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Old 11-10-2013, 01:34 AM   #1
JeffrWRX
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JeffrWRX 2002 WRX 11/8/13 by JeffRuhl, on Flickr

After 3.5 years in my 2006 STI, I have made the move back to a bugeye.

Yes, some of you may think I am crazy, but I do not regret it (anymore) and I actually now love it. When I bought my STI, I was not married, had no children, and rented an apartment where the garage was the only thing I was interested in. I also tried to put every extra dollar towards the hobby. Now that I am married, a father, and a homeowner, the STI has seen way more garage time and has dropped pretty far down on the priority list. The car gets driven about 4 times a month, and since I refi’d it last year I still have 4 years left on it. It’s become increasingly difficult to justify a payment let alone any additional money to play with it. As a result I came up with what I call the “plan”. Having a suby and playing with it is not something I want to give up so I needed to find a solution that still accomplished that. I sold my Miata Project (for a profit) and then purchased this wagon for $6100. The wagon has 175000 miles, but is in great shape, clean title, and does not drive like it has that many miles on it.

The first day home with the wagon the valve cover decided to spring a leak and start spraying on the uppipe. With both subys in the garage, and the newly purchased wagon already giving me issues, I started to second guess my “plan” and I actually made plans to sell the WRX. So for about 2 months my wife was pissed and I was left depressed thinking I actually had to let go of my STI. Then, in October I suddenly decided that this was the right thing to do, got over the STI, and thought this was a great opportunity to do a bunch of things to the wagon with all the part money from the STI.

Since buying/selling suby parts is one of my favorite things to do it turned out to be an amazingly fun project. I started with researching wagon parts, made a list fo what I wanted to do, and then started dismantling both cars. Now, 3 months have gone by the STI is back to stock, smogged, and ready to be sold. The wagon is almost where I want it to be and is an absolute joy to drive.

The 2002 WRX was the first car I ever really wanted, the only car I dreamed about for years before I was able to get one. So it has a special place in my heart. When I get into the wagon it’s very nostalgic and it makes me smile every day.

Thank you to everyone that either bought my parts or sold me their parts. Wheeling and dealing parts with other members is something that never gets old and is truly a great part of the community. I also wanted to let everyone know that RallySportDirect and Oakos are the best vendors I have ever dealt with.

Sorry for the long winded post. I will be updating the thread as I go and do more things to the car.

Cliffs: Subaru owner since 2004 (6th Impreza). Have a family now. Not worth having payments for something that doesn’t get used. Downgraded into WRX wagon, paid cash, and threw some parts at it.

Car was stock when I bought it. This is what I have done so far:


Handling/Stopping/Chassis
17x9 +45 Enkei RPF1
Federal 235/40/17
Muteki SR48
KICS 5mm Spacers- Rear only right now
Fortune Auto V4 500's
HAPPI Motoring Fender Braces
Stoptech SS Lines F/R
Stoptech Pads F/R
Speed Bleeders F/R
Motul Fluid
Centric Rotors F/R
Kartboy Tranny Crossmember Bushing
Kartboy Shifter Bushings
Kartboy Rear Stay Bushing
Kartboy Outrigger Bushings
Kartboy Rear Diff Lockdown bolts
Whiteline Steering rack bushings
Whiteline Rear Endlinks
Whiteline 24mm Rear Sway Bar
Whiteline ALK- Comfort
Whiteline Tranny Crossmember Bushings
Perrin Solid Endlinks
Carbing Rear Strut Bar
GrpN Engine Mounts
GrpN Tranny Mount

Engine
HKS Downpipe
AMS Catback
Fujitsubo RM01a
Cusco Hangers
STI OEM Uppipe
Zerosports AftaMaf
Grimmspeed Gaskets
Cobb Heatshield
Optima Redtop
Rotella T6 In the Engine
Uncly Scotty's Cocktail in Tranny

Interior/Exterior
JDM Hazard Button
JDM Sti Hoodscoop
JDM Wagon Grill
JDM Wagon Tail Lights
JDM Sidemarkers- *not installed
JDM Wagon Front PSM Bumper- *not installed
JDM S202 Headlights + Lightwerkz Harness
OEM PSM Wagon Fender- To replace dented one- *not installed
STI Floor Mats
Unknown Front Lip
WCLW White Copolymer Knob
OEM I Badge
OEM Painted Sideskirts
OEM Solid Fogcovers
OEM CF Dash Kit
FastWRX License Plate Delete
Grimmspeed license plate relocator


The day I bought it

New Wagon by JeffRuhl, on Flickr

Almost done

JeffrWRX 2002 WRX 11/8/13 by JeffRuhl, on Flickr


JeffrWRX 2002 WRX 11/8/13 by JeffRuhl, on Flickr


JeffrWRX 2002 WRX 11/8/13 by JeffRuhl, on Flickr


JeffrWRX 2002 WRX 11/8/13 by JeffRuhl, on Flickr


JeffrWRX 2002 WRX 11/8/13 by JeffRuhl, on Flickr


JeffrWRX 2002 WRX 11/8/13 by JeffRuhl, on Flickr


JeffrWRX 2002 WRX 11/8/13 by JeffRuhl, on Flickr


JeffrWRX 2002 WRX 11/8/13 by JeffRuhl, on Flickr

Thanks for reading.

-Jeff
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:35 AM   #2
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:43 AM   #3
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In case anyone is interested... My STI (going up for sale tomorrow)

2006 STI

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Old 11-10-2013, 02:06 AM   #4
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The wagon looks awesome..I like.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:48 AM   #5
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Awesome stance and perfect wheel combo. 5 internets for you sir!
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:30 PM   #6
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Loved your STi, wagon looks just as good if not better.
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:07 PM   #7
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Loved the sti. Wagon looks great condition. So jealous of cali cars
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:16 PM   #8
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Paint and interior look in great for 12yrs 175k miles!

How are the fortunes for quality and ride comfort for a daily driver?
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:22 PM   #9
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Love it! Love high miles cars that are clean! Also curious about the fortunes as Im shopping for a set of coils now..
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:15 PM   #10
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Very simple but that's makes it great!��
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:38 PM   #11
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Very nice, wheels looks great!
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:48 PM   #12
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Thanks for the kind words! I too love older cars brought back to life with new parts. My Miata was the same sort of thing.

The Fortunes are actually from my STi, I just ordered new lower brackets for the fronts- 99$.

They are 7k/6k and were a little bouncy on my STI. For some reason, on the wagon they ride reallllly nice. My buddy who tracks a Z06, WRX, etc didn't like them on my STI, but when I took him out last night he loved them- haha.

I would recommend them to anyone. Great product. Here they are after 1.5 yrs and ~10k miles before I put them on the wagon. Along with my parts pile


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Old 11-11-2013, 02:38 PM   #13
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First time driving it to work... drives so nice


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Old 11-11-2013, 09:09 PM   #14
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Love the wagon! Super sweet and clean!
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:43 PM   #15
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how do you like your brake combo? I have the same minus the ss lines. they are ok but my gold bbs get covered in brake dust. do you have the same issue? btw I loved your sedan very much, as I had one(06 wrx sedan limited sgm) and also went to the wagon side little over a year ago, and Love my wagon(06 WRX WAGON Limited)!
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:01 AM   #16
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glad you made it back into a bugeye man. i remember when you had that wrb bugeye project car back in the day. this wagon will be awesome!
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:47 PM   #17
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I really like the brakes. Havent had enough time to get any dust really, but the pedal feel is super linear it feels great! I dont feel like I have lost anything going from my STI to this wagon in terms of everyday driving.

Thanks Jon! I miss all my old cars- hahah. Im going to check out your thread right now.

In the next week or two I will be ordering:

GrpN Engine Mounts
GrpN Tranny Mount
Whiteline Tranny Crossmember Bushing
Kartboy Shifter Bushings
Kartboy Rear Stay Bushing
Kartboy Outrigger Bushings
Whiteline Rear Diff Lockdown bolts
Whiteline Steering rack bushings
Whiteline 24mm Rear Sway Bar + Bushings
Whiteline Rear Endlinks
Deatschwerk Fuel Pump Kit
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:55 PM   #18
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Hey man your wagon looks amazing, curious as to what type of work went into the front and rear fenders to fit those wheels and tires and what lip that is. Looking forward to see what else you do, keep up the good work, subscribed, thanks.
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:59 PM   #19
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Makes me that you are selling/sold your STi but no point paying on it if you barely drive it.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:57 AM   #20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by D-Rodman View Post
Hey man your wagon looks amazing, curious as to what type of work went into the front and rear fenders to fit those wheels and tires and what lip that is. Looking forward to see what else you do, keep up the good work, subscribed, thanks.
All 4 fenders are rolled. Front lip is a mystery... still unsure what it is!

Thanks!

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Makes me that you are selling/sold your STi but no point paying on it if you barely drive it.
Ya I was sad too... took me 3 months after buying the wagon to get the nerve to start taking apart the STI. However, knowing now that my hobby is not costing us per month is worth it to me. I bought a lot of cars over the years and rolled a hefty amount of negative equity into the STI loan (I agree, not a smart idea). We also have been paying off all debt so this was just another thing to get out of the way.

We bought a house 2 years ago, and aside from that we are now almost debt free. It feels great that now we can do more to the house and the yard.

In the end I get to keep a Subaru I love, have a bunch of goodies on it, and not burden my family with monthly payments.

I think I won

-Jeff
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:25 PM   #21
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Some parts for phase 2 are here:


Untitled by JeffRuhl, on Flickr

GrpN Engine Mounts
GrpN Tranny Mount
Kartboy Tranny Crossmember Bushing
Kartboy Shifter Bushings
Kartboy Rear Stay Bushing
Kartboy Outrigger Bushings
Kartboy Rear Diff Lockdown bolts
Whiteline Steering rack bushings
Subaru Accesory Belts

More parts coming:
Whiteline 24mm Rear Sway Bar + Bushings
Whiteline Rear Endlinks
GTSPEC Rear Strut Bar
Grimmspeed license plate relocator

Should be a fun install. The car is doing well. Getting a wierd idle dip when I come to a stop. RPMs come down to ~500-600 and then blip up to 750. Just cleaned MAF and ordered a new IACV gasket so I can clean it out. Hopefully it clears it up.

-Jeff
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:13 AM   #22
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Wow man, that's some goodies, I guess you are determined to stiffen it up. Do you track or auto cross ?
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:41 AM   #23
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I love what you have done to your wagon. My car shares a similar story. You should add a h-brace to that list.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:30 AM   #24
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I know you did a bunch of nice brake upgrades already, but I love the improved feel of the rear h6 brake upgrade I did. Even with the crappier calipers on the 05 (06+ got the better 4 pots)
It reduces the dive of the front on heavy braking and makes it feel more planted.

I have all the same Kartboy bushings as well as his endlinks and pitch mount. Great stuff and great guy!
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:20 PM   #25
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Thanks! Didnt think about the H6... hmmm Maybe when I need new rotors again

I havent autox'd or tracked before, but I really want to. I love making my cars nicer and doing stuff to them to increase performace, looks, and feel. Just my thing. I do like a stiffer car

the GTSPEC bar was backordered until Jan 31st so I ordered a CARBING Rear Strut bar instead. So happy! Love RallySportDirect- got 10% off all these.


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