I’ve been enjoying the FXT everyday I drive it. It’s practicality cannot be trumped—even my wife’s 2013 Outback seems less practical in comparison. The cabin space and ease of access is just superb, and I’m not surprised that Subaru is breaking sales records lately mostly due to the new Forester platform. I decided to take […]
I recently decided to pick up a larger throttle body since I had read some great things about the low-end response it generates. Across multiple dyno sheets, it added more power everywhere, but significantly added a bit more torque down low. All good things in my book The installation was pretty straight forward. After removing […]
Upon receiving the car back last November, it was pretty apparent that the tires had not been rotated. The back tires had some decent treat left, but the front were pretty worn. It was quite a difference. Considering you really want to have consistent tread with an AWD vehicle, and the fact I was never […]
Made some tweaks to my current displays and added a new boost gauge, as well as my own unique setup for mounting my Cobb Accessport v3. The boost gauge is a digital AEM, which replaced the really cheap and crappy Prosport Gauge which also beeped at me, refused to work, and flat out died within […]
While everything was out and apart I decided to ceramic coat my headers, since the heat wrap was already disintegrating and falling apart in less than a year This coating now matches the coated exhaust pipes from P&L, and hopefully it’s a lot cleaner for oil changes too Perfection Industrial Finishing in Tucson did the […]
I just received the latest Process West Anti-Surge Tank with dual DW300 pumps over the weekend, and I must say this thing is STOUT. There are alternatives that look pretty nice from Radium Engineering, but I wanted a complete plug and play system where I didn’t need to source new wires, hoses, or anything else. […]
296whp @ 6600rpm \\ 290wtq @ 3880rpm While I’ve had the tune finished since July, I’ve been busy with work and haven’t really taken the car out that much…since it’s been hellishly hot in AZ. Temps have cooled off recently (monsoon season) and took it out for a ride today Car handles fantastic, the brakes […]
Been thinking a lot since I sold the STi of where I wanted to go. Go big with a GTR (not exactly financially smart right now), go with a NA big block (like Z06), or stick with Subaru. Something about the utility of a hatchback is incredibly appealing to me, not sure why. I’m also […]
Just in case anyone else has the problem I’ve experienced, here is what happened. So in a rapid shift from 2nd to 3rd gear (a la drag race), the gear never landed in 3rd, and the shifter went completely loose. It would travel completely forward and back with no resistance, and it was stuck in […]
I went on a cruise last night, and it was glorious. I was finally pushing the car and holy cow she is fast! I did a launch to get some practice back in, and the shift from 2nd to 3rd never connected. It never shifted well at high RPM from 2nd to 3rd. Whatever happened, […]
Seriously, Phatbotti Tuning is freaking awesome. It’s not a completely final tune, but its probably at the point of its power. It’s running pretty low timing advance, and AFR’s are pretty safe. I’m a happy camper!
Had a little fun with some light painting, killer sky!
I never had any really interesting shots of the STi before “the incident” and we just got some of the first “real” snow of the season. Thought I’d go up for a quick photo!
I’m still beyond thrilled with the work that Archie did. Everything is just humming along perfectly. I took a few quick pics of the engine bay to show off some of the custom work and piping involved with this setup. I’d say Archie made it look a LOT better than it was before, but, its […]
Once the engine was torn down, it became apparent that the pistons were not salvageable. The rods looked decent, and the block would need to be re-honed for new pistons. Knowing this was going to be several thousand dollars, I decided to sit on it. I almost was serious about selling-it as-is. At the beginning […]
This is a crappy video from my iPhone, but this is what rod knock sounds like. I towed the car to a trusted shop to get a diagnosis. I was hoping it was only something wrong with the valve cover being hit, but no, it was my worst fear; rebuild the engine. Rod knock happens […]