Itâ€™s just a wagon I tell everyone. It definitely looks like a wagon, but does more than what it looks. It has these fancy brakes, an extra gear to roll through, and that awesome whistle sound from the engine. Youâ€™d look twice two finally notice the brakes peeking at you from behind the wheels. The journey has been quite adventurous. My parents bought me this little wagon for college but it became more than a college car. We signed papers on Jan 13th of â€™04 and I got to see her the next afternoon when I got off school during my senior year in High School. She was all nice and washed, black, and very stock. I started to modify the car because I wanted to make it better than it was. First thing that came off was the intake silencer, and then a catback went on, followed by a custom rear sway bar. These small modifications really made a difference in feel. This is what really got me into modifying. Things got interesting as I stepped further into modifying. My brother got a rear PowerTrax for his truck and I was wondering how my little AWD Subie would fair with a locked rear diff. SO I welded it and thatâ€™s where the fun began! I could do donuts, and slide in the snow, and have SO MUCH fun around corners. I then read more about Limited Slip Differentials and how they all help transform the car into a totally different animal! I broke my tranny so I replaced with with a â€™00 RS tranny and rear VLSD. This wasnâ€™t as fun as the welded rear diff, but will do well until the next adventurous project. Eventually enough playing around and I had an engine failure, which then started with the power hunger. I swapped out my stock EJ22E shortblock for an EJ22T I picked up from the local UPULL. Dropped that in and OMG the power loss. I was getting the same gas mileage but with less power. Even my friends Impreza Outback Sport could walk me frumrol. I happen to come across another COMPLETE EJ22T swap from the same UPULL yard and decided to swap that in. It was a success with the help of Garage Tuning merging my harness and making it work for me. It took 9 months before I got my car back up and running. I bought close to almost every modification there was for this swap. I replaced the turbo with a WRX TD04L, added a WRX TMIC with a Perrin BOV, full exhaust system, a TurboXS fuel cut defender and manual boost controller, and also a boost gauge to see how much boost. A lot of the time was lost because I tried to merge the harness myself. Finally after getting a properly merged harness from Garage Tuning, she started right up on the 5th or so crank because my cam sensor was loose. I was SO HAPPY. I told my mom about it when I ran into the house and also shed a tear. I still remember that day. Later came the opportunity to jump to new heights. A friend was doing the SAME EJ22T swap in his OBS. His harness was also messed up by someone else merging it for him. I offered him that IF he was able to find me a USDM WRX engine and harness, I would hand over my harness in exchange. That SAME day he was able to do that. A local member had a complete harness with a little damage, and someone had semi-complete WRX longblock. Knowing that we had something good going I went ahead to take apart my dash once again to rip out the merged harness. What was ironic was that I took out the harness the SAME DAY the year before starting the project. I was to run this WRX swap with me EJ22T shortblock. The USDM WRX swap really was a good move. People really donâ€™t want to spend the money for a WRX swap but they really are holding themselves back from a whole new ballgame. The MOST important point is that the ECU is supported by a handful of software. You donâ€™t have to worry about going far places to get your car tuned to run the setup you want. Going USDM WRX swap is like jumping from like Windows 95 to Windows XP Professional. Also there is a lot more parts available for the WRX so upgrades are plenty. Turbos, intercoolers, exhaust systems, engine parts, you name it there is something out there for it. You open yourself to MORE opportunities. I ended up with settling with a very fun street car. The turbo I choose was SlowBoyRacingâ€™s TD05H EVO3-16G-8cm^2. This would get me a good darn close if not already 300whp on pump gas. It near did get close at 285whp running 20psi up top peaking 23psi midrange running on BP 92oct petrol. On a DynoJet Iâ€™m more than likely to see 320whp but weâ€™ll just stick to the Mustang Dyno numbers. I ran the same headerback exhaust as I did on the EJ22T swap. I also ported the intake ports of the heads so itâ€™ll flow closer to the JDM heads. I also modified the stock fuel injectors and made them squirt almost double the flow at 826cc-834cc! An upgraded fuel pump was needed and I chose the Walbro highflow 255lph one, which was a simple bolt-on part. With the power, there was a weak link. Almost everyone knows Subaruâ€™s 5speed tranny will not stand up to the massive power output that many wants. The trannys are known to shatter like glass. I broke the 2.5RS tranny with the EJ22T swap doing a WOT pull in 2nd gear at 3600rpms. The Spare â€™93 Legacy AWD 5spd tranny broke doing hiway pulls after the dyno tune from Jorge with P&L Motorsports. The hybrid OBS tranny broke after doing hard shifting into 2nd gear. I had to bite the bullet and get the STi 6spd. I took out a loan from the bank and purchased myself a JDM STi DCCD 6spd transmission kit with Brembo brakes. I canâ€™t tell you how HAPPY I am with this transmission. I can drive hard without having to worry about a gear shredding its teeth. Now we canâ€™t forget what holds the car up. Before when I started to get into cars, I read a lot on vehicle dynamics and handling from an online website called TurnFast.com. This helped me zero in on what I wanted. Sony Playstationâ€™s Gran Turismo 2 & 3 played a HUGE role in suspension tuning and seeing the results from different changes. Itâ€™s a simulator and it does it quite well. I went with BC Racing coilovers running 8kg/mm springs all around; 448lbs/inch. The coilovers will be replaced with a new set of BC Racing coilovers running revalved dampers with 12kg/mm springs; 672lb/inch. This coupled with WRX 20mm sway bars front to rear. I also made a rear strut brace from some stainless steel tubes and steel plates. The strut brace is a lot stronger than anything out there Iâ€™ve seen. The front has jNorthâ€™s machined fender braces. Every major modification holds another adventure. There is always something new learned when a new modification is added. There are also struggles with some but in the end you learn from it and improve greatly. Itâ€™s a fun experience all the way through. I am always left with a grin on my face after having on the modification right and feeling the difference it makes when Iâ€™m testing it. There will always be R&D.