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Old 10-11-2014, 10:21 AM   #1
ImNOrobo
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Itsa bugeye 04, V9
RHD and it makes me smile

OMGHi2U RHD STi, V9 drivetrain, 04 WRX/bugeye swap, Clean and Mean daily driver! [PIC heavy]

This is something I have been thinking about doing for awhile. Well here goes;

I was in search for a red subaru wagon. There was none to be found. I looked in a multitude of states around where I was stationed in Virginia. I started looking for any WRX wagon. Still nothing that was in my price range. I gave up on wagons. I looked for sedans, a few here and there but nothing that peaked my interest, If it did it was either sold or too much.

A month later I found this 2004 WRX for sale in New Jersey. It was quite far and more money than I had. I threw him an offer hoping he may accept. To my surprise he did so I had to figure out a ride all the way up there. A friend lived in Rhode Island and just happened to be going home on leave within a few days of me finding this gem.

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18 g greddy turbo
The fuel system by Agency fuel rails and steel braided lines. A walbro 255 fuel pump and 750 cc injectors but deutchwerks
Agency unequal headers with invidia uppipe, Invidia V3 downpipe thats
connected to the Cobb midsection and a TurboXS axleback
perrin front mounted intercooler
Grimmspeed P&P and ceramic intake manifold and TGV deletes
APS turbo inlet that is connected to the Perrin BIG maf
older 2000 Sti 4 piston brake system with race rotors
rota wheels
greddy turbo timer
STi gauge cluster
2007 STi roof spoiler
Sti spliters and side skirts
upgraded clutch
NJ state inspection valid untill July 2012
The Cobb V2 accessport runs everything beautifully ( With custom map from Agile Automotive performance)



Fast forward a few months and I painted the wheels, tinted the windows and put a lip on it. The suspension it came with was S-tech springs, which were horrendous on wrx struts.



I started getting into autocross with the car so off went the crappy suspension. I found a set of version 7 sti struts and crucial racing springs. I matched those up with whiteline Com-C top hats and group N rear top hats. I got whiteline front and rear sway bars with heavy duty endlinks. I replaced a whole bunch of bushings. I ended up going through the whole suspension. The car felt awesome, we were both happier.


Fast forward a few years, I am on a race track doing a run and I hear the dreaded knock around a corner at 80 mph. I slow down right away and throw it in a higher gear to get the revs down. (There is a video on my youtube page of the run) The motor is done?! I had been looking at engine options before in my spare time so I pretty much knew what I wanted. I talked the wife into getting a complete version nine drivetrain. You know, don't want to put a powerful engine in with a weaker five speed. Ha Ha.
I get the whole car swapped over in ten days, which isn't bad doing it mostly by myself with help from some good friends and even the wife while working long nights.




I get the car tuned by Ron at Phatbotti. He is awesome and so is the tune. It helped me win a few races and have lots more fun than the wrx drivetrain. I get some coilovers and get the car corner balanced and aligned before I head back home. Out of the service and head back to beautiful Oregon.

Fast forward about a year and I hit some black ice going around a corner at 40 mph. It wrecks the front passenger side pretty bad (now the driver side, ha ha). I'm thinking it is toast and I just lost my pride and joy. I was able to talk to my insurance agent and we were able to get a settlement so I can keep her. I was told to go to a certain bodyshop, which I will not name. We ordered a 2001 Jdm RHD front clip with about 90% of all the parts we would need to fix the damage and swap the car over to RHD. After months of the car sitting, I got the car back with no motor in and most of the firewall done. I got the rest of the swap done in a few months due to the work schedule being so tight and lack of a few parts that were needed.




Now she is done and on the road again. It has been a little over a month now. I have been driving her as much as possible, it has been almost a DD again. It feels a bit weird being on the right side but it isn't that hard to get used to.

Thanks for reading this long winded story, if you made it this far. Please feel free to ask questions or make comments. I love taking pictures and I have over 140 videos on my youtube page.(Which you should check out) I will def be posting lots of both in here. Enjoy!!!!



Motor

2005 version nine motor
Iag avcs wiring kit
Stock vf37, wrapped in titanium exhaust wrap
Aftermarket, custom fit stainless 3 inch bellmouth downpipe, wrapped in titanium exhaust wrap
Milltek sport 3 inch catless back
GRIMMSPEED 3 port ebcs
Hallman pro mbc, wired in hybrid with 3 port
Mishimoto aluminum radiator
Version nine intercooler wrapped in gold dei heat wrap
Jdm power steering cooler
Firewall is wrapped in gold dei heat wrap
Stage 2 protune by Ron from Phatbotti 306whp~289wtq (flat tq from 3800-6200 RPM)

Suspension

Jdm Sti aluminum control arms with gt spec anti lift kit
Rhd Sti steering rack with whiteline bushings
Whiteline 24 mm adjustable front sway with hd links
Whiteline bump steer kit
Paranoid fabrications fender braces
Tigwerks motor mounts
Torque solutions pitch stop mount
Isc coilovers with camber plates front and rear, extended rear adjusters
Kartboy front and rear transmission bushings
Whiteline cross member bushings
Perrin rear differential bushing kit
Kartboy rear subframe lock down kit
Redman performance front trailing arm bushings
Whiteline 24 mm adjustable rear sway bar with hd links

Drivetrain

Version nine six speed with stock short throw, DCCDpro controller, wired into cluster
5x100 brembos painted sonic blue pearl, dba 4000 t3 club spec rotors and hawk hps pads
R 180 differential
Sti driveshaft
Rhd engine cradle

Interior

All tar sound deadening is removed except the trunk for now
Stock firewall pad is replaced with dynaliner
Custom flocked dash, center console, A.B.C pillars
Black brushed metal switches, silver trim too
R33 skyline driver's side floor mat
Version 7 sti seats
Version 7 sti steering wheel and column
Version 7 e-brake handle
2005 JDM STi Cluster, IA Performance Kph To Mph Wiring kit
Black suede headliner and door cards
Blacked out Rhd carpet
Custom fit auto meter dual gauge pod cluster surround, flocked
Aem wideband
Prosport boost gauge
Sti headlight leveler switch
Both intercooler sprayer switches
Power folding mirror switch
Killer bee wrc style shift knob in white
Clarion touchscreen dvd/navi

Exterior

2001 Jdm sti front end swap, all black is brushed metal wrapped
Jdm front fenders have both sets of lights shaved
Jdm lightweight bumper beam
Jdm black hid headlights
Sti foglight covers
Jdm power folding mirrors, black is wrapped in black brushed metal
Jdm sti hood scoop and splitter
Deleted subaru logo in sti one piece grill
Prodrive rep lip
2004 cs style ebay lip custom fit and wrapped in black brushed metal
Sti sideskirts
17x9 +38 drag dr-38 wrapped in Kumho 255 40 17
Extended studs
Arospeed blue extended lugnuts
Painted carbon ebay roof vane spoiler (currently waiting to reinstall)
Stock wrx spoiler
Version 7 rear spats fit to the 04 bumper
Custom rear diffuser






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Old 10-11-2014, 10:31 AM   #2
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Old 10-11-2014, 05:06 PM   #3
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Man what a horribly arduous path to get where you are now, but it is a very thorough, solid build!

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Old 10-11-2014, 07:04 PM   #4
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Old 10-11-2014, 07:23 PM   #5
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Old 10-12-2014, 05:06 PM   #6
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Looks clean man. Enjoy!
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Old 10-12-2014, 08:43 PM   #7
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Did you do the whole right hand drive conversion yourself? It turned out great looks good
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Old 10-13-2014, 12:42 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone.

I have done everything myself except the bodywork, the actual bugeye swap. I customized the front bumper and it was my idea to shave the lights off the jdm fenders. Everything else listed was installed and/or made by me as well.

I went to the coast today, got some pics. Hopefully they come out good. Will start to edit here shortly. I will post when done.
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Old 10-13-2014, 01:10 AM   #9
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Absolutely stunning work all around! Really digging the rear defuser
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:30 AM   #10
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Thank you Mr. Chow. Here are some pretty good pics I was able to take today at the coast.

That is a natural blow hole in the background. It was shooting up to 15 feet or more.









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Old 10-13-2014, 08:48 AM   #11
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Nice work.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:16 AM   #12
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Thanks so you sir.
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:46 PM   #13
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How about a couple old autocross videos? Same run, different camera angles.




I ordered some grimmspeed psm to redo my sideskirts and the rear spats. Can't Wait.
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:49 PM   #14
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Very nice work!!! Car looks mean!
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Old 10-15-2014, 02:14 AM   #15
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Ha ha, thanks. Going for that clean and mean look.
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Old 10-15-2014, 11:09 AM   #16
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wow, I don't have the guts to do all this work!

nice blob errr, bug errr...nice WRX
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Old 10-15-2014, 11:19 AM   #17
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Great job. 10 days to do that work is no joke.
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Old 10-15-2014, 02:29 PM   #18
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good job
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Old 10-15-2014, 05:17 PM   #19
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Thanks guys.
It was 10 days for the complete drivetrain while working graveyard. It ended up taking a few months to do the rhd swap because I was working 60 hours a week, at night, trying to squeeze in anytime at all on the subaru. So the most I could get was an hour or two a day before I left for work. I was also waiting on some parts to finish her. It took around 63 hours total to complete the rhd, wiring was the longest part by far.

Here is a quick engine shot;

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Old 10-15-2014, 07:20 PM   #20
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how many ppl comment on your lhd wipers lol do you feel like u lost some visibility
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:17 AM   #21
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You are the first person actually, no one has said anything or they never noticed.

It was something I thought about changing over, I do have all the parts still. It isn't just a bolt on fitment, there are brackets that need to be swapped over, re welded and then bolted on. As far as visibility, I don't think I have lost any. It isn't the first part of the windshield to get wiped but it is the last part. It has rained a few different times now and I can see just fine, even when it is dumping down.
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Old 10-21-2014, 11:30 PM   #22
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Old 10-22-2014, 01:24 AM   #23
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Damn that's clean
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Old 10-22-2014, 02:33 AM   #24
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Yes, I did everything by myself with a little help here and there.

Thanks boost is best.
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:31 AM   #25
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That's a lot of work, you pulled it off!
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