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Old 07-18-2010, 12:47 AM   #601
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My latest "mod'....and the littlest Subie Girl!



Meet Abigail, born 7.15.10.
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Old 07-18-2010, 02:50 AM   #602
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My latest "mod'....and the littlest Subie Girl!

Meet Abigail, born 7.15.10.
Congrats man, she's beautiful. And a great name too.
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Old 07-18-2010, 06:23 PM   #603
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Looks great man, how much were the HIDs to put in?
From ddmtuning.com
Pretty cheap, i think they were on sale for $40, they arent the slim ballast which they sell for a little bit more. the relay harness wasn't needed for the lows.
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:02 AM   #604
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Did you install them yourself or did you have to go somewhere to do that? And great price, thanks for the info.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:37 PM   #605
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Did you install them yourself or did you have to go somewhere to do that? And great price, thanks for the info.
did it myself with some friends, it's mostly just cable management that takes the most time.
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:14 AM   #606
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First of all, congratulations Ogden!

Second, got a couple of little trinkets for my car.

Rally Armor Mud Flaps. Decided to go with the Basics mostly because of price. But also because i don't really like the texture and gloss of the URs, and also how flexible they are; I don't like how they flap around while you're driving. I know they're called mud FLAPS. But whatever. I'm happy with the basics.



Another shot of the mud flaps. Parked next to my dad's 09 Outback. The car that started my love affair with Subaru.



Got me a nice little aluminum shift knob. I love the way the round knob feels so much better than the stock one. It does get extremely hot, but i can deal with it. It's simple, but I think it compliments the interior really well.

Also, after a few days with the car, i realized that i didn't have the compass mirror. Now i'm not gonna go throw $140 or whatever at Subaru for the OEM one, and i'm passionately against GPS. So i went to Wal-Mart and bought myself a compass for $1.98. Funny thing is, it only points in the right direction while the engine is running. I guess that's the only time i need it to work though, huh?



I think i'm gonna slow down on the toys for now. Need to save some money and make some payments for a while. Thinking about buying a 2nd set of wheels and snow tires for the winter. Also, need to work on squeezing a little power out of this little NA boxer.
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:37 PM   #607
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Good color choice! Glad you are happy with it!

I hear you on the flaps. I got the UR flaps and they "flap" quite a bit too. That said, I think that if you get much stiffer, you get "splash guards" more than flaps.

I would go for suspension, rather than power, if you want to enhance performance. Pick up an OEM WRX rear sway bar and endlinks. Should run you around $100-$120 with the mounting hardware which you may have to buy from the dealer.
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:09 AM   #608
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Good color choice! Glad you are happy with it!

I hear you on the flaps. I got the UR flaps and they "flap" quite a bit too. That said, I think that if you get much stiffer, you get "splash guards" more than flaps.

I would go for suspension, rather than power, if you want to enhance performance. Pick up an OEM WRX rear sway bar and endlinks. Should run you around $100-$120 with the mounting hardware which you may have to buy from the dealer.
Yeah i've been thinking about the sway bar too, as well as maybe a front strut bar. I've been looking around a lot for a used OEM WRX sway bar, but can't seem to find one. You think i could get one from the dealer? It would probably cost a little more though.

Also, what do you think about the aftermarket sway bar kits? Like the Rallitek one? Or i saw a kit that Eibach makes which includes lowering springs, front and rear sway bars, and all mounting hardware/endlinks for like $460 or something. Does anyone know the kit that i'm talking about and how it is performance-wise? Are the Eibach springs better than the STI pinks? Because i don't wanna spend a bunch of money on a full kit if i'm gonna end up doing the STI springs anyway.
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:48 AM   #609
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I just picked up a used sway bar and endlinks from a '10 WRX that had under 500 miles on it from the classifieds here for $55 shipped.

Keep your eyes open there and you'll probably have good luck.

Otherwise, www.genuinesubaruparts.com has them.

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Yeah i've been thinking about the sway bar too, as well as maybe a front strut bar. I've been looking around a lot for a used OEM WRX sway bar, but can't seem to find one. You think i could get one from the dealer? It would probably cost a little more though.

Also, what do you think about the aftermarket sway bar kits? Like the Rallitek one? Or i saw a kit that Eibach makes which includes lowering springs, front and rear sway bars, and all mounting hardware/endlinks for like $460 or something. Does anyone know the kit that i'm talking about and how it is performance-wise? Are the Eibach springs better than the STI pinks? Because i don't wanna spend a bunch of money on a full kit if i'm gonna end up doing the STI springs anyway.
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:01 PM   #610
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Yeah i've been thinking about the sway bar too, as well as maybe a front strut bar. I've been looking around a lot for a used OEM WRX sway bar, but can't seem to find one. You think i could get one from the dealer? It would probably cost a little more though.
I've got an '09 OEM WRX rear sway bar with Rallitek endlinks that just came off my car. It's probably got 15k on it just from my car, so maybe 15K on the endlinks and 18-20K on the bar. If you are interested, let me know.

[quote]Also, what do you think about the aftermarket sway bar kits? Like the Rallitek one?[quote]

Just put the Rallitek kit on my car (22mm front, 19mm rear). It replaced the stock front bar with the OEM WRX rear bar, and I love it.

Don't know much about Eibach, you might find some good info in the suspension forum.

2 things to note, that you may know already:

1) WRX front sway bars will NOT fit the 2.5i or OBS. So if you are looking at a WRX kit, you're goingt o have to "mod" your suspension

2) The stock struts on the NA Imprezas have been problematic for some folks when they add aftermarket springs. Some folks have been okay, but I've heard as many stories about blown struts as I have about successes. My long term plan is to upgrade the struts to '09 WRX struts and then do aftermarket springs. Pinks, Ralliteks, or something like that. As my car is primarily a DD and my wife and baby need to be comfortable in it, I'm not sure I'll go much beyond that for suspension.
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:07 PM   #611
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Another thing to consider is a short-shifter. I think that you said that this was your first manual tranny, so you don't have a lot to compare it to, but the Subaru transmissions are notoriously sloppy feeling. Look into a short sifter, and front and rear shifter bushings. This will also help the car feel more "sporty". Kart Boy makes some popular ones, as do others. Turn in Concepts has a "Super Shifter" kit which includes the short shifter and replacement bushings for the entire shift linkage. That's a bit hard core for me, but if you are good with cars, or have a buddy who is, it should leave you with a great, solid feeling shifter.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:10 PM   #612
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Nooooooooo! Don't tell me that's a sticker on the interior. I could never do that
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:33 PM   #613
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OK, so my '10 WRX swaybar arrived yesterday. Included with the bar were 4 other items, 2 I believe are the endlinks (look like elongated ovals with holes on either end), but I'm not sure what the others are. They look almost like a dumbell that has been flattened on the side on either end, and one end has a ball/socket assembly. That sound familiar to anyone?

Also, someone mentioned I'll need mounting brackets and I can't find them online. Does anyone have a link to where I could purchase them?

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Old 07-23-2010, 11:55 AM   #614
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OK, so my '10 WRX swaybar arrived yesterday. Included with the bar were 4 other items, 2 I believe are the endlinks (look like elongated ovals with holes on either end), but I'm not sure what the others are. They look almost like a dumbell that has been flattened on the side on either end, and one end has a ball/socket assembly. That sound familiar to anyone?

Also, someone mentioned I'll need mounting brackets and I can't find them online. Does anyone have a link to where I could purchase them?

Thanks,
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you'll need the part numbers to order from a subaru dealership.
http://www.3gwrx.com/forum/index.php?topic=2605.0

hope this helps.
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:17 PM   #615
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OK, so my '10 WRX swaybar arrived yesterday. Included with the bar were 4 other items, 2 I believe are the endlinks (look like elongated ovals with holes on either end), but I'm not sure what the others are. They look almost like a dumbell that has been flattened on the side on either end, and one end has a ball/socket assembly. That sound familiar to anyone?

Also, someone mentioned I'll need mounting brackets and I can't find them online. Does anyone have a link to where I could purchase them?

Thanks,
Alan
Pics would help. I think that the "flattened dumbbells" with the ball and socket joint are actually the endlinks. I'm not sure what the others are.

Go to Rallitek.com and look at their installation videos. Try to find analogs for the parts you have. I'm not sure if they have a rear sway bar install video, but the do have one for their rear endlinks. Check it out. Also, search youtube, and looka t 3GWRX.com in the DIY forum to see of there is a rear sway bar installation thread.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:30 AM   #616
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Hey guys, I've got a question about mounting a front plate.

We bought the '10 Outback Sport last month, and I love the car to death. I had an 89 mustang before, and this was a huge upgrade



Anyway, like I said, I'm having a problem mounting a front plate.

The holes on the front of the car dont line up with those on the plate, so I was curious to know if there was some kind of bracket I need to buy?



I really dont want to have to drill holes in the bumper if I can help it :P

Anywho, thanks
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:42 AM   #617
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Hey guys.
Well, I'm thinking about upgrading to a Legacy 3.6R Limited w/ Navi. So the OBS has to go. So if anyone is interested, let me know. 2008 auto w/ ~17k on the clock. Feel free to ask any questions.



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Old 07-25-2010, 07:53 PM   #618
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Maybe just 3.6L swap your OBS?
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:56 PM   #619
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I really dont want to have to drill holes in the bumper if I can help it :P

Anywho, thanks
I'm pretty sure that the dealer just drilled holes in the bumper to mount mine.

I took it off and added some silicone "feet" to it to keep the metal from rubbing on the paint, and IIRC, it looked just like that with 2 holes drilled into it.
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These are what I was talking about.

I'll call the dealership today and have them order the brackets and bolts and such and try to schedule this for this weekend.

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Pics would help. I think that the "flattened dumbbells" with the ball and socket joint are actually the endlinks. I'm not sure what the others are.

Go to Rallitek.com and look at their installation videos. Try to find analogs for the parts you have. I'm not sure if they have a rear sway bar install video, but the do have one for their rear endlinks. Check it out. Also, search youtube, and looka t 3GWRX.com in the DIY forum to see of there is a rear sway bar installation thread.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:51 PM   #621
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those are endlinks
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:15 PM   #622
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Just wanted to pass along my impressions of Swift Springs. I put them on my '09 OBS a week ago with 09 WRX struts. It dropped the car about 3/4" which is exactly what I was going for. The car handles much better with less body roll, although I'm still planning on getting front/rear Rallitek sways in the near future. Anyway, car feels about 50% stiffer but not in a bad way. I drive 25k miles a year and having a comfortable ride is a must. I highly recommend these springs if your OBS is a daily driver.
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Old 07-31-2010, 04:58 PM   #623
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Nothing fancy here. Just vinyl overlays from bluebatmobile.net. Only other planned mod is to put some tints on her.





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Old 07-31-2010, 06:14 PM   #624
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Can somebody please post a pic of what their spare tire compartment consists of? I just bought a used 08 OBS and i think the owner got rid of the foam that holds the jack in place. I just want to see what else is missing....if anything.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:30 AM   #625
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Hey guys, I recently bought some JDM rain guards from Rallitek and upon arrival discovered that the instructions are in Japanese... I tried looking around the internets for the English instructions but found nothing. Does anyone either know how to mount them or know where I could find the instructions?

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