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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
  9. 6 points
    Wash it. Hand polish and wax. Used a clay mitt for first time. You can feel the rough paint with the mitt.
  10. 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 😁
  11. 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!
  12. 6 points
    Just a few pictures of japfest silverstone 2017
  13. 6 points
    Btcc at brands on Sunday... gotta love a meet at the racing 😊😊
  14. 6 points
    Just received my owner club stickers thought I'd share a pic :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  16. 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.
  17. 6 points
    Finally found a low mileage (58000) standard WRX STI Wide Track, will add more pic's soon.
  18. 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
  19. 6 points
    Had a little wipe over under the bonnet if no where else Caution, gratifying engine bay picture....
  20. 6 points
    Subaru convoy over to the M-SOC meet
  21. 6 points
    Parked next to another scooby - thems the rules - whilst attending comic con at NEC :)
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  23. 6 points
    It's alive!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 6 points
    Finally got my GT1's fitted think it's transformed the car. -- I make Films and Website for people
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  28. 6 points
    Had a bit of rain this morning, naturally I didn't miss an opportunity for water beading pics! :D
  29. 6 points
    Here's my lady, hope these upload OK.
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 5 points
    Here you go mate... just had to upload them first
  33. 5 points
    Lots more shiny bits and red bits waiting to fit in spring/early summer :)
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  35. 5 points
    When I was younger the easiest way to go faster without spending anything was to find a steeper hill Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  36. 5 points
    Age 43 and just picked up my 1st UKturbo2000... love it, love it, love it ....
  37. 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
  38. 5 points
    Drilled some holes in my boot Pretty happy with the result
  39. 5 points
    So then it's turbo time . I chose an engine tuner own specd turbo it's a gtx2871 with an 11 blade billet wheel and uprated ceramic bearings. I'm unsure of the precise specs but I told them I wanted ultimate response and around 400hp. As I wanted to maintain the oe centre section, prodrive back box . And I'm still running the standard intercooler and airbox, mainly because of budget and I didn't want it to be really loud unfortunately these are the only pics I've got You can also see the competition clutch stage two clutch on in these pics :) Sent from my Nokia 3310 using Tapatalk
  40. 5 points
    A dash of candy red carbon! Collected the hydro dipped bits today and put them back on, really pleased with the finish on them done by Hydro-Graphics in York, waiting for some red M6 engine dress up bolts to come back in to stock to finish it off.
  41. 5 points
    Before After megs ultimate compound, autoglym super resin polish, dodo juice wax [emoji2] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  42. 5 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
  43. 5 points
    Scoop is installed! Was relatively painless apart from two bolts on the old scoop had rusted on and took a lot of sweary words and two broken clips to remove! Gave the scoop a coat of wax before installing as well!
  44. 5 points
    Welcome Widesam to the moderating team :D
  45. 5 points
    Not all today, but fitted Japspeed rearbox and very happy with it, looks and sounds great. Sti front grille badge and a recent coat of MER polish and quick simoniz wax. The exhaust also had a polish over with Brasso before fitting, (was clean but thought may aswell as it was off and easy enough). Took it for an approx 200 mile round trip to center parcs (Sherwood), very enjoyable drive.
  46. 5 points
    I have a Stiffy-ies too the new spoiler and Debadge :D
  47. 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.
  48. 5 points
    Big thanks to gambit. He put me in touch with perry of revolution wraps who has done my windows today. He's made a great job and am really happy. Having done one of my cars before i know how hard it is and he made the outback look ridiculously easy, always the mark of a true professional. On mine he didn't need to take the windows out but on normal cars he does so that it is a "proper job". Price was good i felt too. Based in lincoln so not that far from me. www.revolutionwraps.co.uk 07553 338885 Am going to get him to do the wifes audi as well :-) While i was there a chap in a range rover which perry had wrapped turned up. I honestly thought it had been painted as the quality was excellent. Cheers Alan
  49. 5 points
    My wife came home today and told me this story. She was behind a middle aged woman in a sporty fiesta (no they do exist of a fashion) driving along slowly towards some traffic lights which were red, she pulled up in the left lane so my wife pulled up in the right lane. Anyway the middle ages woman started gearing up for a race start and floored it off the green light, my wife in her XV decided that she was NOT having some middle aged bint race her off the lights so she floored it too, she pulled back in front of the fiesta and at about 65mph she changed into 6th and opened the taps, the result was, as she described a bit like the nitrous in Fast and furious she just screamed away and it was goodbye old biddy!! she also said it was childish but had to be done I just had a bog standard vectra hounding me down a twisty road so I accelerated up to 60mph and stuck it on cruise control, I decided that I would just stick at the same speed regardless of the bend, he was fine for a few bends but then he had to lock up going into one and he just fell further and further back after that. though he did come screaming at me on the straights (because I was only doing 60). I don't think he was very happy. this too was childish :D
  50. 5 points
    did'nt take to many pics of this stage of the build but, made a fair bit of progress instead ;) cleaned the cams and cam caps , plastigauged the clearances on the bearing caps (which were fine) coated them in fresh oil/lubed the bearings with graphogen paste and fitted them with the cam lobes at base circle (lobes not pushing on the valves) .Set the cams in postion acording to the manual fitted the rear cambelt covers ,cam pulleys,all the new rollers and new hydrolic tensioner all that was left to do at this stage was fit the kevlar timing belt ,untill i Could free up a long weekend to fit the engine,because i dont have the suitable auxilairies,pipes,fuel lines water pipes ect ... due to the v1 long engine componets not being compatable with my v3 scoob .So i'll have to strip and clean them off my car and fit them to the forged long engine before i fit it into my scooby ;) chucked the inlet on top and poked the 550's and caps on top to see the finished look (again lol) excuse the !Removed! pink dipstick it was on the long engine when i got it ...:o honest as for the dog its always under my feet

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