V$ Ian (oversteer)'s RP

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Hi, my name is Ian Wales, a 19 year old chinese-indian mixed fella raised in Malaysia. I'm currently studying in Tokyo, Japan as I got a scholarship. I must say life is going pretty good for me. Would consider myself lucky as my partner got to be with me here, I wouldn’t be so surprised as she’s a Japanese-Chinese person who does speak fluent Japanese. It certainly was a blessing. Well, lets get to know a bit more about myself, me. Back in 2017, Malaysia, my dad finally got himself one of his dream cars: a 2011 Subaru WRX STi, it was the automatic variant which is known as the A-Line (not many people know about it surprisingly). Back to where I was, as a 16 year old, my dad always allowed me to drive it, he taught me how to drive ever since I was 14. Although this was illegal, he did have his trust in me, I don't want to flatter myself but I must say I wasn't bad at it. I slowly developed a love for this car or just Subarus in general. God who doesn't love the roar of an EJ257 on UELs?

Here's dad's car I guess:
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Fast forward to December 2018, I received a scholarship for the University Of Tokyo in Japan, wouldn't be possible if I didn't go for Japanese classes so I'm thankful I took it up. Anyways, it obviously wasn't easy to get used to this place, despite how good people make up Japan to be. Back in Malaysia, I did have a part time job, so I was kinda loaded not gonna lie. My dad had also agreed to help me get myself a car here in Tokyo. Altogether I had roughly around 2.164M ¥ (V$20K) including the cash dad forked in as he didn't need to pay for my education. I decided that I would get the same car as my dad has, except maybe an older model to save some cash. I came across a pretty good deal, a 2009 IMPREZA WRX STi A-Line for 1.62M ¥ (V$15K). This one's specs was pretty loaded, had the optional Brembo brakes, STi Performance front lip, rear diffuser deco, Clarion infotainment center and much more! To top it all off, it only had 28,000KMs on the odo which is VERY low for one from 2009!

The STi I got:
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So i sent an inquiry, got my chance to view the car after 1 month of studying here. I eventually became an owner of this car on the 3rd of Feb, at Saitama, Japan. Words couldn't describe how happy I was. I was finally an official STi owner. After purchasing the car, I proceeded to drive back to my dorm and parked it there. God did it look beautiful parked there. I was still pretty jumpy inside, I had my lunch and just went for a drive just for the sake of it, I mean who wouldn't after getting a new car? The car was REALLY good, and handled sharply. Despite not having the LSDs like the manual model, it was still a good handling car. Only downside was, the 5EAT 5 speed automatic torque converter was kinda slushy, and shifts weren't as responsive compared to it's rival, the Lancer Evolution X's SST DCT. I guess this is what you get as the A-Line was cheaper than a manual version.

V$20000-V$15000(car's price)=V$5000

Living with the automatic was okay, I wasn't exactly super unhappy about it, it certainly was good as my left foot didn't have to suffer in traffic jams! I then decided to chill out, drove from place to place just for fun, had my dinner and went back to my dorm to get some rest. This shall sum most up of me and my background, well for now.

I'll just fast forward through the car's stages and mods til the current date, as I doubt anyone would go through all the details from Feb-Oct.

Anyways, the first thing i did for the car was remove the rear diffuser deco, as well as the front lip for practicality, couldn't get up steep places as the car came with TEIN shocks and coils and was pretty low. Around March, I apologise as I cant quite remember the date, I got the car some Rays Volk Racing CE28's, it definitely made the car look way better as I wasn't a fan of the stock STi 5-spoke alloys. I even got a second hand HKS FMIC for the car. FMIC's are a must if you want to make more power for your Subie! I didn't really mod this car so intensively, as I didn't have much funds to be frank.

Here are some pics I took when everything was installed at the workshop for now:
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The CE28's and FMIC were both second hand items, and costed me 181K JPY, not too shabby, I guess?

V$5000-V$1673(for car mods)=V$3327
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Eyyy welcome to VS, glad to see another Uni of Tokyo scholar, I was a scholar too until I graduated, now I'm working in STI, hit me up for any STI part you need lmao. Anyways cool A-Line tho, my 2009 STI hatch didn't last long in my hands but the urge to own one is coming back to my body.
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Sweet sti bro
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Yoooooo welcome to the community! The GRB's quite on the expensive side but the very, very low mileage does justify it. Tasty mods as well, keep it up!
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Aye welcome m8 ! Not gonna lie that GRB looks absolutely awesome , especially on those CE28´s !
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Welcome to the community! And the GRB seems to be a great start :)
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OwO a subie? Not what's usually seen around here nice nice and the wheels do match it pretty well :P
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Aye welcome to the forums my dude!
Starting off with what i think is the best gen STi too! Good stuff already :D
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topy wrote:
02 Nov 2019 19:55
Eyyy welcome to VS, glad to see another Uni of Tokyo scholar, I was a scholar too until I graduated, now I'm working in STI, hit me up for any STI part you need lmao. Anyways cool A-Line tho, my 2009 STI hatch didn't last long in my hands but the urge to own one is coming back to my body.
Thanks! I'll definitely hit you up when I need something! :)
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alex876 wrote:
02 Nov 2019 22:11
Sweet sti bro
Thanks!!!
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BigSmoke wrote:
03 Nov 2019 04:21
Yoooooo welcome to the community! The GRB's quite on the expensive side but the very, very low mileage does justify it. Tasty mods as well, keep it up!
Thanks mate! Would like to correct, it's actually a GRF as it's a 2.5 model haha, but yes, the low mileage definitely justifies it, wouldn't complain as it's much cheaper compared to one back in my homeland hehe..
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Nightkid wrote:
03 Nov 2019 10:24
Aye welcome m8 ! Not gonna lie that GRB looks absolutely awesome , especially on those CE28´s !
Thanks a bunch! Can never go wrong with CE28's ;)
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Soju wrote:
03 Nov 2019 14:12
Welcome to the community! And the GRB seems to be a great start :)
Thank you!
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NotPerfect wrote:
03 Nov 2019 16:07
OwO a subie? Not what's usually seen around here nice nice and the wheels do match it pretty well :P
Thanks a lot! CE28's really do go well on a lot of cars haha
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Niatross wrote:
03 Nov 2019 21:03
Aye welcome to the forums my dude!
Starting off with what i think is the best gen STi too! Good stuff already :D
Thanks! I too believe the GR is one of the best Impreza gens!
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Oooooooooooooooooooooooooo, another subie boie!
Welcome to forums and congrats! That STI looks really clean, and about the tranny, my buddy Mac (Topy) can find you a good conversion kit, so don't worry with that!
I'm stoked to see more stuff cming to this thing, real nice!
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Clean STI bro,nice ;)
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That was a great find, it's pretty much new with such low mileage! I usually prefer the sedan version like all the older Imprezas but this one looks good too, especially with the wheels you got now!
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Hi! It has been a REALLYY long time, and I apologize as I have been very busy with assignments and wanted some time off online :D.
While I was gone, a LOT of things has happened in my life, but I'll just give a short recap of everything that happened the past few months while I was gone, starting with the most interesting stuff: Drove around a hundred and fifty kilometers all the way from Tokyo to Tsukuba Circuit in the STi and had loads of fun there despite not setting fast times, hung out with my pals, brought my STi to Mt Fuji to practice my camera skills, and y'know nothing much. I did save the best for last though, back in january, I had someone hit me up from Twitter, asking if I would consider swapping my STi with him for his 2005 E46 M3. Though I NEVER had any problems with the STi, I've been dying to own an E46 M3. It has been one of my favorite cars since I was little and I didn't want to pass on that opportunity.

So on the 27th of January, I drove all the way to Utsunomiya, just to meet this fella. I clearly remember being very impressed with the E46's condition and was baffled on why this bloke wanted my STi for something so clean. Well well well, apparently it just so happens that this bloke, Tomo, has been a fan of the GR generation WRX STi's, but just never really found a good example to purchase one. It was pretty much the opposite of me. So days after we sorted out the paperwork, and the E46 was officially mine. I was probably going to crap my pants with how happy I was. Anyway, lets talk about the M3. It's an MY05 model, with the SMG transmission. I've always been a huge fan of the BMW SMG transmissions. It was essentially a manual, but with an automated clutch. They usually don't have problems but the only known issue is the main SMG pump itself, but that's easily replaceable. It shifts so smoothly, and was far more satisfying than my STi's 5EAT transmission. I guess it didn't have many issues as the car is pretty stock-ish engine wise. Oh yes, can't forget the heart of the E46 M3: the S54B32. It is by far the BEST sounding inline 6, at least in my opinion. Some people dislike the raspy exhaust note, personally I love it. You can get rid of it by getting a whole new exhaust, though. You either love it a lot, or hate it a lot. Tomo, the previous owner of this car has installed quite a few mods,those include: H&R ClubSport coils, Brembo B family 4 piston calipers up front, 332MM ventilated front brake discs, an M3 GTR hood (unfortunately a replica), a carbon plastidipped front lip, CSL trunk (also a replica), CSl rear bumper and some tacky CSl trunk badging which I'm not a fan of but what can I say when the car's so clean! When Tomo got the car, it was originally Phoenix Yellow, but he got it resprayed to Bluewater Metallic like how it is now. The current mileage on it is somewhere around 120K KMs, not too high for a car this old in my opinion. I plan to get new wheels for it soon (well hopefully haha), and perhaps a new muffler too. Anyways, eventually me and Tomo became good friends and we hung out once every two or three weeks, and because of him I got to meet more E46 owners around Utsunomiya and become friends with them.

Enough said, here's the car!
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OH SHIDDDDDD
STI boi went to germany! Pretty nice dudeee!
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Yoooo glad you're coming back, and with an E46 M3 to boot as well! Enjoy the new ride :D
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Aye , that’s some nice ass looking M3 you got up there !;)
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Very nice car man love the E46's. What's your plans with this one?
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Well that was one hell of a trade, E46 M3 is one of those true sports cars! Needless to say you'll have much fun with it :D I wonder what you'll improve on it though!
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That's a nice find! Can't wait to see what you'll do with it :)
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