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    Default My 2004 JDM Impreza WRX STI

    Starting off a thread on the new toy...


    Introduction


    It's a 2004 JDM Impreza WRX STI.


    The JDM model brings ~280 PS, shorter gearing, faster steering, wide track / DCCD, HIDs and the twin scroll version of the higher revving 2.0 lump.


    It's the infamous WR Blue Mica with the gold wheels. Yes its "distinctive" but the colour scheme works very well and looks very sharp when cleaned up.


    It's a standard car (which was really what I wanted) and in excellent condition, aside from an HKS HiPower cat back and a new K&N panel filter.




    A few photos from the day of arrival...
















    First Jobs


    While waiting on the UK registration to come through I had the time to start into a few jobs on the car.


    The exterior was thoroughly detailed, machine polished, sealed and waxed.


    Wheels were removed for a thorough clean and wax and the disc hubs were painted.


    The lower u-frame was cleaned and painted with POR-15, as were the inner arch lips. That should keep any rust at bay.


    The rear number plate bracket was removed and painted. Fastenings were replaced with stainless steel versions.


    The interior was given a thorough once over too. Carpets and all upholstery was shampooed and hoovered. Interior plastics were cleaned and disinfected. Extra thick velour floor and boot mats were fitted along with a new pollen filter.


    I'm not one for ICE or after-market radios, so a genuine Subaru radio was sourced, replacing the JDM radio (different frequency range).


    The arch liners were removed, along with the side skirts and relevant underside trim. The underside of the car was thoroughly washed and scrubbed three times (bare in mind it was exceptionally clean before hand). The car was left to dry for a week, then out came the axle stands, ready to raise the car, wheels off, for under-sealing. The entire underside, box sections, under bonnet etc were treated. The car was left in the garage to dry for around a week.


    The rear muffler was in need of a polish up, so that was done...




    Time for a drive


    The registration finally came through. Neil @ Rockvale Graphics got me organised with registration plates, more of an issue to the rear JDM number plate size.


    The tank was filled with a fresh batch of super then a few favourite back roads were hit.


    Initial impressions highlighted the awesome, supportive seats, the very short gearing, and very fast steering. The brakes are solid and sharp as is the throttle response.


    The car was up to temperature, the brutal power delivery had me laughing... it really does hit hard and squirt down the road. Shift light lit, next gear, shift light lit, next gear... It just keeps pulling...


    Pointing it down the twisties highlighted a very stable car, a nice pointy front end, highlighted by the fast steering. Punching down the road, standing on the brakes and squirting down the road really made realise it's what the car is made for.


    The HKS exhaust adds a nice note to the car without being overly loud or droning.


    The car interestingly is still quite refined to drive. It's not quite the Tesco value explosion on wheels some people may have you believe.


    Getting used to the car, it's brimming with character. Cold start up in the mornings moving down the motorway has the car thrumming and whistling as the turbo starts up spool, lifting off has chatters and hisses filling the cabin.




    Time for a service


    The car was supposedly already serviced... But being me, I wanted to ensure it was all done and done right.


    So a basic service consisted of, oil, oil filter, spark plugs, K&N panel filter, fuel filter, coolant, diif and gearbox oils, a new water pump, a new RCM 10mm oil pump, HKS timing belt, Gates aux belts, new pulleys, modine hoses, belt bracket, hose clips and timing cover bolts. I took the car down to Johnny at AI Autosport to do the work, along with a thorough inspection and compression test. I was glad to say the car received an extremely positive review and compression tests were all perfect.




    Longer term review


    I've been driving the car for a few weeks now and found it a very capable daily driver. The refinement mentioned above helps loads.


    The car's quick response, minimal lag and torque is very useful in all driving aspects.


    The chassis has a firmness to it, more noticeable on low speed bumps. However it's perfectly comfortable when cruising.


    The brakes are brilliant, but quite dusty. Though that could well be down to me taking the car out for blasts every now and then...


    The short shift gearbox is great. If quite notchy.




    Additional jobs


    Mud flaps have also been fitted. These are the shorter mini flaps, I'm not a big fan of the large mats that scrape the ground.


    The power steering pipe had a little whine when cold. This was solved with a simple o-ring replacement.


    A Subaru manual, wallet, keyfob etc was sourced.


    The carpet mat hook was replaced (a common issue).


    All three wiper arms were removed and repainted.


    Both front grills were replaced with ZunSport items. Good quality items, but the lower grille wasn't a great fit, so I had to fit extra securing brackets to have it sitting right. Peace of mind, especially when the a/c condenser has no protection from debris... I did of course have to get another upper grille to do a good job (without destroying the original), along with a new STI badge.




    Thanks


    An initial big thanks to Martin @ Eastwood Subaru. He couldn't be more helpful with advise and sourcing parts, even with the car being imported.


    Johnny @ AI Autosport. Very knowledgeable, honest, reliable mechanics are hard to find. He couldn't be of any more help prior to buying the car and completing the service / inspection.




    Next jobs


    The car doesn't really need anything...


    However I will keep minting the car, painting a few more brackets, there is a scratch on one of the centre dash panels (look at replacing). Braided brake hoses.


    I'm undecided about tuning the car, as it's a great fun thing to drive out of the box.


    Fit a new front under-tray.




    Time for more photos and less chatter ...




    The big clean under way...







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    The standard rear section





    A pretty cool additional resonator on the muffler. That would explain why it's quite subtle, noise wise.





    Fluids have arrived... Engine oil, diff oil, gear box oil etc.





    A few trim clips, oil filter, fuel filter, K&N panel filter, pollen filter, spark plugs and a new sump plug.





    A new battery waiting to be installed.





    Air box out for cleaning and installation of the K&N panel filter.





    Air scoop and airbox out for clenaing.





    Battery stay and rods out for painting.





    New floor and boot mats.





    Both aux belts and a few other trim clips in different sizes.





    Mud flps (small ones)





    Airbox back in place, along with bonnet struts.





    New battery installed with the painted stay and rod.





    A UK radio being installed...



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    The old pollen filter.





    Glove box removed for access to the pollen filter.





    The fun stuff starts now, disc hubs/stone guards being painted and side skirts removed...






    Front u frame painted up with POR-15




    HKS Timing Belt arrived.


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    As did the tensioner and pulleys.





    As did new front Subaru and STI badges.





    As did modine hoses, and new timing case bolts.





    While the skirts were removed, the sill's were treated with POR-15.





    A new upgraded fuel pump arrived (if required).





    A new Subaru water pump arrived, with new gaskets and bolts.





    Dynax underseal arrived, models UC and S50 are going to be used.





    An RCM belt guide arrived and an upgraded 10MM RCM Oil Pump.





    A new hazard swtich (keeping with the JDM theme), thermostat and exhaust spring bolts.





    The car up on ramps for another underside cleaning session.





    ACF-50 arrived, I'm going to try this out on some of the exposed / bare metal under the bonnet.





    Wiper arms removed...





    Primered.





    And fitted, along with Bosch Aero blades.



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    I love this photo...





    I was starting into undersealing the car.






    The products I was using...





    The manuals, wallet etc from Eastwood Subaru.





    Rear spoiler removed, this was to reseal the spoiler, check for rust and prevent any rattles from starting.





    And fitted again.





    Testing diagnostics on the car, no faults visible .





    A poor photo, but the rear flaps have been fitted.





    Zunsport upper and lower grilles fitted.






    I polished up the rear muffler.


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    A few beauty shots of the car...








    Dusty pads and driving like a loon = dirty wheels







    As mentioned above I'm driving away at the car now.
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    Default Re: My 2004 JDM Impreza WRX STI

    lookin' very nice indeed - don't forget to get onto the facebook pages as well as that's where most of the updates happen now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bludgod View Post
    lookin' very nice indeed - don't forget to get onto the facebook pages as well as that's where most of the updates happen now!
    Cheers batman, done and all

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    Default Re: My 2004 JDM Impreza WRX STI

    A cheeky half day off work allowed me to get the car down to Neil Kirkpatrick to check the alignment.


    I'm glad to say the car needed no adjustment at all!


    A few photos of the car up on ramps etc.









    That's where things wen't a little down hill. Neil spotted the tyres were mounted inside out, so naturally they were swapped round. When one of the tyres were removed we noticed the bead was broken on one of the tyres and the missing part was left inside the tyre. Nice to think someone couldn't care less and just mounted the tyre anyway.


    They are all brand new budget tyres, just fitted before I collected the car. Luckily a replacement was in stock, so that was fitted to get me back on the road.


    Roll on a set of Michelins .


    The damaged bead.





    I've been advised to try this. So I'll mix it with coke and see how things to .


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    I met up with a fellow member of ReallyMeanSounds.com. He has an immaculate TME Evo, what a hero car!


    A few quick snaps!








    The rear tow hook has a little surface corrosion. That's hardly acceptable , so off it came.






    Cleaned up.





    Paint drying.





    Just before fitting.





    It's on. The satin black colour pretty much makes it disappear under the car.




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    Default Re: My 2004 JDM Impreza WRX STI

    hi, car looks perfect! grat ;-)
    Be happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by joseph27 View Post
    hi, car looks perfect! grat ;-)
    Cheers dude

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    MOT time for the STI, so a bucket of water was thrown over her .






    Excuse the dirty engine bay, however the joys of MOTing a car in NI is stricter than the rest of the UK. Basically any car with HID's must have a head light washer system installed. Being an import there are no headlight washers installed. I'm not about to hack my bumper up so...


    Much to the MOT testers amusement these technically "ticked the box".





    The MOT was passed without any advisories.


    I may be selling this car soon, should anyone be interested in a real clean example with a full years MOT, feel free to give me a shout.

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    Time for a few random pre sale photos from the weekend.


    The facelift interior is a bit step over the pre facelift. A surprisingly nice place to be!






    I love the front end with the grilles added!





    The sauce pipe always looks well cleaned up.





    A nice "little" organised history file!





    Fuel filler area is nice and clean!





    I was out today painting the bells of the discs, polishing the callipers and waxing the wheels. An awful day for it, I'm starting to dry out now...






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