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Old 05-18-2012, 02:45 PM   #46 (permalink)
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No i have a huge boost leak coming from somewere and have not had the time to check on it yet. I am still on stock breaks and they are pathetic.
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New brakes going on this afternoon. Got a Jvc head unit coming from fisher in PA on friday. Also just ordered the red PTP turbo blanket and some heat wrap for the downpipe.

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Old 05-22-2012, 02:34 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Brakes are finished. I took it for a test drive and to bed in the pads. I noticed an immediate difference in bite from the stock set. These are much better than whatever was on there stock! I heated them up by stopping as hard as possible from 60-10mph and then speeding up again perhaps 8 times in a row. Then drove a while at speed to cool them down and repeated it a few more times after that. They bite hard every time even after multiple stops and will lock all 4 tires up pretty quickly when poked a bit harder. The old ones, after a few quick stops would go mushy and not stop as quickly. With these, that certainly isn't the case.

These would probably not do for someone tracking their car for a full weekend of hard braking at a course but they are a must have for gaining extra stopping distance and keeping out fade in the mountains.

I'd recommend these to anyone wanting better braking and not wanting a pricey full racing setup. Cost me $95 and was well worth it.

On a side note, the jeep will be getting a set of these next go round.



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Old 05-23-2012, 11:43 AM   #49 (permalink)
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I put some extra air in the new michelins. Gave them a tighter, more sporty feel and made them a bit quieter on the roads (even the concrete ones). The tire has a max cold psi of 44. I put in 41 front 39 rear. The reccomended oem pressures were too floppy on this tire to me.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:56 PM   #50 (permalink)
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Are you sure you don't want to donate the 52 and tmic to my forester? I'd send you my old turbo and a carburetor spacer from my 66 ford. That's a great deal really.
Too late. It's installed I'll give you the defective miss drilled AVO TMIC for that spacer though it will probably fit just as well. Need to send that one back. (See my post on Nates Journal for a pic) Just waiting on my tune on Friday

How about you doing twin td04's? I have a spare


By the way Braking is overrated. Go fast first then worry about stopping next
How many miles were on the old pads and what shape were they in?
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The old brakes weren't in bad shape but I don't know how old they were. Could have been the Originals since the car only had 25k on it. Here's a pic of the front. The rears were a bit closer to being worn out.


Twin 04's? ummm.... If you'd like to ship it to me for free I'd be glad to sell it and put the money towards my favorite charity........

For not too much more than buying a stock set i'd get some better brakes next time you need em. I have no doubt that my braking distance shortened up quite a bit.
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I'm all tuned to 19psi. Don't wait. Get a vf52 as soon as possible. It is like night and day.

I guess I should start my own build journal now
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I know it'll be awesome but it cost's money, lots more than I can drop at the moment. I'm going to concentrate for the next few months on suspension and handling and then get the new turbo and TMIC, and Fuel pump, and Injectors, oh yeah and a tune (Holy crap thats going to be some cash!). I'll get there before next summer.

Yeah you should start your journal. If I had to guess I'd say youd be in the mid-high 13s 1/4mile range with your setup. Pretty sweet!

In the meantime, I got the radio installed today. It sounds much much better than stock. Right off the bat the bass has come out more and everything sounds nice and well.... better in every way.

A cool feature:
Since the display and buttons change color it has 2 modes, one for night and one for day. It knows when you turn your lights on to swap colors. I tried to match the night time to the colors in the car at night and the daytime mode to just be bright and readable.
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Thanks again to Mike/Fisher624 for the sale and good service.

My turbo blanket was sent to the wrong post office (according to the online tracking service) and was hence undrliverable yesterday so I guess it'll probably get here next week sometime.
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:42 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Default Turbo Blanket and Exhaust wrap did make it here!

I was thinking I wouldn't get this till next week but found them in the mail late this afternoon!
Gave me something else to do this evening. They supplied the bailing wire for the buttons on the blanket but I forgot to order some metal straps for the exhaust wrap. I'll pick some up tomorrow morning at Lowes or something but for now it's all on there just not super secure for the exhaust wrap. These should keep my engine bay (esp. the TMIC) a little cooler. Heres a few pics.

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Old 05-26-2012, 06:39 AM   #55 (permalink)
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Default Waste gate flutter almost slient with Turbo Blanket and wrap!

This morning I put some bailing wire around my heat wrap to secure it. I might buy one more wrap piece and double insulate it.

Upon heating up the PTP blanket for the first day or so it smokes just a bit while it's breaking in. Don't worry if yours does this, It's NORMAL. First thing I did when I got back to the house was pop the hood, Wow! You can actually just touch the blanket and it's not hot. The intercooler also is much cooler where the heat was rising up to it.

I'm quite happy with the product and knew it would work from the beginning due to the heavy use of Turbo and exhaust blanketing (called lagging) in the Marine Industry(all the big ships use em, in fact they have to for safety reasons/regulations).

For you guys with wastegate flutter noise with the Aftermarket downpipes on a TD04, this makes it so I can't even hear it. I haven't been out on the highway yet but I was trying around my local area to replicate the annoying ticking(by changing speeds and accelerating at different rates) coming from the wastegate and although it's obviously still there underneath somewhere the insulation keeps me from hearing it.

That's awesome!

I'll post my findings in the related threads as well.
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good job man i went back and forth on the blanket and ended up going with the grimmspeed heat shield thermal coated. But im glad you like it. I didnt wrap my catted dp but i will probly wrap the new catless one im ordering.
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So I actually drove the subie around for a little while this morning. I've got the quiet = slow car phenomenon going on.

Haven't heard of that??

You know how when you put a loud muffler on a slow car it feels like its so much faster now that it's loud? My issue is opposite. I was so used to the loud pingy Cobb DP and wastegate flutter noise that now that I put on the turbo blanket and wrap and it's quiet now it feels like I'm slower. It's that much difference in the sound that I feel like the car is slower. I ran a few Cobb access port App 0-60 times and It's right on 6s which is the same as it was since I put on the new tires. So no real change.

What i didn't mention earlier in the Journal is that due to the new michelins with more tread and slightly larger diameter the Old Geolanders the Access Port 0-60 came up almost a 1/4 second cause it's reading off the speedo which was affected by the slight tire size change.

I need to get this thing to a real track and try it out.
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Figured id throw a different pic in here since I dont have too many up.
Swift springs are coming next week.


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Was using the front audio connection but found this hole in the cubby in front of the gearshift. I ran my audio cable behind the vents under the dash and out through the hole so it looks neater in the car. theres an extra 18 inches inside there i can pull out if needed

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Found an STI Axelback to throw on for around town. It's brand new I picked it up for $100 + shipping. A guy on NASIOC bought it for his wife's FOZ and she didn't wan't it cause it was too loud. $130 total Going to keep the Stock mufflers for road trips though.

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