Category Archives: Subaru

Fitted 2014

There are 3 shows we never miss.  Eurokracy, H2Oi and Fitted.   We do everything that was can to help Dave put on a great show.  We will once again have a booth setup with stickers and tees on offering.  Geoff’s A4 will be featured in our booth. We are also hoping to get a few more cars into the indoor venue  The venue will take place at the Brampton Fairgrounds, and it is booth indoors and outdoors. The indoor section will be offered to the chosen and is much bigger than last year.  The registration and selection process are already underway.  LINK.

There were some complaints about the gravel last year.  However with the indoor section being that much larger this year, if your car is good enough to be inside, it probably will be.

Show info.

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“FITTED™ is an aspirational event created originally in 2010 to promote, foster, and expand the Automotive Lifestyle community. Over the span of five years, we have successfully hosted and expanded our event to converge all cross-cultural elements which this audience prescribes to. FITTED™ is not just a car show. It is a community built upon custom-crafted awards, unique activities, giveaways, sport, fashion, positive relationships, and most importantly, fun! As enthusiasts, we understand and live the lifestyle not from outside the culture but amongst you, our peers. We look forward to bringing you another successful year and thank you for your interest in FITTED™!”

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Subaru X Volkswagen X MDMVisuals Update

It’s been a while since we’ve posted Mike’s Subaru swapped Karmann Ghia.  LINK.  He was recently able to touch up his paint, add a few leather bits and button up a couple more things.  it isn’t up and running just yet, but when that does happen, we’ll be sure to post the videos.

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Those leather straps look MONEY.

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I can’t believe this was a spray job.  I’ve seen factory finishes that look worse than this.  Rajiv, gives his approval.

 

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Performance VW X Eurokracy X Scraped.Crusaders.

Performance VW has enlisted our help to cover Eurokracy 2013.   The article was published in the April issue.  The Scraped.Crusaders. provided the words and images, while the Eurokracy crew provided the one of best car shows in Canada.  The issue also happens to feature UNIX Performance’s amazing grean MK1, and a bagged Audi 80.  We suggest you take a gander.

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Mike’s taken his time to do things right.  It looks like his Subaru powered Ghia is really close to ticking over for the first time.  Fingers crossed.


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Continental Tire Series

There are very few racing series left that harken back to true production based machines.  Even WTCC and V8 supercars used highly modified vehicles.  Trick motors, trannys, diffs and tons of body work.  The US based Continental Tire series however,  is one of the few true production based series left.  The GS class consisting of sportscars with large displacement 6 or 8 cylinder engines, or boosted 4 cylinders.  Including the  Chevlrolet Camaro, Porsche 911s, Subaru Impreza WRX STIs, Ford Mustangs, BMW M3s, and Aston Martin Vantages.  The ST class supports smaller displacement 4 or 6 cylinder coupes, sedans and roadsters.  This includes Honda Civics, Mazda Miatas, Hyundai GenesisPorsche Boxsters, Mazda RX-8s, BMW 330is, VW Golfs, Mazda Mazdaspeed3s, Kia Forte Koups, and BMW 128is, I’d love to see the FIA fund and promote a true worldwide showroom stock series. Imagine adding Audi S5s and S3s, Mercedes-Benz C63s and A-Classes, Mitsubishi EVOs, Lexus RC-Fs and ISs, Renault Meganes, Lotus Evoras, Jaguar F-Types.  An abundance of full works teams battling it out on big name tracks?   It would bring back the win on Sunday sell on Monday sales pitches.

Scraped.Crusaders’ B34TER Pt.1

The Legacy will be replaced. We had originally thought of keeping this purchase under wraps through the winter.   But then realized what’s the point in that.  Aren’t we here to share our builds and experiences with our readers?  Damn right we are.

First I need to send off the Lesbowagon.  All in all ,she’s been a great car.  While I do hate her now, it was a mutual split.

What I do know for sure is,  I would not have the great friends I have today if it weren’t for this car. The Scraped.Crusaders simply would not exist.   I showed up to the weekly VW meet in Pickering in my stock 1998 Subaru Legacy Brighton Wagon, after Dave invited me out.  Honestly, at the time I thought car meets were for losers. “You just stand outside in a lot with your car?”. My mind was changed very quickly.  It was much more than that.  Good times and good people, I was hooked.  Coils were already ordered and I was scouring Kijiji (our craigslist) for wheels.  The first year was a learning process. I had zero experience modifying cars and thus, ended up with terrible fitment. While it was okay, it was no where near where I wanted it to be.  We still made it work, with some nice photos.

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Over that winter I had decidde to get a set of widened steelies.  I’ve always liked that look and wanted to be different in the Subie scene.  At 16×8 they were a step up from the previous year.  Things were going well and the dhow season was about to begin. I was pumped, not even an accident could stop me.  I took the punches and just rolled with it.  Attended both Stretch and Poke and Eurokracy with mashed up doors.  Fortunately the doors would be fixed and a set of 16 inch RSs would be fitted before H20i. The green beebs didn’t last long but people sure did remember them.

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While I loved the RSs, i felt the 16s were too small.  The hunt for 17s was really short as it was just a text to Geoff.  We traded wheels plus cash on my end because I had smashed one of the lips. That year also brought on a rear hatch wing, an outback front bumper and Hella lights.

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This year turned out to be the most trying of them all.  NUMEROUS repairs, nagging issues.  We were both growing tired of each other. The RSIIs weren’t helping. A hairline crack would sometimes leak and on other occasions hold air perfectly.  As the issue was intermittent, I was not prepared to drive the car to H20i.  That was the low point.  I hated the Lesbowagon so much that I did not want to take her to Maryland. That changed when I found a set of BBS RSs with similar specs to the RSIIs.  A quick remounting of tires, side skirts, plastidipping the real valence and adding a front lip.  I was able to save face for H20i.  Unfortunately around this time my transmission started acting up, fourth gear was on its way out ( I had to physically hold the lever in 4th or it would pop out). I decided to just man up and drive down,  I was just desperate to get to OCMD.  Luckily it worked out.  To my surprise I have been able to take the Subaru to H20 for 4 years with 4 different wheels and looks.

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I had put on over 160000kms in four years of ownership.  I should really move closer to work  :(. Over 120000 of those kms were spent dumped.  So considering that,  I can’t be too angry that it was in the shop often for maintenance issues.  Steering u-joints, ball joints, axles, hubs, snapped shifter linkage.  She’ll be relegated to winter duty.  And possibly ice racing next year?

-Edit.  I had started the above paragraph months ago.  Since then 4th gear has shit the bed completely.  Thus ice racing is not in the cards.  Instead….junkyard.

She’ll be missed,  on to the next one.  Continued…

 

Iced Over.

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Iced over.  Toronto was hit with a major ice storm a few days ago.  Power outages (still ongoing for some), split trees, downed power lines, slick roads and iced over cars.  I was greeted with this on Sunday morning.  A nice even coat of winter iced encasing the entire car.  The front doors were frozen shut.  My ice scraper was of little use, as it was IN the car.  Since this POS is now my winter beater and will be driven into the ground, some swift kicks to the rear hatch dislodged enough ice for it to open.  After some backdoor entry, and kicking open the drivers door open from within, I was able to start it up and start scraping the ice.  20 minutes later the windshield was cleared AND cracked.  I didn’t bother clearing the rest.  I made my way over to Geoff’s and then headed to Dan’s.  He was the only person with power.

Happy Holidays!!  Hope yours wasn’t as icy.

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