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Old 09-01-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
mattrubywrx
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Build journal time!


To start off, i purchased the car in the summer 0f 2011, at the ripe age of 18. It was my third car, but first one worth anything. This is my log of what brought the car to what it is today.
The car started life as an 02 WRX, owned by a friend of mine. Before i bought the car, my buddy and a local garage had began to transform the stock Sedona Red Perl bugeye to JDM style blobeye.
Up to date parts list:
Majority of work was done by Emperial 2000 Auto of Mississauga
Exterior:
04-05 jdm front fenders
04-05 STi bumper with v-limmited lip
04-05 STi hood and scoop
04-05 STi jdm headlights with H.I.D’s / clear signal bulbs
04-05 STi trunk shaved and filled wingless
06-07 STi rear vane spoiler
04-05 jdm STi tail lights
02-03 STi jdm rear bumper
Rally armour mud-flaps
3m carbon vinyl accents / 3 m clear vinyl stone protection
Interior:
jdm black leather front and rear seats, door cards and centre console
04-05 STi blue carpet
04-05 STi steering wheel
04-05 STi cluster
STi titanium piston shift knob (custom burnt)
STi authentic floor mats
Defi blue boost gage
HKS turbo timer
Black suede head liner
20% full tint including eye brow
3m carbon vinyl accents
Engine / exhaust:
2.0l JDM V7 ej207 with jdm ecu and modified wiring harness for AVCS
Blouch 16g-xt port & polished / ceramic coated
Hyperflow FMIC with white powder coated piping
DW 1000cc injectors
Grimmspeed 3 port ebcs
D-spec el headers / up-pipe
3” full catless Fujitsubo exhaust
HKS sequential b.o.v
Walbro 255lph
Works Bell carbon fiber cooling plate
Suspension / breaks / drive train:
H.S.D hr series coilovers (6k springs)
STi aluminum control arms
STi front lateral links (mine was somehow damaged, these were sitting around so put them in
STi sub-frame (same story, mine was dinged up, this one was available.)
STi front strut brace
STi rear strut brace
97’ STi 5 spd. Ra gearset
Exedy stage 2 clutch I believe, the one with carbon Kevlar lol.
4.44 rear lsd differential
Perrin front and rear 25mm sway bars
Wheels/tires:
Work Emotion XD9 18x9 +38 (summer)
17x7.5 jdm goldies (winter)



How she started.


fitting the FMIC piping (later to be powder-coated) / front end


fitting the new bumper / 04-05 tail lights



little preview before clipping / bolting everything in


Bumper on / wheels and tires came in



Primed and ready!



aaand painting.


this is the result of the work mentioned above, and what the car was like when i bought it.






Immediately after purchasing the car i fell in love with what i thought then was power. Being my first boosted car, along with my first AWD car, it felt like a whole different machine to me than anything i had previously driven.
That being said, i began modding the car almost immediately first with;
-a set of STi 565cc injectors the shop had, as well as a set of Perrin fuel rails, and a Samco turbo inlet pipe. i spruced the interior up with a v8 STi cluster, and replaced the RS hood with a proper STi hood and scoop. i also (regrettably) traded my 04-05 lights for a set of 06 tails.

The engine bay looked like hell from the previous owner so i decided to clean that up a bit too. I took the manifold off at the garage and had it painted to match the HSD coil-over top hats, and tucked away some badly routed wires and hoses.
I also tinted the car soon after getting it.

(Sept-Oct /2011)
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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06 tails ...stupid choice


Perrin fuel rails, not sure why, but i wanted them lol


close color match to the HSD top hats and Perrin rails on



new and improved engine bay



new and improved cluster / shift knob




A week after this i brought the car for its first tune. I wasn't satisfied with the power anymore, i think partially because i hoped for better dyno numbers (stupidly but i was new to this) and partially because i had gotten used to it. I don't recall exact numbers but i think it was 209 whp and 213 lbs of torque.
(Oct/2011)



From here i kinda relaxed for a month or so, i took the time to do some research and try and make a goal for myself to avoid useless spending..

as winter was approaching, i decided to put my winter tires on to avoid spending money on new summer rubber till next season, as mine were worn to the belt.
(Nov/2011)


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Old 09-01-2012, 06:48 PM   #3
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Nice work, but I would have liked it better as a bug

edit: re-read you bought it that way. pics didn't load in your last post.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:56 PM   #4
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over the winter i broke my steering rack, fix it, and then bought some more parts. pretty typical. I grabbed a set of d-spec equal length headers and up pipe, a walbro 255lph, aluminum control arms, and a couple other small bits and pieces.
i went with varrstoen 222's (18x9.5 +45) for this summers wheels.

(Apr/2012)




new wheels being painted to match



new wheels on, springs pretty much here to stay, and bam some mother****** rear ends me in a parking lot, small scuff on the bumper but i still felt it needed to be re-painted. got the bumper re-painted and one week later i wake up to the car in the driveway with a nice shoe-print on the trunk and a big paint flex crack to go with it so i dropped the trunk off this time for re-painting and took a spare carbon fiber trunk off the garages hands for the time being. all in all it kinda worked out nicely as i got a great deal on a carbon fiber trunk lid!
About 3 weeks later if that i decided to pull up to far on a curb and rape my front lip.



(May/2012)

band-aid / stitch work


(May/2012)


I didn't really ever like the look of the 06-07 tail lights on my car so i decided to coat them in red, then hit them with a can of clear coat and cure them in a painting booth, they turned out good.

carbon trunk, painted tails, white varrstoens @ the fitted meet


Now my stock turbo started pulling oil through badly, so it was tossed aside for a vf39, when this was installed i also grabbed a 72mm maf and hks filter. Back at the dyno, this time putting down a respectable 292 whp/ 290 lbs of torque on stock 02 wrx internals / block.

well that being said the car lasted for about an hour on this set-up post dyno tune, and then spun a bearing while driving the car home from the tuning shop.
being pretty pissed that not only my motor was shot, but also that i never got to enjoy the turbo set-up i just had installed, i parked the car in a garage at my neighbors, and started looking into options.
(Jun/2012)

about 2 weeks after my motor miss-hap, i went and purchased an ej207 v7 sti motor with VF30 turbo. to go with it i bought an exedy stage 1 HD clutch, and Fujitsubo exhaust.
I had my friends back at the garage do the install and wiring, it didnt take long and was done flawlessly.

(July/2012)

ej207 v7 with exedy stage 1 clutch



fully installed and tuned


new exhaust (some crazy jdm brand i cant even read)

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Old 09-01-2012, 07:24 PM   #5
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one month after spinning a bearing i was back in action with 2.0l jdm furry under the hood!

Back at the dyno with the new motor, d-spec equal length headers, full 3" cat-less exhaust, hyperflow fmic and a hks ssq bov, and a tank of 91 octane the car put down a satisfying 306whp/292lbs of torque.

(July/2012)

ej207 dyno sheet




Now with the engine problems all solved , car tuned nicely and pulling hard, i was able to change some stuff around on the exterior for fun. I solf the Varrstoens, and bought 17x7.5 +22 BBS LM's.

(Aug/2012)

BBS LM's



I also put the stock shaved trunk on again


(Aug 27/2012)





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Old 09-01-2012, 07:37 PM   #6
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sorry if the images are huge / some haven't loaded.

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Old 09-01-2012, 08:58 PM   #7
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car is definitely going in the right direction.
good progress my fellow canadian.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:24 PM   #8
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nice progress!
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:09 PM   #9
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Looks nice! Next mod: change it back to a bugeye
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:35 PM   #10
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^lol


looks good man, nice wheels
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:57 AM   #11
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That's a looooot of work, but when you have a vision, sometimes it just has to come through.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:43 AM   #12
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the white varrstoens might have looked the best
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:09 AM   #13
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looks good. so much better with the 04-05 front end than the bugeye.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:47 AM   #14
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looks good. so much better with the 04-05 front end than the bugeye.
thanks man, i do like bug-eyes, but i personally prefer the blob-eye style front end

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the white varrstoens might have looked the best
the white Varrstoens where nice, but heavy.. new wheels next spring though i need something wider again.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:55 AM   #15
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Wow blobeye ftw! I love the bbs lms. Re lip them and do red bbs center caps already.

I'm jealous of your Sti jdm lip!
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:06 PM   #16
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couple of updates

Got bored, did a little sticker bomb on the head unit surround. also fit a shotgun shell to the cigarette lighter lol



Did a little shopping as well, grabbed some parts, starting to stock pile for the spring.

side skirts with JDM spats, JDM subaru rain guars, JDM STi rear strut brace, STi shifter surround, and perrin sway bars (27mm)


Strut brace all polished up, its a shame its almost entirely hidden after installed

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Old 01-16-2013, 04:15 PM   #17
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Bought some jam 17" goldies for winter, they look pretty good for a winter wheel.



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Old 01-16-2013, 04:21 PM   #18
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Also finally got a chance to throw in a couple little upgrades i had purchased the past month or two.

Blouch 16g-xt ceramic coated /port and polished, grimmspeed 3 port ebcs, and dw 1000cc injectors.





Also grabbed a set of Rally armour mud flaps to help keep the salt / sand off of things a bit through the winter. This is how she sits now.

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:02 PM   #19
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awesome conversion! the only thing that gives it away is the antenna. ive been looking into blobeye front swap for my bugeye. how much was the jdm front, if you dont mind me asking?

edit - nevermind saw the p.o. did it, still looks great!
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:37 PM   #20
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The car looks amazing man! Good work!
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:11 AM   #21
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awesome conversion! the only thing that gives it away is the antenna. ive been looking into blobeye front swap for my bugeye. how much was the jdm front, if you dont mind me asking?

edit - nevermind saw the p.o. did it, still looks great!
Thanks man, I've been meaning to remove the antenna, possibly striping and re-painting the whole car next week though thanks to my garage
ill remove it for good then.

Also the front end conversion cost about 4 000$ the guy i bought the car is a good buddy of mine, i felt comfortable buying from him because I've seen a lot of the cars progress.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:25 PM   #22
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I was all like and then you did a great job...



I do have to ask though... All that body work.. and you didnt shave the antenna?!?!
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:49 PM   #23
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I like seeing conversions like this.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:54 PM   #24
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I like seeing conversions like this.
Thanks, always loved the blob eye style

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I was all like and then you did a great job...

I do have to ask though... All that body work.. and you didnt shave the antenna?!?!
aha ya i know, it will be done shortly!
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:11 PM   #25
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more jdm stuff today
had a little incident with a someones decorative mini tree that bent my fender so i picked up some jdm STi fenders,
also got my new bumper / lip for the spring to replace my broken one I've been rocking for a while. STi front bumper with authentic v limited lip.
couple more weeks and ill actually start to install everything, then paint before spring. can't wait for it all to come together, lots to install.




also got a nice new thule roof rack setup

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