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Old 05-21-2017, 06:50 PM   #1
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Hi All - Just came back to a Subaru after a somewhat brief sojourn aboard a Jeep Wrangler. It was fun, but after a while there were so many things I missed about having a WRX/STI as my daily.

This is my 8th Subie - first was an 02 BRP RS, then between my wife and I an 03 WRB WRX, 02 OBP WRX wagon, 09 WRB WRX, 12 WRB STI, and now an 09 Outback Sport and 15 Forester XT to go with this...



She is pretty loaded as far as all the interior goodies

I took a looong time deciding on the color, but could not come off the darker blue and going back to my first one. Now I am trying to think about what kind of color theme I want to go with. But that starts with the wheels - I have stuck with gunmetal/hyperblack, on WRB mostly, but want to take a while and consider what wheel color I might go with if it is not staying my prior course. Do I go with a more classic look with bronze (and maybe red accents)? Or semi-gloss black on a dark blue with smoked out lights?...

Looking to have a daily that offers some pop and statement, fun to drive, but keep it a real clean ride first and foremost. That has been my plan before and we'll do it again,...unless I feel compelled to suddenly going off in some insane direction!

I am not sure how far this build will go, we'll see, but the next three phases I'm thinking about look like this:

Short-term - ride, suspension, and some cosmetics
  • Underspoilers and other body pieces
  • Wheel and tires
  • Springs
  • Tint

Mid-term - more suspension and EM
  • Bars, links and other suspension goodies
  • Rotors, pads
  • Cobb AP (glad I kept mine)
  • Catback

Longer-term - more brakes and stg 2
  • Brembos and SS lines
  • DP/UP
  • Stg 2 maps

I have the JDM grille on the way and will post up a pic soon

Greg
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:45 AM   #2
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I have always been a fan of the grill on a car - it is one of the features that often catches my eyes first. Seems like Subaru goes out of its way to provide grills on USM models that are unnecessarily cluttered and noisy looking. In my pursuit of cleanliness, this has often been my first mod, and will be again.

Although the 2015+ is better, I think the JDM version offers a simple, bold look and cleans up the front end a lot even though the actual change is modest. Tracking number says Thursday! woohoo!


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Old 05-22-2017, 12:54 PM   #3
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keep posting pics, dude! I'm looking to get an '18 WRX later this year and still trying to decide between CWP, DGM, and LBP. The LBP in some pics looks incredible and in others just looks too purple to me. There really aren't enough pics of them around the 'net so the more people post here the better lol.
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Old 05-22-2017, 01:01 PM   #4
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keep posting pics, dude! I'm looking to get an '18 WRX later this year and still trying to decide between CWP, DGM, and LBP. The LBP in some pics looks incredible and in others just looks too purple to me. There really aren't enough pics of them around the 'net so the more people post here the better lol.
Will do, and I know what you mean. As I am thinking about which wheels and the color theme I want to go with, it has been hard to find a lot of good pics to get some ideas.

I will say in some lighting the LBP looks a little purple, but not much or often, and I am really liking it a lot.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:29 AM   #5
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So I have been considering options for the color theme I want to go with. After 1000's of pics, 100's of posts, and wanting to move away from my prior approaches, I have decided to go bronze on blue with red and black accents. I think the dark blue begs for bronze wheels and excited to go in this direction.

Bronze wheels, black body pieces, and red trim such as the front emblem, grill pinstripe, wheels lugs, and inlaid WRX fender emblem to go with the tail lights.

On wheels I am going with 18x9.5 +38 with 255/35 tires. Not as hip on the 35's as I would like to keep the ride more smooth, but 40's will probably be too much sidewall after lowering on RCE yellows.

Can't wait until boxes start showing up, getting some mods moving, and posting up some pics.
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Old 05-25-2017, 11:21 AM   #6
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The JDM grill gets here today and I have the red pin striping on the way. I am noticing a couple different placements and wonder what folks like better - towards the front end or back end of the bottom lip of the grille.

I plan to sub in the red grill emblem. Which do you think is the better look?

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Old 05-26-2017, 01:08 AM   #7
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So listened to about 100 sounds clips tonight pondering the catback I want to swap in. Have had Cobb before and loved them, also a GReddy Evo, but I'm kinda liking the Corsa, a lot. I think it sounded the best overall and reviews constantly talk about no highway drone.
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Old 05-27-2017, 04:40 PM   #8
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Got the grill put on today. Went pretty smooth, but having someone help hold things in the right spots on the reassembly was big.









Love getting rid of the extra pattern in the USDM version.

Wheels and tires tomorrow...

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Old 05-28-2017, 04:28 AM   #9
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Nice new Subie, welcome back.

I've been saying for some time, we always come back...

Every time there is a new Subie model, many always say Subaru is going downhill, lost its ways, and leaving and will never coming back.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:30 PM   #10
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Goodbye plain silver fender emblems, hello much better and adds a little red accent for the theme...


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Old 05-29-2017, 07:15 PM   #11
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Wheels and tires are on!! Well, my crappy weather and initial budget set anyway. Plan to get the Gram Lights a little more down the road for my good weather setup. Also got to add some more of the red accents.

18x9.5 +38 255/35's

Moving to the springs install soon - the gaps are huge now, you can fly a plane through them Not sure if I am going to go RCE Yellows or Swift...I really think .8" around would work, but maybe the full 1" would be better. My next research topic.




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Nice looking car! I went with the swift-r springs, mounting them soon. the RCE's are safer bet, but the full 1" drop should look good.
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Old 05-29-2017, 11:27 PM   #13
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Nice looking car! I went with the swift-r springs, mounting them soon. the RCE's are safer bet, but the full 1" drop should look good.
Thanks - I'm checking out all the threads I can for feedback between the two. I see some Eibachs on a few rides, but never a big fan after my first set on my 03.
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Old 06-01-2017, 11:19 AM   #14
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Got the Rally Armors on last night (blk w/ red logos), but won't take any pics until Friday because....that is when the BC BR coils should be on and alignment done. I decided to just go straight to coils vs springs and stock struts. Can't wait to get the stance set and see how she looks!
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Old 06-03-2017, 12:54 AM   #15
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Looks good, sounds good. Pretty dirty, but had to get a quick pic of the tips.


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Old 06-03-2017, 10:35 AM   #16
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My vote is for the Swift Spec-R's. The 1" drop is perfect. I've had them installed for over a year now and absolutely love them. No clunking or squeaking and the ride quality is just right (not too stiff or too soft).



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My vote is for the Swift Spec-R's. The 1" drop is perfect. I've had them installed for over a year now and absolutely love them. No clunking or squeaking and the ride quality is just right (not too stiff or too soft).
Thanks for the recommend - I thought about it a lot and in the end decided to go to coils, but went with a modest drop for about the same outcome.
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Hope it's a decent set like AST, Tarmac's, Bilsteins etc...

I went from Tein Flex A to Swifts and wow they are so much better in ride quality and more importantly in handling.

I've had Fortunes, CUSCOs, TEINS, Megan's, and BC on various subys so I learned the hard way over many years
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Days sucks for pics, but she was so dirty I sprayed her down. Phase one is pretty much there at this point. I have red lugs on order to round out the red accents for now.

18x9.5 +38
255/35
BC BR Coilovers
Corsa Catback
OEM Front Lip
JDM Grill/Red Stripe
Red Grill/Tail Emblems
CF/Red Fender Emblems
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So after a weekend of taking her through some paces I have my initial thought on the coils and cat back additions.

Here are three pics that best show the stance:

I opted to be more conservative on the drop, at least at first. The Avid wheels I got were really closer to 10's when I measured with the calipers than 9.5 and are +38, and I want to avoid rolling/pulling if I can to prevent rubs. Once I can justify the cost of the 'summer' set-up (hint: not this summer), I am getting the Gram Light 57 Xtreme in Bronze, which I think I can get in a +40. 2mm less poke and a true width of 9.5 and I think there is enough clearance to drop it a bit more if I want.







Ride quality and handling:

So far I am very pleased. The ride is certainly more firm, but no way rigid or jarring. Going from 40 profile tires and stock suspension to 35's and coils I expected more, but have been pleasantly surprised. The ride feels really solid and well put together. While I know there is a lot I can do with different bushings, etc., the steering wheel to ground feels tight, responsive, and very comfortable to drive. Sooo nice to be back in the Subie cockpit again!

The new cat back:

I think the Corsa cat back was a great choice for me. The note is more throaty and bold from the stock sound and not a hint rattle can or drone at all. Not the choice for some glued into a louder profile, but I wanted something that was better sounding on top of a well-engineered part, but side more on understatement than otherwise. It suits the look more. However, the bling on the tips is sweet. They call it black diamond or something, it's flat out good looking. I was worried it would just look a blah black and disappear, but now stoked I chose it.

Oh, and in finding my way to the right mix of red accents, I took the extra pin striping from the grill and did the side mirrors. Not sure I like it yet. If I do, I might do the rear diffuser portion as well and call it there.

~Cheers

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Old 06-06-2017, 08:52 PM   #21
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Thanks for the recommend - I thought about it a lot and in the end decided to go to coils, but went with a modest drop for about the same outcome.
Yeah, a solid set of coils is always the best option. Looking great!
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Nice new Subie, welcome back.

I've been saying for some time, we always come back...

Every time there is a new Subie model, many always say Subaru is going downhill, lost its ways, and leaving and will never coming back.
Thanks! I agree Subaru keeps finding a way to deliver. It does feel a little foolish to have left
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Yeah, a solid set of coils is always the best option. Looking great!
Thanks, really happy with how the ride feels right now.
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:25 PM   #24
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Very nice ride, congrats!
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Very nice ride, congrats!
Thanks! Really enjoying it starting to take shape.
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