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    Impreza2.0's "another try at a build thread" thread (caffeine free!?)

    2002 WRX with a lot already done, some of you know me, a lot of you don't and will think this is pointless... but what the heck.


    My mods list isn't really going to help, it will fall into the explanation of what is going on.
    here it is for those who find the surrounding parts curious here or there:
    Comprehensive WRX Modification List

    Presently the body/frame mods are being completed.

    Parts stacked and waiting:

    Cusco rear swaybar brace/diffuser bracket
    Cusco T chassis braces
    Cusco length-adjustable trailing arms
    TIC forward trailing arm bushings and bolts
    TSSFabrications 4130crmo trailing arm mounts
    2005 OEM new WRX rear differential cradle
    Whiteline differential and subframe lockdowns
    Whiteline differential bushings
    Perrin Crosslock front subframe
    SPT H chassis brace
    Stance rear forward differential mount bushings
    Kartboy rear shifter stay bushing
    Kartboy rear shifter lower bushings
    replacement TWM forward lower shifter bushings
    GoodRidge stainless brake lines
    Hawk HPCeramic pads x8
    Motul RBF500+ fluid
    GBA master cylinder cap keeper
    possibly replacing a rotor -StopTech cryo'd slotted cross-drilled x4 already installed
    Cusco brake master cylinder brace already installed

    recently replaced autometer cluster pod with SMYClusterMaker pod, and ATI dash pod with Cheetah Enterprises/Kakumei carbon fiber pod
    replaced all AutoMeter gauges with MV2 Swiss stepper mov't intelligent electronic gauges and installed Alpha electroluminescent overlay
    replaced knockoff ARC Ti ball shift knob with Autobahn Kraftwerks carbon 115mm 300gm collared knob

    all of the above is being installed along with the following:

    rear C rails must be cut from datum points 210 to 225 between the trailing arm mount end and the bumper beam, and will be replaced with a graft from a 2005 WRX STi. The wheelbase will be 2" wider x 2" longer overall. Probably not something I will ever notice. From what the companies involved are saying, the car will be considerably more stable at cruising speed, and less effected by wind.

    also installing a Mine's trunk lip spoiler downforce multiplier.

    I'm frustrated that no one uses that piece correctly.
    it is intended to be used in conjunction with a spoiler, either the ProDrive version or an STi RalliSpec (tall) wing spoiler. Used alone it creates drag and understeer at high speeds due to a lift vortex that the Cusco vortex generator cannot foil. I'd go wingless before i did that...lol

    pics as it happens. spoiler and shifter pics coming. i'll be installing the matching brake handle, the Momo blue/black pitstop is getting trashed.

    Last edited by Impreza2.0; 03-26-2013 at 06:26 AM.

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    Last night got the Mines' deck extension completed, with a space heater and a tube of DAP Hi-Temp Wet/Dry Silicone - Black.

    Cheap method that works best... the windshield spoiler just above it has been there 5 years. Silicone is everything. It protects the tape from UV and moisture degradation. I think it might also have some adhesive properties, but I am not prepared to test that.


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    Fellow emailed me and is sending a corrected piece.

    Ordered a Forge piece just in case.

    Lets see if THIS one will fit.




    The design idea here is to create a totally mirror finished surround for the turbo. This would negate the need for a blanket and shield, and in fact reduce weight and improve looks all at once. The last piece to finish will be the solenoid cover with side plate. A firewall mounted plate is too easy to fab to sell. It would not require welding, so anyone with a metal cutter can go to town on some Al sheet and make the 270deg shield into a 360deg skirt.

    With nothing blocking air passage, the turbo will stay much cooler I am sure. The intake design was very successful and certainly left room for this.
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    hole, waiting for the tank...

    various other covers and a lot of dirt...

    HID Hella fogs (Micro2 SD Xenon)

    Carbon addiction begins to creep into the interior.

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    I really like this build! Looking great!
    Speed never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you. -Jeremy Clarkson

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    Hey thanks, motivation is the key.

    6 more hours of grinding and wire wheeling:

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    This is a picture a friend took while following me to the paint shop.
    I guess that explains how things worked out.
    4" wider overall, 1" longer, near to stock ride height, and unreal around corners.
    325hp is a nice easy power level to drive daily with decent fuel economy, and the stereo is bonkers.
    The security system offers a few nice features in the heat, with autorollup and startup (A/C left on)

    Pics like crazy when she's HOK Kameleon PSM/CGM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impreza2.0 View Post
    Hey thanks, motivation is the key.

    6 more hours of grinding and wire wheeling:
    this definitely motivates me!
    i hope my Shoopster will look that nice one day
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    Couple of things came up at the shop. My side skirts and suspension are shot.
    No one feels like trying to rebuild them, so they are being replaced.
    Ohlin reverse mount dampers and their in-house spring sets. I think this will be +1/-2" adjustable, but don't quote me. I want 3/4" below stock ride height +/1 for corner balancing on the + side preferably.
    Side skirts ordered are Kakumei WRC replicas, they will be shaved a little to blend in to the ChargeSpeed bumper profile, and painted at the same time as the rest of the car. This delayed picking it up for a good while, but will be worth the wait. At this point, I lost my patience enough to be able to keep it this time.

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    Yesterday I got a chance to see all those parts installed. The car looks aweful, but it is functional. Next is to clean it up and paint it.

    I'll be posting pics as the rebuild progresses.

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    Lots of progress!
    No longer looking awful, the chassis is cleaned up, and to complete the suspension we ordered:

    Subaru Genuine Parts front strut mount spherical bushings
    Subaru STi Group N front strut mounts (why not use the same on all 4?)
    Whiteline forged rear sway mount brackets

    The alignment and bracing ought to be buttoned up within the next couple of weeks, and as that progresses so does the body panel fitment.

    It was fun to cruise by and see some KW coilovers through the wheels' spokes. I am definitely excited to see how it drives.

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    UPS is dropping off my front strut mounts today.
    I have spherical bearings waiting at the tops of my shocks, so dropping these into place and torqueing them down is all that's left before the car is a complete rolling chassis.
    Pics coming where possible.

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    that should be the last parts for the suspension. I hope.

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    All done, off to Subaru for FLCA installation and state inspection.

    Lexus LF White Pearl,

    4" wider,

    300 lbs lighter,

    160 more horses than the factory intended.

    so stoked.

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