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Old 01-31-2017, 01:50 PM   #1
Relier1
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I have decided to create a "Build Thread" for my new project. Updates will be sporadic and random as I try to find time here and there to keep it up to date. My previous vehicle was a 2013 WRX hatchback that he purchased brand new in April 2013. I had the car for 3.5yrs and put 42k miles on it, which I loved every mile of. I had done a lot of great modifications to the car and had a lot of great plans for it, but sometimes life change. My wife and I found out that she was pregnant with our first child. Which then prompted us to start looking to purchase our first home here in Southern California. Which meant my plans for the car had to be put on hold, but I had no plans on getting rid of the car. As later months would come it was determined that I would be commuting my son to and from daycare and then commuting my car to and from work, which I had not previously done throughout the life of the vehicle My decision to sell the car which was still being finance and get an older Subaru as a commuter/project was wiser than depreciating my newer nicer car. I started by looking for a 2004+ Forester XT Manual (Unicorn) that was not ridiculously overpriced, which I failed to find. I then started searching for older WRX wagons. I have always loved the Bugeye WRX as it was the first US platform. I found a pretty clean black 2002 WRX with 168k miles and rebuilt heads on stock EJ205. It had a TD05 turbo with modified injectors, HKS SQII BOV and STI top mount intercooler, also a Greddy Evo 2 Catback. The previous owner knew little if nothing about the turbo or other modifications. It drove well and other than a large dent in the front passenger door and a few scratches it was very well kept. I paid $6500 cash and it recently passed a smog check on month prior. Here are some pics from the day I picked it up in Oct. 2016.



I transferred my personalized plates from my previous car and started shopping for parts right away.

Besides some clunky top hats and bad alignment the car drove well and was able to be used as a daily driver right away. I started by giving the paint and trim some much needed attention. It has had at least three treatments of rubbing compound and polish to remove contaminants and oxidation. The car is really a deep navy blue, much unlike the later Java Black and Obsidian Black which I never really knew until now.

The exhaust was the first item to address, because I knew I could get some money for the Greddy that came with it and wanted something more mellow and deeper tone. I was searching for an STI/SPT Exhaust but was unable to find a new one for a decent price and any Used were too badly worn. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a COBB Turboback system since I would be installing a Downpipe shortly anyways. I was also able to sell the Greddy for $300 and help pay for the new Exhaust, which wasn't cheap.



My next move was to address the sloppy suspension. First I replaced both front wheel bearings with Koyo OEM bearings and seals. Then picked up some Swift wagon specific lowering springs and KYB Excel G Struts. Also got Group-N top hats (front & rear). I then decided to build brand new strut assemblies with all new OEM components. The drop is subtle and the ride feels great! Installed new Hankook Ventus V2 tires on the stock wheels which I will use as a winter set. Then got the alignment corrected. Now the car felt more planted and much smoother. I will be upgrading the sway bars and endlinks by the spring for better canyon driving and to lessen the understeer.

The front end of the car was in relatively good shape for being 15yrs old. Lots of rock chips and discoloring. The stock chrome headlights with amber housings were a big eyesore, so I picked up a set from eBay. Depo OEM with black housing and clear blinker housing. Added some Raybrig Hybrid phantom amber blinkers with Multi coat Hi/low beam and hyper white parking lights. Also replaced the weathered star badge with a black "I" badge. Threw on some super tones and yellow fog overlays (which I later removed) for that real bro look.


After making some minor exterior modifications (rear taillight overlays and debaged trunk). It was time for some engine mods! I went with the SPT intake over the COBB SF mainly because of price and also wanting to keep a more OEM or STI feel to the engine bay. Replaced the OEM boost controller with a Cobb 3-port EBCS, I also replaced the HKS BOV with a TurboSmart recirculating BOV. I was able to upgrade my existing COBB access port V2 from my 2013 WRX to a new V3 for my 2002 WRX. Coupled with the Cobb Catted Downpipe I had previously purchased I was ready for a stage 3 tune.

I couldn't resist picking up a set of eBay fog covers with mesh grill to change the look up. I love the oversized fog lights on the bugeye and never understood why people use the solid STI covers. I get it, JDM or S202... but these fogs are what really makes the look of the car with the round headlights and stub nose.

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Old 02-01-2017, 03:00 PM   #2
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Congrats on the nice find. I can't wait to see it develop. I'm buying an 02 WRX wagon myself in a few days.
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Old 02-01-2017, 04:00 PM   #3
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Looks great already! Making me want to get rid of my dinky old accord and pick up a wagon myself!
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Old 02-01-2017, 06:39 PM   #4
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Love your ride man, very clean and excellent choices in modifications. You've inspired me to get those fog light covers, get an SPT intake and replace my damn OEM headlights! That Cobb exhaust looks dope too, I just pulled the trigger on the TurboXS cat-back(looks similar to the Cobb)/Invidia V2 downpipe.

Did you tint your tails yourself?
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Old 02-01-2017, 06:46 PM   #5
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The multicolor JDM fogs would look amazing on that color
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Old 02-01-2017, 07:04 PM   #6
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Congrats on the nice find. I can't wait to see it develop. I'm buying an 02 WRX wagon myself in a few days.

Thank you. I have a few things in the works (STI V7 drivetrain)...

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Looks great already! Making me want to get rid of my dinky old accord and pick up a wagon myself!

Thanks bro! I'm loving it so far, feels great in the snow.

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Love your ride man, very clean and excellent choices in modifications. You've inspired me to get those fog light covers, get an SPT intake and replace my damn OEM headlights! That Cobb exhaust looks dope too, I just pulled the trigger on the TurboXS cat-back(looks similar to the Cobb)/Invidia V2 downpipe.



Did you tint your tails yourself?

Thank you Shaun. They are all relatively inexpensive. I should have also gone with the TurboXS, but I wanted to spoil myself. yes I did the tail lights myself (JDMFanatics vinyl layovers).

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The multicolor JDM fogs would look amazing on that color

Yes it would look good, the fog light bulbs are a multi coated bulb and it gives a small effect. They are just to pricey for me, as well as the JDM headlights. Maybe in the future..
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Old 02-22-2017, 12:56 PM   #7
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I have a 2002 Ts wagon, mann sure wish it was boosted! but cant complain it was a steal for $2500..
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Old 02-22-2017, 02:43 PM   #8
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Love me some wagon, good start to a sweet build!
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Old 02-22-2017, 02:49 PM   #9
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Just added those fog covers to my ebay cart... you've inspired me lol. How does your car sound? I'd be interested in a video clip! Should have my TBE delivered by next week, the damn downpipe has been back ordered for over a month. "Should" be in stock today.
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Old 02-24-2017, 12:04 AM   #10
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Your wagon is looking great, man. Nice mods so far. You have good taste.
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Old 02-24-2017, 02:45 PM   #11
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I have a 2002 Ts wagon, mann sure wish it was boosted! but cant complain it was a steal for $2500..

Congrats! Nice wagon, for a good price.

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Love me some wagon, good start to a sweet build!

Thanks!

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Just added those fog covers to my ebay cart... you've inspired me lol. How does your car sound? I'd be interested in a video clip! Should have my TBE delivered by next week, the damn downpipe has been back ordered for over a month. "Should" be in stock today.

Glad I could help persuade you. Here is a short idling clip. I can get you a better one with a drive by or rev if you would like.


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Your wagon is looking great, man. Nice mods so far. You have good taste.

Thank you. I like things clean and simple. Here is a pic of my previous car to give an idea of my style.



I also don't mind spending money on quality stuff as well as finding the best deal possible. I don't mind buying things from eBay if I feel the quality is worth the price.


Just picked these up this week! So freaking happy, can't wait to see them on the car!
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Old 02-24-2017, 08:26 PM   #12
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Couldn't wait, lol...
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Old 02-24-2017, 08:41 PM   #13
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Jealous.
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Old 02-25-2017, 09:31 AM   #14
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Excellent
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Old 02-25-2017, 09:34 AM   #15
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Do live near or drive around Encinitas? Im pretty sure I saw this car/license plate a month or so ago

Looks good.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:30 AM   #16
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Probably was not me. I was down in SD a couple months ago, but only down to Oceanside/Vista area.

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Old 02-27-2017, 03:46 PM   #17
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Gold BBS wheels are on, at least temporarily to get some photos and check fitment/tire size.
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Old 02-27-2017, 03:59 PM   #18
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Niiiiiiiice! Those wheels really bring out the car, which center caps are you going to use? That clip is awesome, car sounds great man! Well done so far, looking forward to what's next.
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Old 02-28-2017, 02:22 PM   #19
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Niiiiiiiice! Those wheels really bring out the car, which center caps are you going to use? That clip is awesome, car sounds great man! Well done so far, looking forward to what's next.


Thank you! Definitely going STI center caps. This was just a test fit really, to see if I wanted to keep the 215/50/17 or go with a 225/45/17. Wheels are off until new tires and center caps, they do really look great though.



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Old 02-28-2017, 06:47 PM   #20
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Congrats for your wagon, this year model really catches me.

I really like your ride's height, it is not slammed and looks like perfect for a daily drive. And those BBS
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Old 03-02-2017, 12:56 AM   #21
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Thanks for the kind words Edson!
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Old 03-02-2017, 10:04 AM   #22
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Loved watching your build on the GR side and you have my favorite bug eye combo. Wagon in black.
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Old 03-02-2017, 06:51 PM   #23
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Thanks winsor, always loved your GV build as well. It's my favorite as well! Lots of big plans for this thing!
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:09 PM   #24
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Clean wagon , love the black/gold combo
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