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Alex Wang's 1995 Impreza L

Hello all,
I recently picked up a 1995 Impreza L a few weeks ago and figured it might be a good idea to start a build thread to help me keep log and keep track of everything essentially.
This is my third Subaru, starting out with a 1993 Legacy L, also my first car, a 2002 WRX, and now this. The WRX remains in the garage currently being partially parted out and
being prepped for sale. Some of you may recognize me from local Subaru Washington State Facebook groups and Instagram, so hi all :)

Here's what I'm coming from:

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Here are some photos the morning following purchase.

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The car was originally a 1.8L Automatic, but the previous owner(s) have since swapped the engine out with an EJ22 and manual transmission, haven't figured out from what yet.

As is, the car came with an aftermarket exhaust, Ver6(?) STI Struts, King Springs, a cheap stereo and speakers, Sparco wheels, WRX Seats and a couple other small things plus a plethora of dents and a crappy white paint and dip job over the original teal paint.

I'm a sucker for early 2000s cars. Currently I've installed a set of Morette taillights, modified Chargespeed rear wing from my 02, a new shift knob (I learned stick on this
with the Legacy, so it's kind of sentimental for me), some floor mats, flares and not much else.


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Since I intend on selling the WRX, I plan on using the funds from that to help build up this car instead. Larger plans include:

V7 EJ207 Swap
Reupholstered and updated Interior (Will be keeping pre facelift interior)
"Sound Deadening Redux"
New Audio System
Will be swapping over the dual cutout catback from the WRX
Bodykits
Retrofits
Satin Black Avery Wrap

among other things. Basically the goal is to create a clean, quiet, comfortable, modern car on the inside and an eye-catching loud and somewhat obnoxious, quick car on the outside.

The car does not have power locks or windows, so I went out and and picked up some Outback Sport power doors with the pre-facelift cards. I'll still need to wire up a separate door lock switch, but these doors are considerably cleaner than the ones that came with the car so win.

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Currently waiting on a new front lip and RBS rear bumper to get shipped out from Russia. In the meantime I'll likely start gutting the interior and removing the original sound deadening and replacing it with
better stuff. Pictures of that soon.
 

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I'm big into audio. Typically when I'm installing new deadening, I remove all the original factory stuff rather than going directly over it. Plus it saves about 15lbs.

Plan on doing a layer of CLD tiles, a decoupler, and then MLV on the floor pan and doors plus a few other smaller places.
 

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Installing a stereo and aftermarket sound deadening but concerned about 15lbs.

Hence my confusion.
 

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Also I like how you worded this as its basically summing up what mine is becoming as well :lol:
"Basically the goal is to create a clean, quiet, comfortable, modern car on the inside and an eye-catching loud and somewhat obnoxious, quick car on the outside. "
 

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Installing a stereo and aftermarket sound deadening but concerned about 15lbs.

Hence my confusion.
Maybe it's a small case of OCD kicking in but for whatever reason, having a clean surface to start with just makes me feel a little bit better inside rather than putting everything over the existing stuff. Plus it is 15lbs 🙂
 

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so a sound deadening replacement/upgrade? Lol. sub'd to see where it goes! P.s - interesting knob!
Thanks! Yeah, it probably wouldn't be my first knob of choice today but it's my first ever knob that ended up coming from my first car I learned stick on and for whatever reason it has a sentimental value to me.
 

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Got some more work done, took awhile for the parts to come in. It's been kinda chilly and I decided I wanted to tackle the outside first so I've held off interior work minus some seats from the parts car.

Some goodies from Russia

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Also started addressing the dents mainly on the passenger side.
Driver's side is nearly dent free minus one on the driver's door. Planning on getting the dents pulled or filled,
going over it with primer, a base coat then just wrapping it; not concerned about original paint.

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Started fitting the new rear bumper. This was meant for some larger 60mm flares, you can see where the holes are supposed to be on the side of the bumper to the left of the tiny flares, and I'll need to reshape it a little bit as I will not be using 60mms. Dealt with large flares on my WRX at one point and it got old quick. I'd rather keep this car flare free but the car came with some poorly rolled quarter panels and fenders anyways.

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Also got the front lip sort of fitted and retrofitted some MH1s into the headlights as well as installed some RGB drls shaped into a "C." You can't really see them but they go along the perimeter of the lens/housing. Blacked out obviously and depo corner lights to match.

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For whatever reason my mobile posts are being posted from another account, will be addressing that issue asap. Arbiter is me ya'll. Thanks.
 

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Hey all, couple of updates.
Got the car mostly wrapped. If i hadn't mentioned before I went with Avery Satin Black. Shows dents terribly but I'm happy with the look for now. The roof, trunk, and hood will be wrapped carbon until I can afford actual carbon later.

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Also went ahead and dry iced most of the sound deadening off. The previous owner of the car managed to soak the trunk floor in oil as well as the sound deadening, so that's taking forever to clean up but I did manage to finish up the floor of the cabin and also clean up behind the dash a fair bit. No longer smells like old cigarettes inside.
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WRX carpet from my old car partially installed. CLD Tiles, CCF, MLV and extra jute padding underneath for sound deadening and heat retention.
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I've also began work on my custom gauge project. I find the pre facelift clusters rather boring, but I also wanted to keep the pre facelift dash, so swapping to a new cluster is not an option. Instead, with the idea of modernising the interior a bit, I decided to create a sort of delete panel for the whole cluster and part of the area around it.
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  1. Obviously still a WIP, need to trim it a bit and reglass the edges to be level with the rest of the dash and blend it with the existing cluster trim, but I'll eventually be mounting an android tablet that'll handle speed, rpms, odometer, etc. via OBD2 and RealDash.
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