Can’t ship that Subaru STI Limited Wagon over from Japan? Just do it piece by piece.

By Colin Wood
May 29, 2021 | Subaru, wagon, Radwood, STi, Rad For Sale

Can’t ship your rare Subaru from Japan back into the U.S.? Easy, just completely disassemble the car, box up every single part, ship said parts home and then rebuild the car from the ground up with the help of a donor car.

That’s exactly what one person did when he realized he couldn’t import his one-of-500 Subaru STI Limited Wagon back stateside after being stationed in Japan. After those parts made it, he, essentially, applied those parts to an already modified Outback Sport. And, as if that wasn’t enough, he also converted the car to right-hand-drive using OEM components.

Interested? You’ll have to act fast, as this 1997 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport STI Limited Tribute is going up for auction over on Rad For Sale–and the sale ends in just a few days.

The full list of modifications can be seen at the listing, but here’s a taste: Tomei turbocharger, HKS downpipe, Power Enterprise boost controller, Cusco anti-roll bars, stainless brake lines, Recaro SR3 drivers seat, Volk C-Ultra wheels and a 323-horsepower EJ207 powerplant.

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malibuguy GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
5/28/21 4:44 p.m.

I either worked on that or its identical twin here in MD about 4 years ago.  Small exhaust repair.

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/28/21 7:50 p.m.

Looks like he did what a hundred other Impreza guys who swap STi drivetrains in have done to make an RSTi, except with the added annoyance of being RHD on LHD roads. 

Looking at the current bid, sounds like he's going to lose a lot of money on the whole deal unless the bids rise dramatically.  Shipping all that stuff over couldn't have been cheap (unless he was shady and had it shipped with his military PCS/home goods shipment). 

I was hoping he had figured out a way to get a Levorg STi wagon over here....

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/28/21 7:55 p.m.
malibuguy said:

I either worked on that or its identical twin here in MD about 4 years ago.  Small exhaust repair.

It's a local car in the DC/MD area. I've seen it before (I used to hang out in the Subaru world when I had my WRX), but assumed it was just a usual WRX-swapped impreza wagon. Didn't notice at the time it had RHD conversion. 

noddaz GRM+ Memberand UberDork
5/29/21 10:52 a.m.

Where there is a will, there is a way.

malibuguy GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
5/29/21 6:37 p.m.

In reply to irish44j (Forum Supporter) :

found the pic I took of it

ShawnG UltimaDork
5/29/21 6:41 p.m.

Ok Radar...

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