"It’s been a while since I last updated. Project 300 AWHP Stroker WRX Wagon is in the shop.
Since my last, I’ve left my job as an automotive journalist and photographer in Southern California and have moved the family EAST, to Washington, DC. Whereas I used to commute a total of 3 hours a day in the Wagon (24-27 mpg), I now don’t even drive once a week (on weekend family trips, we take my old lady’s lowered ‘05 Outback XT).
Before I left, I had my EJ205 rebuilt/stroked to 2.12 w/’13 STI 6MT and Blouch td05-16g-xt. After build, I was disappointed that my tune returned a 256/261 (Dynapack) on 91 octane. My tuner speculated that when I moved, I should be at about 280-285 at the wheels on 93 octane. It seemed like a shitload of money to spend considering my 2.0 VF39 made 260/244 (Mustang). Aside from the low power numbers, the biggest disappointment was that peak torque occurred at 4500 rpm. That’s about 1000 too late.
On the drive East, I got as high as 28.8 MPG—loaded down with seats down and filled all the way back. But since my work pays for me to take the Metrobus into downtown, and because it costs $12 a DAY to park at my work, I just don’t drive very often anymore. That’s allowed me to drop off the car to IAG Performance, west of Baltimore, MD, since I don’t actually need it to get to work on a daily basis.
IAG agreed that 16g’s—especially strokers—should be making more boost earlier—and more power (showed me the dyno of an EJ205 16g making 270/260 on 93). To date, they’ve installed a new Perrin Turbo Inlet, an Invidia Up-Pipe (my Perrin had a crack), and have checked boost pressure, compression, MAF, o2, and the coilpacks. I allllllmost went with an EWG Up-Pipe, but decided that since I don’t drive often, and that it would essentially defeat the purpose of my stock’ish looking car (OEM PnP IM?EM/TB/TGV Deletes), that it wasn’t a prudent decision.
Boost check was good to 21lbs, higher than the 18.8 it currently runs. I’m scheduled for (Mustang) dyno on the first weekend of October. :)”
Sorry it took us a bit to get to this, FFL has been a bit busy. It’s awesome to hear from you though! Your wagon build will forever be my favorite, and is something a lot of us should aspire to. We’re all hoping you get the numbers you’re looking for and we will be stoked to get another update!