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Jeff Bowman
@WesternSTI

I like getting up far too early for fun things.
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JEFF 's STORY

I’m an avid Subaru enthusiast who loves not only their cars, but what they’re all about and where they’re going. I work in the Automotive Service industry and enjoy almost every aspect of my job! When I’m not working, I’m at home hanging with my wife and 1 year old, browsing online forums for good deals on parts, or searching for my next track day!

Jeff Bowman3 days ago

Engine is at Ball Engine Performance getting internal work done, and in a couple weeks, it should be back to ASC for final installation, along with a *few* extras. I can’t wait for this final product to drop! In the meantime, here’s a photos of some of the extras I’ll be doing:

Jeff Bowman10 days ago

I think I have finally ordered the last round of mods for the build, but one thing I’m split on is this exterior accent vinyl that goes under the headlights. I would order it in Gloss Black if I did it. Is it too much? Does it excentuate the lines of the car? You decide!

Jeff Bowman24 days ago

Finally got some pictures from the process of tear down on Sammie’s motor, and they aren’t...... toooo... bad.

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

Did a valve make contact with that piston?

[]Jeff Bowman

No it didn’t. Still waiting on them to split my block open to remove the Pistons and see what happened.

[]Yves Vds

One cylinder ran too lean?

[]Jeff Bowman

It would appear so at first, but then you look at the other cylinders and they are just like #4. So it looks like it was just an exhaust leak on 3 that caused that.

Jeff Bowman28 days ago

Trying not to go to overboard with this, but I’m also trying to do a few things that I’ve been meaning to for a while. For now the list is: OEM Subaru Block CP Pistons Manley Rods Port and Polished Heads Kelford 272 Cams FP Blue Turbo Killer B Oil Pan Trio King Bearings And some extra goodies.

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[]Yves Vds

What a list... I don't know what your power goals are but it's gonna be quite a bit.

[]Jeff Bowman

I am more excited than a kid on Christmas morning to see what this girl puts down.

Jeff Bowman34 days ago

Looks good to me!

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[]Hayden Baker

How exactly did you grenade that starter? I've replaced ones that stopped working but not often do I see one that exploded. Is this at all related to the dead cylinder? Did it die during pulling the engine? I guess now is the perfect time to replace it

[]Jeff Bowman

I have no idea. Master tech that’s working on it is still stumped. Literally no answers lol

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Well, it looks like you've got all of the pieces so all you need is some duct tape and/or some JB Weld and it'll be as good as new!

[]Robert Sixto

Yikes, what did that?

[]Timothy Markworth

Might need some JB weld.

Jeff Bowman42 days ago

I got a message yesterday afternoon from Doug, my tuner at DBW Motorsports. Compression Numbers: Cylinder 1- 135 PSI Cylinder 2- 132 PSI Cylinder 3- 136 PSI Cylinder 4- 70 PSI It hurts me to write this. Looks like Sammie will be down again for a complete overhaul starting next Thursday..... damn it. #rant #sammiethesti

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[]Hayden Baker

I'm right there with you man. Cylinder 5 is at 40 pounds on my VQ

[]Jeff Bowman

Yeah. Heartbreaking to say the least. I love my car.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Ouch, that is not good. Any idea on what caused the low compression?

[]Jeff Bowman

No idea yet. It’s probably the heat on Cylinder 4 based on the fact that it’s near the turbo... causing failed Piston Rings.

[]Yves Vds

Oh no, that's not good. Blown head gasket? What works are you going to do?

[]Jeff Bowman

Build it bigger and better than ever, of course. I’ll have to wait till we tear down the engine to see what caused the low compression

[]Tom Armstrong

Oh no....70 is pretty low, I’m guessing a valve is toast. Ring-land failure usually only results in a slightly lower number like 100....but I could be wrong

Jeff Bowman43 days ago

The next topic I’d like to discuss with those who are looking to buy a Subaru or at least learn about them is some of the common misconceptions and myths surrounding Subaru’s and what the actual facts are vs what the internet says. I’ll go from what I’ve seen in my five years in the Subaru community, and then I will also answer ANY and ALL questions that YOU may have about Subaru’s to the best of my knowledge.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Yes! I like it! Stage zero and mod the driver, first! That's my mantra for anyone new to any car, particularly if they're new to the aftermarket/modification world. Excellent advice!

Jeff Bowman44 days ago

Here’s a shot from Caffeine and Octane this past Sunday. Sammie is now at DBW Motorsports to find the boost leak and fix it, so hopefully I will hear something today!

Jeff Bowman46 days ago

Over the weekend, Sammie got accepted into a new showcase at Caffeine and Octane called the AAA Car Club Showcase. It was really cool to see her getting some love. This is the best shot I could get with the cars around it and the fencing

Jeff Bowman52 days ago

Dana and the guys at Atlanta Speed Company swapped over another boost solenoid to test the levels, and it got to....... 14.5. 😒😒 So basically, it’s not a loose hose, it’s not the spring on the stock bypass valve, and it’s not the boost solenoid. Pressure test is next.

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[]Hayden Baker

I hate chasing problems. It's just so frustrating when there's a small problem ruining everything else. But it could be worse I guess. At least you've eliminated some possible problems. But once it's done it will be so amazing and worth it.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

You're so close to having this thing completely dialed in! I think it's been over a year that you've been collecting parts for this build, and you've certainly done you're homework. I'm sure this is all going to get dialed in soon. Best of luck!

[]Jeff Bowman

I am. This build has technically been 5 years in the making, adding part after part in my pursuit of the perfect track and touge Subaru. Of course the pursuit never ends..... 😁

Jeff Bowman58 days ago

So Monday night was fun..... Got hit in my daily and then pretty much killed a copper head. Hoping I don’t have to get a boring rental car for too long while they fix this!

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[]Hayden Baker

You're going to put the copperhead skull on your hood right?

[]Jeff Bowman

😂😂

[]Tom Armstrong

Thats not too bad, if the bumper is not cracked they can probably just repaint it. The difficult part is matching the paint to the rest of the car. I'm going to warn you now, their first attempt may be terrible. Just let them fix it and dont get mad.

When you say copper head do you mean the snake?!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Have you considered a part out? ;-p Sorry man! That's no way to start your week!

[]Yves Vds

Should not be too much work, a day or two I'd say.

[]Robert Sixto

Exactly, that doesn't look too bad at all. Maybe you can score a decent rental, get something a little different and fun for the time being!

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Jeff Bowman59 days ago

Ever heard the saying “Sometimes it has to get worse in order to get better” ? Whoever thought of that was probably trying to do something similar to this. 😂 Breaking it down into several steps and conquering one thing at a time!

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[]Hayden Baker

I got my garage organized when I moved in and have kept it clean and organized since then. Organizing a lived in garage is not an endeavor I'd care to undertake. Best of luck sir. FYI Home Depot has a great selection of storage containers

[]Jeff Bowman

That is truly the best way to do it. However, when half of my last “updates” got done after a long work day when I barely had energy but was motivated because cars are what I do, the only thing I was keeping organized was my bolts and tools.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah even small projects make big messes

[]Robert Sixto

Oh man, this is giving me anxiety. I need to do the same, and my garage is probably a bigger mess than this even. Maybe I should chip away at it today? 🤔

[]Sebastian Nounou

I hear that. Truth

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Jeff Bowman60 days ago

So I took the car to my good friends at Atlanta Speed Company on Saturday and got the new motor mounts installed, got most of the way through the install for the Comp to Street AOS conversion, and swapped over another stock bypass valve to see if that was the culprit. Unfortunately, after a quick swap over and test drive, the other stock one did the same thing. Next steps is pressure testing the system. At this point, I’m

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

I am going to guess that it's the bypass valve. I think the increased boost levels are compressing the spring and forcing the diaphragm to open and bleed boost. Every time that I've had a hose that leaked boost atmospherically, it was like the car fell on its face all of a sudden, after making some boost, and you haven't described that phenomenon, so I think it's an internal leak, and I am betting bypass valve.

[]Jeff Bowman

We did check both the one off my car and the one that was perfectly good and both performed the same on a vacuum test. Fully open at 19 PSI.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I believe that, I think you're system is exceeding the tolerances of the factory valve. It's a complete guess, but I'm sticking to it! LOL I'll be super curious to hear what was the actual culprit. Boost leaks are super frustrating.

[]Sebastian Nounou

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If you’re able to I’d pull the inlet pipe and check out the condition of the compressor. Then I’d pull the downpipe and check the wastegate flapper, housing, and exhaust turbine. If no play or damage is present, your turbo is fine. I see cracks pretty typically, but a hairline crack wouldn’t be so drastic.

From there I would start examining the up pipe, and exhaust manifold gaskets. If those are acceptable I would move on to boost leaks. I would be checking the main coupler, the turbo J pipe coupler, and the throttle body/TGV gaskets. I would then trace my vacuum lines and make sure they’re in good order.

It’s gotta be in there somewhere.

Jeff Bowman63 days ago

Modding a Subaru..... Where do I start? So you just bought a Subaru. Congratulations! You’ve just joined one of the fastest growing car communities in the world! Presumably, if you’re curious about mods, you’ve either bought a WRX, STI, or BRZ. If that assumption is not correct, it will be covered in a different article. However, you may find some universal Subaru tips and tricks in the following paragraphs that will help you as well. In this article, I’m

Jeff Bowman63 days ago

With my motor starting to shake more, particularly at start up and with the AC on, it was time to replace the stock mounts with STI GROUP N Mounts. I’ve heard great things and can’t wait to get these installed and see how the car does! I’ll post a product review once I get these things on and have a chance to feel the improvement!

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[]Sebastian Nounou

I wonder how you’ll find them. I’ve had customers ask me to take these right back out after an install.

Did you get the pitchstop mount as well?

[]Jeff Bowman

Already had a torque solutions pitch stop mount

Jeff Bowman64 days ago

Well, it looks like my boost leak wasn’t as simple as I thought it’d be. I replaced the turbo to ic coupler and it’s still only building 13 pounds of boost. No boost leaks that I have notice and it doesn’t sound like anything’s wrong.... not to mention it didn’t spit out any codes.

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[]Tom Armstrong

A few things...

1) have you checked for exhaust leaks? I know it’s simple but I find the up-pipes on Subaru’s are pretty terrible and either leak at a broken weld or blow out the gasket at the bottom. Also a failing cat can reduce your boost level.

2) how does the wastegate actuator rod feel? It should have a tiny bit of preload to keep the valve closed. The spring inside matters as well. What kind of boost controller?

3) can you pressurize the boost system with a regulator and adaptor? You will need to disconnect your PCV hoses and block the ports so you don’t blow out a seal.

[]Jeff Bowman

So I actually have a Tomei Expreme Uppipe, and the gasket they sent created a massive exhaust leak, so I grabbed one from work and fixed it! The boost controller is a Grimmspeed 3-port electronic model that I haven’t had very long

[]Tom Armstrong

And no boost leaks?

[]Jeff Bowman

Nope.

[]Sebastian Nounou

Damn you’re good.

[]Tom Armstrong

HA! i know the product well..and have seen the dark side

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[]Randy Gross

If it is a recirc setup and the spring in the recirc valve has bit the dust it will leak. You can test it with a vacuum gun and check. It might be the reason you aren't seeing any codes. The metered air is still there, but the valve isn't closed and you won't build boost.

[]Jeff Bowman

That’s a good thought! I hadn’t thought about that. I’ll see if work has one of those and get them to give that a try

[]Randy Gross

I had a similar situation helping a friend that was chasing a boost leak. Replaced all hose connections, still couldn't find it. Decided to test the recirc valve and it wouldn't hold vacuum. Replaced it and the leak went away. I hope it helps you out!

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Jeff Bowman69 days ago

Tore the Turbo to IC coupler at RA, so while I have the IC off, I decided to go ahead and take off the gold wrapping. While it does keep heat out, it also keeps all the heat it lets in trapped inside..... which isn’t good. Between every pull, my tuner had to spray it down with water. I’ll be looking for some alternatives like silver or possibly paint, but in the mean time off it comes!

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[]Yves Vds

I really wonder what is the solution to your problem. I would have thought the wrap would help. This one isn't front-mount?

[]Jeff Bowman

Nope.... it’s top mount. You have to trim the bumper for front mount and I’m not ready for that yet

Jeff Bowman73 days ago

There are numerous upsides to E85, but there are a few downsides to be aware of. One.,,,.Availibility. Not every gas station has an E85 station, and in some areas the drought may go for hours around. One or many reasons to go FlexFuel instead of just E85! The other big one is that oil change intervals are at about 1500 miles......less than 1/4 of the life of most modern engine oil!

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[]Hayden Baker

Yeah I couldn't do E85 in my area without flex fuel. I'd love to eventually go crazy high compression on the Z and do E85 but the availability is just too low. If you're capable of staying on top of the fuel system, you can get a lot of benefits in detonation prevention and added power

[]Tom Armstrong

I’m glad you posted this, it shows you did your research. A lot of the “subie bros” out here will run E85 only all the time and never cycle any 91 through. In addition to severely diluting the oil, E85 also like to clog injectors. Something about how when it sits in a rail for a while it starts to gel?

You are correct about flex-fuel being the best way to go, and if you have an ethanol sensor that can also help you diag any performance issues

[]Sebastian Nounou

Yep! Must be a return style fuel system and you must pickle your fuel system seasonally. Don’t leave that shit in your tank 👍🏿

[]Tom Armstrong

HA! .....pickle. Everyone loves a good pickle

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I had no idea that E85 had an effect on the oil life. As for the availability it does seem like more and more gas stations are starting to carry it but it's still very far from having every station with it. Another big downside is it requires a stronger fuel system than gasoline.

[]Sebastian Nounou

It has to do with the hygroscopic nature of ethanol, and since E85 is such a large concentration of it the likelihood for the fuel to retain water is high.

The E85 mixture tends to stick to the cylinder walls more than gasoline alone. The result is heavy fuel/water contamination of the oil. When oil is fuel contaminated it will stop lubricating very fast.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I knew that E85 likes to retain water (and that's why it's bad for older fuel systems) but I never thought about how that might effect other parts of the engine like the lubricating system. I love reading stuff like this and getting to know more about cool automotive stuff.

[]Ernie Szots

Learn something new everyday.

[]Robert Sixto

I've also heard of something called "black death" at least in the Mazdaspeed community, there are instances of black sludge/tarnish that can foul/clog fuel system components.

[]Jon Dagata

Flexfuel is on my list of future updates.

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Jeff Bowman82 days ago

Had a bit of a boost problem coming back from the track day..... and I had in mind to fix it tonight, except for picture number two

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[]Sebastian Nounou

Mishimo-NO!

[]Jeff Bowman

Haha.... they do have a lifetime warranty on their product though. I have noticed their quality going a little down hill lately

[]Tom Armstrong

Haha damn

Jeff Bowman87 days ago

Photo by Chadbee Photography! #subaru

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[]Maggie Johnson

This car is sick I love it

[]Robert Sixto

Track day is the best day!

[]Hayden Baker

I want to get back to road atlanta so bad!

Jeff Bowman101 days ago

Has anyone here who watches Car reviews on YouTube noticed that Sarah-N-Tuned has joined The Fast Lane Car, and has been doing more than a few of their reviews for them lately? I like the partnership personally, and Sarah’s one of those YouTubers I see going places fast! Anyone know any more about the partnership?

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[]Hayden Baker

I have no idea who either of those channels are. I'll have to look into it

[]Tom Armstrong

Just watched her for the first time, I like her. She’s intelligent and original in her style.

Unlike most of the othe loser girls trying so desperately to get attention

Jeff Bowman101 days ago

In order to go FlexFuel on the 08+ STI, you have to upgrade a few things......one of them being the Fuel Pump. The stock pump is not built to handle E85 and doesn’t have the flow rating to keep up with the increased power. The AEM 320 is similar to the ID Injectors in that in my tuners experience and that of friends, it’s the only one that is virtually without problems. Although I could have gone bigger on

Jeff Bowman103 days ago

When looking for injectors, there were 3 or 4 name brands to choose from. Based on testimonials from both my old Tuner TopSpeed Motorsports and friends, I went with the the Injector Dynamics 1000s because of the reliability and the ability to handle future mods and having next to no problems. Injectors are a required mod for FlexFuel so I figure I better not cheap out on them!

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[]Robert Sixto

I've got a set of Injector Dynamics in my RX-7, they've worked very well, got some good horsepower numbers.

[]Tom Armstrong

Good move, the IDs are a far superior product than anything else I’ve installed. They’re the only performance injectors I’ve never had an issue with!

[]Timothy Markworth

When I asked about it at the tuner shop I went to, they said that they put ID1000s into everything that they worked on. Given that they work on everything from dragsters to total garbage (like my car), I figure they must be pretty solid.

Jeff Bowman107 days ago

This was going to be a why to get the mod until a few days ago. Initially, this piece was a purely aesthetic mod to the bay to differentiate mine from everyone else’s. I didn’t see a lot of guys running it so I thought hey why not? Turns out that there’s a reason. The day I got the car back I noticed temps were a little higher, but didn’t think much of it. Then about a week ago

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[]Sebastian Nounou

Mishimoto was known for making piles of shit before they became popular with fanboys.

They are a garbage brand.

[]Jeff Bowman

I’ve heard mixed reviews, which is why I didn’t go with their radiator. I just wish someone else made an expansion tank.

[]Sebastian Nounou

Okay so outside of the OEM it's called an 'upper turbo coolant reservoir'.

Someone does make a good one :)

http://www.killerbmotorsport.net/engine-bay/upper-turbo-coolant-reservoir-2003-2014-wrx-sti.html

Here you go!

[]Jeff Bowman

Just the people I was looking for to make one! Cool, thanks for finding that.

[]Sebastian Nounou

That isn't technically an expansion tank, that's an air-separator tank. I'm really confused as to how they mananged to cause a problem with it.

The stock unit works great. I just wish it wasn't made of that glass fiber plastic crap. Oh, you want tight? Snap. -_- NOPE!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That's a shame, I really hope they do something for you.

[]Jeff Bowman

They have yet to get back to me today.

[]Tom Armstrong

I’ve noticed this as well, Mishimoto doesn’t have the best cooling system products

[]Hayden Baker

Huh that's disappointing and also odd that a company with as big of a name as Mishimoto would sell something that doesn't work.

Jeff Bowman107 days ago

You could say I’m into Subaru...... and may do a thing or two with a couple of Subaru friends.

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

I bet the ground near you shakes with the Subaru rumble constantly, lol. Lots of nice looking cars though.

[]Jeff Bowman

Most of these weren’t too loud, save for the white hatch in the back. Lol

Jeff Bowman111 days ago

This one is much simpler than the last! As a part of that Black Friday sale, I decided that these would be a nice touch in the engine bay that would also make some room in the bay. Stock Fuel rails have a guard around them that makes it even harder to work in the area on both sides. It’s a good mod to do while you’re in there(TGV deletes or injectors), but not necessarily something I would go

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[]Sebastian Nounou

Don't you love doing this job on a Subaru? TGV deletes and fuel rails...... yay -_-

[]Jeff Bowman

Yeah it was fun.... glad I was doing everything at once though!

[]Sebastian Nounou

Shudders... I hate it lol.

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