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2009 is crazy year for me (In a good way) :)
I found out my longtime girlfriend was pregnant, so i decided to marry her and start our own little family. This chain of events changed my plan of getting swapped GC/GF, I put all the modding aside and went out from the community for a while.

I had the Coupe for my commute to work, but the lack of space and non power feature turn me off since i have a newborn baby.
So after the registration and insurance expired,
i sold my coupe
http://www.rs25.com/forums/f145/t108146-east-m20-coupe.html
to a fellow rs25er (AWDKID).

I originally wanted to get Legacy GT wagon or Forester XT but i stumble on 2002 Aspen White WRX wagon on craigslist. It had plenty of issues (little things, nothing major) but i'm willing to take the tasks to fix it since i LOVE Aspen White.




My plan is to use this as another alternative to my other Imprezas, and hey i got boost the easy way ;)


Future Mod (no particular order):

- 5 % rear half Tint
- JDM STI catless uppipe
- Bellmouth 3" catless downpipe
- STI axle back
- 22mm RSB
- Eibach Pro kit springs
- KYB GR2 struts
- JDM Liberal Grill
- JDM Liberal Front lip Wagon Spec
- JDM headlights / USDM Retrofit
- JDM rear spats + aero splash
- JDM V7 hood scoop
- Walbro fuel pump

*If my baby hits 4 yrs*
- 6 spd swap
- Brembos
- EJ257

*blue font = done*

basically, i'm looking to build my bugeye wagon similar to this

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Thanks for Reading
-Aaron
 

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Discussion Starter #3 (Edited)
On my bugeye test drive i noticed a lot of stuff:

- The car is really sluggish when you accelerate (I found out that the previous owner used regular gas for quite a while)
- Fuel gauge needle doesn't work.
- Front bumper passenger bottom is cracked
- Clock doesn't work
- Coolant tank is in bad shape (common for 02 wrx)
- Center console arm rest doesn't open
- Dings on doors
- Oil hasn't been change for a while
- Keyless entry is missing (I found it later in the glovebox)

The next day, I fill it up with 93 octane and cleaned the MAF sensor thinking it would make the acceleration better but it didn't fix it. So i decided take day off work on sunday and work on the car.

I cleaned IAC valve, replaced fuel filter + pcv valve, and changed the spark plugs. While i changed the oil with synthetic, i noticed that the current oil is really thick and 'gueyy' which made me think that the previous owner hasn't change the oil for a longgg time :eek:

I drove the car again and it's still sluggish. Even worse now, the car will jerk when i'm going high speed (70 mph). Since the plug is new so i decided to unplugged the MAF and it made all the difference in the world. I ran without MAF for couple of days with CEL on. The day after, i went to autozone and picked up new MAF (CEL gone + car runs smooth)

Other thing i need to tackle is the Fuel gauge cluster. I'm yanking out the fuel pump to check all the sensor next week. I might upgrade to walbro while i'm at it.
 

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~Table of contents~

post 24 - Bought Liberal grill from nasioc
post 33 - Took out DRL (day running light)
post 35 - Purchased Authentic JDM Liberal wagon front lip
post 36 - Tinted my windows (5% rear half)
post 37 - Repaired and prep Liberal front lip + grill
post 39 - Painted and installed Liberal front lip + grill
post 43 - Painted sideskirts to match
post 54 - Purchased Gold STI Brembos (front + rear brakes)
post 64 - Bought Eibach pro kit lowering springs
post 72 - Traded my 02 stockers + cash for 07 wrx wheels
post 84 - Purchased Double din Pioneer AVH P4000 DVD player
post 87 - Installed 07 wrx wheels
post 107 - Got my KYB GR2 struts
post 113 - Kyb GR2 struts and Eibach pro kit springs installed
post 121 - ordered ATI center clock pod
post 129 - Got my JDM STI catless uppipe
post 131 - Installed STI axleback
post 140 - ordered Prosport gauges
post 146 - Installed jdm sti catless uppipe + new gaskets
 

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Sexxxy! Im just saying those V7's would look spectacular on it
Thanks, i do plan to run the V7's on the bugeye soon.
But my ideal wheels for the bugeye will be "white" (i love white on white) and 17x8/8.5 (White Work CRs is what i have in mind)

congrats on the expecting kid and wife. And also on the wagon, sounds like a great year for ya.
Thanks man,
GL on your swap, hope to see it on the road soon.
 

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But my ideal wheels for the bugeye will be "white" (i love white on white) and 17x8/8.5 (White Work CRs is what i have in mind)
I completely agree...I am running white wheels on my white wagon and in the future I want to get the exact same design you are talking about in 17x8 and run fender flares... but...I was going to go a little cheaper route..

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They weigh ~18-19lbs from what I have read..not too bad for the size.
that's actually not bad, considering JDM STI V7 weights around that much with higher offset.
I'm not really sure about Drag wheels' quality, so i'm leaning toward Works but then it's always good to have options.

Let me know how those turns out when you get it.
 

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Will do..but it won't be anytime soon..I need to get a FMIC and coilovers first and take out a $30,000 loan for school/camera equipment next summer and I am unemployed now until October due to getting back surgery last week.. :(

I have no problem with buying Drags, my buddy has Drags on his built DA Integra wrapped in Azenis tires and he pushes the car insanely hard in autoX and he hasn't had one problem.
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being that the SSR knockoffs on my wagon aren't even really a brand...they are "SSP Type-C" (made in Korea or something. $305 shipped for 4) and I have put tons of abuse on them through autoX, gravel roads, lots of high speed cornering and they have not failed me in any way.
 

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If you ever want to sell the p1 lip off your red wagon, let me know, I miss mine! Haha

But the bugeye looks good! My friend bought a bugeye wagon about 7 months ago. He really likes it(he came from a 96L wagon) He is stage 2 right now, but he is hoping to go 16g, FMIC, Walbro 255..etc soon. Aspen White is my favorite bugeye color though!!
 

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Will do..but it won't be anytime soon..I need to get a FMIC and coilovers first and take out a $30,000 loan for school/camera equipment next summer and I am unemployed now until October due to getting back surgery last week.. :(

I have no problem with buying Drags, my buddy has Drags on his built DA Integra wrapped in Azenis tires and he pushes the car insanely hard in autoX and he hasn't had one problem.
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being that the SSR knockoffs on my wagon aren't even really a brand...they are "SSP Type-C" (made in Korea or something. $305 shipped for 4) and I have put tons of abuse on them through autoX, gravel roads, lots of high speed cornering and they have not failed me in any way.
Cool, good to know drag wheels have durability.
Don't you have Big STI scoop. Why front mount so soon?
Coilovers are must if you track or autox your impreza.

If you ever want to sell the p1 lip off your red wagon, let me know, I miss mine! Haha

But the bugeye looks good! My friend bought a bugeye wagon about 7 months ago. He really likes it(he came from a 96L wagon) He is stage 2 right now, but he is hoping to go 16g, FMIC, Walbro 255..etc soon. Aspen White is my favorite bugeye color though!!
I'm actually thinking to part out my GF wagon to fund my bugeye.
You're friend is like me (heck everyone). Boost is addicting and you crave for more power.
I had fun the first 3 days on the bugeye but now i want to get more. I need to be patient tho since i have a baby now. Gotta wait till he grows up a bit
 

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I miss boost and I have never had it on one of my own cars haha!

But seriously, if you do part that wagon out, please pm me about the lip!
 
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