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Old 01-16-2013, 02:06 AM   #1
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Hey nasioc! I just sold my VW and picked up my first Impreza WRX, a 2013 dark gray metallic hatchback with base trim level.





Cellphone pics are all I have until I take her for a proper shoot.

First impressions: the steering responsiveness and road manners are blowing me away. I'm still breaking in the engine, and I'm amazed with the power it puts down. I love the color too.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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And my first mod, some better halogens for the headlights. I used Sylvania ZXE halogens from Pep Boys (I hear they carry great stuff!)

Ok before I get flamed, yes, I've read Daniel Stern's website. Yes, the bulbs I bought aren't the best, and there is the argument that all H11 bulbs will output the same amount of light no matter what brand they are. I figured that this was a fine way to go until I do an Osram H9 conversion (eventual goal).


The bulbs. Yes, they're coated blue, and yes, there is the argument that they output less light... but I'm going to take my chances. These were the brightest bulbs Pep Boys sold, so heck, let's give them a shot. I cleaned them with alcohol and polished them with a microfiber towel to eliminate any oils that may have been on the bulb. The bulbs appeared to be an open-box return, so I didn't want to take chances with some other jackwagon's finger oil on it, ruining my halogen.


Ready for her first molestation


Simply remove the expansion screw that holds the winshield fluid filler in place.


The fluid filler flexes out of the way to allow you to unscrew the headlight sealing cap.


Once the cap is removed you can access the bulb.


A 90 degree turn, followed by a light squeeze on the end of the plug, and the halogen pops right out.


Pop the new bulb in and test it out. The left side of the picture has the stock halogen, the right side has the new Sylvania ZXE. If you squint and look hard enough, you can see that the color temperature of the new bulb is a tad cooler (i.e. less yellow) than the stock bulb on the left. Ok, the camera doesn't capture the difference but believe me it is different.


And for the other headlight, we have to move some things out of the way. Like the factory intake. Unscrewing...


And off it comes


And now there is some room to work
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:40 PM   #3
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... and while we're at it let's put the iphone inside the airbox and see if Subaru used a quality air filter.


Well this needs to be swapped out for something more respectable. Another day!

And install the bulb, replace the intake, button down the expansion screws, and voila!


Ok so it's really hard to see the difference but in real life the bulbs look brighter and less orange. I realize that a large part of this may be due to the optical effect of the cooler color temperature, but I don't care. I like the way they look, they certainly seem brighter on the road, and now I have an extra set of factory headlight bulbs.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:30 PM   #4
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First wax. Went with Mothers Synthetic. Fairly happy with the results.

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Old 02-16-2013, 12:17 AM   #5
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Nice!
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:21 AM   #6
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Congrats on the new car. We're car twins. Enjoy it! I actually came from a 2000 Vw gti myself too and yes the handling is a lot nicer with the Subie.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:40 PM   #7
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This weekend I did some paint correction with my buddy, some high quality products, and his trusty Porter-Cable random orbital buffer.

Step 1: washed with Optimum No Rinse, wheels cleaned with Carpro TRIX
Step 2: All paste-wax residue removed with Carpro Eraser
Step 3: Optimum GPS all-in-one Glaze-Polish-Seal
Step 4: Optimum OptiSeal (like a synthetic wax, but no "wax off stage")

Sorry for cellphone quality pics.

The roof, which really shows off how awesome Optimum GPS and OptiSeal are:





His car in the driveway while detailing mine:



I also added some light tinted overlays to the center of the clear tail lights, after having tried to paint them myself. Some of you have read my ordeal in the $10 tail light mod thread!

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Old 07-22-2013, 11:01 PM   #8
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I actually came from a 2000 Vw gti myself too and yes the handling is a lot nicer with the Subie.
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