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Old 01-04-2013, 10:09 PM   #51
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love your car man! i took your advice and bought a set of the rce lowering camber plates. im gonna stick with the yellow springs for now and see how i like them with the plates. camber adjustment will be a nice thing!
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:25 PM   #52
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love your car man! i took your advice and bought a set of the rce lowering camber plates. im gonna stick with the yellow springs for now and see how i like them with the plates. camber adjustment will be a nice thing!
Great to hear! I think you'll be very happy with them. I know I am. Levels out the stance and gives you camber adjustment in the front past what the stock camber bolts give you.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:25 AM   #53
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love the gold rims on white....fav combo
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:47 AM   #54
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Happy New Year for all who are following my build!
I wanted to make this post on Wednesday but I lost internet connection and everything I wrote got erased. Awesome!

My goals for the car for 2013 are as follows (in no particular order):

1. Refinance my car loan at a lower interest rate and payoff my loan one year ahead of schedule - August 2014 (signing the papers on Monday...woot woot!) This is actually going to increase my monthly payment, but I'll save on interest. Mainly, I really just want to pay it off early.

2. COBB Stage III...including: (estimated at $1,800-$2,000)
- Borla or GTSPEC UEL Headers + Uppipe (heat wrapped)
- Injector Dynamics 1000cc Injectors w/ P&P Harness
- DeatschWerks 65c or 300lph Fuel Pump
- Grimmspeed EBCS
- NGK Iridium One Step Colder Spark Plugs
- ProTune @ R/T Tuning
^Goals are 330-360awhp

3. Fender Flares: (~$217 + shipping)
-240z or s13/240sx fender flares

4. Wheels/Tires: (estimated at $2,700)
- WORK Emotion XD9 18x10 +18
- Sumitomo HTR ZIII 275/35/18
Inspired by Wick3dRSTi's 2001 RSTi:


5. Brakes: (estimated at $370 w/o DBA rotors $850 w/ DBA rotors)
- Hawk HPS Pads
- Goodridge SS Braided Brake Lines
- Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace
- DBA Slotted Rotors (if needed)

6. Navigation - take 2: (inspired by Supawrx11 & rsutton1223)
- Pioneer AVIC X940BT
- Infinity Reference Speaker Components 6030cs
- Infinity Reference Speaker 6032si
- Hertz HPD 4 Amp

7. Interior - Door Armrests - JPM Coachworks Style (need to get a quote on this)

^rsutton1223 image & car. I would be doing just Genuine Italian Leather.

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I'm still tinkering with the headlights and fogs, so that's why I haven't posted many pics.

It's a long list and I don't know what I'll be able to afford or end up following through with. But those are the goals. I'm a personal trainer and have to buy two new machines this year (at $2k each), so I'll have to budget like crazy.

I have no plans of going Stage IV until my car is completely paid off, which will now be August 2014. . I just think it would be financially irresponsible to risk the motor while still making payments on it. And like I stated previously, Stage III might just be enough for me. I at least want to enjoy Stage III for a year and then reevaluate.
And once my car is paid off I will likely be trading in my wife's car for a B8 S4 and taking on that car payment. So, time will tell.

Interested in hearing any opinions on the fender flares as no one has done this on the 2008-2010 narrow body yet.
There are a lot of options but I like these two the best:

Option 1: (riveted)


Option 2: (smooth)


Thanks for looking!
. . .
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:59 PM   #55
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you really think 18x10 +18 offfset wheels are gonna fit on your car? id love to see it though. that rsti is one of the nicest ive seen on here.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:38 PM   #56
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you really think 18x10 +18 offfset wheels are gonna fit on your car? id love to see it though. that rsti is one of the nicest ive seen on here.
With the fender flares he's planning on adding they will!
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:58 PM   #57
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you really think 18x10 +18 offfset wheels are gonna fit on your car? id love to see it though. that rsti is one of the nicest ive seen on here.
Hey Griswold, where do you think you're gonna put a tree that big? J/k

I have no idea if they'll fit. Still waiting on a response in "The Need for Pimp GC8 Pics" thread for an actual measurement of what the flares gains you in millimeters. We shall see. The setup I listed that I'm interested in running will poke 32mm further than my current summer setup.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:47 AM   #58
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Looks like some awesome plans man! Love the wheel choice btw. I know it would cost quite a bit but if you could mold the fender flares into the body I think it would look the best-more along the lines of the smooth finish (if that helps. I'm also excited to see your headlights! I'm planning on doing literally everything you have done to your headlights to my own set, hopefully lol.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:14 AM   #59
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I'm running 18x10 +30 offset. And I'm slammed. I'm sure he can pull off 18x10 +18 with some work like how he plans.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:44 AM   #60
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Subscribed for the 240 flares! I've been wanting to see this done... I'm sad our narrow bodies don't take well to wide tires....
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:13 AM   #61
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cool to see a local car on here...nice work so far its lookin good!
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:10 PM   #62
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Hey Qwak if you sell your wheels I call dibs
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:57 AM   #63
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Hey Qwak if you sell your wheels I call dibs
You got it. I'll likely be keeping my winters and selling my summers when it comes time. I'll keep you posted.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:59 AM   #64
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Great journal of mods
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:08 AM   #65
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Great journal of mods
Thanks. I'm no photographer like some of the users on here so my photos don't really do my car any justice. Not that my car could hold a candle to some of the heavy hitters on here anyway.
I'm happy with my progress but wish I could've documented more along the way. Never had plans of taking my car past suspension intake and exhaust. Lol.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:17 PM   #66
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In for the fender flares! I've been thinking of going the same route, 18x10 with the Datson Z flares :-)
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:26 AM   #67
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**** just got real:


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Old 01-15-2013, 10:55 PM   #68
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heres the bit on that air suspension. http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ghlight=airbag
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:47 AM   #69
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Headlights:
So, after a couple weeks of tinkering with my headlights and trying different combinations for foglights, I can finally say I'm satisfied.

Let me first start off by saying I'm overall happy with my experience with LightWerkz. They did a great job of retrofitting my headlights and have incredible customer service. A much better job than I could've done myself. If you're on the fence about using them, I'd say buck up and get off your dollar, because they're worth every penny.

With that being said, not 24hrs went by with my new headlights and my driver's side halo went out.

I contacted LightWerkz and they were quick to respond, diagnose the problem and come up with a solution free of charge. The issue was a bad power inverter for the halo(s). They said they must've gotten a bad batch. They sent me two replacements just in case. The bad news was I had to drop my bumper again and remove the headlight to swap out the power inverter.

Long story short, I swapped it out and viola, all is well.

I've been running them without issue since Saturday and I think I'm in the clear. Hoping the passenger side doesn't have the same issue. But, I am getting really good at taking the bumper off. Lol.



Foglights:
Well, I gotta say I gave an honest effort at every combination I could think of. Obviously the stock fogs produce a whitish light, not ideal for heavy fog.

1. I first tried the yellow LaminX overlays and wasn't 100% satisfied with the amount of yellow. I wanted a little bit more.

2. Next I tried Nokya 2500k Yellow bulbs with the LaminX overlays and was happy with the yellow output. Unfortunately, the additional wattage burnt the overlays within a few months. (I think it actually burnt the adhesive on the overlays.) So I ended up removing the overlays.

3. The Nokya 2500k Yellow bulbs were nice on their own, but I really wanted yellow covers on all the time. (I just like the look.)

4. So I picked up a pair of OEM foglight covers and sprayed them with Krylon Yellow Stained Glass Spray Paint. I think they came out great. Not perfect, but I'm happy with them.

5. I decided while my bumper was off during my headlight install I'd try an HID kit on my foglights and see how much better the light output was. The result was a chartreuse hue someone warned me about. This was with 3000k HID bulbs and the OEM yellow foglight covers that I sprayed.

6. I then tried a 5000k white HID bulb behind the Krylon sprayed OEM foglight covers. Aaaand, still chartreuse. :/ (I'm guessing I would need at least a 2500k HID bulb for the ideal result.)

7. Next I tried comparing the 3000k HID bulb (in the driver's side) next to the 5000k HID bulb (in the passenger side) without the Kylon sprayed OEM foglight covers. I wasn't happy with either of them. They looked blinding and not yellow at all. I felt like I was getting further away from my goal.

8. The winning combination: I put an OEM bulb back in the driver's side and compared it to the Nokya 2500k Yellow bulb on the passenger side, both behind the Yellow Krylon sprayed OEM foglight covers. Both looked yellow but the Nokya 2500k Yellow bulbs looked juuuust a little bit better and brighter. So, after all that, I decided not to run HIDs in my fogs and I ended up going back to the Nokya 2500k Yellow bulbs.

The main change I'm moving forward with is the Yellow Krylon painted OEM foglight covers. I don't think I'll run into the same issue with any burning since these don't have adhesive on them. They also have a little space between the covers and the actual foglights which might help dissipate heat.

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I still need to adjust the height of the headlights ever so slightly and grab some cutoff pics for you guys. Now that everything is up and running how I want them, I'll try and get everything adjusted and snap some pics this weekend.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:04 AM   #70
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Finally got my JPM Coachworks Leather Arm Rest Cover installed a couple weeks ago:

Very pleased with the quality of this piece. Their products and customer service are so great. And the added padding makes for a lot more comfortable resting position when not shifting.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:31 AM   #71
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Finally got my JPM Coachworks Leather Arm Rest Cover installed a couple weeks ago:

Very pleased with the quality of this piece. Their products and customer service are so great. And the added padding makes for a lot more comfortable resting position when not shifting.
Looks sick.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:36 PM   #72
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Nice write up about the fogs. I have been debating going 3000k HID in them as well, and I think you sealed the deal for me. Nokya's for me!
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:37 PM   #73
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Finally got my JPM Coachworks Leather Arm Rest Cover installed a couple weeks ago:

Very pleased with the quality of this piece. Their products and customer service are so great. And the added padding makes for a lot more comfortable resting position when not shifting.
I do the same thing with the pack of gum. It's like it was meant to fit in that little holder! haha.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:23 PM   #74
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I do the same thing with the pack of gum. It's like it was meant to fit in that little holder! haha.
Yeah man. Subaru must've teamed up with Trident on that one.

When I first got the car I tried loose change there. Yeah, that lasted less than a mile. Lol. Cornering and loose change don't go hand in hand. The pack of gum is perfect. And my passengers usually appreciate it too.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:15 PM   #75
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Wow I like what you've done, car looks great and I love those floor mats!
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