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Old 02-14-2013, 03:06 AM   #1
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Updated 10/10/2014
** THIS IS MY BUILD JOURNAL, PLEASE GIVE ADVICE AND POINTERS!!**
Well I haven't done as much as most, but i did more then i thought i would ever do, especially for a daily driver. After researching and test driving and settling on a dealership (Subaru Gainsville initial contact 9/21/11 ) I later ordered my car and waited 8 months for delivery, which was no fun but in hindsight serves as a great conversation piece. I swore i would never upgrade anything more then the short throw... many warned me..
Current mod list:

Power and supporting mods

Fast Motorsports TMIC
GrimmSpeed EBCS
DeatschWerks DW65C Fuel Pump
STI Mid Pipe
Nameless Axle back with 4 inch double wall staggered fitment and 5 inch mufflers
Cobb AP v3
Torqued Performance stage 2 soon to be 3---
Tsudo Cattless Downpipe--
CNT High Flow Catted DP
SPT Cat back exhaust (ordered with car)(For Sale)
Bullet proof IC kit
VenAir IC to TB hose
Cobb SF intake (Blue hose) with Air Box
Red Line Oil
Cobb air filter cleaning kit (for normal cleaning)
Perrin downpipe blanket.
Thermal solutions thermal zero turbo blanket, blue (made in usa)
DEI heat reflection tape, gold

Interior

Prosport premium white needle electronic boost gauge
Redline Gauge cluster Alcantara with red stitch
Red line Alcantara w/ blue perforated leather shift boot, E-brake boot, Armrest Cover for the armrest extension option
Blue Interior Lighting ( factory )
Navigation (Factory)
Anarchy Motive blue shift knob
Torque Solution Short Shifter & Front Bushing
All weather mats ( factory )
All weather mat trunk ( factory )
Ghetto dynamat in spare tire well
GTmat buytl 70 mil 100 sq ft also in trunk and interior
Solid modifications vent guage
Cobb rear shifter bushing
Prova Interior blue mirror
Prosport boost guage

Suspension

GTSPEC strut tower bar
Whiteline front 24mm sway set to hard
Whiteline rear 22mm sway set to soft
Kartboy front and rear endlinks
Epic springs

Exterior

55 watt Hid fogs
Switch back led turn signals
Gs style carbon hashes on Driver fender only
Plasti dipped wheels blaze green
Xxr 531 18x9.5 +35 chromium black
Federal 255x18
Hankook Ventus S1 Noble 2 265/55/18
Carbon vinyl Bumper vents
Carbon vinyl eyelids
Prova exterior mirrors
Funny Suby Mirror Stickers
Muteki open ended blue lugs
6000k LED fog lights
Sylvania SilverStar zXe high beams ( cant turn down a clearance item )
Phillips LED daylight 4 DRL's
Subaru Vortex Gen
Perrin shorty antenna
RokBlokz flaps
Cobb blue oil cap
Cobb blue battery tie down

Brakes
K Sport 8 pot front with slotted rotors
Stoptech ss lines all 4 corners
Ebc yellow stuff brake pads
Hawk pads

On Order:
Taking a break lol

Waiting for install :
The rest of the GTmat sound dampening


Shopping for and Researching
Transmission gears
Cost


Picked her up 8/23/12






Torque solutions STS with front shifter bushing. easy install



Tint- much needed especially in fl


Vortex gen


Perrin shorty antenna for sat/nav fitment (no noticeable change in reception )


redline performance alcantara installed (GREAT price, installed for a few months with no probs since )


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Old 02-14-2013, 03:08 AM   #2
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Wrapped my cluster hood myself along with a new Anarchy Motive shift knob.. cluster was not that bad to do, fitment is tight and the plastic clips break so easily if you look at them the wrong way, take your time if you plan to do this!!
The shift knob is awesome changed the feel so much, its about a pound and a half and has a boot retainer built in.


Front marquee plate, I used a universal plate kit from autozone (plastic one) and cut one half of it off to match the size of the plate and used plastic plate mounting clips to mount it to the stock location, this way i did not have to drill at all in my front bumper.


Christmas, fiance made me a coffee mug




Ordered rokblokz mudflaps (ebay) and couldnt be happier

hardware was labeled and easy to install



ON ORDER
Tsudo catless divorced down pipe ordered (2/13)
Torqued Performance stage 2 map (When DP arrives)
GTspec Red stitch D-shape steering wheel (Back Order till end of march)

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:07 AM   #3
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nice nice. love the mug
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:24 AM   #4
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Looks good man!
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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Looking great! The interior bits make a big difference IMO on how I feel when I get into my car. The plasticy leather boots sucked. Also, you'll love stage 2. TP has some great maps and will put a smile on your face. Enjoy!
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:47 PM   #6
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nice nice. love the mug
Thanks I just keep it on my desk more than anything I gotta hand it to her though it didn't cost much at all for her to make and yet it was 1 of my favorite gifts for Christmas. Instantly reminded me if I could be just as creative I could save a lot of money last Christmas lol
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:49 PM   #7
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Looks good man!
Thanks bud!
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:56 PM   #8
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Looking great! The interior bits make a big difference IMO on how I feel when I get into my car. The plasticy leather boots sucked. Also, you'll love stage 2. TP has some great maps and will put a smile on your face. Enjoy!
I agree with you completely the alcantara up scales the interior of this car with relatively small investment even the aftermarket leather shift boots I've seen make a tremendous difference. As for Stage 1 I'm currently using torqued performance and it made a huge difference overstock I installed it around 500 miles on the odometer and kept it since. Funny part is my car is a lot more fuel efficient even with this awesome flash. But I must admit I am nervous to run stage 2 I do like to drive the car.. not beat on it or launch it but goose it on the on ramps, just afraid of shearing a gear off lol. I've spoken to a lot of experience people here on the forums as well as Eric at torqued performance and they all assured me stage 2 is easily handled by this transmission. it's really when you start getting to stage 3 in upgrading turbos that you really need to start thinking about up upgrading the transmission.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:44 PM   #9
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Received my downpipe and wow i was impressed. I wouldn't say it was supper easy to install, learn from my mistakes and use pb blaster on some of the turbo bottom nuts the night before.. had to use an impact gun to get them off since there awkward to get a hand on. But all in all if ghose two would ha e came out easily it would have been a 1.5 to 2 hr job easily for a mild novice. Took me 3 because of those two.



packing wasnt the best but there were no scratches

Taking the stock heat shield off with the intercooler still on wasn't all that difficult
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:59 PM   #10
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Old and new


I decided not to order the adapters when I noticed the opening for the stock unit has a tapered inlet as well as the initial opening is 3 inches on the SPT exhaust. I decided to use the gasket provided with the tseudo downpipe. I currently have 500 miles on the down pipe and have not noticed any exhaust leaks yet.

By the way getting the new pipe on took me all of 20 minutes excellent fitment beautifully made.

I I modified the stock heat shield by just drilling out the spot welds around the top half and reinstalling using the 2 screws. there is no vibration yet. It retains the stock look and i received some compliments from my service guys haha.

1 thing to note if you're ever going to do this modification you must be able to you quickly get used to smelling exhaust. I noticed when I have the windows open and if I'm in a drive thru being that I'm kind of sensitive to smoke it kinda gets me at times but if you generally can sit with the windows closed will be just fine.

Further if you're going to run stage 2 especially torque performance stage 2 or anything close to 19 or 20 PSI you're going to want to look at changing the bypass valve to something more sturdier as well as the intercooler to throttle body hose is a must! I put all future mods on hold untill get these in.

Current parts on order: intercooler to throttle body hose
-gtspec d shape wheel on back order
- redline 5w 30 oil
- im still researching bypass valves
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:49 PM   #11
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Look what came in!




Seen pics, but surprised how different in size these valves are.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:58 PM   #12
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Noticed a small amount of blow by

Finished!!


Current on order list:
-Gtspec steering wheel: Due 3/13/13 one more day!!
-venair blue throttle body to intercooler hose

Wish list-
- TMIC (still researching models)
-18 rota grids
-coil overs that don't sacrifice ride comfort with a decent drop for wheels... still researching
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:22 PM   #13
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Where in fl are you located?
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:40 PM   #14
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Where in fl are you located?
In dunnellon next to ocala fl.. north cental fl
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:10 AM   #15
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got this yesterday!!
EASIEST installed item apart from vortex generator. Timed myself and took my time and still only took 32 min!
DOUBLE BOXING






before install this morning


AFTER !!

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Old 03-15-2013, 12:47 AM   #16
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quick current interior pic

exterior pic


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Old 03-15-2013, 01:00 AM   #17
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coilovers that don't sacrifice ride comfort with a decent drop for wheels
ISC coilovers, talk to meat_WRX.

Nice ride too, btw.
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:35 PM   #18
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ISC coilovers, talk to meat_WRX.

Nice ride too, btw.
Thanks bud.. i gotta check em out! Couldn't find that member tho...
BUT
I woke up nice in early and decided to install all my parts I came in the mail.. i didnt think i was affected but wanted to do some good stage 2 supporting mods.... and wow My old hose just fell apart on the tb side when i took off my ic...


Installed the bulletproof kit!! Easy if u take ur time and crimp all tabs down as stated in the excellent Instructions.

Venair hose fit EXCELLENTLY... didnt have to modify the ic bracket at all was surprisingly easy install if u take hose off with ic than examine hose position... put hose on tb in that orientation with bottom clamp tight and just slip ic in. Not bad. If u plan to install these both just read instructions as there are great tips and leave a good 1.5-2 hr time slot for install if your doing both.


I had some time. Left over so i dabbled with my tires lol.




I only did the Dunlop because I want it to be subtle.. deciding whether or not to do the sport 01 badge on the other side
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:14 AM   #19
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I'm a little past 10k now ... 15,900 but I'm just going to turn things into my build thread
Got this in the mail today!!!



These came in last week
6000k led fogs


Color comparison


Fin
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:48 AM   #20
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Installed... Excellent quality! +10000 for Phillips
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:21 PM   #21
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niiiiicceeeeee

Are those the HIDs?
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:31 PM   #22
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Thanks!
Nope led daytime running lights
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:24 PM   #23
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Where did you order the gt spec steering wheel from been looking for the same one for some time now....hope u can point me in the right direction
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:19 PM   #24
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Where did you order the gt spec steering wheel from been looking for the same one for some time now....hope u can point me in the right direction
Nooo prob. Sakarimotorsports.com they didn't have our on stock but I called them and they ordered me one.. they at the time were the cheapest too
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:01 AM   #25
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well decided to install some engine dress up component. The guys over at RallySportDirect where doing a decent deal for the 4th so I took advantage!

before:


10min later:




Very easy and quick install.. some guys had questions where the alt cover would mount on the passenger side, since it only has one supplied bolt... where there is a bracket on the rt side of it attached, just loosen this 12 mm bolt, slide the bracket on then tighten where you see i did mine... Super easy and solid.
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