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Old 01-19-2015, 10:44 PM   #1
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Modification Summary

Engine, Performance and Exhaust:

- Cobb J-Pipe
- Cobb Access Port
- Cobb Pro Tune
- AEM Intake

Suspension and Drivetrain:

- Ebiach Pro-Kit Springs
- Perrin Shift Knob
- Perrin Shifter Bushing
- Perrin Shifter Stop
- Cusco Adjustable Rear Toe Arm
- Cusco Adjustable Lower Control Arm

Interior:

- OEM All Weather Floor Mats

Audio and Electronics:

- Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX
- Infinity 6502xi Front Speakers
- Infinity 6500cx Rear Speakers
- Alpine MRX-V70 5 Channel Amp (Driver Seat)
- Kenwood eXcelon KFC-XW800F (Passenger Seat)

Exterior:

- Yakima Racks (Necessary Evil)
- Totsubo License Plate Bracket
- OEM Front/Side/Rear Under Spoiler

Wheels & Tires:

- OZ Racing Alleggerita 18x8.5 +55 Offset
- Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 245/40R18

Brakes:

- STI Brembo "Goldies" Swap (Refinished Black)
- Hawk HPS 5.0 Pads
- Stoptech Stainless Steel Brake Lines
- DBA T2 Slotted Rotors
- ATE TYP200 Fluid Change

Future Parts / Mods:

- Cusco Front and Rear Sway Bars
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:51 PM   #2
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Wheels & Tires:

- OZ Racing Alleggerita 18x8.5 +55 Offset
- Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

Thoughts

I love the look and fit of the wheels. I'm not really into the flush look I tried to keep them as close to the factory STI dimensions as possible. At first I wished you had the option of adding the 18 inch BBS rims as an option but these have grown on me.

The tires have been amazing. I know that putting 4 season tires on a WRX is blasphemy but where I live the roads are always wet. I have no issues getting to the mountain with these tires and they feel as good if not better then the stock tires when the road is dry. I don't regret buying them one bit.


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Old 01-19-2015, 11:16 PM   #3
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Engine, Performance and Exhaust:

- Cobb Access Port

Thoughts

I started out with the AP with the hopes of improving the liner feel of the peddle. It did that well and I enjoyed driving the car significantly more after installing it. Shifting between 1st and 2nd in heavy traffic was pretty awful before. I have heard others say they felt it took some of the peppiness out of the car. My butt dyno wasn't in awe of the stage one 91 octane OTS tune but the drive-ability improvements alone were worth it to me. I also planned on a Pro Tune down the road.

(Down the Road...)

- Cobb Pro Tune
- AEM Intake
- Cobb J-Pipe

Thoughts

Once Cobb released their J-Pipe it was time to get a Pro Tune. The J-Pipe makes the exhaust a bit louder which is nice. I didn't really want a cat-back they are just too loud for my taste. I would consider a SPT exhaust in the future if I get to hear one and it's not too disturbing. I threw the AEM Intake on there because it looks nice and sounds cool. I may as well since I was getting it tuned anyways. The tuner complimented it's design.

The combination of these three things made the butt dyno very happy. The car has significantly improved acceleration feel and I get about 2 more MPG to boot. I asked the tuner not to push he limits with the tune. He told me he shot for an 8/10.





Results (92 Octane):

271 awhp/307 tq @ 20 lbs Boost
267 awhp/298 tq @ 18 lbs Boost
262 awhp/278 tq @ 16 lbs Boost

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Old 01-19-2015, 11:28 PM   #4
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Exterior:

- Yakima Racks (Necessary Evil)

Thoughts

As functional as ever. I really wish they would have given us factory mounting brackets. I hate to use the Q-Clips. I already have a ton of Yakima parts so I didn't want to switch to THULE but after viewing other threads I have to say I think their fit is better. You need about 49.5 inches of pipe minimum to put the bars on to spec. That means you have to buy a 58 inch bar. Be sure to cut about 7 inches off the bar or you will hit your shoulder or head every time you exit the car.

Why does Yakima use three different lettering colors and two different rack colors? I had to remove the red lettering from the tray so it didn't clash with the fairing. The powder hound trays were my first choice but they are now gray with black lettering. It will be awesome having red lettering again in the summer with the bike racks.



- Rally Armor Mud Flaps, Black/White

Thoughts

I love these things for protecting my paint from gravel but... They fit terrible. They are off by about 6 degrees in the rear. When I install the control arms I will need to Dremel out the holes a bit so I can adjust them further. It's a bit disappointing since they fit perfectly on my 2011 Forester.

- Totsubo License Plate Bracket

Thoughts

I don't like having screws sunk into my front bumper. I asked the dealer to not do it. These were 30 bucks and they did the trick.

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Old 01-19-2015, 11:31 PM   #5
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Nice job! I really like those wheels you picked. Subscribing for future progress....
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Old 01-19-2015, 11:50 PM   #6
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Suspension and Drivetrain:

- Ebiach Pro-Kit Springs

Thoughts

After some spirited driving sessions I felt the suspension needed to be tightened up. These springs are fantastic. They handle minor bumps better then the stock springs and hold tight in the corners. I thought I was going to do sway bars right away but I am holding off for now. For the speeds I drive at I don't feel much movement in the corners. I haven't tracked the car so maybe I'll feel differently once I've done ludicrous speeds in it. These were a huge PITA to install. Be sure to grab a friend and a case of beer.

These springs have put the factory alignment specs into question. After the install and letting it settle they are at 2.8/2.7 in the front and 3.4/3.2 in the rear. I wasn't expecting to have to buy alignment bolts and control arms but I need to to get the camber back on track. While at the dealership today I noticed that a couple of their WRX's on the lot had negative rear camber that sure appeared to be well over the -1.5 you would expect. Even with the need for additional parts the upgrade is well worth it.

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Old 01-20-2015, 12:03 AM   #7
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Audio and Electronics:

- Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX
- Infinity 6502xi Front Speakers
- Infinity 6500cx Rear Speakers
- Alpine MRX-V70 5 Channel Amp (Under the Drivers Seat)
- Kenwood eXcelon KFC-XW800F (Under the Passenger Seat)

Thoughts

In typical Subaru fashion the stock stereo is horrible. It sounds like an alarm clock radio and that's being unfair to modern alarm clock radios. Initially I upgraded everything but the head unit. This setup is my "go to" for cars as I love the sound of the Infinity speakers. It sounds really good with the stock head unit and I would rate it as notably better then the 2015 WRX premium sound system. Note: The premium sound system is one of the better premium sound systems I have heard.

The Pioneer head unit is amazing for sound. It took the system to a whole new level of clarity. The menu is a bit disjointed. Pandora is a whole separate section of the menu and there is no way to get it to default to it instead of the "now playing" on the Car Play. The navigation works well but the voice and warnings in it seem to get reset from time to time. It's a bit startling when the nav yells at you to turn or that you are 1 mph over the speed limit. The WRX dash flashes to check the stereo every time the car is turned on. This is a bit annoying and appears to be a known problem with this line of stereos.



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Old 01-20-2015, 12:13 AM   #8
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Brakes:

- STI Brembo "Goldies" Swap (Refinished Black)
- Hawk HPS 5.0 Pads
- Stoptech Stainless Steel Brake Lines
- DBA T2 Slotted Rotors
- ATE TYP200 Fluid Change

Thoughts

Worth every penny. I was really disappointed in the lack of feel from the stock brakes. They were not confidence inspiring. Refinishing the calipers was very time consuming and I am terrible at paining but they turned out alright. The mushy pedal feel and brake fade are completely fixed. A big thanks to Ken at KNS Brakes for setting me up with everything I needed. The only downside is that they can be a bit squeaky when it's cold out.






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Old 01-20-2015, 12:14 AM   #9
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Nice job! I really like those wheels you picked. Subscribing for future progress....
Thanks! I appreciate the feedback.
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:29 AM   #10
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Awesome thread. I am new owner and moving to the NW soon. How were the OEM tires in the wet?
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:44 AM   #11
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Awesome thread. I am new owner and moving to the NW soon. How were the OEM tires in the wet?
They were fine for daily driving in the rain. They were a bit slick when under 40 degrees in the wet (light spirited driving). I wouldn't want to push the tires too much under those conditions.

The one snowfall we did get this year, about two inches and icy, I was able to drive around on the stock tires just fine. I drove at safe and reasonable speeds so I can't comment on their limits.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:31 AM   #12
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Hey when it comes to the radio and screen no longer pairing, I got some good info on AE64's website on that, here is a snip of info to maybe help you out:

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When you install your new HU, you must disconnect power from the MFD for more than 30 seconds, to make the MFD "forget" it had ever seen your factory HU (otherwise the MFD will complain that the OEM HU is missing). You can do this by either disconnecting the negative terminal from your car's battery, temporarily removing the fuse for the circuit which powers the MFD, or unplugging the MFD's power harness (12-pin). - source:http://ae64.com/aftermarket-HU-install-parts-FW2014.htm
It worked when I installed an aftermarket radio in my 15, I havent seen it flash to check for the stock radio after my install. Hope that helps!
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:37 AM   #13
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Hey when it comes to the radio and screen no longer pairing, I got some good info on AE64's website on that, here is a snip of info to maybe help you out:



It worked when I installed an aftermarket radio in my 15, I havent seen it flash to check for the stock radio after my install. Hope that helps!
Thanks! I will have to try that out after work.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:49 PM   #14
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Hey when it comes to the radio and screen no longer pairing, I got some good info on AE64's website on that, here is a snip of info to maybe help you out:



It worked when I installed an aftermarket radio in my 15, I havent seen it flash to check for the stock radio after my install. Hope that helps!

I disconnected the negative terminal for about 5 min an this appears to have fixed the issue. Thanks again!
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:53 PM   #15
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I disconnected the negative terminal for about 5 min an this appears to have fixed the issue. Thanks again!
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:40 PM   #16
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It was a busy weekend.

Suspension and Drivetrain:

- Perrin Shift Knob
- Perrin Shifter Bushing
- Perrin Shifter Stop

Thoughts

If I had any idea how big of a difference these would make I would have done them first. The gears are a lot cleaner. I don't have to fight down shifting from third to second. And there is just not as much overall slop in the stick. This is probably the best thing you can do to your car for under $200.



Exterior:

- OEM Front/Side/Rear Under Spoiler

Thoughts

The kit fits great. The patterns they provide are very foolproof to place. If you just take your time laying those out, and drilling the holes, it will turn out great. There is really no reason to pay for this to be installed. It is time consuming but not challenging.





On a side note... The rear section makes the mud flaps look terrible. The mounting point interferes with how the mud flap sits. The Rally Armor mud flaps never sat well in the first place. The metal brackets were cheap and didn't ever sit correctly. This was really disappointing since the Rally Armors I had on my 2011 forester fit like a glove.

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Old 01-26-2015, 11:37 AM   #17
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Nice! I really like what you've done so far.
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Old 01-26-2015, 03:54 PM   #18
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Nice! I really like what you've done so far.
Thanks man! It's been a lot of work but I like how it's coming together.

I got the rear control arms today. After I straighten out the alignment issues I'm not really sure what's next. I may just leave it be and enjoy it for a while.

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Old 01-30-2015, 03:22 AM   #19
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Suspension and Drivetrain:

- SPC Rear Adjustable Control Arms

Thoughts

I'm not too impressed with these. I was only able to remove about -.6 of camber. The toe bushing is a one sized fits all adjustment. I have already ordered a Cusco toe and control arm as a replacement.

If you just want to have some camber adjustment for the stock ride height these might be what you are looking for.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:58 AM   #20
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Any pictures showing your 5-channel amp and sub and how they sit under your seat? Also how was the install of running all new speaker wires to the amp? Or are you only using the amp for the sub right now?
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Old 01-30-2015, 03:11 PM   #21
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Any pictures showing your 5-channel amp and sub and how they sit under your seat? Also how was the install of running all new speaker wires to the amp? Or are you only using the amp for the sub right now?
As you would expect, the amp is run to all four door speakers and to the sub. I usually like to do things on my own but in this case I had it professionally installed. Running wires is a huge pain in the butt. It's one of the things I will gladly pay someone else to do.

Here are some pictures demonstrating why you need to vacuum your car after kids ride in it...






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Old 01-31-2015, 02:18 AM   #22
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I have to upgrade my stereo too.


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Old 02-08-2015, 08:32 PM   #23
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Suspension and Drivetrain:

- Cusco Adjustable Rear Toe Arm
- Cusco Adjustable Lower Control Arm

Thoughts

The control arms were a perfect fit. Both the control arms and the rear toe arms are extremely easy to adjust and have a huge adjustment range. They feel very solid compared to the SPC Arms. Auto Zone has a little dual arm tool to break the ball joint free. It made the swap easy. Fronts are now at -1.3/-1.4. Rears are sitting at -1.2.





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Old 02-15-2015, 10:33 AM   #24
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So you got a lot of positive camber after install the eibach springs?


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Old 02-15-2015, 01:48 PM   #25
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I saw a lot of neg camber in the rear wheels. I don't know what I was sitting at before the springs.

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