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Old 05-09-2012, 02:25 PM   #11876
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Thanks for clarifying.

"Performance parts" on a 2.0i is a fairly oxymoronic statement since it's just not a performance car and is limited with its naturally-aspirated engine. It won't BE any faster, but you can sure make it LOOK faster.

The spoiler would involve some wiring of the 3rd brake light that may or may not be cumbersome, depending on your know-how. Although the wiring for the stock spoiler might be lengthy enough already?

There was a picture months ago of someone that installed a poor HID kit. HID kits are not difficult, but paying for projector retrofits would be the shiz! Do it!
Sweet. Thanks for the info.

I guess I needed to clarify what exactly I'm looking for. Not really looking for performance parts but somehow give the impreza a small growl to it just for sound purposes...ie (air intake, exhaust system) Not planning on racing but just giving it that "tough" sound I guess.

Yeah, I searched everyone but no avail on retrofit headlight units on the 2012 impreza. if you can find a link or find anything that would be awesome.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:31 PM   #11877
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You might, but others may have a different perspective.

The increased "harshness" is noticeably less than switching from 16" wheel to 17" wheels. Or 17" to 18".

Increased tire wear is pretty minimal.

Tire pressure has been used to fine-tune handling for close to a century now.
Overinflating your tires slightly is not a big issue, but 10+ PSI as the other person alluded to is foolish (I didn't bother to see what is written on the sidewall of my tire but I have no doubt they are confusing the maximum inflation printed on the sidewall with the recommended inflation if they are really running over 40 PSI)

PSI fluctuates with temperature, which is why you test it when the car has not been driven for a while. Most tire gauges are like most scales --approximate measurements anyway.

But I keep in mind that Subaru has far better testing equipment than I do that they used to determine the optimum PSI for the tires on my car, so I use their measurements and am satisfied not trying to improve upon it.

I will say, now almost a week in on my switch to Amsoil Supergear in my front (manual trans) and rear differentials that I am noticing a marked improvement over the OEM fluid -- mainly in the smoothness of the shifting but also (perhaps coincidently as I feel I am finally over the hump for initial break in at 3,200 miles on the odometer) in my MPG gauge.

If you are looking for noticeable improvement in your car's performance, forget experimenting with your tire pressure and try upgrading to synthetic transmission fluid. I'm obviously a big fan now.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:31 PM   #11878
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This plus the fact that Subaru made the steering wheel too many turns, lock-to-lock. This pretty much RUINs the floppy paddles. The older, more common, "manual" shifting based on moving the AT lever to the side works MUCH better when the steering is screwed up like on the '12 2.0i.
i was talking about this last night with a friend. you are right: if the lock-to-lock turning was less, they might be more effective. also, since i'm so used to a manual stick, i think i would prefer to shift down where the gear selector is like other non-paddle shifiting automatics.

of course, i didn't go for the base model so i could avoid the single low gear that that base 2.0i has.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:39 PM   #11879
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Sweet. Thanks for the info.

I guess I needed to clarify what exactly I'm looking for. Not really looking for performance parts but somehow give the impreza a small growl to it just for sound purposes...ie (air intake, exhaust system) Not planning on racing but just giving it that "tough" sound I guess.

Yeah, I searched everyone but no avail on retrofit headlight units on the 2012 impreza. if you can find a link or find anything that would be awesome.
Ah! I completely understand now. I was planning on doing this with my 2001 2.5 RS back in the day and people are planning this with the BRZ. Nothing wrong with a bit more rumble!

Concerning retrofits, most housings can be retrofitted. People would LOVE for you to pioneer something like this. I know a guy locally in Alaska that can do them very nicely, otherwise there's lightwerkz online that you can ship them to and have done. It'll cost anywhere between $800-$1500, depending on what you have done. Doing it yourself can cut that cost in half.

With the money you're saving on a 2012 Impreza over a WRX/STI I would think it would be a lot of fun to just pimp out the Impreza. It's probably the biggest appeal for me, since I'm way more into superficial and cosmetic mods over "moar powah racecar" mods.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:47 PM   #11880
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I did the install and it was pretty easy. Although those picture instructions that are provided are not the greatest. You'll have to pop about 4 plastic rivets at the top, about 6 at the bottom, and two on the sides in the wheel wells. The entire front-end has to come off.

It will take about an hour and I would suggest getting two people because installing the front end again and getting all the tabs under the head lights to line up is a heck of a lot easier if there is a person on each side.

Warning: You will have to tug on the side panels to get all the plastic tabs to come loose. I was a little concerned on how hard I would have to pull but they eventually did pop.
Do you have pictures on the install? Or a manual? I might plan on doing this down the road.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:51 PM   #11881
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Ah! I completely understand now. I was planning on doing this with my 2001 2.5 RS back in the day and people are planning this with the BRZ. Nothing wrong with a bit more rumble!

Concerning retrofits, most housings can be retrofitted. People would LOVE for you to pioneer something like this. I know a guy locally in Alaska that can do them very nicely, otherwise there's lightwerkz online that you can ship them to and have done. It'll cost anywhere between $800-$1500, depending on what you have done. Doing it yourself can cut that cost in half.

With the money you're saving on a 2012 Impreza over a WRX/STI I would think it would be a lot of fun to just pimp out the Impreza. It's probably the biggest appeal for me, since I'm way more into superficial and cosmetic mods over "moar powah racecar" mods.
I am just actually in the beginner stage on working on cars as you can put it. I just picked this hobby up recently and just had fun with it. I am just afraid of screwing up the retrofit. The other accessories/parts I think I can tackle on my own.

I will definantly check out that website and see how much it would cost for the retrofit.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:57 PM   #11882
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Take a look at some pictures I snapped of the foglights:

The beam pattern is good, the area of coverage is where it is supposed to be, right in front of car. There are no gaps between the foglight coverage and the low beam headlight.


No scattering light from the foglight, almost perfect cutoff line. Note this is the foglight, not the headlight.
Here these HID installed? What was difficulty level? Also, did you have to remove the bumper to access the fog lights?
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:10 PM   #11883
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Here these HID installed? What was difficulty level? Also, did you have to remove the bumper to access the fog lights?
No, I am running the stock headlights and foglights. I have since then installed yellow foglight overlays.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:17 PM   #11884
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Can you see my car all the way from Atlanta? Thanks, but I'm well aware of what my paint finish looks like. Super smooth & shiny as of right now at any angle in any light. I've never complained about my paint finish & don't really need your 2 cents.
care to post a pic? preferable from the side with a reflection ? your paint can be smooth but you can still have orange peel.

All i am saying is that you might not know what to look for. Its most apparent when looking at reflections.

I bet you do have it and just dont know it.

Im well aware that not everycar has it but most factory paint jobs do. The avoid it you need a very expensive gun and good paint booth and the right mixture.

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Old 05-09-2012, 03:28 PM   #11885
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care to post a pic? preferable from the side with a reflection ?

All i am saying is that you might not know what to look for. Its most apparent when looking at reflections.

I bet you do have it and just dont know it.

Im well aware that not everycar has it but most factory paint jobs do. The avoid it you need a very expensive gun and good paint booth and the right mixture.
i'm only guessing, as you suggest that most of our cars have it.

i didn't notice it all while waxing or washing the car, but just the right light yesterday evening had it catching my eye...so i think it's subtle and not noticeable to many.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:36 PM   #11886
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anyone take their dash or steering column apart?

i realized this morning that the source of my rattle has to be within the panel that houses the knee airbag. that has me very reluctant to do any exploration on my own.

as i have shared a few times before: i have an intermittent rattle there that is only there when the car is cool (either parked in the garage or outside in the evening for a few hours). once in the sun for about a half hour, the plastic or whatever is rubbing/rattling appears to expand enough to cease the rattling. i can stop the rattle by holding that air bag panel a certain way, but all of my external sort of kludgy fixes (except keeping my hand their permanently) have failed suggesting it has to be something inside the panel that needs to be braced/cushion to avoid the noise.

the problem with going to a dealer is that i'm guessing that by the time i get there or they look at it, the rattle won't exist.

has anyone here had any success with their dealer helping track down rattles for/with them?

(my past experience with other dealers has been less than stellar since i'm sure it's a frustration for them to track it down.)

my only recourses i think are to:
- live with it (i try to but i think perhaps because it's internittent, it is more obvious when i "starts up again."
- maybe bring it to the dealer and at least point it out if and when i bring it in for something else more trivial (like the misaligned keyhole)...maybe in working on that problem, they will inadvertently fix my rattle.

i really want the first of these to be the solution, but after 5 weeks of ownership, i drive myself nuts (and my wife too who has grown tired of my complaining about it...)
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:43 PM   #11887
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care to post a pic? preferable from the side with a reflection ? your paint can be smooth but you can still have orange peel.

All i am saying is that you might not know what to look for. Its most apparent when looking at reflections.

I bet you do have it and just dont know it.

Im well aware that not everycar has it but most factory paint jobs do. The avoid it you need a very expensive gun and good paint booth and the right mixture.
I've posted plenty of pix & don't need to prove it to you... so NO, I don't care to. I'm well aware of what it is & what to look for; I bet I don't, thanks.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:46 PM   #11888
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i'm only guessing, as you suggest that most of our cars have it.

i didn't notice it all while waxing or washing the car, but just the right light yesterday evening had it catching my eye...so i think it's subtle and not noticeable to many.
yep its in the image in the reflection. the image in the reflection will have a stippled look. To have a glass like reflection you will need to wet sand, compound wax and polish. Otherwise you have a paint job with orange peel. when you know what to look for you will see every car has it

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Old 05-09-2012, 04:35 PM   #11889
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Don't know if this has been addressed on here yet regulating the "orange peel" but a lot of car companies are using special types on paint that are more "spongy" where rocks may fly up and ding the paint. The spongy paint allows the rocks to bounce off instead of chipping. Doesn't work too well.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:56 PM   #11890
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Hey guys, the rain finally eased up so i was able to put on my yellow foglight overlays and plastic dip my wheels matte black. i plan on plastic dipping my side view mirrors and my front/rear emblem, and the trunk trim pretty soon too. here are some pictures:














Awesome work on the car. Got a few questions for you.

1. Where did you purchase the foglight film? Did you have to measure them your self? If so what was the size?

2. Did you have to remove the front bumper to access the foglight?

3. When you wash your car won't the pastic dip spray come off?
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:58 PM   #11891
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No, I am running the stock headlights and foglights. I have since then installed yellow foglight overlays.
Where did you order your foglight film from? Did you have to measure yourself or did they come pre-cut?
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:41 PM   #11892
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I got my foglight film on ebay from China for about $4 shipped, trimmed it myself and installed it with a squeegie, some water, and a hair dryer.

Looks perfect, if it doesn't last as long as the Lamin-X -- that costs about $17 plus $8 to ship, I will buy another piece of yellow film for $4 and reapply it.

All indications are that it will last a long time.
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Has anyone put any HID Kits on their fog lights? I am curious if you can just remove the fog light housing or does the front bumper need to be removed to access the back?
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Where did you order your foglight film from? Did you have to measure yourself or did they come pre-cut?
Precut ones on eBay $7.99 free shipping from Cali
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-Subaru-...544d37&vxp=mtr

The Lamin-X doesn't have a pre-cut yet for 2012, you'd have to cut that from a sheet. Headlight Armor does but for $17 + $7 shipping.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:34 PM   #11895
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badge: i have been going back and forth about debadging the car...and in some partial form like removing the HUGE pzev badge from the car. my only reluctance is if i ever sold the car (i usually keep cars a long way), it might be better to have the PZEV badge to easily show that it is indeed to a pzev car to the prospective buyer.

i would have been much happier if they stuck to a sticker to show the PZEV status like other car manufacturers (or as they do in the sport model).

shopping: BTW, i hope you are aware of the fact that they have stopped taking orders on the 2012s and from what i understand, they will start taking orders on the 2013s in June...i don't know when the promised delivery on the latter would be.

it should be on your window sticker since it was an option.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:37 PM   #11896
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Precut ones on eBay $7.99 free shipping from Cali
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-Subaru-...544d37&vxp=mtr

The Lamin-X doesn't have a pre-cut yet for 2012, you'd have to cut that from a sheet. Headlight Armor does but for $17 + $7 shipping.

Thanks for finding this. I might have to go ahead and order these..
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Thanks for finding this. I might have to go ahead and order these..
No problem... had it handy since I just ordered it myself a few days ago.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:25 PM   #11898
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Has anyone put any HID Kits on their fog lights? I am curious if you can just remove the fog light housing or does the front bumper need to be removed to access the back?
Putting hids in your fog lights is the worst idea ever. They weren't made for it and you'll probably set your car on fire
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Where did you order your foglight film from? Did you have to measure yourself or did they come pre-cut?
I bought mine on ebay from a US seller. They came in a big sheet, easy to cut out and install. I can probably install this on about 10 cars with the amount they gave me.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/110582241061...84.m1439.l2649

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Has anyone put any HID Kits on their fog lights? I am curious if you can just remove the fog light housing or does the front bumper need to be removed to access the back?
I have not on this car because the bulbs that are in the foglights are a low power lower heat bulb. Putting halogens or HIDs may be too hot to retrofit in the housings. I don't know for sure if it's a problem, but I don't want to be a guinea pig! I was able to put HIDs in my STI without a problem because the housing is metal and glass.
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The windshield de-icer will not turn on with the rear defogger above 41F. You can force it to operate by holding the defogger button for three seconds. The light will turn off briefly, then back on and you will hear a click. This might be useful for keeping the windshield from fogging without running the A/C.
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