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Old 03-09-2015, 10:55 PM   #1
Subie22
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Iím starting this journal strictly to keep track of the things I've done to my car. There wonít be anything exciting contained within, for now at least.

I purchased the car in January 2012 from a nice lady in Connecticut that bought the car strictly for its leather seats. She wanted to get rid of it because people always tried to Ďdo weird things like pull up next to her and drive away fastí and Mercedes makes cars with nicer leather.

Anyway, this car, or at least owning a WRX, was my dream since I was about 9. WRC on Speed Channel had me hooked instantly. Itís been a work in progress for a few years, and now that itís been retired from daily duty, I plan on being much more aggressive with my modifications.

Interior
Prosport Premium Boost Gauge Ė 52mm green/white
Prosport Oil Temp Gauge Ė 52mm green/white
Innovate Motorsports MTX-L A/F gauge
AutoMeter clock pod
Subtle Solutions ash tray delete

Engine
Accessport v2 with PDX e-tune
COBB Catted Downpipe
COBB Cat-Back
COBB SF Intake
COBB Afta-MAF hose
GrimmSpeed 38mm Up-Pipe
GrimmSpeed 3-port EBCS
GrimmSpeed AOS
Killer B Radiator Shroud
Walbro GSS342 255lph pump
NGK LFR7AIX one-step colder plugs

Suspension
Fortune Auto 500 - Cygnus Performance Black Edition - 7k/6k f/r
Fortune Auto Camber Plates - Front and Rear
SuperPro Roll Center Kit
Cusco 22mm Adjustable Rear Sway Bar
Cusco 22mm Front Sway bar
Kartboy Rear Endlinks
Kartboy Front Endlinks
SPT Strut Bar
Oswald Performance Rear Triangle Brace
TiC Giuyngmyo Fender Cowl Braces

Drivetrain
Kartboy Short Shifter
Kartboy Shifter Bushings (Front and Rear)
Group N Engine Mounts
Perrin Pitch Stop
DBA 4000 T3 Club Spec rotors (Front and Rear)
StopTech Street Pads (Front and Rear)
StopTech Stainless Hoses (Front and Rear)
ATE Type 200 Brake Fluid
Gram Lights 57DR 17x9 +38 in Gun Blue
Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec 245/40/17 (Gram Lights)


Exterior
05 STi Tail Lights
V-limited Replica Lip
DDM 4500k HID's

Parts that I have but not installed
Injector Dynamics ID1050x injectors
Perrin 2.4Ē turbo inlet
Blouch 20G-XT-R
ETS Top Mount Intercooler
IAG TGV Delete's
IAG Competition AOS
IAG AVCS/turbo oil feed line
GrimmSpeed Intercooler Shroud
GrimmSpeed 3mm Phenolic Spacers
Moore Performace Blast Plates
Kartboy Rear Subframe Outrigger Bushings
Kartboy Rear Subframe Bolts
Killer B Oil Pickup
Killer B Windage Tray
Group N Transmission Mount
TiC Rear Diff Mount Bushings
TiC Tranny Crossmember Bushings
TiAL 38mm v-band EWG
GrimmSpeed Master Cylinder Brace
04 STi radio delete plate

Removed Parts
Epic Engineering Springs
Hawk Street/Race Pads (front and rear)
Rally Armour UR flaps

Thatís it for now. Time for a few pics.

The night I brought her home




How she currently sits
wrx_57dr10 by Dom Serra, on Flickr

wrx_57dr8 by Dom Serra, on FlickrThat's it for now
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Old 03-10-2015, 07:56 PM   #2
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Looks great...keep up the good work!
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Old 03-11-2015, 08:14 AM   #3
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Looks great...keep up the good work!
Thanks! Much appreciated
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:16 AM   #4
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Nice car dude, I'm a CT guy and have had two 06/07 first was a wrb 07 wrx (rip) and now I have a OBP 06 TR wrx. IMO the best wrx years to have. First thing I did to my current tr was ditch the garbage interior for a full limited leather swap so I feel you on how great the leather and heated seats are. I'm in the process of building mine as well, how do you like the GS AOS? Also lmk when you install that EWG I've always went back and forth with them. One thing I can say is that when you upgrade the 4/2 pots with good pads/rotors they perform amazing.
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:22 AM   #5
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Looks good! My 06 WRX (limited too haha) looks different as well. I ditched the annoying leather for 05 wrx limited seats, front and back, for the nice cloth feel while retaining heated seats!
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:06 AM   #6
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Yikes, totally missed the last few replies

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Nice car dude, I'm a CT guy and have had two 06/07 first was a wrb 07 wrx (rip) and now I have a OBP 06 TR wrx. IMO the best wrx years to have. First thing I did to my current tr was ditch the garbage interior for a full limited leather swap so I feel you on how great the leather and heated seats are. I'm in the process of building mine as well, how do you like the GS AOS? Also lmk when you install that EWG I've always went back and forth with them. One thing I can say is that when you upgrade the 4/2 pots with good pads/rotors they perform amazing.
Thanks man! The GS AOS is working great for me so far. Supposedly it's more than sufficient for street use, but track is a different story. If I ever do make it to the track, I'll probably upgrade.

As for the brakes, I installed the T3 4000's in the rear with the Hawk Street/Race pads. Amazing difference! I have a seized caliper in the front so once I replace both sides, I'll be installing the fronts.

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Looks good! My 06 WRX (limited too haha) looks different as well. I ditched the annoying leather for 05 wrx limited seats, front and back, for the nice cloth feel while retaining heated seats!
Thanks! My buddy has an 04 with the cloth seats and he has no complaints so I can totally see your point
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:06 AM   #7
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Wheels have arrived after 5 months of waiting!





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Old 07-14-2015, 04:18 PM   #8
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Wheels look great!
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:40 AM   #9
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Thanks! Can't wait to get them on
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Old 07-15-2015, 12:03 PM   #10
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I purchased the car in January 2012 from a nice lady in Connecticut that bought the car strictly for its leather seats. She wanted to get rid of it because people always tried to Ďdo weird things like pull up next to her and drive away fastí and Mercedes makes cars with nicer leather.

haha this made me laugh! nice build dude.
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Old 07-15-2015, 10:04 PM   #11
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haha this made me laugh! nice build dude.
Haha it kind of took me by surprise, that's for sure. Thanks!
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:32 PM   #12
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Tires are mounted I put the drivers side on just to see how they looked. Can't go far, need to get the fenders rolled first.







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Old 07-27-2015, 11:00 PM   #13
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Got some better pics Also contemplating removing the Street/Race pads as they seem a little more aggressive than I'd like. ~200 miles and the rotors seem to be taking a beating.







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Old 07-31-2015, 02:43 PM   #14
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^That looks great. Maybe I missed it, but what are your tire specs?
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Old 07-31-2015, 06:43 PM   #15
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^That looks great. Maybe I missed it, but what are your tire specs?
Thanks! Guess I forgot to mention that They're Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Specs in 245/40/17.
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Old 12-13-2015, 02:33 PM   #16
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Just a quick little update cause I bought a new camera and have been playing around with Lightroom

I've begun blowing most of my free money on parts to put on in the spring. I just ordered all of the following last night:

TiC Unabomber's Sexy Rear end
TiC Transmission Mount Busings
TiC Giuyngmyo Fender Cowl Braces

I also plan on ordering Fortune Auto 500's in the near future!

wrx_oilchange by Dom Serra, on Flickr
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Old 12-13-2015, 05:12 PM   #17
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Some 04/05 tail lights would look nice just a thought
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:34 PM   #18
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Some 04/05 tail lights would look nice just a thought
That's part of the plan!
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:18 PM   #19
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Basically everything you ordered I've installed. The part that had the biggest impact for me was probably the fender braces, turn-in felt so much more responsive. They're fairly straightforward to install but if you want any tips just let me know.

I've steadily been replacing all of the driveline bushings as well and replacing them all will add up to a drastic increase but it's always tough to tell one bushing to another.

I've replaced the transmission mount, crossmember bushings, rear diff carrier bushings, pitch stop mount, and lockdown bolts. The only ones I haven't done that I have sitting around are the rear diff mount bushings. I just haven't really wanted to tackle that headache yet.
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Old 12-14-2015, 09:10 AM   #20
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Basically everything you ordered I've installed. The part that had the biggest impact for me was probably the fender braces, turn-in felt so much more responsive. They're fairly straightforward to install but if you want any tips just let me know.

I've steadily been replacing all of the driveline bushings as well and replacing them all will add up to a drastic increase but it's always tough to tell one bushing to another.

I've replaced the transmission mount, crossmember bushings, rear diff carrier bushings, pitch stop mount, and lockdown bolts. The only ones I haven't done that I have sitting around are the rear diff mount bushings. I just haven't really wanted to tackle that headache yet.
Looks like the fender braces should be pretty simple. If I have any questions I'll be sure to ask!

I think my next purchase is going to be the pitch stop and Group N tranny and engine mounts. Should tighten up the driveline significantly.
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Old 12-14-2015, 06:09 PM   #21
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Looks like the fender braces should be pretty simple. If I have any questions I'll be sure to ask!

I think my next purchase is going to be the pitch stop and Group N tranny and engine mounts. Should tighten up the driveline significantly.
Engine mounts are high on my list as well, based on the reviews I keep hearing from everyone. Might as well make the most of the power you have first, right?
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:29 PM   #22
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Great build so far! Digging the wheels and that wonderful sgm color!

The fender braces in the way they stabilize the front end over rough terrain and bridge transitions. You will not be disappointed! Keep up the good work.
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:01 AM   #23
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Engine mounts are high on my list as well, based on the reviews I keep hearing from everyone. Might as well make the most of the power you have first, right?
Absolutely! No use making more power without the stability.

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Great build so far! Digging the wheels and that wonderful sgm color!

The fender braces in the way they stabilize the front end over rough terrain and bridge transitions. You will not be disappointed! Keep up the good work.
Much appreciated!
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Old 03-25-2016, 05:42 PM   #24
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Little update

First time I pulled the car out this year. Added the following immediately:
-05 Tails
-Anarchy Motive 'Mammoth' knob
-SPT Front Strut Brace

I have a bunch of parts that need to go on the car, including Fortune Auto 500 coilovers and an Oswald Performance rear triangle brace, both of which should be arriving next week. For now, here's a couple last pictures before I take the Enkei's off to sell them.

IMG_1118 by Dom Serra, on Flickr

IMG_1117 by Dom Serra, on Flickr

IMG_1120 by Dom Serra, on Flickr

IMG_1133 by Dom Serra, on Flickr

IMG_1130 by Dom Serra, on Flickr
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:12 PM   #25
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Finally a parts update.


This past week, I received my Fortune Auto 500 coilovers and Oswald Performance triangle brace. Both are absolutely phenomenal pieces, and seem to be very high quality. So far I've installed the rear coilovers (ran out of time this past weekend to install the fronts) and the triangle brace.

20160401_175244 by Dom Serra, on Flickr

20160402_163708 by Dom Serra, on Flickr

20160402_150516 by Dom Serra, on Flickr

Now for the bad news

The coilovers are either intentionally offset in the mounting plate, or I did something wrong during install. Because of this, the dampening adjustment barely clears the Oswald Performance mounting bracket. I cannot install the adjustment knob, so I'm going to need to find a work-around. I've sent an email to Fortune Auto and Cygnus Performance to get their opinion on what the issue is, if any. If anyone on here has any recommendations, I'd love to hear them!

20160403_135856 by Dom Serra, on Flickr

That's all for now. I hope to have my issues resolved and front coilovers installed by next weekend. I have an appointment on April 18th to get my fenders rolled and the car aligned at area1320.
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