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Old 03-11-2014, 09:17 AM   #1
minileprechaun
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Default My purple hatch.... :-/

HI!!

I'd like to introduce myself, Andrew, and my new 2014 WRX Hatch (still need to settle on a name) in Plasma Blue Pearl.. which, honestly, in every light appears to be purple. I guess this makes sense, since I picked it up on Valentine's day, a month ago. In the end, I really like the color and how it changes in different lights.

We start this journey with 5 miles. It was not ordered specifically for me, but I was the first to drive it. I just had to get my hands on the last set of hatchbacks!

This is my subie on day one!


and then a couple hours later
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:19 AM   #2
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Default Ouch

Of course, I can't have nice things for very long.

Hardly noticeable, but not even a week later, someone let their door slam into my side in a parking lot. As long as I keep the car dirty, you don't notice a dent.

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Old 03-11-2014, 09:23 AM   #3
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Default Mud Flaps

Date: 2/22/2014
Mileage: 278
Part Installed: Rally Armor Mud Flaps

I like these. They look cool and were a breeze to install once I realized pulling on the fenders to unclip is OK and won't break the car. In other words, one side took much longer than the other because I was afraid of breaking things.

The floor jack and stands weren't used for this picture. The picture is from another install, but this shows the mud flaps the best.

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Old 03-11-2014, 09:24 AM   #4
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Default Short Shifter and Bushings

Date: 3/1/2014
Mileage: 414
Part Installed: Kartboy Short Shifter and Bushings

The second thing I installed on this car is a short shifter and bushings. Coming from the stock shifter, the Kartboy shifter is a world of difference. It's fantastic. The shifter itself was very easy to replace. The bushings, however, a whole different story. I read a bunch of installs and issues people had, hoping to avoid them myself. This sorta worked. What helped the most, was installing the front stay (with new bushings) before attempting to screw in the rear bushing. Then, I was so afraid of cross threading, that I was fumbling with the rear bushing bolts for entirely too long. It took me too long to realize that (with first bolt a couple threads in) if the I can screw the second bolt a couple threads by hand and it sticks, I didn't cross thread, it's just a tight fit and using a socket wrench is required. So yea, I'm an idiot, but it works great now and I can install much much quicker next time.

Sorry, I forgot to take picture before and after of the height. Also, no pictures from under the car of the bushings install because it was cramped and dirty under there.

Pictures!

Ha, they sent me a fireball in the package


Stock shifter, Kartboy aluminum knob
Shift knob is an old toy.. it gets really cold in the winter. Almost feels like it burns my hand from the cold.


Shifter boot removed


Thingy under boot removed


Removed shifter, side by side, Kartboy on left


Shifter hole, shifter removed


Apparently I forgot final product pictures too. There's some later on in this thread... sorry.

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Old 03-11-2014, 09:25 AM   #5
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Welcome to the hatch family!
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:43 AM   #6
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Default Internal LEDs

Date: 3/1/2014
Mileage: 414
Part Installed: Map, Dome, Cargo, License plate LEDs

The OEM internal lights were a little dim for me. I saw a bunch of pictures and decided changing the map, dome, cargo lights to bright white LEDs were a cheap and easy change. License plate lights were changed because it came with the kit...

Map lights
Stock on left, new LED on right


Stock dome


LED dome


License Plate ... LED on left, stock on right
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:46 AM   #7
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dark blue, looks purple

Default Rubber Floor Mats

Date: 3/4/2014
Mileage: 500
Part Installed: OEM Rubber Floor Mats

No pictures for this. It's snowy and messy out. I wanted rubber floor mats. Found the OEM rubber mats for a good price. Picked up the full set: front, rear, cargo. I think they work quite well.

I can add pictures if requested. They're not clean anymore though
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:51 AM   #8
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Default Red Footwell Illumination Kit

Date: 3/4/2014
Mileage: 500
Part Installed: OEM Red Footwell Illumination Kit

I saw pictures online and thought it was cool. There is no other function of this install. I don't have pictures because I couldn't get the colors to show correctly. It was a fairly easy install. I removed shifter boot and storage area in front of the shifter boot for more access. It's not necessary but gives you more room to work. The footwell lights come in brackets that bolt into place. No drilling was necessary. It comes with a wiring harness that wires in series with the existing light in the storage area in front of the shifter. Only thing I didn't realize beforehand (but makes sense) is that these lights are tied into the head lights. Meaning, they only turn on when the headlights are on.

Sorry, no pictures.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:58 AM   #9
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Default Shift Knob

Date: 3/10/2014
Mileage: 810
Part Installed: WC Lathe Werks Shift Knob

I didn't like the Kartboy Aluminum Shift Knob because it felt too small for my hand and got really cold in the winter.
The OEM shift knob is alright, but I prefer a sphere.

After some research, I decided to try the WC Lathe Werks Shift Knob. I went with the 2" copolymer sphere with a brass insert. I got it in red, with 2 large grooves at the base, and a short collar. I like the size, feel, and weight to the knob. I was on the fence about getting the grooves, and am happy I went with them. They add a needed amount of grip for my thumb on an overall smooth surface. The knob is of good quality, smooth, no marks or imperfections that I noticed. The copolymer should resist temperature changes and the brass insert adds needed weight for shifter feel.

Only have a few miles on it now, but so far I'm happy with this purchase. It goes very well with the short shifter!

Ignore the headphones .. although they're cool too
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:22 AM   #10
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love the knob! I went with the SS version. will see how my hand does come summer.

What LED's did you go with?
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:21 AM   #11
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Nice color choice. PBP was my first choice originally but I ended up with SWP instead since the dealer sold it behind me.

I also installed the Kartboy SS kit with bushings and it made a huge difference. Next up is the Kartboy Pitch Stop Mount which will be installed this weekend.

What's next?
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:09 PM   #12
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love the knob! I went with the SS version. will see how my hand does come summer.

What LED's did you go with?
I strongly debated the SS version, then got worried about maybe the weight is too much for the gears. Or if that whole issue is made up. Since I couldn't find anything to confirm or debunk it, I went with the copolymer. Also, nice to have some color.

I went with LEDs off Amazon, because I have prime and I was impatient and wanted quick, free shipping. I went with a 6 bulb bright white LED pack because I read the reverse LEDs (that some packs came with) are not as bright and not worth it. I don't remember the exact brand though. There weren't many options and all priced similarly.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:18 PM   #13
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Nice color choice. PBP was my first choice originally but I ended up with SWP instead since the dealer sold it behind me.

I also installed the Kartboy SS kit with bushings and it made a huge difference. Next up is the Kartboy Pitch Stop Mount which will be installed this weekend.

What's next?
I know nothing about the Pitch Stop Mount. What does it actually do? Reviews say it helps with hard acceleration and deceleration but doesn't say how. It adds noise? But no additional vibrations. Also confused how someone claimed it makes the car start faster and it a louder start...
If this piece is much stiffer than stock, is the motor/transmission left to absorb most of the vibrations?

Next.. well... I'm trying to reach 1000 miles, which I feel is an adequate break in period, so I can start testing out the turbo and running the car harder. Depending how that feels, an Accessport and tune may be the next step. But, of course, I need to do more research to see if there anything else in between or anything I need to do first to limit breaking parts!
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:41 PM   #14
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if you're gonna go with a new pitch stop, get the group n sti one with the engine and tranny mounts. awesome upgrade. totally changes the way the car feels.
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:03 PM   #15
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You likely won't need a pitch stop for quite sometime. I just did one on my 2011 hatch when I did my clutch and flywheel replacement. Since my flywheel was lighter it produced much more tq in 1st gear. Enough so that when the motor pitched it would cause a knocking sound. I replaced the pitch stop with one from kartboy and the tranny mount with a group N. Car is much more solid and easier to drive no extra noise or nvh or anything like that and both of those mods help to put power down to the wheels where it belongs
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:45 PM   #16
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You likely won't need a pitch stop for quite sometime. I just did one on my 2011 hatch when I did my clutch and flywheel replacement. Since my flywheel was lighter it produced much more tq in 1st gear. Enough so that when the motor pitched it would cause a knocking sound. I replaced the pitch stop with one from kartboy and the tranny mount with a group N. Car is much more solid and easier to drive no extra noise or nvh or anything like that and both of those mods help to put power down to the wheels where it belongs
When I shift gears and start moving again.. I can feel the shifter lurch when the car engages and is powered by the engine .. there's a momentary lurch forward of the shifter itself. Is this fixed by the pitch stop mount? Is that purpose of that?
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Old 03-18-2014, 05:15 PM   #17
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I like the hatch.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:45 PM   #18
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When I shift gears and start moving again.. I can feel the shifter lurch when the car engages and is powered by the engine .. there's a momentary lurch forward of the shifter itself. Is this fixed by the pitch stop mount? Is that purpose of that?
In a way yes. The pitch stop and tranny mount upgrades are very easy and do a lot IMO to help reduce drive train movement which will also help put power to the ground the other half of your problem would likely be fixed by a shifter and shifter bushing upgrade. I love my kartboy paired with perrin pitch stop and group n tranny mount car feels much better to drive
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:26 PM   #19
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Ugh, just thinking about people that door ding others makes me sick...ESPECIALLY on such a nice car!
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:33 AM   #20
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Brandon2k13 I like the hatch.
thanks!

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WrxN2Wallz In a way yes. The pitch stop and tranny mount upgrades are very easy and do a lot IMO to help reduce drive train movement which will also help put power to the ground the other half of your problem would likely be fixed by a shifter and shifter bushing upgrade. I love my kartboy paired with perrin pitch stop and group n tranny mount car feels much better to drive
I do have the kartboy shifter and bushings installed. The OEM shifter wasn't as stiff, so it didn't transfer this extra "feel". That, or I just don't remember.
I do like the kartboy shifter. It's been working out very nice.
Maybe a pitchstop and tranny mount should be something I look into more now.

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brendan670 Ugh, just thinking about people that door ding others makes me sick...ESPECIALLY on such a nice car!
It does suck. Funny thing, when I had a Wrangler, with it's heavy metal doors, similar thing happened. I was sitting in my car, some lady parks next to me, gets out and slams her door against mine. I'm sitting right there, and look at her, expecting something, a "sorry" or "omg". She didn't say anything and when I asked her if she saw what she did, her response was "deal with it, it happens". Naturally, since I was more immature back then, I opened my door, gave it a good hard kick, and watched it slam into the side of her car. Being 50lb steel doors, I made a dent. Her jaw dropped and all I said was "it happens, deal with it". I was an ass... I don't do that anymore
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:12 PM   #21
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I think anyone would be very happy with doing a pitch stop and tranny mount at any power level. But note however you will have a slight increase in nvh for the first few weeks but mine has gone away entirely
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:23 PM   #22
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It does suck. Funny thing, when I had a Wrangler, with it's heavy metal doors, similar thing happened. I was sitting in my car, some lady parks next to me, gets out and slams her door against mine. I'm sitting right there, and look at her, expecting something, a "sorry" or "omg". She didn't say anything and when I asked her if she saw what she did, her response was "deal with it, it happens". Naturally, since I was more immature back then, I opened my door, gave it a good hard kick, and watched it slam into the side of her car. Being 50lb steel doors, I made a dent. Her jaw dropped and all I said was "it happens, deal with it". I was an ass... I don't do that anymore
Honestly she probably deserved it.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:44 PM   #23
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What part of Maryland are you in? I do paintless dent repair doesn't look to bad from pics is it a crease?
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:38 PM   #24
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Date: 3/1/2014 Mileage: 414 Part Installed: Map, Dome, Cargo, License plate LEDs The OEM internal lights were a little dim for me. I saw a bunch of pictures and decided changing the map, dome, cargo lights to bright white LEDs were a cheap and easy change. License plate lights were changed because it came with the kit... Map lights Stock on left, new LED on right Stock dome LED dome License Plate ... LED on left, stock on right
Nice mods. Loving the paint. Give the windows a little Tint and it will pop the paint.

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Old 04-18-2014, 05:12 PM   #25
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It does suck. Funny thing, when I had a Wrangler, with it's heavy metal doors, similar thing happened. I was sitting in my car, some lady parks next to me, gets out and slams her door against mine. I'm sitting right there, and look at her, expecting something, a "sorry" or "omg". She didn't say anything and when I asked her if she saw what she did, her response was "deal with it, it happens". Naturally, since I was more immature back then, I opened my door, gave it a good hard kick, and watched it slam into the side of her car. Being 50lb steel doors, I made a dent. Her jaw dropped and all I said was "it happens, deal with it". I was an ass... I don't do that anymore
Pretty sure she deserved it. I'm just surprised you had the guts to do that! I would have been thinking it... but wouldn't have actually done anything. Other than yell/scream and get all her information for an insurance claim.
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