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Time for another build log. Traded in my truck a while back and decided to go with a WRX again. I previously had a 2015 WRX. I got a great deal on a used 2018 with only 300 miles on it. I've been working a lot on the interior, exterior, performance, and of course the audio.

So let's start with the exterior. I installed a grillecraft grille, cheap eBay front lip, tint, subispeed sequential taillights, some new emblems, debadged the rear factory emblems, and some new fog light bezels with DRLs.



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Next is the performance. I have the CVT version so there's definitely a limit on how much power I can add without having issues. I had a CVT Cooler installed, COBB turboback exhaust, COBB intake, Process West intercooler, COBB electronic boost solenoid control, and COBB accessport for tuning. I had the car tuned at Metro Performance of SoCal. Other items I have that are not yet installed are Process West charge pipe, EGR/TGV deletes.



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Next is the interior/audio. So the interiors on the WRXs look pretty cheap so I wanted to upgrade it quite a bit which includes removing as much faux carbon fiber and chrome as possible. I added a few bezels that were wrapped with leather and red stitching to also give it a better look. All interior lighting was upgraded, and I purchased a dash mat to help with reflections from the mids/tweets.

 

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The audio consists of the following:
Pioneer NEX-2440 headunit

MiniDSP 8x12 processor

Arc Audio KS2500.1

Arc Audio XDi 1200.6 (tweets, midrange, and rear mids).

Arc Audio XDi 450.4 (bridged to midbass).

Hybrid Audio Unity U3 mids in the dash.

Hybrid Audio Clarus 6.5s in front doors.

Hybrid Audio Unity tweeters on a pillars.

Hybrid Audio Unity 6.5s in rear doors.
Sundown Audio SA-10 in ported box tuned to 32hz. IDMAX 12 is on standby!

A bunch of sound deadening was also applied since this car is a rattle machine.
 

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It was pretty difficult to find a place to mount the controller for the MiniDSP, after some luck I found the perfect spot and it fit perfectly. It slid right in along some plastic slits so tightly that I didn't even have to glue it or anything, however I through on some hot glue anyway. Also found a great spot for the remote bass knob.
 

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Love the grill, iirc they make one with lights built in, I want that one (but its soooo expensive). Mounting your controller in the fuse door is slick, on my wrx I had my dash cam controller there. Nice job on your bass mount knob.
 

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Some good work man, keep it up.
Thanks, it's been a fun build.

Love the grill, iirc they make one with lights built in, I want that one (but its soooo expensive). Mounting your controller in the fuse door is slick, on my wrx I had my dash cam controller there. Nice job on your bass mount knob.
I was going back and forth between the two but since I have foglights already I thought it might be overkill.

The bass knob was a pain, I had to shave a lot of plastic in the rear of the cutout plate.

I'm not a fan of having wires everywhere so I'm still trying to figure out a way to mount my accessport cleanly. Any ideas?

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Sorry, no ideas but considering the nice job you did on the bass knob I may have to copy you when you figure it out XD
 

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how did you like the grill craft grill? cheap flimsy? or did it seem fairly quality?

I'm considering doing it for mine. seems like it'd flow more air.
 

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Sorry, no ideas but considering the nice job you did on the bass knob I may have to copy you when you figure it out XD
Feel free to hit me up with any questions if you try it out.

What if you have a flat tire?
I have free towing.

how did you like the grill craft grill? cheap flimsy? or did it seem fairly quality?

I'm considering doing it for mine. seems like it'd flow more air.
It's actually built and painted pretty well, not flimsy at all.

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Damn, when did you get the car? Seems like you've come a long way in a short time
I got the car around March I think. My wife isn't happy with how much I've put into the car, and being that it's all been so fast and package after package arrived it only made it worse. Lol

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HAHA...that's why I spread my packages out over about a year.
I get too impatient. I wasn't even going to do any performance mods before the warranty went out and that went out the window real quick.

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