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  1. Random thought thread

    Leaded fuel smells sweet, no problem with that, it's the daily driving with 93 that stinks.
  2. Random thought thread

    Watched that video, just remember emissions testing is going away, who doesn't need to have a standard ECU in their vehicle anymore? This guy. Then again, I think reflash tech may have come far enough to run built blocks in Subarus while retaining OEM ECU, though I'm not sure about that. Isn't VP110 leaded? Don't think I'm dumping all my cats, got tired of smelling exhaust.
  3. Here is one of those electric car mods

    Looks like it might be fun on a go-kart track.
  4. You're going to need those wings as a place to mount the radiators required to cool the electrical components that are gonna be at risk of getting fried because more than spec voltage is being pushed through them! I can see it now, this is the future of electric cars... I don't know anything about Winter Onederland.
  5. Definitely. That electricity is coming from somewhere, could be coal, could be hydro or solar, quite possibly a mix of the three. I saw something recently about how terrible those container ships are in regards to emissions; I just skimmed the information, but even I thought it was quite significant. If I could get 300-350 miles out of an electric vehicle, I could see it being reasonable as long as it was priced in line with gasoline vehicles, my fear is that they would no longer be fun, but by the time they take hold, I'll be too old to care about fun. If everyone drove XYZ electric car, drag racing would simply come down to milliseconds worth of driver response time on hitting the accelerator, then we would complain that there is lag in our electrical system that caused our pedal to react slower... not to self: be first on the market with EV sport grounding kit.
  6. Spoke too soon, still $2.49 for 87, now 3.29 for 93, went to another Shell close by and paid $3.13. New management up to old management's tricks.
  7. I would typically avoid the Shell station at the corner of Church and Middle Tennessee (near a Mapco and SunTrust Bank) because the 93 prices were higher than other stations, this past week I noticed the lights out after dark, thought they might have closed. I needed to get gas today, decided to go by and check their price and found that 93 was 0.30 higher than 87, it was $2.79 whereas most stations I've seen are asking around 3.19; perhaps ownership changed recently. Needless to say that I filled up, I didn't go in and ask, but I was wondering if it was still Shell gas; Shell labeling and documentation is still everywhere, so I'm guessing that ownership changed and they decided people weren't going to pay a premium for premium when other every other station within a few miles is selling 93 at a lower price.
  8. Ricer Jeeps on I-24

    I commute to work on I-24 west in the morning and there are two different Jeeps that have removed their perfectly functioning OEM headlights and replaced them with little LED strips that are great at shooting light everywhere, just like an HID retrofit kit in a 1992 Honda Civic's yellowed halogen headlight housing. GET WITH THE PROGRAM, why not stretch some under-sized tires over those rims, drop the rear a bit, and bolt a 6" diameter tip to the exhaust pipe.
  9. Eclipse

    I work near the Nashville zoo, the sun was unobstructed during the entire process when I started observing it around 11:20 AM; it was surreal. Did anyone else notice, an hour or so before totality, the lighting was weird? It's like we were in the shadow of the shadow; the sun was shining but there was a dark tint. While waiting for totality, I kept peeking out of my glasses until I could bare the light, the sky was dark blue and the light from the sun was a pure white white bleeding out from around the moon; being able to look straight at it was awesome. This is stuff people used to panic over hundreds of years ago because they didn't understand it.
  10. Catalina Wine Mixer Track Rental

    Only street tires on the STi... no go.
  11. Beech Bend Track rental in November

    It will need to be a cold day in hell before I get my stock junk to the track, a cold day on Earth would probably also work; I forgot how bad these stock intercoolers are in the heat. I'll go if Disney tows me.
  12. 2017 Subaru STi

    2017 Subaru STi
  13. 2018 ZL1 1LE Blitz Nurburgring in 7:16.04

    The Motor Trend YouTube channel really is great (worth disabling the ad blocker considering the quality of their content).
  14. Random thought thread

    I really like the STi, it just needs more power, so I've been putting together a list of parts and it looks like I need to start aggressively saving money. I figured you must get used to the visibility, the B pillar in the STi is a bid wider than the old WRX and the wing is basically a D pillar, so it's more difficult to use my peripheral vision when changing lanes. I didn't think about traction control in those vehicles. Every so often my traction control light flashes, I've never turned it off so I don't know how much it's helping. Does the Camaro still stay planted fairly well without traction control?
  15. Random thought thread

    I purchased the STi January of this year, since then I've thought about what other sports cars I could have bought for a similar price; the Camaro is powerful, but I hear that the visibilit is terrible, the Focus RS has a stupid dealer markup, then there's the Mustang GT base model, I could possibly go with that, but I would probably end up in a YouTube video driving it into a crowd. I finally tell myself that I'm better off with a lower-powered AWD vehicle to keep myself from doing anything too stupid.
  16. Bought a 2017 STi

    Had my WRX for sale for about 2.5 weeks before I started looking at new cars with no intention of having the WRX sold anytime soon; I started looking at new cars Wednesday of last week, decided what I wanted by Thursday night, had two serious buyers talking to me Friday afternoon, one of which drove a couple hundred miles to look and then purchase the car Saturday afternoon. Sunday afternoon I picked up a new 2017 STi. I was really thinking I was going to pick up another WRX until I drove one. I remember when my '03 WRX was stock, you could slightly hear the engine, the clutch felt good, the transmission was notchy, the suspension... left a bit to be desired... understeer was always a problem since I never replaced the sway bars, it was fast but the turbo ran out of steam in the upper RPMs. 2015-up WRXs use a newer 2.0L direct injection engine with a twin-scroll turbo, I go in thinking that a twin-scroll turbo should broaden the power band but I'm concerned about carbon buildup due to direct injection. This is what turned me off of a WRX: - Carbon buildup is a problem on these, I'd have to remove the EGR system to alleviate that (I'd rather not have to tamper with a new car) - Power band is narrow; sluggish throttle response at higher RPMs. You get this huge torque spike at 2-3k RPMs and it's all downhill from there. - Shifter felt too mushy - Clutch engaged too late although I think that can be adjusted - Absolutely too quiet, no engine/exhaust noise audible in the vehicle I didn't take the WRX far so I'm not sure about how well it handles, it didn't feel terribly soft or floaty but I didn't test it for understeer. The WRX is basically the car your mom buys because she wants something speedy but not noisy or rugged. After driving the '17 WRX, I drove home in my '03 WRX feeling confident that my engine was still very healthy and how nice it was to be able to have a decent throttle response well past 4k RPMs. When I got home, I called the my salesman and told him I was coming back the next day to drive an STi. Everything I liked about the STi is the opposite of what I wrote above about the WRX. - Same ol' 2.5L engine they've been using for years, but I don't need to worry about carbon buildup - Throttle feels responsive throughout the RPM range, enough so that there's no need to downshift while passing on the interstate - Shifter feels notchy enough to know where you're stickin' it - Clutch engages soon after releasing the pedal - Enough noise for what you would expect from a stock exhaust on a sports car I'm still getting used to the handling since it appears to be well-balanced; I've tested it for understeer and, while I'm turning the wheel and applying throttle, it seems to want to actually turn instead of go straight so that's a good sign. Overall, I'm very happy with the car and I'm very excited to be able to open the garage door using a button on the mirror. The wing is a bit extreme but I've gotten used to it.
  17. Bought a 2017 STi

    I'm more excited to run a WRX than a Camaro, that Camaro should be able to put up a good fight, I don't want a fight.
  18. Bought a 2017 STi

    Just curious, what is the cost and do they require helmets for everything? For some reason, I'm under the impression that some tracks have changed rules that require helmets for all runs now days.
  19. Bought a 2017 STi

    Don't know if I'll do it on the 3rd, but I've been thinking about it. This thing takes off so easily, if I can just make that 2-3 shift, I could probably get a decent time.
  20. Bought a 2017 STi

    Maybe. I saw that you bought a Camaro, kinda surprised. This STi has some get-up-and-go, but my old car has around 40HP on it and, with the old WRX, I could definitely be more of a bully navigating around traffic on the interstate (not that I was an asshole, I just didn't have a problem accelerating when I was already moving over 70MPH). The STi has a few driving modes that range from economy to high-performance, it gets torque-y down low and I've been able to break it loose on dry pavement and slide a little even without sending more torque to the rear, it does still feel responsive at interstate speeds, but I'm not convinced that it has enough top-end power to really hang with larger engines. I give it a year before I start looking into more power, but for the time being, I'm enjoying having a stock vehicle that performs good and has all of the original equipment on it. One thing I'm having a little difficulty with is the 6-speed, the positions are cramped together so I'm having difficulty throwing it into whatever gear I want; with ye olde 5-speed, I could just toss that around. Need to focus more on shifting gears. The one I test drove at the dealer was red, I told them I couldn't do red and that I wanted silver but could also do blue and they were able to get me a blue one, kinda glad I ended up with the blue; it's good to get out of my comfort zone. Are you still around Murfreesboro? I see a few Focus ST's, never see an RS, it's always an ST!
  21. 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX

    SOLD 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX with 216,000+ miles (still driving it) - $5000 OBO Photo Gallery @ I purchased this WRX new in May 2003, regularly maintained it, carefully modified it, and continue to drive it daily; it has been very reliable and I still enjoy driving it, but I'm ready to buy a new WRX. Modifications have been on the vehicle for most of its life with a proper dyno tune using an XEDE piggy-back for engine management; the XEDE had some quirks and technology progressed, so I switched to an open source reflash (removed XEDE) using an unmodified shelf map from XPT (map XPT25400), the car runs great for daily driving but, if you want to beat on it, the map should be tweaked since my modifications are slightly different from what the map was built for. Regardless, the vehicle performs good and has been reliable. In short, various cosmetic items need some love, but it's electrically and mechanically sound. I've tried to list all relevant information below, I've kept many of the OEM parts that were swapped for after-market parts; all extra parts I have on hand can go with the sale of the vehicle unless the buyer doesn't want them. Regular maintenance: Oil changes with Castrol Syntec 10W40 every ~4000 miles Tire rotation done during oil change Occasional coolant change Fuel filter when it crosses my mind to check Service completed by dealer: ABS module reprogrammed Radiator replaced with updated model (+150k miles later I had to replace it, incidentally bought older model but it works) Left Front Seat Slide Rail Bolt Recall Cruise cable clip Miscellaneous OEM Stuff All original keys and remotes Auto-dimming compass mirror, probably the best part of the car OEM gauge pod modified to fit 52mm gauges (I do have the OEM clock pod on hand) OEM boost gauge included installed but disconnected since using AEM Tru-boost for reading After-market parts installed: STi RA 5-speed manual transmission (with some kind of treated/coated 2nd gear because I knocked a couple teeth off the original) Upgraded front brake lines (can't remember brand, might still have the box somewhere) Group-N motor mounts (installed at 207k miles due to worn OEM mounts) K&N intake 69-8001TWR + one additional filter to alternate during cleaning Samco silicon turbo inlet hose IHI VF22 turbo APS top-mount intercooler STi replica hood scoop Grimmspeed scoop splitter STi pink fuel injectors Walbro 255 fuel pump Port and polished exhaust manifolds with Grimmspeed cross pipe Ultimate Racing up-pipe TiAL 38mm waste gate with external dump Taipan XP 3" turbo-back exhaust KYB AGX 4-way adjustable struts (hard/soft settings) Prodrive springs Kenwood KMM-BT308U digital media head unit (no CD player, has AM/FM, Bluetooth w/mic installed for hands-free talking and syncing with phone for music) ECU flashed with OpenECU/EcuFlash XPT Stage 2.5 map (VF39 for MY03 WRX with Launch Control (XPT25400)) GM boost control solenoid (required for XPT ECU reflash) GReddy oil pressure gauge + additional unused sending unit (I noticed some oil residue around the original sending unit, suspected possible leak, bought another sending unit but haven't used it) AEM Tru-boost - Boost control is disconnected since it's now using a GM solenoid controlled by the ECU, gauge is useful for recalling peak boost number Innovate MTX-L wideband A/F gauge and sensor - You can use this for logging AFR when tuning Kartboy short shifter Depo STi replica halogen projector headlights Hella Supertones horns Viper security system installed, needs remote, can provide box and manual Recent service: (206,074 mi) Timing belt, water pump, timing belt tensioner, pulleys done after 200k miles (207,077 mi) Group-N motor mounts to replace worn OEM mounts (used OEM mount plates/brackets since they had heat shields on them) (212,000 mi) Steering rack, tie rods, high-pressure lines (215,000 mi) Front wheel bearings, inner and outer seals (215,900 mi) Brake fluid flush Other past maintenance: (094,087 mi) Passenger-side coil packs - 4 December 2008 (131,256 mi) Passenger-side valve cover gasket and plug gasket - 09 September 2011 (160,800 mi) Transverse links replaced with Group-N part - 14 September 2013 (161,800 mi) Whiteline steering rack bushings - 4 October 2013 (178,958 mi) Starter replaced - 13 December 2014 Replaced high AC line due to leak in the hose fitting New Parts On Hand: Rear wheel bearings, hubs, and seals Exedy OEM-spec clutch OEM oil pump and seal Gates accessory belt tensioner pulley GReddy oil pressure sending unit for GReddy oil pressure gauge Good Passes visual inspection and OBD scan at emissions HVAC works Interior is in good condition, no kids/animals/smoking, only minor blemishes and wear Paint is in good condition No electrical issues (rear defrost, door locks, dimming mirror, power windows operate, and so on) No mechanical issues All interior and exterior lighting appears to be functioning Could Be Worse Headliner needs to be cleaned due to driving with windows down Wear on the driver's seat Low AC line might need new O-ring at the compressor but AC still works Cracked right fog light lense Driver's door has a ding, body has at least a few light hail dings and light impressions Consumes 1/2 quart of oil per ~1,000 miles (this is apparently not unusual) All extra parts I have on hand can go with the sale of the vehicle unless the buyer doesn't want them.
  22. 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX

    It still feels good, the only thing I'd say would prevent that from happening is that I'm using different engine management with a shelf map designed for similar mods but that shelf map needs some fine tuning for my particular mods.
  23. 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX

    Honestly, I'm trying to sell it before it depreciates any further or needs any major maintenance. I think it would be a great car for someone that is excited about the responsibilities of owning an aging vehicle. Trailer World This was on a race gas map that gave me like +18HP over pump. That weak 60', though, if it was something respectable I could have been state champion, I could have gone pro. /Uncle Rico
  24. 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX

    You know that 99-pack of beer? Make it a 99-pack of Patron tequila and we'll talk.