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“Not a bad way to spend ten grand”

Actually I have no idea how much went into this setup (the engine alone probably well exceeds $10g’s), but it was worth the money. Fast and Furious quotes aside, this wagon from the UK owned by Jura and his brother Latso went from a 4EAT auto WRX wagon to the 500bhp ppg-manual bugeye you see before you.

The car features a ton of clean parts – from a flocked dashboard to a Race technology DASH2 cluster. The fully built engine running 500 AVCS’d BHP through a PPG gearbox is the coup de grace of this bugeye. The car was built by Slowboy Racing on the other side of the pond. The Brits know how to do it (forgiving the rota’s for now haha ; ). Build thread after the jump.

Clean on the inside…

C.R.E.A.M. on the outside…

(Even the rear bumper I haven’t come across yet – it’s by EDM bodykit maker JDL Tuning – don’t you love it when you find stuff you didn’t know was out there?)

All business under the bonnet…

Engine/Drivetrain Modifications: Engine:
2.1 SBR JDM WRX with AVCS built by Neil@Slowboy Racing:
Cosworth pistons
Manley Rods
ACL Race Bearing sets:big end and main bearing set
Cosworth baffled sump
10mm Modified Oil pump and water pump
12mm ARP Headstuds
Cosworth Stopper 1.1mm HG
79mm Subaru V8(EJ257) Nitrided Crankshaft
Cosworth timing belt kit
Heads(Valves re-lapped,cleaned,re-shimmed and head skimmed)
Engine painted black

Engine Dress Up:

Powder coated Header tank
Powder coated Alternator
GT-Spec Cooling panel
HKS Billet Oil Cap
Blitz Header Tank Cap
Lightweight pulley set
Alloy Radiator

Oil system:

Setrab Oil cooler
Cosworth Baffled sump plate
OE Sump
Baffled 3-port Oil Catch Can

Induction/Turbo and Fuel system:

840cc injectors with Fuel Lab FPR and Fuel Lab Billet Fuel Filter
Modified WRX CDF Parallel Fuel Rails
Braided Fuel lines with AN fittings
340LPH HRC Fuel Pump
Spec C Inlet manifold custom powder coated(black)
MDX 321T Billet with Zircotec Ceramic Coated exhaust housing
3port Prodrive boost solenoid
RCM V7 Big cone
3″HKS Ti Cat Back Exhaust with Hayward and Scott downpipe
GT-Spec Headers with 3 bolt upipe
NOS Sniper wet system(25-50bhp jet)
AEM Water/Methanol kit
Custom hard inlet induction hose heatwrapped with DEI
Custom FMIC with painted IC pipework and heatwrapped with DEi Heatwrap(black)


Syvecs ECU with 8 switchable maps ALS and LC enabled(1st: 1.0bar V-power ,2nd:1.4bar V-power,3rd:1.7bar ALS+LC,4th:1.7bar V-power,5th:1.7 bar V-power +20%methanol,6th:1.4bar V-power +20% methanol with ALS,LC,7th:1.4bar V-power+20%methanol,8th
Odyssey PCS680(fitted in boot)

452.2BHP/440lb-ft on V-power
490.2BHP/480lb-ft on V-power and 20% Methanol
465.2BHP/440-ft on V-power with 65/35 water/methanol injection
Suspension Modifications: Brakes:

FR K-sport 8pots 356mm with Ferodo DS2500
RR K-Sport 6pots 330mm with Ferodo DS2500
HEL braided lines


HSD HR Coilovers
Front Solid CDF Droplinks
Eibach ARB FR 22mm & RR 24mm
Hardrace Adjustable Lateral Links with ball jointed rear drop links
Whiteline Anti Lift Kit
Cusco Front and Rear Strut brace
4 point underbrace(STi pink)
Wheels/Tires Modifications: Vredstein Ultrac Sessanta 245/40 ZR18
ROTA Grid Drift 9.5×18” ET38
Blue anodized wheel nuts M12x1.25
Interior/Exterior Modifications: Interior:
Full late V8 dashboard(fully flocked ) with Late V8 HVAC
Race Technology Dash2 with Syvecs CAN ECU interface
2x Sparco EVO 2 2012 GRP N seats
Buddy Club Rails
STi door cards
STi Alloy pedals
Sparco gearknob
Short shifter
TRS 4 Point Harness
Sparco 310-SP Steering Wheel
Shadow gauge set(Oil Temp,Oil pressure,Water Temp and Boost)
Defi style Gauge pod Flocked
ATi steering gauge pod with Autometer NOS Gauge and AEM Uego AFR gauge
EGT gauge
Life-Line Mechanical 2.25Kg Extinguisher Kit
Alpine Audio

Exterior mods:

Chargespeed Front bumper with Chargespeed Carbon Ducts
STi fenders
JDL rear lip
Chargespeed Sideskirts
OE Bonnet with WRX scoop
JDM HID lights
JDM Grill
Hella Supertone Horns

One of the cleanest wagons I’ve come across in quite a while, and couldn’t be more glad people are still putting money into bugeye builds.


Abstract: Picture Me Rollin No. 3

I appreciate seeing bugeyes that take the unconventional route to car modification and still come out clean looking:

I also wish I knew more about this car. Definite feature worthy if I had more pics/info. I know it’s a California car owned by FATT on Nasioc (thanks for the heads up ED!) and that I’ve seen it come up here and there. In any event, enjoy.

Visible mods walkaround:
– JDM STI version 1 front lip
– JDM STI fog covers
– JDM STI projector headlights (black)
– GTSpec grill (colloquially known as the ‘liberal replica’, but actually a zerosports style grill with the holes shaved off)
– Kaminari reverse cowl carbon fiber hood
– front mount oil cooler
– JDM rain visors
– Black STI brembo brakes à la STI Limited.
– Though I’m usually pretty good with wheels, these are eluding me even though I’ve seen them before. The JDM 7-spokes that look like Advan RG’s… lol.

Photo: Luis3rd

Carbon Bronze resurrection

If this bugeye looks familiar it’s because it’s been featured on BugeyeGarage previously.

Yes this unbelievably clean “Carbon Bronze” painted GD is the same car that was once owned by Kjgerz on Nasioc who has since gone on to other things.

The car is a little more “fitment scene” now than its original iteration. Gone are the 18×9 Rota G-force, replaced with even wider Work Emotion XD9, and an even lower stance. The Greddy GRacer front lip has been replaced by an STI version 2 front lip (probably due to said lower stance).

Unfortunately this car crashed this past weekend at the H2OI car show in Ocean City, MD. The accident was through no fault of the new owner, v7ps.

But fortunately the will to rebuild is strong: “crashed my car sunday morning, but I will be back.”

Hometown Hero

This car is one of the few that I’ve actually seen in person at a meet (College Park Tuning Spring Meet 2010) before I saw it online. Coming from Baltimore, Maryland, USA this two-toned bugeye sits on wide concave-faced RAYS Volk Racing TE37 wheels and an amazing assortment of JDM goodies. The owner has owned the car since new in ’03, and the car has amazingly gone through at least 3 different stages and 8 sets of wheels in that time. (As an original owner who has gone as many stages I can relate – in this area you just tend to chew through front lips what can I say :/ )

One of the more interesting parts on this car to me is the VK Innovations Carbon Fiber trunk – essentially it’s an all carbon fiber (and all one-piece) version of a wingless trunk with a molded Mines-spoiler.

While I’ve always found 2-tone paintjobs are hard to pull off, I think this is the cleanest example of one I’ve ever seen.

The colors carry over into the carbon fiber parts and black wheels well…

…and look downright menacing on a dreary day.

Owner & photography: Sick EJ20 on Nasioc

Mods List:

-EJ25 longblock

-Garrett gt35r .63
-Custom equal length header
-Custon spearco intercooler
-Custom intercooler pipes
-860cc Helix injectors
-Walbro 255 fuel pump
-Perrin fuel rail
-Turbosmart 38mm external wastegate
-Turbo smart blow off valve
-Mahle forged piston
-Arp head studs
-Cometic head gasket
-Acl race bearing
-Koyo aluminum radiator
-Invidia n1 race exhaust
-Custom oil catch can
-Samco radiator hose
-Sti motor mount
-Cusco strut bar

Engine Management
Aem standalone

-STI 6spd
-Group N Transmission mount
-Kartboy short shifter w/ front and rear stay bushing
-Exedy clutch/ Exedy flywheel

-Tein type flex coilover w/ edfc controller
-Rce rear camber plate
-Cusco front and rear sway bar
-Perrin end links front and rear

-Custom two tone paint
-Jdm STI v2 front lip
-Jdm STI hid projector headlights
-Jdm STI front grille
-Jdm STI carbon fiber side markers
-Jdm STI fog light covers
-Kaminari cabon fiber revese cowl hood
-Carbon fiber trunk
-Kakumei rear window spoiler
-Chargespeed mirrors
-Oem 3pc rear lip

-Bride stradia low max seats
-Bride brackets/sliders
-Bride custom door cards
-Bride custom rear seats
-Takata 4pt racing harness
-Nardi 330mm deep corn steering wheel
-Splash short hub
-Works bell quick release
-Autopower Race rollbar
-Defi gauges, oil press, ext temp, boost
-Defi control unit
-Turbosmart eboost 2 controller
-Hks turbo timer
-Pioneer avh-p4200 in-dash double-din
-Kicker 12” Solo-baric L7
-Kicker amp zx 1000.1
-Kicker amp zx 650.4
-kicker rs series components

Wheels, tires, brakes
-Volk racing Te-37 18×9.5 +22
-Project kics neo chro lug nuts
-Wilwood BBK 6 piston front and 4 piston rear
-Hawk performance front and rear pads
-Goodridge stainless steel brake lines

Abstract: HighwayStar!

With the WRX’s as popular as they are in Australia and New Zealand it isn’t unimaginable to think Mad Max would drive a bugeye:

photos via Nasioc via HighwaystarPP (the owner) via the guys at CANIBEAT blog (photographers)

Double Take part one: Racrrex’s BugeyeS

What’s better than one insanely modified bugeye? How about two insanely modified bugeyes. One lucky owner gets to drive both of these bugeyes, the blue one being the faster of the two. The yellow (“sudden rush 2”) is the daily beater, while the blue (“sudden rush”) is the nice weather/weekend car. Both are spectacularly clean bugeyes by any measure.

Specs to follow

photos: JDMChicago

Buguy’s Sedona Red Pearl WRX

For reasons unknown, in as long as this site has been around (since Oct or so) there hasn’t been any Sedona Red Pearl WRX’s on this site. It’s a shame as they are one of the nicer colors Subaru offers – it isn’t personal – they’re just SO rare to see modified. I remember going to WRX meets back in Fall 2002 and seeing one, maybe two Sedona Red’s amidst a sea of WRB.

This is one of the cleanest examples of *modified* SRP bugeye I’ve seen out there… Hailing from Illinois, this bugeye has received the full version 7 JDM STI treatment:

And a nice STI v2 limited rear wing for good measure

Walkaround mods list

  • painted sideskirts
  • OEM front lip
  • OEM painted sideskirts
  • OEM side strake
  • OEM rear lip
  • 2004-2005 taillights
  • JDM STI ‘black chrome’ HID projector headlights
  • JDM STI grill
  • JDM STI limited wing riser
  • JDM STI mesh fog light covers
  • JDM STI hood scoop
  • JDM STI carbon fiber markers
  • JDM STI side markers (amber)
  • JDM STI Type RA flip-up roof vent
  • JDM WRX/STI/”i” badging
  • JDM rainguards
  • yellow LAMIN-X fog light film
  • OEM STI (USDM) version 8 BBS wheels (gold – same as JDM STI version 7 type RA spec C wheels)
  • OEM STI (JDM) version 7 wheels (gold)
  • front mount intercooler
  • lower mesh grill
  • Rotora big brake kit front (red)
  • Rotora big brake kit rear (red)
  • sneeeeaaky hood scoop camera (I see what you did there)

STitch in time: Porkchop’s Bugeye

Ever see a car a forum post or website or magazine and wonder where it goes after a few years? Occasionally cars are sold, sometimes cars are wrecked, regularly cars are parted out, and frequently any mix of these things happens . . . Show cars will get wheels, new wheels, even newer wheels, painted a different color, and painted again, chewing through any number of bodykits to keep up with the latest trend . . . With track cars the hope is they haven’t crashed yet.

But on a rare occasion, you’ll see a car resurface years later completely the same – frozen in time as the great creation it once was.

This car was featured on in 2005. . . Randomly it just popped up on Nasioc the other day completely untouched from the way it was in 2005 (which looked stunning enough to make JTuned while that site was a big deal – except for engine/trans, additional miles, and track events – the owner is part of the GST Motorsports crew). So happy to see this car still on the road.

Photos: Porkchop (remixed by me)

Walkaround of visible mods
– JDM STI projector headlights
– JDM STI grille
– JDM STI version 2 front lip (two piece)
– JDM STI carbon fiber rear wing
– JDM Aero-mudguards (front and rear set)
– JDM STI solid fog covers
– Aqua reverse scoop
– OEM painted sideskirts
– OEM bodykit rear lip / diffuser
– RAYS Volk Racing TE37 Gunmetal wheels
– Work Meister S2R wheels (polished) (not pictured)
– Stoptech ST40 calipered 13″ big brake upgrade
– Bride bucket seating
– Kakimoto GT1.0Z cat-back
– Defi gauge pod + gauges
– Blitz FMIC
– Cusco front strut brace


Owner: “Tommy from MPJ Performance” – now of GST Motorsport a/k/a “Porkchop”

infekted with the fever | iNfEk’s bugeye WRX

This post has been way overdue since this car has already been a Snapshot of the Day twice AND it’s one of my favorite bugeyes.

This Hawaiian bugeye started out a 4EAT WRX (nothing wrong with that!) – it was later given a full Version 7 JDM STI swap with motor, six speed, you name it – effectively turning it into the model America never got. As if that alone wouldn’t cut it, Infek took it a step further – the car runs a GT-3071R turbo setup. Not exactly an off the shelf VF series to be sure.

The exterior is an assortment of some of the rarest bugeye parts you can find – from the JDM STI-Prodrive edition front bumper with rare optional foglight kit, to the rare JDM 2001 model year only ‘black chrome’ HID headlights, and the JDM STI “limited” rear wing with from-the-factory one-piece wing riser. It would be easy to go on (and there’s a mods list below so I won’t – oh wait no – JDM Subaru power folding mirrors with JDM Subaru ‘aero’ mirror covers in carbon fiber. Ok I’m done for now.)

Some of the quirkiest things on this car make it stand out in my mind, and honestly one of my favorites. For example, it has a gi-normous APS DR550 front mount intercooler BUT infek was unwilling to cut out the black bumper trim for no reason other than he didn’t want to : P. It has $$$$ baller JDM on the inside and JDM on the outside – but then bright red Rota Torques (which look basically stunning on the car, to be frank).

This car strikes me as an exceptionally honest build – picking and choosing parts not based on what anyone else thinks or following the latest trend – but rather building a car for yourself and no one else. And the overall effect is something that I think is appreciable on both the “it wasn’t built to impress anyone” and “it still is one of the most objectively impressive bugeyes out there” levels.

stunning photography by infek

Engine / Drivetrain JDM ECU Open Source Tuned
-ATP Turbo GT3071R
-Crucial Racing Coolsafe Thermostat
-SpeedMonkee/Ron Davis Aluminum Radiator
-Subaru JDM STi version 7 EJ207 with AVCS heads
-Subaru JDM STI Version 7 Front and Rear Axles
-Kartboy Extended Exhaust Hangers
-Zerosports Radiator Shroud
-Beatrush Propeller Shaft Bushings
-Subaru JDM STI R180 Differential
-Subaru JDM STI 6 Speed Transmission (with DCCD & Suretrack)
-DCCD-PRO Universal Controller (supports auto function)
-APS DR550 Front Mount Intercooler
-Subaru JDM STI Version 7 ECU
-Deatschwerks 850cc Injectors
-APS 65mm Cold Air Intake (1st Gen.)
-Fujitsubo Super EX Basic – Equal Length (610-63031)
-Tial V44 Wastegate (44mm V-band) (Black)
-Grimm Speed V44 Wastegate Dump Tube (44mm V-band) (Ceramic Coated – Black)
-Element Tuning Turboback Exhaust
-Crawford Performance Air/Oil Separator (Version II)
-Group N Engine Mounts
-Group N Transmission Mount (6MT)
-DEI Titanium Wrapped Header, Down pipe, Up pipe
-DEI Titanium Turbo Blanket

-Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 (245/40/17)
-Subydude 17×9 +30 Rota Torque R’s
-Subydude +1 6MT Short Shifter (Discontinued)
-Stance GR+Plus Coilovers
-6Gun Racing Ball Joint Extender Kit (Revision 3)
-Turn In Concepts Rear End Clunk Killer Kit
-Syms Brake Hose Kit
-Cusco Front and Rear Sway bars
-Cusco Brake Master Cylinder Brace
-Cusco Lower Arm Bar Type 2
-Paranoid Fabrications 5 Piece Under Brace Kit
-Paranoid Fabrications Fender Braces
-Kartboy Front Crossmember Bushings
-Kartboy Front and Rear Endlinks
-Kartboy Rear outrigger Bushings
-SuperPro Steering Rack Bushings
-Turn In Concepts 6MT Pivot Bushing
-Subaru JDM 2003 STI Front and Rear Brembo Brakes
-Subaru JDM STI Front and Rear Axles (Thicker Shafts and Larger CV Boots)
-Subaru JDM STI Front and Rear Wheel Hubs (to accommodate the larger axles)

-Kaminari Full Carbon Hood with Reverse Cowl
-HT Autos STI Version 7 Prodrive Edition Splitter
-Subaru JDM STI Prodrive Version Front Bumper Fog Light Kit
-Subaru JDM STI Prodrive Version Front Bumper
-Subaru JDM Side Strakes
-Subaru JDM Front Aero Guards
-Subaru JDM STI Grille
-Subaru JDM Power Folding Mirrors (with Switch)
-Subaru JDM STI Version 8 Taillights
-Subaru JDM STI Limited Spoiler (2002) (also came on the JDM NB-R)
-Subaru JDM Impreza Rain Guards (1st Gen. — Transparent Smoke Grey)
-Subaru JDM STI Black Chrome HID Headlights
-Subaru JDM Side Markers (Amber)
-DIY Gloss Black Painted Engine Bay
-Prodrive Body Molded Mud Guards (Discontinued)
-HT Autos Three Piece Diffuser (Bugeye Specific)
-Totsubo License plate mount
-Fastline License Plate Relocation Kit (Discontinued)
-Hella Supertones (118db – “Made In Germany” – Painted Black Black)

-Subaru JDM Prodrive Gauge Cluster (with DCCD)
-Innovate Motor Sports XD-16 WB02 Gauge
-Defi Gauges 52mm IMPERIAL Link Meter Gauges (Red Needle with Green Illumination — Boost / EGT / Oil Pressure)
-Subaru JDM STI Sports Seat
-Subaru JDM STI Rear Seats
-DIY Plasti-Dipped A/B/C Pillars (Black)
-DIY Plasti-Dipped Center Console (Black)
-DIY headliner (Black Micro Suede)

Audio / Video
-Engine Noise (with additional NVH)

Interlude: Support Japan

W A L L P A P E R   S I Z E

I know probably most people have helped by now, but please look into the following links

Ways to Support Japan: Huffington Post: How to Support Japan

UPDATE:  My favorite new way to support Japan: 7TUNE: Help us to help Japan