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Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build - The Starting Point
« on: February 05, 2020, 04:59:12 PM »
I've been waiting a long time for this one...

1998 Version 5 Subaru WRX STI Type R V-Limited



         

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2020, 06:28:31 PM »
Cool. Just a refresh or are you planning to build it?

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2020, 11:25:45 PM »
Cool. Just a refresh or are you planning to build it?

I was just about to mention you. Markkas, go full Dr. Beans?!?!?


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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2020, 09:38:46 AM »
Alternatively, car is begging for some 22b flares.
The 3 is raw.  Lighter than more agile.  The 6 probably feels like a 747.  And by that contrast, my STI probably feels like the Hindenburg.  So GR's are like the International Space Station.

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2020, 11:06:31 AM »
Oh hell yeah dude, this is going to be awesome. Looking forward to see what you do with this!

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2020, 12:14:47 PM »
I'll use this as my motivation to try and make mine even nicer. Congrats on the Type R, looks to be in pretty nice shape! What are your short term and long term goals of it exactly? Any surprises or rust issues you've found now that you own it?

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2020, 01:37:51 PM »
Thanks guys.

Cool. Just a refresh or are you planning to build it?

As of right now, a complete refresh is in order before I tackle anything else power/mod-wise.

The car has essentially sat undriven for the last handful of years, and is very much so in the shape you would expect one of these to come in directly from Japan. Very dusty, dirty, ETC reader still installed, headunit not working, ugly tweeters, even a 30-pin ipod connector, and so on.

I'll use this as my motivation to try and make mine even nicer. Congrats on the Type R, looks to be in pretty nice shape! What are your short term and long term goals of it exactly? Any surprises or rust issues you've found now that you own it?

So far, I've discovered an oil leak coming fom the back-ish of the engine. PO said he had a valve cover gasket done recently, but this wouldn't be that. He then proceeded to tell me he had no idea what a valve cover gasket was after I told him this would be a different leak. Whatever, not overly concerned... I stuck an oil pan underneath to catch anything that drips, and will diagnose this further once I get it up on a hoist.

Other than that, the car is surprisingly a LOT cleaner than I had imagined. The Japanese owner(s) have loads of history in stickers and documentation in the car which certainly ease my mind.

Everything is also inact, not too worn, running as it should, and i'm just excited to finally own one of these.

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build - The Starting Point
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2020, 04:39:51 PM »
As I do with any vehicle I plan on keeping for a lengthy period of time, I decided to start this build off by ripping apart the interior, giving it a thorough clean, adding my own personal touches, and then putting it back together.

This is how I took delivery of the car:



Notice how the rain guard is intact in this photo... Yeah, that didn't last long. Surprise surprise  ::)

Anyhow, this is the cockpit of the car:



Very dusty/dirty, awful looking steering wheel, gauge taped onto the dash, top compartment not assembled properly, headunit pushed in/not working, etc.

I immediately began disassembly by taking out all of the seats and taking them inside to shampoo and use a hot water extractor on.

In my first round of automotive archaeology, I found about 6 pack of silica gel, a bunch of receipts, and 30 cents CAD (SCORE). From there I started disassembly of the centre console and dash.



Lovely wiring job:


To the bones:


One of many maintenance stickers + the cars first mod - Kartboy short shifter! Bushings for the shifter in this car seem to have been recently replaced as there is virtually no slop, so I feel like i'll be quite happy with how the shifter moves now.



Here are all of the interior pieces cleaned and ready to either be replaced with others that I have, or go right back in the car:



Next up is swapping parts that I want off of my RA, installing new bulbs in the type R's dash, swapping over my headunit, and then re-assembly.

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build - The Starting Point
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2020, 08:04:35 PM »
Love it dude

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build - The Starting Point
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2020, 10:01:36 AM »
Love me a GC. Congrats.


What is going on here?






The 3 is raw.  Lighter than more agile.  The 6 probably feels like a 747.  And by that contrast, my STI probably feels like the Hindenburg.  So GR's are like the International Space Station.

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build - The Starting Point
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2020, 11:28:16 AM »
Love me a GC. Congrats.

What is going on here?

Just ripping stuff out. Took a photo and decided to post it. Nothing special.

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build - The Starting Point
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2020, 11:33:42 AM »
Just ripping stuff out. Took a photo and decided to post it. Nothing special.

I mean like, what is the brown? Rust stained carpet?
The 3 is raw.  Lighter than more agile.  The 6 probably feels like a 747.  And by that contrast, my STI probably feels like the Hindenburg.  So GR's are like the International Space Station.

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build - The Starting Point
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2020, 11:36:26 AM »
I mean like, what is the brown? Rust stained carpet?

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in all seriousness it looks like a shadow lol.


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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build - The Starting Point
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2020, 11:38:52 AM »
Last night was spent semi-gutting the RA, transferring the parts that I wanted over to the Type R, and reassembling the RA with what I took from the Type R. I ended up swapping the entire upper dash, all of my LED bulbs, my EVC system, and my headunit setup.

One of the most noticeable things for me after re-assembly was how much more dated the vehicle looks without LED lighting behind things like the cluster and HVAC unit. It's probably been 3-4 years since i've had stock bulbs back in the car, and it makes the world of a difference. Also going back to a stock setup (without my EVC system) makes the car feel so slow (even though it definitely isn't).

The only photo I took from last night was of me plumbing my EVC system into the type R. Luckily for me, the PO used the same spot to run their boost gauge through the firewall, so it was easy for me to cut that out and just tape what I needed to the current vacuum line before pulling it through the firewall. I left my grommet on the cables and simply pushed it back into the hole to seal it up nicely.



Next up today is finalizing the wiring for my EVC system in the Type R, giving the carpets a good vacuum and shampoo, and then re-installing the dash pieces and seats.


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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build - The Starting Point
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2020, 11:41:24 AM »
I mean like, what is the brown? Rust stained carpet?

Can confirm it's just a shadow. I'll take better photos of the carpets before and after shampoo.

On the topic of brown, I did manage to hot water extract a lot of what I assume was spilled coffee from the back seats. The seats themselves looked pretty clean, but on a couple of spots near the sides they just kept on giving brown liquid for a good 4-5 passes.

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build - The Starting Point
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2020, 12:52:37 PM »
Are you selling your RA

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Re: Mark's 1998 WRX STI Type R Build - The Starting Point
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2020, 01:48:55 PM »
Are you selling your RA

I will be, yes. I leave for Florida on Monday for a week and plan to list it up for sale upon my return. Currently sitting at 103,000 KMs or so iirc. If you're interested, send me a PM.