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Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   06-28-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 122
Posted By LW_Black4
That's pretty Freak'in stellar Jack, but hard to...

That's pretty Freak'in stellar Jack, but hard to believe it's your first build.

That's seriously advanced stuff with a ton of Engineering into it! Well done, either way. :)
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   06-27-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 113
Posted By LW_Black4
Your car is a work of art, Jason. What a clean...

Your car is a work of art, Jason. What a clean example.
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   06-25-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By LW_Black4
Thanks guys for the sentiments, I have my moments...

Thanks guys for the sentiments, I have my moments but am staying positive and keeping myself busy researching replacement options.

I haven't run the Cosworth baffle so I don't know Jason, but the...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   06-25-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By LW_Black4
A Cosworth Baffle would suffice instead of the...

A Cosworth Baffle would suffice instead of the toilet bowl item, as that one's custom.

http://www.rallispec.com/images/products/cos_oil%20baffle.jpg

This particular track is hard on Subaru...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   06-25-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By LW_Black4
Lost another Subaru WRX motor at Mosport GP (big track)

Here is the video of the final laps before the built motor in my WRX let go, including datalog from a previous session.

Motor was built for this, but I will be regretting not getting the toilet...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   06-24-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 156
Posted By LW_Black4
Agree. Need brackets too, as they are...

Agree. Need brackets too, as they are vehicle-specific.

You'll need to put a small resistor in the airbag plug that is disconnected when you remove the factory seat, to activate the airbags. ...
Forum: Handling Tech   06-19-2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,141
Posted By LW_Black4
Hey Grumpy, we want you to keep your wonderful...

Hey Grumpy, we want you to keep your wonderful spec-C replica.

She's just being temperamental because you haven't driven her in a while, but she'll snap out of it. :)
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   06-17-2015, 10:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 321
Posted By LW_Black4
How'd you get a TD04 with a billet wheel, and why...

How'd you get a TD04 with a billet wheel, and why did you replace the turbo?
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   06-17-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By LW_Black4
Why don't you try it with the Subaru BOV and fix...

Why don't you try it with the Subaru BOV and fix the CEL?

It's not good to run with a code anyway because you can't see if you get another.
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   06-16-2015, 02:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 214
Posted By LW_Black4
Straight pipes are so unpleasant. Most race...

Straight pipes are so unpleasant. Most race tracks don't even allow them because of noise by-laws.
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   06-16-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By LW_Black4
Why don't you remove the manual boost control,...

Why don't you remove the manual boost control, try it and update this thread with the results?

I agree with mosc above, I'd leave the manual boost controller off completely. What are your...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   06-12-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,301
Posted By LW_Black4
I'm going to try Castrol EDGE Titanium 5W-30...

I'm going to try Castrol EDGE Titanium 5W-30 next. Running regular Castrol EDGE 5W-30 now.
...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   06-12-2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By LW_Black4
White smoke = burning water/coolant. Blue smoke...

White smoke = burning water/coolant.
Blue smoke = burning oil.

You'll want to get that looked at promptly to confirm that it's nothing major.
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   06-12-2015, 11:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 312
Posted By LW_Black4
I had this CEL (code) on my '04 WRX when I first...

I had this CEL (code) on my '04 WRX when I first bought it, and it turned out to be a pinched small-diameter vacuum hose that was likely from some previous service work on the car.l

To identify...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   06-11-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Posted By LW_Black4
I wasn't achieving rated boost either so I...

I wasn't achieving rated boost either so I eventually put in COBB's EBCS boost controller. I intend to stick with the OTS maps, so this was a good move for me.

First though we confirmed that the...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   06-11-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Posted By LW_Black4
Use the high wastegate duty cycle HWG map...

Use the high wastegate duty cycle HWG map download of your COBB Stage 2 map, if it isn't hitting rated boost.

Here's the Map Notes:...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   06-09-2015, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By LW_Black4
I've switched to the Normal variant of the EBCS...

I've switched to the Normal variant of the EBCS maps thekamikaze kid, now that I'm achieving rated boost.

Also looking forward to confirming that I can get 17psi out of their Stage2+EBCS 93 v310...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   06-08-2015, 04:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 267
Posted By LW_Black4
COBB knob.

COBB knob.
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   06-08-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 301
Posted By LW_Black4
Good clarification mosc. And I hope I didn't...

Good clarification mosc. And I hope I didn't suggest that here.

The 3-port boost control I just started using is a separate upgrade that is intended to be used with COBB's EBCS series of engine...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   06-08-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By LW_Black4
thekamikaze kid Not sure if the high...

thekamikaze kid

Not sure if the high wastegate duty cycle (HWG) map contributed here, but I just learned about it so I decided to use it as well.

The COBB EBCS 3-port is designed to regulate...
Forum: Newbie Forum   06-07-2015, 09:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By LW_Black4
+1 for brfatal's advice above. Even just an...

+1 for brfatal's advice above. Even just an engine tune is good for 260 Hp. A tune with a down-pipe is worth 285 Hp - using the best fuel available (93).

Here's a link to the engine tune (map)...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   06-07-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By LW_Black4
The car pulls so strong with the built motor I...

The car pulls so strong with the built motor I never seem to be lacking for grunt in either Stage 1 or 2, but I'm still pleased that I'm finally getting rated boost!

I charted the boost vs. rpm...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   06-07-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 301
Posted By LW_Black4
I don't know Fidrat , but I wouldn't chance it. ...

I don't know Fidrat , but I wouldn't chance it.

There are shortcomings of COBB's staged upgrade path, but it's definitely convenient. You have to stick to the upgrade hardware specified, and the...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   06-07-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By LW_Black4
Fidrat What COBB did was marketing...

Fidrat

What COBB did was marketing brilliance. Since our cars had the ability to be tuned, they developed a self-sufficient approach for enthusiasts to get the most out of their machines. I love...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   06-07-2015, 02:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By LW_Black4
New COBB EBCS 3-port Boost Controller

Installed COBB's EBCS 3-port boost controller, along with a Stage2+EBCS 91 v310 engine tune. See link below:

Map Notes for '02 - '05 WRX...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   06-07-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 301
Posted By LW_Black4
For ease of upgrade I'd go with an STi turbo and...

For ease of upgrade I'd go with an STi turbo and a COBB engine tune for it. You'll need injectors and an upgraded intercooler as well (TMIC). This is 350 Hp on their 93 octane engine tune and is...
Forum: The Hangout   06-06-2015, 08:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 129
Posted By LW_Black4
And an on-track video, with a bit of a twist. ...

And an on-track video, with a bit of a twist.

Laszlo's 1st run on camera:
https://youtu.be/qPFy1qAwdMo

Shane slips off the track:
https://youtu.be/N_End8cBSkE
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   06-03-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 11,029
Posted By LW_Black4
Getting dropped by Jason in his stock WRX at the...

Getting dropped by Jason in his stock WRX at the Tail of the Dragon! - new GoPro video

https://youtu.be/BcsHTc-18jE
Forum: The Hangout   06-02-2015, 10:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 129
Posted By LW_Black4
A few more of us running.

A few more of us running.
Forum: The Hangout   06-02-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 129
Posted By LW_Black4
2015 Mid-Ohion Season Opener w/AutoInterests on Jun 1st

We had a blast at the Mid-Ohio track day yesterday! The event was well-organized but the weather was unseasonably cold.

Cold track meant cold tires and this resulted in more than one spin or...
Forum: Newbie Forum   05-28-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 394
Posted By LW_Black4
I heard from the Rad Shop that Subaru rads leaked...

I heard from the Rad Shop that Subaru rads leaked from the end-tank / core interface, but the replacement rads had been improved to address this issue. Mine has a slight drip in the extreme cold [I...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L 2008+ WRX, STi, and GT)   05-28-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 380
Posted By LW_Black4
I love your detailed, helpful and informative...

I love your detailed, helpful and informative posts, Jason.

Have you a picture of that "304 stainless cable tie ( think zip tie )" downpipe fastener? Seems strange that the COBB DP wasn't a...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   05-26-2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 323
Posted By LW_Black4
The seat is amazing and doubles the sportiness of...

The seat is amazing and doubles the sportiness of the driving environment. It's a street-category Recaro Speed seat with fore-aft and tilt adjustments. I only lose the seat heating but will likely...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   05-22-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 323
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: 3
Views: 237
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: 25
Views: 699
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: 707
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: 403
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: 150
Views: 11,029
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: 267
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: 870
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: 42
Views: 2,131
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: 510
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: 510
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: 378
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: 510
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: 837
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: 378
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: 454
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: 349
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,...
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