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04 FXT, 61 Stude
1,778 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
How a school teacher mods a Forester...

This is the thread where I get to talk about my wagon, it's a 2004 Forester XT 6-speed.

Well, here it is. I’ll try and update this page as much as I can. Thanks and enjoy!

Purchased in 10/08 with 41xxx miles on the clock.
Currently has 97xxx miles.

Engine – Performance and Dress up
-IHI VF39 Turbo
-powdercoated black STI intake manifold
-TGV deletes
-3mm phenolic spacers
-complete top feed conversion
-Perrin V2 Fuel Rails
-Tomei Type S FPR
-TurboSmart FPR gauge
-blue 565 injectors
-Grimmspeed TMIC
-Grimmspeed y-pipe kit
-Turbosmart Plumb Back BPV
-Tomei Inlet hose
-Gimmick afta-maf hose
-APS 65mm CAI
-Amsoil cone filter
-Grimmspeed uppipe (black ceramic coated)
-Grimmspeed Ported/Coated STI collectors
-Grimmspeed crosspipe
-Grimmspeed catless DP
-Invidia G200 Forester Specific Catback
-Grimmspeed Gaskets
-Grimmspeed AOS
-SPT Turbo Heatshield
-All Yellow Caps Plastidipped Black
-V7 STI Splitter Custom Fitted For Upgraded TMIC
-Amsoil Signature Series Synthetic 5W-30 Oil
-Amsoil Severe Gear in Transmission and Rear Diff
-Dimple Magnetic Oil Pan Drain Plug
-Koyo Radiator with Shroud
-Mishimoto Radiator hoses
-Koyo 1.3bar radiator caps
-Granger 3-port Electronic Air Solenoid
-Turbosmart Manual “T” Boost Controller
-Open Source Street Tune by Jesse at Frigid North Performance

-2005 STI 6-speed transmission and rear diff
-STI drive line
-Complete 5x114 hub/axle/knuckle etc swap
-STI trans mount
-SouthBend stage 2 "daily" clutch
-ACT Streetlite Flywheel
-Goodridge Stainless clutch line
-DCCD Pro Universal controller
-Kartboy SS + bushing combo
-Warbird Machine 2" Sphere weighted (470 grams)
-Warbird Machine Reverse Lockout
-Group N trans mount
-Kartboy trans mount bushings
-Beatrush Pitch Stopper
-TIC rear diff mount bushings
-Kartboy outrigger bushings

-ATE Superblue
-STI Brake booster
-STI Master cylinder
-Grimmspeed MC brace
-Brembo 4 pot brakes
-Powerslot Rotors
-Stoptech Posi Quiet Pads
-Goodridge SS Lines
-Brembo 2 Pot Calipers
-Powerslot Rotors
-Stoptech Posi Quiet Pads
-Goodridge SS Lines

Wheel Tire Setup:
-17x9.5 et44 Enkei NT03+M
-255/40/17 Bridgestone Potenza RE11A
-17x8 BBS STI goldies
-225/45/17 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
-05-07 STI Spec Tein SS-P coilovers
-Front Subframe spacer removed.
-2007 STI steering rack
-Whiteline steering rack bushings
-Cusco H-Brace
-Cusco lower rear power braces
-STI Aluminum Front Control Arms (w/ free caster mod)
-Whiteline ALK
-Whiteline RCA
-STI Aluminum Lateral Links w/ Group N bushings
-Whiteline 24mm adjustable front sway bar
-Whiteline 24mm adjustable rear sway bar
-Whiteline rear stout swaybar mounts
-Whiteline Rear Subframe Lockdown Bolts
-Kartboy Solid Front and Rear Endlinks
-Cusco Type 40 rear strut bar
-STI Titanium front strut bar
-GD Impreza rear subframe
-GD Impreza diff carrier

Alignment specs: -1.8 F, -1.5 R, 0 toe, 4.5 caster

-02/03 JDM STI Scoop
-Subtle Solutions Hood Struts (best thing EVER)
-Blacked Out Headlights
-Osram Silverstar H4 bulbs
-Candlepower CPI Gold Selective Yellow Fog Bulbs
-DIY Mesh Grille Mod
-Custom “f” Badge Overlay
-Importology front lip
-06/07 STI V-Limited (rep) lip
-GD STI side mirrors
-Blacked out Rear Forester Badge
-Modded XTi Rear Badge
-Rear “SUBARU” Letters Removed
-C-Pillars and Waist Spoiler Vinyl-Wrapped in Matte-Black
-STRI electric boost/vac gauge
-Upgraded Front Speakers
-Tweeter Kit
-Extended Armrest
-Upgraded Headunit
-Subaru All-Weather Floor Mats (winter)
-Black Carpeted, with pink STI logo floor mats (summer)
-2005 STI Steering Wheel
-2005 WRX Premium Seats (with butt warmers installed)
-RECARO Pro-Ride Child Seat
-Upgraded Dash Bezel
-Diode Dynamics interior LED kit
-Grimmspeed plate frame (lol)
-Smoothed and Filled Front Bumper
-Rolled Front and Rear Fenders


Keep in mind this is on 91 octane at 5500 ft.


05 Forester XT
105 Posts
Nice ride!! At first I was like green!?! But looked at it a bit & I started liking the look! :) Great pictures. Makes me wish ida bought my Forester in Silver. I use to love how my silverthorn 2.5rs would be dirty as hell & still look pretty clean... & then when I cleaned it I remember one of my friends askin did you get a new car?? Silver FTW!

04 FXT, 61 Stude
1,778 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Thanks for all the comments guys!

Here are a few pics from this weekend. I installed some COBB front and rear sways, Kartboy endlinks, and fabbed myself some lateral link supports. Everything went in well and I am loving the new feel of the car.

Please excuse how dirty the car is, Salt Lake in the middle of winter is a total mess.

New Rear View:

My home-made lateral link supports:

04 FXT, 61 Stude
1,778 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Alright, update time. I had two things sitting in my garage, some wrx struts and cobb springs. So, this past Friday night I said "what the hell" and installed in my fozzie. Now I know I'm going to get some flak for putting the springs on those struts but after the install and my alignment Saturday morning (-1 camber and 0 toe all around) I must say the car rides rather nice for such a dramatic drop. I also have some paranoid 3/8" saggy butt spacers on the rear. Not that much harsher than the STI springs I previously had on it. No noises or clunks (yet.), and best of all the car doesn't scrape or rub on any turns. Overall I've completely changed the handling/overall ride of the wagon in the past few weeks. I just snapped some pics and it did snow here this morning so the car's plenty dirty due to the salt on the road. Enjoy.


04 FXT, 61 Stude
1,778 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Stop by anytime, I live near Sugarhouse Park. The front brakes are stock just painted black. I altered by flaps since the car is so low but I'm sure we could get the setup you need easily.

04 FXT, 61 Stude
1,778 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Picked up the Ebay SurewinProducts v2 catback exhaust (COBB knockoff) the other week. I ordered it from Ebay late on a Sunday night. The following Wednesday I came home to see a GIANT box on my doorstep. Pretty fast! Following day I decide to tackle an uppipe install (tons of fun) and switch out the exhaust from the SPT catback I'd been running for almost a year. I used some NAPA XL hangers in the rear that let the tip sit far enough away so I don't melt the bumper. I've snapped a few pics and took a quick little vid. Hopefully I'll be able to convince my darling wife to take a drive by vid sometime soon. Overall I had a great experience with the supplier. I love the sound. Absolutely NO DRONE at highway speeds, it idles quieter than the SPT, but at WOT it screams. LOVE IT.

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