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    Shifting Lanes Does: a build thread

    Before I purchased my WRX, I was on here for a few months gathering info and knowledge about tuning and modifications. I still have much to learn, but I believe I've built a good list of things to do over time and an average knowledge base as to what essentials are needed. This will be a bit of an unorthodox build thread as this won't be a built WRX for some time. Let's call this more of a journal. Here you will find any modifications done, as you would a normal build thread. However, I will be logging all routine maintenance, miles at the time of maintenance, problems/fixes, and anything else in the day-to-day of owning a WRX. Hopefully, this will help anyone in the future looking for answers about daily driving or how this particular car behaves on a day-to-day basis. I'm always available to answer any questions so feel free to PM me.

    My car was purchased from Ramsey Subaru in Ramsey, NJ on 9/9/13. I had originally placed the order on 5/28, but missed the cut off for '13 orders. Therefore, my model is a 2014 which was processed on 8/1/13. Clayton was my salesman and is a member on this forum. I highly recommend going through him if you are to purchase as he made the process smooth, easy, and gave me an excellent price.

    The WRX I ordered was a 2014 dark grey metallic (DGM) limited hatchback with the following options: short-throw-shifter (STS), armrest extender, cross bar kit, ski clips & carrier, auto dim mirror with homelink, and sat nav. I will be receiving all weather mats when I pick up my plates.

    Below is a list of current purchased/installed mods along with a wish list of future mods:


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    WC Lathe Werks shift knob - WRX Hybrid Piston

    Winter wheels and tires – 04 WRX stock wheels with General Altimax Arctic tires (205/16/55)

    Bayson R V-limited style poly front lip

    To come

    Sway bars and Endlinks - Whiteline sways (24 front/22 rear) w/ Kartboy ends

    Down Pipe - open to any an all suggestions

    Nameless Axelback Magnaflow Exhaust - Again, open to any and all suggestions, but really looking for no drone at cruising speeds.

    WTF Stage 1 tune

    AEM Cold Air Intake

    Carbon fiber front lip – CF Lip from Force Werkz

    Dynamat (only if audio upgrade)

    Thule roof storage

    Mountain bike rack



    I have changed my mind and definitely do want to tweak on this car, eventually. Any work that will be done to the engine/handling of the car will be done well after owning for a year or two. Further bulletins as events warrant. As for now, enjoy the pictures from the day of delivery.

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    Last edited by ShiftingLanes; 06-05-2014 at 11:35 AM.
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    Plans on use for the car? Any weekend trips for skiing, in town use only, etc. Great looking car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdbrendan View Post
    Plans on use for the car? Any weekend trips for skiing, in town use only, etc. Great looking car.
    Thanks, Brendan.

    I'm an avid skier so I'll be using it for ski trips absolutely. It's a DD so it will get plenty of use each and every day.
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    From one avid skier to another, I'd say if you're really driving in tough conditions, you're going to destroy that carbon lip quickly. Get something cheap so you don't mind replacing, or go without.

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    Nice start!

    Save your money on the COBB headshield. Not necessary until you get a larger downpipe (and of course if you don't want to cut up the stock heat shield).

    I also have that CF lip, and will take it off/on during the winter/summer, as mcdbrendan suggested. No need to use that as a plow!

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    I would get a turbo blanket compared to a shield. The heat soak is reduced more with the blanket than the shield.

    For example, I am able to put my fingers on the blanket, after a drive, and not get burnt. I cannot say the same with the shield. Also the shield has more spaces where the heat can escape
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    Quote Originally Posted by kprugbyplaya View Post
    I would get a turbo blanket compared to a shield. The heat soak is reduced more with the blanket than the shield.

    For example, I am able to put my fingers on the blanket, after a drive, and not get burnt. I cannot say the same with the shield. Also the shield has more spaces where the heat can escape
    If he took this route and wanted to have a shield in addition to the blanket, then he would then have to get a new shield too, as the stock shield would not fit over the blanket! Either way, I agree that a (good) blanket would probably prevent heat soak better than a shield. A shield would really help to prevent any damage from leaks though rather than heat soak (even though it is called a "heat shield," and probably does prevent some heat soak).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackSTi View Post
    If he took this route and wanted to have a shield in addition to the blanket, then he would then have to get a new shield too.
    crap, forgot to mention that hah

    He could always just run the blanket and add the shield later on

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    PTP Turbo Blankets Turbo Blanket Red Subaru Models (inc. 2002-2013 WRX / STI) FPRO35-009-004 at RallySportDirect.com

    It's good
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    Just passed 1000 miles on the commute this morning. Got into boost hard for the first time and took her over 4k (less a few spirited times during the first 1000 miles) on a consistent basis on a few back roads on the way to work. Was really nice enjoying not having to baby the car. Next up 3000 mile oil change. Here are a few pics of some Subie love from the past two mornings. BRZ keeps following me around at work.

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    First detail. Clay bar and wax. Ooooooo. Shiny.







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    Quote Originally Posted by ShiftingLanes View Post
    First detail. Clay bar and wax. Ooooooo. Shiny.
    Ah crap. I have to do that too. Looks great!

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    Went to my first meat yesterday. Was a blast. Nice to meat some of the people on here. Two things: 1) Installed WC Lathe Werks shift knob (co-polymer piston, link is in the OP)

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    2) On the way back took a few shots with the sun setting. Not bad for a iPhone.

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    That is all for now. Next up is winter wheels and tires.
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