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turbo sol
08-22-2010, 07:55 PM
Well, its official I am now part of the subby crowd. I've been up to my eyeballs in hondas, so this is an exciting change. I've got some learning to do, but here are some pics / specs.

***** just updating some stats and pics*****

2004 WRX wagon
san remo red
111k miles - 2.16.14 (owned since 75k)


--MOTOR--
STI intercooler
custom intercooler sprayer
Perrin Crank Pulley
Perrin Y pipe
snorkus delete
turbo blanket + heat shield
mishimoto radiator
bellmouth downpipe
up-pipe
K&N dropin filter
Killer B oil pickup
07 STI oil pan and baffle


--EXTERIOR--
SRR painted side skirts
STI scoop repainted SRR
Custom Air splitter for scoop
STI front splitters repainted SRR
STI fog covers repainted SRR
Sedan fenders repainted SRR
tint
front emblem delete
plasti-dipped side mirrors
front lip


--INTERIOR--
STI cluster
STI shift knob (I'm a 6speed poser)
short throw shifter
factory steering column boost gauge
forester rear cup holder
retractable rear cover


--HANDLING--
2006 wrx 17" rims
STI rear sway bar (i think)
STI sedan springs
Sagger butt spacers


--SOUND--
touch screen DVD head unit (bluetooth calling, iPod)
stealth sub install (inside spare tire, under floor)
upgraded speakers (6.5 components up front / 5.25 coaxial in the rear)
6.5 sub under passenger seat


--TUNING--
ECU stage 2 flash - open source


--MISC--
STI key


--Parts I have--
TGV deletes
3mm Phenolic Grimmspeed TGV spacers
Gates Racing Timing belt kit / cam seals / cam bolts
Equal length headers
3 gauge pod clock panel


--Things I need to do--
power steering pump
timing belt / cam seals
roof rail delete - completed!

Most recent pic
https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1/1656072_10153807930990403_1356210681_n.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img826/8418/driversideweb.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img546/2669/enginebayj.jpg


(old stereo)
http://imageshack.us/a/img856/1592/sticluster.jpg

WRXNFX
08-22-2010, 08:15 PM
Looks sweet.

With a DP it is likely your ECU has been flashed.

Can you tell what PSI boost you are hitting?

And WELCOME

turbo sol
08-22-2010, 09:15 PM
the car has the optional subaru boost gauge on the column. Its not in psi. I think mpa? I'll need to do some math to figure out the boost psi.

I'm stoked!

WRXNFX
08-22-2010, 09:41 PM
the car has the optional subaru boost gauge on the column. Its not in psi. I think mpa? I'll need to do some math to figure out the boost psi.

I'm stoked!

I know. ;)

Legacy
08-22-2010, 10:43 PM
I loved having San Remo Red when I had my Rex. The CV boot isnt hard. If it has been torn for a while, I would just buy a complete axle. Remanufactured can be found for about $70. Once you get the wheels off, and the rotors out of the way, itll just pop out of the tranny. May lose a little bit of fluid. Just stick the new one in, and put it all back together.

Brent and I did the front passenger one on my leggy a few months ago, and it only took an hour or so. That included beverage drinking. Haha.

TunedAlready02
08-23-2010, 01:11 AM
Nice buy. Shes purty :love7:

Kilby33
08-23-2010, 11:22 AM
Nice wagon! as for the key fob, I bought one off ebay. Look in your manual it will tell you how to program it. Really easy im on my phone or I would even give you a link how to do it.

turbo sol
08-23-2010, 11:40 AM
I just grabbed one off ebay (key fob)

I didn't know they were programmable. Thanks for the heads up!

WRXNFX
08-23-2010, 01:20 PM
I loved having San Remo Red when I had my Rex. The CV boot isnt hard. If it has been torn for a while, I would just buy a complete axle. Remanufactured can be found for about $70. Once you get the wheels off, and the rotors out of the way, itll just pop out of the tranny. May lose a little bit of fluid. Just stick the new one in, and put it all back together.

Brent and I did the front passenger one on my leggy a few months ago, and it only took an hour or so. That included beverage drinking. Haha.


They pop out, after you punch out the roll pin. :wink:

and programming the fob:

Program remotes: works on Alpine system.

Unlock all doors, foot on brake, all doors closed. Cycle key quickly but carefully on-off appr 10 times until the car honks one time.
Do not turn the key far enough to start the car, just to the 'on' position so the dashboard lights up.

When the horn honks, open and close the driver's door, press any remote button and that's it.
Program another remote? Quickly open and close the driver's door again and push a button on the 2nd remote. That's it.

When you're done, remove the key and the horn should honk 3 times. You're all set.
Sometime it takes more than 10 on-offs to set program mode. Open/close the door, lock/unlock etc, wait 10 minutes, then try again.

AirForceBugeye
08-23-2010, 03:06 PM
Nice lookin' car...it's always good to see a red Subie. Paint your side skirts! What are your plans for the car? Do you have any?

turbo sol
08-24-2010, 12:40 PM
as of right now, just a few maintenance things.

but soon an actual tune.

since I have a downpipe and upipe and a decent exhaust would a short ram be good to get before a tune?

AirForceBugeye
08-24-2010, 03:42 PM
Some people like short rams...I personally don't have one anymore. When I switched between my short ram and the stock airbox w/snorkus delete I couldn't tell a difference in performance, really. But that's me. I'd say save your money and just get a K&N filter for the stock airbox.

Crispy
08-24-2010, 04:11 PM
The general consensus seems to be that a short ram seems to gain you nothing, or not a lot. The only real test I've seen was from Flatirons a few years ago. They compared the stock box, a Perrin drop-in filter, and the SPT intake.
http://flatironsrally.typepad.com/flatirons_tuning_project_/2006/10/part_5_intakes_.html

Their results seem to show there are some gains to be made, especially at the top end. But the testing was done on a dyno with the hood closed so there's a lot of room for guessing how different things would be on the road.

I've got a K&N Typhoon on mine and have no complaints. I enjoy listening to the extra noise but it'd be hard to honestly say I can feel a noticeable difference in power.

20sti05
08-24-2010, 05:45 PM
nice! not too many red subies around. good find. are those black fog light covers or carbon fiber hard to tell?

turbo sol
08-24-2010, 06:42 PM
it has a K+N already in the stock airbox, guess I'm good to go there.

as for the fog covers, its just the black version. (not carbon fiber) it has fog lights underneath, but I don't mind the look… getting red fog light bezels seems tough. plus I'd rather spend my money else where. :twisted:

fishawrx
08-25-2010, 08:25 PM
do you have a wagon sticker on your back window, left corner?

turbo sol
08-25-2010, 09:50 PM
rockin a wagon mafia sticker back there. It was on from the previous owner, I liked it, so I left it. :)

turbo sol
08-27-2010, 12:56 PM
after doing a little testing on a closed course :P it looks like the boost is set for .08-.09 MPa which is about 11-13psi.

what is stock boost on these motors?

fishawrx
08-27-2010, 03:37 PM
13.5 psi I believe.

WRXNFX
08-27-2010, 03:42 PM
13.5 psi I believe.

+1.. 13.61 to be exact.

i would suggest flooring it in 4th around 3K the boost should build quickly to target there..

1st and 2nd you will probably not see target boost.

turbo sol
08-28-2010, 08:22 PM
looks like I am at stock boost settings.

This weekend I replaced my half shaft and changed out my plugs. The old ones looked good. (what a PITA compared to a honda) I also did a compression check while I was in there.

150 psi across the board! so things are sitting pretty.

I also got the second key FOB programmed. Thanks WRXNFX

looks like i need to schedule a tune. What do you think it better? Access port / OpenSource / ???

Kilby33
08-28-2010, 11:00 PM
looks like I am at stock boost settings.

This weekend I replaced my half shaft and changed out my plugs. The old ones looked good. (what a PITA compared to a honda) I also did a compression check while I was in there.

150 psi across the board! so things are sitting pretty.

I also got the second key FOB programmed. Thanks WRXNFX

looks like i need to schedule a tune. What do you think it better? Access port / OpenSource / ???

That depends with ap your looking at 600 bucks and the ots maps are kinda conservative. If you go ap I recommend a pro tune. I dont know alot about open source other than its free. You can ask jeff to flash you. Don't worry I hear he likes it :shock: :lol:

WRXNFX
08-29-2010, 11:56 AM
That depends with ap your looking at 600 bucks and the ots maps are kinda conservative. If you go ap I recommend a pro tune. I dont know alot about open source other than its free. You can ask jeff to flash you. Don't worry I hear he likes it :shock: :lol:

+1

pnasmith
09-11-2010, 03:41 PM
I LOVE red Subies! Nice wagon, and welcome!

Pete

turbo sol
10-18-2010, 09:15 PM
After seeing all the "stealth boxes in wagons, I decided to make my own. I had 2 8" subs in a light weight enclosure, but it was in the way when the seats when down.

2 days of work and about 100 bucks.

VF34RX
10-19-2010, 11:41 AM
Very nice! All i have left is to carpet my setup too. I actually want to throw an 8" sub inside the cabin somewhere so i get a little more of of the driving/kick bass. My setup is alittle on the loud and low side right now.

AWD Bishop
10-19-2010, 12:04 PM
I'd love to know how the acoustics sound on that when complete. Considering sub boxes are usually designed for the correct acoustics, making a custom box based on space requirements, I'd love to hear the results. I'd like to do the same in my sedan if the bass isn't lost.

BTW, looks great.

rookrex
10-19-2010, 02:22 PM
Very nice! It's good to look stock if people can see everything your hauling. 8)

fishawrx
10-19-2010, 04:35 PM
looks great! I've been wanting to do a fiber glass box in the side of my wagon for a 10"

turbo sol
10-19-2010, 04:47 PM
I had toyed around with making a box for one of the 8" subs that goes under the passenger seat, but I worried about it getting annoying after a while so I opted for the rear tire install.

I still might make one and try it, (i have enough MDF and the speakers just sitting there) I just have to see what my amp can handle.

I'm far from an audiophile, but I do like my music to sound good. I don't need to shake the fillings out of my teeth with the bass. This setup works great for me. I get the bass I like (more than I like if I want) AND it's out of the way.

Does anyone know where I could buy some speaker box carpet around town?


Very nice! It's good to look stock if people can see everything your hauling. 8)
I would love to get a retractable cover but they are hard to find used, and I don't want to pay subaru's full price.

WRXsam
10-20-2010, 09:30 PM
Sweet car! I'm lookin (passively lately) for a retractable cover too. They are a bit tough if your not in to the full price.

turbo sol
10-23-2010, 06:50 PM
finally got it carpeted. (sounds even better now IMO)

I did manage to make another enclosure for one of the 8" subs that goes under the passenger seat from the extra parts. I will post some pics of that tomorrow.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs763.snc4/66347_10150283499840403_815290402_15375080_4500737 _n.jpg

turbo sol
10-24-2010, 04:32 PM
i know it's not as pretty, but it was made with nothing but left over (FREE) parts.

passenger underseat 8" enclosure.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs396.ash2/67489_10150284423000403_815290402_15393333_4395097 _n.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs471.ash2/74419_10150284422830403_815290402_15393328_2689703 _n.jpg

now my audio system is complete. I'm thinking a lip and maybe some mudflaps are next?

WRXNFX
03-31-2012, 05:59 PM
Super Sick!!

turbo sol
03-31-2012, 09:18 PM
the audio is more than enough for me. (and sounds pretty good too)

but i really need to do an update.

I have the lip installed, sti splitters, sit scoop, black side mirrors - etc.

maybe if I wash it this weekend… :)

turbo sol
04-10-2013, 12:32 PM
I updated the first post with a list of parts, but I've been neglecting the pics. (and some of the early links are dead)

I've had the car for just shy of 2 years now. It's been great and I plan to keep it for a while. I've got a baby on the way so some of my mods will take a back seat to a baby seat but that doesn't mean I'm ditching this place.

How she sits today:
http://imageshack.us/a/img826/8418/driversideweb.jpg

The day I bought her. (the civic was my previous car, built/boosted/250hp)
http://imageshack.us/a/img248/5499/civicwrx.jpg

We even took a 2week road trip to the east coast in the wagon.
http://imageshack.us/a/img9/369/vacationmode.jpg

- - - Updated - - -

Some of my paint work.

San Remo Red is a good color, but no STI parts come this way…*I've become pretty good at painting in my garage. :)

STI splitters
http://imageshack.us/a/img844/3564/stisplitters.jpg

STI Fog covers
http://imageshack.us/a/img189/6348/paintedfogs.jpg

STI scoop installed
http://imageshack.us/a/img203/9871/stiscoop.jpg

Emblem delete
http://imageshack.us/a/img593/3831/emblemdelete.jpg

- - - Updated - - -

some of the wrenching I've done.

TGV deletes (not installed)
http://imageshack.us/a/img836/9522/tgvdeletes.jpg

time-lapse of process

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKGSzLfLB5Y&list=PL142FE99973F38834&index=6

STI spring swap
http://imageshack.us/a/img191/62/springswap.jpg

Saggy Butt Spacers
http://imageshack.us/a/img715/778/saggybutt.jpg

Killer B pickup install (07 STI pan and OEM STI baffle)
http://imageshack.us/a/img822/3937/nopickup.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img203/5359/killerbv.jpg

Stealth sub box
http://imageshack.us/a/img255/5067/stealthbox.jpg

Custom air splitter to go with STI scoop
http://imageshack.us/a/img59/9759/airsplitter.jpg

uppipe
http://imageshack.us/a/img687/209/uppiped.jpg

downpipe
http://imageshack.us/a/img703/4852/downpipek.jpg

Justin 05 Sti
04-10-2013, 02:09 PM
Very nice progress!

timsti
04-11-2013, 06:55 AM
looks really good

Black Dragon
04-21-2013, 06:34 PM
Nice Road bike ^.^

turbo sol
04-26-2013, 09:57 AM
the orbea is my wifes. I have a specialized Allez sport triple (also seen in the pic), but I would rather mountain bike. I have a Jamis Dakar XRC with a few goodies. :) but i dont get out much :/

PsychoSubie
04-26-2013, 10:54 AM
You have inspired me to do tgv deletes for my car you made it look so easy great job did you polish the outside of them or send them off also yer custom sti splitter did you use yer stock wrx splitter to make it I ask cause I need to make 1 eventually for my car.

Love yer car it is gorgeous I love that red and I don't care what anyone says STI Hood scoops look awesome 1 day I would like to see yer car in person maybe get some pics of it next to my Sedona Red Pearl

turbo sol
04-30-2013, 05:42 PM
i used high temp paint on the exterior of the TGV's (aluminum color I believe) the whole process isn't too hard.

the base of the splitter was in the car when I bought it, but already modified for the STI intercooler, I can only assume its the WRX splitter. I made it taller and added a diverter to help get more cool air to surface area on the intercooler… It doesn't not work. ;)

one thing I wish I would've done was add a flex additive to the paint on the STI bumper splitters…*they are chipping a bit more than I like. looks like I'll need to do a touch up job soon…

I make it out to meets once in a blue moon, maybe you'll get a photo op soon?

-s

PsychoSubie
04-30-2013, 05:54 PM
I never make the meets. with work and my kids plus odd jobs around the house it's hard to get out but in the summer I like to get out and drive around find spots to do photos

turbo sol
05-01-2013, 01:14 PM
with kid #2 on the way for me…*I totally hear ya. :)

turbo sol
02-16-2014, 03:08 PM
finally got around to deleting the roof rails.

Most recent pic (after a quick spray down)
https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1/1656072_10153807930990403_1356210681_n.jpg

Blue Meanie
02-16-2014, 07:26 PM
Nice! Easily my favorite/best body mod for our wagons. So how was it?

turbo sol
02-16-2014, 07:51 PM
It was a piece of cake. I ran into problem getting the parts after the post office mangled the first set of deletes. But I got the saabaru plugs to fill the old holes and didn't break any clips... So I'll chalk it up as a win.