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A fun little “mod” today. Just churching things up a bit and giving the car a “feel” that fits me a bit more.

Before: bland, boring:sick:
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After: Custom anodized aluminum made in the USA!
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much better! I might have to fashion a cover of some sort for it since metal can pretty hot out here, 110° today and the inside of my car felt like 3000° when I got off work at 1500.


I searched for quite a while for a shifter that wasn’t your typical cylindrical, turned on a lathe shift knob. I almost went with a knurled piston from WC Lathewerks, and then I found this guy from AJT Designs. It’s made for a Toyota so a simple 10x1.25 to 8x1.25 adapter and I was off to the races!

Now I just need to figure out STI pedals. I THINK a 2012 sti gas pedal will work since I have the solid molded gas pedal. Does anyone know for sure?
 

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So, I have been wanting STI pedals in Goldfinger since I got it, I just like em! Even though it's an auto...

I was able to find an A/T set, but come to find out those require you to have a gas pedal that has a pin through the back, mine is one solid molded piece so no dice.

I couldn't find any other info, anywhere.

Then I stumbled across a post on a legacy forum that said the 2012 STI pedal was a direct swap for them, and it looked just like mine! So I ordered one....
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Just to discover that the mounting holes are opposite each other (n)
So I decided to take apart the STI pedal and see how complicated they are inside. Turns out they're VERY basic.
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So I pulled the cover on my stock one to compare, and wouldn't you know it? They look identical to me.
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So I swapped the arms over.
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Put the pedal assembly back together
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and installed it on the car
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Fired her up and did a couple test revs and all looked good, the pedal is responsive, not idling too high or low and no codes of any sort. So I drove her around the neighborhood just to be sure and it works great!
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Brake pedal cover should be here today, and the dead pedal is on the way.

Mod: Success!

TLDR; 2012 STI pedal fits 2006 Forester XT, with some modding.


Glamour shot after work
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Replaced my door check today. Might be the best 10 minutes I’ve spent on the car.


pop off the door card, then it’s 1 10mm bolt and 2 10mm nuts
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Slide the old check out of the hole above the speaker. Then instal in reverse
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And now I have a door that actually stays open! Takes some force to close too!
Why did I wait so long?
 

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Saturday afternoon my kids helped me clear out the garage so I could “re organize” and at least make some room to squeeze the car in for work.

What started as a simple chore of a power steering flush and a suspension inspection turned into all new tires, 2 new wheel studs and I’m going to have to replace the rear diff fill and drain plugs because they’re in there so tight I’m deforming the plug trying to get it out.
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I haven’t had the tires off myself since I’ve had it, so I’m guessing a tire shop just blew these guys on with an impact and took out pretty much all the threads.
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I honestly don’t know how I’m going to solve this, I don’t have a lift and a 3’ breaker bar wasn’t moving this from under the car.
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I went with a subtle solutions license plate delete, I might get a backer and paint it red eventually.

I apparently have JDM/euro spacing for my front plate.... the factory inserts are at 8.25” weird.
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I thought these were too cool to pass up. Machines titanium, and the torx fit is TOIGHT
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And some pancakes because, well... do you really need a reason? They’re pancakes 🤤
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Replaced the window seals and lug nuts this morning, doing this simple chore, in my garage, had me drenched with sweat as it’s 110° outside right now....
Still have the boost control module and diff oils if I can find replacement plugs...
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Got around to the diff fluid this afternoon, good thing I had a replacement fill plug on hand. That thing got mangled.

I also installed my Rokblokz short mud flaps. They’re shipping is stupidly fast, I think I ordered on Thursday of last week.

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Installed my ADF skid plate this morning.
it was a toss up between the ADF and Primitive racing. I went with ADF as their shipping price was minimal compared to primitive and I liked their design. It’s a very well built skid plate and one thing I very much liked is they used slots for the mounting hardware instead of holes. It made for easier installation.

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I did replace the washers they provided with some a bit more stout.
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I no longer have to worry about messing up my oil pan. Happy weekend everyone!
 
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