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Old 11-16-2006, 02:03 PM   #1
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Default Project Pheonix: 2004 USDM STi powertrain into 99 RS

Right, so as some of you know, I'm in the process right now of swapping in my '04 STi power-train (engine/tranny/brakes/subframes) into a 1999 Impreza 2.5 RS. I'm also adding in a whole bunch of goodies to go with it.

The mod list includes:

Engine/Drivetrain:

APS SR55 turbo, IWG
APS EL headers/up-pipe
APS turbo-back exhaust
APS Short Ram intake and turbo inlet pipe
Imported front mount intercooler (since they don't make GC8 ones in the US), not sure what brand it is
Perrin 816cc injectors
Perrin fuel rails
Walbro 255 fuel pump
Exedy Twin Disc clutch
STi short shifter/linkage

Suspension:
Tein FLEX coilovers w/EFDC
JDM STi strut tower bar, carbon fiber/aluminum

Brakes:
Stock STi brembos
Rotora OE sized slotted front rotors
Project Mu B-Force pads on all four corners
Stainless brake lines

Interior:
Bride Zeta III-L buckets for driver/passenger
Takata 5 Point harnesses for driver/passenger
10 point custom roll cage
Full 2004 STi dash/cluster/center console
Defi Boost, EGT and oil pressure gauges and dash mounting gauge pod

Exterior:
Full JDM STi badging
JDM STi V6 grill
JDM STi V6 wing
Gold BBS forged alloys off the 2004 STi for rims

Engine Management:
UTEC, pro tuned

The project is about half way done, with all the work being done (except the tuning) at East Coast Swappers in Springfield, MA. When the car is done, it should (hopefully) put out somewhere between 400-500 AWHP on pump gas, which should make for a whole lot of fun.

Picture Time!!!!!

A nice pic of the whole car:


Another pic of the whoel car from above:


mmmmm.... stopping power



JDM goodness:


The dash out of the STi in place in the GC


Another interior shot:


My pride and joy, they fit me like a glove, but I like em that way:


I had both these shelves totally filled with parts:


and now for the stuff you guys really care about, engine pics!

These headers are the sex:
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:03 PM   #2
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and again, from underneath:


full engine bay shot:


SR55 sexyness:



and finally, a pic of the racing cat:



Sorry for the only semi decent quality of the pictures, they're from my camera phone, which doesn't like the darkness of indoors unfortunitly.

So, there you have the project so far, I'll keep you guys updated as more stuff goes in.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:05 PM   #3
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That's incredible! My dream car right there.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:52 PM   #4
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So you had money for the swap AND all those upgrades, i'm impressed. And jealous. Good luck man, thing should be a beast when its done. Hell, i thought my car was a beast, and its only running an AP stage 2 setup.
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:17 PM   #5
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very nice. thank you for posting pics of the work being done by East Coast Swappers. i always wanted to see how they did things. i take it you would recommend them for swaps if someone wanted one done but was not sure if anyone local to them could do it?

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Old 11-16-2006, 03:28 PM   #6
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Well, there is a reason it's called Pheonix. I actually owned the 2004 STi the powertrain comes from. I got t-bonned at an intersection, and the insurace company called it totaled. They offered me $26k or 23k and the car back. I only payed 19k for the car in the first place

the RS was $5k, there's about $16k (so far, the number goes up every week it seems ) worth of parts going into it, and about 5k for the labor. ECS is going to be selling off all the parts that I'm not using from the STi (and there's a LOT of them), so that should make back some of the money that the insurace didn't pay for.

And yes, I would HIGHLY recomend going to ECS for all your swapping needs. They do absolutly amazing work, and they go above and beyond to get the job done (such as sourcing parts for me from overseas, getting all the details of the roll cage worked out, selling off the un-used parts, etc). Defenitly drop thme a line if you're thinking about getting work done.
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Old 11-17-2006, 04:39 PM   #7
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Very sweet!!
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Old 11-17-2006, 06:12 PM   #8
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w00t! Why is it called Phoenix?

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Old 11-18-2006, 12:17 PM   #9
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I have a couple of noob questions.

1. Are you using the STi knuckles and hubs or the GC?
2. Are you using the STi or GC control arm in the front and/or the lateral link in the rear.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-18-2006, 03:24 PM   #10
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All three subframes are from the STi. So as far as I know, everything is from the STi in that respect. Mechanically, I believe the only thing I really retain from the GC are the brake lines.

As for why it's called phoenix.... I actually owned the STi that the powertrain is coming from. It was t-boned in august and totaled. So it's called project Phoenix because the heart and soul of that car are rising from the ashes again in this car
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Old 11-20-2006, 08:41 PM   #11
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Hey its the shop! and it looks like hell!!! hahah
-Paul
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Old 11-21-2006, 10:55 PM   #12
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More pictures, now with 100% more intake manifold:




enjoy!
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Old 12-02-2006, 07:34 PM   #13
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Sickness. Id love to see this car in person when its finished.. we should arrange some type of swapped suby meet.
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Old 12-02-2006, 08:06 PM   #14
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super hot!

i recognize two of the other cars too
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Old 12-03-2006, 04:41 PM   #15
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The cage is being put in this week. Hopefully the car will be done by the end of next week, If I'm lucky, and depending on how long it takes the intercooler to get here, since it got lost in shipping the first time and they had to send out another one.
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Old 12-17-2006, 11:31 PM   #16
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Cage hopefully went in yesterday (haven't heard word on it yet) and the intercooler should be here tomorrow, so hopefully we can get this thing rapped up and driving by the end of this week, fingers crossed. I really can't wait to get my car back, i've missed it being gone for so long.
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:30 AM   #17
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Definitly my dream car..........btw does ecs have a website? i googled it but didnt find any results


goes back to pictures and drools more
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Old 12-28-2006, 11:04 AM   #18
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yes, www.eastcoastswappers.com.

As for the status of the project, the FMIX finally came in, but has lots of fitment issues that need to be resolved, and there was a slight hangup on the cage, so that didn't happen yet that I know of (last time I heard from them was the wednesday before Christmas)
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:37 PM   #19
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i hope your car gets done soon, i couldnt imagine being apart from my car that long..........especially with the thougth of what its gonna be when its done.
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:01 PM   #20
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seriously.

Got some updates today. The cage unfortunitly, for the sake of a reasonable timeline, had to be nixed. I've still got the tubing, and I'll probably put it in over the summer.

With that said, the interior is more or less all in, as are the seats, the FMIC is almost completely done, it's just waiting on a couple of couplers they had to oder to get it to fit. Also, they're having a weird problem they've never had before with the steering column fitment.

So, once that's all fixed, it's off to be tuned. Which hopefully means soon. I'll keep you all updated with words and hopefully some pictures soon.
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Old 01-10-2007, 10:09 PM   #21
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Picture Time!!!!!!!!!!!! The car is almost complete, it's off to the tuner next week after a few final touches are done to it, and obviously it needs a lot of touch up paint work, but here's it in its more or less final form:









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Old 01-10-2007, 10:27 PM   #22
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ECS FTW they did my swap my friend's swap and my other friends swap. i wouldn't go anywhere else

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Old 01-11-2007, 04:11 AM   #23
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Now you need JDM taillights and Version 6 STI wing and replace that foglight cover

Last Work~ Reapint the car --> Wash and "Clean" the car














then sell it to me
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Old 01-11-2007, 10:12 AM   #24
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Have the V6 wing (it might be a V5 actually, I haven't seen it yet), still have the foglight cover which will be going back on at some point. Don't have the JDM tails though. Maybe at eventually.
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Old 01-11-2007, 10:50 AM   #25
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excellent swap. i like the progress shot with all the subies in the background!

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