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 Post subject: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:30 pm 
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I Say: Corners > Straights
Vehicle: 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z

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Location: Wauchope, NSW
G'day All,

My wife Bec and I decided, after 5 years of ownership, that our 2009 Mazda 6 turbo diesel wagon needed to move along and make way for a new daily.

Smaller SUVs appeared on the list pretty quickly as we both like to be able to drive our cars both on and off the tarmac.

Soon, the idea of a Forester came up. Sure I said, but I want a turbo one. Bec was not convinced, to begin with, that we needed a turbo. But, like the champion that she is, went along with the idea.

So, after a bunch of research, we found one we liked the look of in Sydney and we lined up to drive the Mazda down and trade it in for the Forester

The day of the drive down, we left our daughter with Bec's mum and headed south. An hour and a half south, we noticed engine issues lack of power and large amounts of smoke coming out the back of the Mazda. Managed to pull it over and shut it off. With assistance from passers by and friends on the phone we got the car off the road, and onto a tilt tray to get it home.

So, now we're stuck 1.5 hours from home with no car. Lovely. My mum came and picked us up. Then drove us to Sydney. All the while telling us she's never done a day trip to Sydney and back before.

Found the Forester, test drove, loved it, signed all the paperwork and drove it home.

Bec, still not totally conviced that we needed a turbo, didn't end up driving it that day.

Next day, Monday, and I'm back at work.

Halfway through the day I get a text from Bec - THIS CAR IS SO MUCH FUN!!

Bec now loves the turbo ;]

I'm not a stranger to turbos having owned a Pulsar GTI-R before we picked up the Mazda. Loads of fun but not reliable enough to warrant keeping it long term.

Main goals for our Forester include:
  • reliable daily
  • bit of fun on weekends
  • ability to go places

Since buying it we have so far done:
  • fitted the cross rails to the roofracks
  • fitted a towbar

Things Jeremy wants to do:
  • Rear swaybar
  • Silicon intake - MAF tube, Intake pipe, throttle body pipe
  • Find a rear cargo blind - for some reason ours didn't come with one
  • Turbo back exhaust - nothing too ridiculous, just after a bit of a note
  • Possibly/Probably a tune at some point
  • Scangauge or something similar to monitor boost, water temp, etc
  • Mods to the air intake for more flow
  • Fitment of an LED light bar in the front grille area - probably combined with a mesh grille

Now, I suppose I should try and see if I can attach a photo or two so we can see what it looks like at the moment...


Attachments:
File comment: The day we bought it ;]
2018-05-29 - Forester-1.jpg
2018-05-29 - Forester-1.jpg [ 752.17 KiB | Viewed 88 times ]
File comment: Loaded for camping 1 week after bringing it home
2018-05-29 - Forester-2.jpg
2018-05-29 - Forester-2.jpg [ 901.52 KiB | Viewed 99 times ]

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:33 pm 
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Took me long enough to convince you to get in a forester. Welcome mate.

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:56 pm 
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Welcome :thumbs:

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Things Jeremy wants to do:
...
Turbo back exhaust - nothing too ridiculous, just after a bit of a note
Possibly/Probably a tune at some point
...
Mods to the air intake for more flow
...


I recommend going for a bigger turbo (VF46 or VF52 are the most common upgrades) and a dump pipe, regardless of what else you do with the rest of the exhaust.

For a turbo that's stock (TD04) or only slightly bigger (see above) there is very little to be gained in terms of meaningful improvements to the very good stock air intake, except removing the "milk bottle" resonator (and leaving the hole un-plugged) if you want a bit more flow but a bit more engine bay heat. Aftermarket so-called "cold air intakes" are usually just hot-air sucking pod filters in your engine bay that demand an immediate re-tune due to messing with flow over the MAF sensor.

The TD04 is the main flow restriction (intake and exhaust) at the moment.

Compared to "bigger turbo, dump pipe and tune" all other performance mods (except perhaps going to E85 fuel) have much lower "bang for your buck" on these cars.

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 9:16 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 7:07 am 
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I Say: Corners > Straights
Vehicle: 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z

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Location: Wauchope, NSW
Chips wrote:
Took me long enough to convince you to get in a forester. Welcome mate.


Yeah yeah... :lol:

As if I ever jump straight in to the "logical" choices ;]

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 7:10 am 
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Vehicle: 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z

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Location: Wauchope, NSW
Yowie wrote:
Welcome :thumbs:

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Things Jeremy wants to do:
...
Turbo back exhaust - nothing too ridiculous, just after a bit of a note
Possibly/Probably a tune at some point
...
Mods to the air intake for more flow
...


I recommend going for a bigger turbo (VF46 or VF52 are the most common upgrades) and a dump pipe, regardless of what else you do with the rest of the exhaust.

For a turbo that's stock (TD04) or only slightly bigger (see above) there is very little to be gained in terms of meaningful improvements to the very good stock air intake, except removing the "milk bottle" resonator (and leaving the hole un-plugged) if you want a bit more flow but a bit more engine bay heat. Aftermarket so-called "cold air intakes" are usually just hot-air sucking pod filters in your engine bay that demand an immediate re-tune due to messing with flow over the MAF sensor.

The TD04 is the main flow restriction (intake and exhaust) at the moment.

Compared to "bigger turbo, dump pipe and tune" all other performance mods (except perhaps going to E85 fuel) have much lower "bang for your buck" on these cars.


Thanks for the info.

The milk jug resonator did actually get pulled out a couple of nights ago.

Seat-of-the-pants dyno reckons more flow for less throttle input at low rpms, more response, and I can now hear the blow off valve ;]

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 7:11 am 
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jonp wrote:
Welcome to OzFoz :)


Thanks ;]

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:28 pm 
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I Say: Corners > Straights
Vehicle: 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z

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Location: Wauchope, NSW
Went for a drive in the countryside today.

Frequently heard from Lexi (our 4 year old daughter) in the back: "Make it go Whoosh again Dad!" :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:35 pm 
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Welcome to the best place responsible for emptying your account (second to inheriting the deceased estate of a Nigerian Prince).
I can certainly help you with some pointers for installing a light bar behind the sports grille :ok:
Here is how mine ended up
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=29479&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=660


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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:36 pm 
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I Say: Corners > Straights
Vehicle: 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z

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Location: Wauchope, NSW
Tobyo wrote:
Welcome to the best place responsible for emptying your account

Excellent! I'm sure Bec will be thrilled with my-rediscovery of automotive modification goodness ;]

That said, the forester will have to take its turn with my other hobbies: photography, and my ladies (wife Bec and daughter Lexi).

Tobyo wrote:
I can certainly help you with some pointers for installing a light bar behind the sports grille :ok:
Here is how mine ended up
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=29479&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=660

Dylan (Chips on here) has linked me to your thread and I'm loving all the CNC and attention to detail. I'll definitely be going for some closer research of your sports grile / light bar install ;]

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