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Old 08-25-2008, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default No Trees Just Foresters, Top Scoob 010 Final Round !! (Polls Open)

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Off Road or Sleep STi Shoebox, if you like things a little on the square side post up your Forester and find out if it has what it takes to become a Top Scoob.

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Old 08-26-2008, 09:48 AM   #2
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Location: Liverpool,UK
06 Forester STi
Crystal Grey


2006 Forester STi

We bought the Sti in March this year becuase we decided to buy a Chocolate Labrador pup and the WRx wasn't practical enough for the four of us plus dog!
So the search began to find the FSTi(there's only a couple of dealers in the UK that import the FSTi,so wasn't too hard,more a case of getting the right colour and spec)
First thing to be changed was the stock stereo for a Kenwood DNX7200(sat-nav/usb etc.
Next up was a tyre change after picking up a screw in the sidewall of one,good excuse to get rid of the original ditchfinder Bridgestones.
Fitted Continental Sport Contact's,felt a lot better than OEM,but managed to kill them after 21laps of The Nurburgring.
Replaced them with Michelin Pilot Sport 2's,much better grip and confidence,did another 10laps of The 'Ring including my fastest lap ever!
The cars pretty much stock as it's supposed to be a family car ie school run,camping trips,trips to The 'Ring etc!!

Standard spec

2.5l(265bhp standard)
6 speed
18" STi branded wheels
Folding Electric mirrors
STi interior
Reclining rear seats

Some of the mods are

Mocom Racing Re-map(310bhp & 320lb torque)
Subaru WR Sport rear silencer
Apex Coilovers
Tein Front strut brace
Whiteline Rear strut brace
Whiteline ARB's,braided brake hoses,uprated pads to follow and possibly a sports cat for a bit power!!

The day I picked it up

The reason for buying it

On location in the UK,Germany and The Nurburgring

Taking my 9yr old petrol head of a daughter out for her first ever lap of The 'Ring

My works vehicle in the background(Scania Fire Truck)

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Old 08-26-2008, 09:54 AM   #3
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Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Laurel, MD
2006 Forester XT
Crystal Gray Metallic


Ha, of course the first Forester entered HAS to be an STi. Way to set the bar super high.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:04 AM   #4
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Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: Long beach, CA
2014 STI 5 door


Titek catted downpipe
HKS carbon ti catback exhaust w/ GG extended hangers.
Cobb access port/ stage 2.
GFB hybred blow off valve
GG snorkus deleat
Apexi boost guage
Cobb adjustable short shifter
Cobb shifter bushings
Cobb front and adjustable rear swaybars
Cartboy endlinks
GG lateral link supports
Megan Racing street series coilovers/ set up by Westend.
Goodrich stainless steel brake lines
Motul brake fluid
Falcon Azenis RT 615 tires.

soon to come-
VF34 turbo
STI top mount intercooler
STI steering rack
Racing Brake big brake kit.

some bling here and there, meh.

stalking Evolutions in the canyons

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Old 08-26-2008, 11:05 AM   #5
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Join Date: Jan 2004
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: NH
0807 Forester / B9
WRB / Black


Yeah, I'm not even going to Bother entering my sad 08 Sports after seeing the 1st few entries
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:11 AM   #6
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i cant wait till i get my forester!!! best thread ever!
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:26 AM   #7
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Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Auburn, WA
1995 Legacy LSi
2005 Chrysler Town & ****


Having owned an 89' Opel Kadet, a 79' Fiat Spider 2000 (CS2) and an Omni GLH-S (as well as oh 13 odd Scoob's) over the years, you might say I have a penchant for oddball performance cars. In early 2003 I had the opportunity to drive the USDM Forester turbo before it had made its official public debut. From the first stab of the accelerator I was hooked. At the time I was driving a 2001 Impreza RS that I had turbocharged with a TD04, Subachad up and downpipes (where is Subachad these days anyway?) a Rallispec TMIC, RC injectors and a Link Plus plug & play engine management system. Several months went by and in November I began searching for a white 5spd Forester XT with no options. Unfortunately there was only one white Forester XT left on the East side of the Mississippi river, and it was loaded to the gills. We arranged for a dealer trade and I set out to pick up what would eventually become my car.

We got the vehicle back and placed it in our storage building until I sold my Impreza. The car sat in the building from November until I took delivery on February 13th (and early Valentines gift to myself) During the time it sat in storage a Forester specific Scooby Sport exhaust had magically found its way onto the car, weird things happen in these cold Michigan winters. I drove the Forester home and was promptly told by my wife (fiancee at the time) that car was too loud, straight back to work and put the stock parts back on. The car remained stock for nearly year before I added an SPT catback exhaust system and Prodrive intercooler y-pipe.

My first suspension modification was a set of WRX wagon struts, springs and 20mm sedan rear swaybar. I swapped out the stock Geolanders at the same time for a set of Avon Tech M550 All season tires. Around this time the Detroit region SCCA began a rallycross series and I found the Forester to be rather competitive. Unfortunately as things often are I found the car to be lacking in power. I added a Bosal downpipe and 3rd cat delete to complement the SPT cat-back. Unfortunately I was no longer happy with the tone of the SPT so I traded with a local for an Apexi WS cat back and re-flashed to stg2 with a Cobb accessport. I was rather pleased with the power I was putting down until a run-in with a Ferrari 348 down at Beaver Run raceway changed my mind.

See, what happened was that the Forester was actually able to hang with the Ferrari both in the straights and in the corners, I knew then that it was my duty to make the Forester a sprinter in a fat guy suit. I knew that the Forester was basically a WRX STI with a smaller turbo, a boxy body and a taller suspension, therefore if it works for a STI it will work for me, it was obvious that the next logical step was coilovers and I had just the thing, a set of Progress coilovers with less than 500 miles were just sitting on one of my shelfs in my garage.

I installed the Progress coilovers and added a set of RE-070 tires on Rota SDR's (we'll get to more wheels shortly) With a performance oriented alignment the car was now a monster, unfortunately it was lacking in the horsepower department. At this point in time I was able to acquire a low mileage VF-39 with a "cracked" wastegate outlet. I sent the turbo off to deadbolt to be polished and ported. Through the same contact I acquire a STI intake manifold, exhaust manifold with uppipe, and an STi catback exhaust. I installed the turbo, and associated parts and re-flashed to a Cobb OTS map for the 39. The car was now fast, scary fast and oddly enough, quiet. Enough of that crap, off came the STI muffler and on went an STi sports muffler.

So, what does one do with a fast car that handles well and is a complete sleeper? You enjoy it for a year and a half without changing a thing. Unfortunately I parked in my backyard one day and my puppies decided to use the front bumper as a chew toy, normally I would be angry but I saw it as an excuse to upgrade (hey, it's fast enough might a well make it look good) I tried for nearly 6 months to get the part #'s for the JDM only F-STi (sorry, F-STI) so I could attempt to allow SOA to make some money on importing oh maybe 15 - 20 of them, but it appears that SOA is a non-profit organization and I was unable to get them so I installed a stock USDM bumper cover, but added STI foglamp cover, an STI grille, STI side grilles, STI hood scoop and STi waist spoiler. While apart I cleared the headlamps and after a shots of liquid courage I cut some holes in the fenders and installed some side markers.

So now that car looks pretty, goes fast, corners great and.................... well it's now basically and uncomfortable race car without a cage so what to do now?

If you guessed cage you would be dead wrong. You take a step back and re-evaluate your priorities. Can you still go fast without being obnoxious? Yes, can you be fast while being environmentally conscious? Absolutely,can you have great handling without bouncing your fillings out? Yes. Can you have everything fit together properly and not look like it was pieced together from a speed shop? Sure, but it will cost you. Enter phase I lost count and honey don't ask how much I spent. But first things first, let's pay the car off a year early (responsible modding? I must be getting old)

First things first, let's put some cats back on here. Off went the catless Bosal pipes and on went a Prodrive downpipe and third cat delete. While doing that we added a layer of heat resistant material to the inside of the stock turbo heatshield and had it ceramic coated. Off came the intake manifold and back went the TGV's. Off goes the overly loud (but overall sweeeeeet sounding) Genome, on goes a Prodrive muffler (noticing a trend here?) a Prodrive BCS rounded off the newest round of mods. A fresh reflash of the ecm (soon to be replaced by a STI ecm with a Prodrive flash, spring 09')

Now that engine is taken care of (again) we can get back to the bobble head suspension. Off goes the Progress coilovers, on goes a set of STi struts, Prodrive springs, STI swaybars, STI engine, rear diff and rear suspension cross members, STI lateral links, STI control arms and every GrpN bushing known to US Subaru dealers (and some that even SOA does not know that they stock ) while apart an STI steering rack found its way onto the car as well.

At this point the car is feeling very nice and looking trick, not just any trick but factory trick, the trickest of them all. The few things lef to do were to add a STI molybdenum GrpN flywheel, STI clutch line, STI brake lines and STI brake master cylinder. Current wheels are Rota SDR with RE-070, Prodrive P1 with RE-070 and Prodrive PFF7 with Dunlop SP600

Engine oil is changed every 3,500 miles with STi sports oil and STi sports oil filter.
Brake fluid is STi sports brake fluid and is changed every 15k
Differential and transmission fluid is Subaru ExtraS
Coolant was just changed to the new Subaru "super coolant" (the new blue stuff) and a STi radiator cap (replaced every 30k, cap and fluid)

Brakes are factory original after approximately 45k of use. The vehicle is garaged over the winter and will be receiving STi Brembos over the winter.

Gearbox had the synchros and bearings replaced at 8k thanks to Royal Purple lubricants (pure garbage) otherwise still original (love the ratios) but shifted via a STi short throw shifter and GrpN mounts (engine and transmission)

Forgot to add, most recently installed is my wicked awesome Subtle Solutions intercooler splitter, the only part on the car that is not Subaru or Prodrive!

I have had the car nearly 5 years now and plan on keeping it until she is considered a classic!!!

On to the pics!!!!!!!

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Old 08-26-2008, 03:21 PM   #8
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2007 STi

Default Let get an older one in here...

This is my Forester. It started out a daily driver that I slowly started building and suddenly it transformed into something I never could have imagined. I had a few mods that were mainly hand-me-down from friends.

Custom Cat-Back
18” 01 Design Systems Carbon Wheels
2006 Stock WRX Suspension
WRX Sedan Rear Sway Bar
Kenwood Head Unit
Zerosports Shift Boot
Short Shifter

My exhaust was part of axel back from a WRX that was too small for my friend Gabe's (suddenthomus) build that we cut off the muffler and made a custom cat-back exhaust. The intake came off of Johann’s (Bad Wagon) old 99 2.5 RS (back when he was drivinscooburz) that he sold to get a 04 WRX Wagon. The wheels were bought later off of Bad Wagon's car which came off when he stepped up to 19”s. I got the suspension pieces from a parts car Bad Wagon had and the rest I bought new. Little things like headlights bulbs, my shift boot, and a head unit. I always had high ambitions for what I wanted the car to be but never really thought it would materialize into anything real. I decided to take the sensible approach and build the N/A motor. I bought a Borla header and a few other small parts to get the most out of what I had until one night while I was sitting at home and I got a call….

If was my friend Johann (Bad Wagon) and has asks me if I want a WRX powered Forester. Thinking he is being hypothetical I reply “hell ya!” He then tells me that the insurance company finally decided to total out his 04 so he bought an 03 Wagon to use the body and clean title to rebuild his other car and not have to worry about getting the other car reinstated under a rebuilt title. He tells me that all the parts are coming out of his 04 and going into this new 03 and that the 03 parts are not of use to him and are might if I want them and I could stand not having a car for a couple months.

We started the project with the idea that it was just going to be a stock WRX swap but as we started looking into the actual changes that would have to be made we came to the realization that in order to make this as painless as possible we should do a few extra things. Since wiring was obviously going to be the biggest hurtle we figured if we could use the bulk head harness from the WRX it was be better then rewiring the whole car, so the thought of using the cluster, then how do we make that fit. Under the hood there were other concerns as well; there is no hood scoop, should we cut a hole in my hood, my stock brakes suck, well need slim fans, what stage should we mod it to, and it looked like it was going to be a P in the A but after a couple days we decided to swap as much of the car as we could to keep as much of it a "bolt-in" as possible. In the end it was a lot of custom work especially for two guys that never tackled anything like this in a tiny garage but we have done plenty of other things to Subarus so how hard could it be. We had a ton of used parts from some other cars as well as some more hand me downs from Bad Wagon’s 04 that he was not going to re-install. We also picked up some used parts that were swapped out of another car he was working on doing a Rotated GT30 in.

This is what we ended with.

98 Forester

WRX Motor Swap
Perrin Up-pipe
Perrin Down Pipe
Custom Modified Greddy TiC
Perrin Crank Pulley
Custom Top Feed Agency Power Fuel Rails
STi 550cc Injectors
Walbro 255 l/hr Pump
VF39 Turbo
Custom Intake
Perrin Turbo Inlet
Perrin Oil Catch Can
Custom FMIC
Samco Radiator Hoses
Samco Coolant Kit
x2 Slim 10” Radiator Fans
WRX Hydra EMS w/ Wideband O2


WRX Tranny
WRX Rear Diff
Kartboy Short Shift Kit w/ Front + Rear Bushings

Suspension/ Brakes
Tien SS Wagon Coilovers w/ Cusco Rear Camber Plates
WRX Sedan Rear Sway Bar
WRX Front Crossmember
WXR Rear Cross Member
WRX Front + Rear Hubs (for WRX Brakes)
WRX Calipers
WRX Rack + Pinion
Girodisc WRX Slotted Front + Rear Rotors
Girodisc WRX SS Lines
Girodisc WRX Magic Pads

19x8.5 +35 Racing Hart C4 Multi Piece w/ 235/35/19 Tires

WRX Full Dash Swap
WRX Front Seats
Autometer Guage Cluster Bezel
Autometer Phantom Boost Gauge
Autometer Phantom EGT Gauge
Kartboy Shift Knob
Zerosports Shift Boot
WRX Pedals
WRX Gas Pedal
Kenwood Head Unit

Custom painted trim (all white)
Custom Modified Front Bumper
Cut Fenders Front + Rear

So in the end I got my wish. I have a Stage 4 292whp @ 19psi on pump Forster that’s drives like a dream and has many OE features fromteh WRX my car never had; intermediate wiper blades, side air bags, working AC, adjustable seat height to name off a few. I couldn’t ask for anything more and thanks to the enormous amount of help from my friends and mainly my best friend Johann none of this would have been possible.

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Old 08-27-2008, 12:38 AM   #9
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Location: Stony Brook, NY
Tiger's Blood


i wish this thread could have came a few months later! im still in the beginning stages and there is going to be some stiff competition - but i thought hey why not!

i wanted to keep this suby OEM clean and come up w/ a game plan from the start, to prevent useless modding. i decided on a basic stg2 sti setup w/ some mild suspension work. this car is my DD w/ some weekend warrior auto-x thrown in!

its going to be hard to compete w/ the nice photos, especially since i have a crappy point and shoot camera but heres my attempt @ top scoob.

heres my car @ ravspec, test fitting the ultra tight cf vlimited front lip!

here's my car @ precision tuning, nj - baseline stg1 + spt intake

some auto-x pics

some brembo bling

Power + Underhood Bling
spt short ram intake
spt intake heatshield
sti(2006) tmic
cobb catted downpipe
cobb fxt catback
spt turbo heatshield
spt oil cap
spt battery tie down
kartboy xl hangers
cobb ap v2 stage 2 protune by [email protected]

Suspension + Rollers
swift lowering springs
perrin 22mm rear swaybar
perrin stout mounts
kartboy rear endlinks
kartboy botox bolts
whiteline lateral link tab supports

konig zero 18x8 +46 wheels
kuhmo spt 225/45/18 tires
muteki sr48 extended lugs

sti(2008) front brembo calipers
sti(2005) master cylinder
brembo front brake pads
dba 4000 front slotted rotors
goodridge stainless steel brake lines

sti(2006) steering wheel
sti(2006) front seats
sti usdm black floormats
sti jdm 5speed shift knob
sti carbon fiber shift pattern sticker thingy

35% tint front, 20% everywhere else + 3rd brake light
subaru ski/fishing racks (winter/fish mode)
sti jdm hoodscoop
subtle splitter
hella supertones 118dec horns
subtle flat black rear vinyl strip (under window)
sti(2008) sti badges

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Old 08-27-2008, 01:44 AM   #10
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2001 Forester STi
Rustoleum Gloss White

Default The Story of my Forester.

The Beginning
It all started in the March of 2007, I had just sold my previous and first car, a SR20DET powered S13 hatchback that had so many things wrong with it and gave me more headache than enjoyment; I was relieved to part with it. Now it was summer, I had completed my first year of college; I needed a more versatile, all-around vehicle that I could actually use as a DD come fall. And so the search began, I had my eyes set on a GC wagon or sedan, but with just the money I had from the sale of my 240SX and my parents’ stipulation of it being a year 2000 or newer, my options were surprisingly limited. There were no ‘00+ Imprezas or Legacys within my budget. So I started looking for SF Foresters; they came with the same EJ25 as the RS but had the cargo room of a wagon. Awesome! After a month or so of searching, I stumbled upon this gem on AutoTrader, a ’01 Forester L for $2k below KBB. A few days later, I drove it home. I was thrilled! Finally a car with power steering, power mirrors, power windows, cruise control, and working air conditioning!

The Modding Itch
I drove it stock for awhile, fully enjoying the comfy stock lifted suspension and not having to take parking lot ramps at an angle. But the way it gripped and handled itself in corners/curvy backroads made me want more. While surfing the web, I stumbled upon some eye-opening examples of SF Foresters: JDM SF5 Forester STI, GTRydaz in Australia, and also the sick sick ride of AngryToaster. I then learned most Impreza parts could be installed on the Forester. And that’s when the modding began; Broke college student modding.

Slow Transformation
Now it was summer and so I started the search for parts on where else than… NASIOC classifieds! Over the course of the next few months I found a set of WRX struts and tophats, WRX wagon springs, and some WRX wheels. Fast forward to Fall of 07. I’m home from school on break. Got all the wrx struts and springs installed thanks to some help from my friend Jay (hand crankin’ ratchets on strut compressors on stock forester “lift kit” springs) because I had to reuse my forester spring seats. I returned to school an inch or so lower.

The Tragedy and the Rebirth
I was content and well until the snow started falling. During a particularly bad day of rain and snow mixing (ice under slush snow), I had a meeting with a guard rail. I was devastated, my left fender, two side doors, and rear quarter panel were all hit. All cosmetic, but it looked horrid. I couldn’t bear to look at it. As soon as I got home for winter break, I went looking for a way to fix it. I knew if I took it to a body shop, I’d be looking at over $1k in repairs; No way I could afford that. Luckily, my friend found me a ‘98 Forester S parts car on Craigslist. Now, my Forester L came with drum brakes while the S came with disc brakes. With some much needed help from my friends, I swapped the rear brake setups between my car and the parts car in one day. Through my cussing when getting stuck on NUMEROUS stubborn rusted parts (that were probably never touched since the car left the factory and subjected to 6 years of NY road salt), a late night run to Autozone for a missing socket, and sawzalling a seized bolt we endured 17 straight hours of work to see my Forester gain rear disc brakes (Forester L to S conversion! Haha). What an adventure.
Later we all came together again to swap in the doors and fenders. With my car now somewhat “fixed” and multicolored, we bid farewell to the parts car. And sticking with the broke college student theme, I broke out the slide hammer and bondo and went to work on my quarter panel. First time doing body work, but it ended up pretty nice. With the bondo handy, I decided to debadge my hatch, remove the cargo rails from my roof and fix all the dings and rust spots around the car. Now my car was three different colors, acadia green metallic, black, and brown rustoleum rusty metal primer.

This was better than the bashed and beaten before, but I had to make it one color again. Sticking to the broke college student theme again, I stumbled upon the “$50 dollar paintjob” threads that has seemingly united car enthusiasts of all makes and generations. I read and read and read and one day I went and got myself a gallon of Rustoleum Professional Gloss Black Enamel and some high density foam rollers. (That’s right, Rustoleum and a paint roller.) In the remaining weeks of my winter break, I made it a daily all day regimen of prepping and painting. In the end, I rolled on a total of 5 coats in a VERY cold unheated garage. End result, car was one color again and looking quite sharp actually, though there was some orange peel.

A semester passes and finals are over. Summer is here and I head home. My good friend, rice h8r, had found me a set of Prodrive PFF7’s and WRX seats for a price I could not pass-up. So I had those waiting for me when I got home. I also wetsanded away all the orange peel and painted my calipers. For the rest of the summer, I worked to fund my project. Working all week and working all weekend on the car. I proceeded to finish my Rustoleum paintjob with more care this time around (wetsanding) and in the end… well see for yourself.

I picked up a EDM grille, ebay borla reps, and an Apexi N1 exhaust that would have been good for the trash bin, but I fixed and repainted. It was for a GC but fit perfect on my forester with some long hangers. My gearshifts have been a little clunky since I got the car, so I finally changed the transmission oil for some smurfblood (Redline Shockproof). And to top it all off, I got some tint.

As the summer drew to a close, I didn’t think much needed to be done. This was it, my forester would go unchanged until the day I could afford a rolled STI…

but then…

Craigslist strikes again. I find a deal I could not refuse. With the help of my friends again, we brought this sucker home.

Motor, tranny, struts, rear end, wiring from a 2005 Saabaru
I had bad bearings in the rear and a blown strut, but both were fixed and I’m now rolling on Saabaru rear struts and hubs.

The rest sits in the garage waiting until the next long break, when my friends and I will be performing all the labor to put it in, going to send the wiring to a guru though.

My little Forester L has come a long way undergoing some drastic changes. I am amazed at what it has become. I used to think early on, why am I modding this forester? Didn’t you want an Impreza? But everyone’s got an impreza, how many people have a swapped SF forester? It really is a unique little car. I just keep staring at it nowadays; what it has become, motivates me to keep going. Can’t wait for boost!

polishing her up

Couldn't have done it without my friends, GGC Crew Represent!
(Grocery Getter Crew)

And here's a video of my best run from an AutoX this past weekend:

DIY Intake
Generic Front Strut Tower Bar
eBay Borla Replica Headers
APEXi N1 Catback Exhaust
WRX Wagon Springs & Struts
WRX 17mm Rear Sway Bar
WRX (2002) Front Seats
Sony Headunit
Prodrive PFF7s 18x8
35% front side windows, 20% back five windows
Rustoleum Gloss Black Roller Paintjob

’05 Saabaru swap.

CN: ’01 Forester L + broke college student + lots of hard labor = current.

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Old 08-27-2008, 02:29 AM   #11
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^ It might not be the fastest or hottest Forester in this thread, but a lot of DIY work has been put into this SF5, and will be done, to make his Forester into one of the most unique SF5s around [the US lol]. I think it's the only Forester L that's been converted to a S and I like to call it the East coast wanna be Angry Toaster.

I hope my friend Sonicsam can somehow win, or at least get into the final round, like livestrong14 did with his Legacy Turbo.
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:42 AM   #12
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:15 PM   #13
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'07 'beca, '08 OBXT


So, here is the story:

We are a die hard a Subaru family. My wife bought our first Subaru, a 2001 Forester S in 2003. Only mods were a stiffer rear sway bar with endlinks, and nicer rims/tires. I bought my first Subaru shortly thereafter, a 2002 Blaze Yellow WRX that was a built beast that put down over 350whp. I loved the car, but wanted something a little more daily driver. I picked up a 1998 WRB RS coupe, and had plans to swap in a WRX drivetrain, but instead found a Forester in my price range. I sold the RS and picked up my baby.

My car is a 2004 Forester XT. I bought it used in 2006 and have changed almost everything about it. My goal has always been to have a Forester STi, but since they can't be purchased here in the states, I figured that I would try to build one. It started slow, a VF-39, catless UP and DP, STi TMIC and STi ecu. I ran it that way for a while until I felt the need for more. I swapped out the engine for an Axis block, FP Green turbo, WBR FMIC and all the supporting mods. Car was tuned to 350whp/400wtq. It was really more than I needed, so I went back to "stock".

As the car currently sits, I have been getting closer to my Forester STi. I have installed a 2006 USDM STi engine with low milage, a 2007 USDM STi VF-43 and STi TMIC. The car has the only JDM ForesterSTi drivetrain in the country, a full 6-speed, non-dccd transmission from Japan with rear diff and Brembo's all around. I have FSTi/Ver9 all black STi front seats, FSTi guage cluster, FSTi red hazzard button, FSTi suspension, FSTi sidemarkers, and a couple of body parts that have to go on soon (FSTi rear bumper with spats and FSTi sideskirts with spats, FSTi front bumper is on order from japanparts and would have been on if this contest was next month.)

Anyway, here is the full mod list, give or take a couple that I have forgotten:

-'06 USDM STi engine
-'07 USDM STi VF-43, ported, powder coated cold side, ceramic coated hot side
-Ecutek'd ECU
-Ecutek Dash Display
-Perrin lightened Crank pulley
-JDM FSTi non-dccd 6-speed with Kartboy short shifter and bushings
-Cusco Engine and Tranny mounts
-Exedy Stage 1 Clutch and lightened flywheel
-Helix Catted DP
-Stromung mid-pipe
-Prodrive Oval tip
-Cusco Oil Catchcan
-Cusco Mastercylinder Brace
-Grounding Mod
-Optima YellowTop
-SPT battery tie down and oil cap
-Zero-sports Radiator cooling plate

Suspension and Brakes:
-Currently on JDM ForesterSTi struts/springs
-Summer I run Genuine SPT/STi 4 way adjustable coilovers (same as on the SEMA Forester)
-STi Lateral links
-Perrin rear sway with mounts
-Kartboy Rear endlinks
-Whiteline adjustable front sway
-Hotchkiss adjustable fron endlinks
-moBoost rear Strut tower brace with inverted V-brace
-JDM STi Titanium front strut bar
-USDM STi control arms
-USDM STi Pink trailing arms
-GTSpec sub-frame bracing
-GTSpec cross-bracing with jacking plate
-'04 STi Steering rack with Whiteline steering rack bushings
-'07 STi Front AND Rear Brembos with DBA slotted and cross drilled rotors and Hawk HPS pads
-ATE Superblue fluid
-Stainless brake lines

-JDM FSTi/Ver9 all black front seats
-JDM FSTi guage cluster
-USDM STi steering wheel
-USDM STi e-brake handle
-Armrest extension
-Autodimming mirror
-JDM Red Hazard button
-ATE column mounted double guage pod with Defi Boost and EGT guages
-STi black embroidered floor mats
-'08 USDM STi shift knob/JDM FSTi shiftknob/yelants Delrin shift knob (depends on mood/season)
-STi shifter surround
-Eclipse AVN-5435
-Full Kicker speakers, front and rear.
-Kicker 5 channel amp
-Dual Kicker CompVR 8" subs in the rear
-Double Din pod with Ecutek Dash Display and CB Radio.
-Hardwired Valentine 1 radar detector

-Wedsport SA-70's with 225/45/18 M3 wintersports (18x8)
-JDM FSTi wheels with 245/45/18 Dunlop sport ('08 STi takeoff) tires (18x7.5)
-Rays RS-Zero's with 245/50/17 Goodyear Eagle F1's (17x8)
-JDM Sidemarkers
-RallyArmor Limited mudflaps
-RallyArmor skidplate
-Custom light bar with Hella FF1000's and Hella Compact Rally 4000's (winter only)
-STi RA carbon fiber rear badge
-JDM STi hoodscoop with Zerosports diffuser
-JDM 2.5 alternator cover badge.
-Grille modification with STi badge and blue stars badge
-Tein Hood Dampeners
-20% tint all the way around.
-Purchased but not yet installed: FSTi rear bumper and sideskirts with spats, FSTi front bumper and grille

As I said in the begining, my goal is to build a "real" FSTi. I am getting closer each month. I love this car and love driving it whenever I get the chance.

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^ i love your car. im very jealous. I like the non sports grill with the sports bumper
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:59 PM   #15
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I've always been a fan of the older SF5 turbo Foresters from Japan. Especially the STi II and STi II Type M Foresters. After the luster wore off my STi swapped GC, I decided to purchase the N/A USDM counterpart of the sweet JDM turbo Forester. I picked it up for a few reasons, but the main one... how awesome would it be to have an STi swapped Forester!? A month after I got it home, it had it's STi transplant.

It was supposed to be a quick project. Swap the Forester and go back to making the GC a dedicated track car. Well, the GC is still sitting in a corner of my garage while the Forester receives all the attention.

The Forester has gone through a lot of iterations during it's life span. Mostly all of which are performance minded for road racing. As it's one thing to build a performance car, but it's another to actually track it.

My STi swapped 2001 Forester S.


2004 STi EJ257 2.5L motor
Prodrive CAI
Prodrive 3port BCS
APS EL header w/ uppipe
TXS Forester 3" TBE
JDM Ver.7 STi TMIC w/ Ver.7 splitter
Koyo aluminum radiator
Flex-a-lite slimline fan system
Samco radiator hoses
ARC titanium pulley cover


2005 STi 6MT
DCCDPro.com DCCD controller
STi R180 rear diff
2006 STi 5x114.3 hubs/uprights
2006 STi front/rear axles
ARP extended wheel studs
Group N trans mount
Kartboy STi short shifter w/ bushings
Kartboy trans x-member bushings


AP Racing 6pot 355mm Formula front BBK
AP Racing screw type brake bias controller
OEM STi Brembo 2pot rear brakes
SS brake lines
STi brake master cylinder/booster

18x9.5 Gunmetal Volk TE37 [5x114.3]
265/35/18 Toyo R888 tires

Cusco titanium front strut tower bar
2006 STi front crossmember w/ direct mount STi steering rack
2006 STi front sway bar
2004 STi aluminum control arms
Whiteline balljoint extenders w/ tie-rod extenders
Perrin PSRS
BC Racing coilovers (temporary while I wait for my KW V3s)
Cusco rear camber plates
Cusco adj. rear sway bar
Cusco rear strut tower bar
STi 6 pc pillowball lateral link kit w/ Poltec box endlinks [sedan kit]
STi trailing arms
Kartboy subframe lockout bolts


2005 STi full dash w/ STi cluster, climate controls and center shifter/ebrake assembly
Beatrush 6MT shift knob/Kartboy 6MT knuckle ball shift knob
PDE all aluminum rally pedal setup
Alpine IDA-X001 digital media receiver
Alpine KCE-BT300 bluetooth interface
JDM Ver.7 STi front seats
Prodrive rapfix
Prodrive leather steering wheel (daily driving)
Prodrive suede steering wheel (track use)
Prodrive floormats
Defi 60mm 3 gauge pod
Defi link series guages: boost, oil pressure & egt [white face]
Deft link II controller
Greddy Infometer
Sparco harness bar [silver]
Prodrive/Sablet 3" harnesses
Hardwired Valentine-1


JDM SF5 Forester STi grille w/ factory pink 'F' emblem
Carbon SF5 turbo hood

Much thanks to the ppl/companies who have hooked me up with gear:
AP Racing
Toyo Tires
Mann Engineering
Aerosim Engineering

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Old 08-27-2008, 05:02 PM   #16
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^^^ About time lol.. got my vote

What are the benefits of the dccd pro controller?
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:25 PM   #17
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damnit...who do i vote for? the local guy or the angry toaster?
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:34 PM   #18
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OMG angry Toaster... that thing is EPIC!!!! Oh wow man
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:46 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by ol'skoolwrx View Post
^^^ About time lol.. got my vote

What are the benefits of the dccd pro controller?
Ha, better late than never.

The DCCDPro controller is for the swap guys. While it is totally possible to wire in the OEM DCCD components, it's a pain in the ass (except the '04 STi 6MT).

I also don't have ABS, which means the OEM controller is out for me as it uses the ABS system extensively.

The version of the DCCDPro controller I'm using has both manual and auto DCCD functions. It even incorporates the OEM thumb-wheel and manual/auto switches. It is a very slick unit.
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:26 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by wrxodee View Post
GO RAM! And where the hell is MANNY!!!

Ummm........... are you referring to me??

Yeah I didn't even know of this until RIGHT NOW. And the only way I found out about it is a buddy of mine mentioned it to me.

I will post up later tonight hopefully
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:28 PM   #21
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My Forester was originally my husbands work "Truck". The forester was always full of tools and had lumber and ladders on top on the roof racks. We bought the car back in may 2005. I already had a WRX that is RWD and stage 4+++ but I was sick of driving the car! So, we switched. The forester is my daily driver now! Just after a few months of owning the forester, I asked my husband to start modding it. I was excited to start on it!! Our whole goal with it was to make it look like the JDM forester as much as we could. Inside and out. And this is what the results are as of Today. Shes not completely done yet, but will be very soon. We autox, drag race, and I just recently started showing the car this year. She has 9 trophies so far! She has a decent amout of power that I'm happy with 301HP and 349TQ and has ran a 12.8 @ 105mph in the 1/4. She also has a name, I call her Beauty.


04 Forester STi Mod List

Engine Mods:
STi short block EJ257
VF43 turbo
Trust short ram intake
AVO Waste gate actuator
PRE Up pipe
TopSpeed Turbo back Exhaust
TopSpeed Oil Catch Can
Aftermarket STi oil cap
STi Radiator cap
SPT Turbo Heat Shield with Carbon fiber badge with STi on it
SPT Intake Heat Shield
STi intercooler Sprayer
Subtle Solutions alternator cover
Subtle Solutions radiator shroud
Subtle Solutions Skid Plate
04 STi ECU – Reflashed by Bobby @ Performance Race Engineering

Suspension Mods:
Endura Tech – Forester specific Coilovers
STi Aluminum Control arms
STi Aluminum Lateral links
STi Steering Rack
Hotchkis 1” hollow sway bars - front and rear
Strut tower braces - front and rear
JIC Front lower Sub Frame Brace

Exterior Mods:
Endura Tech Carbon Fiber Hood dampers
JDM Forester STi Front bumper
JDM Forester STi Hood Scoop
JDM Forester STi Innercooler Splitter
JDM Forester STi Grill
JDM Forester STi Headlight inserts
STi OEM Rear Badge (just like the JDM FSTi)
STi OEM Door Stickers (just like the JDM FSTi)
Hella Supertone Horns – Painted STi Pink
Zero Sports Rear Under Spoiler
Zero Sports Rear Mid Garnish
Xenon HID Kit – 6000K
STi Gold BBS Wheels
BridgeStone Potenza RE01R 245 40 17

Interior Mods:
STi OEM Gauge Cluster
STi shift boot and trim
STi Shift Knob
STi Ebrake Handle
STi Steering Wheel
STi OEM Pedal Set
OEM Armrest Extension
Blitz Electronic boost controller
JDM Forester STi Hazard Button

Drivetrain Mods:
STi 6sp Tranny
STi Rear Diff
Aftermarket Diff Controller
STi Drive axles
STi Driveline

STi Hubs
STi Rotors
Brembo Calipers


Performance Race Engineering


Gresham Nissan/Subaru

Shine Auto Detailing

Newly Added!

Exile Audio

Audio Integrations


CSS Performance

Just a Quick "THANK YOU!" to all my Sponsors! My Car wouldn't be where it is today without you all!!

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Old 08-27-2008, 08:51 PM   #22
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^ Omg... I know who gets my vote even though i am entered.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:04 PM   #23
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OMGHi2U Pick Me!!!

2008 Forester XT Sports

~ Manny's "Brik O'Luv" ~

Well to make the story Short..................

I had a 98 Legacy GT Wagon that I had BIG plans for. Well as usual Money fell short, and after a year of trying to get it together I threw in the towel and decided to buy a New Legacy GT (2008). Well to my disappointment Subaru decided not to sell the new Legacy GT with a Manual Transmission.

I had always had my eye on the Forester and decided to look into it. Well as soon as I sat in it I knew I had to have one.

I picked up the Brik O'Luv in July of 2007. Within 3 weeks I picked up some wheels, and a week later I had to lower it. Then shortly after I added the CBE. I absolutely love this car, and more importantly I LUV the color. I've only had her for just over a year now and still get a grin everytime I get behind the wheel.

Cosmetic Mods:
- Custom made "STI" engraved Aluminum Shift knob
- WRX TR Front Seats
- Garage XTi Hood Dampers
- Cobb Battery Tie
- Cobb Turbo Heat Shield
- 45% Metallic Tint all around

Power Mods:
- Stromung 3" Divorced downpipe
- Stromung 3" Intermediate Pipe
- Kakimoto Axleback exhaust

Suspension & Braking:
- 322mm Racing Brake 4 pot front calipers
- S.S. Brake lines
- Megan Racing Street Coilovers (WRX application)
- Subietech Fender Braces
- Custom PC'd Front Strut Brace (flat black)

Rims & Tires:
- Konig Deadline "Time Attack" 18x7.5 +43mm offset
- Kumho Ecsta SPT 225/45/18

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Old 08-27-2008, 11:42 PM   #24
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And we're off and running with the first round of eliminations. Remember you can edit and update your post for as long as you're in the running.

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to enter your car or just vote. This is the tenth edition of Top Scoob and promises to be the closest fought one yet. Thanks again to everyone for spreading the word and supporting us.

Good luck!

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oh gawd...
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