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Old 10-22-2012, 10:48 AM   #14401
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Quick question (and probably a dumb one): I did the easy, low RPM break-in of my car for the first 1500 miles or so, and I was wondering if resetting the ECU would be of benefit to help improve performance a little bit. My theory is that the car learned this easy driving style and is now tuned to it. Resetting it, I can re-learn it to a more aggressive "tune".

Has anyone else experienced anything with this?
they are learning computers. it will relearn over time. you can accelerate the process by disconnecting the battery, but i don't think you will see any real benefit from it.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:56 AM   #14402
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Computers don't really learn driving styles, they learn to operate under certain conditions. Resetting the ECU would mean the car has to re-learn gentle driving as well as hard driving. I wouldn't bother.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:12 AM   #14403
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Has anyone had issues with their tires? The stock Yokohama Avid S34 are some of the worst reviewed tires on TireRack.

I have 7300 miles with no issues yet, but the good news is that they may be worn and in need of replacement by the time it snows, so I wont have to worry about poor snow traction.



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Picked up my mesh grille today, and decided to take it apart. With or without badge?




Where did you pick that up from? I like the look with the badge. What is the depth/interior space like? I was thinking of putting some Hella 500ff's behind my grille, but I don't think it would work with the stock grille.

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Old 10-22-2012, 01:05 PM   #14404
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Has anyone had issues with their tires? The stock Yokohama Avid S34 are some of the worst reviewed tires on TireRack.

I have 7300 miles with no issues yet, but the good news is that they may be worn and in need of replacement by the time it snows, so I wont have to worry about poor snow traction.

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I drove with the stock tires in the snow a couple of times last year, they really were not that bad. Keep in mind that TireRack reviews are by owners of all types of cars, not many of them are reviewing the tires on the Impreza.

A couple of people here replaced the "terrible" OEM tires before they drove the car off the lot. Kind of silly, but that's just my opinion. They can spend their money any way they want to, it does not affect my car or my enjoyment of driving on the stock tires.

I bought snows for this year, and plan on driving the stock tires into the ground, just not during the winter from now on.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:26 PM   #14405
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Has anyone had issues with their tires? The stock Yokohama Avid S34 are some of the worst reviewed tires on TireRack.

I have 7300 miles with no issues yet, but the good news is that they may be worn and in need of replacement by the time it snows, so I wont have to worry about poor snow traction.
I replaced the Yoko's with Conti DWS off the lot and a precondition to the sales order (special order). Depending on where you live, the amount of snow, ice, sleet, and rain that you get, replacement recommendations vary. I bought a Subaru for safety in bad weather conditions and decided that the stock tires were not up to par. Others may have different opinions and that is OK. The Conti's are rated better and are cheaper. They offer a softer ride also. I had them on my 2008 Outback Sport and loved them.

Edit: You should be able to get another 10/12k miles of use on the stock tires as long as it doesn't rain or snow much.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:39 PM   #14406
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My tires hardly look worn at 6500 miles, i rotated them a week or so ago.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:17 AM   #14407
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The stock tires are good in dry conditions and decent in wet, I would say. Haven't driven them in snow yet though.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:40 AM   #14408
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The stock tires are good in dry conditions and decent in wet, I would say. Haven't driven them in snow yet though.
I would agree with that. They definitely loose grip in wet conditions. But they did handle up to 3"of slush for me at 60mph so I'm not complaining!
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:00 AM   #14409
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Hate to re-hash this old convo but I'm more than happy with the stock Yoko's. I've driven them in fresh powder as well as slush & been more than satisfied. Handling, stopping, all of it. The traction control helps on stops & coming off a stop so you don't spin out. I'm confident snow tires or Conti DWS perform better but the stocks will remain on for a 2nd winter this year.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:00 PM   #14410
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Default Update on LED Hatch lighting

LED strip lights in the rear hatch:

I ordered a 2 meter strip of white LED's off ebay for $8.99. (5050 2 meter LED flexible waterproof light strip).

These can be cut every 3 LED's to customize the length, I ended up using 43" to cover the area shown, so just over a meter.

It is pretty simple to add lights that operate off the hatch light (comes on when the hatch is open, after a while reduces to 50% light output, and later will shut off which is how the trunk/hatch light seem to work).

I popped out the rear hatch light to expose the wiring. There are two wires there, the Pink wire is hot (and is always hot), and the other wire is the ground, which operates via the hatch open switch to turn on the lights.

When the hatch is closed, the switch disconnects the Ground, not the Hot wire (so it is easiest just to tap into both wires and run those directly to the LED strip).

The plastic at the rear of the hatch (that the shade locks into) has an "airbag" emblem. Removing the one black screw in the shade lock area and prying that plastic back reveals that the airbag is not in that area, and provides room to route the wiring easily.

The strip I ordered had a 3M adhesive strip, but to help hold everything in place I used some Zip ties and poked holes in the headliner on either side of the strip, pried the headliner down slightly, and installed the zip tie on the roof side of the headliner. Not that hard to do, and there is no way the strip can fall down that way.

Here is a pic -- good mod for under $10:

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Old 10-23-2012, 06:40 PM   #14411
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LED strip lights in the rear hatch:

I ordered a 2 meter strip of white LED's off ebay for $8.99. (5050 2 meter LED flexible waterproof light strip).

These can be cut every 3 LED's to customize the length, I ended up using 43" to cover the area shown, so just over a meter.

It is pretty simple to add lights that operate off the hatch light (comes on when the hatch is open, after a while reduces to 50% light output, and later will shut off which is how the trunk/hatch light seem to work).

I popped out the rear hatch light to expose the wiring. There are two wires there, the Pink wire is hot (and is always hot), and the other wire is the ground, which operates via the hatch open switch to turn on the lights.

When the hatch is closed, the switch disconnects the Ground, not the Hot wire (so it is easiest just to tap into both wires and run those directly to the LED strip).

The plastic at the rear of the hatch (that the shade locks into) has an "airbag" emblem. Removing the one black screw in the shade lock area and prying that plastic back reveals that the airbag is not in that area, and provides room to route the wiring easily.

The strip I ordered had a 3M adhesive strip, but to help hold everything in place I used some Zip ties and poked holes in the headliner on either side of the strip, pried the headliner down slightly, and installed the zip tie on the roof side of the headliner. Not that hard to do, and there is no way the strip can fall down that way.

Here is a pic -- good mod for under $10:

i did the same mod. i used 2 feet, i should have used a lot more. but it still provides more than enough light. also, how exactly did you tap into the wiring. i used extended wires, butt connectors, and t-taps. but the mod took more than 10 dollars for me. i also used velcro. not the most sturdy way to hold the strip on but it wont come off unless i pull on it. it makes this mod reversible.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:53 PM   #14412
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i did the same mod. i used 2 feet, i should have used a lot more. but it still provides more than enough light. also, how exactly did you tap into the wiring. i used extended wires, butt connectors, and t-taps. but the mod took more than 10 dollars for me. i also used velcro. not the most sturdy way to hold the strip on but it wont come off unless i pull on it. it makes this mod reversible.
I used some wiring taps I had lying around, and tape, nothing fancy. if it starts to not work correctly I will open it back up and solder the top wires (from the LED to the wires I ran) and install some new taps.

Originally I had only tapped into the Pink (+) wire and ran my own ground, but I soon figured out that the hatch switch mechanism operates by interrupting the Ground wire, not the positive wire. I had to tap the switches Ground wire in order for my strip to shut off when the hatch was closed.

I ran the strip overhead just inside the door, the headliner there is easy to move and there is enough room to zip tie it there without removing the headliner. If this strip dies I will install another, it is pretty cool and quick to install. In that position it is also weatherproof, as it is inside the car and the weatherstripping.

The amount of light is amazing, and that position works well to light up the hatch -- it is much brighter than the interior dome light and that little side hatch light.

When the strip is lit, you will not see the zip ties (it is very bright!)

When the strip is unlit, no one is really going to notice it tucked up in back near the hatch, unless you regularly tie up people and stuff them in your hatch face up.

I suggest you leave them face down, then they won't obsess if your zip ties are crooked!




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Old 10-23-2012, 06:55 PM   #14413
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Any having any rattling noise issues (Plastic?) with their Impreza?

I am getting a very annoying rattle noise from this area. Anyone else experiencing this? If so, did you do anything to fix it?



Rattle Noise by jmaiden91184, on Flickr
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:52 PM   #14414
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Lmao-
Thanks! I will order one of these grilles JUST for removal of the badge!
I've been really considering de-badging the rear, and the front would look cool too. All that would leave is the center caps of the wheels.
Anyone know if there are any holes behind the rear badges?
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:01 PM   #14415
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There aren't holes I just them off my car looks so clean now ^^^
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:22 PM   #14416
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Anyone added some ambient lighting to be on with the headlights or possibly on a switch? Like LED strips in the footwell and in the door handles and things like that...
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:59 PM   #14417
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Does anybody know how to make the car leave your headlights on after you take the key out on an auto headlight system? In Canada at least, even if you have the lights switched on and not on auto once you take the key out they turn off.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:42 AM   #14418
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yea, just turn them off then back on. worked for my car. without the key in.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:48 AM   #14419
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Does anybody know how to make the car leave your headlights on after you take the key out on an auto headlight system? In Canada at least, even if you have the lights switched on and not on auto once you take the key out they turn off.
You would have to turn them one notch up on the stalk.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:59 AM   #14420
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The Bluetooth in my car worked flawlessly until two moths ago. Now it won't connect to my phone, or any other phone automatically. Is there any way to do a master reset on the audio system to try and fix it? Pretty annoying to have to go into my phones settings and connect each time I drive.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:34 AM   #14421
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Is there a tow point on the back of the vehicle at all? I couldn't find anything, is there somewhere to get a tow hook attached
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:57 AM   #14422
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Yes, the tow anchor point should be beneath the bumper cover and the screw in Tow-hook should be where the spare is.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:42 AM   #14423
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The Bluetooth in my car worked flawlessly until two moths ago. Now it won't connect to my phone, or any other phone automatically. Is there any way to do a master reset on the audio system to try and fix it? Pretty annoying to have to go into my phones settings and connect each time I drive.
Try deleting existing phones on the car. Then re-set it up/pair it using voice commands instead of the menu on the stereo. I had issues with the new iPhone & that resolved it.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:02 AM   #14424
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Yes, the tow anchor point should be beneath the bumper cover and the screw in Tow-hook should be where the spare is.
Pure genius i never saw that toe hook... im amazed... idk if i should leave it to try and look awesome.. of not... lmao

If aftermarket ones werent so damn expensive i would pick one up. But 160 for a tow hook??? Thats ridiculous

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Old 10-24-2012, 07:39 PM   #14425
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When I get mine Ill post my pics of them too. I agree that vacuuming that area does really stink. I was originally just going to cut out a hole for them but I like the idea that it can keep that area dirt free.
So just got my Husky Liner and I think the quality is very comparable to weathertech's. in fact I put them side by side and they feel the same in thickness and texture. The only thing I think is slightly different is the finish on the weathertech's but over all the same. I was thinking about cutting a hole for the gas latch access but I did a lift test and it was hardly an effort. The husky's fit tightly and has great coverage at half the price of the weathertech's ! More money saved for other mods. I will also put some other all weather mats on top of the husky's for extra added protection like I did with my Honda accord. When I bought the accord in 08 I bought weathertech's and my carpets look new when I sold it. In fact people asked me if I had re-upholstered my car. I had the same combo weathertech's with all weather mats on top. Here some pics I took:

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