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Ok guys here it is. I really need to start a Member's Journal. The mods are starting to pile up and so are the parts that are ready to go on! So here it goes....

What it looked like when it was at the dealer:

Bought it used with 23,000 miles on it in December 2009.


Recent Pictures:




Then this happened:

(This is currently being fixed along with a few other surprises!)

Interior/Gauges:
OEM Boost Gauge Installed
Innovate LC-1 Wideband
LCD Display Multi Gauge (Pics)
JDM Forester STi front and rear seats (Pics)
Google Nexus 7 Tablet with 4 Channel Amplifier in Nav Housing
2007 STi Shifter Trim and Boot(Pics)
Custom Sequential Shift Light (Video Here)


Handling Mods:

Feal 441 Coilovers
Feal Front Camber Plates
Swift Springs 7k/5k
Whiteline 24mm Front Sway Bar
Whiteline 24mm Adjustable Rear Sway Bar
Modified Rear Sway Bar Mounts
Rallitek Endlinks Front and Rear
SPT Lateral Links with Spherical Bearings
Custom Rear Trunk Bracing: Strut Tower Bar, "V" Bars, and "X" Bars (Thread)
STi Front Control Arms
Saab 9-2X Aero Steering Rack​


Wheels/Brakes:

Forgestar CF10 Rotary Forged Wheels in 19x11 +40
Custom 25mm Hubcentric Wheel Adapters
Continental Extreme Contact DW Tires in 285/35R19
Wilwood 6 Piston Forged Narrow Superlight Front Calipers
Custom Radial Caliper Adapter
Front STi Rotor
WRX 2 Pot Rear Brakes
Goodridge Stainless Lines
Hawk HPS Pads
STi Master Cylinder and Brake Booster
TiC Master Cylinder Brace​


Engine/Power/Exhaust:
Stock STi exhaust
STi TMIC (Black Thermal Coating to Increase Heat Transfer)
Custom Intercooler Spray System
Custom Hood Scoop Splitter (Pics!)
SPT Intake Heat Shield
Custom 3" Intake Piping
Green Performance Filter (Pics and Info of Smaller Filter)
SPT Turbo Heat Shield
Walbro Fuel Pump
Grimmspeed EBCS
OmniPower 3 Bar MAP Sensor
GM Intake Air Temp Sensor
TiC Composite TGV Deletes
Injector Dynamics 1000cc Injectors
Perrin Silicone Turbo Inlet
Green Performance Filter (Pics and Info)
Air Pump Removal (Pics)
Moore Performance Stock Location Twin Scroll Header and Uppipe (Pics)
TD05H-18G Center Section
Custom Modified VF37 Exhaust Housing to accept the TD05H Turbine Wheel
Custom Moore Performance Divorce Twin Scroll Downpipe with 1" Steel Flange (Open Dump) (Pics)


Exterior:


Mods In Progress:
Moore Performance Prototype Battery Tie Down
Game Changing Top Secret Project On Going!!!!

Previous Mods:
Blouch TD05-16G Thermal Coated (8cm hot side and ported to match uppipe ID)
Moore Performance Prototype Equal Length Headers (Final Pics) (Install Pics)
Moore Performance Prototype 4-2-1 Up Pipe (Final Pics) (Install Pics)
2" Strut Top Spacers (Pictures and Drawings)
Custom Moore Performance 3" Catback with SpinTech Muffler (Pics and Video)

Other Projects In Progress:
2" Camber Correcting Strut Top Spacers for Lifted Foresters

Calculations and Other Information
Front Roll Center Calculations
Rear Roll Center Calculations
Scrub Radius Calculations
Ride Height Measurements for STI suspension and spacers: Link
Increasing Flow on Stock Injectors
Moore Performance Down Pipe (Pics!)

Awards and Recognition:
2011 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix - 2nd in Modified Subaru (Pics)
2012 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix - 1st in Modified Subaru
2012 Feel Your Boobies Pitt FSAE Car Show - Best of Show
2013 World of Wheels Pittsburgh - Honorable Mention Modified Wagon​


Current Dyno Results (with stock STi intercooler and 2.5" exhaust):


LOTS more to come, stay tuned!

So I am doing somewhat daily updates to bring everybody up to speed on the secret project that has been going on for the past 9 months! Here is the cliff notes so far:


 

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Question. You have 04 sti suspension and 2" spacers? Wouldn't that give you a near stock to maybe 1" lower than stock height?

Just asking. Nice journal so far. And nice builds.
The reason for going back closer to stock height is for one, its a Forester, and I still want it to go through the snow and do all that.

Second and more important reason, if you look at my roll center calcs the 2" spacers actually reduce body roll, not increase it like most people would think!

As the Forester gets lowered the roll center height drops faster then the center of gravity does. This means that the roll moment gets higher, not lower when you lower the car. Most people don't realize this because when they lower their car they also increase spring rates which in turn has a net result of less body roll.
 

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Nice write-up.
I'm guessing mechanical engineer? I'm civil myself...

I really like your light setup, thinking I may do that myself someday soon.
Yeah I am an ME. I do custom tooling design and fabrication everyday for my job so making these custom car parts is no problem for me :)
 

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nice foz! i think you would be happier w/ an hta68 over the 16g though!
I got a really sweet deal on a 16G that was port and polished as well as thermal coated by a very reputable shop. I will hopefully be picking it up this weekend.
 

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The reason for going back closer to stock height is for one, its a Forester, and I still want it to go through the snow and do all that.

Second and more important reason, if you look at my roll center calcs the 2" spacers actually reduce body roll, not increase it like most people would think!

As the Forester gets lowered the roll center height drops faster then the center of gravity does. This means that the roll moment gets higher, not lower when you lower the car. Most people don't realize this because when they lower their car they also increase spring rates which in turn has a net result of less body roll.
A good friend runs a dirt car and we have discussed this topic many times. I agree that I think my car handles better on higher swifts than it did on wrx take offs.

Thanks for sharing the info. Good journal so far.:biggrin:
 

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Here is a shot of what my Forester currently looks like, the new STi scoop, some hella 500FF's and supertones peeking through the grill. Oh, and its a Forester so roof rack and basket! :icon_biggrin:

 

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In the middle of doing my suspension mods! Calling it quits for the night. Got the front STI struts and springs on with the 2" lift. Got the rear all apart and about to go back together with the SPT lateral links, STI sway and Kartboy locking kit.

Here are some pics of what it looks like tonight when it got dark:


Sorting out all the suspension bits:
 

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The suspension is on the car and I just got back from the first drive! It handles sooooo much better now but is still easily a daily driver. The ride height only dropped about 1/2" front and back so it really isn't noticable. Its perfect!

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
 

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Ok, after I took it out for a nice spirited drive and let the suspension settle it looks like my total drop is about 1" which is what I was actually shooting for (I was a bit disappointed when it looked like I was only going to get 1/2").

Here are some shots showing ride height:


Front Fender Gap about 3.25" and Front Fender to Wheel Center 16.25":


Rear Fender Gap about 3" and Rear Fender to Wheel Center 16":
 

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I really like it at that height to be honest. I think it looks good with even wheel gap all around the tire. Any lower and it would look "too" low for that size wheel/tire.
 

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looks good, after the alignment im curious to hear how it handles.
Well I got it aligned this morning and then took it out for another spirited drive. It handles great! Such a huge upgrade over stock.

The alignment showed what I feared with this setup. The camber came out like most lifted foresters. I could only get about 0.5 deg out of the front and the rear is sitting at 0.4 deg. Looks like I am ordering two sets of camber bolts. I think I am shooting for 1.5 front and 1.0 rear. Still not sure exactly what will be best though.
 
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