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Race Technician WRX Build

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

A nice article about two Subaru racing technicians that were asked what mods they would put on a 2012 Subaru WRX for street.

Link: Subaru Drive Performance Magazine

Subaru BRZ GT300

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Subaru’s new entry into the Super GT race series. Good luck lil BRoZ!

Heat Tape is Convenient

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Have you removed your front brake dust shields and worried about the heat from the rotors melting your  rubber bits in close proximity? Try slapping on some heat shield tape around them like Subaru did on their 24 hours of Nurburgring STI. They placed 21st overall! Here are the race results in PDF.

STI Runs the Isle of Man

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

A 2011 U.S. spec Impreza WRX STI lapped the 37 mile Mountain Course at average of 115.3 mph by Mark Higgins. He does an impressive save on one section of the course.

Wreck At Cayuga

This is my first post of the year. Funny thing called real life was keeping me away from my favorite interest and blog. A friend sent me a video link to this wreck during a hot lapping day at Cayuga Motor Speedway in Canada.

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Driving Pucker Moment

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

A “pucker moment” is the involuntary tightening of the sphincter when one escapes a close call to severe personal injury. You will most likely experience this yourself if you are a track driving enthusiast. I present to you JC Meynet’s pucker moment on Willow Springs International Raceway at Subiefest this past weekend.

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K&N Filters Myth

I get annoyed about people believing in anything they read on the car forums (and any other internet source) without researching it for themselves. It is just plain lazy. An example of the laziness would be someone who would rather have the whole article copy/pasted from the link into the car forum thread instead of just clicking the link to read it. And some readers will read any information from a stranger as fact. A friend who is a car suspension engineer best described why he avoided online car forums, “It’s because everyone is an expert”.

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2011 STI Spotted on Nürburgring Nordschleife

April 13, 2010 Leave a comment

This may be the new Spec C spotted on the Ring. I think it actually looks better in white. The silver trunk trim is color matched and the fog lights are replaced with covers. I see a lip there too. I highly doubt this will come to the U.S. but  I wish to be proved wrong.

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Is that all Subaru?

April 1, 2010 1 comment

So this is the fastest STI with just some minor suspension tweaks?! I was hoping for some engine improvements. At least replace those awful seats with Recaros. I don’t think the STI is worth the extra money. The WRX on the other hand is a great deal. The money you save on the WRX over the STI can be used for upgrades. I’ll just wait for the next chassis refresh. What do you think?

New York Auto Show 2010 coverage of the 2011 STI here:
http://www.autoblog.com/2010/04/01/new-york-2010…

NRG Hood Dampers Review

March 23, 2010 Leave a comment

What’s a hood damper? It’s a pneumatic strut that props open your hood. Most high-end cars have these installed instead of the cheapo metal rod that you slide into a hole under the hood. I purchased a pair of NRG stainless steel hood dampers for my Subaru STi. It included all of the necessary hardware for install. The installation was quick and simple with basic hand tools. These have been installed in my car since February 2006 and they still function well.

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Performance Friction Z-Rated Brake Pads Review

March 2, 2010 4 comments

I recently had to replace my front and rear street brake pads on my 2005 Subaru STi. I could not afford race pads and separate street pads so I looked for one set that could do both. They should run decently on the track while giving me cold and non-squealing stops. While shopping online I discovered the Performance Friction Z-Rated brake pads. These brake pads are targeted for performance vehicles such as BMW and Corvette.

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Roval Fun

February 22, 2010 1 comment

I attended the Speedventures event on January 17, 2010. I always wanted to drive this track. Speeds were very fast on the oval section. The wall looming on the right was a reminder to be calm and smooth. It was great to zoom by the Auto Club logo on the left at the finish line. I imagined the stands full of people cheering us on as we pass at high speeds. I hope to shave off some seconds on my laps the next time I’m there.

Check out my on board video.

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Racecomp Engineering Tarmac 2 Coilovers Review

February 21, 2010 2 comments

I was in the market for a coilover system for my 2005 Subaru STi. I did not want a JDM brand due to the stiffness overkill for the crappy roads in Los Angeles. I heard great reviews of the KW variant 3 coilovers from many STI owners so I figured I could not go wrong with getting those. But as I was about to drop my hard earned cash on them, Racecomp Engineering (RCE) announced their coilover made by KW to their specifications.

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How To: NRG Catch Can in a 2005 Subaru STi

February 21, 2010 Leave a comment

A catch can is a small container, that collects oil blown out of the PCV valve or valve cover intake hose (blow-by). The idea is to keep the oil out of the intake, which helps keep the intercooler running at maximum efficiency. This is because there is less oil vapor condensing on the inside of the intercooler. It is necessary to periodically empty the catch can to prevent it from overflowing. Some cans provide a drain for this purpose.

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EBC Yellowstuff Brake Pads Review

February 21, 2010 3 comments

Here’s a quick review of the EBC Yellowstuff Brake Pads I purchased. My brake setup is ATE Gold brake fluid, Goodridge stainless brake lines, EBC Redstuff pads and stock rotors in the rear, EBC Yellowstuff and DBA 4000 slotted rotors in front.

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