We have for sale RS Conversion #1. That's right the original, the OG. This car weighs in at 2,850lbs as it sits, here are the specs:
-JDM v7 EJ20 STi Motor (under 40k miles on motor)
-ATP GT3071 Turbo
-Deatschwerks 850cc Injectors
-AVCS is wired up and working
-Stromung 3" Cat-Back Exhaust
-Group-N Motor/Tranny Mounts
-APS 70mm CAI
-APS Turbo Inlet
-Custom Aluminum Radiator
-ECUtek tuned by Mike @ GST Motorsports (330whp/100 octane)
-Ohlins Flag Series Coilovers (GD), less than 500 miles on them
-Whiteline 24mm Front swaybar
-Whiteline 24-26 Rear swaybar
-Whiteline Adj. Lateral Links
-Whiteline Rear subframe bolts
-Whiteline Rear diff bushings
-Whiteline Bump Steer Correction Kit
-Noltec Steering Rack Bushings
-Helix Rear endlinks
-Superpro Trailing Arm Bushings
-Cusco V1 Brace
-Cusco Front tower bar
-Cusco Rear Camber plates
-04 STi Front Aluminum Control Arms
-04 Forester XT Transmission (4.44 final)
-ACT HD Clutch Kit
-Cusco 9lbs Lightweight Flywheel
-Stoptech BBK Front
-Stoptech BBK Rear
-Ferodo DS3000 Brake Pads (Front/Rear)
-04 STi BBS Silver 5x100 Wheels (stock tires)
-Custom Short Shifter
-Sparco EVO Driver Seat
-Sparco EVO L Passenger Seat
-Sparco 330mm Steering Wheel
-Full Roll Cage (CR Fabrication)
-VIS CF Hood
-VIS CF Trunk
-JDM Tail lights
-Greddy Front Lip (not painted)
-JDM lightweight Bumper Beams (Front/Rear)
-v6 Front Bumper
-Clear Side Markers
-Full Carpet, Door Cards, Stereo, dash, etc...
This car was purchased by Adam (Owner of LIC Motorsports) back in 2000. It has undergone many transformations, including one of the first JC Turbo kits, the first RS-WRX conversion, to a EDM STi setup, to the JDM STi conversion it is today. This car has been nothing more than great the whole time we've owned it. Over the last 2 years the car has just sat here, last year we installed the JDM motor and its never moved from where it is...we just don't have the time for it anymore and have been focusing on our STi race car.
Disclaimer: the car has a salvage title, as the back end rear and front end got wrecked in a accident back a few years ago.
Additional Items: Car is C.A.R.B. approved, it does need a retune, a bath, the driver seat has a tear in it (you can see in pic), and LIC stickers will be removed.
Pics were take moments ago:
The week preceding the event date LIC Motorsports made the call to not attend this event due to our 3rd place last Redline Time Attack event (our suspension was not up to task for an unlimited class event) and quite frankly not being in a position to afford another 3 sets of tires. Aside from the money factor being a big issue; we started to develop braking issues at the last event and we were now fighting our braking bias being way off. We were hesitant knowing that Willow Springs is a very fast track and brakes would play a crucial role. With the car on the back burner we focused on our daily operations and wrenching on customers cars.
About 5 days prior to the event I received a phone call from Mike Warfield at GST Motorsports to see if we would be attending this year's event. I mentioned my situation and predicament; his response was "come on mate, this is an all Subaru event and one that you should come show the LIC Motorsports car", I agreed with everything he was saying but addressed my lack of funds for tires and that our car would have to be in the Unlimited Class as opposed to the street class (Normally the LIC Motorsports car runs in a modified class and is setup as such), Mike said he had some take off/throw away Hankook C91's that I could have as they were just taking up space and awaiting disposal. Knowing I would be potentially racing others with the same tires and/or full slicks, I figured it was better than nothing. I also made a call to the good folks at Wheeldude to acquire a few sets of Rota DPT 18x10 wheels as our tires were a bit stretched on the previous setup.
The major turning point for us is we never question our power train setup. This Crawford Performance motor/turbo package (Motor- S3L-IR and GT35R turbo kit) would now be on its 3rd outing and 3rd competitive race event. Often times when you hear about race cars all you hear about is rebuilding motors and having nothing but motor related issues, this has never been the case for LIC Motorsports. With this info in hand, we made the judgment call to enter and attend Subiefest 2009.
With a full schedule of customers and now needing to spend some attention on our race car; we knew our suspension was not up to par and our brakes were having issues but with no time to do drastic changes, we did a series of calculations to see what spring rates and settings to run (literally changing out the suspension setup 6 times and corner weighting/balancing the car over a 3 day period), trying to establish a neutral car is a very hard thing...especially when working with a suspension setup that has very little range of adjustability and realistically is out of range for the given situation. Needless to say we did what it took to make the necessary adjustments to attempt to do our best with what we have. Off to Subiefest we went.
We arrived on Friday at 4:30pm, which was 8 hrs late as we wanted to test all day Friday to establish a base for our suspension and make sure the adjustments we did worked but being as we took much longer to complete the car than anticipated; we ended up with no testing time...we just had to wait until Saturday for the event.
We arrived at the track bright and early Saturday AM to begin setting up for the event. We headed into the first practice session shortly after arriving and quickly determined that the suspension changes we made defiantly had the car pushing less than at Pahrump and was a bit more manageable now, we found it hard to get any decent/clean laps as the track was a mad house full of cars. The second practice session out we slapped on some Hankook C91's to get some data on them as we have never run an unlimited tire or in a unlimited event before; so we had zero knowledge of tire pressure range, optimal temps, or any real life data with our race car. Being as this is what we came for, we decided on precise numbers to obtain the pressure range we were looking for. While on track we still couldn't turn any decent laps and get data due to still a huge cluster of cars and the event organizers running street cars with race cars, it became a very frustrating process to fight through and we just wasted a set of tires. Onto the first timed session we went.
First timed session out we slapped on our other set of Hankook C91's to take a crack at laying down the fastest time we could for what we had to work with and temp outside. As Dr. Russ Warr (LIC Motorsports driver) was released behind the Harman Motive monster it was made very clear that there was yet even more miscommunication between event organizers and the guy working the grounds and keeping cars spaced far enough apart. As Russ and JC Meynet (Harman Motive/AQ Motorsports) took the cars easy to get some heat into the tires, there was a mad dash from other competitors cars to start gaining ground on these guys in an attempt to set the pace for what was already becoming a mess on track (this is not how traditionally Time Attack events are arranged). Needless to say as soon as JC and Russ turned turn 9, they headed into the straight full throttle to begin their timed laps; these next 2 laps are where most will turn the fastest lap times, literally you have one shot for these clean laps and they were both on it. As they made their way around the track and once again back around turn 9 as Russ headed down the straight at over 150 mph and into turn 1, the guy responsible for releasing cars in a proper manner released a car onto the track just as Russ was about to hit the corner; causing him to slam on the brakes, nearly avoiding going off track and barely avoiding making contact into the other car, and in addition this cost us our set of race tires, as they were now blistered. As you can imagine LIC Motorsports was beyond frustrated and made it very vocal to everyone who was listening and brought it to the attention of event organizers. In addition, that set of tires was the tires we were using to lay down our fastest lap and now that was all over. Onto another practice session we went.
The next practice session was upon us and at this point the LIC Motorsports crew was about to call it quits on the next time attack session as we were out of tires to compete in this unlimited event but we slapped back on our used Toyo R888's from Pahrump the week prior; these tires were nothing more than abused, flat spotted, and beyond their optimal range but we managed a 1:26.xxx in traffic again but we at least got some data...in addition our transponder only recorded one lap, so we had to adjust it and hope it worked for the second and final time attack session we would be attending, if we were to attend it at all.
At this point I approached Mike at GST Motorsports to see if he had anymore spare tires that he would donate to the cause. To our surprise he had one set and offered them up as he wouldn't be running them. We quickly had the tire shop mount/balance them and seeing as we had very little data from the previous use of the tires we had to take a stab at the proper tire pressures, all we had to go by was the notes we made on the limited use we had. We also quickly noticed upon inspection of the engine bay that our passenger side fan had rubbed on our silicone upper radiator hose causing a gash but not leaking yet. We scoured the vendor area for another hose but no luck, we even contemplated removing one off a Subaru but the call was made that it should be thick enough and should hold for 3-4 more laps; quick use of racers tape was to ensure an extra split second if it was needed.
The final time attack was upon us, as it got later in the day and temps creeped a bit higher up we decided that what we had was the best we could do for the day. The start of the final timed session had begun and the friendly reminder to staff about the fiasco prior had been taken care of. The first lap out was as to be expected and was used to warm up tires and get them ready for the flyer lap which would be the only lap to lay our best time. As the Harman Motive car came ripping through turn 9, I got a sinking feeling in my gut (anyone who has heard JC's car knows when he is laying it all on the line) but to our own credit as I heard our car turn the corner, I looked down at my stopwatch and got an overzealous feeling that we either A- just clinched 1st place or B- I hit the buttons wrong. I realized we might just have done what it takes to secure the Unlimited Class spot but not wanting to take credit prior to knowing the official time, we sat back and awaited the awards ceremony.
As the car show winners were read and the street class podiums were announced. As we stood there with the Crawford Performance team and GST Motorsports crew, it was onto the unlimited awards. In 3rd place with a time of 1:29.371 was Surgeline Tuning (Cobb affiliate shop), and in 2nd place with a time of 1:24.435; at this point I began to shake with anticipation I knew there was only 1 of 2 names that were about to be called, JC Meynet (Harman Motive/AQ Motorsports), with that it only left one team remaining- with a 1st place time of 1:22.591 going to driver Dr. Russ Warr of LIC Motorsports! We were beyond words and excitement doesn't accurately explain the joy we felt. Being surrounded and praised by these teams that helped made it happen, made it that much better. The real topper was at the end of the ceremony the organizer had to ask whose car even won the event; they've never even heard of LIC Motorsports.
None of this could have been possible without the support of our sponsors. The Crawford Performance power train package hands down has never even been a concern; for those who have followed us in these last few events have never heard us complain about power/tuning/motor related issues and quite simply put that's because there has been none. The guys over at Crawford have yet to let us down, from the very first conversation of what our goals were to fulfilling our needs on every level. Hats go off to the crew over at Crawford Performance for supplying us with this competitive setup and not letting us down on reliability of it as well. The wheeldude crew deserves credit for getting us our wheels in a timely manner and continuing to support a shop like LIC Motorsports. As for Deatschwerks, these guys provide the best fuel injectors anyone could ask for...which are downright consistently consistent.
The event was one that will forever live in our memories, as of this moment, at this point in time the LIC Motorsports time attack STi is honored to take the 1st place win this weekend and in addition is now tthe 2nd fastest Subaru ever at Willow Springs
LIC Motorsports Sponsors:
Rally Sport Direct
Hectors Chop Shop
LIC Time Attack STi Specs
Model: 2004 STi
Weight: 2900 lbs. (Dry), 3185 (loaded w/ fuel and driver)
Motor: Crawford Performance 2.5L S3L-IR (assembly by LIC)
Turbo Kit: Crawford Performance GT35R w/ BIG FMIC
Fuel Supply: Crawford Performance Surge/AOS Tank, Fuel Rails
Tuning: Crawford Performance (ECUtek Reflash)
Injectors: Deatschwerks Top Feed 1200cc (custom)
Drivetrain: ACT Clutch, Cusco LSD's (Front/Rear)
Brakes: Front Alcon 6 Piston 340mm BBK, Rear Brembo (stock)
Exterior: APR GT300 Wing, LIC Custom Fender Flares, Splitter, and Canards
Wheels: Wheeldude.com Rota DPT 18x10 e35 (5x100/5x114.3)
Tires: Toyo Proxes R888 285/30ZR18
See video of our event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALviNVvWA7g
As always, LIC Motorsports has been predictable about one thing...waiting to the last minute to make "critical decisions". The idea was tossed around about going to the Redline Time Attack event in Pahrump, NV but it was quickly shot down as the cost of the adventure would be too much for a little ole shop like LIC. But the story doesn't end there, it's just getting started, our time line will reflect on our chaos we put upon ourselves.
09.22.2009 (Tuesday) - A phone call was placed to Toyo Tires to attempt a crack at securing a sponsorship (Partial, full, anything). Spoke to a very nice gentleman and mentioned our story and asked for him not to base their decision on my words and me "asking for a free handout" which I was not. I was told immediately that they will not give me a full sponsorship as that's not how it's going to work. I requested that I send them some info on the car, and then a more educated decision can be made. Sometime later that day I was offered a deal, it was not exactly what I was hoping for but at this stage of competition it was a bit better than what I was getting before and I was happy a company to the likes of Toyo even offered us some assistance. I happily accepted and thanked Toyo for taking a leap on a no name company like LIC Motorsports.
09.23.2009 (Wednesday) - I received a call from Dr. Russ Warr (the driver whom drove the car at Cal Speedway in last month's Super Lap Battle qualifier) asking if we were going to the Redline event that following weekend. I explained to Russ that we couldn't go as we were not prepared nor could we afford it. After Russ explained to me that he was already going to be there and he could pilot both our car and the other one he already had a commitment to, we shifted our focus/adjusted our mindset and decided what the heck, it's worth a shot and nobody would be expecting us. There were a few major issues, its Wednesday mid-morning; I needed tires, e85 fuel, and to set up the car. Being we had no anticipation of going to this event I now had to adjust our very busy work schedule and start making phone calls and asking for favors to make this happen. First step was to call Toyo and ask them to send up a set of tires ASAP. Toyo worked their magic and assured me the set would be on our door step no later than Friday AM. As great as that was to hear it was pushing the envelope of when we would need to leave for the track.
09.24.2009 (Thursday) - At this point in time I realized that I over looked the fact that I needed 2 sets, I would need one set for practice on Saturday and a shaved set for race day Sunday. I was pretty bummed out I had missed this very important aspect. Needless to say I called Toyo up again and they were unsure they could make it happen in the tight time frame given. I even offered to pick them up at "Will Call" and I would deal with it when I got down to the track. Feeling pretty dumb I swallowed my pride and called upon AIM Tires (our previous tire sponsor) and asked if he could overnight them for me. The remainder of the day was filled with customer cars as I already made commitments to these folks and didn't feel it would be right to brush them off over our indecisiveness to attend a race.
09.25.2009 (Friday) - The tires from Toyo arrived right on time, only one hiccup we ordered 285/30/18's and according to the math we did based on Toyo's website it appeared we would gain an extra 0.40" of contact patch and the tire would be 1.0" shorter than before. When the tires arrived the width (unmounted) was darn near 1.25" wider than our old 275's (mounted); the freak out session had begun. I quickly started to question what I had just done to ourselves and the predicament I just put on us. The idea of running our used 275's and slapping on a new set of 255's here was tossed around. Before we took it any further we decided to mount one of the 285's and do a test fitment. To our surprise and happiness it all worked out and not only just worked it out...it fit better than the 275's, amazingly enough at this time AIM Tires called to tell me they received the other set of 285's and were starting to shave them. We wrenched on the car all day long to adjust suspension springs, get more negative camber, do an alignment, and finalize everything else that needed attention prior to blasting off for Nevada. The bad news it was now 8pm at night, working on virtually no sleep our day had just begun...off to Pahrump Nevada we headed.
09.26.2009 (Saturday) - After 11 hrs of driving straight through the night we arrived just as the track was opening at 6:45am. The day was already going to be an interesting one...it was already over 75+ degrees and was scheduled to be 100+. We got our section all setup for the day and awaited the first session which was only a few short hours away.
1st Session out Russ was only able to turn 3 laps before he came in with a fuel pressure light displayed on our dash display as well as mentioning the car was pushing severely (under steer) in the front. We attempted to scan the ECU with our delta dash software (for those who know this, know what's about to come next) and low and behold, it's asking for an update. Our fantastic computer at this point is on the fritz as well.I began the hunt for a OBDII scanner and located one over at team Gillis Motorsports but unfortunately it wouldn't connect b/c it was a piece of junk (direct from Andrew Gillis' mouth) and I agreed with it. I continued on with the hunt for someone, anyone with a scanner but most if not all these guys at this level of competition are not running factory ECU's, so they don't really have a need for this style of tool. We were lucky enough to run into the tuner for Las Vegas Subaru (and tuner for the factor x car) who was able to scan our ECU and advise us we had a Fuel Pump Controller malfunction code. Being that we work on Subaru's all day and every day we could honestly say we have never seen this, this was the furthest from a common code we have ever come across.We cleared the code and sent Russ back on track to see if the issue was still present. Not to our surprise same issue, same code came back on
2nd Session rolls around and we were able to "borrow" our friend Josh's fuel pump controller off his 2005 STi (who came to watch us race from Las Vegas) to see if it would have any effect, although we were skeptical. As expected it had same effect as before and the session was now lost as we were not willing to push the car in this state as it could easily have a catastrophic effect. The remainder of the sessions and day were spent replacing our walbro in tank fuel pump, fuel filer, and Adam worked his magic to bypass the fuel pump controller all together. The main issue was we now lost all full days worth of testing and our time needed to dial our suspension in at this track. We now had to wait until tomorrow (which would have 2 practice sessions prior to the 2 time attack sessions) to see if our trouble shooting worked or if we were going to be in the same position as day before. Our 42 hr day(s) had finally come to an end, a warm bed was about to be had but it was 45 miles away in Las Vegas. We get to the hotel and Better than Ezra is playing out our back window (HOLY COW) this is so loud our window is shaking and drunks are all over the place...all I wanted was some R&R but not being able to sleep we hit the smorgasbord of a feast in the downstairs of the casino; why is it when you go to the desert like Las Vegas, they serve seafood all over...makes no sense to me, this is one of the furthest places from the ocean. But guess what I ate...you bet seafood!
09.27.2009 (Sunday) - Race Day is upon us and a measly 6 hrs of sleep really didn't do the body good, although the ¼ bottle of Pepto Bismol for my upset stomach did. We arrived at the track crossing fingers our fix was the actual fix. The previous day Crawford Performance had run into some issues with their race car and Russ was on track doing practice session one when the decision was made to let Tarzan Yamada jump into the driver's seat and see if the car was truly fixed; this would give us the info we needed to know and in addition it would allow us to not chew up Russ's time in the other car if it was still not functional.
Tarzan's second lap out ended up with the car going off track in turn 1 but the car's fuel issue was fixed. Tarzan later commented that we had way too much brake in the front (we currently run a Alcon 6 piston 340mm kit) and power felt amazing but the car had a tremendous push, as Russ had mentioned as well. A messy car and quick driver change, Russ was back on the track to turn and burn some laps for data. The second lap out Russ hit fuel cut on the back stretch on a long sweeping right hander. Upon coming in the fuel was at 1/3 of a tank and the quick fix was to maintain ½ a tank at all times (we still run our factory fuel tank which is prone to fuel cut on hard right hand turns when under ¼ of a tank on the street but in extreme conditions such as track and more lateral G's this is much more exaggerated) down side to this is we are carrying even more weight on an already heavy car but it was what it was and we just had to maintain more fuel to avoid this issue at hand. Russ now being able to push it a bit harder and carry more speed was able to get us some feedback; he advised us that the car is under steering even more now; the temps were up, tires were getting greasy, and we needed to get more front bite and less rear. Russ pulled off a 2:37.028
2nd Practice Session out we were able to make some suspension adjustment at the advice of Crawford Performance. Feedback from Russ was he was a lot happier with the car as it was doing much better but given the circumstance of the push still being present, it was at least a bit more manageable now.Our range of adjustment for the suspension was virtually none existent at this point; its being driven beyond its intended purpose and at this power level you find those things out very quickly. There is a major reason most competitive racers run at min 3-4 way adjustable suspension as it's what is necessary to compete at the top tier level. Russ was able to close the gap by nearly 4 seconds from the previous practice and posting a 2:33.059. We were now into the time attack sessions; this is what we came for.
Time Attack Session #1- Feeling fairly decent coming off the last practice session, Russ was able to pull off a 2:32.xxx. We were starting to get faster and Russ requested if we were confident we could get some more front bite and less rear grip he felt we could gain quite a few seconds easily. Being nervous to make changes this late in the game we made the decision to do some more suspension adjustments in between the final session upcoming on us.
Time Attack Session #2 and Final- We made what we considered some major changes to the suspension to try and close the gap a bit more and get closer to the second place team (not necessarily beat them but at least be a bit closer) as we knew they would all step it up for final push to podium. Final time out Russ was able to close his previous time to a 2:30.215 bettering his time by nearly 2 more seconds and the kicker was he said the car was pushing horribly and the adjustments we just did made the car far worse than it was previously, at the end of the day it was just our luck...we should of left the car alone but we went against our instincts and attempted to get greedy. It didn't cost us a second place spot per say but it for sure robbed us of quite a few seconds and face value of being 4 secs off our next in line competitor. Our time was good enough to clinch 3rd place and our goal was still obtained.
Recap: All-in-All LIC Motorsports is feeling very strongly about our performance out at Redline this past weekend. We prepped the car, arranged tires, driver, accommodations, and were able to make it all happen within 48hrs of not being prepared to even go anywhere. I would like to thank our driver Dr. Russ Warr for consistently doing his best and working around our setup and overcoming every obstacle that was thrown at him, he is a true professional. The fact LIC was able to "Compete" against the prestigious teams/setups like AMS and Harman Motive is a very gratifying experience. We feel our car that is far less than each one of these teams is a statement that enthusiasts willing to run superior products/services can still compete at a competition level. Our organization is one that aligns ourselves with some of the best folks in the industry, these folks are one's whom sacrifice their own time, energy, and all for the benefit of the folks they're working with and sponsoring.
LIC Motorsports Sponsors:
Rally Sport Direct
Hectors Chop Shop
LIC Time Attack STi SpecsModel: 2004 STi
Weight: 2900 lbs.
Motor- Crawford Performance 2.5L S3L-IR (assembly by LIC)
Turbo Kit- Crawford Performance GT35R w/ BIG FMIC
Fuel Supply- Crawford Performance Surge/AOS Tank, Fuel Rails
Tuning- Crawford Performance (ECUtek Reflash)
Injectors- Deatschwerks Top Feed 1200cc (custom)
Drivetrain- ACT Clutch, Cusco LSD's (Front/Rear)
Brakes- Front Alcon 6 Piston 340mm BBK, Rear Brembo (stock)
Exterior- APR GT300 Wing, LIC Custom Fender Flares, Splitter, and Canards
Wheels- Wheeldude.com Rota DPT 18x9.5 e35 (5x100/5x114.3)
Tires- Toyo Proxes R888 285/30ZR18
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