Not quite temporary
As I started to write this post a month ago, I forgot to save the document and lost everything. My frustration left me to set this feature aside, until recently. I was going through the photos and couldn’t help but start to begin them, the cleanliness of the car sparked my re-interest.
I’ll start with a little background about the owner, since this car has quite a bit of interesting history. Katie Smith isn’t your average girly-girl that you’d come to expect. She likes to get her hands dirty – and her car, this 2004 Subaru WRX. You’re probably thinking by now, how could she get a car this clean so dirty? Well this car has had a previous, yet rambunctious life. After all, it is a Subaru. Proof:
(Photo by Avoturboworld)
“Rumble” was taken just about everywhere you could imagine throughout its young spirited life – from the curvy desolate backroads of Washington, to the mudpits of the West Coast Subaru Show. It had been driven like a Subaru should, but it was time to settle down and give it some one-on-one love. So Katie set out to transform the car, all in 51 days with the help of her husband, Ryan.
Rumble was given a Sedan bumper/fender conversion, and several areas of the car got fresh paint. Unbeknownst to most, the suspension got a complete makeover: BC Racing BR coilovers with a Variable Ride Height system by Umbrella Auto Design. This system allows the owner to adjust about 1″ ride height via an external air compressor in the hatch and a few low-key switches. Although you can’t quite call it “bagged”, it’s more or less a coilover system with a small adjustable right height via compressor – perfect for clearing speedbumps while retaining maximum ride quality that a coilover offers. Katie’s car was the first Subaru to receive such a useful suspension upgrade. 18×9.5 +38 Rota Grids were added to give the car its stance. They’re only temporary though, hence the “Temporary” decal as the owner plans to upgrade in the near future. Other modifications include many chassis braces and a few under-the-hood goodies (see below for list).
As I sat inside the back seat of the car, Katie turned on the ignition and it became instant as to why the car was given its name. A Helix Downpipe and Blitz Nur-Spec, mated with a Perrin Up-Pipe give the car its beautiful rumble that is sure to please many ears. Supporting Katie and her husband, were Recaro SRD Seats, and within their reach was an OEM+ looking Pioneer AVH-P3200DVD player. Very simple and subtle, and this goes all the way out to the rear end of the car – the air tank and amp are mounted underneath a false floor onto which the Rockford Fosgate Sub sits on.
Although the wheels may be temporary, most of what you see is here to stay. A well executed car with a nice bit of history make Rumble and Katie perfect examples of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
p.s. Katie, sorry it took so long! Better late then never I guess
Helix Downpipe and Blitz Nur-Spec, 3″ catless
Perrin intercooler Y-pipe
Optima Redtop battery
Cobb AP v2 tuned
225 to the wheels on the Mustang Dyno(super conservative), 219 torque
BC Racing BR coilovers with Variable Ride Height system by Umbrella Auto Design
Sti lower control arms
Whiteline steering bushings
Whiteline Wagon (quick release) rear strut bar
Cusco front strut bar
AD Motorsports FSB and Whiteline RSB (both 25mm)
Stoptech Stage 2 brakes – Pads, rotors, steel-braded lines
18×9.5 +38 Rota Grids
225/40/18 Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Prodrive P7′s in gold for winter
Recaro SRD Seats
Polk front speakers and a Rockford Fosgate Sub
Red “JDM” hazard button
Sedan conversion- Fenders, Bumper
Painted side skirts
Rally Armor UR mud flaps
Blacked out and cleared headlights with led strips
SPT Battery tie down
Front plate delete thingy (technical name)
Photography by Zach Taiji