How I'll always remember it
- Yellow rockblocker covering fogs
- Debadged STi fog covers (summer)
- Autospeed front trim
- Rally Armor Limited Polyurethane Mud Flaps
- Rally Armor Skid plate (winter only)
- Tein Hood Dampers
- Painted tow hook
- LED license plate bulbs
- partial debadged trunk
- Hella Supertones
- Hood blanket deleted
- Paranoid Fabrications engine bay anodized dressup bolts
- JDM Red Hazard Button
- Defi gauges (boost, oil temp, oil pressure) in plasti-dipped pod. Oil temp & pressure sensors mounted in a GReddy oil filter sandwich adapter
- LED interior lights
- Schroth quick fit harness for auto-x
- Autospeed dead pedal
- Kartboy white delrin shift knob
- OEM Trunk Cargo net for Sedan (F5510FS000)
- Drivers side grab handle delete (using RS plugs)
- Enkei NT03+m in 17x8 et48 (summer), v5 STi goldies 16x7 et55 (winter)
- Bridgestone RE-11's 245/40R17 (summer), Nokian Hakkapeliitta RSi 205/55R16 (winter)
- Tein flex 10kg/mm front & 8kg/mm rear(summer), stock struts (winter)
- FHI Titanium front strut tower bar, Cusco 40mm rear strut tower bar
- Whiteline 27mm FSB (BSF36XXZ), 22mm RSB(BSR36Z) (set to 24mm)
- Group A Endlinks
- Whiteline heavy duty swaybar mounts (KBR21-22)
- Subaru 4-pot brakes front and 2-pot brakes rear
- Hawk HPS pads
- Motul 5.1 (non-baller) fluid
- Group N Engine/Tranny/Dogbone mounts
- Kartboy shortshifter and mounts and bushings
- Kartboy rear diff outrigger bushings
- Pink TIC transmission crossmember bushings
- TIC Race rear diff bushings
- Whiteline Steering rack bushings
- Cobb uppipe
- Cobb catted Turboback exhaust
- Motogp intake elbow (aka. "silencer/resonator delete")
- STi drop in airfilter
- Cobb V2 Accessport with Airboy Stage 2 / Airboy STX map (competition)
- Buy new endlinks
- Install DBA rotors
- Lightweight battery
This build is all about one thing, reading the rules and *then* buying/doing mods. I get tired of people who complain that their car isn't competitive because they decided to do some crazy ass giant build, and now that they're trying to do some motorsports they get lumped into the "race" class (or C-mod, or X-prepared. :P).
In a lot of ways, I'm a lucky *lucky* guy... When I signed myself up for the ASA Auto-x school, I got in the doghouse with the wife. But not for the reason you're all thinking. I got in the doghouse because I didn't sign her up too!
I've never had to beg, plead, or "trade a purse/jewelry" to get a mod. She drives too!
When I started auto-xing, I had already done wheels/tires, a shiftknob, strut tower bar, and an ECU reflash... So I was bumped out've stock and into Super Street with well prepared cars & experienced drivers. This blew! (Actually, there were a couple noobs from the school who were in the same boat as me, so we just compared times. One even had a JDM-yo car & got bumped all the way to D-mod. But who cares, we were noobs anyways & only competitive against each other).
(img from 780tuners)
(photo by carguyjon on mrheavyfoot.com)
After reading the rulebook & deciding what class the car (and my wallet) could be competitive in (and hearing rumours of SCCA classing coming in a year or two) I decided to build in a way that would be legal for "Super Stock" and would be legal for "STX" once the new classes arrived.
I got a secondhand turboback exhaust, a front swaybar that a wagon WRX owner bought that didn't fit his car, and some exhaust hangers from a dealership that stopped carrying aftermarket parts:
But I lived in a condo, so I couldn't exactly "pop down out to the garage" to install them.
I got them installed by Subracing (technically by Aaron (STiPWR), who was working there at the time) they installed my TBE just fine (even if they did re-use all the gaskets. ).
However, they did me a favour when his coworkers installed the bushings for my FSB backwards, y'know what it was?
Lying in my in-laws driveway I pulled off the undertray, the subframe, and re-installed the swaybar with the bushings in the correct orientation, and that "leveled up" my confidence when it came to working on my car!
Heck, I helped a bunch of people install their FSB. Get out there & wrench, post a "call for help" and people will show up and teach you, then you can teach the next person.
I did some endlinks as well:
And with that setup I did a trackday or two as well!
Other than a wheel swap, that was also my "winter" setup at the time:
Since then, with the help of friends I've done:
- rear swaybar
- and mounts (twice!)
- an up-pipe leak (or three)
- KB shortshifter & all the bushings
- wiring up my Defi's
- 4-pot brakes
- engine & transmission mounts
The Rotas & cheap Summers weren't going to cut it, so I got not just new tires but wheels too:
I also got some secondhand coils & a *big* front swaybar:
That completed my auto-x mods (with the exception of all the bushings I've done since then), and it was the setup I rocked at Race City.
I'm more interested in "go" than "show". People running coilovers with "stock" alignment specs bugs me... They have no idea how a mac strut car comes alive with 3-3.5 degrees of negative camber in the front... and 0.5-1 degrees in the rear. People with $3k coilovers and cheap all season tires bugs me. I did tires & swaybars at stock ride height... and I took flack for it from the "looks" people. But my car handled great, and didn't get bumped to a different class.
For this year I've gotten some new tires:
And a garage.