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Old 02-06-2017, 10:35 AM   #1
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Just wanted to create a thread to keep track of any upgrades or downgrades we end up doing to these cars. I've seen a lot of info on tuning the previous generation and would love to get the 17+ going in that direction, rev hang and dead zones could really be cleaned up.

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Old 02-06-2017, 11:45 AM   #2
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>downgrades

what?
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:59 AM   #3
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>downgrades

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Well I am going to "down grade" my stock 18" for my Volks 17"
does that count?

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I installed some led H11 bulbs in the headlights. They made a huge difference, the stock halogen bulbs seem so dim by comparison.

Unfortunately my passenger headlight is fubar, made out of spec is my best guess, and is throwing off huge amounts of glare and stray light. I had to remove the leds as it made this problem even worse.

I used these bulbs from VLEDS with the 5K temp option:
http://www.vleds.com/all-products/le....html?___SID=U

I also replaced all the interior bulbs with led, installed the subaru splash guards, and have the body side molding trim I'll install when the weather is warmer.

My Subaru accessories didn't come with instructions but you can download them here:
https://stis.subaru.com/search/index.html

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Old 02-06-2017, 12:59 PM   #5
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I installed some led H11 bulbs in the headlights. They made a huge difference, the stock halogen bulbs seem so dim by comparison.

Unfortunately my passenger headlight is fubar, made out of spec, and is throwing off huge amounts of glare and stray light. I had to remove the leds as it made this problem even worse.

I used these bulbs from VLEDS with the 5K temp option:
http://www.vleds.com/all-products/le....html?___SID=U

I also replaced all the interior bulbs with led, installed the subaru splash guards, and have the body side molding trim I'll install when the weather is warmer.

FYI, Subaru accessories don't come with instructions but you can download them here:
https://stis.subaru.com/search/index.html
All of the accessories I've bought from Subaru had instructions with them.
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Old 02-06-2017, 01:05 PM   #6
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All of the accessories I've bought from Subaru had instructions with them.
Well, mine didn't. Maybe because the 17's are so new, don't know.
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Old 02-06-2017, 01:24 PM   #7
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I installed some led H11 bulbs in the headlights. They made a huge difference, the stock halogen bulbs seem so dim by comparison.

Unfortunately my passenger headlight is fubar, made out of spec is my best guess, and is throwing off huge amounts of glare and stray light. I had to remove the leds as it made this problem even worse.

I used these bulbs from VLEDS with the 5K temp option:
http://www.vleds.com/all-products/le....html?___SID=U

I also replaced all the interior bulbs with led, installed the subaru splash guards, and have the body side molding trim I'll install when the weather is warmer.

My Subaru accessories didn't come with instructions but you can download them here:
https://stis.subaru.com/search/index.html
Did you buy a interior lighting kit or do it DIY with off shelf LED bulbs ?
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Old 02-06-2017, 01:28 PM   #8
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I also replaced all the interior bulbs with led, installed the subaru splash guards, and have the body side molding trim I'll install when the weather is warmer.
Any first impressions on the splash guards? Ease of installation, how they look, effectiveness, etc? Would you be able to post a picture? Thanks in advance, considering getting them myself.
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Old 02-06-2017, 01:41 PM   #9
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Any first impressions on the splash guards? Ease of installation, how they look, effectiveness, etc? Would you be able to post a picture? Thanks in advance, considering getting them myself.
The splash guards on the 2012-16 are pretty much for decoration only. You'd be better off getting some Rally Armor mud flaps instead (if/when they become available)
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Old 02-06-2017, 01:41 PM   #10
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Any first impressions on the splash guards? Ease of installation, how they look, effectiveness, etc? Would you be able to post a picture? Thanks in advance, considering getting them myself.
Mine came with factory installed splash guards (2017 Premium Impreza). I originally pre-ordered my car with the splash guards, but when I learned that Subaru was not offering them in body color for the 2017 Imprezas (in the past they had I think) I removed it from my order (wasn't keen on black plastic splash guards on my white car). For better or worse, they forgot to remove them so I left them on for now. If those are the same splash guards you're thinking of (black plastic), I'm happy to take a picture and share it. Overall though, so far they don't bother me that much; I like the look of the splash guards on the rear more than the ones on the front - mostly because the black trim on the bumper of the car makes the splash guards on the rear blend in better on my car.

Edit: I can't speak to ease of installation, but the dealer did say they would be easy to remove (something about one screw or something). I also don't feel confident enough to speak to effectiveness... I've never had a car with splash guards before and haven't lived in a snowy climate before (whereas I do now), so am not sure how to judge (especially because I've only had them for a week).
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Did you buy a interior lighting kit or do it DIY with off shelf LED bulbs ?
I used some left over bulbs I had from Amazon. Here's the bulb #

Map/Dome light 3175:
Rear cargo light 194:
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Old 02-06-2017, 04:18 PM   #12
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Any first impressions on the splash guards? Ease of installation, how they look, effectiveness, etc? Would you be able to post a picture? Thanks in advance, considering getting them myself.

I like them, fit is excellent. They are small little things but they get the job done protecting the paint.

Install is easy, took me about 30 minutes. The hardest part is getting the clips off, almost need 3 hands. Use a phillips to turn the center part until it pops up (about 1/8 of a turn) while holding the the outer part with needle nose then use a flat head to pop the center part out. Removing the 2 rear clips facing the ground I had to destroy to get them out but those aren't reused so no biggie.

Here's some hi-res images:
https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/...ouONC4ri0AWrJn

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The premium doesn't have OEM sideskirts anymore? That sucks.
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[quote=2.5~rs;44960421]Just wanted to create a thread to keep track of any upgrades or downgrades we end up doing to these cars. I've seen a lot of info on tuning the previous generation and would love to get the 17+ going in that direction, rev hang and dead zones could really be cleaned up.



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Old 02-06-2017, 07:34 PM   #15
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I installed some led H11 bulbs in the headlights. They made a huge difference, the stock halogen bulbs seem so dim by comparison.

Unfortunately my passenger headlight is fubar, made out of spec is my best guess, and is throwing off huge amounts of glare and stray light. I had to remove the leds as it made this problem even worse.

I used these bulbs from VLEDS with the 5K temp option:
http://www.vleds.com/all-products/le....html?___SID=U

I also replaced all the interior bulbs with led, installed the subaru splash guards, and have the body side molding trim I'll install when the weather is warmer.

My Subaru accessories didn't come with instructions but you can download them here:
https://stis.subaru.com/search/index.html
Illegal. Let us know when you get fined. Also keep a tally of how many people flash you for blinding them.

Think it's hilarious when people do this. Cars actually look so much more trashy when you put HIDs/LEDs in reflective housings. Makes you look like some 16 year old domino's worker driving a rusted out civic.
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Old 02-06-2017, 07:52 PM   #16
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Illegal. Let us know when you get fined. Also keep a tally of how many people flash you for blinding them.
Oh man, I've been pooped on. Actually I'm already getting flashed with the OEM bulbs but that's a different story because something is not right with the passenger headlight reflector but I posted a different thread detailing that.

You do bring up a good point as they are not DOT approved/certified but they are way behind the times, no after market leds are that I'm aware of. I'm educated in lighting design so I know what works and what doesn't considering glare, cutoff... These work well in the one good headlight I have.

However, I may not install them once my bad headlight gets fixed. My concern is if I ever get into an accident at night a crafty investigator/lawyer could build a case against me for using non DOT approved lights even though the beam pattern was in spec.

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Old 02-06-2017, 08:17 PM   #17
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That was you with the messed up headlight? Shouldn't you get that fixed before you go sticking other things in the headlights?

and the last point is another good reason why not to put LEDs/HIDs in a housing without a projector.

I wish spyder made pre-made headlight housings, they have some reasonably priced projector-loaded housings for almost every car on earth, except Subarus.
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Old 02-07-2017, 12:55 AM   #18
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and the last point is another good reason why not to put LEDs/HIDs in a housing without a projector.
Normally I wouldn't respond a second time as you made your point and I made mine but projector housings can be just as bad, you can get really bad results from them with after market bulbs just like reflectors. Best to keep it stock unless you know what your doing, legal reasons aside.
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There is no bulb you can put in a projector housing that's as dangerous as it would be in a reflector housing.
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>downgrades

what?
We all know some of the things people do to these cars are not upgrades.

At some point in the next week I'll be trying out the walker muffler delete a lot of the previous gen guys use. I probably wont keep it like that but worth a shot to hear what it sounds like for $15.
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I like them, fit is excellent. They are small little things but they get the job done protecting the paint.

Install is easy, took me about 30 minutes. The hardest part is getting the clips off, almost need 3 hands. Use a phillips to turn the center part until it pops up (about 1/8 of a turn) while holding the the outer part with needle nose then use a flat head to pop the center part out. Removing the 2 rear clips facing the ground I had to destroy to get them out but those aren't reused so no biggie.

Here's some hi-res images:
https://www.amazon.com/photos/share/...ouONC4ri0AWrJn
Thank you for the insight and pics, very helpful!
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For what it's worth, the Walker 41785 turn down pipe that the last gen guys are using is not a direct bolt on to this car. They must be using larger diameter exhaust now and the bolt holes don't line up. Once the holes are enlarged it should bolt up.

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So base I think comes with 17" and sport 18" rims

But sport has lower profile tires, so if I wanted to swap out the 18" for 17" ones what size tire should I get to make sure all the instrument reading are correct. I am looking to do 17" + bit higher profile tires as roads around me are sinkholes with spikey sharpened spears in them.
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205/50r17 is stock on the 17" limited

I ordered a 215/50r17 winter set, can't give any feedback because my 5dr/5mt sport hasn't arrived yet.
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So base I think comes with 17" and sport 18" rims
Base: 16 x 6.5 in. steel, black finish - 205/55R16
Premium: 16 x 6.5 in. aluminum alloy, silver finish - 205/55R16
Limited: 17 x 7.0 in. aluminum alloy, dark gray with machine finish - 205/50R17
Sport: 18 x 7.5 in. aluminum alloy, black with machine finish - 225/40R18

This is from the Spec sheet here:
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