Amidst everything said in the review, they hit the nail on the head at 4:25 about this swapped Forester. Everything works! This '98 Forester started off as a project car and devoured a 2002 WRX wagon driveline in the best possible way. You've got all the space and utility that made the Forester a great family car with the beating heart of a rally car hurling you in and out of every turn. This car feels like it came from the factory like this the way everything went together, which is either a compliment to the "Subaru Legos" at work or the guy who put it together... or both!
The transformation of this car started last winter and was buttoned up before the first NRSCCA Rallycross Points events in the spring. Outside of the initial swap, the rest of the work is just JDM dress-up to further suit the look of this "Rex Box" to the owners liking. I've really enjoyed seeing what he's done aesthetically with this car, but the initial charm of this car has always been how solid it is. When someone see's this car for the first time, it's almost always one of the first things the owner mentions to them: how it drives... and I think that's something that gets lost when the majority of people are working on a project car like this. I'm guilty of it, too... being too eager to get it looking good but still accepting the fact that it drives like crap is a tricky bug to get over sometimes. That's certainly not to say that EVERY swap or project car falls into this rut, but this is one that came out on top from the get-go. This Forester's owner did the homework in the garage first to get it buttoned up RIGHT and then proceeded to make it pretty.
This past weekend, the WRX Box joined fellow owners for the NSOC Fall Meet for an afternoon winding through scenic roads in Eastern Nebraska. I've seen the car dozens of times before, as I know the owner and see him at lots of events that our group holds. His wife purchased a '15 Legacy from me at the dealership I work at, too! When I saw the car at this meet, it was kind of funny thinking "Hey, that's the Forester in that YouTube video!" like it was some sort of famous icon. Internet cred or not, it's still a great car thanks to the work the owner put into it.