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Old 12-13-14, 08:28 AM   #1
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Default 2004 WRX STI Family Car Progress

Owned this car for nearly 12 years and with the decision to install a new engine this year...likely means an investment for another 12 years...

Bought new in Omaha, Nebraska...3rd STI in the city at the time.



It became our 'family car' for next 8 years...much of the time with multiple baby seats in the back seat. :-)

Wonderful day picking it up...12.5 miles on the odometer.

Look how fresh it is!













Changed oil at 500 miles with Pennzoil 5W-30 conventional oil, then again at 1000 miles to Mobil 1 5W-30 which we used for the life of the car until just recently (0W-40 M1).

As the odometer passed 1000 miles-break in was complete...we were hitting the redline! Prior to that we were religious to not exceed 4000 rpm and most of the time 3000 rpm and always a light throttle. I do wonder if this is key to a long, healthy engine as we had nil oil consumption even to its replacement...still counting at 169,000 miles (except track events-.5 quart consumed).

First top speed run @ 2,170 miles...153 mile indicated...hard into limiter.

First drag visit (@ 3,120 miles / 13.57 @ 100 MPH / Scribner, NE):



First autocross (@ 9,500 miles / Lincoln, NE / 5th of 100 cars):



Transfer to United Kingdom (via Baltimore Port):



Only one minor scratch!

Nurburgring Visits (3):







Snetterton Track Visit (UK / Lotus Test Track):







Bedford Autodrome Visit (UK):



Donington Park Track Visit (UK):

Lap of Donington Park, UK in O4 STI

Cadwell Park ("UK Nurburgring") Track Visit:







Autobahn Run:

150 MPH on Speed Limiter on Autobahn
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Old 12-13-14, 08:38 AM   #2
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Transition from Family Car to Fun Car...

Added a Cobb TBE, Cobb Sway Bars, Sparco Pro-2000 seat, and update to Cobb Stage II setting.



Had my 100,000 mile Ohlins Fixed Perch Struts rebuilt by Feal along with set of RCE Yellow springs and offset front camber mounts.



Nice .75 inch drop:



Nifty Offset Camber Strut Mounts (-1.5 negative)



Added BFG Rivals in 245/40-17 size (OEM is 225/45-17):



Sebring Track Visit:





Autocrosses (20 so far):



Drag Visit #2 at Bradenton Dragway, Florida (153,250 miles / Stage II / 12.84 @ 105 MPH):





Updated to Perrin 2.4 inch Turbo Inlet (OEM was damaged at the turbo):




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Old 12-13-14, 01:13 PM   #3
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Previous Threads of Interest:

STI Weight:

https://www.iwsti.com/forums/gd-suspe...ti-weight.html

Rear LSD Refreshed:

Rear Limited Slip Not Limited Anymore

I Rebuilt My OEM STI LSD...

Renewed Ohlins Fixed Perch Struts by Feal:

https://www.iwsti.com/forums/gd-suspe...-fps-feal.html

SS Brake Line Install:

https://www.iwsti.com/forums/gd-braki...es-04-sti.html

Ball Joint Refresh:

https://www.iwsti.com/forums/gd-suspe...t-success.html

Drag Strip Visit with 150,000 mile STI:

https://www.iwsti.com/forums/fastest-...le-04-sti.html

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Old 12-14-14, 07:53 PM   #4
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Fresh Bullet Project (New Engine)

OEM Subaru Shortblock:



Cosworth Cylinder Heads:












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Fun Images:

Hauling...dirt!:



Grassroots Motorsports Magazine image at Daytona!:

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I am dying looking over the photos of the car when it was brand new! I never had the chance to see a brand new/perfectly clean GD chassis. I really am sad I never got the chance!
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Good to see you making use of the car! Definitely sub'd to this thread!
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I've owned an '04, '06, and currently have an '07, and now I'm kicking myself for never taking chassis/engine photos of ANY of them when I first brought them home. I LOVE those photos you posted!
I'm officially jealous of you too, as you fulfilled one of my current fantasies; you got to drive your STi on the Nurburgring. I took 4 laps on the Nurburgring in our Diesel Audi A6 which we rented when I went to Germany with my family and that was just a big tease. The automatic gearbox made it feel like I had an arm tied behind my back.

Lastly, the photo of the sod in your trunk is upsetting : )
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I have a few more of the car new (I think 2 days old). I recall at the time I felt a bit odd as magazines had all the imagery already...but the detail that now comes out for an aged car is striking. Every metal surface is bright and shiny, etc.

sti2relaxxin: Nurburgring-great track. I actually had more fun renting a Ring car...the cheapest, but semi-race prepped Suzuki Swift (cage, tires, suspension, and an extra .4 hp from the air filter). As they say, the best handling car in the world is a rental car...

In the Subaru, was ~8 hours from home (and 4 countries) during those trips so driving was kept at the 7/10 level).

I tried to find some images of the Christmas tree sticking out the trunk each year (4 years), but no dice. It has hauled plenty of sod (typically 18 squares at a time) always with plenty of plastic and thorough vacuuming following!

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