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Goodveet's LS swap... sorta
« on: October 19, 2012, 04:06:59 AM »
Hey, I've been on the forum for a while and I thought I'd finally put a build thread because I can't sleep at 4am lol.
I paid for it in Feb and it arrived late May/early April, I got it through JDMconnection, good company- would recommend. I got the car at 79,000km and now it's at 135,000km.

Mods

Interior:
Lamco guages (boost/pressure/temp/volt)
LED interior lights
Red gauges & dash lights                                   
Cobb delrin shift knob- black/red                     
Bride material shift boot- black/red     
Bride material armrest cover- black/red                 
Pioneer double din
Alpine type S speakers
260g powder coated titanium shift knob

Exterior:
Feather white spats and skirts
JUN front lip
Version 2 side mirrors
OEM Version 5 wing
Version 6 grill
Version 8 scoop
RallyTech mudflaps
2.5RS clear OEM headlights
Black headlight housings
PIAA pure white headlight bulbs
Clear fender markers
Clear bumper signals
De-stickered trunk
Antenna delete
JDM door guards
Rain visor delete

Wheels/suspension:
OZ Prodrive P1 in anthracite
Volk TE37 in bronze (gone)
Enkei RPF1 in gunmetal
Rays forged aluminum lug nuts- red
Rays forged aluminum valve stems- red
Yokohama Advan performance tires
Federal Himalaya WS2 winter tires
Federal SS595 summer tires
STi carbon fibre front strut bar
Cusco rear strut bar
Cusco zero2 coilovers

Performance:
Walbro 255 Fuel pump           
K&N pod filter
TiC shifter joint
Ab88 short shifter
Kartboy front and rear shifter bushings
Kakumei 3" stainless steel bellmouth downpipe
Tanabe hyper medallion catback exhaust
Blitz dual solenoid boost controller
Steel braided brake lines

Maintenance:
Magnetic drain plug for +20hp cuz its GReddy bro
Both CV axles                                 
Drivers side wheel bearing and hub
Timing belt, idlers, and waterpump
Lower speedometer cable
NGK BKR6Eix iridium spark plugs
Valve cover gaskets
Intake manifold gaskets
Coolant crossover O-rings
Silicone vacuum lines
A'pexi turbo timer
Front brake rotors
Brake pads all around

So far the cars been awesome. No problems at all besides the few minor things mentioned above

Goodies before I got the car

At the yard

Who needs 3M?

Back in Calgary



Interior

Window lining before and after


Bride boot

Chilling

Interior

Because autocross

In the hood

Downpipe

Lil' homie

The flaps


Buddies R32 when we were getting some paintwork done



Painted spats/skirts

Red gauges thanks to jarrods DIY



Needless to say, iPhone 5MP camera is flawless and I assure you, the car is just as blurry and pixelated in person as it looks in the photos.

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Re: My 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2012, 06:40:04 AM »
Love this car. Been planning on snatching a JDM for racing / rally purposes for a while now.

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2012, 11:50:46 PM »
Thanks. You should get one, as long as its in good shape you will not regret it haha

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2012, 02:08:44 AM »
My god you people are making me giddy to get mine sweet car for sure.
Rally racing makes a heroin addiction look like a vague craving for something salty

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2012, 07:25:17 AM »
The car looks so clean in white. Why the thumbs down on the downpipe picture? :p

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2012, 09:38:38 AM »
Looks great with the painted spats.
Oh, no worries, ill get my Jdm WRX. Most likely a type R though. Just had no money left after all my travels in the last two years.

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2012, 10:34:31 AM »
Looks great with the painted spats.
Oh, no worries, ill get my Jdm WRX. Most likely a type R though. Just had no money left after all my travels in the last two years.

If its just going to be your racecar why not just get a 4door for cheaper and put the extra money into mods?

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2012, 11:33:00 AM »
If its just going to be your racecar why not just get a 4door for cheaper and put the extra money into mods?

Unless I'm wrong, but my reasoning was weight. Plus, I've always loved the two door coupe look

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2012, 02:42:41 PM »
what did you use to restore the window mouldings
and im also curious about the antenna delete

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Re: Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2012, 02:59:39 PM »
what did you use to restore the window mouldings
and im also curious about the antenna delete

+1 on the window moulding

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2012, 08:25:00 PM »
Unless I'm wrong, but my reasoning was weight. Plus, I've always loved the two door coupe look

Looks I agree 100% but weight I'm not sure, the later gens got heavier unless im mistaken

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2012, 11:56:10 PM »
The car looks so clean in white. Why the thumbs down on the downpipe picture? :p
Haha the thumbs down was actually supposed to be a thumbs up except the pic was taken from the other side, i think lol.

Unless I'm wrong, but my reasoning was weight. Plus, I've always loved the two door coupe look
I dont think theres much of a price difference between a version 3 STi and a V3 type R. Weight difference isnt much either. Everyone likes the type Rs but the only reason i like them is because you get the DCCD, shorter gears, and power options. The looks are subjective, I've had friends waiting for me to get out of my car to let them in because they didnt even notice it was a sedan LOL. Type R looks nearly the same except it has 2 really long doors rather than 4 shorter ones... and less room... but thats just me.
If you want a racecar i would say get an STi type RA since its already stripped down/lighter and basically a skeleton for whatever you want to build

what did you use to restore the window mouldings
and im also curious about the antenna delete
For the moldings- i sanded, primered, and painted using some black paint i had lying around. I've asked people to look at the car and tell me if anything looks funny and the reply i got was always "what am i looking for?" so it turned out pretty good I'd say.

Antenna delete- I dont listen to the radio so i just pulled the plug lol. If you want to keep it then I'd suggest not doing that.

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2012, 09:06:06 AM »
Ohhh okay I thought you meant you completely removed the antenna, my antenna is broken so it only goes up about 2 inches if I turn on the radio so im okay with it haha

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2012, 11:37:21 AM »
Looks I agree 100% but weight I'm not sure, the later gens got heavier unless im mistaken

Yeah, i was simply thinking that if you cut down two doors, that must be quite the weight savings.
I already have a WRX wagon for all four door needs. Just want something "because racekar". You know, light, fast, good for auto-x, awd for rally-x... You know... A Subaru!

But don't get me wrong, love the 4 door look just as much.
Who knows, by the time I actually pick it up, will most likely pick up a local sti type ra for cheap and put $$ savings into mods. :)

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2012, 04:22:41 PM »
Antenna delete- I dont listen to the radio so i just pulled the plug lol. If you want to keep it then I'd suggest not doing that.

*Cough*

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2012, 01:24:29 AM »
*Cough*

you are my inspiration for everything I've done.... JK, thanks for suggesting the antenna delete

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2012, 08:07:48 AM »
you are my inspiration for everything I've done.... JK, thanks for suggesting the antenna delete

I still get 90.3 I think.
I had 5 total antenna's when I got the car though

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2012, 09:49:52 PM »


A bit dirty, but this is how it sits right now. Going to go back to 4x4 suspension for winter and get my Federal Himalaya WS2 tires onto the OZ's. Wanted to keep these rims for summer and get steelies for now, but some recent curb rash has made me change my mind about that..

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2013, 01:45:41 AM »
Back from the dead lol. I got a couple new things: clear fender markers, a bride material armrest cover to match the shift boot, and new vacuum hoses. I feel like there's a few more things i cant remember as well.

Buying soon: New shifter joint and maybe bushings, new air filter, brake pads, extra-S or redline tranny fluid flush, and clear bumper signals.

Just did some recent maintenance as well: Timing belt, idlers, waterpump, coolant flush, and power steering flush. Gotta say it seemed daunting at first but I feel pretty satisfied now that its done. Pretty much had to do everything twice because coolant leaked from the waterpump, through the POS gasket maker (tip:use an OEM gasket). I CANNOT explain the frustration I felt after I did everything and put it back together. Just minutes away from starting the car and then finding out I would have to do it all over again... > Also, I broke my evap canister as pointed out by some members in another thread i started... shoot. Oh, and i dropped a bunch of coolant on the up-pipe area and there's smoke emanating from my engine bay and when the heaters on the cabin smells like coolant too. Oh well, I'm happy a learned a lot and dont regret doing it myself. I could probably do the whole thing in 5-6 hours now. How much labor do mechanics charge for that job anyway??

Also my exhaust was leaking for a while and had a disgusting raspy tone, so I decided to replace the downpipe to catback gasket. I could actually see smoke coming out the end of the downpipe on cold mornings too. The old gasket looked like it was barbecued and was missing a chunk (I'll take a pic if its still lying around). Exhaust sounds so much better now and no more random backfire.

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2013, 07:44:17 AM »
Pics pics pics pics

Now you can help me do my timing belt someday :)

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2013, 07:58:42 AM »
No worries, let's hope you fix ur cold start by then haha.
Only took 1 decent pic, and that was to reference how the timing belt was routed.

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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2013, 08:16:57 AM »
I've given up on cold start lol

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2013, 12:55:29 AM »




Couple new things: Cusco rear strut bar, Ray's lug nuts, vac lines, shifter joint, k&n filter, and brake pads. Also got an autobahn88 short shifter for free from 93scoobyd which was awesome. The KB bushings coupled with the ab88 shifter provide a huge difference already. When the joint goes in shifting is going to be epic. Looking forward to the install, but Im expecting its going to be a PITA.

Oh, and boxer rumble > downpipe gasket LOL

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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2013, 01:24:20 AM »
Is that a new gasket since you did the jdm down pipe?
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Re: Goodveet's 1997 WRX STi V3
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2013, 01:36:06 AM »
Yup, it actually looked like a good quality one. Good thing they provided 2, the new ones held up perfect so far.