Thursday, March 27, 2014

15k: Peg The Bro-ometer: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX LS1 V8

There's no replacement for displacement, even if you have a displacement adder like a turbocharger. This WRX lost its factory turbocharged engine, and the replacement is displacement. As in, going from 2.0L to 5.7L. It shed half of its all-wheel drive components in the process, making this one of the very few V8-powered, 6-speed, RWD compact sedans out there. Find this 2004 Subaru WRX with LS1 swap for $18,000 in Albuquerque, NM. Words by DT contributor slowcarSLOW-MPGlol.

LS1 swaps are common in some cars but rare in others, like Subarus (although probably not as rare as the seller suggests). Still, this isn't the first time a V8 Scooby graced the pages of Daily Turismo with its presence. They're rare because gaining more power is only a matter of turning up the boost and swapping out existing pipework for bigger hardware. Stock 2004 WRX boxer fours made 227 horsepower, only 77 fewer than 1998 Camaro LS1s. That doesn't make the swap much of an investment - especially since the V8 weighs over 100 pounds more - unless you start throwing mods at it, which the seller has.

The ad's "artistic" photos leave a lot of questions unanswered. With some digging, Google turned up a 33-page build thread mainly filled with gay jokes and name-calling [EIC Vince: this quote shows up on the first page: "but then i thought... why a 2.5? why not a 5.7. screw it right? all the lezbaru with none of the gaymaro." Huh?]  Page 22 has what you're looking for: pictures of the quality fabrication pieces done by RaceFAB. That's not a place to be thrifty or weld something up yourself, and the results look fantastic. The seller ditched the front drivetrain and beefed up the rear axles, differential, clutch and flywheel, and exhaust. Air conditioning and power steering were pulled and a carbon fiber hood was installed because this machine is all about going fast. 

Wait, then why is it weighed down with a 12" subwoofer, LCD screen, and amp? Folks, if the pictures and build thread on "" weren't a giveaway, you should know that this Blobeye was built by a bro. See the video below to see what I'm talking about.

You just watched a video sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and hormones. Now, this isn't the place to make disparaging remarks about the seller's colorful online vocabulary or illicit vehicular behavior on his YouTube channel. It's just a suggestion to do your research before you pay $18,000 for a car put together by this guy's hands. On the other hand, if your first reaction to seeing this WRX was "THAT'S HELLA TIGHT BRO" then this 'Rex is unquestionably the car for you.

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slowcarSLOW-MPGlol knows how many licks it takes to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop, and he's not telling. As someone with a B+ blood type, he considers himself an optimist. Unless it has structural rust.


  1. Hilarious! But I'd rather take a nice STi at around $20k instead.

  2. Certainly the best sounding Subaru in the Southwest. Also, listings like this need a "Flatbrim" icon.

  3. Stress, Stress, Stress !!!!
    Clicks on "".
    AAaahhhhhhh better now.

    Thanks for all your daily excellence.

  4. I might build a car like this, but I'd never buy one from someone who would build a car like this.

  5. Yet another LS1 WRX. 580 horsepower for $16,500.


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