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Post 1 - History of my Subaru ownership
Post 2 - Pictures of my Subarus
Post 3 - Modifications to current RS
Post 4 - Future plans and thank you's.

First, a little history.
When I was 17, I bought my first Subaru. It was a four door 1999 Subaru Impreza 2.2L in Aspen White. I hated it. It was slow, ugly looking and there was next to nothing as far as modifications went. I had lowered it, put it on some WRX wheels and had a few other insignificant things. After almost a year of driving it, I came to terms that it would never be what I wanted it to be, but I was satisfied as it was. I happened to be rummaging through the paper and saw something I immediately fell in love with. It was a listing for a 2001 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Coupe in BRP - 68k miles, fully loaded (every possible option) bone stock and owned by a chick. I had to have it... So a week later and $9,500 less, I had my semi "dream car".
I immediately started modifying it. I tinted the windows, put a rear sway bar in, cold air intake, borla headers and a catback exhaust. I put in a complete new sound system along with some other shenanigans. I got compliments everywhere I went, and I was truly in love.
On February 14th I decided to go see "Jumper" with a friend of mine at the local theater. It had rained the night before and was now below freezing, a recipe for disaster and I knew it, so I took my time. I came around a 20mph turn and hit a huge patch of ice. My rear end kicked out and I slid down the road sideways. I pulled the car back into my lane... what I thought would be just in time... only to find an SUV right in my path. The 16 year old girl (who had just got her license) in the oncoming car panicked and swerved left over the double yellow line and hit me, head-on. I went into a tree and she went through a fense. Everyone was okay, except for my baby.
Long story short, I didn't have coverage and her insurance fought me on it. After weeks of searching, I found a 2000 Sedan in Connecticut for the listed price of $4500. After weeks of trying to meet up with the guy and almost everything had gotten in the way, I finally got my chance. It turned out to be an almost-exact replica of my first RS... except this was four door (which was fine by me). I bargained the guy down to $3700 and walked away with another RS and another chance. I took all the good parts from the coupe (leather interior, all aftermarket stuff etc etc), and I parted the rest out. Despite the temporary anguish and upset, in the end, everything worked out waayy better than I ever could have imagined. See post #3 for a list of current modifications.
The headgaskets on the new RS were blown, so with Chris (Jurzeyfresh) and Josh's (Joshua) help, we rebuild the motor from the old RS and put it into the new RS. See post #3 for the rebuild.
 

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The New RS!





Freshly installed Ganzflow style CAI and "JDM" Corners




New BBS rims! Yes, the 5x100 Silver ones that are ridiculously hard to find and/or extremely expensive. $500 picked up, with tires :D




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2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Sedan

Engine/Drivetrain:
2.5L STi block - Honed, Hot Tanked, Decked
2.0L WRX Heads - Hot Tanked, Decked
2.5L STi Crankshaft
ACL Main and Rod bearings
Manley Forged Connecting Rods
CP Pistons, 8.2:1 compression
750cc DW injectors
300lph DW Fuel Pump
Forced Performance Green 2.4 inlet 8cm^2
Brian Crower Valve Springs and Titanium Retainers
07 STi hollow camshafts
CXRacing FMIC
Tial BOV
Megan Racing 3" Catless Downpipe
Stromung Catback Dual Tip exhaust
Helix Catless Uppipe
e B a y inlet
SPT Intake
Ported and Polished Throttle Body
Ported and Polished Exhaust Manifold
Ported and Polished Intake Manifold (coated)
Ported and Polished TGV deletes (coated)
Ported and Polished Intake and Exhaust ports on head

Tuned by Paul at East Coast Swappers ~321whp / 301wtq at 18psi on a Mustang Dyno

Transmission and Drivetrain
2005 Legacy GT Transmission (20k miles at purchase)
ACT 6 Puck Sprung Clutch
ACT Lightweight Flywheel (13 pounds)
Short throw shifter

Suspension/Tires/Brakes:
'04 5x100 STI BBS Rims
225/45/17 Bridgestone Potenza RE070s
KYB AGX Adjustable Struts
Prodrive P1 Springs
New tophats
Cusco adjustable rear sway bar
Front and Rear Whiteline Endlinks
Front and rear strut bars
Heavy Duty RSB mounts
Clunk Killer Rear Bushings
Group N Motor Mounts
Group N transmission mount
WRX Front brackets, rotors, pads
H6 Rear brackets, rotors, pads
Techna-Fit SS brake lines

Exterior:
V5/6 Front Lip
Painted sideskirts
Rear spats
JDM Taillights
Clear front signals
Amber corner lights
Coupe wing
RS25.com stickers in rear windows
Hella Supertones

Interior:
02 WRX Front and rear seats
Carbon fiber dash trim
Panasonic head unit with internal amp
Polk speakers front and rear
(2) Tweeters

Misc:
STi Clutch master cylinder
Stainless Steel Clutch Line
 

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Many thanks to:
iLikeTofu
t3hwit
Jurzeyfresh
Joshua
Tnice17
Blackbeast
URAL
Subiemaster

And everyone else who helped me along the way.
 

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Nice car man. How do you like the fidanza 9lb flywheel? I'm thinking of getting one, but I worry that it will be too light.
 

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I love it, seriously. The combination with the short throw shifter makes for amazingly fast shifting, and it feels awesome... makes the car much more fun :) Also, I've never ONCE gotten a misfire code from it and I've had it for about 20k miles now.
 

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that is exactly what I want to do to my 03 2.5RS. If you dont mind me asking how much did you spend on all that? and how long did it take you to actually put it all in? I heard from many people that putting in cams makes for a very shaky idle? is that true? and putting in the flywheel and crank pulley i heard can make for some problems as well.

Wish u lived closer to me so I could get a look at it.
 

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that is exactly what I want to do to my 03 2.5RS. If you dont mind me asking how much did you spend on all that? and how long did it take you to actually put it all in? I heard from many people that putting in cams makes for a very shaky idle? is that true? and putting in the flywheel and crank pulley i heard can make for some problems as well.

Wish u lived closer to me so I could get a look at it.
I can't even begin to guess on how much I spent total on the car, but it took Joshua, Jurzeyfresh and I about 18 hours to do all the engine work. I did the tune-up stuff and all the other modifications myself. Cams won't make much of a difference in your idle unless you're going with the Spicy (2000) grind. Mine idles a little lower, but it hasn't caused any problems thus far. My flywheel is extremely light, but I have yet to get a misfire code or anything else from it. I've heard with the lightweight flywheel AND crank pulley combo that you'll get some issues, but I'm keeping my stock pulley in for now.
 

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Bought some 17" Silver BBS! Just waiting on one more rim and tire to get here before I mount them. I'll be posting up more pictArs! :D
 

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I noticed you are running the SR-30 flash, but failed to mention any sort of cat delete or track pipe? Was that a typo?

I bet she pulls hard. Have you run next to anything we can compare it with?
 

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I noticed you are running the SR-30 flash, but failed to mention any sort of cat delete or track pipe? Was that a typo?

I bet she pulls hard. Have you run next to anything we can compare it with?
I had to keep my stock cats for emission purposes, but it runs fine anyway. It definitely pulls a lot harder than a stocker! :sunny:

I'll be running a stock 2.5 WRX next week hopefully. I'll post here with the results :devil:
 

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Just installed the "JDM" corner lights, and snapped a cell phone pic of my custom ganzflow style CAI :D

Stay tuned for fresh BBS wheels, new tires and a run with a WRX.
 
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