SPECS
Horsepower
281 HP
Torque
276 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3200 LB
Drivetrain
AWDrive
Engine Size
2 L
Transmission Type
6-Speed
MPG (City/Highway)
Who cares MPG
VEHICLE STORY

Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? A friend of mine let me borrow his '13 WRX hatch for a weak.  I fell in lust.  Fast forward a couple years, I was looking for another vehicle since my '96 ranger was getting a bit old and repairs were starting to get costly.  Since my driving record had cleared up, on a whim, I stopped at a used car lot in hopes of scamming a test drive of the new model Mustang GT.  As luck would have it they didn't have any GT's.  But they did have a  ' 15 WRX.  I fell in love, after 5 1/2 hours of back and forth with the salesman I drove it home. Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start,  what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? First mod was the Cobb Stage 2+ kit.  There's been alot of discussion about what the stock bottom end can handle.  I found the limit.  In all fairness I should have made the time/effort to get a pro tune after the install.  I wasn't beating on the car, figured I'd be ok for awhile.  WRONG!!  Most recent mod was an IAG short block and various bolt ons. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? Still need to break the motor in and get a tune but I'm betting the bang for the buck upgrade will turn out to be the SoCal Porting v3 turbo upgrade. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? Lots of reading What are you planning next? What I'm planning next is what I was originally going to do before I added an inspection hole to the top of my block.  Suspension/brake upgrades. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? The biggest challenge to this build has been my lack of free time.  Mounting the cam carrier assembly to the heads and finding out I had to remove some material for clearance was mildly frustrating.

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Drove down to Portland for a dyno tune at Surgeline. During the pre-dyno inspection they found a couple of leaks. I'll have to reseal the cam carrier assembly where it mates to the timing cover. Since she wasn't holding pressure they did a tune just using wastegate spring pressure.

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After too many months see lives again.  Break-in period has started.  Running good, feels good. So hard to stay out of boost.  Time to rack up the miles so I can get her tuned.     

[]David Sandbak

The machine shop did a poor job adjusting the valves. I had to take the heads off so they could fix their work. After reinstalling the heads they are much better. Not super happy with the machine shop. The engine was sealed up nice the first time. Unfortunately during the pre-dyno inspection they did a pressure test and found a couple of leaks. I'll have to pull the timing cover and drivers side cam carrier assembly off to reseal it. It's leaking where the cam carrier assembly, head, timing cover meets up. Either I didn't clean it off well enough or didn't use enough sealant. Once the engine is sealed up again I'll head back down to Portland to really see what kind of numbers she can put down. Running just 15psi she feels great, can't wait for 22psi.

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[]David Sandbak

I've been fighting exhaust leaks. Took the header off, cleaned up the flanges and used some Permatex Ultra Copper. We'll see how long it holds this time. While waiting for it to cure I finally mucked out my engine bay. Not clean enough to eat off of but way better than it was.

[]Tom Armstrong

Awesome dude, did your original engine blow up or you just decided to do a build?

[]David Sandbak

Snapped a rod. Decided to do a bit extra on the rebuild.

[]Tom Armstrong

Nice

[]Chris Dirkschneider

GrimmSpeed!!! One of my favorite Subaru aftermarket companies!

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