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Michelle
1999 Aspen White 2.5RS Coupe
5 speed
199k miles
CA BAR'ed
Feb 2, 2012 - Current






MODS

Engine / Drivetrain

  • 2002 WRX engine swap by LIC
  • Helix Up pipe
  • Ceramic Coated Down Pipe w/ Divorced Wastegate
  • Magnaflow PE Full Titanium catback (resonated version)
  • K&N Air Filter
  • Fumoto Oil Drain Valve
  • Grimmspeed Air/Oil Separator
  • STi Engine and Transmission Mounts
  • Blue Prodrive Battery Bar
  • Steel Throwout Bearing Shaft Adapter (Remedies notched clutch engagement)
  • Exedy HD clutch
  • Kartboy Short shifter w/ Front/Rear Bushings
  • Legacy Rear Differential with LSD
Suspension / Brakes

  • ISC N1 Coilovers; Trust Bearings, Rear Camber Plates, Rear Damper Extenders
  • JDM STi Carbon Fiber Front Strut Bar
  • Cusco Carbon Fiber Rear Strut Bar
  • Cusco Front Underbrace
  • Whiteline Adjustable Rear Sway Bar
  • Whiteline Front and Rear Endlinks
  • Whiteline Forged Aluminum Rear Sway Bar Mounts
  • Whiteline 22mm Aluminum Sway Bar Lateral Locks
  • Whiteline Polyurathane Steering Rack Bushings
  • Whiteline ALK
  • WRX Front Subframe w/ WRX Front Brakes
  • Mintex Brake Pads
  • Goodridge Steel Braided Brake Lines
  • my4isflat Fender Braces
Exterior

  • TSX Retrofits with Matsushita Gen V Ballasts and Philips 85122+ D2S bulbs
  • McGard Black Spline Drive Lugnuts (dunno where to put this...)
  • Genuine CWest Front Lip
  • Bakemono CF High Rise Hood Scoop (paint matched)
  • Bakemono CF 22b Vents (paint matched)
  • JDM Crystal Ambers
  • JDM V6 Grille (pillar-less mod)
  • JDM V6 STi Fog Light Covers
  • JDM Rear Spats
  • JDM Genuine Front Aerogaurds
  • JDM Tail Lights
  • STi Rear Diffuser with Cusco mount
  • Kakumei Carbon Fiber Rear Window Wing
  • Coupe / Replica v6 STi wing

Interior

  • Evo 8 Recaros
  • 05 STi Steering Wheel
  • STi ebrake Handle
  • 02 WRX Lower Center Console with Aluminum STi Trim
  • Zealous Black Alcantara w/ Red Stitching Shift Boot and ebrake Boot
  • Forester Dual Cup Holder <3
  • WRX Intermittent Wiper Stalk
  • Rear Impreza LX 60/40 Seats (waiting to reupholster)
  • LED Map, Dome, and Trunk lights
  • OEM TRUNK LIGHT OMG!
  • OEM Impreza Cargo Tray
  • OEM Impreza Sedan Rear Cargo Net
  • OEM STi Floor Mats
  • OEM STi Aluminum Pedals w/ Dead Pedal
  • OEM Impreza Key Light Ring
Audio

  • Alpine CDE-133BT
  • Four (4) Alpine SPR-60 6.5" Speakers
  • Stock Underseat Sub
  • Kartboy Speaker Spacers
Wheels

  • Bronze Volk TE37 5x100 17x8 +38 w/ 215/45/17 Bridgestone S-04 Pole Positions
  • -1.8° F, -1.4° R, 0 Toe
  • Kosei K1-TS 5x100 17x7 w/ 215/45/17 Dunlop tires
Previous Wheels/Tires

  • Kosei K1-TS 5x100 17x7 w/o tires
  • Gold Advan RCII 5x100 17x8.5 +45
  • Pearl White Advan RCII 5x100 17x8.5 +45 w/ 235/40/17 BFGoodrich G-Force Sport
  • Bronze Volk TE37 5x100 17x8 +38 (2nd set)

Parts Pile

  • Custom Passenger's Fog Light Cover
  • Grimmspeed Antenna Delete Plate and Antenna
  • WRX sideskirts extended to fit RS chassis (awaiting a way to mount it)
  • Triple Center Gauge Pod
  • Bakemono CF s201 Side Mirrors
  • 22b Aluminum Coupe Door Sills / Kick Panels
  • Koni Adjustable Struts / Eibach springs



Table of Contents

  • Intro
  • 11/21/11 - Installed Evo 8 Recaros
  • 11/27/11 - Adjusted Recaros and installed Crystal Ambers
  • 12/21/11 - Prepping, painting and wrapping Borla Reps
  • 12/21/11 - PARTS!!!
  • 12/24/11 - TSX Retrofit, Matsushita Ballasts, Philips 85112+ bulbs, v6 rep lip, ISC N1, strut bars install
  • 12/26/11 - Trunk light, interior LEDs, and yellow fog light film
  • 12/31/11 - Full exhaust install
  • 01/07/12 - STi rear diffuser with Cusco mount, and JDM rear spat install
  • 01/08/12 - SNOW FOAM!
  • 01/14/12 - JDM Tails
  • 01/27/12 - Replica Fog light covers and 22b vents
  • 02/13/12 - Interior Dress Up.
  • 02/25/12 - ADVANS!
  • 03/03/12 - Kartboy SS, RIPT alcantara boots
  • 03/20/12 - Kakumei carbon fiber rear window wing
  • 04/01/12 - Welder, Grinder, DA, Bondo, and paint. s202 wing going on.
  • 04/04/12 - Rear Impreza LX 60/40 seats
  • 04/08/12 - VOLKS!
  • 04/21/12 - s202 wing
  • 05/12/12 - Semi-wingless - M3 style trunk lip
  • 05/26/12 - JDM V6 grill and Hella Supertones
  • 05/30/12 - Dents be GONE! and paint matched Bakemono CF High Rise hoodscoop
  • 06/08/12 - Tsudo resonated track pipe and Alpine goodies
  • 06/11/12 - Painting - CWest lip, sideskirts, and rear spats
  • 06/17/12 - Painted parts put on.
  • 06/30/12 - Volk mirage.
  • 09/17/12 - Aspen Love!
  • 10/07/12 - Goodbye, farewell Melanie. You will be missed.
  • 10/20/12 - New door, Cusco rear sway bar bushing, Prodrive battery bar
  • 10/21/12 - 02 WRX Lower Center Console Install
  • 12/18/12 - Interior update
  • 12/18/12 - Modified v6 Grilles and Genuine v6 Fog Light Covers
  • 02/02/13 - BOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTT
  • 02/20/13 - Magnaflow PE FULL Titanium catback
  • 05/19/13 - Volk and Coilover Re-install
  • 06/01/13 - Bakemono CF s201 side mirrors, my4isflat fender braces, CWest lip and front JDM Aeroguards
  • 06/01/13 - What an authentic v6 lip looks like.
  • 06/15/13 - Whiteline HD rear sway bar mounts, and extra parts.
 

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-=PREVIOUS CARS=-

Hey everyone! My name's Carl and I've been a Subaru owner ever since day 1 of driving, and I'm sure I'll always own at least one Subaru my whole life. I love these cars!

I've always wanted a 2.5RS from the get go, but they were all salvage titled back when I was shopping for my first car in 2004. My parents wanted me to get a Honda, but I was able to talk them into letting me get a Subaru - AWD is safe amirite?! I was a fortunate high school kid. My parents bought me a 4eat (sadtimes) 02 WRB WRX at the start of my senior year as a present. I knew how fortunate I was, so I took very good care of it. It was after all, the most expensive possession I had... still is, haha. Modded it very very slowly. After 7 years or so I finally had her looking how I wanted.

Michelle had very many styles, but here was he latest:



Throughout the years of owning her, I always complained about driving an automatic car. As much as I wanted a manual from the start my parents wouldn't allow it since they figured that I would leave the car at home, so they can drive it, when I went to college. Nothing became of that since I always had the car with me.

Ideally, I wanted an RS for the lower car insurance rate, better gas mileage, cheaper gas, and ultimately because I've always wanted one. So, once I bought the RS, I'd have to sell my beloved Michelle.

At the end of this summer I decided that I would part out my WRX in hopes to make enough money for a 2.5RS. I made about $4800 parting mostly everything out. I kept a few items that I wanted to transfer over to the RS. I had money saved up as well, since I'd have to pay California prices for the car -_-

Spent a good month scouring CL, Nasioc, i-club, and here every day for an RS to buy. While parting out my car I found about four great prospects, but since I didn't have all the money there was nothing I could do. After seeing three RS' in horrible shape and for at least $6500 minimum, I started to lose hope. I knew that finding "the right car" would take time, but I was impatient. I was sooo close, yet so far. Luckily for me, one Saturday, I decided to check CL and low and behold, a clean looking RS appeared. I immediately called the guy and set up a meet for the following morning. Like all the rest, I was STOKED! I didn't get too excited since the track record wasn't so hot.

Met the guy on Sunday, Nov 13th, in the morning and checked out the car. The seller turned out to be a previous Subaru mechanic and is now a Service writer. In my head I was ecstatic; Some one who actually knew how to maintain a car! He told me that he just rebuilt the engine because the previous owner's radiator hose popped and he continued to run the engine, eventually over heating it. Since he rebuilt the motor, he installed new head gaskets, timing belt, PS pump, everything, and clutch. Since he worked at Subaru he got all parts at cost, so why not go with OEM stuff.

The car checked out visually, and through CarFax. The guy I bought it from owned it for a total of three weeks. He pretty much flipped the car since he had the mechanical know how. I ended up paying a great price for it - well below everyone else's price, and in the best mechanical shape I'd say. Win win, I was going to buy it! I would be the third owner. Best part is that the original owner bought the car from Springfield, Illinois and brought it to California. I'm from Naperville, Illinois, so this was the icing on the cake.

My friend had to drive it home for me since I haven't really driven manual that much. Only parked a couple friend's Civics, Evo's, STi's, etc down the street. We drove slow since I didn't have insurance on her yet, but we made it home.

May I introduce, Melanie!











My only gripe is that, since he worked at a Subaru dealership, he had the guys there detail the car. She could use a real detail job as there's a lot of swirl marks from the "work" that the porter's did. As evident in the pictures :barf:

I have a list of parts that I want to buy after I sell off my WRX, so I'll update it time goes on. I won't have a super exciting build, but I wanted to document my 'build' since I didn't do so for my WRX. Maybe after a few years, this will get exciting when I can afford an STi swap, haha.

I plan on buying coilovers, wheels, full exhaust, and JDM tails once my WRX sells. The rest I'll save as emergency money. Even though the car looks great, you never know when buying a used car. But I'll hope for the best *knock on wood.


Melanie
2001 Sedona Red Pearl 2.5RS Coupe
5 speed
124k miles
Nov 2011 - Sept 2012



MODS

Engine
-Borla Reps - VTH'ed, DEI Ti wrapped, and DEI silicone sprayed
-Tsudo resonated track pipe
-Stromung dual tip catback
-STi rubber exhaust hangers


Exterior
-JDM Crystal Ambers
-TSX retrofits with Matsushita Gen V Ballasts and Philips 85122+ D2S bulbs
-McGard black spline drive lugnuts (dunno where to put this...)
-Yellow Fog Light film
-STi rear diffuser with Cusco mount
-JDM Rear Spats
-JDM tail lights
-HT Autos fog light cover
-HT Autos replica 22b vents
-Kakumei carbon fiber rear window wing
-Second trunk with s202 wing
-M3 style rear trunk lip
-Bakemono CF High Rise hood scoop (paint matched)
-JDM V6 grill
-Genuine CWest front lip


Interior
-Evo 8 Recaros
-05 STi steering wheel
-TRUNK LIGHT OMG!
-LED Map and Dome lights
-Forester dual cup holder <3
-Intermittent wiper stalk
-Impreza cargo tray
-Kartboy Short shifter w/ front/rear bushings
-RIPT black alcantara w/ red stitching shift boot and ebrake boot
-STi ebrake handle
-Rear Impreza LX 60/40 seats (waiting to reupholster)
-Impreza Sedan rear cargo net


Audio
-Alpine CDE-133BT
-(4) Alpine SPR-60 6.5" speakers
-stock underseat sub
-Kartboy speaker spacers


Suspension
-Cusco adjustable rear sway bar with Perrin endlinks
-JDM FHI carbon fiber front strut bar
-Cusco carbon fiber rear strut bar
-ISC N1 coilovers with thrust bearing


Wheels
-Bronze Volk TE37 5x100 17x8 +38 w/ 235/40/17 BFGoodrich G-Force Sport
-Bronze Volk TE37 5x100 17x8 +38 (2nd set)
- -2.2° F, -1.7° R, 0 Toe


Previous Wheels/Tires
-Gold Advan RCII 5x100 17x8.5 +45
-Pearl White Advan RCII 5x100 17x8.5 +45 w/ 235/40/17 BFGoodrich G-Force Sport



-Boring for now, but a blast to drive!-


??????
2000 Aspen White 2.5RS Coupe
5 speed
Sept 2012 - Feb 2013


 

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Nice stuff man.
Thanks! I can't wait to sell my WRX - it'll be bitter sweet really. But, I can't wait to get coilovers and wheels for the RS.

Nice! Now sell me that wingless trunk for my SRP lol
I've been thinking of selling the wingless. I just love the look of the coupe wing, and my WRX was wingless for 90% of me owning her. The wing holes were welded and repainted :D


On a side note: Got the Recaros in. I have them mounted on Sparco mounts with a 1 inch spacer to bring the overall height back to WRX seat specs. I'm in a pickle though. The RS seats do sit lower then stock WRX seats, but since these are buckets, I still sit a tad bit lower then the RS seats. I'm not sure if I should leave it as is, or completely remove the spacers and sit loooooooow. My friend's say I sit "high" when they look through the door, so maybe I'll take out the spacer this weekend and try it out.

My friend's HATE the Recaro's in the RS. In order to adjust the back, you need to turn a knob, so it's not easy getting into the back seat, haha.


Should be swapping my Cusco sway bar and Perrin endlinks from the WRX to the RS this coming weekend as well. Would've had it done with the seat swap, but I forgot to buy new sway bar bushings x.x Also have to clean up the WRX some more to get her ready to sell :(
 

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Congrats on the RS! I replaced my '04 WRX with an '01 RS and never looked back, I'm sure you'll do the same.
 

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Congrats on the RS! I replaced my '04 WRX with an '01 RS and never looked back, I'm sure you'll do the same.
I'm loving every second of it!

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Lowered the seats this weekend, and it feels a whole lot better!

Also, ran into trouble with the alarm system. The seller lost the remote, so after I disconnected the battery (tried installing my STi steering wheel), the alarm disabled the car. :( Ended up disconnecting the alarm all together. I'll wait until my WRX sells to buy a Clifford. STi wheel will go in once I find an 02/03 airbag charge to use - when people reply to my PMs in their part out threads, haha. Hopefully it'll be soon because I love the feel of that steering wheel.

Oh yah, Crystal ambers = teh s3x

 

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Picked up some Borla Reps from a friend a week ago, and started working on it last weekend. In hopes of avoiding a CEL, I am going to spray the headers with VHT header paint, wrap it with DEI titanium wrap, then coat it with DEI silicone spray on top. Probably over doing it, but I'm bored and it's a fun little project.

Some of the materials:



I have no idea how people get away with using 1-1.5 rolls - I had to use 3 o_O

I wasn't too happy with 3 spot welds on the outside of the flanges, so I had a friend of mine weld it up. I'd say he did a great job!



A little scotch brite and some elbow grease:



Painting:



Finished wrapping:



I will have to finish the silicone coating on Friday as it'll be my first free day this week.

Can't wait to get the boxer rumble back!
 

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Also...

Sold my WRX three weeks ago. I'm surprised as well because it only took me three days, and one potential buyer to sell it. I got close to KBB, and my asking price, so I was happy. Hopefully he is as well!

Ordered some parts and the big ticket items arrived in the mail over the past few days. With my WRX, I bought all my upgrades months after each other, so having a small "parts pile" is pretty exciting :D



JDM FHI Carbon Fiber front strut bar, and Cusco rear Carbon Fiber strut bar. Thanks Michael! I LOVE Cusco, and their rear strut bar is seksi. Apparently it's pretty rare as well, yes/no?



New Stromung dual tip catback from boxer4racing!



ISC N1 coilovers with thrust bearings from AWJ Performance. It was a pleasure working with them, always answered any questions quick and promptly, zero complainst!



I have more parts coming in the mail, so the next few weekends will be busy, hehe :rotflmao:

I plan on tackling the, front lip, coilovers, and strut bars this Friday. As well as putting in better ballasts and bulbs in my retrofits that I bought/traded for. I'll post pictures when I'm happy with the light output, as of now - it sucks x.x
 

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As planned, I was able to get some wrench time on my car this Friday.

Installed the lip first, which was simple and quick.

Installed Matsushita GenV ballasts, and Philips 85122+ bulbs. The light output is 1000x better then the cheap ebay stuff that it originally had.

It wasn't my first rodeo, so the coilovers went in rather easily. It has been about 7 years since I last played around with ride height, so that took me a lot longer then the actual install, haha. Two complaints about the ISC coilovers - (a) there's no mounting tab for the front abs line and (b) the rear brake line bracket is at an awkward angle. Other then that, the ride is excellent. I had Cusco Zero 2Rs on my old WRX, which were their track version, so this time I opted for the Street Sport.

I haven't dialed in the ride height yet, seeing as it should settle a little more. It's drive-able and ready for my trip to see family for Christmas tomorrow.

Stock Height:



ISC coilovers:

-Slammed front because I had no idea which "height" to set it at, and stock rear. It was getting dark so I left it alone lol



-Height semi adjusted - raked forward a little bit, but I hope the rear will settle nicely:





Here's the rear Cusco carbon fiber strut bar:



Retros:



That's it for this weekend. Hopefully I'll get the Borla Reps and Stromung on my car next weekend!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
 

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Oh you bitch with the retros...... oh yea did I mentioned that I never got a CEL from exhaust and headers. Just fyi if you are doing it right lol.
 

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Oh you bitch with the retros...... oh yea did I mentioned that I never got a CEL from exhaust and headers. Just fyi if you are doing it right lol.
I bought the Stromung HFC that was on iclub, so I won't have any CEL issues. Deciding if I should just go track pipe though....hmm....

I might also consider selling the retros in the future haha. I want some FXR bixenons so I can have high beams again.
 

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I bought the Stromung HFC that was on iclub, so I won't have any CEL issues. Deciding if I should just go track pipe though....hmm....

I might also consider selling the retros in the future haha. I want some FXR bixenons so I can have high beams again.

Track pipe will make your shit drone. So what, those headlights don't have high beams?? Wtf??
 

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Nice to see another SRP, though it was going to be a dying color

I like all your mods so far
 

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I want that trunk. And how do you like the isc's?
The ISC's are great! Definitely more comfortable then my Cusco Zero 2R's I had on my WRX. I might have to contact AJW though. I tried to adjust the dampening on my struts, and the driver's side rear doesn't "click" when I adjust it. Other then that, I'll have to wait for my wheels before I lower the car some more.

Track pipe will make your shit drone. So what, those headlights don't have high beams?? Wtf??
Nope, no high beams. TSX projectors are just the low beams. You need BiXenon for both high and low beams, hence the FXRs. I never really used my high beams with the HIDs, the cutoff and light output is just toooooo good to need highs.

Nice to see another SRP, though it was going to be a dying color

I like all your mods so far
Thanks! I can't say that it was my first choice, as if I had one lol. It's growing on me though. It's tough to decide what color wheels to get get - I'm not a fan of black. Gold is great, but played out. I'd like white, but I've seen mixed outcomes when it comes to white on SRP.

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I have a few more things to work on this weekend, and hopefully I'll be able to get some updated photos. Once I get wheels, Melanie will sit as she is for awhile - spent enough to get her how I'd like her to be.

I'm trying to find some wheels but the options are limited right now. Ideally, I'd like some 17x8 +38 Volk TE/LE37s, but those are a dime a dozen, and I cannot justify spending $3k for them new.

Some options include:
-gold Advan RCII 17x8.5 +45
-silver Advan TCII 17x8.5 +45
-silver/powdercoated white RPF1 17x8 +45

I've never seen people run the TCII on RS' so I'm contemplating getting those because of that. I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the hollow spokes though. I'm not afraid they'll break, but I don't want water to accumulate in the crevices causing possible problems. And yes, I realize that once I drive the said water will fall out... eh.
 
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