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Old 05-31-2011, 08:33 AM   #426
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How much time does it take to put on and take off those mud flaps.
I would like to put them on just for the winter when I would put my winter tires on and then take them off when I take off the winter tires since I think those(any) mudflaps look hideous on the 11 sedan - IMO.
Do you see any problem with putting them on and then taking them off once a year every year ? Would stuff get lose or break in the process of doing it so "often" ?
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I've had mine on and off twice since I got them a few months ago. Very easy process. For the fronts they come with an adapter plate to make new screw holes that are more accessible. You have to remove a couple trim panels to install the adapter. This will probably mean removing the front wheels and probably takes 20-30 min to do. The rears are just threaded clips that slide on.

Once you have done the install once, you can just leave all the clips and the adapters in place. You only need to remove a few bolts to take them off or put them on. 5-10 minutes at most. If you are at stock height it's quite easy to do with the wheels on (turning the front wheels to get more access to work will help). If you are lowered it is still possible, but taking the wheels off will make things much easier. If you are doing it when you're swapping wheels it will probably only add 5 minutes to that process.

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Car looks amazing. It's like the Subaru poster child. Looks like perfect paint even after the abuse it took in that mud
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Which is amazing for black Subaru paint, maybe they stole some paint from Toyota or something. Awesome car and glad you caught the mod bug like the rest of us.
Thanks guys. But the paint really is not flawless at all. Just looks good in the pictures. I have plenty of hood chips and other normal swirling and such. A good detail would surely help a ton, but I haven't gotten to that yet...
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:11 AM   #427
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Thanks for the info !
What about the second part of my question
Do you think stuff will get lose or break easy in the process of doing it so "often" (every year) or will it hold up pretty good in the long run?
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:05 AM   #428
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Thanks for the info !
What about the second part of my question
Do you think stuff will get lose or break easy in the process of doing it so "often" (every year) or will it hold up pretty good in the long run?
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Probably not an issue. But the clips that the screws go into are really only held on with friction. You could just take them off during the summer and then slide them back on in the winter, or else you run the risk of them falling off and having to buy new ones.
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:51 PM   #429
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Added my first "ricer" mod Side mount license plate. Made by GrimmSpeed. I like it!





Need to wash behind where the plate was, and eventually get a front plate delete...
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:03 AM   #430
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xluben, car looks sick. about to put my bc's on and was curious the specs on your suspension setup, how low is the drop, whats the distance from the fender to the center of the wheel? hows the ride quality at that height? and lastly is that your under tray poking out from under the car? your info is much appreciated
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:13 AM   #431
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xluben, car looks sick. about to put my bc's on and was curious the specs on your suspension setup, how low is the drop, whats the distance from the fender to the center of the wheel? hows the ride quality at that height? and lastly is that your under tray poking out from under the car? your info is much appreciated
Thank you. I try to make decent notes each time I adjust the coilovers. For my current setting I measured the locking ring gap, but forgot to measure the fender-hub gap. For locking ring gap I am measuring the the distance of threaded strut that is available for adjustment (ie. the rears could only go 1/4" lower and then they'd be maxed out).

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Locking Ring Gap: 1.0"
Fender-Hub Gap: 12.?"

Rear:
Locking Ring Gap: 0.25"
Fender-Hub Gap: 12.?"

Based on the notes I had from my previous adjustment, the fender hub gap should be somewhere around 12.25", but I forgot to measure for sure. I think a 13" fender hub gap is a pretty good place to start. It leaves the top of the tire basically even with the fender.

Yes, the undertray keeps popping out right there, but not on the other side. I know I am missing the splash guard clips that go in either fender (for easier removal), but the piece that is sticking out is a completely separate thing. Maybe the same clip goes through both pieces? I'll probably try to remedy that issue this weekend...
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:47 AM   #432
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wow, awesome, thanks a lot this will help a lot. i'll let you know how it turns out
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:05 AM   #433
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I sure am a lot more interested in GrimmSpeed due to your car. You should be sponsored.

When you got your taillight overlays installed did they put a cleat coat over them, specifically any UV protecting paint or is it just... naked?
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:23 AM   #434
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I sure am a lot more interested in GrimmSpeed due to your car. You should be sponsored.
You should tell them that

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When you got your taillight overlays installed did they put a cleat coat over them, specifically any UV protecting paint or is it just... naked?
My tail lights have vinyl overlays, not paint.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:44 AM   #435
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Nice job Ben. I can't wait for the photo shoot. Our cars are different and similar enough that I think it will look really good. See you on my deck later tonight
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:43 AM   #436
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Installed the Fast Motorsports Front Mount Intercooler (FMS FMIC) yesterday. Honestly, it was a huge pain in the ass. I expected it wouldn't be a perfect fit (due to what I've read online), but it really took a considerable amount of work to get it on the car. The mounting holes in the core and bumper beam just were not well placed. Had to drill out all 6 mounting holes in the core. Even then it's still not a very good fit, but I did get all the bolts in place. This has been brought up in just about all the reviews of this item, but the bolts are not the right length. You'll have to buy new ones. There is no gasket for the turbo flange adapter. I bought a tube of high temp RTV and made a seal myself. Seems to have worked great. I also noticed that the crash beam had metal debris inside the beam itself. Looked like it was left over from making the mounting holes. I even found part of a broken drill bit inside there!

The piping had one cosmetic flaw in the wrinkle coat. Nothing you can see once installed though. I wanted black couplers, but for some reason I got red. They look OK, but I'd still prefer black. Figuring out all the pipes and couplers is a bit of a PITA without any instructions of any kind, but once you get it together I found the pipes, couplers, and T-bolt clamps to be of high quality and had good fitment. I was actually pretty impressed. Along with all this you do have to cut some of the undertray, and hack up quite a bit of the front bumper. The older models you just had to cut out the unpainted lower grill, but on the 2011's you have to do this as well as cut into the painted bumper about and inch all the way across the bottom. Plus side is that the opening ends up being a lot larger than the older models. Should get more air through the core

Other than the horrible fit of the core and the bumper beam I do like the kit a lot. Took waaaaay more work than I expected to get it on (plan for a whole day job, this could easily take 8hrs, I did it over 2 days, and it took even more than that). But the finished product is really pretty good. I'm still hoping to get black couplers (no one will sell them to me separately), but other than that I'm very happy with it.

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BIG core



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Finished:

Stealthy, but a big opening for the core





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Old 06-09-2011, 02:27 AM   #437
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wow looks sick x. car is coming together nicely. what did you end up doing with TMIC?

i got my bc's in, not sure if i asked before but what dampening settings are you using at your current height? mine is currently at the factory set height but i may try to match yours

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Old 06-09-2011, 03:01 AM   #438
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Why did you go fmic? I thought corn fed guys don't need as much cooling....
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:39 AM   #439
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wow looks sick x. car is coming together nicely. what did you end up doing with TMIC?

i got my bc's in, not sure if i asked before but what dampening settings are you using at your current height? mine is currently at the factory set height but i may try to match yours

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I don't remember exactly, but they're set at least 75% towards hard. I found the softer settings to feel very bouncy.

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Why did you go fmic? I thought corn fed guys don't need as much cooling....
More cooling is never a bad thing. We had a couple hundred degree days this week and the TMIC was literally burning hot. Couldn't even touch it with my hand after a drive. I think the front mount configuration and the giant core will definitely help get cooler air into the to engine.
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:09 AM   #440
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Looks great! When I had to get a different sized coupler for my ram intake I strolled down to Autozone and found a Spectre coupler that fit. They had red, black, and blue. Maybe see if anything like that would fit?
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:13 AM   #441
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Very Nice xluben! (just saw it in the '11 Impreza Thread) but more pictures here!

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Old 06-09-2011, 10:42 AM   #442
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Nice work Ben, notice any difference? Tuned yet?
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:35 PM   #443
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^^yes, do you notice more lag etc?
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:24 PM   #444
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Looks great! When I had to get a different sized coupler for my ram intake I strolled down to Autozone and found a Spectre coupler that fit. They had red, black, and blue. Maybe see if anything like that would fit?
Yeah, places sell generic ones online too. Might have to resort to making my own kit.

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Very Nice xluben! (just saw it in the '11 Impreza Thread) but more pictures here!

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Thanks! That thread is worthless.....

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Haven't tuned yet. Probably next week. Did one log but I started a bit late, so I couldn't really tell the spool time for sure. It might be a couple hundred rpm's slower, but it's really not noticeable when driving. The log I did made crazy top end power, but it might have just been a dip in the road. I'll get a better log with Nuke.
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:48 PM   #446
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Aww. I didn't expect you to join the useless hood scoop crowd with the FMIC mods you did.

Will you be selling your old cooler?

Sounds like you weren't going for this look, but the red really pops in the engine bay. Tune numbers may not change but I bet you stay cool after infinite pulls now. Lookin good as always.
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:26 PM   #447
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I thot you weren't going to "slam" your car? Looks better stock ride height IMO. Lowered scoob = zero functionality. My back aches just looking at your stance
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:08 AM   #448
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Aww. I didn't expect you to join the useless hood scoop crowd with the FMIC mods you did.
Aww

But I do hate useless hood scoops too.

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Will you be selling your old cooler?
Yep! For sale to anyone who wants it. Black IPR TMIC. PM me.

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Sounds like you weren't going for this look, but the red really pops in the engine bay. Tune numbers may not change but I bet you stay cool after infinite pulls now. Lookin good as always.
I did get the red pipes because of the look. I think they totally change how the engine bay looks. A lot more flashy. I'm not really big into the exterior "looks" items, but the red pipes look good in the engine bay, IMO. It would look a little less cheesy with black couplers though.

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I thot you weren't going to "slam" your car? Looks better stock ride height IMO. Lowered scoob = zero functionality. My back aches just looking at your stance
Yeah, I wasn't going to, but I came across a deal on the coilovers, and once I got them in I couldn't help myself but lower it. I'll be up a bit eventually. I think 0 fender gap definitely looks a lot better than stock, and the firmer springs feel much, much better than the mushy stock suspension. But I will agree that being this low really limits the things you can do. A little higher, but still just as stiff would undoubtedly be better.
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Old 06-10-2011, 01:29 AM   #449
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Just for fun I did some measurements:
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Stock TMIC:

27x24x6.5cm = 4,212cm^3

IPR TMIC:

27x27x10cm = 7,290cm^3 (73% increase in volume over stock)

FMS FMIC:

65x23x8cm = 11,960cm^3 (184% increase in volume over stock)
BTW, my front bumper cutout is 5 3/4" tall (and plenty wide).

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^ I wanna see pictures of snow in the FMIC come winter time!
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