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Old 11-03-2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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My name is Jordan and I just picked up a 2004 Subaru Impreza Wrx Wagon. The color is San Remo Red. This is my first Subaru. My second car that I own is a 1993 Honda Prelude Si. I am a parts counter person at Heuberger Motors. I have always wanted a Subaru and recently someone traded in their wagon in for a brand new 2014 Forester. Coincidentally the guy that owned the wagon before me lives in the same apartment complex as me. I have seen this car since i moved in around April this year. Well enough chit chat and on to the pictures.











So far the only modifications i could find are tein springs (not sure the amount it dropped) looks like on stock struts, a no name 3"downpipe, 3" mid pipe to a stock axleback.

The front bumper looks pretty haggard, looks like it was not prepped before paint, it also looks like he had a bright idea and tried rolling the rear fenders with a baseball bat, and on the right rear side by the taillight it looks like it was hit. The bondo is chipping. This summer coming up I plan on having a dent repair place remove the dents and then have a body shop sand, prime and repaint. I plan on keeping it the San Remo Red.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:49 AM   #2
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Looks nice! If you're near the 100k mark make sure your timing belt and water pump have been replaced.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:36 AM   #3
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find out from the previous owner about mods, driving habits, maintenance. Maybe the 100k timing belt service is done???

Lots on nasioc to read and learn and here's a couple of threads of note:
calling all wagons
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1991619
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wagon suspension - post your set ups
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=478371

Find your regional forum and go to local meets to learn more on what mods drivers do for their cars and why.

welcome and wagons rule!

ever gone to see Pikes Peak Hill Climb?
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:32 AM   #4
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Thanks, its at 131k, I found just about a glove box full of recipts. Nothing to deal with a timing belt. When I was putting tires on I had one of our technicians take a look at the belt, he popped off the right side timing cover and spun the crank pulley bolt around to look at the belt. It was a oem belt on there and he said someone had been in there recently cause it still had the timing marks on the belt. I guess normally they wear off around 30k. But no documented recipts. Earliest recipt I could find was in 2007 and mileage documented was 45k As for driving habits I wish I could talk to him, but he just moved out of state a day after trading it in. Besides a power steering pump that's leaking and some dents the car looks to have been taken care of. I have never been to the hill climb, I have tried making plans to go and something always comes up, so hopefully next year.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:56 AM   #5
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Hope it's tuned for that downpipe!
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:31 AM   #6
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I'm not sure if it is. It's a catless downpipe, and I don't have a check engine light on. Also this might sound weird. Is it a common thing to have 3 horns? I just picked up a set of Hella supertones at work and was looking for an installation point and I have 2 horns behind the grill and one horn mounted to the shock tower
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:58 AM   #7
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I would find out about the tune for starters, that can be a costly repair job if it is untuned. Find a local tuner (Revolutions Tuning is in Col Springs IIRC) and have them read your map and figure out if you are running a stg 2 or protune. Cost is less than a cooked motor. It looks like you might have an aftermarket (or GM) boost controller, could be wrong but it looks like electrical tape on the wires going under the cover on the front of your passenger side strut tower. It also looks like someone has done the coin mod to your BPV (dimpled the top).

The horn on your strut tower is an alarm horn, front 2 are where you would wire the Hellas into with a bracket. I would also look into getting the air box intake thing ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/Subaru-WRX-E...d8ae80&vxp=mtr ) that is missing from your picture of the engine bay. It will keep you from sucking air from sucking hot air into your engine.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:11 PM   #8
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Wait let me get this right. You have a wrx with 130k on it, have no idea if the timing belt was done. Have no idea if your tuned for your mods, yet you went out and bought a set of gayboy horns? Inb4 my engines knocking.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:14 PM   #9
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Always put money into maintenance before mods. That's the key to having a lasting vehicle.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:26 PM   #10
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Wait let me get this right. You have a wrx with 130k on it, have no idea if the timing belt was done. Have no idea if your tuned for your mods, yet you went out and bought a set of gayboy horns? Inb4 my engines knocking.
I get where your coming from but you could of said it a little more politely. Good looking rig OP, make sure your motor is in tip top shape and mod on my friend.

btw that engine detail looks awesome.
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:04 PM   #11
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I would also look into getting the air box intake thing ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/Subaru-WRX-E...d8ae80&vxp=mtr ) that is missing from your picture of the engine bay. It will keep you from sucking air from sucking hot air into your engine.
$20, great deal! I bet his air box is opened through the fender for a source of air.

Agree...best to have a subie knowledgeable shop evaluate your mods and tune and maintenance states...sooner the better.
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:13 PM   #12
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Wait let me get this right. You have a wrx with 130k on it, have no idea if the timing belt was done. Have no idea if your tuned for your mods, yet you went out and bought a set of gayboy horns? Inb4 my engines knocking.
Well yes like I said I don't know when it has been done, so I bought everything needed for a timing belt and waterpump, a new power steering pump. Going to have them installed this weekend. Btw thanks for being rude, nice to meet you too

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Old 11-08-2013, 01:32 PM   #13
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I would find out about the tune for starters, that can be a costly repair job if it is untuned. Find a local tuner (Revolutions Tuning is in Col Springs IIRC) and have them read your map and figure out if you are running a stg 2 or protune. Cost is less than a cooked motor. It looks like you might have an aftermarket (or GM) boost controller, could be wrong but it looks like electrical tape on the wires going under the cover on the front of your passenger side strut tower. It also looks like someone has done the coin mod to your BPV (dimpled the top).

The horn on your strut tower is an alarm horn, front 2 are where you would wire the Hellas into with a bracket. I would also look into getting the air box intake thing ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/Subaru-WRX-E...d8ae80&vxp=mtr ) that is missing from your picture of the engine bay. It will keep you from sucking air from sucking hot air into your engine.
Thanks for the info, not really a bit fan of them, was planning on checking out another reputable place around my area, already had ordered that resonator, wish I would have seen that before hand. Those wires were hooked up to a switch going to both headlight assembly's. What is the mod done to the bpv? What does it do? Thanks for helping me. It's much appreciated
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Old 11-09-2013, 11:13 AM   #14
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If your BPV is dimpled its not a big deal, just done to hold more boost and is not usually required until higher boost #'s. Finding out about the tune on your car is a pretty big deal, it can really cost you an engine. If you know someone that has a Tactrix cable ( or buy one here, they come in handy) and can pull your map and post in the engine management sub forum to see what they think. It's a crap shoot if you are tuned or not.

RMIC might be able to help you find someone you like your area.
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:55 PM   #15
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:11 AM   #16
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Oh hey, it's Jordan. Nice wagon.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:45 PM   #17
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Hope it's tuned for that downpipe!
Sorry to threadjack, but I'm a newbie too and I'm wondering what the deal with this is. I've read other threads in this forum saying you're OK with a catless aftermarket downpipe and no tune. What's the final word on this?
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:50 PM   #18
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Sorry to threadjack, but I'm a newbie too and I'm wondering what the deal with this is. I've read other threads in this forum saying you're OK with a catless aftermarket downpipe and no tune. What's the final word on this?
Bugeyes don't need a tune, only years 2004+ do for an aftermarket downpipe.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:57 PM   #19
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Bugeyes don't need a tune, only years 2004+ do for an aftermarket downpipe.
Ok thanks. I actually just got a 2004 wagon and the previous owner had it with no tune and an aftermarket downpipe. Luckily not for many miles... The oem one will go on on Monday.

The same doesn't go for uppipes does it? I have a cat less uppipe too
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Ok thanks. I actually just got a 2004 wagon and the previous owner had it with no tune and an aftermarket downpipe. Luckily not for many miles... The oem one will go on on Monday.

The same doesn't go for uppipes does it? I have a cat less uppipe too
Uppipe does not require a tune. The earlier years of 02-05? had a cat inside it, which could come undone and go right into the turbo fins. Most people just decat the oem one since there's really not much of a difference between aftermarket and oem catless uppipes, maybe 5whp.

Your turbo will spool a bit quicker, ~500rpms quicker with the uppipe cat removed too.
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:25 PM   #21
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Uppipe does not require a tune. The earlier years of 02-05? had a cat inside it, which could come undone and go right into the turbo fins. Most people just decat the oem one since there's really not much of a difference between aftermarket and oem catless uppipes, maybe 5whp.

Your turbo will spool a bit quicker, ~500rpms quicker with the uppipe cat removed too.
Thanks, I appreciate it. The stock downpipe will definitely be going on next week. What are the chances that I've done damage in less than 1k miles? The
PO put the aftermarket downpipe on when he rebuilt the engine like 800 miles ago
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:01 PM   #22
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Catless up pipe is a must. You don't want the cat to destroy your turbo when it breaks apart. Also, mudflaps
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Old 12-01-2013, 02:19 PM   #23
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You will get a cel with a catless up pipe. From the sensor after the cat and before the turbo. There are "fixes" for this, but getting tuned is where it's at. If it were me, I'd find a good local tuner and inquire about a road tune, they will delete the code for the up pipe. And give you a nice, healthy tune for your aftermarket down pipe.
I like the aftermarket up pipes that come with no sensor bung, because what's the point of removing the cat before the bung and leaving the sensor probe right before the turbo. maybe it's just me.
Good luck!
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:16 AM   #24
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Well finally i was able to get ahold of the previous owner, the car has a stage 2 tune via a cobb accessport v1. For some unknown reason he kept it but never unmarried it from the car. I will be getting it soon. Since i last was on here i had the timing belt replaced with a gates timing belt kit with a water pump, flushed my p/s fluid, replaced the p/s pump, picked up a set of rally armour mudflaps. Coming soon will be a catless invidia up pipe and a divorced invidia catless downpipe.
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