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Post by Drpage420 on Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:50 pm

My story begins in high school. I became obsessed with the game Gran Turismo. My favorite car on there was the 1996 Impreza WRX. It seemed to be the most amazing vehicle. I did some research into the company and was very impressed with Subaru’s designs. They were amazing using AWD and Boxer engines. I decided to start saving up to buy one in 1997. I handed over my checks week after week to my mom. I told her my goal was to one the car that I had a poster of on my wall. It was a 1997 WRC Rally Championship car. She thought I was crazy, but supported me. I did have to take from my funds and buy a car when I turned 16 in 1999. It did not cost much though. 2000 came rolling around and I had a lot of money saved up. I went to the dealer, Jack Miller Subaru in Olathe and got to see a Blue Ridge Pearl 2.5RS two door. I fell in love with that model. I of course wanted to buy it right then, but it was someone else’s car. I graduated from high school in 2001 and was ready to buy my Subaru. Sadly the dealership did not have any for sale. I got to talk with the owner and he promised to call me if he could get another one in. He warned me that the WRX was going to be released soon and I might want that instead. I told him I wanted a two door and I did not really like the bug eyes. I got a call 2 months later and it was him letting me know that he got the last one in for the year. I told my mom that I need to go buy a car. She came up to the dealer with me and said it looked beautiful. I told her lets get it, this is the one I have been saving for. She laughed and said, well I understand but we are not going to buy a car you have never driven. I told her that did not matter and that it had a warranty. She insisted I take it for a drive, so we got the keys. My mom riding shotgun and the salesman in the backseat. I got on the highway and punched it, we saw 100mph in no time. Swerving through traffic, my mom of course screamed “drive like your mother is in the car”. So I got off the next exit and went back to the dealership to sign the paperwork. It took what seemed like forever to get out of there. All was said and done around 5:00 that evening. I called as many friends as I could to let them know I got the car and we were going to test drive it tonight. We went to a JC Penny Outlet and set up a cone course in the parking lot. We all took turns racing it on the track for hours. Around 3 am we decided to call it a night. The poor Subaru was beat and in need of a new set of tires, brakes and wheels. Other than that it help up great! I had that car for around 3 years until I had my first child. Here are some pictures of it over the 3 years.

Here is the Subaru with 17" Motegi MR7s Gunmetal

I added an Audiobahn System

Pictures of the subaru after Rally Racing in Missouri

Getting new suspension and wheels

I added WRX wheels

I joined the Army and moved away from Kansas City. I found a wonderful woman in North Carolina. We got married and I told her my dream of having another Subaru. She completely supported me buying one and helped me search. We moved and El Paso and that is when she found us one in Denver. We called the dealer and paid for it with our credit card. We took a road trip up there that weekend, but sadly the car was not as it looked in the pictures. It was a 2.5RS, but somebody did a engine and tranny swap with a EJ22 out of the Impreza L model. We had to get a refund and go home. Her and I were pretty sad, but we still keep our hopes up. We ended up moving back home to Kansas City. As soon as we got here, I got orders to go to Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan I set up a separate bank account to save up more money for a Subaru. I ended up getting injured and it took much longer than expected to get home. I was hurt and did not expect to be able to race for a while. Doctors had taken my drivers license and told me it would be a while before I got it back. I had stopped looking for a 2.5RS at this time. My wife came to meet me at the hospital in Fort Riley, KS. She convinced me not to give up on my dream and to focus on physical therapy and getting my drivers license back. I did just that and got it back within 30 days of coming home. That weekend I went home to see my wife. I got there Friday afternoon. She handed me a bus ticket and told me she had a surprise. She bought me a 2000 2.5RS, two door, manual, and in Blue Ridge Pearl. I took the bus to Grand Rapids, MI worrying the whole way that the car was not going to be perfect. It had 170,000 miles on it and was being repainted. When I took it around the block it did have some wear and tear being 10 years old, but it was still perfect. I drove it home and had a blast. I finally had my dream car. My wife asked me to make a promise not to work on it without her. So now it has become our hobby. We don’t over spend with it, but we do pick up fun parts here and there. Our goal is to make it a Version 6 STi. Here is pictures of the beginning of our project car.


This is the new Subaru after I got back from Grand Rapids. I am showing it off to my wife.

After I drove back to Fort Riley and gave it a wash

My wife and I breaking in our new car Wink

Information on the car
2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS
   * Blue Ridge Pearl (Full paint touch up June 2012) repaired all sun damage
   * 2 Door Model
   * 5 Speed Manual Transmision
   * 173,000 miles at purchase. Engine was rebuilt at 175,000

Car was originally sold in Washington then moved to Pennsylvania and got auctioned off. A dealer in Grand Rapids, MI bought it and had it shipped. I went there to pick it up.
Mods it came with:
MY02 WRX Momo Steering Wheel
MY02 WRX Front Seats (blue)

MODIFICATIONS

Engine:
- 5W20 Synthetic Motor Oil (AMSOil PN:ALMQT)
- STi Oil Filters (Tokyo Roki PN:15208AA100)
- Crank Case Air Breathers (Spectre PN:3991)

Intake System:
- Short RAM Intake (Weapon R PN:285885)

Exhaust System:
- Catback Exhaust (DC Sports PN:SCS6301)

Transmission:
- 75W90 Synthetic Manual Transmission Oil (AMSOil PN:MTG05)
- DOT 3 Synthetic Clutch Fluid (AMSOil PN:BF3SN)
- Short Throw Shifter (Cobb Tuning PN:COBB 211315)
- 5MT Shifter Front Bushings (Cobb Tuning PN:COBB 211320)
- 5MT Shifter Rear Stay Bushing (Cobb Tuning PN:COBB 211325)
- 5MT Shift Linkage Update (Turn In Concept PN:1001-01-0003)

Drivetrain:
- 75W90 Synthetic Gear Lube (AMSOil PN:FGRQT-EA)
- Extended Wheel Studs (ARP PN:100-7716)

Electronics:
- Battery- Redtop (Optima PN:8020-164 35)
- Horn- Supertone (Hella PN:HEL 003399801)

Lighting
- LED Map Light Bulbs- Cool White 6K (SuperBrightLEDs PN:3022-CWHP4)
- LED Dome Light Bulb- Blue (SuperBrightLEDs PN:3022-BHP4)
- Bumper Lights- Clear Lens (Depo PN:220-1608P-X)
- HID Fog Lights- Cool White 6K (Morimoto PN:1xH3C)
- Headlight- Black (Depo PN:4-HL-SUIP991-BK-2). Projector Retrofit* w/Custom semi-gloss/chrome black paint job.
   *Bi-Xenon Morimoto Mini Stage III Kit (D2S)
       *Projectors: Morimoto Mini D2S 2.0 Bi-Xenon
       *Ballasts: 35w Morimoto 3Five/5Five
       *Bulb: Morimoto 3Five 6000K (Cool White) D2S
       *Shroud: E46-R w/Centric Rings
       *Wire Harness: Morimoto Relay (9006)
- Parking (Corner) Lights- Black (Depo PN:220-1511PCAE2)
- LED Parking (Corner) Lights- Amber (SuperBrightLEDs PN:WLED-A19-T)
- Side Marker Lights- Clear Lens (Depo PN:220-1403PXAEVC)
- Tail Lights- Red/Clear Lens (JDM/STi Version 6 PN:84201FA180 "Left" & PN:84201FA190 "Right")
- LED Reverse Light Bulbs- Cool White 6K (VLEDs PN:1156_21_W_6K)
- LED License Plate Light Bulbs- Cool White 6K (VLEDs PN:194_6_N_W_6K)

Suspension:

- Coilovers (Tein Flex PN: DSS12-61SS1)
- Carbon Fiber Front Strut Tower Brace (JDM/STi Version 6 PN:E4010FA100)
- Rear Strut Tower Brace (Whiteline PN:KSB520)
- Front Sway Bar- 22mm Adjustable  (Whiteline PN:BSF19XZ)
- Rear Sway Bar- 22mm Adjustable (Whiteline PN:BSR20XZ)
- Front & Rear End Links, Extra Heavy Duty (Whiteline PN:KLC31)
- Camber Bolts (Whiteline PN:KCA414)

Brakes & Steering:
- High Performance Brake Fluid (AMSOil PN:BF3SN-EA)
- Power Steering Fluid (Lucas Oil PN:10442)
- Power Steering Stop Leak (Lucas Oil PN:10008)

Interior
- Performance Gauge Package- Lamco Vacuum, Volt, Oil Temp Gauge (USDM/Subaru PN:H5010FA034)
- Performance Gauge Housing (USDM/Subaru PN:H0017FC910OE)
- Electronic Gauge Package- Compass, Barameter, Altimeter, Outside Temperature (USDM/Subaru PN:H5010FC001)
- Carbon Fiber Patterned Trim Kit- M/T (USDM/Subaru PN: )
- Carbon Fiber Shift Knob (USDM/Subaru PN:C1010FA140)
- Carbon Fiber E-Brake Handle (USDM/Subaru PN:C1010FC121)
- Floor Mats (JDM/STi Version 6 PN: )

Exterior & Body
- Grille Emblem- Pink "I" (JDM/STi Version 6 PN: )
- SPT Decal Set (USDM/SPT PN:SOA588N400)
- Front Lip (JDM/STi Version 6 PN: )
- Front Aero Guards (JDM/STi Version 6 PN: )
- Rear Aero Guards (JDM/STi Version 6 PN: )
- Rear Spats (JDM/STi Version 6 PN: )
- Rear Trunk Spoiler (JDM/STi Version 6 PN: )
- Mud Flaps (Rally Armor PN:MF2-UR-BLK/BL)

Wheels/Tires:

- Summer Wheels- 17"x7.5" Gun Metal (Drag DR-33 PN: DR331775054573GM1)
- Summer Tires- P215/45/R17 87W (Falken Ziex ZE-512 PN:
- Lug Nuts- Hex Socket (Gorilla PN:20723)

LISTING OF OUR FUTURE MODIFICATIONS
Engine/Transmission/Drivetrain:
   - Complete Swap V7 STi or newer
Interior:
   - STi Version 6 Gauge Cluster with DCCD
   - Carbon Fiber Gauge Cluster Bezel
   - JVC Kameleon Head Unit
   - STi Version 6 Pedals
   - STi Door Sill Plate; Aluminum
Exterior:
   - STi Version 6 Side Skirts



The first modification we did to the car was Clear Bumper, Corner, and Side Marker lights.


We added a Carbon Fiber Shift Knob and Parking Brake Handle. We replaced the passenger side speaker spacer (she did it all by herself) and added a STi Carbon Fiber Strut Tower Brace (Crystena's first time using a socket wrench) (3/16/2013)



First time in the snow with the new Subaru

Playing with bald tires and the Subaru slide off the road and got stuck. Rough day for the Subie.

The car came with bald tires so we decided it would be best to get new wheels and tires. We got 17x7.5 Drag DR33s (gunmetal) with Falken P215/45R17 Sticky tires. It grips so much better now. No more sliding sideways on rainy days.


This is us putting a coat of wax on wheels at Modified by KC. Crystena waxing away.


Here is the Subaru with the new wheels on it.


More snow fell so I had to go test the new tires.


With 16 inches of snow on the road I almost got stuck. After backing up and getting more speed it pushed right through the snow. lol, this car is amazing.


We decided to added SPT Decals. I remember seeing these in the brochure when I was at the dealership in 2001.

3/24/2013

Well Crystena and I had a very productive weekend. We decided to dedicate all Saturday to putting parts on the Subaru.

Here is the Subaru when getting ready to be raised on the lift. We decided to spray the suspension bolt with PB Blaster while we did the tail light swap.

Here is the factory rear lights. We used a flat head screw driver to break the sealant on the lights. Once we got the lights out Crystena and I cleaned up the left over sealant. We wanted to have a real good seal on the new JDM tail lights.

Crystena scraping off the sealant.

Both the lights are out and we tested the new lights fitment.

Crystena is putting the trunk interior back together.
So we got the lights installed and are now moving on the the suspension. We will be removing the factory struts and springs, then replacing them with coilovers. We decided to buy Tein Flex DSS12-61SS1 Coil over systems. We like it because it has Electronic Damping Force Control capabilities. With the control in the car we can adjust the comfort levels of the suspension on the fly. No hassles converting from day to day driving and track days. There are a few roads in Kansas I like to play on in making this adjustment makes it more fun.

Here is the factory suspension we are pulling off.

Crystena is removing the top nuts from the strut top hats. She is also teaching our daughter Kaitlyn about the suspension.

This is a picture of the right front after we installed the new coilover. I was very happy all the brake fluid did not drain when we removed the lines from the calipers.

The coilovers look great on the car. The top center part of the coilover has a knob to adjust the damper level. We decided not to install the EDFC yet. It requires a lot of wiring and we did not have enough time for that.

Crystena and our daughter Tye are installing the STi front strut brace.
Now that we got all the suspension on we decided to head home from the shop. When we got home we decided to install the new performance gauge pack. We are not going to hook up the oil sensor or vacuum sensor right now. We really just want to see the fitment of the kit.

We decided to keep the electronic compass and put it in a open DIN. We had to remove the cubby that was there and lower the CD player. Everything was plug and play behind the dash. This was the easiest install yet. I am really happy we got to keep the compass. I like that feature along with the outside temp gauge. There was not much room behind the stereo with all this additional wiring, but we managed to tuck all the wiring in. So here are some final pictures of our project day. Notice the ride height on the rear of the car. It all dropped about an inch. We are going to adjust it a little more lower the car another half inch. It should let the tires fit snug in the wheel well.


3/31/2013

Well I got some more work on the Subaru done today. When I bought the wheels I got cheap lug nuts with them. After removing them a few times my wheel studs where showing damage. I had to replace a few of them. I ordered some ARP studs from Summit Racing. Sadly the studs where to long for an easy install. I went to the parts store and bought some OEM instead Sad. I decided to go ahead and order some mud flaps, because my new wheels and tires are very wide. They kick dirt and rocks all over the side of the car and it is impossible to keep clean. I went with Rally Armor because I heard they are the best. The install was very fast and easy. Here are some pics of the car with the new mud flaps.

Front picture of the Rally Armor mud flaps

Here are some pictures of the Rally Armor mud flaps from the back

4/04/2013

The Coilovers are settling in very well. I am starting to do little adjustments every couple days to get them just right for daily driving. Our new "I" emblem came in today, so we decided to go ahead and add the SPT decals and some scoobies for boobies stickers to the window. I also took some time this morning to snap a few shots.

These were the morning photo shots after taking it by the car wash

New shots of the SPT Decal (OEM)

New grille emblem, pink "I"
I am not sure if I will be keeping the SPT decals. I am kind of undecided. If anyone can give me feedback on their thoughts/opinions of how it looks, I would appreciate it?

4/19/2013

Crystena and I installed our new retrofit projection headlights and black corner lights. Now to be perfectly clear and up front, I did not build the retrofit headlights. I went to a great guy The Lighting Guru. He does custom builds of any lighting you want. I would highly recommend using him for all your lighting needs. He let us pick and choose exactly what we wanted and created what we were looking for. We decided that it would be best to go ahead and buy brand new lights for this project but that is not necessary when working with him. I broke the pictures down into steps to aid anyone who is choosing to do something like this on their own.

Headlights being removed in preparation for the retrofit lights to come in the mail. I highly recommend driving around without headlights during the day. People's looks were rather amusing. We picked out a projector kit to meet our overall intent with car build. The kit is from The Retrofit Source and includes everything you will need for the retrofit. We went with a BI-XENON MORIMOTO MINI STAGE III KIT (D2S) that has 6k bulbs running on 35w. This company has a pretty cool option that lets you customize your projector lenses and have anything you want etched in them.

While the headlight's front lenses were off we decided to paint the reflectors a glossy black and help the projectors stand out. Here are some pictures of them being put back together and the light beam adjusted to prevent the low beams from blinding other drivers. The Bi-Xenon kit is pretty cool with a mechanical Hi/Low beam adjuster that does not require any wire splicing to operate with your factory system.

Once they were properly adjusted The Lighting Guru sent me pictures to verify the project was done as I requested. He then packed them up and shipped off to me. As soon as they came we could not wait to install them so we got to work right away. This job was extremely easy and took less than an hour. Finding mounting points for the Ballasts and controller were not hard. The wiring kit is a plug and play on the OEM system and does not require any splicing. There was an additional wire that had to be installed for the ballasts. It did come with the kit and was easy to run across the car underneath the radiator mount.

With the blacked out headlights we decided to change out our clear corners with some "Black" Depo Lights. Although they don't match perfectly with the Depo Headlights they do look pretty good. Here are some pictures after they were installed.

We think the project came out great and has proven itself to be reliable and overall a good quality build. So far these lights have been tested in 110*F or more temperatures and -22*F temperatures. There have been no issues what so ever of shortings or fogging under the lenses.

Picture with only the parking lights on, the projectors are reflecting back the flash of our camera.

Picture with just the Low Beams on and a Picture with the Low Beams and Fog Lights on.

Here is a picture of them with High Beams on. I did try to get all the pictures in the exact same position but it was not easy. The lights now have a blue hue when they are not pointed directly at you. They do not have the same blue hue when your driving though. There is a very crisp white light that makes everything visible at night. We decided the 6k bulbs were the color and brightness of the lights we wanted.
After the install we learned a hard lesson that having HID lights on our car makes every other light look dull and old. Crystena ended up changing out the corner lights to LEDs right away.
The LEDs offer a crisp light that matches the HID kit. I think my fog lights look like crap now so we ordered a HID kit for them as well. I will post pictures and update of that install as soon as I get to the shop.


4/28/2013

Took some pictures of the car during the day. The new lights look great. My wife and I ordered a Version 6 STI spoiler today along with some LED lights for the car. We are excited to do some installing next weekend.



8/22/2013

I took some pictures last weekend after cleaning my wife's new car and the Subaru.


12/14/2013

To match the front lighting of our car and also make up for the all around 5% window tint. We decided to change out the license plate lights with 6k LEDs and reverse lights with a more luminous 6k LEDs as well. This really worked out good and here are some pictures

The lighting while in reverse is great and I am now able to drive backwards at night without rolling down my windows. We were a little worried about all these LEDs building up heat and melting the light sockets or starting a fire so we kept a close eye on them. We decided to test them ourselves allowing each of them to run for 1 hour after they were installed. The lights did not build up heat and we could actually touch them while they were powered on without getting burnt. We bought multiple different lights and found that the high quality lights work much better and stay cooler. Well I hope you all enjoyed my long post about the lighting in our Subaru. I will make sure to update this if anything changes.


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Post by WANTED on Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:33 pm

First of all, welcome to the forum.

Very cool project. I wish I could get my wife to wrench with me, so consider yourself a very lucky man. Especially if she's willing to do an engine swap and is able to source you out a gem of a build car. I look forward to seeing the progress.

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Post by Drpage420 on Sun Dec 15, 2013 12:54 am

Thank you for the support and nice welcome "Wanted". After jumping through the site I am excited to get down there and attend a meet. It really looks like a similar group we have up here in Kansas City. I am going to Alabama for some classes January and February but then I will be heading to El Paso and I expect to get there early March. Hope to see you at a meet around that time frame.

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Post by Chaz2.5 on Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:43 pm

Looking forward to your arrival and seeing your car.  Loving the retrofit.  I may have to look into them myself. How do you like those Depo clear bumper lights?

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Post by Drpage420 on Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:32 pm

The Depo Clear bumper lights have worked out very well. I am not too pleased with the corner lights, but no issues what so ever on the bumper lights. They have stayed sealed for over a year, so no fogging issues. The lens have also held up pretty good and are just as clear as the day I bought them.

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Post by Drpage420 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:26 pm

Well I got a little carried away prepping for the move and bumped up the timeline on my JDM Swap. I bought this front clip, 2000 JDM Subaru Impreza STi Version 6 Type RA Limited:

With any luck I will get it all swapped over prior to heading down there.

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Post by WANTED on Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:39 am

Hopefully you can get to the motor under that Amazonian maze of wires. Yikes!!!!!!!

Are you getting enough of the interior to add in the diff controller as well? That would be kinda nice to have. The mirror controller too?

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Post by gregroot198521 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:20 am

Nice build!

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Post by Chaz2.5 on Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:46 pm

Man, I look at all those wires and it looks like the grounding kit has a grounding on it! What are you going to do with the clip once you do the swap? Plans for a RHD swap?

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Post by Drpage420 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:33 pm

Chaz2.5 wrote:Man, I look at all those wires and it looks like the grounding kit has a grounding on it!  What are you going to do with the clip once you do the swap?  Plans for a RHD swap?

Well I ended up completing about 90% of the complete swap before I had to leave KC and come here. I ended up leaving the car with a friend who will be installing the body kit and dropping the car off at our local speed shop for a solid baseline tune. To answer your question Chaz2.5 I cut the clip into scrap pieces due to the crunch time. I removed every single bolt and tried to retain anything of value before getting out the cutting torch. I will try and post some pictures soon of the complete project. Hopefully with any luck the car will be ready for pickup in a month or two. I am kind of taking it slow on going to get it so I can get my family settled. We did find a house on the East side in the Tierra community. For the time being I will be sporting a minivan or my wife's Honda Civic. Hopefully I can catch some of you at the next meet.

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Post by Chaz2.5 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:36 pm

Welcome to El Paso! I think Don lives out in that area.

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Post by STi2eNvy on Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:27 pm

Hey Steven, I actually live near the intersection of Rich Beem & Montana but a majority of us from EPAWD live in this area! Hopefully we get to meet you soon.

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Post by Drpage420 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:20 am

Very cool, I will keep an eye out for the next meet. I am looking forward to meeting the group.

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Post by Drpage420 on Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:24 am

Oh, if any needs anyone wants help working on their car? My garage is setup now so I can always lend a hand. I specialize in Subarus but have pretty much worked on every make vehicles (besides exotics) out there.

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Post by Drpage420 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:18 am

Went up to KC last weekend and brought back the Subaru. Looking into a tune for 91 octane.

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Post by camron_25rs on Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:53 pm

Nice hopefully you can find one. Btw some pics would be awesome when you can get the chance.
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Post by WANTED on Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:32 pm

What are you planning to use for tuning? I might know a few options depending on if you're willing to travel or set up a tuning day to get a guy out there.

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Post by STi2eNvy on Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:30 pm

Good to hear, hopefully we see you out at some meets soon so that CJ isn't the only one w/ a 2.5rs lol

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Post by Drpage420 on Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:12 pm

WANTED wrote:What are you planning to use for tuning?  I might know a few options depending on if you're willing to travel or set up a tuning day to get a guy out there.

I currently have an Apexi Power FC w/Datalogit and a laptop in the car. I picked up an AEM A/F Ratio gauge kit but have not gotten the sensor welded on my down pipe yet. I went to an exhaust shop to see if they could do it and went by SVS to see if they could do it. Both said they would need the down pipe removed. I am in the process of building some ramps at my house so I can get the car off the ground, it is a real pain with how low it is sitting. It is a real pain in the @$$ using both my floor jacks to get it up on jack stands. I did an initialization of the FC Pro when I installed it and made one setting for the 90mm MAF to get the car running smoothly. It does well but I am not a tuner so I am doing my research and getting the A/F Gauge going before I tweak any MAPs. I have talked to two people about tuning since I got into town; One being a guy that tunes off the Western Tech dyno and the other is from SVS and does an over the road tune focusing on the A/F Ratio keeping it on a safe tune. My plan was to do exactly that but I am looking into speeding up the process by paying a tuner to start me off with a solid/safe baseline tune. I understand that is what the Apexi is supposed to provide but I am seeing some quirky things that make me question that. The first is after 3,000 rpms the knock gauge starts to raise (1 bar) and the other is when I come off the highway the car is confused on what it needs to idle at. It will rev up to 1,500rpm and then go back down and then raise again in a random sequence. I believe this is an issue with the MAF readings. Once the car is stopped at a light or at least slows down below 25km per hour it levels out at around 700rpm. Depending on the distance and price traveling is not really an issue. I can easily rent a trailer and pull it to a location. With any luck I will pull the down pipe on lunch break and get the sensor welded that evening or Saturday morning.

I am thinking about buying some spark plugs and possibly injectors prior to a tune. Right now the car is running on VP Gas (101 Octane). I am also wanting to hook up the A/C but need an EJ251's A/C Compressor. If any of ya'll have some good suggestions on what plugs and injectors to run or where I can get a Compressor cheap, please let me know.

I definitely plan on coming to the next meet. My car is not in tip top shape or anything but I am working on it in my spare time. I only have a few things left until the project is done.

Here are a few shots of the car on the trip:

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Post by Chaz2.5 on Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:44 pm

WooHoo! Glad to see it finally made it to El Paso.

IMO, I wouldn't go to anyone in El Paso to tune my car. That's just me though. I think Don is suppose to be getting a reputable tuner out here once his car is ready to tune him.

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Post by Chaz2.5 on Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:09 pm

FWIW, there is a guy up in Santa Fe that totaled his RS and is parting it out. He has a posting on craigslist. Just search for "wrecked 2.5RS" in Santa Fe. Otherwise, Ebay would probably be your best bet

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Re: 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS family project

Post by WANTED on Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:10 pm

Stay far, far away from SVS for anything. You will regret taking a chance on them for ANYTHING.
Before it also comes up, stay away from letting Rich at Speed Factory attempt it either. He sucks and unless something has changed, he's generally the one that tunes on WT dyno. I've seen a few of his maps, and they are downright scary.

All of the guys I would use for tuning are outside of El Paso. A guy I worked with in the past in Tuscon is Evan Smith of ES Tuned.

CamTuning in Albuquerque MiGhT be able to help you, although he tends to preference ecu flash and accessport.

Steve Kahn of Kahn tuning out of Dallas is a great tuner. He'll come to El Paso for group tuning in the past. I ended up tuning my LGT out of a shop called Dynoshaq in El Paso that offers use of a Dynojet dyno as Western Tech turned me down flat.

If you're willing to make the drive to Colorado, I know guys who know everything there is to know on tuning and building Subarus. Only an 8 hour drive up I25 and will be well worth the money.

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Post by WANTED on Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:15 pm

Get enough cars together and a Dyno and Perhaps you can get Harvey Epstein, The Boost Creep, to fly down to tune you guys on whatever you can throw at him.

Adam at Revolutions Performance used to do it. He may or may not at present as his shop keeps him pretty busy.

Jeremy of Servion Tuning used to do so as well.

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Re: 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS family project

Post by gregroot198521 on Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:06 pm

Saw your car today (and yesterday) was tempted to park next to you and take a pic, maybe I will the next day I see your beastie.

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