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Old 10-17-2013, 05:18 AM   #1
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So I got this car a few months ago and it's come quite a long way and since most people seem to like Forester builds I figured I would share mine! First the background story...

Its a Thursday and I was selling my current car ('03 VW Golf) on Monday. I had received the funds via wire transfer and took the car off my insurance so it could just sit. Not a problem though because I had another car I could use until Tuesday because that's when I would be picking up my new '04 FXT from a guy in Florida. It was a 2004, JBP, 5 speed, 120k and I was getting it for $8000, not a bad deal. Until Friday afternoon...

Friday I get off of work and the guy texts me saying that he sold the car that afternoon However, I can't blame the guy if he was offered cash so oh well. The search goes on!

Since I was going back up to my home state of NJ in two weeks I figured I would poke around on the NJ Craigslist and see what I could find. Lo-and-behold I found a 2005 FXT, 5 speed, 116k, in aspen white (The color I really wanted. Already had a black Subaru and that was a rough road) and he was asking $8k. I send one of my buyddies to go check it out for me and have him send me pictures and videos and I basically check the car out through him.

At this point I'm pretty excited about finding another FXT even in the color I wanted. I call up the owner and ask him if anybody else was interested in the car, to my despair there were two people checking it out this week So I cut him a deal. If he holds the car for me until Wednesday I will fly up there and give him $7500 cash money for the car. He agreed! That night I bought a round trip flight to fly up there Wednesday morning and back home Thursday morning to be at work Thursday afternoon.

That Wednesday I fly up there, pick up my new car and drive it back to a friends house where I'll be keeping it until I come up for my vacation in another week and a half. Everything happens for a reason right!

Here were some pictures of my newly acquired FXT the day I picked her up:




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Old 10-17-2013, 06:28 AM   #2
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nice man, the white ones are very rare
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:46 AM   #3
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Ordered some red Rally Armor URs since I always like the White/Red/Gold look for Subaru's based off of this picture...

So thats what I'm going to be shooting for!

Since I never liked the wingless look on Foresters I ordered an OEM wing and painted it myself.

I used color matched aspen white paint and some of Duplicolors clear coat that just came out. It's called Paint Shop and its poured into a spray gun for application. The clear goes on nicely and takes to wet sanding nicely. Up close it is a perfect match and helps the look of the car tremendously!


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Old 10-23-2013, 05:29 AM   #4
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awesome find!

makes me really miss my '06 FXT
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:22 AM   #5
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I'm going to skip a whole lot just to get everyone caught up where I am today. And since I don't have pictures of everything I'll just post some current ones and tell you what happened!

-Replace the broken rear wiper
-Plastidip front grill
-Got a 3" Nividia N1 TBE
-Tinted the windows, 27% up front and 15% everywhere else
-Put my old gold OZ Superleggeras on
-Swapped out my Impreza struts onto the Forester to lower it

Those few things made it look like it does today...






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Old 10-24-2013, 03:17 AM   #6
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Looks nice, really makes me miss my white 04.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:49 AM   #7
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How does it handle? Similar to an impreza?
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:27 PM   #8
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How does it handle? Similar to an impreza?
Honestly I'd have to say it handles a little better than my '06 Impreza. The same struts and springs, rear sway bar, and wheels and tires that are on my Forester were also on my old Impreza. The only difference is that on the FXT I have Whiteline rear subframe locking bolts and in the Impreza I had a 25mm front sway bar so it under steered a little.

In the FXT I have a 24mm rear but stock front so it has a little more body roll than the Impreza but I feel like it hugs the road better. I'm going to put on the front sway and see how it is.
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Old 10-26-2013, 02:02 AM   #9
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The other day I decided that I wanted to gat some gauges. However, since I had them on my A-Pillar on my old Impreza that had kind of worn off on me and I wanted something similar to the ATI style pod for the Impreza. After some searching the closest I could find was a custom made one from BNA Solutions that would go on top of the dash pocket on the Forester. Only thing was it didn't have the hood like the ATI-style pod did. Time to make one myself!

I bought an ATI-style pod for cheap off of here and and popped out the dash pocket from my car. Took the ATI pod to the grinding wheel to make it a close fit, took apart the dash pocket, and literally started cutting with a jig saw and hoping for the best. I only had an idea in my head and no real plan for it so I just hit the ground running. The results were pretty good for winging it!

Because everyone knows the best ideas happen at night...


Point of no return...


And the beginning (Take note of how clean the "Work bench lift" is






The first test fit. Looks promising!




Had to cut the inside portion of the lid so the gauges had somewhere to go because they will be at a slight angle once installed


Should of taken a side picture
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Old 10-26-2013, 02:30 AM   #10
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Nice find. Glad things worked out for you. It's cool to see people actually working on a car. What I mean is that it's nice to see someone making something work out (I.e. Your gauge pod). People wait until a plug and play version comes out or their ideas never go anywhere.

Keep it up!
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Old 10-26-2013, 02:51 AM   #11
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I went with Bondo Glass since it had fiberglass resin in it. I figured it would give it a little bit of strength since the lid may flex a little when opening and closing it.

Here you can see it kind of getting its shape:


Sand, glop more on. Wash, rinse, repeat.




At this point all I was pretty much missing was some extra sanding and paint. However things don't always work out do they?



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Old 10-26-2013, 02:57 AM   #12
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When I went to paint the pod I didn't quite like the way it so I decided to spray some extra liner on it and I ended up giving it a run. :O On top of that I decided to spray some plasti dip and grey primer to see how close I could get it to the OEM look. What I actually ended up with was this undryable mess very similar to dum-dum for those of you who have used it. It was about an 1/16" thick and would stick to everything. I used acetone, brake cleaner, soap, nuclear warheads. You name it I had to use it to scrape this **** off just to start over.

Finally, I did get it all off and after a couple more sessions with the bondo to fix my screw-up areas I hit it with a very light coat of paint to make it look nicey nice and this is what I wound up with!






I also cut a smaller hole in the back for the wires to go through.


Once it dried I hit it with some 1500 grit sandpaper to knock down some of the roughness and make it feel more like the OEM dash.










Interior shot


How far the compartment opens with the gauge pod on top.


All in all a successful project I think so!
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:22 AM   #13
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Great job. That came out pretty well. Now lets see some gauges in it!
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:10 PM   #14
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Great job. That came out pretty well. Now lets see some gauges in it!
Trying to find some green Defis! They're hard to come by.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:13 PM   #15
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Day 1: Coils

When I dropped the car on the Impreza struts/Eibach Pro Kit springs it put the rear kink in the exhaust about 2.5" off the ground. If I was moving at any sort of speed or especially had people in the rear seat the exhaust would hit the ground and started to wear away a flat spot in the piping. The last thing that I wanted was a hole in my brand new TBE so it was time for some stiffer suspension!

I found a pretty good deal on some Tein "Monoflexs" with EDFC and decided to pick them up! Once I got the coils I actually found out that they were Tein Master Control Type Flexs and not Monoflexs. I was a little bummed out but got a decent deal on them so life moves on.

Got some free time then other day and decided to fire them up and throw them in!

I probably should have taken some more pictures but I got a couple along the way:

The coils before I cleaned them up


Ugly rotors are ugly. That's the next project


The rears went in without a problem. The fronts is where the fun began...


The tension from the struts and springs on both front sides actually made the CV joint come apart when I disconnected the two bolts holding the strut into the hub The driver side I was able to rectify in the car still, whilst on the passenger side I had to take the axle out of the car and reassemble the CV joint. Needless to say I was not a happy camper but eventually they did go in. Decided to call it a night since I had the day shift tomorrow and would resume after my rotation!

I'll take some pictures of it another day but the car basically sits the same as before just a 1/4" lower and 100% stiffer.

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Old 11-02-2013, 10:32 PM   #16
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:23 PM   #17
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Day 2: EDFC Install

Since my coils came with EDFC why was I just gonna let that sit around!? Time to install that as well!

Camber the cat overseeing the install,


Couple snaps of the motors from inside the vehicle...


Sorry about the crappy night time picture but its just wires, nothing special


Motors are actually wired up in this picture. Ran them through a preexisting grommet in the firewall


I was contemplating where to put the EDFC box and happened to look down at the fog light switches. I had already popped out one of the blanks to run my AP cable through it and noticed that the module would fit in that area almost perfectly if I took a Dremel to it out...so I did.

Beginning the grinding...


Waited for daylight to get some decent pictures of it installed...and viola!






All-in-all it was pretty straight-forward. You do notice a slight difference between the softest and hardest setting but nothing earth shattering. Cool to have the option though and not have to get out of the car to adjust the dampening for AutoX or road trips. Every little bit helps!

Also I was afraid that in order to make clearance for the motors in the rear I was going to have to cut the plastic covers that covers the strut tower, but it actually clears with a little room to spare so no worries there!
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:24 AM   #18
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One of the few threads I've seen that actually show to do the 3 gauge pod addition.I'm subscribed.

Would you possibly be able to do me a favor when you have the chance (no rush). Could you measure the width,depth and height (from floor to top of dash) of your dash and also your center council. I like that dash better than the 02 to 07 Imprezas

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Old 11-03-2013, 11:54 AM   #19
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Awesome.

I follow you on IG and love seeing the updates of another FXT owner!
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #20
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Nice fxt I'll definetly check up later I'm starting to really like these
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:55 PM   #21
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This is freakin awesome I love this car!
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:52 PM   #22
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Thanks everyone!

Here's a video from the AutoX I did a couple weeks ago. I'll post more as I upload them;
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:21 PM   #23
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Now that my Photobucket account has resent its bandwidth its time to start updating!
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:49 PM   #24
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Nice work, here, man. I thought about molding my own pod, too, but BNA Solutions was doing a holiday deal so I went for it. My pod should be here in about a week or two.

I did install my Defi Genome gauges (the green ones that you're looking for) over the weekend. I'm not electrician, so my buddy helped me out with that, but everything else went relatively smoothly.

If you're going to use a sandwich adapter for oil pressure/temp, be careful. There's things underneath on the Foresters that inhibit the use of those adapters. I went straight for the galley plugs, and the NPT and PT fittings (I wasn't sure which I'd need) that I ordered from Rally Sport Direct didn't fit. And you only need one. If you pull the dummy sensor from the front galley fitting (under the alternator) you can unscrew it and screw in the new fitting for your oil temp or pressure.

Also, the set I bought didn't come with a power supply cable, but the Defi Link controller cable (5 prong, I think) from Rally Sport Direct worked perfectly with my older Link controller. Just an FYI.

As for the gauges, I found mine on eBay and I lucked out. They came with everything and were spotless. And they are definitely a lot nicer than the ProSports that match our car. Keep looking and hopefully another set will pop up soon for you!

All I could find for you right now was this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/JDM-Genuine-...4a9706&vxp=mtr

Single gauge with the controller, but 99% of the time if you find the Genome gauges, they come in a set of 3 with all of the gauges, wires, controller, etc.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:37 AM   #25
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Nice work, here, man. I thought about molding my own pod, too, but BNA Solutions was doing a holiday deal so I went for it. My pod should be here in about a week or two.

I did install my Defi Genome gauges (the green ones that you're looking for) over the weekend. I'm not electrician, so my buddy helped me out with that, but everything else went relatively smoothly.

If you're going to use a sandwich adapter for oil pressure/temp, be careful. There's things underneath on the Foresters that inhibit the use of those adapters. I went straight for the galley plugs, and the NPT and PT fittings (I wasn't sure which I'd need) that I ordered from Rally Sport Direct didn't fit. And you only need one. If you pull the dummy sensor from the front galley fitting (under the alternator) you can unscrew it and screw in the new fitting for your oil temp or pressure.

Also, the set I bought didn't come with a power supply cable, but the Defi Link controller cable (5 prong, I think) from Rally Sport Direct worked perfectly with my older Link controller. Just an FYI.

As for the gauges, I found mine on eBay and I lucked out. They came with everything and were spotless. And they are definitely a lot nicer than the ProSports that match our car. Keep looking and hopefully another set will pop up soon for you!

All I could find for you right now was this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/JDM-Genuine-...4a9706&vxp=mtr

Single gauge with the controller, but 99% of the time if you find the Genome gauges, they come in a set of 3 with all of the gauges, wires, controller, etc.
I actually got a pair of Defi gauges in white that I changed over to green and they match pretty awesomely! I think I'll just make a separate post on this page to bump it to the 2nd page so I don't put too many pictures on one page
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