Shoulda Had A V8: 1995 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS V8 Swap

So you wanna be the next Kenny from the Block, but your whip is a stock Impreza 2.5 RS…that’s not gonna work. You might get your drift on during a blizzard or with aggressive use of the e-brake, but 165 horsepower and fun-sapping all-wheel-drive ain’t going to catapult you to youtube stardom.  What you need is a V8.  Find this 1995 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS V8 Swap here on eBay bidding for $1,525 with 4 days to go, located in Cedar Hill, TX.

From the seller:

 Resisted due to a 21 year old child that had no intention of paying. 

I came across this car a few months back. Its been a blast but unfortunately theres just not enough drift events in the DFW area to justify me keeping it. 

The previous owner completed the build and did a bad ass job. Nothing is half assed on the car. Looking to get into a M3, Tacoma, 4Runner, F150

Vehicle comes with a CA Clean title in the PO’s name. I never bothered with a transfer since its just a track car for me


EFI 302 5.0 (V8); extrude-honed intake

JBA Firecone shorty headers

Custom 2 1/4″ exhaust, Borla GT500 muffler

External Mustang Fuel pump

Z32 fuel filter

15 gal aluminum fuel cell mounted in trunk

BBK fuel pressure regulator

Custom Howe Racing radiator

16″ Spal fan; 3qt Canton Racing accusump

 Custom oil pan

Phenix Industries power steering plumbing/fittings


T5 transmission, RAM hydraulic throwout bearing; Exedy Stage 2 clutch, Fidanza 13lbs flywheel

Pro 5.0 shifter, Hurst shifter and shifter handle

Custom 1-piece driveshaft

STi R180 (welded) rear differentiaL

Driveshaft Shop 800hp conversion rear axles 

ENGINE MANAGMENT: A9L ECU, Bee R* rev-limiter; MSD 6AL ignition system; Braille 21lbs battery


Fortune-Auto 500 Series coilovers (8k/6k)

Perrin Performance PSRS kit, Custom roll center/bump-steer kit, Whiteline steering rack bushings

95′ Impreza FWD steering rack (for increased steering angle)

Custom FLCA; Custom front crossmember

Custom engine/transmission mounting, Custom steering linkage/steering shaft

STi drilled and modified front knuckles; STi rear subframe (solid bushings)

Whiteline poly differential mounts; adjustable rear lateral links; plated frame rails

 Custom DOM front bash bar

Custom 8-Point rollcage (1.75″ DOM)


STi Brembo/hub/spindle conversion F/R

PowerSlot rotors, StopTech pads

StopTech SS brake lines

CNC hydraulic handbrake

Tilton 600 Series pedals (converted to manual brakes)

Tilton 75 Series master cylinders


XXR 530’s F: 17×8.25 +20; R: 18×9.75 +20; 225/45/17 Falken 615K (Front); 245/40/18 Triangle TR968 (Rear)

ARP extended wheel studs

Muteki lug nuts


99′ Impreza facelift front-end conversion

DEPO headlights, Lamin-X headlight/taillight tint

JDM GC8 front grille

tub’d rear wheel wells; HT-Auto sideskirts and front lip

 JDM rear spats

ABW Design duckbill spoiler

B-Magic 40mm overfenders F/R

Grimmspeed antenna delete


02 WRX dashboard

02 WRX gauge cluster

 AutoMeter UltraLite gauges

 DPI steering hub/quick-release

 Pro-Grip 15″ aluminum steering wheel

Longacre rear view mirror

Longacre steering wheel hook

Recaro Profi driver seat, WITH ADJUSTABLE SLIDER, STi passenger seat

Sabelt 5-point driver’s safety harness and four-point passenger’s safety harness 


-Speedometer and Fuel Gauge

-Front blinkers (never wired up)

-Fluctuating idle (doesn’t effect drivability, most likely vacuum leak or TPS adjustment)

-Very MINIMAL oil leak (rear main seal)


-There isn’t a parking brake

 See a better way to drive a V8?