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Old 01-22-2015, 01:23 PM   #1
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Default Alex's 99 RS through a decades of modding, racing, swapping, neglecting, restoring



Hello everyone! Well, I finally decided to start my journal. As you can see from my join date I have been around. As you can also see from my post count, I am a man of few posts.

I had my RS since 2002, and it sure has been an eventful 13 years, so far. I was only 21 at the time I got it and over that period of time I have done my fair share of things to it, learned a tons of things. I went from putting on an intake and thinking that I was all that to doing a complete rebuild (more on that later). So in this journal I am going to travel back in time with help of photographs do a retrospective on my car's journey to get to the current state of affairs.

Before I do that I am going to put few pictures at different stages of her life to give you a quick look of the transition.

At the very beginning


At the very coolest





At the very saddest





At the current


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Old 01-22-2015, 01:24 PM   #2
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Mods

Engine
JDM Version 7 STI EJ207 engine with stock VF30 turbo
Grimmspeed lightweight pulley
Perrin turbo inlet
Perrin intake with foam filter
2.5L oil pan
Killer B oil pickup

Exhaust
Grimmspeed Uppipe
Perrin Downpipe
Perrin Dual Tip Catback

Cooling
GMS GC8 Radiator with added nipple for upper tank
JDM in-fender coolant overflow tank

Fuel System
02 WRX fuel tank
06 STI fuel pump assembly with slush box
06 STI in tank fuel filter
Walbro 255lph pump
07 STI fuel rails (leak free in cold temps)

Drivetrain
6 - Speed STI transmission, non DCCD (rebuilt with US 5th and 6th taller gears)
R180 Differential
04 STI front hubs/knuckles
01 JDM STI rear hubs/knuckles

Suspension
Whiteline Front Strut Brace
ILP Rear Strut Brace
Cusco 22 mm front sway bar
RalliTek HD front endlinks
Whiteline 20mm adjustable rear sway bar
Poltec Endlinks
04 STI Pink struts, with 92 turbo Legacy rear tophats
STI Ver 5 Pink struts (off the car)
JDM GC8 aluminum front control arms
JDM Wagon WRX rear lateral links (GC8 length)
Paranoid fender braces

Brakes
JDM 4 pot front brakes
JDM 2 pot rear brakes
DBA 5000 2 piece front slotted rotors
DBA 4000 rear slotted rotors
Stoptech stainless steel brake lines

Exterior
STI Version 5 wing
STI Version 6 front lip
JDM Rear spats
Primitive Racing front skid plate
Primitive Racing rear diff protector

Interior
STI Ver 7 front and rear seats
Greddy Boost gauge
Greddy EGT gauge
Greddy Water Temp gauge
Greddy Oil Temperature gauge
Greddy Oil Pressure gauge

Wheels
Rota Boost 17x7 white
Compomotive TH3 15x7 white
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So here the story goes.
Early in this century - Year 2002
Some early pictures of me driving to places.



Assessing whether I can jump that water




Kidding, of course!!

Lurking in the woods


Still 2002, car lasted only few months being stock. First Mod - RalliSpec Intake

Catback exhaust then followed shortly and it all went downhill from there.

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Then I started getting into rallycross
My first Rallycross at Beaver Run, PA. On good al' RE92!!


Next Rallycross I decided to get some M+S tires with some aggressive thread on some steelies. Same place



Rally Park Northeast, Tremont, PA
Meeting some guys that got me into working few rallies with North Coast Rally team over the next few years.


Here is from another one from there. Dont have any action shots, but I can assure you it was fun.



And here is from another one there


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If anyone by some chance remembers that venue, you will understand how it lead to my next purchase. Not the skid plate, I already had it.





Here is the new purchase


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By 2003, I decided that gravel and mud had way too much grip. So I decided to try something a little more slippery. There is a club in eastern upstate NY, Adirondack Motor Enthusiasts Club, that has been ice racing for many many years. A.M.E.C. Ice Racing In 2002, they started putting on this guest event, Studs on Ice time trails, where they had rallycross/autocross style (one car at a time) racing, but on their ice racing tracks where they race wheel to wheel. For those not familiar with ice racing, They just plow fairly wide road course style track on a frozen lake, and race there.
So I went up to the one in Winter on 2003. They had different classes, rubber, studded, and experimental classes. Rubber class was huge, because they were mostly new people with their street cars.



Being that I was new, and also, pretty young, and not wise, I came with my rallycross tires which were just M+S rated, instead of being true snow tires.

Next year they made a rule to require all rubber class car to have true snow tires.

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The following year, however, I did not come with true snow tires either! I decided that it would be just a pretty sweet idea to run in experimental class. So got 4 of these

and about a 1000 of these

And went to town...

After I came back from that town this is what I had




I obviously had no idea how well that would work, or last. And I didn't want to drive 6 hours only to find out all of my screws would fall out in 5 minutes. Thankfully, the local weather helped out with some cold and snow. So I went out on some gravel road that does not get plowed and often turns to ice is spots to test these bad boys out.





The results were pretty good. I did a few aggressive passes and the traction was amazing. Also for the most part the screws stayed intact.

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Studs on Ice - 2004




I got the second place in that class,
with this guys taking first
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Spring 2004, time for some more mods. Prodrive muffler, Borla headers



Then V5 wing




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Back to sliding around
Oakland Acers Rallycross, Orange VA- August 2004
Full gallery - Oakland Acers Rallycross - August 2004







Perry's Rally Park - January 2005
This has been by far my most favorite Rallycross to attend. its part of Finger Lakes Region SCCA and is run (or at least used to be) by guy Bruce Perry, literally in his own back yard. Its on his property, next to his corn field. Its extremely well organized, the course layout is awesome and everyone is very friendly. I don't have action pictures from this one, just stationary.



this is his actual house in the background.
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