I purchased my Subaru WRX Wagon, which would eventually be known as the “Rumble Wagon”, November 23rd 2007.
By chance, I stopped at the local Subaru dealer during my long search for a WRX Wagon and in their used lot was a 2004 with only 28k miles, nice wheels and modest tint job.
Despite the fact that it was bright red, I was instantly in love and took him home the next day.
What started as the fulfillment of a simple desire for a great car has turned into an absolute obsession and love affair.
In 2008 I began with upgrading my exhaust: Fully catless, Perrin up pipe, Helix 3” down pipe to a Blitz Nur-Spec. A Cobb AccessPort v2 , sway bars/endlinks and “stage 2” brakes were installed shortly after. My car stayed like that for a couple years and did a great job as a fun daily.
In January of 2011, I decided to take the car in a whole new direction and do a complete overhaul.
All work performed on my car has been done in my garage, with the exception of the alignment.
My goal with this car has always been to make it the epitome of a clean and well put together street car. I’ve always kept performance in mind with everything I’ve done despite the “stance” and so it’s also set up for spirited driving and performs beautifully on the track. AutoCross is my new addiction.
I know I’ll always have more I want to do, but I truly love everything about this wagon.
A big thanks to IAG Performance for all their support this season.
June 2011- Best 5-door Subaru at Forum Fest
August 2011- Best Street at West Coast Subaru Show 13
September 2011- Featured on Just Stance
May 2012- Featured on NWMOTIV.com
June 2012- Best Subaru and Best Female Build at Forum Fest
July 2012- Best Female Build at Stance Wars
July 2012- Best Stance at Big NW Subaru Meet
September 2012- 2nd Place 4-door Mild at InMotion Car Show and Drift Event
Cobb AP v2 – Maxwell Power - Pro Tune by Dom (339.6 WHP on MPS Dyno)
VF39 Turbo- Ceramic Coated hot-side
Intake Manifold Powdercoated Red
IAG Billet TGV Delete
8mm Phenolic Spacers
IAG Fuel Rails
2008 Sti TMIC
IAT Sensor Relocate
Perrin Boost Controllers
Walbro Fuel Pump
Ceramic Coated Exhaust Manifold
Perrin Up-Pipe ceramic coated - catless
Helix Downpipe ceramic coated - catless
Blitz Nur-Spec 3” Exhaust - catless
NGK BKR7EIX Iridium plugs - one step cooler
Mishimoto Red Silicone Radiator Hoses
Mishimoto Carbon Fiber Radiator Cap
Beatrush Pully Cover
Beatrush Radiator Cooling Panel
IAG Billet Radiator Stays
IAG Billet Washer fluid cap
IAG Billet Brake Fluid cap
IAG Billet Radiator reservoir cap
IAG Billet Oil cap
Prosport Hood Dampers
Optima Redtop battery w/SPT Battery tie down
BC Racing BR Coilovers with Variable Ride Height system by Umbrella Auto Design
Swift Springs 8k/6k
Sti Lower Control Arms
Whiteline control arm bushings
Whiteline steering bushings
Whiteline Rear Sway Bar 25mm
AD Motorsports Front Sway Bar 25mm
Cusco Front Strut Bar
Kartboy Front and Rear Endlinks
StopTech Big Brake
kit w/ 332mm Front and 328mm Rear Zinc Plated Slotted Rotors
Steel Braided Lines
Motul RBF600 Fluid
ARP Extended Studs
Muteki Lug Nuts
Street set: 18×9.5 +38 WORK XT7 in Limited Gold
225/40/18 Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Track set: 17x8 +45 Enkei RPF1 in gold
245/40/17 Dunlop Direzza Z2 (amazing grip!)
Custom Welded ¾ Cage – 1.5” .095w Tube with 1.75” .120w Main Hoop – Gold with Clear UV protection film
Recaro SRD Seats
Speedware Seat Brackets
Willans 4 point Harnesses in custom British Racing Green
Pioneer touch screen iPod/DVD Player
Polk speakers & Rockford Fosgate Sub
Black Suede Headliner and custom dyed rear carpeting
Dynamat lined Trunk, Hatch & Quarter Panels
Red “JDM” hazard button
STI Ti Shift Knob
Subaru All Weather Floormats
Sedan Front Bumper, Fenders and liners - OEM
Sti Hood Scoop
Sti Splitters - OEM
JDM Multi Coat Fog Lights
JDM Fog Light Surrounds
Full Front-end Clear Bra by Guardline
Painted OEM side skirts
Rally Armor UR mud flaps
Blacked out & cleared headlights
Hella Supertones painted gold
Rear Windshield Wiper Delete
My Subaru is the first ever to receive this suspension set up which is made by a local company. This system allows me to adjust about 1.5” ride height front and rear via an air compressor located in the spare tire compartment and a few low-key switches. Although you can’t quite call it “bagged”, it’s more or less a coilover system with a small adjustable right height via compressor – perfect for clearing speed bumps while retaining maximum ride quality that a coilover offers.
More info & pics at NWMOTIV:
Day 295/365 - Katie's Rumble Wagon
by Connor Surdi | www.connorsurdi.com
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