Dreams to Paper, Black & White to Reality

Beyond the Blurred Line: The Passionate Pursuit of Subaru Perfection

When the line between “not enough” and “a bit too much” is blurred to you it’s because you’re a car guy and neither will make you content. Why? You have a style, you have a need for a look, for a speed, for a function. No matter how immersed you get into the reality of Subaru ownership there’s just this bug. This sensation that takes over you when you hear the “BRAAAP”  for the first time.. That feeling going up your back when the turbo spools after you throw on that Cobb Stage 1 Kit on your car with your buddy in the garage trying to figure out which way the maf hose goes. The giggles you get after your first pull, post-tune with the EWG mod you’ve been waiting for with your tax money. That’s when you realize that you have something more than a “want” for this, it’s when you know it’s in your blood. Stopping with that “Stage 2” just won’t suffice.

2011 Subaru STI Front Close Up

This doesn’t always happen right away though, sometimes it takes years to get that setup the way you want it. HA! Then even AFTER all those years you find out that NEW NEW just came out and you need to get that on before the next GRIDLIFE event. They cycle never really stops…. But what if you wait.

2011 Subaru STI Chitown Graphic

What if you wait through your warranty…

2011 Subaru STI

What if you then wait until the model year changes and the chassis changes…

2011 Subaru STI Spoiler

What if you then wait until you can afford ANOTHER car to make sure you have a support vehicle…

2011 Subaru STI Rear

THEN…. You start the hunt for what YOU REALLY WANT AND NEED, not just the name-brand shiny bits that everyone else gets in the initial “haste” of parts being released. 

2011 Subaru STI Varis Spoiler

THAT TAKES PATIENCE, at times, this point of waiting is due to finances but for some it’s about results and proven, time-tested data! Waiting to see what is in the market and what is coming up. It’s about creating a slow-burning collection of totes; filled with parts and inventory sheets. 

2011 Subaru STI Interior

You’re reading this because of the above reasons on why that line is blurred to you. I mean, we’re all grown, we have our responsibilities so when we get into this it’s because we have that NEED. There comes a point in time where you just want to make some of those dreams a decade ago come true! 

2011 Subaru STI Wheels

That leads us into the next little project we have going on here. A humble STI Sedan, lived life in stock form until that dream, put to paper, started its journey. This started off without a goal, just to have a fun car, being mindful of drive-ability, quickly turned into what you see today and it’s always evolving. A local member of a national car-group supported by Subaru took his time and literally put together the package that any of us would kill for. He turned around, took the package and had us implement it into his car so that the dream came to fruition without TLC.  

2011 Subaru STI APR Carbon Fiber Wing

A streetcar is meant to tear up the concrete, create smiles, giggles, little “eek” moments and overall just have fun yet the effort is no less than a track prepped car. Treat it as such and you’ll get the results you want. A good looking car can’t always function, FUNCTION>FORM is our game and the reality is that when you build a car that functions well it inevitably ends up looking phenomenal.

2011 Subaru STI Engine

Vehicle Information

  • Year / Make / Model: 2011/Subaru/Sti
  • Chassis Code: GV
  • Competition Class:
  • Vehicle Weight: 3470
  • Weight Bias (F/R): 60/40
  • Launch RPM: 6,250RPM
  • Shift RPM: 7,400RPM
  • Redline RPM: 7,800rpm
  • Peak Boost: 24psi
  • Fuel: Flex Fuel

Engine Information

  • Engine Code: EJ257
  • Displacement (cc): 2.5 liters
  • Bore & Stroke (mm): 99.75 Bore +2mm Rod 
  • Peak Horsepower (@ RPM): 485
  • Peak Torque (@ RPM): 402
  • Dyno Type:  DynoJet


  • Engine Management System: Cobb 
  • Engine Management Tuner: Boosted Performance Tuning
  • Boost Controller: GrimmSpeed Boost Solenoid
  • Ignition System: OEM
  • Spark Plugs: NGK
  • Tune Base: Six Star Speed Density Kit
  • Performance Electronics: Six Star Flex Fuel Kit

Engine Block

  • Block Builder: Outfront Motorsports
  • Machine Work: Outfront Motorsports
  • Block Modifications: Outfront V3 Closed Deck
  • Piston Rings: CP
  • Connecting Rods: Outfront H Beam Connecting Rods
  • Crank: 15 STI Crank
  • Bearings, Main and Rod: King Bearings

Cylinder Head

  • Head Modifications: Six Star Stage 2 Head Package (light p&p w/ bowl blending)
  • Camshafts: Tomei Poncam
  • Head Components: GSC Valves + Guides+Beehive Spring Kit
  • Head / Main Studs: ARP 625+

Engine External

  • Pulley: Fluidampr Crank Pulley
  • Breather System: Radium Catch Can Petcock Drain Kit, Radium Engineering Competition Catch Can w/ green fittings
  • Timing System: Aisin Kit, Tomei Timing Belt and Belt Guide
  • Mounting: Torque Solution Engine Mounts, Trans Mount, Pitch Stop Kit

Oiling & Cooling

  • Oil Pump: ACL
  • Oil Pan and Pick Up: Killer B Kit
  • Oil System: Six Star Fireproof DIY Plumbing Kit w/ Perrin Cooler
  • Cooling System: Koyo Radiator w/ Hoses
  • Misc. Cooling System: DOMTUNE Coolant Mod, Koyo 1.3 Bar High Pressure Radiator Cap Hyper Red
2011 Subaru STI Oiling and Cooling
2011 Subaru STI Oiling and Cooling

Intake System

  • Intake Manifold / Throttle Body: OEM STI Manifold, Perrin Three Inch Turbo Inlet Hose, Process West Billet Tumbler Delete Housings 
  • Air Induction System: ETS Intake
  • Blow-Off Valve: Tial 50mm Q
  • Intercooler: ETS TMIC

Exhaust System

  • Exhaust Manifold: Tomei 
  • Exhaust System / Downpipe: Invidia Q300, Turbo XS Catted Downpipe
  • Wastegate: GrimmSpeed External Wastegate Up-Pipe, Turbosmart Comp-Gate 40
  • Misc: Six Star Air Pump Delete Plates

Fuel System

  • Fuel Injectors: Injector Dynamics Top Feed 1700cc w/ PnP adapters 
  • Fuel Pump(s):  Radium Hanger w/ dual AEM 320’s on HOB switch
  • Fuel Delivery: Radium Rail kit w/ SSM Lines

Supercharger / Turbocharger

  • Supercharger/Turbocharger: Garrett/ATP GTX3076
  • Frame: Stock Location
  • Compressor Wheel Specs: 76.2mm
  • Turbine Wheel Specs: 60mm
  • Turbine Housing: 8.5CM
  • Misc: PTP Turbo Blanket, Grimmspeed Heat-Shield

Suspension & Chassis

  • Springs, F&R: Swift Springs
  • Shocks, F&R: Fortune Auto 500’s (Dewey Spec) w/ Auto Damper
  • Chassis: Cusco Front Strut Tower Bar, Cusco Strut Tower Brace Type-OS Quick Release Clamps, Kartboy Endlinks
  • Additional Suspension Components (Any): Whiteline complement set – Anti Lift Kit Race Version, Front Inner Lower Control Arm Bushing, Front sway bar, Rear Adjustable Toe Arms, Rear Diff Positive Power Kit Inserts, Rear Positive Traction Kit, Rear Sway bar, Roll center Adjustment, Steering Rack Bushings

Transmission & Drivetrain

  • Transmission: Getrag OEM 6 speed
  • Final Drive: 3.90 Stock
  • Clutch / Flywheel: ACT HDSS w/ ACT Streetlight Flywheel 
  • Differential(s) (Make & Type): OEM
  • Axles / Driveshaft: Drive Shaft Shop Axles, Drive Shaft Shop Carbon Fiber Driveshaft, 
  • Misc. Drivetrain: Circuit Motorsports Clutch Master Cylinder Brace, ITS Transmission Pedal Support Bracket 

Wheels, Tires and Brakes

  • Wheels (Make, Size & Offset): SSR GTV03 – Graphite – 18×9.5 +45 5×114.3
  • Tires (Make & Size): Dunlop Star Spec 265 40-R18 
  • Brake Calipers (F&R): Factory Brembo
  • Brake Rotors (Diameter, F&R): Girodisc Front 2pc Floating Rotors, Girodisc Rear 2pc Floating Rotors
  • Brake Pads (Front & Rear): Carbotech Front and Rear Pads
  • Brake Lines:  Stoptech Stainless Steel Lines
  • Etc.: Motul Fluids, APR Duct Kit, SSR Lugnuts


  • Roll Bar / Cage: Autopower Rear Half Weld-In
  • Seats: Sparco Evo QRT Seats w/ Sparco Side Mount Aluminum HD
  • Harnesses: Sparco 6 Point Harness
  • Steering Wheel / Quick Release: Sparco L777 Steering Wheel, NRG Short Hub, Works Bell Steering Wheel Quick Release
  • Gauges: AEM Electronics Wideband Gauge, Innovate MTX Digital Series Oil Pressure & Oil Temp Gauge, SMY Performace Dual Guage Pod
  • Aesthetics: OLM LED Trunk Light Bulb, Prova SI Drive Dial – Black , Raceseng Ashiko Shift Knob, Raceseng R Lock Reverse Lockout Base and Handle, 
  • Misc: Primitive Fire Extinguisher, H3R Performance Extinguisher, BlendMount Radar Detector Mount


  • Front Bumper: OEM
  • Front Lip Spoiler: Varis Front-Lip, Six Star Front Air Dam Splitter w/ framing w/ AJ Hartman Aero Carbon Splitter Diffusers and Professional Awesome Titanium Skid Blocks
  • Front Fenders: OEM
  • Hood: Seibon Carbon Fiber Trunk (Paint Matched
  • Side Skirts: OEM
  • Rear Fenders: STi Black Fender Badges
  • Rear Bumper: STi Rear Fog Light
  • Rear Diffuser: Verus Engineering Rear Diffuser
  • Trunk Lid: Seibon Carbon Fiber Wing  (Paint Matched) 
  • Spoiler / Wing: APR GTC 300 Carbon Fiber Wing 
  • Doors: OEM
  • Headlights: OLM HP Gen 2 Passive Cooling LED High Beam / DRL Bulbs
  • Taillights: Diode Dynamics License Plate LEDs – HP3 
  • Paint: OBP
  • Custom Body Work: Six Star Motorsports
2011 Subaru STI Body Work
2011 Subaru STI Body Work
2011 Subaru STI Body Work

Gotta admit, we are given the opportunity to work with some great people. Our clients make us who we are because we know that without you guys we can’t be who we want to be. As time progresses we’ll continue to showcase some of the cool cars and projects that we enjoy working with and putting together. We’ll update them as we go too to keep you in the loop on all the changes 🙂.

Thanks again for reading!

2011 Subaru STI Exhaust
2011 Subaru STI Underside
2011 Subaru STI Exhaust