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Old 09-30-2007, 08:27 PM   #1
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Welcome to my Members' Journal. As with other Journals on this board, this will serve to document the buildup of my car, from the purchase in 2005 to the present.

More than just listing modifications, I will use this thread for discussion and to "think out loud." This will not only help me look at the big picture, but will help you understand why I took any specific route.

I'm also into automotive photography. While I'm still an amateur, I do get lucky sometimes. I'll post a selection of the pictures I take as well as a link to a master thread and/or the associated Flickr album. If you see a picture that Imageshack stopped hosting, please PM me with that specific post number and I will re-upload the picture.

New as of April 22nd of 2009, I'll add a post number behind a selection of modifications. Track down that post to find pictures, tech, and/or general discussion of that modification.

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This is my second Subaru, purchased it back in September of 2005. I spent the summer after high-school working two jobs to be able to afford another Subaru, since I totaled my first one just weeks after graduation. After completely wiping out my bank account, I got a crash course in driving stick shift. Needless to say, my solo drive back up to my college was an interesting experience.

The car is a 1995 Subaru Impreza L. While I couldn't afford much, I got the basics including a torque-less 1.8L, 5spd, AWD, ABS, AC, but no rear antisway. This was to change of course, but that will come in a future post.

Here is what the car looked like back in August of 2005, shortly before purchase. They were scanned, so expect much better quality pictures in future posts:











I didn't even purchase the car yet, and I was going around the car with a notebook, writing down things I would like to change once I purchased it. When the salesman saw that, he yelled "It don't need nothing, just leave it the hell alone!"

If you wish to follow what I did to get my car to where it is today, and what I intend to do in the future, please continue with the thread. For those in desperate need of cliff notes, here is my list of modifications (which will be updated):

Engine:
EJ20G – 1995 WRX STi
APEX’I intake
Samco turbo-to-intercooler hose
STi intercooler coupling
Turbo XS exhaust – 4” downpipe, 3” trackpipe to RFL muffler
APEX’I Power FC, tuned by RT Tuning
FC Datalogit
APEX’I wastegate solenoid
550cc fuel injectors
Forge bypass valve
Perrin crankshaft pulley
Mach V exhaust wrap
GD ignition coil conversion
NGK Iridium IX spark plugs
Refinished “crinkle red” intake manifold
RCM oil cap
Turbo XS battery tie-down
STi Group N exhaust hangers
STi Group N engine mounts
STi Group N pitch mount
Greddy magnetic drain plug
Intercooler sprayer
Liqui Moly 5w40

Drivetrain:
WRX RA transmission
clutch-type rear LSD
mechanical front-LSD
Motul gear oil
B&M short shifter
Kartboy rear shift bushing
Urethane front shift bushing
Kartboy rear differential outrigger bushings

Suspension:
Tanabe GF210 springs
STi inverted struts
STi Group N strut mounts (front)
STi Group N front control arm bushings
STi Group N rear lateral link bushings
Perrin front swaybar, adjustable
Hotchkis rear swaybar, adjustable
STI rear antisway mounts
Karboy front swaybar endlinks
Custom aluminum rear swaybar endlinks
STi front strut tower brace
Megan Racing rear strut tower brace

Brakes:
4-piston front calipers
Legacy GT rear calipers, rotors
Hawk HPS pads (front and rear)
Motul brake fluid

Exterior:
JDM 95 STi hood
JDM 95 STi front bumper, bumper beam, with brake air ducts
JDM 95 STi front fenders
JDM rear bumper, bumper beam, license plate bracket
JDM V-Limited roof vent
JDM rear spats
JDM aeroguards
JDM STi rear spoiler
JDM STi fluted foglights
JDM STi foglight covers
JDM taillights
JDM rainguards
JDM clearcorners
JDM power folding mirrors, glass tinted blue
JDM front license plate
RS side skirts
STi rear diffuser
Clear sidemarkers
“i” grille emblem
Hella Sharptones, painted white/blue
Smoked front turn signals
Impreza RS trunk springs

Interior:
RHD conversion, w/ automatic climate control
JDM 93 WRX tigerstripe seats, front and rear
Recaro child seat
Safety21 roll cage
Momo Race steering wheel
NRG carbon slim quick release
STACK electronic boost gauge
Autometer carbon fiber gauge pod
Innovate wideband
STi door panels
Power window conversion
JDM STi 9k tachometer
V-Limited headliner
Bozz Speed shift knob
STi carbon fiber shift pattern emblem
STi killswitch key
WRX metal pedals, w/ dead pedal
Pioneer head unit, w/ backup camera
Pioneer TS-G1641R speakers, w/ baffles (front)
Kicker amplified subwoofer
Dynamat Extreme – trunk, floor, doors
LED map light

Rolling:
RS 5-spoke wheels (gunmetal)
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 tires, 205/50R16


EJ20G Wiring Reference - Posts 953, 983-988, 992-999, 1003

All detailing products by Meguiars with the exception of Mothers Billet metal polish.





Modifications to this car seem to come in stages. That's about as much as I will share on that topic as there are many variables involved which will change over time.


Lastly, here is a more recent picture. I will update this for those of you who are too lazy to read through the thread.





Please by all means comment and add your .02. Any input is welcome!
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:13 PM   #2
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:19 PM   #3
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SSSssssSSssexy.
Are you stalking me? First you PM me, then IM me, call me on the phone, Facebook my mom, drive across the region to my town, call me again, and now you're replying to MY thread?

How's the RS running?
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This is me, slightly disappointed not to see any update pics...
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:40 PM   #5
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This is me, slightly disappointed not to see any update pics...
You'll have to wait until later today for the next phase. I'll be updating this thread throughout the week, however, I will post a newer pic in the first post.
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:50 PM   #6
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Old 09-30-2007, 11:22 PM   #7
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change the grille to a rs one, take the lip off, paint it all white, put rally mirrors on it and gold OZ supperlegeras(sp) and you have my dream car...... not knocking yours cause its beautiful its just urs is as close to my dream as ive ever seen


wanna sell it? haha

i just realized...where are your turn signals? haha
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i just realized...where are your turn signals? haha
They're right next to the foglight covers, smoked.
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*cough* RICE! *cough*
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^ thats some sexy rice then

is there a write up anyplace for that DIY 16 buck front lip?
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