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Old 05-26-2010, 09:44 PM   #41
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got a bit of work done today.

First I put the motor in...



But into what?

Also installed the equal length header/up-pipe. Then plugged in a good majority of the wiring and hoses going to the motor/manifold, along putting the wiper fluid reservior, clutch master/slave cylinder, starter and other fun stuff all in place. Short of the , timing belt, FMIC, one of the power steering lines, intake, radiator, A/C lines/condensor and a couple other random sensors, the motor is in place and ready to go.

I finally dug up my old laptop (literally... laptops get lost at edrach's house) that had all the wiring diagrams on them. So FINALLY, I can get to the wiring of the doors, lights and rear hatch and button up the interior.

Last thing left after wiring is putting the steering column back in place, finishing fastening down the dash, thowing the fenders and grill back in place and she's done.

Unfortunately I still need to find a 04' gauge cluster, FMIC, MAF sensor, front brembos and get some decent lugnuts that will work with the wheels I have. Lastly once it's up and running i'll accumulate the parts for 'some' more power and see what it can do.

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Old 05-27-2010, 10:30 PM   #42
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Nice project.

This is also awesome:

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Old 05-29-2010, 11:23 AM   #43
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Nice project.

This is also awesome:
Indeed... but those guys need to stop riding it like bitches! It's a turbocharged STI ATV (in AUS the STI is a 2.0), REV PAST 3k PLEASE!!!

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Old 06-14-2010, 08:39 PM   #44
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very nice progress, your moving along alot faster than I am on my project.

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Old 06-14-2010, 08:52 PM   #45
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Soundin GREAT! Keep us posted!!

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Old 08-11-2010, 10:13 AM   #46
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It's been awhile since I updated you guys... so here's my most recent progress

6/03-
Got a little bit done today.

The parts for the timing belt finally came in, so I installed the right exhaust cam sprocket, inner and outer timing covers, timing belt, tensioner and buttoned everything down. Then I intalled the nice beefy hollow zero sports front sway bar, and the mounts for the steering rack!

Tomorrow i'll do the 5x114 knuckles and different suspension, and the rear sway bar :D



6/04-
In other news... got some more work done today. Pulled the Zero/Sports rear sway bar and endlinks off the shop car and installed them in their new home on the rear of the forester! :D



Then I pulled the front knuckles off the shop car and installed the nice 5x114 knuckles w/ extended studs onto the front... tomorrow i'll install the rear 5x114 knuckles, 05+ sti struts w/ jdm pink wagon springs and start putting some serious work into the wiring!



7/08-
I've been enjoying my summer a bit too much, so progress has been slow, but I did get quite a bit done today.

Swapped the rear knuckles, brakes and drive axles from an 06' STI, then threw on some wheels off the shop car (temporarily until my lug nuts get here) and installed the steering column and dropped her on the ground. Now i've got everything ready so it can roll around and no more work under the car!





7/20-

Went and picked up some used 05 STI front brakes last Thursday. Had a chance to throw the car back on the lift today to sort out the last thing i'll need the lift for. Now if my lugnuts would just get here I could get my wheels mounted properly!



Now the only things left is the radiator, FMIC, and interior stuff...

Yesterday-
Yes. Transported the car to my house. The fmic, radiator, gauge cluster and a couple other parts all came in so I can finally finish it up.

Today I took some time to take the bumper off, and cut the bumper beam and plastic bumper cover to work with the FMIC. :D
For a quick hack job, I don't think it looks too bad!

Eventually i'll get a JDM front bumper and have it done by a pro



Today-
Just came inside after a little bit of work on the car...

I wanted to test fit the piping for the FMIC and make sure everything lines up. It 'kinda' does, but not the way i'd like, so I think i'll modify it a bit to make a better fit.

This kit is the ESS FMIC kit (similar to ebay/others) made for the 02-07 wrx, so i'm actually kind of suprised how close it is to fitting properly.



As you can see here the pipes run REALLY close to the fog lights... I may have to lose them as the endtanks on the intercooler core spit you right into them. It does fit, but not as straight as i'd like with the foglights, so i'll have to have a buddy come help me modify the piping and see if I can get a cleaner fit. Also on the drivers side piping where it makes a u-turn from the core back around and under the frame rail in front of the timing cover is a little too long. I think when mounted on a wrx the core sits about an inch or two further forward so i'd like to modify that piece of pipe as well, or move the intercooler forward about an inch.



Once again, these pipes fit... mostly. As you can see the coupler just behind the fuel lines is a little crooked, there's a little piece of metal under the drivers side frame rail that blocks the larger vertical pipe (that comes up in front of the timing cover) from sitting properly, I'm pretty sure if I trim that piece of the car, the pipe will sit properly. However, since i'm going to have some of the piping modified, i'm going to try and reverse the flow of the intercooler, so the turbo isn't sitting right under the 'cold' side of the piping.

For now i'll work on finishing up the wiring and interior, and get back to the intercooler piping once I find someone who can help me out with it

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Old 08-11-2010, 11:32 AM   #47
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I thought eat motorsports went under?

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Old 08-11-2010, 12:01 PM   #48
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I love me some Forester XTi. Nice work. Lotta love going into this car.

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Old 08-11-2010, 12:06 PM   #49
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when you get this all said and done, i would love to see it in person.

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Old 08-11-2010, 12:35 PM   #50
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I thought eat motorsports went under?
Why do you think the car's in my driveway and not at the shop? :D

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Old 08-11-2010, 02:11 PM   #51
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Nice project keep updating..

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Old 08-30-2010, 06:13 PM   #52
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It runs!

The car started right up, but I shut it down pretty quick as I havnt bolted the exhaust up to the turbo yet...

Buttoned up everything in the rear today and cleaning up the wiring before installing the dash the final time!

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Old 09-01-2010, 09:37 AM   #53
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I just came across this thread. Awesome project.

I have a '98 Forester S (N/A) that is almost at 100,000 miles. I love the car. Being that it's 12 years old, I've started looking at replacements, and am specifically looking for an '04 XT.

It'll definitely be a Forester, though. While it's not a 4 x 4 by any means, I've taken mine out on a lot of Forest Service roads that I probably wouldn't have been able to pass in a lot of cars. I've even been able to get out of snow so deep it was starting to come up over the hood when moving forward. Love the Soobie. I can't wait to see the finished project.

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Old 09-04-2010, 10:50 AM   #54
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I present to you... SF5 STI

Car-
98' Base model Forester

Engine-
2004 STI ej257
Kito Autosport Equal Length Headers
Up-pipe
Turbo XS down-pipe w/ High flow cat
GMS Catback Exhaust
ESS FMIC sprayed stealthy black
SPT intake
VF39 turbo
Megan Racing Radiator

Transmission/Drivetrain-
04' STI 6 speed transmission
04' STI Rear differential
06' STI knuckles/hubs w/ extended studs
06' STI drive axles

Chassis/Suspension/Wheels/Tires/Brakes
05' STI steering rack/crossmember
Zero/Sports Front and Rear swaybars
Perrin Front and Rear endlinks
GT Spec Front strut tower brace
STI JDM pink wagon springs
05' STI oem struts
ALT 17x8 Wheels w/ 245/40-17 Blizzak LM-22 tires (winter)
05' STI front Brembo calipers/rotors
05' STI rear Brembo Caliper/Rotors w/ Zero/Sports pads

Interior
Complete 04' STI dash swap
04' STI gauge cluster
04' STI seats
04' STI steering wheel (not pictured)
06' STI center console swap w/ auto HVAC

Pics-
Front Quarter


Rear Quarter


Side


Stealthy FMIC


Engine Bay


Interior


As you can see I still havn't put in the STI steering wheel, as the guy I bought it from is on vacation. Same goes for the front mud flaps and in these pics the glove box isn't installed yet. Just have a couple little things to clean up, and then it goes in for alignment, tune and emissions!

Huge thanks to Anthony at EAT motorsports for letting me use the shop for doing 90% of the mechanical stuff. Also thank you to Kito at Kito Autosport for all the help on every one of my swaps over the last couple years, and some last minute parts for this swap!

-James

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Old 09-04-2010, 10:59 AM   #55
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Ultimate stealth grocery getter! Looks awesome James!

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Old 09-04-2010, 11:05 AM   #56
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thats sweet. you should take it to a drag night and see what your 1/4 mile is...with 5 people and a bunch of groceries! lol

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Old 09-04-2010, 11:05 AM   #57
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now that is the ultimate sleeper,what size wastegate you end up with? how many lbs boost u runnin?

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Old 09-04-2010, 11:35 AM   #58
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now that is the ultimate sleeper,what size wastegate you end up with? how many lbs boost u runnin?
Right now i'm running the stock sti VF39 turbo which has a built in internal wastegate. Stock boost pressure... (i think 14-16psi), but it's getting tuned next week. I'm guessing it'll put down about 275hp/300tq at the wheels at around 17-19 lbs boost (stock STI's put down about 230hp at the wheels on this dyno)
This dyno is a VERY conservative reading dyno. With those numbers in this chassis the car should be running mid 12's in the 1/4.

After this winter i'm swapping in a built motor (pistons, rods, cams, headwork/valves) w/ a bigger turbo and should be around 400hp/tq at the wheels and running high 10's.

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Old 09-04-2010, 11:49 AM   #59
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Right now i'm running the stock sti VF39 turbo which has a built in internal wastegate. Stock boost pressure... (i think 14-16psi), but it's getting tuned next week. I'm guessing it'll put down about 275hp/300tq at the wheels at around 17-19 lbs boost (stock STI's put down about 230hp at the wheels on this dyno)
This dyno is a VERY conservative reading dyno. With those numbers in this chassis the car should be running mid 12's in the 1/4.

After this winter i'm swapping in a built motor (pistons, rods, cams, headwork/valves) w/ a bigger turbo and should be around 400hp/tq at the wheels and running high 10's.
wow man that is impressive, that thing is a beast, i think ur about right on ur numbers, i would like to see this thing in action, a forester in the 10's,when ur ready to get rid of the motor let me know...

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Old 09-07-2010, 07:24 PM   #60
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wow....beautiful!

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