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Old 02-23-2017, 12:58 PM   #51
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Sorry I must not have looked at all the pics.

How come the fin isn't wrapped? Personal choice or was it peeling? Personally, I think the hyperblue should have come with a black roof.
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Old 02-24-2017, 12:35 AM   #52
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Perfect. Thanks for the info on the caps. Possibly trading my Hyper Blue and was going to keep my stock BBS's.

I agree, I've counted 24 STi logos on my car, it's kinda excessive. I'd rather have BBS, Sparco, Recaro, etc as brands on those parts.
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Old 02-24-2017, 12:49 AM   #53
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Originally I didn't wrap the fin because I... umm... didn't order enough vinyl to do the roof and the fin. It has grown on me and I think I'll keep it like this. But I agree, the Hyper Blue, with all it's Black accents, should've come from the factory with a black roof. Looks fantastic!

And yeah, I get that it's a WRX STI... so they've gotta put that all over the car, but the wheels and brake calipers go a little too far in my opinion. Plus the fender badge is right next to em still. One on the front grille, the trunk, and the sides is plenty. The interior is slightly overboard with STI logos. The glowing red one on the shifter is a nice touch, though.

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Old 03-07-2017, 12:57 PM   #54
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Sometimes it's the little details that make something special. Got some Hyper Blue Touch-Up paint to fix a nice chip I got, so I decided to try it out a different way. Hyper Blue STI Logo on the steering wheel!



Thought it turned out nice. Gonna do one more coat to get the little edges of pink outta there, but I'm surprised how happy I am with such a small change.

I also got a bit of a surprise from last year. I run a 1999 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Coupe in Prepared AWD class for Rallycross but last year I decided to take the STI out for a spin once. Well, when they made the trophies for the 2016 season, I was surprised to find my Hyper Blue on the award instead of the '99 Impreza! Haha they're still talking about me rallying that car. I'll probably do it again this year at an event since it was such a good time.

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Old 04-26-2017, 11:36 AM   #55
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The next stage for the WRX STI found a bit more power and sound. At first I was waiting until 3 years were up to start making changes under the hood, but after 15,000 memorable miles... there's no way I can consider getting rid of this thing any time soon. Plus, it sounds like if I do ever part ways with it, it would have to go to David Higgins... so there's that.

To turn up the heat, I needed a few parts and a tune. Found a great deal on some lightly used parts that saved me a ton of $$$ versus buying them new. A Grimmspeed Catless Downpipe, Grimmspeed Heat Shield, and a ARK Performance GRiP catback exhaust were sourced and installed along with a new Grimmspeed Electronic Boost Controller and an Innovate Motorsports Wideband Sensor tied into the ECU.



Had some friends over to help install it all and the next day I headed to Des Moines for a tune from Graham Gaylord. This is my second tune from Boosted Performance (first was just a simple "Stage 1") and had a great time with him as usual. We really opened up the top and bottom end of the power band and noticeably reduced Turbo lag. Not only that, but Graham was pleased with the Symphony of Sound the ARK GRiP was creating while still being easy on our ears inside the cabin. The sound is great and there's almost no drone!


I'm really happy with the performance and exhaust note from this setup. There's some adjustment I want to make to the passenger side exhaust hangars (they sit slightly lower than the drivers side) but other than that, I'm really pleased with how everything went. Along with the added power, the stickier Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires I got on my Method wheels earlier this spring are still keeping me glued to the road so this car is more than just fun in a straight line. The car still feels very predictable thanks to that balance between grip and power.

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Old 05-02-2017, 09:53 AM   #56
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So as it turns out, the STI is still a rally car. I was floored at how well this car did in the dirt last weekend... on SUMMER TIRES even. Two Tenths off the fastest time of the day wasn't too shabby, either! I may need to switch gears and make the Impreza RS my daily and start competing with THIS thing!

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Old 08-21-2017, 04:21 PM   #57
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Few more updates for the Higgins Blue STI.

Some better photos of how she sits now. Getting ready to drive up to see the Ojibwe Forests Rally this weekend!







Bet ya can't guess who I'm rooting for at Ojibwe!
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Old 10-27-2017, 03:39 PM   #58
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Got some new wheels and tires for winter. Sticking with Methods but went with a 502 this time.

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Old 10-27-2017, 04:58 PM   #59
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Love those Methods!
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Old 10-27-2017, 07:18 PM   #60
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Welcome back to NASIOC, omahasubaru. Gonna tag along with me on the Forums again?
Social Media is fun, but I miss this format. Whenever I chime in, it's usually crickets, but it's always more fun when there's input and other folks actively following (and to actively follow, too!)

I'm in if you're in!
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Old 01-01-2018, 01:02 PM   #61
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Been on the winters for awhile and they're really great! Went up to visit Colin in Ponca before he moved and we enjoyed the twisty turny roads of Ponca State Park together.



Shortly after I raced my heart out at I-80 Speedway with the STI and had a blast. Managed enough points to win my class again this year.



For 2018 I've got a few ideas for the STI. Mostly want to get this thing running with a Flex Fuel tune so I can A: travel a little easier with this thing and B: make use of some E85. I'm assembling a cast of parts to accompany this change and will hopefully have things together by spring.

I anticipate more racing ahead for the Higgins Blue STI and I'd like to make it out to another Stage Rally event, too. Should be a fun 2018!
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:42 AM   #62
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That VIS hood looks better than I thought it would. I enjoy seeing the car rallycrossed. I've been once in a rally miata and it was a blast
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:30 PM   #63
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Well my "Higgins Blue" STi is about to take the trip of a lifetime. 22 hours of driving are all that stand between me and the mountain roads of New England. I've managed to plan our family vacation (I have family in NH and MA) the week before the New England Forest Rally. I'll drive up to New Hampshire, spend time with them in the mountains, and then stick around to watch rally cars blast through the twisty turny backroads between Maine and New Hampshire.

I've managed to get a few more things done to the STi before the journey. A modification I should've added from Day 1 is this IAG Air Oil Separator. Got that hooked up to keep my oil where it should be! Had a few puffs of blue smoke coming through before that had me worried, but the blow-by has been taken care of and the car is running better than ever. I also made a few interior tweaks with the Hyper Blue added to the Shift Knob, some SRT USA cupholder pads, a coin holder in my fusebox, and some better interior lighting.




I've been driving my '06 Baja Turbo more often but it's mostly to "save" miles on the STI for this massive trip. I don't know what I'm worried about, as I'm gonna buy the thing off lease in October anyways so the miles really won't matter. There's no way I'm giving this thing up to anyone else. Three years has taught me that this car is mine. ... and probably David Higgins, too
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Old 07-29-2022, 08:01 PM   #64
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It's been far too long since an update. So instead of continuing to complain about Facebook and Instagram and how they're "not as good as using forums"... I'm actually gonna use the forum again.

POST IN PROGRESS lol

this is taking me much longer than I thought. Shoot, we missed a lot! Stay tuned!
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Old 08-01-2022, 04:58 PM   #65
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I dig the wing and how clean you keep this car while actually driving it hard
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Old 08-02-2022, 07:02 AM   #66
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Wing looks great so does the VSC mud flaps!
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Old 08-02-2022, 09:09 AM   #67
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First, I love that blue... These lighter solid blues are really nice. Porsche has a somewhat similar shade ("Miami blue") which is one of my favorites. If that blue was in the catalogue when we god

Second, I love your mods and how really clean you have kept the car, especially as you drive it in various conditions...
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Old 08-02-2022, 09:09 AM   #68
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First, I love that blue... These lighter solid blues are really nice. Porsche has a somewhat similar shade ("Miami blue") which is one of my favorites. If that blue was in the catalogue when we god

Second, I love your mods and how really clean you have kept the car, especially as you drive it in various conditions...
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Old 08-03-2022, 05:49 PM   #69
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Double Post? Not sure how that happened.

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Old 08-03-2022, 05:50 PM   #70
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Thanks everyone! Didn't expect feedback since I hadn't finished that post, but I'll just put in a new one here.

August 2022 - The story so far!

My Higgins Blue STI is just about to roll over 60k Miles. It's nearly 7 years old at this point but the goal remains the same: Make a car that celebrates the career of David Higgins and Craig Drew that is also fun to drive and push while also being able to handle daily use. It's easy to find a parts catalogue and start throwing options at a car, but I have found it to be both rewarding and difficult to strike a good balance to continue to make this car a joy to drive and own.

It's now running a COBB FlexFuel setup with ID1050X injectors, DW300 Fuel Pump, GrimmSpeed Stealth Box CAI, GrimmSpeed EBCS, GrimmSpeed Catless Downpipe, ARK Performance GRiP Exhaust, and has the TGVs and EGR deleted. I also performed a coolant mod for proper circulation to cylinder #4 and installed an IAG Competition Series Air-Oil Separator. There is a VSC Performance Transmission Mount and Pitch Stop mount installed along with a South Bend Clutch (Daily Stage 2) on the OEM Flywheel. Suspension is currently the OEM STI Dampers with RaceComp Engineering "Yellow" lowering springs. Brakes are stock Brembos (replaced pads and rotors at 52k miles) and there is a set of APR Carbon Fiber Brake Duct Cooling intakes that run air from the fog light bezels to the front brake rotors.

On the Outside, the ViS Racing Carbon Fiber hood (painted) is still there along with VSC Performance Mud Flaps (replaced my Rally Armors) and the crown jewel: the VSC Performance Motorsports Wing. I'm still running my favorite Method Wheels depending on the season and application. 501s for All-Season, 502s for winter / rallycross, and 503s for summer / autocross.

All-in-all it's still coming together and while I enjoy each new change, they get me thinking about the next thing. As I write this, my local rallycross program is about to change where events are held as the racetrack they've been at for the last 10 years or so is unfortunately closing. The condition of the site there is much smoother than other "lets go in a grass field" sites I've seen and I'm not sure if this car can handle the harsher conditions and steeper approach / departure angles to warrant continuing to rallycross with it. As such, I'm starting to refocus the car to do more Autocross and (eventually) some track days. I know that to make a dedicated track car would mean ditching the idea of this still being a daily dad-mobile, but it would be nice to get the car to at least a few track days without worrying about reliability.

As such, my next set of mods I have my sights set on have cooling in mind. The brakes are fine thanks to the APR kit, but general engine and oil cooling will be my next areas of focus.

I'm still a big rally fan and the main reason for getting that massive carbon fiber rear wing wasn't to be an attention grabber but rather to continue to make this car a celebration of their career. David Higgins and Craig Drew secured 8 National Championships in the US together and many of those wins had this wing strapped to the back of their car. So when the chance came to put one on my car, I had to jump on it. Seth from Vermont SportsCar was there to help install it at the 2022 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood and David Higgins was also there so he could put his seal of approval on the latest addition to "his car". I'm still trying to figure out how to get the "75" back on my car somewhere so that'll come soon when I settle on an idea for it.

In the meantime, here's some photos of my car since my last update. It's been a riot to drive and I like increasing it's performance level to meet my needs as my abilities improve behind the wheel. More Driver Mod leads to more Car Mods and that progression has been so much fun!




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Old 12-05-2022, 03:47 PM   #71
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The 75 STI wasn't quite feeling right missing that number on the wing. So I found the closest vinyl I could find and put it on each end cap of it. It's not an exact match, but in most lights and angles it looks right. The stencil of the 75 reveals the carbon fiber underneath so I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.



I also installed Bilstein B8 Shocks along with RCE Yellow springs and have really been surprised by their improvement over the stock STI suspension. Just enough low to look good but not so much that I can't have fun on dirt and gravel. Really looking forward to pairing this setup with some sticky tires in the springtime but for now I'll just have to wait until winter has passed.

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Great job on this car. It is nice to see them rallying and not just racing down the highway.
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Old 12-05-2022, 04:11 PM   #73
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Great job on this car. It is nice to see them rallying and not just racing down the highway.
Thanks! It's been way more fun slaying it in the dirt anyways! Don't get me wrong it's still fun to punch it on an onramp or zip through some twisty roads, but these cars feel so good on the loose stuff.

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Old 12-08-2022, 12:31 PM   #74
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Thanks! It's been way more fun slaying it in the dirt anyways! Don't get me wrong it's still fun to punch it on an onramp or zip through some twisty roads, but these cars feel so good on the loose stuff.

What a killer photo, love seeing these cars used where they belong. Makes me want to pick up some Sparco Terra's for my winter wheels, ha!
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Old 12-14-2022, 04:59 PM   #75
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Looks like you're living the dream. I only have one thing on my bucket list. Racing on a real track. Any racing will do
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