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Old 08-01-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Default The progression of my 2011 DGM STI sedan.

After much consideration, I decided it was time to let go of my beloved 2007 WRX Limited with VF48/supporting mods. It was creeping up on 100k miles and I always worried about the 5 speed transmission breaking. It was time to upgrade to something with a better platform for modifications and considerably less mileage. But it was still sad to watch someone else drive her away...



But fret not! It was for a good cause. In December, 2014 I found an extremely clean 2011 STI Sedan with only 9700 miles on the odometer. It had one owner who apparently never found time to drive it so he traded it in on a new car for his wife.

The only real problem I could find was a cracked lower front bumper. However, this was a non-issue because I worked with the dealership to have it replaced with a new one. This worked out in my favor because I kept the cracked bumper for use in the winter.

As immaculate as the car was, I still had to perform my due diligence. It is a pre-owned STI, after all. So I took it in to a buddy's shop and had compression & leakdown tests performed. I also had a Subaru dealer run their 1 trillion point inspection . Everything checked out perfectly so I was left with no choice but to jump on it.

I took final possession of the car on January 1st, 2014 and immediately drove it to a Rose Bowl party to watch my MSU Spartans take the win over Stanford. Needless to say, it was a great day and perfect way to kick off the new year.

Here she is the day I picked her up:



(Yes, those are scratches on the cluster lens from the dealership being careless while cleaning it. I have since replaced the lens with a new one)


And here she is creepin' from her new home:


The following day I installed the COBB SF Intake and v3 Accessport to eliminate the terrible factory tune.








Current Mods

[Exterior]
- OEM paint matched trunk trim
- Wingless trunk
- 30% window tint all around
- OEM STI front lip
- Perrin Shorty Antenna
- OEM Vortex Generator

[Drivetrain]
- Kartboy short shifter & front/rear bushings
- 2015 STI red shift knob
- Perrin reverse lockout (a must have to eliminate the annoying reverse lockout cable rattle after installing a short shifter)

[Power]
- COBB Accessport v3
- COBB intake & air box
- Torqued Performance custom tune

[Handling]
- Whiteline front 22mm adjustable sway bar
- Whiteline rear 22mm adjustable sway bar
- Kartboy endlinks all around


Upcoming Mods

[Power] *Spring 2015*
- Invidia catted downpipe
- ID1000 injectors
- DW65c Fuel Pump
- e85 Dyno Tune @ TheBoostCreep
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:22 PM   #2
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April, 2014: Spring finally arrived and the snow was gone. So it was time to throw on the freshly painted front bumper and OEM STI lip.



Since the car came with Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires, I ordered a set of Bridgestone S-04 Pole Positions for summer.



And some more cosmetics... (Perrin shorty antenna & OEM rear diffuser, which worked perfectly to cover a spot where tree sap ate through the paint)


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Old 08-01-2014, 03:23 PM   #3
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May, 2014: While the OTS Stage 1 tune was ok, I wasn't overly pleased with how the car was driving as far as smoothness in the power band and some instances of engine knock. I plan on going Stage 2+e85 next Spring. So I needed something to hold me over until then.

After doing some searching, everyone seemed to be raving about the custom eTune's from Torqued Performance. The only issue was that it required an extension of the fuel line to eliminate the "GR Stumble" caused by resonance/hesitation in the stock fuel line setup. Luckily it only required about $7 in parts and 30 minutes of my time to correct. I followed THIS GUIDE.



Eric @ Torqued Performance was great. His communication was superb and after 7 revisions, the tune was perfect. HERE is a 4th gear WOT log.

If interested, you can read my full review on his tune HERE.
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:23 PM   #4
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June, 2014: One thing that seemed to lack in the feel of the car was the sloppy shifting. So I installed the Kartboy short shifter and Kartboy front/rear shifter bushings. I also really liked the red knob that comes on the 2015 STI. So I installed that at the same time:



I also got sick of the silver trunk trim so I installed OEM paint matched trunk trim to replace it. It made a HUGE difference to the appearance of the rear of the car.


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Old 08-01-2014, 03:23 PM   #5
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Early July, 2014: I did some research into preventative maintenance for the engine to help prolong it's life as the power increases. This lead me to the purchase/install of a Grimmspeed AOS to help prevent oil from making its way into the intake manifold, coating the cylinder heads and causing detonation.


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Old 08-01-2014, 03:24 PM   #6
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Late July, 2014: With all the canyon driving I do, I decided it was time to upgrade the handling a bit. So I placed an order for Whiteline front & rear 22mm adjustable sway bars and Kartboy endlinks:



I set the front bar to the stiffest setting and the rear bar to the middle setting. The resulting improvement in handling is truly night and day. So far, this is my absolute favorite modification to the car and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:06 PM   #7
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Careful with the GrimmSpeed AOS, if you do any autocrossing or spirited driving oil can make it's way back up one of the tubes to the intake. This is the main reason I went with the Moroso AOS instead, much better 2 can design and incorporates the PCV valve too.

Good call on the swaybars, had a 24mm rear sway on my 2.5i and it completely changed how the car handled. I haven't decided if I'll do both on my WRX yet.

Car looks good man, any big plans soon?
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:39 PM   #8
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Sweet catch, 9k miles on an 2011
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:47 PM   #9
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Love the mods. Love the DIY for the fuel pressure fix. I'll have to get this done on our 08 STi before getting it retuned. Subscribed!
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Old 08-01-2014, 05:54 PM   #10
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Careful with the GrimmSpeed AOS, if you do any autocrossing or spirited driving oil can make it's way back up one of the tubes to the intake. This is the main reason I went with the Moroso AOS instead, much better 2 can design and incorporates the PCV valve too.

Good call on the swaybars, had a 24mm rear sway on my 2.5i and it completely changed how the car handled. I haven't decided if I'll do both on my WRX yet.

Car looks good man, any big plans soon?
I don't do any auto crossing so I'm not too concerned about it. I do some decent spirited driving in the canyons and have pulled the outlet tube off a couple of times to check for oil and have never found a single drop. I'd imagine it takes some VERY substantial aggressive driving to get oil to even possibly get back up that outlet tube. I'm not concerned about it for my driving style.

As for big plans, I'm done with the big stuff until I go e85. I was planning on doing it this Summer but the weeks/months are just moving too fast and time has gotten away from me. Over the fall/winter I'll be ordering the necessary parts and plan to get them installed with a tune in the Spring.

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Sweet catch, 9k miles on an 2011
Yeah, I couldn't believe the low mileage myself. Apparently the previous owner also had an AMG c250 and e92 M3, so I can see why the STI got little attention.

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Love the mods. Love the DIY for the fuel pressure fix. I'll have to get this done on our 08 STi before getting it retuned. Subscribed!
Yeah, it's a simple solution to an annoying problem. To truly "fix" the hesitation/stumble, you may want to consider getting the full kit that replaces the fuel pressure regulator as well. iA Performance and COBB both have kits. However, I opted out of that since extending the fuel line/adjusting the tune accomplished the same outcome at a cheaper cost.

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Old 08-03-2014, 12:14 PM   #11
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Took a drive up to visit my parents this weekend...



And the reason why she will likely never be lowered. My parents 1/4 mile long driveway with plenty of nasty dips...




Before the drive I decided to throw some clear fuel hose on the AOS to see if oil does make its way up the fill tube and back into the intake. The black hose I pulled off didn't have a drop of oil and after some hard driving with sharp cornering, I didn't see any trace of oil making its way back into the turbo inlet.


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Old 01-20-2015, 06:26 PM   #12
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Couple of updates/random pictures:

It took 3 months but my Nameless exhaust finally showed up. The sound is excellent and the tips sit very cleanly with the rear valance.






After months of searching, I found a WRX owner with a perfect condition wingless trunk to swap with . Loving the new look. Simple and clean.






Also got my switchblade key from Xluben. A must have if you hate cluttered pockets.






...and a couple random pictures because snow.



wasn't me...






Old pic but gives you a better idea of the view from my parents house. Never gets old.




...
That's it for now. Once my tax return arrives I'll be ordering the ID1000's, DW65c fuel pump, and Invidia 3" DP. All to be installed and tuned on e85 in the Spring.

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Old 01-20-2015, 07:20 PM   #13
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Nice view! And sharp car, a trunklid lip would finish off the rear nicely.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:25 PM   #14
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Thanks!

Actually, my fiancee bought me the TS replica lip for Christmas. It's sitting in the box in my garage. I'm waiting until it warms up a bit to get it painted and installed. To be honest, I completely forgot about it until you just reminded me.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:30 PM   #15
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Ha, your fiancee has good taste! I'm in the same situation as you, it needs to warm up ASAP!
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