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    Here's the story of Toby the wagon.

    A few days after we got him:


    Toby came into our lives November 2011 and, as with all "great deals", fell a part in a hurry. It all began with boost issues out the a**hole (wouldn't hold more than 6-8 psi) then the turbo finally died (blown seal) and motor popped a head gasket. Thankfully the exterior is in better-than-expected shape for a 10-year old car so there's that.

    Commence Operation: Resurrection. Not going crazy, but making the daily warrior more fun and respectable.

    ::Current Mod List as of 2/14/2013::

    Engine Mods:
    Equilibrium Tuning Stage 1 hybrid
    - Balanced and polished STi nitrided crankshaft
    - Balanced STi rods
    - CP 100 mm forged pistons
    - ACL race bearings
    - Gates racing timing belt kit
    - Equilibrium Tuning oil pick-up
    - STi baffle and oil pan
    Equilibrium Tuning Stage 1 heads
    - CnCed combustion chamber-matched to EJ257
    - decked
    - 5-angle valve job
    ARP head studs
    NGK 1-step colder plugs
    K&N panel filter
    Perrin after-MAF hose
    Perrin turbo inlet
    Hallman Pro RX boost contoller
    Perrin intercooler hose kit
    STi TMIC
    Deatshwerks 650 cc injectors
    Walbro 255 lph fuel pump
    STi uppipe
    VF-48
    Perrin catless downpipe
    SPT exhaust

    Suspension/Brakes/Driveline Mods:
    ACT SS HD clutch
    Perrin short shifter
    Perrin shifter bushings
    H&R sport springs
    KYB GR-2 struts
    TiC brake master cylinder brace
    "Uncle Scotty's cocktail" transmission fluid
    Redline 75w90 rear diff fluid
    Perrin 25 mm front and rear sway bars
    Perrin polyurethane front and rear end links
    Perrin rear sway bar stout mounts
    Front and rear strut tower braces
    Subaru front 4-piston brake calipers
    Suabru rear 2-piston calipers
    Kartboy big brake caliper adapter
    Front and rear Stoptech stainless steel brake lines
    Front and rear Stoptech street brake pads

    Interior/Exterior:
    Lamco boost gauge
    Pioneer AVH-P1400DVD head unit
    JDM STi hoop scoop and splitter
    Painted headlight housings with 1157 double contact turns
    *JDM STi headlights (modified for LHD; still sitting on the workbench.. need to clean up wiring)
    Team Dynamics Motorsports 17x8 +35 wheels
    Continental ExtremeContact DWS 245/40/17 tires
    Black RallyArmor basic mud flaps
    Subaru crossbars
    Inno Grabmax snowboard rack
    Inno small wind fairing

    Fixed/Replaced:
    Broken auto-dimming rear view mirror ("blob of death")
    Cracked rear passenger tail light
    Beat up and cut up front bumper cover
    Broken arm rest
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    Welcome ; I enjoy reading people's mod lists lets me dream on what to do next.
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    Welcome. Glad to hear you saved what seems to have been an almost dead wrx. That quite the list. I would love to some day have a 110hp increase on mine. Im working on getting a cobb tune on it to hopefully hit 300. Maybe a down pipe too.
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    hahaha^ welcome! happy to see another bugeye

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    Welcome aboard and Congrats on the WRX!
    You have a awesome mod list.
    Wagons FTW!
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    Welcome! That's a good start to your mod list! Brake mods next?

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    Derp! Just read the end of your post... I would honestly suggest a good set of pads, rotors, brake lines, and fluid to start. Consider the H6 rear brake mod since you have altered your F/R bias with the springs. The FHI 4/2s won't be much of an improvement over the stock brakes, and the Brembos really aren't necessary unless you are tracking the car. Though admittedly, both brake setups look much nicer over the OEM. FWIW I run a Prodrive front BBK and H6 rear brakes... but I would be fine with the stock hardware and upgraded components.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBee09 View Post
    Welcome. Glad to hear you saved what seems to have been an almost dead wrx. That quite the list. I would love to some day have a 110hp increase on mine. Im working on getting a cobb tune on it to hopefully hit 300. Maybe a down pipe too.
    The exterior is near perfect for the age, but the motor was done. A lot of time and money has gone into it, but it's well worth it.

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    Welcome! (of the car)
    Getting there. Not much to look at right now.

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    Fixored.

    Welcome! Let's see some engine pics!
    Soon..

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    hahaha^ welcome! happy to see another bugeye
    Bug love!

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    Welcome aboard and Congrats on the WRX!
    You have a awesome mod list.
    Wagons FTW!
    Bugeye wagon has been my dream since they came out. Finally got one! w00t.

    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Welcome! That's a good start to your mod list! Brake mods next?

    EDIT:

    Derp! Just read the end of your post... I would honestly suggest a good set of pads, rotors, brake lines, and fluid to start. Consider the H6 rear brake mod since you have altered your F/R bias with the springs. The FHI 4/2s won't be much of an improvement over the stock brakes, and the Brembos really aren't necessary unless you are tracking the car. Though admittedly, both brake setups look much nicer over the OEM. FWIW I run a Prodrive front BBK and H6 rear brakes... but I would be fine with the stock hardware and upgraded components.
    I did some reading and came up on that same information regarding the 4/2-pot setup. I will be doing Brembo upgrade as the philosophy for this car is "more than necessary" (hence the built motor for a VF-48). Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Besides the Brembos are, how kids say these days, "ballin'".

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    Photo from a few days after bringing "Toby" (my wife named it that) home about a year ago:



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