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Old 06-17-2008, 04:02 PM   #1
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Hi everybody.

Lets start this off with some background info:

My name is Brenton Kowitz, I live in Golden, Colorado and I am going into my Senior year of high school.

I got my 1st car during my sophomore year year of High School, a 1996 Isuzu Trooper. I lifted that trooper 2", put on 33" tires, and a full sound system.



I love this truck, and I still own it(not for long though). The reason for selling it is fuel economy. I average about 10-12mpg, and it just wasn't fun to drive on my Canyon road....

So I started looking for a car that was:

-Sporty
-Good on Gas
-Fun
-AWD(for winters in CO)
-5-Speed


The 98-01 2.5RS came instantly to mind.

The problem was finding one in my price range.

I started looking on Craigslist, and found an old listing for a 98' RS 2dr, 5-spd, with 130k miles on the clock. He was asking $5500, after a couple of days, I had talked him down to $3300

I just picked up the car this morning( 6/17/08), this is how she looks right now:











It does have some damage:




Current Status:

Engine/Exhaust/Drivetrain
-2002 WRX Ej205
-Blouch Evo3 16g
-Tial 38mm EWG
-Five-0 Motorsports 1000cc injectors
-STI TMIC
-BPM GT Turboback exhaust 3" catless
-Grimmspeed EWG Uppipe
-SPT Intake
-Gimmick Motorsports Turbo Inlet
-Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
-ACT HD Clutch
-ACT Streetlight Flywheel

Exterior
-Clear side markers,signals and corners
-Debadge'd
-JDM Taillights
-White grill badge
-Crystal clear headlights
-Tint
-Painted side skirts
-v5/6 front bumper
-v6 Grill
-v6 Front Lip
-Front Aeroguards
-JDM Rear Spats/aerogaurds
-Fog Covers

Suspension
-Whiteline 22mm Front swaybar
-Helix 20-24mm adj. Rear Swaybar
-Kartboy rear endlinks
-ISC n1 Coilovers

Brakes
-ISC 6-Piston front brakes
-Nissan 2-Pot Rear Brakes.

Interior
-V4 Euro model Gauge Cluster
-05 WRX seats(front and rear)
-Alpine CDA-105 Head unit
-Cobb Shift Knob
-Zealous Interiors:
-Black Sewn Carpet
-Black Trunk Carpet
-Black Suede Door panel Fabric
-Black w/ Red Stitching Shift/Ebrake boots/armrest cover
-Nardi 330mm Deep Corn wheel, Works bell hub, NRG Quick release


Wheels and Tires
-Konig Feather 17x7.5 +45
-Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Positions 215/45/17
-Drop Engineering extended lugs


CURRENT PICTURE:




Thanks again, let me know what you think!


-Kowitz
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Old 06-17-2008, 05:15 PM   #2
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Congrats on the purchase....

make sure you take it somewhere and get the engine and everything all checked out...98's were notorious for Headgasket issues....Fenders are cheap....doesn't appear to bad...

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Old 06-17-2008, 05:43 PM   #3
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Wow, nice coupe!

Congrats...
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Congrats on the new ride! Looks like you got a good price on it also.
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Congrats on the purchase....

make sure you take it somewhere and get the engine and everything all checked out...98's were notorious for Headgasket issues....Fenders are cheap....doesn't appear to bad...

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Head gaskets, other gaskets and timing belt were all done by previous owner.

I have receipts to prove it.

Fender is fixable, and it is being fixed next week, along with some new shiny black paint for the whole car.

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Wow, nice coupe!

Congrats...
Thanks!!!


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Yah I got a great price!

AND

Whats y'alls opinion on the headlights....should I go back to stock(I have them in my room), what about the side markers...the clear or the stock orange?
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please go back to stock.

But its really what you like better. Side markers dont really matter if you have clear put them in, if not then use stockers for now.
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On the angel eye or stock headlights issue... stock for sure. And clear or stock side markers... I'd say clear side markers and clear corner lights (you'll need some when you put the stock lights back in anyways).

I see in the engine bay that the belt is not around the one pulley (AC?). If you don't plan on having AC, just get rid of the whole unit... but if you want AC, I'd suggest fixing that.

And STi wheels vs the stock goldies you already have... well, you already have nice stockers, I'd replace the wheels last after everything else is done if it was me.

You may want to check out www.awdpirates.net for some meets in your area. I'm not sure how close you are to their stuff, but I know they're in Colorado.
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please go back to stock.

But its really what you like better. Side markers dont really matter if you have clear put them in, if not then use stockers for now.
The clear are on in those pictures.


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On the angel eye or stock headlights issue... stock for sure. And clear or stock side markers... I'd say clear side markers and clear corner lights (you'll need some when you put the stock lights back in anyways).

I see in the engine bay that the belt is not around the one pulley (AC?). If you don't plan on having AC, just get rid of the whole unit... but if you want AC, I'd suggest fixing that.

And STi wheels vs the stock goldies you already have... well, you already have nice stockers, I'd replace the wheels last after everything else is done if it was me.

You may want to check out www.awdpirates.net for some meets in your area. I'm not sure how close you are to their stuff, but I know they're in Colorado.
I am planning on going back to stock headlights. My dad actually likes the angel eyes...haha

I took the belt off, because when the A/c is on, it sounds like crap. It think it has a bad condenser, getting that fixed soon.

Yah I like my stock wheels, the sti wheels would come LAST if I even get them.

I have a user name on awdpirates....Ill check for meets. thanks!
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Also, how do I get a picture of my car to show up on the main members journals page?

Thanks
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:51 PM   #10
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Nice car man.
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