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    Buthter ruins a motorcar

    Hey guys,

    My name's Evan, but you can call me Buthter (like "Buster" with a thpeech impediment). Historically, I've considered myself to be sort of a purist. I've always owned N/A RWD cars with manual transmissions, with the glaring exception of a miserable Hyundai Tiburon. Then last June I had a change of heart and decided that I'd try this turbo AWD thing all the hip young people are into and bought a 2008 WRX hatch. Now clearly I've hit rock bottom, ruining a perfectly good car with a variety of aftermarket parts, because racecar... er... daily driver.




    I know what you're thinking - "Hey, move your stupid Subaru! You're blocking my view of that sexy Buick Rendezvous!"

    Sorry.




    Slugford, my rock, my inspiration.

    What I've done

    Powaaah
    • VF52 turbo
    • Cobb catted DP
    • FMS catback
    • Process West TMIC
    • DW65C fuel pump
    • Cobb V3 Accessport
    • Protune by Mike at Pacific Import Auto on their Mustang dyno - 296hp/337ft-lbs @20psi


    Handling
    • Eibach F+R sway bars


    Drivetrain
    • Kartboy STS
    • Kartboy shifter bushings
    • Cobb shift knob (Huge shoutout to Irickchad, who just threw this in when I bought the shifter/bushings from him. Seriously. What a champion.)


    Interior
    • Janky AutoZone boost gauge the previous owner installed
    • Slugford, my constant companion. He's a fake slug my fiancee once pranked me with (I hate slugs). He now lives on my dash.


    Exterior
    • OEM roof rack with double wide snowboard attachment (off until winter)
    • 17x8 matte black Enkei RPF1s
    • JDMFanatic taillight covers with redout brake lights and lightly smoked reverse/turn signal
    • JDMFanatic Subaru badges with flat black background and blue stars
    • 35% tint all around


    Pics to come. Just don't expect them to be exciting.

    Stuff waiting to be installed/applied

    • RallyArmor mudflaps


    Future plans

    • Koni inserts
    • RCE black springs
    • Kartboy endlinks
    • SS brake lines
    • Crawford AOS
    • Exedy Stg1 clutch
    • Fairing for the roof rack


    Preemptive answers to anticipated questions
    Q: Why have you only done engine mods so far? Don't you want your squishy little '08 to go around corners too?
    A: Hey now, hey. I've done sway bars. Get off my back. However, I've kind of accepted that the WRX will probably never handle as well as my former cars (RX-8 in particular). I decided to build on the car's strengths instead of trying to make an AWD hatchback handle like a sports car. The brakes are already strong enough to lock up these tires.

    Q: Why no cosmetic mods? Don't you want to look fresh and perhaps also fly?
    A: Believe me, I want both of those things. I'm just scared of coming off as ricey. Plus, I kind of like looking unassuming. The 2008-2010 WRXs don't look that different than a normal Impreza. Kind of a pseudo-quasi-sleeper.

    Q: Ever do track days/autocross?
    A: No, but I'd love to. Probably not with this car, though. Got an '85 Porsche 944 that I'd love to take autocrossing once it's all fixed up.
    Last edited by Buthter; 06-22-2015 at 11:15 AM. Reason: Pictographs!

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    I couldn't help but read the title in Clarksons voice.
    I too have a car mascot, though it's not as fun as a slug...and it has no name.
    Also, this was a good read. Good luck on finding your fresh/fly vs rice balance.
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    "2008 WRX hatch"

    Well, here's your first mistake... LOL J/K

    Congrats on the purchase, I'll subscribe to see what a RWD purist does to a rally car.

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    That irickchad guy sure sounds nice lol.

    Good luck with your build man.
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    Swaybars do go a long ways. But, I think you are in for a surprise when you do springs/struts and some bushings. It won't be an RX-8, but it will be a proper sports car for sure.
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    I felt like sway bars and endlinks were a definite upgrade as well but I can tell the supsension needs more work. Can't wait for proper springs and struts.

    Anyway... I like the way you "ruin" a racecar/dailydriver/motorcar/toy hahah. Nice looking build. Thread needs pics though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostie View Post
    I couldn't help but read the title in Clarksons voice.
    TONIGHT! Richard does a thing, James does a different thing, and Buthter ruins a motorcar. Jeremy is still sacked.

    Quote Originally Posted by livid_wrx View Post
    I'll subscribe to see what a RWD purist does to a rally car.
    Honestly, though, how many people actually build their WRX like a rally car? Most people just lower theirs a bit and put summer tires on it. It's not very original, but I'll probably do that too.

    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    Swaybars do go a long ways. But, I think you are in for a surprise when you do springs/struts and some bushings. It won't be an RX-8, but it will be a proper sports car for sure.
    Definitely part of the game plan. Weddings are expensive, though, so no new car parts probably for the rest of the year

    Quote Originally Posted by jfisch822 View Post
    Thread needs pics though
    Here ya go.


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    Hope that helps. Seriously, though, I'll take a few pics this weekend. I'm just not much of a photographist.

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    Chad, your sig made me lol way harder than it should have. "Don't try to make your car shoot fire"... Ruin all my fun, why don'tcha?

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    [quote\]Honestly, though, how many people actually build their WRX like a rally car? Most people just lower theirs a bit and put summer tires on it. It's not very original, but I'll probably do that too.[/quote]

    Yep, you're definitely new here.

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    'scribing for good writing and comedic value, if nothing else.
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    Just scheduled an appt to get my windows tinted (thinking 35%) and my taillight overlays applied. Gonna look like someone who balls and calls shots in their spare time.

    In other news, this made me giggle:


    I want that beard.

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    I'm not much of a photographist, but I snapped some pics anyway. Enjoy.

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