I've had my '13 hatch since July 2013. I bought it with 5 miles on it after my Toyota Matrix Xrs was rear-ended on a San Jose freeway and totaled by insurance.
I'm starting this build thread because I like seeing what the other members here do and I think doing so for myself will help me stop lurking so much and participate in the community more. Also, I figure if I'm here taking knowledge and ideas from others, maybe someone will like what they see in my car and get some ideas for themselves.
This is the long, slow upgrade road because I enjoy modding and wrenching but I work full time, am taking night classes to advance my career, and we're expecting our first child in a little over two months. So I'll do mods as time allows. I'm not near as rapid as many of you are but I do like tinkering so this is fun for me.
I'm starting to get slightly more serious about detailing. That is, I've read enough now to know that I was doing more damage than good to my paint for a long time. Hopefully I can get some decent pics of the nice and clean paint soon.
Also, I'm intrigued by E85. There is one station within a mile of where I live that carries it but we're talking about moving in the next year or two so that may not always be there case. Nevertheless, we'll still be in the area so E85 isn't out of the question. But that's definitely a down-the-road sort of mod for me.
Forcewerkz polyurethane front lip
Subaru cross bars with Thule Surf rack [on surf days!]
Subaru footwell illumination kit; Red
COBB Accessport with Stage1 E-tune by Torqued Performance
SPT Short-throw Shifter
Near Future Modifications
Sound System? Looking at stuff, might do this soon.
Long Term Modifications (This is more likely as things wear out)
Springs/Struts or Coilovers--I don't like the amount of body roll on any cornering or the bounciness at highway speeds
Sway Bars--See the above note, just want to tighten things up
Higher Quality Tires, probably a Bridgestone RE71R or similar
Downpipe--probably Cobb. Waiting another year or two until we move so I have storage for OE parts in a larger garage. As you'll see from pic in next post garage is tight.
Heat shield--Cobb to go with DP
Stage 2 E-Tune by TP--this will go with the DP