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Old 06-19-2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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Default A faster grocery getter - 2004 WRX Wagon

Thanks for checking out my build journal. I purchased this car in April of 2011 with 69,000 miles on the odometer. The car was bone stock on the day I drove it away, and has spent most of it's life since then (very) lightly modified. Here is our story!

First thing is first, here is the list of parts/modifications I have for the car:

Power:
Blitz Nur Spec cat-back
Grimmspeed up pipe (38mm EWG Plumbed)
Invidia V2 down pipe
Tial 38mm EWG
Mishimoto Radiator
Element tuning AOS
04-07 STI TMIC
Grimmspeed silicone Y pipe kit
Gimmick silicone 2.4" turbo inlet
Cobb SF short ram intake
SPT intake heatshield
Motiv composite TGV deletes
Walboro 255 fuel pump
NGK spark plugs
Injector Dynamics 1,000 cc injectors
Boomba fuel rails
Blouch 18G XT-R (8cm hotside - coated)
Grimmspeed 3 port EBCS
Gates timing belt kit w/ water pump
Mishimoto silicone hose kit
Cobb post MAF silicone hose
Grimmspeed gaskets (misc)
Perrin radiator shroud
Cobb Accessport

Suspension and Drive train:
Kartboy short shift kit (with bushings)
Flossy heavy weight griptape knob
Fortune Auto 500 Coilovers
Fortune Auto roller bearings
Fortune Auto Camber plates
Whiteline front strut tower bar
Whiteline rear strut tower bar (quick release)
Whiteline 22mm front sway bar
Whiteline 24mm rear sway bar
Kartboy front/rear endlink combo
Kartboy 'whiteline' front sway bar spacers
Cusco front power brace

Wheels, tires and brakes:
Work VS-XX Gold with polished lip 18 x 9.5 +39
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 235/40r/18
Work open ended lug nuts-Red
OEM Subaru 4/2 pot brakes and rotors
Stoptech stainless brake lines

Exterior:
JDM rain guards
JDM Impreza "I" badge
JDM front bumper beam
OEM 04/05 STI front bumper
OEM 04/05 STI hood scoop
OEM 04/05 STI fenders
OEM 04/05 STI fog light covers
OEM 04/05 STI headlights (retrofit)
OEM 04/05 WRX sideskirts paint matched
Bayson r sideskirt aeroguards
V7 replica front lip

Interior:
OEM 2005 STI console/dash swap
Kenwood DDX8019 with Garmin GPS/IPOD compatability
JDM red hazard button
OEM Mitsubishi Evolution 9 Recaro seats
Speedware Recaro brackets
Weathertech digital cut/measured floor mats

Misc:
Yakima Load Warrior basket with fairing
Hella Supertones
Rally Armor UR mudflaps - Red

April 2011 - Sitting bone stock


Shortly after purchasing the car, I knew that I wanted an exhaust to be the first modification for the car. I spent hours on youtube listening to cell phone recordings of various exhaust set ups. I stumbled across a clip of an STI with a Blitz Nur Spec installed, and I was sold! I started my search on the local NWIC classifieds, and found one shortly thereafter. I was also lucky to find an SPT intake and heat shield combo for short money. I later sold the SPT intake, but kept the heat shield.


Aside from purchasing a set of mudflaps from Rally Armor, my car has sat like this for the better part of over two years. Here it is hanging out in a snow storm


In spring of 2012, I was notified that my unit was slated to deploy to Afghanistan in the summer of 2012. I was given the option to extend and deploy. My new wife and I talked it over, and I decided to extend and deploy. Knowing the cash flow would soon increase, I started dreaming up plans for my beloved car. I purchased an Accessport, put the car in storage, and grabbed my rucksack and got on a plane to lovely trashcanistan.

A few months after arriving in Afghanistan, I had a decent down payment for a house, but no more wife!() After thinking through how to proceed with my life, I decided that down payment would be much happier spent on my Subaru - so it was. I'm now nearing the completion of my tour in Afghanistan, and have purchased most of, if not all the parts listed above while over here. I couldn't have made it logistically happen without some support from some great friends, so thanks to you guys.

I've got a giant pile of parts between my house and my storage unit to install in the next couple weeks. Here is some eye candy on some of the stuff waiting to go onto or in the car:

Fortune Auto Coilovers

STI hoodscoop/bezels/aeroguards

Blouch 18g XT-R

Parts, parts and more parts!



I'll have some more substantial updates within the next couple of weeks as I get home and start actually turning a wrench on the car! Thanks for checking it out!
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:01 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about the wife glad you're spending that cash on the Subie though
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear about the wife glad you're spending that cash on the Subie though
Life moves on, man! Looking forward to the build.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:05 PM   #4
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Cars are cooler than chicks anyway. In for a fellow grocery getter
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:51 AM   #5
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Cars are cooler than chicks anyway. In for a fellow grocery getter
Thanks.

Got word from WORK in Japan today - the wheels should be finished within the next week and a half, and then shipped out. Here's to hoping the arrive in time for me to get my fenders rolled/pulled, get the tires mounted, and get an alignment before BNW on 28 July.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:56 AM   #6
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You took a down payment for a house and spent it on your car?? 0.o
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:59 AM   #7
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You took a down payment for a house and spent it on your car?? 0.o
Yeah, the loss of about half or more of my family income really put a damper on buying a house.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:24 AM   #8
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I like the car.
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:57 PM   #9
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Cant wait to see updated progress pics. Recently picked up an 04 PSM wagon as well and having fun with it.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:52 PM   #10
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Sorry about the wife man but as what was previously said, life goes on. Can't wait to see the outcome of this build!
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:06 AM   #11
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Thanks for the interest. Should have some photos within the next week or so.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:13 PM   #12
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Big update!

After about 36 hours of travel, which took me across Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany and the United States, I finally arrived back in Seattle around 9 pm last Monday. My room mate and I immediately started tearing into my car. We've been going non stop since, and as it usually goes, running into snags and hiccups at every turn.

Before tearing into the power mods of the build, I wanted to make sure the body and suspension were set. I decided that the good place to start was getting rid of the USDM bumper beam, and replacing it with the JDM bumper beam that I had ordered.



As I was wrenching on the bolts that hold the bumper beam on, I noticed that one was, for lack of a better term, really stuck. No problem, right? My room mate grabbed his air tools an cutting wheel and we proceeded to cut that thing off. About half way through grinding through the nut, his compressor coughed a couple times and died. Great. Defeated, I bolted the rest of it back up, kept the bumper cover off and parked it in the garage for the night.

I woke up the next morning, and took the car up to PIA to have them cut the nut off. I was a little embarrassed to say the least. Mike at PIA pulled the car onto the lift and had it off in about 30 seconds. I had him change the oil, and gap me some new spark plugs while the car was there. Here is the culprit! You can see how close we were to just cutting it off before the compressor died on us.



Crisis averted, I brought the car back home, and yanked the USDM bumper beam off. The JDM one is considerably lighter. I also attached my Cusco front power brace. I love the look of this mod.



Next step for me was to yank the fenders off, and replace them with the STI ones I had freshly painted. I turned the wheels all the way to one side, unfastened the fender liners at all the points, and then took it out. I really don't like that piece, and I've seen a couple times where it's been ripped out, and thrown behind cars. Luckily, it was all at low speeds, and no one was injured. I've opted to keep them out, and take my chances!
You can really see how skinny the stock tires and wheels are in this picture.



I was able to get the fenders on without incident. After the fenders, I put my JDM rain guards on, and had a 5% tint strip added across the front of the windshield.



Two nights ago, we decided it was time to get that bumper and side skirts onto the car. Although the fenders were fairly easy to put on, the bumper was a nightmare. The first thing we did was flip the bumper upside down, and attach the splitters, and the ebay lip. We attached the lip with a variety of the OEM push clips, zip ties and self tapping screws. It's on there!





Once everything was together, we mocked it up. We quickly noticed that there was some fitment issues with the Cosco brace. My room mate coaxed me into it, and I worked up the courage to start cutting into my brand new painted bumper. I placed a few notches so the bumper could slide on and still retain the brace.





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Old 06-30-2013, 12:31 PM   #13
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Finally everything fit on, and we placed and fixed the bumper to the front of the car





Yesterday was suspension day. It did not go as planned!



I drove a few hours south to meet with another NWIC member and purchase a set of WORK Giallo wheels off of him. The plan was to use those until my WORK VS-XX show up from Japan. Who knows when that will be. After a long day of driving, I got home around two in the afternoon and decided that my room mate and I could knock out the suspension.

Front coilovers and four pot brakes went on no problem!





After the two front coilvers and brakes were on, I crawled under the car to tackle the sway bars and endlinks. No bueno. After removing the o2 bung and heat shield from the header, I still couldn't get one of the two bolts holding the C clamp around the sway bar off. I soaked it in PB blaster, and yanked on it as hard as I could. Finally I leveraged myself under the car, put my closed end wrench on there and pulled. Ah! It broke loose! Outstanding. Upon closer inspection, I must have slipped off because my nut is no longer a nut, and now more of a circle. I guess I'll stop back into PIA and have them cut it off. Defeated, we knocked out the rear coilovers.

We weren't able to get the rear 2 pots done. Our friend that knows how to do the parking brake was busy, so rather than risk it, we'll save the hub swap and the rear 2 pots for another day. So we bled the brakes real quick and placed the wheels on.

Upon closer inspection, the WORK wheels sold to me do no clear the 4 pots in the front. I was incredibly pissed off to have driven six hours, spent hundreds of dollars to not have something fit that I was told would! Luckily, my room mate's bug eye is under the knife right now, so he was kind enough to let me borrow his ROTA wheels until mine show up in the mail. The car has tons of toe up front, and looks like a monster truck right now. My wheels are a little more aggressive offset, but this gives a general idea of how it'll look. This is how it's sitting as of about 5 minutes ago.



Today I'm headed down to Firestone to get an alignment. $160.00 for life time alignments. Cant beat that. After I get back, I'll be washing and clay barring the car. Nothing crazy scheduled for the next couple days.

Hope you enjoyed the update.
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Old 06-30-2013, 01:06 PM   #14
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:00 PM   #15
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Great stuff - subscribed!
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Old 06-30-2013, 02:05 PM   #16
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hoot!!

awesome story and build

much respect for serving ... and for moving the heck on with things amigo
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:40 PM   #17
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Thanks for the kind words and subscriptions guys! Going to try and knock out the rear hubs/brakes this week, and attach some latches to the bumper to try and eliminate the bumper sag I've got going on.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:17 PM   #18
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Man, I love blob wagons with the STi front end. Excellent work. I'm sending this thread to my buddy who has an 05 PSM.

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Old 07-01-2013, 01:50 PM   #19
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Subbed. Definitely wanting that front end.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:43 PM   #20
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Thanks for the love guys. I'm going to try and get that bolt off the C clamp this afternoon so I can put the front sway bars in. Should be knocking out the rear 2 pots/hubs tomorrow. More to follow.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:36 AM   #21
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Knocked out a couple small projects over the past two nights.



First up was the pillarless grill mod. I started by removing the mesh, and cutting the pillar out of the grill. After I cut the pillar out, there were some small depressions in the grill, so I used a two part epoxy called kneadite to fill them and smooth the area out.



After letting it cure for 24 hours, I sanded it down with 100/150/220/320/400/600 wet/800 wet sand paper and prepped it for paint. I painted it with Rustoleum for plastic paint in 3 light coats.

While I was waiting for the paint to dry on the grill, I decided to install my Grimmspeed plate relocation kit. The location of the tow hook on the JDM bumper beam required a little trimming of the bumper cover. I masked up the parts I didn't want to damage, and set into it with the dremel.



After I had the bumper cover itself trimmed enough, it was time to work on the foglight cover. I attached a sharpie to the tow hook hole and put the cover back on. This marked the back of the foglight cover for me. I then took the hex end of the plate relocation bolt and traced a rough square onto the back of the cover.



I cleaned up the hole a little with sandpaper and attached the bolt.



By the time all of this was done, the grill was dry and ready for re install. Here is the finished product with both pieces done.



I was also able to run up to Sears and get a set of these damaged nut/bolt removers. Should come in handy. I'm starting to notice that some of the bolts/nuts on this car have seen better days. It is 10 years old, after all.



Here is a small look at what else is left to be done.



I've got my roll/pull scheduled for Saturday at 9am, and my tune scheduled for Saturday the 20th at 9 am. Hopefully we can break 300awhp without breaking my transmission!
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:46 AM   #22
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:44 AM   #23
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Blobeyed wagons ftw! Yours is coming along nicely!
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:31 PM   #24
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Thanks guys, I'm having a blast with this project.
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:16 PM   #25
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Awesome build, love the wagons!
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