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Old 01-17-2018, 06:16 AM   #1
ReubenH
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It doesnít feel like a long time ago that the mighty BG was still a newish car, one you could be proud to own, but these days all I see around me is busted old BGís with mismatched panels, dents on every corner, that are barely running on three. Today youíll hear everyone call the 4th gen old tech, and they arenít wrong, progress is swift... it only struck me the other day that the EJ is on its death bed, in only another year or two, it will have been totally phased out! 30 years is a damn good run in anyoneís books though (something tells me Subaru will keep the EJ till MY2019, only so that they can say the EJ made the 30 year milestone).

Well enough of my rambling, whatís the point of this thread. Well, about 3 years ago one of Queenstownís aforementioned neglected BGís turned up at my place of work, and was offered to me for $50. How could I say no to that? It had a blown engine, was missing itís rad, and was an utter tip inside, complete with child parifinalia and synthetic weed... Itís a JDM 250T, from 1995, first year of the EJ25D. This thing was pimping, heated leather seats, cruise control, sunroofs, dual airbag, 4-wheel disk and ABS, electric folding and heated wing mirrors, and a heated front windscreen... A feature pack that wouldnít be out of place on a 95 Mercedes! I thought Iíd flip it, but quickly found a use for having a bash wagon, and itís now hauled itís fair share of engines and transmissions around! So I decided iíd Keep it, and as it turns out, slowly restore it. It feels good to bring back a former high end model that the general public just see as an old 90ís piece...

A bit of history on the 250T. They were available in japan from 1995 onwards, two years after the 93 release of the BG chassis. The 250T filled in a role similar to the GT, which had been around since the 89 launch of the first gen. They were the top of the line trim pack, like the GT was, but only available in the 2.5, and only auto. This also marked the end of the line for the 2.2 as well, Japan wouldnít get the EJ22 after 1995,

So, hereís a list of whatís been done, starting with repairs, moving on to mods.

Engine was a write off, so fitted is a 1989 EJ20D, soon to be a 30 year old EJ!
I do plan on getting a hydraulic 25D in the hole.
New rad
Fixed ABS fault (dodgy sensor and self exciting relay
Fixed misbehaving trans (just needed a flush)
Fixed steering play (rack bushes, inner rack end)
Fixed sunroof leak (drain had come off drain pan)
Fixed floppy wing mirror
Fixed A/C (regass and new receiver dryer)
Replace old dry and torn, hard and shrunken leather with a soft set from another 250T
Replaced grille with one that still has chrome
Fixed power antenna (new mast)
Serviced all brake calipers (found genuine Subie pads in the rear, still 80% left on them!)

Iíve managed to get every single feature on this car working, no feature is inoperable, itís a damn good feeling I tell you what!

Mods:
King lift springs in the rear (as I said I carry a lot of guff around and do a lot of towing
BG GTB 19mm front and rear sway bars
BF GT exhaust manifold for dat boxer burble (direct bolt on to a 250T exhaust, they have an up-pipe and down pipe, with a u-bend where the turbo normally goes...... yup...)
BH GTB dual entry muffler, welded open (going to change, sounds like arse when cold)
Pioneer double din touch screen head unit (AVH285BT), 300w 6Ē speakers all round, and fusion all in one sub+amp under passenger seat, stealth install!

To do:
Replace transfer solenoid, trans displays the trouble code up for it all the time
Fit new KYB excel G's to the front, rears were done last year
Find a non-cannon sports muffler, like stock GC STI or something
Replace windscreen (chipped to hell)
Repaint bonnet and roof (peeling badly)
Find a hydraulic 25D for it
Get summer tyres for the BBS 16ís that are going on it (an catalogue optional extra available from 1994 to 96)
And maybe find a boot lid with spoilter for extra street cred yo. I'd rather spoiler than the funky handle thing, but to each their own (you'll see in the photo's)

Not a big list, but Iím showing it the love, so hereís to the love for the old ****ters! Hurrah!

Feel free to post up you cared for first and second gens. I donít mind you adding to the thread!!!
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Old 01-17-2018, 06:19 AM   #2
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When I first got it

IMG_9467 by Reuben Horsley, on Flickr


IMG_9475 by Reuben Horsley, on Flickr


IMG_9477 by Reuben Horsley, on Flickr

Springs made a difference!!!


IMG_0696 by Reuben Horsley, on Flickr


IMG_0684 by Reuben Horsley, on Flickr

Fixing sunroof


IMG_1242 by Reuben Horsley, on Flickr


IMG_1244 by Reuben Horsley, on Flickr

How it sits now the rear lift springs and new exel g's in the rear have setteled.


IMG_1340-2 by Reuben Horsley, on Flickr

Snow wagon!


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Old 01-18-2018, 11:38 AM   #3
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So it has a turbo exhaust setup (up-pipe, down-pipe), but no turbo? I've never heard of that - can you post up a pic or two?
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Old 01-18-2018, 11:51 AM   #4
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Looks decent, congrats.
I still own my 98 GT wagon.
All original body panels, couple minor scuffs and dings, NO rust!
Just short of 200K miles on it.
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Old 01-19-2018, 04:09 AM   #5
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So it has a turbo exhaust setup (up-pipe, down-pipe), but no turbo? I've never heard of that - can you post up a pic or two?
Indeed, only on BG9's, both outback and 250T. They went standard style for the BH's onwards. They used the same flange position as the turbo manifold, so you can swap 250T and turbo manifolds back and forth on both models. The 250T factory manifold was an equal length setup, and the turbo, obviously not, same as what you guys got on the 02 wrx's. So yeah, 250T manifolds make a poor mans equal lenth setup for turbo owners, but who want that, it's all about that boxer burble mate! So yeah, she has a nice idle with the turbo manifold bolted up.

Here it is from the top (yup, that's the turds engine bay, I keep it clean!!!), you can see the bend where the turbo normally sits...

IMG_0712 by Reuben Horsley, on Flickr

And here's the setup I put in my BC, note the equal length 250T style manifold (I later swapped that for the turbo one to get the burble back)


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Looks decent, congrats.
I still own my 98 GT wagon.
All original body panels, couple minor scuffs and dings, NO rust!
Just short of 200K miles on it.
Yeah, I don't feel inclined to let go of this yet, it's still a damn good car!

I washed the turd tonight, then the sunset put on a show so I thought I ought to take some pics.

3 generations, keepin it oldschool!

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Old 03-07-2018, 01:45 AM   #6
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Got some BBS 16’s on now, with a full new set of Bridgestone Potenza RE003’s. man those are nice tyres! So funny now, the tyres massively outperform every other suspension component. The rear struts are ****ed, so cornering is pain, she bucks around as the struts have no idea what’s going on, but it just sticks to the road! Funny setup indeed.

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Old 03-08-2018, 10:04 AM   #7
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I have those tires on my '96 Impreza Brighton beater. (They're called Firestone Firehawk Indy 500s here.) I concur, great tires - I don't know how they're priced in your neck of the woods, but here they're on the low end of the price range, so great bang-for-the-buck.

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Old 03-09-2018, 06:29 AM   #8
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They can’t decide, if they want them cheap or not. They were usually around $230-260 a tyre, but a few moths back they dropped to 160/tyre, so I snapped up two sets, and now the price as gone back up to $200. Lucky score I guess!

But yeah, i’ve Been a fan for years, I replaced my RE-11’s on the beast with the RE002’s, they were nearly as good. But when I got to try the 003’s, i’d Easily say tgey’re on par with the old RE-11’s, and at that price, how can one complain! Superb price/performance ratio!

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Old 03-09-2018, 07:24 PM   #9
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Well, assuming those are either 205/55-16s or 205/50-16s, those would cost < $100/tire shipped for me. That's what you get for living out in the middle of the ocean!
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:32 PM   #10
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You’re not wrong! Wait till you see prices for oil... $86 for 5L of edge 5w-30? Yup.
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Old 03-12-2018, 04:49 PM   #11
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Nice pics, I'm liking the Legacy wagon goodness here
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Old 03-16-2018, 02:15 AM   #12
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I want this setup badly haha
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Old 05-24-2018, 03:30 AM   #13
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Old 07-05-2018, 07:17 AM   #14
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