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Old 04-29-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Well I finally am getting around to turning this into a proper build thread. This post will have the most up to date pics and current mod list as well.

here are the first pics of the car when i got it, birthday present almost in 2011.



here's how it sits now

IMG_3705L by b3sthaticould0, on Flickr


IMG_3691L by b3sthaticould0, on Flickr


IMG_3689L by b3sthaticould0, on Flickr


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IMG_3654L by b3sthaticould0, on Flickr


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IMG_3641L by b3sthaticould0, on Flickr

Intake/Exhaust/Fuel/Performance
- Tomei EL Headers
- Grimmspeed EWG 38mm Up Pipe
- Tial 38mm Wastegate
- Invidia Q300 Catback Exhaust - resonator removed
- CNT Catless Downpipe
- DW65c Fuel Pump
- ID1000cc Injectors
- AEM Cold Air Intake
- FMS Front Mount Intercooler
- PLX Tuning DM6 Wideband
- Koyo Aluminum Radiator
- Turbosmart Kompact Bypass Valve
- Kinugawa TD06SL2-20g (Not yet installed)
- COBB Accessport

Drivetrain/Transmission:
- JDM V7 6spd Swap
- Comp Stage2 Clutch
- COBB Short Throw Shifter
- Anarchy Motive Shift Knob
- Cusco Solid Motor Mounts
- Cusco Trans Mount
- GroupN Pitch Stop
- Torqued Performance Carrier Bushings

Suspension/Wheels/Brakes:
- AirLift Performance Series Air Struts
- AirLift V2 Management
- Viair 444c Compressor
- Accuair eXo Mounts
- Whiteline 22mm Rear Sway Bar
- Whiteline AntiLift Kit
- Whiteline Roll Center Adjusters
- Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
- Whiteline Rear Diff Bushings
- Whiteline Positive Shift Kit
- Advan RG-D 18x9 +45
- 245/40/18 Falken 912s
- 2010 STi Front Brembos
- DBA T2 Front Rotors
- Project Mu Type NS Front Pads
- 2006 STi Rear Brembos (not yet installed)
- Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace
- Kartboy Sway Bar Endlinks

Interior/Electronics:
- Kenwood Excelon DDX790 Headunit
- Massive Audio CK6X Front Component Speakers
- Massive Audio DX6 Rear Coaxial Fill Speakers
- REAudio 10" Subwoofer
- Alpine 5 Channel Amp
- bQuiet Ultimate Sound deadener
- JDM Stereo Bezel
- JPM Coachworks Shift Boot
- JPM Coachworks eBrake Boot
- JPM Coachworks wrapped SMY Cluster
- JPM Coachworks Arm Rest
- Prosport Oil Pressure Gauge
- White LED Conversion
- JDM Power Folding Mirrors w/ Keyfobs
- Overland Design TC Defeat

Exterior:
- 08-10 STi Bumper Conversion
- APR Carbon Brake Ducts
- JDM tS Rear Spoiler
- APR Carbon Exhaust Heat Shields
- APR Carbon License Plate Surround
- Carbon 08 STi Grille (paint matched)
- Blacked out headlights
- JNA Poly Front Lip
- OEM Vortex Generator
- L'aunsport Carbon Side Badges
- Prova Yellow Mirrors

There's probably stuff I'm not remembering. Current numbers are 359/389 on 18psi on E85.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:45 PM   #2
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first mod i did of course was a kartboy short shifter, bushings, and COBB knob


after that i needed more sound, so i got an Invidia Q300 catback



then two appearance/comfort mods
Tail Light Overlays


JPM center console lid w/ extra padding



then i wanted a bit more OOMPH, went with a wrinkle red AEM CAI


picked up a COBB AP at S3, installed a catless downpipe and flashed to STGII+ off the shelf map, absolutely loved the car. it was awesome. but i felt it fell on it's face around 5600+ RPM. so on came more mods...

catless downpipe (love the sound, so great)


up-pipe (this was a fun install)


grimmspeed wrinkle red heat shield to match AEM CAI

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Old 04-29-2012, 07:48 PM   #3
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then, i wanted to get some suspension mods to make the car handle as well as it looked and performed. got some ISC N1 coilovers, second hand, with very few miles


here's an after shot


then it was time for some braking mods so i got some DBA 4000XS rotors, SS lines, stoptech ST1 pads, GS master cylinder brace


then some nice pretty Prodrive under the hood stuff

needed some monitoring stuff, so i got the SMY cluster with some prosport gauges


went to cobb and got a protune. made 302whp and 327wtq


pretty happy with the numbers, i was on the way to an autox the following week, dense air in the morning and 19.5psi and a boost spike caused my intercooler to blow at the seems.


awesome :-/

so i did what i could, luckily a buddy brought me a stocker OEM IC to drive on for a while, i got a racerX front mount.


not my first choice, but it is pretty good. i will definitely be redoing the hot side piping.

then there was a guy that was looking to trade his Kwoya Evolves in 18x9 for something less agressive, so i traded my stock wheels straight across.


i liked them, but i wasnt in love with them. i definitely kept my eyes open for something else. finally got it.
OEM STi BBS in 18x8.5 redrilled to 5x100


i think i've definitely found my wheel. i dont feel the need for wider, they are awesome! i love them. i will definitely have to space them out a bit to fill the wheel wells.

obviously there are quite a few more mods, but i haven't listen them because i have just forgotten. i will get more pictures sooner or later.

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Old 04-29-2012, 07:59 PM   #4
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Such a Nice clean and tastefully modded WRX! Jealous!!!
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:19 PM   #5
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What was it like driving when the intercooler broke?
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:22 PM   #6
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What was it like driving when the intercooler broke?
like driving a diesel thats about to blow up. it wouldn't idle.

the best way to describe it, it felt like the car was choking itself.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:13 AM   #7
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:37 AM   #8
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Looks nice. Very subtle. Any close up's of the re-drill? Did they just slot the holes?
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:39 AM   #9
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Looks nice. Very subtle. Any close up's of the re-drill? Did they just slot the holes?
i can get some close ups.

it's interesting how they did it. i had others done before. these are slotted, but a special insert is pressed in. they actually look pretty good.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:38 PM   #10
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I really wanted to do that as well with OEM STi rims but was scared due to the BBS's being forged. I've always heard mixed things on re-drilling rims. Do you feel any wobbles or anything with the wheels or are they perfect? Even at speed 80mph+?

Please do some close ups!
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:44 PM   #11
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can i see some close up shots of the redrill as well? im interested in doing this also
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:13 PM   #12
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I really wanted to do that as well with OEM STi rims but was scared due to the BBS's being forged. I've always heard mixed things on re-drilling rims. Do you feel any wobbles or anything with the wheels or are they perfect? Even at speed 80mph+?

Please do some close ups!
no wobble at all. this is my second set of redrilled wheels. i had other BBS' redrilled on another car. its perfectly safe, have a good reputable shop do it.

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can i see some close up shots of the redrill as well? im interested in doing this also
yea, soon.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:34 PM   #13
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What is the lug seating surface made of? Is it the same shape?
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:14 PM   #14
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What is the lug seating surface made of? Is it the same shape?
yea, its conical. i have muteki lugs and they fit just fine.

the surface is probably an aluminum or steel of some kind.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:34 PM   #15
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nice car man, also got my car tuned to cobb socal, i tried to buy those bbs' but he was only looking to trade, they look sick on your car!
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Those wheels look so good on our cars, I'll def subscribe to check pics after work
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nice car man, also got my car tuned to cobb socal, i tried to buy those bbs' but he was only looking to trade, they look sick on your car!
thanks, they are fantastic. im so happy with them.

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thanks man! hope you enjoy.
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How is the Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace?
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:26 PM   #19
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How is the Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace?
i LOVE mine. its awesome. my pedal feel is fantastic.
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i LOVE mine. its awesome. my pedal feel is fantastic.
Nice! I'm thinking about getting one for my 2011 wrx. How was the install?
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Nice! I'm thinking about getting one for my 2011 wrx. How was the install?
don't let me guide you wrong. it was raining, we were furious, we had busted knuckles from doing other jobs. it wasn't easy for us. we were very frustrated. but it did go in, did go in pretty snugly. fits good. but it is a tricky, watch their video, understand what they did. then tackle it. its just a bolt on, anyone with the correct tools can do it.
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:41 PM   #22
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:02 PM   #23
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Wow! Your car looks great!
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:03 PM   #24
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Wow! Your car looks great!
thanks dude. gonna bring the front down, even it out and it'll be perfect.

helps to have a good photog on hand a lot. lol
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:50 AM   #25
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new edits





mmmm awesome lol
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