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Old 03-18-2012, 10:28 AM   #1
DrKelso
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Location: Chicago Subrubs
Vehicle:
2008 STi
Spark Silver

Default Congratulations DrKelso, the MWSOC Top Scoob Locals Only Winner !!

Hi everyone. My name is Nick and I live in the suburbs of Chicago.

This is my first time owning a Subaru and I love every aspect of it. The aggressive Subaru styling, the fit and finish of the interior trim and, of course...the power! I have a personal history of Honda/Toyota ownership, having owned 2 Celicas, an MR2, a Prelude, a Fit and an Acura RL; not to mention that my father used to race Toyotas back in the 80s before he met my mom.

Having grown up with a wrench-head for a father, I was always around the car "scene". Whether it was just riding along with my dad to his Toyota club gatherings or eventually modifying my own cars and bringing him along to car meets of my own, the cars were always a way of bonding for us.

I first purchased this car because I felt I wanted a car that I could have fun with while still being a good family car that could transport my family safely. My wife and I found out we were pregnant last February and I knew that only a Subaru would do. The legendary Symmetrical AWD system and 5-star crash safety ratings combined with the 6-speed manual gear box and turbocharged flat-four cylinder engine proved the perfect combination of features for us to purchase as our 2nd car.

The decision was made and I rolled off the lot with this...my 2008 Spark Silver Subaru STI with only 20,000 miles on the odometer. Since then, I've been very busy trying to do whatever it is I could do to make this Subaru become MY Subaru. With the help of some local shops and the dozens of friends I've made along the way, I feel that I'm finally close to achieving the vision I had for this car.

Note: this car is still daily driven 15 miles each way to work and back regardless of weather.

Mod list (copied from MS Word, sorry for the bad formatting)

Body/Exterior
• Varis x Original Runduce Collaboration Aero Kit
o Varis ‘09Ver. Front Bumper
o Original Runduce Front Lip
o Varis 2-piece Side Skirts with FRP Side Boards
o Varis Half-Carbon Rear Diffuser with Carbon Side Splitter Fins
• JDM Subaru OEM Window Visors
• Lamin-X Yellow Headlight Tint Film
• Premier Auto Styling Red Tail Light Film
• Genuine Original Runduce Pinstripe

Engine/Drivetrain
• P&L Stage 1 Short Block
o CP Forged/Coated Pistons
o Pauter Forged Connecting Rods
o Cosworth Race Bearings
o Balanced/Modified EJ257 Crankshaft
• Perrin Products Lightweight Crank Pulley
• P&L/Raw Race Cams 272/272
• Ported Cylinder Heads
• Supertech Valve Train Set
o +1mm valves
o Valve Springs
o Valve Retainers
o Shims
o Bronze Valve Guides
o Seals
• ARP Headstuds
• P&L Rotated Turbo Kit
o Garrett GTX3076R .82 A/R
o Swain Tech Coating on Up Pipe and Turbo Housing
• DEI Titanium Turbo Blanket
• TGV Deletes
• P&L HIGHFLO Series Cold Air Intake
• P&L Front Mount Stealth Intercooler
• TIAL 50mm BOV
• TIAL 38mm External Wastegate
• Agency Power Equal Length Header with DEI Titanium Wrap
• TurboXS Shorty Downpipe
• Walbro 255lph Fuel Pump
• Deatschwerks 1000cc Fuel Injectors (Top Feed)
• P&L Air/Oil Separator
• Moroso Aluminum Oil Pan
• P&L Air Pump Block Off Plate
• 64mm Ported Throttle Body
• Exedy Hyper Twin Disk Clutch
• Exedy lightened flywheel
• Kartboy Short Shifter Lever
• Kartboy Front/Rear Shifter Bushings
• Turn-in Concepts “Holy Shift” bushings kit
• Group-N Engine & Trasmission Mounts
• AEM MAP Bar Sensor (3.5)
• Cobb MAP Sensor Adapter
• P&L Race Application 11mm Oil Pump
• Mishimoto Aluminum Radiator
• Samco Radiator Hoses
• Greddy SP Elite Catback Exhaust
Protuned to 418hp/390tq

Suspension/Wheels
• Yokohama Original Wheel Design Advan Racing RZ 18x10 +25
• Stance GR+ Coilovers 9k/7k
• Dunlop Z1 Star Specs 255/35R18
• Cusco Front Strut Bar
• Kartboy Front Endlinks
• Whiteline Adjustable Rear Endlinks
• Whiteline 22mm Adjustable Front Sway Bar
• Whiteline 22mm Adjustable Rear Sway Bar
• Whiteline Anti-Lift Kit
• Whiteline Camber-Adjustable Rear Control Arm Bushings
• Whiteline Rear Subframe Bushings
• Whiteline Spherical Front Control Arm Bushings
• Eibach Front Camber Bolts
• F-3/-2R Camber

Electronics/Entertainment
• AEM UEGO wideband
• AEM Digital Fuel Pressure Gauge
• AEM Digital Oil Pressure Gauge
• Defi White Racer Boost Gauge
• Pioneer AVIC-D3 Double-DIN DVD/Navigation Unit
• Escort Passport 9500ci Installed Radar Detector/Jamming System
• Hella Supertones
• Cobb Accessport

Interior
• MXP Titanium Shift Knob
• JPM Coachworks Leather Shift Boot
• JPM Coachworks Leather Emergency Brake Boot
• Prova SI-Drive Dial



and now....the pictures from my local feature courtesy of JDMChicago. To access the full feature and for more pictures click HERE


Nick's 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI by synth19, on Flickr


Nick's 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI by synth19, on Flickr


Nick's 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI by synth19, on Flickr


Nick's 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI by synth19, on Flickr


Nick's 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI by synth19, on Flickr
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:01 PM   #2
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Congratulations Nick! Yours is only the third GR to join the ranks !!

some more pictures of an almost perfect Subaru









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Old 07-25-2012, 09:09 PM   #3
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2007 STI Limited#534
Crystal Gray

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Bad ass build man!
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:36 PM   #4
Tao_Shi
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Silver Metallic

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Epic on so many levels. Congrats.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:49 AM   #5
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wow congratz, this is my new dream car.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:18 PM   #6
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95 L
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Congrats man
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:53 AM   #7
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Congratulations Nick! Yours is only the third GR to join the ranks !!


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Old 08-02-2012, 01:58 PM   #8
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WRB

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How do I also live in the Chicago suburbs and have never seen this car??? Beautiful ride man. I'm looking to get into a GR hatch very soon. Hopefully I'll be seeing you around.
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:09 PM   #9
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Wow, that front end is super aggressive! I like the yellow overlays a lot too, badass car!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:14 PM   #10
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stage 2

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epic.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:24 AM   #11
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Very, very nice car you have!!
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:38 PM   #12
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Awesome car man! Congrats!!!
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:45 PM   #13
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Congrats! It's one of a kind!
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:03 PM   #14
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Back end of this looks nice! Congrats
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:45 PM   #15
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Looks nice but there's no way I could justify $9000 or w/e it cost to get that full varis kit. **** aint cheap!
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:25 PM   #16
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Looks nice but there's no way I could justify $9000 or w/e it cost to get that full varis kit. **** aint cheap!
Definitely not cheap but also definitely not $9k haha. This particular variation of the kit was about half that. These parts might be costly, but quality and originality are priceless

Here's a picture that made it's way onto the front page of the Varis Official Website (varis.co.jp). It has since been replaced by one of iND's cars, but it was definitely cool to see the respect coming straight from Varis, themselves.


Subaru Sti on Varis x Original Runduce Collaboration Aero Kit by synth19, on Flickr



Also, by a stroke of very excellent fortune, I came into ownership of another set of wheels. A very rare limited edition set of Volk TE37SL in prototype blue. One of the first sets in the country in this color, the only set in this sizing, and the FIRST set in this color on a Subaru (some Evo X guy beat me to it for first in North America). These wheels were absolutely beautiful and it was a great way to close out the car show season for 2012. The wheels have since been sold, but not before helping me take 2nd place at Another Level Carshow. Because of the change in color scheme, the car had to go sans vinyl for the show. I felt completely naked and boring without the graphics, but the car still held its own against some stiff competition

I would have kept them, but I've got some big plans for next year and these wheels just won't work with what I've got in mind.




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Old 10-20-2012, 08:57 AM   #17
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I love that this is a daily family hauler.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:56 PM   #18
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I love the kit esp. the uniqueness of it. nicely done
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:16 PM   #19
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Quote:
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I love that this is a daily family hauler.
my 11 month old daughter does, too She gets so excited whenever I strap her into her carseat.

I'm grooming her to be my "crew chief" at car shows haha


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I love the kit esp. the uniqueness of it. nicely done
Thanks! The car is for sale now (not including the body kit and wheels)
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2424866
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:46 PM   #20
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I love you, Nickname!
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:40 PM   #21
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I love you, Nickname!
I love you more, Swav
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:27 PM   #22
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What a beautiful subie man. Keep up the great work!
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:30 PM   #23
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So sick, props
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