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Old 10-26-2011, 07:06 PM   #1
Smurftastic
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02 Stg2+ WRX
Top Scoob 031

Lightbulb Smurf's Bugeye Salvation - New Wingless Shots on Page Two! (07/09/2012)

This is the story of Bugeye salvation. I purchased this vehicle in a state of severe disrepair. The original owner tracked this in SCCA with mild modifications and then stripped the car and sold it to a friend, who had no idea what he was doing. When I purchased this it was full of body issues, missing parts, and electrical gremlins. This thread tracks my efforts through this process...

Initially my goal with the WRX was to keep it well maintained, functional, and simple. But after winning Top Scoob 031, I decided to make the build more aggressive, unique, and competitive in the Mid-Atlantic region.

My Feature on TopScoob.com



Exterior

* JDM STi hood scoop (of Dmoney fame)
* JDM STi front grill with JDM Impreza badge
* Chargespeed Brake Ducts (rep.)
* Spec C roof scoop, with red shapeways roof latch
* OEM JDM STi front lip
* OEM STi sideskirt strakes and spats
* OEM STi bumper spats
* WRB WRX sideskirts
* Removed WRX wing, filled/repainted trunk, molded painted Mine's spoiler
* JDM STi V8 tail lights
* HID bixenon retrofitted headlights with OSRAM turn signals, painted to replicate the 2004-2005 STi JDM headlight color
* C/F STi side marker block offs
* Grimmspeed antenna block-off

Interior

* Prosport Amber/White Oil Pressure/Oil Temp/Volts setup in DEFI clock pod, both oil gauges using Prodrive oil galley adapters
* Additional Prosport Amber/White boost gauge connected to a A pillar pod
* All A/B/C pillars, roof scoop housing, center console, and roof liner either dyed or plastidipped black
* Black Leather/red stitch shift boot
* Short shifter with Kartboy shifter bushings
* STi shifter trim
* extended armrest
* Sparco shift knob
* Custom WRC stitched headrests
* JDM hazard
* MB Quart component speaker setup in custom internal sound-proofed door enclosure
* Red-lit head unit to match red gauges and red center console lights

Wheels/Suspension/Handling

* Gunmetal 18X8 Tarmac 2s wrapped in Nexan N3000s with carbon fiber STi center caps and blue Muteki lugnuts
* KYG AGX adjustable struts
* Tein S tech springs
* Kartboy rear diff bushings
* Kartboy steering rack bushings

Engine Bay/Performance

* COBB Accessport Stage 2 tune
* AVO Top Mounted Intercooler
* DEI heatwrapped Cusco turbo heatshield
* DEI heatwrapped K&N CAI
* Subimods aluminum alternator cover
* Gimmick Motorsports Aluminum Radiator with SAMCO hoses
* Perrin V2 silicone turbo inlet
* PnP and ceramic coated throttle body
* PnP and powdercoated red WRX intake manifold
* Gutted and heat-wrapped up pipe
* Gutted and heat-wrapped downpipe
* JNA Performance 3" catback
* JEGS trunk battery relocation kit with SCCA-legal in-line kill switch, circuit breaker, and power distribution box
* Relocated fuse box, windshield wiper reservoir, cruise control, and extended wire harness
* New sheet metal, shaved, and repainted by me
* Custom fabricated upper radiator fill tank
* Shaved and custom chameleon pearl powdercoated intake manifold by LiquidPowderCoats.com
* Pending: IAG prototype Air Oil Seperator (sitting in box ready for install)

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Old 10-26-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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looking good
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:19 PM   #3
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Huge improvements. Nice work
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:28 PM   #4
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Car looks great. what is the wheel/tire spec. Thanks
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:34 PM   #5
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17 X 7.5s with 225/45/17s
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:47 PM   #6
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Looks really good I saved a 02 wrb wrx myself this year.. keep up the good work
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:50 PM   #7
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Needs more cowbell.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:05 PM   #8
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Lookin good.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:00 PM   #9
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not saying you need to go hellaflush, but god damn those are some skinny wheel/tires...nice turn around tho
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:35 AM   #10
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not saying you need to go hellaflush, but god damn those are some skinny wheel/tires...nice turn around tho

thats not skinny at all. its the PROPER size that is supposed to be run on GD imprezas. its an inch taller and wider than USDM stock.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:31 PM   #11
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If I had more money, I would go for some 18X8.5+ Enkie NT03M +35s. Something to aspire to.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:54 PM   #12
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that'll look good
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:38 PM   #13
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Thank you for the save the transformation is great!
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:30 AM   #14
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I just got an 02 in even worse shape! trying to save it. might take some pics and do all that.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:56 PM   #15
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chea! you should see my tires and stock rims! his look big compared to mine
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:03 PM   #16
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Nice work, looking good. Love bugs
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:40 PM   #17
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Got some love @ the Pence meet, was really nice after having a joke of a build at the previous year's meet. You can do a lot of work in a year

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Old 11-20-2011, 06:34 PM   #18
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About to embark on a major winter PnP project... looking to do Intake Manifold, TGV deletes, Y-pipe, throttle body, TMIC inlet/outlet, elbows.. and whatever else

In the mean time, I had my first "real" photoshoot. Here are some pics:







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Old 11-21-2011, 08:09 PM   #19
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Legit!!!

Alan
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:24 PM   #20
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JDM headlights!
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:33 PM   #21
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JDM headlights!
+JDM STi scoop! Its already a great looking bugeye, love everything about it
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:40 PM   #22
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:18 PM   #23
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Not a fan of the lumpy grill or 06 tails, but WAY better than when you bought it.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:17 PM   #24
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Not a fan of the 06 tails
+1...super clean car, great work!
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:39 PM   #25
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yahhhhhh bug face lookin good
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