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#1 Jasn00

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 1:15 AM

Righto, after months of saving, spending said savings and saving again I am finally nearly ready to convert the Legacy to single turbo and put in a sti steering rack and a boost gauge that I've been hoarding.

I have no experience with this kind of thing but my good friend Chris (Chrisjunkie) is going to be helping out and assisting with tools and a warehouse. So if anyone in the Auckland area wants to come along and help out or just socialise you are most welcome to. Free beer and food will be provided as well!
Planning on starting late afternoon/evening on Friday the 11th March and at least getting the engine out, then continuing on the Saturday and finishing on the Sunday. Feel free to drop in anytime during those days.

Further details and address to come as I find out/decide on them.

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 3:02 AM

Where abouts will this be? Considering coming along for a bit but will be riding from Albany if I do
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 3:15 AM

Ooh ooh ooh. If I'm not up to my eyeballs with assignments, I'll have to come along. :D
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 3:55 PM

I got a stag to go to sat ill see if i can pop in for a bit
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 3:56 PM

I got a stag to go to sat ill see if i can pop in for a bit. What you doing about sump if you can get it to pbms grab it i was going to post it this week
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 2:35 AM

I've never driven a twin-turbo Legacy, but I've heard the stories about their "chasm of death" power curve.

I was yakking to a mate a few months ago who has driven turbo'd Subarus overseas and he reckoned that the twin-turbo's in particular were designed to run on 100RON fuel, not the 95 or even the 98 octane we get here. He said that on 100 octane, the power curve has no noticeable dip at all.

Any thoughts from the learned?

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 3:51 AM

I will actually be up that ways.

Targa Bambina starts from Drury to Whitianga (not far from DOBC camping trip 1.0 location).

It runs from the 11th to 13th March.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 4:03 AM

I've never driven a twin-turbo Legacy, but I've heard the stories about their "chasm of death" power curve.

I was yakking to a mate a few months ago who has driven turbo'd Subarus overseas and he reckoned that the twin-turbo's in particular were designed to run on 100RON fuel, not the 95 or even the 98 octane we get here. He said that on 100 octane, the power curve has no noticeable dip at all.

Any thoughts from the learned?


Hmmm, not sure about that one. The early 2nd gens were shocking, and the Subaru engineers slowly ironed out the dip right through the revisions, and into the 3rd gen, where at rev d, there's basically no dip at all. I can't see fuel helping the early ones, as its all down to the timing of control valves opening and closing.

When you first drive one, you hit the VOD and think WTF? And then the secondary hits you. You learn to drive around it, which you shouldn't actually need to.
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Posted 01 March 2011 - 3:21 AM

My 94 twin turbo has a pretty intense drop aye haha, between about 4krpm to 4.5krpm there is no boost at all and i've always run 98, but i'm pretty sure it is just the early ones, 3rd gens dip isn't noticable. Its kinda fun in a sense I guess haha
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Posted 03 March 2011 - 5:45 AM

Could be keen to help, depending when or where :)

I've done a BMW engine swap on an old 318 if that's any experience xD

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 2:19 AM

Bollocks! I forgot about this. Remembered when I was riding back from up north on my random "fill in the time and procrastinate while going for a ride rather than study because the readings are sooo boring" ride...

How'd it all go?
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 7:14 AM

Bollocks! I forgot about this. Remembered when I was riding back from up north on my random "fill in the time and procrastinate while going for a ride rather than study because the readings are sooo boring" ride...

How'd it all go?


Ahh, last I was there, Jason's engine was out of his car, turbo conversion beginning, and Sparta engine/gearbox/suspension was going into the new RS

This was around 2pm, Im guessing they are nearly done!

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 10:28 AM

Officially we have changed names... instead of "Sparta, and The RS", we now have "The Shell, and Sparta" :) He looks staunch as with all his gear, four straight doors and shiny paint. Engine is in, rear subframe is in, suspension and brakes are all rigged up. It needs to be stripped again inside to get the correct loom in there, which is Cam's job tomorrow (the poor bastard!). We also need to break down the RS' gear, half of which will end up in my hot little hands. As I've got assignments to do as well, keen for anyone that's crazy enough to lend a hand on that one.

As that can roll though...that's not necessarily the day's emphasis.

The BG's almost ready to accept its single turbo motor now, though there is a trip to pick-a-part and an arseload of electrical work and testing to be done. That car HAS to be able to drive home tomorrow night! So yeah, any spare hands will probably go to the BG first :)

All in all the day was certainly under control, though rushed. Plenty more to do tomorrow.
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 9:27 PM

Yeah it was definitely a hive of activity! When I got there Drunken was doing Ash's cambelt at the top of the carpark, Amy was ripping into the shell about midway down, Ferrugem was fitting a strut brace at the bottom, and everyone else was inside dealing to Sparta and the single conversion.
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 1:35 AM

Yeah it was definitely a hive of activity! When I got there Drunken was doing Ash's cambelt at the top of the carpark, Amy was ripping into the shell about midway down, Ferrugem was fitting a strut brace at the bottom, and everyone else was inside dealing to Sparta and the single conversion.



Haha sounds like a really awesome club day! Pity I've been stuck at home getting everything ready for painting tomorrow <_< had to pull everything off the deck (table, chairs and many many plants), carry it all downstairs and put it tidily in the courtyard away from the walls which are getting painted. Pretty sure Dad'll through a hissy fit when he gets here later...Think I deserve a ride on the motorbike now B)
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 8:03 AM

So how did it all go? Is it a runner?
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 8:08 AM

This is how you do it. Auckland crew fucking rocks by the sounds of this!
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 9:16 AM

Funniest thing of the weekend?It's either between a Golf that sounded identically like a 'Baru, or When the jack went kaput and inverted itself while holding Sparta xD

and STILL worked afterwards !

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 1:48 AM

Epic weekend was epic. Crazily busy and after it all I was/still am completely shattered haha.
Massive thanks to all the people who helped out - Ferrugem, Chrisjunkie, Wiretap, Shale for keeping us running on sausies, and everyone else for moral support :D . Seriously couldnt have done it without you. Extra special thanks to Chris for the warehouse which was brilliant.

Time was always going to be tight and the couple of trips to pick up odds and ends or rediculously priced hose didnt help, but also couldnt be helped. I think it was about 5:30 when we started it (first time too!) and it didnt throw any CELs which was relieving. Only problem is that it's running on 3 cylinders :/. Injector doesnt seem to be fouled so it might be the coil on plug or a connection issue with the wire. Not too sure... But glad it's now single with just a few minor things to sort out.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 3:23 AM

Time for shitloads of research now... good time to take the next step of fixing the car B) Plenty of people that can offer great advice here at least. Not mentioning any single turbo BG drivers. *COUGH*

Auckland crew was absolutely stellar this weekend...man you guys about move me to tears with your sheer awesomeness. So much work got done and so many cars got a modify/fix touch!

It has to be said, GC Award of the weekend HAS to go to chrisjunkie. We used his workshop, his tools, and his car to move shit around. All this while he had uni assignments to do, and he HAULED ARSE on that single conversion! This man deserves a beer. Or a box thereof.

Everyone else put in an insane effort, particularly those that did several days! Thumbs up to Ferrugem and George, who've never been involved in a DOBC/CS mod clusterfuck before.

Best part of the whole day: Wiretap's EZ30R powered HX20s wagon fuckin' HAAAAAAAAAAAAAULING Sparta 2.0 up a VERY steep driveway, packed to the hilt with shit, as if nothing was attached. I've never felt torque like that outside a massive diesel motor, and never felt power like that outside a turbocharged vehicle. Given it did both at damn near no rpm... yeah. You can scrape my jaw off the floor any time. :blink:
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