Ryan Knittel's WRX Wagon - Canibeat Feature
There’s something to be said about being able to turn an otherwise unnoticed daily driven grocery getter into a head-turning masterpiece at a car show. Ryan Knittel has achieved just that with his 2004 Subaru WRX wagon. What started off as a simple car purchase with a short list of future modifications, turned into a full-blown build with quite an exhausted list of “goodies”.
If you haven’t already noticed, Ryan’s wagon was also converted to RHD, something you see quite regularly nowadays on Honda’s, but is becoming more and more popular amongst some other car manufacturers such as Subaru and Volkswagen. I personally have always questioned what it was like driving from the opposite side of a car, but Ryan doesn’t seem to mind, as his bagged wagon is also daily driven.
The interior, with Bride Digo seats and matched Bride Gradation door cards and center console, flows quite well into the rear hatch area arranged with a custom sub enclosure in the spare tire well. You also can’t miss those beautifully routed hardlines that move across the trunk either; a simple, yet elegant touch.
Now bags, wheels and RHD are great, but this car is more than what meets the eye. When Ryan started sourcing parts for his WRX, he didn’t want to go the typical route, but looked for parts that one wouldn’t normally find on a wagon, but also make everything flow. The exterior is situated quite well with its fair share of attention. The roof rail deletes really smooth out the top lines, which compliment the Cusco GT front lip, EGR sideskirts and a cleverly fitted RE Amiya rear diffuser. The wheels, measuring 18”x9” ET9 on all four corners are SSR SP1’s, which fit perfectly might I add!
This is where some “builds” finish. The crowd-pleasers think that some simple exterior bits with keep you pre-occupied and forget about the drivetrain, or interior, but then there’s Ryan. The engine has arguably been given the most attention. After a blown motor, Ryan pulled out all the stops and with the help of his Dad, had a new 2.5T motor built from the ground up and also decided to upgrade the turbo while he was under the hood.
Throughout Ryan’s build, his Dad has played quite an important role in making everything possible. His Dad’s shop is responsible for contributing their expertise in many area’s amidst making Ryan’s dream a reality. Ryan expressed a great appreciation for their assistance, and without them, this car would not be where you see it today!
Ryan hasn’t disclosed any future details about where he’s headed next with his wagon, but we’ll definitely be keeping tabs on him, as we know he won’t disappoint!