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Eric Beland

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Just an enthusiast looking to make my way in the tuning industry!
Eric Beland61 days ago

Freshly waxed and all shined up! Haven't had the time to fully clean up the ride until today.

Eric Beland62 days ago

Looking to get an air/oil separator for my WRX but I'm not sure which to get. I see quite a wide price range from $100 to over $500 (that's a little ridiculous) but not many have reviews. If anyone has one i would like to know how well it works and if it would be worth the price. Just trying to narrow down the choices is all...

Eric Beland64 days ago

If anyone is debating on getting an exhaust for any car, don't put too much faith in how it sounds in a video. It's best to find someone with that product or a similar one and hear it in person. I was lucky enough to find the exhaust with the right sound i wanted, but that is almost never the case. Do your research for any parts you purchase for your vehicle, I can't stress that enough!

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[]Josh Salisbury 2 points

This makes a great point on one of my old cars I ended up going through I believe was 9 different combinations of exhaust parts (making a whole turbo back setup) just to find the perfect sound for the car. It worked in the long run but I don't ever want to admit how much I spent in the process.

[]Eric Beland 1 point

Damn that's a lot of money down the drain

[]Josh Salisbury 1 point

Well I sold what i didn't use so it wasn't all a comolete loss but in the end i had the sound I wanted so i was happy and that's all I cared about.

[]Jeff Bowman 1 point

I cant agree more! If i went by just the videos, i would have never gotten the exhaust i currently have!

[]Ernie Szots 4 points

And in my case, maybe no benefit to an exhaust upgrade at all. Might even hurt performance lol. I've always understood the benefits of an exhaust system when complete - intake to muffler tip and everything in between - but without tuning thereafter, from what I understand, a lot of folks are actually losing performance. In my locked down ECU environment, I wouldn't be able to tune unless I go with a new stand-alone, or piggyback ECU setup, so I might actually see a loss in performance with just the intake/exhaust pieces alone.

What were your initial impressions after installing the GrimmSpeed downpipe, Borla catback and Torque Solutions hangers? Have you tuned since, or plan to?

[]Wilson Oberholzer 3 points

I think the exhaust upgrade risks being no benefit if the car is N/A. Even with an otherwise stock setup and no tuning I noticed a decent improvement in how quickly my turbo spooled up on my Saab when I installed a catback. Maybe I'm just an exception rather than the rule with it but the butt-dyno numbers didn't lie.

[]Ernie Szots 2 points

I would assume and agree that forced induction changes things.

[]Craig Crall 2 points

All good very points. Original equipment exhaust systems have come a long way over the years, with drastic improvements in catalytic converters especially, so significant performance gains from simple exhaust mods, especially with regard to "cat-back" systems are less substantial, unless you're planning on upgrading other parts of your engine.

I agree that the exception to this would be turbo'd engines, which thrive on low back pressure systems for a variety of reasons.

[]Eric Beland 1 point

I don't currently have a downpipe, since i would definately need a tune after that (and void my warrenty). So far it's a lot better than stock, no drone below 2k rpm and it's very quiet until i really get on it. I noticed the hangers help keep it in place too

[]Ernie Szots 1 point

Nice.

[]Basir Khan 2 points

So got any video of that exhaust? 😁

[]Eric Beland 1 point

I took a small video right after installing but there was too much background noise, might record another

[]Ernie Szots 1 point

LOL

[]Sebastian Nounou 1 point

Some would say don't modify your car for sound lol.

[]Eric Beland 1 point

It's just a start for future mods

Eric Beland78 days ago

Now i wait...

[]Kit Lau 1 point

or tax return?

Eric Beland86 days ago

Done with the exterior of my 2017 WRX (ha yea right...) and now looking into starting to do some performance mods. I've heard great reviews about MA Performance, particularly their stage 1 and 2 packages, but i want to hear from others to see what's out there and if there are any problems i should know about ahead of time (aside from the infamous weak C-rods of the FA20). Not looking for insane builds, just a good boost in power and still maintain reliability.

Eric Beland135 days ago

Definitely a worthwhile purchase, the car looked great before but the wheels add so much more presence. I love the aggressive stance! Now i just have to be more careful of curbs...

[]Kit Lau 1 point

Looks great!!!

Eric Beland211 days ago

Got the replacement bezel in the mail, free of charge thanks to Subispeed! Hopefully this one doesn't allow moisture to get in and ruin the bulbs.

Eric Beland224 days ago

Future wishlist in terms of performance parts for the WRX, debating on the full exhaust from MAP or going with all but the catback and getting the Invidia R400 catback with it all. Not sure if there's a warrenty on the R400 but it looks and sounds aggressive. [Photos show MAP intercooler/chargepipe, MAP stage 2 w/ intake/full exhaust, and Invidia Gemini R400 catback]

Eric Beland228 days ago

That awkward moment when someone flashes their high beams at you because they think yours are on. Joke's on them, those were my daytime lights!

Eric Beland229 days ago

Well this is annoying... Noticed this earlier while looking at the new lights i put in. I got these bezels a few weeks ago and they are already starting to have lighting problems. Does anyone know why this would happen?

Eric Beland229 days ago

Got the OLM bulbs and tail as turn modules installed, easy and simple only took me 10 minutes. Very bright, the only problem i have is the new reverse bulbs don't stay in very well and may fall out. Something i have to look into later on i guess.

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