Sometimes you gotta step way back to really notice how the entire package comes together.
Sometimes you gotta step way back to really notice how the entire package comes together.
Day(s) late and a dollar short….
Been really busy over the summer and doing what dad’s do in the summer time. Weather has been excellent as we head into the fall.
So I figured I’ll take a break to ramble what’s up at keeping things fresh.
Wife has a new car. Kia Rondo. If you got your WRX back before Fatherhood, then the 2014+ Rondo is the go-to vehicle when you start feeling the squeeze. I still have the bugeye – sorry too broke to get anything newer……outside of a pair of nikes and even then.. its from the outlet store back wall.. when they are offering an additional 30%…….
New cars 2014…. 2014 new car sales were epic. Not going to bore you but the incentives had my Mother-in-law, my neighbor, a family friend, AND wife all see new wheels in their driveways. Do you guys really want to hear about the RONDO?? I’m enamored with every feature of it. Remember life before your bugeye? When you had a NATURALLY ASPERATED 4 cylinder econo-box?? Remember when driving fast took some timing, more feel for the flow of traffic and plotting your every pass using inertia as your boost?? Taking a corner was all about carrying speed thru it? Not when to hammer the gas out of it! Yeah it sounds very cliché video gamey, but I can assure you, its not from too much GT6….!!
Its clever and its practical and that’s why you got your bugeye in the first place. 4 Doors, decent power and realistic cost-of-ownership.
Now I know the America readers are going to be wondering, WTF KIA? WTF RONDO? But uh.. don’t sleep? Well, its only available in the Canadian Market, but I really really like it.
So ok, to all those that are TL,DRing this post.. here is hopefully my last pics on 235/40R18’s….. moving up to 245/40 as I want a bit more sidewall…. And yes! I will be doing the HEATER HOSE mod to my rear springs…. Yep, taking a whole new OMG WTF GHETTO going BORO on this…..
Love the lighting in these… next pic will be on 245/40/18s
will 245/40/18’s RUB STRUT on 18×8.5 et55 wheels?? Car is on STI factory struts…….!! Google doesn’t seem to really know a definite answer, so in the words of DAN SAVAGE, I’m turning to you, my dear readers……!
A little more action, please.
Saw this, almost fell out of my chair.
Doing it right, with exposed rivits/screws/nails, for tough lines and love the oversized wheels/tires to create a proper look that commands attention. Note the rear sedan fenders with flares.
I’m looking for the largest 18″ tire size that clears factory struts – anyone?
Once upon a time, in the early 2000’s there was this car styling fad called JDM. It was a complicated time where safety had to meet head-on with the localized model platforms and somehow every auto manufacture including the domestic 3, seemed to have more tasteful, upscale, and just straight sexier versions of the same car, overseas.
Its with a reflection on the “wow im THAT old” statement that makes me realize that there will no longer be kids hunting for ultra rare JDM ish, in the new generation of styling/tuners, etc. That bridge has been crossed and universally, auto manufactures have deployed cost-effective globally shared platforms that negate the need for much, if any local styling changes.
There is an odd saying in that “the wheels make the car” and I guess with the bugeye, that is a totally valid statement as the JDM wheels never made it to dealerships on our shores, but some still side on wheels being analogous to a “new haircut” and that the lines of the car should be in its own right and not have wheels completely carry the visual statement.
This Canadian bug seems to wave both flags as the bright silver lines create the correct shapes and proportions to come alive riding on Compomotive TH rims with legacy decals to warn others of legitimate rally heritage.
It’s still early to start seeing actual “restorations” going on with our 2002-2003 bugeyes, but one owner in Canada is claiming such a feat.
**I have no affiliation with the owner of this vehicle**
Looks like a lot of maintenance has gone into this car making sure it lives on as a solid example of the wilder and somewhat more conservative side of Subaru design. Yup! It’s a rolling contradiction! Simple Prodrive lip, rims and rarely seen Prodrive headlights are changes making this car bring its rally-blue to a more familiar level. (UK300 replica)
The UK300 is a rare treat that is a bit under-represented on this side of the pond. Limited to only 300 units, Subaru has decided to turn the hat backwards on this one and give it the rally flair to get serious in the face of enthusiasts.
TopSpeed.com mentions it here: http://www.topspeed.com/cars/subaru/2001-subaru-impreza-wrx-uk300-ar891.html
“The Subaru Impreza WRX UK300 was a joint project between engineers at Subaru (UK) Limited and Prodrive Limited of Banbury, with major styling work carried out by Peter Stevens who designed the famous McLaren F1 and Subaru WRC rally car. As it name suggests it was uniquely available in the UK and limited to 300 units.”
An unpainted Prodrive lip subtly enhances the front end and follows that up with this:
” The new Peter Stevens designed front and rear aerodynamic aids reduce high-speed lift, enhancing tyre grip and handling control. For example, at 100 mph, front lift is reduced from 35.6 lbs to 27.8 lbs while rear lift goes down from 29.6 lbs to 20.7 lbs – a reduction of 25.6 per cent.”
The Prodrive wing that would be standard on the 04 sti’s had a matching effort in its Prodrive-joint development and those facts will follow in a future post.
The rarer prodrive wing that all UK300’s wore was this:
More on the UK300 here:
Apologies for the late reply, gents, I was informed and I don’t mean to be misunderstood!
Thanks so much for the invite to the elite bugeye owners and collaborators among this little 1% group of GDA enthusiasts. I don’t want to give the wrong impression that I am ignoring and snobbing off the fine, tasteful group of individuals that are diligently preserving the Sport Compact Memory that is our bugeye.
I am not on facebook, and to make things worse, I never get out to meets. I am on What’sapp? and maybe google chat something? I think I speak for most of the OG’s when I can honestly say that life has finally gotten too busy to chat over coffee in some nicely lit parking lot – for what seems like hrs… The bugeye maintains that spot in our memory that we can still be entitled to driving it everyday – given its 4 drs for family or reasonable maintenance requirements. It matured, and it’s a look reflected in the builds I see on an increasingly number of bugeye wrx’s, as they have grown on in their years. It just so happens that when we got this car way back when, it kept is ability to grow with us, as we outgrew the ‘scene’ around it.
How many enthusiasts have you met that said “yah I had that car, and I loved this and this but I just needed back-seats? A usable trunk? Ability to drive in all weather? An engine that didn’t require $300 oil changes? Electrical issues? Just rusted out in x, y, z areas? Not RWD, Not FWD? Etc etc etc…” Maybe my tastes are starting to get in line with my grey hairs, but I kinda understand how and why Subaru released the first wrx to see North American shores, in the trim they did. Compared to the 300hp sport compacts of today, Subaru set the bar pretty much inline with their normal Impreza’s when maintenance time, tirewear, brakes, suspension, engine etc would show up.
It’s the most sensible car at a time when Best Motoring was making it known that Nissan’s coveted Skyline GT-R was getting its doors blown off, by the STI and EVO. Sure in modded form, the RB26 had much more potential but the in factory spec showdowns, the STI and EVO had proven themselves in performance far ahead of anything in their price-class and practicality. Evo with zero-counter-steer electronic handling aids and the STI with its raw chassis balance and philosophy towards direct power delivery.
Sadly, I am that enthusiast that has realized that so many people on the daily, simply don’t notice and don’t really care for any of these things. I have a 40 min commute each way daily and on a good day I’ll see MAYBE 2 STI’s, add in a WRX for good measure, and these will be of any generation. I never see the 04-07 STI wing (developed by Prodrive) and compared to the GD’s I see of today, my car rides kinda high and my offset is wheel-bearing conscious.
Hot wheels figured this out, peep their old school JDM line, its just ringing out to those who WISHED for these when they could buy a project car, and those collectors-now-fathers, can get a JDM tuner car for their son or daughter and keep a stash for themselves. Seen the 2014 Accord Coupe? It just speaks to the performance and styling that we could have only dreamed about when we were running 14 second 1/4 miles in the ef civic or hitting vtech in the ‘teg.
COLLECT ‘EM ALL!!!
I am that enthusiast like that guy you know when you were growing up. Before you had your license and you always saw that guy that drove that totally mint 1984 Honda Civic. Factory Mint. You kinda question why or how is that old car so clean? What was it that he saw in keeping it stock? Not even rims? It’s just so, ordinary?
That’s what makes this bugeye ownership so interesting. It’s just that kind of car that came at such a pivotal time that when you see one stock, today, it almost makes you ask more questions than one you see at HIN. I’d like to challenge that with seeing one completely unmolested is rarer than almost any bugeye on the road today! Check google images and finding a factory pic of a wrx is a hunt in itself!
And oddly enough, it still looks really good, in that odd, “really? 16 inches??” kinda way.
So again, I am totally humbled to reach out to such a large audience and I haven’t been down the wrx/sti modding rabbit-hole in quite a few years now, and it’s gotta show, but I’m still hustlin’ and still trying to keep it real.