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Old 04-10-2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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Goal for this car is a fun daily driver. I drive from store to store for my company and having a bit of fun in between makes the day pass quicker. Its also a lot of fun my two kids.
Current Mod List

Performance
- Cobb AP tuning by Me!
- Invidia N1 Street
- Cobb SF intake
- Invidia Q300 V1

- AEM Cold Air Intake
- Cobb Heatshield
- CNT racing catted downpipe
- Bulletproof TMIC
- Perrin TMIC
- IAG radiator stays
- Forge bpv
- AVO throttle body hose
- Grimmspeed EBCS
- Perrin Turbo inlet
- Kartboy Pitchstop Mount
- FMS FMIC
- Perrin Radiator Shroud
- Walbro 255
- IAG Air pump deletes
- ID1000 Injectors
- Kinugawa TD06sl2-20g

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- OEM rear bumper protector
- IAG taillight overlays
- Mach V Awesomes 17x9
- Rays Lugnuts
- Forcewerkz front lip
- Forcewerkz side exentions
- Hella supertones

Interior
- OEM interior accent lighting kit
- SMY Dual Cluster
- Prosport Premium boost gauge
- Prosport Premium oil pressure gauge
- Kartboy Short shifter
- Cobb Shift knob
- JPM Alcantra Shift boot
- JPM Alcantra Arm rest cover
- JPM Alcantra E-Brake cover
- STI Center Console
- Solid Motorsports Vent pod
- AEM UEGO WBO2
- GTSpec red/black steering wheel
- Kenwood DDX771 with ASWC Steering wheel controls

Suspension/Brakes
- Eibach Sway 25f/22r
- Kartboy Endlinks f&r
- Kartboy Shifter bushings
- Perrin SLS
- Whiteline Rear Diff inserts
- 06 Front Brembo
- 2010 rear Brembo
- Centric Front and Rear Rotors
- Stoptech Street Performance Pads
- BC BR 8k/8k coilovers
- Rear extenders for dampening
- Group N trans mount
- White line positive shift kit
- White line steering rack bushings
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:13 PM   #2
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Got the car August 24th 2010 from annapolis Subaru. This was my 2nd WRX from them and got a ridiculous price. Was the the first WRX they received since i preordered from them sight unseen. Old G35 sedan next to the new 2011

Picked up an accessport and q300 catback. This is the older V1 style muffler. Still love it to this day

Eibach sways with KB endlinks.

Stock endlinks vs. Kartboy

Ended up having a nice 55 degree day in Jan 2012 thanks to awesome solar flares and installed Perrin SLS and Whiteline Rear diff inserts and KB shift bushings



So today installed CNT racing catted downpipe, cobb heatshield and perrin TMIC. I think I said every curse word at least 17 times at the whole car. Downpipe was pretty easy to install. Only one of the nuts gave me problems while removing. Good 'ole blow torch solved that pretty easy. Heated it up and came right off!
Now the biggest pain in my a$$ was the silly tmic. The perrin is huge next to the stock and fits in perfect or not at all. First time installing i pushed and pulled and pryed and snapped a bolt in the turbo flange. WTF?!!!!! Had to drill out the bolt and use a screw and nut to clamp it down. If there was more room I might even prefer this method, but of course it was on the manifold side of the turbo flange and with the TMIC on made it quite a feat to hold a bolt with a wrench and tighten down.
So, after all my hassles and worrying about picking up the kids in less than 30 minutes from daycare(tuesdays are the wifeys late days) I loaded up stage 2+SF and went for a test ride. Felt awesome. No leaks, hits 18psi(per accessport) and just pulls alot more than stage 1. Im sure as the ECU relearns it'll get even better. Only downside after the install was the heatshield on the bottom of the car, over the dp rattles occassioanlly at idle. Debating on whether to remove or just bend it. Ill check next time I jack up the car.
Pics!!!!!!!





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Old 04-10-2012, 09:15 PM   #3
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and the brembos going in....


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Old 04-10-2012, 09:38 PM   #4
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[quote=bluemax189;36851192]and the brembos going in....




where did you pick your brembos up and for how much?
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:49 PM   #5
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Fronts were from jdmracingmotors, a vendor here. The rears were a few months of refreshing the classifieds every hour all day long. Fronts were 600 shipped and the rears I got a killer deal on
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:20 PM   #6
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Fronts were from jdmracingmotors, a vendor here. The rears were a few months of refreshing the classifieds every hour all day long. Fronts were 600 shipped and the rears I got a killer deal on

thanks man and nice wrx BTW!
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:28 AM   #7
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thank you.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:56 PM   #8
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Installed the brembos today. Big thanks to KNS for the pads, rotors and bolts!








Rear:


Front used 3mm spacer and had plenty of room. Almost looked like it would fit without spacer but didnt try. didnt want to scratch the paint.


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Old 04-17-2012, 02:58 PM   #9
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oh and for s's&g's heres my friends car he's working on. He also owns the shop so i always go there for access to a lift. Word to the wise, make friends with someone who owns a lift. really comes in handy.



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Old 04-23-2012, 02:32 PM   #10
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Nice thread here. You and I have a lot in common...nearly identical cars, bought from the same dealership (though mine was a very early '11 model), and our kids have about the same age spread. My daughter is 5 and my son is 2. People without kids (and particularly without 2+ that are both young and reasonably close in age) don't realize how tough it is to find wrenching time with little ones running around.

I have the same sway/endlink combo, but I did also go with Konis in the stock damper locations (though I added the Konis well after I did the Eibachs & KBs). Same taillight overlays from the same place.

I have done a ton to the stereo, but otherwise she is fairly stockish.

You might look into the GrimmSpeed MC brace. I added it to the OEM brakes and the pedal flex was greatly diminished. At this point, I would guess that only your lines and the MC flex woudl be the only potential weak points in your braking chain. I have the MC brace installed and SS lines ready to go on the car when I get the time but the MC brace was money well-spent.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:43 PM   #11
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i looked into the gm MC brace and probably dont have small enough hands to install it lol. Im really debating on the shocks/struts for the car only because i drive through baltimore everyday and the parking garage for my work has a steep incline.

as for stereo id be curious on what you have done. I dont want to change the stock headunit but think it may be necessary for a better sound.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:05 PM   #12
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i looked into the gm MC brace and probably dont have small enough hands to install it lol. Im really debating on the shocks/struts for the car only because i drive through baltimore everyday and the parking garage for my work has a steep incline.

as for stereo id be curious on what you have done. I dont want to change the stock headunit but think it may be necessary for a better sound.
The Konis are really very comfortable for daily driving. I did use STi springs in the install ('11 in the front and '08 in the rear) to lower the front by 0.5" while adding a little stiffness, but I would have been fine with just the OEM springs. Because the Konis are on sale, they were a great improvement for a modest cost. I did a writeup on the install in the suspension section.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2322600

I may actually swap out the '08 STi springs for '11 OEM rear springs.

As for my audio setup, I have a full writeup on here, but my blog is actually easier to follow for the audio upgrades.

http://www.subaruaudio.net/my-wrx/audio-system/

There is a bunch of info there. At some point, I will do the writeup of all of my upgrades but for now the audio is the only thing fully documented.

If you have questions, feel free to ask me. I do 99% of my own work (everything but oil changes and tire M&B) and don't mind passing on what I learned, so ask away.

If you do decide to do audio upgrades and want to drive out to WV (I am only about 2 hours from the inner harbor), I'd be glad to lend a hand.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:38 AM   #13
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cool. read over your articles and noticed your after height with the konis was .25" higher. was that with stock springs or the sti?

i think its funny you do all your work except the oil changes cuz im the same way. Just to lazy. plus i dont have a garage or driveway to work in. I just do most things at my friends shop. Just gotta give a few days notice and get lifts and air tools for free!
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:31 AM   #14
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cool. read over your articles and noticed your after height with the konis was .25" higher. was that with stock springs or the sti?
The front height was .5 lower and the rear height was .25" higher. That was on '11 STi fronts and '08 STi rears. The rear may have settled since then. I have not re-measured after a month of driving.

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i think its funny you do all your work except the oil changes cuz im the same way. Just to lazy. plus i dont have a garage or driveway to work in. I just do most things at my friends shop. Just gotta give a few days notice and get lifts and air tools for free!
I figure that if I have to drive to the store to get the oil and filter, I might as well go ahead and have them do the change as well. I use Rotella T6 and either Bosch or Purolator PureOne filters (Acura TL application), so I go to WalMart to buy the oil and have them do the change in their tire & lube express. I usually just read a book or something rather then to climb under the car and get dirty for an oil change.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:09 PM   #15
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new pic

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Old 05-25-2012, 10:29 AM   #16
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What's new? I mean like am I not seeing a new part or is it just a new pic?
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:53 AM   #17
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just a new pic. still deciding whats next, most likely struts/springs. not sure if i want to go full coilovers again like on my 07.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:17 PM   #18
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What was the difference from stock wrx to q300 cat back, audibly. Thinking of doing something very similar to you, just not sure about the downpipe as the car is brand new
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:52 AM   #19
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definately louder but nothing too too bad.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:35 AM   #20
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Looks great mate! Of course, I envy the Brembos big time... they make the car look so much better! And those overlays are a really good idea! Since I'm new to Subarus, I had never seen this done on the tails... and I think they make the car look much better! The OEM tails look like cheap eBay parts... (look at me: I don't even have the car in the driveway yet and I'm already finding faults with it )
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:52 PM   #21
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thanks, IAG did the tails for me 1st or second week i had the car. i agree the factory look looks blah....
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:19 PM   #22
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oh and for s's&g's heres my friends car he's working on. He also owns the shop so i always go there for access to a lift. Word to the wise, make friends with someone who owns a lift. really comes in handy.



this is making me drool

nice wrx too
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:50 AM   #23
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this is making me drool

nice wrx too
lol i was too when he first got it.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:43 PM   #24
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crappy pic but the new forge bpv on. small air leak caused by plastic oem bpv gone!
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I like the guage pod you have around the stock guages it looks great.
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