Originally Posted by angdefeo
I am planning on the following:
-exhaust upgrade from the turbo back
-upgrade the intake
-Kartboy short throw shifter
- rear difuser and front air splitter
I might do some more stuff but thats at the top of the list. Just working out the logistics of getting the car and a place to keep it garaged when i am not driving it. I want to do this to an older STI and not my current '09 STi.
Please give me updates on your experience at IAG. Its a 2 hour drive from my house so i want to be sure that its worth the drive.
It's completely understandable that you'd want to make sure a 2 hour drive is worth it. I drive about an hour to get there myself, as I'm near BWI and there's no good, direct route to get there.
My car is an autocross (SCCA Solo) car, and the first few things IAG did for me were simple -- purchase of a Whiteline front bar and endlinks, and an alignment. I was running stock class, and having done a lot of stuff to my Camaro myself, I installed the bar and an exhaust on my own, and had a friend install my struts (Koni inserts in stock housings).
When I decided to take the car to ESP for this year, IAG really stepped up. Most of the parts on the car now were purchased there (I think the AST struts and the brake pads I use -- Ferodo -- would be the only major things I didn't get through them), and I bounce setup ideas off JJ (the owner) a lot. He makes suggestions, but doesn't insist that his way is the only right way either, which is nice (believe me, as a female, I get a lot of "you don't know what you're doing" from automotive-types).
My stock clutch started slipping just a week before a big event, while I was still dialing the car in, and Rick and JJ made sure I was able to get a replacement (the ACT one, along with the lightened flywheel) installed in time for proper break-in and one "practice" event before the big one (the DC ProSolo). Because I was pressed for time and couldn't get someone to go to the shop with me to drop the car off, JJ even let me take the '08 STI project car home as a "rental" for the day!
They installed my AST coilovers (fabricating the brackets for the external reservoirs, too), the down pipe, up pipe, intake, Invidia exhaust, TMIC, etc. They'll have my car next week for the differential installs and to do a once-over before it is driven out to Nebraska for the SCCA Solo National Championships.
When I had my car dyno-tuned at one of their monthly sessions (where they fly Jorge in), I actually wasn't in town. I had my codriver take the car to the dyno -- which is not
at IAG, but at Infinite Speed & Performance in Beltsville, and IAG rents it for the weekend -- and when my car wasn't behaving as it should, JJ was on the phone with me immediately to let me know what was going on, and how he was going to try to fix it. Turned out to be a minor glitch in the end, and my car was tuned just fine.
There is a huge vendor thread on another forum that is 100% positive reviews on IAG, and I know people that come from Virginia Beach and New York City to have IAG do work on their cars. In the last two months, they've installed a new alignment rack (so that cars no longer need to drive up on ramps; this one is set in ground), new tire mounting/balancer equipment, and have also started roll-cage installation (with new equipment just for that purpose).
I just wish I could find someone as trustworthy to do work on my Camaros!