Thursday, September 17, 2009


Before I get to the nitty gritty stuff of this post, I thought I'd share my complete Mod list with everyone.

Tanabe GF210 Lowering Springs
Tokico D-Spec Struts

Stoptech 1 Piece Slotted Rotors
Posi Quiet Ceramic Brake Pads

Greddy T518Z (TD05 18G 8cm^2)
PDE Catless Downpipe
STI Catback Exhaust
SSAutochrome Top Mount Intercooler
DeastchWerkz 750cc Top Feed High Impedence Injectors
Walbro 342 255lph Fuel Pump

Now...the follow is a rant.
Whenever you do online transactions, it's never pretty.  I typically like doing local transactions, but even those could get messy.  Anyway, I found a great deal on an electonic boost control selonoid that I need.  The item is a ProDrive BCS with 3 ports for an interrupt style of controlling boost.  This particular item will help me hold higher boost for a longer period of time.  I paypalled the seller the requested amount and told him that I want the item shipped by Wednesday.  I've been sending him e-mails and PM's on NASIOC, but he only contacted me once to tell me he'll send me a tracking number ASAP.  I'm beginning to get impatient.  If I don't hear from him by Friday, I will be filing a dispute with Paypal so I can get my money back.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Tune Me UP!

WOW does it feel GREAT to be in boost. Since the install about two weeks ago, I've had to stay out of boost to keep my car from detonating. I've had to deal with check engine lights while driving, and watching my throttle so as to not over shoot the zero on my boost gauge, what a PITA!

HOWEVER, on September 1st, 2009...Shirley (my car's name), was tuned by Jon @ HB Speed in Fountain Valley, CA. I must say, he did a pretty darn good job with what I have on the car:

Power Mod List:
Engine - EJ255 (WRX 2.5L engine)
Downpipe - PDE Catless
Catback - STi
Fuel Injectors - DW 750cc
Fuel Pump - Walbro 342 255lph
Turbo - Greddy T518Z (TD05 18G w/ 8cm^2 hotside)
Intercooler - SSAutochrome Top Mount

Dyno Chart:

As you can see, I'm hitting a peak whp at 315/327 wtq. 200 RPMs later, it's at 300 whp until redline. I HAVE A 300 WHEEL TO HORSEPOWER CAR! The feeling on a straight away wide open throttle is just sheer power! I've posted this on NASIOC (can be seen here: in the Proven Power Bragging area, and people have some concerns on that little hump you see at 5,400 RPM, where my peak whp is.

The concerns themselves have also led me to question why isn't it staying at that level. I know that during the tune, Jon put a boost pill on the turbo so I can hold boost better. During the tune, he told me that I was actually spiking at 20 psi. So now, I'm in the quest for a better electronic boost control unit. With a better unit, I'm hoping to hold boost at 18 psi, or crank it up a notch to 19 or 20. And although Jon IS a very reputable tuner, I might be forced to go with an e-mail tune from Clark Turner (another reputable tuner based in Arizona) because of my finances.

With all that being said, I've come up with a new wishlist that I will be working on:

EBCS (most likely a Grainger unit, comparable to a Perrin name brand)
Turbo Timer (the one I bought for $20 bucks looks like crap, and I'm skeptical that it will work)
Tactrix Open Port 2.0 cable (I need this to data log the car for the e-mail tune, I might even learn how to tune myself)
E-Mail tune from Clark Turner or a more reputable internet tuner

A big thank you to Paul (a.k.a. paulsaidhi on NASIOC) for helping me with making sure everything was ready prior to the tune.

Oh yeah, and here are pictures of when I first got the car!