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    Ninefourteener's Progress Thread + Pics

    If you are reading this for the first time, this is my 5+ year constantly-updating progress thread on my 2006 WRX-TR. I bought it new in Jan of 2006, and it has been a work in progress ever since. The thread was actually started in March of 2007, a little over a year (and a few basic mods) after buying the car.

    With that, rather than doing an "updated" mod list every few pages, I felt it best to paste the most current listing right here, and keep it constantly updated.

    After the list, the post will remain exactly as it was originally posted back when I started.

    Current Mod list (updated 17 November, 2012)

    EXTERIOR:

    SPT door logos
    slcsubaru.com rear window decals - Azure Blue
    COBB Tuning license plate frames
    07 STI Ltd. Front lip w/ Azure Blue SPT Logo
    Hella Supertones - custom painted black/azure blue
    Custom steel hand-made rear towhook - powdercoated azure blue
    Muteki spline-drive lugnuts – powdercoated Azure blue

    SUSPENSION MODS:

    WORK Emotion Cr-Kai 17x9, +44 BRONZE
    Federal SS 595 - 255/40/17, 240 treadwear
    KYB GR2 Excel G Struts (intentionally purchased after a neck injury)
    Tanabe DF210 Springs
    Cobb 25mm front swaybar + bushings
    Cobb 25mm rear swaybar + bushings
    Cobb rear swaybar adjustable mounts
    Whiteline rear endlinks
    Kartboy front endlinks
    Greddy front Strut tower bar
    Generic rear strut tower bar
    Generic undercarriage A-arm brace
    Kartboy rear subframe lockdown bolt kit
    Kartboy read diff outrigger bushings (hard)

    BRAKES:

    Rotora front FC4 4-piston Big Brake Kit calipers
    Rotora 13" (330mm) front slotted rotors
    Brembo factory STI rear calipers
    DBA 2657 STI 12.4" (316mm) rear slotted adapter rotors
    Stoptech steel braided brake lines (4)
    All 4 dust shields removed / drilled out
    Grimmspeed master cylinder brace
    ATE Super Blue racing brake fluid
    * Calipers custom powdercoated Azure Blue with SPT logos

    ENGINE, ECU MANAGEMENT, AND EXHAUST

    COBB AP V1, stage 3 map, VF39, 91 or 93 Octane
    IHI VF39 turbo
    Koyo 53mm aluminum racing radiator
    NGK Iridium spark plugs
    SPT intake
    SPT intake heat shield
    Walbro 255 lph fuel pump
    Removal of intake silencer and Air intake duct
    Factory STI Intercooler
    Factory STI Splitter and rubber bellows
    Factory STI Intercooler sprayer (trunk carpet, tank, switch, pump, relay)
    Custom I/C sprayer low-level & pump activation LEDs
    Perrin silicone Y-pipe (blue)
    Samco 7-piece silicone hose kit (blue)
    COBB turbo heat shield
    X02 Racing catless 3-inch stainless steel Turboback exhaust
    COBB polyurethane exhaust hangers
    Custom built 3-inch axleback section w/ A-spec muffler
    *** axleback section powdercoated metallic silver
    SPT blue billet oil cap
    OPTIMA yellow-top battery
    SPT Blue Billet aluminum battery tie-down
    Royal Purple 10W30 synthetic motor oil

    TRANSMISSION MODS

    Exedy Stage 1 Organic racing clutch kit
    ACT Streetlight forged chromoly flywheel (14.4 lbs)
    Subydude single-adjustable short shifter
    Perrin SSK counterweight Shift knob
    Perrin Polyurethane Front shifter bushing
    Kartboy Polyurethane Rear shifter bushing
    AMSOIL 75w90 "Severe Gear" synthetic transmission gear oil
    Redline 75w90 - standard synthetic rear diff gear oil

    INTERIOR, STEREO AND GAUGES

    Factory STI front seats, all airbags 100% operational
    Factory STI rear seats
    Autometer C2 mechanical oil pressure, full sweep 0-100
    Autometer C2 mechanical boost/vacuum, full sweep, -30+20
    Autometer C2 electrical Air/Fuel Ratio, full sweep
    Autometer C2 electrical Pyrometer EGT, full sweep 0-2000
    Autometer C2 electrical Voltmeter, full sweep, 0-18 volts
    Autometer C2 electrical Fuel pressure, full sweep, 0-100 psi
    Autometer C2 DPSS stage 2 tachometer/shift light
    Autometer Tach adapter
    Cyberdyne (amber) digital intake temp gauge w/ memory (pre-intercooler)
    Cyberdyne (green)) digital intake temp gauge w/ memory (post-intercooler)
    Custom "stealth switch" to override headlights & dim all gauge lights
    Autometer triple gauge clock replacement pod
    Autometer triple gauge A-pillar pod
    Glow$hit single cup pod (top of steering column)
    Generic dual gauge pod (center console)
    Factory Clock/airbag indicator relocated to lower stereo din
    Pioneer 9800 Bluetooth stereo head unit
    Samsung Galaxy Note2 Android smartphone (plays MP3s+talk+GPS voice wirelessly)
    Factory Subaru Subwoofer (installed afterward)
    Rockford Fosgate 6.5” aluminum dual coaxial speakers (front)
    Rockford Fosgate 5.25” aluminum dual coaxial speakers (rear)

    THIS IS THE ORIGINAL POST - DATED MARCH 20th, 2007


    Greetings!

    So..... with the arrival of the new wheels and the recent Suspension mods.... I've decided to create an "all-inclusive" thread... with all the mods I've done so far.... and when I do more, just add to it, rather that keep creating new threads.

    It's gonna be LONG..... with LOTS of pics.... and I'm going to keep it going every time I do something or take new ones. And I must admit... I'm proud to say that absolutely everything done, was one by me, with hand tools, in my garage.

    Starting with EXTERIOR/SUSPENSION MODS:

    Rota 18x8 GOLD Formula Mesh wheels
    Kuhmo Ecsta SPT tires 235/40/18, 280 treadwear
    Eibach Pro-kit springs (1.2 front, 0.8 rear)
    SPT door logos
    COBB Tuning license plate frames









    Now onto ENGINE, ECU MANAGEMENT, AND EXHAUST

    K&N drop-in filter
    Removal of intake silencer and Air intake duct
    Subaru Fender hole plug
    Factory STI Intercooler
    Factory STI Splitter and rubber bellows
    COBB heat shield
    X02 Racing full 3-inch stainless steel Turboback exhaust - Full Cat delete
    Subydude short shifter
    Perrin Shift knob
    Perrin Polyurothane bushings
    COBB Accessport V1, Currently running stage 2, 93 Octane











    And Lastly, INTERIOR, STEREO AND GAUGES

    Autometer C2 mechanical oil pressure, full sweep 0-100
    Autometer C2 mechanical boost/vacuum, full sweep, -30+20
    Autometer C2 electrical Air/Fuel Ratio, full sweep
    Autometer C2 electrical Pyrometer EGT, full sweep 0-2000 degrees
    Autometer C2 electrical Voltmeter, full sweep, 0-18 volts
    Autometer C2 DPSS stage 2 tachometer/shift light
    Autometer Tach adapter
    Autometer triple gauge clock replacement pod
    Glow**** cup pod (top of steering column)
    Glow**** grey triple gauge A-pillar pod
    Factory Clock/airbag indicator relocated to lower stereo din
    Pioneer 9800 Bluetooth head unit
    Cingular 3125 Windows smartphone (plays MP3s wirelessly)
    Rockford Fosgate 6.5 aluminum dual coaxial speakers (front)
    Rockford Fosgate 5.25 aluminum dual coaxial speakers (rear)







    Well..... I think thats about it..... FOR NOW!!!!
    Last edited by ninefourteener; 11-16-2012 at 12:31 PM.
    2006 Subaru WRX-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine-modifications/165158-ninfourteeners-progress-thread-pics.html
    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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    Looks good. You have alot of gauges...

    may want to post in members car gallery though...

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    how does the cobb h/s fit...does it rattle and what mounting points did u use?
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    looks good so far, get a lip for the front
    Sold the WRX bought a '06 Evo IX MR and sorry to say never looked back

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    your interior looks like a night club, just kiding, I happen to like the multi. gauge look. I have a 5" tack for gods sake.
    Tuned by Jorge at P&L, 240.83whp 239.60wtq at 14.8psi on 2.0L with stock td04 (But doesn't run)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WRXcelration View Post
    how does the cobb h/s fit...does it rattle and what mounting points did u use?
    It fits great...... can't reuse the factory heat shield unless you cut the crap out of it to fit around the DP.

    It attaches with 3 bolts...... to the factory bracket.

    I did have to trim about 1/4 inch off the inside corner.. it was rattling against my tranny... all fixed now though, 100%
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by SubieStylez View Post
    looks good so far, get a lip for the front
    Thanks! It's in work. I'm hooking up two SPI air temp gauges to measure pre and post I/C temps right now...... and I still need to get a FP gauge to fill the hole in my a pillar pod..... and I need to hook up an I/C sprayer before it gets hot outside...

    Then..... I might get a lip.

    Haven't found an affordable one yet that looks factory though. Suggestions?.
    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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    Ok..... so it's done.... pre and post intercooler temps....... next step... Intercooler sprayer. I was actually surprised with the results. The post I/C temp really doesn't change much at all. Stayed right at 110, only fluctuating maybe 5 degrees.

    The pre-I/C temp generally runs 15-30 degrees hotter.. depending on how much you get on it.

    I imagine adding 90 degree weather, and an intercooler sprayer will change these readings dramatically.

    So I started with the Perrin Silicon Ypipe I bought from Ben-no (BTW.. thanks). This is actually quite nice.. It flows MUCH better that the factory STI Y-pipe.... I noticed a definate improvement in torque.

    And then I did the same thing to the inlet tube. Senders are tightly mounted, and secured with high temp silicon.



    Then of course, two SPI Air temp gauges... mounted low on the passenger side of the center console. I had to trim the pod a bit with a dremel, to "tilt" it toward me.



    Wired everything up, and reinstalled everything:



    Then..... I installed my "stealth switch"..... To detract attention when I dont want it. Basically, it's a red LED switch (on the center console empty tabs), that when turned off....... dims all my gauges (doesn't cut power, just the lights). Just to give you an idea of what my disco-car looks like on the inside when driving at night... I intentionally took this picture without a flash..



    And now....... my "stealth switch"... turns off everything but the tachometer (and factory stuff)



    WHATTAYA THINK???
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    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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    looks good
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    You seem to know your way around wiring

    It all looks good, pretty original. Seeing your drop made me decide to get the Eibach's. My wheel tire setup (17" wheel with 235/45/17 tires) calculates really close to an 18" wheel with 235/40/18 tires.
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    lets see some pics from a little further away
    holla atchya boy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueBomber06 View Post
    You seem to know your way around wiring

    It all looks good, pretty original. Seeing your drop made me decide to get the Eibach's. My wheel tire setup (17" wheel with 235/45/17 tires) calculates really close to an 18" wheel with 235/40/18 tires.
    Thanks! The wiring? Well.. its a learning process. Honestly though.... the area behind my stereo looks like something out of a Frankenstein movie--LOL

    As for the springs... I absolutely LOVE them...there's no rubbing at ALL.. even with the 235s on there. But, the springs I think are fully settled, the gaps are even, and it doesn't look "lowered".. it just looks "right".

    Here's some "further away" pics I took a couple days ago, after the springs settled:





    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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    dude that's hot. I love the ridiculous excess of gauges you got. I wanted to do something similar. I'm impressed with how clean it is under the hood. Mine looks so dirty it's impossible to keep clean. Stupid snowy dirty semi-off road driving...

    Did you just take the standard clock and relocate it? It's the ONLY thing that stands out as not being super cool. Who needs a clock anyway man just get rid of it ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blup View Post

    Did you just take the standard clock and relocate it? It's the ONLY thing that stands out as not being super cool. Who needs a clock anyway man just get rid of it ;-)
    Thanks!

    Yea... it's just the standard clock.... I did have to splice in and extend the 5 wires that run to it though, because the factory harness wasn't long enough to run down there.

    If it were just a clock... It'd be gone.

    It's also a passenger side airbag indicator. I've got a 8-month pregnant wife, and a 10 year old daughter... I don't mess with safety features...

    Thats why I haven't upgraded the seats or steering wheel.... I won't mess with airbags.... some stuff is just too important.
    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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    Way to be practical... ;-)

    I'd recommend adding some more LEDs to keep that stealth led button company that indicates if the airbags are on or not. But i'm an electrical engineer, I like blinking LEDs lol.

    Wow man. Your wife is pregnant and you still have the Porsche and still modding the WRX. You're my hero, and everyone who's had to sell their sports car to buy a minivan for their family (i haven't, i'm single, sucks to be those guys coerced by their wives tho).

    Keep it up you give me lots of good inspiration for my own glowing gauges. I'll just have more blinky lights that do nothing but make my car look like it came from the 1960's star trek episodes lol.

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