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Old 08-19-13, 10:11 AM   #1
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The Backstory:

As a young boy I was given a television remote and told to be good while my parents were entertaining friends. In turning on the television I was greeted by a sight that changed my life forever; cars with big wings, shooting flames, making a proper racket catching massive air. This sight was the WRC, and I wanted a blue one.

At 18 I had the opportunity to test drive a Stage 2 05’ STi and after a WOT pull through 3rd I was hooked. I spent every free moment thereafter lurking on IWSTI attempting to absorb as much information as possible.

After two unsuccessful procurements of what I discovered were some fairly rough GD’s I gave up on cars concentrating instead on my business and studies. Eventually in the spring of 2012 I decided to check out IWSTI again only to find the site in shambles. Ben had moved on, Bruce was MIA, Dan’s car still hadn’t been finished, Jay wasn't posting 35r launch videos anymore and 400WHP had become the new Stage 2.

What I also found was that there were many new faces doing some amazing things with the GR and GV platform, stuffing massive wheels & tires under them. So, in April of 2012 I jumped back in with both feet and ordered a 2012 WRB hatch. A week later I got a call telling me I'd be waiting until late August at the earliest because it was the end of the ordering season and nothing was available. F-F-FUUUU! So I waited and on September 1st 2012 this showed up:


The Project:

Basically the project is going to be a semi hardcore street car with excellent track capabilities. I want to focus on feel more than outright speed because I believe cars should be fun and confidence inspiring rather than driver optional lap time machines.

The Mods:

Exterior
Rally Armor Mudflaps
05 STi Front & Rear Badges
R205 Fender Ornaments
Lamin-X Tail Light Covers
Grimmspeed Plate Relocation

Interior
Recaro Sportster CS w/ Side Airbags and JPM Coachworks Custom Upholstery
Planted Seat Bases
Recaro Sliders
SRP Racing Pedals (Black, Grid)

Wheels & Tires
OEM Enkei Wheels 18x8.5 +55
Dunlop SP600 245/40/18
ARP Wheel Studs
Muteki Black Open Ended Lugnuts

Suspension
RCE Sways
Kartboy Endlinks
Whiteline Rear Swaybar Mount Brace (Powder Coated Black)
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Whiteline Front LCA Bushings

Brakes
Stoptech Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines Front & Rear
TiC Hub Shields
Titanium Pad Shims
Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace

Drivetrain
Group N Engine & Transmission Mounts
Kartboy Pitchstop Mount
TWM Shifter Bushings Front & Rear
TiC Triunion Bushings
Whiteline Transmission Crossmember Bushings
Whiteline Rear Differential Full Replacement Bushings
IXIZ Clutch Stop
Torque Solutions Driveshaft Carrier Bushings

Cooling
Mishimoto X Line Radiator w/ Techline Thermal Dispersant Coating
Mishimoto Black Silicone Hoses

Motor
Coming Soon...

Fuel System
Coming Soon...

Exhaust
Coming Soon...

Turbo
Coming Soon...

Winter
Silver 06 STi BBS Wheels
235/45/17 General Altimax Arctics
Weathertech Digitalfit Floor Mats

Track
RCE Kool Brake Kit w/ Modified OEM Fog Lights for Inlets
Hawk DTC 60 Front & Rear
Modified OEM Undertray
Red Powdercoated OEM Tow Hooks
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Old 08-19-13, 10:11 AM   #2
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Old 08-19-13, 10:12 AM   #3
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Old 08-21-13, 07:07 PM   #4
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Lets face it; sitting in the OEM GR STi seats is worse than having ebola and aggressive cornering will subject a drivers knees and left elbow to the equivalent battering of 3 rounds with a UFC fighter. Naturally, I grew tired of trying to brace myself from falling out the open window or into my instructors lap while at HPDE’s so I decided to purchase some proper seats.

I looked at and test sat in a bunch of seats however to my disappointment not many of them met my rather unrealistic standards for quality, ease of use, comfort and most importantly safety. Being in the business of safety I stubbornly refused to ditch the OEM side airbag protection in the car and decided instead to import a set of Recaro Sportster CS’ with side airbags.

Unfortunately I was going into this blind as the only other person to install one of these in an STi was torquemada who was conveniently located in the EU (where these seats are available) and inconveniently no longer on the forum…

After emailing Recaro and asking about shipping them to a local dealer I got an email that read something like; “Nein dummkopf! Shipping ze airbag seats outside auf ze EU ist VERBOTEN!”

I wasn’t taking no for an answer and with a few phone calls I finally found a dealer that was willing to bend some rules and ship them here. Three months later a massive pair of overnight packages arrived containing my Recaro’s.

Yeehaw!

The seats were dismantled and the covers shipped to JPM Coachworks where Alex and Joe worked their magic creating amazing set of seats.

Fourteen hours (and pair of throbbing thumbs) later I had the seat covers on, airbags wired, passenger detection system plumbed, seats installed and electrical systems tested.

For the last two weeks I've been enjoying them and aside from having to change the manner in which I enter and exit the vehicle I have to say they're phenomenal.










Huge thanks to JPM Coachworks, All Speed Innovations and Alpha Motorsports for making this project come together.
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Haha, awesome intro my friend! We should have hung out as kids, but then again you might not have been on the short bus nor the same age so I dunno!

Spring of 2012, 'eh ? That sounds familiar for some reason!

Nice car bro, good luck with your project!!!
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...those seats.....are.....f*cking BEAUTIFUL! I WANT!!
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oh and where in Canada you from?
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Those... seats......... OMG
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Haha, awesome intro my friend! We should have hung out as kids, but then again you might not have been on the short bus nor the same age so I dunno!

Spring of 2012, 'eh ? That sounds familiar for some reason!

Nice car bro, good luck with your project!!!
We can hangout now instead. Its not as if we grew up, we just got bigger toys.

It'd be impossible to say that your build isn't inspiring mine...although after showing my girlfriend I've been banned from cutting my car in half.

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oh and where in Canada you from?
Winnipeg (or Winterpeg, Freezerpeg, Slurpee Capital of the World, Murder Capital of Canada...etc)
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Those seats are awesome! Talk about coming out swinging!
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