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Old 12-07-18, 02:38 PM   #41
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Thanks, it feels great to be back! Like I'm home again
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Old 12-09-18, 04:51 PM   #42
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Hoooooooly ffffffffffffffffffff this car is great! I forgot how good it feels to be in a Subaru.


After my Evo was totaled I went back and forth for a long time about getting back into a Subaru. I always want to experience something new, but I've been really fortunate in my life and have had a lot of the fun cars I've always wanted. So, with really 1 car left on the list (A MKIV Supra) and not being in the right position to properly care for it, I decided to get back into a Subaru. My Evo was incredibly fun with the big turbo, but with almost 500HP I knew I wasn't going to be happy with a stock or even FBO Evo and spending the money to get another to those power levels was out of the budget. And the transmission in the Evo was just not to my liking. Another win for the Subaru...



So with memories of a now totaled, brutally fast Evo, I began hunting for another Subaru. This time a hatch. I love the look, I have a good size dog and need room to haul stuff, so it just makes sense. I thought heavily about holding out for an STi hatch but ultimately decided never having messed with my DCCD in the 05 and never tracking the car.... holding out and paying a premium for severely underused brembos and a DCCD that would likely stay in auto was just silly. On my hunt for what was supposed to be a white wrx hatch, I stumbled upon this...


Its a 2014 ISM WRX Hatch. Clean title and 1 owner... who added a few upgrades:

*Go Fast*
IAG stage 1+ shortblock
Blouch dominator 3.0 xtr 10^2cm housing
Sti 11mm oil pump
Killer B oil pickup
Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors
DeatschWerks 65c fuel pump
TIAL f38 external wastegate
Ultimate Racing EWG up pipe
Cobb highflow catted down pipe
Invidia N1 dual exit 3 inch exhaust
Cobb 3 port ebcs
Mishimoto turbo inlet
KSTech 73mm big maf intake
KSTech sai and tgv delete
Perrin 4 bar map sensor
Perrin FMIC core with kandy purple painted charge pipes
ACT HDSS clutch
Perrin short throw shifter with kartboy bushings

*Exterior and Suspension*
ISC N1 coilovers
Perrin 24mm rear sway bar
Varis style hatchback rally wing painted kandy purple
Enkei kojin 18x9.5 +45 powder coated illusion pruple
Headlights and reflectors painted
35% tint all around
Red taillight overlays

*Interior*
Pioneer AVH-4500BT, wired for sub
MTX digital oil temp/pressure gauge
SMY dual cluster bezel
AEM wideband gauge
Prosport boost gauge
Anarchy motive mammoth shiftknob in illusion purple


Needless to say, I don't need to do much to it to have all the fun I want. It makes close to the same power as the Evo did, so I'll probably add the obligatory mud flaps and hella horns but otherwise enjoy it as is for quite some time. It feels so good to be back

Not super keen on the purple so I may dip the wheels to something more bronze. But they do look better in person so who knows, it may grow on me.












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Old 12-09-18, 05:02 PM   #43
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Deleted. Double post. Too excited about this car and these pics...
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Old 12-11-18, 11:28 AM   #44
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Dang, that looks like a blast! I actually kinda dig the purple with the understated body color...
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that does look pretty good

however, that poor 5 speed. better save up for a 6 speed.
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that does look pretty good

however, that poor 5 speed. better save up for a 6 speed.
The newer 5 speeds are supposed to be pretty good. Should last awhile if he isn't launching it.
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Dang, that looks like a blast! I actually kinda dig the purple with the understated body color...
Thanks, it definitely is! I wasn't ready for it when the PO did a pull... I think he knew it was sold after that



I'm still on the fence with the purple but it's definitely starting to grow on me. I catch it in certain lights and think it looks great, then others its a little less. But I also thought the same about Plasma Blue Pearl when I first saw that and now its one of my favorite colors, so we'll see!



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that does look pretty good

however, that poor 5 speed. better save up for a 6 speed.

And thank you as well! I was a little apprehensive about the 5 speed and this power and would definitely love the peace of mind the 6 speed brings. I've thought about seeing what it takes to swap a 6 speed in but it seems like it would be a pricey endeavor for what probably will only ever be a luxury as opposed to necessity with how I drive. Between the DCCD, the diff, hubs, etc, it seems like it may just be easier to resist launching and banging gears... I think....



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The newer 5 speeds are supposed to be pretty good. Should last awhile if he isn't launching it.
Thats good to hear! My spirited driving consists of getting the wastegate to open up and proceeding to giggle like a school girl. Good news for my transmission... I'd probably poop myself if I launched this thing, and don't want to chance it to find out the hard way.
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Well it didn't take long. I started looking into what was needed for a 6 speed swap and began pricing it out. First it was sheer curiosity. Then I saw it was simpler (read:cheaper) than I initially thought. Then I said screw it why not, contacted a local shop and will be getting the process started in the coming weeks.


The strength the 6 speed offers is really all I'm after for the time being so I'm considering opting out of the DCCD option for now and just doing a bare bones swap. The JDM V7 trans seems like it might be the best choice for my application.... Just not blowing it up during an "aggressive merge" onto an empty highway


I'll update when I've squared away the details and made progress.
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Told you

The only downside to the 6 speed is having to shift more, since the 5 speed has a better DD ratio imo.

but not worrying about the transmission is much better. Especially when you Flat Foot shift.
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Told you

The only downside to the 6 speed is having to shift more, since the 5 speed has a better DD ratio imo.

but not worrying about the transmission is much better. Especially when you Flat Foot shift.

I know! I pretty much blame you for this First it was, "nah he's wrong, it should last a while with how I drive". Then hours later it turned into, "well, in the event it does happen, what am I looking at getting into?". Shortly after that it was "well, might as well do it preemptively so I don't find myself stranded somewhere"... Yeah sure, so I'm not stranded on the side of the road somewhere. Thats why I'm doing this



I have to admit I do enjoy the ratio the 5 speed has, but I find I'm having to remind myself not to look for 6th cruising at highway speeds. I'm excited for that peace of mind. The extra shifts are welcomed with open arms lol
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