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  1. 13 points
    Engine Although STis have uprated engine internals they still need to be cared after in the same manner as the WRX motors. Oil changes should be carried out every 5,000 miles for Classics or 7,000 miles for newage, although more regular changes are not a bad thing, new spark plugs, brake fluid, transmission and diff oil should be changed every couple of years or 24,000 miles and the cambelt should be changed every 45,000 miles. Listen for knocking coming from the engine as this could indicate piston slap or bottom end damage and the turbo should run quite quietly if the cat is still in place. And last but not least, smoke free. Turbos must also be allowed to cool down after hard driving - ask the seller what he does for the shutdown procedure. Watch for a fluctuating idle which could be a symptom of a blown mass air flow sensor or sticking wastegate solenoids. If a boost gauge has been fitted, check that the boost pressure is not exceeding 17–18psi. Exhaust The standard exhausts are fairly long lasting but most owners will have probably have replaced the original exhaust with a stainless steel aftermarket performance exhaust system, due to their performance and their very reasonable prices. Hayward and Scott to name just one. If the cat is removed on the Impreza you are looking at buying make sure to get the old cat from the seller, if it’s not available budget this into the price, as you will need one come MOT time. Transmission A powerful car with 4wd is always going to punish the gearbox especially so if it has been modified. It’s not uncommon for a clutch to last as little as 40,000 miles. Clutch judder is common on Classic’s when the car is cold. The Subaru gearbox is extremely tough but when the gearbox is warm do the usual checks to ensure that all gears engage easily with no crunching, listen out for any whining at all whether it be from the gearbox itself or from the diffs. Popping out of gear is almost unheard of, but accelerate hard from low revs in each of the gears to make absolutely sure. Brakes The OE brakes and pads are not amazing and most owners uprate the pads, discs, lines and fluid to uprated items. DOT 5.1 fluid is common, especially if your going to take the car on track. As with any car brake hard from speed to ensure the car pulls up straight and smooth with no judder. Rear brakes can seize if a car is left standing. Bodywork Accident damage is a real possibility on these cars, vulnerable areas include the front end, front and rear wings. Check the underbody thoroughly for rust as a lot of car will not have been under sealed. The bonnet is also vulnerable to stone chips, budget the repair of this into the purchase price. Interior The electrics are general sound although the cheap interior plastics can look tatty over time. The newage cars have better interiors however the seats become less ‘buckety’. Suspension Worn anti roll bar bushes can be diagnosed by knocking coming front the front suspension. It has been said that the best suspension available for the STi is it the original STi set up. So replacing does necessarily mean having to go down the performance suspension route although this may work out to be the cheapest option. If buying the older Classic shapes check the rear strut's more so if it's a UK car as they seem to rot/rust at the top around the bolts. Feel free to add anything that might have been missed I will updated the post :)
  2. 8 points
    Gave it a dam good spanking while rinsing a 16 plate 7 series [emoji41] he was not a happy bunny after failing for the 3rd time trying to undertake my old shed spec scooby, he was punching his steering wheel and directing air traffic with his hands [emoji23] He probably had the last laugh though .... As it took me a good 10 mins to pick my 150pc socket set up from all over the boot floor [emoji30]
  3. 7 points
    Bought a copy of Japanese performance magazine. With this and the foreign beggars music video shoot, the old girls had a busy year [emoji41] Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  4. 7 points
    I used to get a strange irritating whining noise coming from the passenger side front when I hit full boost after I had my first remap . .... but I soon realised that the noise disappeared when the wife wasn't in the car 😂 If it's not broke .....upgrade it 😊
  5. 7 points
    Little drive out with our Scoobys
  6. 7 points
    was making way back home just taking my time &this 200 sx behind me was egar to get past, so he overtakes but gives me this sarky grin, so I speeded up he looked in the mirror & waved bye ,oh yeah I dont think so, I droped the auto power switch on & was on his tail he chickind out comeing uo to a bend slowed down far to early, I tuck him well befor the bend speeded away, & waved bye to him he banged his steering wheel with shame, ha,ha just thought he was taking on an old subaru est
  7. 7 points
    Hi my name is Martin and i am here to admit my problem. It started 8 or so years ago, drooling over the offbeat warble of imprezas driving past. I vowed to myself-one day i would have one. Several years passed and i kept putting off buying one, saying I'd wait til i earn more etc... this year i thought sod it, I'm having one. So now I've got a 2003 wrx, i spend all my spare time and cash cleaning, fettling, looking or buying new parts, hiding them in the boot til they get fitted. My missus thinks i love Suzy (the car) more than her. I do. It gives me less grief and I'm more likely to get lucky with it. And we love getting dirty together before washing all of her curves and caressing her intimate parts, covering her in thick gloopy liquid before massaging it in. My name is Martin, I'm an addict in love with my Impreza, what's your story? Sent from my SM-N9005 using Tapatalk
  8. 6 points
    Well seeing as I booked in a dyno session for the v1sti and wont be using it until the turbos rebuilt and re fitted, I decided to take the v7sti for a dyno health check at last . Glad I did, as first run showed low boost , afr out and low standard 'ish power at 280hp 226flbs 🤔 I use Clive Attowe as he knows his engine's and diagnostics, not just a good mapper . Although both power and boost were down ,he started by cleaning the maf to try and stable the afr's first (better) Then set about finding out why it wasn't making mapped boost targets and found that a pin hadn't been crimped in properly on the boost solenoid plug (got more boost back) I need a new maf and will probably fit a new fuel filter , then go back to see if numbers improve but the end result was 311hp /278flbs . At least I now know it's running safe and the extra 31hp and 52flbs , has made a world of difference to how it drives 😎
  9. 6 points
  10. 6 points
    Wash it. Hand polish and wax. Used a clay mitt for first time. You can feel the rough paint with the mitt.
  11. 6 points
    Gotta wait for the producer to edit it but once I get a copy I'll post it up . Ebo (the UK grime artist) seemed impressed with my old school scooby . Don't think his mate in the fmic audi was too happy .... I told him mine was standard and he wanted to do a proppa 1/4 run with his 290 hp a3 . "I'll win cos my audi is lighter blud" Should've seen the look on his face when i rinsed him good n proppa 😁
  12. 6 points
    Day8 progress: Absolutely chuffed, bar a few seized bolts on the old turbo and exhaust that I needed a hand getting off it's all my own work and it's now ready to go to Andy Forest for mapping! Over the moon it's all running ok. It's been a busy weeks work. Picture below of it stripped out last week and the end result!
  13. 6 points
    Just a few pictures of japfest silverstone 2017
  14. 6 points
    Btcc at brands on Sunday... gotta love a meet at the racing 😊😊
  15. 6 points
    Just received my owner club stickers thought I'd share a pic :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. 6 points
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  17. 6 points
    So I finally got it, 2004 Forester Sti and I LOVE IT! Really happy with it and she sure shifts, got a few bits planned for it to tidy it up and looking the part and get the timing done, service and few other bit. Currently has few nice parts fitted including Tein coilovers, stage 1 remap , stage 1 clutch, some samco hoses and some others. Will get it in my workshop this week o have a good look under it and go from there.
  18. 6 points
    Finally found a low mileage (58000) standard WRX STI Wide Track, will add more pic's soon.
  19. 6 points
    Decided to go blue today da ba dee da ba die, next up is to replace the clock with a nice triple set of blue gauges in a pod but not very confident with doing that by myself
  20. 6 points
    Started my 2003 WRX this morning to be greeted with flashing CEL light (which according to the net is a major fault), sluggish no boost and obviously sluggish performance stuck in limp home mode. After spending the day at work stressing I got home in the dark and plugged in my fault code reader that threw up the following (12 faults in total but some of the codes were replicated) P0502 P0503 P0851 P1152 P1153 P1518 After having a heart attack at the list (which didn't change even after deletion) I set to work on Google. I found on NASIOC that this can be caused by the green test connectors being connected under the dash. Despite not having touched them they had manage to align themselves well enough to come into contact causing the massive list of faults, limp home mode and a major CEL fault. Moved apart, reset codes again and back to perfection. After feeling like a complete pleb, but glad that it had not cost me a penny I have a happy car and happy wallet. I hope this helps someone who may find themselves in a blind panic one day like I did! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. 6 points
    Had a little wipe over under the bonnet if no where else Caution, gratifying engine bay picture....
  22. 6 points
    Subaru convoy over to the M-SOC meet
  23. 6 points
    Parked next to another scooby - thems the rules - whilst attending comic con at NEC :)
  24. 6 points
  25. 6 points
    It's alive!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  26. 6 points
    Couldn't hear the audio on this vid so don't know what's being said but if you fast forward to 2 mins I'm sure gambit makes a appearance [emoji23] https://youtu.be/uH7yK4KmGCU
  27. 6 points
    Done a cuple of mods to day fitted my diffuser and a cuple of wing stiffis think they finish the back off tbh Sent from my SM-N910F using Tapatalk
  28. 6 points
    Finally got my GT1's fitted think it's transformed the car. -- I make Films and Website for people
  29. 6 points
  30. 6 points
    Had a bit of rain this morning, naturally I didn't miss an opportunity for water beading pics! :D
  31. 6 points
    Here's my lady, hope these upload OK.
  32. 5 points
    Had a lot of fun! Sump baffle solved my boost issues. Would recommend that mod if anyone has track day boost issues. My brakes were rather shocking. Once hot massive amounts of steering wobble [emoji848] Had a bit of a fueling issue late on and a top/head knock which was suspect injector but later the knock cleared. Didn't get to retest the hesitation. It was in 4th/5th heavy load, every so often it would just cough slightly. Gonna whip the injectors out and have them flow tested/cleaned. Even ploughed a field for the boys at brands.
  33. 5 points
    Had to take the scoob to work today ,as it's booked in for mot . Can't remember the last time i enjoyed "going " to work before [emoji848] but 25miles of b road smiles ftw [emoji16] didn't like parking it in the building site car park though , as its not the flatest bit of ground and i do lack a bit ground clearance [emoji4] She past without any advisories and i was told "its cleaner underneath than most 5 yr old cars " Which aint bad seeing as shes 23 yrs old [emoji41] Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  34. 5 points
    Told the mrs I needed to find a shell garage as we only had just over half a tank and the scoob don't run on anything but v power [emoji6] Seeing as were away on hols in sunny Cornwall , i found 1 on Google maps and plumbed it in on the sat nav then set off to fill her up .... 2.5 hrs later ,via lots of twisties and a "water splash" (fjord) [emoji41] i finally returned grinning like a Cheshire cat with just under half a tank [emoji15] Guess I'd better nip out and brim the tank again tomorrow [emoji23]
  35. 5 points
    Today i be mostly using the scooby in a hip hop music video [emoji41]
  36. 5 points
    Was supposed to laying block paving but got a bit side tracked when my scoob had a friend round to play . Guess I'd better fit my new front discs then lol
  37. 5 points
    A few snaps taken up in the hills... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  38. 5 points
    Perfect day for working on the car and with a few hours free until our grandson is dropped off for the afternoon, time to get cracking with some much needed upgrades..... Safety first. After placing securely on a pair of stands, the wheels come off... The 2 x 19mm bolts securing the caliper to the hub and loosened off... Next step is to remove the pain retaining pins. These have two small spring clips keeping them in place. Simply pull out with some needle nose pliers and slide out the pins. A small G clamp is used to squeeze the pads to push the pistons back into the calipers... The pads are then simply slid out from the caliper with their backing plates (take note of how the plates are positioned for refitting)... With the pads out, the calipers can now be removed. I used a small bunjee cord to hang the caliper from the coil spring to prevent damage to the brake hose... The rotor is then removed from the hub. If it's stuck on due to corrosion, etc, use a small bolt as in the below pic to help 'push' the rotor off the hub. I simply used the bolt which holds the brake hose bracket to tyhe strut as it's the same thread... First part complete... Protective film applied in the factory is removed from the new rotor using brake cleaner. Just be careful not to get any on the paint! The replacement rotor slides straight onto the hub and the caliper is bolted back into place. I'm using Dixcel ES pads from Japan. I have no experience with them, but have read good reviews so happy to give them a try. They are essebntially a fast street pad - perfect for me as I'm not intending on any track use. Only thing of note at this stage is the lack of a pad wear indicator. The Brembo pads have a mechanical indicator which squeals when the pads gets below a certain thickness. Will need to keep a close eye on these when they start to wear down. Instructions say 300+ km bedding in period of 'normal' road driving. So will need to drive like a nanna for a couple of weeks Fitment of the pads is the reverse of removal essentially. I used some copper grease on the backing plates to help prevent any squealing... dba paint 3 strips on their rotors. These are temperature indicators and change to when a certain temp is reached - Red - changes to white above 610°C Orange - changes to yellow above 560°C Green - changes to white above 430°C And completed... I also did the rears, but was pushed for time so didn't take some many pics. 17mm caliper bolts at the rear - pads use the same retaining pin set up. As my car is relatively new, I had no issues removing the rotors but you may need to adjust the handbrake shoes on higher mileage cars probably? Will be a couple of weeks at least before I can report back on how they are going. By then, I should also have some braided lines fitted and some Motul 660 fluid to replace the stock stuff.
  39. 5 points
    Lots more shiny bits and red bits waiting to fit in spring/early summer :)
  40. 5 points
    Age 43 and just picked up my 1st UKturbo2000... love it, love it, love it ....
  41. 5 points
    I haven't done anything to mine... But found this amazing bit of kit 2 minutes from my house! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  42. 5 points
  43. 5 points
    See this sat in Tesco car park so had to park next to it :D might notice it's cleaner too. Yes I did stand in the rain and wash it :D
  44. 5 points
    Small update today, look whats back from machine shop :D followed by a normal block vs closed deck converted
  45. 5 points
    It's sort of sad really... I mean, that car has had under a year's worth of driving in it's entire life. The next person that buys it at that price is just going to store it away and only bring it out every now and then. The likelihood of anyone else ever seeing it in person is very slim- it may as well be sorn. It almost defeats the object of having it... Someone once said to me about doing things to keep the mileage of your car is a bit like not having s*x with your girlfriend to keep her good for the next bloke. I've sort of gone by that ever since.
  46. 5 points
    just called in to a supermarkit & as I was walkin back noticed loads of vw,s comin in to park thay was parkin in area I was parked.i was in my car for about 10 mins & this man came over & asked me if I cauld park in another area as thay was goining to take photos I wasent realy in thare way , so I thought I need to give him the right reply,,so I seid, yeah ill move mate dont want my subaru in a photo with that lot.
  47. 5 points
    Been for a day out with the family, returned to car and had some lunch, when an evo pulls into the car park, drives all way round and proceeds to pull up next to me, thought they may have wanted to chat. Made my day when these two got out
  48. 5 points
    I have a Stiffy-ies too the new spoiler and Debadge :D
  49. 5 points
    I'll add idiots who drive round with their fog light on when there is no fog. I once pulled up long side a car with their fog light on and called out Dave! Dave! is that you? He said "Sorry mate I'm not Dave" "Oh it was hard to tell with this fog" I say "its not Foggy" He said "Then why do you have your fog lights on?" I asked Luckily he had a sense of humour and we both laughed as he turned them off. I was taught that if you can't see 3 street lamps ahead in fog then you need the fog light on, otherwise you don't need it.
  50. 5 points


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