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Hey guys, I've been around the forum for a little over a year now and I thought it was time to make a build thread. This thread will also serve as just a way for me to keep track of everything that I've done to the car. I do have plans to build the entire engine and go for serious power, but that'll have to wait until I find another daily driver. In the meantime my plans are to be in the "Stage 3" area (300whp/300wtq) and just hang out there for a while.

Alright, I bought the car used in May 2012. It's a 2010 2.0T Bathurst Black R-Spec and only had ~13k miles on it when I found it. I haven't had a second of trouble out of it other than the passenger side taillight being replaced under warranty for condensation. I'll try and post pics for everything, but I'm sure there are a few times where I didn't take pictures.

So, enough talk, on with the pics.

This is the oldest pic I have of the car. This was taken the day after I bought it.


Although it isn't the first car I've ever worked on or modded, it's my first import and first turbo car so I spent a lot of time the first few months just reading and deciding what route I wanted to take.

Before I even changed anything on the car I found a few other local coupes and met up with them. At the time I was definitely the "stock-est", but it gave me some great ideas.



Thats me at the top on the left side of the picture.



My first change was adding a Forge BOV. No pic here, but there are plenty of DIYs and pics elsewhere on the site if you just really want to see what it looks like.

About the same time I did my own custom SRI. I just picked up a couple of clamps, coupler, elbow pipe and filter and voila. I removed all the stock airbox pieces as well just for a less cluttered engine bay.



One of the guys that I first met after I picked up the Gen was getting out of the car and had an M&S Type D grill he was looking to get rid of so I bought that from him.



After that I found another member who was looking to part out and he had some Eibach Sportlines for sale along with an Isis Race Catback. He was pretty local so I went and picked them up. I actually did take pics of everything as I was installing it, but I got a new phone and forgot to upload everything to photobucket...so no pics of me installing anything. However, here is a pic of how the car looked with the springs on.



After dropping the car I really wanted to adjust how sunken in the wheels looked. A buddy of mine had just picked up a new set of wheels and was selling his Garageline spacers. Picked them up.

I rode around on the springs for a few months, but I knew I wanted to go lower so I started putting some money aside for coils. In the meantime... I decided to strip out the trunk and back seats. Because Racecar.





Then I bought a set of JDM Sport coils from GCTuner. I'm really not sure if anyone else on the forums (or anywhere for that matter) is running these, but I got them for a killer deal and GCT shipped them crazy fast. [email protected] said they were made in the same facility as BC and Megan and after reading some positive reviews in the FRS/BRZ forums I went with them. I couldn't be happier. I've had zero trouble from them and they will definitely take you as low as you want to go.





After adding the coils I kind of debated with myself on what to do next. While I was trying to figure that out...I tinkered. I went out one Saturday and just had a ratchet and wrench in my hand so I started moving things around. I decided I wanted to take out the windshield washer reservoir. I never use it and it was just in the way. Then I looked at the heat shields for the exhaust mani and the turbo. IMO, they look ridiculous so they were next on the removal list. And lastly, the passenger side fusebox. Now that the heat shields were gone I was a little worried that things might get too hot for the fusebox. Good thing there are guys who have topmount setups and have moved that fusebox under the battery. Go HERE for that DIY.

While I was under the hood I thought about trying the engine bolt dress-up DIY. That thread is HERE.

Here's a few pics of the engine bay afterwards.





I finally decided that I wanted to finish off my TBE. I had the Isis Race already so I just needed O2 housing, DP/TP and Midpipe. I went with Depo for everything. I got the Depo catless O2 housing and the Depo DP/TP/Midpipe combo. Great products, everything shipped fast and it all lined up like expected. Sorry, don't have any pics of all that, but working in my driveway on jackstands with 10" of room to slide under the car doesn't give you a great opportunity to snap pictures.

And on to Post #2...
 

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I started noticing that my OEM 19's were looking pretty rough. They were starting to flake and chip. I could have easily repaired them or had them powder coated, but I had something else in mind. I decided I would start saving up for some new wheels.

While I was putting aside some cash for the wheels I wanted something else to do.

I have always thought a quick release steering wheel was awesome, ya know...because racecar. I thought now was a great time to try it out. I bought a combo package of NRG products. I got the NRG short hub, NRG quick release and NRG deep dish steering wheel. I think GenRacer or GCTuner sells the short hub and probably the quick release too, but its all pretty straight forward. The only slightly confusing part is which short hub to get. Some websites don't list the GenCoupe as an option, but one of them definitely fits. If you get the NRG short hub it is part #SRK-160H.

I had never installed a removable steering wheel before so I trolled around the forum and found a really helpful DIY. The member was installing a Grip Royal steering wheel, but the info is helpful even with a different wheel. That thread is HERE.

I was really happy with how everything turned out. I've got no airbag, no horn, no TC... like ever and an airbag light on my dash, but it's completely worth it to me.



During all this time I finally ordered my wheels. I bought them through [email protected] and it was absurd how easy he made everything. I'm sure I bugged him and asked him all sorts of questions, but he would always respond quickly and never seemed like I was bothering him. Seriously, if you're looking for wheels (or any aftermarket part for that matter) give him a call. If he has what you're looking for then he'll give you an unbeatable price. If he doesn't have it, he can probably get it for you and still give you an unbeatable price.

I also ordered my new tires and lugs at this time. More on that when I get to the wheels.

While I was waiting for my wheels to come in I wanted something else to do. Early on when I first bought the car I really thought I wanted a short throw shifter, but after driving the car more and more and really getting comfortable in it I decided I wanted to go the opposite route. I really enjoy watching drifting events and I love how drift cars and real track cars are set up. Although I don't have any "real" drifting experience (apart from donuts and sliding around after it rains) I would like to eventually get into competitive drifting and autoX. So, I wanted a longer, taller shifter. I had kind of decided on a theme/color scheme for the car so I needed to find a shift knob that would look good as well as finding one long enough (insert sexual innuendo here). It actually turned out to be harder than I imagined; there just aren't a ton of options out there for the extended shifters.

I eventually found what I was looking for in a Sickspeed shifter on ebay, but the ad showed that it was only for automatics with a "gate-style" shifter. Well, with a little common sense, I knew that if the thread pitch was the same, it would work. Turns out it was 10x1.25 so I picked it up for like $30.

Here it is installed.



Then the wheels arrived. Boss.

I actually took pics of the boxes when the UPS guy dropped them off, but I was excited and didn't take any as I was opening them up to inspect them. They all looked great, came with everything that they were supposed to so I loaded them up in my car and headed on over to the shop to get them mounted and installed.

I wish I had taken a picture of how I had to load everything up in my car because it was ridiculous. It's actually a good thing that I had the NRG steering wheels because I wouldn't have been able to get in the car with how far forward I had to move the drivers seat to get the wheels and tires in the car.

So, got to the shop, got the oem wheels off, got the new tires mounted onto the new wheels and installed the new lugs. Put the car up on the alignment rack to get everything dialed in. And it was the $hit.















Wheels: VarrsToen ES6.
F:19x9.5+22
R:19x11+25.

Tires: Federal 595Evos.
F:235/35/19
R:255/35/19.

The Work Meister is my favorite wheel of all time and while it would be great to own a set of them, I just cant justify spending that kind of cash on one item. I'm not knocking the guys who do/can get Works/Volks/BBS/SSR, etc because I would definitely love to have a set, but I'm young, married, got a mortgage, a car payment, monthly bills, etc and its just tough to justify spending $3k-$4k on wheels alone.

So, instead I picked up the ES6 from VarrsToen. These wheels are high quality and look great. They are much lighter than the stock wheels (I think the fronts are 27lbs and the rears are 29lbs. I think the white face with polished lip looks really nice on the black GC. I've been very happy with them and really love where the car is at right now.

At the moment I am currently setting aside cash for a Depo FMIC, Stage 3 Comp Clutch, TD05-16G and a BTR Stage 3 tune. It may be a while before I've got everything since I'm looking at roughly $3k-ish for everything, but it'll happen soon.

I hope everyone enjoys this thread or can get anything from it. I have definitely learned a ton in the ~15 months I've owned the car and been on the forums and have enjoyed every minute of owning this car. I genuinely plan on having this car for a very long time and doing some really fun things with it.

I'll keep this thread updated with any/all new mods or changes and I'll try to do some reviews from time to time.

Please let me know if I can answer any questions or can help out at all.

Thanks for looking.
 

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Love it other then the white mids on those rims but I already gave ya some **** for that :p
Haha...thanks for the feedback, man. Yea, I know the white/black may not be everyone's style, but I enjoy it and like the way it looks.
 

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Hey man, clean ride and nice build thread. I am also looking into the varrstoen es6 for my white 2013 r spec and I will also be dropping an inch 1/2 on megans soon... But anyways to my question, how much camber do you have to run for the new rims and did you have to tuck at all?
 

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Thanks man, I appreciate the compliment.

For camber, im running -1.75* up front and -3.15* in the rear. Im tucking a little bit of tire in the rear. I couod go a little lower up front and tuck a little bit, but I just havent had a great opportunity to adjust my coils since its beem raining for like 2 weeks straight.

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Ok, also do you happen to know off the top of your head what your drop is?
Sorry for all the questions just trying to wrap my head around the right widths since i don't wanna run too much camber just a slight -1 or -1.5...
 

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I completely understand. Im not 100% how far ive dropped from the stock height, but id guess its in the 3-3.5" range.

I can get you a measurement from the center of my wheel hub to the fender lip if thatll help.

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No no man no need. Thank you but an estimation is good enough, I can only drop like a little cuz i live in savannah, ga where half the streets I drive on have cobblestone still haha. So I am just assuming that the shorter drop is gonna negate the need for a tuck or roll.

Thanks for answering man, again nice clean ride and the white rim looks great on the black IMO haha
 

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Love it other then the white mids on those rims but I already gave ya some **** for that :p
There are some things that just never quite come over as well in pictures than in person. The white on his wheels actually work quite well with his setup in person. While it may not be the direction others would go, his choices have been quite tasteful and I will be interested to see how his other mods go.
 

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Thanks for the compliments guys. I appreciate it. I definitely like where the car is at this point, but ive still got plans for more changes.

I actually did just order a JCS 2 gauge a-pillar pod that should be here in 2-3 weeks.

Also ordered a Prosport EVO boost gauge and Prosport EVO afr gauge. I know there are horror stories about the evo series and about prosport in general (the suburu guys really dont like them), but I really wanted to try them out. I guess if they suck and dont work I can just return them and get something different.

I'll be sure to update the post when they come in.

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Lookin good man.
 

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wat r u using as a exhaust manifold heat shield?
 

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Great build so far man and love those wheels
 

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wat r u using as a exhaust manifold heat shield?
Nothing at the moment. Everything seems to be holding up fine.

I popped the hood and looked around everytime I drove right after I removed the heat shields and I didnt notice anything getting too hot.


Great build so far man and love those wheels
Thanks man. Theyre dirty right now and I think they still look great.
 

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Thought I'd update this a little since I haven't added anything in a while.

I ordered my JCS 2 gauge a-pillar pod earlier this month and just got the tracking number for it yesterday. It should be here by tomorrow. I also ordered a Prosport EVO boost gauge and Prosport EVO afr gauge. I picked them up directly from Prosport and theyve just been sitting around the house for about 3 weeks now.

I may try to install everything one day this week, but it will probably be Saturday before I touch anything.

Electrical work and wiring is really not my area of expertise so I'm definitely going to be learning as I go on this mod. I'll be sure to post up some pics when I'm done.

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As it turns out, you have a buddy who knows his electrical work ;)
 
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