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post #1 of 113 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Jordan's 2001 Forester L

I bought my Forester back in August 2009. This is my first car and I love it. It is a 2001 Forester L, naturally aspirated with 62,000 miles on it at the date of purchase. The previous owners were an elderly couple and they kept great care of the Forester. I've been working throughout high school to make payments on my car. I just recently graduated from high school and don't plan on getting rid of the foz until it dies.

It's been a great learning experience so far. I have never worked on a car before purchasing this. So far, I've managed to do everything by myself so far. It's both fun and frustrating learning about cars. The forester has treated me well so far up here in Alaska, and I hope to enjoy it for many years to come.



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Interior:

Footwell Lighting
Dash Illumination
Alpine Deck
Insignia 1000watt Amplifier
2 12'' Planet Audio Woofers
Alpine eX-10 iPod Controller/Bluetooth Integration Kit
LED map lights
LED dome Light
LED license plate light
Blue LED trunk light
Infinity Reference 6022si 150watt rear door speakers
Kicker DS600 front door speakers


Exterior:
Rain Guards
18'' TRMotorsport C2 Wheels
225/45R18 Blizzak LM25s
DIY Painted Grill
Ebay White Headlight Bulbs
SilverStar fog light bulbs
Rally Armor UR Mud Flaps

Suspension
JDM SF5 Carbon Fiber Strut Bar
Whiteline 20-23mm adjustable rear swaybar
Whiteline 22mm front swaybar
Whiteline front and rear endlinks
Whiteline Heavy Duty Sway Bar Mount Kit KBR18-22

Performance:
K&N High-Flow Air Filter
Optima Yellowtop Battery
Paranoid Fabrications Grounding Kit
GanzFlow Cold Air Intake
Custom MagnaFlow Dualtip Exhaust
DPT Motorsport Unequal Length Headers
AEM Bypass Valve

Engine Dressup
Prodrive Oil Cap
Prodrive Battery Tiedown

Protection
Primitive Racing 3/8'' Skid Plate

MISC.
Kartboy exhaust hangers



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This is what the interior looks like with the footwell lighting and dash illumination.



Rain Guards installed



18'' TRMotorsport C2 on LM25 Blizzaks



The 2 12'' Planet Audio. I picked up the 2 12s, Alpine Deck, Insignia Amp, Rockford Fosgate Wiring Kit, and Installation from a friend for $350. He couldn't afford his rent and had to sell a bunch of his stuff. I felt bad buying them from him for so cheap, but I didn't want to pass up the great deal.



The Alpine eX-10 iPod controller/Bluetooth Kit. My brother bought me this for Christmas. It's a neat little gadget, and I enjoy the handsfree talking via BlueTooth.

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looks good jordan, are you on stock suspension?
wrx rear sway bar will help with the body roll and shouldn't cost you too much either.
cheers.

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Thanks guys, and yes I'm on stock suspension. I've been looking through craigslist for a wrx rsb because I've heard it makes a big difference. Hopefully I'll get lucky and find one.
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That's a really nice set of rims you have on there, good job so far on the mods!

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Thanks Telemarker. They were actually really cheap because they are an unknown company.
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Here is the new Optima Yellowtop courtesy of my uncle. Sorry about the dirty engine bay.
I'm not sure I would consider this a performance mod, but it's my first actual aftermarket piece haha.

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looks good mate!
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Thanks Telemarker. They were actually really cheap because they are an unknown company.
I'd also be interested to see how you did your footwell lights, I like that alot! Did you take any pics of the install?

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I don't have any pictures of the install, but it was a pretty simple installation.

I ordered the LED strips from lexenauto on eBay. The strips come with a 3M back to stick to the surface. You have to remove the paneling from the emergency brake and pop off the center console plastic. Then I wired both of the LEDs to the back of my cigarette lighter and secured the earth wires around two screws on my deck. The whole process took about 15 minutes.
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The car looks great, nice job.

Where did you get those rain guards? I'd love to add those to my SF. Also, if you want a WRX rear sway bar, check the NASIOC classifieds. I got mine from there for about 40 bucks, there's plenty to find too.

'98 SF L, 5MT.
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The car looks great, nice job.

Where did you get those rain guards? I'd love to add those to my SF. Also, if you want a WRX rear sway bar, check the NASIOC classifieds. I got mine from there for about 40 bucks, there's plenty to find too.
Thanks. I got the rain guards from My Car Worx .

I'll be sure to take a look at NASIOC.
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Another small mod done to the car. Nothing special, but I like it. Ordered an interior light kit from YourLEDShop. It was shipped quickly to Alaska (rarely happens) and was simple to install. Plug and play. It came with a total of 2 map lights, 1 Dome Light, 1 Trunk Light, 2 License plate lights, and a mini keychain flashlight.






I was getting tired of the dull yellow lights in my car when I was trying to find stuff in the dark. These really brightened up the car. The trunk light isn't very practical, but I liked the blue and went with it.
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