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Old 08-17-2003, 01:50 AM   #1
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Default Questions about tires, wheels, exhaust, and break-in.

Well, my dad and I went to Atlanta today and bought my lil brother's new STi(Blue w/Gold). We're gonna pick it up Monday and hopefully they will have the fog lights installed. Anyway, on to his questions. He was discussing tire life with the dealer and the dealer told him that the tires will last about 6000, well thats just not good enough for my dad. He wants to know if you guys can recommend any higher mileage tires. He also wants to know what aftermarket wheels are available at this time for the STi in case my lil brother doesn't like the gold, in which case we would get new wheels and sell the gold ones. Exhaust. The dealer said he install the Turbo XS Turbo-Back Exhaust and highly recommends it, as I've seen many on here have as well. My question is should he do it now(car has 6 miles on it) or later(after break-in) and is it truly worth it? Lastly break-in. The dealer races Pro-bikes and he broke-in his STi in the following way: 1-1000mi @ 1/2 throttle, 1001-1400 @ 3/4 varying-throttle, 1401-1800 @ full out, 1801-2000 @ 3/4 varying-throttle. Also change the oil every 500mi during break-in. He recommended that we do this and I just wanted to get everyone's take on this method.
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Old 08-17-2003, 01:26 PM   #2
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He was discussing tire life with the dealer and the dealer told him that the tires will last about 6000, well thats just not good enough for my dad.
Well, tell yer dad the tires are necessary for the best handling.
Keep everything stock for now. When you pick-up the car drive it tenderly home then read the manual for proper break-in instructions. Afterwards log back on to this forum and check-out the other threads about the exhaust, tires, wheels, etc. Don't jump into a cement pond without first looking into it to see if there is water in it.
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Old 08-17-2003, 03:34 PM   #3
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The tires will last much longer than 6,000 miles with "normal" driving and proper rotation.

If someone is complaining about having to replace tires, pads and clutches you've pruchased the wrong car.
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Old 08-17-2003, 05:52 PM   #4
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If someone is complaining about having to replace tires, pads and clutches you've pruchased the wrong car.
That may be so but that still doesn't negate the fact that he averages 40K miles per year on his cars. 4+/- sets of tires in a years just isn't fun or cost effective, he'd rather lose some preformance than buy all those tires. I know you guys are all about Subaru power but this is his first and he isn't going to drive it like most of you do. As for reading the manual for the break-in info, I already know what it says based on post here and at i-club. I just want to know what you guys think about the dealer's recommendation.
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Old 08-17-2003, 07:34 PM   #5
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IMHO:

I think you should follow the manual and ignore the dealership's advice. 1000 miles, then do the first oil change. But DO check the oil level and tire pressures before you leave the dealership with the car (if you have not already picked it up; I thought you said monday, right?). Also, check under the front fenders on both sides and remove the plastic bags and rubber bands, if the dealership failed to properly conduct its PDI on the car. I have been hearing about a lot of dealerships failing to do the full PDI. If you want to stick it to them, open up the manual and look for the PDI checklist, and ask that they do it and fill it out if they have not done so already. My PDI was not fully completed as I found plastic bags under my wheel wells after driving my car 800 miles across two states to get it home. Also, my tires were WAY overinflated, but the oil level was correct.

Keep the car below 4000 rpm for the first 800 miles if you really want to cheat a little. Otherwise, wait for 1000 miles to first experience the burst that occurs at 4000 rpm as the turbo really spools all the way up.

Before doing the exhaust, consider power, noise, etc. I would wait. THe car has adequate power. If you will be changing the tires to lower performance tires, then why add additional power by way of an exhaust?

As for wheels, leave them unless you need a better looking wheel. They are light weight and designed for the car. If you want a different wheel, first consider a lighter tire than than those 29 pounders that Subaru puts on them.

Which fogs are you getting? How much did they want to rape, I mean charge you?

Enjoy the new car, future congrats!
My two cents.
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Old 08-17-2003, 08:05 PM   #6
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We were getting the optional STi fog lights put in by the dealership. They didn't have any in stock and they have yet to give us a price. We're picking it up tomorrow whether the fog lights are installed or not so if you have a set we should look into please let me know.
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Old 08-17-2003, 09:15 PM   #7
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Which do you like?

1) US VERSION

or

2) JDM (click here) Realize that these take some additional work as evidenced by the post AND you lose the 5 mph impact protection of the US version, but the JDM results in a weight reduction because you change the bumper beam. Something to be seriously considered before you do this.

I admit the JDM looks good, but dealers will only install the US version.

Let me know what you do and post some pics.
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Old 08-17-2003, 09:26 PM   #8
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Please note that the fog lamps are for appearence only. They will do exactly JACK for the lighting performance of the car.
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Old 08-17-2003, 10:24 PM   #9
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Please note that the fog lamps are for appearence only. They will do exactly JACK for the lighting performance of the car.
Then why even have them as an option?
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Old 08-17-2003, 11:58 PM   #10
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Because in places like california you haven't "arrived" as they used to say unless your car has foglamps. I mean if you drive with them off at night people will ignore you.... but turn them on and the "fancy" crowd atleast start to react to you.
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