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Old 05-29-2013, 09:16 PM   #1
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Still stuck on my FXT I was searching craigslist high and low for a black 05 and kept coming up short. I decided to look at for GC Imprezas to see if anything good popped up and came across this beauty in Samammish for $3400







It has just over 200k but barely a spot of rust and no crash damage, just a bunch of small dings. I drove it and about pooped myself when I hit the brakes doing 40. When I picked it up yesterday I was still thinking I would just keep it a while until I find another Forester but on the ride home I fell in love.

Before I got my Legacy I was looking for a black RS coupe and was always a day late or a dollar short. I settled for the Legacy and I liked it but all the while I still wanted an Impreza. Naturally, when it was totaled, I looked for a black coupe again. Finding nothing but crap I looked for a Forester and united with my baby but it was short lived. The only thing that could make up for that heartbreak is now mine.





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Old 05-29-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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It has this awesome tape deck, power windows and locks, this row of blank options, what looks like tweeters and some seriously broken vents











However, the best part is what it doesn't have. No ABS, no cruise control, no sunroof even no EGR!







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Old 05-29-2013, 09:18 PM   #3
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Found one of the PCV hoses disconnected and fixed that real quick. Kind of wondering what I should use to clean the VIN plate since it looks so ****ty





The brakes NEED to be upgraded they are incredibly weak even in great condition. I'm going to put studless m+s tires on my braids and street tires on my Forester wheels to fit the WRX fronts and Legacy rears

A little taste of what's to come

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Old 05-29-2013, 11:15 PM   #4
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Subscribed as I have a soft spot for the earlier well cared for Subaru's.

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Old 05-30-2013, 12:10 AM   #5
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^Agreed. Nice find! Can't wait to see how it turns out!
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:57 AM   #6
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:35 AM   #7
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Neither can I lol. I've had it a while so my journal is a bit behind, I'll try to catch you all up to speed. I took the headunit out of my forester and got that hooked straight to the polk speakers I've been holding on to. The plan is to use a small amp on them to take some duty off the deck, nothing crazy.

Anything is better than this



Just test fitted the dvd player since the dash is coming out



The window switch was dangling right on the speaker so I tied it up, I am so smart



All the interior is getting swapped to black RS stuffs. The rear deck carpet was held in by the window silicone so I got angry and destroyed it as you can see



The sound deadening mat seems excessive to me so it's coming out, you can kind of see the carpet that's stuck in the window sealer



Got the rear half of the interior out and put the rear speakers in along with the rear strut bar, I kicked up so much old dust my nose is hella stuffy today



The strut bar is nothing fancy I was planning on getting the mounts boxed first but what the hell



It looked to me like the lower bar was just to reinforce the seating but it actually is quite rigid. When I used it to shake the car it didn't flex at all, I can't say the same for the strut brace unfortunately



I took the side impact beam out but it's going back in, the legacy leather didn't fit even without it and my daughter is far too precious for the minimal weight savings



All in a few hours



I'm a little upset that one of the speaker leads broke on me. Now I have to break out the soldering iron and fix that, all the wiring for the amp still needs to be run... I'm thinking this car will be without an interior for a little while longer
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:41 AM   #8
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Working on the interior some more. I picked up a couple things from a partout in Everett like the airbag and center console along with a buttload of clips I was missing. While the carpet was removed I wired my old 4 channel amp, like really old, I seriously got it in like 2001, and thought I would share how I get power wires thru the firewall hella easy



One seriously overkill ground bolt later...



and the amp is installed! Most of the interior is black now, I just need to swap the dash and get door cards for it to look legit



The speakers are Polk 55rms and there is no way that amp will over power them. I fixed the rear carpet by letting it get wet outside and laying it flat. I cleaned the tire mark off with oxy clean and I would have installed it but it's still wet. Well, that and I broke the lead off the other rear speaker and I can't find my soldering iron to fix it



I have an assortment of shifter trims now, the accordian boot which I think looks the best, a leather RS boot with a hole in it and another leather one with the fake carbon overlay on it. I did like the RS knob better though so I'm gonna use it



Can't wait to get the dash swapped next



FXT wheels and tires totally fit! 215/60-16's and they barely clear in the rear but no rubbing







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Old 05-30-2013, 10:53 AM   #9
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I tried to fix this broken speaker terminal



It worked but when I installed it I didn't know about the amp problems so I assumed it was broken for good



When I went to plug it in and try it I noticed the other rear speaker wasn't moving at all. The cone was seized and just the tweeter was putting out sound. The two rear speakers I assumed were toast so I went looking for replacements. I ended up getting a cheap set of Pioneer 35W 3 ways to go up front and I discovered that the speaker fix actually worked and it was the amp that sucks. I tried putting it in 2 channel mode because I thought the right input was just bad but it turns out that channel is jacked up regardless. So I did the next best thing and I'm running the rear speakers at 2 ohms on the left channel. They were way louder than the fronts though so I switched on the low pass filter and the stereo sounds great. Later I came home and my RS rear seat belts had arrived courtesy of Mike, thanks buddy. After getting all that installed proper I noticed I forgot about the rear carpet plugs



I also took the time to install the LED panel dome lights



Yesterday I took the wheels in to get tires swapped, haven't seen the inside of the braids in a long time



Good thing the wife called in sick today because I got to use the Forester and do it all in one trip



Done and done





They had a mint set of blizzak take offs 196/55-16 asking $200 or a trade for my BFG's. I took the deal and mounted them on my FXT wheels. So I traded 8 tires for new Blizzaks and free mounting for 8 tires, I think I came out pretty well
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:54 AM   #10
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this should be good.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:30 PM   #11
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The ancient relic amp finally gave up and I needed to get a new one, ended up getting this Kicker with perfect power for the speakers only $170 new. Then discovered the other speaker, the one I didn't solder, was blown and voice coil seized. I have a new set Polk db651 ordered for the fronts and I guess now I have a spare db650 in case another rear speaker decides to die



I ended up getting the Blizzaks, I'm probably going to be painting the wheels gold but it's pretty far down on my priority list



I tried to tackle the front and rear brakes today but after just doing the fronts I'm done. It's hot and I had too many problems with the driver's side and it discouraged me a lot. The awesome thing was that a random stranger stopped by to help. Well not really, he stopped to talk about suspension lifts and I put him to work. The stock L front bakes were in great shape but even in perfect condition I can't see them performing well



The WRX calipers from my Legacy need some cleaning up but the Hawk HPS pads are still good



The frustration begins with a seized slider pin, took a lot of grunting and swearing to get it out of there. Irritation level is growing...



I got it polished up nice, the pitting wasn't actually that bad. I used a gun cleaning kit to clean out the bore and the pin slides in and out smooth with fresh lube. There's a your mom joke in there somewhere but it escapes me at the moment



The disc brake hardware kits for front and rear, totally worth it to replace these. There was a burr on the driver's side bracket that wasn't letting the clip seat properly so I filed it down flat, irritation level rising...



I used some 120 grit to scuff up the rotors, cleaned the calipers and new hardware, fresh grease and red stuff should have these in tip top shape



I used a plastic brush to clean the surface of the pads and added the braided lines.



When I had my new friend push the brakes to bleed them I noticed hella fluid coming from the hard line connection. Tried tightening it and no luck, there was a scratch on the mating surface of the hard line and I had to buff it out. It sealed up eventually but not without getting me super irritated. Thankfully the other side went perfectly and I had no issues
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:57 PM   #12
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awesome thread is awesome. subscribed!
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:53 PM   #13
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Definitely keeping my eye on this build! Looks awesome!
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:08 AM   #14
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Kind of a lame update ince the progress on my L has been minimal, so busy with the Forester part out. All I really did was replace the front speakers. The new Polks are a lot beefier than the old ones, they come with an adapter plate since they aren't drilled for multiple applications like the older models



The new speakers sound great but it sounds like they don't produce as much sound as the rear, older speakers. The s/n ratio is the same, all the specs are the same actually, but I hear the rear speakers a lot more than the front. It could also be the acoustics of the car and I sit really far back



My first day at the new store I go to unlock my door and go wtf? If you see your kids playing with your car keys and putting them in the house door my advice is to stop them. I got out my vice grips and carefully massaged it to the point it was accepted by the locks



I sold the TurboXS muffler for Forester that took forever to ship and I threw a huge fit about and got a WRX cannon. The transaction with rallysportdirect.com went smooth as baby buns this time around and I got an Invidia up pipe from them too



I started getting the motor ready to pull and taking the exhaust, top mount and turbo off got me really excited about the swap. After pulling a bunch more from the Forester I coated the new Invidia up pipe I got with my cannon



I took a look inside and was horrified by the amount of metal shavings, just thinking about those going through the turbo makes me cringe



From the turbo side

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Old 06-22-2013, 02:52 PM   #15
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Cool build! I really want an old GC to work-on/swap. Sub'd

ETA: WTF is up with that uppipe?!? You got it from RSD like that?
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:28 PM   #16
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wow keep us posted! very clean rs!
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:43 PM   #17
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Very nice find dude! I love these old models, just can never find 1 in my area anywhere near this clean. All the 1's i see are ****ed up beyond want to repair. Keep the pics coming though.
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:32 AM   #18
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The up pipe was factory sealed Invidia. I guess it's too much to ask for them to flush out all the shavings for the price. Anyway, I started the day off with a wash since the forecast is sunny all week long and then some



I cleared some more space in the shed by putting the Forester trunk gear in my L



It's not quite a perfect fit but I'm not complaining



Fits pretty well considering the age and model gap



I decided I'm gonna put the seat heaters in the RS seats



I bet this piece of crap tie down didn't last a year



OEM FTW



In preparation for the swap I got rid of the stock airbox, FEEL THE 2.2 POWERRRRRR!!!

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Old 06-29-2013, 07:24 PM   #19
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So much potential. Good luck with the build!
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:13 PM   #20
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Been working my balls off at the new store so not much time to get anywhere on the swap. I just pulled the fuel tank so now the shell can go to scrappers. I decided against just throwing the motor in the L and actually doing some maintenanceish stuff while it's more accessible. I cleaned up the subframe and spilled a lot of atf in my grass not paying attention to the reservoir. Good thing I don't give a crap about my lawn







There was so much grease everywhere from the cv boots coming off now it's much cleaner. I can't get the motor mount off for the life of me, I stripped the nut it is being such a pita. While I was letting the degreaser soak I prepped the header for paint





I used a whole can of VHT header paint





I put the heatsheilds back on and noticed I have a special delivery from Bangkok. Rally-Tech flaps are installed and I love the subtle look with no stickers







I don't know what you are supposed to use to get that inner tab secured on the fronts but I just got some self tapping screws
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:16 PM   #21
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Starting to dip into my box of treasures, I got the motor mounts installed



Pulled the fuel pump and replaced it with the DW200



It was a real pain to get it in there, the pump is just short enough to fit. I replaced the hose with a shorter length from the kit and used the rubber bushing from the kit



I got the Perrin inlet to fit, it was a real pain in the dick to get the oem inlet out. I cannot fathom what kind of super powers you would have to posses to do that swap without taking the manifold off. I needed to take it off to replace the bpv hose anyway. You can clearly see how the stock FXT hose is at a totally different angle than the STi



Seriously a pain in the ass, I had to take the fuel lines off the bottom of the manifold in order to squeeze it out of there



The fuel lines are pretty snug on the inlet but not deforming it or anything it's still kinda loose, pretty close to the tgv's too



I did have to move some of the screw clamps so they weren't pressing into the inlet



This hose on the turbo side needs a special elbow that I will probably have to fab myself, shouldn't be that difficult I have no idea what kind of sensor is inline there



the tmic crossover pcv hose is flared hella at the end so it doesn't fit snug at all over the 90 that came on the Perrin inlet. I can't decide if I want to replace the hose or the 90 but another easy fix



The Samco STi hose kit is perfect for putting a STi intercooler on a 255

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Old 07-18-2013, 12:33 PM   #22
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Coming along nicely.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:11 PM   #23
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I love these old models, just can never find 1 in my area anywhere near this clean
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:15 AM   #24
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Since I've been working so damn much I haven't had a lot of time to work on stuff, my car spends more time in this parking space than in my driveway it seems



It was here that I realized the Perrin inlet does indeed suck and decided to put the oem inlet back in



I didn't do a super thorough cleaning of the motor but I got a lot of the grime off, new tgv gaskets were $20 at the dealer what a rip. I'll end up doing composite tgv deletes at some point, just not worth the top feed conversion at this moment



Stock inlet is back in place and fits like a dream. I started getting the pcv system ready for catch-canning by blocking the manifold valve and the inlet check valve. The Y adapter is from a N/A motor and will be used to drain the catch cans back into the crank case



Up-pipe brackets installed and checking fitment of the turbo, tmic and bpv. The driver's side tmic bracket is fine but I need a longer STi bracket for the passenger side

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Old 08-07-2013, 07:53 AM   #25
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Capped off the PCV nipples that won't be used any more and it looks like the Y from my n/a motor is going to be in the way so I'm going to be using a single drain I think



Samco dump hose fits like a glove, I'm not sure how it could be an issue using the stock inlet but with the Perrin it was hitting hardlines at the inlet side



Plenty of room all the way to the BPV and some give going toward or further from the inlet, I would say perfect fitment



The vacuum hose on the other hand... there is no way to make it work, it needs to be replaced with a longer hose



After the assembly I can say that I really want to source a STi bracket the turbo side of the top mount, it's just floating there and so easy to move

I need some help choosing the best pic for car of the month, touched up the exposure but now they look foggy instead of dark

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I went with #4 for the time being
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