Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Subaru WRX Cooling Mods - Upgraded Radiator, Fans, & Oil Cooler

A good client of ours has brought his 2013 Subaru WRX in to our shop a handful of times over the last couple years.  It started out stock, and has progressed with a Stage 2 setup, to full-bolt-ons, to an upgraded turbo and accoutrements.  Now making 400whp, and at the safe limit of the engine and transmission, the owner wanted to make sure it was going to be safe and hold-up in the Florida heat.  We recommended a handful of modifications to ensure the cooling system would be able to keep up with 100+ degree summer temps.  Read on to see what what we did to improve this WRXs cooling capabilities!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Diagnosing a Low-Boost Subaru STi

We recently had a client come in to the shop with his really clean 2007 STI.  He was complaining about a lack of power, intermittent engine roughness, and boost not building like it had been in the past.  We gave him a list of items we could check, and then we set to work to find out what was wrong.  It probably isn't what you think!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Ford Fiesta ST - Turbo Upgrade, Downpipe, and Custom Tune!

We just recently had a clients Ford Fiesta ST in for some fun upgrades, including a new turbo! The owner had purchased a Puma Speed X-47R upgraded turbo unit, along with a downpipe and the associated hardware needed for this swap. We laid out the parts we had on hand to inspect the components and ensure there were no issues, then we got to work!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Touge Prep for Our STi

Once or twice a year we try to make it up to the Appalachian mountains for some serious driving zen. The amazing roads, beautiful scenery, and slower pace of life all make it one of the best places for a vacation (especially for people with a car addiction). The owner, Tristan, had big plans this year for his 2005 STi , including a 6 piston front brake kit and lightweight chassis bracing.  His goal was to add some go-fast parts that would improve the braking and handling of the car on the Touge, or "Mountain passes".  There were also some important maintenance and "longevity" items that needed to be checked off the list before departure.  Read on to see some of the neat installs we did for this years trip preparations!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Road Trip & Event Prep - Maintenance!

The CMS STi owner, Tristan, was planning on taking it on a week long trip to the mountains for some true driving zen, and the STi needed to be in fighting trim to do so.  So, he put together a list of both performance upgrades he wanted to do and maintenance items that needed to be addressed.  A lot of times with car guys, the “fun stuff” comes first (performance), and the “not-so-fun stuff” (maintenance) comes a distant second, if at all.  This is really the opposite of how it should be, as maintenance and upkeep should always come first.  Why? Well, what good is a fire-breathing 500 horsepower monster….if the car dies because old fluid wasn’t changed, or a wheel falls off because a bearing failed? Exactly, it’s not good at all. So, with an upcoming 2,000+ mile trip, with hard up-hill driving, and the need for the car to make it up and back under it's own power, it was decided to get all of the “not-so-fun stuff” done first.  Read on to see what we addressed and why!