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Old 05-23-2012, 04:59 PM   #51
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Not a problem! Glad to help. When you get your car back you'll have to post some pics.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:04 PM   #52
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I also should have mentioned that my drivers seat has developed a very annoying squeak. For those of you in So Cal, I would suggest staying away from Rennick Subaru in Fullerton. I called them up to see if I could bring my car in during my lunch break to check out the offending noise and they said they would need 1-2 hours to diagnose the problem which doesn't work for me since I only get an hour lunch break and the service department is closed on the weekends. Can't remember the guys name but he was extremely rude. I bought the car at Irvine Subaru so I might end up taking it there when I have the time, although I am more inclined to see if I can fix it myself and post up the results of my findings and possible solution to the noise.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:24 PM   #53
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I did the same mod with the exhaust. When I get my car back from the body shop I will do a video too. It sounds amazing!!! Btw.... Some guy hit me which is why my car is in the shop. 😔
I will probably post it to YouTube and add a link.
sweeet cant wait to hear it... i had a wrx wagon before with a turbo back and i miss the subie rumble sooo much lol.. that sucks about the hit...

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I have a 3 day weekend coming up which should give me ample time to do a few things this weekend. I noticed a rock chip in the plasti-dip on my grill due to too thin of sprayed material. So, I'll be removing the front bumper and grill so that I can fix the small issue. I'll take better pics of the Hella supertone setup for those that are interested. I am also going to do a DRL light mod, and a mod that involves the front, sides and rear of the car. A drive by video will also be taken....finally.

On a side note, I found a vendor that might potentially have an aftermarket CAI and axleback exhaust for our NA cars. I am just waiting to hear back.

Stay tuned.
awesome... love this thread... makes me kinda wish i got a MBP lol SWP is still nice though
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:42 PM   #54
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Scan gauge II going in this weekend and depending on time, I might take the headlights off, bake them and then black them out. I have had several requests for drive by video, so I will try and get that taken care of as well.
Don't forget to take some pics if you if you do decide to black out the headlights. Would be great to see how you do it, and the results. Any word on finding a CAI?
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:13 PM   #55
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Don't forget to take some pics if you if you do decide to black out the headlights. Would be great to see how you do it, and the results. Any word on finding a CAI?
Ok guys.....I haven't posted pics yet because I still have a few more to take and the drive by video but here is what I did. Baked the head lights and painted the outer chrome part black and used VHT Nightshades on the amber reflector. They came out pretty good and in my opinion should have came that way from the factory in the sport trim. I have baked headlights before and these weren't that easy. Once you remove all the bulbs and the wire harness there are about 8 screws that need to be removed. I preheated the oven to about 250F then turned it off and stuck the head light on a cookie sheet in the oven for about 7-8 minutes. It takes time and patience to separate the housing from the lens.

I wanted to disable the DRL's in the head light housing in favor of another mod I did however I was not able to locate the a plug for these when I removed the front bumper. On the headlights there is a main harness for everything but the high beams and DRL's. That has it's own plug.

I also resprayed the grill with plasti-dip. Well I peeled off the plasti-dip first and then resprayed it. I installed a front lip spoiler which looks okay for now. I'm not about to spend $500 for the factory spoiler. That's just ludicrous. I might just end up getting the STi front lip spoiler off eBay and modify it to fit. I was also going to side skirts like I did for the front lip spoiler but I have found a pair that should work just fine...just haven't pulled the trigger yet. I wanted to do rear spats as well but I have to change my plan of attack until I can source suitable material for them.

Haven't installed the Scan Gauge II yet. That will require dis-assembly of the center console to route the cable properly so I will end up waiting until I have the Cobb short shifter and bushings, the JPM Coachworks shift boot and e-brake boot so I only have to take it apart once.

The mod I did that would have replaced the function of the DRL's will be a surprise until pics are posted.

I am planning on modding the air intake as well. I took some measurements today while I had the filter box out. There is a secondary filter which I removed by drilling out the melted rivets. I have just a tad over 2500 miles on the car and when I took out the filter, the side facing the intake tube looked brand new so I had no qualms about doing this. I had the MAF unplugged when I did this so the ECU is having to relearn. I suspect that there might be a tiny increase in gas mileage. I already did notice less hesitation when accelerating from a stop.

I mentioned previously that I might have found a supplier for the CAI and axleback exhaust. While it looks like the two will fit based on pictures, there is no way to know for sure without confirmation from them. The other question that I posed was whether or not a tune will be required since chances are the car would run lean with the replacement of the stock intake to a CAI. If I don't hear anything back by Tuesday I will try to get in touch with them again.

Pics and video will be posted tomorrow. Any questions in the interim, please don't hesitate to ask.
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:36 PM   #56
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you lost me when you said you went NA for economical reasons but you intend on doing a WRX engine swap? Isn't that kind of defeating the purpose?
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:59 AM   #57
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you lost me when you said you went NA for economical reasons but you intend on doing a WRX engine swap? Isn't that kind of defeating the purpose?
What purpose am I defeating? That's the mod path I have chosen and unless I win the lottery my intention is either to do the swap or turbo the current engine. But in an effort to not sound like a jerk, I'll elaborate. I went with the Impreza for economical reasons like you mentioned above. I have a two year old and my wife and I are expecting another baby in December so we needed a second car and this one fit the bill. Could I have afforded the payments on a WRX? Maybe. Get an AP, downpipe and go stage 2. That would be great, but there are potential ringland issues, the car needing premium gas....that I cannot afford. Everyone has different mod paths....some like to tint the windows and call it a day and others like myself delve deep looking to improve every aspect of the car even at the cost of sacrificing some mpg's. Obviously, something like this doesn't happen over night and if it could a WRX/STi would be the more logical choice. Family comes first and as far as modding my car, I do what I can when I can afford it. I do lots of research before buying something. By the time I can even afford to do a swap or forced injection on the 2.0, the warranty on the car will have run out, the car might even be paid off, so economically it still would make sense to continue looking for ways to improve the car instead of starting over and having another car payment. My goal is to have a sleeper. There is a thread in the Legacy forum that is perfect example: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2190811
So with that being said, I'll leave you with a little saying....Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.

Happy Memorial Day!!
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:04 PM   #58
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New pics are up and drive by video as well.

http://s1161.photobucket.com/albums/q507/strunz490/

There are several sub albums so be sure to check them out.
The drive by video is in the exhaust video album.


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Roof racks make the hatchbacks look so much better. I vote you get a rear spoiler as well.
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:44 AM   #60
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Roof racks make the hatchbacks look so much better. I vote you get a rear spoiler as well.
Not really a fan of the roof rack myself plus I have no use for it. My other car is Toyota Tundra.

As far as the rear spoiler....that's on my list of things to do. I'm partial to the STi rear roof spoiler so I'll probably get one of those and modify it to fit.
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Hey guys,

I have been receiving a lot of inquiries on my exhaust setup so I thought I would make the information readily available. Components of my setup are:
2.25" flange from streettunedmotorsports.com
2.0" flange gasket from streettunedmotorsports.com
2.25" tubing from siliconeintakes.com (90' elbow should be sufficient)

The flange and tubing are 304 stainless. You could use mild steel and save a few dollars....

If you have any questions, please let me know.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:47 PM   #62
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What purpose am I defeating? That's the mod path I have chosen and unless I win the lottery my intention is either to do the swap or turbo the current engine. But in an effort to not sound like a jerk, I'll elaborate. I went with the Impreza for economical reasons like you mentioned above. I have a two year old and my wife and I are expecting another baby in December so we needed a second car and this one fit the bill. Could I have afforded the payments on a WRX? Maybe. Get an AP, downpipe and go stage 2. That would be great, but there are potential ringland issues, the car needing premium gas....that I cannot afford. Everyone has different mod paths....some like to tint the windows and call it a day and others like myself delve deep looking to improve every aspect of the car even at the cost of sacrificing some mpg's. Obviously, something like this doesn't happen over night and if it could a WRX/STi would be the more logical choice. Family comes first and as far as modding my car, I do what I can when I can afford it. I do lots of research before buying something. By the time I can even afford to do a swap or forced injection on the 2.0, the warranty on the car will have run out, the car might even be paid off, so economically it still would make sense to continue looking for ways to improve the car instead of starting over and having another car payment. My goal is to have a sleeper. There is a thread in the Legacy forum that is perfect example: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2190811
So with that being said, I'll leave you with a little saying....Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.

Happy Memorial Day!!

I very much agree with what you are doing with the Impreza. I also felt the same when making my decision if I should get a 2011 WRX or 2012 Impreza. In Canada, the WRX would still have came out about 5000 dollars more than the Impreza and the also the cost of premium fuel pushed me towards the 2012 Impreza. I can't say I have a family but I feel the car is a perfect car to start a family with, while still having everything that satisfies my needs in a car. It may be a bit short of power, but if it sounds nice and has good acceleration, then what else do you need?
There aren't many mods available, but as you have shown, there are some things that can be done, and it comes out looking great too. I'm sure more will be available down the road as well. I checked out your updated pics and videos on photobucket, and the car is sounding great! Headlights look good too. Are the daytime running lights now the "C" shaped part of your headlights? I really like how that looks and would like to know what you actually did to have it light up that way.
Also, are the LEDs that are running above the fog light housing a replacement for the fogs, or is that a seperate light source?
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I very much agree with what you are doing with the Impreza. I also felt the same when making my decision if I should get a 2011 WRX or 2012 Impreza. In Canada, the WRX would still have came out about 5000 dollars more than the Impreza and the also the cost of premium fuel pushed me towards the 2012 Impreza. I can't say I have a family but I feel the car is a perfect car to start a family with, while still having everything that satisfies my needs in a car. It may be a bit short of power, but if it sounds nice and has good acceleration, then what else do you need?
There aren't many mods available, but as you have shown, there are some things that can be done, and it comes out looking great too. I'm sure more will be available down the road as well. I checked out your updated pics and videos on photobucket, and the car is sounding great! Headlights look good too. Are the daytime running lights now the "C" shaped part of your headlights? I really like how that looks and would like to know what you actually did to have it light up that way.
Also, are the LEDs that are running above the fog light housing a replacement for the fogs, or is that a seperate light source?
The position and function of the DRL's within the headlight housing has not changed. Having the C shaped portion of the head lights as the DRL's would be pretty cool. There is another member that has done exactly that, however I do not know how bright it is. See thread http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2333347 The LED's that are above the fog lights function as DRL's and wired so that they come on when the key is turned to the on position. I thought about wiring them in with the DRL's however those turn off when the headlights come on and I wanted the LED's on all the time.
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The position and function of the DRL's within the headlight housing has not changed. Having the C shaped portion of the head lights as the DRL's would be pretty cool. There is another member that has done exactly that, however I do not know how bright it is. See thread http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2333347 The LED's that are above the fog lights function as DRL's and wired so that they come on when the key is turned to the on position. I thought about wiring them in with the DRL's however those turn off when the headlights come on and I wanted the LED's on all the time.
How did you wire the LEDs to work in that way? It would be great if one could wire it so the DRLs (when replaced with the LED strip) stayed on when the headlights turned on (something I would like to figure out how to do)
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What kind of LED bulbs did you use in your fog lights? Do you have any daytime pictures?
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:55 PM   #66
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How did you wire the LEDs to work in that way? It would be great if one could wire it so the DRLs (when replaced with the LED strip) stayed on when the headlights turned on (something I would like to figure out how to do)
The problem with wiring them in with the DRL's is that they will turn off when the head lights come on. If that is the functionality that you are looking for then great. I wanted the LED's on all the time while the car is on. I had to find a wire that received 12 volts when the key was turned to the on position. There isn't a whole lot to work with behind the bumper so the windshield washer pump fit the bill. I tapped into the power wire and grounded the other to the chassis.
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What kind of LED bulbs did you use in your fog lights? Do you have any daytime pictures?
The fog light LED's are H16. Light output isn't very good though. If you are looking to increase light output these would not be ideal. I plan on replacing them with a halogen bulb or a high powered LED. If I still don't get the light output that I am looking for then I plan on changing the fog light housing completely.
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Yes, H11 bulb is correct. I just installed the HID's into the stock housing. Light scatter is minimal. A projector retrofit is something that I am considering after completion of more "important" mods.
Hoping that you hear back from the supplier for the axleback and CAI soon, I would love to get my hands on those.

Just wondering how many K your hids are? I would actually prefer to retrofit and save myself the hassle and money (I know the hids are cheap) I would spend on hids now. Only problem is I've found one retrofit kit so far for the Impreza. If you do happen to come across any retrofit kits or parts I would appreciate it if you could send them my way.
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Hoping that you hear back from the supplier for the axleback and CAI soon, I would love to get my hands on those.

Just wondering how many K your hids are? I would actually prefer to retrofit and save myself the hassle and money (I know the hids are cheap) I would spend on hids now. Only problem is I've found one retrofit kit so far for the Impreza. If you do happen to come across any retrofit kits or parts I would appreciate it if you could send them my way.
I did hear back from them...here is their response: Unfortunately, we are yet to have our exhaust and intake ready for this application.
We are planning on releasing new products for the 2012 later this summer or beginning of fall.

Thank you for your interest and please check back in a few more weeks !

My HID's are 6K.

Check out this thread for projector retrofit on the 2012: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2333347
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I did hear back from them...here is their response: Unfortunately, we are yet to have our exhaust and intake ready for this application.
We are planning on releasing new products for the 2012 later this summer or beginning of fall.

Thank you for your interest and please check back in a few more weeks !

My HID's are 6K.

Check out this thread for projector retrofit on the 2012: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2333347
I hope you hear from your supplier soon, as I'm itching to get an intake and exhaust installed. Thanks, I have been following that thread, I've decided to buy from the retrofit source, I'm just deciding which kit I'm going to get either the FX-R or DS2.
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Any new work done on the baby STI? have been following your progress and seeing if any new changes have been made?
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:09 AM   #73
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Any new work done on the baby STI? have been following your progress and seeing if any new changes have been made?
I haven't done much recently; it's been a pretty stagnant month in terms of mods. I have some 7.5watt led's coming in the mail for the DRL's. I did however take the car into the dealership for service. They made no mention of the exhaust on the car. Had the oil changed and had them take a look at the squeaky drivers seat. I was hoping for a replacement but no such luck. They said they lubed the springs in the seat which to me is a bulls**t fix. I parked the car after I got home and next time I drove it was today to work squeak an all. They said if the squeak returns to bring the car back so they can lube it again. Since I don't have all the time in the world to spend at the dealership, I am going to try and see if I can fix it myself. Not sure how yet, as I need to take a look inside the seat to see what I'm up against. On a positive note though I complained about the acceleration from a start and how the car seemed to bog down before picking up. BTW, I have the manual trans. I brought in the TSB for the CVT transmission but of course it's not applicable to the manual. They did locate an ECM re-flash for the manual trans. On the invoice there is a number referenced in the section for the re-flash: A455-288 UPG48. Not sure if it relates directly to the re-flash or not. While the car is not a rocket off the line, the new ECM flash does seem to improve throttle response and acceleration. Only drove it to and from work today. Not sure what the effect will be on overall gas mileage will be. I also asked about the high idle, (on my car almost 2k) on a cold start up and they said that is what the car is supposed to do.
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Have you seen this thread:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2358942

Might be the permanent(ish) solution for your seat.


I'd be very interested in the ECM re-flash, I saw the TSB for the CVT, I didn't know that applied to the Manuals though (or that they had a similar re-flash). Mine seems to lug really bad in the lower RPMs, and even more so if I've got A/C going (almost so bad it makes me not want to use it, but with 90's and 100's lately, there's not much choice.) I've pretty much got to drop the clutch at 2500+ just to get anywhere.

I've got to take mine in for the 3000 mile Oil Change, and I'll have to ask them about doing the ECM re-flash for mine. Also have to have them look at my clutch engagement point, it seems to be too high up, and I am worried that if the clutch starts to slip, it won't fully engage with the pedal up all the way.

Any advice on what to say to the techs about the re-flash?


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Bulletin Description: The purpose of this Service Bulletin is to announce the availability of updated ECM reprogramming files to address DTCs P0301 - P0304 or with an extended engine cranking condition. NOTE: These reprogramming files are intended to address a condition when DTCs are present for misfire, but no actual drivability condition exists or has been reported by the customer. Actual engine misfire or roughness conditions must be diagnosed according to the procedures listed in the applicable Service Manual.

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Have you seen this thread:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2358942

Might be the permanent(ish) solution for your seat.


I'd be very interested in the ECM re-flash, I saw the TSB for the CVT, I didn't know that applied to the Manuals though (or that they had a similar re-flash). Mine seems to lug really bad in the lower RPMs, and even more so if I've got A/C going (almost so bad it makes me not want to use it, but with 90's and 100's lately, there's not much choice.) I've pretty much got to drop the clutch at 2500+ just to get anywhere.

I've got to take mine in for the 3000 mile Oil Change, and I'll have to ask them about doing the ECM re-flash for mine. Also have to have them look at my clutch engagement point, it seems to be too high up, and I am worried that if the clutch starts to slip, it won't fully engage with the pedal up all the way.

Any advice on what to say to the techs about the re-flash?


edit:
was this the TSB they were referring to for your ECM reflash:
Thanks for the link. I'm definitely going to give that a try. Just mention to the tech what your experiencing and mention that there is an ECM re-flash available. I don't think it would be an issue. When I took my car in they told me 3 hours for an oil change, re-flash and seat fix. Only took 1.5 hours. No, I do not believe that TSB is the same and it is definitely not the same one for the CVT models either.

A455-288 = operation code
UPG-48 = fail code
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