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Old 12-26-2013, 08:41 PM   #921
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Its an 04. 120k, but no its not on the stock 205, its got a hybrid EJ257 with 205 heads and all the sti bolt on goodies

I bought it just because lol. Gonna rock it for a while til the miata is all sorted
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Yeah, sorry to hear about your trouble with BEGI. Most of my parts from them were bought second hand so I never had to deal with them for anything like that, this is really making me reconsider buying a new downpipe from them in the spring.

WTB begi divorced WG dp!
Get it now, it should get made by the spring.. maybe summer.

Jokes aside though i've purchased few things from them and so far no delays. Never purchased made part by begi though. My dp/trubo/mani was also used. The only thing you could consider "made" was the hose kit for the turbo/oil/water lines and that shipped in 2 days.
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Ugh.

I got an email from her this afternoon that "it is getting finished up and will ship out tomororw". I'm not holding my breath.
Wow, what the ****, like spell much? Horrible place, I'll never buy from them again
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Sick wagon! That was my fathers first Subaru WRX. I blame that car for my obsession with cars. We lived in Kansas when he go it and if anyone has experience with Kansas farmers dirt roads you'll know I had a lot of fun in it. Perfect dirt roads(better than tarmac) and a whole lot of sliding.
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How do you like the bugeye vlad? That has always been my favorite WRX, something about that body style is classic. Almost like the NA vs NB/NC miatas. It just has rounder sexier lines in my opinion.

One day I'm going to get into one for cheap and keep it forever. I'll probably trade my scoob for one with a blown motor or something, once i get it running..

I think a 02/03 like that with a rod knock would be fun to put a closed deck 22t into with forged guts and make a sweet hybrid screamer.
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How do you like the bugeye vlad? That has always been my favorite WRX, something about that body style is classic. Almost like the NA vs NB/NC miatas. It just has rounder sexier lines in my opinion.

One day I'm going to get into one for cheap and keep it forever. I'll probably trade my scoob for one with a blown motor or something, once i get it running..

I think a 02/03 like that with a rod knock would be fun to put a closed deck 22t into with forged guts and make a sweet hybrid screamer.
They are awesome cars and parts are really cheap for them these days.

Trying to find an unmolested one seems harder the finding a clean NA though. I remember when I was considering buying one it was impossible to find one that hadn't been "bro'd out".

They look damn good when murdered out too. A closed deck 22t would be a hoot.
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:35 PM   #927
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Sick little Subie, looks like fun. Can't believe the resale value on those buggers.
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Sick little Subie, looks like fun. Can't believe the resale value on those buggers.
Right? I have no idea why. The only thing I've seen hold value better is an older manual transmission Jetta wagon diesel. If you can pick up one of those cheap; do some maintenance on it and flip it. They still sell for around 8-10k.
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Sick little Subie, looks like fun. Can't believe the resale value on those buggers.
I looked into them before getting my 2nd miata.. private owners wanted more for used junked subbies with 200k miles on them in my area than new Evos price tag.
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Got the VC and IM bead blasted. They look brand new. I'm gonna clear them with VHT too keep em looking this clean always
What specific VHT product did you end up using? I'm thinking I may do this with all the aluminum things as well, they are just so damn pretty when they are clean.

Also, this thread needs updates
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VHT satin clear.

The update is that there isn't an update. I already posted my drama with BEGi in another thread, but here's the ultra condensed summary of it just cause I don't feel like re-typing it all up again.

BEGi dropped the ball on the parts, as they are known to do. After a handful of lies from Stephanie, then her ignoring my emails altogether, and my phone call to them yesterday, and my post in the other thread, Corky himself PM'd me and apologized. Promised to make sure I get the parts asap.

I'm still waiting for the freaking manifold and downpipe. For the fourth time I'm promised an ETA, at the end of this week. I'm hoping this time its not a lie. We'll see.
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Bitchen' Thanks V, ordered a can today. Now I just need to find someone local who will let me use their blaster.

Sorry for the frustration. I'm still not done cobbling my **** together either so I feel your pain on that one. Sucks being held up by something outside your control.
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VHT satin clear.

The update is that there isn't an update. I already posted my drama with BEGi in another thread, but here's the ultra condensed summary of it just cause I don't feel like re-typing it all up again.

BEGi dropped the ball on the parts, as they are known to do. After a handful of lies from Stephanie, then her ignoring my emails altogether, and my phone call to them yesterday, and my post in the other thread, Corky himself PM'd me and apologized. Promised to make sure I get the parts asap.

I'm still waiting for the freaking manifold and downpipe. For the fourth time I'm promised an ETA, at the end of this week. I'm hoping this time its not a lie. We'll see.
Ah, that blows man. That helps me make the decision to go FM instead of BEGI.

On that topic (and at risk of starting THAT conversation...)...

Why do you use BEGI manifolds and downpipes instead of FM stuff? You mentioned to me that you love FM's no electronics kit (obviously for lower power goals) but considering this build and your previous one is using a BEGI cast manifold, I'm curious.
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Because I think the begi manifold is better designed. I know they are both just logs, but the little divider and flow "path" in the begi one, IMO should definitely make it flow a teensy weensy bit better vs the pulses from 1&4 ramming each other head on, then changing direction and going into the turbo. Like I said, its not a big deal but I'm OCD so stuff like that bothers me. Another is the use of m8 studs which are known to fail with time no matter what. Been there done that. m10's will at least last longer IMO. ideally you want inco but whatever. As for the dp, the begi piece is cheaper. If you get the fm "kit" they make the dp and mani very cheap, but if you buy separately, the dp alone is $440 or something, for a 2.5" downpipe. So no bueno there.

And the only reason I didn't stick with a tubular or custom setup is because I want to install, tune and be DONE. I'm DONE with this car, once its all together and tuned I just want to drive it, and not do anything else, ever. Just enjoy the car. Sick of wrenching and wrenching and never really enjoying my cars.
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...I want to install, tune and be DONE. I'm DONE with this car, once its all together and tuned I just want to drive it, and not do anything else, ever. Just enjoy the car. Sick of wrenching and wrenching and never really enjoying my cars.
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Because I think the begi manifold is better designed. I know they are both just logs, but the little divider and flow "path" in the begi one, IMO should definitely make it flow a teensy weensy bit better vs the pulses from 1&4 ramming each other head on, then changing direction and going into the turbo. Like I said, its not a big deal but I'm OCD so stuff like that bothers me. Another is the use of m8 studs which are known to fail with time no matter what. Been there done that. m10's will at least last longer IMO. ideally you want inco but whatever. As for the dp, the begi piece is cheaper. If you get the fm "kit" they make the dp and mani very cheap, but if you buy separately, the dp alone is $440 or something, for a 2.5" downpipe. So no bueno there.

And the only reason I didn't stick with a tubular or custom setup is because I want to install, tune and be DONE. I'm DONE with this car, once its all together and tuned I just want to drive it, and not do anything else, ever. Just enjoy the car. Sick of wrenching and wrenching and never really enjoying my cars.
That all makes sense, and I've been thinking that exact same thing. I was comparing photos of the insides of the manifolds and it looks like the FM mani does have some flow directing, but not as much as the BEGI unit.



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Interesting.

Been doing a lot of research myself. Perhaps I will start an advice thread/pre-build thread soon, prob in a month or two.

Thanks for sharing.
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Because I think the begi manifold is better designed.
This. I was VERY impressed with how smooth the inside of the runners were, how they pointed to the turbine itself, and how well "port matched" the exhaust ports were on my new BEGI unit. Pretty decent for a log manifold, I must say.

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This hits close to home.
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This hits close to home.
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Maybe I should start a support group

Thanks guyths. yeah I'm not changing anything on this car/setup. My next car will be something I will commit to not do any long term projects or mods on. Simple bolt ons and drive drive drive.

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That all makes sense, and I've been thinking that exact same thing. I was comparing photos of the insides of the manifolds and it looks like the FM mani does have some flow directing, but not as much as the BEGI unit.
Thanks for sharing.
Doesn't look that way to me. Also didn't look that way to me looking them over in person:

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