5 Reasons Why You Should Rally a Subaru

Subaru parts are readily available In North America, finding parts for a Subaru is simple. Plenty of parts are interchangeable across various Subaru models. Most autoparts stores will probably have what you need if you are in a rush to get something fixed. Even if you need to get an OEM part from the dealer, lead times are quick. Subarus have a massive aftermarket as well, especially for rally components, so you do not need to fabricate most parts yourself to turn a Subaru into a race car. For other makes, picking suspension for a rally car can be difficult,...

From Junker to Rally Car - Part 4 - Clutch and Transmission

This was definitely the highest priority repair I needed to make on the car. My first question was: "Which clutch and flywheel should I get?". I did not need a crazy, unsprung, ceramic clutch for the car because I will not be adding too much power to the car. I was lucky to find a guy on the RS25 forums who was selling his used ACT Streetlite Flywheel and Exedy Stage 1 Organic Clutch. He said it was only used for 5k-10k miles, so I took his word for it and bought it. I think he was only asking $300...

From Junker to Rally Car - Part 3 - Suspension Reinforcement

Moving along to the suspension from part 2, the next task on the list was replacing all of the suspension bushings. Because this is a race car, I chose to get polyurethane bushings of course. I bought a kit from Prothane. Some of the bushings were for a GD WRX, so I ended up not using those. I also bought the bushings for the lateral links from Whiteline. Here's what I used for this modification: Front Sway Bar Bushings Rear Sway Bar Bushings I upgraded to a 17mm rear sway bar at the time of this modification so I got...

Empire State Performance Rally 2017

Empire State Performance Rally (ESPR) took the cake again as one of the most difficult rallies to finish in North America. With 24 cars starting the event, only 10 of them finished. For the last two years, the common complaint was how rough the stages were, but this year, they could not use the same excuse. The organizers of the event spent many hours working on the stages to level out the big holes and rocks that were causing problems before. This allowed for a faster, safer, and more enjoyable rally. So why didn't many of the competitors finish? Most...

From Junker to Rally Car - Part 2 - Rust

After buying the car in Part 1, I was eager to get started on the car. I wanted to fix all of the problems right away, and I was determined to make it just like new. I started to do a lot of disassembly from the back of the car since that seemed to be where most of the problems were. Time to pull off the rear bumper cover... Ughh, that's no good. At least the STI exhaust tip is looking pretty! That was several pounds of rust coming from that bumper. Whatever, weight reduction. I noticed that the inside...

From Junker to Rally Car - Part 1

My rally car has come a long way since I bought it in October 2015. In this post, we will take a walk down memory lane to see how far we've come. This picture was from the original Craigslist post. A 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS 5 speed manual. It was in Hartford, CT, which is about 5 hours away from me. It had about 200K miles on it at the time, with a few issues: Bad clutch Air in brake lines Handbrake did not work EVAP codes Rusted quarter panels Huge dent in rear right door No seats? First,...

5 Reasons Why Air Lift 1000 Air Bags Are Amazing

1. Improved Stopping Distance When I first towed my rally car with my Nissan Pathfinder, I had to be extremely careful with my following distance. There was so much sag in the rear of the SUV that it affected breaking efficiency. Most of the braking power is on the front wheels of a vehicle. Because most of the weight is over the front wheels, you have more effective braking when applied to the front wheels. When the rear end sags, you are doing the opposite. The weight is concentrated on the rear end of the car, and the rear brakes...

Black River Stages 2017

Earlier this week, I showed you all how the Subaru's roof was repaired. Doing that repair really cut it close to our next event, Black River Stages (BRS). We did a few modifications to the car since STPR, as well as some repairs: Modifications: Added a rally roof vent. Replaced the factory dash bar with a single bar made out of 1.5" x 0.095" DOM tubing. Replaced the stock fuel lines with -6AN stainless steel braided fuel line. Replaced the stock HVAC system with a motorsports/hotrod heater. Added a wink mirror to help with the poor visibility...

Roof and Body Repair

After STPR, we had a bit of a tumble.... This was a quite a lengthy repair, but I was ready to tackle it. The first step was trying to find a 4 door Subaru Impreza without a sunroof at a scrap yard. After waiting for about one and a half months at my local scrap yard, I decided to just pull the trigger on a scrap yard 2 hours away from me. They were asking for $300 for the roof cut, compared to $100 that my local scrap yards would charge if they had it. Two weeks after I bought...

Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally 2017

If you remember from last time, I had to do quite a lengthy repair before our next event, Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) in Wellsboro, PA. It was the weekend before the event that the engine was finally put back in the car, and it fired back up without any problems. Along with the frame rail repairs, I made the following modifications: Group N Engine Mounts Group N Transmission Mount Polyurethane Transmission Cross-member Bushings Polyurethane Steering Rack Bushings Swapped Pirelli K4 195/70R15 tires to Yokohama A035-E Soft 185/65/R15 Added Fog Light Covers and repairs: Warranty replaced the...