John Wakley's Subaru WRX STI

Posted by PAS Staff on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 in Car Features

John Wakleys Subaru WRX STI 1

John Wakely of Ile Perrot, QC came up through the ranks of tuners, starting with a widebody 2002 Civic Coupe. This experience gave him the foresight to envision the 2004 Impreza STI you see here. As the Ontario sales representative for LFNC’s performance products division, it’s clear his connections helped make this orange and blue project come to fruition.

John Wakleys Subaru WRX STI 2

The mod list for a car like this could easily fill a dozen pages of PASMAG and Wakely’s attention was evenly distributed between aesthetics and performance in the build. At the focus is a Crawford Performance stroked 2.785L EJ257 power plant. Force feeding this monster is a Garrett GT3076R turbo that breathes through a Perrin intercooler and silicone hoses into hand-ported and polished heads.

John Wakleys Subaru WRX STI 3

Exhaust exits through a set of Borla headers into a Lachute Performance up-pipe and turbo-back exhaust system. Supporting the need for speed is a Nitrous Express wet kit jetted for a 100HP kick. With just shy of 650HP on tap, the STI would be a handful at any speed.

John Wakleys Subaru WRX STI 4

At the end of each driveshafts are XXR 728 18-inch matte black wheels wrapped in Nitto Invo 255/35 rubber. Wakely reports that these are the first of only 3 sets of these wheels imported into Canada. Underneath, Ksport 14” brakes help haul things back down to near-earth-orbit speeds. 

John Wakleys Subaru WRX STI 5

The body wears an APR Performance Super GT widebody kit that has been stretched to 4 inches in width. Front and rear diffusers, also from APR help with the look near the ground. The hood and trunk were replaced with units from Carbon Creations and NRTG Innovations products including hood struts, rad cap, rad diverter and steering wheel hub and adapter add to the JGTC look. The car was painted with 3 coats of Mango Orange and 3 coats of Nightmare Blue from AutoAir Colours by Wakely and Autostemac.ca.

John Wakleys Subaru WRX STI 6

The audio system is headed up by a Pioneer AVH-P4100DVD double DIN multimedia receiver. Signals are set to the trunk via Kicker cabling to a trio of Kicker IX series amplifiers. An IX500.4 sends power to two pairs of Kicker QS components, while a pair of IX 1000.1 amps slams 1,000W each into a pair of Kicker L712 subwoofers. The subwoofers rise up out of the trunk floor from a sealed fibreglass enclosure.

John Wakleys Subaru WRX STI 7

Over 300 pounds of Dynamat sound deadening material was added to the car to maximize the audio performance by keep the noise out of the cabin. Also in the interior of the vehicle is a 6-point roll cage from Cusco and Ultrasuede finished door panels and roof liner.

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