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    The Big 2011/2012 Mod thread

    I have decided to contribute to my useless existence on the forum by compiling some of the stuff I found out there,including from other forums,that might me helpful to the many new 2011 & 2012 owners/members of the forum.

    You can find almost anything about mods on this famous thread from another forum.Thank you Mr. Unabomber http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ight=manifesto


    For anybody who needs the service manual (thank you Mangostick) http://www.daviswoody.com/2009Subaru...viceManual.pdf

    Some common questions that already have threads

    Mileage thread What kind of milage are you actually getting on your 2011 WRX?



    Please feel free to contribute.

    ***Disclaimer:I am not responsible for anything you break on your car or any warranty claim denials
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    The Big 2011/2012 Mod Thread


    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    Most owners start out with a tint.You can find the legal tint laws for your state here

    http://www.tintlaws.com/

    Some do a clear bra.This is done preferably by a qualified installer as it is not an easy job.There are different kits & the price depends on how much of the car you want to cover.
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    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    the other popular mod is the short shifter & bushings.There are various types of shifters available on the market.You can also get a SPT short shifter installed by the dealer(the SPT shifter comes with the linkages).Another popular brand is kartboy.

    It is advisable to change the bushings along with the shifter to improve overall shifting feel.

    The entire kit with the kartboy shifter can be found here TiC 08 Impreza Super Shifter Set

    It is a pretty straight forward install.

    Written installations

    http://www.twmperformance.com/manual...all-manual.pdf



    Not included in the video is the install of the linkage bushings.

    The instructions for the bushing install can be found on this sticky by EJ257.(Thank you Matt).The install instructions are for earlier models but they are the same for all 08+ as well.Also all bushing install can be found on this same sticky.

    Driveline Mounts/Bushings FAQ

    This is a diagram of what you will be installing



    A: Shift Linkage Bushings
    B: Short Throw Shifter
    C: Pivot Bushings
    D: Front Shifter Stay Bushing
    E: Rear Shifter Stay Bushing



    Thank you sjcurtis & BlueAngelWrx for the video.
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    The Big 2011/2012 Mod Thread


    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    Another popular mod that brings about a love hate response is the Rally Armor mudflap.There is a less expensive variant also available called the Flapatax Mudflaps

    When you order the Rally Armor mudflaps be specific about your model year & whether it is a hatch/sedan as the mounting hardware is different.

    Included is a video of the install .The video is for a sedan.The instructions are the same for the front of a sedan/hatch but is different when it comes to the rear.

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    The Big 2011/2012 Mod Thread


    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    your call but there won't be many engine mods included,its mainly for newbies
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    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    The footwell illumination kit is another simple mod.You can order the kit from an Subaru dealer or anywhere online.

    The install instructions can be found here Subaru footwell illumination kit

    Install pdf http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/502...C000275703.pdf
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    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    A simple mod which helps hold the subframe in place during acceleration or cornereing is adding bushings designed by
    Kartboy
    2008 Rear subframe bushings

    or

    Whiteline
    2008 Impreza rear subframe inserts

    Install instructions How To: Kartboy 08 rear subframe bushings - Subaru Impreza WRX STI Forums: IWSTI.com
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    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    A way to seriously enhance your vehicle's cornering ability & to reduce body roll would be to change the factory sway bars to after market ones.There are many makes on the market including Whiteline,Perrin,Eibach,etc.

    Install instructions for the whiteline swaybars
    Video



    Pictorial instructions for Rear sway bar

    DSCN1841_e.jpg
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    The Big 2011/2012 Mod Thread


    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    Along with the swaybars you can add aftermarket solid endlinks as the factory endlinks are not strong enough for forces that will be exerted by the aftermarket sways.Again endlinks come for different makers,the same that make the swaybars.You can mix & match the sways & endlinks.

    Endlink install instructions.

    http://peatpics.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=104973

    Torque specs for the rear suspension



    Something that I noted when installing whiteline sways & kartboy endlinks was that the spacers supplied with the endlinks were not enough to hold them perpendicular,so I had to order a separate set of spacers

    http://www.rallysportdirect.com/Kart...waybar-Spacers

    You can also alternatively use washers from your local hardware store.
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    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    Another DIY that I found from another forum was Angel Eyes for the 2008+ wrx/sti

    How To: DIY Angel Eyes 2008 WRX/STi - Subaru Impreza WRX STI Forums: IWSTI.com
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    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    Great idea for a thread IMO.

    Perhaps for the Everyday Impreza Talk?
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    A popular mod for all WRX/STIs is the Hella Horn install.

    For this you will have to remove the front bumper.Not a big deal,takes just a couple of minutes

    Written instructions with pics

    http://www.iwsti.com/forums/how-inst...r-removal.html

    Video of bumper & grill removal



    the simplest wiring diagram I found





    You can use the bracket supplied with the horn or if you want them to stick out more & be more visible you can get a bracket http://www.subimods.com/subimods-com...s-bracket.html

    I just got a steel bracket from Home Depot & painted it black.You can just screw the bolt into the hole on the right,but you will have to use a bolt with nut on the left(be extremely careful & use some guard if you tap the hole so as to not put a hole in the ac condenser)

    You can also make a custom harness or order one from http://www.subimods.com/subimods-hel...rness-kit.html

    It is advisable to solder all your connections,heat shrink your butt connectors & apply dielectric grease.See that the fuse is as close to the (+) of the battery as possible.And please DO NOT HAVE SOMEONE HONK THE HORN TO TEST IT WHILE YOU ARE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE CAR.118db is loud.
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    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    COBB AP for 2011 WRX http://www.cobbtuning.com/products/?id=5611

    COBB AP for 2011 STI http://www.cobbtuning.com/products/?id=5240


    Review of the Cobb Accessport by ScoobyDoo12(thank you)

    2011 STI Review of COBB AccessPORT on Stage 1

    Review of the Cobb SF Intake by ScoobyDoo12

    2011 Sedan COBB Tuning SF Intake, Airbox, & Stage 1+SF Tune Review (Pics & Vids)

    Video of the Cobb SF intake on a 2011 STI



    on a 2011 wrx



    from one of our members,thanks mike

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    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    If you want to do an HID retrofit for your base or premium you can either get it done professionally by HID Projector Headlight Retrofit for Subaru, Honda, BMW, Scion and More | LightWerkz.net

    or DIY(you may have to download the file to view it) https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=...ZDlmNjk2&hl=en
    Last edited by rage-wrx; 07-26-2011 at 06:28 PM.
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    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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    Another mod for the wrx is to paint the side engraving.The results & pics can be found in this thread

    Red lettering on WRX / STI engraving on side panel

    And somebody actually added lights to that emblem.Don't ask me how but here is what it looks like

    Last edited by rage-wrx; 06-29-2011 at 03:18 PM.
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    Ooh,hang on. That is the throb of a turbocharged flat four engine. A sound which,all over the world,heralds the imminent arrival of a moron - JC.

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