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.
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:
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.
And the 5 speed version of the last shifter. It went through a similar redesign when I realized how much better I made it.
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.
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:
And the oil cap. Pretty self explanatory on this one. It’s an 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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.