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Old 08-30-2012, 02:38 AM   #1
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I've been thinking for a couple of years that an STI hatch would be the ultimate slick keg delivery car (no, really), but brewers have changed and with a Scandinavian theme to our brews- Odin Brewing, I realized a 9-2x was the way to go. An unfortunate turn of events meant I suddenly had to find a car of my own, and luckily came across a bone stock 9-2X Aero in Northern Utah within a couple of hours of a trip I was taking.



Key issues for this project:
1. Power gains- estimating 330whp with my tuner (Maxwell Power) after moving to an 18G-XT. There's a little sacrifice here, as the car may have to survive 40k miles per year at some point.
2. Comfort/Luxury- Did I mention I drive 40,000 miles a year?
3. Hauling Ability- Looking to carry 5 1/2Barrel kegs at peak which is about 80 liquid gallons, so hellaflush may happen whether I want it or not.
4. Clean look- This might be hauling a couple kegs one day and a sales manager or client the next, so no killing seats for storage or exposed FMIC.
5. Budget- Added this a bit late, but I'm not working on unlimited funds and the wife and I are decidedly middle class. This will be close to 100% my own handiwork and a bit of a challenge since all the cars I've worked heavily on are carbureted.
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:40 AM   #2
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As the SaaBeeru sits now:

And some pro shots before FMIC install: Current Mods and DIYs/Instructions I've made: Drivetrain: Nameless Catted DP Prototype Nameless Catback Exhaust STI Uppipe Gimmick Motorsports FMIC 9-2X Install: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2511464 Synapse DV With Recirc ID1000 Injectors Optima Yellow Top Battery Walbro 255 Fuel Pump Grimmspeed EBCS Pacific Import Auto Protune 295WHP/270WTQ TurboXS Intake TGV Deletes AMR Turbo Inlet Grimspeed 8mm Phenolic Spacers NGK one step colder Spark Plugs Mishimoto Radiator Fan Install: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2405557 Wilwood Dynalite Front Brakes with DBA Slotted Rotors, Wilwood D10 Pads, SS Lines Outback Rear H6 Brakes with new DBA Slotted Rotors and Hawk HPS Pads MDU Coil-Overs with Custom 9kg/5kg Springs Noltec Rear Camber Plates Front Strut Brace Kartboy Wagon-Specific Endlinks Interior: Upgraded to Leather Heated Interior Autometer Dual Gauge Dash Bezel Maddad Ultra Basic Boost Gauge Maddad Ultra Basic Oil Pressure Gauge Homelink Mirror Pioneer Avic F900BT + Backup Camera HDMI Input Conversion SSL 10" Underseat Sub (Driver's side) Subaru Under Seat Subwoofer (Passenger side) Compustar CS-700AS Security System and Remote Start Black out AVIC Controls Black out HVAC Controls 3M 1080P Wrapped Brushed Stainless Vinyl Dash Mishimoto Weighted Shift Knob Weathertech DigitalFit Mats Custom Rubber Cargo Tub DIY: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2433547 Cargo Area Draft rig for 2 1/6bbl Kegs Rear Seat Quick Release Pins DIY: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2431817 Extensive Sound Deadening (-7 Db) Exterior/Engine Appearance: 17x7.5" Factory 9-2X Enkei's with Saabaru Center Caps 2nd Set 16" 9-2X Wheels & Blizzak Tires Combo Profit/Prodrive Mudflaps Wagon Install: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...2#post38166102 Turn Signal Rear View Mirrors Vanity SABEERU Plate With Relocation Sickspeed Supertones Door Keyhole Deletes Blacked out Grill and Lettering Custom Black Background Griffin Badges Replica V-Limited Lip 9-2X Install: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...2#post38578142 18/25 Tinted Windows Cleared Headlights Raised Spoiler (now back to stock) DIY: http://saab92x.com/viewtopic.php?id=41197 DIY Rear Bumper Guard Grimmspeed Radiator Shroud Perrin Alternator Cover IxizHood Struts

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Old 08-30-2012, 02:45 AM   #3
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I'm thinking rather than just equipment represented behind the C Pillar I'll get my drink-related representing mixed in. The car came with the AP and Cobb Stage1 map already so the previous owner had that tag on- added Brewdad.com that we sponsor and The Bucket Society is our amateur Subaru drinking team, so that kind of covers it from both sides...

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Old 08-30-2012, 07:03 AM   #4
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It needs a big St. Anky Beer logo.
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:26 AM   #5
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The prodrive mudflaps I picked up were short a U bracket, so I figured out that an old license plate comes in handy...

Oh, and btw, prodrives don't fit a goddamn 9-2X!
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:29 AM   #6
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Getting started on the white theme under the hood now.

I figure going this route will keep the pressure on me to keep it clean.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:54 PM   #7
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clean pick up dude!
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:02 AM   #8
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Nice Find!
I just picked up a 2006 92x Aero with the EJ25T. Super fun car! I've had several wrx's but the suspension and handling of the saabaru is very nice.

I put on some used wrx Rally Armor mud flaps this weekend and had to do some creative fabbing myself

Congrats on the saabaru!
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:25 AM   #9
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Nice Unicorn find; I was just glad to find an Aero I could pick up in person. As for custom fab, you'll find it's kind of my thing:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2405557

Can't believe I couldn't find any instructions on a Mishimoto shroud, but at least I can save someone else the headache. I may do a custom install thread on Prodrive flaps in a wagon now that I know the Rally Armors are a bad fit too.
Got in the overflow tank, new belts, new shroud and fans, did a little more white painting and did my first oil change:



Unfortunately, now it looks like the sub fan wasn't my issue, and I probably have bad wiring going to the sub fan since the Mishimoto won't turn on either and the relay is working fine. I'll probably try direct wiring my old sub fan directly to the battery and see if it turns on, then off to finding wiring schematics
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:07 AM   #10
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hopefully you fiogure out the issues. Trying to get 300whp is going to be tough without a decent amount of money into mods. I see 275ish being do-able without a turbo upgrade. without changing turbo or doing a lot of fueling, I would do, intake, exhaust, downpipe, fuel pump, big tmic, and a re-tune. injectors, turbo inlet and boost controller wouldnt hurt. If youre going to get get it tuned, have all your modifications installed or ready to install so you don;t have to re-tune a bunch of times. good luck and keep us posted with your progress. I love my 05 sti, but when it comes to moving... i wish i had a hatch for the cargo space.
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:08 AM   #11
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The plan is to go to an 18G-XT with a 7cm housing, so all those mods are in the cards already. The transmission will be the big ticket item; I actually have most of the supporting mods for the turbo already, so I'll probably redo the uppipe/exhaust and then work through cosmetic and non-tuning required mods and keep an eye on the budget, then do every single mod beyond that at once (FMIC, fuel system, Turbo, BOV), and retune at that point since those items are all kind of a waste to do by themselves as it is.
Still looking at the 6 speed swap on my own, but have a mechanic who may be able to source one cheap enough to make up for his labor. Only issue is neither of us have done one before, but at least his work comes with a warranty.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:38 PM   #12
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oh yea. i am used to having the sti trans on my car, so i forget that its a big deal to do power mods without upgrading trans parts, or trans goes boom. keep us updated.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:52 PM   #13
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At least today I got some good news about the Stage 2 level of my build- sounds like I may have the power to keep me just below the 5MT breaking point, but strong enough I won't feel rushed to deplete my account and overwhelm the garage. I'll only have cosmetic mods for the next Month or so but have a sweet deal coming my way after that.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:57 PM   #14
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Yaaay, because Ricecar:
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:51 PM   #15
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Yaaay, because Ricecar:
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:01 AM   #16
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You'll note that's a recirc adapter
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:15 AM   #17
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Of course after all the Mishimoto work, I figure out that the sub fan harness is dead I'm unable to locate the short, so in the meantime I built this custom harness to run both fans off the main fan harness. At least with the Mishimoto I won't be chewing up the wires...
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:28 PM   #18
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Most people see this and see the perfect opportunity to clean the carpet:


Nope, time to bust out the spotbot and go to work on the ceiling!

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Old 09-15-2012, 02:30 PM   #19
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nice!
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:12 PM   #20
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welcome to the team, nice car.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:14 AM   #21
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Full leather conversion with heated seats is done. Took the opportunity to hit some stained (cigarette burn?) dash pieces with rubbing compound to fix this issues once and for all. Also swapped to a Browning pistol shifter. It sits too high meaning the short shift kit may come early, but there's a few positives:

1. Perfect interior match.
2. Closest shifter BY FAR to the feel of the old Porsche shifters I loved.
3. Only $20, and as bad as Autozone is, they let me tear apart the box to get a feel of if first with no issue.
4. I'm not a big gun owner, and this is way classier than the 'Protected by Smith & Wesson .45 logo'd model.

Feel free to message if you're looking for a 9-2X cloth interior, I'll be posting it soon.

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Old 09-20-2012, 03:33 AM   #22
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Just more cosmetic touches today, decided to use some old WRX badges just in case a tow ever comes calling:

Sanded down some rust and got some more white in:
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:57 AM   #23
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like the interior. looks good.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:20 AM   #24
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Keeping it brand solid- got 16" Saab rims wrapped in Icebears well before the snow hits.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:30 AM   #25
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Such a slick car. One day I may have a turbocharged Subaru wagon, and if I do, I want it to be a Saab.
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