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Old 03-06-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
RSTIJay
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Default Jay's 2004 RSTI build, slammed, big turboed, tubbed

So I figured since work is actually finally starting to get done on my car I would post it up for the interwebs to see.


My names Jay and I'm a manufacturing engineering student. A couple buddies and I share a shop where we mostly do stupid things and occasionally work on our cars.


Meet Rachel, my 2004 Impreza 2.5RS. I bought her back in March 2012

First thing I did was remove the wing and temporarily covered the holes up with some electrical tape



I had originally planned on dropping it and putting the zauber monoblocks on I had been working on for the my Jetta that I previously had then later down the road do an STI swap and more extreme things. I drove it for a couple months without doing anything to it.

A buddy and I started renting our old shop mainly so I could work on my 79 Jeep Cherokee and then when the time comes my impreza. Well time went by and Rachel developed a knock in the engine. I knew it wasn't good, but didn't have the money for a JDM swap at the time and so I drove it for about another 10000km. then one day I found a 2002 WRX Spec R1, that had a built EJ257 from NV auto, that had been rolled over and was for sale at a junkyard. The next day we took a trip to see the car and it was to good of a deal to pass up. Put a deposit down and went and picked it up the next week.



The car had quite a few nice parts on it including some Drummond Motorsports coilovers, so I swapped those onto Rachel. They didn't quite go as low as I wanted but they handle really well and I had them already.



Started tearing down the WRX to swap the engine into my Impreza. Sold a lot of parts off of it to fund parts needed for the swap including the hyperflow TMIC which I basically traded for a Greddy FMIC.
Girlfriend helping with tear down




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Old 03-06-2013, 10:04 PM   #2
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You could totally do a bugeye front end conversion with those extra parts!
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:07 PM   #3
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:18 PM   #4
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My approach to the swap was to take he whole wiring harness from the WRX and swap it into the Impreza. The main reason being was that it was already a running car and I didn't feel like wiring the engine up in the Impreza and fighting electrical gremilins.

Labeled everything


Completly gutted


outside to be scavenged


So the swap was pretty simple since all the hard work was already done it was basically plug and play. Took everything out of the yellow car and put it in the blue car. I used the WRX transmission, no it was not 6mt swapped , and put a 2009 WRX gearset in it since the guys at the junkyard successfully exploded 2nd gear. Replaced the broken clutch with an ACT clutch and the top mount with a GReddy FMIC. After gutting one car and learning all the tricks, gutting my Impreza was pretty simple. A friend and I had it completly gutted, drivetrain pulled, STi engine in, and wiring started within about 24 hours of straight working.


Wiring basically all back in


Buddy of mine does all my powder coating for me and so I told him to suprise me with my intake manifold. I guess it was a good showcase of what he can do. we all had a good laugh


The night, I guess morning since it was 5AM, that I first started the beast. Thanks to some help from a lot of friends who got all the small details together for it to start. It didn't drive then because the clutch was toast and I didnt realize it.



The whole swap took me about 3 weeks to complete. It only took about a weekend to get it torn down and back together, but had to wait to save up for my clutch and some odd parts.

The obligatory gas station shot after finally getting it all back together and running right


A buddy of mine and I had been planning on going to the Eurokracy car show in Quebec for quit some time and it was a mad dash to get my car done. I had only had it running the Monday before the show, had ordered tires on tuesday, adapters on wednesday and the friday that we were leaving I got the tires mounted and on the car. It rubbed like crazy since I didn't have my suspension set for the amount of poke and I wasn't extatic about how the wheels looked for quite some time.

First pic of the wheels I had been slaving over for a year already. I had hand polished each lip and the 160 bolts. heres the big beast Cherokee in the back


on our way to Montreal
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:26 PM   #5
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I realized that I really enjoyed the look at about 2AM on our cruise


Cool shot from Montreal


After completing the swap and getting it somewhat fitted I enjoyed the car and didn't really add much to it but gas and oil.

Beside a stock wagon at the dealer. Only one I have seen in my colour


My friend Brandon and his bagged E30. We are currently swapping in an RB25 into this car. I'm really excited for this build to be done.


Probably my favourite pic of her after a truck tire stole my fog light cover and liscence plate on the hiway


Toronto Subaru Club Hypermeeting. Polishing up the award winning Zaubers. That was pretty cool to get the award for most unique wheels after spending so much time on refinishing them.


We had made the decision to leave the shop in Kitchener and involve some more of our friends in our endevers, so we got a solid crew together and started renting the new shop in August. Currently we are all in full build mode.

So september came, shows stopped and my engine had started producing a few overheating issues here and there. We narrowed it down to being head gaskets (hopefully) and so I parked the car for the winter and picked up Gloria, the 1997 Legacy winterbeater. I swapped my coilovers onto her as well as my stockers with winter tires. All in all for $300 if she makes it through to April I will be happy.

Remind me not to take a lowered car muddin again


So sadly I had to get rid of the Zaubers to fund my build, but I'm not completly torn since I had these BBS RS's layin around that need rebuilding. I will be relipping them and rebarrelling them. The will be WIDE!

Test fitting them


Now we're at where I am as of late. I tore down the front end of the car pulled the engine and and started getting to shave the bay.

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Old 03-06-2013, 10:26 PM   #6
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So since my zaubers were rubbing the inner fender wells and only being 8" wide and not as low as I want to be running next year, my friends talked me into tubbing the bay. This will allow me to run a pretty gangster fitment as well as clean up the engine bay a lot.

heres a pics of the startings of the tubs. I just used trailer fenders from Princess auto and some sheet metal


And cleaned up a bit more. still needs lots more work


So after having fun all summer with the power I was putting down(unknown) I decided I wanted more. My goal is to hit 450awhp with the help of this big guy. It's a Holset HX35 that I picked up brand new off of Kijiji for a price that I couldn't say no. I'll be getting new injectors (1000cc), a cobb AP, EWG and plenty of supporting equipment. I will also be making a custom rotated uppipe and headers to showcase the rather large turbo. I am really excited to see what kind of power I can put down with this turbo setup.

That's a VF39 sitting beside it for comparison.


Driver's side tub had all the holes filled and got some fiberglass layed down on it and starting to be smoothed out. I'm pretty happy with it so far




Let me know what you guys think still tons more work to go. Here's a quick vid of my car runnin the 1//8th mile back in the summer. It's posted on our shops facebook page. If you have time go like the page as I post a lot more on there than I do on forums.



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Old 03-06-2013, 10:31 PM   #7
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Awesome work! Basically at the top of my to-do list to do a swap like yours
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:34 PM   #8
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looks good so far. good luck with your rotated build. that turbo makes a vf39 look so puney.

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Old 03-06-2013, 10:46 PM   #9
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looks good so far. good luck with your rotated build. that turbo makes a vf39 look so puney.
Thank's I am really excited to see what kinda power I can put down with it. I have only seen a few guys on here do a holset build, and nobody really posts numbers
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:55 AM   #10
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Sweet build! Look forward to the progress.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:41 AM   #11
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Looks great mate
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:11 PM   #12
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enjoy your new head gaskets!
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:38 PM   #13
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update?
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:01 PM   #14
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Tell me you have the yellow side skirts from that spec r1! I PMD you. Nice build btw!
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:33 PM   #15
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So it's been a while since I updated this build. After doing bodywork on the tubs for hours on end and then having to paint it twice since the first time I sprayed it in looked like crap. Got the car somewhat done in june and was using it as my daily. Ran like a beast and was decently quick. Took it to Eurokracy in Montreal at the end of June and that was a good time. The car was nowhere near finished tho, was running on steelies and was kinda just thrown together to get it running. Ran a 14.2 in the 1/4 mile at 6psi (was having an issue with boost) multiple times and the car held up fine. Came home and drove it until early August when it started making some terrible noises coming home on the 401 from Toronto. Still have yet to fully diagnose it but sounds like something is broken in the driver side head. Makes a clicking and rattling noise. The RSTi has been parked at the shop since then and I ended up selling my jeep and picked up a 1987 Mercedes 190e 2.3-16 for cheap and have been using that as my daily since. Cut springs and smaller tires made it look kinda neet and thats basically all I've done to it since purchase.

Anyways heres some pics of progress on the subie.

Primmed and ready for paint


First coat


Motor in finally


Dusty


Mock up if the RS's


Mock up of the IC piping and intake manifold


Hot pink intake manifold? Why not!


Fully shaved trunk, painted. Came out not bad for amatures.


Here she is all togetherish


Detailing before eurokracy
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:34 PM   #16
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Lookin ugly on steelies and winter tires


Girlfriend got pretty good at delivering a grusome earblaster on the way home from eurokracy


And here's the benz


Plans for the subie are to tear it back down somewhat. See whats going on with the motor, finally put a big turbo on it and build it out over time. I'm back in school again so progress will be very slow since funds are limited. I have some other ideas as well of what I want to do to do it which are pretty awesome. Thats it for now.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:40 PM   #17
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The subie looks nasty...in a good way.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:43 PM   #18
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thanks dude. Was happy it was running this summer, but needs to look better and get finished. All in due time
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:42 AM   #19
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So awesome! Can't wait to see what you do next.

However, that Benz? Stole my heart.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:46 AM   #20
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I'm loving the fact that it just looks like a lowered RS from afar, you'd never know it was tubbed and running some nice power.

Good work
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:57 AM   #21
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I'm loving the fact that it just looks like a lowered RS from afar, you'd never know it was tubbed and running some nice power.

Good work
That's what I was going for with the car. The look on Evo drivers faces when I pull on them is priceless

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So awesome! Can't wait to see what you do next.



However, that Benz? Stole my heart.
The Benz is a blast as well. Nothing against my subie, but it's so nice to just get in a car and not worry about it and gets just as many looks as the subie
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