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post #1 of 256 (permalink) Old 05-19-2014, 04:53 AM Thread Starter
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So it's been three months and I guess it's about time to start the member journal.

Here's where it started. The old and the new. I loved my '09 but at 176K miles I decided it was time for an upgrade.



First up was the Subaru window visors. I do like these the most because of how nicely they flow from front all the way to the back. Had them on my '09 as well.




Next it was time to plastidip the front grille. That chrome just stands out way too much on the black. Will eventually be getting rid of the chrome on the sides too



And now for the exhaust. Got me a cat back from a 2013 STi with only a couple thousand miles on it. Man what a huge difference. Love the sound and the look. Trimmed the bumper more after this pic so it looks better and I still need to get it lengthened by 2 inches so it doesn't sit back as far. Never got around to this one on my '09 but glad I got to on the XT.



current setup - Aug '15


Current mods:
1) Subaru window visors
2) RSR lowering springs
3) JDM-style DRL's
4) 20% tint all around
5) tinted tail lights with custom cutout
6) STi exhaust
7) 20mm Whiteline adjustable rear sway bar
8) Perrin master cylinder brace
9) JDM STi front lip
10) plastidipped grill
11) Lloyd all weather mats
12) JDMfanatics emblem overlay
13) Morimoto XB LED fog lights

Still to do
1) the black shift surround.
2) seat back protectors
3) black out window chrome


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Right on man! I was wondering how the STi exhaust install went for you. Did you extend the elbow? I would like to extend the tips out further too, just keep pushing it down the list. Nice job on the bumper trimming.

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Right on man! I was wondering how the STi exhaust install went for you. Did you extend the elbow? I would like to extend the tips out further too, just keep pushing it down the list. Nice job on the bumper trimming.
Didn't extend anything yet just bolted in place in my parents garage. The bumper here in the pic wasn't the final. I slapped the mufflers into the hangers and just put the bolts in place to see where to cut the bumper. Marked the bumper and cut it. Then I tightened everything up and started the car and noticed the mufflers moved towards the outsides a bit so had to trim the bumper more. After this pic I did some more sanding and trimming to round off the holes more.

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Oh what?! Wth. There were issues when we bolted mine up or maybe we were that dumb enough to not figure it out. lol Kinda pissed now on hacking the elbow and welding in pieces. So if you were able to just bolt it up with no issues other than trimming bumper then that means the invidia quad tips should fit.

Sorry for telling you false info then! I should edit my thread. Well, after thinking about it....we did extend the elbow so it's something that should be done. I just wouldn't mind extending it more.

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Oh what?! Wth. There were issues when we bolted mine up or maybe we were that dumb enough to not figure it out. lol Kinda pissed now on hacking the elbow and welding in pieces. So if you were able to just bolt it up with no issues other than trimming bumper then that means the invidia quad tips should fit.

Sorry for telling you false info then! I should edit my thread.
Not sure what issues you had but yeah I just bolted mine in. I slid the mid pipe into the hanger and then bolted the front bolts in. Then I slid the mufflers into the hangers and bolted them to the Y-pipe. For that step I had to push the bumper out of the way to get the bolts in but they just bolted up. It helps that my bro is a Subaru mechanic I guess. I will agree though that they need to be lengthened. You can kind of see in the youtube vid(one day I'll figure out how to embed it) how far back they sit. You can also see the extra trimming and sanding I did on the bumper in the vid

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You can kind of see in the youtube vid(one day I'll figure out how to embed it)
Fixed the video.

Embed them by copying the full URL and removing the "s" from https://

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ahhh it's that easy. Thank you

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Yeah, I just noticed that in the vid. I guess what we did was fine, since my tips do stick out further than yours....I would want it extended it a little more though. Nice job though man, trimming looks good. The sound is pretty nice, and I like the low growl between 1.5-2k rpms.


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Bout time man!
I know I know but hey it's rough convincing the wife I need to spend money on a brand new car. She approved of the new sound though so that was nice. Plus it's only been 3 months since I bought it and I was on travel for work for a month of that. Don't want to rush it, yet

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Yeah, I just noticed that in the vid. I guess what we did was fine, since my tips do stick out further than yours....I would want it extended it a little more though. Nice job though man, trimming looks good. The sound is pretty nice, and I like the low growl between 1.5-2k rpms.
Thanks. You're write up is what convinced me to do it and helped a lot. I do absolutely love the new sound though. I'm probably going to bring it to an exhaust shop in the next week or two to have them do what you did and extend them out more but it's nice that you don't have to do that right away. The trimming still needs a little bit of work rounding things off but I'm happy with it for now.

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so just ordered me some RSR springs, some badge overlays, the red pinstripe for the front grille and the JDM style full length DRL's. Hoping to get everything here and installed before the meet on July 12th (if that's still going on)

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