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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Figured it might be a good idea to start logging the changes.

2014 Forester XT Touring
Dark Grey Metallic
Purchased in July 2013

Additions/Modifications:

Interior:
- STI pedals
- Husky Liners: Weatherbeater Floor Liners
- 2015 WRX STI Steering wheel
- 2015 WRX STI door sill covers
- 2015 JDM WRX S4 MFD Cover/Hood
- 2015 JDM WRX S4 Ext/Sliding Arm Rest
- 2015 JDM Impreza Piano Black Radio Bezel
- 2015 Impreza 2.0 Center Air Vents and Vent Rings
- 2015 Impreza 2.0 Piano Black A/C Buttons
- 2015 WRX CVT Shift knob
- 2015 WRX CVT Shift boot
- 2015 FXT CVT Black Shift plate
- Diode Dynamics Stage 2 Cool White interior LEDs
- Panavise Dash Mount w/ iGrip/Herbert Richter Standard AMPS Pattern In-Dash Vehicle Swivel Base Mount
- Uniden Bearcat 680 CB Radio

Exterior:
- XT Sports Grille
- DGM Side Molding
- Chrome delete of fog light surrounds
- RokBlokz Mud Flaps
- Curt Class II 1.25in Hitch
- Subaru Aero Cross Bars
- RhinoRack roof basket
- Hella Supertones Red w/SubiMods V2 Harness and bracket
- 2014 2.5i Forester black door/window trim
- Smittybilt D-ring w/ Daystar isolators front and rear
- Rally Innovations Lightbar
- Yakima SKYBOX Lo Carbonite
- 2" Perrin Mini antenna
- 3' Firestik II FS3-R CB Antenna(Trail Runs/SoftRoading)
- 2' Firestik II FS2-R CB Antenna(Daily)
- Diamond K400-3/8C CB Antenna Mount

Lighting:
- TapTurn
- Film overlay on tailights
- Blacked Out OEM Headlights
- 5k 9005 VLED DRLs
- HID Projector Retrofit: Morimoto Bixenon Mini D2S Stage 3 Projectors w/Apollo 2.0 Shrouds, Morimoto 100mm Amber XBLED Angel Eyes, HD Relay Harness, Denso ballasts and D2S 3Five 5000k bulbs
- Rigid Industries D2 Driving Lights
- PIAA 13509 Plasma Ion Yellow 19W=40W H16 fog light bulbs

Engine:
- 2015 STI cat-back exhaust system

Wheels and Tires:
- 17x8 +35 Drag DR-31 wheels Matte Black
- 235/60r17 Cooper Discoverer AT3 Tires

Future:
- Stage 2 + ProTune
- 2015 STI Brembo upgrade (front)
- 2015 STI Front seats
- New HID Retrofit
- ADF 2" Lift
- Primitive Racing Triple Under Armor kit
- Primitive Racing Bolt-thru Light/Bull bar
- Darker Tint, maybe 25%


How she sits today...






Retrofit closeups below...




 

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Like the grill and blacked out fog light housings
 

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Looking good! I really like what you did on the tails with the dark middle section. Did you apply red outs for the rest of tails then cut out a small piece of smoke tint for the middle section?
 

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Like the grill and blacked out fog light housings
Those were the first changes I made. Glad you dig.

Looking good! I really like what you did on the tails with the dark middle section. Did you apply red outs for the rest of tails then cut out a small piece of smoke tint for the middle section?
Thanks! I applied red pieces along the outside edges of the lights in effort to cover the chrome inner housing. Then I cut a small smoke piece to cover the middle.

How did you do the boot screen?
Boot screen was done by following this process

your photos are amazing! what are you shooting with?
Thanks, man, glad you think so. I'm using a Canon Rebel T3i and my go to lense is usually a 1.8f 50mm
 

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Thanks! I applied red pieces along the outside edges of the lights in effort to cover the chrome inner housing. Then I cut a small smoke piece to cover the middle.

Thanks, man, glad you think so. I'm using a Canon Rebel T3i and my go to lense is usually a 1.8f 50mm
Right on man, I may have to apply a darker tint just on the middle section. I like the way yours turned out. Mine currently has a light tint over the entire tailight.

That 1.8 50mm and 35mm were my go to lens for while. Best bang for your buck lens!
 

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Yeah too bad the mesh sports grille is ridiculously overpriced. Also wish it was a true mesh style grille and not the honeycomb.
 

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Agreed. What wrap did you go with for the fogs? That OEM grille is a nice option compared to the vinyl wraps everyone has been doing so far. Great build so far.
Thanks. The wrap is Matte Black 3M vinyl

Right on man, I may have to apply a darker tint just on the middle section. I like the way yours turned out. Mine currently has a light tint over the entire tailight.
Ah, ya, I like the thought of that setup. Will probably turn out looking pretty good.

Awesome pictures. I recognized you from IG :)
Thanks! yup, I'm on here too. Nice to see you joined sf.org.
 

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Update: Started this project today.

RFS Bi-Xenon Morimoto Mini Stage III D2S w/ XBALED Angel Eyes and Apollo 2.0 Shrouds


Stock USDM FXT headlight


Good news, the amber reflector is easily removable. Leaves a small opening though.


Testing the setup. Will have to do some trimming of the shroud as well as the back of the low beam reflector bowl. Should be minimal though.

 

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Nice man thanks for the pics I can see the split between the headlight. Possibly smoke my corners!
 

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can i pay you to retrofit my lights!i think that looks great!
 

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Haven't had much time to work on the HID retrofit but hoping to wrap up painting this week. Then hopefully get to the aiming part on Sat and Sun.

My original plan was to leave the "brow" part of the housing chrome but as you can see in the pic below that didn't work out too well. I didn't know the chrome was so delicate and it ended getting rubbed off in some areas so just decided to paint that part too.

So, I think this will now just be a true blackout. The reflector bowls and shrouds will be a gloss black while the housing will be satin black.

 
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