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Old 02-01-2019, 02:51 PM   #301
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So nice, well done sir.
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Old 02-01-2019, 09:51 PM   #302
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Thank you! The 18x10.5 +18 CE28Nís are my number one favorite wheel. God i wish i could run them. But itís just too much wheel to fit on the stock fenders, unfortunately. Iíve seen a few pics of of 08-14 STIís with them running over -4į camber and like 225ís. I racked my brain trying to figure out how to get them to work, but not without adding fender flares. And if I did flares, I would have to do over my ZE40ís as well. So in my eyes, all of that didnít make sense given my car is a daily driver.

Thereís a state law in PA requiring all vehicles to have stock size tires to pass state inspection. So Iím stuck running 245/40/18 tires for winter.

Thereís 3 faces of the CE28Nís. Face 1 is flat. Face 2 is slight concave. Face 3 is deep concave. And thereís 2 lips of the CE28Nís. SS (short barrel) and L (long barrel). The L lip was a must for me. Face 3 is preferred, but in 18ís the only sizes that come with L lip and Face 3 are 18x9.5 +22 (discontinued since 2014), 18x9.5 +15 (discontinued in 2018), and 18x10.5 +18.

So these 18x9.5 +28 have Face 2 (slight concave) and L Lip (long barrel).

The wheel pokes 0.75mm more than my ZE40ís (18x10 +35), with 3mm less tire poke (265/35/18).

Yeah, the fitment of these is perfect. A little more stretch than I was expecting, probably due to the fact that theyíre winter tires which run narrow. Might mount 5mm spacers next year to see how they look. I think I could run them without rubbing, giving me an effective offset of +22.
deeym. you really know your stuff. yeah - 225s on 10.5 just sounds redonkulous. I do want to go with the 10.5s one day and get flares or widebody (I can't insert the skull emoji but that's what I'd insert here.) Only thing is - I'm not a huge fan of the popular fender flares I see on our cars - they seem too thin..and the widebody kit you see around is FREAKING wide like too much. If only there was something in between...

keep it up brotha
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Old 02-02-2019, 09:03 AM   #303
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Lol. I was hoping somebody would post that. My STI startup screen only displays for a few seconds upon start up, so I thought Iíd throw a little Fast & Furious in the DVD player for the interior shot.
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So nice, well done sir.
Much appreciated
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deeym. you really know your stuff. yeah - 225s on 10.5 just sounds redonkulous. I do want to go with the 10.5s one day and get flares or widebody (I can't insert the skull emoji but that's what I'd insert here.) Only thing is - I'm not a huge fan of the popular fender flares I see on our cars - they seem too thin..and the widebody kit you see around is FREAKING wide like too much. If only there was something in between...

keep it up brotha
Ah I love the HT Autos flares. Big undertaking but one day I might bite the bullet.

Another shot for ya:
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:47 AM   #304
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White on bronze is my absolute favorite combo in a car. Nicely done sir !
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Old 02-02-2019, 12:44 PM   #305
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Damnn those bronze ce look beautiful on your car bro
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Old 02-07-2019, 08:11 PM   #306
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White on bronze is my absolute favorite combo in a car. Nicely done sir !
Mine too. Thank you!
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Damnn those bronze ce look beautiful on your car bro
Much appreciated
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:32 AM   #307
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:04 PM   #308
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That just looks too good.

So..do you like...even miss your narrow body?
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:17 AM   #309
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That just looks too good.

So..do you like...even miss your narrow body?
Thanks man.

Honestly, at this point, not really. The quality of parts on my STI outweigh the quantity of parts I had on my old WRX. Once I go Stage 3, the only thing my old WRX will have over my current STI is the sunroof.

Going Stage 3 in the STI does cost more since you have to upgrade not only the injectors and fuel pump, but also the fuel rails and fuel pressure regulator. So there are downsides in terms of cost. Another downside is the dreaded 2800rpm stumble, which is non existent in the WRX. Thus, Stage 3 in the WRX was a choice, not a necessity. As kevin11sti stated, it’s pretty much undriveable without keeping the rpms above 3000 until you upgrade the fuel system.

But I truly have enjoyed choosing 100% genuine parts this time around (save for the bottomline kit since Chargespeed only makes that in fiberglass or carbon fiber).

The intellegent mode on the SI Drive makes driving in the snow pretty much unstoppable. It cuts power/torque enough, no matter how much you stomp on the gas, you can’t spin the tires. Perfect for commuting in heavy snow safely and with confidence.

Everybody notices the exterior difference first of the narrowbody compared to the widebody, but my favorite upgrades really are the interior. The alcantara seats and the all black (monotone) interior trim make everything look cleaner designwise.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:40 PM   #310
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Somebody was asking about how yellow my foglights actually are. I’m running stock bulbs with Headlight Armor Overlays - GT Racing Yellow:
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Old 03-01-2019, 04:26 PM   #311
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I’m toying with the idea of switching out my shift knob for one without any brushed aluminum trim.

This is what I’ve been running:

JDM Subaru Impreza WRX STI tS Type RA shift knob (198grams)

I’m considering switching to either a delrin knob: (105grams)


Or a carbon steel weighted knob: (500 grams)


I like the idea of smoother more effortless shifts of the weighted knob. However, I’m wondering if the weighted knob it is as cold in the winter as the Perrin Reverse Lockout.

Would love to get some opinions from those who’ve had some experience with a weighted knob in colder climates.
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Old 03-02-2019, 07:33 PM   #312
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Well, I can't claim to know how a weighted shift knob feels in the stupid cold you guys in Philly get, but I've purchased several of Chris's weighted shift knobs and have experienced them in 37 degree cold. The knob was cold for about 5 seconds, but my hand warmed it right up. Shifting really does feel more solid with a weighted shift knob and Chris makes some really nice ones. The stainless steel knobs are substantial and look the business too.
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Old 03-06-2019, 11:06 PM   #313
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Thanks for the input! I’m gonna hafta give one of them a try.
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Old 03-07-2019, 02:25 PM   #314
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I ran the grimmspeed stubby weighed knob as you already know. I also ran the anarchy motive weighted knob on my wrx in the past. While the shifts feel really smooth, I felt it really took away a lot of the notchy feeling that I love. It really numbed down the feeling of shifting and gave it a BMW manual feel (wet noodle).

Everyone is different and my opinion is to just try it out. See if you like it. The cold aspect of a metal knob never bothered me. As someone said above, it's cold for a minute than it's fine. However, I never experienced it in the summer, but I would imagine it feels as terrible as a scorching hot seat belt buckle.

My cobb delrin feels great, doesn't get hot, and keeps the notchy feeling I love. Plus, I'm a fan of simplicity and the black color with the small red accent flows nicely with my interior.

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Old 03-07-2019, 03:13 PM   #315
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Clean.
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Old 03-07-2019, 03:49 PM   #316
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However, I never experienced it in the summer, but I would imagine it feels as terrible as a scorching hot seat belt buckle.
It does get hot, which is why I try to remember to cover it on a hot day with the black felt bag Chris sells for 3 bucks.
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Old 03-07-2019, 06:19 PM   #317
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I ran the grimmspeed stubby weighed knob as you already know. I also ran the anarchy motive weighted knob on my wrx in the past. While the shifts feel really smooth, I felt it really took away a lot of the notchy feeling that I love. It really numbed down the feeling of shifting and gave it a BMW manual feel (wet noodle).

Everyone is different and my opinion is to just try it out. See if you like it. The cold aspect of a metal knob never bothered me. As someone said above, it's cold for a minute than it's fine. However, I never experienced it in the summer, but I would imagine it feels as terrible as a scorching hot seat belt buckle.

My cobb delrin feels great, doesn't get hot, and keeps the notchy feeling I love. Plus, I'm a fan of simplicity and the black color with the small red accent flows nicely with my interior.

Your interior flows so well. I’m at a crossroads with my shift knob setup.

I have the same black carbon fiber ebrake handle as you, I’m just waiting for the black ebrake button I just ordered to install everything. That will get rid of the chrome in the car (except the door handles.)

Here’s a comparison shot of my OEM style shift knob with the OEM Reverse Lockout vs. the Perrin Reverse Lockout:


I actually think the OEM Reverse Lockout looks better with the OEM style shift knob.

Im waiting to hear back from Chris to order the Black Copolymer shift knob I posted above. (His drop down menu only allows one color to be selected for the fill color, when i want white for the shift pattern and red for the STI logo.)

I was considering a weighted shift knob because before my car warms up to temp, shifting into 3rd is hard.
After doing some reading, doing a trans fluid change to Motul Gear 300 will remedy this, no weighted shift knob needed.

And after doing some more reading about the temperature (hot in the summer / cold in the winter) of the weighted shift knobs, and how they need a cover over them in extreme temps, I’ve decided to lean my decision towards the Copolymer one instead.

Plan is to see how everything flows with the black shift knob, black reverse lockout, black ebrake handle and black ebrake button.

If I decide I prefer the OEM style shift knob over the Black Copolymer shift knob, I’ll likely go back to the OEM Reverse Lockout.

All in the details...
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Old 03-07-2019, 06:36 PM   #318
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Yep, I can confirm that shifts are way smoother after switching to Motul Gear 300 -- I did it about 6 weeks ago. The gaskets were a bit of a pain to find the part #s for, so let me know if you need those.
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Old 03-13-2019, 11:32 AM   #319
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Just realized I havenít shown much of the main reason for the hatch:
Pup mobile

Also, hereís a nice shot I got the other day of my current interior setup:


WC Lathe Werks Copolymer shift knob is on order. Also waiting for the new black ebrake button to arrive before I swap out the current carbon fiber handle. Going to be ordering a Perrin SI Drive knob cover while Iím at it to complete the black and red theme.
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:15 PM   #320
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Manleyís wired it so the Push Button Start is in the ready mode when I hit the unlock button on the key fob. A really nice touch. As I think I mentioned, I didnít want proximity key keyless entry. My wife has it on her Audi and Iím not a huge fan. It constantly unlocks and locks the car while Iím washing her car with the key in my pocket.

I think the only better option for the Push Button to be in the ready mode would be by proximity via the chip in the fob without having to hit any buttons on the fob. I might hit up Manleyís again to see if thatís an option down the road.

Iíve read only a few pages of threads on the install and I know some people have some major issues like the auto lock feature triggering the chirp or not having any alarm chirp at all. Nothing has changed for any of the OEM functions of my alarm system. Everything behaves and is acting normal. Just simply hit the unlock button on the key fob, open the drivers door, climb in the drivers seat, clutch + brake, Push Button is in ready mode. Hold button down for 1 sec, car starts. Clutch and brake again to turn off. Hold button for 1 second, car turns off. For Aux mode, hold brake, no clutch, push button for 1 second. Car turns into Aux mode.

Let me know if you guys have any questions! I specifically asked Manleyís if theyíd mind me sending some business their way since so many installers seem to hate this install. They said theyíre more than happy to take on more of these installs. So if any of you guys are within driving distance of Wilmington, DE, hit them up if youíre hesitant about tackling this install yourself. It only took a day for them to install everything.

Any chance you can get a writeup on what they did for those of us not near there? I'm in CA and have always wanted to do this mod the way you have it wired up.
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one of the cleanest all around sti ive ever seen
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