TJ Says: I’ve owned the car since it was new, and I purchased the car originally for daily driving. Living near Chicago, I wanted a performance car that would be able to handle the varied weather. The experience I had with the ’03 WRX I owned prior to moving up to the STI convinced me to stay with Subaru. The fact that many of the parts I already had on my WRX would transfer to my STI was only a bonus. I’ve been autocrossing the STI since it had 960 miles on the odometer, and I now have a few Chicago-region class champion trophies. The car currently sits prepared for the BSP class, but I’m not running race rubber. The wider rear tires and AWD have provided me with the ability to place in the top 30 overall for the region. The car has gone through two engine management systems, three suspension setups and has started to become a track-oriented car in the last two years. With just under 40,000 hard miles on it, I’ve had no issues that I have not caused through modification. I hope to add a cage in the near future and install the parts mentioned above that aren’t currently on the car, including an upgraded radiator, oil cooler and some additional gauges to monitor the engine oil pressure and temperature.
We Say: It’s funny how the purpose of a car can morph over time, as we can see with TJ’s STI. Once intended to be a daily driver, his car is now more like a track monster, with its massive torque figures. But we would bet that his car still maintains most of its factory reliability, a winning combo. We hope that TJ continues to build his Subaru, and we wish the best of luck in the upcoming autocross and track season.
Specs & Details
'05 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Engine Subaru 2.5-liter boxer-4
Engine Modifications Gruppe-S Headers; Helix Flex up-pipe; TXS downpipe, race pipe, midpipe & muffler; K&N intake; Samco turbo inlet; Spearco top-mount intercooler; 1-step colder plugs; Sard 850cc injectors; Walbro fuel pump; GM boost solenoid; S.S. radiator shroud
Engine Management COBB Tuning AccessPORT V1 pro-tuned by Jorge
Drivetrain ACT HD Clutch
Suspension P&L lower chassis brace; Racecomp Engineering T2 coilovers w/ 550-lb springs (f) & 500-lb springs (r), camber plates (f); Cusco camber plates (r), engine & transmission mounts; Whiteline 27mm sway bar (f), 24mm sway bar (r), H.D. rear sway bar mounts, steering rack bushings; Kartboy pitch stop mount, rear differential bushings, endlinks (f/r), exhaust hangers; TIC Holy Shift bushing set, transmission crossmember bushings, Klunk Killer kit
Wheels, Tires & Brakes 5Zigen 17x9” FN01RC wheels; Dunlop Direzza Star Spec tires 255/50R17; Goodrich SS brake lines; DBA 4000 rotors; ATE Superblue fluid; Racecomp Engineering brake ducting kit; Hawk DTC 70 pads (f), DTC 60 pads (r)
Exterior eBay front lip; OEM foglight housings converted to brake ducts
Interior CNC dead pedal; red hazard button; WC Lathe Works Co-polmer red shift knob; 3-gauge dash pod w/ Defi red BF gauges; OMP HTE seat; Schroth Clubman 6-point harness
Numbers 302 awhp & 383 awtq