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Old 07-28-2013, 10:56 PM   #1
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A while back, I was searching for a WRX in the area to trade my 2.5i in for as a birthday gift. It just so happens I found one in Sioux Falls, about an hour from where I live. I called them about it, they said they were having a sale, so I went down the day after my birthday, test drove it, got the financing worked out and drove home with a new car.

It is a 2007 WRX limited, has 76,000 miles, all of the limited options, an SPT intake, and an STi axleback. Other than that the car appears to be stock. It has been well taken care of and recently had the head gasket and timing belt replaced, which I needed to do on my car anyways. Needless to say I am glad to be in a turbo and am loving every minute of it.

When I first got it:






GrimmSpeeded some things


Moroso AOS:


Current wheel setup:


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Engine
Rotella T6
eBay cat-back exhaust
Invidia V3 catless downpipe (DEI wrapped)
GrimmSpeed MBC
GrimmSpeed heat shield
GrimmSpeed 3-port EBCS
GrimmSpeed downpipe gasket
GrimmSpeed cat-back gaskets
Moroso Air/Oil separator
PTP turbo blanket
Kartboy exhaust hangers
E-tuned by Steve at Pullz-On Tuning

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H&R Coilovers
SPT ladder brace
TiC fender cowl braces
eBay front/rear strut tower bar

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LED map and reading lights
AEM Wideband
Prosport mechanical boost gauge
Dual A-pillar gauge pod
Prosport dead pedal

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17x7 OEM WRX wheels (Nexxen N5000 tires 215/45)
17x8 2006 OEM STi BBS (Yokohama S Drive 235/40)
5x100 to 5x114.3 25mm adapters
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:37 PM   #2
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You do realize that a 2007 WRX has a 5x100 lug pattern and 2006 STi wheels have a 5x114.3 lug pattern, right?
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:57 AM   #3
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He might be bummed to find that out.
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:42 AM   #4
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Oh man, this poor guy.....
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:33 AM   #5
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That's why I bought adapters when I bought the wheels, I had them on my 2.5i too. Thanks for the sympathy though guys.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:04 AM   #6
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already needed a head gasket at 76k?
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:07 AM   #7
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Looks good, nice clean starting point.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:45 AM   #8
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already needed a head gasket at 76k?
Yeah they said head gasket issues, I haven't gotten the paper work on it yet, they're supposed to get that to me today so I'll know more then.

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Old 07-29-2013, 08:46 AM   #9
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Looks good, nice clean starting point.
Thanks man, I can't believe how nice the paint is compared to my old car, a lot fewer dents and scratches and it's only a year newer.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:45 AM   #10
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Super clean!
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:42 PM   #11
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Super clean!
Thanks man, hopefully I can keep it that way.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:50 PM   #12
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I put Seafoam through my gas tank, oil, and vacuum tube today. Quite a bit of white/blue smoke came out the back during the vacuum portion, which from what I read is a good thing. I'll have to change the oil in less than 250 miles, I decided to go with Rotella T6, I've heard nothing but good things about it.

I am still waiting to hear from a guy I got a hold of on here about a Tactrix cable so I can pull the map and find out if this thing has been tuned for the intake and exhaust. Until then, I'll be taking it easy on the boost.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:12 PM   #13
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very nice
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:02 PM   #14
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I just installed the TiC fender braces, had these on my 2.5i and I loved them, they tighten up the front of the car so much. I also installed the SPT ladder brace, never got this installed on my 2.5i because of the exhaust but it fit easily on this. Overall the front feels a lot more together and stays flat through the corners.

I also changed the oil since I just Seafoamed the engine, it wasn't too dark since I only ran it for 100 miles but it was noticeably darker for basically fresh oil. It'll be interesting to see how well the Rotella T6 does. I've already noticed an increase in MPG from the Seafoam, hopefully that stays the same throughout the whole tank.

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Old 08-06-2013, 11:05 PM   #15
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has that front bumper been repainted? looks way off.

nice start, post up progress pics when you get to them
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:22 PM   #16
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It may have been but I am not sure, I am still waiting on the full service records from the Subaru dealer in Sioux Falls. It might just be the lighting in the photo too.

I am currently working on replacing the downpipe and catback exhaust with a stock set up, I posted in a couple of part-out threads so I am waiting to hear back from them.

As soon as my Gorilla open ended lug nuts get here I am going to put on my BBS wheels and see how they fit, should look pretty good with the coilovers on. I'll post a picture when I get them put on.

I am really close to working out a trade with a guy on RS25.com for some KYB GR-2s and Tanabe GF210s. A little less harsh than the H&R coilovers and more tolerable for daily driving.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:37 AM   #17
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Looks good
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:20 PM   #18
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Just got done washing the car for the first time. It didn't need it too bad but I didn't have much else to do today and it's done raining for the week (knock on wood).

Tools used:


End result:






My helper:


He works so hard.


After washing it, I'm pretty sure the front bumper cover was either repainted with badly matched paint or replaced with a CGM front bumper cover. The fog light covers and toe hook hole cover don't match the rest of the bumper.

At first I just thought it was the lighting but the bumper is definitely a little off from the rest of the car, doesn't bother me too much.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:26 PM   #19
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I just got done installing a Grimmspeed heat shield and a Grimmspeed manual boost controller. After installing the manual boost controller, I found out about the hybrid boost control setup and ordered Grimmspeed's electronic 3-port boost controller. Once that arrives I will install that as well.

Once the electronic boost controller arrives I'm going to try and get rid of the bracket that mounts on the strut tower to give that side a cleaner look.

Pic:

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Old 08-13-2013, 04:16 PM   #20
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Just put on my summer wheels so I can sell the Nexen's on the OEM wheels and get winter tires.

Driveway shot:




Rubbing in the rear, need to raise it up a little. I would prefer a slight rake anyways.
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:33 PM   #21
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Grimmspeed 3-port electronic boost controller installed with the manual boost controller to complete the hybrid setup. Boost kicks in right around 3,000 RPM, sometimes a little sooner, so the 3-port is definitely doing its job and I can feel the manual boost controller keeping the boost down to where I have it dialed in, which is right around 11-12 psi. Now I just need to get it properly tuned for everything, should be a long process but well worth it in the end.

I'm somewhat obsessed with this picture I took with my phone yesterday, don't know why but I like it.
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:58 PM   #22
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Looks great!
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:11 AM   #23
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Looks great man
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:47 AM   #24
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Looks great man
Thanks guys, spanner wrench for the coilovers should be here tomorrow from Amazon. I'm going to raise the rear up a little so I'm not rubbing anymore. I've thought about camber bolts and camber plates but I might just wait until next summer for that.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:45 PM   #25
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Careful with boost since your running no em
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