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Old 08-18-2015, 12:27 AM   #1
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Default 04 WRX Wagon - a different approach.

Disclaimer: Many of you will find the content in this thread to be sacrilegious in nature.

A bit of history:

When I decided to tear this car down and rebuild it from the ground up, I had been having a sour taste in my mouth regarding the Subaru "scene" for some time. The 2004 WRX had been my dream car since I had seen the early commercials for them on TV. For a time after I purchased my WRX, I was enticed by many of the things that are now stereotypical of Subaru owners. This turned into doing the typical "full bolt ons" build. I enjoyed this fully for a short period of time and almost over night became sick of it. I started to fall further and further away from the brand-biased nonsense that unfortunately plagues a lot of this community.

Somewhere between the endless photos of Subarus with mud flaps and knock off wheels all over the internet, I felt it was time to push in my own direction with the car. I looked at all of the car makes and models that I liked, and borrowed ideas where appropriate. It made sense to me to strip the car down to its bare bones and start fresh. In retrospect, I should have sold the car and bought a shell to work with.

Here's the car when I made the choice to push in the direction I'm headed now. I often look back at photos like this and wonder what the hell I'm doing.


The story so far:

When people ask me if I'm building a show car, I always respond something like this: "I'm building a car that will hopefully be so well built that I can bring it to and enter it in a show. I want a driving car first." I've tried to keep that attitude foremost in my mind as I go along through this process.

I had a vision in my head of the direction I wanted to go. I knew I wanted to build a car that would put me in the 500AWHP-600AWHP range. I also wanted very aggressive body styling with a focus on function as opposed to form. I drew up this sketch once I had made decisions about how I wanted to proceed. It should give you an idea of the direction I'm going.


After doing most of the major tear down on the car, I sent it up to Godspeed Fabrication to have the first of the fabrication work completed. I had decided that if I wanted to make the car truly wide body, I should give it big enough wheel wells to take advantage of the new roomier fenders. In addition, I deleted some brackets and had the unnecessary holes in the engine bay, and the firewall welded.




None of the off the shelf full wide body kits really caught my eye, so I decided to mix and match parts from two manufactures to get the look that I was after. The front fenders are Chargespeed vented +25mm. The rear fenders are L'aunsport. Here they are, along with a Chargespeed lip mocked up onto the car.


The car sits just about 6 feet wide front and rear and has room for a 12" wide wheel inside the wheel wells.

At this point I felt confident about the direction I was taking the car and finished tearing the car down to a bare shell. I spent a lot of time cleaning, degreasing and removing excess seam sealer. It's still not where it needs to be, but it is incredibly tedious work, so I do as much as I can in a sitting. Due to some really poor decision making and workmanship somewhere in the car's history, I also had to remove the roof skin that was on it.




Most recently the car was mocked up with a mock up EJ257 and V7 STI 6 speed and sent up to Speedfactory Racing to have the exhaust system built. That is where the car is located right now.
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:27 AM   #2
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Here's a list of stuff I have already for the car:

JDM rain guards
JDM multi-colored fog lights
JDM foglight bezels
OEM 04/05 STI front bumper
OEM Saab 9-2x rear bumper
OEM Saab 9-2x hatch
OEM Saab 9-2x tail lights
Chargespeed front lip
Chargespeed vented 25mm front fenders
Kaminari reverse cowl hood
Morimoto mini retrofitted STI headlights
Voltex Type HS2 II hatchback GT wing [on order]
L'aunsport 25mm rear widebody
Speedfactory custom equal length twin scroll header (V band)
Speedfactory custom rotated up pipe with dual Tial 38mm EWG (V band/T4)
Speedfactory custom dual dump tubes merged into a collector and passenger fender exit (V band)
Speedfactory custom rotated downpipe (V band)
Blitz Nur-Spec (converted to V band)
Cosworth reverse intake manifold
Garrett 3582r twinscroll (106ar) (t4/v band)
Grimmspeed 3 port EBCS
AEM Map sensor
EJ257 short block
EJ257 heads
GSC S3 Cams
Killer B oil pan
Killer B baffle
Killer B pick up
Radium vertical dual pump surge tank
Bosch 044 fuel pump
Bosch 044 fuel pump
Cobb double adjustable short throw shifter
JDM Version 7 STI R180 rear diff
JDM Version 7 STI 6 speed (non DCCD)
OEM Legacy Spec B 5th and 6th gears
OEM Carbon Synchros
Fortune Auto Coilovers
Muller air cups
Fortune Auto roller bearings
Fortune Auto Camber plates
Swift springs
2 gal. Viair tank
Viair compressor
Custom integrated front strut tower bar
Whiteline 22mm front sway bar
Whiteline 24mm rear sway bar
Whiteline roll-center and bump-steer kit
Whiteline rear diff outrigger bushings
Kartboy front/rear endlink combo
Kartboy 'whiteline' front sway bar spacers
Kartboy rear subframe lockdown bolts
Wilwood 6/4 pot BBK
Wilwood slotted two piece rotors
Wilwood brake pads
Stoptech stainless brake lines
Prodrive steering wheel
Prodrive Works Bell quick release hub
Works Bell non airbag boss kit
OEM 2004/05 STI center console
OEM 2004/05 Dash

I feel like I'm finally at the point where the list of stuff I have is larger than the list of stuff I still need to buy. This probably wouldn't be true if I sat down and made a comprehensive list.

As this point I'm enjoying having the car out of my garage for a while. On the horizon, and hopefully coming up this calendar year, I expect to have the car media blasted and have the roll cage installed.

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Old 08-18-2015, 10:36 AM   #3
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A better photo of the rear widebody


Early on I knew I wanted to have a GT style wing on the car. A friend of mine had recently come in possession of a Big Country Labs wing. Although I wouldn't personally buy one, it gave me a good idea of how the car would look with one behind it.



I have since seen a few wagons with GT wings mounted with the risers coming off of the bottom of the hatch. They all looked tacky and poorly put together. I opted to go with the Voltex HS2 II because it was specifically designed to sit on top of the hatch. I'll need to come up with a bracketing solution for it, but in the scheme of things, that's an easy job.

As of right now, I don't have a definitive timeline on finishing the car. I've been taking it one piece at a time and trying to do it "right" rather than doing it quickly. Upcoming modifications include:

2015 STI 13:1 steering rack conversion
Hydraulic hand brake
WRC style quick release radiator support
VMIC or shrouded FMIC set up
Clipping out unnecessary connectors and routing the 06 STI harness
Converting parts of the harness over to mil spec cannon connectors

Lately, I seem to spend more time reading about the modifications I want to do than I do actually doing them. I'll try and keep this updated as I go a long, but just like this build, it kind of goes in spurts. I keep trying to tell myself "It's a marathon, not a sprint."
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:53 PM   #4
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Subscribed , A more crazy version of what I am doing lol
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:55 PM   #5
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I was not expecting this when I clicked on the thread... but definitely IN FOR MORE!!!!
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Old 08-19-2015, 09:23 PM   #6
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Default Interesting :P

I'm subscribed too. Gonna be real interesting. Another thing I'm real interested in is the 2015 STI Steering rack conversion.
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Old 08-19-2015, 09:32 PM   #7
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props! jog don't run lol
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Old 08-19-2015, 09:41 PM   #8
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props! jog don't run lol
Thanks everyone for your interest. I predominately use these kind of build journals as a way to keep myself motivated to work on the car. Please feel free to ask any questions. I don't think anything I'm doing here is a secret besides the paint color .

I'll do my best to keep this updated as I go. The car is out of my possession right now for fabrication work, so once I get it back, you guys will get photos.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:35 AM   #9
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I've been following your build for awhile on Instagram. Can't wait to see the final product!
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:24 AM   #10
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Looks great man. I'm really interested in the '15 STI steering rack conversion. Subbed
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:36 AM   #11
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Looks great man. I'm really interested in the '15 STI steering rack conversion. Subbed
I'll be sure to try and put togethera decent write up when the time comes around!
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Old 09-19-2015, 01:41 PM   #12
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Here are some updates on the exhaust








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Old 09-19-2015, 04:56 PM   #13
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I APPROVE THIS BUILD!
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:41 PM   #14
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Danggg speedfactory is doing a nice job on those headers! Subscribed!
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Old 09-20-2015, 05:58 AM   #15
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Sub'd for sure, nice to see someone else going their own direction instead of following fanboi trends. Sounds like this should be a very quality build.
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Old 09-20-2015, 08:09 AM   #16
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:55 PM   #17
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I like where this is going, especially with the rear tubs, genius really, the way wagons are setup in the back vs sedans practically says why not do it?
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:43 AM   #18
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Thanks!

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Yeah, they really do fantastic work over there.

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Good to see others out there don't think I'm totally crazy for this, although, I wonder sometimes myself..

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I had never seen it done before, so I figured why the hell not?
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:54 AM   #19
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How are you getting the steering rack to fit? I keep reading that you have to trim the tie rod? or some other part? For a wagon its confusing but for the sedans its much easier
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Old 09-21-2015, 02:08 AM   #20
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How are you getting the steering rack to fit? I keep reading that you have to trim the tie rod? or some other part? For a wagon its confusing but for the sedans its much easier
That's the general plan of attack. I'll make a final determination on how to go about it once I get the parts in front of me and start messing around with it.
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:08 AM   #21
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Such yes. Much wow. Please post more pictures.
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Such yes. Much wow. Please post more pictures.
Instagram is really the best place to see more photos. I'll do my best to keep this updated with them as I go along.
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Old 09-21-2015, 12:11 PM   #23
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Instagram is really the best place to see more photos. I'll do my best to keep this updated with them as I go along.
I'd love to follow you but I don't see your username anywhere?
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It's @s hitwgn without the space between the letters.
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Old 09-21-2015, 12:30 PM   #25
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It's @s hitwgn without the space between the letters.
I laughed at the "drifting is stupid" quote
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