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Old 01-23-2012, 03:21 PM   #1
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Sold the Protege and bought the car Ive always wanted...
This is my 2005 Impreza 2.5RS. Ill keep this thread updated with the work I do to it. Since Im still paying it off, mods will come but not for a little bit. Till then it will just be little things here and there. First major thing Im planning hopefully for next summer is a drop on coilovers.


















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- Engine:
Tsudo 2.5" Cat-Back exhaust
Tsudo 2.5" High Flow Cat Pipe
Tsudo 4-2-1 UEL Header: Wrapped
NGK Spark Plug Wires + NGK BKR6EIX Plugs
Grimmspeed Lightweight Crank Pulley
Silicone U+L Radiator Hoses

- Wheel/Tire:
-----Summer-----
16" Enkei RS5s: Blaze Yellow
Federal 595 R-SR: 205/50
-----Winter-----
16"OEM Steelies
Blizzak WS70: 215/55

- Suspension/Brake:
Raceland Ultimo Coilovers
Drilled and Slotted Front Rotors
EBC Green Stuff Pads (F)
Stop-Tech SS Brake Lines (F)

- Exterior:
STI Replica Front Bumper
STI Front Lip
Projector Headlights/Dual Halos

- Interior:
Kenwood KDC-BT555U Head Unit

- Other:
AC Delete
Rear Seat Delete + Retaining Net
Interstate Battery Relocated To Trunk
Z1 Performance Timing Belt/WP Kit
Grimmspeed Hood Struts

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Old 01-23-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
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what's the mileage?
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:54 PM   #3
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So Im having some issues here guys:

Got a CEL after filling up yesterday. Ran it: "Catalyst somethingorrather Below Threshold" ... erased it, wasnt too worried Ive always ran no cats on my cars and figured Ill just get the cats taken out soon.

Then pulled the car into a bay at work right before close. Pulled a rattling heat shield off the exhaust mani. Got in, reved it to see if the rattle was gone, then pulled it out back and parked it.

Closed up at work and got on my way home. Came up on a red light pressed the clutch and brake in to come to a stop and car died as Im rolling to a stop. Thought maybe I didnt have the clutch in all the way ans stalled it ... I cam of course new to driving 5-speed.

Next time I try to stop same deal, RPMS drop and shuts off not stalls. So then I notice that when the RPMS fall if I shift into neutral it doesn't die. Gears shift fine and everything. When Im at a stop I can hold the clutch and brake in with it in gear and no issues.

Now I am new to driving 5-speed so needless to say the clutch hasnt been on my good side lately, but please dont tell me I could have burnt out the clutch from just a couple stalls and some rough shifting?
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:25 PM   #4
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98000

So Im having some issues here guys:

Got a CEL after filling up yesterday. Ran it: "Catalyst somethingorrather Below Threshold" ... erased it, wasnt too worried Ive always ran no cats on my cars and figured Ill just get the cats taken out soon.

Then pulled the car into a bay at work right before close. Pulled a rattling heat shield off the exhaust mani. Got in, reved it to see if the rattle was gone, then pulled it out back and parked it.

Closed up at work and got on my way home. Came up on a red light pressed the clutch and brake in to come to a stop and car died as Im rolling to a stop. Thought maybe I didnt have the clutch in all the way ans stalled it ... I cam of course new to driving 5-speed.

Next time I try to stop same deal, RPMS drop and shuts off not stalls. So then I notice that when the RPMS fall if I shift into neutral it doesn't die. Gears shift fine and everything. When Im at a stop I can hold the clutch and brake in with it in gear and no issues.

Now I am new to driving 5-speed so needless to say the clutch hasnt been on my good side lately, but please dont tell me I could have burnt out the clutch from just a couple stalls and some rough shifting?
Same thing happened to me! I had a CEL come up a few days after installing the Tsudo Headers & Catback. I took it to a shop to get the code, after I rolled out of the shop the car would die every time I put the clutch in, or braked to long. I have figured out that every time I reset the car or unplug the battery this happens. I thought I was the only one experinceing this.
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:51 PM   #5
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Clutch issue went away, no problems since. Not sure, leaning toward a sticky throttle plate. But dunno.

Anyway, dropped it off at the dealer today to have the recalled front control arms looked at. Apparently they were so rusted that they could not let the vehicle leave until it is repaired ... at least thats what they tell me. They set me up with a rental from enterprise, paid for by them of course.

So now Im stuck with this POS for the next week to two weeks ...



Oh and the Tsudo cat-back should be here tomorrow. Will be installed as soon as its back from the dealer with its crispy new control arms.

Plans are to work my way up the car from there ... Stromung HFC cat pipe, Borla or Borla knock-off headers, hybrid intake inspired by Thegoldenfist's setup, then maybe the red intake mani from an STI, but not sure about that one gotta do some research and see if there is a reasonable difference.

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Old 02-16-2012, 06:37 PM   #6
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Oh and the mailman brought me a late valentines gift:





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Old 02-22-2012, 04:40 PM   #7
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Oh and the mailman brought me a late valentines gift:





I have that exhaust on my 05 RS too and love it. I just got their header yesterday and am installing it later this week.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:55 PM   #8
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what kit is that? how much did it run you?
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:42 PM   #9
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And I figure Id post up some pics of my last car, a ball to work on but slow as ballz












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Old 02-16-2012, 06:43 PM   #10
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fart can power!

I would get a different muffler if I were you


lol you went from slow as balls to slow as balls, not much of a change except awd to me
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:47 PM   #11
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Ive heard some sound clips of this one, not bad if you ask me.

Ill probably rock it for a while and if I dont like it Ill probably suck it up and get the stromung axle-back portion
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:49 PM   #12
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Nice! makes me kinda miss my old 05 rs. Coilovers would be a great start for this! they respond very well to suspension upgrades but don't expect much for power gains.

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Old 02-16-2012, 06:59 PM   #13
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Nah Im pretty much going to do the exhaust and intake stuff, then work on the suspension bits ans exterior stuff here and there.

If I want to make her a powerhouse Ill probably just do an entire STI swap If I want to put the time and effort into that route
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:53 PM   #14
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Hey Keith,

Don't let the others get you down about your past cars, you seem proud of them and I thinks that is great!
I look forward to see where you end up going with this car. Good luck!!
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:09 PM   #15
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Nice looking car, I like the dark blue. Didnt know they changed some of the interior from the rs and the wrx. Just notice that the ac control nobs are different than my 05 wrx.
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:02 PM   #16
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So today is one week from when I dropped the impreza off at the dealer for recall work

Called them today ... they are still waiting on the control arms.

I want my car back already!!

Anyway as you may or may not know I work for VIOC, my buddy who is the manager of a nearby store and the guy who runs a local Volkswagen wrench spot called me to see if I could work at his store for a day next week on my day off, I told him sure if I could get on his lift for free to get the exhaust installed. So thats all set to go once I get my baby back.
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:27 PM   #17
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Finally got the Impreza back from the dealer. Nice new front lower control arms and endlinks

Also got the catback installed









Vid: Doesnt capture the throat-y-ness of it but still gives the general idea
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:01 AM   #18
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Cleared up the hazed and oxidized headlights today with Novus

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Old 03-19-2012, 11:03 AM   #19
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Nice job Keith, looks SO much clearer. Easy to do?
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:06 AM   #20
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Wicked easy. You use #3 first this is where the majority of the work is done so take you time here but you apply it and use a cloth (I use a cordless drill and buff wheel) and work you way over the whole lens. Then wipe away any access and use #2 in circles with a lint free cloth. Repeat #3 and #2 until satisfied and then finish with the #1 polish.

Took me about 45mins this morning
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:42 PM   #21
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Picked up some new floor mats while I was out:

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Old 03-23-2012, 09:00 PM   #22
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So Ive been noticing that when in 5th gear at cruising speed, there is a jingling noise like loose change coming from the shifter
Got to work early today so I pulled the shift knob off ... and guess what ... it was loose change lol. 16 cents to be exact



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Old 06-25-2012, 12:33 PM   #23
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So Ive been noticing that when in 5th gear at cruising speed, there is a jingling noise like loose change coming from the shifter
Got to work early today so I pulled the shift knob off ... and guess what ... it was loose change lol. 16 cents to be exact




Funny , this same thing happened to me !!
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:38 PM   #24
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The coins thing is pretty funny.

Suprisingly, I like your CF wrap on the interior (I don't usually like CF-look stuff). The white headlights are also a nice touch, too many people paint them black (not just Subaru owners we're talking about either).
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Money making modification!!!
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