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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 Bowman8 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 Bowman9 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 Bowman11 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 Bowman14 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 Bowman15 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 Bowman18 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.

Jeff Bowman20 days ago

Tumbler Generator Valves, better known as TGV’s, are similar in purpose to the SAPS I discussed in my last post. They sit between the intake manifold and the head and open to allow more air during heavy loads or heavy acceleration and close on idle, so only small amount of air is getting through. As we all know, more air means more power, so logically when I saw IAG had a Black Friday Sale, I jumped on it! These

[]Tom Armstrong

Awesome. I'm loving these posts, proper mods FTW!

Jeff Bowman23 days ago

Today I’ll start my series on some of the major modifications I’ve done to Sammie, my 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan. This week will be a focus on some of the stuff I did on my recent “refresh” of the car. First up, the Torque Solutions Secondary Air Pump Delete Plates. Why did I go through all the trouble to remove this system? When I first set off to do this “little mod”, I was not aware of

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[]Sebastian Nounou

Honestly every Subaru owner can do their car a favor by removing the bullshit from the emissions control system. TGV's, and the secondary air pump is exclusively there to aid combustion in the first 30 seconds of startup. After that... it's in the way.

Yes there was a faulty air pump issue with WRX's. It caused the light-dity style pump to remain on like you stated, and catch fire LOL.

[]Robert Sixto

Interesting, I thought this was a VW thing, didn't realize Subaru did it too. You've also eliminated another potential failure point, as the air pump in my old Golf eventually wore out and would sound like a jet engine idling on the runway on cold starts lol

[]Gregory Garoppolo

My Volvo 850s have these systems as well and having had them on Volvos and VWs, I thought it was a European car thing. :-)

[]Jeff Bowman

Lol. It’s in all of the 08+ turbo Subaru’s. It actually already has a recall on it that I had already done relating to a faulty relay causing the air pump to stay on, even if you turned the car off, which is obviously a fire risk. Mine never did it, but I did it pretty soon after I got the letter.

[]Tom Armstrong

Great move Jeff.

The secondary air system is for cold-start emissions only, and not only do the valves fail regularly....but they allow moisture to collect on the exhaust valves.

Exhaust soot + water = acid.

Can’t tell you how my misfires develop due to this

[]Jeff Bowman

Yep. Like I said, I did it more for room and taking out unnecessary parts, but good to know it has other benefits as well

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Is there any sort of performance boost from removing the air pump? Is there any chance it might cause some issues on your engine in the long run?

[]Jeff Bowman

I do not believe it has any performance boost. As far as engine safety, it just has to be tuned correctly by a reputable tuner. The single purpose they serve is emissions on start-up..... wont hurt it at all if it’s not there, just as long as it’s told it’s not there.

[]Timothy Markworth

Maybe I'm dumb because I'm not a Subaru guy, but isn't this what an IACV is for? Just let the engine suck in more air rather than forcing the matter with an obvious failure point.

[]Jeff Bowman

In a non-turbo car, yes that would be the basics of what the IACV is for. Whatever the technical reason I don’t know... maybe something to do with emissions... Subaru decided that was the best way to appease whatever requirements it was given.

Jeff Bowman26 days ago

No, not Friday. TUNEDAY!! After 4 1/2 long months, I will finally drive my car again! Tune into my Instagram @westernsti for live updates on the tune!

Jeff Bowman28 days ago

2 more days until Sammie the STI gets tuned! I was thinking tho, when I get the car back.... I wanted to do a series of posts on each of the major mods I’ve done, why I’ve done them, and how do they stand the test of time. What do you think? Comment below!

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

I definitely think it would be interesting to see the what/how/why of someone else's build. It's always neat to find out what drives someone else's choices on car mods.

[]Jeff Bowman

Thanks for the feedback!

Jeff Bowman30 days ago

T-4 days until my car gets tuned and I can drive Sammie again!

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[]David Sandbak

It's like being a little kid and waiting for christmas.

[]Jeff Bowman

Right now it’s more like a kid on Christmas Eve Eve!

Jeff Bowman33 days ago

Sammie is almost ready! Next Friday is the tune and I couldn’t be more excited! Ah!

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[]Robert Sixto

Going on the dyno? I'm due at the end of the month myself, it's exciting and nerve racking at the same time!

[]Jeff Bowman

Oh yeah.... have to.

[]Matt Lorentz

You got that right lol

[]Roddy Koberg

What kind of power numbers are you shooting for?

[]Jeff Bowman

I’m not shooting for numbers per say, but I expect just short of 400.

[]Andrew Esquivel

Any updates? I was told that the boxer engine head gaskets could blow at 400HP and up.

[]Sac Car Scene

Sweet, looking forward to hearing how she does.

[]Jeff Bowman

Me too. I’ve speculated enough.... it’s time to see the numbers!

Jeff Bowman35 days ago

I heard her start for the first time this evening. Although with a slight exhaust leak..... it is already a different car!!!

[]Hayden Baker

Nice! I hate that moment when you go to start it and doubt if it will start. That feeling in the pit of my stomach that this could be the time I messed it up. But the sound of fire up is gloriois

Jeff Bowman36 days ago

What’s your favorite mod that you’ve done or feature about your car?? I’ll drop mine in the comments!

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[]Tom Armstrong

My favorite will always be the gearbox.

With just a little more power than stock I can accelerate off the line and hang with cars making a LOT more power than me. LSD’s and gear ratios are my black magic! lol

[]Steve Clasen

Tom, tell me more about axle ratios. How much of a change? I have a 3.9 and could go to a 4.44 if it makes that much of a difference.

[]Tom Armstrong

When I changed from 3.7 to 4,3 it made my 0-60 1 second faster with no other changes. You will shift sooner and the highway tpm will be higher, but it’s worth it!

[]Jeff Bowman

The six speed in my car is probably one of my favorite parts of the car. I get into other manual cars and remember just how good this one is! Perfect feel, nicely positioned, and dead reliable!

[]Tom Armstrong

Yep, the STi 6speed is a damn good transmission

[]Randy Gross

So far? Downpipe on my Mazdaspeed 3. Really woke up the performance of the engine it is almost like a completely different car!

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[]Sebastian Nounou

Too many big mods to pick one. Probably the H2B hybrid swap. But I love my suspension too.

[]Jeff Bowman

I’m in the same boat. My favorite mod may change by the time the day is done 😂

[]Roddy Koberg

Definitely the wheels, I love the way style 5's look and the fitment is great

[]Jeff Bowman

To date, my favorite Mod is probably either my RCE Tarmac-2 Coilovers or my GTSPEC D-Shaped Steering wheel. The coil overs transformed my car from a handling machine to a monster, and the D-shaped steering wheel has transformed the driving experience! This may change after all these upgrades tho 😂

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Jeff Bowman37 days ago

Decided the exhaust wasn’t enough, so I added a little homegrown style to it........... #newmod #notreallytho

Jeff Bowman38 days ago

How do you feel about non-car related posts on Wheelwell? Keep them or no?

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[]Sebastian Nounou

I think they suck.

[]Jeff Bowman

You aren’t wrong!

[]Sebastian Nounou

Some douchebag posts his weed crap & others regurgitate instagram crap..... but somehow my girlscout cookies were too much.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I can relate most topics back to cars, so I have a hard time of seeing where this line should be. Certainly a picture of your dinner doesn't qualify as car related, but it doesn't hurt anything either. I think a line that keeps messy things out of the posts, such as religion and politics, is more important than worrying about most other tangential or completely unrelated subjects.

[]Sebastian Nounou

I share your opinion. I'm not one to tell someone what they can/can't/shouldn't share... but I don't want to see your stupid instagram selfies, etc lol.

This is a car site....

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Yeah, I just scroll right by most pics without a car in them

[]Sebastian Nounou

People's 'look at me' type shit. lol

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Exactly. I eat pasta all of the time, that's not interesting, but show my how you supercharge a Chevy Corsica, which I have no interest in ever doing, and even more questions as to why it would be done, but I would read away!

Jeff Bowman38 days ago

How do you feel about non-car related posts on Wheelwell? Keep them or no?

Jeff Bowman38 days ago

How do you feel about non-car related posts on Wheelwell? Keep them or no?

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[]Noah Lehmann-Haupt

Agreed 100%. We're thinking about taking this to a bit of an extreme -- how would you guys feel if we disabled the Instagram/YouTube auto-integration entirely? It feels a little bit like noise -- we want to be a community where folks can post your thoughts, ask & answer questions, write product reviews, share new mods, make suggestions, etc. YouTube and Instagram kind of get in the way. Thoughts?

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Maybe instead of completely disabling it there could be a way to have those posts get "approved" before actually posting to here or having a feature like the "report" button to flag the account/post as non-car related so the YouTube/Instagram automatic posting gets removed on a case by case basis

[]Noah Lehmann-Haupt

Yeah that's something we considered, but honestly it's significant engineering work to set that up and I'm not sure it really offers that much value. Instagram is instagram -- our goal here is to make Wheelwell....Wheelwell -- which means content, discussion, Q&A, etc. that's totally unique to our community here. But we're open to ideas & thoughts so keep 'em coming...

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[]Ernie Szots

I think it should be car only stuff. I've suggested they create a hopper of sorts that the posts from other social channels would get caught in before posting. Then the user could allow the car related stuff to come through and not the food and family pics. Just having everything from someone's Instagram feed come over isn't ideal, in my opinion. It's the reason I chose not to link my Instagram. Most of my Instagram pics are scenic in nature and not car related.

For the same reason, I almost never "like" posts that start with "Post by" followed by the users name. Posts that start like that are obviously auto posts from another social channels. I usually only like posts made on Wheelwell that have a proper title, body of text and/or images.

[]Jeff Bowman

I have to stop myself from commenting negatively!

[]Christopher McDowell EL

None related car posts shouldn't be on here at all. There is a reason why this is Wheelwell

[]Jeff Bowman

No they should not. I see some profiles that post nothing but non-car things and I think, But why?

[]Christopher McDowell EL

Alot of them have their social media accounts linked to this.

[]Jeff Bowman

They do, but I’ve seen an influx of regular posts that are solely on WW. Not cool

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Jeff Bowman40 days ago

Sometimes, you’ve gotta admit defeat with your car and let the pros do their thing. I was at that point with my fuel lines and finishing the car. B3-Brandon Bachtel is going to take good care of Sammie and is in the same building as the tuner I’m using. She will live again very, very soon!

[]Maggie Johnson

Love this car😍

Jeff Bowman40 days ago

Sometimes, you’ve gotta admit defeat with your car and let the pros do their thing. I was at that point with my fuel lines and finishing the car. B3-Brandon Bachtel is going to take good care of Sammie and is in the same building as the tuner I’m using. She will live again very, very soon!

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[]Jeff Bowman

Now I just don’t know what to do with my extra time....lol

[]Joe Cipriani III

Sometimes you just gotta do it. I remember I had to for my e46 and I never regretted it.

Jeff Bowman41 days ago

ATLJDM importers brought this gem to Caffeine and Octane!

Jeff Bowman43 days ago

Swapping brake pads and finish fitting the Rear Diffuser. Should be enough for one night.... stay tuned for pictures!

Jeff Bowman45 days ago

This was 200% worth the price! Can’t wait to hear this thing for the first time! One way or another, this car is getting done in the next couple of weeks!

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[]Sammie Robertson

I love that the exhaust tips are blue! they look beautiful!

[]Jeff Bowman

It’s a beautiful exhaust for sure! The sound is going to be unreal.

[]Jeff Bowman

And the full blue tips are because it’s the ful titanium, as opposed to just the titanium burnt tips

Jeff Bowman46 days ago

Are you a new driver or have you recently purchased your first enthusiast-grade car? Not sure to start? Here’s some pro-tips for you: Get to know people with a similar car or car brand. Learn all you can about the car, and enjoy it first! When you think you’ve got a good feel for it, that’s when you start doing your research on mods. Decide what kind of DIRECTION you want to take your car(instead of just throwing mods

Jeff Bowman48 days ago

Started fitting my new Invidia Gemini R400 Full Titanium exhaust after working on some other stuff in the bay yesterday, and discovered it’s bigger than even the regular R400! What clued me in was it is dangerously close to the driveshaft. Hoping once I get it fully mounted I’ll be able to tell if I need to make any adjustments!

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

What is that a 2 1/2 inch system? How much weight savings are you getting from that over the factory exhaust?

[]Jeff Bowman

Probably pretty significant, even over my N1

Jeff Bowman49 days ago

Took a break from working on my car today just to sit in it. Man I miss this view something fierce! Can’t wait to get this thing finished! Anybody else do this with their project cars/ race cars?

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[]David Sandbak

While my car was down I would. Just sit in it, work the shifter, grip the steering wheel...I love my car.

[]Tom Armstrong

Yes, Yes I do. Just sit there and touch things, shift through the gears, admire what you've created...lol

[]Jeff Bowman

In my case.... Sit there, dream about the wonderful noises the car is going make when I’m done, and imagine it bombing down the back straight of Road Atlanta getting point-by’s. 😂

[]Tom Armstrong

Ah yes, very nice

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Yup. I go and sit in the convertible in the garage, sometimes listening to the radio while it's plugged into the trickle charger. This usually leads to me getting out the small brushes and cleaning. little details.

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