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Old 01-28-2013, 01:41 AM   #1
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Default Lets try SWP again.. (STi status)

Kyle's Satin White Pearl Dream


This is going to be my new member journal. I want to document and share my very slow progress on my car. BUT. I also want to be able to spread knowledge for the 3G Impreza line since there is very little when it comes to info and resources regarding these cars.


Time for some splainin':

I had purchased a 2012 WRX Premium in December of 2011. It was everything I could have asked for in a WRX. Quick, good looks, updated interior, upgraded transmission, and without issues.
A few weeks into ownership the car was hit and had to go under the knife. That including cutting the rear quarter panel out, welding in a new one, and other things here in there. After that happened.. The car was never really the same in my eyes.

Throughout the year I had experienced much of what some have called a curse with the car from more accidents, bent wheels, a week of tickets, and tons of other things. Including a massive oil leak.

Among all the bad things that had happened with the car, a bunch of good also came about as well. I learned a TON about Subaru's 3rd generation platform of WRX/STi. I met amazing vendors and people at local shops. From the folks at Conti to the stellar crew at CCA Motorsports.
The car was also the first car I autoX consistently. It was a great season and I loved every minute of it. Because of my experience gained at lasts years races, I can definitely say I will be back.

Now.. You're probably wondering why I would get rid of a car I loved so much.
That's pretty simple: I wanted my WRX to be something it simply wasn't. I wanted the STi performance for a cheaper price, and with the 2011+ WRX's that's almost a reality, but it's also light-years away from what an STi offers out of the box. People who have owned both a WRX and then an STi can attest to this fact, hell I think even Mike R. can tell that his bugeye is definitely a different animal with all the STi upgrades.

I spent years trying to defend the WRX and justify my purchase against those who chose the STi, and we all scoffed at how some STi owners have an elitist mentality. But what we didn't understand is that mentality is rightfully placed. The WRX just doesn't compare to an STi.

So after spending much time discussing my options with Alex at Continental Subaru, I placed my order for a 2013 STi Limited with all the options I've ever wanted. It's definitely my dream car and I have it.

My mod path will be simple:
Don't change what the STi is at it's core, but bring those qualities out using genuine STi parts. The car is definitely going for an OEM+ look in the beginning, but who knows what changes will happen further down the road.

If you have any questions, PLEASE ask. I know quite a bit about these cars believe it or not, and I can definitely answer your questions to the best of my ability, or I'll find the answer for you.





Shot of my old WRX:


Shot of the STi:


1k miles - Happy time
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:41 AM   #2
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MOD LIST
I plan on providing reviews on any part I add to my car, as well as document with photos. In the future I hope to have links in this section that you can just click to jump to the related post - no need to read everything sometimes
Here are the factory equipped options:
HomeLink Mirror
All weater mats
Cargo tray
Cargo nets
Subaru Wheels locks
SPT catback exhaust
STi vortex generator
STi leather and aluminum shift knob
STi short throw shift and rear bushing

Current
  • Interior
    JDM Impreza center console box
    USDM Extended armrest
  • Exterior
    Debadge all badges except STi
  • Power
  • Suspension
  • Wheel/Tire





Future
  • Interior
    Prova D-Shaped steering wheel
    DEFI Oil Temp gauge
    DEFI Boost pressure gauge
    Gloss black interior pieces
    Possibly trade a base 2013 STi seats
  • Exterior
    CCA tint and vinyl wrap (ONLY people I trust with my car when dealing with film application)
    STi 206 Sideskirts
    STi V-Limited front lip
    HTA rear lip
    2011 STi Headlights (black housings)
  • Power - All happening AFTER warranty
    Forged pistons
    Cobb Down pipe
    Dyno tune
  • Suspension
    KW Version 3's with Vorshlag front camber plates
    STi Flexible Strut tower bar
  • Wheel/Tire
    some 19x9.5 beauties.

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:32 PM   #3
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  • Power - All happening AFTER warranty
    Forged pistons
    Cobb Down pipe
    Dyno tune


I hope it all works out, stay safe.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:13 PM   #4
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pic request of the armrest set please (a lot of them too)
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:35 PM   #5
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Why trade to base seats?
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:18 PM   #6
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:29 PM   #7
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Why trade to base seats?
They have alcantara centers. They still have leather on the bolsters and all that jazz, I would just prefer the grip if the alcantara. Haven't completely decided yet.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:57 PM   #8
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lol Leather.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:00 AM   #9
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well if you decide to just sell them outright i want them lol
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:41 AM   #10
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Haha, true story!

Too me the limited pays for itself with BBS' and the Sunroof. But.. That's just me.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:49 AM   #11
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Haha, true story!

Too me the limited pays for itself with BBS' and the Sunroof. But.. That's just me.
Which you want to replace as soon as possible with 19"s...

Sorry I hope I don't come off as super negative, not my intention, I just don't get it.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:58 AM   #12
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Of course I do. Wheels are some of the easiest ways to change your car's appearance to help distinguish it from other similar cars. ESPECIALLY in Alaska. Don't get me wrong.. I love my BBS' and I won't sell them. But my plans for them aren't for aesthetic purposes. They will be my autoX/Performance set, due to the strength, weight, and great looks they provide. The rubber will be changed one day, but the wheels themselves are amazing things.



(P.s excuse all the typos..)
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:59 AM   #13
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Crazy man! Now u make me wanna trade mines in for an STI!...but they don't make LR anymore
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:01 AM   #14
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Some nice Work or SSR 19's would look sexy on the new age wide body!!
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:15 AM   #15
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Crazy man! Now u make me wanna trade mines in for an STI!...but they don't make LR anymore
I know! LR was the color I wanted to order, but it was discontinued sadly. But, SWP is also just as sexy to me.

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Some nice Work or SSR 19's would look sexy on the new age wide body!!
I agree, Robby. The CR Kai Ultimates in 19x9.5 would be amaaazing.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:52 AM   #16
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You already run into enough trouble with that officer who likes to patrol your work area, the last thing you need is a vehicle in red lol
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:13 AM   #17
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pic request of the armrest set please (a lot of them too)
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:23 PM   #18
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I'm trying Kev! Haha peeps be busay.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:17 AM   #19
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JDM box by itself:


box with extended armrest closed:


Open:
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:19 AM   #20
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VOTE TIME!
(trunk edition)

Completely bare:



Or STi TS:
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:26 AM   #21
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Neither. Keep the wing.

I'll elaborate.

First picture -> Saturn
Second picture -> Scion
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:34 AM   #22
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STi tS! Just without the tS emblem
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:25 AM   #23
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Keep the wing, if you have your mind up between the two then what BLURRZ said.

EDIT: Do want, your car.

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Old 01-30-2013, 10:44 AM   #24
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Keep the wing, if you have your mind up between the two then what BLURRZ said.

EDIT: Do want, your car.
This, or get another car so you have one with a wing and one without.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:00 PM   #25
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i dont personally know you but im bored and liked your ideas so ill throw down. alcantara feels so amazing, looks sweet, and its still a durable material. Would you consider shifter bushings? I doubt you'd feel such a considerable difference as i did since i had 80k on my original bushings (lol), but dang, I love the results of that small, inexpensive mod. Every gear just feels way more 'in the pocket.' Anywho, thanks for reading my thoughts
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