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1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS: Project TrackWhore - The Beginning

Author: Ali Allage
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Last Updated: 10/20/2008

A new beginning with a new project car.  Why a Subaru Impreza 2.5rs?  It mostly has to do with this article: Old School Rules - Subaru Impreza vs Mitsubishi Evolution .   I was completely shocked at what this car was capable of within a budget.  So I decided to pull the trigger and build myself a “TrackWhore”.  Definition of a “TrackWhore” :  A car used/beaten on a race track on a consistent basis.  My goal for this car is to put it on track but also have an ultra responsive daily driver that doesn’t need much to serve double duty.  I also wanted to keep this entire project build under $14,000 (including the price of the car).   In order to get the job done I needed to find a completely stock 98 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS at a really good price, which I did thankfully.  After a few months of searching I was able to find a 1998 2.5RS with 115,000 miles with a clean carfax report.

 

 

As you can see, there were a few minor issues with the paint/body, but overall not a bad car for $3,400.

Now that I have the car, the next step is to develop a list of parts to get for the car.  Here’s version 1 of the master list:

Engine

  • Version 8 JDM STI 2 liter motor with twinscroll turbo:  Having a high redline stock and a ultra responsive turbo would be perferct for the street and track
  • JDM Stock ECU: Great for emissions and easy to flash
  • Top Mount Intercooler
  • Radiator
  • Exhaust

DriveTrain

  • 6 Speed Transmission
  • STI Differential (Rear, Center, Front) with DCCD
  • STI Hubs with New Wheel Studs

Suspension & Brakes

  • KW Coilovers : Not Sure Which Ones.
  • 4 Pot Front Brake and 2 Pot Rear Brakes
  • STI Aluminum Suspension Arms and Lateral Links

Wheels & Tires

  • Stock STI Wheels
  • BridgeStone RE-01R

Interior/Exterior & Other Misc Items

  • Depo Exterior Head Lights and Corner Lights
  • JDM Rear Tail Lights
  • JDM Rear Spats
  • 22B Front Fenders
  • Aluminum Hood
  • Version 5 Rear Wing
  • JDM Crash Beams
  • Steering with Quick Release
  • STI Shift Knob and E-Brake
  • Alpine Stereo System
  • JDM Gauge Cluster With 10,000 RPM Redline
  • Defi Gauges
  • Gauge Pod
  • Evo Recaro Front Seats

That should be it.  Next step is to strip the car and get it into paint.  Check back soon for next update.

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