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thedude’s 2013 SWP GR Subaru WRX Journal
Ownership began: July 30, 2015

Summer Setup (As of: August 20, 2018 - taken with my iPhone X)


Winter Setup (As of: February 02, 2017 – courtesy of kijho)




Modification List:

Black = Installed
Red = Pending Install
Blue = Pending money tree

Interior:
  • Weather-Tech front liners
  • OEM Winter rear liners
  • OEM rear cargo tray
  • Trunk, map and dome Sylvania ZEVO 6000k LED bulbs
  • OEM under-seat sub/amp
  • Wide-angle rearview mirror
  • Dash cam w/ hardwire kit

Exterior:
  • Black Rally Armor’s VS w/ red logo
  • Ceramic Window Tint. Front: 40%, Rear: 20%
  • 3M: Front end, rocker panels, rear door-wells
  • LED license plate bulbs
  • Headlight Retrofit:
    • Morimoto Mini D2S 3.0 Bi-Xenon O-lens Projectors
    • Morimoto XB 5500k D2S Bulbs
    • Matsushita Gen IV Ballasts
    • OEM Headlight Harness
    • OEM Headlight Harness
    • Black side deflectors
    • High Beam splitter (enables high beam + bi-xenon)
  • OEM STI side mirrors w/ integrated turn signals
  • OEM roof racks w/ Yakima Skybox16 (winter)
  • Hella Horn Supertones w/ Subimods Bracket & V2 Wiring Harness Combo
  • 32" LED AuxBeam Light Bar
  • Morimoto XB LED Foglights w/ yellow 3M overlay x2
  • Morimoto 1157 X-VF LED Switchback Bulbs + Relay Harness
  • High Power Backup LED Blubs
  • Bayson R Motorsports V Limited style front lip
  • OEM Black Special Edition WRX ornament side badge

Engine/Drivetrain/Exhaust/Power
  • Kartboy 5MT front/rear stay bushings
  • TiC Wide Pivot bushings
  • TiC Shift Linkage bushings (Royal PITA – opted not to install)
  • Invidia Q300 Catback w/ Titanium Tips
  • Kartboy 12mm exhaust hangers

Wheels/Tires/Brakes/Suspension
Summer Wheels:
  • TSW Nurburgring Matte Gunmetal - 18x8
  • Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3, 235/40ZR18
Winter Wheels:
  • OEM Enkei Matte Gunmetal - 17x8
  • Kumho i’Zen KW 22, 235/45R17 Retired October 31, 2017
  • Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2, 225/50R18 98R - installed at 91,042km
Brakes:
  • StopTech Street Axel Pack w/ slotted rotors
  • Techna-Fit Braided Brake Lines
  • ATE Type 200 Amber Brake Fluid

Detailing:
  • Flintz Polish - Exhaust
  • CarPro Dlux - Exhaust
  • CarPro Dlux - Exterior Trim
  • CarPro Dlux - Wheels
  • Complete Paint Correction - Products TBD



Maintenance:
  • OEM Filter + Mobil 1 5W30 – 4,616km on Oct. 29, 2013
  • OEM Filter + Mobil 1 5W30 – 12,057km on Feb. 16, 2014
  • OEM Filter + Mobil 1 5W30 – 20,011km on Aug. 03, 2014
  • OEM Filter + Mobil 1 5W30 – 29,800km on Mar. 24, 2015
  • OEM Filter + Mobil 1 5W30 – 36,800km on Jul. 27, 2015
Take Ownership:
  • OEM Filter + Castrol Edge 5W30 – 43,652km on Nov. 15, 2015
  • OEM Filter + Dealer Synth 5W30 – 51,509km on Mar. 11, 2016
  • Warranty: Throwout Bearing Replaced – 52,046km on Mar. 15, 2016
  • Warranty: Transmission Case Replaced – 55,703km on Apr. 19, 2016
  • Warranty: Shifter Arm Pins Replaced – 55,755 on May 12, 2016
  • Warranty: Longblock and Turbo Replaced – 58,504km in Jun. 30, 2016, received August 02, 2016
  • Warranty: Throwout Bearing Replaced – 63,828km on Sep. 28, 2016
  • Warranty: OEM Filter + Mobil Super3000 5W30 – 65,943km on Oct. 04, 2016
  • OEM Filter + Mobil Super3000 5W30 – 68,284km on Dec. 08, 2016
  • Recall: Secondary Air Pump Relay – 68,284km on Dec. 08, 2016
  • Passenger Wheel Hub Assembly & Alignment @ Balance Auto – odometer not listed on Feb.17, 2017
  • Service C – 74,321km on Mar. 20, 2017
  • Service A – 82,595km on Jul. 12, 2017
  • Windshield Replaced – approx. 85,000km on Aug. 24, 2017
  • Service A – 90,251km on Oct. 03, 2017
  • Service D – 97,450km on Mar. 13, 2018 @ VEX Performance (Spark Plugs, Tran. & Read Diff Fluids, Spark Plugs, Comp. & Leak down Test
  • Brake Rotors, Pads, Fluids & SS Lines –
  • Service A – 103,848 on Jul. 12, 2018
  • OEM Engine Air Filter – 106,141km on Aug. 25, 2018
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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2017, 11:45:54 PM »
Better late than never, right? So here goes.

After driving my 2000 Mazda Protégé for the better part of 8 years (heck, at least it was manual) I figured it was time for something new. I had graduated University, was working a steady job, and was commuting to BC on a regular basis. I spent countless hours researching vehicles that suited my requirements all which proved pointless because in the back of my mind I knew what I really wanted – a GR WRX/STI. At the time I still wasn’t sure if I could justify the cost, however the search began. Naturally I had a set, albeit short, criteria I was looking for: Low KM, Hatch, Limited (sunroof + fogs), in SWP, DGM or WRB. Short proved to be an understatement, as it wasn’t until roughly a year later when the car I would eventually call Betty presented herself.

Over the year leading up there had been a few contenders, but they just weren’t quite perfect. I had test drove both a GR WRX and STI with my girlfriend which ultimately lead to deciding on a WRX as a DD. Looking back, this wasn’t a fair comparison as the STI we test drove had aftermarket suspension which accentuated every damn pebble on the road, or so it seemed. However one thing didn’t change, I knew this was the car I wanted, no, NEEDED. I was scouring Kijiji and AutoTrader relentlessly in hopes that something would show up yesterday, and that date eventually did come.

The date was July 28, 2015 and I don’t think the ad had been on Kijiji for more than an hour by the time I had inquired. A quick response enabled me to schedule a meeting to see it that evening. Upon arriving, test-driving, and meticulously inspecting, it was nothing short of spectacular - in my mind of course. I told myself that buying privately I would have to go through all the mandatory steps: CarFax, lien check, used car inspection, etc. so I did exactly that and by the next day I knew everything checked out. I called my girlfriend to tell her, which she replied: “Just buy the damn thing already, we both know you want it, so what’s the holdup?” Well, the holdup was that the seller was unwilling to budge even $1 on the price and me, being my cheap self, well that just didn’t sit well.

Eventually through back-and-forth negotiation, I was able to stomach the final (and looking back, fair) number. The car met all requirements, had only 36,800kms, was owned by a mechanic, and had the paperwork to prove it. This would come in particularly handy at a later date.

On July 30, 2015 I officially took possession of my (new-to-me) 2013 SWP WRX and on the same day I drove it to Kootenay Lake, BC. It wasn’t until driving back from Kootenay Lake I received a wave. Then in Calgary I received another one. What the hell is going on?? That was my first introduction to The Club.

This is my journey to owning a Subaru, which I would quickly find out, is so much more than just owning a vehicle.

Now on to what you guys really want to see.
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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 11:46:06 PM »
July 30, 2015 was quite some time ago and you could say a few things have happened.

In August I drove up to Edmonton to visit a good friend from University. The car as I bought it, bone stock.





Since I had always wanted tint, it only seemed obvious it would be my first “modification”. After being referred to Damien at Icon Tinting through a friend, I checked them out in September 2015 and decided on ceramic 40/20 for the front/rear respectively. I drove to Kelowna that weekend. AC was a life-saver since I was unable to roll the windows down. My girlfriend and I hiked Bear Creek Falls before she hijacked my camera and forced the all-to-common “stand beside your new car picture” upon me.



Not long after I decided to Google places in Calgary to photograph your car. I tried to get all artsy and quickly learnt backlighting isn’t the most effective way to shoot cars…it was worth a try though.




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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 11:46:14 PM »
Well, that’s really all it took. I didn’t even get my hands dirty but I guess you could say that the mod-bug had bitten and I was constantly looking for the next upgrade. Driving back and forth to BC, usually in total darkness, I noticed that unless I had my high beams on I could hardly see anything. After reading a myriad of DIY forums online, I decided that retrofitting my headlights would be the first modification I was going to do myself, ever.

Living that condo life, my biggest issue was space. I mean even the simple things required a little improvising.





I made sure to tape off the cutoff of the current projectors on a wall approximately 20’ from where I was parked, and then it was time to remove the headlights. Baking the headlights was a little nerve-racking to say the least. I had never done any type of retrofit or car mod prior to this so it seemed a little out of the ordinary and a lot out of my comfort zone but I trusted the information I had and everything went as it was supposed to. I got the headlights apart piece by piece.







Morimoto Mini D2S 3.0 vs. OEM Projector:



Slowly and carefully using a Dremel I reshaped the insert for the new Morimoto Projectors, and reassembled the housing:







Thankfully I purchased the JB Weld epoxy because once everything was all in place I noticed a small crack in my work of art. Nothing multiple layers of JB Weld couldn’t fix (I actually put about double the amount in the picture below). Two years later and after hitting a pothole hard enough to break a wheel-hub assembly (foreshadow), the headlight still holds strong.





After multiple debates whether I wanted to blackout the headlights or not I chose not to. This is one of the questions I get asked the most after people hear I retrofitted my headlights. My reasoning was (and still is) since I bought a ‘13 that along with the ‘14 are the only years that the GV/GR have the all chrome headlights it is unique to me. I did however blackout the orange side marker.





So now that everything was put together (besides re-sealing the headlights) I remounted them onto my car and the alignment process began.







I was happy with the cutoff and alignment and so I threw them back in the oven and sealed them up. Thanks to Will at Prolightz for helping me with the product selection as well as a few of the installation steps via email/phone, I was able to produce the following in December 2015.

Before:



After:



And shortly after that my neighbor (WSC member Mitnek) kindly gave me a spare set of LED license plate bulbs:


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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 11:46:25 PM »
It wasn’t until April 2016 when I got around to the next mod. I purchased used STI mirrors with the signal markers on them. Since the ’13 WRX Limited was wired for heated and blinker mirrors the swap was a direct PnP.

Before:



After:



And another angle, I’d like to disclose that I don’t park like a oucheday. I parked like this to avoid door dinging a fellow WSC’r! Naturally we park beside each other in the parkade.

Before:



After:



Things until now were great. I had kicked off a few of the more aesthetic modifications I had planned for the first year of ownership. The improvement in headlight output was night and day so I had nothing to complain about there. BUT, dun dun dun…. there was this mysterious ticking noise…



But seriously.



And that’s when all the fun started.

I headed over to Subaru Calgary where it was loud and clear and thankfully not one of those “I swear it’s making a weird noise” moments, which was a relief. Turns out it was the throwout bearing which was replaced under warranty. This was done the first time in March 2016. Not more than a month later in April 2016 and the same noise is back so once again I bring it to Subaru Calgary.

After another lengthy diagnostic they deem it is the “snout on the transmission where the release bearing slides has grooves in it, this is causing the release bearing to stick and cause the chirping noise. There is no repair to be made without replacing the complete case.”  And so just like that, the complete case was replaced like the throwout bearing, under warranty.

This process took 21 days before I was called to come pick my car up and I could not have been more excited! It seemed like a lifetime by this point. Well, 12km from the dealership and driving on SB Deerfoot I downshift…wait what? 4th feels blocked. What’s going on?? I’m only going 90kmh so 3rd is my next option. No 3rd. *coast* get into 2nd, and get enough speed to get back into 5th. So I head straight back to Subaru Calgary to kindly let them know I do not have 3rd or 4th gear. I should mention that earlier that day they called me to tell me they’re coming to pick me up. I stood outside for the better part of 45 minutes before I called to see where the driver was, and well, the driver had just forgot to pick me up. After 13 more days and replacing the transmission shifter arm pins, I was finally able to pick my car up decidedly for the last time from Subaru Calgary on May 25, 2016. Yes it was running, for now…

June 30, 2016. The day before I leave to BC for a 10-day holiday to Kootenay Lake I was driving spiritedly along Blackfoot Trail on my way home from work. Now I mean this was not hard driving, I was having a little fun on acceleration between lights, as much fun as you could have in traffic at 4:00pm. As I am pulling up to the next red light I hear over my music…

Knock, knock x RPM.

Well that doesn’t sound good.

I head over to Centaur Subaru, which I have now established as my dealership of choice and ask if somebody could come outside to listen. “Holy itshay man, do you have a Hemi under this thing?” Yes, that was the first response I got. Not quite what I was hoping for but I knew it didn’t sound good.

After deciding against the advice of the mechanic that it was ok to make an 1,100km round trip I left my car in the hands of Centaur. This is where all the scheduled maintenance from the previous owner I mentioned before came in really handy. Because I had spun 3 rod bearings and the engine was chattering louder than you could imagine, Subaru Canada wanted oil change records, all dealership records, what/if anything had been done, and after all that Centaur tore out the ECU and sent it to Subaru Canada for testing just to confirm the engine had not been modified. Everything checked out and I got the call that I would be having the long-block and turbo replaced only 150kms shy of the 60,000km mark. In some ways you could say this was good luck because it fell under warranty. On August 2, 2016 I finally got Betty back.

In those 5 months (March – August), I figure I drove my car for a total of about 3 weeks. So I’m sorry for the lack of photos over this time.

By September I had completed the recommended break-in period (which I did not do a hard break-in despite what some people say) and took the car for the first long drive with the girlfriend out to Jasper and back. Of course, the landscape did not disappoint.







It only took one month for another thing to go wrong and it really did feel like she was cursed. Since detonating an engine I became very meticulous with my pre and post drive inspections. The infamous throwout bearing….again. UGH. Centaur replaced this under warranty no qualms and so I drove home and the next time I went to drive I noticed this.



At this point I had AMA tow my vehicle straight back to the dealership where they told me that a rock must have punctured the oil filter…hmmm…

After that the problems seemingly stopped. I’m not sure if it was because of all the repairs or because karma was finally turning and my streak of bad luck was over. Regardless, I’m not complaining about it. Winter was a blast and I got out with a few other WSC members (diamondedge, kijho, daduke99, redbimmer93, and 05LGT) and we had a little fun at a “top secret location”. Pictures courtesy of Kijho.







In February after leaving Castle Mountain from a incredible day skiing I was unfortunate enough to hit a bridge deck abutment because the gravel road had washed out before it but standing water and reflection from the sun made it look solid. Well I sure as heck hit it solid, solid enough to brake my passenger wheel hub assembly. We made it back to Calgary but I booked an appointment the following day at Balance Auto where Jackie took care of things finishing off with a wheel alignment.
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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 11:46:34 PM »
It had been quite some time and I was itching for the next mod, so what should it be. The WSC Timmies meet had me realize that I was about the only car to ever pull in silently, so it was a no brainer. Exhaust. After listening to countless YouTube clips and getting rides with other WSC members with different set-ups I finally decided that I wanted the Invidia Q300 with titanium tips. I waited a while before something finally came up on Kijiji and of course it was in Edmonton. So by now it’s mid March 2017 and RedndWhite graciously took time out of his day to check out the exhaust while up in Edmonton and brought it back to Calgary in the back of his truck. While waiting for a weekend that I wasn’t too busy to get around to installing the exhaust, I purchased the Kartboy front/rear stay bushings and the TiC shift linkage and wide pivot bushings as well as two Grimmspeed 3” gaskets from TougeTuning, who I found great to deal with. I figured that if I were going to have the exhaust off anyways, now would be the most ideal time to replace these.

It wasn’t until the end of April when I got around to hitting up Carzilla and purchasing polish and cleaning supplies to deal with the excessive carbon buildup on the tips.

It’s hard to tell but here is a comparison.

Before:



After:



And from another angle.

Before:



After:



April 22, 2017 finally rolled around which was install day. I think Christmas as a kid was the last time I was as hyped for an entire week leading to a specific day. Without the help of WSC members DaDuke99, diamondedge, Canuckrz, and kijho it would not have been possible so a huge thank-you for the help guys.



The exhaust came off without fighting any seized bolts, which was a huge relief. However, the heatshield proved to be the next obstacle in the way. Without removing the O2 sensor I carefully used a Dremel to create an opening in the shield so it could be removed.



Here is a (terrible) comparison of the front Kartboy vs. OEM stay bushings.



Everything went smooth except removing the roll pin to replace the pivot bushings. After spending some serious time and effort trying to remove this we finally made the executive decision to say screw it. So for the time being these are back in my closet collecting dust.

I also picked up the OEM under-seat sub/amp, which I figured was a direct PnP item but without the navigation headunit it is not. I did not find this out until I tore apart the entire dash and headunit out. At least I know what I’m up against or if I ever switch to an aftermarket HU it will work. At the same time I also grabbed the Kartboy 12mm hangers for the exhaust. They are significantly stiffer than the OEM hangers.

Now time to bolt everything back up.





Once everything was bolted up it really seemed to fill up the empty space that once was.

Before:



After:



And all cleaned up, photo cred to kijho:



After everything was bolted up and I sat in the car to test the shifter feel I had a difficult time noticing any change. However, after driving for a while now I feel like I can comment on the feel. It’s hard to explain but if I were to attempt it would be that it feels more fluid. Kind of like how diamondedge described it here:

Yes...sharp. Here's a MS paint representation of how it feels. There's less of side to side "yield" feeling when pushing through gear > neutral > gear. It's subtle because the throws aren't overly long to begin...but after a few hours with it, I like it.



Yuss. :D

I decided on keeping the stock shifter for height, and I don’t necessarily need the short shifter feeling so the throw distances are still the same however, with the new bushings I feel less likely to mis-shift into the wrong gear.

And out at the Timmies meet still rocking the winter set-up, but at least I got that rumble rumble going on.




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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2017, 11:46:42 PM »
With summer setting in fast I decided that May was a reasonable month to put the summer wheels back on. But first I wanted to apply CarPro Dlux so the scrubbing, claying and meticulous detailing began. Keeping in mind that condo life.



After dropping the wheels off for a precautionary balance, I went to Carzilla and picked up some supplies. My god does Iron-X smell terrible. Everybody was warning me about the Dlux smell, but honestly it seemed like a rose bush after decontaminating the wheels.









And that brings us up to date from nearly the past 2 years. Hopefully moving forward I can do a little better at keeping this current. As she sits now thanks to WSC member cmyrick taken on May 06, 2017.



A roller shot from kijho.



And a few of my own pictures from the meet up after Driven 2017.



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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2017, 12:36:40 AM »
I need a cigarette.


Whew.

Hot dayum, those cutoff pics. I want Morimotos, badly. Well done, looking forward to the next thing!

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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2017, 12:40:20 AM »
I had no idea this car gave you so much trouble :O
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2017, 02:07:01 AM »
The fitment difference on the Q300s vs the stock exhaust is crazy!
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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2017, 06:54:59 AM »
Those TSW wheels look awesome. I know there's picture proof, but I still don't wanna believe you were decontaminating your wheels in the living room.
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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2017, 07:04:51 AM »
Finally, the thread we've all been waiting for ;D Looks good dude! The morimoto cutoff's are sharp asf. Nice job on those! Did you use ProLightz's butyl glue when sealing back up your lights or did you do something else?

The Q300 looks so good too, ofcourse! ;)

I still don't wanna believe you were decontaminating your wheels in the living room.
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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2017, 08:23:19 AM »
I need a cigarette.

Whew.

Hot dayum, those cutoff pics. I want Morimotos, badly. Well done, looking forward to the next thing!

Thanks bud! ;D

I had no idea this car gave you so much trouble :O

Yeah, it was quite the love-hate relationship there for a while... Fingers crossed the worst is behind!

The fitment difference on the Q300s vs the stock exhaust is crazy!

Thanks! Imo it looks how it always should have.

Those TSW wheels look awesome. I know there's picture proof, but I still don't wanna believe you were decontaminating your wheels in the living room.

Haha oh man, decontaminating happened at the car wash - although I contemplated bath tub... But it was loading them into the hatch and then putting them in the living room to dry even after they were washed which produced quite the fumes. The picture of them on a tarp in the living room is where I applied the Dlux though :P

Finally, the thread we've all been waiting for ;D Looks good dude! The morimoto cutoff's are sharp asf. Nice job on those! Did you use ProLightz's butyl glue when sealing back up your lights or did you do something else?

The Q300 looks so good too, ofcourse! ;)

Thanks man! Yeah I forgot to mention, I used Prolightz butyl glue when resealing them. I actually had to do the passenger side twice. Since it was in the winter when I did them going from -25 to +18 in my parkade I quickly found out if there was going to be condensation. After the second time sealing I just used a little more of the glue and since then everything has been condensation free. 8)
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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2017, 08:29:56 AM »
Man you've had some bad luck! Hopefully nothing more now haha. All the upgrades add so much. The Q300 is the perfect exhaust, and I didn't realize how much better the sti mirrors looked. 

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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2017, 08:52:56 AM »
Nice write up. Lots of things here that I want to do to mine but I'm still working on growing that money tree; I'm not much of a greenthumb.

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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2017, 10:47:29 AM »
Great write up dude, good to see a build thread! Well take another run at those bushings when I get mine in as well.   ;D

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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2017, 10:57:56 AM »
Awesome write up and pics, the retrofit seems super intense as a first mod you do yourself haha! Excited to keep following this thread

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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2017, 11:13:00 AM »
Glad to see you finally made a build thread. Great writeup, pictures and descriptions.
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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2017, 11:53:19 AM »
Man you've had some bad luck! Hopefully nothing more now haha. All the upgrades add so much. The Q300 is the perfect exhaust, and I didn't realize how much better the sti mirrors looked.

Haha yeah man, thanks! I've been wondering why I'm so stoked for this summer and then it hit me...I only got about 3 weeks of enjoyment out of last years! I still have plans for the mirrors in the future, but I'm keeping what exactly that is secret for now >:D

Nice write up. Lots of things here that I want to do to mine but I'm still working on growing that money tree; I'm not much of a greenthumb.
Great write up dude, good to see a build thread! Well take another run at those bushings when I get mine in as well.   ;D
Awesome write up and pics, the retrofit seems super intense as a first mod you do yourself haha! Excited to keep following this thread

Thanks guys! Nothing too wild in terms of engine/performance upgrades, I'm definitely going to ride out my extended warranty on the new engine and build that rainy day fund for when the time comes to add some punch. But yes the retrofit was pretty nerve-racking at the time, I'd gladly do it again if anybody needed help though. Two sets of hands are better than one! Tim, those linkage bushings are a huge PITA, I don't even know if it's worth trying again haha.

Glad to see you finally made a build thread. Great writeup, pictures and descriptions.

Thanks Stephen!
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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2017, 04:03:00 PM »
Yeah. That trunnion bushing and roll pin.

*Cue shot of Tim and I, underneath, tag teaming a roll punch and a hammer. I'm steadying the punch, Tim has the hammer.

*Swing

*Thunk

Then you hear Canuckrz, Kihjo and thedude from around the car going OOOOOOH oh man that was classic.

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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2017, 07:03:51 PM »
That was an exercise in trust, for sure.
I only managed to get myself once.  ;D

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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2017, 07:31:30 PM »
So today I met up with diamondedge and kijho and we installed a few parts I had lying around as well as a few items kijho kindly donated to my build.

Bumper is off and ready for parts to be assembled.



Diamondedge preparing the crack on the lower driver side of my bumper to be fixed via drift/zip stitching.



Side panel and Rally Armour flap off for wiring into the cabin...any guesses why??



32" AuxBeam Light Bar and Hella Sharp Tones bolted up and ready to be wired. I know some people aren't a fan of the Hella's because they are on just about every subie, but I personally like the look and they sound is how a horn should!



Kijho showing off his skills heat-shrinking the wires for the light bar like a pro. I think he even once mentioned that he could be an electrician, like diamondedge is. Or something along those lines... ;D



And the final product bolted back up. Like usual, nothing went quite as smooth as planned. We figured this would take a couple hours but after a quick trip to Canadian Tire and a few other hiccups everything was said and done in just under four, albeit taking our time with things.



Overall I'm very pleased with the final outcome. I think that when I replace my smashed fog lights in about a month or so I will likely Dremel out the middle black support structure in the bumper in order to get an unobstructed beam of light. What do you guys think?

Honestly, dem stitches though. Full cred to diamondedge's skillz, who is in fact not an electrician btw!

I also installed interior LED bulbs which look a whole lot better than stock. No before/after pictures were taken though and I'm sure you all know what they look like anyways.
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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2017, 07:59:28 PM »
;D The yellow heat shrink burnt a tiny bit ;D ;D ;D Embarrassing...

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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2017, 08:06:59 PM »
Aren't those super tones? I though the sharp tones were yellow. Also I wouldn't cut that middle section out of the bumper, I've seen people do it on other cars and it can cause the bottom to droop.
I think he even once mentioned that he could be an electrician, like diamondedge is. Or something along those lines... ;D

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Re: thedude’s 2013 WRX
« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2017, 08:23:28 PM »
Just pulled the box out of my bag and yes, super tones. Whoops. The hype was too strong and made my mind go blank. Good to know about the drooping, I guess anybody with a FMIC would have to cut that piece out though.
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