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    Thread: From MKV GTI to GR STI 2 years later

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      07' BMP GTI / 10' DGM STI 400awhp on 93oct and counting!
      04-09-2012 02:52 PM #1
      Its been a while since I traded in my MKV GTI about 2 years to date exactly!
      Anyways I've done a ton of work and just wanted to share what I have finally done.
      To start here's what my MKV looked like



      Then here she is bone stock pretty much on the way to the LIMKVBBQ shot by Ronaldo


      And then about 40k miles later, a stg2+ setup, some meth and this happend!!


      After that it then became time to start to a rebuild.
      Sure enough I weighed out my options, talked to various engine builders and settled on one very smart guy. Sean from Vigilant Motorsports to build one of his signature track series short blocks.
      · 2.5 Liter STi semi-closed deck case
      · Modified forged EJ257 crankshaft
      · High Performance ACL Main & Rod Bearings
      · Pauter 4340 Chrome-Moly Forged Rods
      · CP Forged Pistons w/ Moly Coated Skirts
      · High Performance Piston Rings
      · Fully Balanced & Blueprinted
      · 8,500 Rev Limit Recommended

      With that I decided I wouldn't be installing an amazing engine on the stock turbo and things got a little out of hand! with parts like these showing up



      Engine/Power adders
      Vigilant Motor Sports Track Series Short Block, built by Sean @ Vigilant Manley Sport Compact Valve Springs and Retainers
      60@1.420 / 151@1.050 / 187@0.895 ( these were the lightest upgraded springs I could find, I didn't want to overload the stock valves with a double spring )
      KillerB Motor Sport Oil Pan, Pickup, and Baffle
      Injector Dynamics 1000CC Injectors
      Perrin Black Fuel Rail kit
      DW 65C pump
      Snow Performance Stg3 WMI -4AN custom dual port
      KS Tech MegaMAF Type 3 CAI
      Agency Power 3" Solid Turbo Inlet
      Process West TMIC
      Forge BPV
      CNT catless bell mouth DP
      ERZ quad CBE
      Tomei EL headers
      IAG 38mm EWG 3 bolt uppipe
      Tial 38mm EWG
      GrimmSpeed EBCS
      Engaged Performance PNP Throttle Body / Intake Manifold / TGV Deletes
      OEM Engine Gasket Set
      FluiDampr
      Gates Racing timing belt kit with water pump
      Gates Racing power steering and alternator belt
      OEM 12mm Oil Pump
      OEM Oil Cooler
      Tomei Timing belt guide
      NGK 1 step colder plugs
      Torque Solution air pump delete plates
      Perrin alternator and radiator covers
      Torque Solution 12mm exhaust hangers
      Blouch Dominator 5.0XTR the biggest, baddest mammer-jammer bolt-on turbo for the Subaru WRX/STi offered by Blouch

      Drivetrain / Suspension / Mounts / Bushings
      Clutch Masters Fx300 segmented kevlar disk
      OEM Flywheel
      TigWerks Motor Mounts
      Torque Solution Pitch Stop
      Groupe N Trans Mount
      Torque Solution Positive Shift kit
      Torque Solution Prop shaft inserts
      Torque Solution rear shifter bushing
      Perrin Shifter bushing insert
      SPT OEM Short throw shifter
      Fortune Auto Dreadnought Coilovers, 9kF/10kRR Custom Swift Spring rates (Ordered Nov 9th)
      Whiteline 24mm front and rear adjustable sway bars
      Kart Boy solid endlinks
      GT Spec rear lower control arms
      Cusco Front power brace

      Exterior
      INGS+1 shaved and smoothed Front Bumper
      Painted grill
      Rear De-badged
      Red outline tails
      Rally Armor mud flaps
      WeatherTech Rain Guards
      DressupBolts.com Ti dress up kit

      Wheels / Tires / Brakes / Lugs
      OEM 18" Forged BBS silver wheels on 255/35/18 hankook ventus v12 Evo k110
      17x8 Sparco wheel 235/45/17 blizzak lm-60
      Hawk HPS pads
      Fortune Auto Ti Smart series lugs.

      Interior / Gauges
      SMY CluterMaker Dual gauge pod
      AEM tru boost digital boost gauge
      AEM Wideband Uego Digital gauge
      NYRM98 triple 52mm A pillar gauge pod
      Prosport Evo Oil Pressure gauge
      Prosport Evo Oil Temp Gauge
      Prosport Evo EGT gauge
      FlossyShop.com Redheaded Shorty shift knob

      About 3 weeks ago IAG Performance came 200 miles up from MD to NJ to pick the car up for me!



      IAG has been an absolute pleasure to work with, I have to add.
      I got the car back about 2 weeks ago on the break in tune and this is what I now have






      No power numbers yet, final tune is scheduled end of April but we are hoping to see over 501AWHP

      Enjoy I just wanted to share what I have been up to for the past 2 years would love to hear your guys comments / criticism.


















      Just wanted to update, got the pump gas daily file done, this is on a low reading dynojet no correction factors 82* and about 3 and a half hours on the dyno heating up. only 22psi and max 14.5* timing. So very very safe


      93oct no meth 22psi no correction

      in car videos
      16-17psi sport mode

      22psi Sport#





      And this is what happens when I leave for a day and my g/f decides she wants a new car!



      Next time out, 30psi + meth should pick up about another solid 100whp. For ref we ran the car at 13-14psi wastegate pressure and made 300awhp, so picked up about 80whp with 8psi bump no timing or a/f adjustments, another 8psi with timing and a/f adjustments should get pretty wicked!
      Last edited by Noside; 05-04-2012 at 09:01 AM.

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      04-09-2012 02:57 PM #2
      Good looking GR!

      If you don't mind me asking, which cylinder # was that? 4? 2?
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      07' BMP GTI / 10' DGM STI 400awhp on 93oct and counting!
      04-09-2012 03:07 PM #3
      It was #2

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      04-09-2012 03:15 PM #4
      I was hoping to read some driving impressions. Whats that beast like now? Looks like a sick build, those gold wrapped intercooler parts look like they could go on the space shuttle

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      04-09-2012 03:27 PM #5
      Que up 12mph jokes.



      Sick build

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      07' BMP GTI / 10' DGM STI 400awhp on 93oct and counting!
      04-09-2012 03:29 PM #6
      Heat is going to be number one enemy so I spared no expense in insulating the car. besides the small fortune in heat insulating DEI materials I also had steps taken like deleting the water temp regualted throttle body etc.


      There's about 150 ft of titanium exhaust wrap covering my headers all the way back to my CBE and my turbo has a titanium blanket on it. I know why didn't you just get a FMIC? well my bumper seals up the front end completely flush to the ac codensor and I did not want to hack away at my bumper along with I wanted to keep everything in the stock location to keep spool up times to a minimum. I have good reason for not hacking up the bumper it took about 4 months to get, 2 weeks in the body shop and a little over 2 grand to get it done.

      Driving impressions, its nice, its smooth you wouldn't even be able to tell that so much is done to my car, no emissions systems, no tgv's, ported TB, big injectors, monster MAF etc. No CEL's no rough idle even on cold starts she fires right up and idles right where she would have in stock trim. A lot of the built big turbo STI's raise their idle to 11-1200. Largely this is in part to the tuner Jorge@IAG he knows exactly what he is doing without hitch!
      MPG's have remained the same which are crappy about 27-28 if I'm lucky.
      Turbo starts to spool up at ~3900 rpms and kicks ass just at only 12 psi but unfortunately right now it is short lived as I'm still breaking it in and shut it down by ~4600 rpms.
      If I can make full spool 28psi by 4500 rpms I will be extremely happy considering this turbo is a 65lb/min GTX35R wheel stuffed into a stock location housing. 11 more days and I'll some real numbers no worries! there are a lot of mixed reviews as to what this is going to do since no one has used this turbo on this sort of a setup before.

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      04-09-2012 03:37 PM #7
      Where did you get the gold insulation, and what was the cost? I'd love some McLaren F1 wannabe bling for my BT project
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      04-09-2012 03:52 PM #8
      nice

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      04-09-2012 04:01 PM #9
      Damn that is a serious list of parts. It must be awesome!
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      04-09-2012 04:07 PM #10
      Wow!

      You, sir, do some real work!
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      04-09-2012 04:16 PM #11
      wow.. so proper.

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      04-09-2012 04:21 PM #12
      Can you please disclose how much something like this costs? I understand that it might cause a mental breakdown.


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      04-09-2012 04:23 PM #13
      Very nice.

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      04-09-2012 04:24 PM #14
      My god...best STi I've seen in a LONG time.

      And shout out to Fortune Auto!

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      04-09-2012 04:32 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by l88m22vette View Post
      Where did you get the gold insulation, and what was the cost? I'd love some McLaren F1 wannabe bling for my BT project
      Go to summitracing.com Its from DEI but summit has better prices and their shipping is very quick. If I order from them in the AM I'll have my package generally within 2 days.
      Quote Originally Posted by mk_ultra View Post
      nice
      Thank you!

      Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
      Damn that is a serious list of parts. It must be awesome!
      Its good considering I had to drive my 91 cavalier around while this was down for 3 months, but it is only going to get better!

      Quote Originally Posted by tiopedro View Post
      Wow!

      You, sir, do some real work!
      Much appreciated, I have to shout out that IAG did most of the work but this is my plan and my parts I had two 55 gallon tubs full of parts I ordered for them to take when they came!

      Quote Originally Posted by DOQ fastlane View Post
      wow.. so proper.
      right back at ya

      Quote Originally Posted by mariok2006 View Post
      Can you please disclose how much something like this costs? I understand that it might cause a mental breakdown.
      You're looking at about $20k from stock to fully built, suspension, tires everything.
      If you want to see a specific break down and close ups of everything that isn't obviously seen check out my build thread.
      http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2310293
      There are a lot of little things that I covered to make sure that this build would have almost no limitations once I get on the dyno after break in.
      Quote Originally Posted by HolyRollie View Post
      Very nice.

      Quote Originally Posted by C4 A6 View Post
      My god...best STi I've seen in a LONG time.

      And shout out to Fortune Auto!
      Thank you, I tried bringing about a little clean OEMness with some serious flare under the hood.

      Fortune has been great to me, I have their top o' the line dreadnoughts which drive great despite having custom spec 9kFR/10kRR springs and being pretty low IMO.
      They stayed in constant contact with me along the 3 and a half month wait for these bad boys to be built in japan and I'm very happy I went with them in the end.

      Did I mention this is Daily Driven?
      Last edited by Noside; 04-09-2012 at 04:57 PM.

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      04-09-2012 05:05 PM #16
      Hah. I had cylinder #4 ringland crack 3 times in under 12 months. Ended up lemoning the car and got my money back for the most part. Sucks to see yours suffered the same fate .
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      04-09-2012 05:10 PM #17
      I'm not the biggest fan of GR STI's (I'm stuck in the 1990's and my love for GC's is as strong as ever), but that is one clean build, and I could see myself DD'ing that bad boy. Enjoy it!
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      04-09-2012 05:10 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by nismo4life View Post
      Hah. I had cylinder #4 ringland crack 3 times in under 12 months. Ended up lemoning the car and got my money back for the most part. Sucks to see yours suffered the same fate .
      Well I wouldn't say it suffered. More like evolved
      Failure was largely due to to much power. I had a maxed out stock turbo setup for 30k miles. Then I got greedy with the tuning then it went pop. Simple as that I don't hold Subaru accountable for anything I didn't even try to make a warranty claim.

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      04-09-2012 05:27 PM #19
      Oh wow..... Looks great!

      I like how the oil filler cap was drilled for the AOS oil return line. Sort of a better version of the Grimmspeed AOS.

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      04-09-2012 05:46 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowGTI2003 View Post
      Oh wow..... Looks great!

      I like how the oil filler cap was drilled for the AOS oil return line. Sort of a better version of the Grimmspeed AOS.
      No it's much better because that's not what it is there for
      Oil is still returned through the back of the block under the tb through where the Pcv valve was. Pcv is deleted from the intake manifold so no chance of losing boost. That line coming from the oil filler cap is there to relieve any possible pressure in the pan. Tricked out right?


      Quote Originally Posted by Brendan@bwalkauto View Post
      I'm not the biggest fan of GR STI's (I'm stuck in the 1990's and my love for GC's is as strong as ever), but that is one clean build, and I could see myself DD'ing that bad boy. Enjoy it!
      Thanks that means a lot coming from someone who likes the classic subies.

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      04-09-2012 07:21 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Noside View Post
      No it's much better because that's not what it is there for
      Oil is still returned through the back of the block under the tb through where the Pcv valve was. Pcv is deleted from the intake manifold so no chance of losing boost. That line coming from the oil filler cap is there to relieve any possible pressure in the pan. Tricked out right?.
      Ha nice! The stock PCV system is not going to be capable of handling the blowby 500awhp is going to generate so that is probably a really smart thing to do. Smart engine builder there.

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      04-23-2012 09:48 AM #22
      Just wanted to update, got the pump gas daily file done, this is on a low reading dynojet no correction factors 82* and about 3 and a half hours on the dyno heating up. only 22psi and max 14.5* timing. So very very safe


      93oct no meth 22psi no correction

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      22psi Sport#





      And this is what happens when I leave for a day and my g/f decides she wants a new car!



      Next time out, 30psi + meth should pick up about another solid 100whp. For ref we ran the car at 13-14psi wastegate pressure and made 300awhp, so picked up about 80whp with 8psi bump no timing or a/f adjustments, another 8psi with timing and a/f adjustments should get pretty wicked!

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      04-23-2012 10:01 AM #23
      Fantastic build!
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      04-23-2012 10:05 AM #24
      Your GF bought an Evo SE?!?!??!!?

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      07' BMP GTI / 10' DGM STI 400awhp on 93oct and counting!
      04-23-2012 10:11 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by C4 A6 View Post
      Your GF bought an Evo SE?!?!??!!?
      MR she can't drive a stick lol plus it makes for a better DD heated leather seats, sunroof, auto. It drives good but can eat my STI's dust though lol. Its nice before it kinda sucked having to drive a cobalt when I didn't want to drive the STI and since we live together its a lot nicer driving the x around town.

      Its going to stay stock performance wise, 100k bumper to bumper warranty FTW, will do some cosmetics areleady have stuff on the way shorty antenna, mudflaps, rain guards basic DD stuff we like. I gave it a good wash, cut, wax, seal on saturday since the dealer did a terrible job.
      Last edited by Noside; 04-23-2012 at 10:17 AM.

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      04-23-2012 10:32 AM #27
      Why didn't she get the wing then?

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      04-23-2012 10:37 AM #28
      Cuz the wing is fugly, useless on a dd and only draws unwanted attention IMO of course.

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      04-23-2012 10:38 AM #29
      really nice car man. its so simple and clean looking!

      just wanted to make one observation, its not really a good or bad one, and its not just you, so please dont take it the wrong way. But ive noticed that whenever a subaru owner posts his mod list, its almost always about 5 pages long. it almost always starts off with of something small happened, or decided to do minor mods, then BAM about 5 pages worth of mods. i find that strange.

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      04-23-2012 10:45 AM #30
      Nice Ride! I'm currently in a 2003 WRX so a GR STI is on the list of possible next cars, should I worry about the motor blowing up if i'm not going to take it beyond a downpipe and custom tune?

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      04-23-2012 11:17 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by Noside View Post
      Cuz the wing is fugly, useless on a dd and only draws unwanted attention IMO of course.
      That's true. But no Evo is complete without a wing

      Should get an Evo 9 wing like this guy.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Lucian1988 View Post
      really nice car man. its so simple and clean looking!

      just wanted to make one observation, its not really a good or bad one, and its not just you, so please dont take it the wrong way. But ive noticed that whenever a subaru owner posts his mod list, its almost always about 5 pages long. it almost always starts off with of something small happened, or decided to do minor mods, then BAM about 5 pages worth of mods. i find that strange.
      When it comes down to taking the motor out might as well replace everything. Everything has to get removed to do the short block so it was a matter of just buying the parts now and only paying one install fee or waiting.. Everything went in smooth completely 100% bolt on stock location. Minor modification was only needed on the cam cover to accommodate the fluid dampr.

      That's why I went this route. Sti is my daily when it went I needed back as soon as possible. I didn't want fab work or wait times for backordered parts. Even shop times, Iag rocks they came got my car and got ot completed broken in and tuned about a whole month sooner then another shop would have even looked at my car.
      Quote Originally Posted by BagelConsultant View Post
      Nice Ride! I'm currently in a 2003 WRX so a GR STI is on the list of possible next cars, should I worry about the motor blowing up if i'm not going to take it beyond a downpipe and custom tune?
      Good luck, idk what to say mine went with a lot of timing in it so partially my fault but I certainly can not tell you that 100% stock motors won't blow either.

      Quote Originally Posted by C4 A6 View Post
      That's true. But no Evo is complete without a wing

      Should get an Evo 9 wing like this guy.
      It's got a trunk lip spoiler it looks clean and simple enough for me.
      Last edited by Noside; 04-23-2012 at 11:49 AM.

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      04-23-2012 12:10 PM #33
      I have a real soft spot for sti's. I test drove a GR when they first came out and fell in love. Was a little deterred with the engine issues, but I like how you made everythign better! Looks great!

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      Quote Originally Posted by dubjager View Post
      I have a real soft spot for sti's. I test drove a GR when they first came out and fell in love. Was a little deterred with the engine issues, but I like how you made everythign better! Looks great!
      thank you, I was stuck between the evo and sti when I was originally shopping. Yes I was slightly deturred by engine failures. But IMO its easier to build to a solid motor then it is to fight with a crappy gear box.

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      05-04-2012 09:07 AM #35
      Very nice STI.

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