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Old 06-19-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:21 AM   #2
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06/10/13 - 2012 Forester Purchased (Mileage: 12,529)
06/13/13 - 2011 WRX Struts and Springs
06/15/13 - 2011 WRX Wheels and OEM Forester Tires
06/17/13 - Paranoid Fab 3/8" Rear Strut Spacers
06/18/13 - OEM Mesh Sport Grill and 2008 STI Rear Sway Bar (18mm)
06/19/13 - Rear Strut Clearance Photo
06/19/13 - Sport Grill Outdoor Photos
06/26/13 - BIR Proving Grounds Photos
06/26/13 - Yakima Bike Mounts on OEM Crossbars
06/27/13 - Mount Rushmore Photoshop
07/02/13 - Bikes Mounted on Rack Photos
07/02/13 - South Dakota Badlands Photos
07/04/13 - Mount Rushmore Photo
07/08/13 - South Dakota Black Hills Photos
07/09/13 - MNSubaru Long Lake Meet
10/16/13 - Alpine CDA-9886 HU Install
10/16/13 - Pioneer TS-D1702R Speaker Photos
10/19/13 - Interior (Head Unit Installed) Photos
10/22/13 - Fall Colors Photo
10/23/13 - Speaker Install Part 1
10/23/13 - Speaker Install Part 2
10/23/13 - Stock vs Pioneer Speaker Comparison Photos
10/30/13 - Snow Tires Installed (OEM Wheels)
10/30/13 - Fumoto Valve and Oil Change
11/08/13 - Iced Forester Photo
12/11/13 - Snow "Mudflaps"
02/06/14 - Whiteline Sway Bars and Endlinks (Not Installed)
02/13/14 - RacingLine Shirts and Shoes
02/20/14 - Alpine CDE-147BT

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Old 06-19-2013, 10:22 AM   #3
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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Wow new project?
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:23 AM   #5
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:24 AM   #6
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:24 AM   #7
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This is the new daily driver. I'll have a new project eventually...
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:24 AM   #8
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Oh wow! Sound like this will be another badass machine
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:25 AM   #9
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This is the new daily driver. I'll have a new project eventually...
Will your DD have 500whp? hahaha
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:25 AM   #10
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Oh wow! Sound like this will be another badass machine
I'd like it to look nice, but it's an NA, so no plans for power.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:27 AM   #11
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Will your DD have 500whp? hahaha
Unlike the WRX (which I drove daily) this one will be staying at stock power. The weekend car will be the fun one.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:32 AM   #12
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Excited to be on the first page of another clean build thread, looking forward to the progress on your new car
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:33 AM   #13
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I'd like it to look nice, but it's an NA, so no plans for power.
That's the FB25 engine, correct?
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:36 AM   #14
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Got this car as a new daily driver. Something that will be more reliable, comfortable, and have a little more space. Basically, more family friendly. Got the non-turbo with auto tranny so there would be no temptation to do power mods, haha. Decided to pick up a 2011+ to see how the new FB motor does. Ended up with a 2012 with 12k miles on it. It is the Premium trim with cold weather package.

Car: 2012 Subaru Forester
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:48 AM   #15
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6/13/13: Shortly after buying the car I found that there were a lot more 3G WRX compatible parts than I originally thought. The first one that came to mind was the suspension. Shocks, springs, sway bars all bolt up. I had these stock parts laying around from the 2011 WRX so I first installed the springs and struts.

The install was very straightforward. I put it up on stands and didn't even remove the wheels in the rear. I unbolted the top and bottom mounts of the strut (on both sides) and then had a friend push down on the wheel to droop the suspension and get the strut out. It took a lot of force (weight) to get it to droop enough, but was easier than taking other parts off.

The 2011 WRX rears are at least a couple inches shorter so they go back in quite easily. No hard pushing required. Had to jack under the tire to get the lower control arm into the correct position and then bolted it all down. For the front I did remove the wheels. Everything bolts up easily. Again it is probably at least a couple inch drop (but I didn't measure beforehand to be sure).

All in all it went very smooth. It ended up being about a 2 finger wheel arch gap in the front. After it all settled the rear ended up a little lower. Closer to 1 finger. I have not gotten an alignment yet, but I will update with specs once I have that done. Here are some photos:

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Old 06-19-2013, 11:50 AM   #16
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06/15/13: I knew I was going to want to try the 2011 WRX wheels on the car. The only issue was that they had WRX-size snow tires on them. The Forester has taller OEM tires. I decided to have the OEM Forester tires put on the 2011 WRX wheels. A friend of mine took care of the swap for me. I think they look great.



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Old 06-19-2013, 11:52 AM   #17
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Nice, cant wait to see whats in store for this!
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:58 AM   #18
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Excited to be on the first page of another clean build thread, looking forward to the progress on your new car
Well, I think I'm already about up to the point of your original Photoshop, so maybe you'll have to do a new one. Rachel will not be happy with you giving me ideas. Haha.

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That's the FB25 engine, correct?
Yep, it has the new FB. I went 2011+ on purpose so I could try it out.

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Nice, cant wait to see whats in store for this!
Not a lot planned. Hopefully most of the work ends up in the (future) project car.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:06 PM   #19
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06/17/13: Right after I confirmed that the rear was sitting a bit lower than the front I started looking into strut spacers. From the research I did, I found that 3/8" was about the largest you could go without having to press in new studs. 3 threads of bolt/nut engagement was considered minimum. Sometimes the 3/8" was even too long, it varied from car to car.

I figured I would give the 3/8" size a shot and ordered a pair from Paranoid Fab. They shipped same day and arrived in just 2 days. Very quick service and the parts looked good (plastic/delrin sheets cut to fit the top of the strut). To install I just undid the top strut mounting nuts and the droop was enough for me to slide the spacers in (with a little pushing down on the wheel).

They went in easy and had just a bit of the stud sticking through. After loading the weight of the car onto the suspension I was able to get about 3 1/4 turns on the stud. Should be just enough as there isn't a lot of tension on that fastener anyways. I re-tightened after a day of driving and got about 1/4 turn more on them.

The spacers lifted the rear nicely to match the front. There is now ~2 finger width gap between the tire and fender. The fender to hub distance is 15" on all corners. The door liner seal in the rear makes it look a little lower, but the distance to the actual rear fender is the same as the front.





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Old 06-19-2013, 12:09 PM   #20
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very nice! i love foresters, cant wait to see how far you'll take this
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:11 PM   #21
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06/18/13: On the 17th I had planned on installing the 2011 WRX rear sway bar when I was doing the strut spacers. Before I pulled the OEM Forester bar off I decided to measure it, and I found that it was 16mm, just like the WRX bar! So I didn't even bother removing it, because it is the same.

I was able to get a stock STI rear sway bar from a friend so I measured that one, and it is 18mm. I put it on without even lifting the car up at all. It was a bit tight working under the lowered car, but not too bad. It took some fiddling to get the bar out from between the exhaust but not too bad.

I took the end links out with the bar because the pass thru wrench is easier to use outside the car. Luckily the bolts broke loose and I swapped the end links onto the STI bar and put it all back in (was even trickier to thread the bar back in, but it can be done).

I had also ordered the OEM mesh Sport grill and it arrived, so I put that on. I took the bumper off (many clips top and bottom) and unscrewed the OEM chrome grill and put the new one on. Very straightforward and only takes a few minutes. Here is a quick shot of the grill indoors. I'll try to get some better shots soon.

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Old 06-19-2013, 12:23 PM   #22
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Looks a lot better than stock IMHO. Nice job.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:39 PM   #23
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Looks great! Congrats on the new DD!
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:30 PM   #24
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Wow, don't even have it a week and it is already looking really clean and aggressive! Those stock WRX wheels with the Forester meats look really good on that body.

Very clean so far.

I also like the reflection in the door of the Hoosier tire. A little foreshadowing of the weekend project car to come
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:59 PM   #25
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