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Old 10-18-2007, 08:05 PM   #1
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Mods - I wasn't sure where to post this.

My buddy took this photo on the 91 Fwy earlier today. It was a Legacy with fender flares and an STI hood scoop. The wheels are very odd as they appear to be missing a spoke. The front hood and bumper were covered in metal sheeting and tape.

At the rear, dual tip exhaust on both sides just like on the new STI. Could this just be a test mule checking out the drivetrain for the new STI?

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Old 10-18-2007, 08:08 PM   #2
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Could be, or maybe a new Legacy prototype. The Legacy spotted like a year ago was actually a WRX.
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:11 PM   #3
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Man, those wheels. Must be a reason for that. Easy brake access? The valve stem appears to be in the middle of the large open space.
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:09 PM   #4
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those wheels are melting!!
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:11 PM   #5
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those wheels are melting!!
Strangest wheels I've ever seen.

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Old 10-18-2007, 09:55 PM   #6
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those wheels are melting!!
I was thinking the same thing.
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Old 10-23-2007, 07:35 AM   #7
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those wheels are melting!!
Photo shop miss hap
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Old 10-23-2007, 02:09 PM   #8
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Photo shop miss hap
Don't bother reading the thread or anything.

By the way, both Photoshop and mishap are single words...
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Old 10-23-2007, 02:35 PM   #9
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OK for all of you that think this is Photoshop.... Its not.. I am better at PS than that..

I took the picture with my iPhone. All I can tell you is this car was a legacy with an STI style hood scoop, large fender flares and a short front bumper. The car had lots parts missing. (as if to keep it from being photographed in complete) The guy driving it was not to happy about me taking pictures.

So if you don't like the pictures to bad... I was just trying to give the suby community something cool to look at.
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Old 10-23-2007, 03:21 PM   #10
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Now what you need to do is run him off the road. Maybe the hood will pop open and you can get some pics of what's in there.
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:38 PM   #11
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weird....

very blunted front bumper too... this is the only pic?
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:50 PM   #12
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hmm, thats interesting. maybe its just someone's twisted way of "ricing" their car??
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:48 PM   #13
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hmm, thats interesting. maybe its just someone's twisted way of "ricing" their car??
I don't think so. My friend told me that he clearly saw some computer equipment and monitors inside the car. The front fenders look a lot like that of the new STI. It's hard to tell in this photo, but if you zoom in you can make them out.
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:53 PM   #14
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yeah you can see the air vents.
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:55 PM   #15
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This looks like the same mule we saw testing a year ago, this is probably an all purpose test mule for testing out new motors.

The new 2.5 going in the sti would be my bet as well, but I suppose it could be a new turbo diesel or new lgt drivetrain as well
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:21 PM   #16
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If you mean is it a drivetrain mule for the USDM WRX STI, then I doubt it. Since the '08s are already available here, Subaru would most likely use a WRX-bodied mule (like the white one shown in a thread posted a while back). Similar chassis or not, why go to the extra trouble of using a Legacy body at this point? Maybe it's a USDM Legacy STI mule?

As for the wheels, the distortion is probably caused by a difference in speed between the Legacy and the camera car, coupled with the wheel's rotation. Besides, if those wheels were actually like that, you'd have a serious balancing issue!
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:33 PM   #17
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As for the wheels, the distortion is probably caused by a difference in speed between the Legacy and the camera car, coupled with the wheel's rotation. Besides, if those wheels were actually like that, you'd have a serious balancing issue!
Coupled with a digital camera that scans from top to bottom at a slow rate.

No, Those wheels aren't really like that, folks.
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:33 PM   #18
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Besides, if those wheels were actually like that, you'd have a serious balancing issue!
I don't think so.

If you look closely, the two spokes adjacent to the "missing" spoke are actually thicker than the other three spokes & have a different shape. This alone could balance the wheel.

Very odd looking, though.
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:37 PM   #19
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I sent the image to someone I know who might be familar with the vehicle. He confirmed it as being a test mule, but wouldn't say what they were testing.

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Old 10-18-2007, 11:14 PM   #20
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i've seen one wheel distort like that in a picture before but never two exactly in the same position its likely what is happening though. otherwise could be equipment attached in the same place over each spoke, but the top and bottom spokes are definitely distorted in their own right.
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:17 PM   #21
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Amazing how the wheel spokes are photoshopped, I mean, aligned facing the exact same way!

What are the odds?
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:21 PM   #22
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Amazing how the wheel spokes are photoshopped, I mean, aligned facing the exact same way!

What are the odds?
i think you got him busted
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:31 PM   #23
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damn photoshop I knew it was too good to be hoping this was the Legacy STI tester. Not that they would really need to do much extensive testing of an STI drivetrain into a legacy since IT'S ALREADY BEEN DONE FOR PRODUCTION. Why can't Subaru be cool...
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:34 PM   #24
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and how fast were you going when you took this pic?
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:10 AM   #25
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Amazing how the wheel spokes are photoshopped, I mean, aligned facing the exact same way!

What are the odds?
Yeah, obviously a photochop. I mean, isn't that a little kid sitting in the back seat?
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