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GS-Turbooo
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I already have a Titanium Pearl 03 GS but I've always wanted a convertible. I've been searching on craigslist for one and I finally got one (really cheap too).

Main reason I got it was that it fit the conditions I needed it to be: convertible, manual, and 4 cyl. The plan is to build it the right way unlike my old GS (being honest here). First I have to take care of the small issues. This thread will follow the progress of this car with the most recent photos on the first post and more progress as it happens.

Parts list:
Turbo components:
*BEP 4-bolt DSM flanged 47-trim t04b turbo
*Internal 38mm wastegate
*Same-side FMIC
*2.5" mild-steel intercooler piping
*2.0" mild-steel intercooler piping
*T-bolt clamps
*3-ply couplers
*Greddy Type-S BOV (with non Greddy blue top)

Intake/exhaust components:
*DSM turbo exhaust manifold with chrome plated heat shield
*2.5" downpipe flanged and flex-piped with internal wastegate dump
*3" full exhaust + 2 resonators and a muffler (low rumble)
*60mm GT throttle body

Fuel/tuning components:
*440cc WRX injectors
*EVO fuel rail
*EVO fuel pressure regulator
*EVO fuel pump
*AEM electronic boost controller (TRU-BOOST)
*AEM wideband (UEGO)
*Tactrix cable w/OpenECU software for EVOs
*2003 EVO 8 ECU

SOHC head components:
Parts and services performed on this head:
*rpw 272/272 stage 3 turbo cam
*rpw titanium valve springs
*new retainers
*new valve guide bushings
*ported and polished intake and exhaust ports
*back cut exhaust valves
*5 angle valve job

Cooling/oil:
*2 Zirgo slim radiator fans as push fans
*OBX radiator hoses
*-4an SS turbo oil feed line
*-10an SS turbo oil drain line
*oil pan with -10an bung
*oil sandwich plate

Suspension:
*Progress lowering springs
*MEGAN Front upper strut bar
*Polyurethane motor mounts
*Full Prothane suspension bushing kit
*EVO 8 wheels

etc:
*Eagle vacuum manifold
*Weight reduction: AC/lines delete, heater core/lines delete, misc parts delete
*Optima red-top relocated to the trunk with kill switch (making it legal for the drag strip)

Visual:
*Tinted headlights/corners/reverse/3rd brake light
*Tinted tail-lights or TYC black-housing tail-lights
*GT side-skirts
*Red-accent interior lighting
*VIS OEM-style carbon fiber hood
*LED 3rd brake light bought when there was a GB on here.

Audio:
*Head-unit delete: amp only with aux
*Pioneer 3-way 6x9s in the back and 3-ways in the front

Most current photos Feb 2013:





Jan 2013:







Dec 2012:



Sept 2012:







Aug 2012 (When I purchased it):





 

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GS-Turbooo
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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)
Known issues:

*Top doesn't function -fixed
*Power mirrors don't work
*clock and 12v outlet doesn't work -fixed
*Horn doesn't work
*Wheel lock key missing
*Poor wheel fitment (poor choice in offset and tire size)
*Blown shocks (I can tell they put lowering springs on it, shocks blew, then put stock springs back on)
*Poor interior
*Top needs new headliner
*Top in poor condition (needs to be conditioned/treated)
*Evaporator leak
*Rear-view mirror doesn't stay in position anymore

Car is about to hit 200k mile mark with little knowledge about its maintenance (car was repossessed, that's why I got it so cheap). That beating said, I'm going to do as much regular maintenance on it as possible since I'll be pulling the head off anyway. I'll document it all and split it up like a Haynes manual as far as what to do ever ____ number of miles
 

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How-Man
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Not a bad looking stocker. I'm anxious to see what you have in store for it! Those leather seats look rough though, any thought into fixing that?
 

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GS-Turbooo
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First day I did a simple search and found that flipping the switch under the trunk liner would reset the top and it worked. Proof that the search function still works wonders :)

I also discovered why I had a small leak inside, the evaporator filter is clogged. I have yet to pull out the entire interior for cleaning up (and I'm probably going to put in my old GS's interior in its place b/c its in better condition) to replace the filter.
 

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GS-Turbooo
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Not a bad looking stocker. I'm anxious to see what you have in store for it! Those leather seats look rough though, any thought into fixing that?
cheap initial fix: put my cloth seats in it since they are in really good condition. Maybe bucket seats in the future, but I'd like to fix other issues first before buying some Brides
 

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Manual Swapped!!
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Welcome back Cloud, you don't know me but your original build is what has led me to boost mine. Thanks for what you've done. Good luck with this project. I hope it goes well
 

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GS-Turbooo
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Dafaq :facepalm: put all these "updates" in one comment
Maybe I'm used to making build threads (like back in the day) where the first post is the "most current" the 2nd is "in progress" and any post after that is progress made. It makes a better quality post in the future for people to search through and feel progress once the project is finished. Besides, I do a lot of updates on different streams (phone, home, work, laptop, etc) it's easier to just reply to myself. If it bothers people then sorry I'll try to keep updates to a minimum. You'll see a lot of posts bring edited since they're just placeholders (majority of info on pg 1 instead of pg 7 of 13 for example)


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GS-Turbooo
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Welcome back Cloud, you don't know me but your original build is what has led me to boost mine. Thanks for what you've done. Good luck with this project. I hope it goes well
Thanks! I hope it has helped people with their builds. Back then I wish I did it the right way but it was a time of experimentation. There's so much more info out there nowadays


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Dude I've been pumped for yours for the past year!
And it's finally getting to be that time, up first, the trans. I can't wait

Thanks! I hope it has helped people with their builds. Back then I wish I did it the right way but it was a time of experimentation. There's so much more info out there nowadays


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There is and it did. Thanks man
 
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