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Old 11-28-2017, 11:29 AM   #1
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Default Seef824's WRB 2018 WRX Limited Build Thread

Hello All,

I put an order on a 2018 WRB WRX Limited with NAV/HK/Blind Spot, Auto Dimming Mirror w/ Homelink and All Weather Floor Mats and Cargo Tray on September 15, 2017. This is my first ordered car and I am excited to get a car exactly the way I want it. My car should come into the dealer any day now and I plan on taking delivery mid December (need to turn in my BMW lease in mid-late December and want to minimize having 2 cars at once).

I ordered my car on 9/15 and received VON also on 9/15

I received the VIN via email on 11/1 with an original ETA of 12/11.

I got an email from my dealer on 11/3 saying they had the ETA of 12/3.

I got an email from SoA on 11/14 saying my car was loaded on a train to go to a distribution center.

I got an email from SoA 12/7 night saying it arrived at the distribution center.

Car FINALLY arrived on 12/12. Car looked to be in good shape, I will take delivery on 12/19.



I am new to the Subie world, but not new to enthusiast cars and mods. I have owned a 2007 Civic SI, a 2012 VW Golf R modded to stage 2 and currently drive a 2014 BMW 335xi. I have been reading/watching up on all sorts of WRX maintenance, parts and upgrades and could not be more excited to make this car mine.

I want to use this thread more for myself to track my build and any issues/quirks throughout my ownership as well as maintenance. I plan on working my way up to stage 2 in the next year or so starting with driver comfort, appearance and then to power bits. I hope you enjoy.

Here are some pics of my previous cars:
2007 Civic SI






2012 Golf R




With a buddies M235i




2014 335Xi


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Old 11-28-2017, 11:31 AM   #2
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How do I upload pictures from Flickr? I tried to copy the URL from the Flickr image using the attach image and it keeps coming up blank?
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Old 11-28-2017, 11:32 AM   #3
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Old 11-28-2017, 11:47 AM   #4
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Perfect, thank you so much!
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Old 11-28-2017, 11:58 AM   #5
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Default Black Friday Deals!

I took advantage of Black Friday sales and ordered a few bits for the car:
Subispeed
RockBlokz V2 Originalz in black with blue letters
Group N Transmission Mount
Boomba Transmission Short Shifter Plate
Kartboy Shifter Bushing
Perrin Shift Stop
Fan Blower Cover for passenger footwell
LED License Plate Light
Interior LED Light Kit

SubieBros
JDM Armrest Extension
Front and Rear Subaru Emblem in black and blue
Trunk Subaru AWD Emblem in gloss black
Trunk WRX Emblem in gloss black

I still need to order a Raceseng knob but I am torn between the Orbature and Spherology and black, red or blue. Any suggestions out there?

I received my items from SubieBros yesterday and opened them up:









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Old 12-05-2017, 11:18 AM   #6
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My car should be arriving at the dealer any day now. It was supposed to arrive last week. As I wait, I received more goodies from Subispeed yesterday in the midst of a winter storm.

I am looking forward to installing all of these once I get the car. I will be getting lots of quality garage time over Christmas break.



















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Old 12-05-2017, 11:20 AM   #7
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I also got this little package from Subaru yesterday. I wont be putting these on my car (no stickers/badges belong on cars), but I will find a good spot in the garage for them.





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Old 12-12-2017, 10:01 AM   #8
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Well here we are on 12/12 with my car still not received at the dealership. I find it really strange that it took 23 days by rail to go from port to the distribution center. It also has been 1 full week from when the car got to the distribution center. I hope nothing has happened to my car!

In the meantime I am continuing to pile up on parts, with this arriving last night (I really hope the red matches and is not too bright on the inside of the car):







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Old 12-13-2017, 09:39 AM   #9
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Default She is IN!!!

My dealer emailed me around lunch time yesterday (12/12) saying my car made it in. I went and took a quick look at it after work and discussed a few details. My dealer has a promotion on free AstroStart or 2 years of free service. I elected to go with AstroStart because I plan on changing my own oil.

I plan on taking delivery on 12/19 as it works out best for me and minimizes having two cars at once.

I told the dealer I wanted to leave the plastic on the outside of the car, but they took it off to inspect the car (my guess is the mechanic forgot I wanted it on). They will not be drilling any holes for the license plate or putting any stickers on the car. They are also only going to give it a light wash because I plan on claying it, applying glaze, sealant and wax as soon as I get it home.

Now for the part everyone is waiting for pictures!!!








I didnt realize the fog light bezel has changed so much for 2018 with the turn signal integrated into the headlight. I was planing on getting the JDM S4 LED fog lights, but now I will have to do more research because everyone I have seen has the turn signal opening.
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:42 AM   #10
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You would need a kit for the 2018 specifically.

Subispeed carries a couple. I personally like the second one that's all mesh.

http://www.subispeed.com/2015-subaru...d#.WjEuLFWnG70

http://www.subispeed.com/2015-subaru...i#.WjEuMlWnG70
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:55 AM   #11
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Looks great man - let the fun begin.
The JDM S4 bezels are a nice touch. I'm just trying to save up the money for them now.
The problem with the all mesh one (STi option) is that then you lose your fog lights. The LED fogs are nice - I wouldn't want to lose those.
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:59 AM   #12
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Oh good call, didn't think of that.

I wonder if those LED fogs are plug and play for 15-17.
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:02 AM   #13
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Thanks for the replies guys! I did see SubiSpeed has the 2018 version. It sucks they are double the price of the 2015-2017 versions. Looks like I will have to save up a while longer before I get those.

I do like the look of the new fog light housing compared to the 2015-2017 though, so it is probably worth the trade-off.
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:08 AM   #14
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Might be worth it to wait. They may come up with their own "OLM" version that will likely be half the price.

And also half the quality, but that's a given.
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Car looks great. You've got a nice start with all your mods. Don't forget winter tires
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Old 12-13-2017, 04:01 PM   #16
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Car looks great. You've got a nice start with all your mods. Don't forget winter tires
Thanks, I am quite excited to start working on the car. I am putting an order in on wheels and tires tomorrow!
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:25 AM   #17
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Default Parts Keep Coming...

Ordered my winter wheel setup from TireRack on 12/14, and wheels showed up 12/15. That is my second time ordering from TireRack and both times they showed up next day!

I also ordered some more lighting bits: F1 Rear Brake/Reverse light (also ordered GS-100A for flashing when brakes are pressed), Diode Dynamics Tail as Turn Kit, Amber Front LED Blinker Bulbs, LED Reverse Bulbs, White Rear LED Blinker Bulbs (to tap into reverse signal) and new Flasher Relay for LED bulbs.

Sparco Trofeo 5 17X7.5 offset 45mm wrapped in Michelin X-Ice XI3 235/45 17




In case anyone was wondering what a set of 245's looks like next to a set of 265's (Wife's Edge needed tires also). I was surprised how much wider the 265's were when all stacked up.




Went with the smoked lens (will also smoke at least the turn/reverse portion of the taillights)


T-Taps and Clips for F1 light




Also decided I will paint the brake calipers while I am detailing the car and installing everything.

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Old 12-18-2017, 11:16 AM   #18
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Nice! I went with the same tire spec (235/45 17) for my X-ICE tires. I've been a big fan of these tires. Get winter performance and nice drivability on dry roads.
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Old 12-18-2017, 11:22 AM   #19
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You can tap your F1 light into your tail as turn wiring to keep your OEM wiring intact.
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How are you going to hadle the tpms sensors for the new wheels. Im thinking of buying winter tires for the stock rims and buying nice looking rims to use with the stock dunlop tires in the summer. Im not sure if the sensors can be used with the winter tires. Your car is looking nice by the way.

This will make the f1 style light installation easier and is what i used for mine.

http://www.subispeed.com/subispeed-q...SABEgLgFPD_BwE
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Old 12-18-2017, 12:49 PM   #21
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You can tap your F1 light into your tail as turn wiring to keep your OEM wiring intact.
That was definitely the plan! It looks like it is pretty straight forward.
I have a fair amount of experience with wiring harnesses. I designed and troubleshot wiring harnesses and electrical systems for off road vehicles for 3 years. I really enjoy getting into those details, I just wish I kept a lot of the connectors, pins and crimp tools.

My Christmas weekend is going to be spent mainly in my garage lol, sorry fam...
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Old 12-18-2017, 12:53 PM   #22
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How are you going to hadle the tpms sensors for the new wheels. Im thinking of buying winter tires for the stock rims and buying nice looking rims to use with the stock dunlop tires in the summer. Im not sure if the sensors can be used with the winter tires. Your car is looking nice by the way.

This will make the f1 style light installation easier and is what i used for mine.

http://www.subispeed.com/subispeed-q...SABEgLgFPD_BwE
From TireRack you have the option of getting TPMS intalled ($44/ wheel). I elected to do that. My dealer quoted me like $100 a wheel.

I will have the wheels put on tomorrow while I am doing paper work, so I can report back on that. I imagine there is a learn process for TPMS sensors, and I will make sure I get that information before I leave so when I swap wheels myself I can make sure it is working.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) I am picking up my car tomorrow and dropping it off straight away to get tint and clear bra. They need the car two days, so really I wont have the car in my garage until Thursday night.
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Old 01-10-2018, 11:17 AM   #23
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So I had a very busy holiday break with getting my car and then working on it for almost 3 days straight. It has been so friggen cold here in Fargo that I have not been able to get a wash and get proper pics so these will have to do for now:

Right after first initial detail using Chemical Guys Wipe Out to clean off any residue, EZ Creme Glaze, Jet Seal and Meguiar's Ultimate Paste Wax. I was really surprised/pleased the car did not need claying at all. It saved me some time and effort.








I just crossed over 800 miles on the car on the way to work today. So far, I really enjoy driving it and like being back with a manual. There are a few things I am still getting used to. So here are my initial impressions.

First of all, this might be the worst clutch I have driven in terms of feel and engagement. I really do not like how soft the clutch is with almost no feel for the engagement spot. That mixed in with the hyper sensitive throttle makes getting going tougher than I would like. I am getting used to it, but I am not a fan. I test drove a 2017 WRX that was used back in August before putting down an order and remember thinking that clutch was stiffer and easier to drive. That car had been modified (had intake and TBE installed and AP was in the trunk), so it is possible it was an aftermarket clutch but I don't think it was.

The next thing I do not like is the rev hang that has been talked about a lot so I just want to put that here. I will be looking forward to a tune to hopefully mitigate that, but it might wait until next holiday season unfortunately. The rev hang again with the sensitive throttle and unique (to me) clutch engagement makes the 1-2 and sometimes the 2-3 shift rougher than it should be. I found that driving like a grandma and just babying the car is the best way to be smooth, but where is the fun in that.

I do really like the snow performance with the car. The AWD mixed with Michelin X-ICE XI3's are a formidable combination. I get good traction when I need it and predictable toss-ability when I want some fun. The traction control is setup better than my 335 was in terms of usability. In the BMW power would cut instantly after any wheel spin which was sometimes dangerous if you needed to get out of the way of something. So far with the WRX the traction control keeps you in check, but allows for maneuverability.

The final driving piece I noticed is both a like and dislike; the throttle response and power band. As mentioned above it is really sensitive with little amount of pedal travel. I do like the surge you get up to 4k rpms because it feels fast. The downside with the power band is that it falls flat on its face right after that. I am still breaking the car in so I have not gone full WOT and mostly shift before 4-4500rpm, but I can tell I am not going to like 4-6000rpm on the stock tune.
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Old 01-10-2018, 11:57 AM   #24
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I was able to get everything I bought for the car installed before Christmas and a few new pieces after Christmas so here are a couple more unboxings and notes from install on a few of the pieces.

First thing I did with the car was remove all of the stock badges and replace with black badges/emblems. I used a heat gun and fishing line and everything on the back and sides came off with almost no effort! Really pleased there. I used painters tape to mark where the trunk badges were and ensure the black badges went on in the same spot.









Then came the front badge and boy oh boy was that not fun! The stock badge is on there very well and it was very hard to get it to lift enough to get a plastic trim removal tool and pry. When I did finally get it off I found that the SB emblem does not fit perfectly. I contacted SubieBros and they recommended either using a dremmel to cut the top tabs on the ring or using an extra piece of 3M tape that was included.

I ended up using the extra piece of tape that was included along with some extra that I had purchased before:


The Rok Blokz mudflaps went on pretty easy, but the rears were a bit challenging because the provided hardware inserts would spin in the fender liner as you were trying to tighten the screw. There is a little notch in the insert that I assume was meant to use a flathead to hold it in place so I did that and got everything tightened and looking good.

Next came the Boomba Shift Plate, Kartboy Shifter Bushing and Group N Transmission Mount. Shoutout to Baby WREX on youtube for his video with tips for the install and removing the roll pin. That came out with minimal effort. Getting it back in however was definitely a challenge. I did insert the pin into the plate before I installed the plate. But getting the plate lined up with the transmission assembly hole was tough and then trying to hammer the roll pin in was even harder.

On to the interior and the Perrin Shift stop and Raceseng Knob and another hiccup. When I took out the stock bolts and then tried to set the 5/6 lockout I must have moved the shifter way passed 5/6. I ended up thinking I was locked out of 5th, but what really happened was I had the lockout set so far to the right, that when I thought I was in 6th I was actually in R and there obviously is no gear above that in the gate. I found an old thread online somewhere describing that issue, so the fix was simple and I got it sorted.

The blower motor cover, JDM dual armrest extension and interior LED's were a breeze. The only note I have there is to make sure you are somewhat careful removing the stock bulbs. I must've bent the light fixture pieces just enough because the rear light fell out right away and the passenger mirror light wouldn't shut off. I got the tabs back in place and everything is working great. I LOVE the added light and how crisp it is.

The rest of the lighting was also pretty smooth. Replacing the front turn indicators with LED's was as simple as swapping a bulb and access to the bulbs is easy. The tail-as-turn install was also extremely easy and straight forward. The only bad thing that happened was I broke too clips that hold the plastic trunk piece in place when I was trying to re-install them.

Then came the F1 light. Installing the light in the bumper was actually easier than I thought. I managed the entire install with the car on the ground. I should've snapped a pic or two of how I ran the wires, but I forgot. I found on my car there was already a factory harness routed on the driver side where SubiSpeed did their install. That forced me to use the passenger side for routing the harness. Rather than removing the factory grommet and letting the wires rub on the metal, I took out the grommet, cut a small hole and fed the wires through. I also used electrical tape to wrap the entire harness for added protection.

Connecting the F1 light to the Diode Dynamics harnesses was pretty easy and using a GS-100A flasher for the brake function was pretty straight forward. I did have a major brain fart though while connecting the harnesses. The GS-100A flasher module I bought was a 4 wire device, but you only need 3 of the wires. So the ground on the "output" side can be taped off and not used. My brain fart came in when I was trying to figure out where to ground the flasher and F1 light. For some reason I could not think of where to get a ground. The Diode Dynamics harness lists every wire except the ground in their jumpers . I first tried to just find a stud and bolt to attach the wires to, but the body is painted too well back there and it didn't work. After 30-40 min of searching the web for ideas it finally clicked that the only wire in the Diode Dynamics that wasnt accounted for was ground (DUH!) After that everything worked.

I have not been able to keep my car clean so I dont have any final installed pics yet. I am hoping I can get that soon, but we are supposed to get a few inches of snow tonight and it will be sub-zero temps for the next week.

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Old 01-10-2018, 12:12 PM   #25
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It was extremely cold during Christmas break in Fargo (-10's for high) and my garage is insulated, but not heated. Because of that I did not feel comfortable painting the brake calipers. I will have to tackle that in the spring on a weekend where I do not need to drive anywhere.

My dad got me a front lip for Christmas so I was excited to put that on:






The hardest part about the install was that the lip was a little deformed from shipping and it is too cold for it to have gone back to shape on its own. There were no instructions with the kit, but it was super easy after you layout all of the pieces.

Then I decided I really didn't like the chrome in the taillights so I bought a tint kit from Amazon for $14. They came in the perfect size so the install was super easy.







My dealer was able to price match an eBay listing on some rear spats so I picked those up last week:





The install on the spats gave me a little bit of trouble because of the mud flaps. I did not want to use the "stiffener" pieces that came with the kit because I did not want to protrude into the wheel well more than I needed to. Because of that I ended up drilling a hole in the spat where the mudflap screw goes. So the screw in the mudflap is also holding the spat in place.

I ended up getting second place in one of my fantasy football leagues so I took part of my winnings to buy an aero piece because "Downforce Bro!" I got a painted roof spoiler.





Now I am on the fence if I want to get the vortex generator at some point. I am not sure how it would look with the roof spoiler.
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