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Old 02-11-2013, 03:39 PM   #15826
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Once I got used to the hill holder I can start just like on flat ground, no extra slipping required I like it
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:04 PM   #15827
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You do have a very good point there. I'm glad that I also learned to drive stick without this feature. I'm not sure how long this feature has been around, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't available when I was learning to drive.
It's been around a while. I believe Subaru had one on the BRAT way back when (1970s or so).
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:09 PM   #15828
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It's been around a while. I believe Subaru had one on the BRAT way back when (1970s or so).
This feature was first introduced in the 1936 Studebaker!


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Old 02-11-2013, 08:22 PM   #15829
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So i'm thinking about buying some black steel wheels from tire rack for next winter. I'm going to be buying snow tires as well for next winter. I am thinking about plasti dipping the wheels matte white. Any opinions? I think it would look great with my DGM impreza. what do you all think? I wish I could see the steelies in white. I also am thinking about silver as a possible color to paint them.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:26 PM   #15830
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So i'm thinking about buying some black steel wheels from tire rack for next winter. I'm going to be buying snow tires as well for next winter. I am thinking about plasti dipping the wheels matte white. Any opinions? I think it would look great with my DGM impreza. what do you all think? I wish I could see the steelies in white. I also am thinking about silver as a possible color to paint them.
I've been thinking about trying to find a used set of wrx or other Subaru wheels.

White on dgm? Not sure, would need to see a picture
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:01 PM   #15831
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This feature was first introduced in the 1936 Studebaker!

Video Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_holder

Geez! Guess I was waaay off base. I was thinking that feature was only introduce within the past 10-15 years.

Never have I owned or driven a manual vehicle with a Hill hold feature before my Impreza.

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Old 02-12-2013, 08:22 AM   #15832
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So i'm thinking about buying some black steel wheels from tire rack for next winter. I'm going to be buying snow tires as well for next winter. I am thinking about plasti dipping the wheels matte white. Any opinions? I think it would look great with my DGM impreza. what do you all think? I wish I could see the steelies in white. I also am thinking about silver as a possible color to paint them.
I think white is a great idea. The problem with white on normal wheels is that they get dirty quick and the plastidip can be harder to clean than paint because of the rough, matte finish. But i imagine the steelies dont get brake dusty as quickly because theres not as many gaps between spokes like alloys.

Also if you plastidip them brand new, it will be easy to peel it off if you didnt like it. I imagine the plastidip wouldnt peel easily off old rusty steels.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:52 AM   #15833
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I measured the circumference of the new tire, its within 1/8", so it's staying for now.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:20 AM   #15834
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I think white is a great idea. The problem with white on normal wheels is that they get dirty quick and the plastidip can be harder to clean than paint because of the rough, matte finish. But i imagine the steelies dont get brake dusty as quickly because theres not as many gaps between spokes like alloys.

Also if you plastidip them brand new, it will be easy to peel it off if you didnt like it. I imagine the plastidip wouldnt peel easily off old rusty steels.
If they are new and you are sure about the color white paint would be easier to keep clean. I did plastidip in black on my winter rims and I like the blacked out look. They were new when I applied it, if I was sure about the color choice I might have used paint instead of dip because it is more durable, though no issues so far with the plastidip.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:36 AM   #15835
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I did plastidip in black on my winter rims and I like the blacked out look. They were new when I applied it, if I was sure about the color choice I might have used paint instead of dip because it is more durable, though no issues so far with the plastidip.
That's the best thing I've seen Plasti-Dip used for: testing stuff out that folks aren't 100% sure about. It's what I did when I first tried blacking out my Grille Wings. Later I went back and sanded and painted them when I decided I wanted to make it permanent.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:38 AM   #15836
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Anyone heard of the fuel ionizing units?
I was searching on ebay to see if any alpha breras were for sale in the us and came across this fuel saving unit.
They claim to add mpg by making the fuel cleaner burning by ionizing it with a magnetic unit. Seems like this little wonder should be added from the factory if it is that simple.
Any thoughts on this? Is this possible or just bs?
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:40 AM   #15837
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:45 AM   #15838
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Anyone heard of the fuel ionizing units?
I was searching on ebay to see if any alpha breras were for sale in the us and came across this fuel saving unit.
They claim to add mpg by making the fuel cleaner burning by ionizing it with a magnetic unit. Seems like this little wonder should be added from the factory if it is that simple.
Any thoughts on this? Is this possible or just bs?
They don't work. The best ones do nothing. The worst offenders actually lower the mpg rating. Pop-sci did an article all about this a few years back, it was pretty long and detailed. However, this has been done to quite an extent in the past by many other sources. At least insofar as I've read. The best way to save mpg's is to lower the weight of the vehicle, reprogram the ECU, and from there, there are other more in depth engine mods that can improve it (and dramatically increase emissions as well).
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:04 PM   #15839
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I highly doubt these work. If they did, i think they could afford funding for a proper website/storefront then just ebay.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:13 PM   #15840
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Anyone heard of the fuel ionizing units?
I was searching on ebay to see if any alpha breras were for sale in the us and came across this fuel saving unit.
They claim to add mpg by making the fuel cleaner burning by ionizing it with a magnetic unit. Seems like this little wonder should be added from the factory if it is that simple.
Any thoughts on this? Is this possible or just bs?
Magnets have been sold for years for everything from fuel savings to household water softening to curing arthritis. If there's a problem, there's probably a magnet being sold somewhere to fix it.

The first red flag, after your common sense, is that these magnets are mostly sold by MLMs (think Amway, etc.) or are sold at state and county fairs, and flea markets, next to the guy selling washing machine balls. In other words, sold wherever products go to die that have been banned by the FTC.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:33 PM   #15841
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snake oil...imho
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:37 PM   #15842
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Anyone heard of the fuel ionizing units?
I was searching on ebay to see if any alpha breras were for sale in the us and came across this fuel saving unit.
They claim to add mpg by making the fuel cleaner burning by ionizing it with a magnetic unit. Seems like this little wonder should be added from the factory if it is that simple.
Any thoughts on this? Is this possible or just bs?
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:40 PM   #15843
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Lol I figured this much. Thanks.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:24 PM   #15844
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maybe i will get that real basic guide posted today. i didn't take as many pictures as i thought i did
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:30 PM   #15845
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My sway bar is arriving this thursday. The dealership has me set down tentatively for friday. What I wanted to know is whether I should just try to install the sway bar myself? I don't have a torque wrench, nor ramps. All I have is a socket wrench/ratchet set and...well that's about it. Would it cost much more to simply have the dealership do it than to buy the tools and do it myself, or is there an easier way? Thanks!
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:14 PM   #15846
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All you need is a socket wrench, maybe 2. Maybe some WD40 to loosen nuts/bolts. Maybe ramps. I plan on just shimmying underneath the car, but you can also drive onto ramps or something.

step 1: unbolt factory rsb
step 2: bolt sti rsb on
step 3: enjoy

google it. its pretty simple.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:49 PM   #15847
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Is there still an issue with AWD and different tread depths? I thought it was always advisable to get all new tires when you had to replace one due to the varying tread depth
I had the tire rack shave a tire to match the tread depth one time.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:55 PM   #15848
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just ordered 40 sq ft of MLV so I can add some sound deadening to the doors and hatch. there is nothing from the factory, which explains why it is so loud at speed!
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:58 PM   #15849
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My sway bar is arriving this thursday. The dealership has me set down tentatively for friday. What I wanted to know is whether I should just try to install the sway bar myself? I don't have a torque wrench, nor ramps. All I have is a socket wrench/ratchet set and...well that's about it. Would it cost much more to simply have the dealership do it than to buy the tools and do it myself, or is there an easier way? Thanks!
the torque specs are pretty low so a wrench should be fine. go buy a set of Rhino ramps for 40.00 and save the labor costs!
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:13 PM   #15850
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All you need is a socket wrench, maybe 2. Maybe some WD40 to loosen nuts/bolts. Maybe ramps. I plan on just shimmying underneath the car, but you can also drive onto ramps or something.

step 1: unbolt factory rsb
step 2: bolt sti rsb on
step 3: enjoy

google it. its pretty simple.
I'm more worried about over torquing as I don't have a torque wrench and don't want to over torque or under torque as it does provide an important function to the handling of the car.
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