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Project Blue Boxer - Part 3: Nothing Too Flashy, Everything Functional

Part 3 of Project Blue Boxer is comprised of a handful of very functional parts with a dash of style.  A mixture of more power, better handling, and preventative modifications were all thrown at the car and we can honestly say the car is starting to set itself apart from the rest...finally.  

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Why Your Mazdaspeed 3/6 Still Needs OEM Parts To Go Fast

Mazda OEM Parts are as important to going fast and achieving high horsepower on your Mazdaspeed 3 or 6 as the massive turbos spinning up all witchcraft behind the engine. Without crucial Mazda OEM parts, of which there are no adequate alternatives, you can not properly assemble a built motor, or even pump oil through it.

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Does the Subaru WRX and STI Really Need a Catch Can?

For those of you that don’t know, a catch can is a device that is installed in the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) system. It “catches” all the oil vapor that passes from the crankcase back into the intake system where the crankcase is vented too. This oil vapor, as well as other nasty stuff that come out of the crankcase, has a very low octane rating. When the junk from the crankcase makes it way into the cylinders, it can cause detonation and reduce the performance of the engine.

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4 Reasons Why A Top Mount Intercooler Upgrade Makes Sense For Your Subaru WRX or STI

A top mount intercooler may not be for everyone, but it might be just what you need. Check out these four reasons why it might work for you and if they resonate with you, then maybe this will help make the decision a bit easier. 

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How to Prepare for a Dyno Tune

Dyno tuning is one of the safest and easiest ways to get more power out of your car. You can bolt on parts all day long, but without making the necessary changes in the ECU, not much will come of it.  In fact, you might be worse off than if you didn't put those parts on.  But strap that car to the rollers for a few hours with an experienced tuner behind the wheel and watch as it suddenly comes alive.

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Project Blue Boxer - Part 2: Exhaust, Brakes, Wheels, Tires, and More Tuning

It's fun to tune the car right out of the box and it certainly feels much better than stock with more boost and a little more aggressive ECU mapping (for more about this, check out our Part 1 blog here).  Our problem remains, though, that the stock components have such a low performance ceiling.  The catalytic converters are extremely restrictive and the exhaust piping is small in diameter.  This prevents the turbo from pushing further, as well as the cylinder from clearing and allowing you to advance timing and allow more air to move into the cylinder.  The wheels are bulky and heavy and for being as small as they are, they certainly don't correspond with any weight advantage.  After taking the car to the track with the completely stock suspension, brakes, and all season tires (which was really just to create a baseline, we knew we weren't going very fast without upgrading all this), it was clear that there was a huge amount of improvement to gain from a few basic upgrades.

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How to Plan a 2015+ WRX FA20DIT Build

So you have just purchased your dream car and you are now looking to make it your own. Where do you start? Where do you go? What are you going to do? You need to sit down come up with a goal, prioritize, plan, and then realize your goals. This is something that is both very easy, and very difficult at the same time.

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What Blow Off Valve Should I Run?

If you are a car guy, specifically a car guy with a turbocharged vehicle, and you spend any time at all on the internet, you have either asked the question at some point yourself and/or seen someone ask the question many times. There is no better way to light yourself an E-fire than to ask this question in a public forum. However, there are so many opinions running rampant all over the net, that I don’t really blame people for asking this simple question anymore. There is no definitive answer. So the best way to answer this question is to explain a bit better about the different types of valves so that you can make an informed decision.

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Understanding a Dyno Graph.  Peak Numbers Aren’t the Whole Story…

One of the most common misconceptions about a vehicle is that the car with the higher horsepower will be the faster car. In my early days as an automotive enthusiast (high school), I too, was very guilty of perpetuating this stereotype. I didn’t understand much about cars back then and because of The Fast and the Furious, all I really knew was that I wanted to put blue underglow on my 1995 F150 so I could be cool too. My friends and I would sit around bench racing different cars based on how much horsepower the internet said they make and in some cases, based on which one had the highest number on the speedometer. Needless to say, my 1995 F150 with a top speedo reading of 85mph always lost, but that is neither here nor there.

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