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Old 07-26-2019, 04:56 PM   #1
BRGT
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2013 STI Hatchback
Ice Silver Metallic

Impreza WRX STi BRGT's 2013 ISM STI Hatchback Build Thread

I have wanted an STI for a long time. The first time I saw a World Rally Blue STi on the street in 2003 I was hooked; I knew I'd have one someday, but it took awhile to make it happen. My first car was a 2003 Outback that I got in 2010, followed by a 2005 WRX sedan that I got in 2015. I loved those cars, but I was always working towards an STI.

I contemplated my options for awhile. I loved every USDM generation of STI for different reasons. The GD gives you the raw experience and classic look, the GR/GV has best overall aesthetic (to my eye) along with the availability of the hatch, and VA has the nicest overall interior with the sharpest handling out of the box.

I ultimately decided that a 2011+ STI hatch was the best option. Aside from being my favorite looking generation, I really wanted the hatchback for the added utility. The 2011+ was ideal because of the updated front bumper/grill, improved interior aesthetic, and other added features.

I was torn between White (clean and refined), Dark Grey (most aggressive looking) and Silver (shows the GR body lines the best and hides dirt well, a great middle ground option).

Finally, in 2018, I could afford to take the leap and found a good option locally that was silver, in good condition, and checked all the boxes. It has been a dream.

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Car:
2013 STI Hatchback in Ice Silver Metallic (Purchased 08/2018)

Engine:
COBB Accessport V3 (COBB OTS Stage 2+ 91oct)
COBB SF Intake & Airbox
COBB Catted Downpipe
COBB Catback Exhaust
Moroso Air-Oil Separator
Schaeffer's Supreme 9000 Full Synthetic Engine Oil - 5W-40


Transmission:
COBB Short Throw Shifter
COBB Shifter Bushings
Motul Gear 300 - 75W-90 (Transmission, Front/Middle/Rear Differentials)


Exterior:
Subaru OEM STI Euro Style Marque Front Plate Delete
Custom STI Front Plate Delete - Silver
SMY Black on Black Subaru Star Badge Front & Rear
Pro Stickers Carbon Fiber and Silver “i” Badge Overlay
Subaru OEM STI 2013 Special Edition Black Fender Badge Ornament
Rally Armor V2 Urethane (UR) Mud Flaps (Grey Logo; Screws Painted Black)
Headlight Housing Painted Black; Low Beam & Turn Signal Reflectors Stock/Clear)
Premium Auto Styling Headlight Eyelid Overlay - Gloss Black
Osram CBI Low Beams (HID)
Nokya Hyper Yellow High Beam Bulbs (Halogen; DRL module disconnected)
Nokya Hyper Yellow Fog Light Bulbs (Halogen; went to LED’s due to heat melting overlays)
Alla Lighting Yellow Fog Light Bulbs (LED)
Nokya Hyper Yellow Turn Signal Bulbs (Halogen)
Morimoto X-VF Switchback Turn Signal Bulbs (LED)
Profile Flashpack Relay (For LED Switchbacks)
Philips Ultinon LED Interior Lights
Philips Ultinon LED License Plate Bulbs
Lamin-X Yellow Foglight Overlays
Lamin-X Red Tail Light Overlays
PIAA Aero Vogue Silicone Windshield Wipers
Cobb Windshield Sticker (4” White)
Cobb License Plate Frame (Rear)
Subaru OEM STI License Plate Frame (Rear)
Subaru OEM Hatch Rear Bumper Cover
De-badged Trunk (except for STI badge)
25% Tint All Around



Interior:
COBB Shift Knob - Red Collar (104 grams)
Subaru OEM STI Leather/Aluminum Shift Knob - Part number: SG117AJ010 (277 grams)
JDM Subaru OEM STI Shift Knob - Part number: SG117AJ015 (199 grams)
Subaru OEM 2013 STI Shift Knob (199 grams)

Perrin Drift/E-Brake Button - Black
SI Drive Knob STI Decal
OEM Auto-Dimming Homelink Rearview Mirror w/ Compass
COBB Accessport V3 Universal Mount
COBB Accessport V3 Black Faceplate
Subaru OEM Footwell Illumination Kit - Red
Weathertech Mats (Front, Rear and Trunk)
SMY Weathertech Mat STI Emblem Inserts
SMY Door Hinge Covers (Black)
Ebay STI Door Lock Covers (Dark Grey)
Jimat STI Seatbelt Cover/Pad
Subispeed STI Chicklet Emblem x 2
UGreen 1.5ft Auxiliary Cable (Red)


Suspension:
Eibach Pro-Kit Lowering Springs:
-1 Inch Drop Front & Rear
-Spring Rate Front: 171-303lbs/in (Progressive)
-Spring Rate Rear: 103-263lbs/in (Progressive)



Wheels/Tires:
OEM STI BBS Wheels 18x8.5 +55 (Forged)
Weight: 20.5lbs
Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tires 245/40/18
US85 STI Valve Stem Caps – Black Chrome



Brakes:
Hawk High Performance Street 5.0 Brake Pads
Time-Sert Stainless Steel Caliper Inserts

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Old 07-30-2019, 02:06 PM   #2
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Nice car, how do you like the cobb short shifter?
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:47 PM   #3
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Nice car, how do you like the cobb short shifter?
Thank you!

I love the Cobb SS. I have driven the OEM STI SS, and had the Kartboy SS in my 2005 WRX. They are all good and all a little bit different, but I like the throw/height adjustability of the Cobb setup, so I am partial to it.

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Old 07-31-2019, 12:46 PM   #4
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Ice Silver Metallic

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Old 07-31-2019, 12:59 PM   #5
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-Front Emblems-

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Old 07-31-2019, 01:12 PM   #6
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Ice Silver Metallic

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-Rear Emblem-

Past:

Stock


Pro Stickers "i"mpreza emblem overlay



Current:
SMY Performance Emblem

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Old 07-31-2019, 01:18 PM   #7
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Ice Silver Metallic

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-Side Emblems-

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Stock


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2013 STI Special Edition Side Emblems (Slightly darker red logo than the JDM R205 emblem)



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Old 07-31-2019, 01:29 PM   #8
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Ice Silver Metallic

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Old 07-31-2019, 01:41 PM   #9
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Ice Silver Metallic

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Old 07-31-2019, 01:54 PM   #10
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Ice Silver Metallic

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-Shift Knobs-

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Stock 2013 STI Knob
OEM Leather/Aluminum STI Knob


JDM STI Leather Wrapped Knob




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Old 07-31-2019, 02:00 PM   #11
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Can Fit The Whole Family

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Old 08-05-2019, 03:36 PM   #12
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Where did you get the STI emblems for the weather-tech mats ??
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Old 08-05-2019, 03:41 PM   #13
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Where did you get the STI emblems for the weather-tech mats ??
SMY. They look good and are worth the price. I got a cheaper set from Ebay a year ago and they aren't nearly as nice.

https://www.smyperformance.com/smy-p...mats-pair.html
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:49 PM   #14
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SMY. They look good and are worth the price. I got a cheaper set from Ebay a year ago and they aren't nearly as nice.

https://www.smyperformance.com/smy-p...mats-pair.html
Just ordered mine. I was wondering if someone made these. The Weathertech emblems don't look terrible, but I feel like I'm advertising for Weathertech.

Thanks man! Car's looking great!
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Old 08-06-2019, 04:27 PM   #15
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:03 PM   #16
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Ice Silver Metallic

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Had my engine, transmission and differential oil changed today.

I don't track my car (yet), but I like using premium fluids to gain any extra performance, protection and piece of mind that I can. Fluids are what keep all of the systems in your car happy and healthy, and they are not changed very often. So, the way I see it, it is worth the extra money to get the good stuff.


Engine - Schaeffer's Supreme 9000 Full Synthetic Oil - 5W-40
I am a believer in using the heavier weight oil in the EJ motors. I used Rotella T-6 in my 2005 WRX, but after the T-6 formula changed, the consensus in the Subaru community seemed to be that it was that it was no longer the best option.

The local Subaru shop I use discovered Schaeffer's awhile back and swears by it, believing it to provide superior lubrication and protection in the EJ's. They do a lot of tuning and rally car/high power builds so I fully trust their judgement. I put Schaeffer's in my STI on it's first oil change and have had great experience with it. Virtually no oil burn within my +-3000 mile change interval, and I noticed that the car runs and idles a little more smoothly when using it.


Transmission & Differentials - Motul Gear 300 - 75W-90
After a lot of research, I decided to go with Motul. I read good things about some well regarded trans/diff oil cocktails out there, but, I want to keep things simple and predictable with my fluids. After the change, shifts are definitely a little bit smoother, but it is not a night and day difference by any means. I do not know the age or type of the fluid that it replaced, so it is hard to make a real comparison. Either way, because of the feedback I have found, I trust this oil will work great.




Next up for maintenance:

Spark plugs: Will probably go with NGK (stock temp)
Brake Fluid: Considering going all in with Castrol SRF, but weighing that against ATE Type200 for its supposed longer life span.
Steering Rack Fluid (ATF): Researching between Motul, Amsoil and Redline
Coolant: Looking at Subaru's OEM Super Coolant, Mishimoto Liquid Chill Coolant and other additives

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Old 08-14-2019, 10:18 AM   #17
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Beautiful STi man! That has always been one of my favorite generations. Also we're almost neighbors! I'm over in NE Washington, but close enough that I go to Idaho for the cheaper gas
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:14 PM   #18
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Beautiful STi man! That has always been one of my favorite generations. Also we're almost neighbors! I'm over in NE Washington, but close enough that I go to Idaho for the cheaper gas
Thank you! I am in the Coeur d'Alene area. We are deep in Subaru country here. Lol.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:26 PM   #19
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Good to see more silver GRs! I got my 2014 ISM STI hatch last November. Went stage 2 last month and am loving it. Subscribed!
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Good to see more silver GRs! I got my 2014 ISM STI hatch last November. Went stage 2 last month and am loving it. Subscribed!
Good choice, I really love the silver. The color shows the body lines/curves of the GR so well. The main cosmetic thing I need to do now is powdercoat the stock BBS wheels. I like the wheels themselves, but, I am not a big fan of the silver on silver. Probably go dark grey or bronze when I am able.
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Good choice, I really love the silver. The color shows the body lines/curves of the GR so well. The main cosmetic thing I need to do now is powdercoat the stock BBS wheels. I like the wheels themselves, but, I am not a big fan of the silver on silver. Probably go dark grey or bronze when I am able.
I actually don't mind silver-on-silver, and at least in photos I don't like the look of black or dark grey wheels on silver, but that's just me. If I got new wheels I'd either go for gold or bronze (but not too dark).

One mod I've done that I didn't see mentioned here is the fuel line stumble fix, which greatly improved driveability. I'm self-tuned using open source so it was pretty straightforward to adjust my tune afterwards; unfortunately I don't think Cobb has an OTS tune for that.
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I actually don't mind silver-on-silver, and at least in photos I don't like the look of black or dark grey wheels on silver, but that's just me. If I got new wheels I'd either go for gold or bronze (but not too dark).

One mod I've done that I didn't see mentioned here is the fuel line stumble fix, which greatly improved driveability. I'm self-tuned using open source so it was pretty straightforward to adjust my tune afterwards; unfortunately I don't think Cobb has an OTS tune for that.
I think I am with you there. I am really leaning heavily towards bronze. I think it'd liven things up a little bit

Yeah the stumble really bugs me a lot. I hear that getting the right parts from Cobb (fuel lines, injectors, ect, IIRC) + a tune, should fix it. One day I will get it done, but in the meantime, it is very annoying
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I think I am with you there. I am really leaning heavily towards bronze. I think it'd liven things up a little bit

Yeah the stumble really bugs me a lot. I hear that getting the right parts from Cobb (fuel lines, injectors, ect, IIRC) + a tune, should fix it. One day I will get it done, but in the meantime, it is very annoying
Here's what I did, super easy + cheap . Apparently doesn't work for everybody, but for now I'm happy. (The "real" fix involves fuel rails etc., like you said.)

https://www.iwsti.com/forums/diy-mod...e-fix-mod.html
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