Hey guys new here obviously.
Just wanted to share my car with you guys.
i picked it up about 3 weeks ago now (yes it still smells new) and have been enjoying every minute of AWD and the turbo. This is my first turbo car and manual car. I have practiced on my buddies beaters and i would say im about 95% comfortable driving stick now. I'm coming from a 3 series. Car drives completely different. I do miss the luxury interior feel of the bimmer but that's not why i bought this car. I bought it because it has so much potential for power and handling vs my old bimmer. After market stuff is in the hundreds while aftermarket parts for subarus is in the thousands. Plus it's nice to make so much power without spending 7k like i would of had to do to get a supercharger on my old bimmer and still barely make 300hp to the wheels. Towards the end of my ownership i felt like the transmission (auto) was slipping and was bound to go out. The car had 110k miles on it and was nothing but a headache. I had the chance to get into an evo 8/9 don't care for the X's but i've always liked the subaru community and believe it or not that always plays a big role in me choosing cars. I am a car enthusiasts and love all makes. I noticed when i had made a couple friends on my old board and attended meets with the bimmers guys they would always talk crap about JDM cars and it always made me feel a little bummed. They are very mistaken to under estimate these cars and the potential WRX/STi/Evo's have. Just seemed like douche bags and i was glad to leave the scene. I have a group of friends that all have WRX/STi/Evo's/IS-F's and they were extremely happy to finally convert me as well. They are ex bimmer/mbz/audi owners as well. It was nice to restart with 1 mile again. I am almost at 1k miles because i've been driving so much trying to get past break-in-period. I changed the oil at 500 miles and am changing it again at 1500. At 500 miles i also put in a magnetic drain plug instead of the stock to try and get any metal shavings next oil change.
Anyways here is the car the day i picked it up after they had removed all the plastic protectors and got it ready and preped. Car came with STi short shift kit and SPT exhaust which is really loud. The whole engine is incredibly louder then i had thought it was going to be lol. I always loved the subi rumble just didn't realize what it sounded like so often. I love it though.
The Second day i owned the car i woke up early gave it a real good detail to try and remove the swirls that the dealer gave me when they "detailed it" and debadged it. I love the cleaner look with no badges. Plus it makes people think it's a granny wagon haha. I still kind of trip out that i have a "5 door wagon" my old car was a sedan and when i was buying my WRX i had a 2011 WRX sedan right next to my hatch and debated for 30min about buying it instead. I think i made the right choice though, something about the hatches look so mean and wide with proper wheels and offsets.
Said i'd keep it stock for a while but that went out the window.
Had Lyle over at VinylStyles do the red outline on my tails because they are hideous stock. I love the way they look now. I'm still debating if i want to add a light smoke to the blinker/reverse area or keep it clear like i have it now.
Also had him wrap my fender badge in matte dry carbon fiber. I don't like the silver stuff my car has stock. After the badges were wrapped and reapplied something had to be done about the Exhaust finishers they just looked tacky being the only silver on my car. My idea was to plasti-dip them because i do like the extension look they give to the rear diffusor. I removed them and saw that they really leave big holes in the stock diffusor which kinda sucks. I plan to install the R205 rear diffusor wing so hopefully it still fits with these on if not i'll have to use black rivets or something to cover the holes up.
I usually suck at DIY anything but i figured it's just plasti-dip and if i eff up that bad my friend is pretty good spray painter so he'll do it right. I think they came out okay though.
Have a bunch planned for this car and i think with my fellow WRX/STi owners on this board and irl i'll be much happier on this board with more down to earth people. Thanks for looking.
Bought OEM rear bumper cover to protect the papers thin paint this car seems to have. Not 100% sure if I will keep it but for now it stays.
Got the front end clear bra'd no more chips!
Traded my SPT exhaust for a brand new Invidia q300 catback
Replaced all interior lights with LED's and hatch license plate area
Installed HiD's in 5000k
Installed Fog light covers
Decided it was time for power
Ordered Cobb accessport sub 00-3
Ordered Invidia downpipe catless
Ordered Cobb SF-Intake with airbox
Ordered Kartboy gear box bushings
Ordered all gaskets
Installed Cobb Accessport
Installed Cobb Stage 2 OTS LWG map.
Installed Invidia downpipe to the catback to make the full TBE
Installed Cobb SF-Intake with airbox
Installed Kartboy gearbox bushings
Cut stock heat shielf to fit invidia downpipe
Bought Torqued Performance stage 2 tune because the cobb map still felt really conservative.
Had an exhaust leak from the ****ty downpipe gasket so i replaced the gasket with a remflex gasket and all leaks are taken car of.
Filled the car up with 100 octane to try the TP map on a higher octane and holy crap! What a rush and difference in speed.
Went back to cobb stage 2 OTS map severe low waste gate since my car is boost creeping a bit in the colder climates
Purchased Charge Speed style front lip from Bayson R Motosports
Purchased Eibach sway bars 25mm/22mm
Installed Eibach sway bars and Holy F**CK the car feels amazing with these bars. No more crazy body roll and the car is planted! To date this has been my favorite purchase.
Installed the CS Style front lip
Removing the bumper was so simple i can't believe it was that easy, no bolts like on my old bimmer. Everything is held in with clips. I can have the bumper off in 5 minutes now if needed.
Purchased Cobb turbo Heatshield with gold reflective thermal tape.
Purchased Cusco Strut brace
Purchased Grimmspeed manuel boost controller.
Installed Cobb turbo heatshield
Installed Cusco Strut brace
Had my 15k minor service done.
Ordered some stuff to get my pro-tune done soon. After i get pro-tuned all bushings and suspension are getting an overhaul. Also will be picking up some wheels so clear my a set of brembos i have coming in.