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Old 08-23-2008, 09:16 PM   #1
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Anybody in the Ramstein area? I'll be there by the end of the year and was wondering what kind of a subaru community there is out there? Any good shops? ANYTHING!?
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:35 PM   #2
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While there are a few shops around that can get aftermarket parts for our cars, they seem to be quite a bit more expensive. I've gotten used to mail-ordering most of my stuff from back home. Oh, and I've found that actually finding a shop that can do a proper tune will be rare and expensive.

There are a couple of cars around, but not a whole lot. Its not that the Germans don't know what a Subaru is, because they most certainly do, its just not a very common car for whatever reason. So... most of the ones you'll see are US or Canadian owned.

Don't let any of this dissuade you from bringing your car over here. Its a relatively short (and fun) drive to the Ring.
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:37 AM   #3
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Like Clake said, you will be mail ordering a lot of stuff. I tried to buy a straight intercooler coupler because I destroyed one during my turbo swap and after going to roughly 20 different auto stores and shops I gave up and ordered one for $5. I am at Ramstein myself and have seen maybe 7 different WRX/STI's but I have never met any of them, so I really don't know if any Subaru people hang out or not. But hey, if you can't find any Subaru people to hang out with, there are a TON of SRT-4 people!
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:06 PM   #4
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anyone buy a exhaust through the internetz?

is it expensive?
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:13 AM   #5
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I got an HKS Carbon ti from iaperformance. Stephen, the owner, had to get creative with the packing of the box for it. He also comes to Germany and does tuning and what not. So far he has done an engine swap, rotated turbo and several road tunes. Shoot him an email to stephen@iaperformance.com . He will be back around Nov to do another engine swap.
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:12 PM   #6
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Anybody in the Ramstein area? I'll be there by the end of the year and was wondering what kind of a subaru community there is out there? Any good shops? ANYTHING!?
Last year I got tired of trying to find tuning shops in Europe that were worth a damn so a bunch of us on NASIOC and IWSTI forked out some mullah and brought Stephen from IA Performance over to Germany. The price for his plane ticket over, the GT30 turbo install he did on my ride and tuning afterwards was still cheaper than getting a simple tune done in Germany (just a tune in Germany runs close to $2000). Since then, he has come over to Germany several times. on that same trip he installed my turbo, he shipped an EJ257 from Arizona to Germany were he installed it in a WRX wagon. He is awesome to work with. He will be flying to Germany again when I get back from Iraq in November to install my built motor and retune (the engine swap Handsome_Rob was talking about). I have never done any business with any shop that has the professionalism and killer customer support that he has. And he loves coming to Germany to help us out. Of course we are all spread out all over Germany but when Stephen comes in to town, a lot of us get together even if we don't need things done to our cars and we'll head up to Nurburgring to run a few laps or do something else cool. Hit us up with PM's when you get in to town. Ramstein is about an hour away from where I live.
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Old 09-13-2008, 11:04 AM   #7
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hey i had a question how long did it take the military to get you car over from the state am currently getting ready to PCS to Euro. and wanted to know how long it would take be for i would be able to see my car again
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Old 09-13-2008, 02:56 PM   #8
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While there are a few shops around that can get aftermarket parts for our cars, they seem to be quite a bit more expensive. I've gotten used to mail-ordering most of my stuff from back home. Oh, and I've found that actually finding a shop that can do a proper tune will be rare and expensive.

There are a couple of cars around, but not a whole lot. Its not that the Germans don't know what a Subaru is, because they most certainly do, its just not a very common car for whatever reason. So... most of the ones you'll see are US or Canadian owned.

Don't let any of this dissuade you from bringing your car over here. Its a relatively short (and fun) drive to the Ring.
thats the plan, the ring will deff be a place i'll be hitting up for sure
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Old 09-14-2008, 03:01 AM   #9
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It takes anywhere from 30-45 days to get your car. It all depends on how fast the boat it's coming on fills up. I got mine in 32.
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Old 09-14-2008, 04:21 AM   #10
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I got mine in 22 days. Its a crap shoot.
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Old 09-14-2008, 10:48 AM   #11
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thanks guys well i guess ill be legin it till it gets there then
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Old 09-14-2008, 03:39 PM   #12
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It makes you appreciate the car more when you get it back.....besides, it gives you time to get your USAEUR license.
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:20 PM   #13
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yea i heard it take a while to get the usaeur license, do you know of any study guides for the test online?
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:33 PM   #14
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Here you go:
http://rmv.hqusareur.army.mil/drivrman/ss190-34.htm
It's not difficult. Study this now so when you get in country you can take the first available test date. Make an appointment as soon as you can to take the test. You'll need a check or money order for $10-$20, I can't remember. Before you pick up your car, go to the BX there on Ramstein and buy some warning triangles and a first aid kit. Both are required to be in your car before you drive it.
If neccessary, you can still rent a car off-base. You just can not (you're not supposed to but they don't check) drive it on base until you have a NATO drivers license.
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Old 09-15-2008, 03:22 AM   #15
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It's still $10, my wife has to replace the one she lost last month. You can also get a study guide when you start inprocessing. Pay particular attention to the right-of-way and signs, as that is what most people fail on.
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:42 AM   #16
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I wish I got orders to germany... Im stuck on Crete and in the past 3 months Ive seen a total of 4 WRX/STi's running around... including mine. It took them 4 months to get my car out here. The ring in the spring... ahhh road trip here i come.

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Old 09-15-2008, 11:51 AM   #17
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Here you go:
http://rmv.hqusareur.army.mil/drivrman/ss190-34.htm
It's not difficult. Study this now so when you get in country you can take the first available test date. Make an appointment as soon as you can to take the test. You'll need a check or money order for $10-$20, I can't remember. Before you pick up your car, go to the BX there on Ramstein and buy some warning triangles and a first aid kit. Both are required to be in your car before you drive it.
If neccessary, you can still rent a car off-base. You just can not (you're not supposed to but they don't check) drive it on base until you have a NATO drivers license.
Thanks man i got a like 10 days before i have to go to ft. jackson then to Germany. ill start studying now

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It's still $10, my wife has to replace the one she lost last month. You can also get a study guide when you start inprocessing. Pay particular attention to the right-of-way and signs, as that is what most people fail on.
thanks for that i will
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:05 PM   #18
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I wish I got orders to germany... Im stuck on Crete and in the past 3 months Ive seen a total of 4 WRX/STi's running around... including mine. It took them 4 months to get my car out here. The ring in the spring... ahhh road trip here i come.
Damn I thought Iraklion closed down years ago. If you want to cruise up to Germany next Spring, you're welcome to crash on my couch.
From where you're at, I would take the car up through Italy though and avoid doing the Greece, Bosnia, Croatia road trip. It is an awesome ride up through there but I'm not sure how comfortable I would be taking my STi there. Hopefully there is a ferry straight from Crete to Italy so you can also avoid Athens.
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Old 09-15-2008, 07:16 PM   #19
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Here you go:
http://rmv.hqusareur.army.mil/drivrman/ss190-34.htm
It's not difficult. Study this now so when you get in country you can take the first available test date. Make an appointment as soon as you can to take the test. You'll need a check or money order for $10-$20, I can't remember. Before you pick up your car, go to the BX there on Ramstein and buy some warning triangles and a first aid kit. Both are required to be in your car before you drive it.
If neccessary, you can still rent a car off-base. You just can not (you're not supposed to but they don't check) drive it on base until you have a NATO drivers license.
damn looks like it takes you a while to get everything situated...
better start studying :P
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:23 AM   #20
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Damn I thought Iraklion closed down years ago. If you want to cruise up to Germany next Spring, you're welcome to crash on my couch.
From where you're at, I would take the car up through Italy though and avoid doing the Greece, Bosnia, Croatia road trip. It is an awesome ride up through there but I'm not sure how comfortable I would be taking my STi there. Hopefully there is a ferry straight from Crete to Italy so you can also avoid Athens.
Iraklio did close, but there is a tiny navy base with maybe about 300 of us near souda. Thanks for the couch offer I might have to take you up on it. And about the croatia/bosnia road trip, i just dont feel like haveing to pay my way out of a bosnian jail for doing 5 cliks over the speed limit. I found a ferry off the main land Greece that will drop me in Italy and the its up through the mountains via Top Gears best driving road ever. then the auto bahn to the ring area, then to the UK and then down to Le Manns and then back to Italy and home... playing on about a month of Rand R
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:05 PM   #21
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I took a ferry from Iraklion to Athens a few years ago but I am not sure about the direct ferry from Iraklion to Italy. I had to go to Athens then take a train over the Pelopenese on the west coast of Greece then take a ferry over to Italy. If you can skip Greece altogether, all the better.
The road you are thinking of over the alps from Italy would be "Stelvio". Do a google search and see what dats it is open. I know it's not open year round.
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:02 PM   #22
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Stelvio should be closing soon. I wanna say sometime next month. I bet Dave could tell you. He is also gonna need an INT Lic. If you get caught in Switzerland without one you are hosed. They dont recognize USAEUR licenses.
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:12 PM   #23
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just found out the bank i have the loan with for my car wont let me take my car over so i will be without my suby for 3 years
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:29 PM   #24
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Who is it financed through? Always talk to at least two people. Nissan told me that then I called back and talked to someone else and they said they do it for military only.
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:54 PM   #25
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Yeah, make sure you tell them you're military and that you're willing to sign a clause, can't remember the name of it of the top of my head.....

That or go refinance through someone that will. (Bank of America worked for me.....)
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