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Old 06-04-2012, 04:11 PM   #1
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--------------- ApexHero's 08 DGM STI ------------------

Current Picture of Car



Current Modifications from stock:

Exterior
-Window Tint 35% front, 20% rear
-Rear tail lights and reflectors painted red/black
-Yellow Fog Light overlays by Headlight Armor
-Red Pinstripe Lower part of grill

Interior
-Cobb Accessport
-Escort 9500 Hardwired into Home-link Mirror
-Carbon Fiber Vinyl over the Silver Interior Dash and Center Console Trim

Under the Hood
-TMIC STI Red Painted Graphic
-Intake silencer Delete
-Cobb SF intake (blue)
-Invidia Catless Divorced DP
-Invidia N1 Race Catback
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:11 PM   #2
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:20 PM   #3
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Default Installed Yellow Fog Overlays

Popped out the plastic covers that surround the fogs. Very easy, just pull straight forward. Apply yellow film, clip plastic fog surrounds back in place. Took maybe 15 min total, going slow.

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Old 06-04-2012, 04:23 PM   #4
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Default Tinted Rear Lights and Reflectors

Installed Rear tail light, top light bar, and lower reflector Dark Smoke film tint pre-cut from Rvinyl. I did use a heat gun for this and I wouldn't attempt it without one. I would also advise removing the two outer rear lights for film application. They are only held in by 2 screws, and this allows you to apply the tint better to the outer edges. I left the inner lights mounted on the car, its not very difficult to apply the tint to these because they are flat.

Also, de-badged at the same time. Left on the STI.

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Old 06-04-2012, 04:32 PM   #5
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Default STI Logo on TMIC

Stencil applied to TMIC




Used DupliColor Red caliper paint




Taped off engine bay. (Don't be afraid to over do it. Overspray sucks)




Apply even passes across stencil a few inches away from surface.




I let the paint dry for a few hours before removing stencil.




The 08 TMIC didn't come standard with the graphic, but I wanted the look of the previous years.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:45 PM   #6
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Disassembly is a B**ch but not anything that a shade tree mechanic couldn't accomplish. SHORT phillips head screwdriver, and lots of patience. Remove all plastic pop up clips on top first, then comes the fun part. There are 4 very small screws that run along the bottom inside of the grill that hold it on. Best bet is to reach from top down. Bottom up will cut your forearms all up. Have fun... You can't see them, so you have to go by feel. All in all, its not so bad. Maybe 20 min disassembly and another 20 to put back to together.


Kept Subaru center star logo as is, although I painted over the chrome. Taped off STI grill logo so it wouldn't get painted either. Silver Trim piece that runs along the top center is now flat black as well.




Finished Product.
Put about 5 very light coats of flat black on, let dry for a few hours. Applied red pinstripe to lower grill and fog housing pieces.




Ready to be re-installed. Car looks angry!




Final assembly.


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Old 06-06-2012, 08:20 PM   #7
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Change up the look of your rims for about $30.00 or less.

Getting new rims soon, decided to paint the stockies. Needed a project to hold me over.

1 can plasti-dip as a primer
1 can low gloss black paint
1 can of clear coat to seal it up

Layed down about 2 coats of each at 20 min intervals to allow proper dry time.



Did two wheels at a time, because I only had 2 jack stands.



Nothing crazy as far as prep work, just wiped them down really well and removed the center caps. Taped over the valve stems too.



Index card pack cost $.89 at Walmart. Highly recommend them, worked very well to protect the tire from overspray.



Layed down 1/8" pinstripe. Purchased 40ft for $5 at auto parts store. (side note--Don't recommend adding this. I thought it would be ok, but even after layers of clear coat it very easily peeled away )



Finished product


************Removed the red striping around the edge of the wheels, couldn't get it stay laid down flat*****************

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Old 06-06-2012, 08:30 PM   #8
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Subscribed to your thread, just put a deposit on an 08 STi so looking forward to doing some of these mods.

I wish you better luck with the spray painted wheels then I have had... Seems no matter how much prep work I do (sanding, primer, spray, clear) or don't do they always end up chipping really easily.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:37 PM   #9
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Looks clean. Just not a fan of the pin stripes above the fogs.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:03 PM   #10
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Looks clean. Just not a fan of the pin stripes above the fogs.
Yeah, Easily removable if I decide to do away with them. Wanted to do something a bit unique just to try it out.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:09 PM   #11
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Subscribed to your thread, just put a deposit on an 08 STi so looking forward to doing some of these mods.

I wish you better luck with the spray painted wheels then I have had... Seems no matter how much prep work I do (sanding, primer, spray, clear) or don't do they always end up chipping really easily.
Thank you for the subscribe This is my first go around with wheel painting, so we'll see. If you do attempt any of my projects I posted up here and have questions, just ask. They all had small hiccups along the way and were learning experiences. Also, there is a guy on another subie forum that sells the pre-cut TMIC logo for only $20 shipped, let me know if you want his info. Message me when you start your journal, I'll check it out.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:21 PM   #12
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Updated pic without the red wheel pinstriping.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:32 AM   #13
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You did a really good job
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:39 AM   #14
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Thanks! Most challenging part was dealing with sweltering south florida heat/humidity this time of year.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:35 AM   #15
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Very nice! Love the card in tyres trick!
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:42 AM   #16
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Very nice! Love the card in tyres trick!
Wish I could take credit for it but, many hours of forum hunting and YouTube instructional vids helped me learn a few tricks! Would reccomend it over taping any day.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:44 AM   #17
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Looks pretty good. With just minor modifications and money you made it look better.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:24 AM   #18
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Looks pretty good. With just minor modifications and money you made it look better.
Thanks! I enjoy customizing it, but I sometimes have to reign in my ideas. Don't want her to end up like the 'Dragon Vette'
http://m.jalopnik.com/5504752/the-wo...ustom-corvette
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:01 AM   #19
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BLACKED OUT REAR TALLIGHTS

Ripped off the vinyl taillight covers, decided to go with painting them instead.

Remove the lights from the car

1 can of VHT NiteShades (3 coats)
1 can of Clear Coat (3 coats)
3M 2000 Grit Sandpaper
1 bottle of Meguiars Ultimate Compound
Microfiber Towels

Total Cost: $35-40

Prep by sanding them over with 3m 2000 grit wet/dry sand paper so they look fogged over. Do this while the sandpaper and taillights are wet, apply a small amount of dish soap on the sandpaper as well. Rub til lights appear hazed over looking when dry. Always rub the sandpaper in the same direction, not circles.

Apply no more than 3 coats of NiteShade (otherwise it will be to dark)

Allow 10 min of dry time in between coats.

Apply 3 coats of clear coat (allow 10 min of dry time as well, between coats)

After this has been done, and dry. Repeat the wet sand process over them again. Although this time, VERY LIGHTLY rub the sandpaper accross them to smooth them out and remove any runs, bubbles, or lint that may have appeared during the paint process. Again, rub in same direction, not circular. Then dry them off.

Apply a generous amount of meguiars ultimate compound with a microfiber cloth or wax applicator sponge. Rub compound in VERY HARD for 30 seconds to 1 min. Then, buff with a dry microfiber towel.

Not required, but I added a coat of wax on top of it when I was done. It made it appear shinier.

They did end up a bit more matte finish than I had expected. Most likely due to the second wet sand session after painting them. You can skip it if you want to, but that's what smoothes out any blemishes.

Here are the materials I used:







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Old 06-25-2012, 06:53 PM   #20
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Tail light came out good, I did something similar to my old cobra.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:05 PM   #21
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Decided to cover up the silver bits that were all scratched up. Went with 3D Carbon Fiber Vinyl. I know this sorta thing can get mixed review, but I will say it came out looking excellent. Definitely better than the stock silver bits. I ordered the roll on amazon for around $20, and it took about an hour to apply with the help of a friend (to hold the pieces, stretch the vinyl, and apply heat in necessary areas).

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1 roll of material, the one I used was around 12" by 50"

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Here is how it turned out:

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Old 06-27-2012, 01:39 PM   #22
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The interior looks great!
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:49 PM   #23
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The interior looks great!
Thanks!
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:00 PM   #24
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i like everything minus the tail-lights.
i think red overlay with a tinted center would look great on your sti.
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:39 PM   #25
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i like everything minus the tail-lights.
i think red overlay with a tinted center would look great on your sti.
Yea, that'd be my second choice. Would def look good. I can switch it up if I decide to down the road.
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