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RB93's 2008 Spec B
« on: December 16, 2015, 09:00:28 PM »
 :haplo90: I figured it was finally time to start a build thread on my first Subaru!! :haplo90:
 
 
First, a little bit of a back story:

My interest in Subaru dates back to the good old days when I was still in college, and my friend 05LGT bought his 2005 Legacy GT (heh) Sedan. His was rather high in mileage (lots of km's driving between Calgary and Edmonton), and the car was definitely not in perfect shape (but still really good for the mileage)... but I was really fond of the car. It did many things well. It could carry 4 people comfortably (5 in a pinch), was relatively fast, well equipped, decently large trunk, and sounded amazing with the invidia q300 catback he installed later. I also loved the fact that must mechanical subaru parts fit between different models like legos, and being a legacy it was a real sleeper... Oh yeah and it was a subaru so it DOMINATED in winter!

After him owning the Laggin Wagon 2 years later, it further cemented my interest in owning a Subaru. That car was a tank!! (it still is a tank now)

I have been wanting to get out of my BMW for a while. I was sick and tired of driving automatic every day, the rear seats never folded flat, the body was badly hail damaged, and the vehicle never completely suited my needs. Then in late 2013/early 2014, the transmission in my BMW itshay the bed. It wouldn't shift into 2nd anymore. With that, and a number of other issues on the BMW i didnt want to fix anymore after the transmission stopped working properly, I decided it was time to start looking for a new car.
 
 
I have entertained a veriety of options for my new car. I have been looking at newer BMW’s, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Mustang’s, Focus ST’s... you know, sportier cars... but none of these cars have tugged on my heartstrings quite like a subaru has. I knew at that point that subaru’s weren’t prefect. I knew the EJ’s were prone to failure (Subaru-200 anyone??), the powertrains werent very efficient, the paint sucked, and I might have got more car for my money if i shopped elsewhere. But I didnt care about any of that. I loved the sound of the boxer motor, and I loved the idea of having a turbocharged AWD car that I could use to bring all my friends to the mountians in the winter, and still be reasonably sporty in the summer.



Finding a good subaru for my budget wasn’t easy. I have searched through many dealerships, and looked at many wrx’s and STi’s. I then have found many subarus that were either a) Overpriced, b) Didn’t have a clean carproof, c) Came from Ontario or somewhere out east, or d) All of the above.
 

I was starting to lose hope that I would be able to find any subaru within my budget that ticked all the boxes, but then I started looking privately and, in early May 2014, I found the holy grail!
 
 
 
The Car:
(such car)
(The day i bought it)

The car is a 2008 Legacy Spec B in Diamond Grey Metallic. I am now the third owner. The car has only 83,600km on it when i got it. Bone stock. Came with 2 sets of wheels and tires, and weathertech floor mats. Body and interior were in really good shape for its age, and it has a perfect carproof!! Calgary car, no accidents, no claims! The original owner of this car was a subaru enthusiast, and the owner I bought the car off of was a lawyer with a young family who appreciated cars, and always had the car stored indoors either in his garage at home, or underground parking at work.

This is a fairly rare car, as this is one of only a few thousand produced in this year. I am unaware of how many of these cars were produced in 2008, but I do know that roughly 3000 spec b’s were produced in 2007, and the 2008 model year saw spec b’s in fewer numbers than that.

Features unique to the Spec B include: (in case you dont know)
•   18” alloy wheels
•   Billestien struts
•   Re-worked torsen limited-slip rear diff
•   6-Speed manual transmission
•   SI-drive (I, S, and S# modes)
•   DVD based navigation system (actually works quite well for a 10yo system)
•   Leather upholstry with alcantara inserts in the seats and door cards
•   60/40 split folding rear seats (Perfect for dem skis!)

 
The little things I like about the car:
(in no particular order)
•   Heated seats oh so warm!!
•   Seats so soft!
•   6-Speed Manual so slick!
•   The little screen in the gauge cluster can show so many things!
•   Car is surprisingly light for what it is
•   Automatic climate control - Much good-working!!
•   Turby is such boost!!

Car has no problem passing the trunk-monkey test:

 
Plans for mods on this car down the road are minor, and are mostly limited to reliability, cosmetic, and maybe some minor preformance/handling mods. My primary goals for this car are to make it a comfortable city/highway cruiser which i am able to enjoy on a twisty road. This might not be much of a build, but I thought I would create this thread as kind-of a journal, if nothing else. If things end up happening to the car, neat!!
 
 
Mod list

Current Mods:
•   Tint all around (done by a p.o.)
•   Rally Armour Mudflaps
•   HKS Catback Exhaust w/ Helmholtz Resonator
•   LED Fogs

Wish-List:
•   HID Low-beams
•   More Exterior & Interior LED Lighting
•   Upgrade the stereo & add sub. (JL Cleansweep OR new headunit with JDM bezel... unknown which at this point)
•   Bilestien HD-series struts + tien lowering springs
•   Larger rear swaybar
•   Equal-length headers of some sort (for reliability!)
•   Killer-B Oil Pickup
•   (whatever else I can think of down the road)


Pics

In traffic...
(first week i owned the car)


In traffic again...
(second week i owned the car)









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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2015, 09:00:49 PM »
Reserved?

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2015, 09:01:02 PM »
Reserved again??

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2015, 10:21:07 PM »
Yay! I saw a Spec B a few blocks down from VEX today. It was noice. Yours is noice-er though.

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2015, 11:47:45 PM »
Wow, weather sure changes in two weeks around here.   >:(
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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2015, 10:03:52 AM »
Wow, weather sure changes in two weeks around here.   >:(

Lol the first picture was the first weekend of may. We tried to go skiing but a large accident involving a semi really snarled things up. I don't think anyone anticipated the snow :P

Second picture was on the may long weekend, i guess 2 weeks after that first picture... Mudslide in the rogers pass this time :(

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2015, 10:07:16 AM »
Trunk monkey engage!!!
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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2015, 12:41:23 PM »
So nice.
Such story.

Very wow.

That's it! I'm going to start a thread on my car!

Let me know if you need a hand with anything pertaining to your car.
I'm completely noob but willing to learn (lol).

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2015, 12:43:37 PM »
So nice.
Such story.

Very wow.

That's it! I'm going to start a thread on my car!

Let me know if you need a hand with anything pertaining to your car.
I'm completely noob but willing to learn (lol).

Wanna dick around on a S2000 that's in pieces in his garage?

Lol.
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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2015, 02:15:40 PM »
Reminds me of the good old days...

Ahhhhhh, the good ol' days. Pretty cool that I'm not the only one who likes to take photos of a grey legacy in front of a lake! :D

You wagon looks very nice. Also, interesting. It has an '08-'09 Legacy front end, but they never sold the Legacy as a wagon after 2007. I'm assuming your car had the front-end converted?
 
 
So nice.
That's it! I'm going to start a thread on my car!

Dooo eeet!!! Your car is a 2006 spec b. That car is EXTRA special! 8)

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2015, 02:43:08 PM »
Brad had a unicorn. Shame on him to let it go.

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2015, 02:59:11 PM »
Brad had a unicorn. Shame on him to let it go.

Shame on him indeed :(

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2015, 03:10:03 PM »
Ahhhhhh, the good ol' days. Pretty cool that I'm not the only one who likes to take photos of a grey legacy in front of a lake! :D

You wagon looks very nice. Also, interesting. It has an '08-'09 Legacy front end, but they never sold the Legacy as a wagon after 2007. I'm assuming your car had the front-end converted?

They made 08-09 wagons just not in the US.  The US also couldn't get a MT after 05 but you could here.

Brad had a unicorn. Shame on him to let it go.

Shame on Subaru for not making a xt outback or a legacy wagon gt anymore!!

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2015, 05:14:13 PM »
Wanna dick around on a S2000 that's in pieces in his garage?

Lol.

3 questions --

When?
Is the said garage heated?
Can I bring beer?

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2015, 06:05:07 PM »
3 questions --

When?
Is the said garage heated?
Can I bring beer?


When?
We will let you know before it happens :P

Is the said garage heated?
Very yes! :)

Can I bring beer?
Bring whatever you want! :cops:

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2015, 10:19:21 PM »
Just a reminder, I'm still RSVP'd to the 'get crunk and drunk in Cole' s heated garage' party. Ya know, in case you forgot.

I'm ordering a dash cam for my spec b so I hope to install it shortly!! I'm sure I will highly recommend.

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2015, 11:15:47 PM »
Just a reminder, I'm still RSVP'd to the 'get crunk and drunk in Cole' s heated garage' party. Ya know, in case you forgot.

I'm ordering a dash cam for my spec b so I hope to install it shortly!! I'm sure I will highly recommend.

No updates yet. Will keep you posted.

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2015, 08:52:08 AM »
Thanks for sharing. I've always really liked the SpecB and often toyed around with getting one.
Also, the older I get, the more it becomes attractive.

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2015, 08:53:40 AM »
Thanks for sharing. I've always really liked the SpecB and often toyed around with getting one.
Also, the older I get, the more it becomes attractive.

I am not even old but man owning a comfy semi fast awd car for everyday driving got me too.
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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2016, 12:02:16 AM »
So I bit the bullet and decided to put my old winter tires back on my legacy. They are extremely worn, too small for my car, and have noticeable damage on the sidewall on the inside of the tire.



I was pretty nervous about the damage when I noticed it at the end of last winter. I figured that the tire was spent and it was unsafe to continue using the tire in that state, and that I could experience a blowout. Hence why I parked the Legacy and started driving the LW when the snow began to fly... But I have been told that I need to stop being such a wimp about it, and to just put them on my car. So I did :P

And now the Legacy is back in action this winter 8)


(I am quite embarrassed about the wheel+tire size on the car.) :-[ :-[ :-[
 
 
The Laggin Wagon was fun, but I must say... It is nice to be driving a quiet and comfortable car with good power again. I missed this car :')
 
 
Things of note:
  • The gear change is buttery smooth once the car is warmed up, but when the engine is cold the gear change is very, very notchy. Even more notchy than before VEX changed the transmission fluid about 10,000km ago. Is that not right?? ???
  • The car shakes pretty bad at highway speeds with these pos winter tires on it. It shakes MORE (MORE!?) than the LW does!! Hopefully installing new tires resolves the issue, and it is not a bent wheel :(
  • Using an Aux cable to control my music without using the head unit is really annoying. The LW's head unit is way more modern than the Legacy one is.
  • 05LGT also pointed out that the front end of the car becomes unsettled over bumps. Bad front swarbar bushings??
  • The car has rattles that should be addressed. That dash rattle under the windshield at the base of the A-pillar is going to make me lose my mind!
  • Car could still use a polish really bad.

 
 
In other news, I discovered this backup camera mod that integrates with the OEM nav screen for my legacy. Definitely looks like a project I want to tackle this summer. It will surely add to my old-man cred! ;)



Walk-through:
http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/backup-camera-walk-through-4th-gen-w-nav-241555.html

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2016, 07:47:43 AM »
Car looked really good when I saw it yesterday. I'm not sure how to describe it, but driving off, it was smooth and sleek. I'd avoid high speeds if it shakes that bad though...  I'll get the Wagon back to you as soon as I can!
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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2016, 07:54:40 AM »
I think it needs lower control arm bushings (hockey pucks).
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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2016, 10:18:31 AM »
I'll get the Wagon back to you as soon as I can!

I dont at all mind driving the legacy  :)

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Re: RB93's 2008 Spec B - The Begining of a Legacy!
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2016, 11:05:37 AM »
I think it needs lower control arm bushings (hockey pucks).

I was going to say this as well, common issue with our cars.

Yes I also have the dash rattle only happens in the winter, there is a TSB for it but I'm not willing to let some tech take a part my whole dash and forget how to put it back together properly.

I just push hard on part that comes over the gauges and it stops, I have also read that people have stuffed cardboard between it and the a pillars to fix it.