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Old 12-25-2013, 03:40 AM   #1
ozmojo1
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Default STI V5 wagon in Osaka

Hey folks. I like my new little sports wagon and love showing it off and what better place to do it than on here right?

Originally from CT but have been in Japan for almost six years. I had an EVO 4 for a few years and was considering selling it. Then, a few months ago I was offered the current Subaru at a price I couldn't refuse. It's completely stock and I already took it to the track to get a baseline lap time. It dyno'd at around 260hp. Parts are slowly being collected for next year's fun and hopefully I can impress the locals more than I already have.

The first pic I took of it -


I sold my car to someone in Canada and had the luxury of owning two cars at the same time. The day came when the EVO had to go though and I managed to get them in the same shot before saying goodbye-


I went to a dyno day that was featured in Option 2 magazine -


Went for a drive in the mountains -






Took it to the a local spot famous for shooting cars at-
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Old 12-25-2013, 03:41 AM   #2
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Headed up north to Ishikawa where I discovered beaches can be fun in the winter-







And, here is a video I took of my fastest lap at Central Circuit. Eco tires and crap brake pads hurt me A LOT but next year should be better


I will be sure to put up more pics in the future. Hopefully some snowy shots will be in order!

Be sure to check out my personal car blog - http://www.roryfollowscars.com/
Or, my facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/Roryfollowscars

My friend and I will be starting a new website soon that will have more content and more regular updates.
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Old 12-25-2013, 04:31 AM   #3
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Small world, Rory! Love the wagon! Is it true about owning an older model or higher mileage vehicle over there being prohibitively expensive in fees or insurance?
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Old 12-25-2013, 04:32 AM   #4
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Love. It. Gawdamm.
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Old 12-25-2013, 04:45 AM   #5
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this is tits arigato gozimus
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:00 AM   #6
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Small world, Rory! Love the wagon! Is it true about owning an older model or higher mileage vehicle over there being prohibitively expensive in fees or insurance?
Wow, I remember you from the MX6 forums. 10 years ago!

Cars, new or old, are a luxury here that many people forgo rather than pay all the exorbitant associated costs. Older, higher mileage cars are a little more when it comes to registration but in the grand scheme of things it is not a huge difference.
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:06 AM   #7
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Wow, I remember you from the MX6 forums. 10 years ago!

Cars, new or old, are a luxury here that many people forgo rather than pay all the exorbitant associated costs. Older, higher mileage cars are a little more when it comes to registration but in the grand scheme of things it is not a huge difference.
I remember when you moved over there - still have your blog bookmarked lol. That mx6 is long gone now.

Re: the cars - I guess when you're an enthusiast, you just have to work in the costs - nyc is also car-optional for many people, but i couldn't and wouldn't imagine not having one (or two lol)

Really great looking car -can't get over the goodies we never got, stateside.
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:16 AM   #8
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Car is too good, Evo looked good too haha

I like how your video shows a real time map, speed, lap, etc., pretty cool.
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:28 AM   #9
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So jelly of those beach runs pics. Hot GF8
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:50 AM   #10
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Small world, Rory! Love the wagon!
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Old 12-25-2013, 01:06 PM   #11
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Sick car!!
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:29 PM   #12
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Small world, Rory! Love the wagon!
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:01 PM   #13
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not going to lie, I'm a tiny bit jealous
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:38 PM   #14
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Love the car!!!!! Good luck with it!

I might add those beach "sessions" are probably not the best idea. Even driving on the beach sand (let alone the dip in the SALT water) will get salt all over the undercarriage. Man, I hope you spent an hour or TWO washing under that thing afterward.

When I lived back east in the salty winters, I'd spend an hour at least once every winter month under the car rinsing off the salt.

Again, that is a COOL CAR!!!!!!!
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:11 AM   #15
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Thanks for the nice comments everyone.

I did spend quite a bit of time washing under the car but perhaps I should go back and SCRUB huh? I didn't intend to go into the water but the wave came in as I was flooring it and I thought "why not?" Oops.

Ordered some more parts tonight to stiffen up some things. I would love to turn it into a race car but it is my daily/commuter/family car so I want to keep it comfortable. Semi slicks will help
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:20 AM   #16
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beautiful car! I am always super jealous of the stuff we never get stateside.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:25 AM   #17
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Headed up north to Ishikawa where I discovered beaches can be fun in the winter-




This picture is awesome. You sir are living the dream
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:01 PM   #18
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very nice!
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:18 PM   #19
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fellow CT member here.
Looks good. I've always wanted a GF wagon
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:56 PM   #20
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Love the beach shots. No diet is complete without salt lol. Great car
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:36 PM   #21
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Yankee Car Club!!! XD

sweet wagon :tup:
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:16 PM   #22
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great looking car.

wagon power!!!
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:00 PM   #23
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Nice, I am also a gaijin in Japan! I am currently living on Okinawa
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:03 PM   #24
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:38 AM   #25
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Nice, I am also a gaijin in Japan! I am currently living on Okinawa
Hello there fellow gaijin. Is that Okinawa thread where everyone congregates?

I went out the other night to meet with some younger guys that race the touge about an hour from me. The first ride was with a GC8 that is the reason I am now friends with all of them. This guy is the fastest on the mountain and seriously...scared...the ****...out of me. Absolutely terrifying. Unbelievably terrifying. The second car I rode in, a 450hp EVO6, was fast but not as fast as the lightly tuned GC8. For my family's sake I think I should not do that again... Late night drifting turned out to be safer than I thought though



The EVO-
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