I was not sure if I wanted to enter at first but who cares, I am proud of my car! I know there are a lot of cars that have been entered/ will be entered in this Top Scoob that have a lot more done to them but hey, I love this car and wanted to put it in here anyway
I have had my 2002 WRX since FEB of 2005 and am the 2nd owner. I have always loved the Subaru WRX since I first learned about them. I was fascinated by the uncanny looks, and the turbo/awd platform. When I got the car I was young, and pretty stupid. I took good care except for basically bolting on cheap parts at it because I thought modding was cool... Back then I wanted to be slammed, and if that meant getting 200$ coil sleeves for my stock shocks that was fine with me
Then thankfully some things changed.
During college my lurking here on the forum became more of an educational experience and I began to think about where I wanted my car to go. I would spend hours reading tech forums and looking for answers to my questions. This meant for me ditching the cheap suspension I was on, the cheap wheels, etc etc.... After graduating college I was able to get off on the right track with my car thanks to a good full time job. My goal was to build it up well without spending an extreme amount of money...
As the car sits now it is in my opinion a great example of what a simple, clean WRX should be. As the 02-03 WRX has become less and less expensive because of its older age the sight of a riced out or poorly maintained/modified WRX is unfourtanetly becoming more and more frequent.
I hate this fact and made it my goal to try and stay on the other side of the spectrum with my car. I want it to always have a clean look with some parts that allow for a head turn or two as I drive down the road.
This car is not anywhere close to the most expensive build out there and never will be, but for me its just a GREAT street machine. My goals were to improve the cosmetics, handling, braking, and power on subtle to moderate levels. I wanted to modify it just enough to let you know that the car is far from stock but not so much that it cuts down on reliability, comfort, etc.
I have many more plans for it but here is how it stands now. I hope you like it and vote for me
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-Helix catless down-pipe
-Helix catless up-pipe
-Mishimoto aluminum radiator
-Cobb SF Intake
-COBB turbo heat shield
-Perrin turbo inlet hose
-STI 560cc injectors
-SPT raidiator shroud
-COBB accessport v2 (protune from Epic Motorsports-284whp/274wtq @20psi)
-'Koji' style headlights
-3 pc. aftermarket grille
-Painted side skirts
-V7 JDM Hoodscoop
-GT SPEC fog light covers
-Prodrive replica front lip
-06-07 v-limited replica front lip
-Rally Armor UR mudflaps (not in photos)
-OEM carbon fiber trim
-05 Legacy GT shift knob
-2006/7 STi front and rear seats
-2004 STi door cards
-2004 STi shifter trim
-Prosport gauges (boost, oil press, oil temp)
-JDM V7 Tophats
-Whiteline steering rack bushings
-17X8 OZ Ultraleggeras
-235/40/17 Hankook Ventus Rs-2
-Kartboy short shifter
-TIC shifter bushings
-Ebay front/rear strut tower bars
-Helix rear sway bar
-Whiteline 22mm rear swaybar bushings.
-05 wrx swaybar mounts
-24mm Whiteline front swaybar