Originally Posted by BlackJavaPearl04
get a vf39 get tuned with e85 and be done cheap...I made 380/ 445 at the wheels with EL headers
Lol suuuuure ya did....
To OP, this is the same advice I give everyone, buy a different car. 400whp dd on a 02-03 WRX is going to cost a fortune. You will need to build everything: tranny, brakes, suspension, stand alone ecu, fuel system, and one hell of an engine build. I'd say a good 30-40k (hence the buy a better platform to start).
And it still won't be reliable.
Look at some of my old threads, I had a 470whp 02 WRX. I wish I never would have put that much time and money into such a ****ty car.
If you want, I'd fix the head gasket, keep it stock, and sell it. Then put that money towards a better car. At the very least a STI, better yet, and Evo 9, which can hit 400whp on the stock turbo with E85.