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Tunnel Vision

The loss of peripheral vision with retention of central vision…  At least that’s what doctors say.  Something along those lines is what has happened to Nelson Vincent with his WRX project.  See, it is very seldom that you get to see WRXs being built to this extent and with this level of detail and authenticity in Nelson’s homeland (and mine also), Puerto Rico.

There are a lot of different styles of modifying a street car within the Island’s car scene, and you can get distracted rather easily if you don’t have that strong of a focused mindset.  There are two larger and more mainstream groups: those that only think about street and/or track Drag Racing and there are those who only aim to succeed in the car show scene…  The drag guys usually build their cars for power and nothing more, they are only concerned about dyno charts, 1/4 mile times and trap speeds and go to all sort of extremes to beat the next guy or at least try.  The show guys are more into either loading their cars with expensive and rare parts (or cheap replica ones) with two things in mind hard parking at meets or dodging potholes on their daily commutes.

This is not what Nelson had planned for his bugeye.  What makes this car special is that he built it for himself, no for street cred, not for anyone’s approval, and to this date he has kept his project as low key as possible.  Only his mechanic and tuner knew what he has done to his GDA.

On the rolling department, Nelson went with Enkei’s Limited Edition satin black NT03 in 18×9.5 wrapped in Falken azenis rubber size 255/40/18.  Behind this combo, a set of STi Brembo brakes take care of the stopping.  On the handling department he installed a set of BC Racing coilovers and to further improve on the chassis’ stiffness he went with top of the line Cusco strut bars:  Titanium up front and Carbon Fiber out on the back.

Engine-wise, Nelson left no rocks unturned and went all out with JE pistons, Manley rods, ACL bearings GSC cams and Supertech valves on dual springs, all bolted on a completely revamped block and heads.  Air now gets shoved into that new engine thanks to a Garret GT37 HTA turbo which then pushes it through an APS intercooler.  An HKS SS blow off valve and Tial waste gate do their part on managing the pressurized air.  Exhaust gasses make their way through a cat-less up pipe and down pipe, a Perrin header and finally through a Greddy Ti-C cat back exhaust system which is responsible for the WRXs growl.

The cooling system has been improved using a ZeroSports radiator cap and an APR radiator shroud.  All this is now mated to a 6-speed STi Type-RA tranny with a short shifter kit.  A Walbro Fuel Pump, well, pumps the fuel and a set of Ultimate 1000cc injectors deliver it.  All the power that this setup makes is controlled by a Hydra stand alone ECU tuned by the pros at Predator Performance and Transmisiones PR.

Other goodies like Tein hood dampers, wrinkle red powder coated piping and coolant tank and a trick aluminum oil catch can/wiper washer reservoir combo unit finish off the engine bay.

Outside, the bugeye was given the STi treatment which includes an STi front grille, hood scoop, front splitters and side skirts.  The rear has been updated with a much nicer 2004-2005 WRX rear bumper and tail lights and to finish it all, that infamous STi wing.  Other pieces that help complete the exterior package are the APR front splitter, rear diffuser and side mirrors, JDM window visors and JDM front parking lights delete carbon inserts.

Inside, the STi theme continues with a complete STi interior swap including front and rear seats and blue carpet.  To control his creation, Nelson ditched the OEM oblong WRX steering wheel in favor of  a perfectly round Momo steering wheel and hub.  Behind it, a red backlit STi gauge cluster does it’s thing.  To keep track of all the vitals a matching set of STi Genome gauges by Defi now replace the OEM WRX clock.  An AEM wide band gauge joins the mix on top of the steering column while carbon fiber accents wrap things up for the interior.

So there you have it.  This has got to be one of the best executed Imprezas and certainly one of the best kept secrets on the Subaru scene in Puerto Rico.  My respects to Nelson Vincent for sticking with his vision of what his Impreza should look, handle and perform like…

Thanks to Nelson for the pictures and for sharing his project info with me.


FFF: Form Follows Function / Functional Fender Flares

A few years ago, when I first saw a picture of a RWB Porsche, I fell in love.  The first one that I saw was the flat black Stella Artoise 930, but then I laid eyes on the silver 993 dubbed Royal Montego Bay, now known as Tunerhaus.  Ever since I saw that silver coupe I’ve been dreaming about fender flares.

I’ve developed this theory that might explain why I now have this flare fetish and it has to do with what I call the “damned Subaru hubs”.  See, with Subarus it is nearly impossible to fit aggressive yet functional wheel and tire combos.  You might get to fit 9-10 inch wheels under the wheel wells but in most cases you need to use a tire so narrow that it completely defeats the purpose of the wide wheels.   On top of the stretched tires you need to dial up a ridiculous amount of camber and ultimately end up with a setup that is nowhere near functional.  A waste of money if you ask me.(Yeah, I’m a HellaFlush hater…)

Nakai San of RWB was one of the few guys that managed to blend looks and functionality when it came to fender flares and completely ridiculous yet amazingly functional wide wheel and tire combos.  In the Subaru world, specifically in the GD chassis, I think the people at L’aunsport where the gurus when it came to wider fenders, but these are too wild for my taste.  Well apparently I’m not the only one that thinks like that, the Levy brothers from LIC came up with one of the nicest set of fender flares ever on a Subaru, but these are a one-of.  Bummer…

Well the other day, on one of my late night net surfing sessions, I came across one of the nicest street STi’s I’ve seen as of yet and it happens to have one of the best looking set of fender flares.  I’m talking about Lew Karlton’s 06 STi.

“Originally, the car was supposed to be my daily driver and remain stock, but after it’s first autox, the mod bug bit me hard and I ended up building my car for the STU class.”  Karlton explains, and man do I feel identified with those words.  After a few years in the STU class, he felt that he needed to be more competitive so he moved to SM, that’s where the fun began.

One thing led to another and now this commuter boasts a bit more than 400 hp and 380 ft/lb of torque, and since SM allows for wider wheels and tires, it was time to invest in some serious, functional stance.

Among a variety of different wheels, Karlton went with what happens to be my favorite wheel: the SSR Type C-RS in a mind blowing 18×10.5 +25 size!

In order to accommodate that wide of a wheel he developed the Karlton Fender Flares that you see here:

Dont be fooled by how well kept this car is, this is no show car, this thing sees some abuse around the cones every now and then.

Here is a somewhat up to date list of mods he made in order to be competitive in SM:

Engine Mods
– Built shortblock – Darton sleeves, copper o-rings, JE 100mm coated pistons, BC pro rods, ACL race bearings, Nitrided crank, Cosworth modified oilpump, ARP headstuds
– Built heads – GSC S1 268/266 cams, Cosworth +1mm SS intake/ Inconel exhaust valves, BC valvesprings/Ti retainers, PnP, Bowl blend
– Full-Race twinscroll kit
– Garrett gt3076r 1.06 twinscroll Ceramic coated
– Tial 38mm mv-s wastegates
– TIGWERKS ewg mufflers
– Tial Q BOV
– PTP turbo blanket
– Custom 4” intake
– Hallman Pro RX MBC
– Perrin FMIC with stock bumper beam and counter clockwise flow piping
– Perrin lightweight crank pulley
– Deatschwerks 300lph fuel pump
– Bosch 044 fuel pump
– Custom surgetank
– SX adjustable fpr
– 07 STI top feed fuel rails (Aeromotive rails waiting to go on)
– 07 STI tgv deletes
– Hondata intake manifold gaskets
– RC engineering 1600cc injectors
– Full 80mm Magnaflow Ti catback exhaust with Burns Stainless mufflers
– Crawford Performance air/oil separator
– Hydra Nemesis full standalone
– Tune by Mike Warfield(GST Motorsports) on E85 fuel
– Odyssey pc680 battery
– KillerB ultimate oil pickup, baffle plate/windage tray, oilpan

– Custom valved JRZ RS Pro coilovers with Hypercoil springs/ Eibach tenders
– Ground Control camber plates front and rear
– Whiteline 27-29mm swaybar front and rear
– Kartboy rear endlinks
– Group N lateral link bushings
– TIC front and rear trailing arm bushings
– MSI Trailing Arms
– Whiteline roll center adjusters
– Whiteline caster bushings
– Cusco cf rear strut tower bar

– ACT sprung 6 puck clutch
– ACT streetlight flywheel
– Torque Solution motor/pitch stop mounts
– Group N transmission mount
– TIC race rear differential bushings
– TIC outrigger bushings
– TIC bodacious bushing bundle
– Kaaz Super Q 1.5 way rear LSD
– ACPT cf driveshaft

– Genuine V-limited front lip
– Karlton fender flares
– Passenger side foglight housing

– Sparco Evo2 driver side seat
– Sparco Pro2000 passenger seat
– Buddyclub super low down seat rail(driver)
– Wedge engineering/Sparco rails/sliders with aluminum sidemounts(passenger)
– Innovate Motorsports LC-1 wideband with XD-16 gauge
– Defi BF boost and oil pressure gauges with controller
– ATI gauge pod
– Rear seat removed

– Wedsport TC105N 18×10.5 +12 with Yokohama Neova AD08 285/30/18
– SSR competition type c-rs 18×10.5 +25 with Hoosier A6 285/30/18…

…and a few others

– Girodisc 2 piece rotors front and rear
– Hawk HP+ pads front and rear

A few other mods were just caried over from STU, like coilovers and such…

Man I miss the good old AutoX days…

For the build thread on Karlton’s STi, visit IWSTI

The Underdogs 2011 Special

The Levy brothers from LIC Motorsports are back at it with their STi.  New livery, new pilot (Russ “Doc” Warr), new wing, new dry carbon parts, etc.

The Underdogs

These guys rock!

Look Ma’… No feet!!!

I have to be honest, I’ve never been a Travis Pastrana fan.  I mean, he is a talented athlete but I just never got what all the fuzz was about.  This weekend he made me realize how dumb he can be, how crazy he is, but at the same time what a great athlete he really is.

Thursday night this dude was competing on the MotoX Best Trick event where he tried to pull what they call a Corked 720.  Well, he didn’t succeeded on the first try so he immediately went for a second attempt.  This time he not only landed on his side, but his bike landed on his right leg, breaking it and his right ankle.  Ouch!

He tried to stand up only to realize a couple of very bad things just happened.  See, this weekend, something called the Pastranathon was supposed to take place.  He was supposed to compete on a couple of events at the 17th X-Games and also make his debut as a NASCAR driver…  Yeah that never happened…

Frustrating, I know, but there’s where my oppinion about this guy took a turn for the best.  All right, the NASCAR thing went kaput,  but what about the other X-games events?  Well, what happened next was just incredible.

Overnight Pastrana’s Rally Team’s mechanics went to work on making it possible for Travis to be able to pilot his STi without using his right foot to push the throttle pedal and they came up with this:

Now those are not some paddle shifters like we see in modern super cars, Travis’ STi is a “stick shift”.  These are steering wheel mounted throttle controllers.

In went the newly relocated throttle control system, and off he went to test it.

Then he went and competed on the Rallycross event, where he drove a total of 18 laps with his broken leg taped to the transmission tunnel of the Subaru, controlling both the brake and the clutch pedals with his left foot and the steering wheel, throttle and e-brake with his hands.

Incredibly, he not only made it to the final but he nearly took a podium position and a bronze medal.  Unfortunately, he crashed the Subaru against a concrete barrier and couldn’t finish the race.  Despite of all that, he delivered and he pleased his fans and that  is amazing in my book.

I’ve never seen such an effort being made by any other athlete so I now have tons of respect for this guy.  My hat’s off to TP.

The goodies are here!

My project WRX is alive and kicking!  I think I’ll need a full weekend to accomplish all I have planned…

The UPS lady brought me this today…

Its like Christmas in May…

SubyNation.org is back online!

My good friends at SubyNation.org are almost done with their new version of the site and just had their forum section up and running.  All you Spanish speaking Subaru heads out there, be sure to click on the Image below and check out the site, lots of great people call themselves “locals” on there…

BTW, great work Cristina and Vagosto!  I know you are working your asses off…

Le Bra

Some do anything to protect their front ends…

If you own a 2004-2005 WRX or 2.5RS Sedan, you don’t have to go to these extremes.  You can buy my no longer needed Genuine Subaru Impreza front end cover or “Bra”.  It is a Genuine Subaru accessory so fitment is guaranteed,  plus it’s going for just a fraction of the dealer price!  Check out my auction on Ebay:

Impreza Bra!


green painter’s tape bra pic courtesy of Julian Guia

AWFILMS|Featured Rides (Tease) Abbitt Wilkerson STi

Not a fan of slammed-to-the-floor Subarus, but the this one looks fine and the video is extremely well edited…  Great stuff!


Not digging the neon green rims nor the wing, but I’m lusting over the Autopower half cage…  Another item on my  mods-to-do list…

photo: InGhostColors


Learning the basics with my new “weapon”…