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Old 10-26-2019, 08:10 PM   #1
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Hi All, I'm continuing my members journal from Subaruforester.org!

You can see the start of it here!
https://www.subaruforester.org/threa...-subie.805689/

Today I installed a 02-03 JDM v7 STi hood scoop in PSM onto my car. I took some photos to share!

You can see a few starting photos:
https://i.imgur.com/qlaQVVK.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/G5cs0TY.jpg

And a comparison of how different they are in size:
https://i.imgur.com/ytNqjWo.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/Jp7HzDd.jpg

So jumping ahead a bit, this is after I removed the old hood scoop as well as the hood duct. The new hood scoop is resting on a large plastic bag I placed in the engine bay to catch any falling screws or bolts as I did this! Total time saver to prevent you from digging in the engine bay!
https://i.imgur.com/2LVgjiY.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/UqEl2L2.jpg

As well as a photo of the hood:
https://i.imgur.com/yh22sLa.jpg

And checking fitment:
https://i.imgur.com/gXKdEwB.jpg

Got the hood all lined up:
https://i.imgur.com/V6HYCf9.jpg

And screws on:
https://i.imgur.com/X0MdPb3.jpg
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Old 10-26-2019, 08:11 PM   #2
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Old 10-26-2019, 08:36 PM   #3
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I also sold a 08-14 brembo today, pic of it here:
https://i.imgur.com/cgFOwWR.jpg

Turns out those suckers are big! I got a mismatched set for free, the 08-14 was in good condition and the 04-07 needs additional parts. The 04-07 will be a project for a later day, but for now I wanted some cash and don't plan on putting Brembos on my car right away so I sold the good one for $250! Pretty cheap, maybe, but it's also only the drivers side Brembo and you need to pair it with a passengers side, plus you need to rebuild it for good measure, aaaaaand it needs a hardware kit. The buyer knows how to rebuild Brembos and has an 08-14 passengers side laying around. It was a good fit and opportunity for both of us. Plus that $250 will help me buy a JDM SG5 front lip!

I also have some new parts that have arrived... more to come...
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Old 10-28-2019, 08:29 PM   #4
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Love a good fozzy build, keep it going!
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Old 10-29-2019, 01:28 AM   #5
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Letís see some profile pictures, the jdm hood scoop looks great.
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Old 11-01-2019, 04:32 PM   #6
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Nice! I've always wanted an FXT. It's really hard to find in manual round here though. Keep it up!
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Old 11-02-2019, 07:46 PM   #7
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Old 11-05-2019, 12:29 AM   #8
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Got an 05 Baja TCU and Sport Shifter in the mail the other day. Whiteline end links too.

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Old 11-05-2019, 12:35 AM   #9
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Nice! I've always wanted an FXT. It's really hard to find in manual round here though. Keep it up!
Thank you!
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Old 11-05-2019, 12:35 AM   #10
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Love a good fozzy build, keep it going!
Thanks! Will do!
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Old 11-05-2019, 12:36 AM   #11
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Letís see some profile pictures, the jdm hood scoop looks great.
What kind do you want? Like from the side of the car?
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Old 11-11-2019, 09:58 PM   #12
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Could you enlighten me on the TCU+shifter upgrade? I also have a 4eat XT that Ive started modifying im curious about transmission upgrades.
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:16 PM   #13
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Could you enlighten me on the TCU+shifter upgrade? I also have a 4eat XT that Ive started modifying im curious about transmission upgrades.
Hi Moose,

Yeah absolutely. If you snag a 05 Baja Turbo TCU (Transmission Control Unit) and Floor Shifter (go to car-part.com and search for Floor Shifter Assembly and Computer, non engine, Transmission you'll find them). They bolt up directly into your car, though you need to get some additional TCU pins from iWire (https://www.iwireservices.com/produc...-ecu-terminals).

Have yet to do it myself, TCU pins are on the way. Refer to these threads (https://www.subaruforester.org/threa....663994/page-7, https://www.subaruforester.org/vbull...05/index4.html)

Will pm you this info as well just in case

Cheers
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:45 PM   #14
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Hi All, following up!

The STI TMIC, Grimmspeed IC shroud and Grimmspeed 3 port ebcs arrived. Also bought some 3/8" saggy butt spacers. Installed WRX wagon suspension last weekend!

but first, hit 100k the day after I installed the WRX suspension!
https://i.imgur.com/cAnCdHq.jpg

Anyway,
after you remove the wheel, take out the two bolts holding the strut to the wheel assembly (this is a rear left strut)
https://i.imgur.com/eXJZeHp.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/zAvFSI9.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/S7CoAd0.jpg

Then remove the plastic cover on your rear strut inside your car:
https://i.imgur.com/bO4dLgV.jpg

And pull the foam liner out of the way:
https://i.imgur.com/VOW9CAd.jpg

And remove the bolts holding the cap on:
https://i.imgur.com/NuN7Kkg.jpg

And honestly it's pretty easy to wiggle the strut out of the wheel well after that. This is what the empty top strut mount looks from the inside:
https://i.imgur.com/CywmADW.jpg

And the wheel well:
https://i.imgur.com/ZD0Lcse.jpg

Me after removing the rear strut:
https://i.imgur.com/GuZfrGW.jpg
Goddamn good photo of me
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:45 PM   #15
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Rear strut comparison, you can see about an inch difference, but whoo boy does the car ride lower! And stiffer too! It handles great!
https://i.imgur.com/9G55ho0.jpg

The WRX struts are on the left
https://i.imgur.com/pgFK1yp.jpg

So this is me feeding the WRX strut into the wheel well, to be bolted up:
https://i.imgur.com/ohxAxCb.jpg

Using a jack to support the strut and compress it a bit, so we could bolt everything up. Those suckers are heavy and holding them up/getting them slightly compressed is a lot of work. Remember you have 4 of these to do!
https://i.imgur.com/HX681Rt.jpg

Putting the cap back on, before placing the nuts on. Remember to place the cap on!
https://i.imgur.com/eLBsRYu.jpg

Cover back on:
https://i.imgur.com/MAjcVGH.jpg

And viola! You have one done!
Some more photos of the front, the front left turned out to be a bear.
https://i.imgur.com/czF9RwH.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/O3ZmeO2.jpg

So guess what happens when you buy struts and springs and one of the top hats is off for some reason? You have to go rent a coil over spring compressor and compress that ****er to get it on the strut:
https://i.imgur.com/x62BzsC.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/rJUmMep.jpg

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Old 11-22-2019, 10:52 PM   #16
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Uh yeah this was a ****fest. Whatever, all done!
https://i.imgur.com/mo00dy0.jpg

You gotta hold the strut in place and keep it from spinning when you are screwing on the nut the holds the top hat. Keeping the rod in place protects the strut internals from damage, hence the vice grips:
https://i.imgur.com/V8NfKZG.jpg

Okay so I **** you not the struts I put in are blown, or at least the top hats are bad so I'm ordering some new KYB's from amazon here in a week or so and will do it all over again LOL. Whatever.

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Old 11-22-2019, 10:55 PM   #17
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Anyone know why the images above aren't showing?

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Old 11-23-2019, 01:42 AM   #18
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Are you going to swap in a VTD center diff too, since you'll already have the Baja TCU? I'm collecting parts for my own trans upgrades at the moment, figure sportshift ought to tide me over until I can afford an STI swap.

Looks good, that's one clean looking foz!
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Old 11-23-2019, 02:50 PM   #19
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Are you going to swap in a VTD center diff too, since you'll already have the Baja TCU? I'm collecting parts for my own trans upgrades at the moment, figure sportshift ought to tide me over until I can afford an STI swap.

Looks good, that's one clean looking foz!
Thanks m8!

Thinking about doing the VTD center diff, however people have said that it really comes into play at 350+ hp, and the goal is right around 260 for longevity of the block.

Think it's part of the plan though. What's the benefit of the VTD diff? I heard it helps with the torque steer and of course changes the power split to 45/55 front/rear...

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Old 11-26-2019, 11:58 AM   #20
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From what I've heard, it makes the car significantly more tail-happy and reduces the FWD-esque understeer in corners. It also should help a lot with traction in situations where the MPT clutch isn't already locked and has to wait for wheelspin, which is any time the shifter isn't in 1 or 2. Also I'm not anywhere near 350whp (more like 250!), and I got brief front wheelspin from a roll in 2nd gear. I will say that I was on damp pavement with snow tires, but I still did not expect to have the front wheels break loose!

So overall I think it's definitely a worthwhile upgrade regardless of power level, and if you already have the Baja TCU you almost don't have an excuse not to do it!
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