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Old 06-05-2018, 02:53 PM   #851
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I would highly recommend the Cobb SSK. The combination does get a little noisy when you add the shift bushings, but it is soooo worth it. And after a month or so of driving you dont even notice. Shifts are NOTCHY as all hell.
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Old 06-05-2018, 02:54 PM   #852
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I would highly recommend the Cobb SSK. The combination does get a little noisy when you add the shift bushings, but it is soooo worth it. And after a month or so of driving you dont even notice. Shifts are NOTCHY as all hell.
Thanks for the feedback. I will most likely just be doing the SSK. I did the kartboy ssk in my wrx (had the bushing never put them in) and it was perfect. I'll see how I like the Cobb first and then decide on the bushings later.
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Old 06-05-2018, 03:20 PM   #853
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I was actually in the same boat. Had the Cobb adjustable short shifter installed for about a year before i decided to go ahead and install the bushings. Was VERY pleased with the night and day difference.
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:34 AM   #854
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Decided to wrap my center shifter trim pieces. Did the side trim in 3m gloss black and the shifter ring I did in dinoc carbon fiber. I was going to do it in black, but decided to do the the ring in fiber for some contrast. Turned out great and looks much better than the silver it comes with. Slowly getting all the chrome/silver out of the interior, so this was a good start since I had a ton of vinyl laying around from past projects.

Going to do some fun mods coming up, but still decided on what to do next. I know the cobb SSK is on the list, but may do a few other things as well.




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Old 06-15-2018, 07:12 PM   #855
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Dude, what an amazing build. I've looked through every single page and really impressed with how much style you have and your choice in mods. I really like the wheels you had on your WRX, I think those are much better than the gramlights. Your new wheels are sick too.
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Old 06-19-2018, 12:29 PM   #856
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Dude, what an amazing build. I've looked through every single page and really impressed with how much style you have and your choice in mods. I really like the wheels you had on your WRX, I think those are much better than the gramlights. Your new wheels are sick too.
Thank you for the kind comments. Which wheels were you referring to on the WRX? I had quite a few different sets haha.
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:12 AM   #857
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What's being installed: Kartboy Short Shifter and Perrin Reverse Lockout

Mileage: 14,752

I was up in the air of what to do next to the car as I wanted to start doing some driver mods to enhance the overall driving experience. I am pretty happy with the overall look of the car, so I wanted to invest some time into making the drive more fun. I was up in the air between a short shifter, rear sway bar, or a cobb accessport. I really took my time with this decision as I wanted to make sure whatever I put into the car would give me the upgraded feeling I was looking for.

I was leaning towards the rear sway bar for a while since I know this made a massive difference in my WRX. However, realizing the STI comes with a 20mm rear sway already, I knew upgrading to a 22mm wasn't even worth it. I read some reviews and people said they didn't even notice a difference. I would need to go to a 24mm to make it worthwhile. I still plan on scooping one up in the future, but I decided to hold off for a bit and do more research.

Doing a simple stage 1 tune also crossed my mind. I am pretty content with the stock power, but wouldn't mind a tad more umpf. Also the benefits of smoothing out the gears and the ability to get launch control as well as monitoring the motor through the accessport. Went back and forth on this, but ultimately decided to shy away from it since I am still in warranty. Maybe once I hit that expiration mark, I'll reconsider.

This left me with a short shifter. I loved the shorter throw and notchy feeling when I put the kartboy into my WRX. It changed the whole driving experience and this seemed like ir was exactly what I was after. I battled back and forth with the cobb and kartboy for a few weeks, but ended up going with the kartboy.

A few reasons as to why are 1. the cobb adjustability is nice, but I have realized too much adjustability can be a bad thing. Constantly trying to make it perfect and make small adjustments here and there drive me nuts. 2. I heard that the cobb can get loose over time due to the adjustments that can be made. 3. Have to do some cutting/filing if you want to go lower so nothing rubs.

I decided to go with the kartboy due to my previous experience and the "set it and forget it" concept. I also decided to go with a new lockout lever since I heard the stock one can rattle and cause some major annoyances. I wanted to do everything I could at once so I don't have to take everything apart again down the line. I decided on the perrin due to the single piece design and the reviews. It's a bit simple looking, but the simplistic design is what makes it stand out from the rest to me.

I did some shopping around and luckily the wekeend I decided on, there were a few 4th of july sales going on. SMY Performance had the best deal going so I decided to snag them up. In a few short days, they were in my mailbox ready to go.

I went out to the garage to simply take a look at everything, but ended up deciding to tackle the install. It took a few minutes to find the reverse lock out bracket under the car, but ended up sticking an allen key in there to hold it's spot. Got into the car and got to work taking everything apart and out of the car.

Removal of the stock shifter and reverse lock out went incredibly smooth. Everything came out safely and I did not come across one issue. It was now time to put the new stuff back in and see what I thought about this combo.

Well, that didn't go as expected. I greased the ball on the shifter and all the rubber bushings to ensure a squeak free operation. Everything popped into place and not it was time to get the perrin reverse lockout on. After studying the engineering behind it, I knew what had to be done and immediately thought this is going to be tough. Having to line up the hole on the lockout to the hole in the reverse cable proved to be quite tricky. Not to mention you have to get the OEM pin in these 2 holes while trying to hold everything into place.

The pin gave me some serious trouble as lining everything up and trying to hammer a small pin in a tight area was not fun. In previous models, the perrin lockout used a screw, which I thought would be a much easier install. I am not too sure why the decided to go back to the pin, but just a forewarning to anyone installing one of these. After some serious manipulation, blood hands, and pep talks to myself, I managed to get the pin into all the proper holes. After that, I managed to button everything else up in a matter of minutes.

Upon initial feel, I loved the shortened throw and notchy gear feeling. Everything felt super precise. It's always so confident inspiring when you shift and have no question on what gear you are going in. I couldn't wait to get out on the road to put it through its paces.

The perrin reverse lockout however felt a bit sticky. I ended up using the supplied grease, but after some reading, people said to not use it since it's pretty sticky and can cause it to get stuck. Mine moves, but it doesn't slide as nicely as the OEM one did. I have some high performance suspension grease I can use, but I am not looking to remove it after all the trouble I had installing it. I am going to try to see if I can inject some of it in there without taking it off to make it slide a bit smoother. It works though!

The drive to work felt amazing. It brought me back to when I installed it in my WRX. Super precise and notchy. Not much effort is needed to get the car into gear. I love the shortened throw and I had no problem adjusting to the new shift feeling. I can't wait to drive it more and looking forward to putting many miles on this setup!














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Old 07-10-2018, 01:29 PM   #858
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Beautiful car, I especially love the Lapis blue with the RS055RRs. Great OEM+ type of build!
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Old 07-10-2018, 01:36 PM   #859
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Beautiful car, I especially love the Lapis blue with the RS055RRs. Great OEM+ type of build!
Thank you! OEM+ is always what I am after. I appreciate it.
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Old 07-10-2018, 02:10 PM   #860
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I'm not going to lie those wheel are really starting to grow on me more and more.

Did you have to use any wheel spacers/adapter to get them to fit? I see your 18x9.5 size has the ones that fit our stock 5x114.3 bolt layout so I'm assuming not but problem is I would need 18x8.5 size (because of my tires) which only comes in 5x100, 5x112, and 5x120 bolt layouts. I see some adapters online but not sure if that would be possible as those usually add quick a bit of thickness.

http://enkei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/rs05rr.pdf

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Old 07-10-2018, 02:15 PM   #861
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I'm not going to lie those wheel are really starting to grow on me more and more.

Did you have to use any wheel spacers/adapter to get them to fit? I see 18x9.5 has the ones that fit our default 5x114.3 llayout so I'm assuming not but problem is I would need 18x8.5 size (because of my tires) which only comes in 5x100, 5x112, and 5x120 layouts. Not sure if that would be possible.

http://enkei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/rs05rr.pdf
The pictures do make these wheels look a little iffy. But I issue you in person, they are on a different level. They are a super good looking wheel.

No spacers or anything. Yes they are 18x9.5 +35. It's probably best to get new tires if you plan on getting a set.

I wouldn't run anything but 5x114.You'll need to run adapters with anything else and they are huge spacers, so it won't fit right.
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The pictures do make these wheels look a little iffy. But I issue you in person, they are on a different level. They are a super good looking wheel.

No spacers or anything. Yes they are 18x9.5 +35. It's probably best to get new tires if you plan on getting a set.

I wouldn't run anything but 5x114.You'll need to run adapters with anything else and they are huge spacers, so it won't fit right.
Ah yeah that's what I figured. I found these adapters but they don't look very high quality to me and add 25mm thickness (even if I got the 50 offset wheels that would basically give me 25 offset with the spacers so that's a definitely pushing it to not fit right and poke out quite a bit - 30mm over stock).

https://www.amazon.com/Adapters-5x11.../dp/B00HQSQO4A

Looks like I would be safer and have to purchase new tires if I wanted these wheels...bummer...

Other than that I was considering the Avid AV20s as they are a bit close to this design at least (not to mention significantly cheaper ).

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Old 07-10-2018, 03:11 PM   #863
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I know I've commented on these wheels/car in another thread but DAAAAAAAMN! I really do like them and want them for my LBP. Car is looking good, brother.
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Old 07-10-2018, 03:20 PM   #864
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I know I've commented on these wheels/car in another thread but DAAAAAAAMN! I really do like them and want them for my LBP. Car is looking good, brother.
Thanks my dude. Can't go wrong with these wheels on LBP. It suits the color very well.
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:22 AM   #865
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Looking into a nicer front lip and side skirt extensions for my next move. Carbon Fiber isn't out of the question, but looking for something clean. I prefer the CS style look.
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I think the carbon fiber ones are your best best as far as getting a good quality CS style lip.

I searched and searched for other ones and the only other options seem to be eBay or legitimate CS lips.

Maxton Design's side skirts are a nice piece.
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I think the carbon fiber ones are your best best as far as getting a good quality CS style lip.

I searched and searched for other ones and the only other options seem to be eBay or legitimate CS lips.

Maxton Design's side skirts are a nice piece.
Yeah, I am leaning towards the ebay CF one. Price is reasonable compared to stuff I see on subispeed or other sites.

I love the maxton design, but I saw the install on the front lip and it's too involved. I want something that is easy to bolt up. I also am not a fan of gloss black finishes as it tends to scratch and swirl easy.
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Looking into a nicer front lip and side skirt extensions for my next move. Carbon Fiber isn't out of the question, but looking for something clean. I prefer the CS style look.


Interested to see what you choose. I've been eyeing some carbon fiber front lips and sideskirts as well to go along with the carbon fiber SPT trunk trim.
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Interested to see what you choose. I've been eyeing some carbon fiber front lips and sideskirts as well to go along with the carbon fiber SPT trunk trim.
I'm battling back and forth with the idea. Not sure if I want to go that deep into a front lip/side skirts. Considering doing more driver mods so might just do a bayson r cs style front lip and side skirts in the polyurethane. Had them in the past and they were more than enough for me.

Trying my best to refrain from spending too much on this car. Im at the point where I really enjoy the car, but start doing things just to keep busy. Trying my best to just enjoy it and know what's coming next is the ultimate prize.


For anyone interested, putting my front lip up for sale, but haven't made a FS thread. Thinking 100 shipped. Let me know if anyone wants it.

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Old 07-29-2018, 05:25 PM   #870
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Trying my best to just enjoy it and know what's coming next is the ultimate prize.

I am more curious on what this could be.
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:30 PM   #871
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I gotta check out that Perrin reverse lock out. My stock one rattles with my Kartboy short shifter
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I gotta check out that Perrin reverse lock out. My stock one rattles with my Kartboy short shifter


Do it man. I read up before I got he kartboy and heard he stock rattles so I decided to tackle the lock out while I was doing the shifter. Itís a solid piece that just completes he whole package. Itís a PITA to install due to the pin, but Iím glad I went with it.
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Small update

I have a Bayson R CS style front lip and cs style side skirt extensions coming in tomorrow. Sold off my front v limited lip in favor of this one as I prefer the overall style more.

I was debating whether to go with something carbon fiber or something higher end, but at the end of the day I decided to go with what I know. I would hate for something to get damaged as I drive the car year round. Going something as durable as poly eases my mind a bit, yet giving the look I want. I had great success with this brand on my previous WRX, so I am looking forward to making the front end a bit more aggressive and lowering the side skirt lines. They are set to arrive tomorrow, so I will be installing this weekend.

I am also entertaining the burble tune by brentuning. I absolutely love what tuners are doing with cars these days and the whole burble craze is something I always wanted on my car. I didn't think anything was available like that for the STI, but it looks like Brentuning was able to do it. Problem is, I need to get an accessport haha. Currently debating between a cobb ap or a new headunit/amp. Time will tell what I do next!
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Do it man. I read up before I got he kartboy and heard he stock rattles so I decided to tackle the lock out while I was doing the shifter. Itís a solid piece that just completes he whole package. Itís a PITA to install due to the pin, but Iím glad I went with it.
Thanks for the info. Just received my Perrin Reverse Lockout yesterday. Getting it installed along with some other parts next week. Looking forward to getting rid of the rattle. It looks really good on your car. Hoping itíll blend in the my interior as well as it did on yours.
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Small update

I have a Bayson R CS style front lip and cs style side skirt extensions coming in tomorrow. Sold off my front v limited lip in favor of this one as I prefer the overall style more.

I was debating whether to go with something carbon fiber or something higher end, but at the end of the day I decided to go with what I know. I would hate for something to get damaged as I drive the car year round. Going something as durable as poly eases my mind a bit, yet giving the look I want. I had great success with this brand on my previous WRX, so I am looking forward to making the front end a bit more aggressive and lowering the side skirt lines. They are set to arrive tomorrow, so I will be installing this weekend.

I am also entertaining the burble tune by brentuning. I absolutely love what tuners are doing with cars these days and the whole burble craze is something I always wanted on my car. I didn't think anything was available like that for the STI, but it looks like Brentuning was able to do it. Problem is, I need to get an accessport haha. Currently debating between a cobb ap or a new headunit/amp. Time will tell what I do next!
I went with a polyurethane lip kit for the durability as well. Carbon fiber or fiberglass would just get chewed up everything you scrape.

And dude...go with the COBB AccessPORT! No brainer my man. The head unit can wait IMO. Even if you have a hard time justifying a tune, think of the engine monitoring capabilities of the AccessPORT alone. Well worth the investment.
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Please don't get the burble tune, it's so obnoxious.
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