2015 was an incredible year with the new WRX/STI, and we figured it couldn’t end any better than with a project car build!

It all started back in September when the customer initially contacted us. He wanted a competitive STU car that could be daily driven and street friendly. After numerous back and forth emails, phone calls, and contact with SCCA, we gathered a list of parts that would address the following: brakes, power, suspension, wheels/tires, and most importantly, safety.

The car arrived from Texas the first week of December. First order of business was to inspect the car and make sure it was in the same shape it left Texas in. We then measured the stock ride height and began to tackle the suspension. Out came the front control arms, rear lateral links, dampers, swaybars, and end links. In went new Whiteline front control arm bushings, Cusco rear lower control arms, Cusco front strut bar, RaceComp Engineering Tarmac 2 coilovers with RCE street camber plates, RCE front and rear swaybars, and a set of Whiteline adjustable end links. To help eliminate movement within the chassis, Whiteline rear subframe inserts and rear differential inserts were installed, completing the suspension upgrades.

Next on the agenda were the brakes. The factory STI has good braking capabilities but we knew the customer would be pushing the limits of this car. Up front, we installed a set of Performance Friction 2 piece rotors. Not only do they provide additional cooling, but they weigh 7lbs less than the factory rotors. Finishing off the brakes is a set of Pagid RS4-2 Blue pads, along with Goodridge stainless steel lines and Motul RBF 600 fluid.

Having gone through many wheel and tire setups on our Clubsport WRX build, we already had an idea for a wheel and tire combination for Project Texas. WedsSport TC105N in 18x9.5 +35mm were the perfect candidate with a simple motorsport look and weighing in at less than 18lbs! We decided on the new sticky Bridgestone RE-71R in a 255/35/18. No modifications to the front fenders were necessary but the rears were slightly rolled to avoid any rubbing on large bumps. Front camber was set at -3.0 and rear camber was set at -2.2. Zero toe all the way around. The new setup shaved off 7 lbs. per corner for a total of 28 lbs. in all. Not too shabby!

We knew from the beginning that handling was the primary focus of this car. However, that doesn’t mean we couldn’t show the engine any love. A Cobb Tuning downpipe was installed and mated to an RCE Clubsport cat back exhaust, providing the nice deep rich boxer rumble we have all grown to love. We contacted one of our tuners, Bren Tuning in MA, who sent us an STU spec tune to load up on the Cobb Tuning Accessport.

Knowing that this car may very well see some track time, a Perrin oil cooler was installed to combat the Texas heat.

With the basic modifications all finished, next in line were the seats and harness. A set of Recaro SPG XL seats were delivered, along with Recaro side mounts and sliders mounted on Planted Technology seat brackets. The stock front seats were removed and the new Recaros were mounted in place.

At this point, the car was essentially done. A quick trip to the alignment shop and we were ready to call the shipping company to pick up the car. That same night we received a call from the customer inquiring about extra safety measures. One thing lead to another and it was decided that a back half roll cage would be installed. We called Mitch at Piper Motorsports and set up a date to drop the car off. The roll bar meets SCCA and NASA regulations consisting of 1.75x.120 DOM tubing. In no time the car was back in our hands looking better than ever. Mitch’s attention to detail is second to none and we couldn’t be any happier with the outcome. More importantly, we knew the customer would be more than satisfied upon receiving car.

With the car 100% done, it was time for a photoshoot…with 2 other matching cars!

After a little over a month with the car, it was finally ready to head back to its owner in Texas. We were happy to see that it would be accompanied by a trailer full of Porsches!

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Links to products used:

RCE Tarmac 2 Coilovers
RCE Street Camber Plates
RCE Swaybars - 2015+ STI
Cusco Lower Control Arms
Cusco Front Strut Bar - Type OS
Performance Friction 2-Piece Rotors
Pagid Racing Blue brake pads - Front
Pagid Racing Blue brake pads - Rear
Cobb Tuning Downpipe
Cobb Tuning Accessport - STI
Whiteline Front Control Arm Bushing
Whiteline Rear Subframe Bushing Insert
Whiteline Rear Diff Insert
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Kartboy Short Shifter w/ Bushings