2004 Forester XT
Mod List: (copied from the for sale ad, stuff added by me in red)
Perrin turbo inlet.
Cobb down-pipe (with cat).
Cobb AccessPORT with custom dyno tune by Harvey Epstein of Boost Creep in Longmont Colorado
Walbro fuel pump.
1 step cooler plugs.
Kartboy shift bushings and short-shift lever
Optima Yellow Top
Kartboy battery strap
STI steering rack
WRX wagon shocks and springs and 3/8”(?) saggy butt spacers.
Cobb STI anti-sway bars with (Mo_Boost?)lateral link reinforcers.
Continental Extreme Contact tires in 225/55 ZR 16
Centric Standard rotors w/ Stoptech street performance pads front and rear
Grimspeed master cylinder brace
Rally Armor mud flaps
stock rims painted black
plasti dip grill
Thule cross bars and fairing
plasti dip'd lower rear bumper cover
sti style hood scoop, (plasti dip'd black for now)
first forester story below...
I suppose I'll do one of these, I just got my new (to me) 04' XT running. I bought it off ebay with a bad turbo and had it shipped from New York to California. Big thanks to Sofakinglong for heading over to check it out for me! The first thing I did while waiting for parts to arrive was the DIY Gril Mod, although I'll probably replace the mesh with something better later. I also went ahead and ordered Kartboy short shifter, bushings, and battery tie down. I got a used turbo from another member on here and took a few trips to the nearest Subaru dealership for gaskets, hoses, bolts that were missing from the car. I also picked up some used Megan coilovers and STI front and rear sway bars from classifieds on here. I installed the coilovers along with some Gramlights 57c's I had laying around yesterday while I was flushing the coolant. Last night I started it up for the first time since owning it (about a month including transit time) and this morning I went for a drive. There are a few things to do still but I've got to say I was blown away by how much torque the stock motor has, I can already tell I am really going to enjoy this car. Right now it is in "California mode" but I am planning to move to Romania in the next year and eventually bring this over there, I'll probably raise the ride height and put some all terrain tires on the stock rims before I ship it over. That's about everything, maybe I'll do a turbo swap sometime in the future but for now I'll enjoy it as is...
sitting in Long Island, pic courtesy of Sofakinglong...
one of the "important" mods done before it actually runs, haha...
As it sits today, I'll wash it soon, I still have a coolant leak near the turbo to find and address...
I got a new exhaust, yea I know it's a potato launcher. I don't normally go for big loud exhausts but the old one was pretty rusty and I couldn't pass up the great price on all this stainless steel goodness, turns out it wasn't as loud as I thought it would be so everything's good!
The fitment was a little to the left and ended up melting some of my bumper so I made a heat shield/ cover plate out of aluminum and riveted it on. I plan on painting the lower part of the bumper black and will paint this black also so it will blend in more but for now I kind of like the raw brushed look...