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Hello,

I will include some backstory just for fun :)


My past subies
94L 1.8L 4eat fwd 4dr
96LX 2.2L 5mt awd 2dr
00RS 2.5L 5mt awd 4dr

Current, as purchased:
96L 2.2L 4eat awd 2dr

Current, as it sits
96L 2.0L 6mt awd 2dr

The other L chassis were unfortunately the product of a broke kid fresh out of the military with no money and having to commute 100 miles each way in some of the worst traffic in the PNW. Those 100 miles would take 3 hours easy one way. The 94L was my first car, the 96LX was the second. I had no time to execute anything more than brief non-disruptive work on the weekend since it had to be good for work on Monday.

With that being said, after life had taken over and taught me some great lessons, and after focusing very much on the career development and social rehabilitation... even though it took 11 years... I made it to where I am now.

Please understand I come from a very small town that is super focused on Nascar and domestic drags in the farmlands on Friday night. That's all fine and dandy... but my mantra was -- Have you seen WRC? How can you be interested in this versus that? Got me in trouble, but got me some influence. This was happening back in the late 90s early 00s. In a small town in Rural America, WRC was brand new and never seen before. And I was just a kid who was super into Rallysport Challenge, and drooling at all the super crazy and intense foreign racers :)

Back in the day, back in 05/06... I had some social issues. I didn't get along with people. Plus, I had a super slow LX that could barely get out of it's own way. I had a few dramatic incidents, nothing physical... but shit went farther than it should have.

So.... on to current events.

After 11 years, 6 months of focused online hunting (and a wonderful GC finder called AutoTempest), I found it. It was time to rebuild the dream.... this time not as a confused and broke teenager.... and not having to commute meant I can spend the time needed to make it come true! I was there with the downfall of Nasioc and I really didn't get along with the hellaflush vapelyfebro group that talked mad shit with their stock slammed WRX with Ebay coils and exhaust. I left the community. I had a bad taste in my mouth (after putting a few years into OT and NWIC).


Allright... On to the good things. I built this L to do a few things. First, it was mine. Second, to fulfill the dream of my youth and finally free myself. Third... to lay waste to new age Subies. Don't get me wrong... I test drove a slew of vehicles new and used. I wanted a high horsepower AWD coupe. Not a lot of offerings in the new market. Test drove a Honda, VW, STI, few others... All of them felt slow and wrong.

First order of business. Accentuate the funnest aspects - traction and acceleration. Only one problem. I live in a city apartment with a shared garage. Considering the work I did to the previous subies, I was OK with having a shop do the majority of the initial mechanical work.

I don't give a hoot about views or likes or anything. I keep YT for friends and family, and this is my first public venture!

This video is the photo build log. Me and my dad (after working on the other cars) had a lot of fun. This has some pics of bringing the new subie home in over 800 miles of Snowpocalypse 2019 - what a great way to introduce it to the family!

GM4Classic Photo Build Log

I have since taken over all maintenance and upgrade work on it since the shop delivered it. It's been a great time. I finally have the time and space to focus on the fun stuff!

Being fresh build and my first turbo car, it was an absolute honor watching them get it dialed in. They allowed us to be present and it was amazing! After this video they flipped me the keys... I didn't kill it pulling it out of the shop, but I wasn't confident and super cautious. The first time I went WOT on an onramp ... I was sold.

GM4Classic Dyno

The mod list, as delivered:

Mechanical:
STI Steering Rack w/ Outer 1 GC to GD Steering Column Link 1 BALL JOINT 2 GD MT PEDAL BOX 1 AXLE SEAL 2 FAN ASSEMBLY 2 HEATER CORE OUTPUT SHAFT SEAL 4 DRIVE BELT 1 SPARK PLUGS 4 LINK AY 2 FLANGE NUT 2 NUT 2 ROD AY 1 BLEEDER CAP 8 HOSE 4 CLUTCH MASTER CYLINDER 1 SNAP PIN 1 CLEVIS PI 1 PIPE CLUT 1 BRAKE HOSE 1 BRACKET 1 HOSE CLUTCH 1 UNION BOLT 1 GASKET 2 BOLT 2 CLAMP HOSE 4 RADIATOR HOSE 2 HOSE Q 1 HOSE P 1 CLIP 1 CLIP HOSE 2 HOSE VACUUM 3 DUCT AY 1 HOSE ACCY 1 HOSE CP 1 BRACKET T 1 RESERVOIR 1 HOSE SUCTION 1 HOSE CLAMP 2 HOSE AY P 1 HOSE RETURN 1 CLAMP HOSE 2 FLANGE BOLT 4 STOPPER R 4 HOSE HEAT 2 PLUG EVAP 1 TURN SIGNAL/HAZARD ASS CABLE ASSEMBLY-HAND BRAKE,LEFT 1 CABLE ASSEMBLY-HAND BRAKE,RIGHT 1 WATER PUMP 1 WATER PUMP GASKET 1 THERMOSTAT 1 THERMOSTAT GASKET 1 TIMING BELT IDLER 1 BELT IDLER 2 TIMING BELT TENSIONER 1 TIMING BELT 1 TIMING BELT IDLER (GEARED) 1 GROMMET HEATER 2 IAG NITRILE LOWER INTAKE MANIFOLD GASKET FOR 04-18 STI 2 SPEEDOMETER CABLE 1 AIR FUEL RATIO SENSOR 1 AIR FLOW METER ASSEMBLY SENSOR 1 RADIATOR CUSHION 2 SPLINE STYLE LUG NUT SET 1

Performance:
tqsTS-SU-006C - Torque Solution Shifter & Rear Bushings Combo: Subaru Sti 2004-2014 tqsTS-SU-703 - Torque Solution Shifter Pivot Bushings: 04-14 Subaru STi tqsTS-SU-158 - Torque Solution Rear Subframe Lockdown Bolts: Subaru tqsTS-SU-474 - Torque Solution Solid Shifter Linkage U-Joint: Subaru STI 2006-2019 gr24215 - Goodridge 02-07 WRX/STi Brake Lines hawkHB453F.585 - Hawk HPS 04-09 STi hawkHB180F.560 - 04-09 STi Brembo HPS AK20739 - Front Brake Rotor Akebono Grey Coated High Carbon YH20736 - Rear Brake Rotor WBR Grey Coated High Carbon - HP IAG Street Air Oil Seperator upgraded full electrical speed sensor 04-07 Subaru

Drivetrain:
Tomei twinscroll downpipe P&L Street 3" exhaust Mishimoto race intake Mishimoto STi radiator 04-07 JDM STi ej207 complete with vf37 twinscroll turbo and v9 tmic 04-07 JDM 6mt complete with dccd L to STi iWire harness merge complete with avcs

Interior:
Jegs aluminum dash - custom fit RacePak IQ3S gauge pack mapDCCD controller hvac, rear defrost, hazards relocated Sparco seats, planted brackets, 3/4 point harness

Exterior:
Black housed 99-01 USDM 2.5RS style headlights Black housed 99-01 USDM 2.5RS style corner lights Black housed 99-01 USDM 2.5RS style turn signals Black housed 99-01 USDM 2.5RS style side markers 99-01 USDM 2.5RS wing 01 JDM STi v6 front bumper 01 JDM STi v6 Prodrive P1 replica lip 99-01 USDM 2.5RS side skirts 99-01 JDM STi rear valances 99-01 JDM STi lightweight aluminum hood AeroCatch Hood Latch Set, Locking 1 99-01 USDM hood scoop and vents 99-01 JDM grill 99-01 JDM lightweight aluminum f/r bumper beam 99-01 JDM Type-R badge 'upgraded' L badge Prodrive fender badges 99-01 JDM STi tail lights 04-07 JDM STi wheels 04-07 JDM STi struts and 'pinks' lowering springs



Since this, I have had it for about 18 months in my garage. Since then I have done a good amount of stuff. Kaizen lights, rewired ignition, quick column, Bilstein B16 coils, Enkei RPF1, custom dash panel, and some fancy STI GC body parts... but most importantly and the biggest improvement? My first HPDE and first foray into the track world!

We all know what these guys look like. Here is a stock picture of a 4dr 96. This is basically what it looked like when I got it (except 100% more front end damage from jumping in a field, some busted glass, and what few things that worked... didn't work great).

It's great to see the stark contrast of then and now...



Into:

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Before you go judging it, know that I fully embrace the character! Blemishes,misaligned body panels, all that will be fixed at some point... just not now. This is an ongoing build, and I am posting here at the finishing of Phase IV, about to start on Phase V and within 2 years, head to Phase VI.

It doesn't matter what it looks like, as long as is does what it's supposed to do!

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GM4Classic HPDE -- The first of many track events!


Until I fix my server, I am limited to phone pics for now. We are skipping a lot of the other stuff (found in the build log). I would like to show off the dash panel and switch panel. I will get something uploaded soon!

Until then -- Thank you very much for stopping in, I look forward to joining the ranks of GM/GC track cars. I was greatly inspired by here, Nasioc, and the Prodrive P1 Prototype (white).


Here are some final pics to wrap up initial post :)

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Big list of things going on currently.

Wrapping up Phase IV is a killer set of Plastics4Performance 22b Lexan grey windows. Really wanted 6oc but we couldn't come up with a way to brace the front windows at high speed. P4P has a nice little brace you attach to the door and turns the frameless doors into frames. Pretty nifty.

Last item is a CF 1 piece driveshaft. That concludes Phase IV.

I started this thread because Phase V Power Adding and Phase VI SCCA Unlimited Time Trials build.... should be the coolest part of it.

We've all seen the journals and amazing, constructive, and educational as they are, mine up to this point would have been the same for the most part.

Phase V is more air and more fuel! FMIC, rotated intake manifold, new turbo, e85 convert, and Link ECU setup.

While I'm at it I'll be doing all new wiring. DIY fusebox/relay and only running what needs to be there. Have the current harnesses trimmed down enough to start mocking.

Phase VI may be a seperate chassis... depends on how this chassis runs for a couple years. I'm essentially targeting unlimited Time Attack... not because I expect to be competing or anything... but because I'd get to do some amazing things to this car... and see what others have done to theirs!

I'm a huge fan of the FrankenBoxer 2.5 bottom and 2.0 top. Im also a huge fan of true seam welded race prepped chassis with a DIY full flatbottom floor pan and aero.

More to come!
 

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Got some fancy pieces here. Phase 4 completion is upon us!

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Got all new trim all around as well! Man I'm really excited for these windows

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I'm really looking forward to having a nice light grey tint!

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Plus the window braces will be here in a few days, so I started tearing apart the windows. Well look at that, finally. A challenger has appeared!

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Awesome project! Where are you in Washington? I am at the beach on the Long Beach Peninsula, if you ever make it down this way. I am also swapping a coupe, but it looks like you have a much nicer project going than me!

Here is some awesome info to show off WRC to your friends... I only recently found this out, maybe everyone already knows this. But.... Were you aware there was one group B event held in the US? I had no idea!! And where was it held? In Shelton, Washington, of all places! in 1986 the legendary group B came to and end. And the last race they held was the first and only one ever held in the US, in WASHINGTON! So, we have quite the history in Rally Racing here in the PNW!!!!

 

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Thanks for the kind words everyone!

@aaron - yep - Shelton of all places :) fantastic era of motorsports history!

I am unfortunately up here in the city / Issaquah. I do make it in your area every so often. We are coordinating a subie cruise on Nasioc for PNW drivers if you are interested. Second Sunday of Aug.

Projects are subjective :) at least we are all doing the right thing and getting the absolute best bang for the buck!

Stay in touch fellow Washingtonian :]
 

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If you volunteer at the Tour de Forest or the Olympus rally, there are still a couple old farts around who were there at that Group B event. They have some cool stories to tell.


Damn, a cruise on the second Sunday in August? Sounds awesome! I suppose this is the kind of stuff I miss by not being on facebook.
 

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Thanks for the kind words everyone!

@aaron - yep - Shelton of all places :) fantastic era of motorsports history!

I am unfortunately up here in the city / Issaquah. I do make it in your area every so often. We are coordinating a subie cruise on Nasioc for PNW drivers if you are interested. Second Sunday of Aug.

Projects are subjective :) at least we are all doing the right thing and getting the absolute best bang for the buck!

Stay in touch fellow Washingtonian :]
I am hoping I can get my coupe actually running some day before too long, I still have quite a way to go (front subframe swap, clean up engine and trans, install wiring harness, engine, interior, etc...) At this point my car is just a shell with a gas tank and rear subframe assembly, but I have everything. I am just slow, doing everything solo on jack stands.

I also have a Mini Cooper that makes fun supercharger whiny noises, but not sure if you guys want a British car tagging along...

If you ever make it down this way let me know!
 

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It's been a while. I've changed a lot of things in my life for the positive which is allowing me some great time to focus back here!

Taking the time and doing some work!
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Oil cooler and thermostatic sandwhich plate is in!

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06 jdm sti solid linkage coupler
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Non QD steering wheel adapter

All installed and by golly I think I finally nailed the perfect blend of control and precision for anything 120+. At 70 on the freeway the QD and quick column had too much dead zone. Pair that play with the gd and gc linkage coupler and adaptor and there was way too much play at speed.

I modified the stock gc dash bar to mount the gd column. Also have a fancy firewall column mount. There is 0 play in the steering anymore and I think I nailed it!

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I went ahead and came up with a solid front bumper support. Finally. It still sags in the front but not as much. Good enough for now. So I put the 60mm flares on! Calculated suspension frequency and allowed for large dynamic loads on the front (braking downhill while turning sharply). No more rubbing! 1.15" wheel gap and at heaviest load the front should move about .65"!

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Moving to a neighborhood soon and I want to be respectful and I still want to street it a little bit - I swapped the straight pipe out for a cheap and very quiet and tame hks hi power! Woot!
 

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Additionally after more than 2 years of me harassing Seibon.... they came through.

I am a very proud owner of an RB5 GC wing! Decided against chassis mount for now and to celebrate and have my favorite one!

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Additionally, before all this I was...
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So I went and started some lightening. Bye bye 34 lb lead acid battery... hello 5lb lithium! Wired up basically just for charge and test fire. Starts without a problem!

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Looking forward to the next few weeks of continued work. Its gonna get something really fun pretty soon!

Been doing a ton of work and upgrades to the landcruiser over the winter and getting ready for touring this summer!
 

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Well, it was gonna get a rollcage.... but I had an offer in on a house and after 2.5 years of active house hunting I am a first time homeowner!

So the cage has to wait until next January. Until then my buddy found a killer solution for the Polycarbonate Windows - a universal DIY plastic window mounting kit! Finally! Props to him! We were getting pretty creative with our mounting solutions and edge stiffeners ideas until he discovered the kit!

We wrapped up a lot of the smaller things in an effort to get it road worthy for the coming move.
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Needs a good bath in the engine bay and an overall cleanliness pass. But got the new oil pressure sender, alternator relocation, power steering loop back and delete, and distribution blocks and all new wiring and terminals for everything related to the battery.

Its gonna need an overall wire management pass before the diy harness.

I got it on the road after about 2 or 3 months of winter storage. It got a bath for its maiden voyage of 2022 and I forgot about the mystery boost leak that occurred on my last trip of 2021. Oops! At least I didn't introduce it with the changes so that's a good starting point.

Now with 100% more (very very VERY firmly attached) aero guards! Also got some awesome trim applied to the near permanent flares. Got some finishing working to do on them.

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As nice as it is to have "dads place" to work on it, it's more than 80 minutes from where I stay. Needless to say I absolutely look forward to being able to put the detailed and finishing time in at my own place without all the extra driving!
 
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