Tim’s Bug Eye Build

The saga continues…

Sometime in March I was heading north for a weekend of skiing. Just south of Concord NH the WRX started acting funny. I immediately pulled over and called Triple A. The bugeye was sent back to the shop and I continued on.

Plans were devised and we went forward. The cars back up and running now!

Mod list:

2011 STi Shortblock

OEM bearings

Nitraded crank

STi Forged rods

Wiseco Forged pistons (Standard size)

ARP Headstuds

Killer B Oil Pickup

Killer B oil Baffle

Killer B oil pan

OEM STi 11mm Oil pump

Gates Racing Timing belt kit with water pump

GrimmSpeed ported and coated Intake manifold

GrimmSpeed TGV deletes

GrimmSpeed ported and coated throttle body

GrimmSpeed Manual Boost controller

GrimmSpeed Crank pulley


Tial 50mm BPV

Tial 44mm EWG

IAG 3 bolt EWG uppipe with dump tube

AMR CXR550 Turbo 2.4 inlet

(VF39 for break in)

KS Tech 83mm intake

Ported Headshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com hot tanked and chamber matched

Brian Crower Standard size valves

Brian Crower Springs and Retainers

07 STi Cams (more lift)

OEM Gasket kit

DeatschWerks 1300cc Injectors

(550cc injectors for break in)

DeatschWerks 300c Fuel pump

Group N Motor mounts

Group N Tranny mounts

ClutchMaster FX300 clutch with OEM Single mass flywheel

Gimmick Motorsports Turbo inlet

Gimmick Motorsports Radiator hose kit

Gimmick Motorsports Radiator

Invidia Catless downpipe

Borla XR1 Catback

GT Spec headers


ATI Center pod

STRI Xline 52mm Boost Amber

STRI Xline 52mm Oil Pressure gauge Amber

AEM UEGO Wideband


Work Emotion CR KAI 17×9 +38  White

Bridgestone RE01R 245/45/17

Motors installed and on a nice break in map. Thing goes goodhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com already have 300/1000 break in miles. For break in I stayed with the VF39 and 550cc injectors. AMR Turbo will go in after break in period and well put a solid tune on the car. Big Thanks to Andrew Wallace for all the support throughout the build. Justin Dupont and Taran Calise for helping me with installation. Jay Perry for building and tuning a sick motor. Couldn’t have done it without you guyshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com THANK YOU!!

Companies that helped me out! Big thanks to you guys:
GrimmSpeed www.grimmspeed.com

KillerB Motorsports www.killerbmotorsport.com

RavSpec www.ravspeconline.com

Motor going in:

From the Front:

Interested in a motor build? Feel free to contact us at Info@ajwperformanceproducts.com or Tim@ajwperformanceproducts.com We will sit down with youhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com figure out your plans for the car and decide on the best route to take with you. This is a full consultative approach so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into and all of your needs and requirements are met!

Stay tuned for some numbers when we get a chance to strap this thing in on a Mustang Dyno.

Whats left to be done? (It wouldnt be a project car if something wasnt finished)

Paint hoodhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com new front bumper + painthttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com wheels and tireshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com steering wheelhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com harness bar and harnesses. Lastlyhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com Drive it like you stole it

The AJW Performance Rally Pig

Something I feel we just dont talk about enough. The AJW Performance Rally Pig partnered with owner and driver Neil Liddle is a force to be reckoned with. This pig came to us last summer (2011) for support in his endeavors in the rally game. When Neil first came to us we sat down and talked about his plans for the seasonhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com schedule of events and plans for the car. It was pretty cut and dry. Store the car safely when he was not racing ithttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com take care of full race prep and install/rebuild anything that needed to be done. Our first action was to install an STi 6 speed transmissionhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com DCCD controller and STi steering column. He took the car backhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com gave it hell at a rally and realized the cooling system was not keeping up. To address this we wired in a switch to be able to switch the both fans on (or one at a time) to keep the car cool between heats.

To end the season Neil bent part of the suspension system and it was time to rebuild as well as plan for the next season. We pulled out the full MSI Coilover setup and sent it out to be welded up. The car then had a strut and spring setup put in so we could roll it around in the off time. His first event of the season (2012) would be a tarmac rally in upstate New York.

When this event was coming up we went through the whole car. New timing belt kithttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com water pumphttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com idlers etchttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com new Hawk Blue pads on all four cornershttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com new brake fluid and finally a shake down on Kendrick Road with Neil behing the wheel to make sure the car was good to go. Let me tell you somethinghttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com this man is a machine behind the wheel!

As motorsports is not for the faint of heart this rally weekend tested Neil to the max. The brakes just couldnt keep up with the abuse resulting in an off. Overshooting a jump taking it a total off 125′ resulted in more bent suspension bits and to top it off the EJ205 called it quits when they finished the last stage. Not the way you want rally weekend to go. With the negatives came some positives. Neil realized that hes had it with the stock brake setup. Were importing a pedal boxhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com 4 Pot/2 pot brakes and the appropriate pads for each rally. For the motor we will start with an S202 Bare block and put some really quality internals inside. Manley I beamshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com JE Pistonshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com ACL race bearings to name a few of the goodies this motor will be receiving. Heads will be fully worked with some camshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com springs and retainers and the appropriate machining. Goal is to have the car fully ready for the next rally in August! Stay tuned for updates on the Rally Pig and some action shots!

Super Meet 7 @ AJW Performance

Saturday May 12th 2012 marked a big day at AJW Performance. Starting at around 9am cars from all over the New England area came cruising in to our facility to enjoy a day filled with sunhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com delicious foodhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com fun and our common hobby; Cars.



New England Subarus being the organizing party showed up bright and early to help us out with parkinghttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com setup and going over the plan for the day. Throughout the day over  130 cars poured into the lot behind the shop and at Factory Five Racing. Music was blasting through the parking lothttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com people were shining up their cars and having a good time. DRT Components made an appearancehttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com a local growing company specializing in Mudflapshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com Harness barshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com skid plateshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com and light bars.

Throughout the day people bombarded the showroom checking out new parts for their carhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com hanging with friends and enjoying the events. Tshirtshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com cozies and other things were thrown into the crowd. A homemade bake sale kept peoples stomachs full until lunch time. A tradition with NES is the frozen Tshirt contest with the winner getting free food for the day and a free shirt. The shirts are soaked in waterhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com tied in a knot and then frozen overnighthttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com first one to break it free of the knot and put it onhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com wins! After 6.5 grueling minutes of pounding the Tshirts on the pavement Ben Bertrand emerged the winner!

Finally lunch arrived around 1pm. Fresh Riccardis Italian food was on the menu for the afternoon. A nice antipastohttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com Lasagna and enough pizza to fill everyone up along with ice cold water to wash it all down. Cant hate that!

All day long Factory Five Racing had their warehouse open to customers to check out their GTM Super carhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com use the restrooms and also to witness the future of the Subaru community; the 818 Kit car. Please believe that these guys know what theyre doing when it comes to building a car. Not one cent is spared in making sure that their cars are built to perfection. The 818 uses all Subaru running gearhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com motorhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com transmissionhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com hubs etc. This thing is sure to be a go cart with a sexy body to complete the kit. Jimhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com the designer of the 818 was on tap all day to answer questions and premier their new car. I want to extend a big thank you to these guys for all of their hard work in helping us with our eventhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com opening up their lot to us as well as their warehouse. Factory Five Race for the win!

Check out owner and CEO Dave Smith’s blog post on FFR’s website:


To finish off the day we finished the awards for the car showhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com called out the raffle for NES and raffled off a set of ISC N1 coilovers for $10. Overall this day was a great success. An awesome event for fellow Subaru owners with over 130 cars throughout the day! Stay tuned for our next event here at AJW Performance!

Thanks for reading!

Tim’s 2002 Bugeyehttp://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com a tale before the build

My 2002 Subaru WRX WRBhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com A Life Story

Well the time has come. 169https://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com000 miles and the little
bugeye that could has finally called it quits. Not in the blaze of glory I
originally envisioned but an interesting ordeal none the less. This story is to
show the true strength and build quality that Subaru offers to some of the best
and most diverse customer base ever seen. Have no doubts that when you buy a
Subaru they are built to last!

Lets start with her beginning.

As soon as the WRX’s were first released in the
stateshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com Atlantic Subaru in Bourne Massachusetts was graced with the presence of
this 2002 World Rally Blue WRX with premium gauge package. The original ownerhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com
a gentleman (now 75 years old) purchased this car for his daily driving
responsibilities. Over the course of 2 years he put 12https://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com000 tender miles on this
vehicle. When I say tender he attests to no rev over 4000. Rare for these cars!
In 2004 he traded it in for the first of the STi’s. This is when things start
to heat up.

A young man purchased this carhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com a good friend and a
truly remarkable person. Andrew Wallace took this car in and began his life in
modding Subarus. Some basics happenedhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com turboback and Accessport graduating into
a full turboswap all done by TDC Tuning back when they were located in Concordhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com
NH. Now everyone and their brother that owns a Subaru will say how gingerly
they drive their car. It’s never been abused. It’s never been launched. It’s
never been raced. That’s all well and goodhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com but remember I drive a Subaru too.
I know you’re full of it.

This WRX’s life was a tough one. From drifting every
corner to racing on the highway this car has seen it. It has roots to the World
Rally Cup so it definitely saw a few dustyhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com muddy trailshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com sideways. Snow drifts
were a necessity anytime the weather was appropriate. 5 Speeding ticketshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com 30
plus written warningshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com Andrew certainly put her through her paces. Luckilyhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com were
well past this now and keep it to the track only.


This brings us to 2006 and 42000 miles. Timmy adopts
the blue WRX via Atlantic Subaru in Bourne Massachusetts.



Pick the car up and take her home.

43000 replace viscous cuplink

45000 replace clutch.

This is my daily driven car. And please believe I
drive it like I stole it. Trips every Friday and Sunday during the winter to
Lincoln NH where I coached a freestyle ski team at Loon Mtn. 200 miles each way
this car never gave me any trouble.

Fast forward a little bithttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com I started working for
Northern Alliance Medicalhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com specializing in devices for spinal surgeries. My
position as a junior sales rep was to head out from headquarters in Bedfordhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com NH
to hospitals all over New England to deliver surgical kitshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com make contacts with
doctors and assist other reps with their needs. We’re talking 35https://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com000 miles in
about 8 months time. An oil change every other week J
Never an ounce of grief from the WRX.

One day I head into the dealership to have them turn
the rotors before a long trip and one of their techs pointed out some exhaust
leaks. He suggests replacing the whole exhaust. Their price tag: 4000. HAHA

Time for some mods. Header back systemhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com VF39https://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com STi
pinkshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com TurboXS tmic and Accessport tune. Gates full timing kit to keep the EJ
running proper. Ran this setup until the day she passed on.

Over the course of this cars long ten year life it
saw a lot of hard drivinghttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com countless mileshttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com even more countless trips herehttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com
there and everywhere and it held up pretty damn well. Many of my friends have
gone through twohttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com threehttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com four or more cars by this stage in our lives. Ive been
through one and I dedicate that to the qualityhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com safety and reliability that
Subaru has to offer.

The next chapter in this bug eye’s life is the new
heart soon to be dropped back in. This is going to be a very solidly builthttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com beast
of a street machine. Stay tuned for the full build thread