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Old 09-04-2008, 06:15 PM   #1
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Default To the Wolves!!! My 04/05 APR Widebody STi Saga

BACK FROM THE DEAD UPDATE 5/31/2010- NEW WHEELS/ TIRES ON LAST PAGE





Greetings. I've been working on a little project since January 2007 and as the project nears completion I thought I'd share it with NASIOC. (Thus the title of this thread - TO THE WOLVES!!!

Little History:

I bought this car used from the original owner with 9000mi on the clock in February 2004. Car was in fantastic shape with the only mods being a Perrin downpipe. I changed this out to a full 3" tbe and added an XEDE for em. Here is the car after tint and carbon hood.



Later (after the wheel guy scratched two BBS putting on the Yokohama A048's he was kind enough to paint the wheels for free.
http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x267/wideguysti/IMGP4636-2.jpg
Other mods done in the next year or two included sways, helix coilovers, brake pads, whiteline & Kartboy bits and bobs, etc. Most of the mods were suspension, driveline, and braking oriented as the car had plenty of power for me at that time.

In Dec 06 I had a brief but passionate affair with some armco after an understeer and slide. I almost caught it but ended up grazing the rail anyway putting a nice scratch down the whole passenger side of the car.

After some deliberation and a helpful friend in the industry it was decided that for a little extra money over the cost of subaru doorskins, fender and bumpers that I could realize a dream. W I D E B O D Y STi.

Doors were sourced from a wreck locally for dirt cheap (again that helpful friend.) APR kit was ordered and parts began coming off/ on the car. The car was in my garage for 8 months while I saved money, scavenged the boards for used parts, group buys, and worked on the car. All work on this car was done by myself with occasional help from a friend or two. Here's the mod list as the car stands today:

Engine / Performance

Forced Performance - 8cm, 3” inlet, TD-06h+ “O.G.” Green Turbo
DEI Turbo Wrap, Copper Exhaust Wrap
APS DR525 Front Mount Intercooler
Vishnu 3” Catless TBE –first mod lol
Modified APS Exhaust Manifold / Uppipe
APS Turbo Inlet
73MM KSTech Intake
APS Bypass Valve
PE 850cc Injectors
Perrin V2 Fuel Rails
Grimmspeed PNPNC TGVS
Walbro 255lph Fuel Pump
Crawford Air/Oil Separator
2005 Resin Coolant Tank
Samco Hoses
Prodrive Boost Control Solenoid
Perrin Radiator Shroud
PC680 Mini Battery Kit
Homebrew Grounding Kit
Enginuity
AEM 3.5 Bar MAP sensor
Cobb MAP sensor adapter



Suspension / Handling / Driveline

Enkei NT03+M 18X10.5
2005 Hubs and Front Knuckle Swap
Yokohama A048 295/30/18
ACT Clutch (HD disc + Extreme Pressure Plate)
Racecomp Engineering Tarmac2 Coilovers by KW, 500/400 f/r linear rates
Racecomp Engineering Front Camber Plates
Cusco Pillowball Rear Camber Plates
Happi Motoring Fender Braces
Carbing Subframe
CarLab X-Brace
Whiteline Roll Center Adjustment Kit
Whiteline ALK
Whiteline 27-29mm Front Swaybar
Whiteline 24-26mm Rear Swaybar
Whiteline Solid Endlinks – Bushing Type
Whiteline Adjustable Endlinks Pillow Ball Type
Whiteline Rear Subframe Lock Bolts
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Kartboy Differential Mount Bushings
Kartboy Rear Outrigger Mount Bushings (Race)
Whiteline Adjustable Rear Lateral Links
Whiteline Rear Toe Lock Bolts/Eccentric Washer
Kartboy Short Shifter and all Bushings
Technafit Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Ferodo 2500 Brake Pads
TIC HTS Titanium Heat Shields
Perrin Master Cylinder Brace


Exterior
APR Widebody Kit
Custom color paint based on Subaru 2008 DGM by Eki Slade @ FiaFia Autobody, Kona, Hawaii
KS Tech Scoop Delete
Grimmspeed Hood Dampers
Debadged
Cleared headlights
Undercoating on bottom of splitter, sideskirts, and rear bumper valance

Interior / Sounds / Monitoring
Defi BF Boost and EGT gauges, Defi link in rear console pocket
TurboXS Bosch Tuner Wideband in Forester flip-open DIN pocket
Hardwired V1
Interior Carpet Swap to Black
Lumar Tint
Kenwood XXV – 01D Head Unit
MB Quart 6in “Q” Series Front Component Speakers
Precision Power PC450 and PC2100 Amplifiers –some old school isht
(Soon to be PC4100 and PC2100)
JL “ProWedge” sealed 2 X 10” Subwoofer Enclosure
Huge Ass Shielded Wires


People and Places that I bought stuff from, enjoyed doing business with, want to thank, etc.

Rob @ Redline Hawaii
Eki Slade @ Fia Fia Bodyshop, Kona Hawaii
All my boys & girls in the Boost Junkies crew - Big Island of Hawaii
Nick @ Rallysport Direct
Subiegal for all my OEM stuffs
Javid @ Sixgun Racing
Those crazy guys at TurninConcepts
Matt @ KS Tech
Justin and all the crew at Grimmspeed
The Racecomp Engineering Crew
Amber and Robert @ Forced Performance
Import Image
Luke @ Tire Rack
Vakamon Motorsports Hawaii
The Perrin crew
William @ EAuto
Chris @ Crawford Performance
Gary @ Mann Engineering
Burschur Racing
LE Engineering
Jim at SoJDM.com
Andrew at CarLab Development

But enough of that. Let see some pictures!!!!

Here's the car after basic teardown and TMIC, turbo, bumper beam, and intake manifold removal:


Few shots of what is going in that big hole:








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Old 09-04-2008, 06:16 PM   #2
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Now some supporting mods for that Green:

Modded/ Wrapped APS headers


Perrin V2 rails, PE 850's, Grimmspeed PNPNC TGV deletes.


Crawford A/O Separator


APS 525 FMIC


Best Use for a stock Subaru Uppipe


Engine Bay shot


OK, so the engine stuff took a long time due to the saving I had to do to buy them. Well that and the fact that at this time in the real estate market I was very busy and could only work on the car some nights and weekends.

How about some suspension mods? YES.. I took off the helix co's and went to town on the suspension. I had already had many whiteline, kartboy, etc on there but it was time to get serious. Ready?

2005 Hubswap and Whiteline roll center adjustment kit


RCE Tarmac2's installed


Carbing brace before install


Fun day in the garage replacing every bushing with superpro goodies from LE engineering

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:16 PM   #3
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274/40/17 RA-1's on 17x10 5Zignen fn01-rc's


RA-1 vs worn 225 A048 Yoko's


Hub Me baby


Finally the suspension was sorted out and I mounted the wheel/tire for the first time.


Now thats pretty wide...

At this time my attention was turned to the interior of the car. For the first time in 15+ years I let a "shop" install my stereo. This was a big mistake as they not only blew my 10yo PC450 up but leaving bare wires behind the dash their "install" was a complete joke. I ended up redoing the entire install save the mounting of the head unit. I guess it's hard to screw that up.

The Mess:


The solution. Carpet swap and rewired.


I took some time out to order a Forester DIN pocket and tucked a TurboXS Tuna inside




At this point I took some time to wire a few extensions and move the Defi link into the center console pocket, put the utec map switch in ther too.

One more shot of the interior:

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:16 PM   #4
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OK. So now that the interior, engine and suspension were sorted it was time to move it into body. Keep in mind almost 8 months had gone by at this point and the date was August of 2007.

Car as it sat before going to the body shop:




A small celebration ensued:


OK, so car went to body and the work resumed in the shop.
Test fitting the front fender:


Cutting the rears out to fit:






Test fitting of rear flare:


Rear Bumper Test Fit


Front bumper modification. MOAR AIR!!!

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:16 PM   #5
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At this point we realized that literally EVERY piece of the APR kit would need to be modified to fit perfectly. It seems that the pieces were placed into the box uncured as the stench of resin was so strong we could smell it before I opened the box. No matter, I got it cheap! And having to make every piece fit is very common with fiberglass. No matter. My body guy (Eki) is a classic and custom Corvette specialist. In other words this man knows how to make glass and metal work together. And he was cool with it as long as I was cool with him working on it in between other projects. He charged me very little to do this install. Estimated time to complete was 3 months.

NOT!!!!

We are approaching 1 year in the body shop as of today. Now I will show you why.

When we placed the fenders on the front of the car it was clearly apparent that they were too tall and out of alignment. Note the raised edge:


After cutting both fenders down we came out to a perfect alignment and height:




But as you can see if you look closely, we encountered our next problem. The bumper was misshapen and had to be cut in two places; under both headlights. One was lengthened and one was chopped down.



We also had to raid the stock fender for a mounting solution as one is not provided.


Here's a shot of the stock bracket we raided from the one good fender I had. I found a psgr fender from another wreck and scavenged this same bracket for the other side.


No worries though. In a little bit we had a bumper that was shaped perfectly with all body gaps and lines corrected. Please excuse the bumper not being mounted all the way in this shot.


At this point work moved to the rear flares. These were a bit tricky but not to bad. Sills had to be lengthened, flares trimmed to fit, etc. Here are some shots:





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Looks like Pablo Escabar's paradise on the floor there.


Finished drivers rear quarter:


Front bumper mounted (didn't shut the damm hood, lol)




Driver's side nearly completed:



OK. Progress was being made here, albiet slowly. Attention was turned to the hardest part of most widebody kits. The damm gas door and flare. This is a tough one. The hinge was crap, the gas door wobbled like a drunken sailor, and fitment was off. No matter, we took the gas door, sliced it like a clamshell, installed a cabinet hinge backed the mounting surfaces on both areas with metal and glass and made a solution. Here are the pics:







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This pretty much takes us up to yesterday. Almost one year in body but soon to be completed. I HOPE....

THANKS FOR LOOKING! Got questions? Post em up!

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:17 PM   #8
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UPDATE 9/9/08

Went to have a look at the progress in the last few days. Gas door is on, sturdy, and articulating well and some shaping is happening on the flare.

Overview of the area. You can see that sometimes you have to take some away, rather than put more on. The flare was a little high compared to the rear quarter. Thats to be expected with that panel being *ahem* a little wrinkled. Check the door vs. the above post. But, we have gas door captain!




In this shot we have the gas door open. Plenty of room for gas pumps and jugs of the good stuff. AND you can see the door flare lining up correctly. Sharp edges will be rounded.



All coming together here!



Rear bumper was removed one last time (I hope,) corner backfilled and then sanded down to match the rear quarter. Getting closer!



UPDATE 9/18/08

Went into the shop for a look today. Gas door area and flare is nearing completion. Side skirts are trimmed and getting ready to be attached for final fitment. Prior mounting holes under skirts were welded shut, area was prepped, primed and painted.

Overview of the area:




CLOSE UP OF GAS DOOR PROGRESS:


Little more work to do here and it's gonna turn out very well. This thing is STURDY.





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And lastly a shot of the sill.

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:19 PM   #10
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sounds like a good project
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:20 PM   #11
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:24 PM   #12
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nice build.. looking forward to more pictures.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:37 PM   #13
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gotta get in early on this one.... patiently waiting
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awesome build bro! looking forward to updates!
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Me want exterior shots, right meow!
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Don't worry y'all. I'm gonna have exterior shots up in a few moments. LOTS of pictures to come here. Thanks for the comments!!
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dont crash it this time....
Best response yet mate. Seriously...

You must have a sense of humor like I do.
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Thanks for all the comments guys! I'll keep this thread updated as progress moves forward.
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Best response yet mate. Seriously...

You must have a sense of humor like I do.
yup im sure you were also like "hey i f'ed up the whole side of my car. o well, i guess a widebody makes more sence then oem parts..." which is what i would say in the same situation.

the body work looks great, looks like you overcame a lot of obsticals.
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