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WRX STI Hatch - Project Daphne

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This is the new daily (The in-laws 88 toyota camry has had another failure so the RX {Delilah} will be transferred to them as originally planned)  and Dotty (See other thread) will be my project (Previous discussions were around me having a 2 door classic more track orientated spec and build) I am under strict instructions that this is to remain close to an original spec to clear speed humps, pot holes in the car park when visiting hairdresser etc.

Still working through compiling the spec but this is what I have so far

82k on the shell so needs some correction in places

Ringland failure 2 years ago meant a rebuild using a 2015 STI engine with 19,500 on the clock.

Cosworth Head Gaskets

ARP studs

HKS uppipe

Cobra 3" stainless full system

Cusco Street Zero A coilovers

329bhp mapped by Area 52

GFB VTA dump valve

18" Alloys

Grooved brake discs

Perrin wing lifters

NACA intake

Perrin radiator guard




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Soooooo initial plans,

As with all my motors - PIAA wipers

The pops and bangs need to be taken out of the map

The ride height needs putting back to original clearance

The yellow stickers are to go replaced by red or old gold..... Doooo love the JPS Lotus formula one car livery 😍.

On the way back I tried a traffic light launch and the clutch turned into a smoke generator - I received feedback to say I looked a right wally from the missus who was following. So the clutch needs looking at, CC or Exedy stage 2 should hold things in place without making things intolerable.

Oil and filter change

Gearbox and diff oil change

High beam upgrade

LED side lights

Rear parking sensors

Front and rear parking cameras

Work out what this switch does - Already established it is not an "ejecto seato cuz". There is a clifford alarm install so might be something to do with that?



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Whilst its at the mapper getting pops and bangs taken out it would be remiss (I believe) not to have s# mode with flat foot shifting, down shift blip and possible antilag option put in..............😁 

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the buttons are a clifford blackjax, dont play with them untill you know exactly whats what as they can imobilise the car

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18 hours ago, Tidgy said:

the buttons are a clifford blackjax, dont play with them untill you know exactly whats what as they can imobilise the car

Thank you - noted 😁

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Nice one jay, you really do like to keep yourself busy, looking forward to seeing what you end up with 👍

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Basic once over completed.

PIAA wipers fitted

Uprated high beam fitted

LED sidelights fitted

Cosworth Panel fitted

Pollen filter changed

Dynamat lined the boot floor replacing the Subaru sound deadening panel that had lifted due to the oil leakage 

Earth cables had disintegrated so made up some new ones with some amp cable

Engine oil and filter changed - Intention is to repeat every 5k from when 85k is reached in 3k time

Front Diff Gearbox and Rear Diff oil replaced with Motul 300

Started to adjust the ride height and hear a crunch as the jack met with the rear lifting point..... I dont think the £200 on underseal was preventative maintenance, the amount of mud in places I have not seen on my other hatches leads me to think it has been caught in a flood at some point

I will get the sills and arches repaired next year (Once Silver hatch is available) but in the mean time, wire brush followed by zinc primer then black hammerite paint to restrict the spread somewhat and get through the winter

Cossie Panel


Earth cables old and replacement
















Moved the fog lights from Dotty to Daphne as being a daily more likely to get used and means I can put some brake cooler ducts in place and added a Zunnsport grill to hide the fact a little that the fog light plastics had been chopped along with a large portion of the front bumper to aid airflow to the FMIC on Dotty, plus a new numberplate - representing the S.O.C now.


Winge time - This is the second Hatch this has been done to - How hard is it to drill x2 holes in the right place instead of x2 in the wrong place which then start rusting!

x2 holes rusting under the paint - Oh and a reversing camera I installed - forgot about that, also replaced a defective interior mic for the hands free kit


Wirebrushed, Kurusted, red oxided & 3M taped to help seal


Number plate mounted with x2 holes aligned to the manufacturers pre drilled and tapped items - Its not rocket science and doesnt rust


Managed a headlight polish / de-glaze detail and partial paint correction - !Removed! rain showers and years of car washes meant I could not get as far as I wanted - New ride height, standard on rear, 10mm drop up front.

Also removed the Perrin wing risers for two reasons:

1. I kept hitting my head on the hatch which does not open fully with them fitted, no I am too old and stupid to learn so at the point it actually put me on my knees decision was made

2. At a certain speed the wind noise created is ridiculously loud 




Boot dynamat lined


Old and new lamps

The 20Twenty led indicators whilst canbus friendly flashed too fast so will be replacing with some alternates when they are back in stock. Have also replaced the rear fog and reverse lamp with the same 20Twenty lamps (white) with no issues. High beam is the MTEC product proven before to remind the chelsea tractor drivers they have high beam on  





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Surprised to see that sort of corrosion on a 12 year old car but nice work nipping it in the bud ,bud 👍

Already putting your mark on the new project too,  nice work chap 😉

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Yup - not seen the like of it on my other hatches and the amount of dirt I hosed out from the sills front and rear leads me to believe this has been sat under water for some time, it managed to get in places you wouldnt expect it to? But hey ho it will get sorted next year 😊

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Representing in the F1 Lotus stylee


Think that Perrin sticker will have to go....


Plus the force is strong with this one...


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