Choose Your Angle of Attack

I’ve never seen this done with a YouTube video and thought this it was kind of a cool concept. Strapped onto an STi rally car are 4 high-def cameras, which one you want to see the action from is up to you. Watch as Subaru Rally Driver Pat Richard and navigator Alan Ockwell take on the tough Stage 4 of Tall Pines in their 2011 STi.

COBB Turboback for 2011 STi (Video)


When Eric over at JDM Legends asked whether or not we wanted to volunteer our 2011 STi to be the test bed for the COBB turboback exhaust system, we said hell yeah! With COBB being one of the premier companies in the Subaru world and a reputation for designing and creating quality parts, we knew that we would be in good hands. This was confirmed when we picked up the car a week later after dropping it off. What we got was a finely crafted downpipe and catback exhaust system which worked well with the look we were going for. For pictures, check out this POST. Seeing as how our car is now equipped with a turboback, we can now flash the Stage 2 map over with the COBB AccessPORT which will allow us to run more boost, broaden the powerband, and make  significantly more power. More win!

The car did look mean before but it definitely did not sound the part. But now, we can hear the rumble that we all have come to know and love! Check out the video to see and hear for yourself.

Just remember that the exhaust on our car is a prototype and will undergo some minute changes. The tips will be slightly more tucked since we thought they stuck out just a tad too much. Other than that, these badboys should be available here shortly ready for those waiting for a turboback exhaust for the 2011 STi. Thanks for pimping our ride Eric and COBB Tuning!

SEMA 2010 Pictures

Sorry we’ve kept you waiting but here are the pictures! As you may have noticed, we changed the wheels for the show. On the passenger side are Volk TE37SL and on the driver side are a pair of G2’s. We got another trunk for a wingless look which I have to admit is growing on me. Also on the car are front and rear Project Mu brake kit, custom COBB exhaust, COBB AccessPORT, and Cosworth intake. Other things you may notice is the JDM brake light, Prova mirror covers, and HKS tow hooks.

Inside the car, we added a Prova D-Shaped steering wheel, Defi Gauges, a pair of gorgeous Bride reclinable bucket seats, and of course, Takata harnesses.

Unfortunately, I only had a few hour window to get pictures on opening day but I did my best to snag as much pics as I could for your viewing pleasures. So without further ado…

For the rest of the images, please check out our GALLERY.


Although Nick, Kirill, and myself are back at the shop, Tanner will be out representing in full force tomorrow and Friday. If you have any questions you’d like to ask at the show, you can find Tanner at the Mackin booth.

Heading Down to SEMA!

With the truck ready and the STi strapped down in the trailer, we prepare for the 7 hour journey ahead to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

It has been weeks of hard work but seeing our car in the trailer and ready to go, we realize how much we’ve got done in such a short amount of time. It’s a good feeling and we are excited to see what you all think of it in the days to come.

We finally arrive at the Las Vegas Convention Center but there’s still a long day ahead of us. The show will begin on Tuesday (Nov. 2nd) giving vendors today and tomorrow  to setup.

Here we have the Mackin booth. This is where our 2011 STi will be showcased for the event. The Mackin crew is working on getting it all setup. As you can see, there’s still plenty to do! While they are taking care of that, we are putting the finishing touches on our car and helping them where we can.

That’s it for now but be sure to check back soon for more updates!

RallySport Direct’s 2011 STi is set to make appearance at SEMA

Who’s going to SEMA this year? If you are, be sure to stop by the Volk/Rays wheel booth where you will find our 2011 STi with a lot of new goodies on it 🙂 We can’t spill the beans yet as to what new additions are on the car but we promise you will not be disappointed! Here is a small teaser…





Be sure to check back next week for even more pics as well as our coverage of SEMA!

How-To: Install Prova Steering Wheel on 2008+ Impreza WRX

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This is a detail how to install of the Prova D Series Steering wheel for the 2008+ WRX/STi Models. The install will be identical to also the O series.

Innovation is steering wheel design has never felt so good. Prova is proud to announce the new series of OEM replacement steering wheels that allow you to retain all the factory comforts and safety benefits, while getting a sporty and comfortable steering wheel.

Features a Micro Suede and Alcantara wrap to give you a feel that you never want to let go. Not only comfortable, soft, and good looking, these materials are durable as well.

Allows you to retain the Factory air bag, stereo controls, and Cruise Control.
Direct factory replacement means you do not need any hub adapters to make this fit.

358mm (14.1″) diameter, compared to the OEM 375mm (14.75″). Giving you a sporty feel that is much more enjoyable to hold.

WARNING: If you are not familiar with SRS AirBag system, please have a professional install this. Neglect to do so can cause serious injury and or death.

Time for install: 20min-1hr depending on skill level

Tools Needed:
Small Flat head screwdriver/pick
Phillips screwdriver
T30 Torques bit
17mm 1/2″ drive 6 Point Socket
10mm socket/wrench

1) Disconnect one of the batteries Terminals from the Battery. Using a 10mm Socket/Wrench

2) Get in the car and press on the brakes to use up the remaining voltage that might be stores in some electronic devises.

3) Grab the T30 Torques bit and use it to loosen the airbag from the steering wheel skeleton. The bolts will be on the left and right side of the steering wheel. One on each side

4) Once the hardware is loosened, proceed to slowly pull the airbag out of the steering wheel.

As you can see the airbag is still connected electronically, so be careful.

5) Look on the back side of the airbag and you will see 2 clips. Get the pick or the small screw driver and pop up the center section. Do this to both clips.

6) Once the clip is popped up pull on the connector and disconnect it from the airbag. Do this to both connectors.

7) Then find the gray wire and push in the small metal tab, and pull up on the tab itself to disconnect it from the back side of the airbag.

After This the airbag unit can be taken out of the steering wheel.

8) Once the airbag is out, proceed to take out the white clip. This has a small tab on top that needs to be pressed down and then the connector will come out.

9) Move the steering wheel at this point to lock it in place. This will allow you to loosen the nut with out having the wheel move. Take the 17mm (MAKE SURE ITS A 6 POINT) socket, and remove the nut the hold the steering wheel to the steering linkage.

10) Once the nut has been removed, proceed to wiggle the steering wheel towards and away from you until it comes off the shaft. This will take a little effort, but does not require a puller. Once the wheel is off proceed to move the connectors out of the way and take the steering wheel off.

11) Once the wheel is off, proceed to take the Phillips screw driver and remove the 2 bolts that hold the back side plastic cover off the wheel.

12) On the bottom of the wheel, a C shaped brackets hold the bottom of the back cover to the steering wheel. Apply slight pressure to each one and spread them to pop the back cover off.

13) Proceed to lift up the rear cover to get access to the 2 bolts that hold the controls pieces on for the Radio and for the Cruise Control.

14) Get the Phillips screw driver and remover these bolts.

15) Once the bolts are removed, proceed to take remove the controls off the steering wheel.

OEM Next to the Prova D Shape

The way the image was taken it makes them look the same size. However the Prova is Smaller.

16) Put the side controls into the new Prova Wheel, and reinstall using the same hardware as you took off.

17) Realign the back cover plastic piece and re-secure the lower C clip around the wheel.

18) Get the 2 bolts that hold the backing cover and re-secure them to the wheel.

19) Once all the small bolts have been secured, put the steering wheel on the shaft. Make sure to align the 2 plastic pins with the holes in the steering wheel. These are your automatic blinker return along with steering wheel angle sensor, and also a way to make sure you put the wheel back into the same position as you took it off. Once aligned use some force to gentle push the steering wheel onto the shaft.And get it to sit down as much as you can.

20) Reconnect the white clip, by just pushing it in. If its taking allot of effort, you might have the clip upside down. You will hear a small clicking noise when it goes in.

21) Proceed to hand tighten the nut, to prevent any cross threading.

Followed up by torquing it down to 45newtons/meter (or about 38ft/lbs)

22) Reconnect the airbag connectors and push in the center clips.

23) Reinstall the Gray wire by pushing it onto the connector.

24) Get the airbag and place it in the steering wheel, proceed to get the T27 Torques fitting and HAND tighten both sides of the airbag into place on the steering wheel.

25) Once hand tighten. Grab the airbag with your hands and genteelly tug on it to make sure that both bolts are secured into the wheel. If secured proceed to tighten both Torques bolts down.

26) Double Check to make sure that everything is secured. Grab the wheel and make sure there is no abnormal play in it. This should be just as rigid as the stock unit.

27) Reconnect the battery.

28) Start the car and make sure that the SRS airbag light turns off as normal. If it stays on, you made a mistake and MUST address it prior to driving the car.

29) Enjoy the new Prova Steering wheel!

Please post up if you have any questions or concerns regarding this install.

Kirill is in no way shape or form responsible for any damages or injuries that might occur during or do to the install of this product or do to the how to. This is a how to write up, that should be used in conjunction with the OEM manual, and should only be performed by a professional.

Travis Pastrana Breaks 12-year Record on Mt. Washington Auto Road

The 149-year-old Mt. Washington Auto Road in Gorham, New Hampshire has seen the likes of horses and carriages, camels, people, bicycles and most famously, competition race cars. Yesterday, traveling at an average speed of nearly 72 miles per hour in a Subaru rally car, four-time Rally America National Champion Travis Pastrana made sure the project moniker, Red Bull Speed Chasers, lived up to its name.

He reached the summit faster than anyone else in history by clocking an officially timed run of 6 minutes 20.47 seconds, besting the previous record by more than twenty seconds. Amazingly, Pastrana achieved the impressive time on his first-ever high-speed run to the summit.

Pastrana has effectively thrown down the gauntlet in advance of the legendary Mt. Washington “Climb to the Clouds” Automobile Hillclimb, which will take place in 2011 after a 10-year hiatus.

Brian Nevins/Red Bull Photofiles

The 7.6-mile-long Mt. Washington Auto Road is one of the ultimate challenges for driver and automobile. The serpentine tarmac-and-gravel road is lined with trees and dangerous drop-offs above the mountain’s tree line as it winds its way to the 6,288-foot summit of the Northeast’s tallest peak. The road, which features more than 100 turns, is mostly paved but features a technical dirt section that is approximately one mile long.

Pastrana was up to the challenge and was able to set his fast time on his first attempt, besting “Climb to the Clouds” Hillclimb record holder Frank Sprongl’s time of 6 minutes 41.99 seconds, set in 1998. Pastrana attempted three more runs but each time he was slowed by near zero-visibility conditions close to the summit, as low rain clouds inundated the area.

“This is an amazing road, it’s just so much fun,” said Pastrana, who on last New Year’s Eve set the world record for distance jumping in a car at 269 feet. “It’s extremely challenging; there is no room for error and the scenery is epic. The Mt. Washington Auto Road has some amazing history to it.”

Brian Nevins/Red Bull Photofiles

Pastrana, with his Vermont SportsCar team, as well as officials from the Mt. Washington Auto Road, conducted the Red Bull Speed Chasers test session to evaluate the road conditions ahead of the 2011 Climb to the Clouds, which will make its return June 22-26, 2011 as part of the 150th anniversary of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Pastrana teamed with veteran co-driver Marshall Clarke of Ireland on his runs to the summit. The duo spent Tuesday familiarizing themselves with the auto road in a street car at legal speeds and made detailed stage notes, the same process used for stage rally competition. Both Pastrana and Clarke had never driven the Mt. Washington Auto Road before, and thus the detailed notes played a key role in the at-speed attempt the following day.

Brian Nevins/Red Bull Photofiles

The Mt. Washington Auto Road was completed in 1861 and is the oldest man-made attraction in North America. Considered one of the oldest motorsports events in the United States, the Climb to the Clouds was first run in 1904, with a winning time of 24 minutes 37 seconds, seven years before the first 500-mile race at the Brickyard in Indianapolis and twelve years prior to the inaugural Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado.

The Climb to the Clouds was then run sporadically until 1961, making a comeback in the 1990s. The last time the Climb to the Clouds ran was in 2001 on a shortened course due to severe weather. In fact, the highest-recorded wind speed in the United States – an incredible 231 miles per hour – was on Mt. Washington in 1934.

“Travis’ run was incredibly thrilling on a number of fronts,” said Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. “It’s amazing that he was able to drive that car to the summit in 6:20, and all the more so when you realize that he and his co-driver had just seen the Auto Road for the first time the day before, and the top quarter-mile was in thick fog! Our racing heritage here at the Auto Road runs deep, and now Travis is part of that heritage as the fastest person to the summit by automobile.”