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Old 06-03-2014, 11:29 PM   #51
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June 3, 2014

I met CHAOS22 to pick up the Cusco front strut bar that he was selling.
I haven't had a project for the car in over a month, so I am greatly looking forward to the installation!
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:50 PM   #52
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June 7, 2014

I installed the Cusco front strut bar I picked up on Tuesday and finally swapped my Hellas over from the Forester.

The instructions were all in Japanese for the strut bar except for one line that stated "Do not install on vehicles sold outside of Japan." Ignoring this (while finding it somewhat humorous at the same time), I got the strut bar installed in about 20 minutes. The back flap of the hood scoop inlet just, just brushes the bar, but doesn't touch once the hood is fully closed. Definitely one of the easier mods out there, in my opinion.

For the Hellas, I had planned to properly wire them to the battery using the supplied relay. However, having neither the supplies nor the know-how, I didn't. Instead, I recycled the wire harnesses I had made for the Forester. All I had to do was lengthen one wire. For those of you who don't know, I designed the harnesses to branch off into two separate wires using the power supply from the stock horns. One still goes to a stock horn and the other goes to a Hella. Quadruple horn power!

Anyway, picture time. Sorry about the Hella pics. I was quickly running out of daylight....
















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Old 06-21-2014, 12:22 AM   #53
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June 21, 2014

I just racked up my first 10,000 miles on the WRX... in 5 months. One milestone down, many more to go!


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Old 08-01-2014, 08:02 PM   #54
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August 1, 2014

With the horrible winter roads out here on the east coast and the recent Subaru recall for rusty brake lines, I went ahead and got my beloved WRX undercoated. I just got her back this evening and the entire garage now smells like fresh rubber.
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:56 PM   #55
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November 11, 2014

I had to do an ECU reset today. I started the car to go run errands this morning and the engine light was on while the cruise light was blinking. Not having time to worry about it, I went out and did the important errands. I stopped for fuel when the attendant (we're "not allowed" to pump our own fuel here in NJ ), tells me that the gas cap is hanging loose. The idiot who pumped my fuel last week didn't tighten the cap all the way. It must have popped out some time last night because the car was fine yesterday.
Anyway, I went and got my snow tires swapped onto the car, then came home and turned my attention to the car. I unhooked the negative battery terminal and pumped the brake pedal a few times to bleed out any stored power. After hooking the battery back up, the engine light was magically gone. Thank goodness for easy fixes.

This is about the third time in the past year that a gas station attendant has caused my grief. They have put in the wrong fuel (after I specifically tell them 91/93 octane), leave the fuel cap dangling on the side of the car (the fuel door has a damn slot for the cap), and now didn't tighten the cap all the way. I've had it. I don't care if New Jersey says it's "illegal" for us to pump our own fuel. If it's good enough for 48 of the 50 states, then it's good enough for me. If the gas station has an issue with that, I jut won't give them my business.
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:03 AM   #56
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January 10, 2015

Hi everyone,
I am once again taking part in the 48hrs of Tristate charity event for the fourth consecutive year. The charity of choice this year is Alex's Lemonade Stand. As usual, Subaru of America will be matching what we raise up to $10,000. Every little bit helps, so if anyone is willing to make a donation I would greatly appreciate it! The link for my fundraising page is listed below.

http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1120862
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Old 01-11-2015, 01:04 PM   #57
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To add to your gas cap issue, I've also noticed that if enough water gets in or around the cap area it can cause a CEL. The only 2 times I've ever gotten a CEL was right after I washed the car at the self serve places that have the high pressure wash hose/nozzle. Ever since I make sure to wad up a shop towel in the gas cap area and have never had the problem ever again.
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Old 01-11-2015, 02:56 PM   #58
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January 11, 2015

I had a spare can of Seafoam lying around so I decided to run some thru the BPV hose before the 48hrs trip. The car only has 17,800 miles so I wasn't expecting much of a smoke show. My expectations were quickly proven wrong 15 minutes later as smoke came billowing out of the exhaust. As I expected, the engine runs, idles, and responds much better. It's amazing how the performance of an engine can change and how much residue can build up in just one year.

Also, I am still shamelessly looking for donations. I have about $750 to go until I reach my goal for this year. If anyone would be willing to help out, I would really appreciate it!

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Old 01-15-2015, 10:09 AM   #59
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Last minute donations bump.
All proceeds will be going towards Alex's Lemonade Stand as part of the Subaru-sponsored 48hrs of Tristate charity event.

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Old 01-25-2015, 05:49 PM   #60
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January 25, 2015

I checked the oil today since they're predicting winter weather for the east coast and I'm a little late for my oil change due to scheduling restrictions. The dipstick was full when I left for the 2015 48hrs of Tristate last Thursday. A whole weekend of constant driving and below-freezing temperatures caused me to eat through 1/2 a quart of oil.
I also installed the LED license plate illumination lights I won on the 48hrs trip.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:36 PM   #61
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March 5, 2015

After one year and two months I finally have my first 20,000 miles logged on the WRX! Also, since I forgot to post it, here's the picture of my 15,000 milestone as well.




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Old 03-06-2015, 06:25 PM   #62
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March 6, 2015

After work today I went and played around in the unplowed parking lot next to my office.
It was totally worth having to scrape out the wheel wells afterwards!
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:11 AM   #63
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Yeesh. I just hit a year and i have 9200 miles! I better get crackinď
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:38 AM   #64
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Nice, welcome to NASIOC. I have a '14 hatch myself in SWP. I'm excited to watch/check in on ur progress man. Congrats and good luck with the new car!
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:16 PM   #65
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March 13, 2015

I noticed a dirt trail along some high voltage power lines on the way home. It had previously been covered by snow and the beautiful, red dirt was calling my name.
I actually took a bit of it home with me. See below for the proof.












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Old 03-16-2015, 10:33 PM   #66
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March 16, 2015

For the first time in quite a few months, I finally have a couple of projects for the car! Since the warranty is still in place, these will be mostly cosmetic changes.
I ordered a red alternator cover and turbo heat shield (both GrimmSpeed) from JSC Speed's website this afternoon. Hopefully I'll have some tinkering to do this weekend.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:08 PM   #67
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March 20, 2015

The GrimmSpeed alternator cover and heat shield I ordered from JSC Speed arrived this evening. Depending on the amount of snow left tomorrow, I may get to do some wrenching on the WRX.
Due to the warranty still being in place on the car, I have been keeping the modifications subtle. Once it's up in 10,000 miles, though, I am going to town!
Until then, enjoy some pictures I took during the unboxing!








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Old 03-21-2015, 09:02 PM   #68
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March 21, 2015

I worked on the car today for the first time in quite a while. My main objectives were to install the GrimmSpeed alternator cover and turbo heat shield that were delivered yesterday. The alternator cover was a piece of cake. The heat shield; not so much. Luckily, the car is still new enough that no bolts have become seized yet. It did take a bit of time to adjust the shield so that it cleared the downpipe and wastegate actuator assembly, but I am pleased with the final result. I'll snap some pictures tomorrow when I check my oil.

While I was under the hood I decided to (finally) disable the daytime running lights by unplugging the connection underneath the air filter box. Now, before people start lecturing me on what a "critical safety feature" the DRLs are, you should know that I always drive with my headlights and fog lights on regardless of the time of day or weather. I just couldn't stand the thought of the car deciding for me that my lights should be on all the time. I am the driver; I should be able to make that decision. Now, are there stupid people out there that make this feature a necessity nowadays? Unfortunately, yes. However, I am not one of those people (mini rant over). Therefore, I wrapped the two open plugs with electrical tape and a piece of duct tape for good measure, then used a zip tie to secure the one loose plug. I tested the various light modes afterward and everything still works.
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Old 03-22-2015, 01:24 PM   #69
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Here are the pictures of the installed alternator cover and turbo heat shield.








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Old 04-22-2015, 03:51 PM   #70
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April 22, 2015

I had today off so I brought my WRX in to get serviced. Primarily, I needed to get the second recall performed for the anti-corrosive brake line treatment. While I had the car at the dealer, I also asked them to look at a rubbing sound that was coming from the right, rear of the car and to check the streaking wiper blades. The downside to having a louder exhaust is that it makes diagnosing sound-related issues a tad difficult. They had to test drive it a few times to determine that there was a plastic shield near the caliper that had come loose. They also commented on the whistling that the turbo was making. Having never owned a turbo before, I assumed that was normal and was only more pronounced due to the pitch stop mount I installed last year. It turns out that the intercooler induction hose is in need of replacing due to warping. There's a Technical Service Bulletin out for it, apparently, so that shouldn't cost me anything. I'm kind of glad that shield came loose. Otherwise, the car would have never gotten test driven and who knows what would have happened to the engine.

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Old 05-13-2015, 08:59 PM   #71
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May 13, 2015

It's been a while since my last performance-related mod was installed. However, I've recently gotten addicted to autocrossing, so I'm going to jump right back into the modifications!
Thanks to JSC Speed, I now own the Cusco Rear Member Power Brace and Rear Member Side Power Braces! My first experience with Cusco was when I purchased a front strut bar from a NASIOC member nearly a year ago. Ever since then, I get a chuckle out of the all-Japanese directions and the one sentence in English that says "Do not install this on cars outside of Japan."
Anyway, if all goes according to plan, I should be able to get the braces installed this weekend. In the meantime, have some pictures!








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Old 05-18-2015, 06:17 PM   #72
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May 17, 2015

I installed all three of the Cusco rear member braces this this weekend.
As soon as I pulled out of the driveway I could feel that the back end was much tighter. I took a couple of turns hard this morning on my way to work and the car corners much flatter and is more predictable when exiting the turn. I will report on the full effects after the WBM autocross in a few weeks. My parents let me borrow their garage, but I forgot to bring my camera. I will snap some pictures of the installed parts when I get the chance.
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Old 05-23-2015, 06:49 PM   #73
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May 23, 2015

As promised, here are a few pictures of the installed braces. I did the best I could considering all four tires were on the ground. Oh, and that's not rust on the underside of the car; it's red clay. Central Jersey is lousy with the stuff....








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Old 07-25-2015, 06:40 PM   #74
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July 25, 2015

About a month ago I ordered and installed the GrimmSpeed master brake cylinder brace. I just realized that I never posted an update here, so, consider this the update.

So far, it is living up to the hype that I have heard about. The brake pedal is much stiffer and consistently catches at the same point now. As I expected, the install was a bit of a pain, but the results have been well worth it! See below for the unboxing and the final product.












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Old 10-06-2015, 09:07 PM   #75
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October 6, 2015

After another "car mod dry spell," I spent some time on the car this past weekend. In early November my father and I will be sharing the car at a "last chance" track day. He will be in the novice class and I will be in the intermediate class, so the car should see a lot of track time. The OEM brakes were pretty tired after my last track day, so I decided to do an early upgrade. I ordered some StopTech parts which included 4 stainless steel brake lines, 2 slotted rotors for the front wheels, and a set of street performance pads. Pictures are included below. I was working on the car at my parents' house, so I didn't have my camera to take pictures during the install.
Never having done a brake job to this degree before, I got a little carried away with the bleeding and accidentally drained the reservoir on the first wheel. I know, I know; rookie mistake. I was already into the project so I finished up installing everything, then bled all 4 calipers a second time starting again at the right rear. After the air was gone from that line, the pedal was firm and I was able to bed the brakes once I finished the other 3 wheels.
I plan on bleeding the system again this weekend after I trigger the ABS a few times on a seldom-traveled dirt road I know of. Hopefully this will work any trapped air out of the system. I also am going to revisit each brake line connection. I inspected all 4 lines while refueling the car this evening and the outside of the right rear line is definitely damp with brake fluid. Overall, though, the car stops well and I think with a little tweaking everything should be all set.










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