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Old 05-09-2017, 03:43 PM   #126
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Shipman killed it with these shots!!
I know, right?! Thanks dude. These shots make me never want to snap another iPhone pic again.
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Old 05-09-2017, 04:08 PM   #127
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so good, how I would've done my hatch if i still had it
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:01 PM   #128
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Photo by shipman

This is my favorite. Well done to both of you!
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Old 05-11-2017, 10:11 AM   #129
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Looking good Matt and nice pics Mike. We need to hang soon fellas. Maybe a cruise somewhere.
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Old 05-12-2017, 09:48 AM   #130
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so good, how I would've done my hatch if i still had it
Appreciatchya. I was fortunate to be able to observe the 2008-2014 STI / 2011-2014 WRX threads over the years of owning my narrowbody.
So I knew the mods I would do if I was ever able to acquire one of those model years.

And the added bonus of being able to reuse quite a bit of stuff from my narrowbody (intake, downpipe, headers, uppipe, steering wheel, roof rack, navigation...etc.)

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This is my favorite. Well done to both of you!
That's a good one

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Looking good Matt and nice pics Mike. We need to hang soon fellas. Maybe a cruise somewhere.
Thanks Greg. We definitely do. Sunday's are my only weekend days I'm available, but let's figure something out and get it scheduled.
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Old 05-12-2017, 09:52 AM   #131
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Photo by: shipman


Photo by: shipman
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:41 PM   #132
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damn dude don't get me started with the mod bug again.. I have a house to renovate!
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Old 05-16-2017, 11:28 AM   #133
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damn dude don't get me started with the mod bug again.. I have a house to renovate!
The struggle
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:39 AM   #134
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The struggle
it's best to just stay off nasioc.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:53 AM   #135
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it's best to just stay off nasioc.
That's quitter talk
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Old 05-17-2017, 01:22 PM   #136
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With your headlights, did you upgrade the projectors or just the clear lenses? Was it equip with HIDs to begin with and you just upgraded them even more?
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Old 05-17-2017, 04:56 PM   #137
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With your headlights, did you upgrade the projectors or just the clear lenses? Was it equip with HIDs to begin with and you just upgraded them even more?
The lenses were swapped for clear lenses, bulbs were upgraded, the rest is cosmetic. My car was already equipped with HIDs from the factory. I was getting the headlights painted so I figured why not upgrade what I can while they were open. The leveling motors and switch are all still fully functioning.
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Old 06-04-2017, 02:50 PM   #138
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Tmnc09, Here's a follow up to your question about my headlights and the reason for the lense swap...

reide181 has a 2011 WRX Limited which comes with OEM HID's from the factory. He recently upgraded his lenses.
Here's his comparison of the OEM lense vs. clear lense:
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Mod: Headlight Black Out... V2.0
Product: Morimoto/TRS TSX-R Clear Projector Lenses and 5500K HIDs

Clear Lens Link: https://www.theretrofitsource.com/co...ses/tsx-r.html
HID Link: https://www.theretrofitsource.com/bu...to-xb-hid.html
Paint Link: http://www.rustoleum.com/product-cat...e-enamel-spray
Glue Link: https://www.theretrofitsource.com/ac...utyl-glue.html

I'm back for round 2 of the headlight modding. When I got the car a few years ago, the first thing I did was take the headlights out and paint the orange reflector gloss black. I liked the OEM chrome inside the headlight. I'll link the original post (https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2514614)

This time around I wanted to try a more aggressive look (and maybe I was just bored and itching to work on the car since I haven't in a while lol). I figured a little less chrome might help. Just like last time, I'm not going to make another post about how to get the headlights open and apart... That has been done many times, and my favorite his here (Overland: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2514614).

I'm just here to share a few pics and experiences. I was kicking myself for a while that I rushed into the mods when I got the car and forgot to change to clear projector lenses. This time around, I wasn't missing that. This is the part I'm talking about:




For those that don't know, US spec projector lenses have a bit of haze to them. I'm not sure the exact reason they have this haze, but I know it limits output and takes away that beautiful cutoff. After, the lights will have a very sharp cutoff with no light bleed above the cutoff.

OEM left, The Retro Fit Source Lens on the right:


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Old 06-07-2017, 10:46 AM   #139
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I've been playing around with the dampening adjustments on my FEAL 441 Coilovers.
I finally found the dampening setting I'm most happy with: 23 clicks front / 23 clicks rear.
I ran softer dampening setting on my narrowbody WRX with seemingly similar results. Not sure if the sway bars played a factor in that or not.
The ride is super flat and recovers from bumps without any annoying bouncing afterwords.
I do feel the cracks in the road a bit more, but not enough to affect overall ride comfort since the overall handing is so much less flatter and less floaty feeling.

I'd like to upgrade my sway bars and endlinks next and maybe a front splitter. We'll see what the next few months bring in terms of finances.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:38 PM   #140
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I've been playing around with the dampening adjustments on my FEAL 441 Coilovers.
I finally found the dampening setting I'm most happy with: 23 clicks front / 23 clicks rear.
I ran softer dampening setting on my narrowbody WRX with seemingly similar results. Not sure if the sway bars played a factor in that or not.
The ride is super flat and recovers from bumps without any annoying bouncing afterwords.
I do feel the cracks in the road a bit more, but not enough to affect overall ride comfort since the overall handing is so much less flatter and less floaty feeling.

I'd like to upgrade my sway bars and endlinks next and maybe a front splitter. We'll see what the next few months bring in terms of finances.
I might try to take these settings into my coils and see what happens haha A little bit different but we'll see
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:51 PM   #141
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This is my favorite. Well done to both of you!
pretty nice pic
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Old 06-10-2017, 02:25 AM   #142
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Where did you get the black trim on top of your hatch spoiler? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:54 PM   #143
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Maan this is a tasty looking hatch. I am getting an '11 SWP next week if all goes well. keep up the good work here!
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:57 AM   #144
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I might try to take these settings into my coils and see what happens haha A little bit different but we'll see
Let me know what you think. I'm still very happy with the ride quality and stiffness. Are you on FEAL 441 Coilovers as well?
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pretty nice pic
Thanks man. Shipman is a beast ***128247;
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Where did you get the black trim on top of your hatch spoiler? Thanks in advance.
Sorry for the delay. It's an M3 style add on spoiler in polyeurathane from eBay. You'll need one greater than of equal to 38". Cut to fit.
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Maan this is a tasty looking hatch. I am getting an '11 SWP next week if all goes well. keep up the good work here!
Nice! The 2011 comes with the blacked out headlight housings stock. I was hoping to find an '11, but my searches were coming up short
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:46 PM   #145
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Little update...

I recently added Turn in Concepts Super Shifter Set:

1 x Kartboy 6MT Front Shifter Stay Bushing
1 x Kartboy Rear Shifter Stay Bushing
1 x Kartboy STi Lever
1 x TiC 6MT Pivot Bushings
1 x TiC 06+ Subaru Shift Linkage Bushings

I loved this kit on my 2009 WRX, so I didn't hesitate to purchase it for my STI.
The feeling of the gears almost clicking into gear, not to mention the shorter shifts and lack of slop when shifting make it a no brainer. Every shift feels as though it clicks into place.
However, after install I was kinda blown away by how much gear whine I could hear in mostly 1st and 2nd gear, or decelerating.
I don't remember this side effect on my WRX. With the windows down, you almost can't hear the gear whine. Which is completely tolerable.
But with the windows up, I'm having to increase my radio volume by at least 2 levels. Accepting or making a phone call (hands free), I can barely hear the person I'm talking to.

It's also hitting a resonance level that is just about the level that can give ya a headache.
My approach to modding has always been to make the most improvement with modifications without sacrificing daily driverability.
Unfortunately this is one mod I'm finding myself regretting. I've done some research and believe the Rear Shifter Stay Bushing is the one transmitting most of the transmission noise.
I'm going to swap that bushing back to stock and see if it fixes the majority of the whine.

If I lived in an area where it's windows down weather all year round, I probably would keep it, since it feels so good to shift through the gears. But I'm hoping to find a happy medium.
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Old 09-26-2017, 09:35 AM   #146
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Update…
Took my car back to R/T Tuning to troubleshoot this transmission whine. Everything I read indicated the major culprit of the transmission whine was the rear shifter stay bushing:


So we swapped out for the Kartboy Rear Shifter Stay Bushing for the OEM Rear Shifter Stay Bushing and viola, no more transmission whine. And the best part is, there was no change to the feel of the shifter. Win win! I couldn’t be happier. Those looking to do this mod, I’d recommend all of the other bushings included in this kit and the Kartboy Shift Lever for sure.

Some interior bits are on order from Overland Designs and should be here in a few weeks
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Old 09-26-2017, 02:08 PM   #147
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Good to know, I'm being tempted by the Tallboy lever, and was going to replace the bushings while I was in there
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:48 AM   #148
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Finally washed this thing:








Performed some maintenance and swapped out the intake filter for a new one with a fresh coat of oil:


Cleaned the engine bay a bit:
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Old 09-29-2017, 09:18 AM   #149
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Looks great dude. Makes me miss my hatch.
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Old 09-29-2017, 09:36 AM   #150
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Looks great dude. Makes me miss my hatch.
Thanks brother! Definitely enjoyed your build. I just subscribed to your new build thread (sorry to be so behind).
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