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Old 04-14-2019, 02:59 AM   #1
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Impreza WRX STi Subieaaron's 2004 STi build thread

Here's a build thread of my 2004 STi. Bought the car with 100k on the clock in June of 2016. Three years later its a totally different car...

The story begins:
Day the car was purchased. 100K miles, Rota wheels (one was cracked...), FMIC, and a crappy white paint job.
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Home safe! If you can see, that's a silver STi badge the previous owner threw on the hood in a random place... That was the first thing to be removed.
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Much needed polishing of headlights... Looked pretty good!
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First real mod was to replace the blown suspension. In went Tein street basis coilovers. 3 years later still rides nice. Not super low..
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Next up were the hotboi mods lol... Some TE-37 reps with a way too low offset... And of course a subieflow banner
Specs for the wheels and tires:
ESR SR-07
18x9.5 +22
BFG G-Force Comp 2 A/S
225/45/18
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Canyon runs here and there... And wing stiffy's
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Mods start coming in! This was a basic Magnaflow catback. Sounded really good for just a catback because of the absence of a resonator like most jdm exhausts. Since have sold this.
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Will continue to update! Long way to go...
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Old 04-14-2019, 03:01 AM   #2
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Pictures may be broken... please let me know if so
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:37 PM   #3
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Halloween fun and some street shark action. To make the teeth I got some poly board and drew on some teeth. Cut it them out with a hacksaw and then splattered some red paint on. Then I 3m taped them to the inside of the bumper. Definitely got a lot of looks!




The salty harbor air here began to rust the trunk underneath the wing. Repair process included taking off the wing (which looked kinda cool), sanding down the trunk, and spraying a new coat of primer. At this time it was surface rust, so nothing too major. Good thing I caught it though.
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:42 PM   #4
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Headlights opened up and redone. Threw them in the oven and pried apart. Deleter amber reflectors and painted the bezel black. At the time this looked really good. However now, the lenses have become hazy and splotchy even with polishing/sanding. Want to refinish them soon...
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:55 PM   #5
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At this time I was bored with the plain white car and anted some flare. Old school-y I drew on some ideas for vinyl. Looked cool, but never happened.




Here's a pic of the engine. APS FMIC piping connected to a junk intercooler the previous owner had on. Worx tuning 50/50 bov, I heard these are somewhat rare and pretty nicely engineered. I sold it for a jdm bpv. In this pic you can see how close the positive battery terminal is to the charge pipe. Though it never came into contact, it was still sketchy. Not sure why I never realized that...




After lots of well needed maintenance, here it was at my first autocross. This was at the Camarillo airport (I think now these now longer happen).

Link to some footage of the runs:
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:37 PM   #6
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About two years ago now I was fortunate enough to get a full sponsorship from Plus Soap LLC. They hooked me up with an array of detailing products in return for some advertisements.

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Old 04-15-2019, 02:40 PM   #7
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Some beauty shots by @angelscursed (IG) during a Subiewerks Malibu meet.

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Old 04-15-2019, 02:46 PM   #8
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The came along version 3. Refinished the wheels in matte bronze with a RSD side banner. Lowered another 1/2 in. Really loved this stage of the car. It was simple yet aggressive.*

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Old 04-15-2019, 02:48 PM   #9
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New lens called for some shots of a battle-ready looking subie. 50mm canon pancake lens on a T3i Rebel body.
This was probably one of the best stages of the car. It looked killer in my opinion and was running great... (foreshadowing).

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Old 04-15-2019, 02:50 PM   #10
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More beauty shots...


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Old 04-15-2019, 02:54 PM   #11
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This was a trip to LA's Fast and Furious movie spots including the Toretto house and market, Racer's Edge (which is really just a sketchy alley that smells like s**t), and the the lot by the LA river and LAPD station.



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Old 04-15-2019, 03:07 PM   #12
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And here's where things went downhill...
I was driving home one day and the car stalls and won't start up again. Head gasket blown and ringlands cracked. Lasted 125k miles! I had decided to go the forged piston route so I didn't have to worry about this happening again for a longggg time. I had the motor built by WRX USA.

Motor being pulled



Carnage of the timing tensioner. The previous owner telling me timing was serviced just before the sale was clearly not true...




Then, on top of not having a car, disaster struck again. The night the motor got pulled out, the Southern California Thomas Fire started and reached my house in almost an hour at around midnight. This picture was taken of the street above my house. The car sat about 25 yards to the left down a hill. We had to evacuate in a matter of minutes. The car had no engine or brakes, so moving it wasn't an option. I wasn't sure if I would come back to my car still standing or being burnt to a crisp.



Fast forward about two weeks later, this is what I came home to:

SO relieved.

About three weeks after the motor was pulled the fire was finally contained enough where we could safely work on the car. The new forged EJ257 longblock came in:

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Old 04-15-2019, 03:14 PM   #13
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We worked through the ash and smoke to assemble the new engine. Forgot to mention a new Exedy Stage 1 clutch was overnighted.




Finally in the car after about a month!



Details of what went into the new engine:
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:51 PM   #14
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Rare color and quite the experience already for you. Welcome to the Original 2004 STi club.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:57 PM   #15
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Rare color and quite the experience already for you. Welcome to the Original 2004 STi club.
Yeah I've had a good run already. The paint was pretty crappy so it has since been repainted a different color... but we'll get to that!
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:11 AM   #16
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Next mod that was done was to replace the APS piping and no-name intercooler. Some may ask why get rid of APS piping, but to tell the truth I despised that pipe. Ever since I bought the car, I've had problems with couplers blowing off. Nothing would fix it. The intercooler was junk as well and full of blowby oil.
I took a risk and went with a Rev9 Motorsport front mount kit to replace the old one. Its an eBay brand, however I couldn't find anything bad about the intercooler, so I decided to risk it.


Heres a current picture of the engine bay. The fitment of the piping is actually better than the APS piping. I've had zero couplers blow off in a year and temps have been perfect. To anyone else considering the Rev9 FMIC kit I suggest it!
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:25 AM   #17
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February of 2018 some of my friends and I tried to diy a rear diffuser. Don't have any process pictures but the basic process was to get some ABS plastic sheets, create a mockup out of cardboard, use the cardboard pieces as templates, cut out ABS pieces, put together with 90 degree brackets, and attach to car with self tappers.
Looked pretty cool and very, very aggressive.

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Old 04-16-2019, 12:34 AM   #18
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Doesn't include my subie, but still pretty rad: summer of 2018 I took a trip to japan. Since this is NASIOC, I'll just post the cool subarus I saw (and a R34):



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Old 04-16-2019, 12:39 AM   #19
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In the second part of the trip, I traveled to Fun 2 Drive. A rental shop that does touge tours on some of Japan's most famous driving roads in rad cars.
I chose to drive a Limited WRC GC8. By far one of the coolest experiences of my life.





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Old 04-17-2019, 01:39 PM   #20
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On to another big step for the subie. This was about 6 months ago now. The white paint was getting to be so bad, the clear coat was peeling, it was chipped in many places, it had fisheye, some parts were matte and some were glossy, and the rust on the trunk started to come back. I pulled the trigger on a full new paint job.
I was thinking I was going to go with WRB, however its the most popular subie color and everyone has it. Though its beautiful, I wanted something different. I picked out a solid dark blue. I always wished the 04 came in a color like the new lapis blue, except without the metallic. There's something about a solid color that is so nice.

Car getting prepped:


Primer grey looks cool too! Also forgot to mention, new OEM front bumper as the old one was in rough shape.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:46 PM   #21
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A VERY long 2 weeks later, here she is.




Final assembly included new STi stickers (got them in Japan), Visual Autowerks window vents, STi limited front lip, new mudflaps, and a rear tow hook. Couldn't have been any happier with how it came out. I was seeing my vision come to life right in front of me.




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Old 04-17-2019, 01:48 PM   #22
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This picture really shows how much it changes in the light even though its a solid color. It direct sun its almost powder blue, but in the shade its dark blue.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:55 PM   #23
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Time for stage 2! Picked up a Helix catted downpipe and a HKS Hi-Power catback. I was just going for the dp, but basically got 2 for the price of 1 so why not... E tuned up to 18psi by EFI Logics.

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Old 04-17-2019, 01:59 PM   #24
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Old 04-23-2019, 01:54 PM   #25
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Next up is my favorite. Big fog lights have always been my dream mod. Finally got my hands on some jdm fogs from the motherland. Not the blue lenses, but I still like the clear. Probably my favorite mod to date!

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