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Old 11-21-2011, 02:17 AM   #1
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Default Soccer05 Bugeye GTX3071 ej205 Street/Track Build Thread

So after a long long time planning and saving, saving and planning, I am ready to really jump head first into my bugeye build. The car starts as a 2003 Subaru WRX with the OEM 5 speed. I have always been a suspension junkie, and focus a ton of time and effort onto having a stable chassis. This is a budget build, and basically is the maximum you can take the stock block and heads. Unfortunately, it costs quite a bit more money to cure all the wrx's suspension geometry than my 240sx, so while the majority of the suspension arms are adjustable, I will not be doing adjustable hubs to truly cure the wrx's suspension geometry. Nonetheless, you can have a competitive, fast, fun car without making the 5 grand investment in hubs. This build will cover my complete suspension makeover on the car, as well as a very healthy power upgrade and light aerodynamic work. All work is being done by me, alone, in my garage. My goals are to create a stable, competent base for me to hone my driving skills at track days. This car is my dual purpose daily driver and weekend toy, so there is some balance to keep the car fun and fast on the canyon roads in California. This car will be an aggressive street tarmac car as well as a potent entry level track/hpde vehicle to hone my track skills with an awd platform.

The bugeye is very slightly modified in its current state, just enough to be a little fun on the streets. It currently has Whiteline front and rear 24mm adjustable swaybars, Whiteline HD Swaybar mount, Whiteline steering rack bushings, Hotchkis Front Adjustable Endlinks (Whiteline Spherical One seized and broke about a month ago), H&R Coilovers, Ground Control Front and Rear Camber Plates, Cusco Engine Mounts, Whiteline transmission X-member bushing, and Kartboy forward shifter bushing. The transformation these meager changes made gives me a lot of hope and excitement at the potential of this build.

Hopefully this thread will help others see what goes into a build as mild as a bolt on build, and give more respect for the custom fabrication that goes into full on track builds.

I would like to thank the following shops and people for taking time out of their busy schedules to help what is truly a budget street/track build- Noah and Adam at LIC motorsports, Raffi at Full Race motorsports, Robert Fuller at Robispec, Mark at MooreSport Inc, Mike Warfield at GST Motorsports, TH Motorsports, Topspeed Motorsports, Tony at Turn in Concepts, and boostjunkie of nasioc. All these people took extra time out of their busy schedules to help develop a proper parts and development plan to meet my performance goals, both immediately as well as allowing me to add on and not have to replace parts for my future goals. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my endless stream of questions, answering the effects of each part selection toasted my end goals, and putting other products/business projects on hold to take the time to help me reach my goals. The end result of this project and it's capabilities will be a result of the knowledge and firsthand experiences these people took the time to pass on to me. Thank you

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Old 11-21-2011, 03:10 AM   #2
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First Comes the teardown. Due to the power goals and parts, much of the chassis and oem components must be removed. Here is a picture of the OEM engine Bay, this is the last time most of these components will be in here.


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Old 11-21-2011, 03:26 AM   #3
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Off come the OEM sideskirts, still deciding between some OEM STI sideskirts or a set of newer wrx sideskirts painted WRB to match the car. Still undecided, fortunately with a build of this magnitude I will have plenty of time to keep an eye out and decide. I know I want an oem subaru sideskirt, if anyone has pictures that look particularly functional go ahead and post a pic with year and model. Nothing aftermarket though, I would rather spend the budget somewhere other than sideskirts.


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And off comes the front bumper and grill.


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Test fitting the AMS Front Bumper Beam. This is a gorgeous part and bolts into the oem location, drops 20.5 pounds off the extreme nose of a front heavy car. Made of steel I love this part. A little bummed because while it fits perfectly, I now need to figure out a way to mount the bumper to the ams crash beam. The beastly OEM bumper beam has holes for the clips used to help postion the bumper and grill. Hope I can figure out a solution that will work for a daily driver, because I want to do everything I can to lighten the nose of this car up to aid in handling. We'll see what secrets LIC motorsports and Top Speed can figure out. Worse case scenario it'll be time for a jdm bumper beam. Lets hope not.


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Old 11-21-2011, 03:40 AM   #4
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Out comes the rear interior for suspension removal. Still deciding on whether to remove all the oem sound deadening. Need to find a paint that will prevent rusting for the life of the car, since there is no paint under the rubberized sound deadening. Going to swing by the paint shop tomorrow and ask for recommendations. Maybe POR-15? Anyone with experiences let me know.


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picture of rear H&R coilover with Ground Control Spherical camber plate and Whiteline Rear Strut Tower Brace. Will be swapping the Whiteline piece out for a X-Brace from TIC. Thanks TIC for bringing the part back, and the endless customer support answering my insane amount of questions to get finalize the part list to achieve my power, chassis, and suspension goals both on the road and track. Anyone interested in a Whiteline Rear Strut Tower Brace in good condition shoot me a pm.


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Pic of the rear suspension setup. Looking forward to replacing all the gushy rubber with spherical bearings, and nice strong lightweight aluminum suspension links. I absolutely loved the change links and sphericals did to my 240sx, I love the crisp and direct feeling of non compliant bushings.


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Old 11-21-2011, 03:53 AM   #5
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Front Coilovers dropped, brakes removed and awaiting gorgeous Stoptech 4 pot calipers and lightweight 2 piece rotors. Can't wait for the improved brake performance, as the oem brakes truly leave a lot to be desired.


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Another view of the old oem rear suspension. Glad to bring some performance to the rear suspension


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Here are some pics of the disassembled dampener assembly, eagerly awaiting a cleaning and regreasing from the dirt of daily driving duties. Even after countless tweaks on my suspension, I still get amazed at the lack of front suspension travel in comparison to the rears.


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Close up pictures of my Ground Control Camber Plates. I absolutely love these, great build quality, great design and adjustability, plus the guys at Ground Control went above and beyond with their customer service and knowledge. Custom made to mount properly on my H&R struts. Only thing to be aware of, is Ground Control uses thinner wall Snap on sockets, and my Craftsman socket would not fit to attach the strut assembly. No worries, they're within driving distance and they did a little bit of machine work and now I can fit my socket perfect, just ask if you're on the phone so you don't waste time on your build. Thanks for the amazing product ground control and great customer service.


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And top view of the rear camber plates by Ground Control. Love them, Can't speak highly enough about this product and the company.


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Old 11-21-2011, 04:04 AM   #6
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Front Body disassembly, making some progress and will give me more room to work. Removing the front fenders in anticipation of install of TIC Front Fender Braces. Removed the fenders so they brace can be welded in to maximize their effect, rather than rely solely on the bolt in method. Thanks for the great product TIC.


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Look at those flimsy OEM pieces of noodle. TIC pieces just look and feel stiffer. Excited at the feel this will produce in the car.


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Pulling out the trunk in preparation for the X brace.


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Loosening the E Brake cables in the cabin, in preparation for pulling the rear hubs. Have to pull the rear hubs to have a spherical trailing arm mount bearing pressed into the hub. This bushing is disgustingly soft in the OEM form. Anyone that has replaced this bushing knows how important it is and how it improves handling and response. If you doubt me, take a jack under the car and jack up onder the point where the trailing arm attaches to the rear hub. You will notice just how high the jack compresses the bushing before the wheel starts moving up. This is undamped suspension travel that is the enemy of response and does not allow your suspension to be utilized to its dull potential.


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Old 12-01-2011, 02:48 AM   #7
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very detailed process. thumbs up sir.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:43 AM   #8
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:36 PM   #9
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:47 PM   #10
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:08 PM   #11
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:30 AM   #12
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Wasnt shure what kinda build you were planning when I opened the thread. Guessed the normal stock to stage2ish. Glad your using high quality parts and going balls out. I got quite a lot into my wrx and in the whole 'stance' movement. With a motor build going now, Ive been debating going back to functional stance. I'd love to hear a review of the front control arm upgrade. It's one of the few things left in the suspention area to do.

keep up the good work. I'll be looking forward to your future posts.
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:32 AM   #13
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:58 AM   #14
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Wow the parts just keep coming!
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:28 PM   #15
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Impressive! Keep up the good work!
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:12 PM   #16
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:49 PM   #18
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dude why didn't you just buy an sti? seems like it would of been a better investment after everything is said and done? just curious
Because he would have paid $19000 for the car instead of $10000. Then he still would have done all the same mods and have the same out come. Only difference is the $3000 for the 6mt swap, which still doesn't effect the cost enough to matter.
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dude why didn't you just buy an sti? seems like it would of been a better investment after everything is said and done? just curious
Ahahahahaha..."investment"
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:59 PM   #20
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Hmm, I like the idea. I'll be following the progress sir
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:28 AM   #21
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Ha, the title is a little understated. It is a little more comprehensive than a stage 2 build, but I didn't feel right calling it a track build when I have made some compromises to keep it daily driven. I would rather be understated than be over the top like some of the posts I have seen. In all respect it doesn't have any real custom fabrication, just bolt on equipment that is easily and readily available to reengineer certain areas of the cars performance I find lacking. But yeah, I am all about functional and comprehensive handling. Sometimes I wish I was just going for the look, would be a whole lot cheaper and easier, instead of the countless hours it takes dialing in a setup, although they can be fun and relaxing hours. I'm hoping at the end of this after I dial in my suspension settings this thing will be fast and fun, but we will see. I think you will like what I have in store for functional stance on my gd, I have the rims sitting here just haven't purchased the tires. I'm hoping they will fit with some aggressive fender rolling and give me a full range of suspension travel, we will see. If not I guess it will be another trip to LIC to purchase their phenomenal looking fender flares. Progress has slowed this week, doing a ton of odds and ends on the car in preparation for the build. Waiting on some special order left hand threaded nuts to arrive for my Poltec Lateral Links, as I feel both ends should use this attachment method. Waiting on my rear differential bushing to arrive from TIC then the rear end should be just about done, will post pics up in the next day or two, starting to look pretty sweet with all the aluminum links instead of heavy old stamped steal and soft rubber bushings. Here is where I am at with the motor, ACT Prolite flywheel and clutch are installed, just arranging a time that works with a friend of mine to give me a hand lifting the old 5 speed back into position. Thought about doing it myself like with my 240sx, but didn't want to take the chance on bending the pressure plate. Here is where we sit, its a shame to hide that flywheel and clutch, both would like great as a wall decoration in the garage.



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Old 12-15-2011, 05:18 AM   #22
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:31 AM   #23
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Well I've been lagging a bit, life came along and I haven't had the time to tear into the car. Had some final background interviews for hopefully my soon to be career, which will give me a nice raise in salary for fun stuff, like an upcoming 6 speed swap. Good news teardown of the car is mostly complete, now comes reassembly. It's been a bear trying to arrange the time between work, interviews, and my friends schedules to get an extra set of hands over here to help guide my tranny back in so the front end can be reassembled. So to stay busy I've begun reassembly of the rear end of the car. Dropped the Rear Diff mustache bar to install TIC Race Rear Diff Bushings.

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And here is a picture of the mustache bar. This is the last time you will see this flexy rubber back here. If you haven't replaced these bushings yet, I highly recommend the TIC bushings. Easy to replace, and considerably stiffer than the OEM Subary rubber. I was shocked at how much I was able to deflect these with just my bare hands, note the open voids in the bushing making it even easier. I haven't had a chance to press out the oem bushing, so this is where it sits now, awaiting assembly.


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Old 12-21-2011, 12:32 AM   #24
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Hubs, Spindles, Poltec lateral links, Poltec Adjustable Rear Endlink, Cusco Trailing Arm, and H&R Coilovers all reinstalled. That means in my rear end all rubber has been removed, spherical bearings replacing all suspension links to the chassis and hubs, and Whiteline Polyurethane Rear Diff Bushings for where the subframe connects to the chassis, and TIC Rear Diff Race Bushings to solidify the mount of the diff itself. I'm very excited to feel how all this work has tightened the feel of the rear end of the car. Strength, Durability, and the lack of flexibility all work together to make sure all motion is transferred through the dampener, making the suspension work more effeciently as well as increasing confidence and predictability at the limit of adhesion.

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Old 12-22-2011, 02:19 AM   #25
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I'm a little concerned with the fitment of the cusco trailing arm to the hub. Of course it is just finger tight, but I really don't think its supposed to be that loose. I'm going to send this pic to the vendor, see if I got pulled the correct one, hoping it will be a simple fix like that.


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