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    tirerob's MBP WagonX build up ball of thread.

    Well here we go, I finaly get around to building a build thread. would have started a bit sooner but i got the mod n fix bug worse than my old camaro(which was a second day job keeping it together as a daily driver) I just had to dig in, felt kinda outta place to stare at a car in my garage and not do Something with it.
    Thankfully my little wagon came with a host of suprises right from the dealership. loose radiator hose after timing belt and water pump install. leaky fuel lines. baldish tires. Oh my

    But damm if that wasnt just the start of it. ive done a few mods, fixed a few problems. changed a few things around just enough to call it 'my car'. and its great. future plans now are for getting out of the hard parts and into electronic tuning(with much help from the club) but those tools are still in the wish list. heck, at this point, my wish list needs its own build thread. oh wait...i can do that!

    the list of things to come:

    first and most important; Tatrix cable and a small capable laptop for tuning. and for books on tuning. my dinosaur laptop is capable but has issues. want something a little newer and more reliable for tuning. maybe by the time ive got a cable....my phone will be able to tune remotely.

    2. Grimmspeed Exaust. pnp factory iron headers to matching grimm cross pipe(got the up pipe already in) the new downpipe and finish with deleting the resonator.
    3. Borla Hush. finish up 2 with some shiny class. had borla mufflers on cars for the last 20 years. most, i can still shine to mirrors with a bit of cleaner. others...i sold with the cars lol.
    4. guage finish. have a boost gauge in, but if i am going to be tuning i need more than a code reader. so that leaves a need for WB02 and a pyrometer, plus probably a fuel pressure gauge. maybe more but the wb02 and pyro for sure.
    5. new head unit. the factory 6disk is nice i suppose but i want digital storage or device controll. that, and outputs for loud...ive got a locker of stereo to install and no real way to get a clean signal to it. low on the priorities list but its days are numbered!
    6. probably should be number 2 after Tatrix. clutch! i love the way mine feels, its a heavy foot(possibly aftermarket) and grabs like hell, but it studders like crazy and gets worse after city driving for more than half a hour. youz gotz to go to!
    7. new drivers seat cover. got the usually expected wear and tear from being a rental car. (who rents out a turbo car anyway??) so replace drivers side seat cover and good. the rest of my interior isnt to bad at all suprisingly.
    8. fab or pod for the new guages. unsure at this point.
    9. paint! body repairs and paint! minor dent under the fuel door and hella bad rock chipping on the nose and hood. add a splitter up front and a difuzer in the rear plus a waist spoiler. why, dunno. i like the look of the mid wing?
    10. maybe some moar low. id like to set the nose down about .75" or so to match fender highth with the rears and give the stance a bit of a rake. that or a shallow drop kit that levels the car the same way. probably keeping struts for the roads around here, i already like the way they ride.
    11. hid. eithor morette's or jdm. kill deer in the road with laser beams if i can. need more bright!
    12. bump for race engine.
    13. bump for first scca solo event. i was sure id get one in this year with my friends over on the west side of the state but probably not. sokay, gives me the winter to get prepared for solo2 nest year. might take that long to figure out the rulebook on class specs, even with scca veteran friends.

    well, thats the long list. now for some pics. most are past pics but ill get em sorted out eventually!



    the day i picked it up, keeping good company

    Last edited by tirerob; 08-21-2013 at 11:56 PM.
    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
    Rob

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    hmmmm come on picasa. work for me.



    hmm again. alas, i shall rest and try again on the morrow. this, or skewer the machine with a lance! ....or something

    Last edited by tirerob; 08-21-2013 at 07:46 PM. Reason: pictures must LIVE!!
    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
    Rob

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    pics arent working for me

    id like some pics of the hush and maybe an exhaust clip, outside car and inside cabin if you have time

    check out the koji headlight mod, very easy to do, very inexpensive and looks awesome as an end result until u want to get jdm headlights, since youre on the waiting list for morettes lol.
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    yup, picasa fail, switching to flikrrrrrrrr. i love the koji mod lights! and whats this about the waiting list....boooooo lol. as far as the exaust goes, im still bone stock with polish.

    oh, on a happy note. 3 of 4 mechanics at my shop drive subies. two 2000ish legacy ob and my wrx. the other guy? nuffin. borrowing the boss's buick while he looks for a subie
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    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
    Rob

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    alrighty, got the pic thing straightened out. had to call in a ringer(thanks B!!!) woo pics!


    my drive home today. and my pull road as well...provided its not blocked with slow tractors lol.
    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoopster View Post
    heck yaaah! subscribed!
    Woo thanks! Yayaya pics. This is fun now that I have the hang of it.
    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
    Rob

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    some of my first work on the WagonX

    new plugs.


    day three. now this is also with really leaking fuel lines and loose radiator hoses. thats about the time i stopped Google-lurking the club and signed up.




    this was a hellova trip. four hour trip for Onstar FMV install. twenty minutes out i get two rock chips right next to the mirror mount, passing truck. get to the shop and the tech says...cant do it. the mirror is to heavy. (what???? four hour trip gone to heck?) oh wait...the jiffy lube across the parking lot fixes chips. get em patched and we'll stay late. COOL! so that done i head back and they do a great rush install job. meantime, im in the parking lot changing kTwn's sparkplugs to kill time. pity i only killed 45 minutes.
    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
    Rob

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    then, Christmas bonus check came.



    yay box of first mods! heavily researched vs-wallet. turned out good. also, in tearing out the plastic turbo intake i fixed the last of the leaky fuel lines


    even cleaned up the intercooler for reinstall.
    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
    Rob

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    oh yes. the snow. the day me and the wife drove the two day trip that should have been a seven hour drive to get my car, then the not as bad packed ice on the way back lead me to buy my first set of tires. slightly oversized from stock at 225-50-16 and left unstudded these got me around fine all winter. even facing some staggering snow drifts later at the house.



    what i got with the car vs my new firestone winterforce. had a set on my camaro and even unstudded i rarely had trouble with snow. ice....well that car had a bent differential tube so it never drove great winter. but still, these are inexpensive enough and do a great job. glad i have them for the hole season this year.

    because snowmobil
    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
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    good by to bad design. hello spool!

    so now i have this lol



    i am glad i kept everything though. almost all the parts i replaced have been re purposed into other cars. my intercooler y-pipe went to kTwn, factory sub and hollowed out factory up pipe went to my friend in bozeman for finding my car for me.
    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
    Rob

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    had a small fitment error mounting my old front speakers in the doors.






    a little bit of time with a drumel and a razor blade and tada. custom brackets to mount nearly 7" 6.5" cadence speakers. and i say barely on the back(window clearence) front(door panel) and sides(panel again.) lotsa trimming but wort it for the bigger sound.

    the rear doors got the same panel plating of dynomat and a little pair of poineer 4's until i make the head unit and system upgrade. but even just this made a difference. little steps lol
    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
    Rob

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    i couldnt handle looking at this anymore



    and i think this was at about two months ownership. i needed badges, so i chose the hawkeye set. problem was, they were set up backwards on the alignment panel they came on(very nice btw, got them from subie)



    better. first exterior mod. just had to align them by eye....


    not nearly as crocked as the picture looks.
    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
    Rob

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    Like the progress so far! Best to get it running to your standards before you make is faster!
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    Thanks! ....speaking of better running. here's where the warnings of small work places, hardened vacuum lines, ans sharp edges begin to take a price on the hands lol. i have had a returning cel that i couldnt hammer down. neithor could the dealer that sold me the car. evep leak, small. so they replaced the gas cap and cleared. for a while anyway. in fact, so did i. then, while replacing the turbo inlet, cut up like so which enabled removal without intake...


    i run into this while removing the alternator.



    oh lookie. a empty vacuum fitting! ...Oh my! a broken vacuum hose! right behind the alt. hmmm, where does this go?



    oh? call in help from a subie dealer? sure! hey, parts gal, wassis? "A evaporitive fuel vapor duty valve. Do you have the vacuum hose routing diagram?"
    "no ma'am sure dont."
    "k ill send you a pic. phone or email?"
    SWEET! thank you subaru of bozeman. great parts service. service......well kinda meh. parts likes racecar. service hates racecar. mixed reviews.?.? anyway




    fixed and holding. that permatex plastic repair stuff is better than superglue. not pictured is the plastic prep.

    the fuel lines, the turbo inlet, the reason i was there in the first place?



    it got so late fixing stuff i passed on the intake this night and came back to it in the morning. without a cel or leaking fuel!!!
    when my friends come up, i hear, "you sold the camarrrroooh.....HOLY BLEEP A WRX!"
    Ya has that effect on me too.
    Rob

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