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Old 30 December 2018, 11:19 AM
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New member & impreza owner in Hinckley, Leicestershire. I've seen a few other imprezas driving around here so maybe some are on this forum?

Anyway, I've been dreaming of owning a blue blob eye impreza for many, many years and now I've finally bought one. [color=left=#333333]Totally unmodified other than a scoobyworld racebox rear silencer because the original needed replacing by the previous owners, 89k miles, FSH, nearly 12months MOT and in the right colour. Unfortunately I'm not driving it yet- still in the old daily Fiesta 1.6 tdci for now. However I've obviously test-driven it and driven it a fair way home from buying it, plus on local roads a bit. Eventually that'll start being used by my gf and the impreza will be my daily. Just waiting for the insurance to run out on the fiesta and starting afresh on the impreza later in January to avoid admin fees and get another year of NCB etc. for the sake of a few weeks and let my finances recover from both Christmas and buying the car & parts.

Due to life getting in the way over the festive period I haven't touched the car much other than starting it, rolling it about and letting it get up to temperature. However I have been spending s and accumulating parts in the background over the past few weeks, including:
  • full cambelt kit and waterpump (dayco belt, all bearings same as OE but not bought from Subaru, much cheaper!)
  • Millers oil
  • Genuine Subaru oil filter
  • Coolant
  • NGK iridium spark plugs
  • Cabin filter
  • Bosch Fuel filter
  • Thermostat (think also genuine from memory)
  • Milltek De-Res Centre section 2nd hand
  • Centre Decat link pipe (not fitting yet)
  • STI Spoiler on a bootlid
  • Replacement gearknob, stereo surround, cup holder and boot carpet as mine are all tatty
  • lightly used set of midrange tyres for free. Not what I want to run forever but it's got a slow puncture on one tyre and all are ditchfinders currently
I got a really good deal on all the 2nd hand bits! Absolutely can't wait to start driving it and also to start fitting some of them! Hopefully an update with some of that soon. Getting my friend to help me fit the cambelt kit. He's been in the motor trade for decades so hopefully should be OK.






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Old 30 December 2018, 02:01 PM
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Very nice genuine example and a perfect base to make it howyou want
really good to see you getting the sensible bits out of the way andfirst you’ve got the cabin filter aswell!


let the mods begin look forward to seeing the progress I did same on my little brothers wrx

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Old 30 December 2018, 02:21 PM
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Nice base to start
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Originally Posted by RetroPug View Post
New member & impreza owner in Hinckley, Leicestershire. I've seen a few other imprezas driving around here so maybe some are on this forum?

Anyway, I've been dreaming of owning a blue blob eye impreza for many, many years and now I've finally bought one. [color=left=#333333]Totally unmodified other than a scoobyworld racebox rear silencer because the original needed replacing by the previous owners, 89k miles, FSH, nearly 12months MOT and in the right colour. Unfortunately I'm not driving it yet- still in the old daily Fiesta 1.6 tdci for now. However I've obviously test-driven it and driven it a fair way home from buying it, plus on local roads a bit. Eventually that'll start being used by my gf and the impreza will be my daily. Just waiting for the insurance to run out on the fiesta and starting afresh on the impreza later in January to avoid admin fees and get another year of NCB etc. for the sake of a few weeks and let my finances recover from both Christmas and buying the car & parts.

Due to life getting in the way over the festive period I haven't touched the car much other than starting it, rolling it about and letting it get up to temperature. However I have been spending s and accumulating parts in the background over the past few weeks, including:
  • full cambelt kit and waterpump (dayco belt, all bearings same as OE but not bought from Subaru, much cheaper!)
  • Millers oil
  • Genuine Subaru oil filter
  • Coolant
  • NGK iridium spark plugs
  • Cabin filter
  • Bosch Fuel filter
  • Thermostat (think also genuine from memory)
  • Milltek De-Res Centre section 2nd hand
  • Centre Decat link pipe (not fitting yet)
  • STI Spoiler on a bootlid
  • Replacement gearknob, stereo surround, cup holder and boot carpet as mine are all tatty
  • lightly used set of midrange tyres for free. Not what I want to run forever but it's got a slow puncture on one tyre and all are ditchfinders currently
I got a really good deal on all the 2nd hand bits! Absolutely can't wait to start driving it and also to start fitting some of them! Hopefully an update with some of that soon. Getting my friend to help me fit the cambelt kit. He's been in the motor trade for decades so hopefully should be OK.





welcome along, I'm also in hinckley,where about are you? I'm just off the the perimeter road before triumph island.


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Old 31 December 2018, 03:53 PM
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Thanks for replies. Shreksta you have a PM.

Yes, definitely doing the sensible bits before going OTT with modifications. I really don't like it when cars don't drive as they should, particularly handling-wise! The goal with this is definitely to get it to great mechanical condition, however that will definitely take time and money.

As has been mentioned, yes I bought a cabin filter. It definitely needed replacing:



The gearknob on this car was pretty worn:




So, I fit a replacement 2nd hand one:




Likewise, the stereo surround was damaged, presumably by whoever fit the head unit. This has been removed along with the head unit. I've got a good surround to fit but will do so once the head unit I want to fit is no longer in use in my current daily car.




Finally, the boot carpet looked like this:




However, this has been replaced with a second hand one and it now looks much better:





I'm debating just fitting my midpipe decat along with the non-res centre section. I'm slowly gathering bits to remap, eventually the aim is to have a decat up pipe & a sports cat in the downpipe exhaust-wise, but this is a fair way off once everything else is sorted. Research suggests just the centre pipe decat should be fine with no remap and shouldn't throw a CEL (it has a lambda fitted). I've got 2x 2.5" flange gaskets on the way. I believe for the downpipe to midpipe joint I'll need a conical wire gasket?

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Old 31 December 2018, 08:30 PM
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Nice few touches. I really need to change my gearknob to as the same state,

you can run the mid decat pipe and non res centre pipe absolutely fine.
I have the same car and did just that , ran lovley,
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Old 03 January 2019, 01:43 PM
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Hi and welcome.
When you're ready if you need any with insurance for your new car then please feel free to drop me a line. I'd be only too pleased to try and assist.
Regards,
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Old 28 January 2019, 08:09 PM
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So, this is now on the road as of yesterday. I washed it last weekend in preparation. That's the corner of my 306 gti behind it:



Then last night went and filled it up with Vpower:



Then took it into work today. Swapped my standard centre and rear cat for a milltek non-res centre and a straight link pipe. A couple of blows where the gaskets are ok but need a little sealant, which I'll apply tomorrow to sort. I'll reserve judgement until its not blowing, however I still find that the racebox sounds good, but very quiet. I'm toying with the idea of a blitz nur spec r or another catback.

The rear cat to centre section joint flange had completely rusted away and the previous owner had plastered it in sealant (or their mechanic had) and it was already blowing so the old mild steel items did need swapping out anyway:



Other than that, had a good poke around on the two-poster and there are a few bushes that I'd like to change at the rear end as they're looking pretty tired. Other than that some areas to maybe and down and kurust but nothing major at all.

It drives great and I'm really enjoying it so far.
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Old 28 January 2019, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by RetroPug View Post
So, this is now on the road as of yesterday. I washed it last weekend in preparation. That's the corner of my 306 gti behind it:



Then last night went and filled it up with Vpower:



Then took it into work today. Swapped my standard centre and rear cat for a milltek non-res centre and a straight link pipe. A couple of blows where the gaskets are ok but need a little sealant, which I'll apply tomorrow to sort. I'll reserve judgement until its not blowing, however I still find that the racebox sounds good, but very quiet. I'm toying with the idea of a blitz nur spec r or another catback.

The rear cat to centre section joint flange had completely rusted away and the previous owner had plastered it in sealant (or their mechanic had) and it was already blowing so the old mild steel items did need swapping out anyway:



Other than that, had a good poke around on the two-poster and there are a few bushes that I'd like to change at the rear end as they're looking pretty tired. Other than that some areas to maybe and down and kurust but nothing major at all.

It drives great and I'm really enjoying it so far.
looking good so far buddy, that look likes the filling station in nuneaton just passed them sodding road works. How annoying is it that it only has 1 v-power pump.
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Old 28 January 2019, 09:18 PM
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That's the one. Not a huge amount of options when it comes to getting high octane fuel around here unfortunately!

You run a really loud exhaust don't you?
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Old 31 January 2019, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by RetroPug View Post
That's the one. Not a huge amount of options when it comes to getting high octane fuel around here unfortunately!

You run a really loud exhaust don't you?
There is a shell garage at mill on the soar buddy if your ever stuck, probably 15 mins away from that garage.

Yeah I run a full 3" decat downpipe into a de-resonated afterburner centre section and an afterburner vortex backbox........it sounds awesome
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There is a shell garage at mill on the soar buddy if your ever stuck, probably 15 mins away from that garage.

Yeah I run a full 3" decat downpipe into a de-resonated afterburner centre section and an afterburner vortex backbox........it sounds awesome
I'm aware of that one as well, thanks! At the moment on a standard map if I get stuck I think the premium fuel from one of the Esso garages around here should be ok, but I intend to run V-Power at all times.

That sounds a bit too loud for what I want! I do love a loud exhaust when driving for fun, but do want something at least a bit tolerable on longer journeys! I think ultimately I need a louder rear silencer than the Racebox. Do you have any experience of a blitz nur spec?

The other day I brought this back into work and cured all the blows in the exhaust. Also, either my centre-link or mid pipe is 10ish mm too short, so when all together it pulled the backbox rearward until the rear hangar contacted the rear subframe. So whilst curing my exhaust leaks I also solved this issue. I cut a ring off of the joint of the old catalyst, then cut that in half to make a two round C-shaped collars, opened them out in a vice, then hammered them around the collar on the centre-link that the mesh conical gasket fits over. This means that there's enough collar sticking out still to locate the mesh gasket, however it also means that the gasket is moved 10mm rearward. This all worked perfectly and is all sealed with a thin dab of high-temp RTV which I used on all the other joints. So, all in the right place and all sealed!

It does sound a bit deeper and better when at WOT with the de-res and decat centre-link pipe, and with no blows. However, still quiet.

I also weighed the car with probably about 7/8ths of a tank of fuel:

FL: 415kg
FR: 420.4kg
RL: 281.2kg
RR: 281.2kg

So a total mass of 1,397.8kg. Very nicely balanced left to right as well.

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I'm aware of that one as well, thanks! At the moment on a standard map if I get stuck I think the premium fuel from one of the Esso garages around here should be ok, but I intend to run V-Power at all times.

That sounds a bit too loud for what I want! I do love a loud exhaust when driving for fun, but do want something at least a bit tolerable on longer journeys! I think ultimately I need a louder rear silencer than the Racebox. Do you have any experience of a blitz nur spec?

The other day I brought this back into work and cured all the blows in the exhaust. Also, either my centre-link or mid pipe is 10ish mm too short, so when all together it pulled the backbox rearward until the rear hangar contacted the rear subframe. So whilst curing my exhaust leaks I also solved this issue. I cut a ring off of the joint of the old catalyst, then cut that in half to make a two round C-shaped collars, opened them out in a vice, then hammered them around the collar on the centre-link that the mesh conical gasket fits over. This means that there's enough collar sticking out still to locate the mesh gasket, however it also means that the gasket is moved 10mm rearward. This all worked perfectly and is all sealed with a thin dab of high-temp RTV which I used on all the other joints. So, all in the right place and all sealed!

It does sound a bit deeper and better when at WOT with the de-res and decat centre-link pipe, and with no blows. However, still quiet.

I also weighed the car with probably about 7/8ths of a tank of fuel:

FL: 415kg
FR: 420.4kg
RL: 281.2kg
RR: 281.2kg

So a total mass of 1,397.8kg. Very nicely balanced left to right as well.
Blitz nurspec is probably the loudest exhaust you can buy. Why not pop into custom chrome in nuneaton to see about a custom made back box, I have used them many times and never had any issues.

Miltek do nice exhausts but I felt mine was too quiet on my 1st Impreza so I sold it on.

I think something like a vortex or ninja backbox with a resonated center section might be what you need.
Cobra exhausts also have a good reputation and offer resonated sections.
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I quite like the non-res centre. I was thinking of just adding an afterburner vortex backbox or similar. There's one in ebay in Loughborough at the moment but 200 secondhand is a bit steep and I'm not in any rush.

It does now sound good with the current exhaust, just would like a bit more volume at some point.

I've used custom chrome before, the centre-section on my 306 was made by them.
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I quite like the non-res centre. I was thinking of just adding an afterburner vortex backbox or similar. There's one in ebay in Loughborough at the moment but 200 secondhand is a bit steep and I'm not in any rush.

It does now sound good with the current exhaust, just would like a bit more volume at some point.

I've used custom chrome before, the centre-section on my 306 was made by them.
yeah 200 is way too much for a 2nd hand one, i would say around 130-150 tops.

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Been driving this daily for a couple of weeks now. First tank averaged 20.45mpg.

Finally fitted my STI rear wing. Also gave it a wash on the underside to clean any salt and mud off and then gave the top half a clean too, and wiped all the inside down with vinyl care.




Today I did a geo at work:




The "actuals" are what it was adjusted to. "before" is self-explanatory. I knew there was too much camber on the left rear as I could see it but this is non-adjustable as standard. I'd like to get this into spec. but I'm still deciding how to proceed. I could use camber bolts, do the ones on the front struts fit the rear struts as well? I could get new OE bolts then instead of aftermarket.

I'm planning to replace bushes and arms etc. at some point anyway so might wait and see what that does. I may even go for adjustable arms but leaning towards OE at the moment.
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Been driving this daily for a couple of weeks now. First tank averaged 20.45mpg.

Finally fitted my STI rear wing. Also gave it a wash on the underside to clean any salt and mud off and then gave the top half a clean too, and wiped all the inside down with vinyl care.




Today I did a geo at work:




The "actuals" are what it was adjusted to. "before" is self-explanatory. I knew there was too much camber on the left rear as I could see it but this is non-adjustable as standard. I'd like to get this into spec. but I'm still deciding how to proceed. I could use camber bolts, do the ones on the front struts fit the rear struts as well? I could get new OE bolts then instead of aftermarket.

I'm planning to replace bushes and arms etc. at some point anyway so might wait and see what that does. I may even go for adjustable arms but leaning towards OE at the moment.
looking good buddy,glad your enjoying the car. looks so much better with the sti wing. im finally back out and about in mine.......missed it so much


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