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Old 09-19-2017, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default My build thread.. Hope I can see it through

I've had my 2.5 RS a couple of months now and I've decided to start a build thread, hoping it's going to help me get this thing over the finish line.

This RS is my 4th Subaru


My first was a Catalunya special edition, the car I wish I still had, hence the mid-life crisis build


2nd was an 09 STI Hatch


3rd is my current DD, a 2016 BRZ


Picked up the RS for $2600 which I don't think was too bad, it's a sedan which I wanted as I prefer it over the coupe and the body is completely rust free. It has been in Houston for 99% of its life and is as solid as they come.

Car did have a few problems from when I picked it up.. It has a ton of dings in the body and has some parking lot fender bender damage to the hood and core support. The sunroof leaked and I also found water in the rear fender wells.

I've done a few things up to now and ordered a bunch of parts. First thing was to replace the sunroof frame as it was rusted out.. I assume the drain tubes were blocked at some point and allowed water to sit in the frame and rust it out.

I also had to have the boxer rumble so ordered some cheap ass DNA headers from Amazon - $100 and there are worth the price.


The problem however was the stock exhaust was too quiet so I still couldn't hear it.


I had a Blitz NUR Spec R on my Catalunya so I wanted one of those again but I was struggling to find one in GC fitment so I ordered a brand new GD one and adapted it to fit the GC



Then they made an adapter to mate directly to the stock NA cat pipe

It looks pretty ghetto but it is welded on the inside so it works fine.
End result


I'm still not entirely happy with it as the GD fitment makes it come straight out the back, perpendicular to the bumper whereas the GC ones come out at an angle which I prefer.. So if anyone has a GC fitment Blitz for sale, let me know.
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Old 09-19-2017, 08:10 PM   #2
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I managed to find an Aluminum hood to replace the bent steel one and also picked up a JDM rear bumper... Added bonus was that it came in RBP to match

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The car is currently sitting at the body shop.. We began the de-trimming on Friday last week, hoping they will start the front end repair and body work this week.





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In the meantime, I managed to find my donor. It's a 2 owner, 05 STI with 115k miles which has also spent most of its life in Houston but some in California too.

Brought it home to meet the family

Came with original STI user Manual in the original pouch

Oil smelled good and no milk/cream

Nice green coolant

1000cc Injectors, braided steel fuel lines and E85 sensor

Intercooler spray works

Cobb lightweight pulley was a nice bonus


Car has been well maintained, I got a ton of receipts/history from the PO, including the Dyno sheet and original window sticker!

Other mods include Perrin intake, Cobb turbo back exhaust, a set of Prosport gauges in an ATI pod (not installed) Perrin rear swaybar and a few things I am no doubt forgetting. Car was tuned at Cobb in California and made 338whp.

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Old 09-21-2017, 07:12 AM   #5
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how did you have a catalunya edition? not live in the states? military?
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I'm from England. Moved to USA in 2005.
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Visited the car at the body shop today. Got one or two dents to repair...



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Before I picked up the STI, I had got hold of two sets of Subaru Calipers, the plan was to have a set for the GC and also a set for my BRZ. Instead now I will have a set for the BRZ and I will sell the other set.

Anyway, I stripped all of the calipers down, and sent them to the powder coaters. Just got them back today.





All 8 calipers will all be rebuilt using brand new OEM seals, new bolts, bleeders, all new OEM hardware and also Stainless Steel pistons - this all came from Scoobyworx in the UK.
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Went to the body shop again, progress is slow but progress is progress

Side skirts and tail lights are off


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Also started rebuilding the Subaru calipers. Got all four rear 2 pots finished up. All new OEM hardware, SS Pistons, SS Banjos and Bleeders as well as new bolts to hold the calipers halves together.





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