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Old 09-19-2016, 08:33 PM   #1
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Welcome to the progress thread for my 2002 WRX. I just want to keep track of everything I've done to my bugeye, so I decided to finally make a journal on here.

How it currently sits:


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Ever since I got into Subarus I never really liked the bugeye front end, but let me just say it has grown on me tremendously. My favorite style has always been the blobeye, and my dream Subaru is a 2005 sti, so hopefully one day I will be able to purchase one. I had a 2004 wrx back in 2011 and owned it for about a year until I had to sell it for financial reasons. Not owning a Subaru for a few years was killing me, I really missed it. So I started looking at what I could afford and realized the bugeyes were getting pretty cheap. I still didn’t want a car payment, so after months of searching I found a decent wrb wrx about 4 hours North of where I live. I ended up buying a one owner 2002 wrx back in August of 2015. It had 115k miles and the guy only wanted $5k. It was in good mechanical shape, however I did end up spending about $3k in maintenance for peace of mind right after I bought it. The only thing that left a bad taste in my mouth was the fact I had to replace the clutch right after I bought the car. It was fine when I test drove it, but after taking ownership about a week later, I noticed it was slipping pretty bad (I hope the previous owner had fun that last week of ownership). Anyways, I have replaced many worn out parts and have also modded it very lightly (so far) to make it my own, and plan to do more things to it in the future as my finances allow me. Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions!


Engine & Transmission:

South Bend Clutch Stage 1
Mishimoto Radiator
Perrin Turbo Inlet Hose
Cobb SF Intake & Airbox
Cobb Accessport V3 w/ Stage 1 Map
2004 STI Catback Exhaust
Optima Yellow Top Battery


Suspension & Brakes:

Fortune Auto 500 Coilovers w 8k/6k Swift Springs
Stoptech Brake Sport Kit (Slotted)


Exterior:

17x9 +35 NS M01 Silver Wheels
245/40 BFG g-Force COMP-2 A/S
Carbign Craft CF License Plate Backing
2005 STI Tail Lights
EDM STI Headlights
35% Tint
06-07 Rear Subaru Emblem
Orciari For Covers
2007 STI limited trunk lip
2005 STI rear bumper
05-07 STI rear fender arches
Prodrive Ebay Front Lip
GrimmSpeed License Plate Relocation Kit


Interior:

2004 STI Gauge Cluster
2006 STI Full Interior
Legacy Shift Knob
Alpine Receiver w/Bluetooth
Alpine 12” Type-S Sub and Amp
JDM hazard switch
Air Spencer CS-X3 Squash Scent


Next on the purchase list:

2005 STI steering wheel




Onto the pictures, and some words for those of you who have kept up with the reading part.

First day I picked it up from the original owner:



On the way back from the Outer Banks:



A few weeks later I had to switch out the clutch:



Followed by my favorite tail lights:







Bought a noise maker shortly after:



Can't buy the noise maker without the brains:

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Old 09-19-2016, 08:34 PM   #2
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Always been a fan of red gauges no matter what car I drive, so instead of buying the very good looking sti gauge cluster, I decided to go the cheap route and install some cheap red leds for the time being.





Found 2005 sti rear bumper for $30 on Craigslist, couldn't pass it up:





For those of you wondering, yes you can fit a rear bumper in your car:





Ran into the owner of my old 2004 wrx (funny story). Here it is with my bugeye in the background.





Tinted the windows 35% all around:





Decided to swap my leather interior with a 2006 sti:

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Sti exhaust installed:


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Old 09-19-2016, 08:34 PM   #3
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Good deal came up on a 2004 STI cluster, so I jumped on it:





Thinking about installing some carbon fiber:




Picked up these EDM STI headlights for $100. Peeled off the hazy rock guards to reveal brand new headlights underneath. Look at the difference:





My old oem hazy headlights vs the new EDM STI headlights:




Finally got into my first house! Scoobs finally has it's own garage.





What't the first thing you do to your car after you get into your first garage? Claybar!





Look what I found....





Never really like the holes in them for the screws, so....





Finally ordered these guys to match my $30 rear sti bumper:


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Old 09-19-2016, 08:34 PM   #4
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Changed up the look of the trunk to the 06-07 style. I bought the emblem a few days after I bought the car. Only took me 11 months to install it...





Installed the S-tech's and Tokicos. Looks like a perfect ride height now.





Painted the fog covers and side skirts:





My pooch helped me changed the oil one night while the girlfriend was out:





May as well do a test fit while it's up in the air:


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Old 09-19-2016, 08:34 PM   #5
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Finally found some spare time to get out for a quick shoot. First shoot I did since I finally lowered it:











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Old 09-20-2016, 09:07 PM   #6
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So it takes me a year to finally make a thread for my bugeye. Then the very next day, I pick up a set of wheels unexpectedly. What are the odds?

They aren't what I want spec wise, but they will do for now. I will be painting them silver btw.

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Old 09-20-2016, 11:13 PM   #7
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Good work man, those wheels have potential.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:41 PM   #8
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Nice and clean! Reminds me of my first bugeye, keep up the great work.
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Old 09-21-2016, 10:19 PM   #9
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Nice, I am in love with bugeyes. Yours looks super clean, and it sounds like you got a good deal. Keep the bugs alive
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:11 AM   #10
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Great work so far. What is the difference in the EDM headlights vs the JDM? They look the same as mine.
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:41 AM   #11
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Good work man, those wheels have potential.
Thanks man, yeh I really like the design, just wish they were wider. I'm in the process of hunting down some center caps and tires for them, then hopefully getting them painted before it gets cold.


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Nice and clean! Reminds me of my first bugeye, keep up the great work.
Thanks for the kind words. It felt nice to pay cash and not have a car payment, I'll tell you that!


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Nice, I am in love with bugeyes. Yours looks super clean, and it sounds like you got a good deal. Keep the bugs alive
I appreciate it! When I bought it, I really wanted to do a 04-05 front end conversion, but like I mentioned up top, it has really grown on me.


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Great work so far. What is the difference in the EDM headlights vs the JDM? They look the same as mine.
Thanks! EDM headlights have a LHD beam pattern, where the JDM headlights have the RHD beam pattern. There are shields out there to switch the JDM headlights to the LHD beam pattern, but it was much easier just to buy the EDM version. Just a little harder to track down!
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Old 09-27-2016, 10:24 PM   #12
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A final test fit before I install the the Orciari fog covers.



....nice iPhone quality.
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Old 09-29-2016, 07:07 AM   #13
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How did you mount the covers? If i recall when i mounted mine, one of the holes went to a bracket that held it in place.

They look great shaved, by the way.
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Old 09-29-2016, 11:31 AM   #14
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How did you mount the covers? If i recall when i mounted mine, one of the holes went to a bracket that held it in place.

They look great shaved, by the way.
Thanks, they already fit in there pretty snug and I don't think they will ever "pop" out, but just in case they do, I figured out a way to attach a safety harness so to speak. It's pretty ghetto and involves zip ties, but it they ever completely fall out, this will prevent them from just falling off the car while driving. I'll post pictures of it after I get it all installed. For now, I am in the process of painting these two pieces:




Prepped them last night, hopefully painting next week. Once I get these ^ painted, I am installing everything at once. At least that's the plan, but we all know how that goes.
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:47 PM   #15
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Got the lips painted. Had some trouble because of the humidity, so my first run came out cloudy looking, then I had to re-sand everything and spray base and clear for a second time. I'm pretty happy with the way they came out the second time around.




I think I am getting coilovers soon. Not sure if it will be before xmas, or just wait until tax time so I can get them on sale. Been doing a lot of research and I landed on (none other than) the BC BR's, but I am gonna spend the extra few hundred and get the swift springs as well since everyone on here seems to think they are worth it for a daily. I would really like to get the Fortune Auto 500's with swift springs, but I really didn't want to spend more than $1k on coils....$1500 is really pushing it.
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:35 PM   #16
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awesome work! i love seeing you have your own spray booth setup in the garage. reminds me of when i did that for all those little parts.

Have you looked into the feal 441 coilovers? I have them and really enjoy them. you can do fully custom rates and swift springs too. A little pricy but worth it i think.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:07 AM   #17
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Thanks man. I figured I should set something up this time because when I did my side skirts I had over spray everywhere.

I have looked into the Feal 441's and they seem to have good reviews, but I think I would rather go with the Fortune Auto's over anything else simply because they are about 2 hours from where I live, so when and if I ever needed a rebuild I could avoid shipping. I decided I am going to wait until tax time and see what goes on sale, so that will be my deciding factor. No mater if I go with Feal, BC, or Fortune Auto, any one of those choices will be better than the Tokico/Tein setup I have now.
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:06 PM   #18
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That's a lot of good work in a short amount of time - are you doing your own painting?

Oh and don't feel bad about the ghetto mount for the fog light covers -- the brackets that come on the Cusco brake ducts that go in the foglight holes are garbage and honestly zip ties allow for a perfect flush mount more so than bolts.
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:15 PM   #19
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Painted everything myself, just little parts so no need to get it done professionally imo. That Grimmspeed paint is on point.

As long as you don't see anything ghetto on the outside, that's all that matters lol. Just needs to get the job done, not like it's a Ferrari.
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Old 10-25-2016, 12:05 PM   #20
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Wow love the car! i see you're a va car... if you're in northern va you should look into just-n-tyme performace, this shop specializes in subis and every friday evening they do subaru (primarily) car meets! would love to see your car there... i should be buying my uncles bugeye next year and will take that up there all the time instead of riding up with my dad (lol)... hope to see you there!
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Old 10-26-2016, 09:34 AM   #21
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Thanks for the compliment! I live down in Virginia Beach, but if I'm ever up that way I would definitely like to stop by one Friday night.


So I was trying to wait until I bought wire to extend my mirror harness to my door, but I got the itch last night and knocked out the center console conversion anyways:



...I'm also going to plastidip the silver as well. I have two normal cup holders now!!
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Old 10-31-2016, 09:54 PM   #22
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Did a bumper swap yesterday. Everything fit perfect except for the brackets right under the tail lights. That was one thing I was not aware of when converting from 02-03 to 04-07 rear bumper. I got lucky and saw a junk yard near me has a 06 wrx right now (pretty rare to see a Subaru in junk yards here). Went over there on my lunch and the bumper was gone but the brackets were still there....prefect.







Next on the list....



Rear fender arch install! I need to go get some spring clamps before I install them. Hopefully looking at how ugly the rear bumper is without the fender arch's installed will push me to get it done. It's also gonna push me to get some tires around my wheels because I think the arch's look weird with stock wrx wheels.
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Old 11-01-2016, 10:37 PM   #23
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Went ahead and installed my shaved Orciari fog covers along with the eBay Prodrive front lip....it's nice when I find some spare time.





....on a side note, when I was in the middle of this post, my girlfriend asked me why there was water under the dryer. I went to investigate only to find it was coming from the hot water heater right next to it. Long story short, we have a good amount of water under laminate in the hallway now. Leaked all the way across the hall and under the carpet a little bit in the bedroom too. I turned the water and unit off so hopefully it will be good until tomorrow, fingers crossed. Now I have to try and get some sleep and not worry it's going to leak more tonight.

....always something.
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Old 11-02-2016, 04:08 AM   #24
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....on a side note, when I was in the middle of this post, my girlfriend asked me why there was water under the dryer. I went to investigate only to find it was coming from the hot water heater right next to it. Long story short, we have a good amount of water under laminate in the hallway now. Leaked all the way across the hall and under the carpet a little bit in the bedroom too. I turned the water and unit off so hopefully it will be good until tomorrow, fingers crossed. Now I have to try and get some sleep and not worry it's going to leak more tonight.

....always something.
don't sleep on this dude!
get a shop vac or carpet cleaning vacuum ASAP and some fans to dry up all that water. If you let it "air dry", you're going to be looking at a BIG mold problem, which is extremely unhealthy and SUPER expensive to fix (ask me how I know )

bugs looking good though
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Old 11-02-2016, 07:07 AM   #25
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Car looks amazing man, keep up the good work !
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