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Old 06-02-2013, 09:58 PM   #1
Improbus
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2011 WRX 4dr Stage2+
OBP

Default Improbusís 2011 WRX Build Jounral Ė A Classical Approach

So its 2011 I just finally started a new Job still pretty fresh out of college, graduated in June 2010 worked for a small coding shop for a few months but found a better opportunity elsewhere. I had never bought a new car all through high school. My first car was my dad’s old 1991 Nissan Frontier 4 cylinder with a Heavy Duty Clutch and 5 Speed, then my parents 2002 Maxima SE with a 6 speed when they bought a new 2009 Subaru OBS, and then a 2001 Dakota given to me by my grandfather with a V8 Magnum and automatic transmission.

I contemplated for almost 3 months deciding on what car to get. I shopped Volkswagens, Camaro’s, Audi’s, Lexus, Infiniti’s, Nissans, and Subaru’s until I test drove a 2011 WRX Premium. So I called the sales manager who I know at the local Subaru and Nissan dealership and tell him to let me know if he comes across any OPB STI’s. Few days later I get a phonecall from my friend who is the sales manager and he tells me he can get me a base 2011 WRX OBP for invoice that someone had ordered with the STI Short Throw and Blue Footwell illumination kit and never picked it up. I really wanted the STI but I couldn’t turn down this kind of deal. That Friday I went and picked it up.
Immediately I tell myself, not going to mod this just drive it and enjoy it as is….. yeah well that never works out as planned.
Day the car came home:





Not too soon after picking it up the exhaust was too quiet for my liking. I poke around NASIOC and YouTube for a while until I come across this clip of someone running a straight piped axleback. I loved the sound so I starting looking to see if anything similar was available. I came across the guys at Nameless Performance and gave them a call and talked to Jason Griffin. We chatted for awhile then I decided on the PC’ed Black 3.5” Double Walled Tips with no mufflers. He said they would be a few weeks out. During this time period I am starting to very much dislike the fish bowl look and I see a few WRX’s/STI’s rocking rally armor mudflaps. I give IAG a call they said they could squeeze me in for the 30% tint, mudflaps, and Perrin Shorty Antenna so the car doesn’t look like an RC car.

While at IAG they have Dmoney’s car on display.



Make the trek back home and the axleback arrives a few days later as does the SPT carbon fiber trunk trim to get rid of the ugly silver and I get those installed and I’m pretty happy with the result.



I drive the car for a few months, and then the wheels/wheel gap situation starts eating at my brain. I once again start poking around the forums seeing what seems to work and what doesn’t. I go back and forth between springs and coilovers and eventually I decide I need some professional advice. I look for a local shop and come across the guys at F.A.S.T. of West Chester. I give them a call and talk to Dave and Roy who were both super helpful and steered me into the coilover direction and we decided that budget wise and goal wise the BC Racing BR Series Coilover would fit the need nicely.

BC’s Installed, Car lowered, some body roll eliminated.





I’m pretty happy with the car so far, but being the perfectionist that I am, the wheels look too sunk in to me. So to fix that I start thinking wider. I do some research find out that an 18x9.5” +38 with a fender roll in the rear will fit nicely. I go between JDM wheels, ROTA’s, and XXR’s and finally decide after 6 months that as my daily driver I didn’t want to spend 2.5-4k on JDM wheels that if something happened to one of them I would cry and that wheels that were $140 per wheel didn’t jive with me either. I settled on ROTA Grids and I know many people say they are played out but I like them, I think they fit the car and look great. Now being more of a classic look kind of guy I debated many color options and I know many owners were removing badges and covering up the chrome trim but I thought this would be an opportunity to be different and accent the chrome so I settled on Titanium Chrome as the color.

Few weeks later. Wheels and lugs show up:







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Old 06-02-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
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Go down to tire rack and grab a set of 245/40R18 Sumitomo HTR Z III’s and head to the guys over at F.A.S.T. of West Chester for a fender roll, mount and balance. They do a great job and this was the result:





I am pleased with the look.

Then disaster strikes. Dump truck shoots a rock into my windshield and a 6 inch crack expands. Safelite came out and replaced it with OEM glass, then a Dude driving a construction truck almost hits me in the grocery store parking lot I swerve to miss him hitting me head on and mutilate my passenger rocker molding.



Insurance won’t pay because it wasn’t a collision and if I claim it as an accident I lose some of my discounts. Time to bust out the checkbook and buy a new part and have the family friends over at Abernathy’s Auto Body Paint up a new one. Pick it up on a Friday, good as new. I get a call from a friend and head over to his house for a few hours. I come out to this…



My door was egged and because it was very cold the paint chipped and the protein in the eggs left a permanent white spot on the drivers door. Luckily this was covered under comprehensive and the guys at Abernathy’s fix it. Also at this point I decided on the Bayson-R Replica CS Lip and bought it off of ebay and while the door was being fixed they sprayed the lip for me as well. I also donated 50 bucks to Scoobies for Boobies and grabbed a nice carbon fiber license plate delete from Mike at Moore Performance. Awesome.






I drive the car though the winter and I get a coupon for an oil change at the dealer with Subaru Synthetic, a new filter and crush ring. I was feeling lazy so I said what the hell and took it down to the dealer. It comes back out to me with this little gift from the mechanics laziness.



Dent in the drivers side rocker molding. I take it back to the dealer we have some words, and they agree to have it fixed.

Christmas rolls around and my parents treat me to a surprise. Cobb Shift Knob, Turbo Heat Shield, and SF Intake and Airbox, and my grandparents get me a Perrin Red Radiator Shroud.


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Old 06-02-2013, 09:58 PM   #3
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March rolls around and its time to get the wheels back on.





Then BRODOZER flies past me on the highway on the shoulder kicks a rock up dents my hood. Luckily covered under comprehensive.



Around end of March early April I’m continuing to browse the forums, do research and look into some power mods. I decide that a Stage 2 OTS Setup after some advice from some Great people on NASIOC would be a worthwhile investment. I start shopping for parts, calling manufacturers, asking questions about setups and configurations and finally after 2 months of research I decide on the Cobb AccessPort, Cobb SS 3” Downpipe, SMY Clustermaker Gauge Pod, ProSport Boost and Oil Pressure Gauges Amber with the white needle, and a Proto Tuning Tool Holder. These parts were to accompany the items I got for Christmas collecting Dust in my closet. I also come across a set of lightly used Whiteline adjustable front and rear sway bars with Kartboy Endlinks so I pick those up as well.

Fast forward to May 31st. Install Day over at F.A.S.T. of West Chester. It starts at 10am. As always Dave and Roy are great and they worked all day into the night to get it finished for me. Many thanks and appreciation to these guys. They’ve helped me monumentally with parts decisions and advice.



We wrap up around 8:30PM and I’m off to drive home on the Stage 2 Setup for the first time. HOLY BALLS what a difference in the suspension, handling and power output I am ecstatic.

Some pics of the Stage 2 Goodies:

Cobb AP with new packaging.



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Old 06-02-2013, 09:59 PM   #4
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Location: Pa, USA
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Rear Sway (Didnít Get pics of the front):




Turbo Heatshield and Downpipe:





Intake and Engine Bay:



Interior:






This is where I am today. It seems like a long journey to even get to this point. This will be my first full week commuting on this new setup so I will be taking data logs and seeing some improvement in numbers. Iíd like to thank the guys over at F.A.S.T. for doing some great work for me, the NASIOCíers who take their time to answer questions or point me to threads, and of course all the manufacturerís who answered all my inquiries.

I look forward to continuing this project once this car isnít my daily driver. For now Iím thinking of adding an Air Oil Separator, Fog Lights, a Perrin Alternator Cover, maybe a few other engine dress up items and some strut tower bars. Once its not my daily Iím interested in a big turbo setup, possibly with a built motor, and larger top mount, but only time will tell.
Thanks for reading along. Any comments, questions, criticisms are welcome.

Have a good one.

- Improbus

CURRENT BUILD TO BE UPDATED:


Exterior:
SPT Carbon Fiber Trunk Trim
Rally Armor Red/Black Mud Flaps (IAG)
Bayson-R CS Replica Front Lip Paint Matched Obsidian Black Pearl
Perrin Shorty Antenna (IAG)
30% Window Tint all around (IAG)

Interior:
SMY Clustermaker Gauge Pod
Prosport Amber White Needle 52mm Boost Gauge
Prosport Amber White Needle 52mm Oil Pressure Gauge
Proto Tuning Tool Holder
Cobb Red 5 Speed Subaru Shift Knob
STI Short Throw Shifter

Suspension/Wheels:
Whiteline Rear Sway Bar 24mm Adjustable With control arm Links
Whiteline Front Sway Bar 22mm Adjustable
Kartboy Front Endlinks
Kartboy Rear Endlinks
BC Racing BR Series Coilovers with rear Extenders
ROTA Grid 18x9.5Ē +38 Wheels
SUMITOMO HTR Z III 245/40R18 Tires

Engine/Power:
Nameless Performance Muffler Delete Axleback Satin Black Double Walled Tips Slash cut flush
Cobb SS 3Ē Downpipe
Cobb AccessPort
Cobb SF Intake and Airbox
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:05 PM   #5
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nice build so far!!!!
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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clean ride!!
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