WarAmp's 2011 Subaru STI Varis Widebody

Lee Gav has been building his 2011 Subaru STI for almost 10 years.  His Subaru has gone through 3 different exterior setups including a Chargespeed kit, Varis Narrow Body STI '12 kit and the latest being a Varis Widebody kit. 

Owner: Lee Gav
Location: Victoria, BC
Vehicle: 2011 Subaru WRX STI
Horsepower: 580 WHP / E85

SOCIAL:
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Year/Make/Model: 2011 Subaru STI Limited Edition

Full Name: Leigh Gavin

Hometown: Victoria BC, Canada

Occupation: Owner of Happy Endings™ Brand

Instagram: WarAmp

Power: 580 WHP / E85

 

  • So when did you fall in love with cars?  I've fell in love with cars back when I got to drive in a brand new 96 Toyota Supra.  Since then I've always been obsessed with Japanese Cars (mostly from the 90's).  Initial D and other Japanese Time attack challenges TV shows just fed fuel to the fire.
  • What other project cars have you owned? I've built 91, 92 & 98 Acura Integra, 96 Honda Prelude, 2006 Nissan G35, 2008 Honda Fit.  My favorite build would be my 92 Acura Integra. 

    What drew you to the Subaru STI? Were you always a Subaru fan?  I remember seeing the Tommi Mäkinen 2011 WRX STI Nürburgring Challenge teaser in which they announced bringing back the 4 door sedan.  I called the Subaru dealership the next morning and put a deposit down and ended up picking up one from the first shipment from Japan. 
  • What was direction you wanted to go with it from the get-go? I see that you bad a Varis narrow kit with Advans since 2013? Also on air since back then?

    I've owned my Subaru for almost 10 years so I've been through many iterations.  I've had 3 kits (Chargespeed, Varis Narrow Body STI '12 , Varis Widebody), 3 wheel setups (Advan RS, RZII, Volks CE28SL, 2 coilover setups (KW3s & Ohlins), 2 air ride setups (Accuair & Airlift), 2 turbo setups (Blouch Performance & Forced Performance),  3 Custom Headlight Setups (OSSdesigns), 3 Custom Tail Light Setups (Valenti, Illumaesthetic, Genki_Trs), I won't even get into the performance mods I've changed throughout the years.
  • Currently, what are the most rare components of your build? I own lots of Japan collector parts over the years such as ARC, Zerosport andTop Secret to name a few.  Anything that was made one off is what I consider rare.  My one off carbon fiber + hexagon headlights, Genki_Trs Led Tail Lights (which I designed), Full custom hexagon blue stitched Interior, powder coated chrome blue parts (CE28SL, Engine bay and interior components)  Launsport custom carbon fiber roof, Varis Widebody Kit are some of the ones that stand out.
  • What are the parts that required the most work or posed the most challenges?  Having done most the work in my own garage there's always been things that had their own unique challenges when dealing with many custom parts.  I spend a lot of time planning what I'm going to do before executing so that would be where I spent most of my time in researching.

 

  • What’s your favorite part of the car?  The body lines are more square which reminds me of the 90s styling.  The Varis kit complimented the overall look and that's what still makes me smile when I'm walking across a parking lot to get into my car.
  • How is it like to drive? Do you feel it’s more of a cruiser and show car because it’s on air and has all the rare JDM parts?  Since I switch out my Airride and coils depending on if it's show season I get to enjoy a bit of both worlds.  I live on an island so for me to drive to the States for car shows I need the air ride to get on and off the ferry.  Yes, I drive my car to all car shows as I built my car first and foremost for myself to enjoy driving.  To me the car feels like my own custom creation so I definitely enjoy driving any amount of distance.

ENGINE & PERFORMANCE:

  • IAG Stage Subaru EJ25 Closed Deck Short Block
    • Manley 99.75mm Platinum Pistons
    • .170" Wrist Pins
    • IAG Spec H-Beam Connecting Rods
    • King Race Rod Bearings
    • ARP2000 Rod Bolts
    • 2017 Subaru 2.5L nitride treated STI crankshaft
    • King Race Main Bearings
  • IAG Air Pump Block Off Plates
  • IAG CNC Top Feed TGV Deletes
  • IAG Air Oil Separator Comp Series AOS
  • IAG AOS Pitch Mount Bracket
  • ARP Custom Age 625+ Head Stud
  • C02 FMIC Sprayer + Tank
  • Cobb Accessport V3
  • Cusco Oil Drain Plug 
  • Tial MVR Wastegate V-Band 38mm
  • Tial Q Recirculating Blow Off Valve
  • Tomei PonCam Dual AVCS Cams
  • Tomei High-Performance Valve Spring Set
  • Tomei Turbo Inlet
  • Greddy Magdrain Transmission/Front Differential Drain Plug
  • Grimmspeed Subaru Boost Solenoid
  • GrimmSpeed Adjustable Wastegate Bracket
  • NGK Spark Plugs Iridium IX One Step Colder
  • Process West Street Intake Manifold
  • Forced Performance RED Turbo
  • Koyorad Race Aluminum Radiator
  • ETS Front Mount Intercooler Kit
  • Subaru STI 2019 Steering Rack
  • Optima Blue Top Deep Cycle Battery
  • Killer B Motorsports Oil Pickup
  • Killer B Upper Turbo Reservoir
  • Killer B Motorsports Oil Baffle Windage Tray
  • Killer B Motorsports 5L Oil Pan
  • Killer B Motorsports 321 Stainless Holy Header w/EWG
  • Rowen Race Titanium Quad Tip Exhaust
  • PTP Lava Turbo Wrap
  • GrimmSpeed Downpipe Catted Divorced Limited Edition (Ceramic Coated)
  • IAG Engine Dress Up:
    • IAG Coolant Cap
    • IAG Brake Cap
    • IAG Clutch Cap
    • IAG Oil Cap
    • IAG Power Steering Cap
    • IAG Battery Tie Down
    • IAG Radiator Stays
    • IAG Oil Stick

 
FUEL SYSTEM:

  • Aeromotive A1000-6 FPR Fuel Pressure Regulator
  • COBB Tuning Fuel Rail Line Kit to Flex Fuel
  • COBB Tuning Subaru Flex Fuel Ethanol Sensor Kit
  • IAG Performance 0-100 PSI Liquid Filled Fuel Pressure Gauge
  • IAG V2 Top Feed Fuel Rails
  • IAG Braided Race Fuel Line & Fittings Kit
  • ID1300X2 Injectors
  • DeatschWerks 300 Fuel Pump
  • 94 Pump Gas / E85


EXTERIOR:

  • OSS Designs Custom Hexagon Headlights
  • Genki_Trs Japan Custom Tail Lights
  • ChargeSpeed Led Back Fog Lamp with F1 Style Flash Brake Lamp
  • GrimmSpeed License Plate Relocation Kit
  • Beat-Sonic Shark Fin Radio Antenna
  • Hella Supertones Horns
  • Kartboy 12MM x 5 Black Exhaust Hangers
  • Liberal Aero LED Welcome Winker Kit 
  • Liberal Rear Bumper Duct, Carbon
  • Sylvania LED Daytime Running Fog Lights
  • Full Paint Job - Lexus LFA Pearl White
  • Prova Blue Wide-View Door Mirrors
  • Subaru JDM STI Rear Fog Light
  • Subaru JDM Rain Guards
  • Varis '12 Ver. Front Bumper, Carbon
  • Varis Bonnet Dampener
  • Varis Carbon Hood
  • Varis Euro GT Wing
  • Varis Heat Shield, Carbon
  • Varis Rear Diffuser, Carbon
  • Varis Side Carbon Air Panel
  • Varis Side Skirts
  • Varis Side Splitter Fin, Carbon
  • Varis Spoiler Mount bracket for GVB
  • Varis Widebody Big Underboard, Carbon
  • Varis Widebody Dual Canards, Carbon
  • Varis Widebody Rear Fender Kit
  • Varis Widebody Front Fender Kit

 

WHEELS, TIRES & BRAKES:
  • Volks CE28SL 18x10.5 +15
  • Volk Racing Formula Lug Nuts
  • Toyo Tires R1R 265/35/18
  • R1 Forged Series Big Brake Kit Front and Rear
    • Front 6 Piston Caliper
    • Front 356mm Drilled & Slotted Rotor W/ 2 Piece Hat 
    • Rear 4 Piston Caliper
    • Rear 345mm Drilled & Slotted Rotor W/ 2 Piece Hat
  • R1 Race Track Font & Rear Brake Pads
  • Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace
  • Techna-Fit Stainless Brake Lines

SUSPENSION & DRIVETRAIN:

  • ACT StreetLite Flywheel
  • ACT Xtreme Duty Performance Street Disc Clutch Kit
  • Techna-Fit Stainless Clutch Lines
  • Ohlins Coilovers
    • COBB Tuning Shifter Bushings
    • Cusco Front Member Power Brace
    • Cusco Rear Lateral Control Arms
    • Cusco Power Brace Power Steering Rack
    • Cusco Front Lower Arm Bar Type II
    • Cusco Reinforced Differential Carrier 
    • Cusco Rear Strut Tower Bar Type OS
    • Cusco Power Brace Rear Member Side
    • Cusco Power Brace Crossmember
    • Cusco Power Brace Floor Center
    • Cusco Front Member Power Brace
    • Kartboy Front and Rear Shifter Bushings
    • Racecomp Engineering 25 Front Sway Bar
    • Racecomp Engineering 25 Rear Sway Bar
    • STI Transmission Mount
    • STI Group Engine Mount
    • STI Group N Pitch Stop Mount
    • TWM Short Shifter
    • Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
    • Whiteline Rear Adjustable Ball Socket Endlinks (WHI KLC182)
    • Whiteline Front Adjustable Ball Socket Endlinks (WHI KLC139)

       

      INTERIOR:

      • AEM Air fuel Digital Gauge
      • AEM Oil Pressure Digital Gauge
      • Street Faction Custom Heel Plates
      • Bride STRADIA II Kevlar Seats
      • Bride Low Max Seat Rails
      • Bride Shift Boot
      • Bride Brake Boot
      • Bride Armrest
      • Broadway Rear View Mirror (300mm Curve)
      • Custom Leather & Alcantara (Dash, Doors, Seats, Trunk)
      • Carbon Fiber Trim (Doors, Dash, Center Console)
      • Carbon E Brake Handle
      • Cusco Spin Turn Knob
      • Cusco Roll 6 Point Cage
      • DAMD D-Shaped Steering Wheel w/ Blue Stitching
      • Happy Endings Titanium Shift Knob
      • Subaru JDM Arm Rest
      • Subaru JDM Dual Center Console
         

      ACCOLADES: 

      • Stancewars - Seattle, WA:
        • Elite Build 2019
        • Best Stance 2017
        • Best JDM 2016
        • Best Air Ride Setup 2016

      • Subaru Big North West - Portland, WA:
        • Best in Show 2018
        • Best 08-14 Subaru WRX/STI 2017
           
      • WEKfest - Seattle, WA:
        • Import of the Festival 2019
        • Import of the Festival 2018
        • Best Subaru in Show 2017