Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Thursday March 4, 2021
Home Forums Images WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > Member's Car Gallery

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.







* As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads. 
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-06-2017, 03:38 PM   #351
Squattro
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 357064
Join Date: May 2013
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: SoPA
Vehicle:
2015 Subaru WRX
GBP

Default

Holy shine batman! Do you have a polish/wax/seal regime you use?
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Squattro is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Old 09-06-2017, 03:42 PM   #352
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Squattro View Post
Holy shine batman! Do you have a polish/wax/seal regime you use?
Nothing in particular. Just wash and dry the car properly and keep the car coated in collinite 845. Lasts around 4-6 months depending on the weather. However, I usually re-apply every 1.5-2 months just to keep a solid coating on the car. I also always use a drying aid that has wax in it to keep the coat strong in between waxings.

Here is the car last night at an improptu photo/video shoot after the gym

ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2017, 08:48 PM   #353
quinones28
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 404425
Join Date: Oct 2014
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Bergenfield New Jersey 07621
Vehicle:
2012 subaru
plasma blue

Default

I need to wash my car with you some time, need to pick up some techniques
quinones28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2017, 12:59 PM   #354
icedcoco
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 259021
Join Date: Sep 2010
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Central NJ
Vehicle:
2014 WRX Premium
SWP

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ScoobyFreak86 View Post
Haha thanks man. Yeah, we moved into a new house last year. Needed something bigger for all the stuff and kids we are accumulating
Lol "accumulating kids." I knew you moved, just forgot about it. Looks like a nice neighborhood.
icedcoco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2017, 01:06 PM   #355
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by quinones28 View Post
I need to wash my car with you some time, need to pick up some techniques
Sure thing!

Quote:
Originally Posted by icedcoco View Post
Lol "accumulating kids." I knew you moved, just forgot about it. Looks like a nice neighborhood.
The neighborhood is great. Dead end street. Quiet with lots of kids around. Woods behind us and lots of privacy. We have been really happy in the new neighborhood thus far.
ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2017, 01:46 PM   #356
mnrex
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 465623
Join Date: Apr 2017
Default

Just came here to say you have been my inspiration for getting my new 2018 LBP in shape!




I'm happy to hear Collinite works well with this paint too. I've been combining Collinite + Opti-Seal so far, and it really adds a ton of depth! What do you use as a drying aid? Seems like even the slightest amount of friction will mar the paint on these things...
mnrex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2017, 02:01 PM   #357
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mnrex View Post
Just came here to say you have been my inspiration for getting my new 2018 LBP in shape!

I'm happy to hear Collinite works well with this paint too. I've been combining Collinite + Opti-Seal so far, and it really adds a ton of depth! What do you use as a drying aid? Seems like even the slightest amount of friction will mar the paint on these things...
Congrats. A well cared for LBP will give you lots of smiles and compliments. It really pops hard under the sun. I love it.

Yes, Collinite works really well with the paint. I usually find it to work well with deeper colors. Light paint like white or silver, it doesn't showcase as well. At least that is what I came to conclusion on. However, it does sweat a ton after a day or two of applying. A bit embarrassing since it looks like you didn't even remove it in some areas haha. But it comes right off on the next wash or even with a light wipe down.

I always use a drying aid. As you said, this paint (or any Subaru paint in general) is really thin and can mar pretty easily if you aren't paying attention. Using a drying aid will help keep any scratching or mar down to a minimum. I use anything from griot's spray on wax to adams h20 gloss and guard. I have been wanting to try out Ammo Hydrate, but haven't bitten the bullet yet.

Right now I've been using griots spray wax as it does the trick. Keeps a nice layer of wax on in between details and helps with the drying process. Another great tactic I use is sheeting and a leaf blower prior to drying. Less contact with the paint, the better!
ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2017, 05:16 PM   #358
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Got my SubieLED 3S H11 fog bulbs for sale if anyone is interested!

https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2852768
ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2017, 06:06 PM   #359
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Hey everyone!

I have been exploring the idea up upgrading the speakers/sound system and wanted to get some opinions on which route to go. I am not looking to do anything crazy. I just want some better sound in the car with some bass. We all know the non-hk stereo has a lot to be imagined. I am not looking to touch the headunit as I want to keep it as clean and OEM as possible

I really enjoy the OEM+ Audio system as it is literally plug and play and very clean when installed. Only draw back to this is the price. We are looking at around 1100 for a sub, amp, and tweeters. The front and rear door speakers are not even touched.

OR

Going with a frankenstein setup at a local/trusted audio shop. I am not too sure what is good or what works best, but I would most likely go with what is recommended to me by the shop. I would want to do a simple amp, sub, front/rear speakers, and tweeters. I did some quick research and shopping on crutchfield and I selected some kicker speakers (front and rear), memphis tweeters, a slim alpine amp, and a bazooka sub (mainly due to the small amount of room it takes up). All of this came to around $500. Granted this is not installed, it would still be under the price of the OEM+ Audio setup.

Any input is greatly appreciated!
ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2017, 08:56 PM   #360
jesup16
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 306393
Join Date: Jan 2012
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Atlanta, GA
Vehicle:
2017 GTI DSG
'99 Corvette FRC

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ScoobyFreak86 View Post
Hey everyone!

I have been exploring the idea up upgrading the speakers/sound system and wanted to get some opinions on which route to go. I am not looking to do anything crazy. I just want some better sound in the car with some bass. We all know the non-hk stereo has a lot to be imagined. I am not looking to touch the headunit as I want to keep it as clean and OEM as possible

I really enjoy the OEM+ Audio system as it is literally plug and play and very clean when installed. Only draw back to this is the price. We are looking at around 1100 for a sub, amp, and tweeters. The front and rear door speakers are not even touched.

OR

Going with a frankenstein setup at a local/trusted audio shop. I am not too sure what is good or what works best, but I would most likely go with what is recommended to me by the shop. I would want to do a simple amp, sub, front/rear speakers, and tweeters. I did some quick research and shopping on crutchfield and I selected some kicker speakers (front and rear), memphis tweeters, a slim alpine amp, and a bazooka sub (mainly due to the small amount of room it takes up). All of this came to around $500. Granted this is not installed, it would still be under the price of the OEM+ Audio setup.

Any input is greatly appreciated!
An important thing to remember is factory head units typically have some sort of DSP (digital signal processing, not the equalizer) built in to:

1. Protect the speakers if the volume is turned up too loud
2. provide more bass and boost higher frequencies at lower volumes
3. cut bass and higher frequencies at higher volumes (kinda same thing as #1)

So this is a case of garbage in / garbage out. Simply adding amp's and better speakers doesn't guarantee better sound. Sometimes it exploits the DSP and sounds worse... just sayin. It's also a reason some people say the factory systems sound better with aftermarket head units that lack built-in DSP.

I don't know how bad the DSP is in the head units from Subaru. It's probably something you should investigate. There are a number of companies that make products to correct the DSP and provide good quality pre-amp outputs that support aftermarket amps.

I just got my 2018 LBP Limited (without H/K) 2 days ago and I'm also underwhelmed by the factory sound. It will probably be some time before I can get to the audio.
jesup16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2017, 10:00 PM   #361
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jesup16 View Post
An important thing to remember is factory head units typically have some sort of DSP (digital signal processing, not the equalizer) built in to:



1. Protect the speakers if the volume is turned up too loud

2. provide more bass and boost higher frequencies at lower volumes

3. cut bass and higher frequencies at higher volumes (kinda same thing as #1)



So this is a case of garbage in / garbage out. Simply adding amp's and better speakers doesn't guarantee better sound. Sometimes it exploits the DSP and sounds worse... just sayin. It's also a reason some people say the factory systems sound better with aftermarket head units that lack built-in DSP.



I don't know how bad the DSP is in the head units from Subaru. It's probably something you should investigate. There are a number of companies that make products to correct the DSP and provide good quality pre-amp outputs that support aftermarket amps.



I just got my 2018 LBP Limited (without H/K) 2 days ago and I'm also underwhelmed by the factory sound. It will probably be some time before I can get to the audio.


Thanks for the input. I can attest to this as I put a head unit into my 13 Wrx and it improved the sound immensely. I need to research more on the topic, but Iíve heard the stock unit is fairly capable when paired with better components. Iím sure anything you do will improve the sound. But like I said, I donít want to drop a ton of money into it in search of the best sound. I just want it to sound more full as it should be from the factory.
ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2017, 01:13 PM   #362
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Does anyone have any experience with the GCS Apex Android V2 Headunit? Looks to be a really nice package and offers a ton of features that I would love to have. Not sure if this would increase the overall sound quality, but any experience or info is appreciated.

http://www.subispeed.com/2015-subaru...ti-17-forester

ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2017, 01:24 PM   #363
dichoi
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 439085
Join Date: Jan 2016
Default

I've been looking into that myself, but the lack of a volume knob is making me really hesitate. When i'm driving the car, I find it hard to even press the different channel buttons on the touchscreen due to how bumpy the car is. (Car itself isn't bumpy relative to stock suspension, but more so due to the roads and the nature of it being an STI). If you end up getting one, I'd be really interested to hear your feedback on ease of use.
dichoi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2017, 01:27 PM   #364
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dichoi View Post
I've been looking into that myself, but the lack of a volume knob is making me really hesitate. When i'm driving the car, I find it hard to even press the different channel buttons on the touchscreen due to how bumpy the car is. (Car itself isn't bumpy relative to stock suspension, but more so due to the roads and the nature of it being an STI). If you end up getting one, I'd be really interested to hear your feedback on ease of use.
I too prefer a knob for volume control. However, my wifes car and my previous WRX headunit I had in there didn't have one and I dealt with it no problem. Not to mention, I use the steering wheel control volume buttons more than the knob anyway.

The unit itself does look really nice. Super clean and OEM looking. Really updates the interior in overall look and technology. If it enhances the overall sound and is simply plug and play, it may be a winner in my book. I need to get more feedback on it though. I would like to get some personal experience feedback before I jump on it.
ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2017, 11:22 AM   #365
Northern
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 425051
Join Date: Jul 2015
Vehicle:
2016 HyperBlue STi

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ScoobyFreak86 View Post
Does anyone have any experience with the GCS Apex Android V2 Headunit? Looks to be a really nice package and offers a ton of features that I would love to have. Not sure if this would increase the overall sound quality, but any experience or info is appreciated.

http://www.subispeed.com/2015-subaru...ti-17-forester


I don't want to sound like an elitist dick, but they are cheap Chinese crap.
A local facebook Subaru group had a group buy for these, 5 out of 8 had issues with the screens flickering/fluctuating volume/soldered connections coming apart.
Northern is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2017, 11:47 AM   #366
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Northern View Post
I don't want to sound like an elitist dick, but they are cheap Chinese crap.
A local facebook Subaru group had a group buy for these, 5 out of 8 had issues with the screens flickering/fluctuating volume/soldered connections coming apart.
No worries at all! This is the kind of stuff I want to hear. I mean I didn't create it or buy it, so be an elitist all you want haha. The price seemed reasonable for the features you get, but after doing some quick research last night it seems like it's something I should pass on. My main goal is to keep everything functioning and looking stock, so the OEM+ Audio or getting some new speakers and an amp will be what I am after. I am slightly leaning towards the OEM+ Audio option as I really do enjoy the cleanliness of the whole system. I've heard great things about it too.
ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2017, 03:44 PM   #367
ISSAWRX
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 466464
Join Date: Apr 2017
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NEPA
Vehicle:
2018 WRX Limited 6MT
LBP

Default

Have you looked into the Sony XAV-AX100 headunit? I know you said you wanted to look stock, and this has a really clean look to it. I was looking at using this when I get mine for the Android Auto support. Also there's a newer version coming soon with CD/DVD support.

Pic is from Crutchfield.com in a 2017 WRX.

ISSAWRX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2017, 03:47 PM   #368
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ISSAWRX View Post
Have you looked into the Sony XAV-AX100 headunit? I know you said you wanted to look stock, and this has a really clean look to it. I was looking at using this when I get mine for the Android Auto support. Also there's a newer version coming soon with CD/DVD support.

Pic is from Crutchfield.com in a 2017 WRX.
Im sure the unit is awesome, but it's just not what I am after. I would rather keep the stock unit and just upgrade the components. Again, not trying to go for the best sound here. Just something that is respectable and better than stock.
ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2017, 02:12 PM   #369
Northern
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 425051
Join Date: Jul 2015
Vehicle:
2016 HyperBlue STi

Default

The OEM headunit really is the flaw in the system.
Just swapping it out is the easiest option, but I get not wanting to go from a nice looking factory unit. I have the HK system in my sti, and it's not mind glowingly good, it is worlds better than a friends base radio.
Northern is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2017, 04:45 PM   #370
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Northern View Post
The OEM headunit really is the flaw in the system.
Just swapping it out is the easiest option, but I get not wanting to go from a nice looking factory unit. I have the HK system in my sti, and it's not mind glowingly good, it is worlds better than a friends base radio.
I originally wanted the HK system in the car, but the only cars on the lot that had the upgrade were in red. I most likely will spring for the better sound system if I get another STI after this one. For now, I will most likely go with the OEM+ Audio solution to get some better sound.
ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2017, 05:46 PM   #371
confuzled
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 464718
Join Date: Mar 2017
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ScoobyFreak86 View Post
I originally wanted the HK system in the car, but the only cars on the lot that had the upgrade were in red. I most likely will spring for the better sound system if I get another STI after this one. For now, I will most likely go with the OEM+ Audio solution to get some better sound.
Theres a whole thread about the android headunit if you're still looking.

https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...1#post45343891
confuzled is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2017, 02:10 PM   #372
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by confuzled View Post
Theres a whole thread about the android headunit if you're still looking.

https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...1#post45343891
Thanks. I actually contributed to that thread a few days ago.
ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2017, 03:35 PM   #373
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Few minor updates!

Ended up having the driver side front axle replaced. There was a small tear in the boot and it was leaking grease out into the barrel of the wheel. Covered by warranty. Shew!

I also took the car on a weekend getaway with the family. I can't say how great the fortune auto suspension is. It was so comfortable the whole way. I was surprised by the gas mileage as well! Not bad for the ol ej. The new tires are just awesome and really make the car that much more comfortable to drive everyday.



Thinking about going a touch lower as I feel the car has some room to go down a bit. We shall see. Really enjoy the car in its current status. I got the audio and sway bar thoughts floating through my head so we shall see what's next.

Last edited by ScoobyFreak86; 09-26-2017 at 03:43 PM.
ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2017, 03:42 PM   #374
Obviously Tyler
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 395955
Join Date: Jul 2014
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Bucks County, PA
Vehicle:
2021 Mazda 3 Turbo
2017 MX-5 RF Club

Default

Glad you're enjoying the tires. I'm sure I don't need to tell you this, but don't expect snow tire like performance from them come the winter time.

They're probably the best all seasons for snow, but they're still not snow tires. Especially in 265 width I was getting a little squirrelly last year on them but of course I probably wasn't being careful.
Obviously Tyler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2017, 03:45 PM   #375
ScoobyFreak86
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 338329
Join Date: Nov 2012
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2017 STI
Lapis Blue

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Obviously Tyler View Post
Glad you're enjoying the tires. I'm sure I don't need to tell you this, but don't expect snow tire like performance from them come the winter time.

They're probably the best all seasons for snow, but they're still not snow tires. Especially in 265 width I was getting a little squirrelly last year on them but of course I probably wasn't being careful.
Oh, I know. I am not expecting winter tire performance out of them. I ran both DWS tires in winter as well as full on winters (on my m3) and know the difference quite well. I just didn't want to be bothered with having multiple sets of wheels and tires and having to change due to the season. I prefer to have 1 set that can do it all. Sort of why I chose the STI over anything else. I wanted 1 car that could handle it all.

I plan on saving up for a set of volks (either ze40's or CE28n's) and getting a dedicated summer tire for down the road. I'll keep the 57dr's as my winter/beater wheel.
ScoobyFreak86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2021 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2019, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.