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1998, EJ22, Impreza L Wagon
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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
*updated July 30th 2008*

Welcome to my Journal. This is going to be here so I can show my pride and Joy off, get some tips, maybe help some people with idea's, and to also keep a log as to what I do, when I do it, and what the outcome is.

The end result will with hope and money (lots of money) be to convert my 98L wagon into a JDM Version V STi wagon replica (excluding the right hand drive)

I have enjoyed her very much since i got her in the winter of 2002 with only 27K miles on her (no my parents didnt buy it for me i paid 8K for it why my great aunt died someone needed to buy the car so i did... even though i didnt know what a subaru was and thought it had something to do with that austrailian comercial guy... crocidile dunde) (please note i was 15 and very stupid). She has seem many better days which I will post. as of this post I am now 22 and LOVE my car and do plan one staying with subaru for a while.

To start with so the evolution can be shown I will be showing beginning to current images. Please critique as you see fit. (both good and bad).

*Summer 2003* - First official pictures
Mods - Window Stickers and CD Player

*12-1-2003* I told you I was 16. CAR vs Ditch. Ditch stays car limps home defeated

im not going to sugar coat it. i screwed up my dorifto no good o

one note about this... it was not trailered home. i drove it home 2.5miles like this... i was very impressed... that included backing out of the ditch.

damge cost $500

she did get fixed. same standard front bumper

*4-18-2004* New Intake installed - Cost $55 on ebay

This was my first power mod i went with... since i was on a budget i bought this from ebay. It was the BOMZ Racing CAI... i was happ and overjoyed that i was going to gain some power... well the first install went bad since apeaently there was a nipple not on the tube... no problem i took it to my high school fabricated a nipple for it welded it on and then put it on.

- PRO's - made my car sound agressive and the butt dyno said a gain
- CON's - at a dead stop and pushing the peddle all the way down the car bogged and hesitated
- Proven Gain - Unknowen but on Nasioc a member bought the same one and modded it the same way... dyno proven 10HP and 11TQ

*June 2004* Second Performance Mod. Borla Hush Cat back Exhuast - $490 installed from SpeedQuest Performance

Alright another performance mod. sweet

- Pro's - sounded ok no tin can rattle like a honda
- Con's - SpeedQuest installed it wrong the exhuast nearly came off on the ride home.. took it back they said "they dont fix exhuasts" so i fixed it myself with two washers a drill and two codder pins

*7-09-2004* First Suspension Mod front Strut Bar - Cost $35 on ebay

Hurray another mod... this one more simple 6 screw 10 mins and bam new mod on

*Feb 2005* Car vs Tree... have i mentioned i was 17 and an idiot. Winner tree... car limps home 1.7 miles no tow truck

Repair Cost - $4800

*5-13-2005* She is out of the shop and looking better - First body mod Vis racing Carbon Fiber Hood

*10-29-2005* Time for a Dyno Run done at P&L Motorsports

Mods - Borla Cat back, Bomz racing CAI. No tuning. 89 Octain

Motor had about 45000 miles on it

103HP 110TQ

*3-7-2006* Suspension upgrade KYB GR-2 Struts Perrin Tunner Sport lowering Springs

*5-29-2006* 3rd Performance mod - Perrin Lightweight crank Pulley ( Non underdriven)

Honestly i dont notice any difference

*11-12-2006* - new rims - WRX 16" Rims

*1-6-2007* - Engine Dress up time - Alluminum radiator cover

*1-25-2007* - 4th performance upgrade Injen Cold Air Intake

Pro - looks cool sound great a drop in my 1/4 mile from 17.2 - 16.9
con - possiblility of sucking up water

*3-28-2007* - Time for a face lift - Version V Front bumper, Version V rear Bumper, STi Lightweight Front bumper beam, Fog Light Covers

*4-11-2007* - Driver needs some loving too - STI Version V Front Seats

Pro - GOD I LOVE THESE fit me great
Con - passenger gets all the nobs and adjusting... i get crap

*present day* not many mods have been dont since

I have since the last photo's taken had to replace my head gaskets with custom made ones from Cometic, I have also replaced my Borla Exhuast with a local Shop custom... which was replace quickly by a Blitz Nur Spec R 3" why 3" cus i was going to go turbo but that fell through... oh well i love the sound. but its LOUD. I have also added some Version V STi Gold Rims.

Also i have a version V replica rear roof spoiler that i bought on ebay... it came with no brackets and i dont know how to install it... talked to subaru but they dont have a bracket for it... and the vendor wont return my calls or e-mail.
Also i have a rear waist spoiler off a version V stil i got from japan... need to get it painted and put on

Ill be updateing as time goes on and as i get time to do it. if you have any questions, opinions, or even crtisizem let me know

1998, EJ22, Impreza L Wagon
6 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
The fog lights are what apearently came from subaru... i know its weird i never got that black cover for them or my aunt had removed them??

I have updated with all the latest goodies i have

4,588 Posts
haha first a ditch and then a tree. Keep up the good work on the wagon. You could use some JDM sideskirts with the aero mud guards.

Premium Member
98 OBS, Black/Grey
2,724 Posts
haha first a ditch and then a tree. Keep up the good work on the wagon. You could use some JDM sideskirts with the aero mud guards.
what he said.

P.S. I have some aero guards for sale.

Premium Baller
94 WRX, '11 R6 race bike
5,738 Posts
very nice progress, the car looks really good right now

sucks about the accidents though dude, must have been a pain.

hopefully no more trees will get in your way, that bumper beam would just crumble

01 STM RS EJ257, 6MT, Brembos
2,033 Posts
Freakin' awesome wagon. You have made fantastic progress with it. It is really a head turner.
By the way, that accident with a tree happened to me as well. Same spot, same damage. There's more info about it in my journal.
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