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Old 08-16-2020, 02:45 PM   #1
jmhubbard01
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I set out to build a solid OEM ++, met lots of good people, and spent a lot of quality time swearing at the car with my son. Sold the car during the last Great Recession. The WRX started out as a daily driver but ended up being a project car. I had a company car and couldnít rationalize keeping the car with economy failing all around me. Had I known where I was headed I would have bought an STI.

Even though I wish we could have kept the car, the experiences of learning about and working on our own machine, with unequal measure, along with the guidance of knowledgeable friends is something that my family and I think back on as a really constructive time together. My son developed a love for mechanical things and problem solving. And he is now a crew chief in the USAF. He says this time together has a formative impact on him, and his Toyota truck.

We have had a few cars to be tinkered with since then, but nothing resulting in such a visceral driving experience coming from hard work. Subaruís get under your skin. And rattle your teeth a bit when modified to stay planted truth be told. While it certainly wasnít my wifeís first choice for a road trip, she did appreciate the hard work we put in, and the new friends we made during the process.

The deal was we work on the weekends here and there with balanced family time, mostly during cooler weather and chili, clam chowder, smoked pork, etc. We wove the work into weekend life. This is really important if you have a family I think. Time spent with not without.

I began this journey modestly with the idea to protect the car from becoming stale. The research led to a new found respect and recognition of the Subaru ethos. Needed tires so bought wheels without too much research because they were on a major sale on the tire rack. With new wheels of course I ďhadĒ to lower the car. So STI struts and springs were installed. Looked pretty good!

Modding became real from that point on. Everybody here knows what a great platform these cars are for modifying. But I hadnít really spent much time, in my adulthood anyway, thinking about cars and go fast stuff. Until I discovered NASIOC...

I grew up in New England in the late 70ís. Subaru was a standard choice. Utilitarian with many examples within family and friends garages that lived to high mileage. Workhorses that kept the family safe. Certainly not a choice with performance driving in mind for this crowd!

For me anyway the memories of these cars winding around country roads covered in snow, of childhood in New England, is what led me to make this choice. I was living on the coast where a Subaru sighting in the early 2000ís was rare. I liked making a choice that was different. And felt it a practical decision. Over time, practical choice slowly but surely faded.



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Engine
Blouch P&P EVO III 16g Turbo Thermo Coated
Cobb AP
Cobb DP w/ high flow cat
Cobb Inconel UP
Cobb Turbo Heatshield
DeatschWerks WRX 650cc Fuel Injectors
GPMoto silencer delete elbow
STi Air Filter
NGK Iridium Plugs - 1 step colder
OEM Exhaust Gaskets
Cusco Exhaust Hangers
Prodrive Axleback, then
JDM Genome Axleback - sick sick sick
Samco IC Hose Set
Samco Turbo Inlet
STi IC Splitter
Stromung Intermediate Pipe
Turbo XS TMIC
Walbro Fuel Pump 255Lph Kit















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Old 08-16-2020, 02:46 PM   #2
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Transmission
Kartboy Short Shifter & Bushings



Interior
Subaru/Momo shifter knob

Suspension
Cobb Front + Back Sway Bars
Cusco Front + Rear strut braces
SPC Camber Bolts rear
RCE front camber plates
Ohlins Fixed Perch Struts - Adjustable
Group N top hats rear
RCE black springs





Brakes
Wilwood 6 pot BBK front
Wilwood 4 pot BBK rear
SS brake lines
Wilwood Pads
Wilwood Fluid




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Old 08-16-2020, 02:46 PM   #3
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Exterior
Lightwerkz Projectors (in new OEM housing)
APR Rear Diffuser
Blue 'I' Badge
Front Bumper Plate Delete
JDM Side Rain Visors
STi Hood Scoop Painted
STi Splitters
Strake Kit
Window Tint
V-limited Style Polyurethane Front Lip
WRX Fog Light Covers
IXIZHood hood dampeners
Valeo Wiperblades










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Old 08-16-2020, 02:47 PM   #4
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Audio & Electronics
Alpine Components + Rear Spkrs. and Amp
Alpine Digital Media Receiver iDA
Sirius Tuner
Hella Supertones





Wheels & Tires
BBS RG-R 18x7.5 - street
Goodyear F1
TRMotorsports 17x8.5 - track
Dunlop Star Specs 255 sticky meat








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Old 08-16-2020, 07:01 PM   #6
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Thanks for looking. Perhaps this simple summary will help some thinking about modding this generation.
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Old 08-18-2020, 01:13 AM   #7
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Great looking car! Seems like the activity around here has really died down. I was getting into Subies just around the time you sold yours, and NASIOC was a lot more active. Thanks for sharing the pics!
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Old 08-18-2020, 09:00 AM   #8
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Love the TRMotorsports 17x8.5 MT1's !
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Old 08-18-2020, 05:18 PM   #9
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Great looking car! Seems like the activity around here has really died down. I was getting into Subies just around the time you sold yours, and NASIOC was a lot more active. Thanks for sharing the pics!
Thanks! Iím going to update the lessons learned, successes, and failures on this build. I havenít much been on NASIOC in years, but some of the excellent track build threads got my attention so figured Iíd share from a different perspective.
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Old 08-18-2020, 05:19 PM   #10
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Love the TRMotorsports 17x8.5 MT1's !
Yep. These were the perfect balance for me of classic formula. Balancing cost, weight, and strength.
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