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Old 09-16-2019, 01:25 PM   #1
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I traded my '16 WRX in for a '19 STI back in March and have been slacking on making a build thread. I got a great deal and Subaru 1.9% financing so I couldn't pass it up.

Even though the STI is slower than my flex fuel WRX was, it's better in almost every other aspect. The raw, mechanical, old school driving feel is what ultimately drew me to the STI. The Recaro seats were certainly welcome. The STI just suits me better minus the terrible fuel economy, but it's certainly better than my '95 RX-7 was



2019 Subaru WRX STI CWP
MSRP: $41,622
Invoice: $38,802
Paid: $37,522

Factory Options:
  • Recaro Package (Recaro seats & keyless access/push-button start)
  • Popular Package #1 (Center armrest extension, wheel locks, auto dimming compass mirror w/ homelink, rear cargo tray, and rear bumper applique)
  • Shifter Package (STI shift knob & short throw shifter)
  • Rear splash guards

Some of my more notable previous cars:
  • '16 WRX - 330whp (E50 flex fuel tune, GS TMIC, GS EBCS, TGV/EGR delete, AOS, stock intake & exhaust). Plenty fast, but felt "numb" to me. Not the driving experience that I was looking for. I do miss getting 30+ mpg.
  • '11 Civic Si - slow, but I do miss the sound of vtec and revving to 9k rpm
  • '95 RX-7 - 330whp (intake, turboback exhaust, upgraded intercooler, etc.)
  • '05 AP2 S2000 - also slow, but handled amazingly, sounded great, and revved to 8.5k rpm
  • '01 Cobra - tried the American muscle thing for a while.. loved the torque & sound, but the handling & weight wasn't for me
  • '95 Civic w/ tuned K20 swap - stolen - light, fast, 220whp, 2300 lbs, 12 sec 1/4 mile, redline at 8.6k rpm
  • '93 Civic w/ LS/VTEC turbo swap - light, tons of power (~400whp), and no traction thanks to FWD.. even with the ITR trans w/ LSD
  • '93 RX-7 - 360whp ("FBO" with the stock turbos, street ported engine w/ ceramic apex seals)

The only cars that I really crossed shopped before the STI were the '19 ND2 Miata (the whole driving a slow car fast thing) and the '19 Mustang GT (gobs of power, fast, great exhaust sound, carb legal supercharger, etc.). But nothing beat the practicality of the 4 door, AWD STI (wife approved - especially with a baby on the way). I think that it's a good balance of power, handling, driving feel, and practicality. Despite being a Honda guy at heart, I didn't really consider the CTR due to the looks and the dealer markups. I feel like Honda has really lost their way since the 90s & early 2000s. I'd rather Honda have made a lighter car w/ a high revving NA engine. But then people would complain that minivans are faster like with the BRZ
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Old 09-16-2019, 01:25 PM   #2
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Mod list:

Exterior
  • STEK Dynoshield PPF done by Detail Maniac ("Premium Full Frontal" - bumper, hood, fenders, headlights, a-pillars, front portion of roof, door mirrors, lower door/rocker panels). I learned from my WRX that Subaru's paint is way too thin. Rock chips make the front bumper look like swiss cheese.
  • CQuartz UK 3.0 ceramic coating
  • OEM JDM rear fog/brake light kit w/ pnp harness from SubieBros
  • OEM JDM LED DRL bezels w/ SMYPerformance "pnp" harness (H4517VA417)
  • OEM JDM STI anti-glare sequential turn signal mirrors (ST91039ST050)
  • OEM STI front lip under spoiler (E2410VA030)
  • OEM Type RA black/cherry blossom fender emblem garnish (91123VA300 & 91123VA310)
  • OEM STI license plate frame (SOA342L126)
  • OEM JDM STI fuel cap
  • Diode Dynamics LED reverse & license plate lights
Interior
  • OEM JDM STI S207 shift knob (ST35022ST170)
  • OEM STI short throw shifter (C1010FG600)
  • OEM JDM coin holder/fuse box cover (66170VA010VH)
  • OEM JDM push button start - older, discontinued model w/ light-up STI logo (ST83031ST012)
  • OEM Kicker tweeters (H631SFJ101)
  • OEM windshield sunshade (SOA3991320)
  • OEM rear cargo tray (J501SFJ400)
  • Alcantara wrapped OEM extended armrest
  • Diode Dynamics LED interior lighting
Not yet installed
  • Cobb AP - take off from WRX
  • ES transmission crossmember bushing set - take off from WRX





Spotted a Type RA:

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Old 09-16-2019, 01:26 PM   #3
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Some minor OEM interior mods..

S207 shift knob w/ cherry blossom STI logo (same as S209):


JDM STI push-button start w/ light-up logo (discontinued):




JDM coin holder/fuse box cover:


OEM Kicker tweeters - huge improvement for the base STI sound system for ~$90:

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Old 09-16-2019, 01:26 PM   #4
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Some OEM exterior mods...

STI lip (sorry for the dirty car):


JDM LED bezels:


Wiring the LED to always come on with the DRL C lights was "fun"... They're far from plug-and-play with SMYPerformance's "pnp" harness. Comes with quick splice connectors & 0 instructions..


JDM rear brake/fog light (again, sorry for the dirty car):



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Old 09-16-2019, 01:27 PM   #5
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OEM STI Type RA (black & cherry blossom) side emblems/garnish:




JDM STI anti-glare sequential turn signal mirrors:


Comparison of the mirrors - say good bye to blind spots & glare. The wider/zoomed out perspective does have a little adjustment period. This has been one of my favorite mods.




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Old 09-16-2019, 01:29 PM   #6
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Here's a quick write-up on the wiring that I did for the JDM LED bezels in case it's helpful for anyone else.. I know I was certainly lost when I received the kit.

I purchased the "plug and play" harness from SMY and was disappointed to find out that it's not truly pnp and requires splicing additional wires via quick taps. Their kit doesn't include any instructions :tdown:

I saw a lot of debate on tapping the side marker or the 3 wire plug directly below the headlight adjuster (which is essentially accessory power). But I wanted the LEDs to sync with the C-lights (both when the headlights are on & off). I read over the wiring diagrams in the FSM and thought I had it figured out, but I was missing one wire. I found that I needed to tap both wires 6 & 7 on the headlight harness connectors. I then ran the grounds to the existing grounding points on the frame.

Passenger headlight:
  • Tap wires 6 (black/blue) & 7 (red/green) and Y the connection to the red power wire on the harness. It's recommended to use diodes on each pin.
  • Run the black ground wire on the harness to the existing ground point on the frame.
Driver side headlight:
  • Tap wires 6 (black/green) & 7 (red/green) and Y the connection to the red power wire on the harness. It's recommend to use diodes on each pin.
  • Run the black ground wire on the harness to the existing ground point on the frame.
These are the diodes that I used:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071YWNBVM

The only downside is that the LEDs don't dim with the C lights, but that's not a big deal to me.

Ryanericw made a super helpful video and wiring schematic that I can't take credit for. Just passing along the information.

https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...7&postcount=44


Wiring schematic:

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Old 09-16-2019, 03:19 PM   #7
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How bad was it to install the tweeters, I also heard they were not compatible with the 19 sti due to the apple carplay or something like that. Run into any issues with them?
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Old 09-16-2019, 03:27 PM   #8
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How bad was it to install the tweeters, I also heard they were not compatible with the 19 sti due to the apple carplay or something like that. Run into any issues with them?
Super easy. It's just a bit annoying getting the screws out with the windshield in the way. You only need a plastic trim removal tool and a short screw driver (or ratchet adapter). It took maybe 10-20 minutes since I was being careful not to scratch anything.

The tweeters made a very noticeable improvement in sound quality. I'm not an audiophile, but it definitely added some much needed clarity to the sound system. It was the best mod for the money that I've done so far. Definitely worth $90.
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Old 09-16-2019, 03:39 PM   #9
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Awesome I will definitely put these on the list. When I originally looked at them on subispeed it said it was not compatible with models that have navigation? But looks like I was mistaken thinking the 19ís had navigation. Nice clean set up you have btw lookin to do the same with mine.
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Old 09-16-2019, 04:16 PM   #10
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Thanks! I have a lot more planned.. just have to keep saving with a newborn on the way

Not really sure what I'll invest in next. I really like upgraded OEM parts for some reason.. so I'm waiting to see if any of the S209 parts are sold in the US (suspension, chassis bracing, mufflers, intake, etc.). Some of this is already available in Japan, but with quite a markup thanks to shipping prices.

The only power mods that I have planned are the Killer B ELH, Cobb downpipe and maybe a flex fuel kit. I'd really like to find a JDM twin scroll setup, but haven't had any luck. It would also be a much more involved and expensive process.
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Old 09-16-2019, 09:02 PM   #11
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Wow you're build is everything I want to do to mine. Wish I got the Recaro package too. Great job!
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Old 09-16-2019, 10:36 PM   #12
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Wow you're build is everything I want to do to mine. Wish I got the Recaro package too. Great job!
Thanks man, I appreciate it. I knew that I wanted the Recaros after having the WRX without them. I wanted to swap Recaros, Brembos, and STI drivetrain into my WRX and quickly found out it would be close to $10k. I contacted my local Subaru parts department about the Recaros and I think they were going to be ~$2500 per seat since they come in pieces.

You could always buy the upper Recaro portion down the road. I think the bottom cushion is the same as the base seats. Good luck with your build!
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Old 09-16-2019, 11:25 PM   #13
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Car looks SHARP man!

Everything is awesome but those mirrors and the red push button take the cake.

That push button is mighty expensive LOL.
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Old 09-16-2019, 11:37 PM   #14
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Car looks SHARP man!

Everything is awesome but those mirrors and the red push button take the cake.

That push button is mighty expensive LOL.
Thanks man! I actually looked for the push button for several months since it's been discontinued. I finally found one used and got a decent deal for $120. The mirrors were well worth the investment.
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Old 09-17-2019, 09:31 AM   #15
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Thanks man! I actually looked for the push button for several months since it's been discontinued. I finally found one used and got a decent deal for $120. The mirrors were well worth the investment.

Yessir!

How was the install? Plug and play?
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Old 09-17-2019, 11:51 AM   #16
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How was the install? Plug and play?
Yep, the install for both the push button and mirrors was plug and play. The push button was super easy and took maybe 10 minutes. The mirrors took probably 30-45 minutes because I was being overly cautious not to break anything. You really have to tug on the end caps and mirrors to get them off.

I'm debating on if I want to get the ultra-suede Type RA steering wheel or not.. I'm worried that it might be too much of a pain to keep clean for a daily driver. The install looks relatively easy.
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Old 09-17-2019, 06:32 PM   #17
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Clean build, we need more of this around here.
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Old 09-17-2019, 07:59 PM   #18
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Clean build, we need more of this around here.
Thanks, I appreciate it!

I'm looking forward to see which direction you go with the Type RA or if you upgrade to a S209
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Old 09-18-2019, 02:44 AM   #19
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Congrats again on the purchase Nick, curious where did you buy most of your JDM Sti goodies from?
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:21 PM   #20
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Congrats again on the purchase Nick, curious where did you buy most of your JDM Sti goodies from?
Thanks Alex.

I purchased as much as possible from JapanParts as they have the best prices that I've found even after factoring in shipping costs from Japan. Their shipments have always been surprisingly quick considering.
https://www.japanparts.com/

I do recommend purchasing the rear fog/brake light from SubieBros though. They include all of the other OEM hardware required for the install and a truly "plug and play" harness with no splicing required.
https://subiebros.com/jdm-rear-fog-l...d-brake-light/

For the OEM parts available in the US, Chris in the parts department at Maita Subaru has always worked out a good deal for me (below the listed 'online special' price).
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Old 09-18-2019, 07:11 PM   #21
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Thanks man, I appreciate it. I knew that I wanted the Recaros after having the WRX without them. I wanted to swap Recaros, Brembos, and STI drivetrain into my WRX and quickly found out it would be close to $10k. I contacted my local Subaru parts department about the Recaros and I think they were going to be ~$2500 per seat since they come in pieces.

You could always buy the upper Recaro portion down the road. I think the bottom cushion is the same as the base seats. Good luck with your build!
I've been on the lookout for a used Recaro. No luck yet
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:10 PM   #22
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I've been on the lookout for a used Recaro. No luck yet
I've seen them popup on ebay from time to time. You just have to look closely at the condition in the pictures and if they're lhd or rhd.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:15 PM   #23
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Went to the dealership today for my 1st free oil change (5,300 miles). I had changed the oil on my own at around 1,200 miles with Pennzoil Platinum 5W-30 (got it for $10 with rebate).

Unfortunately, after driving home the car smells like burnt oil. I don't see any leaks, but it just leads me to believe they were probably a bit careless. I plan on checking the oil level in the morning, but this just reminds me why I do all of my own maintenance.

Not sure if I'll take it back for the 2nd free oil change.

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Old 09-18-2019, 09:42 PM   #24
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A couple photos at dusk of the LED C lights and JDM DRLs..




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Old 09-19-2019, 01:08 PM   #25
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Nice car, I have nearly the exact same car, 2019 STI CWP limited. I love what you've done with your car, tastefully done, will follow your path! How do you like the rear splash guards? I had my entire front and rocker panels done, but I want to cover the rear bumper a bit as well, so I ordered the rear splash guards. Hopefully they somewhat match the paint color.
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