Monday, January 09, 2006

Update... Cobb Access Port

Okay, I suck... I am very aware of this... I have been too busy to keep this up and running as planned... so I will at least put an update today... then we'll see how long it takes to get the next one up...

Anyway, in August I got my Cobb Access Port - this remaps the ECU in the car to provide a bit more power. About 15% more power... it also allows you to reflash the ECU for different scenarios - like good mileage, 91 octane, 93 octane, valet mode, etc. Over the Xmas holidays I got 29.5 MPG on a road trip - EPA says 27 for the car on the highway. I'll take it!! The performance flash puts me up from 226 to 260hp - which is 0-60 in 5.7s stock to 0-60 in 4.9s and 13.9 on 1/4. My next upgrade will be a exhaust upgrade that will put me up to 290hp and 0-60 in about 4.6s and 13.4 on 1/4. (the link above has dyno graphs)

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Switches in ashtray

Okay, so I needed a way to #1 have USB port available in front of vehicle, #2 provide a way to shut off screen and #3 provide a way to keep the CPU running while the key is OFF. (this is just the construction of the panel, wiring will show up later)

Above and below is the stock ashtray, pretty much worthless to me - so I decided to "reclaim" it. The pic below shows the slot with the ashtray insert removed.

Here's the panel test fitting (above), below is the piece out of the unit. I used 1/4" ABS stock sheet that is available at any local plastic specialty shop. I think I paid $2 for a square foot.

Above is the test fit with the USB port installed. I "hijacked" the USB port from an expansion card that would typically be used in a PCI slot - it is not a PCI card, but it has two cables that connect to the motherboard pin headers for extra USB slots - I will be wiring this up with a standard USB plug on the other end which will then be plugged into my USB Hub behind the dash. (Wiring diagram will come later)

Here's the finished product. Piece is held in place by a set screw for two reasons - #1 to keep it from moving and #2 to NOT destroy the dash piece - putting the stock ashtray back in the slot will cover the set screws hole.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Created Dash Piece

So I wanted to install my screen in my car, but this go around I wanted a clean finish - something that looked as though it came from the factory that way.... so here's the end result. I have the pictures shown in the build up order starting from the original pieces all the way up to the test fit.

I began with the stock dash piece and the front bezel from the Xenarc 7" Touchscreen. I used a fiberglas resin and a bondo like material to form the unit and then got color matched spray down at a local paint shop.

Overall I am extremely happy with the results.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Removed intake muffler

The theory is that it is restrictive in the upper RPMs. The side effects of swapping out this part is that it is supposed to make the turbo and BOV slightly louder. Still undecided that this true - it is just barely louder, if it is at all. The model in these pics is my dog Deco (named for DEnver,CO)... Cost of mod = $35, time of mod = 1/2 hr.

There is some speculation on the message boards that this mod might alter the turbulence that was originally in the intake. This is complete and utter crap. The reason that people are concerned is believing that the final tuning at Subaru was done with this restriction/turbulence in place... but the error in this thought is that this piece is upstream of the air filter - so, sorry on this rumor/theory... a paper filter will control the turbulence at the MAF.

First Posting...

I intend to use this page to keep a log of my car's development - from stock to infotainment rocket...

Purchased the WRX in late May to replace my rediculously underpowered Scion xB. The xB is not a bad car it just wasn't a good fit. :-( I did consider getting the '06 - but that thing is just ugly as they come!!!