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hey man, what do you think of that typhoon intake? was it worth it? I have the option to get one for cheap (70 bucks) and kept reading mixed reviews. I know I need a tune for it and have the appropriate TP tune for the intake so that shouldnt be an issue.
 

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More car porn please!
 

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hey man, what do you think of that typhoon intake? was it worth it? I have the option to get one for cheap (70 bucks) and kept reading mixed reviews. I know I need a tune for it and have the appropriate TP tune for the intake so that shouldnt be an issue.
I've liked it so far. The new sound takes a while to get used to, but now that I am used to it I prefer it over the stock. I can't really say that I noticed any gains from it power-wise, so that could either be that there wasn't any gain or because I'm a bigger guy so it takes more for me to notice any gain. Depending on your end goal I'd say it's definitely worth it (especially at that price). Since I plan to go E85 and wanted the FMIC, there was no reason for me not to get it. You mentioned needing the right TP tune and I talked to Eric before buying one because I was going to get one of the 73mm KS Techs that a ton of people seem to like. He prefers the Typhoon over the KS Tech because of issues he'd had with them in the past, which is why I went with the Typhoon instead.

More car porn please!
Didn't get my car washed like I had hoped which is why I didn't post anything up. Here they are - hope you don't mind dirt and bird poop. I'll be washing it this week before a regional Subaru meet this weekend and try to get some pics while I'm there.

Plastidipped wheels (they'll have to hold me over until I can decide on and afford some different ones):


Lower grill, eBay lip, plastidipped Hellas, SLK hallow halos (waiting to wire them up until I can get a fog light stalk so I don't have to mount a separate switch somewhere):


CREE LED reverse bulbs (hard to get a good picture of):


Switchbacks ( I really need to black out my housings and switch to HIDs):


JDM carbon fiber AV bezel and 09+ WRX center console:


FMIC piping/engine bay shot (don't mind the hose attached to the BPV. I couldn't get the factory hose to fit, so we had to make do with a 10pm trip to AutoZone to find some radiator hose that would fit until I can get a custom pipe made):


I also need to do something to the bay because it looks really bland. Not sure if I need an accent color, just need to give it a good wash, if I should get a radiator and alternator shroud to make it look a bit nicer, or what, but I'm open to suggestions.

I'm still hoping to go E85 this year, but I'm fairly happy with where I am right now with my 08, so I think I'm going to focus a lot of time for right now on my 03 instead.


She made over 480whp when I bought her back in 2010, but I've only put maybe a couple thousand miles on her since then since it's been problem after problem (she stopped running the day after I bought her). I'll be honest and say I don't really know what I'm doing, but the guy before me that built the car had absolutely zero idea what he was doing. He put a lot of money into it though, and she was a blast to drive the few times I've driven her since. I just can't stand seeing it parked in my driveway without it running, and I'm at the point where I need to part her out or get her going again (and I'd much prefer the latter).

Everything about the problems seem like they stem from electrical issues, so I bit the bullet and bought an entire new wiring harness for the car as he spliced the current one in different places and really seems to have screwed it up. This past winter it also had some mouse infestation issues, so stripping it completely and starting from nothing inside before going to the engine bay seems like the best thing to do. Luckily I have my bro-in-law helping me out, and he does know what he's doing. So, I've just gutted it out, the harness will be delivered today, and once I get the crash bar out I should be able to start swapping out the harnesses. Here's hoping it works!


Finally, since you've put up with so much text and so many photos, and obligatory photo of both of my cars since I felt it was necessary (and just love how they both look).
 

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I have the same turn signal led's and changed out my backup lights also. Made a big difference imo.

The bird poop adds at least another 5hp! ;)
 

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I know the forum isn't as active as when I first joined, but I'm hoping there's still quite a few members lurking every day like I have been hoping for something to spark conversation.

Nothing else installed yet (unfortunately), but I do have a front and rear skidplate and parts to (properly) convert my headlights to HIDs once I have some time to do the installs. Hoping to borrow a friend's lift in a couple weekends to install the skidplates and maybe a few of the bushings I've had laying around.

Still working on the '03 as well (old harness out, new harness about 75% in), but since it's winter and I don't have a heated garage it's on hold until Spring. Since it's on hold, it's back to thinking about the '08 again!

Since I'm back to thinking about the hatch, I wanted opinions on a couple things. Definitely going to E85 this spring/summer (whenever time permits), and I'm wondering if there's anything else I would see a noticeable benefit from adding and having tuned at the same time so I don't have to pay for another tune down the road. I'm sure a lot of people will recommend an ELH, and way down the road that might be something to consider, but for now I'm refusing to get rid of my rumble.

That being said, I'm considering going to an EWG setup for E85 and having my manifolds and crosspipe PNP'd. I've been trying to research these options and will continue to do so, but does anyone care to share any thoughts as to whether or not these options are worth it? If so, I haven't been able to find anything comparing a 38mm vs 44mm EWG; would one be more beneficial over the other with a VF52? Lastly (for now), since Grimmspeed is no longer doing PNP services, is Ruben at SoCalPorting the guy to go to? I know he did a great job with the VF52 I bought on here, but I didn't know if he was still the recommended go-to-guy or if someone else has popped up. I was really only considering Grimmspeed over someone else because I've purchased a few of their other parts and have been impressed with them - maybe Ruben or someone else has been a better option all along.
 

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Thanks for the link - yes, I've read it a few times before (and just went through the entire thread again). Unfortunately there don't seem to be many 3rd gen builds on E85 that aren't built much further than I'm wanting to take mine for now. I don't have any set power number goals or anything like that, so really it's whether I want to go to E85 on the parts I have now waiting to go or if I should add the uppipe and pnp manifolds/crosspipe at the same time as going to E85. Since most 3rd gen builds seem to be built further than I'm wanting to take mine for now (whether it's a bigger turbo, internals, etc), I haven't been able to find anything to sway me one way or the other as to whether the benefits outweigh the costs for an EWG and pnp exhaust goodies staying with the VF52.

Tuning-wise I've already contacted Eric about an E85 and 93 tune for once I make the jump since I love the 3.52 tune I have from him now, so luckily I shouldn't have to worry about that too much. I know people say to ask your tuner (which I don't have a problem doing), but I feel bad bugging him about stuff when I'm still a few months away from making the switch. The EWG seems to be the piece I'm most sold on and will most likely end up getting, it's mainly the pnp manifolds/crosspipe I'm wondering about (since many go to ELH at this point).
 

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I was kind of in the same boat. I know I want to switch to E85 before I rack up another 50k miles but haven't saved yet. Plus I'm still dealing with my power steering squel when its cold and only in reverse.
 

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I was kind of in the same boat. I know I want to switch to E85 before I rack up another 50k miles but haven't saved yet. Plus I'm still dealing with my power steering squel when its cold and only in reverse.
Only in reverse? That seems odd - I don't think I've heard of that before :confused:
I haven't heard much anywhere on pnp but you should be more then fine with a tial 38mm wastegate.
Thanks - that's what I was leaning towards, but wasn't sure if anyone would have a reason to go to 44mm now instead.
 

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yeah its weird, only when I turn the wheel a little to the left or right it squels but when its above 45deg its fine...I'm still searching the threads.
 

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yeah its weird, only when I turn the wheel a little to the left or right it squels but when its above 45deg its fine...I'm still searching the threads.
Huh...the gear shouldn't have any affect on the pump...thats weird
Talking about weird my car was squealing loud on cold start yesterday in the rain. Sounded like the chirping from the trow out bearing just much much louder lol
I'm sure that's exactly what it was though, my clutch is toast...everhthing...bearings, pressure plate, disk...competition clutch kit will be in the future soon
 

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Huh...the gear shouldn't have any affect on the pump...thats weird
Talking about weird my car was squealing loud on cold start yesterday in the rain. Sounded like the chirping from the trow out bearing just much much louder lol
I'm sure that's exactly what it was though, my clutch is toast...everhthing...bearings, pressure plate, disk...competition clutch kit will be in the future soon
If you aren't set on a brand yet, from what I've heard recently Southbend clutches are pretty great. I got to drive my bro-in-law's bugeye with one before it was totaled and it felt really close to stock. Once my clutch inevitably goes out (surprised it's held up for 82k miles so far) that's what I'll be putting in.
 

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Sorry, didn't mean to take away from your build question. Have you found any more info on what EWG size and brand your wanting? What's your thoughts on Tial?
 

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Sorry, didn't mean to take away from your build question. Have you found any more info on what EWG size and brand your wanting? What's your thoughts on Tial?
Not a problem - I'm fine with chatting about other stuff in here :)

Looking at it more I'm thinking 38mm. Since I'm planning to keep the stock block as long as possible I don't think I'll need something larger. I'm leaning toward Grimmspeed mainly because I like the build quality of the other products I've gotten from them, but haven't entirely decided yet. I don't have a lot of experience with EWGs, so I can't say I do or don't like Tial. I've seen a lot more about Turbosmart EWGs recently, so I need to do some more research on them to see if I'd like to go with them instead. One of the vendors is doing 10% off right now through almost the end of the year, so I'm hoping to do a lot of reading over Christmas so I can make a decision and order at least part of what I'd like before the sale is up.
 

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I'm with you on the quality of Grimmspeed products. When I go ewg, thats my first choice.
 
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