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Old 02-12-2014, 12:38 AM   #1
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Member#: 355192
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Chicagoland, IL
2002 WRX Wagon

Default My New 2002 WRX Wagon

I've been on a search for probably 2 years now to find a bugeye WRX Wagon that's totally stock, clean, and unmolested. Also private party b/c the IL tax laws are super cheap.

My dad had a WR blue one when they were new and I was ending high school, so I've always had a soft spot for them. Finally found the right car back around Thanksgiving. Seller had issues with his 2014 delivery so I waited until this past weekend to get it. Not my first color choice. I've now had 5 silver cars in a row now and never really wanted the color.

1 owner, older guy that used it to get around rural OH with 90k miles. Really mint shape. I think you just know when it's the right one.

It's currently covered in salt and crap from this horrible winter we've been having but here's one of the sale pics. He had some circa 2004 tire rack wheels but with new Conti DWS', which was a bonus. Car is currently on the stock wheels with snows. Those summer wheels will be getting tossed for something else before the weather breaks.

Current Mods:
Just one. PO Installed relays and really handy switch to either kill the DRLs or run fogs only in blinding snow/really bad fog. Works via a switch on the dash and this cell phone pic makes the light look brighter than it is, the light is also on the dimmer circuit. Pretty cool.

I've been lurking for a while, so any suggestions here would be appreciated. This is going to be my daily/family hauler so probably not going to slam it or make it too loud. But I do love the boxer sound and fast cars.

Up/Down pipes
Cobb tune?
Suspension upgrades (sways, bushings, etc)

This will be my first turbo car that isn't a VW, so slightly new territory for me.

Here's a bad pic of her R32 stablemate and the 99 Integra she replaced. Teg was a fun car too and will be missed.

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Old 02-12-2014, 08:35 AM   #2
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Member#: 157833
Join Date: Aug 2007
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ Jersey Shore
2007 WRB STI


Welcome...clean car. Take good care of her! I would start off with a cobb accessport, then downpipe and up-pipe...then go from there! Enjoy
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:26 PM   #3
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Member#: 355192
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Chicagoland, IL
2002 WRX Wagon


Thanks! And it's started.

Got the weathertech floor liners in today and ordered the Grimmspeed hoodstruts but they are back ordered.

Maintenance items:
Shop did:
  • Timing belt & Tensioner
  • All other belts
  • Fuel Smell Recall (for free!)
  • Valve Cover gaskets
I did:
  • Front and rear diff fluid
  • brake fluid
  • P0447 & P1400 CEL for the Evap canister loom
  • Cabin Filter

Should be all sorted maintenance wise now at this point. Next up...more power.
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:35 PM   #4
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Member#: 355192
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Chicagoland, IL
2002 WRX Wagon


Whelp the more power idea had the brakes put on after I had her up in the air and putting the summer wheels/tires on. So I went on a little shopping spree today after reading around for the last month or so. Lots of mounts and whatnot are shot with the car being at 95k miles and 13 years in the salt belt.

  • 22M rear swaybar
  • front & rear swaybar endlinks (whiteline)
  • front sway bushings
  • Group N engine mounts
  • Group N trans mount
  • Group N pitch mount
  • Kartboy trans bushings
  • Kartboy shifter bushing kit

Also got a quart of the Chassis Saver rust preventer/stopper to treat the subframe and a bunch of other stuff that is looking pretty chewed up from salt while I replace all this stuff.

Now if the weather would just stop being a jerk and actually warm up, that'd be super.
Pics to come!

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Old 05-19-2014, 08:39 AM   #5
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Member#: 355192
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Chicagoland, IL
2002 WRX Wagon


Whelp got most everything installed but the subframe lockdown bolts. 13 years and a saltbelt car makes some of this difficult. Had to have a shop retap the swaybar mounts.

Rebuilt the front brakes entirely. New slidepin/boot kit and and all new mounting hardware. Just went with Centric rotors/Akebono ProACT combo for now.

Did all the endlinks and everything, then I noticed the drivers side sway mount that is fully exposed to the road looked loose. Turns out a bolt was almost sheared off. I've retapped from the topside for other stuff, but working under the car I just couldn't do it.

That was frustrating so I got a Cobb accessport so maybe the car will be nicer to me. Even stage 1 it's pretty fun with all the STI mounts and whatnot. My wife is complaining I turned our new family hauler into a 'racecar' like my VW is. Whoops.

Did a full 3 stage paint correction this weekend. PO took really good care of it and I hardly had to claybar. I mainly use Menzerna products.

Replaced the rubber surrounds of the wheel arches and cleaned up some surface rust as well. I can safely say there are now no body panels with any rust that hasn't been sanded/treated/primed/painted.

Of course it's mid may and the trees have hardly bloomed yet.

Think she'll stay stage 1 for a while as I'm currently looking more into improving the handling.
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Old 05-19-2014, 11:09 AM   #6
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Member#: 134005
Join Date: Dec 2006
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
2004 WRX Premium


Not bad for the age
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:11 PM   #7
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Member#: 376571
Join Date: Dec 2013
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Lil' Rhode Island.
2015 WRX STI
Launch Edition - WRB


She's really clean for being 12 years old!
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:43 PM   #8
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Member#: 167448
Join Date: Dec 2007
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Kittery Maine
2013 2013 wrx hatch
Plasma blue pearl


Nice looking car. Has always been a car I have wanted to own some day.
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:25 PM   #9
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Member#: 260936
Join Date: Oct 2010
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Wisconsin
2002 4EAT VF48 Wagon


Looks very nice!! I have a silver wagon myself. Love my wagon and im looking forward to see what you do! Btw i have a cnt catted downpipe for sale if you want. Ill let it go cheap since your a fellow midwestener.
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:27 PM   #10
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Member#: 327666
Join Date: Jul 2012
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: El Segundo
02 slow psmwagon


Very nice. Welcome to the Bugeye clan
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Old 05-19-2014, 03:01 PM   #11
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Member#: 343218
Join Date: Jan 2013
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Virginia
2004 WRX wagon


That is one clean wagon...looks like it's in good hands too.
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