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Old 09-22-2012, 08:39 AM   #26
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Such a slick car. One day I may have a turbocharged Subaru wagon, and if I do, I want it to be a Saab.

Then you can say "I don't always drive a Subaru wagon, but when I do, it's a Saab".
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:30 AM   #27
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I like this. Always thought about one of these for my DD
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:16 AM   #28
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Still going through cosmetics, got stuck on a couple of major PITA projects.

Easy project: put on a fairly stock looking offset plate. 4 huge positives here:
1. The 9-2X bumper is thick enough there's zero light or body-line occlusion.
2. Obviously all set for the Gimmick FMIC upgrade.
3. This is the first front plate the car ever had, so the front bumper is perfect with no plate-delete badging.
4. I registered first for a truck plate, then went back a week later for personalized, so when the 'SABEERU' plate arrives, I can still get commercial tags


PITA project number 1: Prodrive Mudflap wagon install is done. I'll post a How-To on these as well, I seriously want to save anyone the headaches I had. So sick on a black wagon:


PITA project number 2: Turn signal rear-view mirrors. I was stoked to see these were a $40 mod, but what a cheap frustrating piece of s**t. I've got 5 hours in the mod so far and it will be finished, but it took me 3 hours of convincing myself I was an electrical retard before I realized some idiot at the factory had miswired the driver's side mirror so it would never work right. Tore the mofo down, and despite being a soldering moron, I changed the polarity on the motor. I seriously did a happy dance in my garage after this one:
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:36 AM   #29
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40,000 miles a year?? Thats like 833 miles a week. Thats like a full tank every business day.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:36 PM   #30
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I get around enough (obviously) that I can mix in my personal errands and hardly add anything to the business mileage. I'm filling up 3 times a week like clockwork on the work Scion right now.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:28 PM   #31
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Sorted through all the notes, so here are the instructions on mounting set of Prodrive flaps on a wagon if anyone wants them:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...2#post38166102
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:47 PM   #32
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:15 AM   #33
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Finally finished the turn signal rear view mirrors:


I've got to say, while I'm definitely happy with the final product, I can't recommend this mod for anyone. While it's cheap ($40), the labor to install is ridiculous. True, I know someone with better familiarity with running door wiring will be much faster, I wound up having to tear down both mirrors and rewire their motors to work properly with our controls. On top of that, the mirrors are quite small, but worst of all, the passenger side mirror is slightly concave an produces a 'zoom' effect. This makes the field of view too small, amplifies vibration and makes lights behind you brighter at night. Very cheap despite the improved overall appearance of the car with these.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:23 PM   #34
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And here's where the flaming begins...



On a side note, if you don't think your shifter is thick enough, try baseball grip
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:48 AM   #35
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Got the thumbs up from my shop to go ahead and throw on an intake. Still no Stage 2 power until maybe January but at least I can hear my turbo, and throttle response when not in boost is much better. Took a mix of a TurboXS intake, new AEM filter and SPT heat shield also used it as an excuse to get a lot more white under the hood and the Sabeeru plate makes it far more official.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:15 AM   #36
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You've really ruined a nice car, everything is just so poor taste. I realize is your car but there aren't many 92x out there, I hate to see what you are doing so I won't look any more. Terrible!
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:36 PM   #37
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SS stripe, mirrors......
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:38 PM   #38
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Aside from the stripe, good looking car and mods
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:14 PM   #39
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And here's where the flaming begins...
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You've really ruined a nice car, everything is just so poor taste. I realize is your car but there aren't many 92x out there, I hate to see what you are doing so I won't look any more. Terrible!
Oh well, guess I called that one... had the stripes for a couple weeks now and still getting good responses, so looks like I'm leaving them on. I'm still kind of meh on the rear view mirrors, but that's entirely based off the passenger zoom effect. The appearance is still fine to me, albeit not as stock as I'd like; I may look into STI mirrors as an alternative at some point. I think I just need to get the wife's Canon once the brakes and coilovers are done and try to get some shots that don't look like it's wrapped in reflective tape... I'm also trying to get a balance for when graphics like this go on the side:

Did say screw it though- I'm putting on the Cobb Downpipe next weekend and when we're ready to set up the Prototype exhaust I'll switch back to the stock DP for the baseline dyno test. Would do it this weekend, but we're putting the divorced Nameless DP on the WRX
Most annoying thing is there will be 4 DP installs on the SaaBeeru: Cobb, Stock, Prototype, and then Prototype again when I do the uppipe.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:09 PM   #40
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I wouldn't put the stripes on my car, but I don't think it looks terrible. Cool car man!
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:54 AM   #41
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Took the car to Stage 2 over the weekend with the Cobb catted DP and the Cobb Ots tune. Unfortunately, my Wilwoods are stuck in Brooklyn but at least my front DBA rotors made it out of Virginia today. Brakes will probably be going on with coilovers at the end of November at this pace...
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:15 AM   #42
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Here's the DP with the cut stock shield in place, nothing special, but I figure it will stop accusations of only gaining HP via stickers


Figured out a fix for the 'zoom' passenger blinker mirror- I have a ton of rubber caps around, so I pulled the mirror and mounted one to the middle. The four mounting points on the mirror flexed it just right to match the zoom of the other 2 mirrors; no more parallel parking heart attacks now:

Did some more white paintwork on the caps under the hood:


But best of all found a sweet DIY bumper guard solution at home depot. Only $6.50, you've got to get the cuts just right, but this has better grip than the factory one on our WRX and if it goes to crap, who cares at that price. Perfect on an Outback:

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Old 11-03-2012, 12:51 PM   #43
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Why god, why?
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:10 PM   #44
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White keeps the pressure on me to keep it clean, if nothing else. Overall, the car will have more function over form, just got tired of waiting on some items to come through.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:17 PM   #45
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You put the racing stripe on the wrong side!

The purpose of a racing stripe is to identify a driver in a wreck, it's always on the driver's side. Talk about embarrassing.

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Old 11-03-2012, 07:42 PM   #46
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Thread went south with the stripes.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:33 PM   #47
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You put the racing stripe on the wrong side!

The purpose of a racing stripe is to identify a driver in a wreck, it's always on the driver's side. Talk about embarrassing.

Thanks, but this was obviously form over function, so it's on the passenger side to offset the rear badging and plate and be less distracting from the driver's side. This pattern is probably on the passenger side of almost every car that has it as a factory option for a fairly common aesthetic opinion, even if most aren't that 'sporty' in any sense. If I ever change styles, I'll probably do front fender striping and that would definitely be drivers side only. Thanks for feeling embarrassed for me, that's very reassuring.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:43 PM   #48
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You put the racing stripe on the wrong side!

The purpose of a racing stripe is to identify a driver in a wreck, it's always on the driver's side. Talk about embarrassing.


Well maybe a RHD conversion is is next mod. He's just thinking ahead.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:55 PM   #49
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poor sabaru ...this almost makes me to depressed to own one...no stripe take off the "awd sticker" wtfs with the mirrios stick to functional mods not ones that make it look like a riced out wagon...you claim you may take clients around in that :S
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:18 AM   #50
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poor sabaru ...this almost makes me to depressed to own one...no stripe take off the "awd sticker" wtfs with the mirrios stick to functional mods not ones that make it look like a riced out wagon...you claim you may take clients around in that :S
Sorry, I'm not dictating mods by Nasioc feedback. The stripe is fine to me, I've had plenty of compliments on it, so maybe not the best mod for Internet pics but looks solid and is staying. AWD sticker/badging is a must have. I park 20 times a day and have had BS tows before. If you get a front wheel tow with one on you can hold the tow Co. liable for damages if it jacks your differential. Besides, it's black on black, anal much? You hardly notice it unless you a driver doing CYA checks. The mirrors maybe stay, maybe go, however. The look is better than stock in person but they're way smaller than stock. Need to drive with them more to decide if they pass muster.
Seriously wouldn't even reply to s**t talking but hey, it is my build thread. It's here because the 9-2Xs are underrepresented, I like to document what I do and I like the DIY and how-to info for those that run into the same problems I do.
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