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A lot has changed since I purchased the wagon a year ago! I didn't realize how out of date my specs were!

Car:
95 L wagon
207,789 Miles
Still Caribbean Green!

Engine/Drivetrain:
EJ22T 2.2L (110K miles) Powered by Legacy Turbo OEM ECU
440CC Injectors
P/P uppipe
P/P VF10 Turbo
3" Helix Downpipe to open exhaust cutout OR STI axleback :-D
Greddy oil cap and catch can (Oooh)
Front Mount Intercooler and "custom" intake
"custom" intercooler spray
2000 Impreza Outback Transmission/ WRX shifter and linkage
ACT 11lb. Flywheel
Exedy 2.5RS OEM Clutch (Spec Stage 1 clutch ready to go when this one dies)
VLSD Rear End

Suspension/Brakes:
Bridgestone RE01R Tires on WRX wheels for auto-x, General Exclaim UHP Tires on Kids Racing 16X7's all other times
05 WRX Front Brakes
Vented Rear Disks
Tribeca 25mm FSB & Whiteline Endlinks
19mm RSB
Front/Rear Strut bars
v5 STi Gymkhana Tarmac Springs
KYB AGX Struts
Noltec Front Camber Plates -2.5* camber
Super Pro rear suspension bushings
Power Flex Steering Rack Bushings

Body/Interior:
v5/6 front end conversion minus the grill :-(
replica STI foglight covers
Old School WRX STI logo on rear hatch
Replica STI top hatch wing
Side Skirts
"Custom" Home Depot Rear Spats
Greddy Counterweight Shift Knob
v3/4 WRX front seats
reskinned rear seats
05 WRX 6 disk changer with WRX Premium speakers
Subaru Baja carpet
20% tint rear & hatch windows
Black interior conversion
VDO Oil, Boost, and Clock gauges (wrx cd player didn't have a clock)



Used to be:
95 L Wagon
200,607 Miles
1.8L 5MT
I've had several first generation Legacy's (I've owned 5 different ones) but I've always wanted an Impreza. I finally found one on Craigslist in Columbus that needed an exhaust and rear wheel bearings for $950. Some college chick was selling it 'cause she couldn't work the stick :mamoru:. I have a whole pile of parts just waiting to go on the car:

Engine/Drivetrain:
EJ22T Heads, Manifold, uppipe, VF11 turboz, Downpipe
Unorthodox Racing Pulley
STi Axelback exhaust
Greddy Counterweight Shift Knob

Suspension/Brakes:
Vented Rear Disks
RSB conversion: Lateral links, bar, mounts
Cheap coilover sleeves (don't know if I'll use them)
Front/Rear Strut bars

Body:
V5/6 Front bumper, grille (Yah, it's the RS but who's keeping track?)
MY97 headlights
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That's it so far. I'm trying to be as cheap as possible. The rear swaybar and vented brakes setup only cost $200. Front end conversion breaks down as follows:
Bumper- $230 from subaruparts.com
Lights- $70 from here
Grill- $80 from Advance Auto
Clear bumper signals- $30 <a href="http://www.rs25.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=195"><a href="http://www.rs25.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=195"><a href="http://www.rs25.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=195"><a href="http://www.rs25.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=195">ebay</a></a></a></a>

Pics:
When I brought the car home I thought I should celebrate by throwing on the racing suit and running through the front yard :redneck:

Ready and waiting for the rear brakes!

Needed to fix some fender rust so I took it off. I guess the L came with no form of fender bracing?

Best part of the wagon? Storage room! All my spare parts waiting inside...

Brakes and sway woo!


I still need to decide what to do with the struts. Since I have the rear of the car torn apart and I have an axle to replace up front I will need an alignment and would need another alignment if I did struts at a later time. I don't know if I want AGX or GR2. I should get some AGX but I already have a spare GR2 so I don't know...

Paint is the other thing. I haven't seen any cars done with the RS conversion in this color so I can't imagine if it would even look decent. I kind of want to shoot it flat red.
 

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Bumper Massage!

Thanks for the comments guys. I did some fitting of the RS bumper to the car on Sunday. I reused the stock L beam instead of spending $60 on the STi Lightweight one.

Some cheap hacksaw blades, a harbor freight angle grinder, and a bada$$ grinder my dad had in the garage performed some "weight reduction" on the bumper:


Setting the beam back in place, I test fit the bumper skin probably 20 times before I had cut enough that it fit right. If you've never seen the beam, for reference the second "bar" looked like the top piece:


And finally, the test fit of the new skin!


I also painted a few suspension parts and the brakes. I got some Rust Converter from Walmart. Seems to do a decent job. Sprays on clear but converts the rust black (which is apparently Zinc). I need to find some lateral link bushings before I can finish installing the rear disc conversion. I see Noltec is now out of business so it's either Whiteline (which will take 6-8 weeks to get here) or STi rubber bushings. I think I'm going the STi route...

I still need some input on the paint. I'm leaning towards the stock teal/aqua color. It'll be a lot easier to shoot just a hood, bumper, and a fender than the whole car.

Yes, I'll put some wheels on the car. For the time being I have some spare Legacy alloys:
 

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Car's looking good so far man. I remember when I had to trim up my stock L beam to fir the RS bumper, was quite an ordeal. Have any pics of your legacies? Have a couple legacy turbo shell's in my backyard.
 

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Painted Parts, Foglight Covers

So the paint finished drying on the links and brakes. I also got my replica STI fog covers from Primitive- they're nice!

So with a wire wheel to scrape off loose rust, a can of rust converter and a can of rustoleum flat my parts look like this now:


Pretty impressive when you scroll up to the top of the page and compare the before shot I think!

Test fit of the fog covers- can't wait til it's all one color!!!


JDM axelback yo!


Still haven't ordered my lateral link bushings :( and I ended up needing to replace the Ebrake pads. While I was painting one of the shoes disintegrated I guess better now than while the car was parked on a hill...
 

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Upgrades on the Cheap

Weekend Update! Continuing with the budges upgrades. I bought some window tint 20% on the back windows. Wasn't too hard and makes a huge difference in the car's look!


Decided to short throw the shifter. Cut the welds off the bracket and raised it up. Also took off some of the threads. Flat black and the Greddy Counterweight looks hawt.



Also modded the tranny mount. 3M Window Weld Liquid Urethane. You can see that one of the bolts is different. I managed to snap the stud when I removed it from the car. Oh well. Take a look at the before and after though. It's rock solid. I also shot some into the rear diff bushings.



So window tint- $22.00 Shifter- $0.00 Tranny and diff mounts- $11.00 Total- $33.00 in mods. Not bad for a weekend.
 

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Got any paint plans? I wish I had this much time to give my subi the love it needs.
I really should make it a different color, but I'm thinking about sticking with teal :crazy: . Going to NAPA tomorrow to get price on enough paint for the hood, bumper, grille, and a fender.
 

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Holiday Progress!

Made some good progress over the 4th. Rear suspension and brakes are done and installed except for struts. Installed my hardened tranny mount too.

Only had a few holdups. The first one started when I was pressing out the old bushings from the lateral links. I ended up with this:


Not happy about that, but the junkyard had a spare I managed to pull in the rain. I learned my lesson and did it right this time and pushed out all 8 lateral link bushings:


For anyone who wants to install the SuperPro bushings like I did, make sure that you use two different size metal crush tubes in each front arm. I ended up with two little ones on one arm and two big ones on the other and had to unbolt and redo them! Once all was done, I installed the rear discs. I painted the calipers gold, it looks good with the car. Ebrakes bolted in too.


The most fun part of this project was the rear sway bar. I got the assembly from a legacy turbo, including brackets. Everything bolted up. I liked how subaru just plugged the holes where the brackets went. I uncovered them like hidden treasure and retapped. You can also see in the pic the not so stock brake line. I ended up twisting off the line when I removed the drum rubber line and had to splice a section in it's place:


If you didn't have a tap, you could still do this with some PB Blaster and a bolt. Just go slow and clean the rust out of the threads. I ended up having to do this for one of the mount holes because the filler neck was in the way of the tap. Took forever and I was worried the bolt was going to snap off the whole time.



Notice I'm using the older style lateral links with the droplink instead of the C-style endlink. Sold metal from the factory and poly bushings can be had at autozone. Also note the goo filled rear diff bushings. That's leftovers from my hardened tranny mount adventure.

Other fun not pictured, while I was installing the new ebrake lines I decided to pull the carpet. It was nasty, I think there was even some animal urine in the backseat portion :monkey: I busted out the pressure washer and cleaned out the carpet really well. I've also painted some more interior trim pieces black. I can't figure out how to remove the vents though. If anyone knows how please tell me! Also installed the underdrive pulley and cleaned the engine bay up.

I got my paint from NAPA. $95 for a quart of Coral Green (I guess that's what the color is) including the reducer and whatnot. Ordered a fender today and also have a set of 16x7 Kid Racing rims you may have seen on Ebay on the way. Still on the list of things to do is struts, tires for the rims, and a RS hood. I'd have ordered the tires and struts already but I'm having a hard time swallowing the $810 total shipped... That's almost what I paid for the whole car!!!
 

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Being a Legacy turbo owner I noticed a couple LSSs in the back-round of some of the pics.
I'm also a Impreza wagon owner & your wagon is coming along nicely.

I like the budget minded mods!
Do you plan on upgrading the front brakes to the bigger (& probably free for you) Legacy 2-pots ?

When are you getting into the motor?
 

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When are you getting into the motor?
*sigh* That's a tough question. Right now the plan is to get this thing done so I can drive it to work and then the 91SS goes under the knife- It's currently got a WRX TMIC, 3" exhaust and a VF8 turbo. I'm just patiently waiting to install my boost controller, 440CC injectors, fuel cut defender, and Prodrive IC hose which have all been on a shelf since January. I'm planning on 16psi. I'm afraid I'll get attached to the 87 sipping 1.8L on my 60 mile round trip to work...
 

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Wheelz!!

The UPS guy dropped off a present this morning:


Direct from JHot imports. $199 + $88 for shipping. 16x8 48mm offset. 20lbs each. Kid's Racing.



Look at the lip on those things. We're talkin' like 3".



If you squint really really hard you can visualize them with some General Exclaim UHP tires and not white. I looked at a spot on the lip where some of the white chipped off and it's got a really nice shine to it (definitely polished under there) what color should I make them???
 

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I'm looking into some of the same mods as you. How do you get around the brake lines in the rear. Any time I've tried to unscrew the things they seem seized. What lines did you use?
 

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Oh, and the heater vents on the dash just pop out. It takes a great deal of force if I remember right. and do not paint things like your door handles, ebrake, or seat belts. they will turn out like ass. ha ha
 
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