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Well...after a long day at work, I finally went to pick up my car from the shop. The guys at Smart Service were awesome and although they had a few problems, they got it all worked out. I turn on my engine and wow...not only does the engine sound louder, but my exhaust sounds louder too. It purrs like a pony car now, even more than before.

I pull out and hit the gas...keeping an eye on my RPMs, I feel and hear the turbo start to spool around 2400 rpm, snapping my neck back as I hold onto the steering wheel for dear life. I get on the freeway and punch it into WOT...good god! The powerband is much wider now and before I know it, I hit 80 on the on ramp! Ummmmm...oops? :) Phew...what a rush!

After a short drive on the freeway, I exit and hit stop light. I brake torque it up to 2000 and when it turns green, I mash it...wow...it just keeps pulling all the way to the redline...too awesome!

What can I say...thanks Dan/God...awesome uppipe. I whole-heartedly recommend one to all WRX owners. It feels like a different car now, even with my slushbox! I barely notice the turbo lag...it's too good!
 

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congrats on the uppipe!!! i have the same uppipe and i also have the downpipe. this stuff definitely works, not only works but it is like a miracle!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Oh man... now I'm getting jealous. I made a promise to myself, one major purchase for the car per month. This month I'm getting a set of morettes. I now have to wait an ENTIRE month before I splurge and get an uppipe.
 

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More impressions after a full day of driving...

I got a good day of driving today with the new uppipe and the rare Seattle sunshine. I think my ECU has finally started to get used to the new mod. After warming up my car for a few minutes and then driving a bit, I still notice a little turbo lag...but I think that's just because it's more in the warm-up period still. After a nice 5-7 minutes though, the turbo lag is all but gone. With boost coming on at 2400 rpm, it really does pull all the way to the redline now. Even with my slushbox, taking a turn and putting on some gas doesn't feel jerky anymore without manually shifting down...it just picks up where it left off and I can definitely feel the power increase as I exit turns.

As far as sound is concerned, I noticed that I don't hear my intake as much. With my old cat in, I could totally hear the intake, with a sucking and loud straining sound. It definitely sounded like it was being filtered. Now instead, I don't hear the straining sound at all, thus the intake seems a lot less quiet. I also noticed this in my friend's turbocharged Civic...he has the same Blitz intake as I do (albeit a smaller cone), and mine always seemed a lot louder than his due to the straining sound. Now, it sounds like his...in other words, I don't really notice it. With that said, I think I might just put my stock airbox back in, put in a drop-in K&N filter, and then get a unichip so I don't have to worry about them tuning for my intake. After all, what was really noticeable about my intake to begin with was the sound. So, seeing as that's almost gone now, I might as well put in a unichip instead, without having to worry about tuning problems :)
 

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How much did you pay to have the up-pipe installed, and how long were you w/out the car? I just came into a bit of money(sold my R/C car), and I'm tossing about ideas of what to do w/it...
 

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Total cost was about $225 for the installation. It took them about 4 hours to do, so I just got a rental car that they arranged for at a discounted rate. Since I was at work anyway and not driving it, it didn't seem like I was missing it at all :)
 

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225 for an install.. I can do that myself and save the 225 and get the up-pipe

that's $112 bux an hour. if you were to do it, and take say 6 hrs, you'd on;y be yielding about 37 bux an hour. which is 66% less efficient. include the headache factor, and use of good tools (airguns, acetylene torch etc) and it just seems much more economical to have someone else do it.

an mbc, gauge, intake all can be done in the average garage. somehtings are best left for the pros.

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TurismoLou said:
How's the fitting on the Godspeed uppipes? I heard there were some problems with some?
I have read of (or have first-hand experience with) installation problems encompassing every single uppipe available. I have personally performed six uppipe installations, with three different uppipes, and I now believe the problems to largely lie with each individual vehicle and issues with the oem manifold. I will elaborate and discuss in a seperate thread once I know more.

Needless to say, I honestly don't believe it matters which one you buy; if you have problems with one, you'll likely have problems with any. The quality of Dan's stuff is first rate.

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gains?

Can anyone estimate what kind of power gains a stock wrx gets from an uppipe like this one?
 

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Redstar Racing in Hayward California also installs uppipes for $220. I think that's a pretty good price for a lot of work. Plus you save your sanity. I have a hard time keeping it together :confused: when I work on my car for more than 8 hours straight(which is probably how long it would take for me to achieve this installation since I have never done it before.)
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Mad WRX said:


How much would you charge to install mine?

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Several of us meet for lunch every few weeks, and you would be welcome to join us. We also regularly get together and work on each other's vehicles, and I'd be willing to help out with yours.

You will need to purchase a set of new gaskets, and I'd recommend you pick up some of that super-high temperature putty that is currently being discussed in another uppipe thread.

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