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snackers 08 money pit - wrexin' it up
« on: January 18, 2009, 07:24:29 PM »
I'll start out with a long story about how I came to be here on this forum. Skip it if you can't read.

So, I used to have a 2002 Dakota Quad cab 4x4.
Was an excellent truck, only exceptions were the usual pet peeves that everyone has about their vehicles.
I decided though, that I wanted to have a little more fun in my life. I looked at all kinds of cars with some juice under the hood. But since I live in Canada, I would not accept anything where all four wheels didn't spin at the same time.
I initially (2 years ago) decided I wanted an Impreza Wagon. I had looked at many alternatives, lots of which were no where close to similar to each other. (mazda3 hatch (no AWD, but liked the style), mazdaspeed 3 (turbo, but no AWD), dodge caliber (wasnt really hooked on the style, but had a AWD option), Chevy Malibu maxx (more of a wagon than hatch), bmw 335xi (AWD, but sedan, and expensive), Toyota Matrix (hatch style, has an AWD option.... but its toyota))
At the time, I wasn't really convinced that I could afford the WRX (and definitely not the STi). I didn't want to buy something that required me to use 91 octane. (my trucks average fill became over $100 with 87)
Obviously, the more power the better, but I was just looking for something that would get me around in winter that I could have a little fun with.

So in early 2007, I decided on a Impreza 2.5i wagon. I find the sedan is not for me. I want more room than a trunk. And I have never liked the sedan style. Any sedan (up until I joined this forum. Don't take any offense, sedan people. I have since changed my mind) brought instant "Soccer Mom" visions into my head. Still, I was not hooked on the 07 "wagon" style. Then, the pictures of the 08 hatch style came out.
Instantly, I was sold. As mentioned, I *LIKE* the hatch style, and don't really care if it looks like a mazda 3 (don't like what they did to the 09 3's tho).
So once I decided on this, I had to research the crap out of it. (severe ESTJ, for the Meyers Briggs folks, and extreme off the charts Green, for those Colors folks)
I found Nabisco, and quickly learned not to ever post there again. But I did use them for research. Shortly after, I found ASC, and migrated to WSC.
After being here for a few months, my mind was swaying to the WRX (thanks a lot. a lot of you people were responsible this)
STi was still too much, but WRX was stuck in my mind, so thats what I chose.
Also part of my decision, AT or MT. I had never driven a MT before, and had read all the warnings about "learning MT on an AWD". So before I bought the car, I knew I should probably learn the basics ahead of time. Some people here offered to take me for a spin, but I was (and always have been) leary of doing things with other peoples property. So I took some lessons.
Then, went in, and bought the car.

Date of aquisition of 2008 Dark Grey Metallic (DGM) WRX Hatchback: July 15, 2008
And I only stalled it 3 times on the way home!!! woot

Plans at the time:
No engine mods to begin with. This is the first turbo vehicle I have ever owned. My test drive (tho in an AT) proved to me that I should stick with stock until I can handle the power. Also the first AWD and MT vehicle I have ever owned (and driven). AWD != 4x4, so I knew I needed to get used to this.
Priority #1: get rid of all the chrome. Chrome = fail.
Priority #2: conveniences and asthetics. Auto dimming mirror, floor mats, various nets and separators for the rear cargo area, shift knob, tint, seat covers maybe?, rustproofing and undercoating, front grills (protect rad and IC from crappy edmonton winter stones).
Priority #3: Separate summer and winter wheels.

Plans/wishlist:
Rear chrome strip change to body color. (Complete)
Front chrome grill change to Sport Grill. (Complete)
STI spoiler.
Auto dimming mirror. (Complete)
Grillcraft Grills for front upper and lower grill, and scoop. (Complete)
EXHAUST (anything to bring out that boxer rumble) (Complete - Invidia N1 CBE)
Remote start. (Complete)
Minimum stg1 tune. (Complete)
Possibly leading to stg2. (Complete)

Things that I love about this car:
Hill assist (Yup, I do love it, think whatever you want)
Of course, AWD.
One word. Turbo.
It's actually good on gas (somewhere around 25mpg, even in winter)
Hatch. (love the hatch look)
Seat heaters.

Things that I find I don't much like about this car (everyone has these, don't deny):
Speaker housing rattles over volume 25.
Stock rims. Hate them. The 09 pewters make it look much better, but still not perfect.
Dash creaks.
No sunroof. (screw you, 2009, announced 3 days after I picked up mine!!)
Legacy style scoop.
Non HID headlights.

Yes, lots of this can be replaced by aftermarket parts. But that's not the point. Point is, stock, from factory, these are the things I don't like.


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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2009, 07:24:38 PM »
Current mods, part additions, useful and useless parts:
Outside
Body Color Hatch Strip
Sport Grill
3M - Hood 18inch, Front Bumper, Front Grill, Driver/Passenger Mirrors, Rear Hatch Step, Rear Door Flares
Tint - Front 35%, Rear Limo, Hatch Limo
Winters - Nokian Hakkapiletta R 205/50R17 on 09 wrx265 Pewter rims
Inters - Falken Ziex ZE-912 205/50R17 on Enkei EV5
Summers - Dunlop StarSpeckled 245/40R17 on Enkei NT03+M
RallyArmor UR's
Compustar Pro Remote Starter/Alarm
2009 WRX Badge for front grill
Blue 'i' badge
Red Tail light film
Front Plate Delete
HID kit from GTHID - 6000k
Dual Color LED signal markers

Inside
Autodim mirror with Homelink (Garage door opener)
Weathertech DigitalFit Floor Liners
WC Latheworks Shift Knob
Stock 02-07 WRX Shift Knob
Escort Passport 8500 Blue Radar Detector
Trunk Monkey
SPT Boost Gauge
STI Red LED footwell lighting
Subaru Cargo Net
Pioneer AVIC-F700BT head unit
- iPod wire for failPod control via HU
- Sirius Satellite plugin

Engine (and engine bay)
Airboy'd Stage2
AEM CAI
Fumoto Oil Drain Valve
Amsoil 5w30
Redline 75w90NS Trans/Rear Diff fluid
Invidia N1 CBE
Invidia catted hi-flow divorced bellmouth downpipe (bung welded in for WB o2)
Innovative LC1 WB o2 sensor
SPT battery tie down
SPT oil filler cap
Custom Rad Shroud
Kartboy front and rear shifter bushings
GroupA Adjustable Short Shifter
GroupA Pitchmount Stop
GroupN Transmission Mount
GroupN Engine Mounts
TiC Transmission Crossmember Bushings

Suspension
Summer - Koni Yellow 8610 Inserts
     - WRX "STi" Pinks
     - Front camber bolts
     - Camber @ -2.25*F/-2.25*R
Winter - Stock struts/springs
     - Camber @ -1.7* all around
24mm adj. Whiteline FSB
22mm adj. Whiteline RSB, with mount support brace
KLC39 spherical front endlinks
KLC066 spherical rear endlinks
KDT903 rear diff insert bushings

Currently waiting for install
Escort hardwire kit for radar detector
KDT902 rear subframe bushings

Future Plans
Camber plates

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2009, 07:24:48 PM »
Day 1.



Scoop ftw


Sweep startup = teh awesome


After the drive home, 49km on the odo.


Parts arrived (actually arrived 2 weeks before I picked up the car)


First mod.
Rear chrome strip replaced with body colored strip.




Auto dim mirror installed (no pics, its a mirror.)
Sport grill installed. At the same time, since the grill was out, Supertones installed.



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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2009, 07:24:56 PM »
Fumoto installed.


Scoop guard installed.


WC lathewerks Shiftknob


I don't have very many pics showing the tint. Limo on rear doors and hatch, 35% on front.

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2009, 07:25:03 PM »
Subaru Airvalve caps.


Passport 8500 radar detector.


Trunk Monkey


Winters: Nokian Hakkapiletta R's, 205/50R17


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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2009, 09:35:43 AM »
Invidia N1 (w/ resonator) CBE ordered.

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2009, 10:06:48 AM »
Invidia N1 (w/ resonator) CBE ordered.

Smexy... <3

Why do we not have a drooling smiley?!

Ever since I saw pics of Sleepers 08 STi, the hatches have really started to grow on me.
If the sea was vodka, and I was a duck.
I would swim to the bottom, and drink my way up.
But the sea isn't vodka, and I'm not a duck.
So give me the vodka, and stfu.
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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2009, 10:11:56 AM »
Nice work so far Cam.

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2009, 10:42:31 AM »
sorry about all the jackassery snackers, I've cleaned her up fer ya.

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2009, 10:46:45 AM »
s'okay jer.
I gotta be able to take it in as much as I dish it out....

As for underglow, remember when I mentioned those foot compartment LED's that the STi's have?
That's on my list too.

So neon might be going too far (maybe), but LEDs are acceptable. :P

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2009, 10:47:39 AM »
I thought my Jack in the Box comment wasn't a jackassery comment.  :P

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2009, 11:02:20 AM »
s'okay jer.
I gotta be able to take it in as much as I dish it out....

As for underglow, remember when I mentioned those foot compartment LED's that the STi's have?
That's on my list too.

So neon might be going too far (maybe), but LEDs are acceptable. :P

I got some sweet installs of cabin neon that looks like it comes from under the seat, passes this sweet glow across the foot section of the car....And i used to have underbody neon, but never actually got installed. I would not recommend this if you winter drive your car.

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2009, 08:19:17 PM »
where did you get the mesh gaurd for the scoop. I am looking for one for my 06

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2009, 08:41:10 PM »
Here ya go.
This one says 06/07, and says both WRX and STi.
https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/product_info.php?cPath=96&products_id=1171

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2009, 08:23:36 AM »
Here ya go.
This one says 06/07, and says both WRX and STi.
https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/product_info.php?cPath=96&products_id=1171

I can't find one for 04/05.. think the 06/07 would fit? lol
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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2009, 09:23:41 AM »
Where did you find the colour matched rear strip?
No, Bubba, it doesn't have a Hemi.

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2009, 11:49:37 AM »
Where did you find the colour matched rear strip?

Strip: https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_99_100&products_id=1422

Will also require new badge:
https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/product_info.php?products_id=1367

Expensive, yes.
Or you could take the one you have, and take it to a body shop and get it painted (have to get it stripped of chrome, then primed, then painted. No idea the cost)

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2009, 12:09:30 PM »
The other option that I have seen is vinyl. Although depending on the colour it would be hard to match.
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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2009, 01:49:14 PM »
Looking good man... keep it up.
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« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2009, 01:52:08 PM »
Looking good man... keep it up.

Thank you!!

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2009, 02:10:29 PM »
The sedan strip doesn't have an integrated badge. I though about painting the strip along with a couple of other engine trim pieces.
No, Bubba, it doesn't have a Hemi.

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« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2009, 02:13:01 PM »
The sedan strip doesn't have an integrated badge. I though about painting the strip along with a couple of other engine trim pieces.

Crap. Sorry man, I forgot you had the sedan.
I don't believe subaru sells an OEM strip to replace the chrome.
Everyone I've seen on 3gwrx has painted the strip themselves, or at a local body shop.

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2009, 07:25:04 PM »
HIDs arrived and installed.
These are from GTHID.ca.
GE bulbs, at 6000k, 35W thin ballasts.


Mine (left) beside a stock with halogens (right).

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Re: snackers 08 money pit (name to come?)
« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2009, 07:37:09 PM »
This arrived.
Invidia N1 (resonated) CBE.
Had to get the seat ALL the way forward to fit these in (there were two, one for another member)



The kitten caboodle:


Shiny!


Silencer (not sure how much this will get used):


4 inches of straighthrough: (fits your general large sized cantelope and honeydew melons)


Invidia catted DP (for another member):

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