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Around the time when I had my first RS I always wanted to do a swap. But I didn't have the knowledge, time, money or space to do so. It's always been my dream to build an RSTi. And hopefully I can make that happen. So I sold the wagon for a damn good amount of money & bought this!
1999 2.5RS
179k miles 5 speed
Cons:
-Quarter rust spot, good amount of dents & scratches, bad CV joint up front, needs a good amount of TLC & it's N/A
Pros:
New engine at 120k, all the up to date maintenance, real Borla UEL header, rear sway bar, clean underbody, extremely clean interior, new speakers all around, new tires & Kartboy shift knob
What I need to do to it for now:
-Good detail inside & out including stage 2 buffing
-Plugs
-Top off fluids
-Oil & filter change
-Wiper blades
-Headlight & fog light bulbs
-New oem fog light
-LED interior kit
-Paint the calipers
-Paint wiper arms
-Mudflaps
-Rust & dent repair
-Possibly re-paint
-All weather mats
-STi key
-Black headliner
-Pads rotors for now


Modifications I WANT to do ext. & int.
-Light bar
-Rally America banner
-JDM 4 pots
-Rear spats
-Prosport gauges
-AEM wideband
-WRX steering wheel
-STi pedals & deadpedal
-Double din headunit

What I've done/already installed ext. & int.
-JDM strut bar
-JDM corner, bumper, side & tail lights
-JDM pink badge
-JDM P1 cluster
-Drag DR31's 17x7 painted gold
-Rally Armor basics
-Lowering springs
-22mm RSB
-Perrin endlinks
-05 WRX seats
-Kartboy SS & knob
-Tint
-Rear STi badge (why the hell not)
-Hella supertones
-Rally America banner
-Re-upholstered headliner/door cards
-Dash flock

Swap list:
-V7 EJ207 :) :)
-Exedy Stg 1 clutch kit
-Walbro 255
-Harness merge @ IWire
-Turboback, intake, short shifter, opensource tune
-New oem radiator & hoses
-WRX throttle cable
-Notched crossmember for uppipe

Future plans:
-Have a reliable & fast RS (notice the cheap option is not there)
-If the RS tranny goes, I'd like to do an LGT gear swap
-Possible coilovers/fender roll


Biggest list I've ever had. Now that I'm single :dowork: I can do all this ****! I'd like to try to do most of the swap stuff by myself but am probably going to need all the help I can get here & there. With the building I have, it'll make things much easier.
Pic when I first got her:


Most recent pic:
 

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Drove to Columbus to pick her up. Spent about 4 hours that night doing a lot of stuff to her
-Washed her (didn't get to buff or wax), swept inside, cleaned the windows & swapped all my **** over from the wagon
-Changed oil & filer
-Changed plugs
-Top off fluids
-Painted the brakes black
-Painted wiper arms black
-Painted battery tie-down
-Installed headlight & fog light bulbs
-Installed mudflaps
-Installed new wheels
-Installed wiper blades
-Installed steering wheel cover for 10 extra HP


Real Borla's!



Extremely clean interior! Except for the steering wheel


What I ended up with by the end of the night. Stood there in amazement for a good 5 minutes


The rust spot
 

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Discussion Starter #3 (Edited)
Got a couple things done today:
-Waxed & stage 2 buffing
-Hooked up the sub
-Figured out how to use the radio!
-Cleared the CEL
Also found my old short shifter from my old RS. Long story short it didn't fit & the snap ring somehow fell out through the bottom of the car :/
Was really pleased how the detail came out. You can't see it in the pictures but the car has quite a good amount of scratches & some small dents.

Ordered all these things as well:
-Led kit
-STi trunk badge
-Rally America banner
-STi key
-JDM clear corners
-Front CV axle

Before wax/buff:


After wax:


After buffing:
 

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FiRST!! :banana:



also..dunno if you've changed it out yet or not..but i have an extra steering in good shape if you'd like it.
 

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Had a pretty bid day today!
-Re-covered the headliner
-Painted all the tabs, map & dome light things, o-sh** handles & sunroof trim
-Installed license plate LEDs
-Painted some things from the engine bay
-Adjusted headlights (way too uneven)

The headliner was an absolute pain in the ass. Took me about 5 hours to do. Taking it all off, painting all the accessories, applying fabric, letting it dry, cutting edges & installing it all back together. I also didn't get to do the sunroof headliner as the wooden part for it got all destroyed from my trying to take the headliner off. So I'll have to find a new sunroof headliner. I'm also going to wrap the visors in the future.
Cant really see the headliner too well as it was inside but I'll snap one tomorrow to show it better. It looks absolutely amazing!!!!!





Cleaned these up also


My buddy & I painted his roof racks too. Also my old wagon
 

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Love those corners! Are you going to get clear bumper lights as well?
 

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Brake upgrade! NAPA premium rotors & pads. Broke a caliper pin on the front but picked one up at NAPA & finished them off. Didn't get any after pics but my stopping power is AMAZING now! Huge difference.


Rust prevention!
 

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I need to upgrade my rotors too. Come on tax refund!

We're almost twins. :)
 

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Looks good... Swap time.. so Jelly. What did you spray rotors with for rust prevention?

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Looks good... Swap time.. so Jelly. What did you spray rotors with for rust prevention?

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Swap will be sometime soon. Really just waiting on warmer weather so I don't have to drive my other car (Miata) in the winter. Because it goes nowhere. I used 2 coats of filler primer & 2 coats of Duplicolor paint.
 

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Got some nice parts today!
K&N intake
STi splitter
WRX crossmember



Cleaned it a bit, primered & a quick coat of paint!
 
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