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Old 04-29-2012, 01:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I been on the forums for a while, my first Forester was a JDM Silver SF5 (5spd and huge moonroof), and since then I have fell in love with Foz's. I had owned many skylines, a 300zx, silvias, but I just loved the practicality of the small wagon (mini SUV) with quickness of a smaller car. But I had to leave Japan and sell my favorite car of all times, so when I was stationed in Germany, I was bit by the bug of needing a higher HP vehicle, because of the Autobahn and various race courses in Europe, so it was a no brainer.

So I was on a lookout for another Japanese type car (I just love japanese cars), I was scoping the Evo's and STi's, but the insurance rates and askin prices were crazy high here.

So I decided to try to buy off the forum and have it shipped (without even lookin at it), scary!!! So I was seriously looking for a good vehicle with a known forum member (new2scooby). He took his foz serious and had really made this fozzy a great potential. He has already done the tune and suspension to the vehicle. Him and his brother installed a needed new ACT clutch/flywheel. He was very helpful to make sure I would get the vehicle shipped to me in Germany.

So here are some of the items that has been done to it this far:


Purchased Aug 2011 with 130897 miles

Tuned by Dave Brown at MSPT making a recalibrated 313whp and 349 torque to wheels 04/10/09





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Motor:
*COBB Accessport V2
*COBB short ram intake
*Super 16g Deadbolt Turbo (TD05h-16g)
*04 STI Top Mount Intercooler
*STI pill
*Walbro 255lph fuel pump
*Prodrive 3 way boost solenoid
*Perrin silicone adapter (filter to inlet)
Perrin Turbo inlet
Samco intercooler piping
Mobil 1 0W40 Synthetic Engine oil

Exhaust:
Grimmspeed ceramic coated wrapped uppipe
08 STi wrapped Exhaust Manifold
WBR wrapped catless downpipe
Maddad Divorced 2pc 3" catted downpipe (not installed)
*WBR 3" resonated mid-pipe
Forester specific 3" Milltek axleback
*Kartboy Hangers

Engine bay:
*SPT Battery Tie-Down
SPT Turbo Heat Shield
*STI Group N Pitch Stop Mount
PTP Turbo blanket
Cobb SF airbox with modified cover
Grimmspeed (AOS) Air Oil Seperator
KOYORAD Racing Aluminum Radiator
KOYORAD Radiator Cap
APEX-i Grounding system
Subtle Solutions TMIC Splitter
Subtle Solutions Hood Struts
08 Forester Sport XT Engine Cover
WRXtra oil pressure sender kit
Samco hoses w/new oil cooler crossover pipe

Suspension:
(Winter)KYB AGX 4-way adjustable struts w/STI pink wagon springs + 1" HDPE Spacers
(Summer)H&R street coilovers w/Bilstein monotube Struts
*Group N rear strut top mount
Whiteline Com-C front strut tops
Whiteline rear sway bar 3way adjustable 22mm
Whiteline ACA forward bushings W52837
Whiteline Roll Center Kit (only steering tie-rods installed)
Whiteline Rear Differential Front Support Lock Kit
Whiteline front strut bar
Whiteline rear strut bar w/quick disconnects
Whiteline steering rack bushings
Subtle Solutions rear ” butt spacers
*AVO front adjustable sway bar links
*Agency power rear sway bar links
JDM v7 STi Aluminum Control arms non castor
*JDM STI Aluminum Lateral Link Set
*25mm Eibach front sway bar
*Kartboy Botox bolts
04 Sti Steering Rack
GTspec 3pt fender braces
GTspec Anti-lift Kit
Pleasure Racing Roll Center Ball-joints
TurninConcepts rear lateral bushings grey

Brakes:
STi Brembo Powdercoated Red Front/Rear w/Russells speedbleeders
ATE Superblue Brake Fluid
Performance Friction 1pc tri-slotted front rotors
StopTech Street pads F&R
Rear Brembo Slotted Rotors w/Godspeed e-brake adapters (don't hate, these work great!!)
*Goodridge steel braded brake lines X4
05 STi Booster & master cylinder
Grimmspeed master cylinder brace

Shoes:
(Winter) Motegi SP10 18x8 +40 (+3mm front spacers for brembos)
255/40/18 Dunlop Wintersport SP M3
(Summer) XXR 527 18x8.75 +35
235/40/18 Continental Extreme DW
McGard Spline Black Lugnuts

Interior:
JDM FSTi Front and Rear Seats
JDM FSTi Door Cards
JDM FSTi climate control
JDM FSTi Red Hazard Light
JDM FSTi bezel
JDM FSTi bexel w/cupholder
JDM FSTi left side console pocket
JDM Doubledin dash mount
JDM Broadway mirror
05 Sti Steering Wheel
05 Sti handbrake
05 Sti shifter ring
05 STi pedals
Subtle Solution Dead pedal
Autometer Nexus gauges (boost, oil psi, and exhaust temp)
(winter) 08 WRX OEM shift Knob
(summer) Kartboy black aluminum knob w/STi sticker
Pioneer AVH-P4100DVD
MB Quart Component speakers front and rear
08 Forester sliding armrest with cupholders
JL Audio amps 500/1 and 300/2
12w6v2 Subwoofer

Exterior:
JDM Window Vent Visors
JDM FSTi hood-scoop
JDM FSTi Front and rear spats
JDM front XT lip extention/spoiler
JDM SF5 forester emblem outlined red
Front Projectors with HID 6000k bulbs
Fog HID 3500k bulbs
New Windshield 137000
*Tint
Curt rear hitch
OEM Rear Spoiler
07 forester sideskirts
Importology grill w/Dual red hella horns
Rally Armor mudflaps
Rare Forester fender flares

Transmission:
*Stock tranny (76k and hill holder disabled)
Perrin Ver II WRX adjustable short shifter (modified to fit forester)
TurninConcepts Shifter bushings
Perrin Front large shifter bushing
Rear SPT/STI rear shifter bushing
*ACT Clutch Kit - Heavy Duty SB3-HDSS
*ACT Flywheel - StreetLite 13.9lbs

* = installed by new2scooby




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Old 04-29-2012, 02:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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OK, so when I picked it up, it def was a used car living in New York, I think the shipping company had to do with alot of the damage that was created, and new2scooby understood that, and still tried to help me the best he could, he even filled it up before shipment, go figure they emptied it below 1/4. So the initial drive to the house was scary, the first thing I noticed was the power-steering was incredibly hard, but I still decided to limp it back on the 10 mile drive. Soon, on the way there the engine temp also flew to the top, thinking to myself, Oh S!@#, and I made sure not to boost it and blasted the heater the whole way back. The brakes were seriously shaking, so grandma driving it was, and it was alot louder than I anticipated.


Finally, It arrived in one piece, so I open the hood, and it had no hoodprop :(, OK so i found a piece of wood temporarily,

so to investigate the high temps, the radiator was completely empty, and looked at the steering and it had a broken resevoir. Tires were in bad shape (215/45/17), and a little small to be rollin around, probably why the exhaust was slammed in the process.

OK, so now I had some work to do, first off, I needed to buy a new radiator (Koyo Aluminum) and PS Reservoir. New2scooby had sent me an extra set of 07 wrx wheels with 225/50/17's and an extra JNA midpipe. Luckily I had purchased a new set of front calipers (racingbrake w/Hawk HPS's that has now been replaced).

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With an ongoing issue with the rear right caliper sticking, I decided to udgrad all the brakes to Brembo. So instead of wasting alot of money to throw band-aids on the issue, I just went with what works best/reliability overall.


So in the process I also installed the STi MC and the Grimmspeed MC Brace. Also installed the 04 STi Steering rack to improve the handling feel (one of the most noticable mods). Whiteline front and rear strut tower bars. Also installed the STi steering wheel and interior highlights.

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So after all the work, I decided to try it on the track, So March I went to Subaru Trackday in the Francorchamps in Belgium. It did great, and a feel of accomplishment.


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OK, finally installed the Subtle Solutions TMIC splitter, installation was a breeze, good fitment, and quality is great.
Just installed the 2pc Racingbrake rotors.

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awsome build!
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Just installed the Milltek 3" axleback. What a difference in sound, the crazy drone sound I had with the WBR was driving me nuts, around 3000 rpms, it would acually put the family to sleep because it was soo loud. Now with just the Milltek, 3000rpms is not even a concern, it did however quiet the entire range rpms during driving, I guess I'm just gettin old!! Oh, now I don't have to constantly clean that damn rear white bumper all the time.

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Have you dropped the backbox or is it melting from that distance?
Mine is closer but I dont have anything like this (yet)
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Have you dropped the backbox or is it melting from that distance?
Mine is closer but I dont have anything like this (yet)
No, the burn/melting was from the WRX specific 3" exhaust, they hang a little higher (even with the kartboy extended hangers) and forward about 2-3".
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Fivos just hooked me up with JDM FSTi Temp controller, it was a little beat up and no red hazard, but still a score in my book. Still lookin for the red hazard if someone has one.
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Also got a set of Forester Alcantara STi Seats front & rear and all door cards, the rear is the only issue that I'm gonna have problems with, the sliders do not have no place to bolt up, gonna have to take some measurement and see if I can make them work.

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