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Old 10-09-2018, 02:08 PM   #1
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Just a journal, tracking changes, modifications and updates. This car was a "ranch find" on offer. I know we don't all have the time to sit and read threads, therefore I'll save you the backstory and proceed with pics and cliff notes. I once owned an 04 STI and even though I loathe black, it was silver too. I missed it quiet a bit after I sold it some 7yrs ago. I bounced from car to car, never happy. After loosing my most recent daily in a collision, I decided it was time to find another subi. But this time the bugeye front end would be refreshing for me.

I've been on an edgy vehicle look for quiet sometime. With visual touch ups, I thought to myself, this car may do just fine (Note: NEVER think to yourself, express and share thoughts with others, get feedback and opinions, hehe). Purchased non-running and setup for a rotated FMIC kit, I'd have my work cut out for me doing it my way.



The savings factor, despite what it looked like on the outside the car had some fairly decent pros, that made it worth the risk. A full 2005 STI conversion was tucked beneath the chassis panels.......What great logic, right? Yup! Trigger pulled!



The day I picked it up just felt gloomy, maybe it was a premonition of things to come. But I was still excited...gang gang.


TDL/Notes/Tips/Tricks/Research:



Engine/Power/performance/Monitoring


ALARM
  • Alarm question: 2nd stage unlock wire?
    https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=869213

  • grounded when armed
    https://www.the12volt.com/installbay...asp?tid=140965

  • Ken Gilbert Wiring Diagram
    https://ken-gilbert.com/wrx/mans/7%20-%20WIRING.PDF

  • FYI: 02-06 Impreza/wrx/STi alarm/Autostart wiring guide
    https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=1049887


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    I thought I would do this for all the DIY'ers out there.

    I have seen multiple thereads as to "where is this wire yadda yadda blah blah"

    12 VOLTS White 4-pin blue plug at steering column +
    IGNITION Green 4-pin blue plug at steering column +
    ACCESSORY Yellow 4-pin blue plug at steering column +
    STARTER White/black 4-pin blue plug at steering column +
    KEY SENSE White/red In 2-pin black plug at steering column +
    TACH SIGNAL Blue/white In brown plug behind battery AC
    LOCK Red/white In white 20-pin plug at Body ECU -
    UNLOCK Yellow/red In white 20-pin plug at Body ECU -
    DOORPIN Yellow In 16-pin connector at keyless entry module -
    TRUNK PIN Yellow/red In 16-pin connector at keyless entry module -
    TRUNK RELEASE Manual release
    BRAKESWITCH White/black At switch above brake pedal +
    PARKLIGHTS Orange In main black harness at steering column +
    HAND BRAKE Pink Below handbrake in center console -
    HORN Green/red In black 5-pin plug at steering column -

    CLUTCH SWITCH Green/yellow At connector above clutch pedal
    TYPE 2
    DRIVER WINDOW UP Blue/red On back of window switch in driver's door
    REV POL
    DRIVER WINDOW DOWN Blue On back of window switch in driver's door
    REV POL
    PASSENGER WINDOW UP Red/blue On back of window switch in driver's
    door REV POL
    PASSENGER WINDOW DOWN Black/blue On back of window switch in
    driver's door REV POL
    VSS WIRE Green/yellow At cruise control module pin 19

    TYPE 2 Clutch bypass
    Indicates a wire that must see ground during the crank
    cycle to engage the starter. Pin 86 goes to the starter
    wire and pin 85 to a ‘ground when running’ output from
    your remote starter.

    This Wiring is typical on all 2002-06 Impreza, wrx, sti


    For more detailed info PM me.


LED / LIGHTING
  • https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2412893

    DIY JDM Bugeye to USDM STI Headlight Wiring
  • https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...php?p=45791436


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    Overshot, over-scrutinized, overestimated, overthinking; it.

    I feel dumb, kind of glad no one chimed in. A note to future me(s): bugeye to usdm STI is 99% the same. The 1% covers the 2 plus that do not “plug n play;” the HID ballasts and signal. For the jdm bugeye HID ballasts to usdm Harness, and jdm Bugeye HL to ballast you can get a plug to rectify that seemlessly. I don’t know exactly where to get it yet, but I’ll update that part when I do.

    Ballast Testing/ Wiring - Wire it up as follows: Orange (jdm) to black (usdm), Brown (jdm) to red (usdm).

    For the turn signal, I do not have a blobeye Sti HL, therefore I can not confirm this; but a 04-05 signal female plug w/ pigtail is needed if you do not wish to cut your oem 05 HL Harness. If you’re ok with splicing proceed as follows: bugeye pigtail (jdm) cut & solder red white to red / yellow (iirc), Black (jdm) to black (usdm), Black / green (jdm) to black / green (usdm) and you’re all set.

    Extras: this should be a no brainer. Ballast to bugeye HL. Black to black, orange to orange brown to brown.

    Time to order up the cut off shields....woot!

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Old 10-09-2018, 02:43 PM   #2
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interesting... looking forward to the progress. Looks like a fun project to clean up and bring back.

*not a huge fan of the fenders but oh well
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Old 10-10-2018, 02:39 AM   #3
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Thanks Jeff. I hope the “bang for the buck,” wins here. I was looking for the Sti parts the most, it was a bargain purchase. A powered up bugeye was what I had hoped to buy.

* Neither am I, they could have been done a lot nicer IMO. I was eyeballing the AWB flares, but spending the money only to wait and not like them, would have sucked. Getting my feet wet with this setup helped me revise what flare style I’d like to do. No rush on my end right now, still much to due.
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:38 AM   #4
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Those flares look rough, best of luck though.
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:25 PM   #5
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Those flares look rough, best of luck though.
Understatement of the year, like Butt truthfully, after seeing them over and over, it's as though a 5yr old did them. LOL. Good news is, I do not plan on keeping the car setup like this forever.


My goal for this engine bay was, return everything to stock. For me to get started I had to do something with all that dust that was built up. After blocking/masking things up, I let some degreaser sit over night. The next day, I purchased a gas psi washer and sprayed down the engine bay.







Removed the IM & spacers





Traded away the aftermarket TMIC & BOV I had purchased for this stock TMIC, then proceeded to wrap it in the reflective tape.



With the IM off I cleaned up the runners and TB ports, then used some VHT wrinkle red to revive the oem sti feel. I was missing so many essentials, I had to reach out to a friend and my local subaru dealer for parts. At this time, I also replace the silicone inlet, with one from rev9. I sold off the JMT version that had the BOV plug.






Previous owner was planning to make this a "track car" and had removed A/C. Being that I considered it a daily, I'd spend the next few days sorting what I needed to do this right. Dealt with some local scammers (my fault, knowledge is power), but Nate Frye on Fb came in clutch, as helped me get all the correct 05 sti AC parts.



I don't know what radiator was in the car but I assumed it had to be the original NA one. I'd assemble and take things apart a few times to make sure I got the details right. This one in particular involved me tapping the core and adding a barbed fitting.


all fitted, the wait for subaru parts began.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:05 PM   #6
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Does it only have 1 front coil over?
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:26 AM   #7
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Yes, the donor car the swap came from had a damaged front coilover. I’ll be addressing suspension before it hits the road.
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Old 10-13-2018, 03:59 AM   #8
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FFWD. Some oem parts arrive, some installed. Basic misc, parts were ordered: hoses, clamps, vacuum lines, inlet to EBC, TMIC to Inlet, inlet to BOV. Bolts for AC compressor, adjuster nut & bolt for the tensioner, belts, acc. cover.



With the arrival of parts, I'd bounce back and forth from bay to interior. This car was dusty all around. I removed the dash to do away with the old analog AC and upgrade to the newer digital/auto HVAC. I'd also use this time to test horns and the alarm system.








Previous owner had no clue as to what the ecu & immobilizer really meant, I'm just glad the one I had for sale, never sold. It came in handy like many of the other parts I used to finish this car up.



I've been saving this for almost a decade, pretty stoked I have a car that I'd like to install it into.



Aug & Sept. were VERY hot months; fetching this old ez-up would change working outside for the better. At this point the engine was ready to fire up. Fresh oil & filter, at this point unbeknown to me, the car had sat for 2yrs. I loosely set the interior back in JIC I'd need to pull it once more.







I didn't post the start up videos but after a successful start up, I took this image. Everything went well except for the t stat not opening, which is a major-minor step back.
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Old 10-13-2018, 12:35 PM   #9
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Congrats on the start-up !! And also good job on reviving her and cleaning her up. Keep up the progress as I see so much potential. Cheers.
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Old 10-13-2018, 03:36 PM   #10
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Thank you man. This car was missing quite much, more than anticipated and surely more than seller correlated; I too am happy the start up went fairly well.
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Old 10-13-2018, 04:20 PM   #11
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Steam boating along I focused on a few pcs of interior trim. Locally these parts seemed hard to source and ebay was the next best thing, without the frustrations.









With the faux CF trim looming around in my thoughts, I thought I'd try the duplicator kit.



CRASH & BURN: the curves proved to be challenging and blew out important areas of the pattern. I scrapped the idea, sanded it down and went for the OE look instead.



This color was something cool to spray, it leave behind this fiber looking fuzz you're instructed to dust off once it dries.



Shifter trim also received my love.




painted
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Old 10-13-2018, 04:20 PM   #12
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personalized


Not sure why it looks so textured, it’s not as it appears. For now, it’s acceptable.


The shades were not off from the OE by much at all, being it’s a huge visual piece, I did the radio bezel as well.
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:02 AM   #13
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Ordered a set of ebay coilovers for the car. Even though the seller was "honest" about the vehicle, I took it with a grain of salt; I didn't want to spend too much before I was able to test drive and verify everything was fully functional.





The Megan coilover measurements crossed over perfectly for the front. While I was underneath the car I noticed a few things that would need attention:
- Most importantly, my steering joint was .5-1"
- Damaged/Dented Oil pan
- Leaky exhaust manifold gasket
- Rack & pinion looked tired and worn



until parts roll in, on jack stands he'd stay.
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Old 10-19-2018, 02:48 AM   #14
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Undercarriage updates.

Replacement Front Crossmember




PSI Washed





A few coats of black aerosol








Old Rack & Front member out



New reman 06/07 WRX STI Rack arrives



OE Parts
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Old 10-19-2018, 02:50 AM   #15
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Another part I had saved joins the new setup.



TY Cdorch for the oil pan & pick up, came in clutch.



thanks to Noren Fab, a new steering linkage was fabricated







Back on car with some new megan engine mounts


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Old 10-19-2018, 09:41 AM   #16
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Lots of work. I remember seeing bugeyes lines up on dealer lots new. Funny to see someone restoring one.
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Old 10-19-2018, 04:39 PM   #17
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This is an awesome build. I am especially interested in what it took to swap from manual to automatic HVAC controls. My car already has the automatic controls but I always hear people say that the swap would be really hard and require a bunch of parts and it never seemed like I could find anyone who attempted it. I'm very interested in seeing if it all functions etc. Props to you man!
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:40 PM   #18
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Lots of work. I remember seeing bugeyes lines up on dealer lots new. Funny to see someone restoring one.
I wish I would have understood what I know now, I would have purchased subarus way back then. Phenomenal cars even in stock trim. I've yet to own a bugeye, passionately trying my best to clean it up over time.

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This is an awesome build. I am especially interested in what it took to swap from manual to automatic HVAC controls. My car already has the automatic controls but I always hear people say that the swap would be really hard and require a bunch of parts and it never seemed like I could find anyone who attempted it. I'm very interested in seeing if it all functions etc. Props to you man!

Man it's really easy to get the mechanics in. From my visual comparisons, adding a wrench to the works, you don't even need the 05+ HVAC all you need is the motors and mounting screws. Everything else is identical. The blower motor on the 05 does have a different connection.

Keep in mind though, my car has a complete sti swap and harness.
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Ceramic coated and re-installed the ebay EL header using OE gaskets. I also used some heat tape on the nearby coolant lines and oil pan.


With no front bumper, I picked up this from a local. I'd come to realize it wasn't the right one for 02-03, as it was designed for 04-05.





The bumper fit, but was awkwardly snug and pushed forward a bit. It was extremely rough; I viewed it as a patch just to get to the next step.



Lacking seats, I decided to buy some buddyclub seat rails to pair them with some bucket seats I had in the garage.





Google hunting, I saw this and fell in love. It would be perfect to tie in the STI them hidden inside. Despite how cheap I wanted to be, I knew this was a must buy, in time.




Driverway Tingz. First test drive around the block went well. An alignment is highly necessary and the P/S needed some more fluid and to be bled. I spent the evening removing the old FRP bumper & support designed for a big wing in favor of an OE one; also sourced on offerup.



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Elaborating on the DrivewayTingz

New Tires and a fresh new layer on paint for the wheels.





Signs of hack everywhere, I know.



Bit the bullet, I couldn't stand the tattered front end and bought the JDM front clip/cut


With the JDM front end on I decided color matched flares would be less of an eyesore and began to spray them.




morning after view



w/ replica lips


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I'd find myself multitasking ideas and planning changes to the car. After I found out it had a TD04 turbo, it drove me nuts. Coincidentally I was able to source a VF48 from my buddy Eder at pacific speed. I saw it in a box at his place and asked if he'd sell it, turns out he was looking to get rid of it. I would have to address the rebuild before the install, as he mentioned it leaks. It did have the infamous wastegate crack; in-which I'd repair as well.



Like a good subaru owner, a nagging cell led me to purchase an accessport.



Focusing on the turbo, I'd address the turbo overhaul first.


gave it a quick port


Crack repair - After grinding V grooves into the cracks, I used the JB WELD HIGH HEAT method. I'm very skeptical of this stuff, but it dried so rock solid and it was very difficult to sand, I felt it was worth giving a shot. I only need the turbo to last for a year or so.









All said and done, I'd choose the popular BRED combo. Since I did this while at work, I couldn't stop and document ea. step. Overhauled using the "ebay kit" cast cleaned compressor housing and exhaust inlet. VHT ceramic coated black and red.



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Future planned updates are being forced along. Those TGV codes don't sit well with me. TY to all the forum members for their contributions and DIY threads. I spoke to a friend of mine over at Ralli Candi who just happend to have a side feed set. I picked them up and got straight down to business.








I used a hammer and a chisel to break away the inner divider "quickly"





I normally use sanding rolls but I wanted to get my practice in with these new bits. They rip away material like no other.





here you can spot the newb mistakes


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Old 10-24-2018, 02:33 AM   #23
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I spent a good few hours going over the flaws, properly shaping and matching each shape as best I could. I'm usually pic intensive, baffled right now as I can't seem to find images of the injector side error corrections, but i'll take some.





Cleaned up the surface as I'm thinking of doing them wrinkle red.


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Old 10-24-2018, 03:13 AM   #24
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Great thread. Keep the updates coming.
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Thank You. I'll do my best.

Random, if anyone cares to watch; I enjoyed this lil video Impreza vs Lancer.
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