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Old 08-12-2014, 09:36 PM   #1
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Default My first Subaru - 2015 WRX Limited ISM

Hello all, as of early June I am the new proud owner of a new '15 WRX Limited ISM. Bought her with 27 miles on the odo, I am a little over 2300 the last time I checked.. Loving the car, my last 2 vehicles were full size trucks, most recently a 2007 Chevy Silverado Z71, so the handling is quite different! I have been lurking in this forum basically since I bought the car, trying to soak up as much knowledge as I can, so I decided I'd finally start a post and try to help out anyone thinking about purchasing this car, because other users posts helped me out tremendously.. One thing that I think is great, and my girlfriend thinks I'm crazy, but I've noticed other WRX drivers give me the wave as we cross paths on the road (even though i've never come across another '15 WRX on the road)... I used to own a 600cc sport bike, so I'm familiar with "the wave", but I've never gotten one from another car, it's like I am in an exclusive club haha.. Alright so here are the mods:

-Thule Aeroblade roof rack with Inno fairing (w/ 2 Thule Circuit 526 bike carriers)
-20% tint all around
-Tint overlays on side markers and tail lights (not pictured, but looks much better)
-Rally armor mud flaps
-Subispeed OLM DRL's
-Subispeed OLM Glass fog light housing with 55w bulbs and gunsmoke overlay (might remove overlays)
-Mishimoto CAI w/box
-Perrin 20mm wheel spacers
-Trunk Cargo Tray

Ordered but not received:
-Nameless axelback w/muffler delete, 4" quad staggered tip, powdercoated black (ordered July 10, anxiously awaiting)
-All weather mats (should receive this week)
-Grillcraft hood scoop, main and lower grill. I know this grill has received a lot of hate on this forum because people don't like the way it looks, but honestly I think I will like it.. I think the picture going around with the grill, I think the car is red with white stripes, I don't think the grill is actually installed on this car, it looks like they photoshopped it in.. Its on backorder right now, so if i start to see pictures with the grill installed and i don't like the way it looks i'll just cancel the order. If I get the grill, install it, and don't like it, I'll take it off, sell it, buy the JDM... If I lose a few bucks in the transaction, well, that is the cost of taking a risk, I'm ok with that.. Anyways on with the pictures...

Ok so i just realized this is the only picture I have before any mods, this was taken through my office window...


I originally had a thule fairing, but thought it looked too bulky so i went with the Inno, much happier with it.. Here's the thule:


And the Inno



With RA mud flaps and fog light w/ gunsmoke overlay.. Hard to see the fogs with the overlays and in the shadow


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Old 08-12-2014, 09:38 PM   #2
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Hello all, as of early June I am the new proud owner of a new '15 WRX Limited ISM. Bought her with 27 miles on the odo, I am a little over 2300 the last time I checked.. Loving the car, my last 2 vehicles were full size trucks, most recently a 2007 Chevy Silverado Z71, so the handling is quite different! I have been lurking in this forum basically since I bought the car, trying to soak up as much knowledge as I can, so I decided I'd finally start a post and try to help out anyone thinking about purchasing this car, because other users posts helped me out tremendously.. One thing that I think is great, and my girlfriend thinks I'm crazy, but I've noticed other WRX drivers give me the wave as we cross paths on the road (even though i've never come across another '15 WRX on the road)... I used to own a 600cc sport bike, so I'm familiar with "the wave", but I've never gotten one from another car, it's like I am in an exclusive club haha.. Alright so here are the mods:

-Thule Aeroblade roof rack with Inno fairing (w/ 2 Thule Circuit 526 bike carriers)
-20% tint all around
-Tint overlays on side markers and tail lights (not pictured, but looks much better)
-Rally armor mud flaps
-Subispeed OLM DRL's
-Subispeed OLM Glass fog light housing with 55w bulbs and gunsmoke overlay (might remove overlays)

Ordered but not received:
-Nameless axelback w/muffler delete, 4" quad staggered tip, powdercoated black (ordered July 10, anxiously awaiting)
-All weather mats and cargo tray (should receive this week)
-Mishimoto CAI w/box (should receive at end of week)
-Perrin 20mm wheel spacers
-Grillcraft hood scoop, main and lower grill. I know this grill has received a lot of hate on this forum because people don't like the way it looks, but honestly I think I will like it.. I think the picture going around with the grill, I think the car is red with white stripes, I don't think the grill is actually installed on this car, it looks like they photoshopped it in.. Its on backorder right now, so if i start to see pictures with the grill installed and i don't like the way it looks i'll just cancel the order. If I get the grill, install it, and don't like it, I'll take it off, sell it, buy the JDM... If I lose a few bucks in the transaction, well, that is the cost of taking a risk, I'm ok with that.. Anyways on with the pictures...

Ok so i just realized this is the only picture I have before any mods, this was taken through my office window...
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I originally had a thule fairing, but thought it looked too bulky so i went with the Inno, much happier with it.. Here's the thule:


And the Inno


With RA mud flaps and fog light w/ gunsmoke overlay.. Hard to see the fogs with the overlays and in the shadow

Bikes mounted
Safe color in the silver and goes real good. The 15s are the way to go but Subie charges 3k more for the CVT turbo killing it for me.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:39 PM   #3
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Nice car.

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-Mishimoto CAI w/box (should receive at end of week)
Did not know these were available to order yet. I don't see them on their website.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:41 PM   #4
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Save for future pictures/mods
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:42 PM   #5
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Nice car.



Did not know these were available to order yet. I don't see them on their website.
Check this thread, he's already received his and installed

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums//sho....php?t=2656468
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:50 PM   #6
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How does one obtain one?

*EDIT* searched, found the group buy

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Old 08-15-2014, 07:08 AM   #7
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Just received my Mishimoto CAI and Perrin 20mm wheel spacers yesterday.. Took about 3 hours to install both, about 2 1/2 being on the intake... Not gonna lie, it was a bitch.. I put a K&N intake on my Silverado years ago, and that wasn't too bad, still a pain, but i certainly did not have to go underneath the vehicle.. Anyways, it's installed, took a quick ride last night, didn't go above 4k rpms, sounds awesome though... Drove it about 10 miles this morning to work, probably didn't go above 3.5k rpms lol... One thing that I have noticed, (could be placebo effect) the common problem '15 wrx owners see is the "jittery transmission" i guess would be the best way i could describe it, well this seems to be gone.. Take it for what it's worth, i've only driven the car maybe 25 miles since I installed the CAI, and it could all be in my head, but the suttle accelleration from day to day driving seems much smoother... Also the Perrin spacers took my vehicle from a sedan stance to a much more aggressive looking stance.. I took a picture in the parking lot this morning but it didn't turn out well so i deleted it, I'll get some better ones posted.

Not much to look at but there it is.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:22 AM   #8
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Was going to be curious on how the CAI intake was going to be installed because the position of the turbo and the way the stock airbox is, the direction of the tubing always seemed like it was going to be a PITA to do it. You say you had to go up under the car to do this?
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:47 PM   #9
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Was going to be curious on how the CAI intake was going to be installed because the position of the turbo and the way the stock airbox is, the direction of the tubing always seemed like it was going to be a PITA to do it. You say you had to go up under the car to do this?
Yes, I ended up taking off a bunch of the bottom panels with the car lifted, crawled under, worked from below, then you come back and finish from the top.. Most likely I took off more hardware than needed, but currently there is no install guide or videos, well as of yesterday. In the newbies and questions section, someone did a write up with some pictures, not incredibly detailed but he said he only took off 5 tabs and pulled back the plastic. After the install I simply can't even phantom how that's possible, because I took off maybe 15 tabs, several screws, bolts, etc.. Then again my experience with car mods is rather limited, so take it for what it's worth.. It was easy to figure out, more so the difficulties were in figuring out what I need to take off to access where I need to be, if that makes sense.
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:48 PM   #10
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Quick shot while I'm home for lunch of the spacers


Not the exact same angle but this is before. Hard to tell but they made the edge of the tire basically flush
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:10 PM   #11
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car looks good!
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:39 PM   #12
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Looking good
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:04 PM   #13
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You didn't mention anything about a tune... I sure as hell hope you have a tune for that intake. But assuming you don't, I would remove it IMMEDIATELY. If you don't know why, you need to do a lot more research and do a better job of planning your goals/mods out before just buying the first thing available.

These cars are nothing like your Silverado. They are very picky about modifications, especially aftermarket intakes. You are likely running very lean with that intake and doing much more harm than good. I know I'm sounding like a d*** here but I'm trying to save you from an enormous amount of headaches down the road.
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:13 PM   #14
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^ He probably took Mishimoto for their word when they say that the intake doesn't require a tune. I'm not convinced about their claims either.
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:25 PM   #15
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^ He probably took Mishimoto for their word when they say that the intake doesn't require a tune. I'm not convinced about their claims either.
In my previous post I meant to include "even if the manufacturer says no tune is required, you still should not do it."

Many manufacturers claim their intakes do not require a tune. Yet, they've been proven time after time to cause our cars to run very lean and throw the ECU way off. In most cases with these cars, an intake without a tune actually leads to a loss of power compared to stock because the ECU begins to pull timing to try and get thing AFRs balanced back out.

People always wonder why so many Subaru motors pop. Well, this is why. Too many people buy these new cars, get excited to mod them then start buying/installing parts willy nilly without doing any proper research or planning. It's sad really.

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Old 08-15-2014, 07:34 PM   #16
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Hows the roof rack holding up? Any leaking or scraping of the paint?
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:32 AM   #17
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In my previous post I meant to include "even if the manufacturer says no tune is required, you still should not do it."

Many manufacturers claim their intakes do not require a tune. Yet, they've been proven time after time to cause our cars to run very lean and throw the ECU way off. In most cases with these cars, an intake without a tune actually leads to a loss of power compared to stock because the ECU begins to pull timing to try and get thing AFRs balanced back out.

People always wonder why so many Subaru motors pop. Well, this is why. Too many people buy these new cars, get excited to mod them then start buying/installing parts willy nilly without doing any proper research or planning. It's sad really.
Just playing Devils advocate here, which popular intakes for Subarus claim to not require a tune? Cobb, Perrin, etc all clearly state that their intakes require a tune. I'm sure they're out there, and I don't disagree that this needs to be a persistent message to the community, especially with a lot of new members, but the way Mishimoto went about designing this intake was based on the fact the tuning options were still a ways out. One of the goals of their intake was to change the MAF scaling just enough to lean things out a bit, which is where some of the advertised power gain comes from. As shown in their data and other's data, the car runs absurdly rich in Stock form, which interestingly is in contrast to EJ255 GRs that ran concerningly lean in some areas.

Anyway, my point is that we should be slightly more reserved in applying the typical scare tactic type response to intakes with the FA20DIT, At least in the context of the Mishimoto intake with which they appeared to be pretty transparent and forthcoming with their findings.

All that being said, I certainly would not recommend proceeding with any additional intake or exhaust modifications without being prepared for a protune.

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