14th Sep2018

A Goddess Among Subarus: Abeona, Megan’s ’15 STI

by Michael Chandler

This 2015 STI is a lot of things.  It’s the culmination of a long life journey, full of some of the pitfalls we all fall in to.  It’s the green light across the harbor, except it’s not an unattainable goal in a book we had to read in high school.  It’s what we all want: something to call and make our own.  

What ever that may mean.  In Megan’s case, it meant building a fun, reliable daily driver, then hitting it with some flavor you don’t see much of at all: Itasha.  We’ll get to that in a minute, let’s go back to the beginning…

Megan Lalock is originally from a city notable for throwing batteries at Santa Claus: Philadelphia.  It was there that her dad instilled a love of cars in her by always working on cars.  From there she started building and racing Hondas. “I just always had a good time being a female in a male dominated world and being able to hang ‘with the big boys’.”  And then she started dating a fella.  A fella who said “cars are kind of silly, why don’t you put your money into something that is worth it.”

And like we’ve all done, she listened.  “I sold ALLLL my car parts. I got out of the car game and I would lustfully look at any Evo, Sti, Honda, etc. that went by and gave me the ” Good old days” vibe.”  Thankfully, she’s moved on to a better guy.  A guy who is down for cars, and a change of scenery.  She decided to grab her dream car, and make a break for the west!  Unfortunately, that didn’t go quite according to plan…

“After buying a used 2014 STi that blew up on me the same day I bought it, I finally landed on my 15 STi.”  With a warranty in her pocket, and the open road ahead of her, she made her journey.  And when she got here, she started working at the best place for a Subaru enthusiast that isn’t an idiot: RallySport Direct.

Being that RallySport’s motto is “Life’s Too Short To Stay Stock”, her STI didn’t remain that way for long. “About 2 years ago I started on the upgrades with the bolt ons and some minor JDM parts. I had the car tuned by Simple Performance and they got me the exact power I wanted ( 365 whp/ 348 tq) and I was pretty good as far as the car goes.” And then she started driving in AutoX events, where she realized 1) she likes racing and 2) the STI was never going to be both a competitive AutoX car AND a nice daily driver.  So she scooped up a 2.5RS, and kept the STI as the daily.

Ok, now we get to the lady on the car.  Megan wanted to keep modifying the car, but didn’t want more engine mods.  She went with something cosmetic, and unique around here: this Itasha wrap.  Itasha, very basically, is adorning your car with cute, female anime, manga, or video game characters.  Watch this Noriyaro video to see how it gets done in Japan, and for a better explanation.  ANYWAY, “I always secretly LOVED Itasha and doing a character I loved on my car. I approached my marketing department at work, and my President of the company, and wanted to start with my vision.”  

Megan wanted Elizabeth Bathroy from Fate: Grand Order on the car, but needed a designer to help her out.  Stucky recommended a woman by the name of Dani for the task.  Megan and Dani got to work on the design.  They produced what you see, and Micah at Inkwise Graphics made it a reality in a short amount of time.  “We had a week to really make this happen before our RSD Meet and Greet so time was literally of the essence and I don’t know how show people do this. It was so stressful and just all around nerve wracking wondering if I would get this done. She came together great though and she looks awesome.” 

The car is named Abeona, which is a fitting name for a car that she took on a 2600 mile trip.  Abeona is the Roman Goddess of outward journeys, who watches over a child’s steps, and protects travelers.  May she keep watch over Megan as she continues on the journey that is life.

Abeona 2015 Subaru WRX STI

  • Owner: Megan Lalock (@missjinxed)
  • Power: 365 horsepower, 348 lb/ft torque
  • Tuned at Simple Performance
  • Power adders
    • SteamSpeed STX 67+ Turbo
    • Perrin Turbo Inlet
    • DeatschWerks DW1000cc fuel injectors
    • Process West Fuel Rails, TGV Deletes, Top Mount Intercooler, and Cold Air Intake
    • Cobb FPR kit, and Fuel Pump
    • Grimmspeed Ceramic Coated Up- and Downpipe
    • Tomei Equal Length Header, and Exhaust
  • Suspension
    • Ohlins Road and Track Coilovers
    • Perrin 22mm Solid Sway Bar (rear)
    • Whiteline Lower Control Arms, and Steering Rack Bushings
    • Beatrush Pitch Stop and Transmission Mounts
  • Wheels and JDM Goodies
    • Advan TC3, custom anodized blue, 18×9 +25
    • JDM Push Button Start, Oil Cap, and Foglights with Daytime Running Lights
  • Exterior
    • Seibon Carbon Fiber Fenders
    • 2018 STI Front Bumper
    • Maxton Design Front Lip
    • OLM Corona Foglights
  • Shoutouts
    • Micah at InkWise Graphics
    • Armor Coatings
    • RallySport Direct

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09th Aug2018

CAMcast: IT’S A RICK & PUMPKYN ADVENTURE!

by Michael Chandler

IT’S A RICK AND PUMPKYN ADVENTURE!  RICK & PUMPKYN CAMCAST!!!  Rick and Pumpkyn stick around to tell us how long they’ve worked at RallySport Direct, how they got started there, how long they’ve worked at RallySport Direct, why there isn’t a RSD line of vape juice, how long they’ve worked at RallySport Direct, and where we (and you!) would go on vacation.

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07th Aug2018

CAMcast: Teslas, Tariffs, and Ricciardo with Pumpkyn and Rick from RallySport Direct

by Michael Chandler

Thanks for joining us on this episode of the CAMcast!  We’re joined by Michael Nielsen (aka Pumpkyn), and Rick Conk of RallySport Direct!  Between trips to tangent town, the guys talk about the latest news!

  • Daniel Ricciardo is going to Renault
  • A whole grip of Tesla news
  • Trump’s Tariffs could kill off a Buick model
  • IMSA is splitting to Prototypes up
  • NASA Utah 6 Hour Enduro review

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20th Jul2017

CAMcast: Welcome to the RallyDome

by Michael Chandler

Four men enter, one podcast leaves!  Welcome back to the CAMcast ladies, gentlemen, and 1997 Ford Tauruses.  Mike and Dave are joined by Rick Conk and Michael “Pumpkin” Nielsen from RallySport Direct!  The gang go off on many tangents, and hit a few agenda items, including:

  • Joest joining up with Mazda to revamp their DPi program
  • Formula Drift went to Canada
  • Formula One went to England
  • NASA Utah happened over the weekend
  • Electric and hybrid vehicles
  • Creating the most unlimited form of motorsport
  • Why you should never drive distracted

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02nd May2017

Rally Sport Direct’s Eat, Greet, Car Meet! 2017

by Michael Chandler

It’s that magical time of year: the weather is toying with our emotions, everyone is itching to get out and go to things, and people want to host said things.  Thankfully the weather held out, and the kind folks at Rally Sport Direct hosted their annual Eat, Greet and Car Meet! meet.  There was a pretty big turn out at RSD HQ in West Valley.  There was way too much to fit into one post, but here are some highlights:

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02nd Mar2016

America*

by Michael Chandler

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Or whatever.

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09th Feb2016

I Blame Dallin

by Michael Chandler

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I blame him for me desire for an Evo X.  Why’d you have to build such a cool one Dallin?  HUH?!?

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27th Jan2016

The Pit Walk Was A Cool Meet

by Michael Chandler

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Seeing all the cars parked on Pit Lane was pretty cool.  

08th Jun2015

RallySport Direct Eat, Greet and Meet… Meet

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

What started as a humble swap meet, hosted by a humble online retailer, has grown into a sizable meet at the physical home of a porperly big online retailer.  Thankfully, RallySport Direct maintains the feel of a shop run by a bunch of your friends and they have dropped the whole swap thing from their annual meet.

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And thankfully their neighbors are ok with having the meet attendees borrow their parking lots.  I wound up in one of these parking lots, and after receiving some puzzled looks from some mark 4 Supra owners (I’ll have some thoughts on that in a later column), I grabbed my friends Bobby and Brad and we wandered through the meet.

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One of the first cars we came across was Alex Prasop’s Honda Del Sol.  He’s had this car forever, and he’s put hours and hours of work into this.  Some people may look down their nose at a humble little Honda, but a lot of those people are the kind of folk who will create a scenario to show off their friends’ high dollar cars and act offended when people call them a WASPy a**hole.

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While most people are content with bolting on overfenders or flares, Alex was not.  He made his own fenders, along with doing his own engine swap and shaving and wire tucking his engine bay.  If I were given the choice between this, a well worn Honda built by an owner who is very passionate about his car or a new AMG Merc built by someone with more money than taste, who only cares that his car is cost prohibitive to most enthusiasts, I’d take the Honda.

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That said, I wouldn’t say no to a 911 or a Gallardo.  A classic 911 or a loud, brash Lamborghini are always head turners, and seeing them come out to a meet and them being driven by cool people (especially the 911, thanks for holding up for some pictures!) makes them even better.

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RallySport made their name slinging Subaru parts, and if you’re in need of some I recommend pointing your internet their way.  That being said, most people lower their Subarus and do their best to keep them clean.  Not these guys.  They’ve lifted them, put on massive offroad tires, added offroad lights, and the Legacy even added a snorkel.  These cars aren’t parking lot queens, or track day terrors.  They’re ready to get dirty, and stay dirty.

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The Subarus weren’t the only ones in the dirt game.  They were accompanied by this 4WD Civic Wagovan!  Underneath all that glorious mud was some red paint, but it didn’t look bad covered in Earth tones.

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In the same lot as the dirt crew was this bagged Mustang GT.  Not something you see everyday, especially around here, but a lot of the new muscle cars look great when they’re on the ground.  Bagging these big pony cars is something that needs to be done more, and this guy needs to drop us a line because I want to know more.

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Over in the feature lot, or at least the lot closest to RallySport Direct itself, was this 4 door R32 Skyline sitting on a staggered set of Super Advans.  If you look closely, you’ll see that there isn’t an RB under the hood.  Nope! It’s an SR20!  Too many doors, not enough cylinders, and all sorts of awesome!  Sign me up, I’ll take two.

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Next to my new favorite Skyline (sorry Brody), was another SR20 powered oddity: JR Crosby’s Lotus Super7.  I’ve seen theis car a few times over the years, and I still can’t get over the looks of the Ur-kit car.

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As long as I’ve been aware of the car it’s always been orange, and it’s always had that SR.  The Shelby wheels are new, as are the Nankang tires (which is obvious just looking at them).  Despite being insanely easy to look into the cockpit, I’ve never done so.  So, I did.  The well worn Start button tells you that this car has seen its fair share of road time.  The gauges are laid out in a very sensible fashion, the tachometer and speedometer are right above the steering column, with oil pressure and temperature, water temperature in a row to the right of them.  Below that trio is the wideband and the boost gauge.  It’s sparse, but utilitarian, probably something Colin Chapman would approve of.

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Lyfe Motorsports brought out pretty much everything except the GTR they’re prepping for World Time Attack; which, if you follow them on Instagram or Facebook, is a bare shell that doesn’t have a roof.

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They did bring out their other GTR, the one that has been dominating Global Time Attack and will be racing to the clouds at Pike’s Peak later this month.  This 1000+ horsepower beast is all business, and, as you can clearly see, they associate with only the best of companies.

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And then there’s this yahoo…

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The Brett King Design livery looks good on his still full interior TT1 car.  Yeah, full interior.  Headliner and all.  He drives this thing to work in Wyoming, because why not?

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While people were fawning over the turbocharged V6 in the Lyfe GTR, the old guard of turbo V6s rolled through.  A pair of Buick Grand Nationals came through and turned all the heads.  Seeing one at an event like this (something import heavy) is awesome, a pair is mind blowing.

This is always a great event, it’s well run and they bring out a lot of representatives of the part manufacturers they sell, and they give away a lot of awesome stuff too.  We’re looking forward to next year, as we always are.

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28th May2015

When the Flame Dies Out

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

Nothing lasts forever.  Memories fade, seasons change, and projects run their course.  Such is the case with La Flama Blanca, Dallion Felton’s Evo X street car/RallySport Direct’s project car.  After two years and 80,000 miles, it was time to say goodbye.  So I made Dallin, and his little doge Hiroshi, drive to an office park so I could say goodbye to the car.  And also to play with his dog, but mostly to say goodbye to the car.

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The car looks mostly the same, sans all the vinyl decals.

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It still has the APR splitter, vortex generators and GTC 300 wing.  It sits on the same red 18×10.5 Volk TE37RTs, and it still has the Ohlins coilovers.  To be honest, this thing is pretty much the exact same as it was back in February.  That’s not a bad thing at all.  Back then it put down a healthy 293 horsepower and 289 lb/ft of torque, which is pretty good considering what power adders were installed.

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Fairly simple straight forward things: Tomei Titanium cat-back, test pipe, Big Mouth downpipe, and upper intercooler pipe.  A Mishimoto intercooler, oil cooler, and radiator are things you would find on a lot of street driven Evo Xs, as are the AEM intake and TurboSmart blow off valve.  The biggest changes are ones you can’t see.

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Those big changes?  A set of 1300cc fuel injectors from Injector Dynamics, a Cosworth high volume fuel rail, a TurboSmart fuel pressure regulator, and an AEM E85 capable 320lph fuel pump cradled in a Cobb Tuning fuel pump holder.  Oh, and a Cavalli Stage 2 Turbo.  The ball bearing, single scroll turbo has a 58mm inducer and 56mm exducer, and fits like the OEM turbo.  Despite fitting like the stock turbo, it makes more power than the stock turbo.  How much more?  With a fresh tune on 91 octane the car put down 330 horsepower and 277 lb/ft of torque.  On a  tune optimized for E70 (ethanol, corn fuel, stuff you can’t get at a pump in Salt Lake County as far as I know) it made 408 horsepower and 345 lb/ft of torque!

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Those are respectable numbers for a street car!  And there’s more room for the next owner to turn up the heat.  The turbo can move enough air for 600 horsepower.  And yes, I said next owner.  By now the car, and many of its parts have found new homes with other Evo Xs.  Fear not, Dallin is on to bigger and better things.

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And he still has his dog.

BONUS GALLERY!!!

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