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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 10-29-2016, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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I think its about time to start a journal. I'm still very early in the life of my Forester, but I feel like I've got an idea where I'd like to take it. This is my second Subie, my first Forester. Came from an N/A Impreza. Was in an accident (single vehicle, no injuries), total loss. Insurance covered the remaining cost of the loan as well as some overage money... took that and made a down payment on a CPO 2016 FXT Touring in ISM with 8.3k miles on the clock.

So here we go... start of with the basics:

2016 Subaru Forester XT Touring 2.0L FA20DIT Turbocharged engine.
Purchased 8/24/16
Turbo intake duct recall was serviced before purchased.

Equipped with:

- Eyesight & Nav (no SD card, Dealership ordered me a new one)
- Harmon Kardon HU (Replaced w/ aftermarket HU and amp)
- Rear seat back protecter
- Rear lift-gate bumper guard
- Subaru OEM Splash Guards (removed immediately and replace with RA mud flaps)
- Gigantic F'ing moonroof!!!
- Rear Cargo Mat
- Dual-Side Rear Cargo Nets
- Thats about it, I think

Current mods as of 06/28/17:

- Full Rear Debadging (Except for Subaru Emblem)

- WeatherTech front and rear Laser-Measured Floor Liners (Part #: 44531-1-2)

- Subaru Side Window Deflectors (F0010SG600)

- Diode Dynamics Interior Lighting Kit:
License Plate (Pure White, 194_HP3P-lic1)
Map Light (Cool White, 31mm_SMF6W-map2)
Dome Light (Cool White, 31mm_SMF6W-dom1)
Door Light (Cool White 194_HP3W-dor4)

- Diode Dynamics SS30 Light Bar


- JDMFanaticVinyl "F" Overlays (2014FRSTR-EMBLEM"F" ):
Logo Color: Spark Silver Metallic
Background Color: Gloss Black
Custom cut front overlay for Subaru Sport Grille (14.5cm x 7cm)


- Subaru Forester Sport Grille (J1010SG100):
Custom vinyl-wrapped in Satin Black (Tint Pros in Blaine, MN)


- Window Tints (Tint Pros in Blaine, MN):
20% front driver and passanger windows
5% Rears

- Rally Armor Mud Flaps (MF28-UR-BLK/GRY):
Ended up removing the rear bracket that was included in the installation kit. Had rubbing issues after lowering.

- OEM Subaru Lower Molding (Right and Left side (91112SG101 & 91112SG111 ($33.48 from Dealership)):
After removing the OEM splash guards I realized there was exposed frame where the splash guards were. After a brief search I saw Foresters without the splash guards and they had a trim piece in place of where the splash guards. Picked up the trim pieces and installed those.

- Dynamat in front doors, spare tire well and rear cargo area

- Horribly Plastidipped fog light bezels (will be having wrapped in the Spring of 2017)

- Morimoto XB LED Fog Lights (Type S) w/Yellow Lamin-X film (1 × LF10)


- Feal 441 Coilovers (441SU-08)


- Feal Extended Damping Adjusters (for the rear)


- Whiteline 20mm Adjustable Rear Sway Bar Kit (BSR49Z)

- Whiteline Rear Adjustable Later Link Arms (Toe Arms (KTA147))

- Whiteline Rear Lower Control Arms (KTA216)

- Kartboy Rear Endlink Kit (KB-017-08+Rear)

- STI Lip (ordered from JapanParts)


- Nameless Performance Catback with 5" single wall mufflers


- Work Seeker CX 18x8.5 +38 A disk (Ordered from RavSpec)
Powder Coated Matte Black at Adrenaline Powder Coating in White Bear Lake, MN


- Work Emotion D9R 19x9.5 +38


Audio

- Pioneer AVIC-8200NEX (Purchased from Crutchfield)

- Polk Audio DB6501 Component Speakers ((Front) Purchased on Amazon)

- JL Audio XD1000/5v2 Power Amp (Purchased from local audio store)

- JL Audio 10w6v2-D4 Subwoofer (Purchased on Amazon)

- Front Speaker Adapter (x2) with 5" Cutout (Purchased from SubaruAudio.net)

- Tweeter Adapter (x2) with 1.951" Cutout (Purchased from SubaruAudio.net)

Wiring

- JL Audio XD-PCS4-1B Amplifier Power Connection System (Purchased on Amazon)

- JL Audio HD-RLC Remote Level Control (Purchased on Amazon)

- JL Audio XD-CLRAIC2-18 (x2) RCA Cables (Purchased on Amazon)

- 28 Pin Aux Retention Harness with Aux, RCAs, Reverse Gear, VSS, Parking Brake and ASWC (Purchased from ae64.com)

- Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Interface Module (Purchased from ae64.com)

- Subaru USB Adapter 2 (Purchased from ae64.com)

- 5-pin Rear Camera Retention Harness for Subaru 7" Starlink HU (Purchased from ae64.com)

Awaiting Mods:

- Projector Retrofit from LightWerkz

Desired Mods:

- Front Bumper DRLs (I'm scared of electrical work, though... makes no sense to me)
- Full Chrome Delete (Window Trim, etc)
- Pro Tune (I still have many of thousands of miles to drive first)
- Debating if at some point I'd like to have the roof rack delete done.
- ... hoodscoopandsti6mtswapwithnoproblemsandeverythingw orksoutjustasIvedreamedandthatwouldbethebestthinge verbutprobablywillneverhappenmod

On 09/09/16 (9033 miles):

Brought my Forester in for condensation in the rear right tail light.

Dealership replaced entire assembly under warranty.

10/11/16 (10,653 miles):
Got a call from the Dealership stating that they received a Starlink Notification for the airbag systems. I never had any alerts in the vehicle, no warning lights, no Starlink notifications on my end. Brought the vehicle in, had it checked out. Nobody really knows what happened there. No future notifications and no fee for the systems check.

10/26/16 (11,482 miles)
Brought in the Foz for its 12k service and first oil change as new owner.

01/11/17 (14,243 miles)
Oil change and tire rotation performed at Dealership

02/24/17 (18,472 miles)
Oil change performed at Dealership

05/12/17 (21,813 miles)
Oil changed performed at Dealership

More to follow...


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Great start! Keep it up :)


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The aero lip showed up today from Canada. Only took one business week from time of sale to delivery from Ontario to Minneapolis.

It came with all supplied hardware, no instructions, but another member had a PDF of the factory install. Drilling will be required.

I do like how it looks, but the CBS is a little glossy against my ISM, so I'm going to have it wrapped this Friday before I install it.
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The aero lip showed up today from Canada. Only took one business week from time of sale to delivery from Ontario to Minneapolis.

It came with all supplied hardware, no instructions, but another member had a PDF of the factory install. Drilling will be required.

I do like how it looks, but the CBS is a little glossy against my ISM, so I'm going to have it wrapped this Friday before I install it.


I am very interested in getting one.
Where did you order it from??
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... I'll get some photos up as soon as I can.
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how are those " Morimoto XB LED Fog Lights (Type S) w/Yellow Lamin-X film (1 × LF10)" fog lights vs the stock ones? do they actually do anything besides look cool??
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I don't know much about HIDs, but I think they would have a much better output and functionality.

The Morimoto's are definitely brighter than stock, but I'd have to say so far that they just look cool. Haven't had much fog lately and on rainy nights I haven't noticed too much extra help from them.

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Here is the Aero Lip:




I did a half-assed preliminary fit here. It will go all the way up to where the black on the fog light trim starts:





I think its going to look pretty F'ing shweet. I'm actually debating now if I should go through with wrapping it to match the grille or just leaving it in CBS. Anyone have any opinions?

I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this about the Aero Lip or not, but if you do not order the lip in CBS (they are prepainted to match your vehicles color... obviously black benefits the most), the "wings" on the sides of the lip a colored like the black rocker panels while the remainder of the lip is colored to your ride. I personally think the two tone (non black) lip is ugly as all hell.

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I kinda like that look for the silver foz... The sides of the lip look like canard/winglets. Left un-painted, it looks a little bit too much like a bolt on. If you take it and have it wrapped in a matte grey, to match the rocker panels, I think it could look pretty cool.

How do you like the Feal 441 coilovers? Do they make the "max travel" option for the forester? Is that possibly a standard feature since the forester, for most people, remains a SUV and will see some amount of off road activity for most people?
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I like the idea of a matte wrap.

As for the Feal 441 coilovers... I love them. They definitely are a bit noisy at slow speeds. I still have to play around with the damping to feel what the two extremes are. Cornering and braking are improved (there are also other suspension modifications that were installed at the same time). Ride comfort was sacrificed a little in exchange for improved handling... I don't mind a stiffer ride and being able to feel the road. They appear well built and durable... time will tell.

As for the "Max Travel", I'd get in contact with Feal. Just glancing at there website, it doesn't appear that that model is available for the SJ. Someone at Feal might know if a WRX/STI version of the Max Travel could be compatible, but you would probably still loose some ride height due to tire size differences.

I don't know anything about off road setups. Not sure if people prefer going with a spring/strut combo to maintain factory ride height. Its all personal preferences, I guess.

The main question would be, what are you wanting out of your vehicle...

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Got off the horn (internet chat) with Nameless Performance today. Catback will be shipping out this week. Wasn't as long of a wait as for my wheels, but everyday when I go out to my vehicle and image the look and sound that will one day be present on the Foz, the wait kills me more and more... kids gotta have their toys, dammit!!
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Looking great !

I see the seekers! any reason why your selling them?
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Thanks! You've got a lot of great info on your threads, so thank you.

I'm trying to sell the Seekers because I'd like to go bigger and wider. I was rocking those wheels on my N/A Impreza before I got into my Forester.


If I can't sell them by Spring, I'll be throwing them on the Foz.

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Ah make sense =)
looks good any other pics of it? Ill have to forward them to my friend at ravspec.
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