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Old 01-27-2013, 11:26 AM   #15351
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So I drove a 5mt (the new "red") and the cvt (white) yesterday.

I wanted to love it and be overwhelmed, but there just aren't enough differences in this vehicle in the interior quality, cabin noise and road feel over past NA Imprezas for me to want one. Yes, the MPG is much improved and it's AWD and a hatch, which I miss, but that wasn't enough for me to forgo the creature comforts of my TSX and trade it in.
MPG on the CVT is not as improved as they say...
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:02 PM   #15352
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surprised at all the peeps wanting to mod their 12' impreza . its really not any type of performance vehicle. dont get me wrong I love my wifes 12' impreza but quick, sporty, agile it is not imo.
It's not a performance vehicle but there's nothing wrong with trying to make it a bit quicker,
Sportier and more agile by adding whatever suspension mods that are out there. I have a '12 impreza and I have added a rear away bar and front strut brace and it definitely is more fun to drive then before the mods. It feels firmer to the ground and handles better so IMO it's not a bad idea to add these mods.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:27 PM   #15353
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Same here...19mm RSB upgrade and a Cusco front strut tower brace on mine and I am pretty satisfied with the handling now.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:29 PM   #15354
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It's not a performance vehicle but there's nothing wrong with trying to make it a bit quicker,
Sportier and more agile by adding whatever suspension mods that are out there. I have a '12 impreza and I have added a rear away bar and front strut brace and it definitely is more fun to drive then before the mods. It feels firmer to the ground and handles better so IMO it's not a bad idea to add these mods.
where did you purchase your strut bar and sway bar?
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:53 PM   #15355
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where did you purchase your strut bar and sway bar?
Rear sway bar from subarugenuineparts.com...it was the 2011 sti 19mm sway bar. Front strut brace from eBay, or ultraracing. Both easy installs taking less than 30 minutes each.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:02 PM   #15356
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surprised at all the peeps wanting to mod their 12' impreza . its really not any type of performance vehicle. dont get me wrong I love my wifes 12' impreza but quick, sporty, agile it is not imo.
Not all of us have a budget for a sporty and agile (new) car. That doesn't mean we don't want to have fun with it. That said, the Impreza is one of the sportiest in its class when the numbers are in, even if it doesn't feel as much so in the drivers seat.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:22 PM   #15357
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Not all of us have a budget for a sporty and agile (new) car. That doesn't mean we don't want to have fun with it. That said, the Impreza is one of the sportiest in its class when the numbers are in, even if it doesn't feel as much so in the drivers seat.
sportiest? i think the focus was a little better, but the tranny was horrendous. this car is sporty feeling. it has a full independent suspension which the civic si didnt have. and the si was a "sporty" car. this car does not fear the corners unlike the old muscle cars of yesteryears.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:48 PM   #15358
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Hey guys, new to the Subaru gang. Just about to get my '12 impreza hatch base delivered .

Just got the usual not sure questions to put out there as I couldn't find any in the forums.
1. Coil springs (coil overs not sure what's what) yes or no? Or what are people using to drop their ride? I'm not 100% as my first and only car was/is a mini truck so I've got leaf kits.
2. Any news on CAIs? Has anyone upgraded to K&N boxes yet?
3. Looking at getting the 19mm STI swaybar where's best to buy them from as I'm in Australia
4. What wheels are out there? I love the black matte look specially since I'm getting my Impreza in black. What's the best looking set out, I don't want over the top just maybe some black drift tek wheel? Thought on that would be mint.

Any help or advice before I get the new girl would be sick

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I dont think anyone has tried lowering the impreza, so if you do it i think youd be the first, at least on the forum.

I get the feeling the intake is pretty decent in this car. The consensus is that money can be put to better use than an intake that may throw CELs

19mm sti sway can be found at any subaru parts estore, just google it. subarugenuineparts.com is one i think.

check out whatever wheels you like. probably should stay within 7-8" wide and around 48mm offset.

Other things to think about: tints make it look classy/stealthy, you can plastidip stock wheels for cheap and it holds up and looks great, buy the accessories online you wanted from dealer and install yourself to save some cashews.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:40 PM   #15359
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Im debating on wheter I like my sport mesh grill or not... I may switch back
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:57 PM   #15360
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You miss those chrome cross-bars eh?

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Old 01-27-2013, 03:17 PM   #15361
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Haha well sometimes I look at old pictures my card I think the old girl look better
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:01 PM   #15362
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Should I go to my dealer to get the sway bar installed or try and do it myself? I think I understand how it's done but I've never worked much on cars, most of my mechanical experience is limited to more common work. Is this something I shouldn't be attempting?
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:12 PM   #15363
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Should I go to my dealer to get the sway bar installed or try and do it myself? I think I understand how it's done but I've never worked much on cars, most of my mechanical experience is limited to more common work. Is this something I shouldn't be attempting?
Really depends on how much money you have and the proper tools you have. I am very anal and I have loads of tools. Almost two of everything. If it we me, I would do it myself. The install is very straight forward and simple. But I am comparing this to rebuilding a grenaded engine. Both of which I have done. Should you do it? Im not sure on your level if skill or common sense. But if you have a jack, two or four stands, wheel chucks, wrenches or ratchets then you should be all set. Again, I wouldnt consider this a high level job but this isnt as easy as changing your oil either.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:22 PM   #15364
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Rear sway bar from subarugenuineparts.com...it was the 2011 sti 19mm sway bar. Front strut brace from eBay, or ultraracing. Both easy installs taking less than 30 minutes each.
I have spent enough money on my car and the wife lets me know it , maybe I should start throwing some mods her way
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:55 PM   #15365
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I dont think anyone has tried lowering the impreza, so if you do it i think youd be the first, at least on the forum.

I get the feeling the intake is pretty decent in this car. The consensus is that money can be put to better use than an intake that may throw CELs

19mm sti sway can be found at any subaru parts estore, just google it. subarugenuineparts.com is one i think.

check out whatever wheels you like. probably should stay within 7-8" wide and around 48mm offset.

Other things to think about: tints make it look classy/stealthy, you can plastidip stock wheels for cheap and it holds up and looks great, buy the accessories online you wanted from dealer and install yourself to save some cashews.
True damn someone should I think they'd look sick with some coils and minimal clearance
Oh yeah I do like them wheels the WRXs have with multiple spokes in them the 18" ones
Cheers anyway man sure someone will do some more cool **** soon and feed everyone some love
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:13 PM   #15366
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Really depends on how much money you have and the proper tools you have. I am very anal and I have loads of tools. Almost two of everything. If it we me, I would do it myself. The install is very straight forward and simple. But I am comparing this to rebuilding a grenaded engine. Both of which I have done. Should you do it? Im not sure on your level if skill or common sense. But if you have a jack, two or four stands, wheel chucks, wrenches or ratchets then you should be all set. Again, I wouldnt consider this a high level job but this isnt as easy as changing your oil either.
Working on things like mountain bikes and household stuff, a lot. Working on cars...well none. I'd love to do it myself but I don't have anyone to look it over and make sure I did it right when I'm done, that's really what bothers me.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:20 PM   #15367
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sportiest? i think the focus was a little better, but the tranny was horrendous. this car is sporty feeling. it has a full independent suspension which the civic si didnt have. and the si was a "sporty" car. this car does not fear the corners unlike the old muscle cars of yesteryears.
Yeah, the focus posts better feel and performance by a bit, the Mazda 3 provides some good competition too...but that's about it. The only other stuff in the same price range that actually does better is the Civic SI, Fiat 500 Abarth, and Mini Cooper, so I think that's pretty good. A neat fact is that you can't turn off the stability control on the Focus...so that is kind of a fun killer right there.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:24 PM   #15368
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Working on things like mountain bikes and household stuff, a lot. Working on cars...well none. I'd love to do it myself but I don't have anyone to look it over and make sure I did it right when I'm done, that's really what bothers me.
Cars and house mods are pretty much the same. I live by myself and its always the same concept. Learn as you go. Installing a garbage disposal the first time took hours but I am confident I did it right and the next time would be in minutes. Same as a car. Just take your time. Dont rush. Do it right the first time.

When I was young and beginning to mod. The major concept about modding or fixing a car is taking bolts off and putting the bolts back on.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:54 AM   #15369
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Looking into getting a little better handling out of my '12 5-Door Impreza. I've donned it with '11 WRX wheels with Goodyear Eagle GT All Seasons on 'em. The added width of the 17x8 wheels has been a lot of fun. I'm looking to upgrade suspension/sway bars at some point.

Also, I've been flirting with the idea of nabbing a killer deal on an SPT Cat-Back Exhaust for the 3rd Gen Impreza WRX and STi. There's some slight retooling needed to make it work and I'm going to ask if it would still help me keep my powertrain warranty. Anyone ever done this/know if it would work well? Hardware-wise I know the tweaks would make it work, but I'm wondering if the Impreza's stock FB engine would be okay with it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:07 AM   #15370
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if you really want to increase handling, better tires. summer tires are a step up on all season for dry hot grip. at these season tempts is another story. sway bars have been covered a bajillion times.

exhaust wont work. i mean the spt wont fit. you could take it to a muffler shop and then you have to cut holes in your bumper. it would probably be easier custom making your own and plus it would sound like a wrx or sti because the lack of a turbo. "tweaks" these are not the same cars/platforms. the engine would be ok with an spt exhaust, if you got it to fit with the car. not sure what you are asking. it isn't so much as "hardware" and really more about bends and exhaust exits. and will you be able to keep your powertrain warranty? well.....this is subaru. notorious for denial. i doubt they can say that the exhaust gave you extra power caused your engine to blow. but knowing them, they will try. i onced asked SOA(not the dealer) to put a hitch on the car to have a bike rack (im short), they replied that the suspension of the car was not designed to hold a 30 pound hitch!!!! so yes, it is possible to lose your warranty over a exhaust. possible not certain. hopefully, soa or the dealer will take into consideration that this isnt a wrx or sti and that the power is negligible.
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Cars and house mods are pretty much the same. I live by myself and its always the same concept. Learn as you go. Installing a garbage disposal the first time took hours but I am confident I did it right and the next time would be in minutes. Same as a car. Just take your time. Dont rush. Do it right the first time.

When I was young and beginning to mod. The major concept about modding or fixing a car is taking bolts off and putting the bolts back on.
Are there any walkthroughs I can follow to install the rear sway bar? I also read somewhere in here or the aftermarket thread that the suspension should be loaded down when installing the sway bar. Is this true and if so, is there an easy way to go about it?
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Are there any walkthroughs I can follow to install the rear sway bar? I also read somewhere in here or the aftermarket thread that the suspension should be loaded down when installing the sway bar. Is this true and if so, is there an easy way to go about it?
Yes, back your car onto ramps.

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:14 AM   #15373
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Are there any walkthroughs I can follow to install the rear sway bar? I also read somewhere in here or the aftermarket thread that the suspension should be loaded down when installing the sway bar. Is this true and if so, is there an easy way to go about it?
how skinny are you? 5.7-5.9 inches depth? lol or how long are your arms?
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Rear sway bar from subarugenuineparts.com...it was the 2011 sti 19mm sway bar. Front strut brace from eBay, or ultraracing. Both easy installs taking less than 30 minutes each.
Is this the sway bar you bought?

http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/pr...oducts_id=1690

If I have a Sport Premium hatchback, which already has a sway bar, do I need any other parts to complete this job? Can I use my existing end links, or do I need new end links along with the new bar?

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