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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-15-2016, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Soon to be New SG STI owner

Howdy folks.

As per the title, ive jumped on the bandwagon of getting a fast sensible-modile and this topped my list, so I'm in the process of importing a factory standard face lifted STI.

It's due to land in Southampton on the 20th of December so I'll be flying down from central Scotland to Torque GT (Exeter) at some point in the new year.

Theres not much more to say at this point. I'll fire up the photos I was sent if you guys are interested?

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Do it! I recently got mine in standard state of tune. It's brilliant.

By the way, welcome.


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Do it! My FSTI came through Torque GT. They get some great cars there!
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Please ignore the fog lights cut into the grille. They will be getting replaced with a standard one.

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Do it! My FSTI came through Torque GT. They get some great cars there!
Yeah I used Torque 4 years ago when I imported my current car, Nissan Silvia.

I've read on here about people getting their cars mapped for UK fuel. Can anyone shed some light on what this means?

I know they tend to run +100octane in Japan but just assumed the FSTI would be ok running on super unleaded once I got it.
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Nice one!

It also looks to be running a Impreza back box, as a Forester one would stick out further than that.

Regarding the tune, you would probably get away with running 99 RON Shelp VPower or at a push Tesco Ultimate, but it is probably a good idea to get it booked in for a remap just in case you needed to fill up on 95 or 97 RON in an emergency. Maybe you could contact Duncan from Race Dynamix and he could arrange to tune it for you either at one of the locations he visits or close to Torque GT. Although I am sure there are other tuners that could do it.
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Mine ran here in the UK for 2 years with previous owners using the original factory Jap map. Seemed fine. Thankfully now mapped for UK 99 ron.
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Nice one!

It also looks to be running a Impreza back box, as a Forester one would stick out further than that.

Regarding the tune, you would probably get away with running 99 RON Shelp VPower or at a push Tesco Ultimate, but it is probably a good idea to get it booked in for a remap just in case you needed to fill up on 95 or 97 RON in an emergency. Maybe you could contact Duncan from Race Dynamix and he could arrange to tune it for you either at one of the locations he visits or close to Torque GT. Although I am sure there are other tuners that could do it.
Cheers for that. I thought it would be something along those lines of being able to use 95/7 if people couldn't get 99. I'll have a look into that though.
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You got the fastest colour! Well done! Glad they're replacing the grille, Those lights ruin the front....

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My car's done over 80k miles on the standard map, so I reckon you'll be fine to drive it home.

Then you can get Andy Forrest to have a look at it...
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Mine was mapped for UK fuel when it arrived, but I only found that out when I went to get it remapped

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My car's done over 80k miles on the standard map, so I reckon you'll be fine to drive it home.

Then you can get Andy Forrest to have a look at it...
I was thinking along those lines if I had to get it remapped.
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Mine's form Torque GT. There is no 99RON around where I live - least not on my routes so had Torque GT arrange a remap for 97RON. They use Alan Jeffery in Plymouth. I'd recommend the tune as if theew is any weakness in the cars performance the RR will likely show it up and Torque GT will have to sort it and save you a potential hassle in the warranty period. For instance, mine couldn't complete it's first rolling road booking due to a weak original factory component - that was uprated and replaced FOC by TorqueGT. Couple other issues had to be sorted also.
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Alright folks.

Torque GT have picked the car up from the docks and everything looks as it should be, the only thing is there is no evidence that the timing belt has been done in Japan, its at 55,xxx miles.

So that is my priority getting that changed before I pick it up and drive back up here. However my question is, while the radiator is out and the hoses are off is it worth swapping the hoses? I only ask as I've read on here that they're prone to splitting.
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If a reputable garage does the cambelt then they can inspect these at the same time. In theory the cambelt can be changed without the need to remove the rad or the cooling pipes. This is very common practice, so I'd just ask for them to do a full inspection whilst they are doing it.
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I would probably change the bottom hose for peace of mind. If that one splits, you'll lose all your coolant quick. If the top splits, you might have some warning to pull over etc. I changed mine for Samco
If the radiator is original, you might consider changing that out - there's been a lot of radiators in the euro section cracking recently at the 10 years/100K mile mark.

At such low mileage, yours might be fine for a good long while......

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