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Old 10-08-2012, 12:34 AM   #1
bugeyetex
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2003 psm wrx wagon
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Default Bugeyetex's bugeye budget build

So I have had my Bugeye for about a year now and thought that some of you may be interested in my budget build. It wont be an all out 500whp in 3 months sort of build like a lot of these, but a modified DD that I will make my own in my own time. I saved the car basically and plan on putting a lot of miles on it.

The car-
2003 wrx wagon in PSM.
198k miles on the odometer when purchased.
5 Speed M/T (not an option in my book)
One owner car (I know...)
Hail damage to the roof, fenders and hood.
cracked windshield and absolutely opaque headlights.

Found the car at a dealer auction and at first, looked the other way. It was ugly and beat up. Then I looked inside. The seats looked almost brand new. The dash was great, no funny smells, clean as hell, no modifications at all. It had the factory boost gauge and center arm rest extension. Best of all, it started right up and ran GREAT. No lights on the dash at all! I looked around underneath the car and it was rust free and needed minimal work. It even had brand new tires! I ended up in the car with license and registration for VERY cheap.

First thing was first. Safety items. I ordered the ebay special cheapo lights just to get rid of the stockers (one was badly cracked) and haven't really regreted it yet. I know the beam pattern isn't that good, but I later purchased a set of the philips +50 recommended on Daniel Sterns lighting page. They get the job done. I had the windshield replaced and realized how rare subarus are in San Antonio when they brought the wrong glass twice while trying to figure out what kind of car it was.

($20(bulbs)+$168(headlights)+$125(windshield)=$313 )

Side note- I grew up in the Seattle area and moved down here 2 years ago. I have owned half a dozen subarus, half of those with over 200k miles and do all my own work, if I can.

I then went through and changed most of the fluids. Engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid and the rear diff. While I was doing that, I replaced the 2 front axles and the axle seals since I was in there. Further inspection revealed that there was a lot of hoses in the engine bay that were old and brittle. One of the coolant lines was leaking ever so slightly onto the oe inlet for the turbo making it quite soft. I jumped online and bought a blue one thinking that it would go well with the silver car and I still like that idea.

($313+$68(Inlet)+$98(axles)+about $100(fluids and seals)=$579)

Anyways, after getting more confident with the cars reliability, I started driving it further and further away from the house. This is when I found out that the center diff had gone bad. Found a used one on here and installed it. Found out why my shifter was so sloppy while I was in there and searched for some bushings on here as well.

($579+$300(diff)+$24(fluid)+$40(bushings)=$943)

I found a stereo (stock HU) that did accept cds for free from a pile of old subaru parts and swapped that in. Also on the audio front, a subaru underseat subwoofer fell into my lap.

(still $943 )

Another side note, I manage a small car lot and sometimes we get cars in that have what I like to call 'extras'. Things like a strut tower brace or an under seat sub that the next owner of the car would know was there anyways... so, they sometimes find there way onto my car.

So, where were we? I found a turbo as a spare (can't be too safe with 200k on the clock) and picked it up for $75.

I had to at least buy a catback due to how quiet my car was, so I tracked one down on here again (thanks nasioc) and had it shipped. I put it on the same day I got it and I am really happy about the sound. Now the sound I am hearing is the clicking of my top hats, so on to some suspension. I have been upgrading while fixing a little bit so far, so why stop now? I have tracked down some blue prodrive springs and rear tophats, but am still looking for the fronts ('to the junkyard!'). I also ran into a deal I couldn't refuse. A megan header with uppipe (one piece) also on our local forum.

($1018+$125(catback)+$100(springs and tophats)+$60(header)=$1303)

So far, that has been my list. Some maintenance, some mods, all fun and very "on the cheap"

Almost forgot- I had a coil go out on me and it was kinda weird. It would only miss at wot under full boost. I replaced the coil with a used ebay item and just stayed out of boost until it arrived (saving me the purchase price in gas alone ). I also replaced the plugs 'just because' while I was in there.

($1303+$20(coil)+$16(plugs)+$1339)

From here on out I will be providing more pictures and do a post with each item replaced and/or upgraded. Btw, I currently have 211k on the car and loving every minute of it. Less than 1400 in parts and the car is great!!!

Enjoy (its the one on the left)

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Old 10-09-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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Built Fuji Tough

Default Baby steps

I got bored at work today and thought I would repair what the harsh Texas sun has done to my wiper arms.

Here is what the sun has done


Pulling them off is easy, just a 14mm socket after you get the caps off. (best to do this with the hood open) Wiggle the arms a little bit and they usually pop right off. If they don't, I have had really good luck with using a battery terminal puller on the ones that are really rusty.

Anyways, I sanded them down really quick, wiped them off with a rag and just used a couple light coats of flat black paint (rustoleum rocks).

Here is the end result- night and day!
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:54 PM   #3
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I just got my PSM bugeye wagon in the same exterior condition with 83k on it, we're in the same boat it's waiting in the body shop getting a repaint before I put it on the road..can't wait to see what this turns out like!
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:00 PM   #4
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I am planning on a sedan front conversion which will take care of the fenders and the front bumper, I found a hood, but it was in seattle . I will be taking care of it bit by bit.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:42 PM   #5
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I thought about doing that to mine cause my fenders are both dented up but it's not costing me anything to repaint the car so I'm gonna leave the fenders for now until I get other mods done that I want.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:15 PM   #6
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Free paint?

I have a lot of hookups, but free paint??
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:51 PM   #7
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Free paint?

I have a lot of hookups, but free paint??
Brother owns a body shop and won't take any money from me for repainting it lol
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:34 PM   #8
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So its been slow at work so not much to report (no mod monies), But I did get my windows tinted finally.




I have only spent 2 hot azz summers in Texas before finally taking the plunge. We had the tint guy tint 4 other cars before mine and I liked the work he was doing, so it's finally done and I can now enjoy the fresh tint all winter :badtiming:
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