Hey everyone, I've been waiting to make a thread since I got my first car two years ago, and I finally feel like she's ready for her debut. A bit of a long story, but it's good, trust me.
Basically, my name is David, and I've grown up around cars. My dad is a full-time mechanic who owns his own auto repair shop and sells used cars. His name, Bruce
Kwartler, might be familiar to anyone who is a DSM enthusiast. He and David Buschur built the first ever RWD Eagle Talon. I grew up attending meets, car shows and track rentals at New England Dragway, and traveling to the Shootout in Ohio. I've seen blown turbos and crashed cars, but also some damn fast cars. Jet powered dragsters, funny cars... Tons of slow, loud Hondas too. (:
Anyway, I got my permit the day I turned 16 and finished Driver's Ed at the age of 16.5, I got my license, and my first car. My grandma sold me her 2005 Legacy non-turbo naturally-aspirated wagon. This car was the 'Blue Beast', because she really was a beast. I fixed her up, installed some stupid mods, and broke 100k miles with the car. We did the timing belt and water pump, but then disaster struck. A huge oil leak resulted in my car being starved of oil and seizing up, stranding me in the middle of nowhere. So, my engine had rod knock, and it was dumb to buy a new engine for a piece of crap, rusty old wagon... But I fell in love with Subarus and knew I needed a new hatchback.
I purchased a 2006 Outback XT from a friend, and was super excited to get started in my turbo wagon. We replaced the rear end and some of the wheel bearings. The car was 200k miles old, but beautiful on the inside and outside. The engine was replaced at 130k under warranty, so the engine only had 70k on it when I purchased it. After a cylinder misfire issue, we discovered that the valves were fucked. I spent more money at various shops and dealerships trying to diagnose and fix the problem, than I did on my new rebuilt engine.
The engine was bought from Broken Boxer Repair in New York, and they have been great with helping us with the install. Awesome service. Me and my dad installed the engine in the family garage step by step, and replaced all of the gaskets with brand new ones, took out the turbo banjo filter, installed an Invidia Uppipe and Downpipe, both catless, since the 06 has a Cat in the UP. We also did the timing belt, water pump and other necessary maintenance. Now, my car runs awesome. Over time, I've added a lot of visual mods, and I love the way the car looks now. I hope to lower her with new springs and struts in the next week or two, since the snow in Massachusetts is melting rapidly. I have brand new wheels to put on, and hopefully I will finish off my masterpiece with a Nameless Performance turn down axleback muffler set up, for a nice boxer rumble.
Now, to the modifications.
Invidia Catless Up-Pipe
Invidia Catless Down-Pipe
2011 WRX TMIC
Blacked out headlights
Custom fabricated mesh grille
Red hella horns and yellow fog light overlays
JNA Performance Legacy GT Front Lip [a bitch to put on]
Black Rally Armor Mudflaps
Blacked out Reverse lights
Dark smoked JDM Valenti LED tail lights [my favorite mod]
Carbon Fiber shift knob
Jazzy Aux-In Stereo Mod
LED interior lights and license plate lights
Enkei Raijin 18x8 wheels on 225/40 tires
Brand new brake pads, rotors, wheel bearings
And soon-to-be-installed, KYB Legacy GT struts, stock Legacy GT springs, and of course the bump stops.
And the pictures...