Ran the jway twice this weekend..definitely rusty as all hell. Got in 4 full runs (2 up, 2 down).
The conditions were exactly how I like it – slightly misty, low humidity with temps in the mid 70’s. Traction was decent. First run was Sun 2am, uphill. Did a quick pass to scout then bombed downhill starting @ Jamaica Pond. The construction and weather seem to have made more potholes but they didn’t really factor much. Entry speed at the uphill sweeper was only 55MPH, 20MPH lower than I used to during the summer of 2009. Lap times were still decent though! Best time after watching the vid back was 1’38’13 uphill.
My buddy Dstretch has put together what should be a decent sized meet. If you’re in the area come through. Check out the MassTuning group on Facebook as well. Just got my car back yesterday so I’ll be there!! Support the good guys doing it right.
I was texting with one of my buddies recently and it made me realize something. I haven’t gone to one import related event so far this year. No meets, shows, trackdays, nothing. To be perfectly frank, my WRX has been in & out of the shop (currently getting a fresh layer of paint, some CF, & an STI Limited trunk spoiler) but really just I’ve been doing other shit LOL! Most notably working on getting my LTC Class A and diving headfirst back into music production. In addition to that, it seems like there has been nothing but bad news coming from the JDM scene lately. Between the natural disasters, knockoffs, tuning manufacturer closures and rising gas prices – shit is downright depressing.
Granted the season is still early for us here in MA but with our winter lasting so long every day counts. After doing a quick tally, by this time last year I’d already done 4 major meets and of course the JWay 88 weeklies. I’d like to see what some of the locals have done to their rides over the winter and hopefully catch some inspiration from my peers. We’ll see how I feel when I the WRX comes home Monday. At the very least I’d like to get the 88 meets cracking again. Get the swagger back. Attack the Jamaicaway.
Looking to add an oil cooler setup to the WRX, so many options. The beauty is that it’s 100% functional. Added lubrication to the boxer engine & keeping temps low are ALWAYS a good thing. The only downside I’ve found so far is that it adds another layer of work to my already high maintenance little beast! Oil lines and connectors to check, an extra quart of oil during changes, etc. No biggie. On to the pics.
Harman Motive makes a tidy setup with a good size core. 1/3 of it being blocked by the bumper beam is a concern though. In contrast here’s the STi S202 oil cooler.
Nice and neat, maximum airflow. Less accessibility to the -AN lines & fittings than the Harman though. Greddy makes a setup with a comparable core size which mounts where the OEM foglight would usually go. Some ducting would pair nicely with it or I could always fabricate something to make it work. This fabbed up air guide is pretty slick.
Of course, it would be nice to just say “fuck it” and go boso!
As much as I’d love to that style usually looks good on old cars. Maybe I’ll mock one up for the hell of it to see…
I’m excited as hell – for the first time in months the WRX is 110% mechanically sound. It’s been one thing after another…front brakes, new stainless oil lines, axles, ball joints, tie rods, new links, upgraded bushings, and last but not least a fresh alignment. The phrase “Gotta pay to play” has been my motto these past few weeks LOL. Totally worth every penny, as I didn’t have the opportunity to realize the full potential of my Subie last year due to circumstance. 2011 is shaping up nicely and none of it would be possible without the help of some key people.
Thanks to my co-workers Antoan & Shane for doing work on the WRX and overall for being solid dudes. Also good looking out to Mike at Norwood Subaru, thanks for putting up with my random parts requests.
Next order of business is reinstalling my ARC & Varis goodies, TE-37’s, and hoarding parts for phase 2. See me on the jway… I think a few shakedown runs are on the menu.
The annual Hyper Meeting @ Tsukuba Circuit is right around the corner! Every year the premier AWD drivers & tuning houses in Japan turn out in droves for this event. I was browsing Sierra Sierra’s website and it looks like they will also be there with the EVO, a beastly machine that is shaping up to be one of the best time attack cars built on US soil.
MotoIQ has a great in depth article on the Sierra Sierra EVO
Not as in “that’s a sick car”, but as in permanent congestion. Straight yuckface. Being under the weather has forced me to stay low key, so I decided to be productive and organize my garage a bit. Also found out the WRX needs more parts, no surprise there. Despite it all, there is a silver lining. I woke up this morning to find my old man dropping off a new beater car at my door, free of charge, title in hand. Today is the glorious day that my Subaru is officially no longer my DD (daily driver) so I’m pumped to plot my next round of mods once all the maintenance is done. I’ve got a few plans to say the least. See you on the Jamaicaway…