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Old 04-04-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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Default My Subaru

Bought it used in 2008 with the downpipe, cat-back, and wheels. I'm a big fan of fabbing my own custom stuff so my car doesn't look like everyone else's.
It's not my daily driver and used mostly for autocross and small time trial events.






EXTERIOR:

WRC wing
Vortex generator roof strip
WRC hood vent
Custom UHMWPE air dam lip
WRC style bumper corner covers
Rolled front fenders
STI rear fender spats (color matched) and trimmed fenders
Custom aluminum front skid plate
JDM'ed headlights
JDM STi hood scoop
RallyArmor UR mudflaps

ENGINE:
AccessPort 2.0 with PDX custom tune
Ported and polished and rebuilt TD04
Grimmspeed EBCS
Walbro 255lph fuel pump
Denso one step colder plugs
Gimmick Motorsports inlet tube
STi TMIC and piping
GFB partial recirc blow-off
Perrin inner-fender-mount cold air intake with K&N filter
Perrin catless uppipe
Perrin EL headers
Helix catted downpipe
Custom 3" stainless exhaust with Moroso muffler
Kartboy lightweight crank pulley
GrimmSpeed AOS
06-07 STI oil pan and oil pickup
TGV deletes
Intake manifold and risers ceramic paint coated
Throttle body ported
Throttle body coolant delete
Phenolic spacer gaskets intake risers-block
Custom electrical grounding
Stainless turbo oil feed line
Koyo aluminum radiator

DRIVETRAIN
2007 6mt (WRX R160 rear diff, axles, hubs)
Exedy Stage 1 HD clutch
ACT streetlight flywheel
DSS aluminum driveshaft
Rear diff and outrigger race bushings
STi SpecC engine mount bushings
Cusco transmission mount bushing
Hardened shifter bushings
Torque Solutions engine pitch mount
STi steering rack with hardened bushings
STi 1-piece steering joint
17x7.5" 14# wheels with 245x40 Dunlop ZII
Front brakes - Brembo STi with Hawk HP+ pads
Rear brakes - Racing Brake slotted H6 rotors with Hawk HP+ pads
Stainless braided brake lines
Racing brake fluid
Perrin brake Stiffi


SUSPENSION:
Front Megan Racing track coilovers
Rear BC RM Coilovers
STi Spec-C aluminum control arms
Perrin 25mm sway bars (front and rear), mounts, and endlinks
Rear STi GroupN bushings (lateral links and trailing arms)

CHASSIS:
Cusco subframe H-brace
STI JDM titanium front strut brace
Rear strut tower brace
TiC fender braces
Seam welded front strut towers
Seam welded transmission bushing support
Custom stiffened and lightened front subframe


INTERIOR:
2007 STi seats and door cards
Custom rear seat delete panel
OEM boost gauge
AEM oil temp gauge
AEM air/fuel gauge
Custom carbon fiber gauge plate in dash
Sound deadening removed
Gutted trunk interior
Removed oem subwoofers and rear speakers

MISC:
JDM STi Spec C lightweight a/c compressor
White Duracon "STi" shift knob
Stainless clutch line
Motul trans fluid
Odyssey 14 lb battery
Stiff exhaust hangers
Moore Performance coolant







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Old 04-04-2011, 05:23 PM   #2
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:59 PM   #3
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Um... well it is unique I will give you that.

Also, BOV's with OTS tunes isn't necessarily the greatest choice.

And the STi stickers are pretty lame.

I do like the JDM hoodscoop though.

Also, for autocross your mods will place you in the SM class, which you won't necessarily be competitive in, so you might want to look into that if you are looking to compete.
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:42 PM   #4
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Your car, your liking. Glad your happy with your car
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:11 PM   #5
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Um... well it is unique I will give you that.

Also, BOV's with OTS tunes isn't necessarily the greatest choice.

And the STi stickers are pretty lame.

I do like the JDM hoodscoop though.

Also, for autocross your mods will place you in the SM class, which you won't necessarily be competitive in, so you might want to look into that if you are looking to compete.
I understand about the BOV's...the one I have is a partial vent to atmosphere and does not seem to effect anything negatively.

I recently put on the "STI Performance" sticker in reference to the Subaru WRC cars...I think it looks decent and is a clean addition...and I do actually have a few STI parts and more to put on so it's not lying.

I am looking to get some 17/18x9" wheels and around a 255 wide tire which will definitely help for the SM class. I have some lowering springs on the way and sway bars also. The autocross events that I go to around my place are mostly stock class cars and I'm not really competitive against the others personally so it's all in what I can do myself.
I don't care for the wheels that are on it and am looking to purchase new ones soon...and want a multi-spoke STI/WRC style and I think it will really clean up the nasty black wheel setup on my car.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:14 PM   #6
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Your car, your liking. Glad your happy with your car
I'm not happy with the stock suspension that's on it right now along with the height and wheel setup, but money drives that and I'm planning on changing all of that as soon as I can...hopefully soon before autocross season which is coming up quick.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:16 PM   #7
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Can anyone recommend a color of wheel that I should get? I was thinking gold/bronze or a glossy silver or even white...no matter the color I'm looking at Rota Gravel or Tarmac's ($ is the driving factor).
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:47 AM   #8
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Installed Eibach Pro-Kit springs and 25mm Perrin sway bars with Perrin mounts and end links. Also installed STI rear fender spats to prevent rear rubbing issues (cut away steel fender lip when installing fender spats so fender rolling was not my choice). The fender spats were not made in the years of PSM color paint so I could not get them in body color, so I got them in the black metallic OEM color (which ever exact color it is) and figured to leave them black since there's other black accents on the car. I don't care much for my wheels, they came on the car when I bought it used and unmodified (except for the wheels), and I haven't saved up the $3K for some wide wheels and large rubber yet.
Now she's about ready for the autocross season and a track day or two.

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Old 07-05-2011, 04:17 PM   #9
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Installed WRC vent and painted some of the oem black trim body color as well as my Supertones, also trimmed the grille and painted it...about the hood vent, I figure I'll get lots of bad comments...it DOES lower underhood temps which is especially helpful for auto-x in the middle of the summer heat. I plan on making an underhood scoop of sorts to direct the air from the top section of the radiator out of the vent like the actual WRC car has. I know on the WRC car it also vents the heat from the V-front-mount intercooler and on my oem TMIC there's no advantage for having it, but I think it looks badas* too.

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Old 10-10-2011, 04:46 PM   #10
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So my oem turbo oil line decided to get a tiny crack and spew oil all over the exhaust and create a beautiful smoke display. I replaced that with a stainless oil line, and apparently cracked my passenger side TGV electronic motor housing during the tight install, so I've had a CEL for that and decided it was time to do some work to fix it. So, I'm removing the intake manifold and deleting the TGV's as well as a load of other stuff since the intake mani and TMIC is off:

3mm phenolic spacers between TGV risers and engine block
Throttle body coolant elimination
Throttle body port/polish
Intake manifold and risers ceramic paint coating
TGV deletes and port/polish
GrimmSpeed AOS (taking off my crap Greddy single air/oil separator...need 2 to get both banks of vacuum or get the GrimmSpeed one)
Engine pitch mount (Torque Solutions)

...more pics to come once everything is back together.

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Old 10-10-2011, 05:51 PM   #11
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Looks like a fun winter beast
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Old 10-10-2011, 06:42 PM   #12
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I love the lip man that looks really good! Do it yourself or not, thumbs up!

My only suggestion would be lighter color wheels. Dark gray or gunmetalish...

Good job man...and ignore the haters!

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Old 10-10-2011, 07:37 PM   #13
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I love the lip man that looks really good! Do it yourself or not, thumbs up!

My only suggestion would be lighter color wheels. Dark gray or gunmetalish...

Good job man...and ignore the haters!

Trey
Thanks!

I agree about the wheel suggestion...I really do want different wheels but have been building it to do auto-x with, so the springs and sway bars and stuff was necessary and first on my list before wheels. I really want a multi-spoke wheel, similar to the oem STI ones, maybe like a Rota G Force. I really want gold wheels but not sure how It'd look...I don't care for darker colored wheels so I don't really want gunmetal or gray, but I think a lighter silver would go well, but I like the idea of gold even though it may be a bit bold, but heck, it's not like the car isn't bold already.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:28 PM   #14
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Haha...good enough...I agree with the lighter silver also, just figured you favored the dark wheels (with them black already) so suggested gunmetal as a slight step in that direction...lol...Gold BBS would look nice I think its just a subaru thing though.

Take care man

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Old 10-16-2011, 05:58 PM   #15
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Did my own TGV deletes, ported throttle body, throttle body coolant bypass, ceramic coated red intake manifold and risers, Torque Solution engine pitch mount, 3mm phenolic spacer TGV-block, GrimmSpeed AOS (replaced my single Greddy unit that is too ricer for me and doesn't work for both vacuum systems). I have an email tune from PDX Tuning and they made me a tune to eliminate the TGV codes and for a more flowing intake system. I wanted to upgrade injectors since I had the intake manifold off, but don't have the extra cash for it, and it wouldn't run right without a bigger turbo and intercooler and need for larger injectors. The TGV delete definitely made a power difference, and it sounds a bit more throaty too.

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Old 10-16-2011, 10:15 PM   #16
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I like the route you're taking with the mods. I think it looks great.
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:49 PM   #17
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I think its a beast of a car personally. Its an autoX car that looks like fun to offroad with freely, unlike mine lol
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:19 AM   #18
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Updates:

STi 5x100 front knuckles & hubs
replaced right front half-shaft
new STi Spec-C aluminum control arms
5x100 front Brembos
fabbed some fog light cover ducts on front bumper
STi Group-N tranny mount bushing
seam welded tranny mount x-member
seam welded front strut towers
lightweight Odyssey battery is on its way

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Old 02-21-2012, 10:27 AM   #19
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Front is looking much better
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:35 PM   #20
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Front is looking much better
Thanks! I agree.

Recent additions:

Odyssey 14 lb battery

STi TMIC

Dunlop Star Specs: 235-40-17

JDM STi titanium strut bar - in progress (polishing it up to look better than new)

Painted the scratches on the Brembos with Humbrol brand model paint = matches perfectly
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:48 PM   #21
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At first I was like but I looked on now I'm like this is going in an interesting direction.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:00 PM   #22
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:33 AM   #23
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New random photos since the weather has been clear and the car has been out of the garage from the winter:





And sorry because this one is fuzzy...taken from my phone.

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Old 07-25-2014, 01:55 PM   #24
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Updates:
Installed Megan Racing Track Coilovers
Installed GroupN rear suspension bushings and painted trailing arms and lateral links.
Installed custom rear seat block panel.






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Old 09-19-2014, 08:39 AM   #25
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Recently installed new Exedy Stage 1 HD clutch and ACT Streetlight flywheel + new front wheel bearings

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