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Old 06-04-2014, 01:16 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. I've owned this car since January 2014, but I'm just now getting around to making a build thread. I've never done this before, so I'll do my best to keep it relevant and interesting for everyone.

I will try to keep the most recent picture of my car at the top of this thread.

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/chasoftw


Car as of 8/25/2015 (current mileage 22,500):





Vehicle
2014 Subaru WRX Hatchback
Satin White Pearl
Sirius Satellite Radio
Subaru Subwoofer



Modifications:

Suspension/Wheels
Daily: Enkei RPF1 17x9 5x100 +45 Gold
245/45/17 Hankook Ventus V12 evo2
Autocross: OEM WRX wheels
245/40/17 BF Goodrich g-Force Rivals
Feal 441 Coilovers (8k front/8k rear)
Whiteline Swaybars (front 24mm [soft]/rear 22mm [hard])
Kartboy Front and Rear Endlinks
Kartboy Pitch Stop Mount
Kartboy Short Shifter Kit with Shifter Bushings
SPC Rear Control Arms


Exterior
Visual Garage V2 SWP Sharkfin Antenna
10% tint all around
DIY Sprayed Tail Lights
De-badged
CS Style Front Lip spoiler
LED license plate lights


Interior
Killer B Black Round Shift Knob
OEM Subaru All-Weather floor mats
LED front, dome, and trunk lights


Engine
Magnaflow Catback Exhaust
GrimmSpeed Turbo Heat Shield
GrimmSpeed Master Cylinder Brace


On the way
RE-71Rs


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Old 06-04-2014, 01:16 PM   #2
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Past cars:

1. 1998 Volvo S70
2. 1998 BMW M3/2/5


3. 2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI/DSG


4. 2001 BMW 330XI/5

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Old 06-04-2014, 01:17 PM   #3
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:03 AM   #4
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Just hit 5,000 miles!

Potentially heading out to an auto-x session this coming weekend, but unsure about tire pressures, suspension settings, etc...so many variables. Should I go neutral front and rear sway bar settings? Currently rear is at full hard whereas front is at full soft. Open to tips and ideas people.
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:16 AM   #5
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I got excited when I read "beast around corners"....then I got to the line stating performance will be remaining completely stock. #headscratcher
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:54 PM   #6
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I got excited when I read "beast around corners"....then I got to the line stating performance will be remaining completely stock. #headscratcher
I am perfectly content with the stock performance at the moment. Prefer to do suspension modifications to tighten it all up since that's where this car really shines IMO.

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Old 07-31-2014, 06:07 PM   #7
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Picked up a CS style lip off eBay that I will be installing this weekend.
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:03 PM   #8
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I noticed the other day sitting at a traffic light that the Florida heat is really getting to my car. Just above the hood scoop were heat signatures blurring my line of vision that were impossible to ignore; they were very pronounced. I read up on heat shields, and decided to grab the GrimmSpeed version due to its fitment, effectiveness, and also its size should I add decide to add a downpipe further down the road.

In addition, the Florida weather has been pretty relentless with severe storms daily. It makes keeping the interior clean tough. So, I picked up some OEM All Weather floor mats.

Lastly, I've taken two trips to Tampa/Clearwater the past few weekends and the brake feel on the highway is less than stellar, especially when exit-braking down ramps. So, GrimmSpeed earned more of my money as I decided to take the plunge on the Master Cylinder Brace which, from what I've read, is like adding stainless steel lines, just more of a pain in the ass (from what I've read, there's limited space to install).

Should be a busy and fun weekend installing all these items.

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Old 08-23-2014, 05:05 PM   #9
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I tackled the GrimmSpeed Turbo Heat Shield this morning. The packaging was great and I was impressed to see the steel was wrapped in a material that claimed to be "laser cut". Sounds fancy, but most importantly, the quality of the cuts were fantastic.

Removing the factory heat shield took about 20 minutes and was more difficult than installing the GrimmSpeed shield. After another 10 minutes, it was installed. Overall, I couldn't be happier with the part, and in Florida, I'm sure it will make a difference. It's not flashy, but I can tell I made the right choice.

Next up was the GrimmSpeed Master Cylinder Brace. Honestly, I was expecting this to take up most of my morning judging by the horror stories I had read. Luckily, I have maneuverable hands and got everything uninstalled in about 45 minutes. Installation took about 30. One thing GrimmSpeed doesn't mention about the install is that the lower bracket connecting the battery cables to the bracket mounted to the strut wall is taped and held in place by a 6-inch piece of plastic. The instructions say to use a screwdriver to pry out the bracket, but I had to cut the electrical tape and shroud covering the cables. Other than that, reinstalling the strut bracket was a bit tough, but I had the right tools on deck and a very helpful wife by my side.

My next highway visit will most likely show me the difference in hard braking, but driving around town, I didn't notice any change.

The CS Style front lip was definitely the toughest to install. I'm glad I removed the bumper first. The fit and finish of the lip isn't the best, and I think I may end up replacing it with a more aggressive one in the future. I am, however, happy with the appearance of the front end for now. The front end of the car needed to be more aggressive. This achieved its purpose.






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Old 09-02-2014, 09:14 PM   #10
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Finally had a chance to snap some decent pictures.









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Old 09-02-2014, 09:32 PM   #11
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Normally not a fan of painted stockers, but yours came out really nice. Good progress. What's next?
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Old 09-03-2014, 11:27 AM   #12
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Normally not a fan of painted stockers, but yours came out really nice. Good progress. What's next?
Thanks man! Whatever aftermarket wheels I get in the future will definitely be powdercoated this shade of OEM BBS Gold.

As far as plans, it will either be interior (steering wheel and driver's seat), or brakes (pads and SS lines). I have been toying with the idea of a new exhaust as well, but I'm not really prioritizing that since the Magnaflow has served me well.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:08 AM   #13
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Love the wheels. Im gonna be plastidiping mine in the near futute


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Old 09-05-2014, 09:22 AM   #14
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Love the wheels. Im gonna be plastidiping mine in the near futute


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Thanks! I did a write-up on how I did it which you can read here.
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:36 AM   #15
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Some of my recent plastidip work for my hatch...

[IMG]Untitled by subirex17, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 09-05-2014, 11:58 AM   #16
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Some of my recent plastidip work for my hatch...

[IMG]Untitled by subirex17, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]Untitled by subirex17, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Looks good man. When I re-spray my wheels, I will definitely remove the tires like you did.
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:02 PM   #17
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Looks good man. When I re-spray my wheels, I will definitely remove the tires like you did.
I only did it because my buddy had the machine and because i planned on getting new tires. bit of a process just to paint and remount.
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:41 PM   #18
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I like the lighting in this one.
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Old 09-12-2014, 09:00 AM   #19
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I love the mods you have done! Bravo
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:57 PM   #20
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I love the mods you have done! Bravo
Thank you!

In other news I picked up some second-hand parts: a TurboSmart BPV and Cobb SF Intake with Box. I'm just waiting on the Cobb intake cleaner to arrive Wednesday to clean up the air filter. My car should be wooshing and exhaling in no time.
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:05 PM   #21
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Took the bae to an auto-x session. Will post proof tonight.
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:48 PM   #22
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It finally happened, and boy am I glad it did. Autocross is something I've always wanted to do, but I never prioritized it. After this weekend, I can't believe it took me this long to do it. The event was great; the Subaru showing was solid; and the amount I learned is invaluable.

My impressions of the car are very good. I was surprised by how communicative the steering was on the limit. It's tough for me to compare to how the car felt prior to the modifications I've done, but I can safely say that it was very good all day. I eventually got the car to rotate how I wanted it to towards the end of the run (and also the end of the day). With a bit more time I feel I could have dipped into the 46's which would have matched the other 08+ Subaru's.

I was very pleased with all of the suspension modifications I've done. The Feals held up very well and eliminated all aspects of body roll. The only thing rotating in that car was me. (It really made me want to get a a seat with more bolstering.) The Whiteline sways really made the car look planted as compared to some of the WRX/STI's at the event. I plan to put the rear sway to the medium setting to make the car rotate a bit more.

All in all, I am definitely doing this again. It was a blast and made me feel like I driving the car how it should be driven. It gave me a baseline to evaluate how the car performs, and what else I want to get out of it, if anything at all.

Here's a video of my best run of the day (47.210s):


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Old 12-18-2014, 03:29 PM   #23
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Just got the results from the event. I placed 42/94 overall and 13/17 among the Subaru's present. The 05 Subaru STI 1 was also leading overall.

05 Subaru STI 1 42.680
05 Subaru STI 2 44.319
13 Subaru BRZ 1 44.864
15 Subaru WRX 45.586
13 Subaru BRZ 2 45.615
13 Subaru BRZ 3 46.064
11 Subaru WRX STI 46.362
12 Subaru WRX (n) 46.595
07 Subaru STI 46.745
14 Subaru STI 46.824
05 Subaru STI 46.952
15 Subaru REX 47.011
(me) 14 Subaru Impreza WRX (n) 47.210
06 Subaru WRX 48.912
13 Subaru BRZ 4 50.045
13 Subaru BRZ 5 52.033
13 Subaru BRZ 6 54.022
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:21 PM   #24
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The gold on swp looks really good on there.
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:23 PM   #25
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The gold on swp looks really good on there.
Thanks. I am getting them powdercoated this shade of gold next month.

On another note, I had the wife give the rex some juice on film the other day. The result? A .29s exhaust vid.


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