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Old 10-07-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default My latest build: RSVX goodness inside

I figured that it's about time to show my latest build. Margarite and I bought this car fully stock with 200k last Christmas with the intention to leave it fully stock and use it as a back up daily. Well that didn't happen... It all started with the crappy drum brakes in the rear. They just didn't seam to stop the car safely so that HAD to be changed, and the rest went down hill from there The car, for being a higher millage unit, was in pretty good mechanical shape and had no rusty bolts to drive us crazy. The motor swap was the only troubling part because I refused to cut out the upper or lower radiator supports. All and all, that part only took about 2 weeks to wire and fab.

Here is the Mod list.

3.3L SVX
1 5/8" primary (extremely restrictive) to 2.5" cat-back exhaust
lightweight underdrive cranks and alternator pulleys

2.5" one piece driveshaft
Clutch rear LSD modded to have 80 ft/lbs of breakaway pre-load
Nissan 4/2 pot brakes with 315mm / 295mm rotors
Hawk HP+ brake pads
1" 4 port master cylinder
2" wider track for the front
3" wider track for the rear
Caster adding STI front lower control arms
Poly front control arm bushings
Perrin race PSRS
Spherical adjustable trailing arms
Spherical adjustable rear lateral links
Poly rear hub bushings
Solid endlinks
24mm front swaybar
22mm rear sway bar
WRX steering rack
DMS gold coilovers w/ Tein spherical plates
B&M quicksilver slap shifter
Camber bolts front and rear
4eat auto transmission running full line pressure, full manual, and a fully locked center diff.
2" aluminum radiator
JDM lightweight front bumper beam

Rear subframe lockdown
Solid rear diff carrier
Solid motor mounts
Solid front strut tower brace
Adjustable rear strut tower brace
Grimmspeed master cylinder brace

Interior/ Exterior
Sparco sprint V seats
Sparco steering wheel
Seibon Carbon ricer hood
Carbon S202 replica wing

17x8 16lb BBS wheels
225 Kumho Victor Racer R compound tires

Last Friday Margarite, a few friends, and I went out to High Plains race way to have some fun. The car doesn't have the top end to pull it threw the straight aways but the car ate it up in the corners. :twisted:

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Old 10-07-2011, 04:26 PM   #2
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2003 WRX Sedan


No pics?
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:38 PM   #3
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There's like 9 of them.

But they are hosted on myspace so that could be why you cant see them
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:35 PM   #4
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1996 Turbo Outback
9psi on 91 No EM


Explain the radiator/core support setup please. It looks like you made the center of the upper rad support a bolt in. I have thought about doing the same but am very interested in what you did.

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Old 10-08-2011, 10:02 PM   #5
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1996 Impreza coupe


I'm curious about the radiator setup as well.

One heckuva build for a car that was going to stay completely stock. I know how that works, though, having been down that path myself.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:23 PM   #6
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I did not want to cut out the upper or lower radiator mounts/frame so I mounted the radiator at an angle threw the opening. The upper aluminum bracket you see there is just to hold the radiator in place and at the appropriate angle.
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