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I took a look inside and was horrified by the amount of metal shavings, just thinking about those going through the turbo makes me cringe



From the turbo side



The up pipe was factory sealed Invidia. I guess it's too much to ask for them to flush out all the shavings for the price. Anyway, I started the day off with a wash since the forecast is sunny all week long and then some



I cleared some more space in the shed by putting the Forester trunk gear in my L



It's not quite a perfect fit but I'm not complaining



Fits pretty well considering the age and model gap



I decided I'm gonna put the seat heaters in the RS seats



I bet this piece of crap tie down didn't last a year



OEM FTW



In preparation for the swap I got rid of the stock airbox, FEEL THE 2.2 POWERRRRRR!!!

 

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I just pulled the fuel tank so now the shell can go to scrappers. I decided against just throwing the motor in the L and actually doing some maintenanceish stuff while it's more accessible. I cleaned up the subframe and spilled a lot of atf in my grass not paying attention to the reservoir. Good thing I don't give a crap about my lawn







There was so much grease everywhere from the cv boots coming off now it's much cleaner. I can't get the motor mount off for the life of me, I stripped the nut it is being such a pita. While I was letting the degreaser soak I prepped the header for paint





I used a whole can of VHT header paint





I put the heatsheilds back on and noticed I have a special delivery from Bangkok. Rally-Tech flaps are installed and I love the subtle look with no stickers







I don't know what you are supposed to use to get that inner tab secured on the fronts but I just got some self tapping screws
 

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third times the charm I guess?

subed!
It better be, if this one gets totaled I'm getting an Evo

Starting to dip into my box of treasures, I got the motor mounts installed



Pulled the fuel pump and replaced it with the DW200



It was a real pain to get it in there, the pump is just short enough to fit. I replaced the hose with a shorter length from the kit and used the rubber bushing from the kit



I got the Perrin inlet to fit, it was a real pain in the **** to get the oem inlet out. I cannot fathom what kind of super powers you would have to posses to do that swap without taking the manifold off. I needed to take it off to replace the bpv hose anyway. You can clearly see how the stock FXT hose is at a totally different angle than the STi



Seriously a pain in the ass, I had to take the fuel lines off the bottom of the manifold in order to squeeze it out of there



The fuel lines are pretty snug on the inlet but not deforming it or anything it's still kinda loose, pretty close to the tgv's too



I did have to move some of the screw clamps so they weren't pressing into the inlet



This hose on the turbo side needs a special elbow that I will probably have to fab myself, shouldn't be that difficult I have no idea what kind of sensor is inline there



the tmic crossover pcv hose is flared hella at the end so it doesn't fit snug at all over the 90 that came on the Perrin inlet. I can't decide if I want to replace the hose or the 90 but another easy fix



The Samco STi hose kit is perfect for putting a STi intercooler on a 255

 

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Since I've been working so damn much I haven't had a lot of time to work on stuff, my car spends more time in this parking space than in my driveway it seems



It was here that I realized the Perrin inlet does indeed suck and decided to put the oem inlet back in



I didn't do a super thorough cleaning of the motor but I got a lot of the grime off, new tgv gaskets were $20 at the dealer what a rip. I'll end up doing composite tgv deletes at some point, just not worth the top feed conversion at this moment



Stock inlet is back in place and fits like a dream. I started getting the pcv system ready for catch-canning by blocking the manifold valve and the inlet check valve. The Y adapter is from a N/A motor and will be used to drain the catch cans back into the crank case



Up-pipe brackets installed and checking fitment of the turbo, tmic and bpv. The driver's side tmic bracket is fine but I need a longer STi bracket for the passenger side



Capped off the PCV nipples that won't be used any more and it looks like the Y from my n/a motor is going to be in the way so I'm going to be using a single drain I think



Samco dump hose fits like a glove, I'm not sure how it could be an issue using the stock inlet but with the Perrin it was hitting hardlines at the inlet side



Plenty of room all the way to the BPV and some give going toward or further from the inlet, I would say perfect fitment



The vacuum hose on the other hand... there is no way to make it work, it needs to be replaced with a longer hose



After the assembly I can say that I really want to source a STi bracket the turbo side of the top mount, it's just floating there and so easy to move



I tried to have the best pic for car of the month, touched up the exposure but now they look foggy instead of dark
 

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Put a few little touches on thanks to subiwag for scoring some goodies. The DEPO clear marker lights I swapped out quick, can see them in the previous pics. Also picked up a RS wiper arm with the aero blade. Paint was bad on both mine and the one RS one so I scuffed them up with a scratch pad



Hung them in my super fancy spray booth



I thought I had a can of ultra flat but I must have used it all, settled for satin black



Looks pretty good to me



I took off the rear wing and cover the holes with vinyl tape





v5 wing or bust

Got it washed by circus girls trying to raise money to go to burning man



Then went shopping, my haul: 0w20 for $5.25qt, 5w30 for $4.98qt and a bunch of other stuff super cheap



Clutch finally came after a butt load of phone calls and anal irritation



 

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Off to the machine shop where they have a tugboat piston and rod on display





I left the bolt in the hole with the orange dot on the flywheel, not sure if subaru balances everything independently or together so I kept it in the same spot on the crank just in case



The wrench stopper is the same technique I used to get the flywheel off and it works great. Since we've had a lot of humidity the fly wheel oxidized overnight and was covered in rust when I went to put it on. I scratched most of it off with a green scratch pad and wiped it down with brake clean



I made absolutely sure to put the clutch disc on the right way this time, never going to make that mistake again



Pressure plate installed and ready to put the transmission back on



I used this tech doc from SPT for the torque specs

Small update, all I did was put the door cards on. I've been so used to grabbing the top of the door to close it that I still do it with the cards on. I'm to the point now where I grab the handle about 1/3rd of the time.

For those that don't know, Greyhound ships packages and has better rates than UPS or FedEx. I had to go downtown to pick the box up from the bus station though, dat piss smell



I had a hell of a time fitting it in the coupe, in hindsight I probably should have just opened the box and stuck them in the trunk with the rear cards



So pleased with the condition when I opened the boxes, thanks so much Joshua!



I put them on asap but one of the screws went missing

 

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I also got the child seat safety loops from Josh, now I just need to figure out how to get some put into the bottom of the seats



It looks like the covers used to be tan but somebody painted them, beggars can't be choosers though lol



I went to a custom interior shop to look for headliner material and after some haggling I got it done for $150 cash, no tax. They put the new material right on top of the old cloth but whatever, it looks much better in person than the picture suggests



I've decided to take care of the exterior over the winter so she'll be swap ready come spring. As soon as a JDM nose cut that's black and aluminum hooded comes on the market I'm gonna jump on that. The v5/6 JDM tails I ordered are ready to board the next cargo ship out of Osaka and this little think called a wing came while I was on vacation







I need to find replacements for the missing bolts and I think I'm gonna replace the weather stripping with 3M body moulding tape. 4 bolts are holding it on and I drilled 3 new holes in the trunk



Color is matched perfectly OEM paint ftmfw, I will never tire of seeing this in the mirror



Well it's not black but won this auction on ebay, sports bumper and jdm rear bumper included was too good to pass up

 

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JDM tails showed up today so I wanted to get straight to installing them but I had a ton of crap in the trunk so it was a good time to sort through it all



Looks so much better if I do say so myself



The lettering was starting to get to me it just doesn't work and I decided I'm gonna debadge the trunk



I used a credit card to get the letters off then heat gun to soften up the left over goop, a CD to scrape off the hot goop and finished it off with 3M adhesive remover



Close up you can see where lots of dirt and wax and god knows what else is hardened into a ridiculously hard to remove outline of the lettering



It looks great from a bit of distance, I'm hoping a good wax will even out the color and make the outline easier to remove



Washed her up and waxed the hell out of the trunk, you can still see the crusty crap but the wax got a little bit of it off



Check the authentic JDM mad tyte blue reverse lights yo



I got the headliner installed and the oh **** handles to give my passengers a false sense of security when I'm about to wreck into a tree



The color is a little light, it's not perfect but as long as I don't crash land upside down it won't be a focal point



I really want to put some stickers over the airbag warnings I just don't have any ideas. It's not going to have airbags post swap so if I could find a sticker that warns that there are no airbags equipped and to use the oh **** handle like a man that would be ideal
 

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Some tsunami parts washed up and landed on my driveway, in pretty good condition too



The whole pallet was less than 200lbs and the aluminum hood is super light



Don't know how this mad tyte JDM dragonfly corpse made it through customs, clearly a threat to environmental health



The hood isn't perfect, there's touch up paint on a lot of the panels but pretty ding and dent free



The way the pallet was wrapped up they really cared about it not getting scratched up but they bent the corners of the hood pulling the wrap so tightly over the top of it



The scratches look like they happened in transit from Japan and then the people I bought it from touched it up



I can't read any of this but the the yellow top one looks like a service sticker, the radiator looks so clean like brand new I might use it for my swap



Still a lot left to go through, the wiring looks pretty unfamiliar I can't tell if it's wired for fogs or not but there's some type of ballasts or something tucked in there



Well that doesn't look good, I'm going to be looking for a lip now



This one is the one I want

 

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I'm still working on getting the wing mounted properly, got replacements for all the missing bolts from Subaru. I was torn between getting the epoxy for plastics and the epoxy for damn near everything, ended up getting the everything epoxy since I'm joining metal to plastic



They didn't have any part numbers for the version 5 so I got bolts for a hawkeye hoping they were the same, they are a little different but work just as well



There is one mount left to fix and it's going to need some 2 part epoxy, I was just going to use super glue for the brake light trim but if I'm mixing epoxy I'll use that



Epoxy is holding pretty well, I'm gonna wait the full 12 before mounting the wing though



The 3rd brake light tab is fixed, took off some of the wood it was resting on so I think it will be a good bond



I broke this when I was taking the bumper off, moar epoxy!



Had to wait until night to show just how awesome the 96 led dome light is



Side by side of fluted vs clear, spoiler alert: fluted sucks balls



JDM clearliness is next to JDM godliness



These are the bulbs I took out of the JDM housings, no projectors installed



Pretty sure the nose is equipped with bi-xenon HID's
 

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I kinda want to see how blinding the hid's are without projectors first, the kit is pretty awesome though with adapters for the factory plugs super easy to install. There's also aftermarket horns that look pretty beastly, I wanna hear how they sound. The bumper is getting painted with everything else when I have the money to get it done. The PayPal bill for the clip is due on the 15th and I barely have enough to pay it. Moar pictars



This guy bought my DEPO clear side markers and when you get two sexy black coupes together you have take some pics



Everybody was telling me about the guy that did a FXT swap in a black coupe it was cool to finally meet him and check out the car in person



The FXT wheels look really good in gold but I just haven't gotten around to painting mine, they will be painted before I put them on for winter though



I have been trying to find a cheap and safe way to add child seat loops and it came to me while I was sorting through one of my many boxes of parts



I took the loops from my Forester and cut the tabs off, drilled out their holes *giggity* and filed the edges smooth



The loops are pretty well hidden behind the seat cushions and they don't go up your butt if you sit there without the child seat installed



Can't believe I didn't think of this earlier



If you have ever been to Pike Place Market then you know how ridiculously hard it is to find parking right in the heart of it



Gotta represent my hawks, although it is just a magnet



I've been rocking the blue hood for a few days now, foreshadowing...
 

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I've been building a list of JDM parts to make my car into a v5 clone, thought maybe it was worth sharing;

*Version 5/6 Front Bumper Cover
*JDM STi Honeycomb Grille
*Version 5/6 Crystal Headlights
*JDM Clear Corner Lenses
*Fenders with STi Badges
*Version 5/6 Fog Covers
*STi Aluminum Hood
*JDM Rear Bumper Cover with Spats
*JDM Tail Lights
*Side Skirts
*Version 5 STi Wing
*Version 5 STi or R/RA Struts/Springs
*JDM STi or US WRX 4/2 Pot Brakes
*JDM FHI Front Strut Brace

Probably forgetting some stuff, if you have deals on anything listed shoot me a PM
I would skip the struts and springs, spend the Money on something more, I am going with koni inserts and gymkhana springs :devil:
 
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