-The Story- (cont'd)
Part 3: "Birth of a Project"
Year number three was the birth of my project, Project Spec-C. After watching a few Best Motoring videos, hosted by the "Drift King" Keiichi Tsuchiya, I saw the dominance of the much lighter WRX STi Spec-C over it's fully loaded counter part STi. Witnessing it's versatility in a short a track, proved less understeer, due to the smaller rear wing and lighter weight.
Early March 2006, saw my first exterior modification. First started with the STi fog lamp covers, followed by the much bigger STi hood scoop. All the parts bolts right on for easy installation. Pictured to the left is before installation
Pictured to the right is after installation.
Soon after, I began to get a bit bored with the performance of my car. Just felt like it needed a bit of a push. Also, it was too quiet. On full throttle, I could only hear the turbo spooling. It was time that the boxer engine had to be heard.
Ordered a full turboback HKS system from JSC Speed and 2 sets of new gaskets. (Left: before installation)
The installation of the turbo back system increased the ride's hp from 230 bhp to around 245 bhp. Also removing 1 of 2 catalytic converters, allowing for much quicker turbo spool. (Right: after installation)
By the time May of 2006 hit, I've received enough funding from my tax return to warrant a purchase a new set of rims.
The previous year I've wanted to order the O.Z. Superleggeras with a Pirelli tyre package. What I found, is that the Superleggeras were being discontinued, and a new model the Ultraleggeras, which was an inch wider than the previous model, was released in the spring. (Left: before installation)
So I took this oppurtunity to order a fresh set of 17x8 O.Z. Ultraleggeras from Tire Rack (weighting only 16.9 lbs) with some ultra high performance Pirelli P Nero Zeros M S (225/45-17). Note: The SWRT used a Pirelli/O.Z. package in the WRC during the 90's. (Right: after installation)
When August 2006 came, I received an excellent opportunity. Originally I had no intention on buying a 'blow-off valve' for my ride, especially after hearing accounts of WRX's running rich after installation.
Originally these HKS SSQV blow-offs ran about $289 to $300 shipped. Buddy ended up selling me his for half the price. Just call it a 'homey discount'.
Here is a video of how the HKS SSQV blow-off valve sounds in conjunction with the HKS Turbo back exhaust setup.
At this point, I barely touched the interior of the Impreza. Surprisingly, the stock Subaru Momo shifter's leather wrapping started to peel a bit. (Left: stock Momo shift knob, picture taken back in 2004)
My solution is to order a brand new stainless steel shift knob. Forget about anything peeling. Ordered this Prodrive shift knob from Oakos. The Prodrive shift knob is specifically made for the Impreza, so you don't have to worry about using screws and converters to fit it in. The knob screwed right on.
(continue next page: "Project: 2nd Year")
pg 1 - Vehicle Summary
pg 2 - The Beginning
pg 3 - Year Number Two
pg 4 - Birth of a Project
pg 5 - Project: 2nd Year