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Forester was purchased on June 13th, 2013.

I'm not much of a mechanic, so there most likely will not be an extensive list of modifications involving the engine unfortunately.

So it'll probably include a bunch of relatively minor changes.

First few posts will be pretty close in date (if not the same). I have been saving up photos, but haven't had a chance to post.

Thanks to Brock Strongo for suggesting that i create a member build journal. And also for all the assistance with parts. It was great talking with you!



-Chronology-

[06.13.13] | Post #0003 | Original Purchase Photos
[06.24.13] | Post #0004 | Mats & Pedals
[06.25.13] | Post #0005 | Universal Media Device Mount
[07.03.13] | Post #0006 | Thule MOAB Basket
[07.21.13] | Post #0007 | Rota SDR 17x7 et48
[07.31.13] | Post #0008 | Grille
[08.25.13] | Post #0018 | Windshield Replacement
[08.27.13] | Post #0019 | Headlight Restoration
[08.31.13] | Post #0020 | Hazard Switch
[10.24.13] | Post #0021 | Grille Continued
[10.26.13] | Post #0025 | Center Console
[11.23.13] | Post #0026 | 4|2 Pot Calipers (Purchase)
[01.02.14] | Post #0039 | Whiteline KSB590Q Rear Strut Tower Bar
[01.07.14] | Post #0046 | 4|2 Pots Upgrade Part List
[01.28.14] | Post #0060 | Splash Guard Vinyls
[02.02.14] | Post #0067 | Scoop Plastidip
[02.03.14] | Post #0072 | Foglight Tint
[02.22.14] | Post #0092 | Hella Supertones
[02.24.14] | Post #0093 | Grille Install
[03.19.14] | Post #0113 | BNA Gauge Pod
[03.24.14] | Post #0125 | Strut Paint
[03.27.14] | Post #0131 | Mirror Tint
[03.29.14] | Post #0134 | Gauge Cluster Fascia Swap
[03.30.14] | Post #0141 | SPT Turbo Heatshield
[04.10.14] | Post #0155 | Mirror Tint Revisited
[04.14.14] | Post #0159 | STI Dead Pedal
[04.18.14] | Post #0179 | STI Genome Axleback
[05.01.14] | Post #0198 | 4|2 Pot Rebuild - Part I
[05.03.14] | Post #0199 | STI Genome Axleback Exhaust Clips
[05.15.14] | Post #0208 | Tint
[05.23.14] | Post #0209 | Spoiler "Restoration" - Part I
[06.13.14] | Post #0220 | Updates
[06.20.14] | Post #0227 | Rear Cup Holder
[06.27.14] | Post #0231 | Spoiler "Restoration" - Part II
[06.30.14] | Post #0232 | Rear View Camera Install - Part I
[07.08.14] | Post #0233 | Rota DOME Caps
[07.15.14] | Post #0234 | JDM Spoiler Installation
[07.17.14] | Post #0237 | Whiteline KSB599 Front Strut Tower Bar
[07.17.14] | Post #0247 | Suspension - Part I
[07.17.14] | Post #0248 | Suspension - Part II
[07.31.14] | Post #0256 | Wheel Restoration
[08.02.14] | Post #0259 | BBS STI 17x7.5 et53
[08.04.14] | Post #0262 | Interior LED Conversion
[09.08.14] | Post #0282 | Primitive Skid Plate
[09.13.14] | Post #0285 | Center Console & PS2 Installation
[01.06.15] | Post #0292 | Rear Garnish Wrap
[01.10.15] | Post #0293 | VDO Gauge Install - Part I
[01.10.15] | Post #0294 | VDO Gauge Install - Part II
[01.29.15] | Post #0301 | Extended Armrest
[02.14.15] | Post #0325 | ATP RA-37 Carbon Cabin Air Filter
[04.08.15] | Post #0328 | JDM Land - Part I
[04.09.15] | Post #0329 | JDM Land - Part II
[04.10.15] | Post #0332 | JDM Land - Part III
[04.11.15] | Post #0333 | JDM Land - Part IV
[04.12.15] | Post #0336 | JDM Land - Part V
[04.13.15] | Post #0341 | JDM Land - Part VI
[04.14.15] | Post #0344 | JDM Land - Part VII
[04.15.15] | Post #0345 | JDM Land - Part VIII
[04.16.15] | Post #0349 | JDM Land - Part IX
[04.17.15] | Post #0350 | JDM Land - Part X
[04.18.15] | Post #0354 | JDM Land - Part XI
[04.19.15] | Post #0356 | JDM Land - Part XII
[04.22.15] | Post #0362 | JDM Land - Part XIII
[04.27.15] | Post #0364 | JDM Land - Part XIV
[05.12.15] | Post #0365 | Gold Badge Mockup - Part I
[05.13.15] | Post #0371 | Gold Badge Mockup - Part II
[05.25.15] | Post #0372 | License Plate Frames
[05.28.15] | Post #0373 | Updates
[06.10.15] | Post #0378 | Gold Badges
[06.26.15] | Post #0379 | Tire Lettering
[06.27.15] | Post #0380 | Maintenance
[07.05.15] | Post #0381 | Gauges Revisited
[07.27.15] | Post #0387 | Updates
[07.30.15] | Post #0396 | STI Genome Front Strut Tower Bar
[08.02.15] | Post #0399 | 4|2 Pot Badging
[08.08.15] | Post #0402 | Spats Get!
[08.24.15] | Post #0411 | 4|2 Pot Install
[08.24.15] | Post #0414 | Brake System Backbone & Updates
[08.27.15] | Post #0415 | Laile Beatrush Radiator Cooling Panel
[09.07.15] | Post #0425 | STI Up-pipe
[09.19.15] | Post #0430 | Hood Struts
[10.11.15] | Post #0431 | Updates
[11.02.15] | Post #0432 | JDM STI Battery Tie Down
[11.07.15] | Post #0440 | Laile Beatrush Oil Cap
[11.14.15] | Post #0444 | Laile Beatrush Pulley Cover
[11.20.15] | Post #0449 | Headlight Retrofit Progress I
[11.22.15] | Post #0456 | Headlight Retrofit Progress II
[11.24.15] | Post #0457 | Headlight Retrofit Progress III
[11.29.15] | Post #0460 | Headlight Retrofit Progress IV
[11.30.15] | Post #0461 | Headlight Retrofit Progress V
[12.04.15] | Post #0467 | Headlight Retrofit Progress VI
[12.05.15] | Post #0468 | Headlight Retrofit Progress VII
[03.04.16] | Post #0480 | Mythical Headlight HID Retrofit DIY - Part I
[03.04.16] | Post #0481 | Mythical Headlight HID Retrofit DIY - Part II
[03.04.16] | Post #0482 | Mythical Headlight HID Retrofit DIY - Part III
[03.04.16] | Post #0483 | Mythical Headlight HID Retrofit DIY - Part IV
[03.04.16] | Post #0484 | Mythical Headlight HID Retrofit DIY - Part V
[03.04.16] | Post #0485 | Mythical Headlight HID Retrofit DIY - Part VI
[03.04.16] | Post #0486 | Mythical Headlight HID Retrofit DIY - Part VII
[03.04.16] | Post #0487 | Mythical Headlight HID Retrofit DIY - Part VIII
[04.01.16] | Post #0497 | Automotive Touchup Paint
[04.05.16] | Post #0500 | Importology Eyelids
[04.19.16] | Post #0505 | 02-03 STI Scoop & Stock Splitter Modification
[06.08.16] | Post #0549 | GrimmSpeed Hood Struts
[07.29.16] | Post #0556 | Battery Terminals
[08.13.16] | Post #0557 | Covercraft Fitted Sunshade
[09.09.16] | Post #0560 | Diode Dynamic LEDs
[10.03.16] | Post #0565 | Skirt Repair
[10.04.16] | Post #0567 | Front Lip Repair
[10.05.16] | Post #0570 | Painting Spats
[10.06.16] | Post #0573 | Painting Skirts & Clats
[10.07.16] | Post #0576 | Painting & Repairing Front Lip
[10.10.16] | Post #0584 | Ground Effects Install
[11.08.16] | Post #0589 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part I
[11.09.16] | Post #0598 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part II
[11.10.16] | Post #0599 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part III
[11.11.16] | Post #0600 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part IV
[11.14.16] | Post #0605 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part V
[11.15.16] | Post #0609 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part VI
[11.16.16] | Post #0612 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part VII
[11.17.16] | Post #0615 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part VIII
[11.21.16] | Post #0618 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part IX
[11.22.16] | Post #0619 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part X
[11.23.16] | Post #0620 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part XI
[11.28.16] | Post #0629 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part XII
[11.29.16] | Post #0630 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part XIII
[11.30.16] | Post #0633 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Part XIV
[12.01.16] | Post #0634 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Bonus Modes Of Transportation - Part I
[12.02.16] | Post #0635 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Bonus Modes Of Transportation - Part II
[12.05.16] | Post #0643 | JDM Land - Tokyo Redux - Bonus Modes Of Transportation - Part III
[01.11.17] | Post #0655 | Sickspeed Radiator Cap Cover
[03.26.17] | Post #0659 | Tire Mishap
[03.30.17] | Post #0667 | Mishimoto Radiator & Silicone Hoses
[04.21.17] | Post #0675 | Gold SPT Heat Shield
[05.19.17] | Post #0716 | Zero/Sports Splitter
[06.01.17] | Post #0729 | Powder Coat & Full Sized Spare
[06.08.17] | Post #0737 | Rear View Camera Install - Part I - Again....
[06.19.17] | Post #0745 | License Plate Bolts


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Original Purchase Photos
06.13.13


I didn't ever bother to get pictures of my Legacy before i started modifying it, which i really regret. So I made certain to get photos of the Forester before any changes were made.

These are the original photos from the craigslist ad:







I was pretty excited when i got her home, so i took a photo right away.



I also tried to get photos relative to a static scene so i could compare later.







Rear photo was pretty much unusable for the intended purpose, so i was bored and 'shopped it.



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06.24.13


The pedals are almost as easy to put in as the mats.

But finding a matching dead pedal is going to be a chore.





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Universal Media Device Mount
06.25.13


Ram Mounts makes a pretty decent universal mount for cell phones and music devices. It's a flexible aluminum rod that's about 18". The bottom end of the mount attaches to the chair rail bolt. In the case of the Forester and the Legacy, it was better to bend the mount at the bottom to match the angle of the bolt.

Oh yeah, that flexsmart bluetooth to fm works surprisingly well. It's a decent intermediate solution until the stereo goes in.





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Brock Strongo was kind enough to sell me his basket.



I took some time to take the stickers off. Sorry Brock, wasn't my taste.



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07.21.13


A nice guy on NASIOC listed a set of SDRs with Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires.

They had been painted, and the paint was wearing off. The seller was nice enough to let me know what kind of paint it was.

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I was hoping for 18x8.5 wheels at some point, but i felt like this was a good opportunity for the time being.


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Grille
07.31.13


I purchased Brock Strongo's grille, which he had painted. I put it on for the time being.



In the mean time, the old grille is going through modification.











After cutting out the center piece, you end up with two triangular holes in both sides of the grille.



I wasn't really sure how to cut out the top part. So i just leveled it at one of the lines that was already in it.





You can see the triangular holes here too.



On the Legacy, the solution was to fiberglass the sides and then fill them with glazing putty and bumper repair paste. I tried something different with the Forester. I took the center that i cut out and used it for material.











After i had the pieces trimmed out, i used some more of the center piece to make an abs slurry. I applied the slurry to fit the piece in, and i'll try to fill the rest of the triangular holes with the slurry as well.

-Update 08.07.13-

Well, it's been a while and i haven't really made that much progress on the grille. Here's where i'm at now:





Basically i'm done with the abs slurry and i've sanded it down to a manageable condition. Now i've got glazing putty on it to fill in the air pockets left in the abs slurry when it hardened. I'll do a few coats of that and get it all sanded down to be primered and painted.

CONTINUED HERE

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This is an on going process, so it won't have dates.

I purchased Brock Strongo's grille, which he had painted. I put it on for the time being



In the mean time, the old grille is going through modification.











After cutting out the center piece, you end up with two triangularly holes in both sides of the grille.



I wasn't really sure how to cut out the top part. So I just leveled it at one of the lines that was already in it.





You can see the triangular holes here too.



On the Legacy, it the solution was to fiberglass the sides and then fill them with glazing putty and bumper repair paste. I tried something different with the Forester. I took the center that I cut out and used it for material.











After I had the pieces trimmed out, I used some more of the center piece to make an abs slurry. I applied the slurry to fit the piece in, and I'll try to fill the rest of the triangular holes with the slurry as well.
Great start!! I'm interested to see the final rendition of the grille! I've done mine, I used ABS epoxy to film the gaps...

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I took some time to take the stickers off. Sorry Brock, wasn't my taste.
Holy hell that must have taken forever! I got comments about my stickers from hot girls all the time but to each his own...

With the grille, that is exactly how I did my Legacy grille (using the scrap from the center to fill in the gaps). It would help to rough up the edges of the grille so the epoxy will stick really well


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Holy hell that must have taken forever! I got comments about my stickers from hot girls all the time but to each his own...
lol, it did take quite a while, and the stickers kind of leave an odd etching in the plastic. In any case, i don't think the hot girls are going to be giving me too many comments. Perhaps they were just looking for something to compliment so they could strike up a conversation with you, you lady killer you.

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Great start!! I'm interested to see the final rendition of the grille! I've done mine, I used ABS epoxy to film the gaps...
Thanks Chow40cal. I'm hoping it pans out ok. The slurry is a little messier than the fiberglass resin i'm use to working with. Hopefully it sands out ok.


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Thanks Chow40cal. I'm hoping it pans out ok. The slurry is a little messier than the fiberglass resin i'm use to working with. Hopefully it sands out ok.
I'm half tempted to rework mine a little bit. I got it to look half-decent and just called it good when I first did it. I was tired of messing with it at the time :(

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I'm half tempted to rework mine a little bit. I got it to look half-decent and just called it good when I first did it. I was tired of messing with it at the time :(

Ugh, i know what you mean. Trying to get it to look level is beginning to be a nightmare. We'll see how it goes. On the legacy i used sandable filling primer and glazing putty. I'll probably have to go that route with this one as well. The ABS slurry left a number of air pockets that i'm finding while sanding.


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Ugh, i know what you mean. Trying to get it to look level is beginning to be a nightmare. We'll see how it goes. On the legacy i used sandable filling primer and glazing putty. I'll probably have to go that route with this one as well. The ABS slurry left a number of air pockets that i'm finding while sanding.
I've got an auto body background and I've never been able to get ABS pieces like a grill to hold any fillers for very long, even with various flex agents. Im thinking it shrinks and grows while remaining just too rigid.

I used Loctite's ABS plastic epoxy late last summer for my grill. While its not as neat as I wanted, its holding just fine. It didn't sand very well, but I was in a hurry and it may just not have been cured enough. Perhaps I'll find a suitable donor grill and try for round #2.

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