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I like those unpainted black plastic bumpers on the Canada-spec cars. I wish there was some way to magically remove the less practical silver paint from the bumpers and side cladding of my US-spec 2008 Forester.
 

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Washed and detailed.

My brother came to visit and we spent a few hours cleaning up the car,
We had picked it up in June and it had never had a good go over since we got it.

it turned out pretty.





of course we had to go for a drive and ended up getting dirty again,
but it's a subaru, that's how it rolls..
 

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Watching craigslist and kijiji proved fruitful; I came across this 06 STi catback with 8K km for $40..
after a few pms with neoshi and RedImpreza07 I learned that it would bolt onto my 08 NA Forester so I decided to pick it up.

I bolted on the axelback section, it was a breeze after I used a torch to adjust the mount rather than getting XL hangers, Thanks Cannonshooter.

Now I can hear the exhaust when I'm driving and it has a really nice low burble at idle, no drone and the STi tip looks good poking out. .

I'm still watching for more STi goodies...
 

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I am picking up a US spec 5 speed 2005 FXT this weekend and will be driving it all the way back home.
Wonder if I can get the plastic cladding for mine.
Definately gotta get some a set of those mudflaps.
 

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The plastic two tone trim is a canadian market thing; cars101 doesn't show it as a colour option in the US.

plus it isn't an added cladding type of trim, it is the actual body piece, just unpainted.
 

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I am picking up a US spec 5 speed 2005 FXT this weekend and will be driving it all the way back home.
Wonder if I can get the plastic cladding for mine.
Definately gotta get some a set of those mudflaps.
As vicali said, they are actually body panels (well, the bumpers and side skirts are, the door pieces are cladding). You CAN get those, they were standard on '03-'05 US market 2.5X models, so they would fit on your '05 FXT. :smile: You'd just have to order them.
 

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Vicali, do you think you could explain a little more about the TSD rally thing? It's something I'd be interested in getting into someday. I understand that it isn't actually a 'speed' race, but that's all I know. lol The Outback is begging for an excuse to get dirty.

Need more pics! :rasperrry:
 

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Vicali, do you think you could explain a little more about the TSD rally thing?
oh I hate talking about Rally.. :icon_rolleyes: lol

I started because here in Kamloops we have a few member of the West Coast Rally Association who put together beginner classes to give people a chance to try the sport;

there are 6 rallies in the real series around here; plus a Novice series for beginners. Last summer we ran the Novice series (3 events) and really had fun. We ended up coming in third overall, myself 3rd for drivers and my brother 2nd for Navi's.

You don't need any special car prep (unless you want to) there is an inspection but it is mostly lights/ insurance/ safety stuff. We ran our forester in a midst of Imprezas and a few others.. one of the local series winners runs a 07 FXT and does awesome.

Once you get started the whole idea is that you are trying to match a control cars speed (car 0) over the entire rally. Someone had run the course and recorded the distances and when they got to each point. You get notes with their start time and distances and have to calculate the rest for your car; ie car #6 runs car 0+6 minutes, one car starts every minute.. (we run in calculator class... there is a seperate class if you are using rally computers and then there is a hardcore class running paper and pencils!) you are trying to come in at each control to the second that they did. Every second over is a points, in the novice class we were getting around 100 points over 300km, 6 stage rally. In the real series there are more than 10 cars within 10points over the same distance rally.

In our club we run pretty fair Rallies, there are some clubs that are full of tricks and traps to get you off time. Do some googling and find local clubs who put these on; they are also called Time Speed Distance rallies, Navigation Rally, Road Rally, Poker Rally... etc

They have been going on for a long time, the local one here is on it's 37th annual.. I started telling our parents about it and they used to run them when they were teenagers..:biggrin:

This year we are hanging back a bit, I got right sideways @ 70km/hr in the mud during the last one and lost 100 seconds calming down after that; can't ditch the daily driver.. we need a project that won't be the end of the world if it gets wrinkled up.. So this year I am volunteering with the stage events.

check out Rally Central for more info in the states.

also Specialstage North American Rally Resource has TSD sections in with the Stage big guns..
 

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I think our version of the Anniversary Edition looks the best, more utilitarian in appearance, strictly my opinion mind you. I think if I could do it again, I'd have one of those over the XS.
 

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oh I hate talking about Rally.. :icon_rolleyes: lol

I started because here in Kamloops we have a few member of the West Coast Rally Association who put together beginner classes to give people a chance to try the sport;

there are 6 rallies in the real series around here; plus a Novice series for beginners. Last summer we ran the Novice series (3 events) and really had fun. We ended up coming in third overall, myself 3rd for drivers and my brother 2nd for Navi's.

You don't need any special car prep (unless you want to) there is an inspection but it is mostly lights/ insurance/ safety stuff. We ran our forester in a midst of Imprezas and a few others.. one of the local series winners runs a 07 FXT and does awesome.

Once you get started the whole idea is that you are trying to match a control cars speed (car 0) over the entire rally. Someone had run the course and recorded the distances and when they got to each point. You get notes with their start time and distances and have to calculate the rest for your car; ie car #6 runs car 0+6 minutes, one car starts every minute.. (we run in calculator class... there is a seperate class if you are using rally computers and then there is a hardcore class running paper and pencils!) you are trying to come in at each control to the second that they did. Every second over is a points, in the novice class we were getting around 100 points over 300km, 6 stage rally. In the real series there are more than 10 cars within 10points over the same distance rally.

In our club we run pretty fair Rallies, there are some clubs that are full of tricks and traps to get you off time. Do some googling and find local clubs who put these on; they are also called Time Speed Distance rallies, Navigation Rally, Road Rally, Poker Rally... etc

They have been going on for a long time, the local one here is on it's 37th annual.. I started telling our parents about it and they used to run them when they were teenagers..:biggrin:

This year we are hanging back a bit, I got right sideways @ 70km/hr in the mud during the last one and lost 100 seconds calming down after that; can't ditch the daily driver.. we need a project that won't be the end of the world if it gets wrinkled up.. So this year I am volunteering with the stage events.

check out Rally Central for more info in the states.

also Specialstage North American Rally Resource has TSD sections in with the Stage big guns..
Thanks for all the info! I'll do some more research on it. :biggrin:
 
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