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THIS CAR IS A PIECE OF SHIT. page 5 on noob settings for the my most recent post.

Car is now swapped with a ver3 ej20k and tranny!

Hey Guys, I've been a longtime lurker here and I think its about time to put a build/journal together. First I'll introduce myself, my name is Neil. I'm 19, go to college at the university of maine, and I have a thing for subarus. My first car was a 2.5lgt automatic and when I was 16, I thought I was hot shit lol. Until i figured out that, "hey my car is really not that cool". I started lurking forums and starting getting into cars. I have since then realized that yea the leggy was cool, the RS/WRX/STI is the way to go.

This summer I picked up a '99 RS from a local guy, since my brother was getting my legacy car this winter. It definitely needed work and I think I picked up a lemon, in my eyes... At the time however, I didn't care. I got one of my dream cars. Over my time of ownership the car has had 2 bad wheel bearings, and going on its 3rd right now. Also had the rusty filler neck, rusty bumper beams i have to address... and the list goes on...and on....





very ugly face... notice ricey ebay lights, large grill/hood gap, janky hood clips, and stickers all over the hood...

--I immediately started de'ricing' the sorry car...!

-First real mod/de rice i did, was the removal of my wicked tight rally wing...

-i ended up buying a sedan trunk with a sedan wing (which i later got rid of).

-shortly after this lovely sight showed up...

-this was money i wanted for mods!!



about 3 weeks after buying the car I met Rick, (FLAT4AWD). A good friend of mine now, and a reason for why my car is in the place it is now.

Rick and I set to work on painting the doors of the car so I didn't look AS ridiculous...



-great debadging by rick lol

-This was the final result of our handy work!! It wasn't too bad for a couple of jabroni's that were working from 6pm til dark for 3-4 days.






-After paint this is what it looked like! change of color change of scenery lol


any feedback is welcome, i wanna hear it all. shit on the car, love the car, be neutral about the car. I wanna hear what you guys think. ALSO PLEASE ADMIRE HOW BAD IT LOOKED BEFORE!! Can't believe i bought that lol...
 

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Mileage: 63k on swap

ENGINE MODS:
-ver3 ej20k
-4.44 jdm tranny
-6s ecu
-cone filter of some sort
-sti catback

SUSPENSION:
-tein coilovers (stiff as a broner)
-wrx rear sway 19mm
-whiteline endlinks in the rear
-need 4/2pots badly

INTERIOR:
-JDM nardi wheel
-Egay white STi shift knob
-rubber shift boot
-JDM Tiger Stripe seats
-Custom no carpet/rusty floor
-All weather mats

EXTERIOR:
-V1/2 jdm aluminum hood
-ghetto blasted, truck bed-lined v5/6 (RS) bumper
-05 legacy wheels
-stock rs wing (used to be ugly rep wing)
-red painted tails
-JDM corner lights
-Egay fog covers
 

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happy thanksgiving ya'll!!

car is sitting 2 hours away with another bad wheel bearing (3rd while ive owned it)... I have an 06 rear diffuser, v5 lip and coupe spoiler to put on before winter. also adding a wrx sway when i get to pick it up!
 

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+1 man im a poor college student too lol. its hard maintaining and modding a car on a tight budget... i just had to dump $500 on a new hub and wheel bearing assembly :(

def get a drop next :banana:
 

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COngrats on the build man. has come a long way from when you first bought it no doubt. keep it up. I know what its like to be in college and still dump money into your car
 

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thanks for the kind comments, gives me something good to think about. Unlike my friends that shit on me for working on my car and my car having mishaps here and there...

Talking with a guy about bumper beams from a 96 outback. I'm assuming they are direct bolt up? Just making sure really. Also what kinda fab word can i do so they are like wicked light beams? I know it will affect structural integrity, but what about holding on the bumper. Has anyone experimented? thanks for feedback ahead of time
 

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Did you paint the car yourself? If do what did you use? It looks really good
i did some of the primer and prep, but that was it. I was out of time before I headed back to school so I had MAACO do it... You can tell where things got sloppy. This included the poorly bondoed quarters that the previous owner did, my beat up carbon fiber hood, and a couple other areas. Overall it was a $600 paint-job, it wasn't bad and I'm happy with it for now. Thanks for asking
 

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thanks guys, i got my coupe wing on now, waiting for the wheel bearing fix and a sway bar then i will feel better about my car. just feels so janky with all the noises its making... very disappointing
 

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Nice car, Im over at the university of newengland, we should meet up
definitely, over winter break i will be down in that neck of the woods! also check out mainelysubarus.com, lots of people from maine and nh with some sweet cars on there.

and maybe the previous owner talked my ear off? i dunno, ive never tried to figure out the specs on the tranny. very short gears however, shorter than the rs i believe.
 

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thanks guys, i got my coupe wing on now, waiting for the wheel bearing fix and a sway bar then i will feel better about my car. just feels so janky with all the noises its making... very disappointing
You shouldn't be going through wheel bearings like that. Either your knuclkles are bad, which is wearing out bearings fast...or you should find someone else to install them properly.
 

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pshhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Almost all of my "friends" are like this too. "Why don't you just buy a :insert random car here:"
"why is your car on jackstands?" "was there anything wrong with it before? why fix it?" "why dont you just buy something faster?" "all the car has to do is get from point a to point b why does it matter?"

My favorite has to be when my friend told me i was stupid for buying a manual car. are you shitting me?? how boring is driving automatic... god i hate my friends :curse::curse:

/rant
 
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