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LS2 SUBARU

LS2 Turbo Swapped Subaru STi Build

Jesse from JT Coating had us do a big turbo build on his Subaru STi in the past and it made just over 600whp on E-85. It looked great at the shows, and performed well on the street, but Jesse wanted to build something different for next seasons events. Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 2.08.07 PMScreen Shot 2017-10-05 at 2.08.22 PM

After discussing some options, some type of Chevy LS build was chosen based on cost, performance and overall uniqueness. We began hunting for parts, while Jesse sold off the Subaru parts we would no longer be using.

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An LS2 6.0L engine and transmission was sourced and the project began. Our head fabricator Don took charge on the build and started banging out the mock up phase pretty quickly. Everything went together fairly easy, it was like the V8 was meant for the car minus a few small changes. While the engine was out a BTR cam package was installed with a few other supporting mods. As many of you know the supporting mods can be the most important parts of a project.

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Once we had the general setup of the engine and headers laid out, the turbo kit began being fabricated. A cast wheel Borg Warner S475 was the turbo of choice, with complimentary Turbosmart & Vibrant pieces to bring it all together.

 

 

 

 

The excitement of seeing the turbo kit and big front mount intercooler mocked up really had us motivated to get this one running. To make all of this work, the cooling system was custom mounted in the trunk with some Radium Engineering bits and good old fashioned ingenuity.

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To go along with the AEM Infinity ECU, the new CD-7 display was custom mounted in the dash to give a clean factory appearance. This makes visibility of all engine parameters easy to monitor while driving around. Plus digital displays just look cool on any race inspired project.

IMG_4987   Now that most of the mock up was complete, we disassembled the car and gave Jesse a slew of parts for him to work his magic on. The quality blew us away when he brought them back after powder coating. We knew this would be the head turner we envisioned from the beginning now.

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With final assembly under way, we gave Karl from K.P. Tuning a call to sprinkle his LS magic on the build. He came by and went over the build to finalize a few loose ends and get the car started up. It fired up without a hitch and actually sounded pretty tame still using the aftermarket Subaru cat-back exhaust. There wasn’t a person in the shop that didn’t have a big smile on their face hearing the car running for the first time. Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 2.14.04 PM

Now it came down to strapping it on our in house DynoJet, and backing up all the long hours of work. This car runs on regular old 93 octane pump gas, so we filled up and had K.P. get to work. On only the second pull at single digit boost levels it laid down 599whp. Without even blinking an eye it was about to eclipse what the fully built e-85 Subaru setup did.  By the end of the tuning session the final horsepower number read 794whp at only 12psi! K.P. suggested upgrading the fuel system if we wanted more power, being as it is on stock Subaru lines, in tank fuel pump, and only 1000cc injectors.

LS2 SUBARU

Check out the dyno video below, and contact us if you have any questions about starting your own custom build. We will be starting on a second LS swapped Subaru soon with its own unique twist, and we already have a 2JZ Subaru build underway that we can not wait to share with the world.

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Formula Drift Round 4: The Gauntlet Wall Speedway New Jersey

It was a beautiful day on Saturday June 22, for The Gauntlet in Wall NJ. All the competitors were getting their practice runs in early. They started at about 11:30am. The practice runs lasted for about 2 hours and the event started around 1:30pm. The competition started off pretty fierce with Darren “DMAC” McNamara and Patrick Goodin going door to door with DMAC getting the win. The rest of the top 32 was just as exciting. There were some crashes and some cars that broke. All in all it was a competitive 32.
Once the sweet 16 were decided it was time to take a little break. So I decided to go stroll through the pit area and see if I could get a hold of any cool stuff. Turns out I got a bunch of cool stuff from the vendors that were at the event. Falken Tires were giving away a Falken bag, save Japan Tshirts, and license plate covers that said “Rather be Drifting.” Team Scion was giving away a bag of goodies as well. Their bag included a Scion Racing Hat, 2 Season DVD’s, 2 scion racing key chains, and 2 scion racing dog tags. The Hankook and Falken girls were signing posters and shirts and anything else you could give them throughout the event.
About the time that the sweet 16 was about to start is when my day got a whole lot better. Ford racing had invited me to hangout in their area behind the ford racing truck so i got a killer vantage point of the track. The sweet 16 was as intense as ever with DMAC and Tuerck starting it off. DMAC took the win in dramatic fashion. Finishing out the sweet 16 were Tyler “McEnroe” McQuarrie and the rookie Marc Landerville. Landerville had a hard fought battle but in the end fell to McEnroe.
Let me jump ahead to the Final 4. This consisted of DMAC, the reigning champion Daigo Saito, Justin Pawlak, and Chris Forsberg. DMAC and Saito battled it out and Saito too the win to advance to the championship race. Forsberg fell to Pawlak caused by a minor mistake so in turn Pawlak advanced. Forsberg and DMAC went door to door until DMAC made a mistake and basically gave the 3rd place finish to Forsberg. The championship race consisted of the reigning round 4 champion Daigo Saito and the number one qualifier Justin Pawlak. On Pawlak’s chase run he went a little too hard and spun out giving the reigning champion the victory once again.
So when it was all said and done Daigo took first place, Pawlak took second, and Forsberg took third. Minus the scorching sun, crowds of people, and the outrageous food prices I had a blast and would highly recommend anybody give it a try.