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Old 12-14-2014, 08:50 PM   #1
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So I figured I'd throw up a 'build' for my WRX Limited.

I picked up the car 12/2/2014 and it's been a blast. Originally wanted to get it in Crystal White Pearl or Crystal Black Silica. But due to the needs to replace my daily, World Rally Blue Pearl wasn't a bad compromise.

But forget about that here are some pics while I was at the dealer:





I'm horrible with taking pics prior to doing stuff, so here's the mod list.

Factory Options:
- Extended Armrest
- Homelink Autodimming Mirror
- STi Short Shift

Current Fluids:
- Engine Oil: Motul Eco 5w30 (12/15/2014 @ 955mi)
- Trans Fluid: OEM
- Diff Fluid: OEM
- Coolant: OEM

Current Mods:

Exterior:

Lighting:
- OLM Front Turn LEDs (waiting to install) [SubiSpeed]
- OLM Rear Turn LEDs [SubiSpeed]
- OLM Reverse LEDs [SubiSpeed]
- OLM Replacement License Plate Vison + LEDs [SubiSpeed]
- TapTurn w/ Strobe Pack [Telus]

Cosmetic:
- Rally Armor (black/gray)
- OEM Rain Visors [SubiSpeed]
- GrimmSpeed License Plate Relocator (waiting to install - pending license plate delete) [SubiSpeed]

Interior:

Lighting:
- OLM Vanity LEDs [SubiSpeed]
- OLM Dome LED [SubiSpeed]
- OLM Trunk Vision + LED [SubiSpeed]

Cosmetic:
- JDM OEM Extended Armrest [SMY Performance]

Future Mods:

Exterior:

Lighting:
- OLM HP+ LED High Beam Bulbs [SubiSpeed]
- Morimoto XB Fogs [ProLightz]
- Subaru JDM WRX S4 DRL Fog Light Bezels [SubiSpeed]
- JDM OEM Fog/Brake Light [SMY Performance]
- Tint and Window strip

Cosmetic:
- OEM JDM Grill [SubiSpeed]
- OEM STi Front Lip [Subaru Genuine Parts]
- OEM STi Skirts [Subaru Genuine Parts]
- OEM STi Rear Spats [Subaru Genuine Parts]

Electronics:
- SubiMods Hella Horn Package [SubiMods]

Interior:

Cosmetic:
- JDM OEM Console Hood [SubiSpeed]
- JDM OEM Door Sills [SubiSpeed]

Electronics:
- Headunit

Power & Handling:

Braking:
- Perrin Brake Master Cylinder Brace [SubiSpeed]
- AP Racing Essex Competition Brake System [SubiSpeed]

Cooling:
- Mishimoto Oil Cooler Kit [SubiSpeed]
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Old 12-14-2014, 08:54 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new ride
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:29 PM   #3
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Nice! I also ordered and bought mine from Annapolis Subaru.
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:21 AM   #4
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Congrats on the new ride
Thanks!

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Nice! I also ordered and bought mine from Annapolis Subaru.
I hope your buying experience was better than mine. It was a whole ordeal just to get the car on time, let alone the right one.
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:36 AM   #5
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Congrats! Blue is a sweet color. A lot of nice wheels and mods go great with blue!
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:03 AM   #6
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Gratz!!! I purchased a 2015 in DGM on the 3rd of Dec from Annapolis. Only have 700 miles on it so far but love every moment. You didn't waste any time on purchasing mods huh. I have a couple of carts created but haven't pulled the trigger yet. ENJOY
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:28 AM   #7
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Thanks!



I hope your buying experience was better than mine. It was a whole ordeal just to get the car on time, let alone the right one.
Yikes! Honestly, no. I went in one night, placed my order and in just under two months the car arrived. No issues at all.
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:35 AM   #8
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Awesome!
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:48 PM   #9
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Gratz!!! I purchased a 2015 in DGM on the 3rd of Dec from Annapolis. Only have 700 miles on it so far but love every moment. You didn't waste any time on purchasing mods huh. I have a couple of carts created but haven't pulled the trigger yet. ENJOY
I created my wish list on SubiSpeed and some other sites and had a break down of what I wanted to do on the car on a spreadsheet so I could knock it out by 'zones'. As soon as my lunch break hit, I cleared out a chunk of the SubiSpeed wish list that were 'functional' upgrades. A trip back to SoA had me looking through the parts section while I was waiting for my Homelink to get installed. Left with the Rally Armor, Motul Eco Boost (for first oil change), OEM filters, and OEM crush washers.

That said, thankfully the car club at work has lifts so I was able to do the paranoid oil change (1K) today during lunch. Going to get the oil tested with Blackstone Labs.

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Yikes! Honestly, no. I went in one night, placed my order and in just under two months the car arrived. No issues at all.
I guess this is easy when you know you're going in to not see a car. Scheduled everything via a rep over email, bantered on price through email, go to see the car on the first scheduled day and it's the wrong car. Went in to see stock number A (Limited w/out Push Start and HK) and they gave me the keys for stock number B (Limited w/ Push Start and HK.) 200 mi round trip and Black Friday wasted... They promise to have it in at 10 AM the next day and tell me they will call if anything changes, but say there's a slim chance it will. I tell the sales rep I'll be leaving at 9 on the dot and to let me know ASAP. Get through 45 min drive (3/4 trip) to get a call saying they couldn't get it... Well another day wasted with more gas, and the time of the person who drove me as I intended to get the car. It seems third times the charm with these guys. Compensation was agreed upon, though that took some work as they wanted to provide as little as possible. Then when I go get the car they try to pull a quick one to get my Social to purchase the car though I'm financing outside... Something about "Homeland Security"... bought a car in 2010 and never had to do that. No who recently bought a car had to do it either after I asked them. Found out Subaru is notorious for swindling this info out to run a credit check. FYI credit checks reduce your credit score... When I asked for them to produce legal documentation on this, they looked at me dumbfounded and scrambled to find something. Working on legal research to clear this crap up.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:45 PM   #10
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***Update OP***

Added a few mods. Looks like the JDM Armrest I ordered a few days ago will arrive tomorrow.

So forgive my ignorance with the following questions. My understanding is that Subaru has the car tuned for the resistance of the OEM intake filter. Will a simple drop in require a tune? Is there a drop in I can go with that will not require a tune, but at the same time allow the engine the breathe a little better? My goal with this car is for reliability, not so much track inspired performance as I have a project car for that. That said, will changing out the exhaust require a tune since the back pressure will now differ from stock?

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Old 12-16-2014, 09:41 AM   #11
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Looks good, best of luck on the build.
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:12 PM   #12
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Thanks!

Took a pic yesterday while waiting for a coworker to get me into the shop at work:



Also, hit this on the way to work:


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Old 12-16-2014, 09:23 PM   #13
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JDM armrest extension was sitting at the door when I got home. So I looked at the directions and got an idea of how the three parts bolted up. Yes pictures, Japanese guy who was raised 'Mercan and can't read le Japanese >,<

So here are some before shots of the install with the OEM (optional) extended armrest.

Raised:


Lowered:


Reference Shot:


Rear Shot Closed:
http://imgur.com/RtO4mBK

Now to the pièce de résistance, le JDM with USDM OEM armrest.

Front:


Another Front:


Reference Shot:


The extended armrest was a piece offering from the dealer when I got the car due to consistent mess ups on their end as well as me driving 500 miles... I originally asked them to not install it, but like hell that was too hard for them not to do. I had asked them to put the OEM one in the car when I picked it up just in case I didn't like how the extended one felt. Honestly the extended armrest position is amazing! Just the hard surface was something I wasn't a fan of. Once I pulled the general OEM one out of the box and felt it I knew a change was coming. Now I have the extension with a cushy top and I have no complaints.
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:18 PM   #14
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More JDM parts to convert ordered. Will get into detail on this once they are in
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Old 12-21-2014, 01:02 AM   #15
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Any recommendations for winter tires on stock wheels? I've been neglecting ordering them and feel it's about time to get them on the way before it's too late.
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Old 12-21-2014, 02:22 PM   #16
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Take a look at Tirerack.com. They have user reviews on there. Plenty of choices.


2015 WRX Limited CVT
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Old 12-21-2014, 02:36 PM   #17
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where'd you get your jdm armrest? i saw them on japanparts for ~140 shipped but was hoping for a cheaper supplier.
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Old 12-21-2014, 03:27 PM   #18
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Take a look at Tirerack.com. They have user reviews on there. Plenty of choices.
There is that. I've had issues with TireRack recommending tire sizes that end up rubbing, i.e. why I asked for other members input. Brand wise I'll check them out to see if they have OEM tire sizes, but I know some run tires with a slight larger sidewall for winter tires.

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where'd you get your jdm armrest? i saw them on japanparts for ~140 shipped but was hoping for a cheaper supplier.
SMY performance. I paid more because I didn't want to wait for Japan parts. I should have waited and lumped it in with my order I put in a day after with JapanParts. For any parts I have on the car check the OP I put a link to exactly where I got them.
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Old 12-25-2014, 08:44 PM   #19
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JapanParts ships quick. Got a confirmation that the parts shipped today and should be here Tuesday. Glad I'll be able to look at installing them on new years.
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Old 12-26-2014, 03:52 AM   #20
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Hankook winter i-cept evos for your tire recommendation. I have them on my 2011 and they fit the 2015 as well. It's not as soft and flimsy as the more hard core snow tires out there, but it got me up and down from Denver to Vail over a dozen times last winter without any issues.

As far as the SS#thing goes...I'm not sure what it has to do with homeland security, but I can guarantee you that they did NOT pull your credit without you signing a credit application. That's a big no-no. Lots of dealers will try and get you to sign one b/c they wantt to see if they can get you a better deal than your outside financing, but I am sure they didn't pull your credit without your authorization.
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Old 12-27-2014, 08:05 PM   #21
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Hankook winter i-cept evos for your tire recommendation. I have them on my 2011 and they fit the 2015 as well. It's not as soft and flimsy as the more hard core snow tires out there, but it got me up and down from Denver to Vail over a dozen times last winter without any issues.

As far as the SS#thing goes...I'm not sure what it has to do with homeland security, but I can guarantee you that they did NOT pull your credit without you signing a credit application. That's a big no-no. Lots of dealers will try and get you to sign one b/c they wantt to see if they can get you a better deal than your outside financing, but I am sure they didn't pull your credit without your authorization.
I'll have to check those out. Between a few that I've been reading about on NASIOC. Now it's just time to read more and compare.

Googling the issue I ran into with the SS# I noticed Subaru dealers around the US are getting these complaints. The fact that they could not provide legitimate documentation stating this was something based off of Federal law has me looking into it with a lawyer. I made this aware to SoA when they sent me a survey after purchasing the car.
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Old 12-29-2014, 11:54 AM   #22
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Headache will being soon...

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Old 12-30-2014, 10:46 PM   #23
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Welp, parts came in today. I got home and tore into the box. JapanParts ships quick!

I'll just leave this here...



Thanks to another member on here's video I was able to get the center console removed quick (two screws in the center console under a pad and one covered by the e-brake boot.) This made getting to the bezel easy. I pulled out the OEM bezel and test fitted the leather wrapped one. Just as expected it fit right in. The only issue was now how to get the shift boot on... I tore into the leather bezel by removing 2 screws that held the silver interior bezel on the leather bezel.



Then after gently working the tabs the silver trim came out. Got excited and started to pull out the OEM trim and noticed the USDM plastic garbage bezel has different tabs than the JDM one... Well poop. Also, the trim covers the storage tray differently. What do I mean?


(neither of the pics are mine, just used for reference to show how the top part of the bezels differ)

Hoping I could remove the rear tray in case I figured out a clean way of molding the OEM silver trim to the new leather part I pulled out the last 4 remaining screws in the bezel.


(This shows where they are located, the other side is the same)

After pulling the JDM bezel into 3 pieces I checked out the USDM one... Did I already call it the USDM plastic garbage bezel? Well it is... It's all a single piece of molded plastic junk...

JDM 100% apart:


USDM 90% apart (left boot color on):


Out of curiosity I got back into the car with 1/3 of the bezel and test fitted it again to see if it was worth finding a solution to get the boot and silver trim lined up...

This pic says yes!
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:01 PM   #24
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So is the JDM center console leather piece only made for the cvt model here? Nice thread, I love the look of that leather piece.
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:32 PM   #25
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Aw...so it doesn't work? Maybe pull the leather off and place into the USDM part? Lol
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