The Saabaru is a rare specimen that only some will turn their necks to on the street. To some, it’s the average old mans Saab that is lost among the other Swedes like Volvo. But to others, its this weird concoction of a Japanese meets Euro vibe that some just can’t seem to wrap their heads around. There was a point in time where GM owned a big part of Subaru and when Saab wanted a wagon to appeal to the younger generation, they forced Subaru to give up the famous WRX to the Swedes to give it a more refined feel. Out comes the bastard child called the Saab 92x Aero, and here is one that is quite the little machine.
When Jordan picked up the car on Vancouver Island, he knew it would be a project. The car in stock form was quite soft and had a few things that needed touching up. It came with a K&N intake that the previous owner installed. But one of the very first mods Jordan did was open it up with a Cobb Accessport and flashed it to Stage 1. The power wasn’t enough and he soon found himself sourcing a Cobb downpipe on his trip to Portland. The modding bug hit hard after that point. Stage 2 came and went and finally he’s on a Stage 3 tune, which was tuned by Dom at Maxwell Power in WA before he moved to the east coast. Right after the power mods were completed, the headgasket needed to be redone and this is when a lot of maintenance work was completed with the top end. Unusual to Jordan’s past builds, he worked on the engine to reach his reliable goal of 300whp and ended it there…while the car looked bone stock on the outside. The idea of making stock STI power levels in a wagon intrigued him and the benefit of using nearly all OEM bolt on parts to achieve it and marginally affect the gas mileage was a major win win.
If you’ve ever seen the stock 9-2x interior, it’s a close match to your friends early 2000’s Corolla seating. The ugly two tone with faded black bolsters ruins the smoothness of the car. Jordan sourced out a set of 04-05 WRX door panels and managed to get a set of Recaro EVO IV seats mounted to Wedge brackets. Over last summer he DIY’d his suede headliner along with the front A-Pillars and also painted a lot of the grey plastics to a deep black to complete the interior. His most prized part however is his extremely rare leather rear seats out of an 06-07 WRX Wagon Limited. It took nearly 2 years to find and it has to be the single part he talks most about. A rare V9 Spec C STI cluster was utilized to keep the km/h cluster within spec and it just so happens to max out at 260 km/h to make it a tad different over your typical 180 km/h JDM cluster. A period specific Defi BF Boost gauge rounds off the interior to monitor boost levels and sits proper on the clock pod.
Footwork was a tricky subject to handle. At first he found a set of Ohlins DFVs from a wrecker in Japan but they proved to be very problematic in terms of noise and clunks. The inverted design made greasing a necessity and after multiple greasing attempts, the frustration set in and they were sold. The feel and ride were paramount and I don’t think any other coilover will compare within that price range. An Eibach 22mm rear sway is in the rear to keep it planted and the car sits on some rare FRS spec 17×9 +36 Volk TE37Vs. Jordan installed a pair of STI Brembos up front and painted them GTR orange to set it apart from the typical STI gold.
You’ve maybe seen Jordan’s wagon on the street but not many realize how much time and effort went into sourcing some of the parts. He hated the whole mud flap, Hella Supertone modifications that most Subaru owners did and this car is an example of how you can keep it refined while having quality functional parts that serve a purpose.
Stock EJ205 tuned by Dom @ Maxwell Power on a Cobb AccessPort
TGVs Ported and Polished
K&N Typhoon Intake
Perrin Turbo Inlet VF48 Turbo
565cc STI Injectors (Dark Blue)
Cobb Catted Downpipe
Cobb Turboback Exhaust
Perrin Turbo Inlet
KillerB Oil Pick Up
Blacked out interior panels
EVO IV Recaro Seats
06/07 WRX Wagon Limited Rear Leather Seats
V9 STI SPEC C Cluster
Defi Boost Gauge
Valentine One w/ESP (Hardwired) with Concealed Display hidden in OEM Clock Pod
Pioneer AVIC 940BT
Compustar Pro Alarm
Blackvue DR400G Dash Cam
Exterior (Not much exists!):
DIY Blacked out Headlights
Red Vinyl Overlay on Rear Taillights
Samsung LEDs in all Taillight Bulbs
Custom Thule 460R w/598 Criterium Bike Racks (Seasonal)
17×9 +36 VOLK TE37V
235/40r17 Nitto NT-05
10mm Spacer in front (To clear Brembo Calipers)
ARP Wheel studs
Whiteline Com-C Top Hats
Eibach 22mm Rear Swaybar w/Endlinks
Whiteline Outrigger Diff Bushings
STI Brembo Calipers painted GTR Orange
Stoptech Street Pads
DBA T3 Clubspec Rotors
Goodridge Stainless Steel Brake Lines
ATE Superblue Fluid