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Old 09-27-2011, 02:30 PM   #1
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Well. After whoring some pictures out every once-in-a-while, and browsing through the various projects here in the Member Gallery, I thought... why not? Im always looking for feedback on this project (good or bad - haters gonna hate).

It started out as a regular 2002 Impreza 2.5RS that I bought when I moved here to Calgary from Vancouver. I wanted something that could handle the winters and, like most people Im sure, had no plans to modify it.



That changed as I added a set of Gold Rota G-Force (17x8 +45) that I bought used through the local Subaru forum (Western Subaru Club represent!).

I added an STI CBE modified to fit the NA exhaust and a set of Rally Armors.



I painted my headlights (Koji mod) and added some side skirts.


That, with some small interior mods, got me through winter. I knew that I wasn't going back to the stock rims, so I got rid of them and got a set of OZ Ultraleggera 17x8 +48's for summer.


(Shiny!)

Next on the list was an OEM Front Lip..



Finally got tired of the ride height and installed Tokico D-Specs with Tanabe GF210 springs. Comfortable ride but an alright year-round stance... I am still a snowplow when it really comes down but I can manage.



Small things kept me busy for a while... like swaybars, etc...



A few custom pieces here and there...

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Old 09-27-2011, 02:30 PM   #2
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And then, that fateful day in October 2009 came and my block started overheating with a suspected head gasket failure. So I thought to myself... I've got some time on my hands, an understanding girlfriend, and little mechanical knowledge... why not do a swap?

I settled on a JDM V7 STI complete swap and bought a front clip from a 2001 JDM STI.





I thought it wouldn't take me that long... but it did. I had a lot to learn but with the help of two great friends, a lot of blood sweat and tears, I pulled this out of the garage 9 months later.





In addition to the V7 STI engine, I swapped in the 6 speed trans, R180, axles, hubs, knuckles etc... I added the Brembos and the JDM HID's as well.

Sometime during the swap, I got tired of my OZ's and sold them. I found a set of Advan RCII's in 18x8.5+45 and wrapped those in Bridgestone Re760 sports (245/35/18).



It took me a while to sort out all the post-swap issues but I've put about 20,000km on it now and things are running pretty smooth.

After running the white Advans for a summer, I got tired of cleaning them every other day and decided that I would powerdercoat them bronze. For a while, I was also running an STI trunk/spoiler.





This past summer, I've taken it out to the track several times. Our track (Race City) is closing after this season so I wanted to at least experience some track days with my new toy.


Pics courtesy of Locotoy.




I quickly got tired of all the attention the STI wing was getting me and swapped back to my RS/WRX trunk.

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Old 09-27-2011, 02:30 PM   #3
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Most recently, I ordered a Velocity Carbon V1 FRP Trunk through a group buy and picked it up in Montana.



Here it is for a test fit:





It is currently away for paint and should be on the car in the next week or so.

I also got tired of the OEM Front Lip and bought a Prodrive one.

The car as it sits last night:



DSC_2585 by zcherniawsky, on Flickr


DSC_2582 by zcherniawsky, on Flickr


DSC_2583 by zcherniawsky, on Flickr

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Old 09-27-2011, 02:51 PM   #4
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List of Modifications

Engine
- EJ207 - 2001 JDM STI (2.0L, ~285hp, 8k redline)
- VF30 Turbo
- Perrin Turbo Inlet
- Perrin Divorced Downpipe
- Maddad 3" Whisperback CBE
- Prodrive EBCS with Hallman MBC in Hybrid
- Grimmspeed AOS
- Custom Airboy tune on Dyno Dynamics AWD Dyno for Shell 91 - 240whp/240tq
- Mishimoto Aluminum Radiator

Drivetrain
- JDM STI 6-speed Transmission (from 2001 STI) - Non-DCCD
- Brembo Brakes off V8 STI
- Hawk HPS Pads
- STI Driveshaft
- R180 Rear Diff
- STI Axles, Hubs, Knuckles etc
- Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
- JDM STI Power Steering Cooler

Suspension
- Tanabe GF210 Springs
- Tokico D-Spec Struts (Adjustable Dampening)
- Whiteline Adjustable Rear Swaybar (22, 24, 27mm)
- Whiteline Solid Rear Endlinks
- JDM STI Front Swaybar
- Kartboy Solid Front Endlinks
- Aluminum STI Control Arms

Exterior
- JDM STI Hood and Hood Scoop
- Added WRX Side Skirts
- Rally Armor Mudflaps
- JDM STI HID headlights
- Ebay bugeye grill
- Prodrive Replica Front Lip (PU)
- JDM Rain Visors
- Carbon Fiber STI Side Marker Covers
- Kaminari CF Rear Window Spoiler
- 04/05 Tail lights
- 30% Tint on back 3 windows (front tint is illegal here and I have 3 tickets to prove it)

Wheels
- Summer: 18x8.5 +45 Advan RCII (Powerdercoated Bronze) wrapped in 245/35/18 Bridgestone Re760 Sports
- Winter: 17x8 +48 Rota G-Force (Gold) wrapped in 225/45/17 Nokian Hakkepelitta R

Interior
- Complete wiring merge done by Brian at iWire
- V7 JDM STI Steering wheel w/ Airbag
- V8 JDM STI Cluster
- Defi Link w/ Defi BF Gauges (Boost, EGT, Oil Temp) in ATI Gauge Pod
- Wideband AFR Gauge in Subygal Gauge Pod
- Painted Centre Console Flat Black
- STI shift knob, boot and trim
- STI E-Brake
- Kenwood DNX5200 Double-DIN w/ Nav
- MTX 2 Channel for MTX 12" Sub in Custom Trunk Enclosure
- Alpine 4 Channel for Phoenix Gold Speakers all the way around (Need to upgrade)
- 12L Spec C Water Tank (Hooked up to IC Sprayer but will be for Water/Meth Injection)
- JDM Red Hazard Button

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Old 09-27-2011, 02:58 PM   #5
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very clean i like it
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:43 PM   #6
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Looks great, keep it up!

Ps: My girlfriends parents are from Calgary!
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:49 PM   #7
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Thanks. That's what im going for. We've got too many oil patch workers here with lifted trucks that think everyone and their minivan wants to street race. I got tired of the attention with the wing and I am trying to go for a more subtle aggressive look. I've also got some rear Spats in for paint right now because I think the side-skirt line needs to be carried to the rear bumper.

I am looking forward to getting the new trunk on. After that, I'll be looking at some more power via a new turbo and HFS-6. I *should* hold off on more power until after winter... but I dont know if I can wait that long.

Turbos I am considering are:
- GT2871
- TD05-18G 7cm
- FP HT68 8cm

My tuner (Airboy) has suggested I try the HT68 because its cheap and thats what he runs. We'll see.
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:57 PM   #8
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Ps: My girlfriends parents are from Calgary!
Calgary is pretty good. Been here about 4 years now... the winters kinda suck but being close to Banff and Lake Louise for skiing is really nice.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:36 PM   #9
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Very nice car. I like the current setup you have right now.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:48 PM   #10
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where did you get the front clip from? if you dont mind me asking
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:04 AM   #11
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Very nice car. I like the current setup you have right now.
Thanks. Im a fan... but I've always said, it I can ever honestly look at the car and think "Its done", I'll sell it.


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where did you get the front clip from? if you dont mind me asking
I'll pm you.
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:45 AM   #12
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amazing....2.0L meee want
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:32 AM   #13
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awesome work!
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:53 AM   #14
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sooo jelly! i wana v7 front clip

very nice dude
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:58 AM   #15
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amazing....2.0L meee want
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sooo jelly! i wana v7 front clip

very nice dude
Thanks guys.

Yeah, I really like my 207. I knew that the V8 had the twinscroll but the V7 seems to be stronger. I know that I wont be keeping the VF30 much longer so Im glad I went with the V7. I dont miss the torque from a 2.5 that much and the 207 is so smooth on its way up to 8k that it doesn't matter.

Also, if anyone is thinking about doing a swap... this might be worth the read:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2089781

I wrote it shortly after doing my swap and found I was getting a lot of questions about it.
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:41 PM   #16
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good stuff and I love that you stayed 2.0

you should add any pictures you took (that one of the front clip is a gem) to your swap thread.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:00 PM   #17
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good stuff and I love that you stayed 2.0

you should add any pictures you took (that one of the front clip is a gem) to your swap thread.
Thanks Ferg.

I didn't really stay 2.0 as the car had a 2.5 to begin with... but there aren't too many 207's around here so I wanted to do something a bit different than the usual STI swap.

When I was putting this thread together yesterday, I was just looking through my 80-something page project thread on my local subaru club forum and stealing pictures. I probably took 300 pics during my swap... mostly of problem areas and things that I had accomplished. I'll grab some more pics and post them up here and in that Swap thread.

I found that my project thread was invaluable when I was doing the swap. I needed the encouragement and feedback I was getting from local members to keep going. Some days, like those when I was lying on the concrete floor of an unheated garage when it was -30*C outside, I really just wanted to give up, sell everything and move on. The local guys and girls kept me focussed and wanting to complete it.
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:35 PM   #18
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Some random swap pics...



The wiring harness that I pulled from the JDM STI:

This was basically the reason that I sent it away to iWire to get merged with the RS wiring. I have trouble wiring a stereo... not about to attempt this. I highly highly recommend Brian at iWire. Great customer service, very willing to help and he was super quick.

Old motor:


My buddy working on pulling the RS Dash Harness.


and the RS Wiring harness completely out:


Empty STI Shell:


Old motor out


Crappy pic but you get the idea of the empty engine bay


JDM STI Power steering cooler... it was a bitch to get it to fit properly.


and finally.. the motor getting put in.

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woot! Congrats on the swap! I can't wait to do i myself!
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OMGHi2U

More swap pics


The motor in... what a great day


Mounted the rear diff... not fun.


Putting the wiring and dash back together


and a bit more...


Underneath the steering column


Connecting more stuff in the engine bay

I installed that short ram but never ran it. Im using the OEM air box. The short ram was on so things (bolts) didn't find their way into the intake.

Power for the first time!


Another interior shot


And... finally...


That picture kept me smiling for weeks... and I still smile thinking about it almost a year and a half later.
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great job!! It looks awesome, annnd.... cheaper insurance hahaha
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:23 PM   #22
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great job!! It looks awesome, annnd.... cheaper insurance hahaha
Thanks. But false.

Im paying out the ass for insurance here.

I didn't want this to be under-insured. There have been rumours floating around that if a Canadian Insurance company finds that you have undeclared modifications that could have contributed to an accident, they will refuse coverage (liability as well!).

I declared all my modifications and my insurance company had a hissy fit. Wanted to make me jump through all sorts of hoops to get basic coverage. I found a different company that has no problem with modified cars, they know about everything... but they are expensive. No accidents. Two minor tickets years ago and Im old enough to be out of the young age bracket.

I dont think that this is the case everywhere. It was just my experience and I decided to play it safe. Insurance is all about peace of mind and thats exactly what I have.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:26 PM   #23
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Also, Im extremely happy cause I just got off the phone with my painter and he said that my new Velocity Carbon V1 trunk is going in for paint today. I can't wait to put it on and see what it looks like.
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Wow awesome build. Not the RSTi I was expecting to see When I read the title! I was expecting to see another GC swap/build thread. Great work I love bugeyes!
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Wow awesome build. Not the RSTi I was expecting to see When I read the title! I was expecting to see another GC swap/build thread. Great work I love bugeyes!
Thanks. Yeah, there's a few GC swaps around here... but as far as bugeye RS swaps, I believe that mine is the only one around my area. Its always nice to own something unique.


I've got an S204 Polyurethane front lip that I bought along with the Prodrive one. Im not sure if I want to install it. Might mock it up and see how it looks. It would be mounted to the bottom of the Prodrive lip.

Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone. I really appreciate it.
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