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Old 05-18-2010, 07:04 PM
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How I'll always remember it


MOD LIST

EXTERIOR
  • 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

INTERIOR
  • 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)

BRAKES/SUSPENSION/WHEELS
  • 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

ENGINE/EXAUST/POWER
  • 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)

TO DO
  • 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).

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(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.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:05 PM
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I'll be out to as many of the P1HPDE events as I can, it's my goal this year after having to skip out on lapping/track events to save my tires.

But if I can't get there on time to drive, I'll at least be coming to "play photographer" for you guys.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:14 PM
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Car looks great man. Badass. I've always wanted a WRX.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:13 PM
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Over the winter I found problems with both my brake lines:


And my swaybar mounts:


But just notifying the manufacturer had them drop a new part in the mail for me!





Props to Technafit & Whiteline!

And don't forget to raise a fuss when something breaks, don't just shrug.
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Great thread!
I honestly didn't know your car had that much in it! Shoulda known seeing as how the car never leans when you and your wife throw it through the slalom.!

Working on Teams for the Challenge Cup Brian (72 Chevelle ) and I are thinking of running the Mustang because Pax is pretty kind to it.
Will be discussing with other drivers on the 30th as to who wants to team up with their ride and co-driver.


We'll see you at the end of the Month for another Greisbach Autocross.
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:20 AM
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Great thread!
I honestly didn't know your car had that much in it! Shoulda known seeing as how the car never leans when you and your wife throw it through the slalom.!
Thanks!

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We'll see you at the end of the Month for another Greisbach Autocross.
Unless you want to come to the CSCC event this Saturday (May 22nd) at the Westerner in Red Deer?

Or the RDSCC event this Sunday (May 23rd) at Penhold?

That's a plus about auto-x, there's an event pretty much every weekend if you're willing to drive as far as Red Deer.
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:16 AM
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yeah it is funny how people running stock alignment on coilovers, i been running almost -3.5 in the rear and -2.75 in the front my tire wear at strattotech its pretty much on the marker
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:18 PM
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As GregC mentioned the first ASA Auto-x was on the 15th...





And while it might be snowing outside today, a week ago it was warm, *very* warm. Warm enough that everyone's R-comps and tires were finally working, and enough to get sunburnt, unlike at the test & tune.

First points event of the season for ASA, and I got a full 100 points towards the championship!
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As you might've seen mentioned there was a CSCC Auto-x in Red Deer this weekend...

And there's another car/driver who's prepped to a very similar extent to my car:


All my pics (if you're interested):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/grant_s...57624116059106


I was very interested to see how close we were. The Westerner lot was *way* bumpier than I remembered, and it seemed to make everyones car very very loose. (But that's a good thing for a Subaru, if you've gotta be on the gas to catch the car then you're on the gas more. )

CSCC scores their auto-x as 2-day events, they slightly change the course at noon, and your time for the day is your best time from the morning combined with your best time from the afternoon. (I'm not 100% a fan of it, but it is what it is. :P)

In the morning, he had me by several 10ths (39.0x vs. 38.2x) because i coned away a run that would had had me mere hundredths ahead of him. But in the afternoon I beat him by several tenths but a smaller margin (38.1 vs. 38.4)... So overall he had me beat.

This year I'm running both the ASA & CSCC championships, so I cold've used those points. :P

Next auto-x is this Sunday (ASA event #2) at Griesbach!
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Old 06-05-2010, 02:25 AM
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Well, I finally got around to replacing my rear swaybar mounts.

These came off (Heavy duty apparently meant strength, not weather resistance):


This went on, lighter, stronger and hopefully more weather resistant!


Gotta get ready for an RX-7 club autox at Namao this Sunday, and some lapping on Monday.
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