Before the April event, I sold my daily with the WRX wheels on Hankook snow tires that I used for events. But I bought some Silver RS wheels a while back to replace my winters. They got the new Hankook Winter Icept EVO 2 tires right before the event.
I removed the mudflaps. They were crooked and annoying for the time being. Won't be reusing them for a bit.
My serpentine belt was cracked and I thought I heard some squealing. Replaced the belt and added a Grimmspeed Lightweight Crank Pulley. I went with Grimmspeed because it is the heaviest of the lightweight crank pulleys. The lighter pulley allows me to rev match faster when downshifting and overall accelerate faster when the clutch is pushed in. On the tight corners I like to drift, I hold the clutch in, e-brake and shift to 1st while hitting about 5k RPMs before releasing clutch again. With the AWD, it pulls around dirt corners so well. I like the pulley, the car is a little more responsive and seems to idle smoother.
Tobias so far - $1,984
(WRX wheels/snow tires - -$400)
(Mudflaps - -$15)
= $1,569 ==
RS Wheels - $200
Hankook EVO 2 tires- $320
Grimmspeed Pulley - $110
Total Invested - $2,199
I am pretty happy with where the car is. I never thought I would have as much money invested in the car, but I did not initially think the car would perform so well and be so reliable. It keeps surprising me.
The radiator in the car is from my Outback Sport I sold a few months ago. I replaced the radiator in my wagon when the head gaskets went out.I was planning on driving that car forever, but plans changed.
Because I have frame damage in the front and the mounting points were not the same, the radiator was making contact with the bottom corner of the core support where it meets the driver frame.
The bottom of the picture is the valve cover. The top section is the frame running up the driver side of the car to the core support. You can see the crinkle in the frame. It caused the radiator to run into the frame. I saw it when I installed it, but meh. It lasted a year and I think it was leaking to begin with. The leak is on the passenger side fins, at the bottom.
I replaced the thermostat and coolant bypass hose while I was at it. Parts were cheap.
I will have a more detailed update this week. The next event on Sunday at a new track. Half asphalt, half dirt. I'm pretty excited.
Hey guys, figured I would post up some pictures of my swap as i'm coming to the turning point where I start putting it all back together again.
I should have been logging everything in order as I went but here is a photo dump to browse through
Exterior looks - This is how the car looks when I...
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So, this is my second RS. Not much else to say. All of the info from my first RS can be found here:
Equinox's Impreza 2.5 RS - Crashed - Subaru Impreza GC8 & RS Forum & Community: RS25.com
So. On with it.
This is my 1998 Impreza RS in Rally Blue Pearl. Look...
Always wanted to start a build thread but never had enough time or interesting things to write about. Now looking back I thought that I have something to share, some ideas for this season in local racing series, and it will be good to start a journal just for my own record and as a...
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owned this 2.5rs for about 7 years. Rushed to get it after selling my 08 wrx. Did not do a carfax on it, i just bought it with no research.
Later found out it was involved in an accident or 2, was pretty bummed about that. but i finally got a 2.5rs like i've always wanted.