RR of the Day: 1999 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS

Now you know we couldn't have WRX/EVO week without giving the GC8 some love, right?

Before the bugeyes, the STI and even the base WRX came to our shores, the Impreza 2.5RS was the closest thing any of us here in the States could get to AWD, rally-inspired goodness. The base 2.5-liter boxer left much to be desired in the motivation department, so alwu22 dispatched the stock, naturally aspirated mill and threw in the turbocharged powerplant from an '02 USDM WRX.

With that out of the way, the mods – and money – flowed into the two-door McRae-mobile in the form of an upgraded turbo, exhaust plumbing, fuel delivery and cooling, all tuned up via a Cobb Accessport. No word on what kind of power is being made at the wheels, but judging by the selection of a FP 18G snail, we'd expect over 300 horses finding their way to the pavement.

The suspension mods are typical GC8 fare, pulling the larger front sway bar from a WRX and dropping the Impreza via KYB struts and Perrin springs. Rolling stock consists of 18-inch Volk LE37T's, wrapped in Nitto 555. And while scoping the ride height, it'd be a shame not to point out Mr. 22's love of the Version 5/6 STI bodywork that make the formerly staid Subie look the 'biz.

We always like a DIY kinda guy here at Autoblog and alwu22 certainly foots fits the bill when making his own WRX. Check the full mods list after the jump and remember to give the pioneers some love in this week's poll.

We've gotten a few more WRX and EVO submissions, but keep them coming. We've also decided on a theme for next week: Camaros! Everyone with a Camaro of note should submit his or her ride to our Flickr pool. We have few Camaros in the pool right now, so we need to fill it up with enough submissions to cover all of next week. Just follow the instructions after the jump to submit.

02' USDM WRX Motor
Cobb Accessport (Protuned by Dave at MSPT)
Custom fabricated front mount intercooler
Forced Performance 18g Turbo
Deatschwerks 740cc Injectors
Turbo XS intake
Turbo XS Exhaust
Turbo XS downpipe (modified to fit the external wastegate)
TiaL 38mm wastegate
Ultimate Racing up-pipe (flanged for the Tial 38mm)
Walbro 255 fuel pump

KYB AGX struts
Perrin Tunersport Springs
FHI rear sway bar
WRX front sway bar
Kartboy rear endlinks

Defi Link v1 52mm boost and EGT gauges
Cobb double adjustable short shifter

STi v5/6 grill
STi v5/6 front lip
STi v5/6 rear valence
STi v5/6 fog light covers (replica)
22b vents (replica)
Seibon carbon fiber hood scoop
Smoked headlights (DIY)
Smoked corner lamps (Purchased)
JDM front and rear aero mudguards
JDM tailights

Wheel and Tire
18" Volk LE-37T - 18 x 7.5 +48 Offset
Nitto 555 - 225/40/18

How to submit to RR of the Day:
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Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Even if your ride is sweet, it will not be chosen if there's not a lot of info accompanying it. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!

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