Hey folks!, New to the forum but not to subarus. Figured I'd go ahead and make a build thread.
Back in April I picked up this 5 speed 99 Outback with 223,000 mi on her. The car has been a southern car all its life with zero rust.
After previously owning a few WRXs I hadn't owned a subaru in 2 years till I picked this one up. I'd been itching to do some wrenching and also get back into some amateur motorsports. It didn't take me long to start doing some mods and then I ended up going to my first RallyCross event. After the first event I was hooked and ended up driving in all the events for the rest of the season. The car has amazed me with how tough it is, its been reliable as my daily driver even though I beat the s*** out of it at these events.
Current mods (as of this post):
Short throw shifter
Kings lift springs
KYB GR-2 Struts
Group N front top-hats
Group N transmission mount
Kartboy trans brace bushings
Torque Solutions driveshaft carrier bushings
WRX steering wheel
04 WRX front seats
I had been entertaining the idea of doing a WRX swap into the outback and after making a spreadsheet and calculating the cost of everything I would need, I knew it would be much cheaper and easier if I pickup a donor car. So one day on craigslist I found this beat-up 2004 WRX wagon for sale stupidly cheap due to a burnt exhaust valve. I borrowed my buddy's truck and hauled it down from north-eastern NC. I just got done stripping it down and had the bare frame hauled off 2 weeks ago. So far I've already gotten my money back + some out of the WRX by selling parts I won't be using.
When factoring in costs of rebuilding the heads on the EJ205 I figured it more worthwhile and cost effective to source a JDM EJ205 longblock from a local importer here in Charlotte for a little over a grand and use the accessories, manifolds, harnesses, crossmember, and computer from the WRX I parted out. I also decided on going with a JDM trans and rear diff since the 4.44 final drive ratio would be well suited for rallycross and general hoonery. In a few weeks I'll be picking up the new longblock, trans, and diff.
One of the most frustrating things about the outback so far for me has been the horrendously slow steering ratio (19:1) it has from the factory, I feel like I'm driving a f***ing sailboat. After doing some research I found posts saying a 1st gen legacy rack with a ratio of 16:1 will directly bolt up to a 2nd gen steering knuckle. So I decided to take the plunge and buy a re-manufactured one.
This weekend I'll be getting part of the swap out of the way by going ahead and putting the WRX crossmember, 1st gen steering rack, and wrx control arms in the car. I plan on unbolting the motor mounts and jacking the motor up a bit in order to drop the old crossmember/control arms/rack out.
Also going on the car this coming weekend will be WRX front brake calipers with new rotors, pads, and stainless steel lines all around.