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Old 28 Apr 2009, 11:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DirtyImpreza.com Project Rally RS (2001 2.5RS)

Hello! My name is Aaron and I have been building a Production GT class rally car out of a 2001 RS for about a year and a half now at the time of this post. Its taken me this long because I don't have a lot of money, but do have some patience and am willing to work hard to make the transition from weekend rallycross guy to stage rally driver!

If you get a chance be sure to drop by my website DirtyImpreza.com - The Off-Road Impreza Community.

The ENTIRE build history prior to today can be found here.
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Here's just some highlights to bring you up to speed.

Totally Stock RS:


Stripped:




Motor pulled for donor for another working stock motor / transmission.


cage building begins:


Seam welding:


Cage completed:


Interior painted:


Roof Reskinned:


Other motor swapped in:


Repairs:


Group N Motor / Tranny Mounts:


Roof vent installed:


Vinyl graphics applied:


Rally it!


Well that's about it for now. There is still plenty to do to the car to get it completely stage ready, but ill try to keep this thread updated. You can always see the latest on the DirtyImpreza.com Project Rally RS here.

Thanks!
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Old 29 Apr 2009, 06:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: DirtyImpreza.com Project Rally RS (2001 2.5RS)

welcome
thats a nice little project bud,impressive stuff...
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Old 29 Apr 2009, 08:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site mate!

Great car mate. It's coming along very nicely. Look forward to following the progress.
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Old 29 Apr 2009, 01:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: DirtyImpreza.com Project Rally RS (2001 2.5RS)

Great project-best thing ive seen on here for a while cage looks a right cool bit of kit.

Look fwd to more pics
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Old 29 Apr 2009, 04:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: DirtyImpreza.com Project Rally RS (2001 2.5RS)

Thank you for the warm welcome everyone! Are there a lot of rally fans on subaru-impreza.org? I will definitely do my best to keep this thread up to date. I tend to take pictures of every little thing so i hope it doesn't get annoying.

Got some onboard video from a rallycross event last weekend, ill get the video uploaded as soon as possible
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Old 30 Apr 2009, 06:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Here is some video from a recent rallycross event!



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Onboard with driver A. Ekinaka at the Formula Rally X Glen Helen 2 rallycross held on 4/25/09. My friend Jeff brought along his GOPRO camera so we were able to get some cool angles while taking a lap around the 2 minute course. This was the second event that our 2001 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS turned rally car has entered and we finished strongly with 3rd place overall. Be sure to subscribe to our channel as there will be more videos featuring the DirtyImpreza.com Project Rally RS in action released in the future! Thanks for watching. If you like what you see here, please visit DirtyImpreza.com - The Off-Road Impreza Community

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Try not to pay to much attention to my non-stop sawing of the wheel. I was kind of all over the place for a while. I never broke into the sub 2:00 times, but was pretty consistent all day. Only a couple of cones here and there, those few cones was enough to keep me from snagging second... D'oh!

Enjoy the video! Its been a while since i've released anything. I have to thank my buddy Jeff that was riding shotgun with me all day for bringing his GOPRO camera. They're pretty cool deals for $200. The files are somewhat hard to edit with in Premiere Pro, but thats another discussion all together...
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Old 30 Apr 2009, 09:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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V nice great project car and welcome
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I finally got some free time over the weekend to pay some attention to the RS. Car got a bath among other things, it actually looks pretty good clean. Its been covered in a layer of desert dust for so long, it almost looks like a brand new car (well not really...)



A few weeks ago, I randomly came across a guy on Nastysock selling what looked like a Rallispec roof scoop (that was painted black already!) for $80 shipped. The ad was over 5 months old, but I PM'd the guy anyway to see if he still had it, and he did! This just goes to show a few people actually rally on the biggest Subaru site in North America..wtf! Anyway, this was a great find so i happily paid the guy his asking price for the scoop and he mailed it out. Brand new these things are around $200.

Install was a pain in the ass. This is another reason to not roll the car. I don't want to have to put another roof scoop on. The scoop didn't fit exactly with the RA roof vent because the vent door was slightly too large to fit under the "feet" on the inside of the scoop. I spent some time using the dremel to get everything cut out ok, but still leave enough material to drill the holes that the bolts will go through to hold the scoop on. Blue tape was used on the roof of the car so i could trace the outline of the scoop. Next the scoop was traced on a piece of cardboard where i marked the holes that were drilled in the fiberglass. The cardboard template was then matched onto the roof of the car so that the holes could be marked on the roof. This method worked out pretty well and i was able to get the holes drilled into the roof pretty accurately on the first try. I used some metric hardware from the local hardware store (bolts, locknuts, washers) to fasten everything down, snug but not too tight. Getting my hand into the scoop to hold a 10mm wrench and reaching into the car to ratchet from the inside was not easy. Im sure to anyone walking by it must have been a funny sight. So here it is, the RS with the roof scoop installed!







Gooped on some clear caulking on the bolts inside the car to hopefully keep the water out. We'll see how this goes next time i wash the car...
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Old 06 May 2009, 12:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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No rest for the wicked hey! Scoop looks cool and it's functional.

Vids awesome by the way. Nowt better than seeing an owner driving their scoob in it's element. Having said that, not planning on rallying mine anytime soon. Put too much effort into the shine.
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Great transformation and great vid
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keeps getting better n better

keep the updates n info coming bud...
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I love how all the people responding to this thread are fellow GC owners
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Looking good mate, some effort gone into that! How long did the cage take to build? Looks quality!
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Looking good mate, some effort gone into that! How long did the cage take to build? Looks quality!
Yes the cage build was done exceptionally well. Guys that have been in the industry for many many years all comment on the quality of the welds, etc. My fabrication guy (Kyle @ Jackson Rally) can bang one of these out in a few weeks, but mine took significantly longer because I was making payments on it. I'd pay him, he'd work for a bit, then would have to stop until i paid again. Fortunately he was cool enough to let my car sit in the shop for long periods of time.
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