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Here's where I am now:



Here’s how it all started:

I previously owned a '02 Subaru 2.5 RS. I was pretty happy with the car, but I was talking to a coworker of mine to source a WRXengine that his shop had for a customer. I had been planning to do an engine and tranny swap and make the car a sleeper. The car had: JDM headlights, Injen CAI, Greddy Evo2 CBE, Stoptech BBK, rear slotted rotors, and TEIN SS coilovers. My friend worked at Avenue Sound in Long Island, so I had them put in a JBL 12" sub and an Alpine amp. I later bought an Alpine head unit and ipod kit. For wheels and tires I had a set of Enkei RPF1s 17x8 for the winter and Advan RGIIs 17x8 on Falken 452s for the summer. My first set of wheels and tires were 18x8 Rota P45Fs on Falken Ziex 512s, but they were too heavy and with the way I was driving I went through brake pads too quickly. Had a tree not fallen on my car, I'd probably still have my bugeye. After they took the branches off the car, I was finally able to assess the damage. When I saw how bad the roof had been caved in, I knew I had to start my search for a new car.

When searching for a new car I figured I'd stick with either a '02 or '03 bugeye, so I could keep my headlights. I also wanted to go with a wagon to avoid being bothered by cops in the area. I found one, but it had just been sold. The salesman told me of another Subaru on the lot so I checked it out. I asked for the keys and started her up. The car only had 19,012 miles when I got there. I checked to see if it looked like the car was modded, and it looked fine. It had a 8” sub in the back, 2 amps, speakers, and a pioneer head unit. The only problems I saw were it came with these bumper guards that were hiding some scratches on the rear bumper and I could also see a groove in the left front rotor. I figured it was something I could get painted and changed. After working out a deal with my parents to help pay for the car, I put the deposit down on July 6th and picked it up July 11th.

Updated 8.30.10

I got retuned without meth after having a few problems with the meth kit. I dealt with a lot of problems with the line staying connected and knowing whether or not it was spraying meth, so I decided to get a retune after seeing that EFI Logics was having a tuning sale for the end of the summer. The car is now at 328 whp and 356 wtq on EFI's Mustang Dyno and still feels great.

Here's the new dyno sheet:



Modifications

Engine:
Accessport Stage 2 - Protuned by Chris (EFI Logics)
APS 65mm Cold Air Intake
APS Turbo Inlet
APS 725 Front Mount Intercooler
APS 3” Turboback Exhaust
Perrin Equal Length Headers
Thermo-Tec Heat Wrapped Headers
Thermo-Tec Header Manifold Blanket
Greddy Uppipe
Sun Auto Hyper Force System
Sun Auto Hyper Voltage System
Forced Performance HTA68
Grimspeed 3-port Boost Controller
Grimspeed Phenolic Spacers 8mm
Walbro Fuel Pump
Deatschwerks 740cc Injectors
B-Line Motorsports Oil Cooler
Cusco Catch Can
Beatrush Forged Pitch Mount
Beatrush Cooling Plate
Beatrush Pulley Cover

Suspension and Brakes:
ISC Coilovers wtih Front/Rear Camber Plates
Cusco Front/Rear Sway Bars
Kartboy Front/Rear Endlinks
Ingalls Front/Rear Camber Bolts
Whiteline Anti-lift Kit (Comfort)
Whiteline Roll Center Kit
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Whiteline Com C Front Upper Strut Mounts
Car Lab X-brace
JDM STi Titanium Front Strut Tower Bar

DBA Front/Rear Slotted Rotors
Goodridge Stainless Steel Brake Lines
Motul Brake Fluid
Hawk HPS Front/Rear Brake Pads

Drivetrain:
ACT HD Clutch Kit
Kartboy Short Shifter
Kartboy Short Shifter Bushings
Redline Transmission Fluid

Wheels:
Enkei RPF1s 17x8
General Altimax Artic 225/45/17
Work XD-9s 18x9
Federal SS-595 255/35/18
ARP Extended Wheel Studs
5Zigen ProRacer Lug Nuts

Exterior:
JDM Rain Visors
JDM "I" Badge
JDM "IMPREZA" Trunk Badging
JDM WRX Pink 2 Piece Badge Set
JDM Foglights
JDM Clear Oval Side Markers
JDM Front Lip
Wingless Trunk
Painted WRX Sideskirts
WRX Hood Scoop
Carbon Couture Window Spoiler
Cleared Headlights by Lightwerks
20% tint
Autospeed License Plate Delete
Weapon R Hybrid Tank
Gimmick Motorsports Hood Dampers
Nukabe Rear Tow Hook
Kartboy Red Exhaust Hangers

Interior:
JDM Red Hazard Switch
JDM Spec-C Steering Wheel
JDM V8 Front Seats
STi Titanium Shift Knob
Pioneer Avic D-3
Pioneer Ipod Kit
Pioneer Front and Rear Speakers
Pioneer Amplifier
Zero/Sports Formula Push Button Start
Zero/Sports Shift Boot
Defi Gauges (Boost, Oil Temp, EGT)
Defi-Link Control Unit II
ATI Gauge Pod
AEM Wideband UEGO Gauge
Subie Gal 52mm Impreza Gauge Pod
Autospeed Dead Pedal
Kartboy Short Shifter and Bushings
05-07 STi Center Console
Coolingmist Status Monitor
Painted Center Console and Vent Rings
Black Carpet
Black Rear Seats
Black Door Cards

Uninstalled Parts:
KS Tech Hood Vent
Coolingmist Methanol Kit
Sparco Speed Seats
Sparco Seat Rails
Sparco Harness Bar
Zero/Sports Intake Pipe*
Zero/Sports Radiator Shroud*
SEIBON Carbon Fiber Trunk*
Mine's Carbon Fiber Spoiler*
Angel Eyes (disconnected)

* - sold

Here are some pics of my '02 2.5 RS:

After getting the coilovers installed



after getting the front/rear bumpers painted and both front fender painted





after the accident









Here are some pics of my '04 STi:

after a free oil change and car wash





lowered with angel eyes



@ my godparents house after we decided to clean all of our cars




More pics to come…
 

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Re: Vincent's 04 STi

I remeber your car too. When I was leaving a lot of Subarus were pulling into the lot

Update: Defi's installed. I'll post pics when I take pics tomorrow night.
 

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Re: Vincent's 04 STi

Here are more pics from yesterday

Cusco rear sway bar:



Engine bay with Zero/sports intake pipe:



According to Fedex.com I should be getting my radiator shroud and rain visors today. I'll take some pics and post them when i get the chance.
 

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Update:

JDM Rain Visors installed last Sunday. It was a pretty simple install with the help of my little brother. I'll post pics when I take some pics of the car. It's been raining the past few days so I haven't been able to get the car clean. There's also some tree sap that go onto my trunk from stuff dropping onto the car, so I'll try to get that cleaned up this weekend.

I found a great deal on equal length headers on SQC-NY :: Site :: Forums. I'm supposed to pick it up tonight. I'll get it installed when my APS TBE comes in.
 

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Re: Vincent's 04 STi

Nice upgrade, from RS to STi. Congratulations and welcome to the site!

If you're doing headers and TBE you should do the uppipe too. A lot of discussion here recently in the Engine, Power and Performance tech section. Check it out.
 

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clean car!!
 

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Re: Vincent's 04 STi

Thanks for the compliments.

I'm not looking to go too big on the car for now. Right now I just want to concentrate on the performance and handling of the car. When the rest of my exhaust parts comes in I'm going to take a day off from work and head to XX Tuning. I'll look to add more suspension parts next spring and go from there.
 

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Headed to the body shop

I picked up the headers last week and everything looked good. The guy was selling a bunch of other parts that I'll probably end up picking up when I get more money.

Right now I'll have to put some money into getting some work done on the body. I got hit Saturday night while making a left. This guy got into the left lane, but it was a left turn only lane. He ended up going straight and hitting me. I was able to control it, but there were too many cars coming so I couldn't turn around and chase him down to get his info. I'm planning on heading to the body shop once I get back from work. The place is good with their work and they're open 24hrs on week days. I'll get that painted and other misc. parts that were scratched up when I got the car.
 

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I took the car to the body shop last night. They should be done with everything by Thursday. I'm getting the dent and the bumper pulled out and painted and a few other stuff. It wasn't as bad as i thought it was going to be. I'll try to take new pics on Saturday.
 

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I still haven't done much to the car for the engine. I've stayed mainly with suspension, wheels, and tires. I had a day off yesterday so I decided to finally go stage 1. The power is definitely noticeable when I get on it. I figure it was a good time since I'll be going stage 2 in a few weeks. I'll learn the car with the power I have now, so I can feel the difference when I go stage 2 and get my protune.
 

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I'm trying to gather a few more parts before I get my tune. I've e-mailed Chris at XX Tuning a few times to get his suggestions on what parts I should get. He said that everything I have should be good for the tune. My friend recently sold his WRX and had a process west fmic and other parts that he was trying sell. After much consideration I decided to not buy the fmic, but instead go for water/meth injection. I figured I’d get more bang for the buck if I tooK this route.

I'm still researching on whether or now I should go 50/50 or another ratio. Any suggestions are welcomed.
 

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I was off from work this weekend so I took the time off on Saturday to change to my winter tires and wheels. While the wheel was off I also took the time to take out the intake silencer. It was a little tough getting out that second bolt because its a little tight in that area. It ended up snowing on Sunday, so I didn't have to worry about heading out with snow on the ground. It takes some time for the city to plow my street so knowing I wouldn't have any problems was great.

Here are the pics:



 

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awesome. i love the defi's. hopefully getting some along with other various things.
Thanks. It wasn't too bad of an install. My friend helped me put everything in. He has a hookup at one of the subaru dealerships so buying the part to install the oil temp was cheap.

I stopped by my friend's house to check out the meth kit and it looks like its not going to be too bad in my trunk. He included an extra tank too. I'm just waiting for the my exhaust to come in so everything can get installed.
 
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