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Leland Kirton: 2006 Subaru WRX STI

Leland Kirton has always been a huge fan of the way the Subaru STI both looked and sounded. So when the time came to own one for himself, it's no surprise he took full advantage. Since taking ownership of a 2006 Subaru WRX STI, Kirton has modified it to an entirely new level with both reputable branded parts and custom solutions.

Just after the winning the Tuner Battlegrounds #TBGLIVE competition at Spring Awakening, Kirton's STI was an unfortunate victim of a deer collision. However this didn’t slow his roll! The car was promptly brought back to life, sporting a completely fresh Ferrari Grigio Granito paint job!

Owner: Leland Kirton
Location: Brandon, MB
Vehicle: 2006 Subaru WRX STI
Horsepower: 506 whp
Club: N/A

Facebook: Leland Kirton
Instagram: @lelandsti

Photography by Troy Boucher Photography.

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Outfront Motorsports closed deck block
CP forged pistons
Manley turbo tuff i-beam rods
King bearings
1/2-inch Outfront head studs
GSC S2 billet Cams
GSC +1mm valves, beehive springs and ti retainers
Borgwarner S362sx-e turbo (v-banded on intake and exhaust outlet)
Tial 44mm EWG with hood exit
Tial 50mm BOV with titanium hardware hand torched blue
Modified and rotated intake manifold
Treadstone intercooler with custom piping
Fluidamper crank pulley
Custom built AOS (coolant heated), rad overflow, and power steering reservoir
Koyo radiator
P&L power steering AN high pressure line
AC delete and alternator relocation
Shaved and tucked engine bay
Killerbee oil pickup tube
Battery relocation
Everything custom powder coated

Leland Kirton 2006 Subaru WRX STI TBGLIVE2

Walbro 450 e85 compatible high pressure pump (hardwired)
Radium Engineering twin pump fuel hanger
Radium Engineering FPR
Radium Engineering fuel filter
Custom -6 AN lines
T1 fuel rails
ID1000 injectors
94 octane pump gas with water/meth

Modified Tomei Expreme EL headers (V-banded)
Custom stainless steel up-pipe and down-pipe
Custom aluminum cat-back with hand fabricated aluminum v-banded muffler
Hood dump screamer pipe
Ceramic coated up-pipe, screamer pipe and turbine housing
DEI titanium heat wrap

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Cobb v2 accessport
MapDccd center diff controller w/ dash cluster integration
Defi BF advance boost, fuel pressure and oil pressure gauges
Innovate MTX-l AFR gauge
Aquamist HFS-3 water/meth injection
Company23 anti-surge ebcs
Converted to speed density

ACT 6 puck sprung clutch with xtreme duty pressure plate 
ACT streetlight flywheel
Cusco engine and transmission mounts
Custom solid pitch-stop mount
Kartboy short shifter
Kartboy Front and Rear Shifter Bushings
Whiteline Transmission Crossmember Bushings
TIC Clunk Killer Race
Kartboy Subframe Bolts
Beatrush Prop Shaft Bushings

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Work CR2P wheels - 18x9.5 +38 (f/r)
Achilles 123s tires - 255/35/18 (f/r)
Custom powdercoated spiked lug nuts
ARP fron extended wheel studs

GTspec strut brace
Oswald rear strut brace
TiC SST coilovers (7k/5k Springs)
Vorshlag camber plates
Whiteline sport ALK
Whiteline roll center kit
Whiteline steering rack bushings
RCE sway bars
Kartboy endlinks
Group-N trailing arm bushings
Group-N lateral link bushings
TIC fender braces

Brembo calipers
Girodisc 2-piece rotors
ABS delete
Tucked braided stainless steel brake lines
Hawk ceramic pads
Wilwood proportioning valve

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Custom front bumper beam and Oswald lightweight rear beam
Quick-latch quick release bumper system
Custom Ferrari Grigio Granito paint by Craig Dunn Motor City
GrillCraft Upper Grilles
Ixiz hood dampers
Hood scoop delete with custom lexan insert
APR GTC-300 wing with powder coated stands
Hand fabricated front spiller and rear diffuser
Hand fabricated aluminum mudflap/rockguards
Side skirt ad-ons
Takata front tow strap 
Rennenmetal rear tow hook

Black painted headlight housing
TSX-R clear projector lens swap w/ washer mod
2004 tail lights done in all red

Vertex “King of Vertex” steering wheel
Works bell hub
TiBurnt steering wheel bolts
Status Ring carbon fiber seats
Planted seat bases and Sparco brackets
Weathertech mats
JDM hazard button
Rear seat delete
Crow harnesses
Modified NRG harness bar
Dark grey swapped carpet
Black ultrasuede headliner and door cards

Fugi Fresh Show: Winnipeg, MB - Hottest GD/GG
Driven Calgary 2017 - Best Subaru
Subifest 2016 - Best GD
Driven Winnipeg 2016 - Best Engineering
Driven Winnipeg 2015 - Best Subaru

With 58% of the Popular Vote, the winner of the Tuner Battlegrounds award cateogory competition at Top Tier Imports: Spring Awakening is Leland Kirton (2006 Subaru STI)! We look forward to featuring Leland's STI and his story in a future issue of PASMAG. Congratulations on the win, Leland!

"It's hard to choose just one. I would have to choose all of the custom fabricated parts I have made over the years in my garage from the aluminum exhaust, turbo kit, and even the self engineered AOS."

"Definetly a standalone ECU, ID1700 injectors, PTFE fuel lines, another fuel pump, possibly surge tank, flex fuel sensor and then really turn up the boost!"

Ion Coating

Ion Coating
Airboy Tuning
Craig Dunn Motor City

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