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post #1 of 696 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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How a school teacher mods a Forester...

This is the thread where I get to talk about my wagon, it's a 2004 Forester XT 6-speed.



Well, here it is. I’ll try and update this page as much as I can. Thanks and enjoy!

Purchased in 10/08 with 41xxx miles on the clock.
Currently has 97xxx miles.

Engine – Performance and Dress up
-IHI VF39 Turbo
-powdercoated black STI intake manifold
-TGV deletes
-3mm phenolic spacers
-complete top feed conversion
-Perrin V2 Fuel Rails
-Tomei Type S FPR
-TurboSmart FPR gauge
-blue 565 injectors
-Grimmspeed TMIC
-Grimmspeed y-pipe kit
-Turbosmart Plumb Back BPV
-Tomei Inlet hose
-Gimmick afta-maf hose
-APS 65mm CAI
-Amsoil cone filter
-Grimmspeed uppipe (black ceramic coated)
-Grimmspeed Ported/Coated STI collectors
-Grimmspeed crosspipe
-Grimmspeed catless DP
-Invidia G200 Forester Specific Catback
-Grimmspeed Gaskets
-Grimmspeed AOS
-SPT Turbo Heatshield
-All Yellow Caps Plastidipped Black
-V7 STI Splitter Custom Fitted For Upgraded TMIC
-Amsoil Signature Series Synthetic 5W-30 Oil
-Amsoil Severe Gear in Transmission and Rear Diff
-Dimple Magnetic Oil Pan Drain Plug
-Koyo Radiator with Shroud
-Mishimoto Radiator hoses
-Koyo 1.3bar radiator caps
-Granger 3-port Electronic Air Solenoid
-Turbosmart Manual “T” Boost Controller
-Open Source Street Tune by Jesse at Frigid North Performance

Drivetrain
-2005 STI 6-speed transmission and rear diff
-STI drive line
-Complete 5x114 hub/axle/knuckle etc swap
-STI trans mount
-SouthBend stage 2 "daily" clutch
-ACT Streetlite Flywheel
-Goodridge Stainless clutch line
-DCCD Pro Universal controller
-Kartboy SS + bushing combo
-Warbird Machine 2" Sphere weighted (470 grams)
-Warbird Machine Reverse Lockout
-Group N trans mount
-Kartboy trans mount bushings
-Beatrush Pitch Stopper
-TIC rear diff mount bushings
-Kartboy outrigger bushings

Brakes
-ATE Superblue
-STI Brake booster
-STI Master cylinder
-Grimmspeed MC brace
Front:
-Brembo 4 pot brakes
-Powerslot Rotors
-Stoptech Posi Quiet Pads
-Goodridge SS Lines
Rear:
-Brembo 2 Pot Calipers
-Powerslot Rotors
-Stoptech Posi Quiet Pads
-Goodridge SS Lines

Handling
Wheel Tire Setup:
-Summer-
-17x9.5 et44 Enkei NT03+M
-255/40/17 Bridgestone Potenza RE11A
-Winter-
-17x8 BBS STI goldies
-225/45/17 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Suspension/Bracing/Steering
-05-07 STI Spec Tein SS-P coilovers
-Front Subframe spacer removed.
-2007 STI steering rack
-Whiteline steering rack bushings
-Cusco H-Brace
-Cusco lower rear power braces
-STI Aluminum Front Control Arms (w/ free caster mod)
-Whiteline ALK
-Whiteline RCA
-STI Aluminum Lateral Links w/ Group N bushings
-Whiteline 24mm adjustable front sway bar
-Whiteline 24mm adjustable rear sway bar
-Whiteline rear stout swaybar mounts
-Whiteline Rear Subframe Lockdown Bolts
-Kartboy Solid Front and Rear Endlinks
-Cusco Type 40 rear strut bar
-STI Titanium front strut bar
-GD Impreza rear subframe
-GD Impreza diff carrier

Alignment specs: -1.8 F, -1.5 R, 0 toe, 4.5 caster

Exterior/Interior
-02/03 JDM STI Scoop
-Subtle Solutions Hood Struts (best thing EVER)
-Blacked Out Headlights
-Osram Silverstar H4 bulbs
-Candlepower CPI Gold Selective Yellow Fog Bulbs
-DIY Mesh Grille Mod
-Custom “f” Badge Overlay
-Importology front lip
-06/07 STI V-Limited (rep) lip
-GD STI side mirrors
-Blacked out Rear Forester Badge
-Modded XTi Rear Badge
-Rear “SUBARU” Letters Removed
-C-Pillars and Waist Spoiler Vinyl-Wrapped in Matte-Black
-STRI electric boost/vac gauge
-Ultragauge
-Upgraded Front Speakers
-Tweeter Kit
-Extended Armrest
-Upgraded Headunit
-Subaru All-Weather Floor Mats (winter)
-Black Carpeted, with pink STI logo floor mats (summer)
-2005 STI Steering Wheel
-2005 WRX Premium Seats (with butt warmers installed)
-RECARO Pro-Ride Child Seat
-Upgraded Dash Bezel
-Diode Dynamics interior LED kit
-Grimmspeed plate frame (lol)
-Smoothed and Filled Front Bumper
-Rolled Front and Rear Fenders

300/319

Keep in mind this is on 91 octane at 5500 ft.




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All cozy with my Studebaker:


The Grabber Green RKs







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Dugway Dirty Fun Meet, in winter mode:




Abacall in the middle and me on the far right...





Weeee!!!



The three lunch-boxes...


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Local show:




The flaps:


Somewhere in Arizona last time we went to Vegas:





Mandatory:


WEEE!!!!!!



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Under the hood (still dirty I know):




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Nice ride!! At first I was like green!?! But looked at it a bit & I started liking the look! :) Great pictures. Makes me wish ida bought my Forester in Silver. I use to love how my silverthorn 2.5rs would be dirty as hell & still look pretty clean... & then when I cleaned it I remember one of my friends askin did you get a new car?? Silver FTW!
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Nice garage

<<<<<<<<<<<< Jealous


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Thanks for all the comments guys!

Here are a few pics from this weekend. I installed some COBB front and rear sways, Kartboy endlinks, and fabbed myself some lateral link supports. Everything went in well and I am loving the new feel of the car.

Please excuse how dirty the car is, Salt Lake in the middle of winter is a total mess.

New Rear View:


My home-made lateral link supports:

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Alright, update time. I had two things sitting in my garage, some wrx struts and cobb springs. So, this past Friday night I said "what the hell" and installed in my fozzie. Now I know I'm going to get some flak for putting the springs on those struts but after the install and my alignment Saturday morning (-1 camber and 0 toe all around) I must say the car rides rather nice for such a dramatic drop. I also have some paranoid 3/8" saggy butt spacers on the rear. Not that much harsher than the STI springs I previously had on it. No noises or clunks (yet.), and best of all the car doesn't scrape or rub on any turns. Overall I've completely changed the handling/overall ride of the wagon in the past few weeks. I just snapped some pics and it did snow here this morning so the car's plenty dirty due to the salt on the road. Enjoy.








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Updated mods and pictures!


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Hey can I come by and copy your holes on your flaps? Cuz I got the flapatax but they weren't drilled and I don't really wanna eyeball it. Let me know.

Looks good btw. Do you have wrx four pots in the front? I gotta install mine soon


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Stop by anytime, I live near Sugarhouse Park. The front brakes are stock just painted black. I altered by flaps since the car is so low but I'm sure we could get the setup you need easily.

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Looking good! What was the source of mesh for your DIY grille?
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Thanks! I got the mesh from a local steel distributor, Wasatch Steel. It was scrap so they just gave it to me!

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Picked up the Ebay SurewinProducts v2 catback exhaust (COBB knockoff) the other week. I ordered it from Ebay late on a Sunday night. The following Wednesday I came home to see a GIANT box on my doorstep. Pretty fast! Following day I decide to tackle an uppipe install (tons of fun) and switch out the exhaust from the SPT catback I'd been running for almost a year. I used some NAPA XL hangers in the rear that let the tip sit far enough away so I don't melt the bumper. I've snapped a few pics and took a quick little vid. Hopefully I'll be able to convince my darling wife to take a drive by vid sometime soon. Overall I had a great experience with the supplier. I love the sound. Absolutely NO DRONE at highway speeds, it idles quieter than the SPT, but at WOT it screams. LOVE IT.





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