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This is a discussion on Wreckingball Man - From Rags to Race within the Member Show-Off & Photography forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Car is in the shop...Yes, again!! Why? you ask. Well, I did too much pedestrian driving at speeds of 55mph ...

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    Car is in the shop...Yes, again!! Why? you ask. Well, I did too much pedestrian driving at speeds of 55mph apparently. In other words, I didnt do a damn thing!
    The final section of the journal is added, stay tuned for updates and the ending..with a new twist: My Devious Master Plan. muhaha..ha
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    I don't believe it...






    Pics of the girlfriend and her mustang.
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    In time sir, it will all be posted. No pics of the girlfriend sorry, I know i just lost all interest in this thread by saying that. BUTT seriously, this is like the third major repair in a short time.

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    Day 102 Getting Started: First Mods and De-Mods

    “Time to see what’s on this thing.” I thought. So I wrote down everything that did not appear stock and I did my research. I came up with a mod list.

    Mods That Came With Car
    Suspension
    • 17x9 +30 Rota Torque
    • Lightweight Lug Nuts
    • KYB GR-2 Struts
    • STi Pink Springs

    Power
    • Borla UEL Headers
    • Perrin Catless Up-Pipe
    • HKS Catless Downpipe
    • Samco Sport Ancillary Hoses
    • Samco Sport Radiator Hoses
    • Injen Intercooler and Throttle Body Hoses

    Interior
    • Air Freshener


    My First Mods
    My first goals were to replace all the worn and broken parts in the interior and clean up the exterior. Then I read a few “first mod stickies” and decided it would be wise to buy a boost gauge. And who doesn’t want a cool gauge? I bought the boost gauge for the whole “safety” blah blah opinion…made sense to me. I wasn’t happy with the exhaust note either so I bought a new to me muffler. I knew these would do nothing for performance, but it wouldn’t make a difference anyway. “I was driving an un-tuned Subaru!!” the thought came to me. After reading and researching further I concluded I would survive until I could get a tune, seeing as the 02-03 ECU’s were fairly adaptable.

    • Wash, Clay, Compound, Polish and Wax
    • Blue STi Carpet
    • Black STi Floor Mats
    • Kartboy Black Aluminum Shift Knob
    • 04 STi Headunit
    • Prosport Mechanical Boost
    • TurboXS 2.5" Axleback

    Problems Already
    After Installing the boost gauge, I realized I had a problem. “7psi?” I thought to myself. Good thing I installed it. Henceforth I became one of those, “I installed a boost gauge on a stock engine and realized I wasn’t hitting target boost” people they speak of on the FAQ stickies. Ok, I can handle this. About this time I also started to get connected with local Subaru owners. I would get help in solving this problem. What an interesting night I would soon have with a few guys from KSOC.

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    Day 123: Gauge Setups and OEM Center Pod Modification

    On an un-interesting side note: My gauge setup saw regular changes, and continues to change even to this day. I’ve had three different setups so far, number 2 being the most recent. In all cases I’ve had to perform some modification to make it all work. Very simple work and could be done by almost anyone.

    First Setup
    I bought my first boost gauge, unfortunately it was an amber backlight and not a green backlight like my stock instruments, but I would not realize how much I would prefer the amber backlight until it was gone. Prosport 52mm mechanical. It’s a very solid gauge and performs very well and reads accurately with a moderate build quality. Looks similar to Defi and has a tinted face. I rate it 7.5/10

    Second Setup
    I finally installed my AEM UEGO Wideband kit when I went stage 2. This kit came with a sensor, wiring, gauge, built in controller, weld-in bung, and wiring accessories. The quality is excellent and it looks very sharp. It has auto-dimming LED’s and is accurate to within .1 AFR value. It performs very well. Wiring and setup was a breeze. I rate it 9.5/10

    Third Setup
    I added an oil pressure gauge. However, the intensity of the light and glare from the two gauges in my center pod became too much for night driving. It hurt my eyes. The amber backlight was not near as intense as the green backlight. The Wideband being in front of the cluster also made it hard to focus, them being at two different distances. In the end it all hurt my eyes and I ditched the oil pressure gauge, and went back to setup number 2. Included: AEM UEGO Digital Wideband, Prosport Mechanical Boost, Prosport Electric Oil Press. – Green Backlight


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    Sweet car! Sorry to hear about all the trouble... it'll make it all the sweeter when it's dialed in.

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    I've been busy with school, getting the car dialed in slowly. Pictures added to the last update and a teaser from an East Tennessee Drive I took today.


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    Day 160 Getting Connected: Knoxville Subaru Owners Club

    I showed up in west knoxville around 7pm, the usual meeting time. By the end of the night my car had become the joking point for all. In good fun that is. After some talking and fellowship around delicious food we proceeded to the parking lot to see this, "black bugeye" that i had brought. I'm sure they were all very dissappointed when they saw my car. It was beat up, the engine leaked gas fumes everywhere, I think one of them even got high from all the gas fumes spewing from my engine. That's where my car's nickname started. "skunky."

    They helped me diagnose several problems and were some of the friendliest and most recieving guys I've met. We even went back to one member's house where he helped me with one of the problems I was having. Although it was just a loose vacuum line, I couldnt help but notice the warm welcome and enthusiasm this group had.

    Things Needing Attention

    • No Battery Tie-Down
    • No WG Arm Clamp
    • Fuel Leak Somewhere
    • Car Not Boosting Correctly
    • No Tune
    • A couple CELs
    • High fuel trims

    This would be where I would begin to fix the minor problems my car was having...time to get to work.

    I would suggest anyone to get involved in their local club. The amount of knowledge they possessed between themselves and a support group to fall back on would prove very valuable. I dont have any pictures of that cold winter night, but if you want to check them out here are some links. They're a fairly new club. They have been informal for awhile but are now trying to get started as an official club.

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    Knoxville Subaru Owners Club - Home
    Knoxville Subaru Owners Club Forums Index Page

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoopster View Post
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    Stock WRX is my favorite spoiler. Next to the limited style lip spoiler.

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    the links for the gauge DIY's doesnt seem to work

    maybe this is your fuel smell?
    http://www.scoobymods.com/showthread...fuel+leak+cold

    have you thought about using the dimmer wire from your radio to control the gauge lighting that way you can reinstall your oil pressure gauge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruh Roh View Post
    the links for the gauge DIY's doesnt seem to work

    maybe this is your fuel smell?
    http://www.scoobymods.com/showthread...fuel+leak+cold

    have you thought about using the dimmer wire from your radio to control the gauge lighting that way you can reinstall your oil pressure gauge?
    The fix for the fuel smell is coming in the next "installment"...lol , I dont know what to call it.

    No, I never thought about using the dimmer wire. That's a good idea, I might try that. Although, I did get the oil pressure gauge on the cheap and couldn't pass up the deal. I had thought about reselling it and turning a small profit..small profit lol. I had only planned on running boost and AFR. I like to keep it simple and basic. But it looks like you might see a re-install in the future

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    Day 190 Recall Work: Earl Duff Subaru

    Problems
    So after the car sitting and only being able to drive it on the weekends because of University and the Marching band, I started thinking about working out some of these problems. The first on the list obviously would be the fuel smell. Second, the boosting issue. After talking with the guys in the Knoxville Subaru Club, I decided to take my car to Earl-Duff Subaru in Harriman, Tenn. Or rather, the "Hairy-Man" Tenn. The guy who started the club is actually a salesman there. To sum up my experience, just go. Don't think about it. I have been treated so well and so fairly it's honestly beyond belief. They might as well be my good 'ole mechanic. If you live in the knoxville area, this should be one of your go-to places for anything Subaru. They really do care about you.

    Solution
    After doing some research I decided my fuel problem was the fuel lines, for which there was a SOA recall.
    >>>>The I smell raw gas from my WRX and its cold outside Thread (TSB inside)<<<<

    Minor Setback
    I dropped my car off at Grayson Subaru in Knoxville. The next morning I picked up the car up and took it to Earl-Duff. Grayson gave me too much hassle, they charge you for anything and everything and they were a real pain and resistant.

    Resolution
    Earl-Duff got the job done quickly and afterwards there was no fuel smell. Oddly enough my car has always been a Tennessee car, and the recall was just for northern states, but regardless it fixed my problem! Check that off the list for FREE!!, I couldn't be happier.

    The mechanics also took a look at what could be causing my boosting issues, turns out the boost control lines were all plumbed incorrectly and I was missing the restrictor pill, My crankcase was also receiving positive pressure on the passenger side due to another out of place line, the crank breather hose was actually torn and went no where but to the atmoshpere. They provided me with a full list of OEM parts and I placed an order. Check, second item sorted out.

    At this time I would also be searching for those smaller items like the WG arm clip and battery tie down. All the little things were starting to come together as well. Which is good for a detail oriented, analytical person like me.

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    Hopefully you get your boost and fuel issues sorted out. I definitely want to see more progress with your WRX. Simple and clean.

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    Wow man, that's great that you got that sorted out. Kudos to that dealership. Bummer about Grayson...they actually used to have a salesman who had an account on this site years ago and they were regarded as a great dealer. It's been years since they've posted though.

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