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Forum: Handling Tech   03-02-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,292
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: 1,292
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: 1,292
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: 1,437
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: 799
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: 806
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: 314
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: 553
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: 1,134
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: 373
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: 330
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: 1,166
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: 1,134
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: 523
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: 740
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: 512
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: 758
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: 668
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: 434
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: 668
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: 2,012
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: 668
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: 86
Views: 7,313
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: 1,437
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: 447
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: 1,437
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: 789
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: 1,173
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: 1,437
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: 1,341
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...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   12-11-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 831
Posted By LW_Black4
COBB's OTS maps are only compatible with limited...

COBB's OTS maps are only compatible with limited engine mods, and their EBCS is one of them. This is good.

I'd go with their EBCS too so that I can stick with the COBB OTS map collection, because...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   12-03-2014, 04:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,103
Posted By LW_Black4
Here are the specs for your tune then: Map...

Here are the specs for your tune then:

Map Notes for 2002 - 2005 WRX ...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   12-03-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,103
Posted By LW_Black4
AllExtinct What tune are you running, Chuck? ...

AllExtinct
What tune are you running, Chuck? 19.2 psi is more boost than a COBB Stage 2 OTS map.
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   12-03-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,103
Posted By LW_Black4
AllExtinct The stock turbo becomes a heat pump...

AllExtinct
The stock turbo becomes a heat pump at high rpms at even Stage 2 boost levels, and this is why COBB tapers the boost at high rpms on their Stage 2 maps. Boost levels higher than their...
Forum: Handling Tech   12-03-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 775
Posted By LW_Black4
GD Impreza STi Prodrive Performance Pack

Was the Prodrive a limited edition model, or a dealer- or enthusiast-installed parts package?

Subaru Impreza STI (Type UK) Prodrive Performance Pack
Subaru Impreza STI (Type UK) Prodrive...
Forum: Newbie Forum   12-02-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,012
Posted By LW_Black4
It's $exy and totally impressive John but I value...

It's $exy and totally impressive John but I value reliability, and I couldn't afford your sweet machine.
Forum: Newbie Forum   11-27-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 695
Posted By LW_Black4
I'd replace the cam, oil and oil cooler. Check...

I'd replace the cam, oil and oil cooler. Check for metal filings in the oil on the magnetic oil drain plug at the same time, if the cam has worn away.

The oil cooler has tiny passages that trap...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   11-27-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,312
Posted By LW_Black4
Ferodo DS2500 - 2003-2005 Subaru WRX Front for...

Ferodo DS2500 - 2003-2005 Subaru WRX Front for street and track $152:
Ferodo Ds2500 - 2003-2005 Subaru Wrx Front - Fcp1639h - Pads - Brakes - 2002-2003 - Wrx - Impreza...
Forum: Newbie Forum   11-25-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 695
Posted By LW_Black4
I own an '04 WRX too, and I've had the engine...

I own an '04 WRX too, and I've had the engine rebuilt.

We can give you some engine rebuild or replacement guidance, but I'd like to know a little more about the intake cam issue.

Did they say...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   11-24-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,111
Posted By LW_Black4
By the way, car Club guys say there is...

By the way, car Club guys say there is significantly more blow-by in a built motor because of the forged pistons, especially during warmup, and not to worry about the crankcase ventilation.
...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   11-22-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,111
Posted By LW_Black4
Thanks to Epic and Keith for helping identify how...

Thanks to Epic and Keith for helping identify how the crankcase ventilation works.

The EJ205 has a center crankcase vent that is connected to the intake manifold and the intake duct through the...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   11-21-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,390
Posted By LW_Black4
Cherry Turbos wants 525 - 675 $CAD to rebuild a...

Cherry Turbos wants 525 - 675 $CAD to rebuild a TD04 turbo.

Add to that a 19T upgrade kit at 153 $CAD plus tax and shipping,

Mitsubishi Upgrade TD04 19T Compressor Housing Wheel [e-Bay]...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   11-21-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,064
Posted By LW_Black4
Yes EGT, sorry. Thanks Chuck [AllExtinct]:)

Yes EGT, sorry. Thanks Chuck [AllExtinct]:)
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   11-21-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,064
Posted By LW_Black4
thekamikaze kid The photo I posted in my...

thekamikaze kid
The photo I posted in my earlier comment to this thread is an Invidia catless up-pipe, and it has a fitting built in for the O2 sensor.

The sensor is also show. I'd wrap the...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   11-20-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,017
Posted By LW_Black4
mikestripes Car club guys think it's from...

mikestripes
Car club guys think it's from shock/vibration - the kind of jarring you get when you hit a speedbump unintentionally at speed.

Vibration is increased with typical performance...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   11-19-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 715
Posted By LW_Black4
I use my 'ugly stockers' for my winter tire set....

I use my 'ugly stockers' for my winter tire set. And kind of like them. :)
Forum: Newbie Forum   11-17-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,126
Posted By LW_Black4
Drag strips are very hard on drivetrains too,...

Drag strips are very hard on drivetrains too, especially in manual transmission vehicles. An auto tranny's torque converter absorbs some of the shock of drivetrain loading at launch and tends to be...
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   11-17-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,313
Posted By LW_Black4
I like the package deal and don't mind the shirt...

I like the package deal and don't mind the shirt design. I want to be a part of the action that day.

It will make less sense to make our own shirt if most of us are going with the package deal. ...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   11-16-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,111
Posted By LW_Black4
Vapor separators were weeping oil on the new...

Vapor separators were weeping oil on the new engine, so I changed the gaskets.

Also got some mayonnaise in the vent system, which I didn't expect since I walk to work and only take long trips. ...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   11-14-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 851
Posted By LW_Black4
crusincolorado : That's some good advice. ...

crusincolorado :

That's some good advice. Please update your profile and even consider starting a build log, as we'd like to see how it's going.

I've done something similar this Summer, so I...
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