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February 2017

Originally I saw this car a month or so prior in a Honda/VW dealership inventory. The paint on the car was extremely faded so I decided to pass up on it.
Fast forward to February, I see it again but a private dealership had acquired it and gave it a new paint job. Since I couldn't find the perfect 99-01 Impreza L (GC4), I made a last minute decision to drive from KY/TN to FL to look at it. Paint job was almost on par with MAACO and the 4EAT pan leaked a little bit. The body was straight and the price was cheap, that was good enough for me.


The car was on beater duties until I can finish parting out my 00 Impreza. In the meantime I ended up adding a few things.

  • 02 WRX steering wheel.
  • 02 WRX front seats.
  • 02-07 all weather mats.
  • 00 Impreza cruise control.
  • 00 Impreza keyless entry.
  • 2.5RS 6-spoke wheels.






















March 2017

Picked up a set of 06 WRX calipers with rotors while I was back in WI.




April 2017
Back in early-March while I was in WI there was a 07 Impreza STi being parted out. I had to pass on the drivetrain because I had no room to haul it back to KY/TN. Mid-April comes around and it was still listed for sale. I was pretty much dead set on having a 07 STi drivetrain (longer gears). Well it was now or never. Drove back to WI on a Friday and made a deposit, it would be ready by Monday. Didn't get the driver side hub/spindle and axle because it was hit on that side.



Packed it into the back of a 09 Versa Hatchback.









December 2017
I've decided to stick to 5x100 hubs because of the wheels that I want. The optional BBS wheels for the 02-05 WRX.


Since I want to use the R180 rear diff I would need custom axles that will allow me to use the R160 rear hubs. The solution was easy, suberdave custom races.








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2018

February 2018

Removed the stock 1999 Impreza L powertrain.








March 2018

  • Removed the dash and bulkhead harness.
  • 02 WRX engine cradle.
  • 02 WRX manual pedal box. For perfect fitment use a GC/GM/SF pedal box.
  • 07 STi drivetrain.
  • 02 WRX rear hubs.
  • 06 WRX rear calipers using BA brake adapters.
  • 02 WRX rear sway-bar.









April 2018

  • Merged bulkhead harness (iWIRE #271) that was previously in my 00 Impreza. I've also added AVCS. P̶l̶a̶n̶s̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶a̶ ̶G̶D̶B̶A̶/̶B̶ ̶E̶J̶2̶0̶7̶. Ended up with a GDBG EJ207.
  • Somewhat finished putting the dash back in.
  • Upgraded to a SVX BMC.






May 2018

Arrival of some parts.

  • FP Green HTZ.
  • ID1300x with PnP adapters.
  • Aeromotive 340LPH.
  • AEM MAP and IAT sensor.
  • EXEDY OE clutch kit.








June 2018

Found a set of GrimmSpeed ported exhaust manifolds with HiFlow crosspipe and STi braided brake hose set at a pick and pull, $23.



November 2018

Bought a RockSteady Tuning flex fuel kit.





December 2018

  • Widened the track to GD non-STi width.
    • 06 2.5i lateral links.
    • 04 WRX control arms and sway-bar.
  • 02-03 WRX lowering coil springs.
    • GD non-STi rear struts (gets rid of the positive camber because of GD lateral links).
    • GC4 front struts.
  • STi braided brake hoses.
The struts/springs will be replaced with 04 STi struts/springs in the future if I can get my hands on a set.












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"Since I want to use the R180 rear diff I would need custom axles that will allow me to use the R160 rear hubs. The solution was easy, suberdave custom races."

Same path I'd like to take.
 

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"Since I want to use the R180 rear diff I would need custom axles that will allow me to use the R160 rear hubs. The solution was easy, suberdave custom races."

Same path I'd like to take.

Got to be careful with which R160 axle you use though. Forgot I used a GD R160 axle while I still had the GG/GC/GM/GF track width. Had a hard time bolting the hubs back up to the lateral links. I ended up changing the track width to GD non-STi all around (IIRC 04 STi is still the same as WRX and 2.5RS/2.5i).
 

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Got to be careful with which R160 axle you use though. Forgot I used a GD R160 axle while I still had the GG/GC/GM/GF track width. Had a hard time bolting the hubs back up to the lateral links. I ended up changing the track width to GD non-STi all around (IIRC 04 STi is still the same as WRX and 2.5RS/2.5i).
My whiteline adjustable lat links will help me there. Still something to consider.
 

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EJ207 showed up. Ended up with a GDBG EJ207 instead of the GDBA/B EJ207 like I originally wanted. I guess I can take better cams, crank, and rods over just forged pistons. It was also cheaper.


$4k USD for a GDBA/B EJ207 :crazy:




 

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Took awhile to get the engine in because of some minor delays.

  • GC A/C compressor.
    • you HAVE to change the bracket.
  • replace oil pan (damaged during shipping).
    • Dorman 264-364 is a cheaper alternative to 11109AA15.
  • ceramic coat Grimm Speed exhaust manifolds, crosspipe, EWG uppipe.
  • metal turbo inlet (PITA to install, go rotated to save yourself a headache if you're going with a bigger turbo).
  • FP Green HTZ.
  • DIY stiffened engine mounts.
    • metal plates and 3m Windo Weld.








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Picked up some black interior pieces.





GAHHH where did you find all these?? Rs part out?

also, those rear door sill pieces are those what the sedan sills look like? they're identical to wagon if so, I need to find an rs sedan part out ASAP
 

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GAHHH where did you find all these?? Rs part out?

also, those rear door sill pieces are those what the sedan sills look like? they're identical to wagon if so, I need to find an rs sedan part out ASAP

Grabbed them from a 2.5RS part out. Sedan and Wagon sills are the same.
 

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DIY Map adapter, hybrid MAF adapter, BPV mod

Map adapter

  1. The pigtail can be purchased on Ballenger Motorsports. Part number is CONN-85700.
  2. I'll be using a 3.5 Bar AEM sensor. Since I don't have a tool to crimp the provided terminals I ordered a 3 wire coolant temperature sensor pigtail for a GM LS1.





Hybrid MAF adapter

  1. The pigtail can be purchased from Ballenger Motorsports. Part number is CONN-86059.
  2. I'll be using the OEM IAT sensor under the manifold. If you don't want to cut and re-solder the plug another option is to find and cut the EJ253 purge valve solenoid plug.





BPV mod

  1. On the body of the BPV, locate the boost signal and drill a 1/16" hole into it. Shake out metal shavings.
  2. Plug the old boost signal hole. I used an M5 shelf pin and some JB Weld.



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Getting pretty close to startup. Just waiting on my turbo to intercooler hose and a basemap.



  • Oil catch can
  • AEM 3.5bar map
  • TIAL 38mm EWG
  • P&L straight pipe
  • Rocksteady Tuning flex fuel kit
  • FHI 4-pot calipers
  • Innovate LC1 wideband
  • Auto Meter boost gauge
 

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Late update because I've been busy with moving and of course, lazy. The car was up and running by April 1st. Proceeded to plasti-dip it a week later. I regret not wrapping it instead.
Got the car tuned (CarBerry) while I was in WI but didn't get to finalize the Flex Fuel. 91oct @ 23PSI on a FP Green HTZ.







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