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This is my '93 JDM RZ. It spent most of it's life in Japan, made it's way to the UK, and was imported to the US by the previous owner in 2019. It then spent time in storage until I won it this year on BaT with about 80k miles on the clock. I bought it to be a dream car semi-daily driver. The plan is to keep it mostly stock or at least only do modifications that are easily returned back to stock form. The only apparent modifications to the car when I took delivery are an aftermarket headunit and D2 coilovers.

So far I've done
  • New battery, oil change
  • HKS Racing Muffler catback exhaust
  • Apexi Power Intake
  • Prosport boost gauge in place of the factory clock
  • OEM Subaru STI shift knob
  • Konig Countergram w/Toyo Proxes Sport A/S tires as my "winter" set
  • LED low beam, parking lights, fog, and license plate bulbs

Over the winter I plan on doing a full paint correction and going over some maintenance items. It has a full service history from Japan which I'm sorting through thanks to Google translate. Otherwise it has the smaller base JDM brakes which I'd like to upgrade along with a nice set of summer wheels/tires, and I'd like to finish off the BPU mods (boost controller, downpipe) but that's pretty much it.

A few pictures from the auction...

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These confetti floormats are one of my favorite parts about the car, but I want to find another set so they don't get trashed.

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Couple shots of the HKS "racing muffler" catback. The whole burnt look tip is removable along with the silencer, leaving it looking like a standard HKS hi-power.

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And a couple of shots with the Konig Countergrams as my "winter" set of wheels/tires. I went with 18x8.5 wheels and 245's up front and 18x9.5 w/265's in the rear. I love the way these wheels look and may end up getting another set for summer, but with the bigger lip face in the rear.

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Looks great, clean and unmolested.
 

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Beautiful car. I hope you do better than I about leaving it stock. There is a progression to leaving it stock.

1. Before I bought the car it was "I will leave it 100% factory".
2. After I bought the car it was "I will make it BPU and be happy".
3. A few years go by, and its "I will go with the smaller single turbo and not make any irreversible modifications"

I am on step 3 now, some people are on step 10 of leaving it stock....
 

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Car looks like a super clean example. Love the floor mats. Does this model being JDM have glass headlights? If not they're amazingly clean for how old it is.
Thanks, and no they're plastic but yeah they really are in great condition.

I love it, clean and stock look. I hope you’re not planning to drive it year-round, though! Supra on salty roads would make a grown man cry.
It's getting driven year round for sure! I have a '20 Subaru Outback for when the roads are bad or especially salty. There's also a touchless wash down the road with the undercarriage spray that I hit pretty frequently over the winter in my other cars. I don't know if I could stand seeing it sit in the garage all winter.

Beautiful car. I hope you do better than I about leaving it stock. There is a progression to leaving it stock.

1. Before I bought the car it was "I will leave it 100% factory".
2. After I bought the car it was "I will make it BPU and be happy".
3. A few years go by, and its "I will go with the smaller single turbo and not make any irreversible modifications"

I am on step 3 now, some people are on step 10 of leaving it stock....
Yeah I imagine this is how it will go... but for now at least I'm sticking to step 2 😁
 

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Just said goodbye to my STI :cry:
Loved this car but with 3 cars and a two car garage something had to go. Dealer gave me $35k for it with 22k miles, which is what I paid two years ago and now they have it listed at original sticker price. Insanity.

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I will miss it, but more room and money for the Supra!
 

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Beautiful car. I hope you do better than I about leaving it stock. There is a progression to leaving it stock.

1. Before I bought the car it was "I will leave it 100% factory".
2. After I bought the car it was "I will make it BPU and be happy".
3. A few years go by, and its "I will go with the smaller single turbo and not make any irreversible modifications"

I am on step 3 now, some people are on step 10 of leaving it stock....
I agree completely. My last purchase ‘94 TT GZ w/ 39k miles 100% bone stock, I swore to myself this one will remain stock for at least a year to enjoy it as is.

Well, not even 2 weeks went by and I was going BPU. Before even finishing the BPU build (1 month time frame) I jumped in for full single, fuel, ecu, all the goodies to now building a motor. 😝

But to be honest, this is my 10th Mkiv and I knew I was going to lose to the rabbit hole again.

Op, beautiful Supra, definitely enjoy in for a few as is, but the first time a old man in a vette pulls you I will almost bet you will be online ordering goodies.

At least we get to have the opportunity to own these amazing machines.
 

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Really nice hardtop RZ. That sti knob on the v160 looks great. My garage looks like a Sti butcher shop currently, so I’ll probably hang onto one of those shift knobs for future use. Always loved the Japanese spec wheel color and mats too.

Regardless of your path of mild to (potentially) wild, enjoy it and take care of it. Definitely a keeper there. Too bad you had to get rid of your Sti, at least you got great value for it.
 

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Really nice hardtop RZ. That sti knob on the v160 looks great. My garage looks like a Sti butcher shop currently, so I’ll probably hang onto one of those shift knobs for future use. Always loved the Japanese spec wheel color and mats too.

Regardless of your path of mild to (potentially) wild, enjoy it and take care of it. Definitely a keeper there. Too bad you had to get rid of your Sti, at least you got great value for it.
Thanks! I had a white Cobb knob on my STI and tried that first but the cutout for the reverse lockout wasn't big enough. The OEM knob works great though and is a better fit for the interior anyway. Here's a cockpit picture with the knob, headunit, and prosport gauge.

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^Nice! I have a red top and black top Sti shift knob. I’ll (at some point way in the future) give both a try and see which I like. Really interesting that the JDM clusters have mirrored positions from the USDM Speedometer and Temp/Fuel gauge positions. I don’t recall seeing anything like this in Subaru clusters.

All I have to say about driving RHD on US roads, be careful on unprotected left turns. It’s impossible to see around the opposing left turn car on the other side of the intersection. I usually find a protected left or wait until car clears/light changes. Only other one that takes time to get used to and can be a safety issue is lane positioning. You’ll naturally favor or cross the left side of the lane (center divider if in the leftmost lane!) since that’s where we’d be physically when driving a LHD. Shift pattern, left and right turns, using mirrors during lane changes, wiper/turn signal/headlights, feeling really close to parked cars, etc. just takes a bit of time.
 

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I’m team stock/bpu myself. Totally agree with what others said about the speed bug and wanting to upgrade. Here’s the thing, these cars have shot up in value and less molestation the better it retains its value. Maybe that will be a good reason to keep it from highly modded. I was BPU for over 2 decades and it was the blown turbo that broke the camel’s back. This is still my version of stock at the moment with upgraded hybrid Stu twins but still hoping to tame the beast with my stock ecu and emb piggy back. Good luck with your ownership!
 

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Got my v160 transmission fluid and plan on doing that this weekend, otherwise just lowered the front a bit for a more aggressive stance and have been driving it as much as I can. I am also trying to find the active aero override kit that someone used to sell a while back. I really like the look and the fact that it seems at least somewhat uncommon around here to have working active aero. Just want to be able to lower/raise the lip at will while driving the car.

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