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Old 02-15-2014, 05:06 PM   #1
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Okay, here's the story. I have been a member over on SubaruForester.org for many years now with my '98 Forester. Unfortunately, in the beginning of January '14, I got rear-ended on the highway. The Forester survived and is still drivable, but due to the rust I have been battling on the rear quarter panels, it doesn't make sense for me to have the car repaired.

With that said, guess who is now the proud owner of a 2014 WRX hatch. *Points to self*
I have been a "lurker" on NASIOC for several years (mostly for parts) but now I actually have a reason to join full time. I am admittedly new to the turbo boxer engines, so I will be picking your brains to figure what I can and can't do without detonating the engine.

If NASIOC is anything like SF.org, I'm sure I will meet a ton of great enthusiasts here!

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GrimmSpeed lightweight crank pulley - Installed
Foglight kit - Installed
Rally Armor mud flaps - Installed
CNT catback exhaust (purchased from MikeyP3) - Installed
Kartboy engine pitch mount - Installed
Badge of Ownership - Installed
Cusco front strut bar (purchased from CHAOS22) - Installed
Hella Supertones - Installed
GrimmSpeed alternator cover - Installed
GrimmSpeed turbo heat shield - Installed
Cusco rear member power brace - Installed
Cusco rear member side power braces - Installed
Foglight kit - Installed
Perrin Big 3" Inlet Hose - Pending Installation
Perrin Big MAF Intake - Pending Installation
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:23 PM   #2
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February 15, 2014
While on the 48hrs of Tristate charity drive, I won a few goodies including the GrimmSpeed crank pulley and the Perrin inlet hose/MAF intake mentioned above.

Today I drove up to Goldstein Subaru in Albany, NY to use the two, $100 gift certificates I had from the trip. I have never been to a Subaru dealer I didn't like, and this one was no exception!
Anyway, I spent the coupons on the fog light kit for the WRX. Hopefully I will be able to get it installed over the holiday weekend.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:11 PM   #3
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Nice, welcome to NASIOC. I have a '14 hatch myself in SWP. I'm excited to watch/check in on ur progress man. Congrats and good luck with the new car!
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:26 AM   #4
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Welcome to Nasy, now post some damn pics! Glad to hear that you're rocking a Grimmspeed LW Pulley, how are you liking it thus far? Think about picking up a V2/3 Accessport once you have the exhaust and intake pieces fitted for some tunebility. Good luck!
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:51 PM   #5
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Welcome to Nasy, now post some damn pics! Glad to hear that you're rocking a Grimmspeed LW Pulley, how are you liking it thus far? Think about picking up a V2/3 Accessport once you have the exhaust and intake pieces fitted for some tunebility. Good luck!
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I love the pulley so far! I can't wait until the summer so I can test it out with the AC on.
The accessport is on my long-term list. Since the car is still under warranty, I don't want to risk voiding it with a flashed ECU. For the same reason, the only mods I am currently looking into are the catback, crank pulley, and swapping my Hella Supertones over from the Forester. Correct me if I am wrong, but from my understanding there are very few things you can do without necessitating an engine tune. For the time being I will just sit on the Perrin intake parts until the warranty is up.

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Old 02-16-2014, 10:03 PM   #6
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Also, as requested... pictures!

OEM crank pulley


GrimmSpeed LW crank pulley




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Old 02-17-2014, 01:17 AM   #7
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I love the pulley so far! I can't wait until the summer so I can test it out with the AC on.
The accessport is on my long-term list. Since the car is still under warranty, I don't want to risk voiding it with a flashed ECU. For the same reason, the only mods I am currently looking into are the catback and the crank pulley. Correct me if I am wrong, but from my understanding those are two of the few things you can do without necessitating an engine tune. For the time being I will just sit on the Perrin intake parts until the warranty is up.
I supposed warranty issues with running an AP never crossed my mind since all of the cars I've owned have been well out of factory warranty. As far as I'm aware running an AP tune will not be an issue when it comes to warranty since it's not a direct reflash of the ecu; in other words as long as you set it to factory tune before you take it to the dealership they won't have a way of knowing you run it in the first place. That being said running the LW pulley and catback won't require a tune and waiting until warranty is up to do the intake/AP isn't a bad idea.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:58 PM   #8
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February 17, 2014

I got the fog lights installed this evening.
In the process, I found out how not to remove the front bumper. That's the tough part about working on a new car... you don't know how anything comes apart.

There was one clip by each wheel that the directions failed to display.
Naturally, not knowing this, I ended up breaking the plastic mounting bracket by the passenger's side, front wheel. There is also a small bit of paint missing from the driver's side front fender where the bumper rubbed as I was removing it. I guess they figured there was no sense in making the paint super thick on the aluminum fenders....

Anyway, I got the fog lights installed and now know how to remove the front bumper when I replace the plastic bracket and go to install my Hellas.
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:01 PM   #9
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I supposed warranty issues with running an AP never crossed my mind since all of the cars I've owned have been well out of factory warranty. As far as I'm aware running an AP tune will not be an issue when it comes to warranty since it's not a direct reflash of the ecu; in other words as long as you set it to factory tune before you take it to the dealership they won't have a way of knowing you run it in the first place. That being said running the LW pulley and catback won't require a tune and waiting until warranty is up to do the intake/AP isn't a bad idea.
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Thanks for the feedback. From what I've heard, the turbo boxers are very sensitive to tuning. Wouldn't resetting the ECU to factory with mods installed run the risk of detonating the engine?
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:03 AM   #10
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Thanks for the feedback. From what I've heard, the turbo boxers are very sensitive to tuning. Wouldn't resetting the ECU to factory with mods installed run the risk of detonating the engine?
They definitely are sensitive to tuning but at the same time more responsive to it, if we're talking about a stage 1 tune with the intake/exhaust you shouldn't have a problem running the stock map in case a warranty issue arises. Ha, Subarus are synonymous for chincy plastic clips and subpar paint quality, if you try to salvage either while upgrading your car, you'll quickly find yourself in a world of disappointment.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:22 AM   #11
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Ha, Subarus are synonymous for chincy plastic clips and subpar paint quality, if you try to salvage either while upgrading your car, you'll quickly find yourself in a world of disappointment.
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This gave me a chuckle. Well said.
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Old 02-18-2014, 12:33 PM   #12
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I supposed warranty issues with running an AP never crossed my mind since all of the cars I've owned have been well out of factory warranty. As far as I'm aware running an AP tune will not be an issue when it comes to warranty since it's not a direct reflash of the ecu; in other words as long as you set it to factory tune before you take it to the dealership they won't have a way of knowing you run it in the first place. That being said running the LW pulley and catback won't require a tune and waiting until warranty is up to do the intake/AP isn't a bad idea.
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This is actually false. Also has been discussed a million times. Subaru can see how many time the computer has been flashed when they hook it up at the dealer. Which they will especially if they think it has been. My partner works a subaru and we flashed his wrx to stage 1 then back and subaru read 3 flashes had taken place. Because of the factory one. So yes using a AP will cause warranty denial. Nothing voids the warranty just cause claims to be denied.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:26 PM   #13
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This is actually false. Also has been discussed a million times. Subaru can see how many time the computer has been flashed when they hook it up at the dealer. Which they will especially if they think it has been. My partner works a subaru and we flashed his wrx to stage 1 then back and subaru read 3 flashes had taken place. Because of the factory one. So yes using a AP will cause warranty denial. Nothing voids the warranty just cause claims to be denied.
This actually seems to be the general consensus that I have found while digging through the various threads that cover this topic. You can map the ECU however you like, but the dealer will still be able to see that it has been changed from the factory mapping. Looks like I'll just wait until the warranty is up before I get into the heavy duty mods.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:29 PM   #14
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Ha, Subarus are synonymous for chincy plastic clips and subpar paint quality, if you try to salvage either while upgrading your car, you'll quickly find yourself in a world of disappointment.
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I'm kind of glad it's not just me then! I think after I'm done with mods that require removal of the bumper, I'll have my body shop put a nice thick coat of paint on the fenders come summer.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:55 PM   #15
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Good idea man. The car is fun like it is. Enjoy it, learn it, and push it to it's limit without going over. You won't regret waiting. However if you don't and something happens and they deny a claim you may regret
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:13 PM   #16
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February 19, 2014

I priced out Rally Armor mud flaps today and geez are they more expensive than I thought.
Although, if they help to keep the dirt, salt, and rocks from kicking up onto the car as well as people say they do, it sounds like they are worth the money.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:23 PM   #17
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Look up RockBlox mudflaps, I think that is what they are called. They do the same job as the RA.
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:33 PM   #18
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Look up RockBlox mudflaps, I think that is what they are called. They do the same job as the RA.
Are these what you had in mind?

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Old 02-21-2014, 11:34 PM   #19
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February 21, 2014

I took some time tonight and got the salt cleaned off of the CNT catback.
There a few scrapes on the underside of the pipes and muffler as well as a small tear in the flex pipe (all things I knew about prior to purchase).
Aside from some baked-on junk from the road, it cleaned up pretty nicely.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:41 PM   #20
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February 24, 2014

Picked up the car from it's 3,500 mile service. The dealer changed the oil and aligned the wheels under warranty (since they obviously weren't aligned from the factory).

I usually do as much of my own mechanic work as possible, but I figured...
1) The dealer will have a record that the car was maintained well.
2) It is impossible to get under the Impreza! I never realized how much ground clearance my Forester had.

The service guys at Wayne Subaru said to ignore the 7,500 mile oil interval given in the owner's manual. That's apparently way too long for the turbo-ed engines. They suggested changing the oil at 4,000.
I believe it. I'm sure Subaru depends on the turbos failing from dirty oil. That's a nice big repair bill for them.

Anyway, I'll stick with the 4,000 mile oil changes and see how it goes.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:49 PM   #21
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February 26, 2014

I ordered my Rally Armor mudflaps tonight.
I was also considering Rokblokz or Flapatax, but if there is one thing that I have learned it's that you can't go cheap with car parts.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:42 PM   #22
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February 28, 2014

My Rally Armor mudflaps arrived today. They shipped from NY on 2/27.
Finally, an advantage to living in New Jersey!

Anyway, I unboxed everything and so far I am impressed. Hopefully I will get a chance to install them this weekend before the next snowstorm rolls in.

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Old 03-01-2014, 10:47 PM   #23
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March 1, 2014

I installed the Rally Armor mudflaps this afternoon. It took me about 2.5 hours because I was cleaning the salt and dust off of everything as I went.
The installation was pretty straight forward and the supplies they give you are great. I didn't strip a single plastic anchor, which quite honestly surprised me. The one issue I do have is that the rear mudflaps wouldn't line up parallel with the garage floor like the directions said they should. The left flap is pretty good, but the right one is about a 1/4 inch lower on the one side. Overall, though, I am a satisfied customer.

Anyway, picture time.












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Old 03-11-2014, 08:36 PM   #24
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March 11, 2014

My Badge of Ownership came in today. I finally have an excuse to put the 48hrs of Tristate badge on the car now!

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Old 03-11-2014, 09:04 PM   #25
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RA Flaps look great, any additional install advice you might have? I'm planning to install mine this weekend. Figure it will be easier just to jack her up on all fours and remove the wheels so I got plenty of room to work
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