My life at COBB Part 1

Man, what an adventure.  As some of you know, COBB has decided to stop developing new hard parts.  And as a result, me and a few other good people had to go.  Here is a smattering of just some of the parts I designed while there.  Of course there were many more we never made due to lack of market or cost of goods, etc.

We’ll start with my early designs.  First off, the adjustable sway bar mounts.  These things make it so that people with adjustable sway bars on the ’04-’07 STi can make it so the endlinks are always vertical.  Thus making them more consistent, and most importantly, making them unable to flip over when the suspension reaches full articulation.

sway bar mounts

sway bar mounts

Next up is the endlinks.  These are not adjustable, which I was a  bit disappointed with, but I made them to match some endlinks that a bit uglier design had been done of before I started worrking there.  I actually produced some adjustable ones as well, but they have yet to be released.  And hell, I don’t know if they ever will be now.  But trust me, for adjustable endlinks, they are SEXY.  The old ones (pictured) had an issue with the bolts rattling around in them since they were not shoulder bolts so people complained about noise on occassion.  The new adjustable ones are all shoulder bolts and tight fitment spacers.  And they are adjustable.  Damn I wish I could have seen them on the market.  But anyway, here are the original ones:

Endlinks

Endlinks

This one isn’t really a super old design.  But it’s a couple years old.  This is a revised version.  The original had 2 screws and had some issues with the tolerancing on the lower shaft needing to be too tight.  So I flipped the side where the screws were placed, added a couple screws to make it so they can get more clamping force.  And like magic, the shifter looked better, worked better, and event felt a bit better.

Subaru STi shifter

Subaru STi shifter

And the 5 speed version of the last shifter.  It went through a similar redesign when I realized how much better I made it.

5 Speed shifter

5 Speed shifter

And here is the battery tiedowns.  This isn’t really my design and I actually never liked it too much.  But it was one of my first projects at Cobb.  I just took a design that had been done but never produced and revised it to actually fit.

Subaru Battery tiedown (also works on many other cars like my Scion)

Subaru Battery tiedown (also works on many other cars like my Scion)

And here is one of the more simple things we made, but man they always look so hot.  And they function much better than not having a heat shield which is your other option if you are running aftermarket downpipes:

Subaru DP heat shield

Subaru DP heat shield

Evo 8 & 9 exhaust manifold heatshield

Evo 8 & 9 exhaust manifold heatshield

And the oil cap.  Pretty self explanatory on this one.  It’s an oil cap…

Oil Cap

Oil Cap

Now here is a great seller.  The Subaru intake.  Originally we had some aluminum ones made (before my time) and they had to be glued together.  Well, we tested them in high heat with big hammers smashing them and they held together.  But out in the real world, some of them didn’t even survive shipment to the end user.  So I redesigned them to be molded out of a plastic that is widely used by OEM’s.  Not only did it cost less to make, but performed even better as the airflow straighteners were thinner than what we could machine in the aluminum as well as the added benefit of not retaining heat like metal intakes.  This was the trailblazer for all of our future intakes.  They performed so well, we continued this line of thinking until the day the perverbial doors closed.

Subaru SF Intake aka "The Trailblazer"

Subaru SF Intake aka "The Trailblazer"

EVO 8 & 9 Intake

EVO 8 & 9 Intake

EVO X Intake

EVO X Intake

MazdaSpeed3 Intake

MazdaSpeed3 Intake

The Mazda intake was actually Billy’s project.  I just helped him out on that one a little.  But I included it because it was the same design.  He also did the bracket on the EVO X intake.

And to go along with the SF Intakes, I designed some airboxes.  They made an amazing difference on intake air temps.  Which also of course made a good impact on HP.  Here is one of those:

Subaru intake airbox

Subaru intake airbox

And to go along with some of the other seemingly more simple designs was this radiator plate.  These things vary on importance from car to car.  But usually are considered more of a cosmetic part:

Radiator plate

Radiator plate

And finally on to some of the newer designs (other than those tossed in with older parts above).

Here is the ’08 WRX/STi rear sway bar.  It’s a splined design.  This allows quick changes on rates.  And makes it much more like the majority of race car type bars.

'08 WRX/STi rear bar

'08 WRX/STi rear bar

MazdaSpeed3 and EVO X short shifters.  These things are great.  They made the shifting feel better.  Not super short like most short shifters, just right.  Almost like it should have felt from the factory.

MazdaSpeed3 Short shifter

MazdaSpeed3 Short shifter

MS3 shifter detail

MS3 shifter detail

Gratuitous fame shot

Gratuitous fame shot

EVO X Short shifter

EVO X Short shifter

And now a few I am rather proud of.  Including one that is not released yet, but I am sure soon will be.

First, the shift knobs.  Yes, it is just a shift knob.  But I really think it’s about the sexiest one ever made.

Shift knob

Shift knob

Those shift knobs look great, feel great, don’t get excessively hot or cold.  They are perfect…

GTR Coilover sleeves.  These things are so sweet looking.  And track tested for many many miles.  We have gotten reports from outside sources confirming 2second gains on some tracks just from switching to these coilover sleeves.  I won’t go into too much detail as I have talked about these before.

GTR Coilover sleeves

GTR Coilover sleeves

And the last product I want to cover…  The Bypass valve / blow-off valve.  I incorporated so many unique features into this design that nobody has done before.  And it is the only BPV/BOV we have tested that did not alter ECU mapping.  And it held more boost than any we tested.  And it released air faster and more efficiently than any we tested.  This thing is truly amazing.  And I am bummed I got cut before it released.  I just hope they can figure out how to put them together when they release them since I have been the only one involved with their development at all.  I may make a post later just about these.  I will wait and see what COBB posts up on their blog about it to see if they cover all the awesoem factor I put into these things.

BPV ? BOV

BPV ? BOV

Underside

Underside

Bottom of piston

Bottom of piston

And that’s enough for now.  I will likely follow this up with a post full of fun from different events while I was at COBB.  Sad to see the run end.  I had a lot of fun.  And I think some of my designs were pretty damn cool.  And they were all mine.  From the form to the function.

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350Z For Sale

UPDATE Number 2

OK, in a last ditch effort to get rid of my car, I am now offering the price of whatever I owe, which right now is about $16,800.  And I will even throw in the Cusco Zero-2 coilovers…  You just may need to pick up some rear top hats for the coilovers.  I’m not sure if the ones I have are the right ones or not.

Also, to make it easier to contact me, you can email me at sts138@hotmail.com or post a message here.

UPDATE!!

OK, after half-heartedly trying to sell the car, it is time to make a real effort.  Here is what varies from the below description…

1) It no longer includes an AccessPort

2) The car now has just over 19,000 miles on it.

3) The price is now $18,500 without the extra parts, and only $19,500 with the extras.  The wheels alone are worth more than that difference, I just want to get this thing in the hands of someone that can have more fun with it.

NADA Clean retail – $20,050

Edmunds Private party – $18,179 dealer retail – $19,425

Kelly Blue Book suggested retail – $21,800

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So since I recently lost my job, I decided I need to sell my car.  This was the company test vehicle for our 350Z development.  It is a 2006 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast with 18,200 miles.  And as always, click the pictures for the full size version.

In the shop

In the shop

Mods:

COBB front and rear anti-roll bars

COBB Sport springs (about 1″ lower than stock)

COBB full dual stainless cat-back exhaust (only one ever made)

COBB AccessPORT (additional HP and better mileage)

Stoptech braided stainless brake lines

ATE Super Blue Brake fluid

Porterfield R4S brake pads front and rear

COBB Silicone post MAF hose

Has the stock wheels and tires (18×7.5 & 18×8.5) installed right now

Other parts not installed right now:

Prodrive GC-010G 18×8.5 and 18×9.5 wheels

Bridgstone RE-050A Pole Position Tires (mostly worn out rear and 2/3 tread front)

Cusco Zero-2 coilover suspension

SPC rear camber arm kit (never used)

And the price…  $19,900 without the uninstalled parts (Cusco coilovers, Prodrive wheels, and SPC camber arms).  Or $23,000 with the uninstalled parts.  That’s over $5,000 of extra parts for $3,100.  And that isn’t including the tires.

You can kind of see the exhaust

You can kind of see the exhaust

With the stock wheels

With the stock wheels

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