So keeping up with the theme of my last post, I was going to go on and comment about one of the few pitfalls of Bugeyes getting up in the years being the increasing lack of aftermarket support for a car that was once a Tokyo Auto Salon darling (to a degree – I noticed some once-Subaru tuners like Bomex dropped the Impreza once the New Age design was revealed, but before everyone started appreciating the Bugeye). For I’m sure a variety of reasons ranging from replica part proliferation to waning demand, a lot of companies have stopped producing their bugeye-specific part lines — including Subaru itself for certain parts. The remaining (oft-replica) parts available tend to steer all bugeyes towards looking like one another: whatever’s available, good enough looking, and cheap tends to sell well. So it really gets hard to set your car apart from all the other bugeyes out there. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still get creative:
Enter the Version 3.
I’ve posted Adam (Barnburner from Nasioc)’s car before. The guy’s actually a professional designer so it makes sense that he has one of the most put together cars I’ve ever seen with one-off creations.
The Version 3 lip’s name is the logical derivation of the main difference between the STI version 1 lip (now discontinued) and the version 2 lip (still available): vents or no vents. Adam took the Version 2 lip and molded together the vents to create one large vent per side — giving it a highly aggressive look. The name Version 3 describes the front lip, but really there are a ton of creative things going on here.
The bumper was also customized: shaved of (1) the tow-hook cover, (2) the front license plate mount, and (3) the three vents on either side were shaved down to one elongated vent like the WRX wagon.
The rear combines the smoother looking 2004 rear lips (side portions – 2004 didn’t come with a diffuser) with the center diffuser portion of the 2002-2003 rear lip. Additionally, a custom housing was made for a rear fog light.
Unfortunately, not a week after getting this amazing setup together disaster struck:
At least Adam took it in stride: “I’m 26, 6’4″, and weight approximately 215 pounds. Tonight, I wanted to sit in the rain and cry like a 8-year-old girl. F**k New Jersey.” All kidding aside, Adam’s the man with custom bodywork so don’t be too worried. Worse has happened to Itakichi’s crazy JDM bug, and shows how far the drive to fix something awesome can take a person:
So what do you do if you break an increasingly rare example of this lip?
…you save the pieces