Words: Michael Vernon :: Photography: Armin Ausejo
*Explicit consent by Armin has been provided to use his photos for NWMotiv.com*
A laugh, ominous and filled with an unusual happiness, breaks the still night air. The neighbors look out their window to see a blood-red blur pierce the country backroads. The sensual rumblings can be heard from 5 miles away with a following of thunderclouds overhead. This isn’t a story, ladies and gents. This is the legend of the RumbleWagon.
Katie’s 2004 Remo Red WRX wagon is a masterpiece. For the past couple of years, Rumble has been a utilitarian vehicle that allowed Katie and her cooler-than-ice husband, Ryan, to go anywhere and do anything. From the mudpits of West Coast Subaru Show to the passes of Washington State for some boarding, no land was safe from Rumble.
But then the couple was bit by the Sweet ‘N’ Low bug. No longer satisfied with setting off car alarms with the Nur-Spec exhaust or toodling around on their O.Z./ProDrive P1s, Katie put Rumble under the knife for a transformation that would change everything about how they live.
Few Subarus owners allow their cars to alter any sort of suspension elevation with the push of a button. Umbrella’s Variable Ride Height (VRH) system is very unique in that there is no modification to the chassis whatsoever. It also allows for use of coilovers for a comfortable “real-world” ride instead of a floaty track that plague most other setups. The VRH system can be made for a variety of applications but Umbrella’s system is most famous for being utilized on Honda’s NSX and Nissan’s R35 chassis. Katie had a secret weapon. She personally knew someone at Umbrella.
Coupled with BC Racing BR coilovers and Swift Springs, Rumble is as comfortable as ever. The WhiteLine chassis bracing that she put on keeps the car neutral in the corners and straight when she pounds on the Stoptech Stage 2 system. Now Katie was not a fan of the stretched tyre a few years ago but as she continued to work on this project, it became very clear that a stretched tyre was going to set off the right amount of swagger. As she puts it “Opinions change.” With a set of Gold Works XT7, they are shod with 225/40/18 Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport. The result is hardly understated.
You may have also noticed the front flares do not match the back flares. That’s because the front are from a sedan. It’s different, it’s unique, it’s definitely cool on a wagon. She wants to do the back end with sedan flares as well. I can’t wait to see that! That front lip just eats up the concrete and sets off Rumble’s badass but super cute persona that matches that of Katie (my girlfriend’s words…not mine).
A fine piece of work right here in the Northwest. Katie and Ryan, with the extraordinary skillset of Tim “The Magician” Watt, have produced a game changer in how a Subaru is modified.
Here is a list of her current modifications:
- Cobb AP v2 – Maxwell Power – Pro Tune by Dom
- VF39 Turbo- Ceramic Coated hot-side w/Cobb Heat-Shield
- Turbo Inlet
- CAI Intake Manifold Powdercoated Red
- TGV Delete w/8mm Phenolic Spacers
- 08 Sti TMIC w/IAT Sensor Relocate & Perrin Y-Pipe
- Perrin Boost Controllers
- 565cc Injectors
- Walbro Fuel Pump
- Ceramic Coated Exhaust Manifold
- Perrin Up-Pipe ceramic coated – catless
- Helix Downpipe ceramic coated – catless
- Blitz Nur-Spec 3″ Exhaust – catless
- 565cc Injectors
- Walbro Fuel Pump
- NGK BKR7EIX Iridium plugs – one step cooler
- Mishimoto Red Silicone Radiator Hoses
- Mishimoto Carbon Fiber Radiator Cap
- Beatrush – Pully Cover & Radiator Cooling Panel
- Optima Redtop battery w/SPT Battery tie down
- Helix Downpipe and Blitz Nur-Spec
- BC Racing BR coilovers with Variable Ride Height system by Umbrella Auto Design
- Swift Springs
- Sti lower control arms
- Whiteline steering bushings
- Whiteline Wagon rear strut bar
- Cusco front strut bar
- AD Motorsports FSB and Whiteline RSB
- Stoptech Stage 2 brakes – Pads, rotors, steel lines
- Kartboy Endlinks
- 18×9.5 +38 Rota Grids
- 225/40/18 Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
- Prodrive P7’s in gold for winter
- Recaro SRD’s in the front
- Pioneer AVH-P3200DVD
- Polk front speakers and a Rockford Fosgate Sub
- Red “JDM” hazard button
- Gold painted 3/4 roll cage
- Sedan conversion- fenders, bumper
- Sti Splitters
- Front lip
- Painted side skirts
- Rally Armor UR mud flaps
- Hella Supertones
- Blacked out and cleared headlights with led strips
- Front plate delete thingy (technical name)