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2010 Subaru STi Hatch Build | AWD Monster in the Making!

Erik Blume  September 18 2019

What's that you see in the shop? Why, it's a 2010 Subaru STi Hatch build!

Below is part one of our three part series covering every facet of this 2010 Subaru STi Hatch build! 2010 subaru sti hatch build Jeremy W. owns this beautiful 2010 Subaru STi Hatchback, and it's history is quite entertaining for a car that has only seen 40k worth of pavement over a 5 year life. What started out as a simple daily driver soon turned into something more. Check out the story below! "I bought the car new, from the dealer in 2010. After putting only 2,700 miles on it, it was out for a track weekend at Road America in October 2010 with the Midwest F-body Association.  That was a very wet day, and I had a great time despite the stock car and rainy conditions. Over that winter, I ran the car with Blizzaks. I was amazed at how capable the car was, especially in the snow. But soon, the mod bug bit and I purchased a wider set of wheels in the form of Rota’s 265 Star Spec tires. Also purchased were track pads, lines, and sway bars for the next season. Fast forward to May 2011 when I hit the course with MFBA again.  This time, it was a dry weekend and I ended up cooking the pads, rotors and melting a lug nut to a wheel stud."2010 Subaru STi Hatch Build

2010 Subaru STi Hatch Build

"So the upgrade process continued. I had another track day coming up at Road America for a charity event, so on went some new two piece rotors, a set of Hawk DTC60 pads, a catback exhaust and the stage 1 tune from COBB Tuning.  The car stayed this way for the rest of that year and into 2012 as I was daily driving a little over 180 miles a day for work.  I moved to MN in late 2011 and purchased a house in early 2012, so not much was done on the car for a bit."

2010 Subaru STi Hatch Build

2010 Subaru STi Hatch Build

"After I saved up enough money, I caved to my desire to add more power! In 2013, I went with an FMIC, intake, injectors, fuel pump, fuel rails, custom tune, headers, and catted downpipe. I was able to get out to a track day at BIR early in the year. Unfortunately after the first run I opened the hood and noticed there was some oil that was sprayed onto the firewall and some coming out of the 3-port boost controller."

2010 Subaru STi Hatch Build

2010 Subaru STi Hatch Build

"The stock turbo had bad seals. An FP Black replaced the factory turbo, and the car was tuned mildly with room for future growth but also with the interest of preserving the engine.  By this point the car had around 44,000 miles on it and was still being daily driven. In early 2014 we went to a track day at BIR, and I took the car out for a run to see how things were with the added power it now had.  Things ran fine until later in the year when I noticed smoke escaping from the hood scoop, along with a burnt oil smell while driving to work one morning."

2010 Subaru STi Hatch Build

2010 Subaru STi Hatch Build

"It was determined to be a head gasket leak, which brings it up to the work that is being done by MAPerformance.  Having back to back issues and only being able to track the car a very limited amount the past two years, has convinced me to get engine work. It's my hope that a stout engine build will prevent future issues, and the Subaru will become something that won’t have to be touched for some time."

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