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Old 09-17-2012, 01:05 AM   #1
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I've decided to catalog my build for the hell of it. I'll update when I can. First a little backstory of me and my car and then on to the build, happy reading!


I am 31 and live in Texas. I've wanted a WRX since they came to the U.S. in '02. I remember being in Denver and going to look at them. They wouldn't let me test drive one as they were in high demand and they wanted to keep mileage low. Bit**es. But...I couldn't afford one at the time regardless.

I did finally buy one in 2006. I have always admired the bugeyes more because of their odd characteristic. "So ugly they are cute". Like a pug. At the time I was in a '97 Ford Explorer with the 302. The tranny started slipping and I decided it was time to get a new car. On a whim I called the 2 Subaru dealerships in Houston to find one. Down south to my amazement, they just got one in on trade! PSM - check, 5 speed - check...45,000 miles. $13,500!! I said i'd be there and they said hurry. Unbelievably my wife said "okay"! I was so stoked!!

So down we go and it was beautiful. I was a little bummed it didn't have a spoiler (for shame, I know). But I wanted it. My first drive and impression was it was a little underpowered. But I had hyped it in my mind for years. It had a few odd things.
- scratches on the rear bumper.
- car bra
- badly installed cd player

Regardless I bought it! 10 miles home into the 40 mile trip the check engine light popped on. Wtf!!?. Gillman had closed. I bought a 2 year extended warranty. So the next day they said no biggie, bring it in. Now, there is a north dealership 20 minutes from me. But, it was only honored at Gillman South. Whatever. They kept it for a week. Don't even remember what they fixed. But I picked it up.

2 days later I was showing it to my buddy and he asked if I had looked under the bra to see if the paint was scratched or anything. I said nope. Guess what I found? The entire fu**ing bumper was destroyed! The damn car bra was holding it together!! I was pissed. So I called my salesman. Apparently they had turned the car around so fast they never looked under it! They said bring it in and they would replace it free of charge.

So again I drive an hour down. This time they have it 3 weeks!!! Imagine buying a dream car and not seeing it almost a month! I was aggravated. But...they were hard to find at the time. So I just took it. Technically I finally received my car by the time I made my first payment. Finally!! (this is just my experience and not a bi*** on Gillman or anyone). Btw, the paint peeled off 3 months later :/. They repainted it. That time it lasted 11 months. Oh well.

So my first mod was a short shifter. I was working at O'Reilly auto at the time. It was a Fidanza. I didn't know it only worked right with the factory installed short shifter linkage. So it was sloppy for a while. Since then the progression:

- eBay turbo back exhaust.
- COBB accessport stage II OTS map
- 18" Motegi gunmetal wheels
- Pioneer deck and subs

Between this time my car started throwing codes and running rough. After going crazy I figured out it was the MAF going bad caused by the AEM CAI that was on the car when I bought it. I had to swap out the exhaust to take it in for the warranty. Then I got more aggressive.

- EBay 20G TD05
- Walbro 255 lph
- DW 750cc injectors
- TWM short shifter
- installed EBay uppipe
- Koni reds and lowering springs
- tuned open source by AWDtuning

I really liked my car at this point. It pulled strong, although it came on late! Keith @ AWDtuning guesstimated me @ 280 - 300 AWHP. Of course the inevitable happened. I blew out my tranny coming out of a steep driveway at a gas station. Clack-clack-clack!!

I came on here and read horror stories about taking my car to just any tranny shop. So...I took it to Gillman. $3,800.00 later I had my tranny rebuilt and clutch replaced. The replaced 1st, 2nd, 3rd and synchros. OEM clutch. Funny thing is they would install an SPT clutch but that eliminated the warranty. Um...what? It was only valid with an WRX clutch. Whatever.

So I drove the crap out of it. In 3 years I put almost 90K miles. My commute was 50 miles each way every day. Thank god I finally got a company truck!

I was always nervous about the turbo. I went cheap on it and it took some inventive modification to get it to work right...even though it was listed as a WRX/STI turbo.

So one day my brother's car went to the shop. He asked if he could borrow mine for a few days. I said sure. He called me about 2 days in and said it was "making a clicking noise". I was praying it was the driver CV axle. I had replaced the passenger side and knew the driver side was bound to go soon enough. So it showed up back home on a trailer. So sad. He swore he was babying it and this happened. I didn't have the time to figure it out so it sat.

For like 4 months. I know! So I finally drove it. I knew immediately it was the tranny. Son of a bit**!!! To this day my brother hasn't claimed liability or given me a cent to help me. His son told me one day he had been showing off to a coworker and dumping the clutch and flat foot shifting it. Figures. So I've had to fix it. What that means is NOBODY drives my car now.

So I found a 5 speed on Craigslist for $1,000.00. I figured might as well just replace it! I didn't feel confidant to put it in so I took it to a shop endorsed on NASIOC. Really nice guy up north. I also bought a stage II clutchmasters clutch on EBay. So he swapped it in.

I drove my car for the first time in 6 months. And it was gutless. WTF!!?? I was only hitting about 13 lbs of boost (tuned @ 20). My check e ngine light popped on. I was frustrated! I said screw it and decided to swap out the turbo. This time I would buy a nice one. An 18G for faster spool and similar power. That decision is what has snowballed my whole build. They decision to spend $800.00 for an 18G @ turbochargers.com has now resulted in a $20,000.00 build!

So now on to my build. It's a work in progress and I will catch everyone up. I will show pictures and give a list of what I've done and my plans. It's an extensive build. But I'm a devoted Subaru owner. I love my car.

Hopefully the mods dont move or cancel this thread. it is long winded. There will be a lot of build info. Thanks for reading this far!
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:28 AM   #2
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So here's the build. I'll list the plan in appx. order of how things have changed/evolved. Feel free to leave comments or suggestions. Btw this is an '02 PSM WRX that at the beginning of the build had around 130,000 miles, OEM 5 spd, 2.0 EJ205 and a 20G TD05. NASIOC denotes either a NASIOC Vendor or a Member. (*) Denotes that the part was part of the plan but the plan changed. Most all parts listed have been bought except for a couple. (~) Denotes parts I've bought and the plan changed so I've sold or am selling.

PLANS/Purchases

March - 2012:
- ~ 18G TD05 - Turbochargers.com
- ~ OEM 5 speed - Craigslist/WRX-TX.com
- Double DIN Stereo/Screen Pioneer - Shop
- ~ COBB Turbo back exhaust - NASIOC
- Samco Ancillary hose kit - Fastwrx.com
- Blue Megan racing top/bottom radiator hoses - EBAY
- Console Armrest - WRX-TX.com
- Cluster pod - EBAY
- Glowshift gauges - Boost/Water temp - EBAY
- Forced Performance oil supply line - Oakes.com
- Tall STI Hood scoop (non "wave" type) - EBAY

April - 2012:
- COBB F/R Sway bars (22mm) - WRX-TX.com
- Kartboy F/R Endlinks - Oakes.com
- COBB heatshield - NASIOC
- ~ 38mm or EWG 2 bolt/Uppipe - NASIOC
- Full PSM paint job - King's Paint
- '05 STI F/R seats - NASIOC
- Shifter/E-Brake boot,armrest cover - Redlineauto.com
- STI Floor mats - EBAY.com
- ~ SSQ BOV - NASIOC
- Auto speed WRX shifter trim - Autospeedperformance.com

May - 2012:
- '04 STI 6 speed - NASIOC
- '04 STI Auto driveshaft - NASIOC
- '03 WRX Modified R160 rear diff. - NASIOC
- Kartboy Short Shifter - NASIOC
- '04 STI Front Brembo Calipers - NASIOC
- Borg Warner S256 - NASIOC
- Custom V-band - NASIOC
- Custom Twinscroll T4 Uppipe - NASIOC
- JDM STI Twinscroll Header - NASIOC
- Dual 38mm Tial EWG's - NASIOC
- Perrin FMIC/piping - NASIOC
- TXS Blow off valve (atmospheric) - NASIOC
- ~ Megan Racing Cat-back exhaust - NASIOC
- Stoptech rotors F/R - NASIOC
- EBC pads - NASIOC
- Projector headlights - Theretrofitsource.com
- Hella Black Magic fog lights - EBAY
- LED Exterior light kit - FastWrx.com
- LED Interior light kit - FastWrx.com
- Kartboy Hella Adapters - Rallysportdirect.com
- * AWDtuning stage II Shortblock - AWDtuning.com
- * Hybrid built/machined 2.0 heads - AWDtuning.com
- ID1000cc Injectors - Realstreetperformance.com
- ~ '07 STI OEM Cams - NASIOC
- Torque Solutions Motor Mounts - EBAY
- Scantools Bluetooth OBDII - EBAY
- Torque program - Android Market
- '04 STI Gauge Cluster - WRX-TX.com
- '04 STI Steering wheel - WRX-TX.com
- Modified '02 WRX Altezza tail lights - NASIOC
- STI key blank - EBAY
- (4) 225/40ZR-18 BF Goodrich SS tires - NASIOC

June - 2012
- DCCDPRO - DCCDpro.com
- DCCD OEM Switches - Subaruparts.com
- Front grill - EBAY

July - 2012
- '05 STI EJ257 Shortblock - NASIOC
- ~ '08 STI Dual AVCS heads - NASIOC
- JE 101.5mm Forged Coated Pistons - NASIOC
- ~ IXIZICE Thermal barriers - IXIZ.com
- OEM length Manley turbo tough rods - NASIOC
- Darton Sleeves - NASIOC
- ~ Gimmick Aluminum Radiator - NASIOC
- Gimmick Thermostat - NASIOC
- FMS Oil Cooler - NASIOC
- Invidia G200 Cat-back exhaust - NASIOC
- Hydra Nemisis 2.5 '05 STI - NASIOC
- '05 STI Oil pan/pickup/Baffle - NASIOC
- OEM STI Crank pulley - NASIOC
- Strut tower brace front - EBAY
- Darton Sleeves - NASIOC
- HKS Kamai Carbon rear diffuser - NASIOC
- Driveshaft Shop front axles - NASIOC
- Catch Can - EBAY
- Custom coolant - Walmart

August - 2012
- Aeromotive FPR - NASIOC
- Aeromotive Fuel Rails - NASIOC
- Custom Stainless lines/fittings - NASIOC
- DW-301 Fuel Pump - NASIOC
- Custom in-line Fuel Filter - NASIOC
- Nitrate OEM STI Crankshaft - NASIOC
- ~ Covert Oil Pickup NASIOC
- Koyo Radiator cap - NASIOC
- Brembo rebuild kit - FastWrx.com

September - 2012
- OEM Subaru master gasket set -
- Cometic 102mm 0.051 MLS head gaskets
- V-limited Replica front lip - EBAY
- PSM Rear Spats - NASIOC
- Hydra Nemisis 2.6 w/ - NASIOC
- '05 STI Heads - NASIOC
- BC 280 AVCS Cams - NASIOC
- BC titanium springs/retainers - NASIOC
- Brass Guides -Oakes.com NASIOC
- BC Nitrate +1 Iconel Valves - NASIOC
- BF Goodrich Front SS brake lines - NASIOC
- Grimmspeed plate relocation - NASIOC
- Kartboy long Poly Hangers - Oakes.com
- Ingalls power stick - RallySportdirect.com
- TIC Composite TGV Deletes - NASIOC
- CarbignCraft Alternator Cover - Oakes.com
- Carbon Radiator Shroud - NASIOC
- A-pillar gauge pod - Glowshift.com
- Glowshift gauges Oil press./temp/AF rat. - Glowshift.com
- Killer B Oil Pickup - FastWrx.com
- Killer B Baffle - FastWrx.com
- DEI Titanium (Lava) turbo blanket - Amazon.com
- ACL Race rod/main bearings - RallySportdirect.com

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Old 09-17-2012, 08:25 AM   #3
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how about some pix?
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:09 AM   #4
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how about some pix?
Blasphemy! Not in a build thread in the members car GALLERY!
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:21 AM   #5
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As per request, pictures:

This is the most "complete" picture I have before tearing into her.


As she sits now:


Stock 2.0 with the Clutchmasters clutch:


Down to the Longblock:


Interior:


A favorite picture. $3,000.00 in parts on a $20.00 table! When it's sunny out I'm laying out the 10K in parts I have to start a thread. I'm sure others have pictures of a pile of new parts.


I will have pictures galore of all the parts and whatnot when I can. As well a complete writeup of everything I've encountered thus far.

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Old 09-17-2012, 11:11 AM   #6
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I'm going to be watching this thread closely.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:34 PM   #7
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Motor Specs:

- EJ257
- Darton sleeved and bored to just under 102mm
- JE 101.5mm forged coated pistons
- Manley I beam rods
- Nitrate Crankshaft
- ACL Race rod/main bearings
- ARP Pro main bolts/head studs
- Cometic 102mm 0.051 MLS
- Rotating assembly balanced
- closed deck
- fully decked
HEADS
- B25 cores
- correct shimmed buckets
- Brian Crower 280 AVCS camshafts
- Brian Crower titanium springs/retainers
- Brass valve guides
- Nitrate oversized iconnel valves
- 5 angle valve job
- ported and polished intake/exhaust
- bowl blend
WRX Intake Manifold
- Ported at the runners to match TGV's
- TGV Composite Deletes
OEM Drive-by-cable Throttlebody
1 step colder Iridium plugs
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:16 PM   #8
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Drivetrain

Transmission
- '04 STI 6 speed
- Kartboy shifter bushings
- Kartboy Short Shifter
- DCCDPro

Auto Driveshaft

Modified R160 Rear diff with wrx vlsd and 3.9 Gears

WRX Rear CV Axles

Driveshaft Shop level 0 Front CV Axles

ACT 4 puck clutch
- balanced Flywheel

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Old 09-18-2012, 12:10 AM   #9
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POWER

TURBO
- Custom fobiawrx twinscroll setup with custom full race BorgWarner 200sx-56 with .83T4 ar.
- Split T4 housing
- DEI Titanium T4 Turbo blanket

EXHAUST
- JDM STI exhaust manifold
- Custom FabioWRX SS uppipe
- (2) Tial 38mm V-band EWG's
- Custom SS V-band Downpipe
- Invidia G200 Catback
- Kartboy long hangers

INTAKE/INTERCOOLER
- K&N Conical 4" air filter
- Custom 4" aluminum intake pipe
- Custom Aluminum CAI box
- MAF delete
- Perrin FMIC
- Custom powdercoated piping
- TXS BOV

ENGINE MANAGEMENT
- Element Tuning Hydra Nemisis 2.6 - E85 map
- WRX Specific with AVCS Controls
- Wide Band O2

FUEL
- Deatschwerks 301 320lph fuel pump
- ID1000 injectors
- Aeromotive 1000 FPR
- Aeromotive Top Feed fuel rails
- Custom Fuel Filter
- Parker SS braided fuel hose -6AN
- Black Fragola fittings

Catch Can
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:39 AM   #10
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SUSPENSION
- Koni Red's with Lowering Springs
- COBB 22mm front/rear sway bars
- Kartboy front/rear end links
- GT Spec front strut brace

BRAKES
- '05 STI Brembo Front Calipers
- Powdercoated
- FastWrx Brembo rebuild kit
- BF Goodrich SS brake lines
- Stoptech Front/Rear Slotted rotors
- EBC Green Front/Rear pads
- '02 WRX Rear Calipers
- Powdercoated

WHEELS/TIRES
- (4) Motegi Racing MR7
- (4) BF Goodrich 225/40ZR-18 G-Force Supersport
- Gorilla Lugs
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:01 AM   #11
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There's the bulk of things. I got the turbo setup/FMIC/Tranny swap from Sean, aka Seanathanq83. Some of you may know him. He really got the ball rolling on me going crazy here.

Initially it was an 18G upgrade. I got some Brembo's from Sean. I had the new (to me) 5 speed in for just enough time to take it to get painted. I then decided on the 6 speed and yanked the glassbox and sold it. So my car has been a work in progress since about Mayish. Once I had the 6 speed I decided I could handle more power. So I bought the turbo setup from Sean. I started buying everything for a Hybrid Build. I contacted AWDtuning. Amassed parts.

Then a guy named Dave, aka Dirty Dave, stopped by to get an uppipe. I told him about my build and he convinced me I could build so much more with my budget. So then I decided on a 2.5 swap. And I want everything quality! Which is expensive!

I've had a handful of things I've bought that I turned around and sold/am selling. It's frustrating.

My power goals grew from 300 - 350, then up to 400-450. Now I'm searching for a 550 - 600 AWHP.

Certain things about my build may prohibit as high as 600. Namely the Turbo and Fuel. But I will see how high I can go!

Honestly I don't have a real number I'm shooting for. This car isn't for racing, or show. It's not a commuter car. It has no real purpose. I just wanted a solid, decently reliable powerhouse. In short a nice, badass WRX.

To anyone still reading the rest will just be approximate dates of installs, problems, solutions, changes, failures and triumphs. I will post up as many pictures as I can.

I'm a devoted WRX owner and pretty active on this forum, but I have never made it to a meet. Honestly I figured my car wouldn't be nice enough.

Some things I don't want to talk about or show just because it's unique and I'd like to wait until I meet up with some of the Houston area guys. I'm setting a goal to be finished by the time the world ends. So I have until the end of December.

Like I said leave comments. I'm going to be taking a few polls as there are still a few undecided things I need. Obviously I talk a lot. Lol.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:12 AM   #12
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APRIL - 2012:

I got a full paintjob including bodywork. I went in to see it after it had been skimmed. The amount of body work was staggering! They removed all trim, bumpers and spoiler. I was impressed.

I had shopped around quite a bit to find a paintjob I could afford. I just couldn't lay down $5,000.00. I ended up going with an older Paint Shop in Conroe (in business 27 years). They use DuPont Paint. They also offered a lifetime warranty. At $2,700.00 out the door (including painting the side skirts and hood scoop) I couldn't pass that up! It's not a top of the line paint job. The color matches very well. There was some overspray where the taping wasn't perfect (namely on my windshield trim), and some areas had a slight texture (product of overspray). But, at this price I am very happy. A once over with a California Clay Bar turned the topcoat to glass. And I used a little thinner to clean up a couple places. I think I got a good deal! Especially without knowing anyone that paints. It's funny, this Shop's majority business is from local guys that do destruction Derby and Oval Racing.

So with her back home I started on the Interior. I got my seats from WRX-TX.com. They told me the drivers seat was unique but matched. What showed up? A JDM STI passenger seat!



It was really nice but in no way am I trying to achieve anything JDM. Since it was technically a "passenger" seat it only had a slide adustment on bottom. It is also more narrow than the USDM seats. I'm 6' 250 lbs. it was a squeeze.

So I posted it hoping some JDM nut would hook me up. I was really hoping I had a treasure. But, after a month I had little interest. So, I settled for trading straight up for a matching USDM driver's seat. It was in Preston's condition. The only thing was the rails had rusted a bit. So I sanded out the rust and hit the frame with rustoleum black.

It should be noted a few times I have traded down (in a way). The car came without a spoiler. I liked the look of them. I found good fortune in finding a guy willing to swap trunks!! Little did I know how highly sought after that trunk is!! Oh well. I still really like my OEM spoiler so no biggie.

I also got my stuff ordered from Redlinegoods.com. They do custom boots and trim. I opted for Bride material as the base with a similar Alcantra accent. It isn't a 100% match, but it's very close. The pics don't do justice on how close it is! It fit great!! I also got my shifter trim and shifter knob (which is by far one of my favorite things!)






I'm happy with the results. Plans to come for the interior are:
- '04 STI Gauge cluster
- '05 STI Steering wheel
- Glowshift Gauges with A-pillar pods
- Bride Material wrapped door cards
- Plastidip painted
- Black suede headliner
- Custom Tablet bracket
- All interior lights LED
- Dccd switch and knob (OEM)

Everything listed is purchased and waiting to go in!


This is the month I completely changed gears and decided on a hybrid swap. I did a lot of research and the hybrid build gets you a great setup at a reasonable price/generally simple conversion (comparatively).

I was going to use AWDtuning's stage II SB. My heads. Current fuel system with ID1000's. In the very beginning I was going to stick with an 18G and try and squeeze out a healthy 350 AWHP. Keith was going to assemble the motor in house, handle getting the heads machined, stock cams, hybrid specific pistons...

The upside here was that I would receive in a drop-in worthy motor. But, the pursuit of speed is addictive.

More to come.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:04 AM   #13
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May '12-

So I started purchasing things for a hybrid build. And I started doing my research. One thing about hybrid builds that seems to be highly contested is how to handle the compression issue. 2 of the fixes I came upon was the simpler, cheaper fix of buying a taller head gasket. That made me nervous. The other is having the heads machined to match the ports. I spoke with Keith @ AWDtuning and he said the way they do it is a refresh of the heads, very light machining and they use Hybrid specific forged pistons. I trusted them on this and I was quoted a complete build. The idea was to go with their built SB, and take all of my other swappable components to Dallas. It was a decent price for a drop in ready Longblock. But it also maxed out my budget.

I had bought another 5 speed and swapped it in. I drove appx. 20 miles on it and decided I wanted to bite the bullet. I wanted a 6 speed. I know they are not invincible but they are far superior to the glass box. The extra gear and shorter ratios is kind of a pain but I'm not too affected by that. So I bought the 6 speed as a complete package to bolt up.

This is also when I got the inspiration to change up my entire turbo setup. I wanted something very strong with decent spool up that wasn't rediculous. I had bought the tranny from Sean so I went ahead and bought his turbo setup. It consisted of the twin-scroll turbo, Exhaust manifold, uppipe, EWG's, Downpipe, Exhaust, FMIC and all brackets/hardware. Since purchasing I have done a ton more research on the S256 and I'm happy with what I decided.

Now, keep in mind I'm doing a build that hits many different parts of the car. Exterior, interior, drivetrain, suspension, brakes, motor, engine bay components, stereo equipment and dress-up. The parts I've assembled are a blend of necessity, desire, opportunity and deals. Some might look at what I've gone with and figure I could have spent my money better or more wisely in some areas. May be true. But I think I've hit many of the basics and ended up with some interesting flair.

The heads would remain largely unmolested save some new valves and light machining. Hybrids are excellent choices when seeking reliable power. But I realized it wasn't going to reach my goal as ambition grew. Granted, I'm sure you can extend the capacity of a hybrid beyond what I'm trying to achieve with the correct formula of parts and machine work and tuning. But I ended up opting out of it.

I originally wanted a hybrid for simplicity. As I've moved along my confidence has grown. I first thought I couldn't swap in a 2.5 (full) without using the STI intake, and thus drive-by-wire. I didn't want the headache of changing out the pedal assembly and jacking with my harness. Eventually I came to understand I could use my WRX mani, maintain my drive-by-cable and even use the AVCS. I'm really excited about that!

My point is that although I have taken on a much larger project and complicated things, for my money I'm able to build a powerhouse 2.5 and get various supporting mods for the cost of that drop in hybrid.

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Nothing much for a while. I changed out the front axles. I had the front STI calipers sandblasted and powdercoated and I rebuilt them. I assembled my retrofit headlights and opened up a pair of Altezza rear tailights to modify. Right now my holdup is the machine work on the block. The shop I'm using is very backlogged. I'm very antsy at this point. I'll post up a few pictures of some things. I was able to pick up a wingless PSM trunk, but I haven't decided if I want to use it yet. I may be selling it. I have a couple of things left that I need (aka want) but I'm mostly complete. I'm trying hard to sell off some of the stuff I don't need to help me finance this, but that has been very slow going.
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