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Overland04's '13 FXT STi 6-speed Build Thread

I'm writing this journal as a place for myself and other members to keep up with my passion of modifying, and lots of DIY info as I've always done in the past.
I live in Mid-Coast Maine with my wife, son, and cat. This Forester will be a replacement for my WRX, as I found that I never drove it after the modifications became so intense.
I live an hour from any highways, there is no E85, not even 93 octane in most parts of the state... No tuners, and no speed shops. I have the internet, USPS and a passion for cars.

I'm the owner of Overland Designs, where we make a bunch of aftermarket interior products for Subaru's. Over time I hope to be able to find the right look for this interior and help others out with theirs.

Hope you stay for the ride during my build!

Current Condition:


















 

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The Mod list...

Engine:

Invidia Catted Downpipe
Invidia Q300 Exhaust
COBB SF Intake and air box
COBB V2 Access port
DW65c Fuel Pump
COBB WRX Stage 2+ OTS Map
2013 WRX ECU
2013 WRX Yaw/G-sensor

Transmission:

2013 STi 6-speed
2005 WRX R160 3.54 rear diff
Exedy Stage 1 Organic Clutch
STi Shift Knob

Exterior:

Subaru Sports Grille
Subaru Front Under Spoiler
Subaru Side Skirt Extensions (JDM)
Subaru Rear Skirt (JDM)
Relocated upper horn
Lamin-X Yellow Fog Light Overlay
Lamin-X Red Tail Light Overlay
VLED 21 LED rear turn signal bulbs
VLED 21 LED High output reverse bulbs
VLED 21 LED 5k tail/brake bulbs
VLED 9 LED license plate bulbs
LED rear bumper reflex reflector park/turn lights
Roof Rail Delete
Password JDM Rear Wiper delete (modified V2)
06-07 STi front lip
Black headlight housing
Dragon Laminates rear emblem overlay

Window Tint

Front windshield - llumar Air Blue 80
Front side windows - FormulaOne Pinnacle 30
Sunroof glass - FormulaOne Pinnacle 15

Interior:

Overland Designs Alcantara Gauge Cluster Hood

Overland Designs Alcantara Handbrake Boot
Overland Designs STi Alcantara Shift Boot
Overland Designs Hand Stitched handbrake handle
GTSpec D-Shape Steering Wheel
AEM 52mm Wideband monitor in custom vent pod
STi Pedal Assembly
STi Console with sliding drawer and DCCD controls
STi Airbag 2008
STi Alcantara Front Seats 2013 w/forester weight sensor

Wheels & Tires:

Summer:
Enkei RS05-RR 18x9.5 +43 Matte Gunmetal
Continental Extreme Contact DW 265/40r18
8mm wheel spacers
ARP Extended wheel studs (cut to 55mm)

Winter:
Stock 17" Touring Wheels
Yokohama Geolandar 225/55R17
25mm Hubcentric Spacers

Suspension & Brakes:

Racecomp Engineering Tarmac 2 Coilovers
RaceComp Engineering 25mm Front Sway Bar - Set to soft
RaceComp Engineering 25mm Rear Sway Bar - Set to stiff
Kartboy Front and Rear Endlinks
Whiteline Com-C Top Hats
Paranoid Fabrications 1/2" spacer in rear
2013 WRX Rear Upper Control Arms
SPC Rear adjustable Lower Control Arms
2013 WRX Sedan Suspension
2013 WRX ABS/VDC Pump
2013 Brembo front and rear calipers
DBA 4000 Series Front and Rear tiger paw STi rotors
Project Mu NS-400 Front and rear brake pads
Goodridge STi Stainless braided brake lines

Oil and Filter
Castrol Edge Titanium 5W-30
Bosch Filter
 

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Chronological order of build:

11/16/15 - Vehicle purchased
11/25/15 - Installed TapTurn relay
11/23/15 - Installed gauge cluster hood and handbrake boot
12/4/15 - Installed the rear bumper LED reflex reflectors
12/4/15 - Installed rear VLED 21 led Amber turn signals
12/6/15 - Installed Subaru Sport Grille
12/6/15 - Moved top horn out of view of the new grille
12/7/15 - Installed 2013 WRX suspension
12/7/15 - Installed Front and Rear sway bars from RCE with Kartboy Endlinks
12/9/15 - Installed Subaru Front Under Spoiler
12/9/15 - Installed Lamin-X yellow fog light overlays
12/17/15 - Roof Rail Delete
12/19/15 - Rear Taillight tint and LED's
12/20/15 - Oil Change 29,390 mi. Rotalla T6 5W-40
1/10/16 - 2013 STi 6- Speed Transmission, WRX 3.54 rear diff ordered
1/12/16 - Clutch, pedal assembly, misc 6-speed parts ordered
1/23/16 - Window tint
1/23/16 - All 6-speed parts cleaned and prepped - Ready to install!
1/29/16 - Installed DW65c Fuel Pump
1/16/2016 - Installed STi pedal assembly and clutch master cylinder
3/4/2016 - Install STi 6-speed, and R160 rear diff
3/5/2016 - Install WRX ECU, ABS/VDC Pump, Yaw/G sensor
3/7/2016 - Wiper delete - Password JDM V2
3/10/2016 - Invidia Exhaust and Downpipe, COBB Intake, airbox and Stage 2+ OTS Map
3/11/2016 - Oil Change 34,451 mi. Castrol Titanium Edge 5w-30
3/16/2016 - Added STi console with sliding drawer and DCCD controls.
3/24/2016 - Installed 06-07 STi front lip
4/6/2016 - Mounted tires and installed wheels
4/9/16 - Installed Brembo front and rear calipers with DBA rotors, Project Mu NS-400 Pads
4/11/16 - Painted headlight housing Satin black
4/13/16 - Installed beat-sonic shark fin antenna
4/21/16 - Lamin-X Tail light overlay
4/29/16 - JDM Subaru side skirts and rear skirt
5/10/16 - Install GTSpec D-shape Steering Wheel
5/17/16 - Install AEM Wideband Gauge in custom vent pod
5/20/16 - Installed Racecomp Engineering Tarmac 2 Coilovers
5/21/16 - Installed SPC adjustable LCA, and WRX UCA
5/24/16 - Rolled and pulled front and rear fenders
5/25/16 - Greased all swaybar and endlink bushings to stop a squeak. It worked!
5/30/16 - Changed to color matched door handles
6/1/16 - Added STi drivers airbag
6/10/16 - Oil Change 37,010
6/11/16 - All Wheel Alignment
6/15/16 - Installed STi front seats
 

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Awesome Journal, Great introduction. Definitely staying Tuned!!! :grin2:
Thanks bud! I got a few good things in the works already, just need to get some images edited and post the results.

So far I'm in love with the new ride. It's such a pleasure to get in and drive everyday.
 

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"a few good things in the works already..."

the auto trans shifter surround is terrible imo. scratches instantly. a suede option for that would surely please some 4eat folks. even more so since regardless of interior color, that section only comes in the one shade/color. you cant buy a black one....

also (and sorry to rant in your journal) the hvac trim is different. iirc all the wrx/sti have the 3 button layout..which is different then the layout on your/my touring climate control. i often stare at that option on your site, haha.

ever think about doing the section of door that "touches" it? by the handles.
 

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also (and sorry to rant in your journal) the hvac trim is different. iirc all the wrx/sti have the 3 button layout..which is different then the layout on your/my touring climate control. i often stare at that option on your site, haha.

ever think about doing the section of door that "touches" it? by the handles.
Like this?
 

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I had a chance to install the LED park/turn/rear reflectors this evening. The install was very easy and took about 30 minutes.
I'm also working on a small install write-up for them and should be posted up by the weekend.

 

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Yes, aaand you one upped me!!additional suede ftwzz
Haha, yeah when you wrap the HVAC trim, it looks so much better to have it carry over onto the door panel. It's a pain to take them off the door because of the plastic weld, but it's worth it.

Nice man, thanks! Looks pretty solid.
They're pretty sweet. I have them wired as standard parking lights and brake lights. The one addition that I just ordered is the LED park turn for the taillights. The speed of the LEDs compared to the speed of the incandescent bulbs it definitely noticeable (and annoying), lol.
 

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And the door handle section doesn't separate from the "top" portion? No worries/dont care....just tryng to learn.

Haha, yeah when you wrap the HVAC trim, it looks so much better to have it carry over onto the door panel. It's a paint to take them off the door because of the plastic weld, but it's worth it.
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And 100% agreed. And why I asked. Without it would look like the civics with different wheels in the front vs back. Lol.
 

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I had a chance to install the LED park/turn/rear reflectors this evening. The install was very easy and took about 30 minutes.
I'm also working on a small install write-up for them and should be posted up by the weekend.

Where did you find those?? Do they make them for the 14+ Foz?
 

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Where did you find those?? Do they make them for the 14+ Foz?
There are a few JDM company's that make them, I ended up getting them from an Instagram follower who imported a pair from Korea. You can find them on amazon or eBay for pretty cheap though. The Genuine Liberal brand versions are expensive and not 100% sure if they are 3 wire for dual function or not. These did dual, which is why I was drawn to them.

[ame]http://www.amazon.com/SUBARU-FORESTER-Bumper-reflectors-Light/dp/B00QYXX9BO[/ame]

I wonder if they will fit the 2014+, they look almost the same size.
 

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There are a few JDM company's that make them, I ended up getting them from an Instagram follower who imported a pair from Korea. You can find them on amazon or eBay for pretty cheap though. The Genuine Liberal brand versions are expensive and not 100% sure if they are 3 wire for dual function or not. These did dual, which is why I was drawn to them.

http://www.amazon.com/SUBARU-FORESTER-Bumper-reflectors-Light/dp/B00QYXX9BO

I wonder if they will fit the 2014+, they look almost the same size.
Do you still have your original reflectors? If so, list the part numbers based on side and I'll pull mine out to compare.

Thanks!!
 

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Love the reflectors!
I thought about getting the Liberal ones but the price kept me away.
So I just wrapped mine with black reflective vinyl and they look so much better and still retain safety :)
Excuse the poopty cell pictures lol
 
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