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Hi guys; my name's Clayton and I'm from the beautiful US Territory, Guam; besides frequenting RS25, I might be known on Instagram as SubieRumble or on the GC8 Owners Club on Facebook.

Mid-2012 I noticed this peculiar car often passing my house; I thought it was 'ricey' because of the fog lights and had a body kit on until my brother told me it was actually the first generation Impreza. After some research, I actually fell in love with it, but I was disappointed as THERE WAS ONLY ONE 93-01 Impreza Coupe on Guam. At the time there was only ~3 sedans (one 2.5RS sedan), ~5 wagons. I knew it would've been impossible for me to get it; but by the end of 2012 the exact one I've been drooling over for months popped up on Craigslist. I checked it out twice; fell in love with the first test-drive although it had many issues. I WANTED IT!!!! Due to some legal registration concerns I had to turn away and it was sold to another military serviceman instead. Disappointed, I used my money to get an S13 240sx fastback and I regretted every minute of it. I was still obsessing over the Impreza coupe; watching many videos and researching it, wishing I could own one. I would seriously be doing this almost every other week for a year straight in 2013! Fastforward to January 2014, I see the new owner of this 2.5RS Coupe I've been dreaming of for more than a year is selling it on Craigslist too. I jumped on it without hesitation and so its chapter with me began!


Bought it like this:





Currently sits like this:






Exterior:
Trial hood
Trial grill//Liberal grill
Trial Spoiler//Mine's spoiler//Ver6 STi spoiler
Bugeye 3-Piece lip
Blobeye STi V-Limited replica lip
DIY black headlights
E-Mark black corner lights
Cusco sideskirts
OBS rear bumper guard
Honda Accord rear lip
RallyArmor urethane mudflaps
JDM power folding mirrors
JDM red/clear tail lights

Interior:
LGT steering wheel
GD intermittent wiper stalk
JDM Lamco Boost/Vacuum Gauge
JDM STi pedal covers
GD WeatherTech front mats
OBS trunk mat
STi red stitched e-brake handle
SuperBrightLED cluster LED's
COB LED Map/Dome/Trunk Lights

Engine:
EJ251 heads
EJ257 block
100mm CP pistons
King bearings
11mm STi oil pump
EJ253 water pump
STi oil pan
Borla replica UEL headers
DIY intake & exhaust

Wheels/Tires:
Speedline Corse Preo-R ST2 17x7 +48
Yokahama S Drive

Brakes:
Centric Posiquiet Brake Pads
Centric Premium Rotors
02 WRX Front Brackets
02 Legacy GT Rear Brackets

Steering/Suspension:
KYB AGX
Eibach Pro Kit
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings KSR202
eBay Camber Bolts
STi Genome strut bar
DIY rear x-bar
Group-N engine & trans mounts


To-Do List:
  • Viper Alarm System
  • KYB AGX + Eibach Pro-Kit
  • Group-N Motor & Transmission Mounts
  • Repair steering rack mount cross-threaded bolt
  • Replace headlight stalk with 03-09 Legacy
  • Refresh missing or damaged OEM pieces
  • Gates Timing Belt Kit (#TCK304)
  • Aisin Water Pump (#WPF002)
  • Paint: 86F Steel Blue Mica
  • 06-07 TD04
  • 06-07 TMIC
  • BPV/BOV
  • SplitSec VC3-100 Voltage Clamp
  • OBX 12:1 RRFPR
  • UpPipe/Downpipe
  • Lamco Boost Gauge
  • Autometer Pro-Comp Oil Pressure Gauge
  • Autometer Pro-Comp EGT Gauge
  • ProjectLamdba Tuning
  • GD Rear Subframe conversion
  • Subframe Lock Down Kit
  • Whiteline 24mm Rear Sway Bar
  • Centric SS Braided Lines
  • Topgaiter's red stitched leather ebrake/shift boot & center console
  • Momo Leather/Aluminum Shift Knob
  • wRX Front seats
  • JDM Power Folding Mirrors
  • HID & Projector Retrofit
  • Windshield, door glass replacements
  • Pipe Dream: PROPER BOOST!
  • Pipe Dream: 6-speed!
  • Pipe Dream: Trial or Garage Kagotani hood
  • Pipe Dream: Trial spoiler...
  • Pipe Dream: Metal/CF Widebody
  • Pipe Dream: Work XD9


 

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Discussion Starter #3 (Edited)
Some of the stuff I dealt with, in a sort of chronological order:


First mod, STi shift knob. wanna-be 6spd.


First things first, sell the Civic


Knock Sensor change


Shifter Joint to remove annoying shifter slop


Extended Armrest Lock


Sunroofs broken... found a screwdriver stuck inside but that didn't fix it


More orders... wish I had known about the WRX/H6 upgrade at this time:




LaminX yellows:





MOOG balljoints/tierods and Felpro Valve Cover gaskets;
not sure if everything on the car was stock besides the oil and audio system


eMarks on eBay were posted for cheap. Didn't like the Amber eMarks from last owner, so got black:



No clue why one of the earlier owners did this:




Cheap eBay Cusco just to get by



Random pics




Rallyarmors are packaged so nicely








Bad PCV Valve, forgetting to replace this may result in a blown rear main seal... if you're a new owner make sure to replace this it'll save so much



Tried red eBay tint


more RockAuto


1994-1995 Honda Accord Rear Spats



Free muffler welded onto the straight pipe





Plastidipped the Wiper Fluid Tank



Tried painting for the first time, read this is close enough to BRP








More parts ordered:


V6 STi style wing, quickly rattlecanned in same color above



Cat Inspection



P1 Style Lip



Bad....swaybar endlink, replaced with 2004 VW Passat Front endlinks (URO)



Didn't like the LaminX anymore


Sunroof replaced







Pretty much the common list of crap with an RS:
Rust behind sideskirt
Rust on rear quarter
Knock Sensor
PCV Valve
O2 Sensors
Valve Cover/Spark Plug Gaskets
headgaskets
Oil Filler Tube O-Ring
Exhaust donut gasket
front axles, difficult to replace
front balljoints, difficult to replace
Clockspring (airbags/cruise control/horn)
Shifter joint (wobbly shifter in each gear)
Keyless entry system (passenger door wont lock when pressing button but driver side will)
Sunroof tracks stuck
A/C cable clip for vents breaking off
Rear speaker deck breaks easy upon removal
Window regulator guide pads wear and may scratch windows, get them fixed immediately
Passenger side rear lateral link bending
Rear diff mount bushings
Rear swaybar endlinks
 

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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
Thanks drummersrs! A clean GD dashboard swap like yours and maybe engine swap too is still in my post-graduation dreams :D

edit: reason why I got these wheels because I was heavily inspired by this black wide 4dr beauty
2013.3.23





hopefully soon...photoshopped it lower/slight camber
 

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Hmmm gf said she got me parts for my bday next month.
UEL Headers
GD WRX spats/aeroguards
Camber bolts
eBay STi Pedals
STi diffuser
WRX Decals
Not sure...... Has to be one of these
 

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Tell your gf one's on your wishlist. she's got months to source it hah!


From yesterday's cruise








 

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Looks like you scored one of the few rust free Rs's. Are the black wheels on your car now 18's?
 

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Thanks Ari! Only saw your post now lol.


Hi Teddy! Yeah i was surprised its not rusty considering how humid my island is. They're actually 17's but the aggressiveness make em seem 18. Btw loving the turbo bobber and ls1 builds, im not a bike guy but the fact you and i are the same or close in age makes me feel antsy to do similar!

On a side note i turned 20 and my gf got me an STi key and some 02-07 WRX spats which i wanted to fit onto my RS sideskirts. Also got my camber bolts in. Hope to install/work on the following when schools over:
Camber Bolts
GD Side skirt aero
Lateral link
Trans/Diff Fluid service
Diff bushing DIY

My mother also proposed that I get some paint quotes as a late bday gift. Im too stubborn to have her pay so we'll see if i can pull a loan from her and pay her back if the paintjob happens... Ive been looking at repainting in 2015 WRX Galaxy Blue Pearl so the car still is a dark blue subaru color

Also....considering on buying this Baja that just popped up for sale!


 

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did the hood fly up on the car before? the p1 lip is fading on yours as well. i thought it was just mine doing that, but my gfs s204 lip on her car doesnt have that problem weird i may have to jus dip the lip when i redo my front bumper.
 

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Don't listen to Teddy lol! Building your own is so much more joyfull than buying one out of the box, but that colour would be sweet! Hope you'll get it painted, it really needs it :)
 

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looking good Clayton! keep it up man :banana::banana:
Oh hey! Thanks bud! Yours too, need more shots from OptionD of those wheels, people love your car as do I!

I'd skip the paint loan and go straight to a car loan for that 15'. ;)
Hah been on my mind!!! I hate not having money to play with though lol i prolly wont have for 5 years lol.

did the hood fly up on the car before? the p1 lip is fading on yours as well. i thought it was just mine doing that, but my gfs s204 lip on her car doesnt have that problem weird i may have to jus dip the lip when i redo my front bumper.
I would believe so, its so ugly and warped. Yeah the lip is turning gray, Ari suggested I repaint it black but it's a quick fix im still loooking for a bugeye lip 3pc anyway. Maybe its just the way our lips were prepped. I have had 3 ebay lips on my Civic and 2 held color for 15+ months but the last one faded in 2 months.

Don't listen to Teddy lol! Building your own is so much more joyfull than buying one out of the box, but that colour would be sweet! Hope you'll get it painted, it really needs it :)
Lol!!!!!! But a 2015 is so amazing!! Ive wanted one,
I love the feel of new cars because im too broke to make mine feel like one ahah! I should just get it painted. And then buy a 2015/16.

After a short drive, heard a loud backfire from the exhaust in the front... Maybe cat to piping gasket messed on me again.
 

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Don't listen to me. Keep and build the rs once a cheap reliable daily is acquired.
 

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Lol yes! Daily on my mind. Was thinking of something reliable like a Corolla or Camry. But the Baja is in our sights for now

 

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I love this build man, got the same exact car! Your wheels looks so dope make me want them! Keep it going man don't get rid of it they are becoming extinct now haha
 
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