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Backstory: Was riding the interwaves looking for an 04-08 Forester XT with a stick. Not easy to find for the right price and right condition. I checked cars.com one last time on a Saturday evening before dinner and saw a newly listed 2004 Forester XT 5MT, Silver, 1 owner, 120k miles in Little Rock that popped up that day and happened to be about 4500 below what every other forester of similar age/mileage/condition was listed at.

Sweet. Called them up, just got it on trade that day, needed inspection. Told them to let me know what turns up. They called back Monday morning indicating it was likely going to be wholesaled. Needed body work and there was a check engine light that concerned them. I told them to wholesale to me. They agreed, I got another 2 grand off.

Booked a flight that night, picked it up the next morning and drove back to Kansas City.

It was a great deal.

Got better. Was able to get the phone number of the past owner. At ~104k miles, the engine needed rebuilt due to turbo failure introducing metal into the oil. Owner opted to drop the car off with Cobb Tuning of Plano for a full rebuild including forged pistons.

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Shift knob replaced with '13 WRX




Missing armrest replaced with junkyard takeoff




Broken rear cupholder replaced with junkyard takeoff




Failed clearcoat on exterior c-pillar trim replaced with junkyard takeoff






Cleaning up 2009 STI Intercooler




Old and busted vs. New. Went with 05 which were just slightly different in color and design




Busted Rear wiper needed replaced




Front end almost done, needs a few clips that broke to continue


Rear bumper completed and installed


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STI vs. Stock Axleback


STI vs. Stock Midpipe


TD04 vs. VF48


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Did you figure out what the CEL was for?

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Nice looking car!
Yeah 4 codes all related to the front o2 sensor. Basically like all the wires are cut or something, but it's plugged in, so completely dead o2. I have a replacement ready to go in. In the meantime it's running fine in open loop, just has some slight hesitation in closed as I'm sure it's getting too much fuel.
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Holy shit. Talk about right place at the right time on that one.

Cobb built engine should be ready for some higher boost right?

Planning a turbo swap at all?
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Holy shit. Talk about right place at the right time on that one.

Cobb built engine should be ready for some higher boost right?

Planning a turbo swap at all?
Yeah, there's no rating on the pistons, but that's the weak point in the EJ engine....so likely 500whp capable. However for now turbo swap will be limited to what the stock fuel system will allow. Looking at swapping to a VF39 or VF48 which are STI turbos, 300whp or so.
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Very nice. 300 awhp is plenty enough for fun in a daily.
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Congrats greg!

So no 2015 wrx now then?
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Not sure if I dig the looks of this one, however I gotta appreciate the enthusiasm and the want to modify the shit out of it! Congrats on the purchase!
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Body work started, pictures added.
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Repairing bumper and fender damage and got pdr done to get the dents 90% better.
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Aaaaaaaaaaaand so it begins! Good find Greg. Looking forward to more shennanigans.
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Cleaning up the 2009 STI intercooler, courtesy of NachO_SRT.

It only has 2,000 miles on it but I'm pretty sure in those 2000 miles, AJ must have tested the top speed of his car because these fins are all pretty much universally bent from hurricane force winds.
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