About this project

While growing up in Southern California in the late 1980s, I was heavily into lowrider cars and trucks. There was nothing cooler looking than an old car with hydraulics sitting on a set of Dayton wire wheels.

My car interests began to change in the early 1990s when I started to become fascinated with the import car culture scene.

During this time, I also started to pay attention to the WRC (World Rally Circuit) and fell in love with Colin McRae’s famous 1995-97 Subaru Impreza! Ever since first seeing it, I’ve loved it!

Unfortunately, the car has been unavailable in the US. There have been a small number of 22B Imprezas brought here to the States, but we only got the RS2.5 as a close/distant cousin to the 22B WRC Spec car.

Fast forward to 2017, thanks to the internet, there are tons of people around the world who have built their version of the mid 90s Impreza.

I decided to join the club and purchase a 1997 Subaru Impreza Brighton L to convert it to an STI powered track car. Parts from the 2002-2007 (and later year) WRX STIs will fit into early model Imprezas. The Subaru Impreza platform often works like big lego pieces.

They are about 95% compatible with each other. (Few things like swapping the dashboard, steering columns/racks, and brakes can be a tad tricky but it’s very doable and has been documented by countless people on the internet.

My goal is to swap in all STI engine and suspension parts from a 2004-07 WRX STI. Since this will be a dedicated track car, I’m also looking to build a strong motor that is capable of pushing out 520 to 600hp.

This blog documents the entire journey of my “LSTI” (Brighton L to STI.)