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Making a build thread for my 2005 WRX.

Basic story is that I wanted a BlobEye WRX, so I started looking on Craigslist every day for one. I found a WRX for $2k with 181k and a blown engine about 3 hours from me, in Orlando FL. FB_IMG_1543072936303_1543072952971.jpg

Next I sold my miata (2001 SE) and used the cash to pay back my parents $2k loan and pay for a new engine. IMG_20180213_111638_331_1543072613450.jpg

I spent $1k on the engine, about $1k on parts to get the car running, and about $2k to have my trusted family mechanic install it. IMG_20180219_183554_557_1543072759228.jpg


When I pulled the car off the trailer I realized it had a full Cobb turboback exhaust, Cobb drop in filter, and a Cobb heat shield over the turbo. That's like $1400 right there. I was stoked!
 

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I replaced everything I thought was needed or easy during the engine swap.

- OEM spec clutch
- lightweight flywheel 12lbs
- coil packs
- spark plugs
- valve cover gaskets
- catless Up Pipe
- cam seals
- crank seals
- intake manifold gaskets
- exhaust gaskets
- timing belt
- water pump
- accessory belts
- thermostat
- radiator cap
- cam sensor
- crank sensor
And some other things I forget right now.
 

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Finally got the car up and driving. My brother had a really junky BugEye but it was pretty quick. It lost all compression on one cylinder a few weeks later and he sold it for a profit. FB_IMG_1543073244030_1543073327536.jpg FB_IMG_1543073246860_1543073347244.jpg
 

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Looks like a nice project.

I know some people have had phantom knock issues with the lighter flywheels so keep an eye out.
 

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I figured one reason the previous engine may have been blown was because of the turbo back exhaust and no tune for it. Previous owner also had a narrow band air fuel gauge.

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I found a great deal on a v1 Accessport, it was married, but the seller included the 2003 ECU with it.

The 2003 ECU is a direct swap for the 2005 and gets rid of the rev hang issue documented on the 2005 WRX. The 2003 ECU drives so much better.

I ran the v1 Accessport for a few months without issue, but eventually graduated to a v2 Accessport running the most recent Maps from Cobb. FB_IMG_1543162515217_1543162538355.jpg

Currently running on the stage2 91 octane map, using 93 octane fuel for safety and an Innovate wideband AFR gauge

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Now it was time to make the car look a little more aggressive.

I picked up a set of struts and Tein H-Tech Springs for cheap. Dropped the front of the car a little bit :) FB_IMG_1543161933461_1543161981397.jpg

Here is a before and after measurement!
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Next I bought a STI replica wing off eBay for $200. I know people hate STI wings on WRX but it's functional, and the cars appearance was designed for its as long as I don't call it an STI or have STI badges I don't see the issue.

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Color match isn't exact, I fix that later
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This is the best visual mod I did for the car. Looks so good!
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