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View Poll Results: How would you celebrate 10 years with your WRX?
A Ver 8 JDM STI Swap 11 22.45%
re-build motor and stage 2 9 18.37%
just stage 2 install 9 18.37%
a tank full of Premium and hit the gravel roads 25 51.02%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 49. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-25-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Default I've owned my WRX for 10 years now ...

[actually later this fall it will be 10 years] and i was thinking of doing something special for the bugeye wagon's 10 year b-day.

after 202k+ miles, it still drives like the day i bought it. original clutch even.

so any suggestions?

i'm thinking:

a) a JDM Ver 8 swap

b1) Build a motor (possibly a 2,5 block)

b2) new clutch, and finally go to Cobb stage 2 with the parts i've had in the garage for years now

c) fill 'er up with a tank of hi-test and a slap on the ass and hit some more gravel roads

-PS - i've only owned my 1999 sedan for 2 years lol
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:30 AM   #2
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c) ftw
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:41 AM   #3
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i originally voted A
but looking back now id just drive it till it dies and then do a motor build
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:48 AM   #4
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i originally voted A
but looking back now id just drive it till it dies and then do a motor build
I second this just keep driving and stockpile parts
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:01 AM   #5
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piecing together parts feels cheaper on the pocket over time
than what im doing.. =(
buying a new fmic and turbo at once is a kick in the balls
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:07 AM   #6
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No brainer: C

It is a proven fact that subarus are happier when dirty.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:02 AM   #7
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A) FTW twin scroll + 8200rpm =
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:22 AM   #8
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can I get a combination of C, then D and then A once she gives up the ghost?

I voted A...

OR swap 02 wrx motor into said 99 impreza in conjunction with A to the WRX...then B and C happen to the 99 Impreza and you can do D with either of them
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:31 AM   #9
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can I get a combination of C, then D and then A once she gives up the ghost?

I voted A...

OR swap 02 wrx motor into said 99 impreza in conjunction with A to the WRX...then B and C happen to the 99 Impreza and you can do D with either of them
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:33 AM   #10
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oh no i've gone crossed-eyed..
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:16 PM   #11
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can I get a combination of C, then D and then A once she gives up the ghost?

I voted A...

OR swap 02 wrx motor into said 99 impreza in conjunction with A to the WRX...then B and C happen to the 99 Impreza and you can do D with either of them
LOL! we should keep the 99 out of it since it is a full JDM Version 5 STI ...


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A) FTW twin scroll + 8200rpm =
yes, i know what that's like (see 1999 comment above). but the version 8 would beat up on the version 5, except the GG is heavier than the GC ....

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Old 02-25-2011, 01:23 PM   #12
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No brainer: C

It is a proven fact that subarus are happier when dirty.
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:45 PM   #13
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just a few pics of the cars for perspective







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Old 02-25-2011, 02:55 PM   #14
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I'm lovin' the '99. Such a nice looking car.
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Old 02-25-2011, 04:28 PM   #15
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B- rebuild engine with good rods and pistons, new clutch, bigger turbo and supporting stuff.

The V8 swap isn't a good match to the usdm 5 speed. So unless you can buck up and get a short geared jdm trans, you might not like it.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:09 PM   #16
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Yeah, i hear you had a short ratio trans you were enjoying... were you going to trade someone, or do i remember wrong?

the 99 is a 4.44, pretty short but iirc yours was even closer ratios.

i guess it's really more a dream than a real possibility, but if i did the Ver 8 engine, i would love to do the full tranny as well. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ lol
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:10 PM   #17
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i love that GIF by the way
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:04 PM   #18
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Yeah, i hear you had a short ratio trans you were enjoying... were you going to trade someone, or do i remember wrong?

the 99 is a 4.44, pretty short but iirc yours was even closer ratios.

i guess it's really more a dream than a real possibility, but if i did the Ver 8 engine, i would love to do the full tranny as well. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ lol
Yeah, I'm selling my jdm trans. It would be a decent ratio match for an 8k rpm Ver 8 engine. My little EJ20G is out of breath at 6.5K rpm so it's not so hot. I'm putting in an 02 usdm wrx trans instead.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:18 PM   #19
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i will hit 10 years this summer with my wrx. i am planning on setting it on fire and starting over.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:20 PM   #20
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Voted B Get those parts on and realize what your missing!!!!
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:10 PM   #21
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i will hit 10 years this summer with my wrx. i am planning on setting it on fire and starting over.
ROFLMAO
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:18 AM   #22
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i will hit 10 years this summer with my wrx. i am planning on seeing it become a toy and getting another Subie as a DD.
Fixed

The Ver7/8 swaps are just so easy and tempting on any 02-03...now that I have an 02 Bugeye for a DD, Ver 7 or 8 opensource ECU and heads on a 'mild' 2.1 stroker.

The TD05HR-16G 10.5 is already sitting in my garage

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Old 03-01-2011, 10:52 AM   #23
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If I had kept my car long enough to retire it from autox it would have gotten a USDM STi swap - EJ257+6 speed. I love the EJ207 but ultimately it will be more of a pain in the ass to own than a USDM motor that everyone has parts for. It revs higher and that's cool, but the fact that the USDM motor doesn't /need/ to rev that high is just as nice. One of those engines with bolt ons should be plenty adequate for street use

Of course no matter what you do it will not be as cool as the '99.
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:53 PM   #24
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now all i need is a JDM Evo V ...

thanks, yeah the 99 is awesome and i hope to keep it for a long long time, but i feel the same way about the plain jane bugeye wagon too. i dont know why i love driving it so much. it would be nice to have a bit more oooomph and still smooth cruising on the highway and fun to chip up the paint on the gravel roads around here. (esp since i live on a gravel road)
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:04 PM   #25
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Was just thinking about this thread and how sad it is that I couldn't hang on to a single car for 10 years. Gotta give you credit where it's due. Been through 3 cars over the last year myself.

Still, just get it dirty.
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