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Old 04-17-2012, 01:12 AM   #1
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I figured I should start a build journal to document the path I plan to take in modding my car. I picked up a 2012 Impreza Sport Premium in Marine Blue Pearl at the end of January. I have been lurking on this site and IWSTI for a couple of years readings and learning in hopes of getting an STi. With the cost of gas and potential engine trouble I decided NA was more economically feasible. I went to a few dealerships looking for a 2.5i Legacy but wasn't too keen on the electronic handbrake. So I found myself at Irvine Subaru with Marcelo helping me. That's how the story begins.

As you can imagine, idle hands are the devil's play ground and the urge to mod bit right away. Problem is, there isn't yet a lot available so thinking out of the box is a must.

Link to pictures:
http://s1161.photobucket.com/albums/q507/strunz490/

Mods installed:
Prodrive shift knob. Freebie from the dealer.
Smoked tail lights-turn signal and reverse only with VHT Nightshades
Rear Bumper LED reflectors wired up to brake lights
Plastidipped front grille
Hella Supertones with Blue powder coated grill
Rally pig sticker on drivers side mirror
Full LED swap
Sharkfin Antenna
Custom axleback exhaust
6K HID's
Blacked out head lights
Custom intake tube

Planned:
Cobb adjustable short shifter
Cobb shifter bushings
Cobb/Perrin shift knob
JPM Coachworks Shift boot and ebrake boot.
STi front lip
Side skirts
H & R lowering springs
Rota T2R 18 x 9.5 ET 38 in flat black
Rally Armor Mud flaps
UEL Headers
Project KICS lugnuts
Kartboy pitch stop
GT Spec steering wheel
Grimmspeed license plate delete
STi brake swap

And lastly a WRX engine swap.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:51 AM   #2
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Before Sharkfin


Sharkfin installed

It took about 5 weeks to get the Antenna which I have to say looks amazing. Paint is matched perfectly and install was a piece of cake.
Getting the correct color for a new car took some time.

Reception loss is very minimal.

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Old 04-17-2012, 02:01 AM   #3
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Here is the exhaust setup:

Initially I disconnected the muffler and and low and behold there was an nice boxer rumble. Problem was that it droned pretty bad at highway speeds. So to remedy that I wanted to extend the exhaust further back to reduce or eliminate the drone. The exhaust is currently in the initial stages of testing. I took video of the exhaust with the muffler disconnected and then with the custom fabbed piece attached. So far, from what I can tell, the drone is has been reduced but I haven't been on the freeway yet so I won't know for sure how annoying it will be. Driving around town is fine.


Raw materials


Finished product....for now

Exhaust

Drive by

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:12 AM   #4
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Looks good, How hard was it to install the new antenna? also post some videos of you doing drive bys with the new exhaust setup
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:27 AM   #5
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I think these have a lot of potential and I'm liking your start. And that exhaust sounds sexy
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:43 AM   #6
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Looks good, How hard was it to install the new antenna? also post some videos of you doing drive bys with the new exhaust setup
The antenna is super easy. You'll need a flat screwdriver to hook up the antenna lead and some Isopropyl alcohol to clean the area around the antenna base. You'll also want to use some masking tape as guidelines to mount the antenna straight. It took me about 5 minutes to do the install.

I'll try and get some drive by's sometime this week.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:45 AM   #7
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I think these have a lot of potential and I'm liking your start. And that exhaust sounds sexy
Thanks!
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:17 PM   #8
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Do you know for a fact that a WRX engine will fit in the new Impreza's?
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:23 PM   #9
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Do you know for a fact that a WRX engine will fit in the new Impreza's?
No, at this point I have no idea. That will most likely be one of the last mods I do unless a ton of money falls in my lap. Where there is a will there is a way right?
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:41 PM   #10
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Thanks!
not a problem, and now that i watch the video again and im on a computer not my phone it sounds even better
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:36 PM   #11
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How did you get the antenna off? Do you unscrew it or does it just pop out? I tried unscrewing but didn't want to break anything.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:48 PM   #12
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subscribed to this thread, i have the car in the same color and have been looking for ideas, so this is great, its gonna push me to spend lots of money though i think..... so far everything looks good! im liking the sharkfin
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:20 AM   #13
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How did you get the antenna off? Do you unscrew it or does it just pop out? I tried unscrewing but didn't want to break anything.
The antenna base is fixed to the roof of the car and the Sharkfin goes over it. The whip portion of the antenna simply unscrews. It may seem like it doesn't at first. You just have to break the threads.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:23 AM   #14
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subscribed to this thread, i have the car in the same color and have been looking for ideas, so this is great, its gonna push me to spend lots of money though i think..... so far everything looks good! im liking the sharkfin
Nice! How are you liking it so far? I have to say, I am not a fan of the roof rails and plan on removing them. I called the stealership today and they want $88 per side for the roof trim.

Thanks for the compliments.

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Old 04-19-2012, 10:44 PM   #15
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how is the reception with the shark fin antenna?
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:04 AM   #16
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how is the reception with the shark fin antenna?
I have not noticed any loss. Reception is the same as having the whip antenna.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:45 AM   #17
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Subscribed!! Us MBPs gotta stick together right? I like where you are/where you're going with the car. Good luck!
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:54 PM   #18
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Subscribed!! Us MBPs gotta stick together right? I like where you are/where you're going with the car. Good luck!
Yeah, for sure. Maybe we should start a MBP only color thread.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:27 PM   #19
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looks nice keep up the good work
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:34 PM   #20
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Who made your LED rear reflectors? They look good man.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:47 PM   #21
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Who made your LED rear reflectors? They look good man.
Here is the website:
http://www.shop.jwmotoring.com/produ...&categoryId=94
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:55 PM   #22
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I figured I should start a build journal to document the path I plan to take in modding my car. I picked up a 2012 Impreza Sport Premium in Marine Blue Pearl at the end of January. I have been lurking on this site and IWSTI for a couple of years readings and learning in hopes of getting an STi. With the cost of gas and potential engine trouble I decided NA was more economically feasible. I went to a few dealerships looking for a 2.5i Legacy but wasn't too keen on the electronic handbrake. So I found myself at Irvine Subaru with Marcelo helping me. That's how the story begins.

As you can imagine, idle hands are the devil's play ground and the urge to mod bit right away. Problem is, there isn't yet a lot available so thinking out of the box is a must.

Link to pictures:
http://s1161.photobucket.com/albums/q507/strunz490/

Mods installed:
Prodrive shift knob. Freebie from the dealer.
Smoked tail lights-turn signal and reverse only with VHT Nightshades
Rear Bumper LED reflectors wired up to brake lights
Plastidipped front grille
Hella Supertones with Blue powder coated grill
Rally pig sticker on drivers side mirror
Full LED swap except for DRL's
Sharkfin Antenna
Custom axleback exhaust
6K HID's

Planned:
Cobb adjustable short shifter
Cobb shifter bushings
Cobb/Perrin shift knob
JPM Coachworks Shift boot and ebrake boot.
LED DRL's
STi front lip
Side skirts
Tein S-Tech springs
Rota G Force 18x9 +35et
Rally Armor Mud flaps
UEL Headers
Project KICS lugnuts
Kartboy pitch stop
GT Spec steering wheel
Grimmspeed license plate delete
Custom LED tail lights
Blacked out headlights
STi brake swap

And lastly a WRX engine swap.
Have been following the upgrades you are doing to your '12 impreza. I recently received my '12 impreza myself and its great to see the mods you have completed. Have you looked into installing a short ram or cold air intake?
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:30 PM   #23
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Have been following the upgrades you are doing to your '12 impreza. I recently received my '12 impreza myself and its great to see the mods you have completed. Have you looked into installing a short ram or cold air intake?
Thanks for the compliments.

I have looked into an aftermarket intake and have also spoken with the guys at EFI Logics and Cobb So Cal. To get the most out of installing an aftermarket setup, you should really get the car tuned. The problem here is that our cars cannot currently be tuned. Will that change....? I'd like to think so but from what I have seen most of the attention goes to the turbo models. Right now the only option would be to go with standalone engine management like MOTEC, Haltech or Megasquirt with preference towards MOTEC and Haltech. Cobb recommended MOTEC or Haltech because they have a great deal of functionality and support. With that being said the factory airbox is pretty decent and from what I can tell looks to be the same dimensionally with 08+WRX. So my plan is to throw in a drop in filter, maybe a Cosworth or Blitz dry filter. I'd stay away from the oiled ones as they tend to foul the sensors. I am going to swap out the intake tube for something custom. I just haven't decided on the material.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:23 PM   #24
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the rally armor mudflaps are out now they emailed me yesterday! you should definetly pick them up soon. iwanna see how they are gonna look!!
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:28 PM   #25
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Nice! How are you liking it so far? I have to say, I am not a fan of the roof rails and plan on removing them. I called the stealership today and they want $88 per side for the roof trim.

Thanks for the compliments.
Im liking it a lot so far, and yeah im not sure how i feel about the rails either, def. a lot better looking then the cross bars that the previous impreza outback sport got... but thats not too terrible of a price i guess for the roof trim.

Keep it up man, the thing looks great, the tinted taillights are sweet.
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