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Old 03-19-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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Default Stallion's "Used" 01' RS

Hello RS25 members, thanks for checking out my members journal! Well it's been two years since I've joined this forum and think a members journal is long past due. Here's my 2001 2.5RS GM6 which I had bought myself at 17 two years ago. This is my first car, but I don't plan on getting rid of it any time soon. It's a shame I had to learn my lessons the hard way with this car, but the point is that I've learned.

When I bought the car for $6,000, the previous owner had already installed Borla replica headers and cat-back exhaust and the Cobb cold air intake along with the clear lenses on the front half of the car. It came from the factory back in 2001, with the leather/vinyl seats, gauge pod with vacuum/battery voltage/oil temp. and the Subaru carbon fiber center console trim. Everything else was me, some good and lots bad . As soon as I return home to Illinois after graduating from Wyotech I plan on having the passenger rocker panel, door, fender and windshield fixed or replaced. New wheels and tires are also in great consideration to just bring her back to her original state. I want to start a project engine also when I get back, which will either be a twin-charged EJ257, Cummins 24-valve p-pump conversion (I'm a diesel student) or a Chevy big block. Regardless which one I decided on or can afford, an EJ257 build WILL happen sometime in the future along with a full 22B exterior conversion.

Table Of Contents

-Nothing to put here yet, perfect reason why I should have started two years ago haha!

List Of Mods

Engine:
1. Cobb short ram intake
2. Single piece 2.5" exhaust w/ Borla replica headers and Cherry Bomb Pro muffler.

Brakes:
1. 2004 WRX front calipers and rotors w/Duralast Gold pads and rotors all around.

Tunes:
1. Kenwood KIV-BT900
2. Infinity 6.5" Component speakers all around
3. 12" Alpine Type-R powered by Kicker 750W mono amp (928W actual)

Useless Electronics:
1. Escort Passport 8500 radar detector w/direct wire hook-up

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Two days after purchase, with my buddy and his 03' G



First accident winter 2009 (repaired):


Second accident fall 2010:


Third accident fall 2010:
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:44 PM   #2
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Last weekend I had fab'd up a 2.5" exhaust from the Borla replicas all as one piece. The original exhaust had bad cats in it, and after buying a newer cat section that I didn't pay attention to the description I installed a stock gutted cat and cracked the mid-pipe donut gasket seat tightening the flange together. This new exhaust is mandrel bent and straight tubing from Jegs.com and Summitracing.com with a Magnaflow metal substrate cat on it. I didn't originally buy a muffler for it which was a huge mistake haha! If anyone has ever heard a straight piped N/A 2.5, then they will agree it is VERY loud. After 2,000 RPM's it sounds like a Harley, and it is very annoying. Just bought a Cherry Bomb Pro muffler to put on for the ride home to Illinois. I tried a test on the car and just squeezed the muffler onto the back the other day to hear it. It quiets it down a LOT, but there's still a lot of that cackling noise I had before. Now it sounds like metal pieces being shaken around in a metal tub after 2,000 RPM's but not as loud as before.

I'll also be getting a lightly used bank 1 o2 sensor in the mail sometime this week from a member on this site.

The welds were done with a Craftsman 110V welder and flux coated .035" wire. The work was done at my roommates house where he has a heated garage to work on his stuff. First time with flux wire, conclusion: I don't like flux wire, but it gets the job done.










I stopped taking fitment pictures after this, I was too concentrated on getting it finished before I had to drive back to Laramie.

Did a quick rattle can paint job with black 1500F paint


Here is a couple of pictures of the rear with is installed. I used some steel stakes that my roommate had at his shop to make the hangers haha! Since this exhaust might only last a year or two, I didn't really care how "nice" it was done, but for my very first welding job besides all the practice lap welds I did at class, I think it came out pretty nice.


It sits really low but have not had any problems bottoming out anywhere, especially with these really crowned roads here in Laramie.

I had fun with the build and I also notice that the car keeps pulling past 4,000 RPM's which before it started to slow down in the higher range. That might change after I install the muffler, but we'll see. I bought one of those OBD II to USB plugs from that DIY on how to road dyno your car. I'll post rough dyno results as soon as I get the cable in from China haha!
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:50 PM   #3
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:01 PM   #5
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The insurance company must love you.
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:04 PM   #7
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The last one was @ core right?
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:46 AM   #8
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Where they'll are your fault haha?
I slid into one of those yellow concrete posts around handi-cap spots the first one. Second, went too fast up a hill on a dirt road with an immediate turn at the top and the third was at Deer Trail and I didn't know what I was doing and I should have waited for someone to walk me through the Rally X course. I wandered onto the Desert X track and found my way into a hole that smashed my front end in.

The point is that I feel like I'm a ton more careful driving. I don't plan on using it for Rally X at all. I just want to get it back to normal and work my way through mods from there. I fucked up enough and I don't want to do it anymore.
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The insurance company must love you.
I only have liability, the repair cost has to come out of my pocket.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:03 AM   #10
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It's about time you made a member journal! Sad to see your car's taken a few punches, though. Hope to see you at the meet April 17th!
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