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Forum: Non-Performance Tech   Yesterday, 01:52 PM
Replies: 1
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Posted By LW_Black4
NEW Racing Seat Triggers Airbag Dash Light

Installed a fancy Recaro racing seat and absolutely love it!

It's such a huge improvement in driving position and feel that it's almost like my WRX is a new sports car.

However I'm getting an...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   05-21-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 96
Posted By LW_Black4
Here is the 2012 WRX service interval chart: ...

Here is the 2012 WRX service interval chart:

2012 Subaru maintenance schedule and new car break-in period (http://www.cars101.com/subaru/maintenance3.html)

When you look down to Steering &...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   05-20-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 316
Posted By LW_Black4
Boost, oil pressure and oil temp for monitoring...

Boost, oil pressure and oil temp for monitoring your turbo engine's vitals if you're going to track it.

To Adair's point above, replace the 'oil pressure idiot light sensor' with a 3-way combo...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   05-15-2015, 07:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 432
Posted By LW_Black4
Keith's *always* correct, coilovers are for...

Keith's *always* correct, coilovers are for competition. It's a little too much for a daily driver, and you won't like the ride quality.

Replacement WRX springs and struts are fine for a daily...
Forum: Newbie Forum   05-15-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By LW_Black4
I recommend correcting any issues you might find...

I recommend correcting any issues you might find with the basic car, before trying to customize or upgrade it. These usually come out of a pre-sale inspection by a qualified mechanic familiar with...
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   05-15-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 10,226
Posted By LW_Black4
We hated every minute of it! ;) Playtime on...

We hated every minute of it! ;)

Playtime on America's most twisted beast, the "Tail of the Dragon" in Tennessee - Hwy-129 North. was Frigg'in hard to take.

Ha ha.
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   05-15-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 208
Posted By LW_Black4
Stoptech's are great street pads! ...

Stoptech's are great street pads!

https://tougetuning.com/product/stoptech-street-performance-pads-2006-2007-subaru-wrx-front/
...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   05-01-2015, 07:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 650
Posted By LW_Black4
All the tune requires is an upgraded turbo-back...

All the tune requires is an upgraded turbo-back exhaust and you have that, so go for it. Stage 2 here we come!
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   05-01-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 977
Posted By LW_Black4
Looks great, it's a very clean look. All you...

Looks great, it's a very clean look. All you need is to have it in good operating condition and you can enjoy it.

Cheers,
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   04-30-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 402
Posted By LW_Black4
Well, I'm reconsidering. If it's '06 STi...

Well, I'm reconsidering.

If it's '06 STi springs, struts and '04 top hats that are required for the conversion, I think I can manage that. I see that a variety of tophats are available; used,...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   04-30-2015, 08:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 402
Posted By LW_Black4
Thanks mosc, I'll pass on them then. The damping...

Thanks mosc, I'll pass on them then. The damping of the WRX struts is not good for STi springs as well, so I wouldn't do that either.

BTW, how does that '15 STi chassis feel compared to your '05?
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   04-28-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By LW_Black4
Yes. Ideal approach is to bore-match...

Yes.

Ideal approach is to bore-match pistons, by sending oversized pistons to the machine shop/builder so that cylinders can be bored to fit.

Although not as good as bore matching, if the...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   04-28-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 402
Posted By LW_Black4
'06 STi Struts & Springs Fit an '04 WRX?

Folks,
This seems to be a good deal to get used STi struts & springs at 30,000 km, but are they a direct fit in my '04 WRX?
...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L 2008+ WRX, STi, and GT)   04-28-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 579
Posted By LW_Black4
Time to get it on a another dyno.

Time to get it on a another dyno.
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   04-28-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By LW_Black4
A stock rebuild requires standard clearances. ...

A stock rebuild requires standard clearances.

The important thing to check is the cylinder wall wear but that can only be done with the engine apart. If there's too much cylinder wall wear then...
Forum: Newbie Forum   04-28-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 285
Posted By LW_Black4
"The max stock boost is 13.5 psi... which is...

"The max stock boost is 13.5 psi... which is close to 0.9 bar"

02 wrx stock psi - NASIOC (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=141423)

You may have a boost leak. If so you'll...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   04-27-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 302
Posted By LW_Black4
Adair, The weldnut stripped. It's a machine...

Adair,

The weldnut stripped. It's a machine thread, which may not be the best for a corrosion environment.

I'm not sure if we can get into the frame rail by removing the bumper or I would try,...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   04-27-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 605
Posted By LW_Black4
Ontario no longer has a sniff test. For vehicles...

Ontario no longer has a sniff test. For vehicles 1998 or later they use an On Board Diagnostic System test (OBD Test), which means if you don't have a CEL (check engine light) your vehicle will pass....
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   04-27-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 302
Posted By LW_Black4
Stripped Weld Nut for Mounting Hitch on '04 Impreza WRX

I put a Curt class I hitch on my WRX for a bike rack.

Unfortunately the existing machine thread fasteners were tired and we stripped the threads in one weld nut, which is not good.

The Curt...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   04-07-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By LW_Black4
Pistons and ARP head studs would be my...

Pistons and ARP head studs would be my recommendation.

Head studs improve the head gasket(s) seal better than than the factory stretch head bolts.

Quality fluids after that and you're good to...
Forum: Handling Tech   03-02-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,695
Posted By LW_Black4
I liked this Whiteline quote in Legacycentralbbs...

I liked this Whiteline quote in Legacycentralbbs forums:

"- Static or dynamic caster and "caster loss"
Whiteline tries to focus on dynamic alignment figures rather than absolute static numbers. A...
Forum: Handling Tech   02-24-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,695
Posted By LW_Black4
Also note here in the Whiteline ALK kit install...

Also note here in the Whiteline ALK kit install instructions the spacers used to mount the subframe slightly lower, which might be to provide clearance for the ALK rear bushing support which has a...
Forum: Handling Tech   02-24-2015, 08:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,695
Posted By LW_Black4
Neat observation Keith, and inquiring minds want...

Neat observation Keith, and inquiring minds want to know how it works out.

I got mine installed today, along with the STi front control arms so we'll be able to compare notes when we finally get...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   02-20-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,220
Posted By LW_Black4
Protect the sponsorship and build a spare engine...

Protect the sponsorship and build a spare engine with your buddy. It's always good to have one of those..
Forum: Wrxtuners Help Desk   02-19-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,397
Posted By LW_Black4
Nice. :) I once rebuilt a small block Chevy 305...

Nice. :)
I once rebuilt a small block Chevy 305 with forged internals, Corvette heads and 2.02 in intake valves for my pickup truck when I was a teenager.

The things we can accomplish when we're...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L 2008+ WRX, STi, and GT)   02-19-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,444
Posted By LW_Black4
This is an approach that is well-Engineered, and...

This is an approach that is well-Engineered, and seems consistent with your modest performance improvement path. :)
Forum: Handling Tech   02-10-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By LW_Black4
Yup, agree. Aside from performance tires and...

Yup, agree.

Aside from performance tires and alignment it's the biggest handling improvement for the least $ that you can get.

Enjoy,
Forum: Handling Tech   02-05-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By LW_Black4
There's some great advice here, with inexpensive...

There's some great advice here, with inexpensive ways to improve braking performance.

However, if you simply want a brake upgrade to look better in big wheels then that's quite an expensive...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   02-04-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,992
Posted By LW_Black4
Mr.impreziv The CEL code comes from...

Mr.impreziv

The CEL code comes from removing the sensor. If you leave the TGV sensor in place you won't get a CEL.

The TGV butterfly valve shaft still partly-blocks the TGV (tumble generator...
Forum: Newbie Forum   02-04-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 458
Posted By LW_Black4
Questions are good. Perrin gear is great,...

Questions are good.

Perrin gear is great, and I'd prefer a shroud designed for that item for best performance and engine bay appearance, although I suspect the performance difference with some...
Forum: Regional WRX Clubs   02-04-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 407
Posted By LW_Black4
Replacing the downpipe with one that has a...

Replacing the downpipe with one that has a catalytic converter is a good plan, as it's good for the environment and will cause fewer headaches later.

It's also a good idea to replace the turbo...
Forum: Handling Tech   02-04-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,778
Posted By LW_Black4
RogueMantis : Please put a profile picture up,...

RogueMantis : Please put a profile picture up, it'll help your audience when you post.

Cheers, :)
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   02-03-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,992
Posted By LW_Black4
I'm just going to take the butterfly plates out...

I'm just going to take the butterfly plates out for my TVG delete, leaving the shafts and sensors in place and operating so that I don't get a CEL code.

That'll improve the intake breathing...
Forum: Newbie Forum   01-27-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 598
Posted By LW_Black4
Stock rated power was 230 Hp for the WRX and 293...

Stock rated power was 230 Hp for the WRX and 293 Hp for the STi ('06 - '07).

A turbo upgrade requires fuel system upgrades and an engine tune as well, which means upgraded injectors and fuel pump....
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   01-27-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,247
Posted By LW_Black4
Service manual procedure is to disconnect the...

Service manual procedure is to disconnect the battery before removing the combination meter, but I'm not clear why. I removed mine for bulb replacement last night.

However, it sounds like one of...
Forum: Newbie Forum   01-26-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 550
Posted By LW_Black4
Keep on looking. If you can't inspect the car to...

Keep on looking. If you can't inspect the car to your satisfaction, then you shouldn't buy it. That'd be a blind purchase.
Forum: Newbie Forum   01-22-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 855
Posted By LW_Black4
A Stage 2 tune is more reliable and trouble free....

A Stage 2 tune is more reliable and trouble free.

I've been exploring Stage 3 for a while now and it's at least a turbo, fuel system upgrade, TMIC and protune, which even with a used TMIC is...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-21-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,105
Posted By LW_Black4
This is great input and I appreciate the help...

This is great input and I appreciate the help exploring this upgrade path. You have confirmed that it's not a good idea, and so I won't go that route.

I can't afford to upgrade with all-new parts...
Forum: Newbie Forum   01-21-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 502
Posted By LW_Black4
Internals to me sounds like inside the engine,...

Internals to me sounds like inside the engine, which would require an engine rebuild.

Stronger internals are forged pistons, STi connecting rods and head studs.

If you are talking only about...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-21-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,105
Posted By LW_Black4
arcticscythe What's an 'LWG tune'? I...

arcticscythe What's an 'LWG tune'?

I confirmed with COBB that the FP16G OTS tune isn't available for the AP V3 anyway, so using it isn't an option and a protune is required for a turbo upgrade -...
Forum: Newbie Forum   01-20-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,314
Posted By LW_Black4
ominiouscrab236 Start a new thread. And I agree...

ominiouscrab236 Start a new thread.
And I agree with Mosc; 1. tires, 2. alignment and 3. performance driver training. :)
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-20-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,105
Posted By LW_Black4
COBB FP16G OTS Map Work With the Blouch TD05H-16G-XT?

I run an '04 WRX with a COBB AP Ver 3. Currently it's setup with a turbo-back exhaust and Stage 2 tune.

Think I can use COBB's FP16G map with Blouch's 16G turbo instead? Of course with the other...
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   01-19-2015, 08:12 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 10,226
Posted By LW_Black4
Folks, It's more important to bring a car in...

Folks,

It's more important to bring a car in good working condition to the Tail of the Dragon, than to install the most recent gear you have for it.

You don't want to be working on it there.
...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-19-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,220
Posted By LW_Black4
There will always be faster cars - and hotter...

There will always be faster cars - and hotter women for that matter. It's good to be satisfied with the things you already have. :)
Forum: Newbie Forum   01-13-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 529
Posted By LW_Black4
Great explanation Jason [acticscythe]. :) ...

Great explanation Jason [acticscythe]. :)

All wheel drive vehicles have great traction and launch well at a drag strip.

Past the wheelspin off the launch, the higher power car will ultimately...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-13-2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,220
Posted By LW_Black4
BuiltEJ has STi rods for sale, and these are...

BuiltEJ has STi rods for sale, and these are usually used items surplus from someone else upgrading to billet rods for a sturdier build. http://www.builtej.com/home.php

They are tough items,...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   01-13-2015, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,057
Posted By LW_Black4
Summer performance tires give great performance...

Summer performance tires give great performance when temperatures are warm but are not suitable for winter.

In general, to maximize rated car capabilities performance cars come with performance...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   01-12-2015, 04:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,906
Posted By LW_Black4
It's a good idea to find a performance shop...

It's a good idea to find a performance shop that's familiar with building EJ motors who you can discuss budget and performance expectations. That would be your best start.

My rebuild suitable for...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-12-2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,220
Posted By LW_Black4
BuiltEJ is a good supplier and I've worked with...

BuiltEJ is a good supplier and I've worked with them.

It's better to buy them as a package to avoid sourcing a potentially wrong item. Pistons are different for the 79mm stroke crank (EJ257...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   12-16-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,034
Posted By LW_Black4
Aftermarket heat shields are not nearly as...

Aftermarket heat shields are not nearly as effective as the OEM cladding. Best to use a turbo blanket and wrap the downpipe with thermal tape, to manage heat soak.

turbo blanket...
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