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2018 Forester Black Edition tS Mods
Pics @ My 2018 Forester Black Edition tS Showcase


DRIVETRAIN
Completed Upgrades:
~ Cusco Brake Master Cylinder Brace (November 2, 2018)
~ PIAA 85110 115db 400HZ + 500HZ Sports Horn set (November 3, 2018)
~ Perrin Horn Install Bracket (November 3, 2018)
~ K&N Panel Air Filter (November 4, 2018)
~ Fumoto F108N with LC-10 Lever Clip FN-Series Engine Oil Drain Valve (November 16, 2018)
~ DIY Engine hood seal stops water and salt entering engine bay & reduces hood bounce (March 18, 2019)

Completed Service:
~ November 16, 2018 - 5107 miles - Oil & Filter Service - (Mobil 1 Advanced Full Synthetic Motor Oil 0W-20 & Subaru Engine Oil Filter 15208AA15A)
~ January 20, 2019 - 10,491 miles - Oil & Filter Service - (Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil 0W-20 & Subaru Engine Oil Filter 15208AA15A)
~ February 10, 2019 - 12,587 miles Potauto Map 1036C Heavy Activated Carbon Car Cabin Air Filter Replacement
~ March 16, 2019 - 15,417 miles - Oil & Filter Service - (Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil 0W-20 & Subaru Engine Oil Filter 15208AA130)
~ March 26, 2019 - 16,516 miles - Front Wipers Replaced - (Bosch Icon 26A & 17B wiper blades)
~ April 15, 2019 - 18,564 miles - Rear Wiper Replaced - (Bosch Rear H354 wiper blade)
~ May 4, 2019 - 20,049 miles - Oil & Filter Service - (Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil 0W-20 & Subaru Engine Oil Filter 15208AA130)
~ June 19, 2019 - 25,027 miles Potauto Map 1036C Heavy Activated Carbon Car Cabin Air Filter Replacement
~ June 21, 2019 - 25,330 miles - Oil & Filter Service - (Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil 0W-20 & Subaru Engine Oil Filter 15208AA130)
~ September 9, 2019 - 29,967 miles - Oil & Filter Service - (Mobil 1 Advanced Full Synthetic Motor Oil 0W-20 & Subaru Engine Oil Filter 15208AA130)
~ October 14, 2019 - 33,662 miles - Cleaned K&N Engine Air Filter, Rotated Tires, Wheel Alignment, & Brake Flush
~ October 25, 2019 - 35,025 miles - Oil & Filter Service - (Mobil 1 Advanced Full Synthetic Motor Oil 0W-20 & Subaru Engine Oil Filter 15208AA130)
~ November 1, 2019 - 35,794 miles Potauto Map 1036C Heavy Activated Carbon Car Cabin Air Filter Replacement
~ December 22, 2019 - 39,714 miles X2Power Premium AGM BCI Group 35 (SLI 880 CA/740 CCA 115min Reserve Capacity) Battery by NorthStar replacement for OEM; Oil & Filter Service - (Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil 0W-20 & Subaru Engine Oil Filter 15208AA130)
~ February 16, 2020 - 45,009 miles Oil & Filter Service - (Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil 0W-20 & Subaru Engine Oil Filter 15208AA130)
~ March 5, 2020 - 47,170 miles - Rotated Tires and adjusted tire pressure, checked brakes and muffler
~ March 15, 2020 - 48,098 miles Potauto Map 1036C Heavy Activated Carbon Car Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Upcoming Upgrades:
~ SSD Performance Cold Air Intake - Gloss Red Powder Coat or AEM Cold Air Intake System 21-831C
~ SSD Performance Subaru engine cover - Gloss Red Powder Coat

SUSPENSION
~ STI 20mm Rear Sway Bar Kit with new bushings (November 7, 2018)
~ SSD Performance Front Strut Tower Brace (December 19, 2018)
~ Ultra Racing USA Rear Strut Tower Brace - 2 Point (January 31, 2019)

INTERIOR
Completed Upgrades:
~ Subaru Cargo Cover for Manual Rear Gate (September 29, 2018)
~ Subaru Front Side Sill Plates (October 4, 2018)
~ GCS JDM Style Coin Holder Fuse Box Cover (October 4, 2018)
~ JDM Station Textured Mirror Trim Knob - Red (October 6, 2018)
~ JDM Station Textured Climate Control Knob Covers - Red (October 6, 2018)
~ GCS Climate Control Trim Bezels V2 - Red (October 6, 2018)
~ Subispeed MK2 Automatic Flappy Paddle Extensions - Red (October 6, 2018)
~ 3D Carbon Steering Wheel Emblem Overlay (October 6, 2018)
~ Subaru STI Pedal Pad Kit (November 25, 2018)
~ Subaru JDM Shift knob with red stitching (December 1, 2018)
~ Subaru JDM Shifter boot with red stitching (December 1, 2018)
~ Subaru JDM Console hood with red stitching (December 1, 2018)
~ Redline armrest cover - black leather with red stitching (April 13, 2019)
~ Husky Liners 99881 Weatherbeater Floor Liners - Front & 2nd Seat (June 19, 2019)

EXTERIOR
Completed Upgrades:
~ Subaru Genuine Logo Slimline Black License Plate Frames (September 28, 2018)
~ Tinted driver & passenger windows and moonroof to match rest of the Forester (Suntek 18%), protected headlights and fog lights with clear PPF @ Advanced Solar Control, in Toms River, NJ. Advanced Solar Control (@advanced_solar_control) • Instagram photos and videos (October 6, 2018)
~ tS Emblem (Red/Black) (October 6, 2018)
~ STI tS Style Front Grille & Rear Bumper Stripe - Red (October 6, 2018)
~ JDM Front and Rear 3D Carbon Fiber Emblem Overlays (October 6, 2018)
~ tS Fender Emblems (October 6, 2018)
~ OLM OE Style Rear Bumper Protector (November 4, 2018)
~ Avery Dennison Gloss Black Vinyl Wrapped the JDM Front Grille Chrome Trim (replaced with STI tS grille)
~ STI tS Style Subaru Forester Front Grille (January 3, 2019)
~ GCS Front and Rear Black Frame/Red Subaru Logo Emblems (January 3, 2019)
~ Subaru STI OEM Grille Emblem (January 3, 2019)
~ Subaru Forester Front Bumper Underguard in Gloss Black Sapphire DipYourCar.com PlastiDip (March 30, 2019)

Upcoming Upgrades:
~ GCS STI Style Rear Diffuser - Black
~ Subaru Forester Black Silica Roof Spoiler 96031SG002V2
~ Compressive Tuning XTi-Autodromo Hood
~ Compressive Tuning XTi-Forester Front & Rear Fascias

AUDIO
Completed Upgrades:
~ Custom Subaru & STI Head Unit Display Off Images (September 24, 2018)
~ Hardwire kit for Valentine One Radar to Forester fuse box to use with Android JBV1 app and V1 Bluetooth adapter. (October 1, 2018)
~ Roav Viva Pro by Anker, Alexa-Enabled 2-Port USB Car Charger for Navigation, Voice Initiated Calling, Music Streaming, and to control my smart home (October 1, 2018)
~ Scosche Double Pivot Magnetic MagicMount Elite (October 29, 2018)
~ Blackvue DR590W-1CH Dashcam powered by the Power Magic Pro EZ (December 22, 2018)

LIGHTING
Completed Upgrades:
~ OLM LED Door Lights (2 x OLM Vision White Base LED Bulb (White Output)) (October 6, 2018)
~ OLM Replacement Trunk Light LED (1 x OLM Black Circuit N3 LED Bulb (White Output)) (October 6, 2018)
~ Colin-Shread Full LED Tail Lamps ~ Sequential Signal version from supporting vendor @VarcoRep (Clear Lens/Carbon interior and bloody Red C-Tube) (October 12, 2018)
~ Diode Dynamics Stage Series 30" Light Bar and DD Heavy Duty Wiring Harness (217,000 candela/7,000 lumens)(June 30, 2020)
~ Diode Dynamics 194 HP5 LED (92 lumens) license plate bulbs (October 25, 2018)
~ @VarcoRep LED Rear Running / Brake / Sequential Turn Signals / Reflector bumper lights (November 6, 2018)
~ Diode Dynamics HP11 Amber Front Turn Signal LEDs (310 Lumens) (December 3, 2018)
~ Diode Dynamics LED Flasher Relay (December 3, 2018)
~ Boslla Bullet H11 fog light LED bulbs - World’s 1st 4-Color LED bulbs (6500k White - Sunny, 4300k Neutral White - Snowy, 3000k Yellow - Rain/Fog, SOS - Emergency Flashers; 3600 lumens/bulb) (January 7, 2019)

EXHAUST
Completed Upgrades:
~ Nameless Performance 5" Muffler Axleback exhaust & hanger bushings (July 23, 2019)

WHEEL AND TIRE
Black Edition OEM:
~ 5 Y-Spoke Powder Coat Dark Charcoal Aluminum Black Edition Wheels (18x7 size, 5 lugs x100mm bolt pattern, 48mm Offset) Part# 28111SG220 wrapped with Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400 P225/55R 18 97H

Completed Upgrades:
~ RokBlokz Rally Mud Flaps V2 - Black w/white logo (November 3, 2018)

Upcoming Upgrades:
~ Perrin 25mm Wheel Spacers PSP-WHL-026BK
~ Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady 225/55R18 tires
~ Power Stop - 1-Click Z23 Evolution Sport Drilled and Slotted Brake Kit with Calipers
 

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It's the same US Premium Black Edition that you would have purchased. I have been making mods to make it more like the JDM Forester tS model that isn't available in the US, unfortunately.
 

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nice......I almost bought a blk edition ……...what is ts trim? offered in US?
It's the same US Premium Black Edition that you would have purchased. I have been making mods to make it more like the JDM Forester tS model that isn't available in the US, unfortunately.
 

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It's like the old question, if you replace all the parts on a boat, is it the same boat? The answer being, it doesn't matter, it's now an awesome &%^&% boat.
 

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Took advantage of a $30 rebate and a 20% off discount when you order online and pickup in store from my local Batteries + Bulbs to purchase the X2Power Premium SLI 35 AGM Battery with 880 Cranking Amps/740 Cold Cranking Amps, 60Ah Capacity, 115 Minutes Reserve Capacity, 49 lbs weight, 5 Year Free Replacement Warranty, powered by NorthStar Pure Lead AGM Technology and its Made in the USA.

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I've accumulated 40k miles in the past year and 3 months on my Forester. Was back and forth on which tires should replace my OEM Bridgestone Dueler H/L 400s between the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReadys or the Vredestein Quatrac Pro, both are 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake Symbol tires. Decided on the Vredesteins cause of the positive results from the TireRack track tests on ride comfort, minor tread noise, sport handling and wet track results. They're more popular in Europe and designed for vehicles like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio cause it's a great balance of an All-Weather and UHP tire. Can't wait to test them out this coming work week. The tire installer said to me... "you must have researched these?... cause I've never heard of them. But they're nice and soft, pliable."

All-Season Quatrac pro unveiled

A Tire for All Seasons: All-weather + UHP = Vredestein Quatrac Pro
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Any issues with fit? I'm always a little skeptical buying things from ebay.
Not at all. I'm the same way. I like things to look meticulous that's why I removed the OEM grille with the vinyl wrap cuz it wasn't done perfectly. Buy it confidently. I would buy it again if something happened to this one.

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Huge thanks to Steven at Nameless Performance customer service who helped solve an issue with my Nameless axleback muflfer not aligning properly with the OEM midpipe. Sent me new size bolts and gasket and the alignment is perfect now and the muffler is growling now! YES!!!
Before and after pics...
 

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Completely agree esp now that it's seated proberly with the gasket and smaller bolts. The OEM bolts would not allow it to make a perfect connection to the midpipe. Lots of luck,stay safe. My Subie is getting a much needed break!

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