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The GolfBall- Matt's 2006 Project Forester S/C

This is the journal for my Aspen White 2006 Forester X Base model with the 4EAT (now in 5MT flavor!). I bought this car when I was a junior in high school; earned the money and bought my Forester myself from my neighbors for $5400, on a salvage title for severe hail damage. The hail damage is why I call it the GolfBall. The damage is more evident in night shots, where the contrast from the flash really shows off the dents.

Since I joined subaruforester.org and got hooked on modding, this Forester has progressed beyond my wildest dreams. I bought it expecting to daily drive it and occasionally haul a lawnmower. As of today, the GolfBall is still a work in progress, because a project car is never truly "finished".


How she sits currently:








Mods:


Engine

-EJ25 Hybrid:
-EJ257 short block
-EJ253 SOHC heads
-2.5i long runner intake manifold
-2.5i EL headers
-9:1 compression w/ OEM STi headgaskets

-Eaton M62 roots supercharger, custom manifolds
-Ebay FMIC
-Tactrix OpenPort 2.0, custom tune by Ed Hawkins @ Fast Performance Tuning
--Foglight CAI --> Returned to Stock

-Muffler Delete --> Axleback Exhaust Dump --> Exhaust Sound Video

Driveline:

WAS- '06 Forester 4.44 4EAT-->
WAS- '04 WRX 3.90 5MT Swap + XTD Stage 3 Pressure Plate & Six-Puck Clutch

NOW- '06 Forester 4.11 5MT + R160 + Borg Warner Full-Face Organic Clutch

-'04 WRX 5MT Clutch/Brake Pedal Box

-WAS Rallitek 4EAT Transmission Mount Insert- Hard/Race Version --> NOW Subaru Group N 5MT Transmission Mount

-Prothane Front/Rear Shifter Bushings

-Turn In Concepts Shifter Lever Pivot Bushings- Hard/Race

-Prothane 5MT Transmission Crossmember Bushings- Hard/Race


Suspension/Brakes:

-Rallitek HD Rear Endlinks
-Kartboy Subframe Lockdown Bolts
-Ebay Front Strut Brace
- '04 WRX takeoff suspension
- Paranoid Fabrications 3/8" saggy butt spacers
- '04 WRX rear sway bar
-Stoptech Sport Performance slotted rotors, Sport Performance pads

Utility:

- Primitive Racing 1/8" Skid Plate
- Clutch switch bypass (allows cranking while in gear)
- DRL Delete
- Wolo 417 Air Horns and "Awooooogah" Klaxon horn and stock horns wired to 3-way switch
- Windshield Washer Tank Delete
- Power Steering Delete



Interior:

- RGB LED Strip Footwell Lighting


Exterior:

-Relocated Stock Foglights Behind Limited Grille

-LED Eyebrows

-Smoked 06-08 Tail Lamps --> 03-05 Tail Lamps --> Painted Stock Chrome 06-08 Tails to Resemble 08 Sports Tails

-DIY Door Sealer Front Lip

-Blacked Out Head Lamps

-Dealer Debadge

- WAS Custom License Plate

Mods Pending Install:

-TurboXS Tuner Pro Wideband O2 Sensor/AFR Gauge



Future Mods:

More boost???


Personal Maintenance Log:

87K- Purchased car from neighbors, brakes were seized- brake pad material was fused to the rotors
87K- Oil Change with Pennzoil 5W-30 and Fram Extra Guard Filter
87K- Brake Job with Duralast rotors, pads, drums, and drum pads, and Prestone brake fluid flushed + bled
87K- New Duralast Gold battery
92K- Oil Change with Mobil 1 Super 5000 and STP S6607 Filter
92K- Spark Plug Change with NGK Iridium IX
92K- SeaFoam Upper Engine Cleaner Treatment
92K- Accessory & Idler Belt Change + New A/C Belt Tensioner Adjuster
93K- Cleaned MAF Sensor
93K- 3x ATF Drain & Fill + new Genuine Subaru ATF filter + Front Diff Oil Change with Castrol 75W-90
94K- 4x Mirada Sport GTX All-Season Tires
95K- Fel-Pro PermaTorque MLS Headgaskets
95K- Oil change, coolant drain and fill, Supertech 80W-90 in the trans, Supertech 75W-90 Synthetic in the rear diff
95K- OEM Denso Upstream O2 Sensor
95K- OEM Valve Cover Gaskets/Spark Plug Tube Seals
95K- Gates OEM-spec timing belt kit with tensioners, water pump, and idlers
95K- Installed transmission/rear diff with 50K miles
96K- Oil Change with Rotella T6 5W-40 Synthetic and Bosch 3300 filter
96K- Installed freshly rebuilt '06 Forester 5MT/Rear diff/clutch/slave cylinder, shop fill 75W-90 gear oil (non limited slip)
97K- New Centric front wheel bearings & seals
97K- New Raybestos front ball joints
97K- EJ257 shortblock with 80K miles, rebuilt EJ253 heads (milled mating surfaces, valve adjustment to OEM specs, 3-angle valve grind, valve guides), OEM STi headgaskets & OEM head bolts, new water pump gasket, new oil cooler gasket, new oil pan gasket, new oil dipstick O-rings
97K- Oil change for new engine break-in
98K- New Genuine Subaru OEM fuel filter and aftermarket filter sock
98K- Oil change with Rotella T6 5W-40 and Genuine Subaru filter
98K- Open source tune by Fast Performance Tuning
98K- New Duralast Gold battery, new spark plug wires
98K- New Denso OEM reman starter
98K- New APDI OEM-spec single core radiator, Genuine Subaru coolant/conditioner
99K- Oil change with Castrol 5W-30 dino oil and Genuine Subaru filter
99K- Rebuilt front disc brake calipers, new Duralast brake pads, bled front brakes
99K- New OEM rear wheel bearings & seals
99K- Rear drum brake rebuild + new wheel cylinders and shoes, flushed and bled
102K- New Michelin Defender tires all around
102K- New Gates TCK304 timing belt replacement (belt, tensioner, all idlers)
102K- Catalytic converters deleted
102K- Coolant system flush with Autozone 50/50 ethylene glycol mix
102K- Stoptech Sport Performance slotted rotors & pads
102K- Oil change with Valvoline 5W-30 synthetic & Genuine Subaru filter


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DRL Kill

First mod= DRL Kill. This is the hardest one so far.

1. Open hood.

2. See the circled thing in the picture? Unplug that wire from it.



I wrapped the ends in electrical tape to preserve them in case I wanted to plug it back in in the future.



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I then did a Snorkus delete.
I didn't have to jack it up or remove the wheel.

1. Turn the wheel all the way to the RIGHT.

2. Remove the fender liner by removing those darned pop-its. I must have broke 3 of them easily.



Don't forget the ones under the wheel spats.



There's one hidden directly under one of the spats, you have to bend the wheel spat to get to it.



3. Unbolt the air scoop part inside the engine compartment and take it off (it comes off easily), and undo a couple of bolts inside holding the snorkus in place. It was sort of a blind job for me, fumbling around inside the fender without being able to see. Sorry no pics.

4. Wiggle and cuss the snorkus to get the big thing out of the fender.

5. Reinstall the fender liner, wheel spats, and all their pop-its.

6. You might want to plug up the hole in the engine compartment that the snorkus had used to take air from the engine compartment, just so the intake won't be sucking hot air through that hole. Subaru also makes a fender plug for this, but I don't remember the part number.

You're done!


Impressions: No drastic change in sound or performance, but I actually felt a gain in torque around 1500-1750 RPM, it seemed to be able to hold a high gear longer on a hill around this RPM.

Is it worth it to do this mod? It doesn't change much of anything, but according to science makes the engine more efficient with colder air than the hot air in the engine compartment. It also messes with your MAF sensor, so a tune is recommended if you want to do this mod.


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Dealer Debadge

I then removed the "Jim Keras Subaru" badge from underneath the SUBARU letters. It was a raised, 3D badge:



Yes I know I had delicate baby hands in that picture, hush y'all. The cure for baby hands is to work harder.

Materials: WD-40, Dental Floss, Goo Gone, Paper Towels

1. Soak the badge in WD-40 for a short time. It did not harm the paint.

2. Take a strand of dental floss and slip it under the badge. Gently pull or "saw" it back and forth. On my badge, it slipped under the glued foam strip like butter and the badge was off in less than a minute.

This is what I was left with: residue of foam and sticky glue compound.



3. Lightly wet the end of a folded paper towel in Goo Gone and press it into the adhesive on the paint. Don't rub it really hard or you'll just rub the glue all over the car and make more of a mess for yourself.

4. Scrape it off with a rag or something and keep "Goo Gonning" and keep at it until no more adhesive is left.

5. Wash the entire area clean of any remaining WD-40 or Goo Gone.

You're done! Enjoy the cleanliness, and smirk knowing that particular stealership can't advertise on your car anymore. If I ever grow older ( ) and get to buy a new car I'm making sure they don't put any advertising badges on there.


EDIT:

Debadged the "SUBARU" letters on the left side of the hatch door.



-Matt


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Nice start to your journal from a fellow Matt. Nice foz! Plastidipping that front grille would be a nice inexpensive mod to do. You can check out my mod here.

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Foglight CAI

So I decided I wanted a true cold air intake instead of the snorkus delete just sucking in warm-ish air from the fenders surrounding the engine. Sort of based off of Abacall's Fog light CAI, but I made it my own.

Materials: 8 feet of 4" diameter dryer duct hose, a rubber 3" to 4" pipe coupling (which should include a pair of hose clamps) , a couple of nuts and bolts, GLOVES so you don't slice your fingers dealing with the aluminum dryer duct hose.

I also did this without removing the wheel, though I did jack the car up for convenience and ease of access.

1. Turn the wheels all the way to the RIGHT.

2. Remove the fender liner/splash guard and those darned pop-its.

3. Take off the entire front bumper, even more pop-its to undo. If you want to do headlights or paint the grille that would be a good time to do it as well.
My mom freaked when she saw the front of my car in pieces!



4. Remove the right foglight and its housing.

5. Remove the snorkus if you haven't already done so, and remove the random small metal bar between the car and fender.

6. Attach one end of the duct hose to the 4" part of the pipe coupling, using the included hose clamp to tighten it down in there.

7. Jam the 3" end of the pipe coupling into the hole in the fender that goes straight into the airbox. It's a lot of work, but it fits, and it's not going ANYWHERE. It's jammed tight in there. You have to crush a bit of the dryer vent tubing to get it to fit in the fender, but since it's 4" it's still plenty and once it's all in there, you put your hand through the airbox and push the crushed parts out as much as you can with your hand inside the dryer vent tube to give it as much space as possible.

I realize the duct tube looks crushed, but I assure you it's not, the bulk of the duct is behind that metal lip intruding in the pic.



8. Attach the other end of the dryer duct tube to the foglight hole. There's a bracket where the foglight housing normally attaches. Make a corresponding hole in the dryer duct tube and put a bolt through it and the foglight housing bracket. This isn't a rock solid connection but it doesn't have to be bulletproof, it will stay where it is as long as I need it to.

9. Reattach the bumper and splash guard, making sure everything is tucked in the dryer duct tube isn't getting smooshed or damaged by anything. Also make sure the intake isn't being blocked by anything. It should look like this from the bottom of the car:



10. Be sure to reinstall all the pop-its too, you don't want the splash guard getting ripped off by the wheel in motion because you forgot to redo the pop-its.

You're done! It looks cool from the front...



In the bottom right of the foglight hole you can see the bolt used to keep the duct hose in place.



Impressions: This does increase performance significantly, I've noticed. I get more torque especially at higher RPMs. I don't feel the low end torque loss the way others report, but then again I've only had it for a day, maybe it will be more pronounced as time goes on.

-Matt


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My mom freaked when she saw the front of my car in pieces!
+1. Also applies to girlfriend...

-Matt

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Nice start to your journal from a fellow Matt. Nice foz! Plastidipping that front grille would be a nice inexpensive mod to do. You can check out my mod here.
Yep I did it yesterday!


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is there any rain proofing to that intake mod? Looks cool, but I just fear one puddle would kill everything.

Also, shooting some black spray paint into that hose would stealth it out a bit, make it look real tight.


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Plastidipped Limited Grille

I then Plastidipped my Limited Grille.

Materials- Painters tape, 1 can Plastidip.

1. Remove bumper in order to get to the grille. You have to remove all those darn pop-its.

2. Very carefully tape off the Subaru Logo if you wish.

3. Paint.



I forgot to weight down the edges of the tarp, and the wind blew the tarp on top of the drying Plastidip, consequently messing it up.

So I sprayed more over it and tried again. Looks a little better, still bad but it was my first time using Plastidip. I love this stuff. I want to cover everything in it. Imagine a completely Plastidipped Foz?



This picture really brings out the hail dents haha.





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Pro tip: You don't have to remove the entire bumper to get the grille out. Just the 6 smaller clips on top of the grille. Then pull it out!

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is there any rain proofing to that intake mod? Looks cool, but I just fear one puddle would kill everything.
No rainproofing other than the drain hole in the stock airbox, but I'm not too worried about it. For a really deep puddle I would be concerned, and sometime in the future I will be installing a little toilet flapper valve safety valve in case I drive through a massive puddle. I don't forsee it being an issue with normal driving, Abacall didn't report even a damp filter with his foglight CAI.

I thought about painting the inside black, but I like the shiny hose. Gets people asking questions and I'm always in the mood for Car Talk.


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Pro tip: You don't have to remove the entire bumper to get the grille out. Just the 6 smaller clips on top of the grille. Then pull it out!
Oh, I read somewhere else that you needed to take the whole bumper out. There are little places on the bottom of the grille where it sorta slides into the bumper, I could see those being tricky to undo with the bumper still on. I had the bumper out anyway for the foglight CAI so I took the grille out anyway.

What's the point of that big foam insert behind the bumper?


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Plastidip Foglight Fender Area

I then wanted sort of a unique look on the bumper I hadn't seen on this forum yet. I'm sure someone has done it; maybe I just need to look more.

Materials: 1 can Plastidip, painters tape.

1. Tape around the area you want to paint.

2. Paint. I used a piece of cardboard to prevent the spray from landing beyond the painters tape.

Here it is. I need another coat on the right side but I will get to that tomorrow. The right foglight is still covered with painters tape for that reason. I'll get a side shot tomorrow; the Plastidip extends along that curved line all the way to the wheel well.



Here's some updated quick and dirty pics. Sorry for the awful photography, definitely not my best shots







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Oh, I read somewhere else that you needed to take the whole bumper out. There are little places on the bottom of the grille where it sorta slides into the bumper, I could see those being tricky to undo with the bumper still on. I had the bumper out anyway for the foglight CAI so I took the grille out anyway.

What's the point of that big foam insert behind the bumper?
Nope, no need. The clips on the bottom of the bumper can be tricky but its really a breeze once you get the guts to just give it a tug and pull it out. After the clips are removed, pulling the grille out and down should do the trick. Do be careful though as those clips can break.

The foam piece behind the bumper is the energy absorber. In the case of an accident, that styrofoam can eat up a some of the energy and keep it from being transferred elsewhere.

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