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What's up everyone? My name's Ryan, I decided to make a journal after looking through my intro thread and realizing it pretty much was a journal. I'm from South Dakota.....

UPDATE:
Got a teaching job at Lake Preston School District in Lake Preston, SD. First big boy job and I can't say enough about how much I'm enjoying it so far. Despite being overworked and underpaid, I love teaching. Working with young individuals and seeing them progress through their education is one of the most rewarding experiences ever.

BIG UPDATE: (7/28/13)
A while back, I was searching for a WRX in the area to trade my 2.5i in for as a birthday gift. It just so happens I found one in Sioux Falls, about an hour from where I live. I called them about it, they said they were having a sale, so I went down the day after my birthday, test drove it, got the financing worked out and drove home with a new car.

It is a 2007 WRX limited, has 76,000 miles, all of the limited options, an SPT intake, and an STi axleback. Other than that the car appears to be stock. It has been well taken care of and recently had the head gasket and timing belt replaced, which I needed to do on my car anyways. Needless to say I am glad to be in a turbo and am loving every minute of it.

When I first got it:






GrimmSpeeded some things


Moroso AOS:


Current wheel setup:


Mod List:
Engine
-eBay cat-back exhaust
-GrimmSpeed MBC
-GrimmSpeed heat shield
-GrimmSpeed 3-port EBCS
-GrimmSpeed downpipe gasket
-GrimmSpeed cat-back gaskets
-GrimmSpeed delrin oil cap
-GrimmSpeed hood struts
-Invidia V3 catless downpipe (DEI wrapped)
-Mishimoto silicone intercooler hoses
-Kartboy exhaust hangers
-Moroso Air/Oil separator
-PTP turbo blanket
-Rotella T6
-KillerB Motorsport radiator shroud
-KillerB Motorsport alternator shroud
-E-tuned by Steve at Pullz-On Tuning

Drivetrain
-eBay duracon STi shift knob
-SPT factory short shifter
-STi transmission mount
-Kartboy short shifter
-Kartboy pitch stop mount
-Kartboy transmission bushings
-Kartboy subframe lockdown bolts
-Kartboy outrigger differential bushings
-Kartboy front and rear shifter bushings
-TiC rear differential mount bushings

Suspension
-H&R Coilovers
-SPT ladder brace
-TiC fender cowl braces
-eBay front/rear strut tower bar
-Whiteline steering rack bushings

Interior
-STi floor mats
-Prosport dead pedal
-AEM Wideband gauge
-Dual A-pillar gauge pod
-LED map and reading lights
-Prosport mechanical boost gauge

Exterior
-eBay front lip
-Rally Armor mud flaps
-DRT Components skid plate

Wheels
Winter:
17x7 OEM WRX wheels
-Continental Extreme Winter Contact tires 205/50
-Muteki black tuner lugs

Summer:
17x8 2006 OEM STi BBS
-Yokohama S Drive 235/40
-5x100 to 5x114.3 25mm adapters
-Muteki SR48 black open lugs
 

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Re: MrRichter's 2.5i Journal

Yeah I remember when that happened. My roommates and I were on our way back from the casino and it was raining like cats and dogs. I was driving through a construction zone and I see this thing hopping across the road like Frogger. I had just recently installed my lip so of course the thought of "could he get caught in there?" popped right in to my head. Check my lip the next morning and sure enough, he was wedged in there tight. I wish I would have taken a picture of his face because it was priceless; mouth open wide, tongue sticking out like he was in shock haha.
 

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Re: MrRichter's 2.5i Journal

No plans for an STi in the near future, that's a few years down the road. I'm graduating from college in May and either going to grad-school or finding a job so the future is up in the air. Right now, I just need this thing running as well as it can, I'm student teaching this coming semester and I have to commute 90 miles each day. Just recently had the 90,000 mile service done so it should be good to go for a while. Once I get a job and my own place with a garage I'll be able to do maintenance stuff on my own and save some money for mods.
 

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Re: MrRichter's 2.5i Journal

I was an engineering student my first 2 years but switched to history-education so I could coach and teach. Sports have always been a big part of my life and I wanted that to continue after college. The 90 mile commute each day will be to the school I am student-teaching at. Should be interesting, luckily we've had a mild winter so far.
 

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Re: MrRichter's 2.5i Journal

After waking up to that, I seriously contemplating wrapping my far in either flat black or matte black, would look sick.
 

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Re: MrRichter's 2.5i Journal

Update on my current situation: I am driving 100 miles a day for student teaching, have to fill up about every 3 days, it's getting expensive and tiring. I can only listen to the same CDs so many times.
 

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Re: MrRichter's 2.5i Journal

Hence the rally pig sticker? ha

All jokes aside, I knew what I was getting in to when I bought it. It doesn't get terrible mileage, averaging 26, probably could get better if I went the speed limit the whole way. Either way, I didn't buy it for the mileage, I bought it for its AWD capabilities. I mean, let's face it, you cannot expect 35+ mpg from an AWD 2.5 liter, just doesn't add up.
 

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Re: MrRichter's 2.5i Journal

Finally took my car autocrossing today, only took 3 years to get it out there. Fell in love with it again after realizing how much fun it can be when it's driven all out. Bad thing is the mod bug is biting me real bad and I might give in.
 

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Re: MrRichter's 2.5i Journal

Most likely bushings and suspension bits. After shifting hard in to second a lot today the Turn in Concepts "klunk killer" bushing kit for the rear differential would be nice. Along with those, a set of Kartboy subframe lock bolts, and a set of fender braces would be a good place to start.

Not going to spend too much because I'm still waiting to hear about a job I applied for but enough to satisfy the mod bug.
 

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Re: MrRichter's 2.5i Journal

that´s ok, only "power-mods" are worthless.
maybe a brake upgrade, WRX brakes

and please, get a new bumper. btw, I will never understand the american love for Jägermeister, it never made it as a Hipster-drink in germany...it´s a drink for old people and alcoholics sitting on park benches
 

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Re: MrRichter's 2.5i Journal

don´t do it.

What do you want to "mod"?
I think I know what torque is trying to say; many people are prone to buy and mod 2.5is because they are cheap but you end up having to replace almost everything on the car to make it a real performer. Even a full WRX or STI engine swap still leaves you with suspension, brakes, transmission, and many other drivetrain components. In the end, you'll wish you'd got a WRX or STI in the first place...

I can attest to this "vice" of 2.5i owners because 95% of all my STi leftover parts I actually sold to 2.5i guys. I wouldn't have believed it at first, I was sure I would sell to WRX guys but nope! So yeah, I shouldn't ruin the market for other guys who are selling their STi stuff, you'll make them rich! Haha, just kidding!:lol:

I guess you should do stuff to enhance your DD experience way more than wanting to build an STI clone (which imo is dumb because you have no power to match the looks). Besides, a 2.5i is the perfect winter beater; it has just enough grunt to get that tail out when you want it and its easy to control. I prefered by far to take the Forester out over my 02 WRX for snow drifting.

Anyways, don't mind other people's suggestions (like me, haha) and go the way you want to go. No one will blame you for making yourself happy. Just don't mod your car for other people's tastes. Being "cool" has ZERO real value.

On that, good luck with your project!:tup:

*EDIT* ARGH, why do I always make my posts so long... it gives time for other people to post new stuff by the time I type it all, which in turn makes my post out of date!:lol:
 
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