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Old 10-16-2012, 11:33 PM   #1701
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http://www.crutchfield.com/p_1209889...t.html?tp=3121
You can buy me a beer next time I'm in GA
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:06 AM   #1702
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http://www.crutchfield.com/p_1209889...t.html?tp=3121
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Sweet man, thanks! (I might not be able to get you that beer.....lol)
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:21 AM   #1703
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Well if you decide to not use that DIN cover and stick the clock in there, I'd be glad to buy the cover off of you! I have a ugly gaping hole under my head unit currently.
Got confused and thought you were talking about placing the clock in front of the shifter trim like overland did.

You can get that din pocket here: http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/pr...989e7d70db9208. I wrapped it 3M matte black vynil.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:20 PM   #1704
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70% complete:


Need to pick up some better steel mesh.

I say it looks and fits better than the HT auto one.
Garuda, do you have any pics of the process of modding the stock grille? I just picked up a spare stock grille to try this with. You should make a how to if you do have the info.

I also realize you are selling it, why?
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:34 PM   #1705
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Mr. Schell,

Sorry boss, I don't have too many WIP pics, this is the best I can do:

1. Disassemble grill
2. Take a dremel with a cut-off wheel and cut at the corners of where the "under" mustache pieces connects to the lower grill piece.
3. Using the same tool, cut the top "lip" of the grill to further separate the under mustache.
4. Cut the lip so that you have a smooth curve going from one end to the other. You want the overall line to be as smooth as possible: i.e. ----------- instead of ---~----
5. epoxy a piece of plastic behind the gap that you now have.

6. Take some bondo, mix it up, and fill in the gap
7. Put a piece of sandpaper against a flat block of some sort (I used an old CD case). and sand the bondo to be flush with the original grill material. Try to keep the edges sharp and not round them.
8. Get a sheet of mesh in a pattern that you like. I used gutterguard from home depot. Cut the bottom edge in accordance with the stock grill mesh. Cut the upper edge so that it's flush with the underside of the lip.
9. Fold over excess mesh material
10. Stick ziptie mounts (those little squares that are adhesive backed and have mounting holes on them for zip ties) on 4 corners of the grill, making sure that it's not interfering with the mounting of the grill.
11. Zip mesh to mounts
12. The grill has a "back piece", which is behind the mesh. Cut the middle pillar completely, or cut it so that it doesn't "push" the mesh material out that much . I cut mine at where it made a 90 degree bend, resulting in a "half" center pillar
13. Install back piece, use the 2 screws on the bottom.
14. Plastidip everything, including the pillar that's part of the bumper. Otherwise the color will show through the grill
15. Mount the grill the same way as stock.

Common sense stuff: use sandpaper to smooth out scratches, smooth out edges/corners where cuts were made, wash and clean before bondo/painting, etc.
I sold mine since I wanted funds for other projects. After all the things I've sold so far, I now have a set of OEM HID, and Bilstein struts with Eibach springs. Still need winter tires and to get my bumper fixed.

If you were in my neck of the woods, I'd be glad to meet up and help walk you through it in person.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:44 PM   #1706
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(lots of awesome info)
Thanks bud! I should be able to hack it from that.

And no need for the "Mr." haha makes me sound old.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:52 PM   #1707
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Anytime man, it's all pretty simple. Makes for a fun late afternoon project. I'm surprised there aren't more folks who tried this before.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:23 AM   #1708
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Hey guys, first time poster, im on iwsti.com. I saw this thread and thought I would contribute. I made a dock for my iphone 5. It plugs in via usb in my center console. Enjoy!
How did you get the shifter to sit so low. It looks awesome
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:41 AM   #1709
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I'm in the process of making something similar for my WRX right now lol:
Pretty cool. I don't know if I'd want to advertise that I have an AR-15 all the time. Other than that, its sweet looking.
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:00 PM   #1710
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Pretty cool. I don't know if I'd want to advertise that I have an AR-15 all the time. Other than that, its sweet looking.
Agreed. Please be careful with that one, could draw attention you don't want.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:03 PM   #1711
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Aha, I was wondering if that was the case when I saw your location.
Pro-tip: the OEM clock fits perfectly in that slot under your single din HU:
this interior is terrible.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:48 PM   #1712
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That PMAG case is more of a "****s and giggles" project than anything. Good point about negative attention, though I think simply having a WRX will draw some negative attention anyways.

And Mr. Miller, it certainly isn't for everyone, though it's my personal opinion of how a sports car's interior should be. I've been told by members I've met so far that "it looks much better in person", though they may be trying to avoid hurting my feelings lol.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:49 PM   #1713
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this interior is terrible.
I don't think the material looks good on the steering wheel, but every where else is a nice accent.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:55 PM   #1714
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Alcantara is one those things that when there is too much it starts to look like 70's porn.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:55 PM   #1715
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this interior is terrible.
I wouldn't go to overland's build then if I were you.

I think it's just the lighting, hard to make it look good without professional equipment. I'm sure it looks a hell of a lot better in person.

Overland04's build thread.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2296511

Overland04's interior specific build
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2401575

Pro level photography helps the alcantara look better.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:15 PM   #1716
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Aha, I was wondering if that was the case when I saw your location.
Pro-tip: the OEM clock fits perfectly in that slot under your single din HU:
I think its the lighting, but there is a few spots that... don't seem quite finished.

1) Shifter knob... looks like you rolled your shifter through a pot of sand paper.
2) The Alcantera over the Subaru logo... looks odd. I know you were trying to do an embossed effect, but its almost too deep to be subtle enough. The logo actually almost looks like a GTR logo.
3) The lack of a second color/tone one the dash-insert is what makes the entire install seem... flat.
4) Lastly, I think the secondary piece over the clockpod and the visible seams make it look disjointed (at least from the angle of the photo)... I'm sure that looks better in person though.

I can appreciate the work you've put into this though (and I'm sure it was a serious pita to do), so I don't mean to sound like I'm ****ting on your work/customization. You've done something that most people would never consider or take the time to do.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:39 PM   #1717
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Thank you gents.

spyrule, I'm grateful for your constructive criticism. I actually agree with all of your points with the exception of #2, though I do plan to have further work done to "correct" the unfinished parts.

1) The shift knob is a SS knob that I've been coating with carbide to reduce heatsoak during the winter. In that photo, it's only about 70% coated, which explains the sand paper look. It's a very time consuming task (imagine painting the shift knob, but you're only allowed to make .1mm dots to do so), and I've been doing it bit by bit. Eventually it'll be frosted silver when it's finished.

2) You're going to call me a ricer on this one, and I can say nothing but to agree and accept it: I wanted a GT-R as a kid, but now that I'm older I realized that having a 2-door coupe as my only car will never be practical compared to a turbocharged hatchback. It's kind of my way of living the childhood dream? Sharp eye though. It is the R on the bottom of the "GT"

3) The trim that has the side airvents and AC control will be wrapped in 3M 1080 CF, along with the lower portion of the door card trim which continues from it. It's currently a matter of trying to figure out how large a piece I would need do wrap that along with my shifter trim (the piece that goes around the shifter boot). I'm considering wrapping the HU trim as well, though I'm not a fan of the few examples that are wrapped like that.

4) After I sell off these pieces, the plan is to rewrap the upper dash including the gauge pod as a "one piece", so that there won't be a seam.

It's really a work in progress at best, not to be considered "finished" by any stretch of the word.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:42 PM   #1718
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Considering it probably does look totally different (and better) in person, im really liking it. And its your car so who cares what other say. Good work. I've been debating doing this to just my center section of my 05 wagon instead of the STi limited console.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #1719
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Since many people were asking about how I lit up the front Subaru stars badge, I'll provide some info and pics here to help. I don't have a full write up since I never have the patience to actually do that while I'm working on it

Anyway, this was done on a 2011, I'm not sure if any previous model grills or emblems are the same that would allow the same mod to be done.

Here is the badge and chrome surround off the car. This is the one that came off my car and I damaged it upon removing, so I picked up a new badge and surround which cost ~$60 from my dealer.


In stock form the chrome surround piece has pins that hold the badge in place, I had to cut those off since some of them would have blocked some of the light from getting to the badge. To get the light to shine through the badge, all you have to do is sand down the edges of the stars. You'll notice quickly that it doesn't take much sanding around the edges and you can hold it up to a light and see right through the badge.


As you can see, sand down enough around the edges and you can get a nice uniform amount of light shining through. Be careful around the edges of the badge as you can easily sand off too much paint and have light leak out around the edges.


As for the actual lighting, I used 6 white surface mount LEDs from oznium.com. Here's a link to the exact ones I used Surface mount LEDs. I also cut out a piece of a clear flexible cutting mat (
This mat to be exactThis mat to be exact
) and sprayed it with a coat of Krylon forsted glass spray paint to help diffuse the light behind the badge.

On the 2011+ grill, the gloss black portion of the grill is actually a separate piece, and I used a dremel to cut out the section behind the badge. Behind this is a flat surface on the gray part of the grill and that's where I mounted the LEDs. I drilled a hole large enough to feed the LEDs through this part and ran the wiring behind the grill and up by the battery/fuse box area.

After modifying the chrome surround trim and the black part of the badge, I had to use a clear silicone to reassemble the chrome surround to the badge (with the frosted plastic as well) and also glue the badge back onto the grill.

Sorry, I know it's not the best write up.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:05 PM   #1720
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A $60 piece of plastic...? What the...
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:07 PM   #1721
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They don't call it a stealership for nothing!
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:16 PM   #1722
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Since many people were asking about how I lit up the front Subaru stars badge, I'll provide some info and pics here to help. I don't have a full write up since I never have the patience to actually do that while I'm working on it

Anyway, this was done on a 2011, I'm not sure if any previous model grills or emblems are the same that would allow the same mod to be done.

Here is the badge and chrome surround off the car. This is the one that came off my car and I damaged it upon removing, so I picked up a new badge and surround which cost ~$60 from my dealer.

In stock form the chrome surround piece has pins that hold the badge in place, I had to cut those off since some of them would have blocked some of the light from getting to the badge. To get the light to shine through the badge, all you have to do is sand down the edges of the stars. You'll notice quickly that it doesn't take much sanding around the edges and you can hold it up to a light and see right through the badge.

As you can see, sand down enough around the edges and you can get a nice uniform amount of light shining through. Be careful around the edges of the badge as you can easily sand off too much paint and have light leak out around the edges.

As for the actual lighting, I used 6 white surface mount LEDs from oznium.com. Here's a link to the exact ones I used Surface mount LEDs. I also cut out a piece of a clear flexible cutting mat (Video Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O72GHG/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00) and sprayed it with a coat of Krylon forsted glass spray paint to help diffuse the light behind the badge.

On the 2011+ grill, the gloss black portion of the grill is actually a separate piece, and I used a dremel to cut out the section behind the badge. Behind this is a flat surface on the gray part of the grill and that's where I mounted the LEDs. I drilled a hole large enough to feed the LEDs through this part and ran the wiring behind the grill and up by the battery/fuse box area.

After modifying the chrome surround trim and the black part of the badge, I had to use a clear silicone to reassemble the chrome surround to the badge (with the frosted plastic as well) and also glue the badge back onto the grill.

Sorry, I know it's not the best write up.
I really like that, and now I'll probably end up doing it and wiring it to a separate switch just for show. You don't have any more pictures of how the LEDs are mounted do you?
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:47 PM   #1723
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Sorry, I don't have any pics of how the leds are mounted. They come with 3M double sided adhesive already attached so I just stuck them on to the area behind the badge. I may be pulling my bumper off soon to fix something else, so I'll try to get better pics of that if I do.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:55 PM   #1724
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Sorry, but this makes me think of this:
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:58 PM   #1725
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Since many people were asking about how I lit up the front Subaru stars badge, I'll provide some info and pics here to help. I don't have a full write up since I never have the patience to actually do that while I'm working on it

Anyway, this was done on a 2011, I'm not sure if any previous model grills or emblems are the same that would allow the same mod to be done.

Here is the badge and chrome surround off the car. This is the one that came off my car and I damaged it upon removing, so I picked up a new badge and surround which cost ~$60 from my dealer.


In stock form the chrome surround piece has pins that hold the badge in place, I had to cut those off since some of them would have blocked some of the light from getting to the badge. To get the light to shine through the badge, all you have to do is sand down the edges of the stars. You'll notice quickly that it doesn't take much sanding around the edges and you can hold it up to a light and see right through the badge.


As you can see, sand down enough around the edges and you can get a nice uniform amount of light shining through. Be careful around the edges of the badge as you can easily sand off too much paint and have light leak out around the edges.


As for the actual lighting, I used 6 white surface mount LEDs from oznium.com. Here's a link to the exact ones I used Surface mount LEDs. I also cut out a piece of a clear flexible cutting mat (This mat to be exact) and sprayed it with a coat of Krylon forsted glass spray paint to help diffuse the light behind the badge.

On the 2011+ grill, the gloss black portion of the grill is actually a separate piece, and I used a dremel to cut out the section behind the badge. Behind this is a flat surface on the gray part of the grill and that's where I mounted the LEDs. I drilled a hole large enough to feed the LEDs through this part and ran the wiring behind the grill and up by the battery/fuse box area.

After modifying the chrome surround trim and the black part of the badge, I had to use a clear silicone to reassemble the chrome surround to the badge (with the frosted plastic as well) and also glue the badge back onto the grill.

Sorry, I know it's not the best write up.
as an own er who has a basket of rejected Subaru emblems: i say rejoice! well done.


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