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Old 12-01-2019, 09:19 PM   #1
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Default Gabby the Nurburgring Challenge STi: Advan x Alcon x ARC x IAG x Ron Davis x Varis

My name is Alex and I am the owner of both a 2008 E90 M3 and a 2013 Subaru STi that I've named: Gabby.

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Old 12-01-2019, 09:20 PM   #2
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I will be continuing my almost 7 year journey with Gabby since new.

It's been a wild journey, with hundreds of thousands invested into what seems to be an endless project. Countless friendships continue to be created with the help of Gabby as a conversation starter.

This car has over 87k views on IWSTI since 2013, and is recognized by fellow Subaru owners almost anywhere I go.

I'm humble to own and build a car to the highest caliber of parts, and have some of the best mechanics work on this car.


Please enjoy the continuation of my build journal over on IWSTI, I promise a lot of exciting things are coming, with the goal of being among the top Subaru Hatchbacks in the world:



Ok so this one is a tiny update…literally.

It takes place in Late March 2018.


Staying true to my JDM roots, I had to add another ARC part to Gabby.
Now you’re probably thinking… “WHAT!! Alex, you already have an ARC TMIC, Oil Cap, Alternator Cover, Power Steering Cooler…what else can you add?”
Well I’m adding this:




YES!!! That’s right, it’s an ARC BOV!!!! I am so excited to hear how this sounds. I purchased it from a company I saw on Instagram called SCW Performance, which specializes in Honda Tuning, but are also JDM rare part collectors. This one apparently has never been opened or used before and has sat in their collection “Top Shelf” for a few years.

Less than a handful of people have sound-clips on Youtube, so I’m not entirely sure how it’s going to sound. Let’s hope it sounds sweet!

Thanks for stopping by today and stay tuned for next update:

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Old 12-02-2019, 12:14 AM   #3
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Wow! Super gorgeous STI. The white on white wheel combo is a very nice touch
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Old 12-03-2019, 06:15 AM   #4
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Excellent build and excellent pictures!
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Old 12-26-2019, 06:46 PM   #5
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Wow! Super gorgeous STI. The white on white wheel combo is a very nice touch
Thanks SG!

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Excellent build and excellent pictures!
Much appreciated Smurftastic!



Ok so this has got to be one of my favourite updates to share with you all!

It takes place in Early April 2018.


I am working exclusively with Aerosim Research on a Dry Carbon Roof for Gabby!!!!!

This is how the roof should look once it’s finished:




Now the interesting thing is that Gabby currently has a Sunroof…well, I guess not for much longer. We are going Full Racecar, so it’ll be great to shed some weight off the top of the car! Needless to say, I am beyond excited for this wonderful journey that Gabby is embarking on to being the ULTIMATE Driving Machine!

Here are some progress pictures of the plug for the roof so far:


















I can’t wait for when this roof is done!! Over the next little while, I’ll be periodically sharing updates on the Roof!

Thank-you all for stopping by and be sure to check out Aerosim Research at the following link:


Aerosim Research Webpage

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Old 02-15-2020, 09:52 AM   #6
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Uh oh, some not so good news…looks like there was a hiccup with the Aerosim Research Dry Carbon Roof…








Looks like the Clear Coat that was applied to the Plug wasn’t good, and the plug will need to be redone.

The revised Plug looks really good:








Some fresh Paint and Clear Coat was put on, and the roof is ready for the mold to be made.

Something unfortunate happened during the carbon infusion process:










With tons invested thus far in materials, the entire process needed to be redone, as per [email protected], who was unhappy with the quality thus far.

It seemed like everything that has gone wrong has gone wrong! I’m fortunate though to have Steve’s drive to making the ABSOLUTE PERFECT roof made. It goes to show that Quality Control is an important measure at Aerosim Research!
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:38 PM   #7
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Sorry to hear but should be great once done.

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Old 02-29-2020, 12:32 PM   #8
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Sorry to hear but should be great once done.

Darryl
Hey Darryl! Long time no talk, hope you're doing well.



Welcome back everyone! So with a new roof needing to be made, Steve got right to work! He was very happy with this result compared to last time:












So with the infusion process being finished, it needed to bake in the oven:




Well of course there was a problem with the oven. A component of the oven gave out and needed to be replaced…so the progress was delayed for a little while.
The roof didn’t cure and needed to be repaired:







Fast-forward a week later, the oven was fixed, and progress resumed for the roof.

In to the oven it goes:






Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned next week for what happens next!
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Beautiful work !
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Old 05-16-2020, 10:51 AM   #10
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Beautiful work !
Thanks Gigs!!


Alright so a long journey has finally come to its end. [email protected] made some killer progress on the roof and ended up finishing it:











Ughh how happy I am to see it boxed up and ready to arrive to me!

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to [email protected]! You all do not want to know how much time and effort as well as material costs Steve spent working on this roof to make it the PERFECT roof thus far!

It could’ve been very easy for him to take shortcuts at numerous times as you’ve seen throughout this process, but Steve never compromised his values and his business acumen! He always responded to me and kept me in the loop, and gave his 110% in making the best Carbon Roof ever made; I’m very proud to be a client of Aerosim Research!

I would highly recommend you all look into Aerosim Research and have Steve build a Dry Carbon Roof for your Subaru.

Thank-you all for stopping by throughout this exciting journey, and stay tuned for what’s coming next update:

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Old 05-16-2020, 12:00 PM   #11
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Aerosim makes some very nice carbon panels for the GC chassis as well

I see you have the Recaro Profi seats , I am going to be ordering one of the Profi XLs this summer for my wrx I have needed an actual seat for a long time now.
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Old 05-24-2020, 02:33 PM   #12
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Aerosim makes some very nice carbon panels for the GC chassis as well

I see you have the Recaro Profi seats , I am going to be ordering one of the Profi XLs this summer for my wrx I have needed an actual seat for a long time now.
For sure, Aerosim is great!

I have the Profi SPAs (those are coming up in one of the future updates), they're extremely comfy.



Hey everyone, welcome back to my journal.

This short update takes place in March 2018.

To continue with improving the interior, I decided to turn my attention to the OEM Hood Cluster. Seeing as I have no plans to run gauges in the car, I was not going to upgrade the OEM Hood Cluster to the SMY Dual Gauge Cluster.

I decided to call my good friend [email protected] Designs to assist in transforming my OEM piece. We continued with our Black Alcantara and Shark Grey Stitching combination.

In my opinion, this combo looks gorgeous and really gives the car a luxury, exotic feel!

Be sure to check out Overland Designs for your Alcantara Interior Needs.


Please enjoy the pictures of the entire process:











To conclude this update, feast your eyes on this teaser picture of a couple parts that are “wrapped up”

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Old 06-27-2020, 11:49 AM   #13
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Welcome back everyone!

This update takes place Late March 2018.

With the existing focus on the interior, I decided to zero-in on removing all of the plastic parts in the car and send them off to [email protected] Carbon to work his magic.

After seeing Slick Carbon’s work on Instagram, I was very impressed and knew they were the ones who would be wrapping my OEM pieces in real Carbon Fiber.

I shipped off my OEM interior pieces to Slick Carbon in California and received several pictures of the entire process to share with you all!

Be sure to check out Slick Carbon for your Carbon Overlaying needs.





Please enjoy the pictures of the process:





















Thank-you for checking out this update, and stay tuned for what’s coming up next, you’re not going to want to miss this!
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Hey everyone,

Enjoy some progress shots by Slick Carbon on my Carbon Overlayed Interior:

















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Old 07-29-2020, 10:41 PM   #15
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Back with an update for you all!

This update takes place in April 2018.

As you all know, Ryan and his team at Slick Carbon were working their magic on my OEM Interior Pieces. Well they are all finished, and I’m very excited to share with you the finished pictures.

The reason for getting this Carbon Fiber job done was to have an interior that had an Exotic/Luxury-feel to it. I always felt that the STi was lacking in the Interior department, and I surely wanted to do something about it, to have a more GT3RS/AMG Interior-feel to it. I believe that those cars command Attention-to-Detail and proportionate balance of Alcantara/Leather and Carbon Fiber.

With that being said, I truly feel that we are on the right track to achieving my dream interior!

Please enjoy the pictures:
























A very special thank-you goes to Ryan and the Slick Carbon Team for all of the hard work they put in!






As with all Carbon Parts I purchase, I will be sending these parts to my body shop – Vaughan Fine Touch – to have everything perfected with the clear coat, etc.


Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for next update!
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that is some high quality stuff not your run of the mill Seibon chinese FRP

I am also modeling my interior refresh over the interiors on a Porsche GT3
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Welp. Nice touches all around.
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Old 08-06-2020, 06:43 AM   #18
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that is some high quality stuff not your run of the mill Seibon chinese FRP

I am also modeling my interior refresh over the interiors on a Porsche GT3
Thanks Gigs, I really wanted to make the car unique, and know not many have the glorified Seibon Dry Carbon Hatch.


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Welp. Nice touches all around.
Thanks Stretch!


Hey everyone and welcome back to my journal.

This is a smaller update that takes place in May 2018.


I purchased a Blacked Outline STi Badge to apply to my Seibon Dry Carbon Trunk.

I think it’ll be a nice, subtle touch on the exterior, as opposed to the Chrome OEM badge.






Thank-you all stopping by, and please enjoy this teaser picture:


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Old 08-12-2020, 07:52 PM   #19
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Hey everyone and welcome back to a really exciting update that I have to share with you all!

This update takes place in May 2018.


Once I receive Carbon Fiber Parts, I take them to my body shop called Vaughan Fine Touch, for them to re-sand the parts down, polish them to remove any defects, and re-clearcoat them with proper automotive clear-coat.

I know it seems like overkill, but this method will always ensure that my parts are looking exceptional for as long as possible, as companies that manufacture Carbon Fiber parts or perform Overlays do not usually have the high quality clear-coat or body shop techniques to make such parts look perfect!

I took my brand new Voltex Type II H2S Carbon Fiber Wing, and all of my Carbon Fiber Overlayed Interior Parts from Slick Carbon to get refinished.

A special thank-you to Vaughan Fine Touch for bringing out the most depth and clarity with my parts. Please enjoy the pictures:



























Thank-you all for stopping by and stay tuned for my next update!
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ive never see attention to detail like this. My wife looks at me funny when im applying some black polish to the plastic parts after a carwash.
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ive never see attention to detail like this. My wife looks at me funny when im applying some black polish to the plastic parts after a carwash.
Thanks so much hinkmeister! Lol thankfully I'm not married or I'd be having the same looks too




Hey everyone and thanks for stopping by for another update!

This update takes place in May 2018.


Vaughan Fine Touch finished working on my Carbon Fiber overlayed Interior Parts, and they look great!


Please enjoy the pictures:














Alright so the BIG NEWS…the car will be getting CAGED by the Top Cage Builder in Canada – Ronald O’Brien. Ronald is the owner of O’Brien Motorsports, and designs/builds cages for some of the top race cars in Canada. Having an O’Brien cage in the racing community is an honor of its own.

Here are some of his client’s racecars that you might be familiar with:











He is known for taking his time while working on it, and plus I wasn’t in a rush anyways. This is something I've been super excited to have done, and take the car to the NEXT level in this long and enjoyable journey.


Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for next update!
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dang I didn't know he was behind the Can Jam chassis

That car is a work of art
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Old 08-30-2020, 06:10 PM   #23
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Wow nice work
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Old 09-27-2020, 04:20 PM   #24
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dang I didn't know he was behind the Can Jam chassis

That car is a work of art
It definitely is! Very well put together car by CanJam.

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Wow nice work
Thanks Wes.



Welcome back everyone to my journal.

This update takes place in February 2018 (a bit before some of the updates you’ve seen recently).

The car was sent to see Ronald O’Brien, owner of O’Brien Motorsports. Ronnie will be building an FIA Chromoly Tube 8pt. Cage.

I’m also having Ronnie carefully examine the chassis to remove any unnecessary weight. He will be pulling off the majority of the Cusco Chassis Bracing (floor center braces, fender braces), as the roll cage will add the ultimate chassis rigidity. He will also be removing the body filler to make a cleaner interior cabin.

I will continuously post pictures of the progress, for now though, please enjoy some of the pictures:




















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All that filler makes sense as to how the Spec C and Spec C RA / RA-R models lost so much weight

looking good
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