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MichaelYount New Reader
12/9/12 8:03 p.m.

I owned a black '99 and a white '00, my first 2 Subarus -- loved both of 'em!

Protege2886 New Reader
12/10/12 7:37 a.m.

In reply to fornetti14:

I've always wanted one of these for an RSti swap.

pinchvalve UltimaDork
12/10/12 7:48 a.m.

I remember sitting in an RS at a car show years ago. I had been a rally fan forever, and even seen the car in action on some of the Caribbean islands, and wanted it to come to the US. When the first RS appeared, I was disappointed that we didn't get the awesome turbo version. Then I sat in one at the car show and fell in love. My wife had to physically remove me from the car.

It was worse a few years later when the first WRX arrived. It took three people to get me out of the car. I still have not owned one, but I have another 56 years, 9 months and 4 days to live, so there is time.

sachilles SuperDork
12/10/12 9:17 a.m.

I've owned a bunch of subies including the turbo models. The 99-01 RS is still my favorite, despite not being as powerful as other models. It just feels right. I miss my 2000 rs sedan. If I could find another rust free one, I'd buy it in a heart beat.

ValuePack Dork
12/10/12 11:50 a.m.
sachilles wrote: The 99-01 RS is still my favorite, despite not being as powerful as other models.

+1. The wife and I still miss having an early single cam Forester around for the same reason, there's just so much GC DNA there. Greater cars than the sum of their parts.

12/10/12 12:46 p.m.

A friend of mine had one and he got hit from behind in it.

Bought it back from the insurance company, swapped a Ver 7 turbo drivetrain into it, a cage and just won the Ontario Performance Rally Championship in only his second year driving.

Awesome cars.

CGLockRacer HalfDork
12/10/12 12:58 p.m.

I had an Blue '01 RS sedan. Awesome car. Sold it for racing $$. It's the only non-racecar I regret selling.

fornetti14 HalfDork
12/10/12 1:06 p.m.

I also picked up a set of 2003 WRX front seats!

sachilles SuperDork
12/10/12 1:27 p.m.

I think my ideal would be to take a 00 or 01 sedan, but would be happy with a coupe, and just swap in the 2.0 turbo from an early wrx complete with the wrx dash and keep the 4.111 gear box as a non race daily driver. I have the 2.0 4.111 combo in my race car and really enjoy it in GD body, I know I'd love it in the gc.

12/10/12 10:08 p.m.

I could run my 02 WRX in the Challenge. I paid the PO $750 for it.

Billy_Bottle_Caps HalfDork
12/12/12 7:46 p.m.

Nice car.. Love the pics. 2nd one down is now my wallpaper.


fornetti14 HalfDork
12/23/12 8:54 a.m.

OK, I'm going to circle back and detail the motor that I'm currently building for it.

fornetti14 HalfDork
12/23/12 9:01 a.m.

Prepped bare EJ25 as it came back from my local machine shop: Photobucket Photobucket

I have a good used rotating assembly (crank/bearings/rods) from a previous project:

Yes, I'm working on this motor in my laundry room downstairs in my house: Photobucket

Wife doesn't spend much time in there so it's all good.

Head rebuilds usually cost me about $150-$175 and that includes a pressure test, valve job (& new valve seal installation) and resurface.
They come back looking new:

I like the single cam phase II motors due to their easy valve lash adjustment: Photobucket
Its a simple jam nut design. The earlier dual cam motors have puck type shims and I can't stand them.

fornetti14 HalfDork
12/23/12 9:04 a.m.

If the bore's look and mic out OK then I just have the machine shop clean and ball hone the bores. That keeps the cost of block prep down to about $50 and that includes cleaning out an oil pan. (I don't like to do the dirty work.)
Subaru blocks split apart and there are 4 areas that need to be sealed up with new o-rings: Photobucket
3 of them are the same and the 4th is a coolant passage: Photobucket

fornetti14 HalfDork
12/26/12 6:20 p.m.

Finally getting some snow in SW, Michigan.

Super winter mode: Photobucket

RPSadler New Reader
12/28/12 6:49 p.m.

As a fellow GC6 owner, give them hell champ!

fornetti14 HalfDork
1/6/13 12:01 p.m.


midniteson New Reader
1/6/13 9:22 p.m.

Nice car! good job bringing it back from the dead. looks good with some mud on it.

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