Bought: July 17 2006. Sold: February 7 2013. Merging this over from my original RS25 thread from back when I owned this between July 2007 and February 2013. [Embedded photos and formatting is messed up until I save them and reupload them over here] [---Original RS25 Post---] Subaru Impreza 2.5RS Sedan --- [ Modifications] --- Exhaust/Engine 2006 2.5L WRX Engine (Low Miles.. Estimation 40,000 at time of purchase) (Installed 10-11 of 2008 at ECS Performance in MA) Cobb catless uppipe HKS 3inch catless downpipe and midpipe TurboXS Axleback Transmission/Drivetrai LegacyGT 5-Speed Gears Interior Blue STi carpet (added 6/08) STi drivers seat (added 6/08) Blue UltraSuede fitted on doorcards (6/2009) 2008 WRX Shift Knob Alpine HeadUnit Polk Audio Front Tweeters & Speakers Polk Audio rear deck speakers Two Amps (forget the brand) Exterior Clear Corners, Parking Lights, Rear Taillights DIY Front Lip [b]REMOVED[/b] JDM Front Lib (<a href="http://www.rs25.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=195">ebay</a> replica), (Painted and added 8/6/08) Coupe Wing (Painted and added 8/6/08) Suspension SPT Springs (Lowered 3/4"-1") KYB AGX Struts 20mm Rear Sway Bar Front Strut Bar Wheels & Tires Stock 2.5 RS Rims with Kumho ASX Tires (Currently on the car, "Winter" setup) Prodrive P1's with Nitto Neogens Brakes Brembo Replacement Rotors (Front & Rear) Hawk HPS Brake Pads (Front & Rear) Steel Braided Brake Lines (Not Installed) --- [Table of Contents] --- Photo Gallery 1 - First photos of the car after I purchased it. http://www.rs25.com/forums/f145/t71278-credfields-2001-impreza-rs.html#post1241195 Photo Gallery 2 - Rims/Tires/DIY Lip Install http://www.rs25.com/forums/f145/t71278-credfields-2001-impreza-rs.html#post1241197 The Beginning of the engine swap. http://www.rs25.com/forums/f145/t71278-credfields-2001-impreza-rs.html#post1241198 Added new wing and front lip http://www.rs25.com/forums/f145/t71278-credfields-2001-impreza-rs.html#post1439799 --- [ Original ebay Listing / History] --- forumdisplay.php It all started in Summer of 2007 when I had finally paid off the loan on my 2001 Dodge Dakota. For the past few months I had been watching ad's on <a href="http://www.rs25.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=195">ebay</a>/RS25/NASIOC/AutoTrader for that perfect car. At the time I had been bouncing back and forth between an older GC, a 2002-03 wrx and older wagons. Right after I paid off my truck I found a perfect 2 door silver GC. But it had slipped through the cracks before I could make a move on it. Time had eventually passed and no clean/stock GC's had appeared on any websites in a long time. I had then setteled on an older wagon. My plan was to buy one and get it all painted one solid color (color choice was unknown at the time) and make it look as clean as possible. A lot of work, yes. In late July while I was at an Orioles game (work), my coworker and I had been looking around on Nasioc/<a href="http://www.rs25.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=195">ebay</a>/RS25 (what we usually do at work) and found a clean, mostly stock Impreza on <a href="http://www.rs25.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=195">ebay</a> from Philly. Immediately it stood out from the rest. We had looked over the listing..researched the parts, got opinions from other Subaru owners/car enthusiasts.. and it seemed perfect. I knew I couldn't let this car slip through the cracks, again. I made a few calls and finally convinced a friend of mine to drive up there with me so I called the owner and let him know we were coming up Monday night. We made the 3 hour drive up there and looked at the car. At the time I knew zip about the mechanical side of cars.. and didn't even know how to drive manual. So my friend looked things over and gave the car a test drive. I was instantly in love with the car. However, everyone back home continued to doubt the car and kept telling me to hold off for a few days and see if the owner would drop the price. It was on <a href="http://www.rs25.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=195">ebay</a> aswell... so that wasn't possible, this car was too perfect in my opinion so I finally managed to get some support. I ended up putting down a $500 (or so) deposit on the car that night. And sent a certified check for the rest of the money a few days later. In total, I got the car for $7,500. I picked her up a week later. [B]STi Carpet Install[/B] -[May 28, 2008]- --I bought this carpet a few weeks after I bought the car, but a project at work delayed me installing this until just recently. I read online that it would take about 3 hours to put in.. so I allowed myself a 7 hour window to get it done. And.. it took about 6 hours to put in, with a few breaks here and there. Taking everything out was the easy part. This was pretty much the first time I ever had taken a cars interior apart. I had the seats out within 15 minutes. Then came the center console and all its screws (a few which I ended up having leftover when I put everything back in again). Then I started removing the side moldings on the doors and the plastic clips holding the carpet in. After getting the old RS carpet out (+some other gray carpet I had over the RS carpet during the winter) I was ready to drop in the new carpet. I'll tell you now, it was a PAIN getting it to find its sweet spots. I can't begin to express how frustrated I got trying to get it to fit just right in the corners. I still have to go back and staple in another 2 plastic rails so the corners by the rear doors doesn't keep popping up. But, I'm glad I did it. The car looks so much cleaner on the inside with it in. If I had to do this again I would defiantly get someone to help, just having that extra hand to get the carpet to fit right would speed things up so much. [B]STi Drivers Seat Install[/B] -[June 4, 2007]- --I found a deal on Nasioc a few weeks ago for a single drivers seat for $110. Instantly I jumped on it, it was too good for me to pass up. I've been looking for a inexpensive *LOCAL* seat for awhile now.. and had only been finding seats out west. A friend and I battled through a bad storm one night in his Hyundai to pick the seat up and bring it back. I then installed it a few days later. Took less than 10 minutes to remove and replace. Now I just need the rear and passenger seat and I'm all set. Well.. until it comes time for a dash swap. :) The Swap has begun! I bought a 2006 2.5L WRX engine from ECS and towed the car up there to get it swapped over. October 21, 2008 - U-Haul Trailer Rented: My truck + trailer was nearly as long as my house! http://th3forgott3n.com/axalon/rs25/ECS_1_001.jpg October 22, 2008 - The Trip from College Park, MD to East Coast Performance in Massachusetts begins. http://th3forgott3n.com/axalon/rs25/ECS_1_002.jpg The car loaded onto the trailer. My trucks suspension was NOT happy. http://th3forgott3n.com/axalon/rs25/ECS_1_003.jpg We left at midnight! http://th3forgott3n.com/axalon/rs25/ECS_1_004.jpg A brief stop somewhere in NY/CT to get gas and let the transmission cool down a bit. The truck had a rough time getting the trailer+car up huge hills. http://th3forgott3n.com/axalon/rs25/ECS_1_005.jpg http://th3forgott3n.com/axalon/rs25/ECS_1_006.jpg Finally made it to ECS! Timestamp on this photo was 7:45am. http://th3forgott3n.com/axalon/rs25/ECS_1_007.jpg http://th3forgott3n.com/axalon/rs25/ECS_1_008.jpg See you in a month... :D Okay so a month has passed. A buddy and me took the Amtrak up to PA early Monday morning about two weeks ago. Then Paul from ECS picked us up at the station and took us back to the shop in my car. After that we did a little testimonial video and video shoot near the shop. The car feels so good now, it feels like new. http://th3forgott3n.com/axalon/rs25/Swap_1.jpg

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