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2010 Subaru Forester XT
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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Hey all, I'm Chuck and this is my member's journal for Kiki, the 2010 Forester XT!

Current Photo as of September 2021:
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Photos of my other Subie, '13 Supercharged BRZ:
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National Park Visits
Yosemite 2021
Zion 2021
Joshua Tree 2021
Yellowstone UPCOMING
Grand Teton UPCOMING
Bryce Canyon UPCOMING

Mod List

Bilstein B6 Shocks
2" Lift King Springs
Primitive Racing Rear Subframe Spacers

Wheels & Tires:
Black Rhino Rumble 16x7 +15
Yokohama Geolander AT 215/65/16

eBay black housing headlights

GR STI Front Seats

Engine & Performance:
Stock Engine
Cobb WRX Exhaust w/ rewelded single tip exits
Grimmspeed AOS

Future Mods Planned:
Subaru Sports Grille
Roof Rails
Front License Plate Delete
Black Interior Swap
Soft Shell Roof Top Tent

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2010 Subaru Forester XT
9 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
February 2021:
Day one! Purchased the car here in SoCal, the car had been from SoCal to Oklahoma and back.
For an 11 year old car she was in pretty good shape!
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Updated the headlights as the oem one had seen better days, seals were cracked and the housings were pretty yellowed, poor visibility. Went with some generic eBay ones for now.
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2010 Subaru Forester XT
9 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 · (Edited)
September 2021:

Fast forward to September the car had already been on several camping trips to national parks, more to come! After enjoying the car in stock form for quite some time, it was time for some mods!

I started with updating the 11 year old suspension, the shocks seemed a little worn so I went with:

Bilstein B6 shocks combined with a Primitive Racing 2" Lift Kit & King Springs
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After 2鈥 Lift
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A few days later I found a sweet deal on an exhaust that came off a 2011 WRX Sedan
Cobb Catback Exhaust
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I ran into a small setback, the previous owner had cut the mufflers off and welded the cobb tips to basically make it a straight pipe. Hangers also did not line up, had to go to the shop and have them do some work. Since the quad tip doesn鈥檛 fit under the exhaust openings without modification I actually had the shop cut off one tip from each side and make it a dual exit with single tips! If anything, it worked out for the better 馃憤
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2010 Subaru Forester XT
9 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 · (Edited)
September 2021 (Continued):


My buddy owns an '09 STI and had installed some nice bucket seats into his car. His stock STI seats have sat covered in his garage for quite some so naturally....
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鈥 had to put them in the FXT!

I ended up swapping over the seat railings, the height difference compared to the stock STI ones is significant, luckily everything bolts right up. I also removed the passenger seat sensor from my stock seat and put it into the STI passenger seat.
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Take note of the seat height difference, the STI railing was still in passenger seat vs the Forester Railing combined with the STI driver seat.
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Photo after both seats had the forester seat rails installed
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2010 Subaru Forester XT
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
September 2021 (Continued):

New wheels and tires!!
Black Rhino 16x7 Rumble wrapped in Yokohama Geolander AT G015 215/65/16

Personally wanted to go 225/70, but I did a test fit at the shop and it was hitting the driver front wheel well on the back side at full lock. Even with these I get very slight rub on the fender liner at full lock, but it鈥檚 manageable.

Overall turned out pretty nice! 馃榿
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2010 Subaru Forester XT
9 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Grimmspeed AOS
Although the car is getting higher in mileage, I thought it鈥檚 never too late to add an AOS.
I went with the Grimmspeed one for the convenience and advantages over your typical catch can.
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Some sludge already in the crankcase breather line
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Overall fit was a little tight against the injector lines, but its good. Also added some hose clamps over the supplied zip ties at the fittings.
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