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Old 03-03-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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Hello there, I am a new Subaru owner and member of NASIOC. I recently purchased a 2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i, and Iím completely in love with the car. Little back story, I previously owned an 8th gen civic and it was lightly modified. Unfortunately, that car was totaled in a head on collision. I have a friend who owns a WRX, and he is the reason why I bought a Subaru. The way he would talk about his car and the way he loves it still after the hell itís been through, I decided to look at a Subaru. I have fallen in love with my Impreza, although there is no doubt I will have a WRX one day.

I wanted to come on here and create a journal of all the changes I am going to make to this car. I figured this way I can get advice and ideas from other members as well as offer just one route that others could possibly take with their cars. My first goal is to get my suspension sorted out as its one of the few areas with aftermarket parts readily available for this model. I am also intending on taking this car to the track in May so I feel that would be the most beneficial area to work on first.



CURRENT MODIFICATIONS

Exterior:
  • Window Tint from Quality Tint

Interior:
  • AVH-2600 BT Pioneer
  • 4-6.5" Kenwood Speakers

Drivetrain/Transmission:
  • COBB Short Throw Shifter
  • COBB Shifter Bushings (Front & Rear)

Suspension:
  • Whiteline Front Swaybar (24mm)
  • Whiteline Rear Swaybar (22mm)
  • Whiteline Rear Swaybar Mount Support Brace
  • OEM Rear End Links


TO DO LIST
  • Coilovers
  • Alignment from West End
  • Wheels
  • Tires

I will post up pictures of everything soon. Also for anyone that wants to do work on their car themselves, I will post pictures and videos on how I did the work. I realize there are a million how-to videos and threads out there already but itís nice to see one specific to your car when you want it. I am a firm believer of doing work on your own car and I personally love the feeling it gives me. I'd rather lose by a mile cause I built my own car, than win by an inch because someone built it for me.

As I said before, please give any advice or any sort of feedback as I want to learn as much as I can about these cars and what they are capable of.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:20 AM   #2
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hello there i am new Subaru owner and a new member. i have recently purchased a new 2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i, and i completely love this car. Little back story i used to own a 8th gen civic and it was lightly moded unfortunately that car got total when i got in a head on collision with other person. i have a friend you owns a WRX himself and he is the reason why i got a Subaru. the way he talks about his car and how even though he has put his car through hell he still loves it to this day. so i decided to look at some Subaru's and i fell in love with my Impreza the reason why i didn't get a WRX is because at the time i believed i could not afford the car but with out a doubt i will get a WRX one day. i wanna come on here and create a journal of all the things i am going to do to this car, and feel free to input any advice or any ideas i can do to this car. my goal is to get all my suspension work done by mid may. here is a list of things i have already done to my car.

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window tint
cobb short throw shifter with front and rear bushings
whiteline front(24mm) and rear(22mm) sway bars
whiteline lower control arm support for rear sway bars
oem end links
avh-2600 bt pioneer head unit
kenwood door speakers

TO DO LIST
BC coilovers


i will post up pictures of everything soon and also and for anyone that wants to do work on their car them selves i will also post pictures and post videos on how i did the work. i am a firm believer of doing work on your own car and i personally love it. also don't be afraid to give any advice or any kind of feed back i wanna learn as much as i can about these cars and what they are capable of.

I'd rather lose by a mile cause I built my own car, then win by an inch because someone built it for me
Welcome to the forum. Congrats on the purchase and good job filling out your profile!
SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RULES!!!

Now, with that out of my system, definitely post some pictures of the car.


In answer to the two bolded questions above.
What are they capable of? Not much. Don't expect any power increases on your car, short of a full swap. It's just not worth it.
You're going to be losing by more than a mile if you decide to race WRX's. But at least you've come to terms with that!
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:20 PM   #3
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:58 PM   #4
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I've done most of those mods as well, but would still like to see pictures/videos. Always interesting at least. Man, those are some FAT sway bars you put on there. Would be curious to drive it and see how it feels.

Glad to see someone else loves this car!
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:01 PM   #5
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Congrats on the purchase, it sounds like you're really enjoying your car for what it is. Good choice in modifications, the 2.0 can be a ton of fun if the suspension is upgraded and it seems as though you have done just that. What year of WRX could you eventually see yourself in?
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:06 PM   #6
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Congrats on the purchase, it sounds like you're really enjoying your car for what it is. Good choice in modifications, the 2.0 can be a ton of fun if the suspension is upgraded and it seems as though you have done just that. What year of WRX could you eventually see yourself in?
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To be honest with you, I really do not know. I love the design of the new WRX and like the idea of a new car, but I also love having a hatch. And lastly, I love the old bug eye so I just do not know. Maybe one of each?

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Old 03-03-2014, 05:08 PM   #7
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I've done most of those mods as well, but would still like to see pictures/videos. Always interesting at least. Man, those are some FAT sway bars you put on there. Would be curious to drive it and see how it feels.

Glad to see someone else loves this car!
As of right now I only have the front sway bar, but even with that the front end goes more precisely where I want it to go. It feel as if it plants its two front feet down on the ground and holds the line more in the curve. I will keep you posted once I get the rear on and how that feels as well. I am working on some photos as we speak.

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Old 03-03-2014, 05:19 PM   #8
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Nice to see this start up sleyba, I am excited to see where your 2.0 goes and also nervous as you already hang with me so well! ...I need to learn to drive

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Old 03-03-2014, 05:29 PM   #9
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Front swaybar installed

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to be honest with you i really would not know if i get a brand new one but i do love the year of the bug eyes but i really like the 2011 wrx wagon as well.
I hear ya, I loved my Bugeye and now that it's gone I regret selling it. Good condition/low mileage ones are getting very hard to find for a decent price.
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And for the love of God, BEFORE you buy those cheap ass, janky as hell Ghetto Fabulous BC oilcovers, if you REALLY care about your car, do the following:

1. Dial (513) 860-3508
2. Tell them your car, current mods, and that you are considering coilovers with a budget of $XXXX because you do XXX and/or YYY with your car.
3. Shut down your brain and listen closely with a pad of paper for taking notes if needed.

If after this phone call you don't have the following run through your brain, I will paypal you $20 cash when you send me a private message with your email: "Those sons o' bitches are not only way smarter than me on suspension, but seem to care more about making me happy than getting into my wallet".

Most douche canoes on the interwebs are idiots. The difference between me and other people online is I back up my advice with cash. I am a level 1000 badass, bring it!

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And for the love of God, BEFORE you buy those cheap ass, janky as hell Ghetto Fabulous BC oilcovers, if you REALLY care about your car, do the following:

1. Dial (513) 860-3508
2. Tell them your car, current mods, and that you are considering coilovers with a budget of $XXXX because you do XXX and/or YYY with your car.
3. Shut down your brain and listen closely with a pad of paper for taking notes if needed.

If after this phone call you don't have the following run through your brain, I will paypal you $20 cash when you send me a private message with your email: "Those sons o' bitches are not only way smarter than me on suspension, but seem to care more about making me happy than getting into my wallet".

Most douche canoes on the interwebs are idiots. The difference between me and other people online is I back up my advice with cash. I am a level 1000 badass, bring it!
I used to hate the Unabomber as I once got a reply like this. But he soon swayed my chain on thought and fully understand his madness now!

The absolute cheapest coilovers I would even think about are the KWs
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:16 AM   #13
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And for the love of God, BEFORE you buy those cheap ass, janky as hell Ghetto Fabulous BC oilcovers, if you REALLY care about your car, do the following:

1. Dial (513) 860-3508
2. Tell them your car, current mods, and that you are considering coilovers with a budget of $XXXX because you do XXX and/or YYY with your car.
3. Shut down your brain and listen closely with a pad of paper for taking notes if needed.

If after this phone call you don't have the following run through your brain, I will paypal you $20 cash when you send me a private message with your email: "Those sons o' bitches are not only way smarter than me on suspension, but seem to care more about making me happy than getting into my wallet".

Most douche canoes on the interwebs are idiots. The difference between me and other people online is I back up my advice with cash. I am a level 1000 badass, bring it!
Thank you for the advice, I will try that. I have already read through your manifesto and even though it is more directly towards the turbo models (which make me want to get one even more), it is still very informative. I don't want coilovers for looks, I want to improve handling and I also want to take my car to the track one day so I would like a pair that is adjustable so I can improve them as I improve as a driver.

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Old 03-08-2014, 02:43 AM   #14
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Update: Whiteline Rear Swaybar (22mm), Whiteline Rear Swaybar Mount Support Brace, and OEM Rear End Links installed

I got the the rear swaybars on my Impreza today and I was able to take it on a very extensive test drive. On the initial drive from the house to the freeway, I immediately was able to feel a huge difference and finally got to experience over steer. Now with the rear swaybar it feels like the rear end of the car wants to be in front. As previously stated the front end goes where I want it to go and as long as I stay on the throttle the car remains nice and tight but the moment I let go of the gas the rear end is ready to come out and play. Then once i lay on the throttle the car straightens itself immediately. Overall the feel of the car has changed drastically, there is less body roll and a lot more over steer The current set up might not be the best for performance but it is a huge improvement and such a blast to drive. This gets me more excited to see what coilovers and a new set of wheel and tires will do for the car.
Installing the Swaybar




The REX That Started It All and My 2.0i



We are getting ready for our first ever Subaru meet tomorrow up on Rabbit Dry Lake Bed. Hopefully after the event I will be able to provide you with some cool photos and videos. There is going to be a 1/4 mile and a autocross course so I will be able to give you some feedback on that as well. Here is a link to the meet that I am going to.
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Hey Sleyba52, I think it's time for another update. How about some pictures and a video from the meet you went to as well as any info on recent modifications to the car? Also pictures, I want to see pictures.
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Old 05-13-2014, 01:01 AM   #16
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Update March 8th
This is a very late update but I just wanted to add a couple pictures of the meet I went to this weekend and a video too. The meet was a ton of fun and I am looking forward to this next one coming up May 24th. There was a small autocross track and I was happy with my performance out there with the sway bars and end links I had installed at the time. With traction control on, my car was brutally slow in the turns as it was easy to get the little 6in wide steelies I was running to lose traction. With traction control off, the car was frighteningly tale happy. All in all an awesome experience though learning the car and discovering what I need to learn.
There was no official time keeping but the fastest guys out there were running the little course in about 24 seconds or so in a Evo X and an 05' STi. My best time was about 29 seconds something. Like I said, there was no official timing.
Here are some pictures of the meet.
And a video too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk-svbh4oZM
All photos belong to jshaw6000 and the video was put together by 07cawkeye so many thanks to those guys!
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I would like to inform all of you about the few things i have been recently discovering that works for the 13' Impreza. I have recently installed ISC coil-overs and a Invida cat-back.

ISC
After the installation of the coils the vehicle itself has made a 180 in handling. It is a much stiffer ride but not to harsh where you where feel every little dip in the road. After having the coils on the car after a few months the car has settled in very nicely. i recently took it up to big bear and it handled the corners like a dream. The vehicle itself was so responsive and it had zero body roll. It felt as if i had complete control of the car and where where i wanted to point my car it just steered right to that point.

Cat-back
I just recently installed my Invida exhaust yesterday. So it is a little hard to say what advantages i have gotten from it other then and much deep growl. It sounds as if i have a V8 under the hood. but in terms in power gains i felt no difference. I might feel it after I get it properly tuned but as of right now i got nothing. it was a very easy install and i recommend people to do it them selves.

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Old 06-22-2014, 01:28 PM   #18
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You wont need to tune it for a catback. The amount of money it would cost you to tune it for little to no hp gain is a waste. Save yourself some money and put it towards other aspects that are more important for tracking your car.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:24 PM   #19
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Update
I would like to inform all of you about the few things i have been recently discovering that works for the 13' Impreza. I have recently installed ISC coil-overs and a Invida cat-back.

ISC
After the installation of the coils the vehicle itself has made a 180 in handling. It is a much stiffer ride but not to harsh where you where feel every little dip in the road. After having the coils on the car after a few months the car has settled in very nicely. i recently took it up to big bear and it handled the corners like a dream. The vehicle itself was so responsive and it had zero body roll. It felt as if i had complete control of the car and where where i wanted to point my car it just steered right to that point.

Cat-back
I just recently installed my Invida exhaust yesterday. So it is a little hard to say what advantages i have gotten from it other then and much deep growl. It sounds as if i have a V8 under the hood. but in terms in power gains i felt no difference. I might feel it after I get it properly tuned but as of right now i got nothing. it was a very easy install and i recommend people to do it them selves.

Still on the list
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Did the Invidia exhaust bolt right on?
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Old 10-14-2014, 03:14 PM   #21
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Did the Invidia exhaust bolt right on?
Extremely sorry for such a late reply yes the exhaust yes a direct bolt on

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