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Old 03-05-2014, 09:44 AM   #1
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Raven's WORKS Turbo Charged Daily Driver

The plan is to build a clean, fast, reliable (as reliable as possible given forced induction) daily driver without breaking the bank:

So, after much going back and forth, I decided on the WORKS Turbo kit. I know the haters out there will bitch and moan, but for the money, reliability of the components, ease of install, and power levels that I'm looking for it's a no brainer.


I created a thread on the entire progress (http://www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=87595).


Performance

WORKS Motorsports Stage 1 Turbo Kit (will be upgrading to stage 2 in the future)
Open Flash Tablet W E85/93 tune's (will be switching to ECUTEK when turbo is installed since tuner only tunes with ECUTEK)

Perrin Panel Filter

IKON Motorsports Cat back Exhaust (Q300 Replica) with custom 3" mid pipe.
Manzo Engineering Front pipe, will be replaced with custom 3" front pipe.
Manzo Engineering Over pipe, will be replace with custom 3" over pipe.
Borla UEL Header

Exterior
Perrin Shorty Antenna
Rear STI Style Diffuser
Gt86 Badge
Toyota Front Badge
Toyota Rear Badge
Winjet Black Housing Headlights
Buddy Club Tail Lights
GodSpeed License Plate Relocator

Suspension/Wheels
TRD Lowering Springs
SPC Camber Bolts
XXR 530's 18"x 8.75 +33
Michelin Pilot Sport 3's 235/40/18


Interior
YoSpeed Center Plaque
Raceseng R Shift Knob in Black


Near Future Mods
Works Oil cooler

Stage 2 Works Turbo Upgrade
AEM Tru Boost w gauge pod or P3 vent gauge
Exedy Stage 2 Clutch
Exedy light weight Flywheel
TRD painted spoiler
Seibon Paint matched DV style hood
Bason-R lip kit
WinJet Fog lights

Cost comparison of replica vs. authentic parts:
IKON Motorsports Cat back Exhaust (Q300 Replica) ($299.00 vs. $723.00)
Manzo Engineering Front pipe ( $100.00 vs. $207.00)
Manzo Engineering Over pipe ($50.00 vs. $340.00)
Rear STI Style Diffuser ($60.00 vs. $685.00)
GodSpeed License Plate Relocator ($30.00 vs. $69.00)
XXR 530's 18"x 8.75 +33 ($525 vs. $1515.00)


I'm in no way suggesting these are equivalent, however, what I am suggesting is that for the money it was well worth it. The compromises allowed me to mod my car the way I wanted without having to get out a second mortgage on my house.


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Phantom ESC- I ordered the Phantom ESC before I even picked up the car. I think it's safe to say I was way over zealous. Anyway, after my break in period was over I installed the kit.

Install- the kit is by far the easiest of any Forced Induction kit out there to install. Installing it for the first time takes about an hour, but after that removing it can be done in around 30minutes for dealer visits or whatever the case may be. It takes very little mechanical knowledge and basic hand tools.

Performance- The Phantom Esc gives you a tremendous amount of torque down low, much more than even the traditional Forced Induction kits offer, that cost three of four times as much. You will spin tires if you go WOT from a stop. The added torque allows you to pass other cars with ease, and makes driving this car in a straight line fun. Driving with the system unengaged feels just as it would driving stock. The added horsepower is nice as well, however this might be the only downside when compared to the traditional FI kits. The ESC with E85 and bolt on's puts you right around the 230 wheel horsepower area, while impressive, it's lacking compared to other kits. However, one must realize it's also a lot more affordable.

Tuning- Tuning the ESC with the OFT is as simple as flashing a new map. The map is free if you own an OFT and works perfectly without any tinkering. Shiv has managed to work his magic again. Tunes can be had with E85 and 91/93 octane for the ESC.

Quality- Components of the kit are very high quality and durable. Rob makes sure everything is tested over and over again and all faults are taken care of before his products are released to the public. Additionally, if an issue does arise he will answer back in a very timely manner and always provides a solution. This is truly a quality product, and a developer who stands behind his work.

Overall- For the money this kit cannot be beaten! It offers a huge increase in torque, a hefty boost in horsepower, very simple installation, flash and go tuning, consists of reliable high quality components, and is backed by its producer 100%. With that said will this kit feel the same as a Traditional FI kit? Well, depends on the kit, but most likely no. The powerbands are different. This provides much more low end torque where most traditional kits offer a lot more top end power. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. For the price point though, this kit is unbeatable.







Some of my old cars just in case anyone is interested:

2005 EVO 8 Shep Racing 329whp 331 lbs torque
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"1999" Conversion Single Turbo T67 3000gt 550whp weighed only 2876lbs
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1990 300zx TT 422whp
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2004 350z 6mt Touring
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1990 GSX eclipse with 100 shot of nos


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As she sits now:








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Old 03-09-2014, 07:19 PM   #2
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Yup, we have VERY similar plans. What color FR-S are you getting? Used or new?
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:25 PM   #3
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Yup, we have VERY similar plans. What color FR-S are you getting? Used or new?
I'm going this weekend. I'm either getting Red or Ultramarine, leaning on red. If I go with the red then I'm getting a 2013 but it's new only has 1xx miles on it and is $22900, plus I get the college grad discount so it will be $22150. If I go with the Ultramarine it's a used 2013 with 10,000 on it for $19470. Both are 6mts.
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I'm going this weekend. I'm either getting Red or Ultramarine, leaning on red. If I go with the red then I'm getting a 2013 but it's new only has 1xx miles on it and is $22900, plus I get the college grad discount so it will be $22150. If I go with the Ultramarine it's a used 2013 with 10,000 on it for $19470. Both are 6mts.
Take this advice: You're going to be modding the car almost right away, definitely buy the 10,000 mile used, it's already broken in and you can put that ~$3,000 towards so many things. It's a no brainer. I purchased mine used with 10k miles on it, It already had lifetime warranty tint and some other goodies as well, but it's well worth saving the money.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:28 PM   #5
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Take this advice: You're going to be modding the car almost right away, definitely buy the 10,000 mile used, it's already broken in and you can put that ~$3,000 towards so many things. It's a no brainer. I purchased mine used with 10k miles on it, It already had lifetime warranty tint and some other goodies as well, but it's well worth saving the money.
I was thinking the same thing. That way it is already broken in. As for using the rest of the money for mods well I could always use that . I prefer Firestorm Over Ultramarine but for a 3k difference I am willing to work with it, I think they're both beautiful colors!
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:40 PM   #6
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Just ordered my OFT, Perrin drop in panel filter and EVO 3 catback Exhaust! Can't wait to install everything next week! ESC+OFT E85 tune+intake+exhaust= a good ass time

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Old 03-13-2014, 06:47 PM   #7
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Hope you have a fast recovery and I am digging the z32 I had a z31 and I have always wanted a z32.
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Hope you have a fast recovery and I am digging the z32 I had a z31 and I have always wanted a z32.
Thanks bro it's been going well. I had a gray turbo z31 as well! It's what I learned to drive stick on lol.
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Thanks bro it's been going well. I had a gray turbo z31 as well! It's what I learned to drive stick on lol.

Mine was an 84 and it was badged as a Datsun! I paid 450 bucks for it only problem was a little hatch rust and a loose wire in the digital speed which caused it not to work. Fixed it dded it for about 6 months while i working on a RHD s13 that i never got a chance to finish. But the z31 had a custom 3 inch carless exhaust and that was about it.
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Mine was an 84 and it was badged as a Datsun! I paid 450 bucks for it only problem was a little hatch rust and a loose wire in the digital speed which caused it not to work. Fixed it dded it for about 6 months while i working on a RHD s13 that i never got a chance to finish. But the z31 had a custom 3 inch carless exhaust and that was about it.
Nice! Mine had the digital dash too lol it was the anniversary edition! Had the stitching on the seats lol
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Finally got my EVO 8 back from IPS Motorsports and will hopefully be trading it in for my Firestorm 6mt today! If I trusted it not to fall apart I would keep it in a heart beat... I have literally replaced ever part on this car

With the shep racing ultimate racing trans, cammed and full bolt ons she put down some impressive numbers and pulls like a bitch. Well here she is for what might be the last time...

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Turns out the EVO didn't even last a day. Started popping out of fifth gear on the way to the dealer, leaking oil from somewhere and banging when coming to a stop. Needless to say when all was said and done I was able to make a deal and I am now the owner of a 2013 Firestorm FRS....What this means is next week should be full of installs and updates! But for the weekend I will be enjoying her stock, already put 130 miles on her!

Oh and pics will be up tomorrow pending weather lol
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And here she is before things get crazy







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Exhaust is installed! Pics and video tomorrow!

Exhaust Review: First off I want to say that I got this exhaust for only $370 shipped. I thought this was a great deal however there were some issues. First off the install was rather complicated as they only sent one bolt. The bolt they sent didn't fit at all requiring a run to the hardware store. In addition as you can see in the pics the exhaust hangs lower on the one side. It's not as noticeable in person but is still annoying. I plan to adjust the hangers and see if I can get the tips to sit even.

With all that aside the exhaust sounds amazing, absolutely zero rasp and is loud without being annoying . The build quality is great also and the welds are spot on. If it weren't for the missing hardware and the off fitment I would give this exhaust a 10/10 especially for the price.

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Will be posting a video shortly as well!

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