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Old 01-22-2013, 10:51 AM   #1676
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I would price out some Crosstrek parts as well, if you are gonna upgrade the car with plastic, those bits look pretty nice...
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:26 AM   #1677
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If you're going to install the strake kit and side skirts, then you're going to want the aero mud flaps in the rear of the car too, in order to continue the visual line created by the side skirts and the strake kit. This job will not be cheap, by the time you buy the parts and get them painted to match.
I don't like the look, it looks like a Toyota corolla s
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:31 PM   #1678
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I'm with you here. I think it will help the motor to spin up a little quicker and with my cvt it should "catch" sooner so with better throttle response it should be more fun. I wouldn't mind a few extra mpg's either.



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Wow. So you think adding a cold air intake and reducing torque while gaining nothing but potential sound is a better idea than decreasing rotational mass on a mechanical part thus reducing strain, perhaps gaining an mpg or two, and increasing response? This car is more related to an rs. Wrx info no longer applies. Boring I know.. but thats the cold harsh truth. Best thing you can do is improve suspension and efficiency. No real hp gains will ever be seen on this model. Make it more fun to drive. Youll never get much "faster"
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:34 PM   #1679
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Where can you get the side skirts?
yeah x2 interested. I've seen the rear strake kit but didn't think installing the side skirts was necessary.

I don't think aero splash guard necessary looks good. I've seen some members' sports model with only the strake kit and it looks nice. I'm planning on getting mudflap rally armor anyways.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:40 PM   #1680
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I'm with you here. I think it will help the motor to spin up a little quicker and with my cvt it should "catch" sooner so with better throttle response it should be more fun. I wouldn't mind a few extra mpg's either.
Anyone know if anyone has installed this yet? Is this an easy install? Im interested to hear some feedback.

The Perrin Crank Pulley I assume.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:50 PM   #1681
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Where can you get the side skirts?
That was a quote from the dealer! It was in the 200's. Unpainted. Which sucks because obp is impossible to match
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:51 PM   #1682
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I would price out some Crosstrek parts as well, if you are gonna upgrade the car with plastic, those bits look pretty nice...
The crosstrek skirts and fender "flares"? Are awesome!
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:53 PM   #1683
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Anyone know if anyone has installed this yet? Is this an easy install? Im interested to hear some feedback.

The Perrin Crank Pulley I assume.
I installed mine about 2000 miles ago. Its not hard to do. You just need some man power to break the threads on the bolt. I'd say it feels a little more responsive and I get on average .6 - .9 better mpgs. It feels a little better at the lower rpms. I'm happy with it
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:56 PM   #1684
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yeah x2 interested. I've seen the rear strake kit but didn't think installing the side skirts was necessary.

I don't think aero splash guard necessary looks good. I've seen some members' sports model with only the strake kit and it looks nice. I'm planning on getting mudflap rally armor anyways.
The strake is molded for the skirts. Yeeeap. I took my splash guards off so there wouldnt be any visible rub spots from their outline should I choose side skirts, rally armors, or the xv sides and flares.
Im a single dad raising my boy on my own so mods are kinda a special treat that requires a lot of planning for ahead of time. So far we got our sport mesh grill in dgm on our obp car.. more to come in the future but the little man comes first. Hence why I know about the skirts lol. I read and drool. A lot.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:03 PM   #1685
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I would price out some Crosstrek parts as well, if you are gonna upgrade the car with plastic, those bits look pretty nice...
I did read in one of these threads someone pricing crosstrek flares and sides at the dealer to the tune of $700 or something insane.. I havent checked myself yet but I hope thats not the case. That naked plastic of the xv kit would tie into the front end and my unpained mirrors nicely. Going for that nudist look.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:47 PM   #1686
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does anyone know if installing the rear strake kit is possible on the base model? I know it's for the sports model but I really like the look of it
Doesn't the strake kit install onto the rocker panels? I think only the sport models have those..
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:44 AM   #1687
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Doesn't the strake kit install onto the rocker panels? I think only the sport models have those..
What you're referring to as "rocker panels" is what we're referring to as "side skirts" above. The side skirts on the Sport Premium install over the true rocker panels, and the strake kit mounts over the side skirts.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:30 AM   #1688
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^ thanks for the clarification.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:24 PM   #1689
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Wow. So you think adding a cold air intake and reducing torque while gaining nothing but potential sound is a better idea than decreasing rotational mass on a mechanical part thus reducing strain, perhaps gaining an mpg or two, and increasing response? This car is more related to an rs. Wrx info no longer applies. Boring I know.. but thats the cold harsh truth. Best thing you can do is improve suspension and efficiency. No real hp gains will ever be seen on this model. Make it more fun to drive. Youll never get much "faster"
I'm following info and plans for the BRZ. I guess the FA20 IS that much more amazing than the FB20. I would prefer a lighter flywheel.

People have seen gains with cold air intakes. I owned a 2001 RS and highly considered getting one. Back then, though, they didn't protect as well against not sucking stuff in. They're much better these days.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:26 PM   #1690
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So, after careful consideration and research, I've decided I want to upgrade the sway bar. I can't help but notice the understeer of the car and feel that if it leaned less and understeered less it would be darn near perfect for what it is. So, question, should I go for the STI 19mm sway bar or the Perrin 22mm? I only ask as I'm not sure how dramatic a difference the 19mm will make over the Perrin 22. Also, has anyone put a larger sway bar on the front, and would there be any good reason to?
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:16 PM   #1691
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^ which model do u drive?
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:16 PM   #1692
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^ which model do u drive?
Premium hatch.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:36 PM   #1693
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I installed mine about 2000 miles ago. Its not hard to do. You just need some man power to break the threads on the bolt. I'd say it feels a little more responsive and I get on average .6 - .9 better mpgs. It feels a little better at the lower rpms. I'm happy with it
Thanks for the info.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:35 PM   #1694
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Did the plastidip on my grill last night. You don't need to take off the bumper to get the grill off, just need a stubbie little screw driver
How you got it off? Can you post steps? Thanks.

What's a stubbie little screw driver?
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:53 PM   #1695
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How you got it off? Can you post steps? Thanks.

What's a stubbie little screw driver?
What's a search function?
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:15 PM   #1696
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What's a search function?
For real. People just dont try anymore and just expect us to hand it to them. Subject has been covered a lot!!
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:34 AM   #1697
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How you got it off? Can you post steps? Thanks.

What's a stubbie little screw driver?
Looks good, I got the Sport Grill but this was my back up plan
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:06 PM   #1698
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Anyone know if cruise control can be added either aftermarket or OEM on the 2012? I used to install Rostra aftermarket kits back years ago but have been out of the business for a while. Figured I would come here and ask those that have done so...

We'll I found my answer I guess - Rostra makes one not shown in their current catalog but it won't work with my manual transmission. I guess time will tell if there comes a solution...
This is a huge disappointment to me! I am sad to say that the main reason I am here is to try and get the word out to folks that the 2013 base does NOT come with cruise control. I am a week into my 2013 Impreza Base with CVT ownership, and cant believe I walked out the door with a car w/o cruise. The fact that this car is made WITH Bluetooth standard, but with Cruise not only unavailable, but with NO OEM upgrade option for it is a farce and something Subaru should be actively trying to message to potential Impreza buyers. I feel decieved. Yes, I made a mistake here, but I cant be the only person who assumed that the car had cruise when it clearly has power windows/doors/keyless entry/bluetooth .... And even with that assumption, Subaru should have a clear training program using that missing cruise feature to be the FIRST up-selling point that the salesmen use to upsell to a Premium Trim. Subaru's 'build a car' feature on the website also does not make this clear. The bullet points for features on 'Premium' doesnt include 'Cruise Control' as one of the things you get. It should be the FIRST thing in their list.

Frankly, while I am otherwise very happy with my base Impreza, this is in my opinion, a collection of egregious errors on the part of SUBARU, and with no OEM option for having the feature installed, it shows they don't care to even attempt to fix the errors.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:08 PM   #1699
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It isn't an error. The base model of the Impreza does not have all of the features of the Premium or Limited or Sport.

They make different models for a reason.

However, you are right that the salesperson should have told you what the different trims offered, if they didn't, why didn't you ask?

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Old 01-29-2013, 02:46 PM   #1700
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CARS101.COM is your research friend. Joe normally does a good job at recapping what is and is not available on all Subaru Models...http://www.cars101.com/
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