No grey area

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer

Friday, January 24, 2014    

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RHONEIL Williams makes no bones about where his loyalties lie: his 2006 Subaru WRX.

"I've always loved Subarus. I had a lot of friends with Evolutions and they always bragged their cars were better, so I had to prove them wrong," Williams told Auto.

With the performance virus running through his veins, the urge to start modifying WRX couldn't be resisted. After a year-and-a-half of ownership, the car has been transformed into what you see now.

In stock form, the WRX is already a capable machine, so the tuning decisions were related to enhancing the car without impacting on its reliability since it's a daily driver.

"I believe in maximising the stock set-up first," said Williams.

In the engine bay things are simple with an HKS SSQV blow-off valve to give the car that unique turbocharged sound during gearshifts. A K&N air filter adds some extra power and upgrading to the WRX STi's larger top-mounted intercooler which keeps boosted air temperatures down. The STi also gives up its shock absorbers and paired with H&R lowering springs to drop the height over the stock 17-inch rims. Just enough to not affect ride quality. An upgraded Whiteline upper strut brace sits across the front suspension towers.

Where Williams has gone wild is on the other details, mainly the colour, adding neon orange accents all over the exterior and interior of the car.

"I use Plastidip to change the colours to fit whatever I'm feeling any given week of the month. I took out my radio dash and did a carbon fibre effect to match the colour scheme. Changed out all the bulbs to LEDs and added a boost gauge to monitor turbo health," Williams said.

Williams said he has big plans for next year's Import Tuner Night.





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