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Old 11-29-2017, 06:20 PM   #1
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Default Tsuinami - 2012 WRB GR Hatch Build (Blue Ivy)

Wanted to start a build thread to start documenting all I have done to the car. My goal with this is to be able to look back years later and see how my car has transformed from the first day of ownership to the present. Hope this inspires people to chase after what you want, as dreams do really become reality.

I am also on Instagram if you all want more pictures of the car and other cars I find interesting.
https://www.instagram.com/tsuinamii/

The goal for this build is to push the limits in form while being driven as a daily. Once this car does become my weekend car, that's probably when I start going extreme. For now, I'm content and just want to improve it as an everyday-car.

Big thanks to all my friends that have helped me work on this car and have spent countless hours with me to make the car it is today. You guys know who you are, and I'm looking forward to making more memories as we chase our dreams.

Mods as updated

Exterior:
BTA Varis Wing with Carbon Blade
HTautos CF Rear Spats
BTA VR CF Lip
Out Of System Custom Splitter
Varis Half-Carbon Rear Center Diffuser
Liberal LED Winker Kit
STI Side Mirror Swap
Custom Blacked Out OEM Headlights
Fog Light DRL (custom wiring)
LED Switchback Turn Signal
Blacked Out WRX Fender Garnish
CF Lip Spoiler Extension
Perrin Shorty Antenna
Custom Brake Light as Turn Signal Wiring
Custom Turn Signal as Reverse Light Wiring
Taillight Overlay
Backup Camera
Morimoto LED Fog Light (5000k)

Performance:
AEM Cold Air Intake
Turbosmart Kompact Recirculating BPV
Nameless Performance Catless Divorced Downpipe
Nameless Performance 4” Muffler, 4” Staggered Tip Catback
Nameless Performance Turbo Heatshield
Torqued Performance Stage 3 E-tune
Cobb Accessport V3
Tomei Expreme Equal Length Headers w/ Uppipe
Grimmspeed Top Mount Intercooler
NGK One Step Colder Spark Plugs
Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace

Wheels/Tires:
Rays Volk Racing TE37 OG Formula Silver 18x9.5j +36

Michelin Pilot Super 4S 265/35/18
Michelin Pilot Super Sport 265/35/18

Michelin Pilot Super Sport 235/40/18
Work Emotion T7r 18x9.5j +38
Rays Volk Racing TE37 OG Bronze 18x9.5j +36

Suspension:
BR Racing BR Coilovers (8kg/8kg)
Voodoo13 Lower Control Arm (Raw Finish)
SPC Camber Bolts

Transmission:

STI Group N Transmission Mount
Whiteline Positive Shift Kit Bushing
Cobb F/R Shifter Bushing
Cobb Short Throw Shifter
ACT Heavy Duty Clutch Kit
ACT StreetLite Flywheel

Interior:
JPM Coachworks Alcantara E-Brake Boot
JPM Coachworks Alcantara Shift Boot
Subaru Legacy Double Din Headunit
Subaru OEM Footwell LED Lighting
LED interior lights
Cobb Shift Knob (White)
DAMD D Shaped Steering Wheel w/ Red Stitching
Full STI Interior Swap

Let's start from the beginning...
My car before was a 2014 Honda Accord Sport in Orchid White Pearl. Had plans for that car (wheels, exhaust, coils, etc) but learning how to drive manual through my buddy changed my life. I was itching to drive stick, as it allowed me to connect to my passion for cars/racing. I learned to drive manual in a Mazdaspeed3, and the hatchback was really enticing. I always loved Subaru's, especially WRX's and STi's. They were always like unicorns, and I freaked out everytime I saw one. So, I looked around for a GR generation hatchback. I was content with a VA generation WRX, but the GR was the true unicorn for me. One day, after looking on Craigslist and seeing a deal of a lifetime on a 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX in WRB, I called the dealership up and set up a meeting. I knew it was owned by another enthusiast, but the warranty attached to the car was too good to pass up. I brought my car to Marin Mazda Subaru, and the next day traded my car in. I actually was not comfortable enough to drive the car home, so my dad drove it home. First thing he said: "You're going to get in a lot of trouble with how fast this thing is." And boy was he right.



Started off with some basic mods. Rally armor mud flaps, and spacers to get rid of the hovercraft look.
Car came with mods already when I bought it. Among the few were switchback LED's, JDM yellow fog lights that were wired to be DRL's, exhaust garnish, PU lip, forester head unit, and a rear view camera. Needless to say, I was in love.






My first meetup ever: with Thomson and Riley. At this point, he was stage 2 and I was stock.



Sometime in late August, I blew my engine. Was running hwy 9 when all of a sudden the engine started knocking and had no power past 60 mph. Still one of the worst days in my life. Was thinking worst case scenario: having to pay for a rebuilt block and not being able to drive for a while. Needless to say, took it to subaru with 59,640 miles on the odometer and they were able to rebuild the block through warranty. Was without the car for 2 weeks but I'll take that over paying for a new block any day.



My first major mod, a Nameless Axleback. Ordered and arrived by late August. Definitely brought out the rumble that Subaru's are known for.

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Old 11-29-2017, 06:20 PM   #2
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Second major mod: BC Racing BR coilovers. Wanted something that would be good for a daily and not break the bank. Went for 8kg all around. The coils really helped balance the chassis out on harsh turns, getting rid of a lot of body roll.




Last photoshoot before wheels came in.



Two month wait was worth it. These are one of my dream wheels: Work Emotion T7R's in HG Bronze (18x9.5 +38 5x100).



Voodoo13 LCA's so I can fine tune the fitment and alignment.



First shot of the wheels on the car. I couldn't believe this was my car. Best start to the summer I can ever ask for. Con10der diffuser on, bought it off Clint. HTautos rear spats as well to add on to the rear to make it as aggressive as can be. Also, paint matched the CF wing extension to add a little to the spoiler.



First drive in San Francisco with the setup. The roads were pretty bad, and my car was bouncing everywhere. Front side looking so plain as well. I knew I wanted to do something with the headlights but was always too scared to open them.



Headlights baked open and spray painted gloss black. Had a bit of trouble with the projector ring but got it right with the help of Thomson. Added in some JDM high beam bulbs but soon took it off after. Changed the look of the front by a lot.


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Old 11-29-2017, 06:21 PM   #3
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At my lowest stance. Slowly raised it up in the next few months due to fitment. I knew +38 wouldn't be aggressive enough, but selling would be easier than +22. I went with a 20mm spacer, putting the effective offset at +18. Rubbed quite a ton due to toeing out pretty hard, and also due to the height I was at. Raised the car all around 15mm and aligned the car at -3 all around. Still rubbed a little but only on super harsh bumps. My tires were pretty shredded at the point where the car rubbed. I was on 235's too.




(tl;dr - blew two tires on hwy 1, stranded for a few hours till midnight)
The car stayed put for a while, then this occurred. I had decided to drive around the South Bay, going to highway 1 through skyline and La Honda. I would end up at Santa Cruz and go back to San Jose. This was my plan, but it backfired. On the 1, there was something on the ground and I ran it over without seeing if. Both of my left tires popped, and I was left stranded next to the coast. I was so scared, as my insurance company told me that they could not find a tow truck to go out there. I ended up having a jimmy neutron brain blast and called up Dan, one of Ryann's friends. He had a spare set of stock GR wheels and was willing to come out for me and help me out. He ended up getting to me at 10:30pm. We got the wheels swapped within 15 mins and I was on my way back to San Jose. We arrived at midnight and grabbed food before the night ended. I will forever be indebted to him. I didn't even know him too well and he was willing to drive out an hour for me and help me out without hesitating. This was definitely the scariest moment I've had with my car, because of how isolated I was. There was no reception, and it was getting cold. I had my friends on the phone, just in case anything happened to me. Friends that are homies will always be priceless.



Took off the spacer and put on 265/35 Michelin PSS's. Went from stance to track lol.
I also bit the performance bug and completed the Nameless Turboback. Bought a catless downpipe, along with a midpipe. Also bought an AEM intake along with the Accessport. Currently, I'm e-tuned by Eric at Torqued Performance.






Little Hatch meetup.



First time I've seen the car rolling and it looked so good. I'm normally modest about my car but I couldn't help but smile the whole time.


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Old 11-29-2017, 06:21 PM   #4
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Put an order down on a BTA wing and arrived in late October. Had it test fitted and off to paint it went. Also kinda messed up the door and had to get it fixed around Thanksgiving.



Got the car back on Thanksgiving Eve and installed the painted wing on Thanksgiving Day. Best gift I could ever ask for.










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Old 11-29-2017, 07:43 PM   #5
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Dude heck yes! I've been slacking on starting my build thread but seeing this is giving me the motivation to finally do it! I love the wing btw. The hatchbacks should of came with some sort of wing from factory imo.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:57 PM   #6
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subbed. nice progress!
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Old 12-06-2017, 04:39 AM   #7
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Went to an undisclosed location to shoot. Still haven't gone through all the shots but went through these. One of my favorite locations to shoot at for sure.







Bonus shots of Ryann's (@ryannsings) 13' STI and Jervin's (@jaylomboy) AE86.


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Old 12-06-2017, 08:20 PM   #8
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Ah man you shoot such incredible photos, love it!
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:57 PM   #9
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Ah man you shoot such incredible photos, love it!
Thanks, appreciate it man!
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Old 12-14-2017, 08:20 AM   #10
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Thought I recognized these from IG. Great build.
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Old 01-25-2018, 03:53 AM   #11
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Met up with Van, he has one of the cleanest GV's I've ever seen. SWP on OG Bronze TE37's is the way to go, and since its on a sedan the car was pretty unique. Cool guy too, very down to earth.




Fast forward to Christmas time, my present to myself came.




Rays Volk TE37 in OG Bronze. Forged monoblock, and timeless design was something I could only dream of, and when I heard we were getting an exclusive shipment in, I knew I had to do whatever it took to snag a set. Gone were the Work's and the Volk's went on.








Definitely will be keeping these wheels for a while and not looking to change for, crossing my fingers, the next few phases of this car.
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Old 01-25-2018, 04:04 AM   #12
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Sigh...

So I've had a throw out bearing issue for the last few months and it progressively got worse. It was an annoying ringing noise that would only stop if the clutch had slight pressure, so basically whenever it was neutral the noise would be there. It eventually got unbearable and I decided to change the throw out bearing.

The whole process involves taking out the transmission, and everyone told me to just swap clutches in the process. My goal is one day to have full bolt ons with E85 (crossing my fingers it'll be by the end of summer) so the recommended clutch to install was the ACT Heavy Duty. I decided to also get the ACT Streetlite Flywheel.




Installation was done by my friend Dan (aka SavAutoWorx lol). He's been such a great friend and really appreciate his insight and knowledge of Subaru's. Literally my go to guy for everything.





Picture of the stupid throw out bearing...



Also installed a Cobb Short Throw Shifter to improve the throw. There is a slight difference between the STI and Cobb but the adjustability is nice.



Overall, these new parts have completely changed the car. After the break in process and driving it a bit harder, I can definitely notice the difference.
Some major pros:
-Revmatching and heel-toe movement is easier due to the lightweight flywheel.
-ACT HD feels lighter than Exedy Stage 1 (very huge surprise)
-Shifting is a lot more crisp via Cobb Short Throw Shifter

Cons (if you could say there are):
-more aggressive clutch, which means more throttle has to be put in to get the car to move smoothly.
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Old 01-25-2018, 04:08 AM   #13
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New splitter on to protect the lip from getting destroyed (yeah I angle pretty bad sometimes...)



Bumper also came off to install the HTautos CF Spats. Did not come drilled, and a buddy of mine came up with the clever idea of lining up my old spats and just using the bumper clip holes to drill and mount hardware through. Worked like a charm, and the fit is 100% perfect.



For now, deciding to leave the Con10der diffuser off as I want to go for a more simpler look, especially with a CF piece in the rear.
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Shots from a random photoshoot I did with my car before it started pouring out.






For the most part, this is exactly how I envisioned my car when I first drove it off the lot. Of course there is always the itch to get new parts, but for the time being this will be how the car looks like until I decide on the next direction of the build.
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Old 01-26-2018, 12:07 AM   #15
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soooo clean!!
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This thread started out meh, but holy ****, nice car man...this is exactly how i'd do my hatch.
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The only thing I would change on your car is the door moldings. They gotta go.
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Old 01-29-2018, 03:11 PM   #18
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The only thing I would change on your car is the door moldings. They gotta go.
I would totally do it but last owner has it there to cover up BB gun dents.

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This thread started out meh, but holy ****, nice car man...this is exactly how i'd do my hatch.
Thank you! Just time and patience haha.

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soooo clean!!
Thank you!
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Really Clean! TE37 is always a solid choice.

Questions, when you swapped the headlights, did you used the WRX version or STI version
? (not sure if they're the same). Was it straight plug and play?
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Really Clean! TE37 is always a solid choice.

Questions, when you swapped the headlights, did you used the WRX version or STI version
? (not sure if they're the same). Was it straight plug and play?
Thank you! I actually used my own stock WRX headlights and opened them to paint them. From what I know, either WRX or STI would work. The STI headlights have the tilt module, which you could install yourself or just leave it alone.
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Absolutely loved that rear... Personally I'd stick with the previous wing but still, great taste!

I must have missed between the lines but where did you got these side lips? HTauto?
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:16 PM   #22
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Absolutely loved that rear... Personally I'd stick with the previous wing but still, great taste!

I must have missed between the lines but where did you got these side lips? HTauto?
Thank you! Sometimes I do itch to go back to the stock wing but the big wing is just so satisfying to look at.

These side skirts are actually borrowed from a friend of mine. Something to get me by until I splurge on my own, which could be soon. They are BaysonR if I'm correct.
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:43 PM   #23
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I said I'm content but a deal for this came up and I could not pass it up.



It is a DAMD D-shaped steering wheel wrapped in leather and stitched in red. I've always heard from others that the D-shape wheels for GR/GV's change the car, and I wanted to see for myself if this was true. Installed the wheel and oh is it nice. The leather is a lot nicer than the OEM steering wheel, and the wheel itself is thicker along with being smaller in diameter. The curves on the wheel feel so ergonomical. Honestly, the car should have came with this wheel from factory.

One factor that led to me choosing one of the D-shaped steering wheel is keeping all the OEM functions on the steering wheel: the radio controls, cruise control, and airbag. With an aftermarket wheel from Vertex or Sparco I would have lost those buttons as well as the airbag, which as a daily car is a requirement personally.
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Very nice hatch! Love the wing. Are you planning on putting the rear diffuser back on?

Whereabouts in the Bay are ya?
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Very nice hatch! Love the wing. Are you planning on putting the rear diffuser back on?

Whereabouts in the Bay are ya?
Thank you! I'm leaving it off for the time being as I like the simpler look. Also it's a lot more work to reinstall the diffuser after putting on these CF spats. Could change in a few months when I get more time to work on the car.

I'm located in the South Bay, San Jose area.
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