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Old 03-18-2013, 10:15 AM   #1
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After having my 1st subaru for about a year and 30,000 miles, I decided that the subarus were a great daily driver and nice complement to my 2003 BMW M3.
Before this 2013, I had a 2002 WRX Wagon in Silver

My favorite stage of the car:


I just did simple things to it, stage 2 cobb OTS tune, konis with sti pink springs, and jdm V7 Rays RS-ZERO Wheels.

I wanted something newer, more comfortable, so I decided to look for a 2011 WRX hatch as I loved the way they looked, and I knew the platform was very capable after driving my buddy's 2009 wrx sedan. In my search, I found out that all 2011/2012's were at least 24k with normal mileage on them.

For the heck of it, I got a price on a new one. MSRP for all instock wrx (if they had any at all). Another option I was offered was the painful factory order. It would take 4-6 weeks according to the dealer (those of you that have ordered know it takes longer, especially for a not as popular color).
Base was 24700, premium was 27300, limited was 28XXX if I did a factory order. I decided on the premium model because I really wanted the heated windshield wiper area, heated mirrors, and heated seats. Sunroof + Fogs were a nice bonus as well.

So I placed an order for a 2013 Plasma Blue WRX Premium Hatch. After the 6th week, I was already getting antsy with no ETA on when the car was coming yet. During week 6, While checking the dealers website, like I did everyday for the past two weeks, I saw that a Satin White Pearl PREMIUM model was coming in soon, so I asked my salesperson If I could take that one instead if it wasn't allocated to anyone. As luck would have it, They were able to make the same deal for me. FYI...my car came 2 weeks later... lol.
I don't regret getting SWP as it's a beautiful color. Kinda glad it turned out this way.

Factory Options:
Auto Dimming rear view Mirror
STI Short Shifter with bushings
Rear Bumper Protector
Subaru Rubber Trunk Tray

Current Mods:
Performance
Maddad Whisper V2 TURBOBACK (downpipe installed)
Corsa Catback with Maddad Downpipe
Cobb AP with Torqued Performance Stage I & Stage II map
Now running stage 2

Exterior
Wincos 30% window tint all around
Xpel Ultimate Clear Bra
Lamin-X Red Tailight Overlay
Thule Roof rack with Fairing for snowboarding/biking
Xenesis Yellow Fog light Bulbs purchased from Bimmian.com (same ones I have on my M3)
PIAA Sport Horns 400/500hz
Replica CS front lip
Lightwerkz retrofitted headlights with STI OEM projectors with Clear lens mod. New Philips HID Bulbs and OEM Ballasts thread here
OEM side Door Mouldings
LED turnsignals with the FastWRX module

Braking
Subaru 4-pot calipers with Hawk HPS pads up front. Sourced from an 06-07 WRX

Handling
Eibach Sway bar Kit F+R
Cusco Front Strut Tower Bar

Wheels/Tires
225/45/17 Dunlop Wintersport 3D transferred from the Old WRX mounted on OEM wheels
Forgestar F14 18x9.5 custom powdercoated Bonded Black Chrome
245/40/18 Dunlop SP600 (oem sti take offs) mounted on Rota Grids 18x8.5+44 in Gold SOLD!
STI BBS in Gold with ISC spacer/adapters SOLD!
STI BBS in Gunmetal redrilled for 5x100 SOLD
Enkei RPF1 18x8 +35 in silver SOLD

Interior/Stereo
Weathertech Floor Liners for the Front/Rear Seat area
Invisicord for my Valentine 1 Radar detector transferred from the Old WRX
OEM XM radio module
Forester Premium Headunit with 4.3" LCD SOLD!
Kenwood Excelon DNX-690HD Navigation Headunit
Sti 5speed Shift knob
SMY Gauge Cluster
Defi Red Racer Boost/Oil Temp Gauges
Anarchy Motive Shift knob custom powdercoated Bonded Black Chrome

Planned Mods:
Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace
Audio Integrations Perfect Fit Subwoofer enclosure (purchased)
Helix Amps/Speakers (purchased)

Anyways Here's my Journal, starting from 5 miles

Waiting for me at the dealer:




Home safely parked next to my bugeye (soon to be sold)


I arranged for the Clear bra and tint be done the same day I picked up the car. I didn't want to take any chances as this was my 1st new car (I've always purchased used). Thanks to Lee Berbs for the excellent work as always!

Xpel Ultimate Clear bra, Lamin-X Red Tailight tint & Wincos 30 window tint done!
I got the bikini cut front hood/fenders, Full bumper, A pillar, partial roof, and Headlights/Foglights wrapped.




1st night out with the car. check out that pearl paint!
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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The second mod done after the Clear bra/tint were putting on my snow tires/rims from my old subaru.

I loved the rims, but the fitment just wasn't suited for the new chasis.
Eventually I swapped the tires over to my OEM rims and sold my OEM tires as I had plans of running 18's in the spring.
Next, I installed the Thule Roof rack, prepping to go Skiing at JayPeak, VT.

I also installed Xenesis Yellow Fog Light bulbs purchased from Bimmian.com. I was very happy with them on my M3, so I decided to get a set for the Suby as well.
Rolling shot my friend took that shows all the mods up to this point.


Before I purchased my car, I scored a Maddad Whisper V2 Turboback from my friend for a great deal.
Pics of them cleaned up (it was gross!!)



I only installed the catback because I didn't have an Cobb AP yet. Will install the DP later.

Next, I purchased a Cobb AP from a buddy and loaded up the Stage 1 Cobb OTS maps. Huge improvement in drive-ability and lots more power. Unforunately... Curiosity got the best of me and I bought Torqued Performance Stage I & II maps. Even better performance I highly recommend spending the extra $$ to get these maps. They are well worth it. I need to do some datalogs to send back to Eric for him to adjust the tune. This is included in his service. Visit him at www.torquedperformance.com

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Old 03-18-2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:32 AM   #4
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prepping the car, getting it ready for Eye Surgery by Lightwerkz.

Thread HERE
Caesar at Lightwerkz Did a Black Chrome painting of the housing and installed OEM Sti Projectors with Clear lens mod with New Philips OEM HID Bulbs/OEM Ballasts. He also painted over the side reflector as they are an eyesore. They came out great!



All done


Using the new Lights in the storm



Hanging out with the other vehicle


As you can see, I did a couple other things while the bumper was off. I installed a Replica CS Front lip, and also upgraded the dinky OEM horns with PIAA Slim Sport Horns 400/500hz tone. I'm not a fan of the Hella horns that everyone does, and have always been happy with PIAA horns.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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The next mod was installing the OEM Forester Premium Headunit with the 4.3" LCD Screen. It was a LARGE improvement over the stock radio in terms of updating the looks and also usability. Everything was Plug and Play.

I also installed a new shift knob. Sti 5speed knob


When I went to VT to go skiing, I brought back some Suby Parts with me. I met up with a forum member and brought back a set of Rota Grids in Gold.
Specs are 18x8.5 +44 offset
This is the picture that sold me...
ocdpvw's car with these exact rims (previous guy bought them from him)


Before I mounted them up, I found a set of OEM take off STI dunlop summer tires and got them mounted up
And here it is on my car with stock suspension lol




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Old 03-18-2013, 11:50 AM   #6
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Great build. Keep the pics and updates coming.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:33 PM   #7
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Great build. Keep the pics and updates coming.
Thanks, hoping to do sways soon.
We'll see how bad it is at the auto-x at the end of the Month.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:35 PM   #8
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Thanks, hoping to do sways soon.
We'll see how bad it is at the auto-x at the end of the Month.
I'm going with Whiteline adjustable sways. Good luck with auto-x!
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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I'm going with Whiteline adjustable sways. Good luck with auto-x!
let me know how it goes.
People want too much money for their stock sti sways...might as well go aftermarket.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:23 PM   #10
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I've always wanted to black out my headlights, too bad I am too scared to open them up :P.
Awesome build, more!
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:49 PM   #11
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correct me if i'm wrong, but aren't brighter/superwhite hid- like headlights worse in precipitation, especially snow?
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:26 AM   #12
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Update:

Rota Grids are sold. New setup coming soon
These need to be used though...


Also sold the Forester Headunit to get a Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD


I also Auto-x'd the wrx...the Rota Grids sold so fast that I had to auto-x on my winter tires.
They screamed and complained the whole way around ... lol.

Got wheel gap?





Next update will be The new Rims mounted up.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:32 AM   #13
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Look at that body roll
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:33 AM   #14
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Look at that body roll
It's terrible. :P
Eibach sway time?
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:20 AM   #15
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loving the car and cannot wait to see what wheels you'll have next.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:34 AM   #16
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Curious, whats up with the tape over the WRX badge in the first autocross picture? Lol.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:41 AM   #17
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Curious, whats up with the tape over the WRX badge in the first autocross picture? Lol.
Dumbass friends messing with car.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:55 PM   #18
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Dumbass friends messing with car.
I loled. Love the pictures of autocrossing, I cant wait to autocross my WRX.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:57 PM   #19
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I loled. Love the pictures of autocrossing, I cant wait to autocross my WRX.
It's actually pretty capable if I had the proper tires...

In the slaloms it the rear end would get loose, the car actually rotates pretty well if driven a certain way.
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It's actually pretty capable if I had the proper tires...

In the slaloms it the rear end would get loose, the car actually rotates pretty well if driven a certain way.
Nice! Any plans lowering the car yet? I haven't really got a chance to actually PUSH the wrx yet, I had snow tires on and they got 60 sidewall ratio and acts like jello lol and now on my summers, its still in the 40s, not so ready to actually freaking push it on curves lol.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:25 PM   #21
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Nice! Any plans lowering the car yet? I haven't really got a chance to actually PUSH the wrx yet, I had snow tires on and they got 60 sidewall ratio and acts like jello lol and now on my summers, its still in the 40s, not so ready to actually freaking push it on curves lol.
Maybe.....

I'd prefer to do sways first. Drove my buddy's car with the sways installed and it completely transformed the car.

This is why I don't want to really lower the car as it's my daily driver.
My weekend/track car:
It's low enough

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Mad low Looks good tho. I've been looking at the Gtworx strut and RCE springs combo. Maybe this summer or next summer.
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Mad low Looks good tho. I've been looking at the Gtworx strut and RCE springs combo. Maybe this summer or next summer.
If you don't mind the stock gap (it's really not too bad), try the sways 1st. Eibach sways are under $300 F+R on tirerack....worth it
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If you don't mind the stock gap (it's really not too bad), try the sways 1st. Eibach sways are under $300 F+R on tirerack....worth it
Will consider it, thanks!
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:10 PM   #25
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Did a mod that most people don't like. :P
As this was my 1st new car, I feel really paranoid about door dings. These things look decent and are very thick/functional.

Oem subaru door mouldings



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