Joe’s Subaru Impreza WRX Shagon Wagon

0 Posted by - June 22, 2012 - Uncategorized

A lot of times the wagon bodystyle does not get the same respect that the sedan or coupe receives and is underestimated in both style and performance. Joe’s 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon defeats all the stereotypes ordinary people have about wagons and Joe’s wagon is an exceptional example of the potential that wagons have.

Purchasing the WRX brand new back in 2005, Joe had no plans of doing anything to it but to daily drive and bring his dog around town. One day his wife decided to give him a new set of rims, 17×7.5 Gram Light 57s, then after installing his new rims Joe said, ” I thought the car looked terrible at that ride height so I installed Tein lowering springs ( which have since been replaced with the coilovers ) and from there on it’s been all down hill.” Maybe down hill was the wrong term used because the car is very close to perfect now and that wasn’t expected.

Personally 04-05 Impreza WRX’s are a favorite of mine and this one is definitely done right! In some angles you see the aggressiveness from the vents on the hood, in others to the sexy lines of the side skirt. You also notice the sleek body lines from the sedan over fenders, roof rail deletes, and carbon fiber hoodscoop delete.


The Matador Red Mica is a great color choice in my opinion because it catches just the right amount of attention, not to bright a flashy but still eye-catching. Joe and his wife saw this color on a Lexus GS and both agreed it was a nice color. At also just so happens that he owned a red CRX, what a coincidence!

The 2 spoilers and diffuser work together perfectly finishing the aggressive look for the rear end.

This EJ205 is pushing out 290whp 280tq but will be swapped out soon to make more power.

Aside from the Brembo Brakes behind the TE37SL’s the subtle color scheme of grey/dark red work well together.

Joe’s main goal was to create a neck breaker wagon that would easily stand out in a line up of cars. I say mission complete Joe, with form derived from function, this wagon is sure to break necks and backs as people turn around to do a double take on just how amazing this red wagon looks.

2005 WRX Wagon



Tomei ARMS m7760 turbo

Power Enterprise 800cc injectors

Walbro fuel pump

Perrin Stealth front mount intercooler

Perrin Big MAF

Perrin short ram intake

Hydrodipped intercooler piping in carbon fiber look, sprayed candy apple green over the top

Helix flex uppipe

Helix catted downpipe

GT Spec header V.1

Trust Ti-R PE full titanium catback exhaust

Cobb Accessport V.1

Custom map and tune by Mike @ GST Motorsports

Beatrush oilcap

Beatrush radiator shroud

Beatrush alternator cover

Subaru STi radiator cap




3 stage matador red mica paint job

Voltex front bumper

Voltex front undertray

Voltex carbon fiber rear diffuser

Voltex sideskirts

Voltex GT hood

Voltex hood scoop delete

OEM Subaru sedan front fenders

Custom widened rear quarter panels

JDM Subaru rainguards

JDM Subaru waist spoiler

JDM Subaru roof rail delete

35% tint all around


Suspension and Brakes:

Stance GR+ pro sport coilovers

Stance front camper plates

Stance rear camper plates

Whiteline front endlinks

Whiteline wagon specific front swaybar

Whiteline rear endlinks

Whiteline roll center adjustment kit

Cusco adjustable rear swaybar

Beatrush front upper strut bar

Beatrush rear upper strut bar

Brembo 4 piston front calipers

DBA 4000 slotted rotors

Brembo 2 piston rear calipers

DBA 4000, slotted rear conversion rotors

Rotora steal braided lines front and rear rear conversion brackets

Hawk HP Plus brake pads

Custom alignment and corner balance by Wyman at Mach III


Rims and tires:

Volk TE37sl Diamond black 18×9.5 +22 rims, (only set in 5×100 in this width)

Bridgestone Potenza RE760  245/35/zr18

Project Kics neochro lug nuts



Alpine INA W900  7″ touchscreen double din deck with Navigation, DVD and bluetooth, ipod adapter

Focal 165 KR2 6.5″ component set

Focal 100 KRS 4″ component set

JL Audio 10″ W6 subwoofer

Focal Solid 1

Focal Solid 4

Stinger red top battery , with custom circuit breaker

Custom fiberglass subwoofer box

Custom amp rack with red neon lighting

Custom A pillars , made to hold the Focal K2

Custom black suede , with red stitching interior ( a,b,c,d pillars, headliner , sun visors back seat, custom sub box, amp rack )

Recaro SPG driver seat

Recaro Evo 9 passenger seat , black suede with red stitching

Recaro seat brackets and sliders

WorksBell rapfix II quick release in red

WorksBell Splash short hub

WorksBell steering wheel lock

Vertex 20th anniversary deep core steering wheel, black with red stitching and lettering. 330mm deep core

Vertex shift knob

Apexi turbo timer with HKS harness

“Thanks to the Wifey for putting up with me and the build , thanks to Team Hybrid , Image Auto Body , Mach III , Mal, Mike , Kris and Dave.” says Joe as he received a lot of support for throughout his build!

I’d like to personally thank Joe for making time in his schedule for me do a shoot and feature his car.


Photography by Lorenz Mabutas, Words by Lorenz Mabutas and Edited by Anthony Guerra.



  • Jonas Fernandez (JoNasty) June 22, 2012 - 4:51 pm Reply

    Good Job Lo. Great Pics and AWESOME coverage!

  • loumabu June 26, 2012 - 5:43 pm Reply

    OUTSTANDING Editorial Lorenz M.

  • vanorpilla June 27, 2012 - 5:17 am Reply

    Great work Lo! Keep it up, can’t wait for your next articles!

  • Bing June 27, 2012 - 9:45 pm Reply

    Very informative.. We want more!!!!!! Nice pics too!!!

  • Karson July 2, 2012 - 10:09 pm Reply

    I saw this car back at Wekfest SF..very nice. I love the license plate too!! His wife told me (at Wekfest) that she got him that plate haha! Only the Cantonese people would get it..

  • Justin July 31, 2012 - 5:16 pm Reply

    This post is a little old, but Joe’s wagon has been it a wreck. Bad wreck, some girl drove into the side of the wagon.

    • Anthony Guerra July 31, 2012 - 10:53 pm Reply

      I saw that on Instagram, it took the wind out of me. I used to pass his car all the time, its so tragic :(

  • Desmond Marshall February 13, 2013 - 2:12 pm Reply

    Wow!!!….Do not stop doing what your are doing Alex. Your skills have improved a great deal in such a short time span. And the cars you are shooting are awesome!!

    • Lorenz M. February 13, 2013 - 3:18 pm Reply

      This post was actually done by me (Lorenz), not Alex Nagy. Thanks for the comment, I appreciate the feedback!

      -Lorenz M.

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