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**Gone, but never forgotten**
Adios, Herb 7/10/19


So it seems that I gather a little bit of attention some times when I post about my 05 fozzy, so I figured that it might not be a bad idea to make up a Build Thread for it. I will try and keep the first post updated as I add/subtract things to it.

2005 Subaru Forester 2.5X
Non-turbo, SOHC EJ253
JDM V7 STI Type RA 6 Speed

Rear Wheel Drive

"Herb"

Engine
Factory EJ253
Perrin lightweight crank pulley
257 STI head gaskets
Delta 1500 grind camshafts
Deleted EGR
K&N panel filter
Opensource tuned

Exhaust
eBay Special unequal length headers
Factory cat pipe (minus the rear cat)
GD STI midpipe
JDM STI Genome Axle Back

Suspension
Koni Yellow strut inserts, cut 06 WRX wagon struts
Mach V motorsport lowering springs
Group N tophats front
STI tophats rear
GD STI aluminum rear lateral links
GD STI aluminum front lower control arms
SPC rear camber bolts
2005 STI rear sway bar and mounts
GD STI titanium front strut tower bar
Whiteline Roll Center Correction Kit

Wheels/Tires
Volk TE37 17x7.5 +50
Dunlop SportMaxx 235/45-17

Drivetrain
Cobb short shifter
Poly shifter bushings
JDM V7 STI Type RA 6 Speed

2004 STI front engine crossmember, spacers removed.
2004 STI Trans crossmember with Group N 6mt mount
2004 STI rear subframe
2004 STI rear cradle, with poly bushings and lockdown bolts.

*RWD Conversion*
2008 GR STI R180 rear differential, Torsen mechanical limited slip, 3.54 Final Drive.

6 Speed factory center diff gutted and welded. Converted into a transfer spool, only sends power out the back.
Front sun rings capped and welded to plug the axle holes.
Front differential removed.

Other
2012 STI Koyo aluminum racing radiator (not a direct fit, requires modifying)

2004 STI steering rack with SuperPro rack bushings (direct fit)

2004 STI full Brembo conversion with booster, master cylinder, hill-holder delete, proportioning valve

2008 GR STI front seats (not a direct fit, swapping seat bases/rails and airbags)

2005 FXT rear seat (direct fit)

2012 GR STI steering wheel (not a direct fit, requires modifying)

2012 STI Fuel Pump

SG factory OEM HID headlights from JDM car
 

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Here it was on day 1 when I bought it, was a 1 owner car before me, ~130k miles.




And it didn't take long until the mods happened.
Day 2: Replace a front axle and put on Tein SuperStreet coilovers while we're in there.





 

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Rear aluminum STI lateral links.




Here you can see how much wider the rear track is with the arms in (I think they are +5mm or +10mm each side)
Helps fill out the rear fitment.




And, of course, a little bit of carnage getting out some of the bolts for the factory links.



 

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No engine swap in the plans for now.
If anything in the future it would be an H6 (EZ30 or EZ36) or an LS into it.

No, it will never be powered by a turbo-Subaru anything. Turbo EJ's and FA's are the worst.
 

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Bonus post.

This is what it takes to make $80 eBay rep headers fit. Yes, they are this far off. Anyone who's installed these can verify how much pulling/twisting/stretching is needed to put them on.







 

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This is a very awesome and interesting build indeed! Subscribed !

Keep up the good work man! definitely balling on a budget here, looks like you do allot of your own handiwork in a shop setting and good work for that matter too. Doing something unique and right here for sure without breaking the bank!
 

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Without breaking the bank is subjective... This brave little RWD toaster gets way more money than sense thrown at it.

Why do I do these things?

Because I can mostly, its an interesting project. Although sometimes frustrating.
Definitely unique and outside the Subaru box.

All my work is done by me (so far) in my garage at home. Very rarely do I get to borrow a friends shop or that glorious lift you see in some pics.

Thanks guys!
 

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If I end up junking mine I want you to have my retrofitted headlights. The lenses are in need of a complete restoration but they work perfectly and would look BOSS on your car. If she goes to her death I promise I'll pull them and send them your way.
 
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