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I had a JDM hazard switch fitted on Tuesday whilst service,mot and other bits being done. Now have 2 UK switches spare
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I had a JDM hazard switch fitted on Tuesday whilst service,mot and other bits being done. Now have 2 UK switches spare
It'll look nice when I get the fascias back all nice and shiny gloss black

Although, it look's like all the switches start as red because the back of my old one is... it's like it has been painted over.
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More goodies from the internetz!



- Afterburner Wrapped De-Cat Up-Pipe And Studs
- K&N High Flow Panel Filter.

Ready for the full de-cat exhaust fitting on the 5th February!
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should have used a "trick" up-pipe..............
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Oh dear! Now youíve got me worrying!? Whatís the difference?
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The bore size , it's to large for stock turbos so floods them and reduces spool.
I belive stock sti is 42mm bore don't hold me to that ,
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The 'Harvey' up-pipes sold by Alan make a massive difference to spool by accelerating the gas flow into the turbo and reducing spin up time - When I swapped mine (Magnex) I was about about 250rpm quicker to 1 bar.
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The 'Harvey' up-pipes sold by Alan make a massive difference to spool by accelerating the gas flow into the turbo and reducing spin up time - When I swapped mine (Magnex) I was about about 250rpm quicker to 1 bar.
Hmm, well I've spent the money now so I'll have the de-cat up-pipe fitted first with the exhaust system, have the car mapped and see what happens. I'll be replacing the injectors at some point so I'll change the up-pipe then and tweak the map. Thanks for the info guys
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Okay, so I've had a couple of days with the car off the road having some work done. On Tuesday it was in with SMD having a Walbro 255lph fuel pump and full decat exhaust fitted






During the fitting Simon found the up-pipe too short and the flanges not correctly aligned, so the original was refitted. Unbeknown to me was the fact that the Hawkeye WRX already comes with a decat up-pipe, so I was happy to keep the original but unfortunately it wasted an extra 2 hours altogether.

It wasn't until everything was all bolted back into position that Scoobyworld replied to my message that the up-pipe actually had a slip joint to adjust the length! Ah well.

Overall happy with the look and sound, definitely sounds more manly now!

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Then today I carefully drove up to Surrey Rolling Road in Farnborough for Duncan to have a play.

After 5 mins or so it was clear the car was losing boost, on investigation Duncan and Charlie found the intercooler and filter box clamps all loose, every single one of them! It's rare that the car comes out of SMD in this state so not sure whether to ignore it or not!

After the clamps were replaced and/or tightened, Duncan set about the tuning and power runs.

Really happy with the outcome, a picture paints a thousand words so here you go:




And after a few final tweaks:




It made 287.1 BHP and 360 lb ft of torque!

Sooo much more fun to drive now, pulls amazingly through the rev range.


And on the way home, treated myself to a V10 STi TMIC... fins are pretty good, needs a good clean but should come up nicely.




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Sweet! Nice power too
It's a completely different car now, amazing power and pulls so well. Really happy with it. Duncan was saying the Hawk WRX comes with decat up-pipe and STi injectors as standard, so a turbo swap for a bug or blob one should see some incredible figures!

Can't wait to come to some meets this year now...

Just finished cleaning the TMIC:



Will fit once I'm certain the water has dried from inside.
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Old 07-02-2019, 07:27 PM
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Very nice some good power there and bet it pulls great from low down,
The Sti cooler and vf43/8 will make it even better but be prepared for things like a clutch etc and read into head gaskets etc I'm not really up on 2.5's,
Is it boosting 1.1 tailing to .6?
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Nice one. The pink pen on the tmic tells me you visited JPP in Crawley

Very strange re: the issues with SMD, who worked on the car? Brent or another one of his guys?
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Very nice some good power there and bet it pulls great from low down,
The Sti cooler and vf43/8 will make it even better but be prepared for things like a clutch etc and read into head gaskets etc I'm not really up on 2.5's,
Is it boosting 1.1 tailing to .6?
Yeah Duncan didnít want to go more than 1.1 but itís on demand pretty much, feels amazing and pulls really well! I am prepared for the big bucks once I go silly power haha.

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Nice one. The pink pen on the tmic tells me you visited JPP in Crawley

Very strange re: the issues with SMD, who worked on the car? Brent or another one of his guys?
Haha, they were a god send when I had my imported DC2! But yes, picked it up for £255 with mounts, happy with the price. Although I believe I need a different silicone turbo to y pipe?

It was a guy called Simon, never had issues with Brent. Iíll put it as a one off as Iíve never had any issues with them before.
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I'd be really chuffed to fella. 360ft makes it a lovley road car I bet.
Will you need a Sti under tray too for the cooler ? I know the scoops are the same just the tray ?
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Will you need a Sti under tray too for the cooler ? I know the scoops are the same just the tray ?
God yeah, the torque is fantastic. The power feels a lot smoother now.

I believe so, I was discussing this same topic with a blob wagon owner earlier today. I think Iíll end up getting an STi scoop as it seems to have a bigger mouth than the WRX and Iíll source an undertray too after I fit the cooler, provided I can get it to fit that is!
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Good results, nothing beats that first drive after a few modifications and a map.

One of my favourite changes when I went through a similar process was changing to a de-cat down pipe, freeing up some noise was probably more exciting then freeing up power and spool.

As mentioned, be sure to try and source the matching undertray for the intercooler, they were designed to work in tandem and give the best results possible.
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Good results, nothing beats that first drive after a few modifications and a map.

One of my favourite changes when I went through a similar process was changing to a de-cat down pipe, freeing up some noise was probably more exciting then freeing up power and spool.

As mentioned, be sure to try and source the matching undertray for the intercooler, they were designed to work in tandem and give the best results possible.
The deep tone from the exhaust is so nice now, it really sounds like a Scoob should. Turbo spool is a little quicker and whistles too, also puts a grin on my face!

Iíll have a look on eBay today for the scoop and undertray. Will the car need a map tweak with the new top mount? Not sure if there will be a change in boost pressure or not. Iím not sure where to find the correct silicone hose for the y-pipe either...
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Iíll have a look on eBay today for the scoop and undertray. Will the car need a map tweak with the new top mount? Not sure if there will be a change in boost pressure or not. Iím not sure where to find the correct silicone hose for the y-pipe either...

Finding the scoop in the right colour is the hard bit, it took me ages to get one in 48w. Looks like yours is 02g which is a bit easier to find, but only a hawk scoop will fit AFAIK (certainly a hawk scoop wouldn't fit my blob, so assume it's the same in reverse)
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The Scoop on a Hawkeye from wrx to Sti is the same so no need to worry its the under tray, try matty on S'net around £60 for the undertray you need.

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Finding the scoop in the right colour is the hard bit, it took me ages to get one in 48w. Looks like yours is 02g which is a bit easier to find, but only a hawk scoop will fit AFAIK (certainly a hawk scoop wouldn't fit my blob, so assume it's the same in reverse)
As Scooby doo just said, I donít need to worry about the scoop apparently so thatís one less thing!

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The Scoop on a Hawkeye from wrx to Sti is the same so no need to worry its the under tray, try matty on S'net around £60 for the undertray you need.
Iíll have a look. Thanks mate 👍 Also as Iíve asked further up, will it need a remap for the cooler? Not sure if there will be a difference to boost or not. Cheers.
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Best to ask you mapper, but i doubt it will as its not a big change in volume compared to going Fmic, but always best to ask the mapper.
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Best to ask you mapper, but i doubt it will as its not a big change in volume compared to going Fmic, but always best to ask the mapper.
Will drop Duncan a message. Thanks mate.
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Finally got around to fitting my newly sprayed centre console and fascias, looks really nice in gloss black. However, I can see me becoming obsessed with keeping the finger prints off!



On another update side, the car is booked into SMD in Newhaven on Friday to have some Tein lowering springs fitted. After the incident with the intercooler hoses and clamps loose, Brent phoned me to apologise and offered some gratuitous labour as a way of saying sorry.

I did say to him this was unnecessary as 99.9% of the time the car comes out of SMD with nothing wrong. But he insisted, so I'm taking him up on the offer and having the car lowered. It should drop the standard height by around 25-30mm
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Nice offer from SMD there

Will look nice lowered and handle much nicer as well
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Looks Good, The JDM switch looks good against the black too.
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After the incident with the intercooler hoses and clamps loose, Brent phoned me to apologise and offered some gratuitous labour as a way of saying sorry.
Nice... fair enough, mistakes happen sometimes. It's how they deal with it that makes the difference between a good company and a bad one

Not many garages would spot something on a forum and proactively phone a customer with an apology and and offer like that
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Agree,really good of them.Most people know my opinion re SMD and Brent, best service I have ever found and wouldn't use anyone else. Even travelled over from France to have some mods fitted to my new STi
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Agree,really good of them.Most people know my opinion re SMD and Brent, best service I have ever found and wouldn't use anyone else. Even travelled over from France to have some mods fitted to my new STi
Fully agreed with the above comments, this is why I use Brent. He's good at what he does, he loves what he does and always treats the customers car like his own. I will never use anyone else.

Speaking of which, just got home after picking the car up from SMD. I've had Tein S Tech lowering springs fitted and full geometry set up carried out, along with a road test.




Much better! Handles really well and looks really mean, I like. Now I just need a new set of wheels

Brent sorted me out with 50% off the labour as promised, he also resecured my intercooler and put brand new hose clips on the silicone collar. Once again, showing why we use him.
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Ok, so now I have more power and a more aggressive stance I’m looking into a nice new set of wheels. I know the PCD is 5x100, but which offsets will COMFORTABLY fit the Hawk Wagon? Obviously more offsets give me more choice for wheels, really tied on what to choose at the moment!
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will you be likely to fit larger brakes in the future ? If so think of clearance when choosing them.
I'm looking at a new set for mine but staying 17inch So 17x8 et48 clears the brembo calipers . Stock v7-8 sti is Et53
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I'm looking at a new set for mine but staying 17inch So 17x8 et48 clears the brembo calipers . Stock v7-8 sti is Et53
Not really likely to go for a bigger brake set up in the future so would be looking for stock fitments, 17 inches more than likely. ET48 Iíve seen a lot of...
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You will find plenty that fit fine for stock wrx calipers.
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Awesome. Thanks mate
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If you ever plan on taking it on track, I would really recommend considering uprated brakes. One of the best mods I've made to my wagon. There's a lot of car to stop!

If you're already going to get new wheels, it would future proof you to get some that would go over Brembos.

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If you ever plan on taking it on track, I would really recommend considering uprated brakes. One of the best mods I've made to my wagon. There's a lot of car to stop!

If you're already going to get new wheels, it would future proof you to get some that would go over Brembos.

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Staying 17Ē then and with the above in mind, et48 would be my best bet?
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It depends on the wheel. Rota grids in 17inch will not clear brembos According to mags on s'net (wheel dude) yet rota fighters/ boost 17x8 Et48 clear.
Prodrive ppf7 or reps look cool but 18in but regularly come up for sale at good price, oem v7-8 sti wheels 17x7.5 et53 and no brake issues ,
Wheels are a very personal touch.
You don't have to swap brakes either if the car doesn't see track work. There's a range of good pad/disc/lines options for the oem 4pots that on the road will hold up well , but if your thinking of sti turbo etc and upping the power it would be a good move to swap to the larger sti calipers as they take the heat better.
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The little things really do make a difference, for as long as I've owned the car the nearside rear light cluster had signs of impact damage and condensation. I managed to source another set on a selling page for £40 delivered.



10 minutes later...



Much better

Ignore the dirt, the car has been washed since yesterday
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Great job
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Great job
Cheers mate. Very slowly tidying bits up here and there.
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