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Old 13 March 2013, 11:39 PM
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Smart motor that Andy, my BC coilovers cured the bouncyness and make major improvements to the handling of the car. But dont fix it if it's not broke, my rear shockers were knocking.
Nice to see an 07 plate too
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Old 13 March 2013, 11:42 PM
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10 Spec D's accounted for now, there's got to be more out there still

1.WarrenSTI-registered 28/04/2006
2.Ste sti spec d-May 2006
3.cuprajake - registered 05/12/2006
4.DeweyAXD-registered 15/03/2006
5.Hawkeye D - reg'd 29/03/2007
6.Gambit - registered 06/02/2006
7.Sheepy Sean - registered 28/02/2007 (written off - sorry)
8.Sheepy Sean - registered 01/11/2006
9.Norman Dog - registered ?
10.Andynormancx - registered 21/03/2007
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Old 14 March 2013, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by WarrenSTI View Post
10 Spec D's accounted for now, there's got to be more out there still

1.WarrenSTI-registered 28/04/2006
2.Ste sti spec d-May 2006
3.cuprajake - registered 05/12/2006
4.DeweyAXD-registered 15/03/2006
5.Hawkeye D - reg'd 29/03/2007
6.Gambit - registered 06/02/2006
7.Sheepy Sean - registered 28/02/2007 (written off - sorry)
8.Sheepy Sean - registered 01/11/2006
9.Norman Dog - registered ?
10.Andynormancx - registered 21/03/2007
Was looking at another thread earlier this week about the rarity of the P1 where this site was mentioned:
http://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/
If you believe it there are 212 still out there licensed + 9 SORN.

Personally I think that site has to be really inaccurate. It appears to base data off the V5C doc and I don't know about you guys but mine says 'Impreza Wrx Sti' with no mention of Spec-D anywhere on it so I can only assume its a load of ball'ox shame really!

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Old 15 March 2013, 05:25 PM
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Totally mod free as far as I can tell, which is exactly what I wanted. Just over 64k on the clock, which is slightly more than I wanted, but I keep missing out on good lower mileage STi PPPs and Spec-Ds.

I had been after one with PPP, but after driving it, I really don't think I needed it
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Old 15 March 2013, 05:31 PM
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My V5 vaguely correctly says "IMPREZA WRX STI-SPEC D"
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Old 15 March 2013, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by andynormancx View Post
My V5 vaguely correctly says "IMPREZA WRX STI-SPEC D"
Very interesting... what does everyone elses V5C have on it under 'Model'?
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Old 15 March 2013, 09:32 PM
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I'll check my V5 out over the weekend, I'm pretty sure it says impreza sti spec d.
And only just over 2 weeks to go and it's coming off the SORN
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Old 15 March 2013, 10:25 PM
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Mine says spec d too.

My leather interior is now up for sale after fitting these

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Old 19 March 2013, 11:05 PM
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Hi guys , just part exchanged my rb5 for a spec d today ! 56 plate ! I did a bit of searching on here and I think gonzo may have owned this ! It seems to have all the same extra,s that gonzo has listed on here !

Cheers maz
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Originally Posted by scooby2.5maz View Post
Hi guys , just part exchanged my rb5 for a spec d today ! 56 plate ! I did a bit of searching on here and I think gonzo may have owned this ! It seems to have all the same extra,s that gonzo has listed on here !

Cheers maz
Well done Maz, hope you got a good price for the RB5 against the spec d
Ill add you to the list
Whats the reg date for the list?
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Old 19 March 2013, 11:55 PM
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1.WarrenSTI-registered 28/04/2006
2.Ste sti spec d-May 2006
3.cuprajake - registered 05/12/2006
4.DeweyAXD-registered 15/03/2006
5.Hawkeye D - reg'd 29/03/2007
6.Gambit - registered 06/02/2006
7.Sheepy Sean - registered 28/02/2007 (written off - sorry)
8.Sheepy Sean - registered 01/11/2006
9.Norman Dog - registered ?
10.Andynormancx - registered 21/03/2007
11.Scooby2.5maz - Registered 2006-07 (56 Plate)
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Old 19 March 2013, 11:58 PM
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Hi warren , got a great price for the rb5 ! Will let you know the reg date tomorrow as my mate has the paperwork for it !! Was the double din clarion a standard fit or upgrade ! Cheers maz
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Old 20 March 2013, 12:28 AM
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Originally Posted by scooby2.5maz View Post
Hi warren , got a great price for the rb5 ! Will let you know the reg date tomorrow as my mate has the paperwork for it !! Was the double din clarion a standard fit or upgrade ! Cheers maz
Maz, the spec d's originally came with a pioneer single din unit with bluetooth hands free calling and an ipod connection situated below the unit in a forrester style flap. On the top of the steering column there should be x2 mics one is for the bluetooth via the pioneer unit and the other is for the smartnav which the spec d's also had fitted as an extra.
I can only assume that the Clarion unit in yours was fitted as an upgrade or replacement. TBH I have replaced the pioneer unit in mine too, because people on the receiving end of my calls complained of terrible interference and I found that the ipod navigation was almost impossible. I got myself an Alpine unit in the end and it's miles better than the pioneer.
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Old 20 March 2013, 12:42 AM
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I've seen that ! A small nav system on the dash by the vent ! I've noticed a wire running up to the sun visor and there seems to be a clarion controller of some sort ! Must be for the system ! Thanks for the info ! found out it has had cosworth gaskets and a 11mm arp stud conversion done ! Think Neil @ slowboy did the work so will give him a call tomorrow !!
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Old 20 March 2013, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by scooby2.5maz View Post
I've seen that ! A small nav system on the dash by the vent ! I've noticed a wire running up to the sun visor and there seems to be a clarion controller of some sort ! Must be for the system ! Thanks for the info ! found out it has had cosworth gaskets and a 11mm arp stud conversion done ! Think Neil @ slowboy did the work so will give him a call tomorrow !!
Welcome aboard Maz - sounds like you got yourself a rare steal if you bought it and only then found out it'd had the cosworth gasket work done! Make sure you get some pics up of it some time in and out!

I'm still running the Spec-d standard Piooneer unit but its pretty kak. The bluetooth would only work on the iphone4/5 if you remember to connect every time you get in the car and you can't charge the iphone from it either.

I took out the pointless sat-nav hooked a Parrot hfk into it. I also had an older style Ipod mini laying around that sits in the forester'eq pocket now that i keep in the car for tunes... so it does the job and keeps that stock look inside (barring the whole where the sat nav was!).
Either way your Clarion is probably a better unit all round unless it is the bogo standard tape deck from an Sti UK in which case burn it... burn it to hell! .
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Old 20 March 2013, 01:41 AM
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Lol , it's a cd, iPod thingy !! Lots of flashing lights etc ! If you look at gonzo,s post on page 1 , then that's the one !! I believe it's his old car !!
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Old 21 March 2013, 05:07 PM
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Had my Spec D for over 3 years now.

I'm the second owner from new, originally came from scotland. A farmer had it and needless to say, wasn't treated with the respect it deserved and ran on shoe string. Bought it with 29k on the clock now just turned it 47k.

It's PPP and at the last rolling road at scoobyworld before they sold it was making about 332bhp. Having another one at Area52 with Midland Scoobies next month.

Off to Marham Track day as well on the 20th so should be fun. Anyone else going?

Common issues with the Newages resulted in the following mods rather than being replaced with OEM stuff.

Full suspension change with BC Coilovers.
Whiteline ARB's front and rear. 24mm front and 22mm back if memory serves me right.
Whiteline drop links
Whiteline Antilift kit.
Competition front and rear strut brace.
Fast road setup from carnetix.
K&N Panel filter
Exedy Single Hyper Plate Clutch.
RCM pullies and cosworth cambelt and guide.
Recently.. Godspeed 2 part brakes and orange stuff pads all round.

Comestic wise, it's standard apart from prodrive mudflaps which cost a bomb, zunsport upper and lower grilles and cheap fibreglass splitter and JDM number plate. Also got rid of the pioneer stereo and sat nav. Replaced with a nice double din JVC unit and sub and amp for the boot.

Common fault at the moment with the 2.5 blocks is the heads are lifting and causing an airblock in the coolant when driving hard on track.
Only happened twice so far though and as long as it's cooled down and bled correctly its fine again. Other than that, it's never skipped a beat.

When I first bought the car after I cleaned her up.


At donnington last year.
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Old 21 March 2013, 06:22 PM
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Welcome to the thread mate. Liking the mods you've done there. Very similar to where i intend to go with mine over the next couple of years. Nice and stealthy but with good power and great handling too with that Whiteline setup i bet.

Worries me that you are running around with that head issue though especially with you saying you are going to get it on the rollers again? I was 'strongly advised' not to rev into boost when i first discovered the overheating/airlock. If i recall it was the extra heat causing the head to warp and the pistons to chew up the block which on a 2.5 can't be safely skimmed.

I'd seriously consider getting that sorted sooner rather than later to avoid the cost of a new block ontop of the forged pistons/head stud costs to do it right.

Either way a nice motor though and another Spec-D on the list!
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I'd seriously consider getting that sorted sooner rather than later to avoid the cost of a new block ontop of the forged pistons/head stud costs to do it right.
Cheers dude.

I'm not overly worried to be honest. Was at first but the more I look into it the more common it seems. I know of a couple of people people with 2.5 WRX engines with new gaskets and forged internals that still do the exact same thing. Even with uprated head studs issues still occur.
It's my daily drive and only do 1 track day a year, and like I say, only occurs on track. Never happened on the road. (touches wood)

If it goes though, gives me an excuse to make it better

Long term plan from here is to convert it to a twin scroll. As much as I bought it for the leather, the drivers seat is awful. Doesn't hold you securely at all and you slide around in it. Very tempted to put some bucket seats in it.

Suspension wise its too good for the road imo. It's took the fun out of driving a bit I think as it corners like its on rails. Before when it waffled in and out of bends with the usual understeer, you could easily feel the levels of grip. Now I can take the same corners at twice the speed and don't dare push it harder because I know loosing it at that pace will write the car off
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A few more pics.


Love the front end on the Hawks, best looking models, but then I would be biased lol


Does sit quite low.
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Interesting points about the suspension there. I'm gathering together the bits required to put grease nipples in the stock struts soon so as to avoid coilovers. After that it will be the ALK which sounds highly beneficial. Maybe i'll stop there to avoid spoiling fun on the roads. TBH my old WRX PPP was at its most fun when put a 24mm Eibach Rear ARB with whiteline droplinks on stock suspension.... made roundabouts in the wet 'lively' at even slow speeds

Twinscroll hey. With the outlay involved on that would it not be worthwhile looking at a second hand 2.0 JDM motor and flogging the leaky 2.5? Solves your HG issue, more solid and is twinscroll. P.S I have no real idea of what kind of headache with looms and mounts might be involved in such a job so it may turn out to be a stupid comment. Just a thought.
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Hi Stealth and welcome to Scoobynet and our thread especially and another spec d for the growing list, if you get 5 minutes could you post the reg date on the list. When the list has 20 cars on it I'll rearrange the list into date order.
You've got some nice mods there on your motor and I agree the spec d seats look good but the drivers seat tends to have a large 'slide factor' to it.
I see you have BC coilovers too, I have the same on mine but no uprated drop links or ARB's. Did you have the lot fitted at the same time, or the drop links and ARBs fitted before or after the coilovers were fitted. I cant decide whether to get some for mine or not, as it seems to handle superb just with coilovers. I assume the ARBs and droplinks would sharpen it up even more!
I have been looking at the CDF group buy, if I go for it I'll get full set of drop links and rear ARB.

Has anyone else gone for CDF ARBs or drop links and how do they compare to Whiteline
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1.WarrenSTI-registered 28/04/2006
2.Ste sti spec d-May 2006
3.cuprajake - registered 05/12/2006
4.DeweyAXD-registered 15/03/2006
5.Hawkeye D - reg'd 29/03/2007
6.Gambit - registered 06/02/2006
7.Sheepy Sean - registered 28/02/2007 (written off - sorry)
8.Sheepy Sean - registered 01/11/2006
9.Norman Dog - registered ?
10.Andynormancx - registered 21/03/2007
11.Scooby2.5maz - Registered 2006-07 (56 Plate)
12.Stealth - registered 2006-07 (56 Plate)
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Has anyone else gone for CDF ARBs or drop links and how do they compare to Whiteline
I've got the CDF droplinks on mine. Very good quality cant fault them at all a great upgrade over standard.
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Interesting points about the suspension there.
It could just be me at the limit of my driving ability. Not to sure. As I've said about the drivers seat, really need something that holds you better to the feel the car moving around because at the moment the car goes round the corner and you don't! I would recommend the coilovers though, even if you don't lower the car. The abilty to adjust the damper really improves ride quality. On the softest setting its much nice to drive around town in than the standard struts with all the pot holes that are about etc.

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Twinscroll hey. With the outlay involved on that would it not be worthwhile looking at a second hand 2.0 JDM motor and flogging the leaky 2.5? Solves your HG issue, more solid and is twinscroll.
Thought about this alot, but not going for all out power. 350-360 is enough. I just want to do it to improve the driveability out of low speed corners by decreasing lag. It's relatively simply to do on the Hawks, just require a decent turbo to cope with extra exhaust flow the 2.5 has over the 2.0. Wanna get it mapped on meths too just for the hell of it!
All this is dream talk atm though.

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Hi Stealth and welcome to Scoobynet and our thread especially and another spec d for the growing list, if you get 5 minutes could you post the reg date on the list. When the list has 20 cars on it I'll rearrange the list into date order.
Cheers, thank you.
Will have to check to be certain but think it was registered November 06 and sold to its first owner in Feb 07.

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I see you have BC coilovers too, I have the same on mine but no uprated drop links or ARB's. Did you have the lot fitted at the same time, or the drop links and ARBs fitted before or after the coilovers were fitted. I cant decide whether to get some for mine or not, as it seems to handle superb just with coilovers. I assume the ARBs and droplinks would sharpen it up even more!
I have been looking at the CDF group buy, if I go for it I'll get full set of drop links and rear ARB.

Has anyone else gone for CDF ARBs or drop links and how do they compare to Whiteline
I tell a whiteline lie! My drop links are CDF. I wanted whiteline but scoobyworld didn't have them in at the time. You can hardly tell the difference. They are very heavy duty and would highly recommend them. I only changed from the OEM because they snapped! That with the rear shock starting to knock I did everything and more in one go. Spent a weekend fitting it all with my Dad and then carnetix to have it corner weighted and fast road setup. Going from no handling mods to having everything was an insane move. It was a completely different car to drive afterwards.

Glen (the technician) gave me a brown stain moment when he took me out in it to show me what it could do with the new setup. Being in the passenger seat of your own car you kind of forget how fast they are, especially when he was throwing it into bends at insane speeds. I was crapping myself and he was as calm as the pope with his comment "it's very neutral to drive your car"
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Read on an earlier post about identifying a car with PPP.

The kit on the Hawks consist of a new Prodrive S/S Backbox, 2nd De-cat, up-rated fuel pump and a ECU Map.

As mentioned you should also get a certificate with a dealer stamp and date of installation. I never personally have seen a sticker about PPP on the engine bay though.

However, about 18 months ago I bought some OBD software to read the ECU for general health checking etc.
I noticed when I plugged it in, the VIN number of the ECU didn't match the VIN number of the car. As the car had just been in to have some re-spraying on the bumper, I thought a dodgey mechanic had swapped out my ECU for a none PPP one.

I emailed Subaru UK who forwarded me onto Prodrive directly who were very helpful and discovered the following;

When a PPP is ordered by the dealership, Subaru UK send out a new ECU already flashed with the Prodrive Map. The dealership swaps this ecu out and sends the original one assembled with the car back to Subaru UK.
This obviously results in different VIN numbers.
Both Prodrive and Subaru confirmed that the VIN number of that ECU has been flagged as having an uprated map on it and wouldn't match the VIN of the car.

It's basically to safe guard against the dealerships bricking the ECU incase something went wrong during the flash.

Hope this helps! So it's possible my original ECU with my VIN is out there somewhere in another Hawkeye!
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Spec D back on the road on Monday after a few months on a SORN. Ive just bought 6 months tax today. Pics to follow :-)
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First day out again after a few months,
Quick trip into the Peak District to Matlock
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Very nice mate. Bet you've missed it! Wish I had some decent roads like that round my way for a Easter Monday blast!
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I've not taken the spec d pioneer headunit out along with the pioneer ipod unit. If anybody wants it ill be sticking it up for sale
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