Hey, my name is Erik, my wagon and I hail from Vancouver, WA. We've shared many memories, activities, fun times, and unfun times since 44K miles in June 04 when I bought "Otto". A friend bought Otto new and left him stock except K&N drop in air filter. That friend moved overseas, and I was in the market for a WRX wagon. Deal was struck, and its been great ever since. Otto and I like to RallyX/AutoX/drag race occasionally, commuting, and toting just about everything under the moon in either the back of the car, on the roof, or on the little trailer behind the car.
Couple required upgrades after kissing a curb: 04 STI rack and pinion on Whiteline bushings, Kartboy endlinks F+R, and Cusco sways F+R. Some other goodies I've picked up along the way: KYG AGX/ProKits, catless exhaust, JDM STI top mount and scoop, Morrette headlights (these need an upgrade of some sort-they dont light up the road like they used to), some Hella horns and a Pioneer Navi head unit. I'm sure theres more, but thats enough for now.
At 104K miles of fun (and abuse), the stock clutch started slipping. PRE in Gresham (Portland, OR) turned out to be very helpful in setting me up with an Exedy Stage 1 organic replacement kit. I've been pretty good with wrenches my whole life, so I jumped in and got to swapping out the old for the new. Now I'm only about 70 miles in on the break in, and have encountered my first problem. My boost levels have always been 15psi peak, then slowly trickled down to 12ish. Without touching anything boost related other than removing and reinstalling the IC, boost spikes to 20+ pretty much instantly then immediatly drops to less than 5 and the car falls flat on its face. So maybe the DP is hanging up the WGA? All the vacuum lines to the boost controller seem intact (this is what I found out after swapping to the JDM STI TMIC ages ago and tearing the line under the passenger/front corner of the IC). No strange noises anywhere, just boost levels all wierd. So I've been babying the car like crazy to keep things safe. Any ideas?
and here are some shots of Otto and I having fun: