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    Wreckingball Man - From Rags to Race

    Hello Everyone,
    I've been a WRX owner for almost a year now. All through high school I wanted a mustang to drag race with, but then I laid my eyes on a midnight black WRX and I immediately fell in love. Coming from an RSX I cant say how much more I enjoy every aspect of the Subaru. I just turned 19...uhmm edit: I'm 20 years old now and the plans are to one day go around a track and race competitively in some amatuer events in the next few years through SCCA and others, though that road will be long and filled with other obligations vying for my time; Money, Engineering Curriculum, Friends, Girls and College Marching Band just to name a few.

    The purpose of this thread is to serve as some motivation and inspiration for myself and to introduce myself. I will also be posting reviews of businesses, clubs, and parts as i encounter them. I would love everyone's input and help as i go along. Hopefully you all will be interested to see my progress and difficulties as I try to resurrect this WRX from rags to race ready.

    Thread Contents:
    • Introduction...................................... ...............................................Pag e 1 Post #1
    • Day 01: The Pickup............................................ ................................Page 1 Post #2
    • Day 31: Transmission Woes: Part One............................................... .....Page 1 Post #10
    • Day 102: Getting Started: First Mods and De-Mods..................................Page 2 Post #19
    • Day 123: Gauge Setups and OEM Center Pod Modification..........................Page 2 Post #20
    • Day 160: Getting Connected: Knoxville Subaru Owners Club.......................Page 2 Post #23
    • Day 190: Recall Work: Earl Duff Subaru............................................ ......Page 2 Post #28
    • Day 210: Fixing Vacum Hoses, Grab Some Lube........................................Page 3 Post #35
    • Day 240: Shaking and Vibrations: New Wheels and the Firestone Store........Page 3 Post #36
    • Day 280: Minor Details: All About CELs.............................................. .....Page 3 Post #39
    • Day 290: Corn on the Cobb Accessport........................................ ..........Page 3 Post #42
    • Day 310: Going Stage 2................................................. ......................Page 4 Post #47
    • Day 340: Transmission Woes: Part Two............................................... ....Page 4 Post #48
    • Day 372: 1 Year Anniv. and Reflections................................................Pa ge 4 Post #53
    • Day 500: Transmission Woes: Part Three............................................. ....Page 4 Post #54
    • Day 530: Buying and Selling Parts: New VDO Gauges - Next Update
    • Day 550: Buying and Selling Parts: New JiC Exhaust
    • Day 570: 2014 RallyCross/AutoCross Prep.
    • Day 603: Bought Back My Spats and OEM Rear Diffuser
    • Day 700: 2 Year Anniv. and Reflections: Another Year in Review


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    Day One: The Pickup

    ...Well, actually, that lasted several days, and 3 visits over the course of a month.

    The day I picked up this little gem of pain and despair, it was mid summer and I was done with high school. I had sold my long-despised RSX, that's a story for another time. No one else saw what I saw in the car underneath the roof rack and dirt. It needed a wash. Well, it needed many things since we're being honest right now. I had some cash saved up and had made some money off my RSX. After making 3 visits to the seller, it was time to swoop in for the kill and pick this bad muther up.

    The car came with some decent mods. And it drove and ran phenomenal with a completely rebuilt and machined engine. It had been completely gone through. I even called up the mechanic who did the work to confirm it. It had new oil, shocks and the works. Only catch was that it needed a transmission and the engine mysteriously bogged down when the car was in neutral. Nothing that cant be fixed I thought. I would be in for some headaches, or so they say, "Impreza: welcome to the world of funny noises and boost leaks." I picked it up for a little over $3k. I joined this Forum shortly after.

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    Cool thread idea. Interested in seeing how it pans out! Get some pics up there!
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    Welcome and looking forward to future updates! Marching band, eh? What instrument??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvinball View Post
    Welcome and looking forward to future updates! Marching band, eh? What instrument??
    Drumline Univ. of Tenn. I was a Freshman so naturally I played Cymbals. Here's a photo from last fall. I also play French Horn and marched DCI in 2011.

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    Cool! I was too elitest to do marching band , but in my defense the tuba parts in pretty much anything you would play for a marching band are extremely boring.
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    Go Vols!!!

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    Welcome fellow Tennessean! Chattanooga here. Looking forward to your updates.
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    Day 31: Transmission Woes

    Problems
    First thing's first. Tackle the transmission problem. Second gear was shot, but unfortunately the fragments had damaged almost every other gear in the transmission. Not bad, I had planned for the worse case and we ordered a new transmission from an indoor yard in Indiana. Second, "Why is it bogging down during idle?" the engine is completely rebuilt and no CELs. So we figured it was the clutch grabbing the engine. Bad clutch, bad TOB?...We assumed it was in the clutch assembly and ordered a new OEM replacement clutch kit, which we would need anyway. And here's why.

    The transmission is from a 05 "Non-Sports" package RS. To justify my transmission decision: it was significantly cheaper with very few actual miles and had the same final drive ratio as the 02 WRX. Hp levels were not going to be very high. Also, I only needed something to get me through the next few years until I could go full race car and save enough money comfortably. I decided this to be the best choice based on actual needs and the best choice financially. STi six speed in the distant future.

    Sending it Off
    I sent the car to the mechanic who did all the work for the previous owner since I was starting school and would have no time to work on it. He did the whole swap.

    Unforeseen Issue
    Here's where the headaches came in. We kept losing clutch pedal pressure after about 50mi of driving. Of course, becoming stranded several times irritated the girlfriend and to this day I cant play it down. Every time we go somewhere she says, "Hope we don't break down." I just look at her and say, "265,000 miles and still going strong, how's that mustang treating you?" Oddly enough, pressure would return to the clutch pedal the day after losing it. It would work for another 50mi and then proceed to lose pressure again. We then swapped to an 05 RS slave cylinder, however problem persisted. We swapped to an 05 RS master cylinder, problem persisted. We even thought of changing out pedal assemblies...c'mon, we were desperate. Finally we checked the clutch hose (something we should have done first).

    Swap Complete
    Come to find out it was rotted out. Problem solved; air in hydraulic systems don't end well. We ordered a new clutch hose. About 30 days after I picked the car up I was driving it confidently. It was beautiful. A big swap to start out our time together.

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    • 05 5MT transmission
    • 05 RS flywheel and clutch assembly
    • 05 RS master and Slave Cylinder
    • Clutch Hose
    • 05 Front Axles

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    Can a brother get a comment? I thought for sure the RS trans would ruffle some feathers, guess I've been on NASIOC too much haha. New updates frequently. The story gets better, I promise
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    The forum is usually very slow on the weekends. I had never even thought of someone using an RS transmission. Are they essentially the same as the WRX?
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    Essentially....But not exactly.
    The 05 2.5RS has different ratios for every gear including final drive. However, the "Non-Sports" package RS, instead of having the 4.11 gears has the 3.90 gears like the 02 WRX. Luckily the yard had a very low mileage Non-Sports package RS trans in their warehouse. Aside from that everything's the same except for the clutch style (Pull vs Push) and axles, both of which needed replacing anyway. At 65mph in 5th the engine speed sits at 2500rpm.
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    Its the end of the semester and im on vacation and you're not. What's up. Anyway, hope you all had a good week. Subscribe for updates if you're interested in the build. Or comment if you have a question.
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