4-way wire:


    LEDs (I’ll explain why in the instructions)


    STI I/C switch:


    Side view:


    The switch prongs:


    STI trunk carpet


    STI I/C sprayer tank and pump:


    Sprayer tank prongs


    Various electrical supplies


    STI spray timer relay (Subaru part # 88017FE040)


    Relay prongs:


    3/16 “L” tubes


    Special female wire terminals (NAPA part # 725273)… be warned, they are $1.40 a piece. You need 9 of them, but you should get several extra


    STI sprayer nozzle (Subaru part # 86636FA120)


    3/16 ID tubing – 20 ft


    STI sprayer check valve (Subaru part # 86634AG010)


    Standard size insulated female wire terminals


    A few other items were required that I had on hand – standard stuff, vampire clips, electrical tape, and LOTS of zip ties, etc.
    Last edited by ninefourteener; 12-25-2010 at 03:15 AM.
    2006 Subaru WRX-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/showthread.php?t=165158
    1978 Subaru BRAT-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine...ss-thread.html
    2007 Subaru B9Tribeca Ltd (PSM)........1994 Subaru SVX LSi(SOLD)
    WRX 12 sec drag (vs. late model Camaro SS):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0vWdD2cjU
    WRX track racing (catching a stg.2 WRX): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mELeSD1Mi08
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    Now…. Onto the installation. First off, I had several goals that I wanted to achieve in addition to just having a sprayer system:

    1. I wanted it to function EXACTLY like the factory STI system
    2. I wanted the tank low-level indicator to work, as the WRX gauge cluster does not have the low-level indicator (amber LED)
    3. I wanted to have a “pump activation light” (green LED) for troubleshooting purposes, as well as to know when the pump has finished cycling, so I can press it again if need be. Pressing the button twice does not make it pump longer, you have to wait for it to finish cycling before you can spray again.
    4. I wanted the switch to be close to the shifter, so my left hand never has to come off the steering wheel. The factory STI system switch is located to the left of the steering wheel, and requires you to take your right hand off the shifter to hold the wheel, and then take your left hand off the wheel to activate the switch…. And then return back to your normal driving position every time you want to spray. This is a poor design in my opinion, so I thought I’d fix it.


    First things first… disconnect the battery


    Passenger seat, rear seat, and door sills must come off



    Interior trunk carpet removed


    Remove the driver side lower dash to access the foglight wiring and fuse box. You need to vampire clip the following wires from the foglight harness (foglight harness is installed in ALL cars, regardless of whether or not foglights are installed (I don’t have foglights)
    Red, Violet, Orange with white stripe, and black (I used a different ground from other electrical work, but you will need to find a black groundwire)


    Above the fusebox, you’ll also find the yellow wire with the red stripe. Use heavier gauge wire when you vampire clip into this wire.


    Using zip ties, route the wires down the center console and bring them up through these holes


    Now, do the exact same thing through the other hole, under the passenger side carpet (4 wires, plus one large gauge wire (10 or 12)….. and then run all 5 wires down the side of the car, under the carpet, by the brake lines. Use lots of zip ties


    Run them into the trunk. I found a nice place, just inboard from the RR strut tower. Just ziptie your wires to the factory harness.


    This is what it looks like from inside the trunk


    Back inside the car, your wires should be coming from both directions. You’ll install the switch to make the connection


    Now you’ll need to run your tubing. I found this firewall grommet on the passenger side of the engine bay. One tiny slit with a razor, and it slid right through.


    You’ll need to drop down the passenger side lower dash, and the glovebox. You can see where the tubing comes through


    Install the check valve, route it through the hood to secure it, and use the “L” tubes to cleanly route the tubing up to the sprayer nozzle



    Now route your tubing under the carpet, right along side the wiring




    Route your tubing and wiring to the back of the car where the pump is. I took this picture with the trunk OPEN…. Make sure you route it OVER the trunk hinges, or you will likely destroy your work.


    I took this picture with the trunk CLOSED. See what would have happened if we routed the wire below the trunk hinges?


    Here’s what the inside of the trunk looked like after I wired everything up and ziptied everything


    I had to fab up this bracket to secure the front of the tank (GHETTO!!!!)…. I didn’t know I required this part, but I’m on the hunt for the correct part now.



    Trunk completed



    Interior completed
    When the level of water in the tank is low:


    While the pump is activated (stays on 2-3 seconds only while pump is pumping)
    Last edited by ninefourteener; 12-25-2010 at 03:20 AM.
    2006 Subaru WRX-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/showthread.php?t=165158
    1978 Subaru BRAT-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine...ss-thread.html
    2007 Subaru B9Tribeca Ltd (PSM)........1994 Subaru SVX LSi(SOLD)
    WRX 12 sec drag (vs. late model Camaro SS):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0vWdD2cjU
    WRX track racing (catching a stg.2 WRX): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mELeSD1Mi08
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    Last but not least (and certainly the most important)….. the wiring.

    I spent 2 full days figuring this out…. Sifting through so much internet garbage… only to discover it was done the wrong way. I did manage to get bits and pieces of correct information, but it was few and far between, and coupled with additional incorrect information. It made it extremely difficult to decipher what was right, and what was wrong.
    Here’s the factory Subaru wiring diagram in an STI. It is correct, but it is “backwards” from how you actually view all the terminals. If you keep that in mind, you’ll be fine. Subaru views the terminals as if you were looking at them from the “backside”, but in actuality, when installing them, you see them from the front.


    However…. This is a FACTORY STI wiring diagram…. So it’s not really meant to be used as a “transplant”. Plus, it doesn’t include the extra indicator lights I added. So…. I created this wiring schematic… based upon the actual pictures I took. Hopefully it helps, and it’s easy to read.

    To explain it as best I can:

    1. Orange wire w/ white stripe – goes from foglight harness to switch
    2. Violet wire – goes from foglight harness to switch
    3. Yellow wire with red stripe – goes from above the fuse box, to switch. Must be spliced and go to timer/relay as well. Must have fuse prior to relay (use 12 ga wire)
    4. Black wire (ground) goes from under dashboard (any suitable ground wire) to the neg wires on both LED indicator lights
    5. Red wire – goes from foglight harness to low-level indicator
    6. Amber wire – goes from low-level indicator to amber LED
    7. Turquoise wire – trigger wire goes from switch to timer/relay
    8. Green wire – goes to both pump, as well as green LED
    9. Ground
    10. Ground (I grounded 9+10 together into the factory taillight harness)

    ***** Wires #3, #8, and #9 should be heavier gauge wire (12-16).... I used 24 gauge for everything else.



    That’s it….. Hope it helps….. and I hope you enjoyed it!!!!!
    Last edited by ninefourteener; 01-04-2011 at 07:49 AM.
    2006 Subaru WRX-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/showthread.php?t=165158
    1978 Subaru BRAT-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine...ss-thread.html
    2007 Subaru B9Tribeca Ltd (PSM)........1994 Subaru SVX LSi(SOLD)
    WRX 12 sec drag (vs. late model Camaro SS):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0vWdD2cjU
    WRX track racing (catching a stg.2 WRX): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mELeSD1Mi08
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    Nice! It's about time, now I may look into one of these! Heh...you should make wiring harnesses for this and sell them to people like me so I don't have to do all the work!
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    Great writeup, man!
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    Awesome write up!! I leave it here for a little while then put it in with the DIY tutorials!
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    Fantastic!

    Now I have a nice shopping list for my Christmas money. Although I'm not sure where I'll be able to dig up the trunk liner. Look around for a parts car I suppose? Perhaps I could relocate the tank into the fender where my intake silencer used to be. There's lot of space in there now, just need to extend the filler hole into the engine bay...
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    Milennium auto parts.... they will sell you a trunk liner (carpet), switch, tank, and pump for about $150. That is the MOST you should ever pay for it. They do NOT include the relay though.... which in my opinion, is a necessity. I don't want to have to "hold" the button down to spray, while I'm trying to focus on the track.

    check ebay... local sales, etc

    I bought the tank, pump, and carpet from a local guy for $70

    The switch was $20 on ebay

    The relay is OFTEN skipped, because it is expensive, and no one sells it used. Not to mention, there is a HUGE lack of information out there about it. Most people don't even know it exists. From Subaruparts.com it was about $60 shipped.

    The wire terminals were the toughest to find.... and CRAZY expensive for what you get... unfortunately they are a necessity. The guys at NAPA freaked out when they saw the price of them ($1.40 a piece). They ended up hooking me up, and selling them to me under a dealer account for $1.00 a piece.

    Check valve was $6.00 from Subaru

    Sprayer nozzle was like $12.00 from Subaru.

    everything else.... was just extemporaneous supplies.... maybe another $25 or so??
    Last edited by ninefourteener; 12-25-2010 at 02:50 PM.
    2006 Subaru WRX-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/showthread.php?t=165158
    1978 Subaru BRAT-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine...ss-thread.html
    2007 Subaru B9Tribeca Ltd (PSM)........1994 Subaru SVX LSi(SOLD)
    WRX 12 sec drag (vs. late model Camaro SS):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0vWdD2cjU
    WRX track racing (catching a stg.2 WRX): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mELeSD1Mi08
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    If someone were to remove this relay from an sti is it located in the same place? my buddy said I could have his, but I haven't looked ot see if it's there or somewhere else

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    You know what? I have no idea where it is located on the factory STI. I wish I could help, but I honestly have no idea where it is located.

    Maybe call Subaru, give them the part number, and see if they can track down it's location?
    2006 Subaru WRX-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/showthread.php?t=165158
    1978 Subaru BRAT-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine...ss-thread.html
    2007 Subaru B9Tribeca Ltd (PSM)........1994 Subaru SVX LSi(SOLD)
    WRX 12 sec drag (vs. late model Camaro SS):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0vWdD2cjU
    WRX track racing (catching a stg.2 WRX): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mELeSD1Mi08
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    Awesome write up!
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    I just want to bump this up because of how awesome it is. I too sifted through quite a bit of garbage information before finding this.

    Thank you ninefourteener, I followed this over the weekend to wire mine up and it worked perfectly.

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    Thanks man! Its good to see someone used it!

    Funny story... I actually used this thread as an example of instructional media that I created..... For one of the assignments in my my masters program a few months ago
    2006 Subaru WRX-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/showthread.php?t=165158
    1978 Subaru BRAT-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine...ss-thread.html
    2007 Subaru B9Tribeca Ltd (PSM)........1994 Subaru SVX LSi(SOLD)
    WRX 12 sec drag (vs. late model Camaro SS):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0vWdD2cjU
    WRX track racing (catching a stg.2 WRX): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mELeSD1Mi08
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    A year and a half later, and you're saving me in more ways that you think XD I will be bookmarking this, and it'll be my biggest reference for my install! I'll be installing it in the stock position, and I'll run the lights through the blank space next to it where the headlight angle adjustment would be. Thanks for the awesome write up, now I know what else I need!!
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