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Old 10-09-2008, 01:49 AM   #3
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Join Date: Mar 2007
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: San Diego

I have always loved Subarus, but could never afford one until three years ago when I purchased my 04 PSM WRX. I drooled over the first WRX that came out late 2001 and have been in love ever since. Here is a little story about my girl (Shes My Daily Driver, too).

After building up a 2004 PSM WRX to stage 3 and a being an idiot with a 2005 PSM STi, I had to find a GC8. After four months of no car and hitching rides with friends, I found my RSTi. I flew to Utah to test drive her and two days later we settled on a price. Then the day after, the owner stated the oil pressure was low, he did a leak down test and discovered the engine was pretty much gone! He then replaced the short block with one that they had in their shop, fired her up and discovered there was a bent valve. We had decided on a delivery date of 10 days from settling on a price. I then scheduled a mini road trip with my girlfriend around flying up to pick up my new car and driving back to San Diego. With the unforeseen engine problems, this did not happen. The owner was a great guy and was very sympathetic to the situation and purchased a rental car for us, so our vacation would not be ruined. My RSTi was delivered from Scott (Brood), two weeks later (four months after totaling my STi). I am very honored to own this RSTi and am enjoying making the car my own. Over the last four months, I have been working on cleaning up imperfections and making the car my own, as some things were already complete on the car when purchased.
I would have loved to find a chassis to do a swap with myself, but I was in the process of moving, had no place to put either the donor or GC chassis. I love doing all the work myself, but this was one time I had to jump on a deal for a beautifully, cleanly swapped GC.

First, I started on cleaning the engine bay, due to the multiple years of living in Salt Lake City, UT. I discovered very quickly, simple green would not be doing the trick. I then proceeded to paint all the fluid covers, took apart the battery tie down (lots of rust) and refinished it, sanded down and polished lots of bolts/screws, install hood struts, replace the battery, clean the washer fluid reservoir, and many other things. I was in the process of taking my EMT certification course and preparing her for Subie Extravaganza, so between class (16hrs/week) and work (50hrs/week), all my "free" time was spent on working on my car.
Second, I jumped into the interior. Repainted the entire center console while installing my own CARPC and customizing the front bezel to relocate the DIN slot to the top.
Then, had to replace the stock RS radiator with a Koyorad Radiator (waited four weeks for delivery from Japan). Modified the stock fans to fit around all of the hard fluid lines and heat shielding from the exhaust manifold.
In the process of building a fiberglass 10" sub box for the trunk to fit in the alcove on the right hand side of the trunk. Should be completed by this weekend.

Immediate plans (installed within two weeks): Custom fiberglass 10" sub box in trunk, and Alpine Amps.



Added a CarPC:

Heres my Blue Steel Mica RSTi:

RB5 Paint, Blue Steel Mica
Genuine JDM STi V6 Front Lip
Genuine JDM STi V6 Front Grill
Genuine JDM Rear Bumper Skin & Rear Spats
Replica 22B Hood Vents
Paint matched Fog light covers
Replica RB5 Rear Wing
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec 225/45/17's
Gold 5x100 BBS 17" Wheels

Omori Gauges that match factory gauges (Boost, Water Temp and Oil Pressure)
Genuine JDM V6 STi Front Seats
Genuine JDM V6 STi Steering Wheel
COBB Limited Floor Mats (They Do not make them anymore)

Entertainment System:
Lilliput 629 7" Transflective Touch Screen
Custom Bezel, relocated HVAC controls to bottom slot and double DIN to the top.
CarPC (1.2ghz MB, 1GB RAM, 120GB HD, Creative 5.1 Sound Card)
Windows XP OS, Centrafuse, iGuidance NAV, Wireless Internet, Bluetooth
Infinity Component Speakers x 4
JL Audio 10" Sub
Crunch 600Watt for Components
Crunch 400Watt for Sub

Suspension and Brakes:
2004 STi Brembo Brake Calipers F/R
D2 Coilovers
COBB Front and Rear 25mm Tubular Anti-Sway Bar Kit with COBB endlinks
Genuine JDM Carbon Fiber STi Front Strut Bar
Axxis Ultimate Brake Pads

ProTune from Jon "Jesus" at HB Speed (276HP/307TQ)
2004 USDM EJ257
STi TMIC sprayed hi temp black, including Y-Pipe
K&N Drop In filter/ COBB SF Intake (switch out for Auto X)
COBB Catted Turbo-back Exhaust
Koyorad Radiator
NGK One Step Colder Spark Plugs
Samco Ancillary Hose Kit
COBB Lightweight Main Pulley
COBB Oil Cap
JDM Hokie Tech Hood Struts

2004 STi 6spd tranny
DCCD Spiider Pro Controller (Auto/Manual)
Exedy Stage 1 Organic Clutch
ACT Streetlight Flywheel
R180 Rear Differential
STi Axles
COBB 6 speed Short Throw Shifter w/ Hardened Bushings

Everything appearance wise, I am gearing towards RB5 meets V6 STi with a USDM Power/Drive train.

Thank you for looking,
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