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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Hey this is a mod journal of my 05 FXT





Exterior Modifications:
Rally Armour Mud Flaps
DIY Grille Mod
VHT Night Shades Tail Lights


Interior Modifications
2009 Subaru Wrx Shift Knob
KartBoy Custom Short Throw Shifter w/Bushing
AEM Digital Boost Gauge
AEM Wideband A/F Gauge
Custom Gauge Pod (Need to Build)
Plasti Dipped Center Concle


Sound System
(Soon to Be)
Custom Ported Subwoofer Box
10" Re Audio SE 600W RMS
Hifonics Amplifier


Suspension/Brakes/Wheels/Drivetrain
2007 Wrx Wagon Springs
R1 Concepts Slotted Rotors
Stoptech Brake Pads
Black Painted Calipers
Enkei 17" Wheels/Power Coated Gold
Hankook RS-2 225/45/17 tires
Stock 16" Wheels with Winterforce Winter Tires
South Bend Stage 2 Clutch
F1 Racing Lightweight Flywheel


Engine/Performance
Borg Warner S200-56SX Twin Scroll Turbo
Modified Ebay header for twin scroll turbo
Perrin Modified 825cc injectors
Walbro 225 Fuel Pump
Custom Resonated Downpipe
Modified Resonated Surewin V2 exhaust
Custom Cold Air Intake
SSAC TMIC
Wyntonm 44mm External Wastegate Rerouted back into the downpipe
TurboSmart BPV
Hallman Pro MBC

Area 1320 Tune


Future Modifications
Wrx Struts & Cobb Springs (Springs Ordered)
XXR 530 17x8.25 or 18x8.75 wheels
Nitto Nt05 tires
Redo the grille mesh
DIY Front Pavers Lip
 

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Discussion Starter · #9 · (Edited)
So it turned out that I was getting a weird idle from the Maf being located to close to the turbo, similar to the perrin rotated problem. Anyways here is a video after the tune. Car made 340awhp and 330 awtq at 18.9 psi conservative tune.

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I was figured I'd try to make a cold air intake to move the maf as far from the turbo as possible as this should be the root problem suggested by area1320 and ray from turbotectuning. So here are a couple pictures of the intake.














The tube coming off of the turbo is a 3.5" tube and then the fender tube is 3". The pieces were tig welded by me, I think it came out alright since I havent had much tig practice. Then I sandblasted the pieces and sprayed them with VHT Wrinkle Black.
After I reinstalled this, it did indeed fix the idle. I am running lean right now because of the smaller maf housing and I am scheduled for a retune for the 19th and maybe I'll ask to make the tune somewhat more aggressive.
 

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I haven't had much time or money to work on my sound system but I figure Ill post my plans for the future on here.





The sub is a RE Audio SE 10" 600w rms. I plan on powering it with a Hifonics amplifier not sure what size yet though. I do plan on wrapping the box with black carpet and securing it to my back seat. I'm still thinking about how/where to put the amp so it looks clean.

I positioned the box like that because I wanted to be able to use the divider in the back to cover up the box when I am parked.
 

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Discussion Starter · #12 · (Edited)
New Parts

Well I got a big order of parts for my christmas break to work on my XT. I am going to be doing a rotor and pad change as well as painting the intercooler and some other goodies.

This will give you an idea what what I might be working on.



Ive been working on painting the inner hubs of the rotors and here is the process:

Front Rotor:


Rear Rotor:



Masked Up:


2 Coats of BBQ Paint:


1 Coat of Engine Enamel (Black Semi Gloss):


Drying on the ol Coal Burner:
 

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Got the brakes installed, I also painted the calipers black with G2 caliper paint. Here are some installed shots, I still have to mount my winter tires so I will have more pictures after the tires and wheels are on:

Fronts:






Rears:

 

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I just made some hood struts for my car:

Heres a bracket I cut for the struts:



Clearance of the struts and how close the struts are from fully shut:




Here is the top bracket after being shaped:



Heres a couple more pictures of the final thing:






I am thinking about making a DIY tutorial of this for the people on a budget like me.
 

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I finally got the intercooler back on but it turns out when i was doing a boost leak test that my bpv gasket was leaking. I tried to make a paper gasket but it still did not work. Finally i just used some Copper RTV sealant and that should work.
 

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Well I just got done running a boost leak check and everything is good. I've had a problem with the BPV gasket so I had to make one out of RTV sealant.

I also have the XT template saved in Microsoft word if anyone needed it.



I want to make a bracket to hold the BPV return hose down to clean up the look a bit but Im just trying to plan in my head what I want to do.

I also finally got me snow tires on and heres what the look like in front of the R1 Concepts rotors:

 
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