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Old 11-21-2008, 11:16 AM   #1
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I've been driving Subarus since the 2.5RS became available in the USA. I owned an N/A BRP 2.5RS for years but I was always left wanting something more. Then I found it. I've had her for about 5 years and she's undergone many changes. I originally bought the car on eBay with a version 6 swap. It was owned by a mechanic in eastern PA who had taken the RS to Lachute Subaru in Canada to do the original swap.

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Old 11-21-2008, 11:17 AM   #2
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the full story !!

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I guess I'll add mine.

I've been driving Subarus since the 2.5RS became available in the USA. I owned an N/A BRP 2.5RS for years but I was always left wanting something more. Then I found it. I've had her for about 5 years and she's undergone many changes. I originally bought the car on eBay with a version 6 swap. It was owned by a mechanic in eastern PA who had taken the RS to Lachute Subaru in Canada to do the original swap. That configuration didn't last very long. I upgraded to a 20g and FMIC, added a standalone EM and then decided to stop pissing around and give her a nasty powerplant - an Axis 2.5 liter block with forged internals.

My goals have always been to have a balanced power band with a versatile setup for any conditions - drag/track/road. But more than anything, I am in it for FUN. Not too much show here, just lots of go. Cars are meant to be driven. That said I have my share of "rare" parts and I haven't been all that spend conscious... as long as my wife is ok with it!

Current goal is to break into a 10 second 1/4 mile run on straight 93 octane. I'm very confident it will happen as soon as I install the new clutch. Engine is currently hanging from a hoist in my garage waiting...

So here she is, in full glory. Driven polished and clean in the summer, and dirty and salty in the winter wearing sleeper shoes.




Under the hood:






On the dyno:

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8WzMPI1ii0

Specifications:

Engine/Drivetrain/Ancillaries
Axis/RAW "Stage 3" shortblock, ACL bearings, coated pistons
Version 6 JDM Type-RA large port heads
Kelford 272/272 cams
Garrett GT3076R 0.82A/R (3-inch outlet)
Perrin EL header
TiAL 44mm EWG VTA
Lateral FMIC/radiator
Carbotron carbon fiber intercooler piping (custom made by glhs377)
Helix titanium exhaust
Cosworth 12mm high flow oil pump
Moroso oil pan
Apex'i PowerFC ECU
Apex'i AVCR
Version 6 5-speed with DCCD, PPG 1-4 straight-cut gears, 3.9fd, R180 rear end
Cusco RS 1.5-way rear diff (R180)
RPS custom twin disc carbon clutch - expected to arrive shortly!

Suspension/etc
Leda Coilovers, custom "fast-road" spec
Group-N everything (top mounts, engine mounts, tranny mount, etc.)
Alu control arms
STI lateral link set
Cusco swaybars
Cusco chassis braces f/r
STI carbon strut tower brace
Cusco rear triangulated strut tower brace
Subaru 4-pots w/DBA 2-piece rotors, Ferrodo DS2500 pads
OZ Superleggeras w/RE01r for summer, RS 6-spoke with Blizzak WS-50 for winter (note, blizzaks + WOT = rear end smearing all over the road)

Pretty stuff
Genuine Prodrive RB5 rear wing
STI Version 6 body conversion - front lip, skirts, spats, grille, etc.
EDM 2002 WRX seats - the best Subaru seats ever
Version 6 dash, everything working including IC spray and DCCD
Defi 60mm gauges with genuine Defi pod

Misc
Braille battery
JDM front & rear aluminum bumper beams
aluminum hood
A/C system removed
Zeitronix AFR/EGT

There are probably a few things that I missed but that is the important stuff off the top of my head. She's been my baby since the day I bought her. I've spent waaay to much time and money on her but I don't regret it one bit. I drive her whenever she is running and I drive her very hard. Over the years I've replaced pretty much everything in the car. I've used multiple suspension setups, MAF vs. MAP setups, turbos, differentials and drivetrain components, gearsets, etc. I only ever settle on what is the strongest and best balanced. I've spent countless hours road tuning and have literally hundreds of map revisions. Throttle response is excellent and top end power is smooth as butter. The motor shines - I can run 24psi on 93 octane all day long. The gears whine terribly and the diff chatters. The EWG sounds like a screaming banshee. She's noisy as hell and eats dirt and asphalt and anything I can throw at her. Truly a street rally car on steroids and ultimately, a hell of a lot of fun!


UPDATE: Here's an old video of some fun in a parking lot...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfWWfI-A2Ws

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Old 11-21-2008, 11:49 AM   #3
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Awesome. Congrats. One of my favorite GC8's ever, from one swapped GC8 owner to another!
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:57 AM   #4
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well done sir!
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:08 PM   #5
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Nice ride! Makes me wish I had kept my 98....almost
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:22 PM   #6
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How does the 20G torque curve compare to the GT3076? I had a 20G on my 04 STi and now I'm looking for a bigger turbo for my 05 but I don't think there is a more fun to drive street turbo than the 20G availabe. Oh and I love the front lip, very nice

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Old 11-21-2008, 12:31 PM   #7
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Congratulations!!! Well done.
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:37 PM   #8
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Thanks guys and thanks for all the votes!!!
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:37 PM   #9
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How does the 20G torque curve compare to the GT3076? I had a 20G on my 04 STi and now I'm looking for a bigger turbo for my 05 but I don't think there is a more fun to drive street turbo than the 20G availabe. Oh and I love the front lip, very nice
The 20G was definitely very fun. I ran it for a little while on the 2.5 and with the TD05H turbine it was really snappy! The 30R is a very well balanced turbo for the 2.5liter for street/strip/track use IMHO.

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Old 11-21-2008, 12:39 PM   #10
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nice work...welcome to the "swapped & PPG" brotherhood!
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:41 PM   #11
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Grats man! This thing impressed the hell out of me the first time I saw it in person. You deserve the win.
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:54 PM   #12
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sooo much work in that thing! and no outstanding pics! too busy driving i guess huh?
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:55 PM   #13
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congrats dude!
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:55 PM   #14
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I think I just messed my shorts...............
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:01 PM   #15
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congrats, it is much deserved!

Beautiful example of what a Subaru is meant to be
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:25 PM   #16
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wow man, i wasnt sure if you still had this thing or not

i remember spotting it a beaverun so many years ago, i think it was still untouched from the way you bought it. good job on all the upgrades!
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:26 PM   #17
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Very nice! Congrats!
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:08 PM   #18
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This model of subaru is one that I always longed for, it looks great brudda, keep up the good work.
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:26 PM   #19
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Words can't describe how sweet this car is! Very nice work!
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:30 PM   #20
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Does this mean I get free gasoline now?
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:36 PM   #21
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That is one sweet car. I bet its a total blast to drive.
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:44 PM   #22
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Congrats on Top Scoob man!
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Old 11-21-2008, 05:30 PM   #23
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:09 PM   #24
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Very nice ride and congrats on your recognition.

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Old 11-21-2008, 07:01 PM   #25
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Congrats! Just kinda wish the exterior appearance of the car didn't look like a ton of other classic imprezas. (With this being such a jam packed contest and all, having some really unique imprezas) Hell, it looks almost identical to mine. Same color, v6 lip/spats/fog covers/wing... (A bit hypocritical I guess but I didn't bother to enter mine in this contest..mainly because of that reason) The attention to the power plant and drive train is far beyond average and that is something I can really appreciate... I was going to say how the exterior is far from original or unique, but the rest of the car makes up for it, so really saying what is already known isn't needed at all. I'm not trying to take anything away from you man, just saying whats on my mind. And don't get me wrong, the car looks great, which is the reason so many people replicate it. Really, congrats, i'm glad you won. And as a mechanic and a person who is 95% go-fast and 5% looks, I really love your car. Now give me a ride in it!!
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