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Old 06-14-2007, 01:54 AM   #1
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So i finally got bored with the wrx and parted it out and now its in its stock form getting ready to be sold....of course i couldnt go to long without a project going on so i picked up a 96 L. I dont plan to get to crazy with it has money is tight right now. first i'll take care of some of the supporting mods before i touch the engine. i would like to keep all external body parts oem as for this is going to be a sleeper.

Plans are something like this:

ej20 swap
aps fmic - so i dont have to get a scoop'd hood
reverse intake manifold
slot wrx brakes
wrx calipers
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vf30 pnp'd and coated
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wrx seats front/rear
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Optima battery relocation to trunk
STi i/c tank used for windshield washer moved to trunk
2.25 06 WRX axleback
i put the wrx stockers on when i first got it


those are the things i can think of so far. if you have any opinions on some of the stuff please speak up because i consider myself a complete noob when it comes to these older models.









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Old 06-14-2007, 12:42 PM   #2
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suspension/bushings
might just go with the cheepy ebay FMIC for $250 instead
would also add an $250 ebay turbo back
rear lsd


cheep suspension would be
A: tein flex/ tein basic(800-1200) or kybagx+springs(450)
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:45 PM   #3
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I agree with Jaxx that a cheap FMIC would be good but I would suggest the older Injen model which is smaller and will help with the VF30. If you were going 18G or bigger I could see a bigger FMIC but I don't see the need.
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:14 PM   #4
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the reason i chose the aps is because i had it laying around so essentially its free. you think it may be to big for the 30?

i also had the spec c suspension laying around. however i'd like to get something that is height adjustable and cheap.
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:23 PM   #5
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Is the APS the 525 or bigger? You might be able to get away with the 525 but you could prolly sell it and pay less for a used Injen. Then you could use the money towards your suspension, maybe some Kartboy and TiC goods?

::edit:: You have an APS CAI too? I forgot you need that to run the FMIC. On APS's website it says for 40-55lb/min turbos though, and I think the VF30 is 32 lb/min.

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Is the APS the 525 or bigger? You might be able to get away with the 525 but you could prolly sell it and pay less for a used Injen. Then you could use the money towards your suspension, maybe some Kartboy and TiC goods?

::edit:: You have an APS CAI too? I forgot you need that to run the FMIC. On APS's website it says for 40-55lb/min turbos though, and I think the VF30 is 32 lb/min.

i actually dont know which one it is. its the one that is really short but long.

actually i do have an aps cai 65mm laying around too that i could use. since i'll be doing the reverse intake setup i'm not exactly sure where the piping is all going to end up.
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Oh true, I forgot about the reverse mani. Well, you might be in good shape then, because shorter piping should reduce that lag and potentially help you get away with using a big IC for a small turbo. I still think you could sell it and replace it with something else for a more cost effective setup. I messaged you on AIM but no response.
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Old 06-15-2007, 04:54 PM   #8
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got the cryo treated brakes on with wrx calipers and hawk hps pads. everything went smoothly. the bolts were rusted all to hell but nothing a torch couldnt take care of.

oh..and threw on some stainless lines too.





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Old 06-15-2007, 06:19 PM   #9
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nice man, im doing something similar with a 96 coupe, except im making my own turbo kit, im almost done too

i love the color of that car!
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:34 AM   #10
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nice man, im doing something similar with a 96 coupe, except im making my own turbo kit, im almost done too

i love the color of that car!
nice! what turbo are you putting on it?
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:53 AM   #11
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some more progress this week....

if you're ever bored dont say "i think i shall take the tar and sound deadening material out of my car"


shaved 6.5lbs by taking a portion of the bumper beam off to help fit the fmic


saved 1.5lbs by take the bottom seatbelts out


and of course the fun tar removal



save another 6.5lbs from the tar/sound deadening


so i was able to take off 14.5lbs today..not to bad.
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:18 AM   #12
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not a bad start
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Old 06-19-2007, 11:03 AM   #13
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nice! what turbo are you putting on it?

td04 for now on for the ej18. i want to run like 17-20 psi on the td04 for now then when i build up a ej22 DOHC hybrid motor im gonna get a big turbo for it..maybe. im gonna have a hard time explaining to my dad why i just dropped $1500 for a turbo on a $1500 car..

i was thinking about trying a big ass turbo like a GT30R on the 1.8 block just to see how long it could take it and how much awhp it could make.

heres my build thread on rs25, check it when you get a chance

http://www.rs25.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60940

now back to you before i de-rail this thread anymore!

hey..why try using the ej18 block for alittle while on that wrx motor, just to see what it could do
the ebay FMIC kit is good but the welds are kinda ****ty but do the job, plus its cheaper then going with a hood scoop, especially if you want to use a usdm rs hood, since you'll have to get a new grill and lights (97-01 is the facelift)

keep us posted!!

btw what color did you paint those rims? got a color code for it??

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Old 06-19-2007, 11:43 AM   #14
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Looks like poop Justin
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:03 PM   #15
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i used my 98 OBS/RS hood with 96 lights/grille. it works. doesn't look as good, but works.

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If you get bored and you do decide "i think i shall take the tar and sound deadening material out of my car" use the dry ice trick. Freezing the stuff with dry ice first makes for much easier removal Ive been told
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If you get bored and you do decide "i think i shall take the tar and sound deadening material out of my car" use the dry ice trick. Freezing the stuff with dry ice first makes for much easier removal Ive been told

yeah i few people told me that after to the fact. i've also been told just wait till winter but i didnt want to.

looks like i'll be buying the wrx engine, tranny, rear diff, driver shaft, wiring, etc etc tonight!! yahhh!
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yeah i few people told me that after to the fact. i've also been told just wait till winter but i didnt want to.

looks like i'll be buying the wrx engine, tranny, rear diff, driver shaft, wiring, etc etc tonight!! yahhh!

make sure ya get the fuel tank, IIRC..
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make sure ya get the fuel tank, IIRC..

the L fuel tank should work since its an AWD fuel tank
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i think the wrx one might have some kind of sensor that is required. not real sure though, i dabbed into the idea of doing a swap but decided to save it for a later time and another car, and remember reading something like that.
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v8 jdm spec c suspension has been installed. as always, its SOO much easier to get the two bottom strut bolts on with help from another person since it sits at a different position. had to use the rear L tophats to get them to fit and now the top of the spec c spring sits really funny up underneath the L tophat.



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nice

how does it handle/turn with those struts?
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make sure ya get the fuel tank, IIRC..
you only need the tank if you want to pass emissions :P

I can wait to see this project

hit up area1320 or EastCoastSwappers for swap questions, they both have done a ton of them
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nice

how does it handle/turn with those struts?
it handles pretty well. i think it raised up the rear a bit which kinda sucks

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you only need the tank if you want to pass emissions :P

I can wait to see this project

hit up area1320 or EastCoastSwappers for swap questions, they both have done a ton of them
no emissions here!
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whats the color code for the paint that you used on those wrx rims?
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