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Yamazaki
06-06-2010, 12:48 AM
This car taught me how modifications can become a madness that consumes you (and your wallet), and I stopped modding it in mid-'12.

2005 Impreza WRX STi
WR Blue Pearl
44,000 miles (purchased with 20 miles on odometer)

Exterior:
WRX wing
Saab 92x Linear hood w/Saab badge
Saab 92x fenders
Saab 92x front bumper w/foglights
Saab 92x front grille
Saab 92x side skirts
Saab 92x airbag module
Saab 92x door sills
rear windshield wiper/wiper assembly imported from Japan
Side mirrors imported from Japan
GT Factory Diablo Door system
5Zigen GN+ 18x8.5J rims (and stock silver BBS's, depends on which I feel like putting on at the moment)
Saab logo tire valve caps


Interior:
'07 STI Limited center console and HVAC controls
'07 STI rear seats (has rear passthrough)
Recaro Speed black vinyl/blue suede driver and passenger seats
Weighted 6mt shift knob from STI catalogue
Defi triple gauge pod (clock mounted)
'07 STi Limited red hazard button
Broadway 270mm LED lit rearview mirror
'07 STI black floormat option
'05 STI extended center armrest option
LED cabin dome lighting from Autobacs
'07 Impreza headunit w/Aux in port
Electronic/Electrical:
Defi BF Amber gauges (oil pressure/boost gauge/exhaust temp)
Side mirror control module imported from Japan
COBB Accessport
Forester wiper control switch and module
Gentex 313 rearview mirror with Homelink

Mechanical:
GReddy Evo2 turbo back exhaust
Garrett 35R rotated mount
APS DR725 front mount intercooler
Custom fabricated intercooler piping
Crower engine internals stroked to 2.7 Liters
820cc injectors
Stock cams
TGV deletes
'05 STI short throw shifter option
Exedy Hyper Multi clutch
IAG Air/Oil separator

Suspension/Braking:
Cusco adjustable rear sway bar
Kartboy endlinks
STi Stainless steel braided brake lines


Removed:
VIS Racing Tracer carbon fiber hood (all painted except around vents)
'04 STI headlights (I traded mine after I had cleared them and wanted the amber back)
Aqua reverse hood scoop
AeroCatch hood latches
RedlineTuning hood struts
Syms fog light covers
STI Door sills from STI catalogue
PIAA blue LED running lights (wired to the stock foglight system)
Alpine KCA 420i interface adaptor for iPod
4" Alpine MBA-W925JB headunit
Blue/black steering wheel cover from Autobacs
'08 Impreza "IMPREZA" badge
Badging garnish from Autobacs
Silver "STI" badge from S401 on trunk
custom "2.7L" badging on trunk
WRX wing

Interesting note:
I went with the Forester rear wiper control module because it has an 'intermittent' option, unlike the Legacies and Imprezas which only have 'on' or 'off'.
The dynograph was on Shell 91. I never intend to put race gas or an injection system on, so I only had it dyno-tuned for what is available anywhere, anytime.

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2010/06/th_subaruextensive005-1.jpg (http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/yamazakisubaru/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/subaruextensive005.jpg) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2010/06/th_subaruextensive015-1.jpg (http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/yamazakisubaru/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/subaruextensive015.jpg) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2010/06/th_DSCF0011-1.jpg (http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/yamazakisubaru/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF0011.jpg) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2010/06/th_YamazakiSubaruDyno-1.jpg (http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/yamazakisubaru/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/YamazakiSubaruDyno.jpg)

New Pics!
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mike-tracy
06-06-2010, 04:00 AM
That car is unbelievable. If you could do it over, what would you have done differently?

06-06-2010, 04:11 AM
+1 except the lambo doors imo, but i cant say anything with that dyno sheet staring at me

Yamazaki
06-06-2010, 06:54 AM
That car is unbelievable. If you could do it over, what would you have done differently?

+1 except the lambo doors imo, but i cant say anything with that dyno sheet staring at me
Yeah, the doors are a little annoying. They're really easy to open and give lots of space to get in/out, but the two big detractors are 1) no passengers seem to follow directions how to open without first yanking on them furiously (which is actually a testament to their build quality since they've never broken), and 2) they draw WAAAY too much attention when I get out (so does the hood...).

But if I could go back, I'd only do stuff that's reversible. We move on in our lives and it sucks to be stuck with something you did in a phase of your life that you're no longer at.

It's irrelevant now though. The S401 more than makes up for all of the craziness of the Imp. And I'm crafting yet another "project" (it'll be my 7th Subie!) that I'll be revealing soon.

Yamazaki
10-14-2011, 11:38 PM
Just returned from visiting my Impreza for the first time in too many years and took some pictures while I was there getting it ready action again. I also changed the exhaust to something quieter.

Anyway, the new pics are in the first post (as thumbnails).

SativaMan04
10-15-2011, 01:39 AM
Beast!!! Did you tune it yourself?

Yamazaki
10-15-2011, 02:00 AM
Beast!!! Did you tune it yourself?
No. Just before I left Hawaii in '08, Jarrad from PDX came out and tuned a number of cars. Here are pics of him tuning:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2011/10/th_DSCF1156-1.jpg (http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/yamazakisubaru/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF1156.jpg) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2011/10/th_DSCF1153-1.jpg (http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/yamazakisubaru/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF1153.jpg) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2011/10/th_DSCF1150-1.jpg (http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/yamazakisubaru/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF1150.jpg)

rocketlegacy
10-15-2011, 03:10 AM
that car has got to pull like freight train... i hope you went on a drive while you were over there.

elislider
10-17-2011, 06:28 PM
amazing! so many factory option parts ive never even seen

SativaMan04
10-17-2011, 07:17 PM
Beast!!! Did you tune it yourself?
No. Just before I left Hawaii in '08, Jarrad from PDX came out and tuned a number of cars. Here are pics of him tuning:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2011/10/th_DSCF1156-1.jpg (http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/yamazakisubaru/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF1156.jpg) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2011/10/th_DSCF1153-1.jpg (http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/yamazakisubaru/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF1153.jpg) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2011/10/th_DSCF1150-1.jpg (http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/yamazakisubaru/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF1150.jpg)

I bet you had butterflies while he was tuning it. hehe You got all the good cars!! :smt027

Dead91silvia
02-11-2012, 02:41 AM
I'm doing work to a customers car that has a carbon fiber hood thats really close to the same look as yours.

Thats a clean looking car for sure. Not much for the doors, I think it would drive me nuts, but thats me. Is this car still in HI? Or is it going to be home with you where the S401 is?

Yamazaki
02-11-2012, 02:58 AM
It is not in Hawaii, it's in SoCal. It will be active once again in about a week and I'll drive it across the US where it will meet up with the S401 (I'll be getting a car for the Blitzen project along the way as well).

Right now it is undergoing some changes before I return:

1) Tilton clutch changed to Exedy HyperMulti clutch (for a more tolerable driving experience)
2) Utec removed
3) Two map tunes; one for daily activity, and one to destroy a friend's Shelby GT500 at any type of racing venue (drag, auto-x, etc.).

...and the doors DO drive me nuts. But they are structurally part of the car now. No easily undoing what has been done....so I live with it.

Dead91silvia
02-11-2012, 03:36 AM
Ahh.... I see. It's too bad you dont have a reason to drive up to Washington, would be cool to meet up with ya, but So-Cal is about 20+ hours from me.... bummer.... Come to think of it, you should come get my BH from me and sell it over on the east coast, no rust! haha

How are the doors part of the structure? I thought most of those kits retained and used the original door mounts? I guess I can see leaving it if they are welded in place if thats the case.

Yamazaki
02-11-2012, 03:41 AM
How are the doors part of the structure? I thought most of those kits retained and used the original door mounts? I guess I can see leaving it if they are welded in place if thats the case.
Yup...

Dead91silvia
02-11-2012, 03:42 AM
That sucks!

Yamazaki
02-11-2012, 03:43 AM
Yup...

Dead91silvia
02-11-2012, 03:45 AM
Then again, I'm betting you had it done back in the day when they first came out so it's understandable... I was at a yard a couple weeks ago getting a new sunroof glass for my BH and I saw a 2006 Ford Explorer with those type of doors. As much as I dont really like them, they are kinda cool!

Yamazaki
02-11-2012, 03:49 AM
It was done in '05. In fact, if you go to a back issue of Modified Mag (Dec '05) you'll see my car on page 91. It's an ad for GT Factory and my car is right there in the middle. I'll see if I can find a copy of it....

But yeah, done at a time in my life when I thought it was cool. 7 years later however, that is no longer the case.

Dead91silvia
02-11-2012, 04:06 AM
Thats kinda cool! A little claim to fame!

Funny how when we are younger, we do things we think will be awesome forever and then we get older and realize it might have not been the best idea. I remember painting my Silvia 2 tone and go figure less then 6 months later not liking it as much. After doing a $5000 paint job, I didnt feel like doing it all over again...

Yamazaki
02-11-2012, 04:27 AM
Found it.

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2012/02/advertisement-1.jpg

It was before I ditched the whale tail, traded my cleared '05 headlights for stock '04 headlights, and a host of other things. But you can still see the Syms foglight covers, the massive APS DR725 FMIC, and you can kind of see the Aqua inverted hood scoop.

In fact, here's a picture of the car from that timeframe:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2012/02/P10100011-1.jpg

Dead91silvia
02-11-2012, 11:56 AM
Thats pretty cool! They have your car as the main one even though I see a Plymouth Prowler, M3, NSX, a Vette, and some others but a Subaru is the big selling point. haha!

elislider
02-11-2012, 03:02 PM
I like those fog light covers

Yamazaki
02-25-2012, 01:22 AM
Yes! This car is active once again! The crappy Tilton twin plate clutch was replaced with an Exedy hyper twin and it makes a world of difference! I also had the car retuned, but it wasn't done very well and I'll have to get it redone again when I arrive on the East Coast. I'm a little angry about shelling out serious cash for a mediocre tune, but I really didn't have many options....

98legwag
02-25-2012, 09:48 AM
Yes! This car is active once again! The crappy Tilton twin plate clutch was replaced with an Exedy hyper twin and it makes a world of difference! I also had the car retuned, but it wasn't done very well and I'll have to get it redone again when I arrive on the East Coast. I'm a little angry about shelling out serious cash for a mediocre tune, but I really didn't have many options....

For tuners on the east coast I recommend http://agileauto.com/. They done some great cars including my brother's 05 STI. There are some other good ones in the MD/DC/VA area but I have personal experience with Agile.

Yamazaki
05-21-2012, 04:44 PM
So I finally had the car re-tuned (actually, it was done a few weeks ago) and it drives like a car again. I also learned that you can fudge the numbers on a tune simply by adding "correction" or something like that. So my previously impressive numbers weren't really all that impressive. I got two tunes - one with and one without a silencer:

Silencer (13lbs boost max)
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2012/05/Alexis_Silencer-1.jpg

Without Silencer (22lbs boost max)
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2012/05/Alexi_Dyno-1.jpg

I am told that these are more realistic numbers...

Oh yeah, and I installed '07 STI Limited center console w/HVAC controls. Looks cool. I'll post pictures later.

chrish8r
05-23-2012, 10:39 PM
Very nice looking subie...I wonder if ill get to see any of your cars sometime because i go to the occasional car show in maryland

Yamazaki
07-31-2012, 04:37 PM
Just hit 30,000 miles today!

hansvonaxion
07-31-2012, 05:56 PM
Ask for ATW figures, that way correction doesn't come into play.

SilverSuby
07-31-2012, 06:33 PM
Does it have the wrx or sti spoiler now?
-Logan

Huffer
07-31-2012, 06:38 PM
^^ not completely true - because At The Wheel figures depend on the kind of dyno being used. Every dyno has a correction built into it. The only way to get a true baseline is car vs car - the same car, same dyno, same tuner. Hardly ever happens.

All you can do is quote what you've been given and give the type of dyno. Mustang Dynos for example are reputedly "heartbreakers" - many people with supposedly 400whp cars have sat on those dynos only to achieve 350-390whp. And others have been known to do a dyno run on a high-reading dyno just for bragging rights.

hansvonaxion
07-31-2012, 06:50 PM
^^ not completely true - because At The Wheel figures depend on the kind of dyno being used. Every dyno has a correction built into it. The only way to get a true baseline is car vs car - the same car, same dyno, same tuner. Hardly ever happens.

All you can do is quote what you've been given and give the type of dyno. Mustang Dynos for example are reputedly "heartbreakers" - many people with supposedly 400whp cars have sat on those dynos only to achieve 350-390whp. And others have been known to do a dyno run on a high-reading dyno just for bragging rights.

Well I didn't want to get into it so I kept it simple, wheel/tyre size, tyre pressure, the gear you run in etc can all affect figures. The correction built into the dyno is a constant and relatively easy to account for, ATW figures get around the problem of operator fudging etc. I've seen people on other forums comparing their FWHP numbers when you can clearly see massive differences in the correction (both ATW and FW numbers were given). You should always ask for ATW numbers or at the very least ask for the correction applied to be printed on the graph.

Dyno Dynamics have a method of keeping their correction for FW numbers constant across different dynos so they're pretty accurate when quoting FWHP.

Yamazaki
07-31-2012, 08:46 PM
Ultimately I don't really care too much about HP numbers. I just wanted a drivable car, not a dyno queen.
I print off the dyno graphs so that I know exactly where the powerband is.

Dead91silvia
07-31-2012, 08:56 PM
Just hit 30,000 miles today!

Amazing! :shock:
HAHA

Yamazaki
07-31-2012, 09:10 PM
Does it have the wrx or sti spoiler now?
-Logan
I ditched the STi wing many years ago.

hansvonaxion
07-31-2012, 09:19 PM
I print off the dyno graphs so that I know exactly where the powerband is.

The torque curve is much more important than peak HP for a road car.
:smt023

Yamazaki
01-07-2013, 06:37 PM
I picked up a Prova grille while in Japan. It's getting painted this week and I'll install it when I put on the 18" wheels I've been waiting to put back on.

98legwag
01-08-2013, 08:31 AM
MMMM. I am going to want to see that.

Yamazaki
01-19-2013, 04:41 PM
Finally took pictures of the front with the new grille:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/01/th_DSCF3652-2.jpg (http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/yamazakisubaru/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF3652.jpg) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/01/th_DSCF3654-2.jpg (http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp350/yamazakisubaru/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF3654.jpg)

amgarrety
01-19-2013, 05:51 PM
I need your garage. I wish I had space to take pictures from within the garage.

Yamazaki
01-19-2013, 07:31 PM
I need your garage. I wish I had space to take pictures from within the garage.
Yeah, you know I like it. If I emptied it, I could probably fit three cars in there. Six if they were Cappuccinos! :lol:

98legwag
01-20-2013, 09:41 AM
That grill is fantastic.

Dead91silvia
01-20-2013, 11:48 AM
I need your garage. I wish I had space to take pictures from within the garage.
Yeah, you know I like it. If I emptied it, I could probably fit three cars in there. Six if they were Cappuccinos! :lol:

HAHA :smt005

I like that grill! Looks good on your car. :smt023

Yamazaki
01-20-2013, 03:29 PM
Thanks guys! It's kind of funny. On other forums, the Impreza is the only one people care about. On this forum, I feel like my Impreza gets little love. I understand it's a Legacy forum, but it's still my primary car. It's the one I spend the most time with.

...and it's the one that annoys me the most! :smt005

rkrenicki
01-20-2013, 04:12 PM
I need your garage. I wish I had space to take pictures from within the garage.
Yeah, you know I like it. If I emptied it, I could probably fit three cars in there. Six if they were Cappuccinos! :lol:

I would settle just for any garage.. even one too small, and the butt of my car stuck out the back!.. lol

Dead91silvia
02-03-2013, 12:35 PM
I think you got a better deal... I dont think this guy had the right shop do it :smt023

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/02/doors_zpsdc136342-2.jpg

amgarrety
02-03-2013, 12:37 PM
Hahaha thank you for actually posting this.

Yamazaki
02-05-2013, 06:10 PM
Just in case I have any Dynamat left over from the "Blitzen6", I took off a couple door panels to plan where to put it and found out why the Impreza is quieter. It already has a bunch of sound deadening! But only in the doors. The trunk is all metal. So that's where the leftover Dynamat will go.

Dead91silvia
02-05-2013, 09:54 PM
Yamazaki doesnt even acknowledge my post... LOL

Yamazaki
02-07-2013, 07:22 PM
Hit 36K miles today!

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/02/20130207_060444_508-2.jpg

Yamazaki
03-01-2013, 03:15 PM
So if you follow my H6 thread, you'll know I'm a little frustrated with it right now.
So to take my mind off of it, I'm thinking of doing something to the Impreza. There are a couple people out there that know what I have in mind, but I'd like it to be a surprise to everybody else. As with everything else I do, I want to get it all done as soon as possible. As the H6 proves, I get more and more frustrated the longer a project takes, so I plan to keep this simple. The problem is that I have no money. So Dead91Silvia gave me a crash course (no pun intended) on being an ebay seller and I have a whole basement full of parts just waiting to be turned into cash for this new project. It will address the more "ricer/tuner" aspects of the current configuration and I think the end product will get positive reviews.


Stay tuned...

amgarrety
03-01-2013, 04:23 PM
I know what you have in mind, and I must say, I don't think I've ever been so excited to see an STI with lime green paint, wicked negative camber, and 22" chrome rims. I think it will look awesome.

Yamazaki
03-01-2013, 04:54 PM
Damn, you told! And it's "ectoplasm green", not lime green....
:smt005


Seriously though, even for you guys who have an idea what's up, you don't know the details. I'm finding out how many different ways I can do this and I'm having trouble deciding on what specifics I want.

MRLancaster
03-01-2013, 06:30 PM
Damn, you told! And it's "ectoplasm green", not lime green....
:smt005


Seriously though, even for you guys who have an idea what's up, you don't know the details. I'm finding out how many different ways I can do this and I'm having trouble deciding on what specifics I want.


:lol:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/03/green_zps7517fcc6-2.jpg

Someone did it first.

Let me know if you need help with "IT"!

98legwag
03-01-2013, 06:40 PM
You have my attention. Go on...

Yamazaki
03-07-2013, 04:58 PM
Okay, I ran into a cost issue. This project is on temporary hold. I got a few of the parts in already though, so I'm debating whether I should post some teasers, but I'd rather wait until it's completed.

So here's what I'll do: I'll post up whatever I have completed in three weeks. It seems like a long time, but I can only do things on the weekends...

Dead91silvia
03-08-2013, 12:56 AM
Okay, I ran into a cost issue. This project is on temporary hold. I got a few of the parts in already though, so I'm debating whether I should post some teasers, but I'd rather wait until it's completed.

So here's what I'll do: I'll post up whatever I have completed in three weeks. It seems like a long time, but I can only do things on the weekends...

I would take some progress pics, but dont post them till it's all said and done. This will be awesome though!

MRLancaster
03-08-2013, 06:48 PM
Post a picture of a bolt here and there. Nothing to give it away hehe

Yamazaki
03-12-2013, 06:27 PM
Here's a teaser!
(actually, it's kind of a giveaway)

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/03/DSCF3704-1.jpg

amgarrety
03-12-2013, 06:32 PM
Even knowing what your project is, this doesn't give away much to me.

Actually, it confuses me.

rkrenicki
03-12-2013, 07:05 PM
According to the part number on that light, it could be from a BP/BL Legacy, BR/BM Legacy, Subaru R2, GH/GE Impreza, GD/GG Impreza, SG Forester, or SH Forester.. as well as a few Toyotas and other derivative/rebranded cars of any of the above.

So, its a pretty popular light model, and does not give much away at all ;) ... Are you converting the car into an R2? :lol:

Yamazaki
03-12-2013, 08:30 PM
An R2 that is "ectoplasm green" with 22" chrome wheels! That's it!

Dead91silvia
03-12-2013, 08:36 PM
An R2 that is "ectoplasm green" with 22" chrome wheels! That's it!

That will be awesome! :grin:

Yamazaki
03-18-2013, 04:36 PM
I really should have done more research before diving into this new crazy project. The Impreza is down until I can work some things out. This has led to the S401 becoming the DD.
I do not like this new development. The Impreza WILL BE drivable by next week. I swear it.

amgarrety
03-18-2013, 05:14 PM
I told you. Didn't I tell you? I told you this would be just like the Blitzen.....

Yamazaki
03-18-2013, 05:49 PM
I told you. Didn't I tell you? I told you this would be just like the Blitzen.....
Yes you did....
I don't learn. :oops:

Yamazaki
03-19-2013, 08:55 PM
Project aborted and the car has been restored to normal (errr, the way it was before I started this project).
I will re-attempt this after some thorough research has been completed.

On the bright side, it wasn't a total waste of time. I did put in new wheel liners and changed my brake pads (which were almost gone).

amgarrety
03-19-2013, 08:59 PM
I wonder why your brakes were almost gone, that seems odd for how you drive :razz:

Care to elaborate any further as to what didn't work? I didn't know if you wanted to give it away or not, but I'm interested to hear what issues came up.

Dead91silvia
03-19-2013, 11:17 PM
Parts not fitting... I'm doing a bit of homework for him right now to see what it will take to make it work properly...

MRLancaster
03-20-2013, 11:18 AM
I wonder why your brakes were almost gone, that seems odd for how you drive :razz:

:lol:

MRLancaster
03-20-2013, 11:18 AM
Don't say aborted, say temporarily postponed ;)

Dead91silvia
03-20-2013, 12:00 PM
Don't say aborted, say temporarily postponed ;)
Thats what I told him over the phone... haha

Yamazaki
03-20-2013, 03:14 PM
No, it's aborted. I could not postpone it in the state the car was in. Postponing is stopping where you are while you figure things out. I had to undo and revert everything back to the original state. That is effectively aborting the project.

I said that I would re-attempt it once the problems have been more thoroughly researched and overcome. However, the current attempt has been cancelled and undone, not put on hold.

kiyo1990
03-21-2013, 04:26 PM
Wow thats an amazing car

Yamazaki
03-27-2013, 04:40 PM
Wow thats an amazing car Thanks!

I would actually like to do the "independent fog light" mod, but since I've only seen it done on an H6 (and I wasn't even the person who did it, the thanks go to amgarrety for that) I don't know how to do it on the Impreza...

harrymaneuvers
03-27-2013, 07:38 PM
I have done it on the 04 WRX wagon.

Pretty easy actually:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthr ... ?t=2288529 (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2288529)

Yamazaki
03-27-2013, 08:18 PM
Excellent, thanks!

amgarrety
03-28-2013, 10:37 AM
Yeah, sorry for my lack of activity. Independent fog lights should be a very easy mod to perform universally, as it only requires you feeding constant ignition power to the fog lights. The only part that is sometimes difficult is actually figuring out which wires you need to cut and splice. It seems like that DIY explains exactly what you need.

rkrenicki
04-01-2013, 03:41 PM
My favorite Civic Type R ever. lol

Yamazaki
05-24-2013, 07:16 PM
Okay, I restarted and completed the "mystery project". It required waaaay more work than I thought was needed in the beginning and had to take it to a shop and get some one-off fabrication done to make it work. I think I have finally learned my lesson.

So..... I am done modifying this car for good. I don't want to punish my bank account anymore.










I will post pictures some other time.

Dead91silvia
05-24-2013, 09:29 PM
What the hell?! No pics with that post??? I know what you did and got a pic on my phone, but you need to get some high res stuff posted up!

Not many people will expect this! :smt023

Yamazaki
05-27-2013, 08:20 AM
I will throw up a couple teaser pics first.

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/05/DSCF3999-1.jpg
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/05/DSCF4001-1.jpg
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/05/DSCF4003-1.jpg


Here are the rest:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/05/th_DSCF3998-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF3998.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/05/th_DSCF3996-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF3996.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/05/th_DSCF4002-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF4002.jpg.html)

Yamazaki
05-27-2013, 08:27 AM
Things to note though:
1) I haven't bolted down the bumper yet in those pics so the corners stick out a little.
2) The fenders on the Saab and WRX are narrower than the STI, so the tires stick out now:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/05/th_DSCF4005-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF4005.jpg.html) https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/05/th_DSCF4004-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF4004.jpg.html)

3) Wiring is a BITCH!
4) I had to take it to a shop to cut off the entire core support and try to weld the correct one on. Even doing that, there had to be some fabrication work done. The core support is still too low and I need spacers to match up the clips for the bumper to it.
5) If I knew in the beginning how much work this involved, I may not've decided to do this.
6) No more "hello" waves from Impreza owners passing by. This is sleeper at its most!
7) No more clowns on the freeway "challenging" me by revving their engines and driving like ass-hats once they see the front end (I LOVE this point).

Grimmrican
05-27-2013, 08:55 AM
Omfg this is SOOOO freaking AWESOME lmao the ultimate sleeper YEEESSSSSSSS

That's a sick mod man I love this lol

rkrenicki
05-27-2013, 09:28 AM
Very very awesome. All you need now is a 9-2x Aero logo on the trunk ;)

Yamazaki
05-27-2013, 10:53 AM
I will remove all the Impreza badging and replace it with Saab, but I will not put on any "Aero" badging since that indicates performance. I want people to not take a second glance at it. I contemplated taking the wing off completely, but I really don't like the look of the bare Impreza trunk. I feel the WRX wing is the best possible wing for that trunk and I can't improve upon the look.
I also still have to swap lugnuts with the S401 (the STI lugnuts to the S401 and the regular, plain lugnuts to the Imprezaab).

foohfooh
05-27-2013, 01:10 PM
you so sneaky. :smt027

Dead91silvia
05-27-2013, 01:23 PM
That looks good!

Grimmrican
05-27-2013, 01:37 PM
Funny u call it imprezaab and u was calling it the saabaru lol

Felipe
05-27-2013, 02:33 PM
Lambo doors... How them hinges holding up? i heard cheap kits can be a major fail, especialy on heavy doors.

Yamazaki
05-27-2013, 02:49 PM
The scissor doors have held up very well over nine years. I had to replace the shocks on the driver side after years of use, but that's it despite people yanking on them and abusing them because they don't expect the door to open like that. These hinges are designed to lift doors that are as heavy as the H2 doors, so the light Impreza doors are nothing for them.

However, it is not a reversible process (not what I have anyway) and I'm tired of them. I wish I hadn't had the scissor doors installed in the beginning.

MRLancaster
05-27-2013, 03:14 PM
I love this!!! Very interesting looking! (In a good way!)

Hinyo
05-27-2013, 03:51 PM
I will have to stop by and see this in person sometimes =)

This will definitely make people to a TRIPLE take lol

amgarrety
05-27-2013, 05:26 PM
I enjoy the dedication with the rebadging all around :razz:

Rubie_25GT
05-27-2013, 07:00 PM
That is pretty awesome! I have to see this!

98legwag
05-27-2013, 07:05 PM
I need to see in person.

Rubie_25GT
05-27-2013, 07:11 PM
The fenders on the Saab and WRX are narrower than the STI, so the tires stick out now:

If you need to use it, I have an Eastwood fender roller that would possibly do the trick for making the tires clear the edges of the fenders.

chrish8r
05-27-2013, 07:16 PM
This is not what I would have imagined when you were talking about changes. I love the way it looks now and how sleeper it looks!

98legwag
05-27-2013, 07:48 PM
The fenders on the Saab and WRX are narrower than the STI, so the tires stick out now:

If you need to use it, I have an Eastwood fender roller that would possibly do the trick for making the tires clear the edges of the fenders.

That won't do it. Wagons are narrower than sedans, which are narrower than the 05-07 STI.

Rubie_25GT
05-27-2013, 08:12 PM
Definitely worth a thought over buying different tires/wheels though. Been there and done that as you know

Yamazaki
05-27-2013, 08:52 PM
Definitely worth a thought over buying different tires/wheels though. Been there and done that as you know
Well, I don't intend to buy new wheels or tires. I'll just let them stick out. It's not like it'll fail any inspections because it isn't registered in this state.

As for seeing it in person, you are all welcome to do so. We should have a mini-meet sometime soon, just like the eastern CT guys did. Maybe the shopping center in Wheaton? I figure that's more convenient for 98legwag than Mall in Columbia (I want to go to a place with a food court).

98legwag
05-27-2013, 09:27 PM
Where ever works for me. Most of you seem to live out that way.

Thomistopheles
05-27-2013, 10:29 PM
Nice Saabaru Imprezaero STI. Sneaky :wink:

Rubie_25GT
05-27-2013, 10:41 PM
Definitely worth a thought over buying different tires/wheels though. Been there and done that as you know
Well, I don't intend to buy new wheels or tires. I'll just let them stick out. It's not like it'll fail any inspections because it isn't registered in this state.

As for seeing it in person, you are all welcome to do so. We should have a mini-meet sometime soon, just like the eastern CT guys did. Maybe the shopping center in Wheaton? I figure that's more convenient for 98legwag than Mall in Columbia (I want to go to a place with a food court).

True. I was the same when you last saw me with the 225's. But I would be cool with Wheaton if anyone wants to set something up.

hansvonaxion
05-28-2013, 12:09 AM
lol, WTF?

How did you know the Saab panels and stuff would fit? Where did the idea come from?

rkrenicki
05-28-2013, 08:08 AM
The Saab 9-2x is (mechanically anyways) a WRX that has been modified to look like the rest of the Saab lineup.

But as Yamazaki has discovered, there are a lot of little changes here and there that are not so obvious.

1996Battlewagon
05-28-2013, 10:50 AM
This is officially the coolest STi ever in the history of all things.

I'm fairly certain you are the first person to ever do this.

Dead91silvia
05-28-2013, 01:24 PM
I'm fairly certain you are the first person to ever do this.

Nope.... There are a few others, but his is still much more unique then the rest, that is for sure! :smt023

Yamazaki
05-28-2013, 03:32 PM
I know of one one other that did this. But he had damaged the front end of his WRX in a rally. So I guess when he had it repaired, he decided to use the 92x front end. I tried to do it with an undamaged front and quickly found how different the cars really are.

And credit for figuring out the wiring goes to rkrenicki. Seriously, big props to him.

rkrenicki
05-28-2013, 03:42 PM
Eh, I didnt do that much... You did most of the legwork. If only I could have found diagrams for the 9-2x that lined up with what you actually ended up with, it would have been much easier.

Did you get the high beams going too, or have you not tried that yet?

Yamazaki
05-28-2013, 03:57 PM
I'm waiting until I get those connectors I ordered from Beaver in Japan. What I have right now is VERY temporary. I just wanted to be able to drive in the morning to work.
Since the conversion is irreversible (unless I do the same thing), I ended up cutting off the connector for the turn signal/city light on the Impreza side so I could connect it to the Saab light. I just couldn't find a connector to match it. Also, I found out this morning that I need to change the level of the headlights. They must be set high from the factory. So that moved a little higher on my priority list.

rkrenicki
05-28-2013, 04:02 PM
Is there a manual height adjustment screw on the back of the leveler servo like there is on the 3rd gen HIDs?

Yamazaki
05-28-2013, 04:10 PM
Maybe, but I don't remember. I'm not opening the hood again until I have a hood prop and latch to install. That should be here in a couple days. The hood is ziptied shut until then.

hansvonaxion
05-28-2013, 08:37 PM
The Saab 9-2x is (mechanically anyways) a WRX that has been modified to look like the rest of the Saab lineup.

But as Yamazaki has discovered, there are a lot of little changes here and there that are not so obvious.

I never knew.

:shock:

rkrenicki
05-28-2013, 09:06 PM
While generally Wikipedia is not overly accurate, they do have a sub-article related to the 9-2x on the Impreza page: Wikipedia Link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subaru_Impreza_(second_generation)#Saab_9-2X)

EDIT: Sorry, what I said above is slightly incorrect. The 9-2x Aero is the WRX, the Linear and 2.5i are NA Imprezas

Grimmrican
05-28-2013, 10:06 PM
Hah I nailed this nickname for the car here's what I found in wiki from UR link "the car earned the nickname "Saabaru" " damn I'm good lol

hansvonaxion
05-28-2013, 11:23 PM
While generally Wikipedia is not overly accurate, they do have a sub-article related to the 9-2x on the Impreza page: Wikipedia Link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subaru_Impreza_(second_generation)#Saab_9-2X)

EDIT: Sorry, what I said above is slightly incorrect. The 9-2x Aero is the WRX, the Linear and 2.5i are NA Imprezas

Thanks. Only for the NA market explains why I've never seen or heard of it before. Now that would be a cool conversion to do outside of NA, nobody would know what it was.

Yamazaki
05-30-2013, 06:53 PM
I have a working hood latch now - and a hood prop! I'm so happy I don't need to use a broken shovel handle any more....
Still need windshield washer nozzles for the hood though.

I also received the electrical connectors in the mail. This weekend I'll be making a harness to properly connect the headlight wiring.

Thomistopheles
05-30-2013, 07:51 PM
I have a working hood latch now - and a hood prop! I'm so happy I don't need to use a broken shovel handle any more....Back when I was a Toyota guy, we would make really ornate "supra sticks" to hold open the hood after the struts died. Sounds like you had a pretty sweet Subie Stick.

elislider
05-30-2013, 08:15 PM
this is bizarre. props for actually doing it though
paint tones seem a bit off IMO

Muse
05-31-2013, 04:10 PM
Rkrenicki told me that you were toning it down, but wouldn't say a single word more... I'm really glad he didn't. I would've thought it was terrible. But having it look me in the eyes like this, coming into this thread with no preconceived notions? This thing is AWESOME!

xoSubieLegacyxo
06-03-2013, 02:21 AM
I guess I should of asked why you were taking off the STi front end a couple weeks ago! haha This looks freaking awesome! I bet no one will want to race you on the highway now!

98legwag
06-06-2013, 08:50 AM
So I got to see this in person last night. Pictures do not do it justice. It looks really good.

nikolaus.conrad
06-24-2013, 04:05 AM
Holy Shit!! I've been away from this thread for far too long! :lol:

Yamazaki
06-25-2013, 08:38 AM
No huge update, but I hit 40,000 miles!

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/06/DSCF4017-1.jpg

Dead91silvia
06-25-2013, 12:03 PM
Oh no! Gotta sell it now! Too many miles!

Yamazaki
08-04-2013, 07:36 PM
So after about a month and a half of sitting in the garage sad and unused, the Impreza is finally put back together and runs again. The real sad thing is, I got used to driving the S401 every day during that time. Compared to the S401, the Impreza is a huge disappointment. It isn't as quiet, smooth, refined, comfortable, relaxing, and (despite the massive power gap) as quick as the S401. And it feels heavier, which I know isn't even close to true. But I swear it's heavier in the corners and on/off ramps.

Don't get me wrong, I still love the Impreza. But I think it's all sentimental love. I've had the car since it had 20 miles on the odometer and it's been with me for almost a decade. I think it's time to do something about this disappointment on four wheels. I think even the H6 has become more enjoyable to me.

One thing is for sure, single turbos are lame. It has to be twin turbo (like S401) or NA. I want power NOW. It doesn't have to be roaring tear-your-face-off power that the high power map on my Impreza has. Seriously, the H6 has almost enough (considering it has six less than a WRX of the same year). So I've got an idea. The Impreza will soon be replaced.

[EDIT- After posting this, I noticed one of the viglinks highlighted 'S401'. I wondered what ebay would have related to the S401 and it sent me here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dl ... 1168748367 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=321168748367&catId=11450&item=321168748367) :roll: ]

Neatfellen
08-04-2013, 08:55 PM
lol wtf is up with that viglink? :P anyway what u doing to replace it?

Dead91silvia
08-04-2013, 10:09 PM
Good to hear it's back on the road.

Yamazaki
08-07-2013, 04:21 PM
Okay, I apologize for my bone-headed rant a few days ago. I found out that the primary problem with the Impreza was located between the seat and the steering wheel. It still consumes premium gas like panda eating bamboo though.

With that in mind, here is the Impreza's replacement:

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/08/DSCF4054-1.jpg

amgarrety
08-07-2013, 04:28 PM
Im jealous, that is a good looking bike!

Muse
08-07-2013, 04:38 PM
Wrong color... Definitely needs a coat of WR Blue.

amgarrety
08-07-2013, 04:56 PM
^ I was thinking that as well, it is surprising that you own a vehicle now that isn't some shade of blue.

rkrenicki
08-07-2013, 07:23 PM
I found out that the primary problem with the Impreza was located between the seat and the steering wheel.

A loose nut eh? That's okay, it just needs a little tightening.

elislider
08-07-2013, 07:49 PM
so, you sold the impreza? or you just bought a bike for something thats more fun? :-P
I just did the same. bought an 06 CBR600f4i

Dead91silvia
08-07-2013, 08:26 PM
Wrong color... Definitely needs a coat of WR Blue.


^ I was thinking that as well, it is surprising that you own a vehicle now that isn't some shade of blue.

hmmm.... Spring meet? :grin:

Yamazaki
08-07-2013, 08:55 PM
so, you sold the impreza? or you just bought a bike for something thats more fun? :-P
I just did the same. bought an 06 CBR600f4i
I still have the Impreza. In fact, I will continue to drive it until I learn how to ride the bike (I've never ridden before). Actually, I was planning to learn how to ride first and then get a CBR600 F4i, NC700X, or a Suzuki Gladius, but this one was almost being given away so I snapped it up before anybody else did and figured I'd learn how to ride afterwards. I had a co-worker who has been riding most of his life check it out with me and he was suspicious because it looked to be in such good condition (and only 5100mi), but the guy was asking nothing for it. Turns out he bought the bike for his (ex) fiancee and now he just wanted to get rid of it. I'm fine with that.

Once I am comfortable riding it (I also still have to go back to California and get an updated license), the Impreza will only be driven in poor weather conditions.
Wrong color... Definitely needs a coat of WR Blue.
^ I was thinking that as well, it is surprising that you own a vehicle now that isn't some shade of blue.
I already checked to see how easy it would be to re-paint. It'll be really easy. I just have to choose a color because I am not a fan of red. I think I may have too much blue in my garage already though. We'll see what I decide.

Neatfellen
08-07-2013, 10:16 PM
the Impreza will only be driven in poor weather conditions.
R u sure only in poor weather conditions? Lol I think u would miss it and would take it out once in a while. But by poor conditions u mean just snow or rain as well?

dodik
08-09-2013, 12:21 PM
Take an MSF course please, it will help you a lot. Also most DMV will honor a certificate in lieu of road test from accredited MSF school just make sure you have a motorcycle learner permit first. Congrats on the bike otherwise, two of my friends both had the same ones 09 600 ninjas one was red like yours other was kawi green. Good reliable bikes although one had a fuel pump failure. I worked on both of them if you got questions dont hesitate to ask.

Dead91silvia
08-09-2013, 12:30 PM
Take an MSF course please, it will help you a lot. Also most DMV will honor a certificate in lieu of road test from accredited MSF school just make sure you have a motorcycle learner permit first. Congrats on the bike otherwise, two of my friends both had the same ones 09 600 ninjas one was red like yours other was kawi green. Good reliable bikes although one had a fuel pump failure. I worked on both of them if you got questions dont hesitate to ask.

That sounds like a great idea! :smt023

And you got a bike guy to help ya now. :smt023

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-10-2013, 11:30 PM
Glad that you're keeping the imprezaab!!!!

dodik
08-28-2013, 12:56 PM
anyone heard from Yamazaki recently he hasn't posted since getting a bike? :smt017

amgarrety
08-28-2013, 02:09 PM
Yeah, he hasn't posted since the beginning of August, which is kind of weird. Maybe I'll shoot him a text and make sure he didn't crash his bike again. Haha

dodik
08-28-2013, 02:35 PM
again? huh are we missing something funny or sad?

amgarrety
08-28-2013, 03:40 PM
Well, it was a slow speed crash the first time he tried riding it. He just forgot where the brake was and hit a certain Imprezaab. I'm surprised he never said anything in this thread.

He hurt his foot but was otherwise ok.

Neatfellen
08-28-2013, 04:00 PM
Well, it was a slow speed crash the first time he tried riding it. He just forgot where the brake was and hit a certain Imprezaab. I'm surprised he never said anything in this thread.

He hurt his foot but was otherwise ok.
glad he is okay, what about the imprezaab and the bike?

amgarrety
08-28-2013, 04:21 PM
I haven't seen pictures of either, but from how he described it, Imprezaab was dented and needs some repair, and the bike only needs repainted due to some scuffs in the paint.

Neatfellen
08-28-2013, 05:49 PM
eh, poor Yama...

xoSubieLegacyxo
08-28-2013, 06:52 PM
I haven't seen pictures of either, but from how he described it, Imprezaab was dented and needs some repair, and the bike only needs repainted due to some scuffs in the paint.

If he lived closer I'd gladly repair it for him! lol

Yamazaki
09-02-2013, 12:09 PM
Hi guys! I'm sorry I fell off the radar, but I've been busy. Really busy. This is my first rest day.
The car is kinda fine. I ordered a replacement passenger side door mirror and I'll have to get the fender either replaced or uncrumpled and the door needs to have a dent pulled out. Other than that, no harm. I'm pretty committed to selling the car now though. That'll happen in the spring when I can ride the bike as a daily. I won't buy a new car until the Impreza is sold.

However, I'm having a devil of a time trying to decide what to get next. I think I've finally come to the realization that the Model S is a pipe dream, but I can't think of what else I could be satisfied with. I may just get a 2014 Impreza STI. But I would have to resist the urge to modify it and I don't know if I can do that.

Neatfellen
09-02-2013, 06:34 PM
why would u have to resist the urge? give into the urge.. its good for u ;)

Yamazaki
09-02-2013, 07:56 PM
why would u have to resist the urge? give into the urge.. its good for u ;)
If I were still single, I would agree with you. But since modifying cars takes time and money (two things I feel are better spent on family), I do not think that way anymore. I'd rather have a nice car from the beginning and leave it at that.

Neatfellen
09-02-2013, 09:15 PM
well when u put it that way... lol true. see im still single yet so i can still act on impulse if i would want to modify :P

1996Battlewagon
09-03-2013, 11:32 AM
Would you sell it with the Saab parts? I hate to say it, but I don't think it would do anything positive for resale value.

I was going to suggest something all-new to buy but I'm having trouble thinking of something that's actually any good. The 3.6R Outbacks are still pretty good at being a family machine - traditionally geared automatic and all. But they are a bit too expensive.

You should score something that will outlast the end of the world - full size Jeep Wagoneer. THAT'S a family machine.

Yamazaki
09-03-2013, 08:13 PM
It would take just as much work to switch it back to an Impreza, so yes, I am selling it as an Imprezaab. I think the doors are a bigger detractor than the Saab stuff. But the fact remains- It's a VERY well taken care of high-power Impreza with about 41K miles. Ask anybody who has seen it in person. I have never even allowed drinks or open food in the car. But I guess at the end of the day it's only worth what people are willing to pay for it.

As for the next car I have the following parameters:

1) No hatchback, wagon, SUV, or truck.
2) Under $45K out the door (I don't want to take out a loan for something that isn't a Tesla).
3) Must be a new car (I have decided that I will always have at least one car of which I am the first owner)
4) No beige interior
5) No diesel
6) A door per seat (the "middle" seat in back isn't a real seat)
7) If FWD, must be AMAZING at everything else.
8) Wife must approve

Some of these are flexible. Even #8.

In the winter, I will probably start a thread soliciting people's opinions. For now, I am changing my mind every five minutes.

Dead91silvia
09-03-2013, 10:28 PM
As one of the few that have got to drive this beast, it's an amazing car, funky doors and front end or not.

amgarrety
09-04-2013, 12:14 AM
Hold off until 2014. There is an all new generation of Legacy that should have your name on it, especially if their is a Spec.B variation!

xoSubieLegacyxo
09-04-2013, 02:46 AM
I'd agree on holding off. Although I have a strong interest for the upcoming BRZ STi. I could see you doing crazy things with one of those.

elislider
09-04-2013, 03:15 AM
the new mazda 6's are very well rated, look awesome, and come in 6spd awd.

Slightly over your price would be a CLA45 AMG ($48k base)

Reuben
09-04-2013, 05:21 PM
BRZ

The back seats don't count, as, well, to count as a seat you have to be able to sit on them, which you cant... Solves the door per seat requirement.

Yamazaki
09-04-2013, 08:23 PM
BRZ

The back seats don't count, as, well, to count as a seat you have to be able to sit on them, which you cant... Solves the door per seat requirement.
Y'know, I considered a BRZ..... for about a minute. Why would I trade my car that handles better, is more powerful, has more utility (space), looks nicer (in my opinion, which is what counts if it's to be my car), and more prestige for a BRZ?

I realize I probably won't be able to get a more powerful car than my Impreza, but I'd like something that is better. The BRZ fails on all accounts. It isn't a bad car, it just isn't better than my Impreza.
the new mazda 6's are very well rated, look awesome, and come in 6spd awd.

Slightly over your price would be a CLA45 AMG ($48k base)This is a lot closer to the kind of ideas I've been thinking.

Neatfellen
09-04-2013, 09:13 PM
So what about a BMW 5 series? In recent years they have come to be a lot closer to being comparable the M5 then in the past. Would be close to ur price range as well. just food for thought.

amgarrety
09-04-2013, 09:16 PM
There is also that new M4 coming out soon.

Dead91silvia
09-05-2013, 02:57 AM
NO

1996Battlewagon
09-06-2013, 10:21 AM
NO

HA!

Yeah, why do you want something new anyways? You'll just get slapped in the face with a leather glove by way of depreciation.

Neatfellen
09-06-2013, 11:09 AM
any car you buy depreciates, whether it's new or used. Just depends on the specific car how much its going to. There are a few other car makers that hold their value as well as Subaru's.

1996Battlewagon
09-06-2013, 11:32 AM
Yes but the largest amount of depreciation always happens when vehicles are purchased brand spanking new.

Only supercars and one-off future icons can appreciate or stay true to their MSRP after an all-new purchase. Other than those 1% vehicles, the only other thing that makes sense to buy all-new is a Jeep Wrangler. Certified Pre-owned or demo is the way to go if you want something "new" in my opinion.

Yamazaki
11-19-2013, 07:17 PM
Okay, I've come to the conclusion that there is no car [that I'm willing or able to pay for] out there that can replace the Imprezaab. So it's here to stay for the foreseeable future.

But that doesn't mean I'm not still looking for another car.... I think a topfuel drag racer might be better for fuel economy.

Neatfellen
11-19-2013, 08:50 PM
Lol glad to hear ist staying around

98legwag
11-20-2013, 08:04 AM
Yeah, when it makes that kind of power fuel economy will suffer. My brother has a TDI Jetta as his DD. It gets around 50 mpgs.

xoSubieLegacyxo
11-20-2013, 05:49 PM
Hope that doesn't mean the S401 is leaving :(

Yamazaki
11-20-2013, 07:11 PM
No no no. No vehicles will be leaving my stables. In fact, I'll continue to daily drive the Impreza during poor weather. The Ninja will attempt to offset that during nicer weather.
I am looking for another car for the wife though. I am determined to take the H6 completely apart and give it as complete an overhaul as I can. Hell, if I could, I'd do this (https://sl-i.net/FORUM/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=21265). But I can't, so we'll see what I can do.

rkrenicki
11-20-2013, 07:37 PM
That sounds very interesting.. Are you contemplating any sort of swap at the same time?

Yamazaki
11-20-2013, 07:46 PM
Not really. I'm just looking to restore it to its former glory. If I were to do any kind of swap, it'd be to an EZ30R, but I don't have the funds, time, ability to do that, nor the patience to offset those deficiencies.

xoSubieLegacyxo
11-21-2013, 09:40 PM
Not really. I'm just looking to restore it to its former glory. If I were to do any kind of swap, it'd be to an EZ30R, but I don't have the funds, time, ability to do that, nor the patience to offset those deficiencies.

I really really really wish I lived closer to come help.

Yamazaki
12-03-2013, 03:36 PM
Here's a pic after the repair of the fender I crashed into:
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2013/12/DSCF4076-1.jpg

amgarrety
12-03-2013, 03:38 PM
You can't even tell there was damage.

Do you have any before pictures? I'm not sure I ever saw the dent.

Yamazaki
12-03-2013, 03:41 PM
No, I don't have any before pics. I was wishing I had before pics of the H6 as well. It's in the shop as I type because something punched a hole through the floor in the driver footwell. The wife said she never noticed that it happened.... :shock:

amgarrety
12-03-2013, 03:46 PM
Haha could you see the road through the hole? Because that seems like a pretty hard thing to miss.

Yamazaki
12-03-2013, 03:50 PM
You could see the road easily. It was about 1cmx3cm big. I am really surprised it didn't go through the carpet. The metal was bent upward, so I know something hit it from underneath the car.

Dead91silvia
12-03-2013, 06:58 PM
You could see the road easily. It was about 1cmx3cm big. I am really surprised it didn't go through the carpet. The metal was bent upward, so I know something hit it from underneath the car.

Say what?! Thats crazy!


what I love most about this car is that NO ONE would ever expect it to be actually fast. :smt005

Looks good!

Reason
12-05-2013, 12:25 AM
Wait is that photo shopped or really a Saab front end?? How long was I gone????

geckoboy86
12-05-2013, 07:40 AM
Wait is that photo shopped or really a Saab front end?? How long was I gone????

It's real, I've seen it.

xoSubieLegacyxo
12-05-2013, 07:41 AM
Wait is that photo shopped or really a Saab front end?? How long was I gone????

Have you been living under a Rock Shane? Been like this for almost 6 months! I saw it the first month he finished it. Lol

98legwag
12-05-2013, 08:06 AM
I have seen it in person. It looks good. He showed me some of the custom work that had to be done too.

amgarrety
12-05-2013, 11:57 AM
Wait is that photo shopped or really a Saab front end?? How long was I gone????


Judging by your post history, I'd say you've been gone since August.

Welcome back dear leader :notworthy:

geckoboy86
12-05-2013, 09:55 PM
Have you been living under a Rock Shane? Been like this for almost 6 months! I saw it the first month he finished it. Lol

I thought for a second you were taking about me, Chad. LOL....

Yamazaki
12-15-2013, 08:29 PM
So we went and test drove a CLK500 at an Audi dealership.... The guy who was showing us the Mercedes liked my car so much he asked if he could go for a ride in it. He had been trying to sell us on the new Audi S4 since the moment we walked in, even after I told him I already had a "power" car. He stopped talking about how quick the new S4 is after I took him for a ride in the STI. I also showed him that it was just the low-power tune since I had the exhaust silencer in. I wished I had the tools to remove it and show him the high-power tune.

Dead91silvia
12-15-2013, 10:00 PM
That had to be fun. I know the difference in the power and its a little crazy.

Muse
12-16-2013, 10:13 AM
"Oh, no, no, no. You don't understand how this car you've poured your heart and soul into making perfect is inferior to this mass-produced lump of same-ness."

rougeben83
12-22-2013, 10:21 PM
Built, not bought. I've always wanted to post that :p

Yamazaki
02-04-2014, 04:28 PM
So I hate the salt a little less now. I found out today that an extension sprayer I bought to blast the sides of my house last summer works just as well at blasting the undercarriage of the car. So my thoughts towards traffic officials on days like yesterday aren't quite as violent anymore.

It's still stupid that they dumped a ton of salt on the roads for some rain though... :smt012

thenines'
02-04-2014, 10:27 PM
It's just a "C" class :neutral:

Yamazaki
03-30-2014, 06:54 PM
I never posted these pictures I have of the Impreza getting beached in the snow awhile back:
Started like this...
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/03/th_DSCF4082-1.jpg (http://s426.photobucket.com/user/yamazakisubaru/media/cars/My%20Impreza%20STi/DSCF4082.jpg.html)
Couldn't move past this (the underbody was beached on the snowpack)...
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/03/DSCF4085-1.jpg

98legwag
03-30-2014, 07:26 PM
Whoops. Oh and on your posts today you put 30 April, its still March.

Yamazaki
03-30-2014, 11:46 PM
Whoops. Oh and on your posts today you put 30 April, its still March.
Oops, I didn't notice that. Thanks, I corrected them.

Muse
04-01-2014, 09:54 PM
You freaked me out there... I thought that was what came of the snow that was falling when Rob & I left...

Yamazaki
09-06-2014, 11:07 AM
It's official, this car is for sale now.
viewtopic.php?f=57&t=29042 (http://www.sl-i.net/FORUM/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=29042)

Yamazaki
11-29-2014, 11:37 PM
So the Impreza has only been up on craigslist and NASIOC for a few days now and I have received a LOT of hate mail. Everything from people calling me retarded to one guy saying he would buy it just so he could blow it up. I wanted to send a friendly reply telling him that he is very welcome to buy it for that purpose. If he has that kind of money he is more than welcome to do so, but considering his language I suspect he is in the 5th grade.

Why so much jealousy? I figure if they really didn't like it, they wouldn't comment (I certainly don't comment on things that are a waste of my time to do so).

rougeben83
11-29-2014, 11:57 PM
Do you have the old body parts? You can sell it with the car and whoever buys it can put whatever face on there...

Ignore them, just put a general message up on your for sale threads respectfully asking that only seriously interested parties contact you.

There's only a handful of people on nastysock that has the same resources, creativity, and passion that you have to have made *your* ideal STI, the rest are just wannabes and haters that couldn't even come up with an original "mod" for their car ever if their lives depended on it.

hansvonaxion
11-30-2014, 05:08 AM
So the Impreza has only been up on craigslist and NASIOC for a few days now and I have received a LOT of hate mail. Everything from people calling me retarded to one guy saying he would buy it just so he could blow it up.

Gotta say, I laughed.

:lol:

xoSubieLegacyxo
11-30-2014, 08:34 AM
So the Impreza has only been up on craigslist and NASIOC for a few days now and I have received a LOT of hate mail. Everything from people calling me retarded to one guy saying he would buy it just so he could blow it up. I wanted to send a friendly reply telling him that he is very welcome to buy it for that purpose. If he has that kind of money he is more than welcome to do so, but considering his language I suspect he is in the 5th grade.

Why so much jealousy? I figure if they really didn't like it, they wouldn't comment (I certainly don't comment on things that are a waste of my time to do so).

Do you have the old body parts? You can sell it with the car and whoever buys it can put whatever face on there...

Ignore them, just put a general message up on your for sale threads respectfully asking that only seriously interested parties contact you.

There's only a handful of people on nastysock that has the same resources, creativity, and passion that you have to have made *your* ideal STI, the rest are just wannabes and haters that couldn't even come up with an original "mod" for their car ever if their lives depended on it.

I've seen the craigslist add on Facebook and everyone who comments does not like the lambo doors. Some like the Saab front end and some don't. But honestly just ignore the negative remarks, and someone who may want to fix the doors may buy it.

And he can't sell it with the original prt because me and a buddy bought most of his front end. Also, Yama I may be interested in your old hood again. I showed a picture to my car friends and they went crazy and said I need that. Haha

Yamazaki
11-30-2014, 10:07 AM
I've seen the craigslist add on Facebook and everyone who comments does not like the lambo doors. Some like the Saab front end and some don't. But honestly just ignore the negative remarks, and someone who may want to fix the doors may buy it.

And he can't sell it with the original prt because me and a buddy bought most of his front end. Also, Yama I may be interested in your old hood again. I showed a picture to my car friends and they went crazy and said I need that. Haha
I didn't know the ad was on facebook. That's cool, more advertising for free. The thing about the doors is, they are actually great. What I really don't like is the attention they get and that people don't know how to open them. The doors themselves are extremely useful because I can park super close to a wall in a crowded parking lot without fear of getting dinged by the car next to me. I am also able to fit boxes in the car that I can't in a car with regular doors because the factory doors don't allow for a straight-in load. And finally, I can open the door on the street or parking lot and don't need to wait for the cars pulling in or out (this has actually startled some people because they thought they were going to hit my doors when I got out of the car as they were pulling in to the spot next to me).

If people weren't morons, they'd see the utility of the doors instead of thinking they are some cheap bolt-on kit that has no use at all. Why do you think Tesla has changed the way doors work on the Model X? Utility.

Muse
11-30-2014, 02:22 PM
See, functionally, they're great, but they do look silly. Honestly, the only car I've seen them added to that I didn't dislike the appearance of was a first-gen Neon coupe, as it had the longer doors like the Lamborghinis do. They just look out of place on sedans, and cars with a frame around the window. So, most cars.
I'm never going to argue the usefulness of them though. There's a reason the Countach was fitted with them originally, and it was NOT appearance. And anyone who is a dick to you over them is just a narrow-minded troll. Your car is freaking awesome.

So, now that the sweet-talking and polite discussion is over, I don't suppose you could drop the price a bit for me to, oh, say, 'whatever I get in my tax returns in Feb?'

dplacencia
11-30-2014, 03:44 PM
It's the name of the game. Everyone has different taste. The front end and doors are a bit much for certain people.

86bratman
11-30-2014, 09:56 PM
There is a lot of hate on one Facebook post in particular, I hope you don't mind but I posted a link K a few days ago to this build thread on it so maybe some of the juveniles crybabying about it could see the work that was actually involved.

amgarrety
11-30-2014, 11:28 PM
I do see your point on utility, but does utility outweigh inconvenience in this case?

On a high end Lamborghini, there is no choice. The car is simply too wide for traditional doors. But on the lower end (and narrower) models, they keep traditional doors because they are still functional. I believe butterfly doors on a Lamborghini is out of necessity, not utility or convenience.

I think that is where the hate for the doors might be coming from. Yes, there is a utility aspect, but the inconvenience of having to open the door for passengers, or having to pull a door against the weight of a gas strut to close the door, sort of outweighs the utility, in my opinion anyway. In my everyday experience, I'm likely going to experience inconvenice more often then I'll experience the utility of butterfly doors.

That's just my thought though

dplacencia
11-30-2014, 11:50 PM
If it had the sti front end and regular doors it would sell quickly. So now he is limited to someone that wants the car that way. Just my opinion...

Dead91silvia
12-01-2014, 12:58 AM
The doors are the biggest killer for most people. With it not being able to be reversed, it's a turn off. It's going to be hard to sell.

That being said, the motor is amazing and how clean this is car is should make people have a little respect.

I did see the add.. Yama, you really need to get a lot more pics posted in that add. It will help. Under hood shots, interior shots, and the little details.

dplacencia
12-01-2014, 06:19 AM
^ The more pictures the better....

meepers
12-01-2014, 06:52 PM
Agreed more pix is better in this case. From what I saw it is a very clean car. the ONLY thing I dont like about the saab front end is the non flared fenders that dont clear your wheels. Everything else looks great. I could even live with the lambo door conversion lol. Dont let the haters get you down. From the looks of it that is a pretty clean conversion and it really looks good. Way better then stancing out an STI and making it undriveable!

Muse
12-01-2014, 07:46 PM
Way better then stancing out an STI and making it undriveable!
Oh, my god, this. I cannot undeerstand why people would take a performance car and render it nigh-upon undriveable.... Your car, at least, is a fantastically fast, capable machine.

Yamazaki
12-03-2014, 06:10 PM
Thanks for the responses everybody. That's why I like this forum so much. People here aren't dicks. I will go back and redo the ads with more pictures (it needs to be sunny for me to get some good pics though). I will also change the wording to say that this isn't for those who like to follow the herd. It's only for individuals who are looking for power!

And if anybody has any concerns about the doors - my 70 yr old mother with a bad shoulder had no issues opening/closing them. Sure, if you use it as a taxi or have lots of passengers, then maybe you'd get tired of telling everybody how to operate them. But for the other 98% of us, they are totally fine.... as long as you don't mind the attention.

Does anybody else have any suggestions how to make a better ad?

dplacencia
12-03-2014, 07:35 PM
The more pictures the better. Serious buyers only on the add. The more info on the car the better. You can refresh the add on craigslist after 2 or 3 days I believe.

Yamazaki
01-01-2015, 02:08 PM
Finally got a sunny day and no pending work I need to get done. I'm going to take a BUNCH of pictures of both the Impreza (for the sale ads) and the Forester (I'll finally make an MR2 thread for it).

Yamazaki
01-01-2015, 03:28 PM
Are these pictures enough? Is there anything else I should be taking a picture of? Maybe the extra set of wheels and the spare exhaust for passing emissions?
I am open to whatever ideas help me sell this thing.

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Dead91silvia
01-02-2015, 11:18 AM
THAT looks great!

Yamazaki
01-02-2015, 02:20 PM
THAT looks great!
Awesome, I'll go with these then. Now I need to rethink the wording in the ads. I know I should focus on the uniqueness and the power, but I'm not sure how to do it.

Dead91silvia
01-02-2015, 03:21 PM
THAT looks great!
Awesome, I'll go with these then. Now I need to rethink the wording in the ads. I know I should focus on the uniqueness and the power, but I'm not sure how to do it.

I can try and help you tonight when I'm home from work. Basically, detail is good, but too much detail can be a hindrance and make people not want to read it at all.

xoSubieLegacyxo
01-04-2015, 01:58 PM
Any takers?

Yamazaki
01-05-2015, 05:07 PM
Any takers?
No, but I haven't updated the ads yet either. Other than the hate mail from that one guy in the Frederick area and NASIOC, I recieved some positive responses. One guy said I should post on 92x.com forums because I may get a better response there. I am waiting until I have the ad finished to re-distribute the ad. The Merc is down right now and the Impreza has taken up poor weather duty for the time being, so I'm not in a hurry.

BDAlex95
01-20-2015, 02:53 PM
To counter what Robin said you can put all the details into the ad and as much as possible for serious people, and then do a TL;DR/summary of all those details down below. That way the buyer gets to chose to read everything or read nothing and text you to ask about more detail. "Here's an awesome car, it's awesome and includes lot of awesomeness and puts out awesome power. I included a full list of what's so awesome about this car at the bottom, but if you're too lazy to read here's a quick rundown."

98legwag
02-20-2015, 01:34 PM
So I was browsing a "crazy front end swaps" article and this came up:
http://i1098.photobucket.com/albums/g378/98legwag/saabaru-54e625c310903_zpsaduqxo6y.jpg

Looks like someone else has done it to a wrx.

Yamazaki
02-21-2015, 09:20 AM
Yeah, that's actually the guy I got the idea from. He actually rallies his car and cracked up the front end. So he figured "why not?" I have a few other pictures of his car. It looks really good to me, and that's why I thought I should do it.

Yamazaki
04-14-2015, 11:40 AM
So posting the car for sale on the Saab 92x forum was helpful (even if it made me a little sad). I have greatly reduced the asking price of the car...
Even if it doesn't sell, it isn't such a bad thing. Any car that can get my wife to call "fun" and drive a little more spirited, is a car I shouldn't let go of easily.

98legwag
09-30-2015, 09:22 AM
Any update on the status of this beast?

Yamazaki
09-30-2015, 09:42 AM
Any update on the status of this beast?

Yeah, I'm keeping it. I actually never tried very hard to sell it because it's really the best car for driving here in the US. We sold the E500 and I'm going to be selling the S401 to the first organization that meets my asking price. That allows me to hold onto the Imprezaab forever. I took it to IAG and they did some diagnostic stuff to it (pre tune checklist), and found that it's running higher than normal compression. This is due to not having an air/oil separator on a built and stroked motor. So I have an appointment to get that, roll my front fenders so the tires don't stick out anymore, and a new map tune for maximum power. I want to see the most of what I can pull out of it on pump gas.


And I still haven't hit 50,000 miles on it yet.

98legwag
09-30-2015, 09:53 AM
Yeah, I'm keeping it. I actually never tried very hard to sell it because it's really the best car for driving here in the US. We sold the E500 and I'm going to be selling the S401 to the first organization that meets my asking price. That allows me to hold onto the Imprezaab forever. I took it to IAG and they did some diagnostic stuff to it (pre tune checklist), and found that it's running higher than normal compression. This is due to not having an air/oil separator on a built and stroked motor. So I have an appointment to get that, roll my front fenders so the tires don't stick out anymore, and a new map tune for maximum power. I want to see the most of what I can pull out of it on pump gas.


And I still haven't hit 50,000 miles on it yet.

Very nice.

xoSubieLegacyxo
10-04-2015, 11:10 PM
Yeah, I'm keeping it. I actually never tried very hard to sell it because it's really the best car for driving here in the US. We sold the E500 and I'm going to be selling the S401 to the first organization that meets my asking price. That allows me to hold onto the Imprezaab forever. I took it to IAG and they did some diagnostic stuff to it (pre tune checklist), and found that it's running higher than normal compression. This is due to not having an air/oil separator on a built and stroked motor. So I have an appointment to get that, roll my front fenders so the tires don't stick out anymore, and a new map tune for maximum power. I want to see the most of what I can pull out of it on pump gas.


And I still haven't hit 50,000 miles on it yet.

AWESOME! Wish you could keep the S401, but this one is "street legal" and a lot powerful.


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Yamazaki
11-05-2015, 03:02 PM
So an actual update to the Impreza! The narrow Saab front fenders were rolled so the tires no longer stick out. It looks much better (and can pass inspection if it needs to). I also had an air/oil separator installed. That should take care of the oil consumption issues a bit and reduce the too-high compression. Something else was discovered....the turbo inlet pipe wasn't completely on. The shop had thought maybe the pipe was torn, but when they took it off it turned out to just not be totally on. So they just re-fitted it and now the car has a lot more power - even on the low power tune! So if you've ridden/driven this car in the past, it has more power than it felt like at the time. I will be getting the Impreza re-tuned after I return from Japan. One of the maps will be a race map to see what the maximum numbers I can get out of pump gas will be. I can't wait!

xoSubieLegacyxo
11-26-2015, 07:07 PM
Glad you're keeping the Imprezaab!

Yamazaki
12-13-2015, 01:34 PM
I needed a win after the ordeal with the Forester these days, so I installed a Homelink system in the Impreza. It's the same one I installed in the Forester right after I got it. So now I don't have to worry about forgetting the garage door opener in the car. No issues or fuss, and I was done within minutes! Finally a win!:thumbright:

MRLancaster
12-16-2015, 04:33 PM
That car was already a monster. Glad to hear it's all going well!

Hinyo
01-03-2016, 11:28 PM
Posted this up for sale for you. Will let you know if anything comes of it.