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post #31 of 696 (permalink) Old 05-27-2010, 06:17 AM
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"How low can you go".... Looks nice



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Thanks!

Two new ones. I painted the exhaust with VHT flat black and put the stock tip on to clear the bumper (and to go for a stock look). I like it!






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Here's an updated engine bay picture. What's new you ask? Well:

-greddy catch can
-modified stock turbo heatshield
-SPT turbo heat shield
-Custom air box
-Flex Innovations grounding kit
-Catted Invidia divorced bellmouth downpipe
-10lb wrx wastegate
-new tune by Cody



And the Silver Bullet with Lil' Deb

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What it the story about the Green? Does it have any significance to you or just you like the color?

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It just kind of happened. I had the RKs green, then got a killer deal on the new wheels that were green, then a friend gave me the airbox, which was green. I'm probably going to go gunmetal once I get over it though, which might take some time because they're awesome in person, the pictures don't really to them justice.

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did clearing your bumper with the stock tip help with cabin noise?


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Didn't really notice, the exhaust itself didn't have that much on its own.

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Looks awesome man! A friend of mine has a white bugeye with lime green wheels as well and we get questions about it all the time

What did you do to black out the headlights? It looks sweet!
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The headlights were pretty easy. Take them off the car, disassemble them (typically stick in oven for a few minutes at 200 degrees, but with some gentle prying mine came right apart), mask off (be sure to dull the tape, the reflective peels off pretty easily),paint with FLAT black high temp paint in a few very light coats - be sure to cover everything evenly, wait to dry (overnight), reassemble. The key to putting them back together w/o getting any moister in them is to do the ENTIRE project indoors, scrape all the old glue/adhesive off and use a silicone to bond them back, I always use G&E window/door trim silicone in black. I've cleared/blacked out many headlights and as long as you take your time and be patient they'll never leak or get moist. Here's a picture of the areas that are to be painted. Oh, and don't forget to break off the orange reflector.



I've had mine cleared for almost 2 years now and they still look as good as when I first did them.



Oh, and work on the outsides of the lenses with some aluminum polish to clean them to a pristine state.

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Picked up a STI master cylinder and brake booster today, time to get rid of the squishiness in the pedal feel.

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Hey nice journal, nice read, nice car. I just put some green fog covers on my car and someone said they reminded them of you, so I had to check this out.

Very nice!

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Got the VF39 installed with new plugs and had a full compression test done. <4% difference between all cylinders. I had True Tune in Woods Cross, UT do the install/tune and the car is running great! Logan there did a great job with the tune. I love the drive-ability of it now. I can easily drive around town/on the freeway without hitting boost if I want, but if I push down the fun pedal I can snap heads back!

The only problem I'm having is trying to track down a pesky oil leak. I first noticed a faint smell of burning oil when the car rests at stop lights, so I slid under and noticed oil tracking down from the front of the head to the rear (on the bottom), then dripping onto the uppipe. Looking over everything with my new (and awesome) mechanic (Tony at True Tune), we took off the front timing cover, thinking it was a leaky cam seal but didn't notice any oil in there. He cleaned everything off with brake fluid and I'm going back in tomorrow to look around and hopefully we'll be able to follow it's path. Right now I think it may be a valve cover gasket leak, but we'll see. It's tough to see anything with the exhaust manifold and it's upper heat shield in the way. I haven't noticed any drop in oil level so it's a pretty slow leak. We shall see tomorrow..... (hopefully)

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Good luck bud.
Glad you're enjoying the new turbo and tune. I think they do a great job over there.
Did he adjust your tune to dial back the boost at low throttle position? It really helped with my car.

Whatever you do, do it right.


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Thanks Phil. The throttle position was set perfectly (for me) the first time so he never had to adjust it. I'm really loving the new feel of the car.


Oh, and to add to my "Journal", let's not forget about my recent nightmare

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Ah poop!

So while researching my oil leak problem I found this thread, which has an EXACT description to what I'm going through, right HERE

Now my goal is to figure out what it really is. If it is something that's related to the work that the previous shop (that worked on it throughout the nightmare) did, my only concern is how to confront the shop with it. Tony at True Tune is going to help me diagnose the problem, he's an awesome guy that does real quality work. I haven't noticed any loss in oil or even a drop on the ground, but I really want to get it fixed before it turns into something horrific.

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Good news though, since they would be responsible for for the work done on that seal.
I'd have Tony confirm it's the cam seal and have him write up an estimate. Call the shop, ask them to take a look. If they don't want to take responsibility show them Tony's write up. They have to fix their problem, just give them the benefit of the doubt before confronting them.

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