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Old 04-21-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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***This will not be a showroom-to-rally car build thread. You will not see anything crazy here. I just want to document the life-cycle of my joe-schmo WRX***

Intro
In '06 I leased an 06 Impreza 2.5i because it was inexpensive, had great reviews, AWD, looked great, had great residual value unlike most leases, and was known to be safe. Coming from an Altima, I loved it!



The only things I found wrong with the car in the 4yr I had it were 1)crappy paint from day one, 2)wasn't a fan of the A/T though I've never driven a stick, and 3)no turbo, I wanted more power. I knew I wanted a WRX after riding in my friends 07 UGM premium sedan Cobb Stg1!

Ordered Car
Fast forward to earlier this year, I finally decided to pull the trigger and order a 2013 WRX Hatch base in DGM with short-throw, ext arm rest, and fog lights. I wanted the sun roof and wouldn't mind HIDs but didn't want leather and didn't want to pay another $3k to get them; That's the only thing on which I settled. I used TrueCar.com and a few different forums to research pricing and ended up getting a deal I'm very happy with. After having 2 dealers tell me they couldn't touch it I knew it was pretty good.

I was expecting my car to take 5 months to come in and was OK with that, but it arrived in only 2 months! I decided I didn't want to mod it heavily or make it look like some high schooler's car. Before my car arrived I had a pile of boxes waiting for it: full audio system, PTP lava Turbo Blanket, Perrin Heat shield, CS style PU lip, tail light over lays. At some point I plan to go Stg2 but I'm getting ahead of myself.





Audio
Picked up the car on a Thursday one month ago and that weekend I started installing my audio:

Alpine CDE-BT137
Polk DB651S F&R (was able to use the OE spacers easily)
Kicker Hideaway compact sub (self contained, includes everything needed)
Rockford RFI2SW high level to RCA adapter
Metra 72-8104 speaker wire adapters (plug n play)
Metra 99-8902 fit kit
Metra SWC module, new version with micro USB connection
AE64 HU harness

The install was pretty straight forward. I soldered the harnesses the night before as I took my time figuring out the radio, car, subwoofer, and SWC harnesses. I've done probably a dozen or so installs but this was my first with SWC and a sub with it's own harness. The Metra kit works well but 'm not all that pleased with the appearance. I may end up going with the Forester bezel and pocket set up for a cleaner look.

I'm very happy with the Kicker, super clean setup, doesn't take up half of my trunk, it's durable, I can put things on top of it if need be, and it sounds very good. I didn't want something obnoxious, but needed something to fill in the lower frequencies. I used to sell high end home audio so I'm a little picky when it comes to audio.




More to come this evening.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:27 PM   #2
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That looks clean! That's exactly how I want it. Not obnoxious.. but I need something better than stock lol. So you like the Kicker? About how much would this setup cost?
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:09 PM   #3
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Thanks! The stock audio isn't horrible, better than I expected, but clarity is complete crap.

The Kicker Hideaway is $299, but I was able to get it significantly cheaper through a friend's employer. As I said, it includes everything you need. I chose to add a high level to RCA adapter since I was swapping the head unit and low level is better than high level for subs anyway. Yes, I like the kicker a lot. I've had great luck with Kicker subs over the past 10yr so thought why not give this one a try, glad I did.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:10 PM   #4
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Tail light overlays vs Paint
One thing Subaru messed up on is the Altezza tails. I thought they were out of style about the time the IS300 started using them as OE. Thankfully it's a cheap and easy fix. As you can see I had both head and tail overlays on my 06 from the now defunct Rockblocker and had no complaints about them. I ended up going with PremiumAutoStyling overlays since they had the best deal for pre-cuts and are active on another board.

While I had very little trouble installing the overlays on my 06, it was a miserable fail on this car. The compound curves of 2 little bulged areas on the corner were too much me even with a hair dryer, soapy water, and a squeegee. I still like the idea of overlays, but think they need to be professionally installed.

I decided to go the DIY paint route. After going through nearly every page of the thread (click here) I learned that the best combo to prevent fading is VHT Nightshades ($15) and Rustoleum Lacquer clear($6).

I used the failed vinyl to tape off the blinker and reverse areas since it made trimming the corners easier than masking tape, gave it 4 medium coats of VHT followed by 4 coats of clear. The last coat of clear was very heavy resulting in a smooth, vinyl-like finish. I was scared of messing it up by wet sanding so I skipped that step. I'm very pleased with how they've turned out!



Debadge hatch
As you may have noticed in the above picture, I also decided to debadge the hatch leaving only the "WRX". The "Subaru", "Impreza", "Symetrical AWD", and "WRX" are a little excessive; Subaru WRX would suffice but the "Subaru" sits slightly higher and that would drive me crazy. I was expecting it to take Naphtha, Goof Off, fishing line, a credit card, and some elbow grease. Thankfully the letters just peeled right off! I just started each one with an old gift card and was able to pry them off carefully along with 99% of the adhesive. It took maybe 20min. I then washed all of the damn pollen off my car and spray waxed the areas where the badges used to be.

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Old 04-21-2013, 08:52 PM   #5
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Turbo blanket & Heat shield
Between the poor weekend weather, traveling for work, and Easter I just finally got a chance to install my PTP Lava Turbo Blanket and Perrin heat shield. I've read a lot of good things about the PTP Lava blanket so that was an easy decission. I was trying to decide between the GS, SPT, Cobb, and Perrin heat shields. All seem to be great quality so it came down to looks and coverage. The Perrin had better coverage and I liked the looks of the GS best but utility wins in my book.

Removing the OE heat shield wasn't too difficult since I have small hands and patience. The PTP blanket was a little tricky to install but not bad. Now, fitting the heat shield in there without damaging anything or removing the intercooler was like a puzzle! It took 4 tries but I got it in there. Basically trying to get it over the lowermost part of the down pipe then moving it up into place seemed to be the key.



Again, a subtle mod but one that will lower underhood temps, prevent heatsoak into the intercooler, and improve spool-up.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:53 AM   #6
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are you going to tint just curious ?
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:13 AM   #7
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Nice hatch!
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:04 AM   #8
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I like the compact sub, i will probably look into something like that. I don't want some huge juvenile sub/amp setup, and this looks pretty clean.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:13 AM   #9
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Thanks guy!

Yes, I plan to tint it though NC limit is 35% all around.

Near future plans:
Tint 35% all around per NC limit
Install my CS lip
Front license plate delete (looking for a clean, subtle delete)
High-heat black wire-dress up for the sub's power wire (to help maintain OE look)
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:28 AM   #10
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That compact sub looks amazing to bad it's out of my price range
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:39 AM   #11
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I'm not really a fan of hatches, but this one is beautiful, great job with her
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:58 PM   #12
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Detailing
Long story short, I decided I wanted to detail the exterior. I'm a detail amateur, and would be doing everything by hand w micro fiber. I researched here and auto geek a ton, and asked a couple friends who own detailing businesses for some final advice.

I wanted something that would last a long time so a good synthetic was definitely the way to go vs carnuba. I wanted to use Klasse SG but was dissuaded because of the relatively difficult application. I decided on:

Wash with dawn
Dry w huge micro fiber towel
Mothers clay bar kit
(Wanted to do Klasse SG here)
Meguiars ultimate liquid wax

I'm very happy with the results! I actually got a little wax on my rear side window and realized that it actually made my windows amazing! It's like rainx but smoother feeling. After googling I found that I'm not the first to figure this out.

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Old 06-26-2013, 10:54 AM   #13
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Car looks great man love the stereo setup. I have a 10in JL sub that takes up too much space haha. Great for sound not great for packing the car up.
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:14 PM   #14
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CS-Style Urethane Lip
Finally got around to borrowing a friend's floor jack to install my lip. I didn't like the wood screws provided so I opted for some 1/4" x 3/4"long bolts, lock nuts, and washers, about $8 from Lowe's. After mocking it up, i decided I didn't like the gray color of the lip on my DGM car so I gave it 4 good coats of Plasti-dip. Bolted it up and viola'!

I've already scraped once and the plasti-dip hasn't started to peel, just roughed up underneath in that spot.

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Old 10-27-2013, 11:20 PM   #15
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Get that tint complete yet?
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:48 AM   #16
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Get that tint complete yet?
I wish I could say yes but my other hobbies have been getting most if my attention. I did take care of the license plate delete w a simple piece of custom cut black vinyl. Now I want some 20-25mm wheel spacers too.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:33 PM   #17
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Finally got it tinted, 35% all around per NC law, done by Louis @ SUNsational glass tinting (http://www.sunsationalglasstinting.com/). Great quality work, high quality film, really cool guy, surprisingly best price I found, and he's done a few cars + house for a friend. I can now see why my friend will only use him.

Also took advantage of the rare sunny 55deg January day, on a weekend to boot, and clay/waxed my car again. Fresh detail and fresh tint, beautiful!

*-*-New pics soon-*-*
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:39 PM   #18
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Awesome! Can't wait to see how it turned out.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:07 AM   #19
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Car is looking great so far! I like the front lip. Where did you get that?

I just picked up a DGM hatch late november. Loving it so far. Off to get it tinted today.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:15 AM   #20
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Thanks guys!

Got the lip from JNA performance here on the board.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:04 AM   #21
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Nice clean and subtle for sure!!!
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:28 AM   #22
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The install was pretty straight forward.

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Old 02-18-2014, 01:45 PM   #23
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Still waiting on those new pics.... Otherwise how's it been going?
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:19 AM   #24
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Yeah, yeah, I know, I owe you pics haha...

Her it is in the ~7" of snow we got last week. As you can see, the tint is not super dark (NC legal limit) but I like it. I wouldn't want to go much darker anyway.
Again, I can't recommend enough Louis @ SUNsational glass tinting (http://www.sunsationalglasstinting.com/)



I learned that stock summer tires absolutely SUCK in snow haha, but I was able to get around.

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Old 06-10-2014, 03:24 PM   #25
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How's that tint holding up? Just got a quote from Louis and it's very reasonable!
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