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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Done:

Suspension
- Kartboy Front Endlinks KAR KB-017-F
- Kartboy Rear Endlinks KB-017-08REAR
- Whiteline 22mm Adjustable Rear Swaybar BSR49XZ w/ Whiteline greaseless bushings #KSK001-22G
- Whiteline 24mm Adjustable Front Swaybar BSF39XZ w/ Whiteline greaseless bushings #W0406-24G
- Swift 4F908 -.8" springs on KYB struts, 1" Subtle butt spacers
- Whiteline KCA313 Roll Center Kit

Performance:
- Cobb AP
- Cobb SF intake
- 08 WRX SPT exhaust #D441SFG100
- Cobb catted DP
- Cobb EBCS #715750
- AVO throttle body hose #S1B03G9BABLK
- VF52 (2011 WRX take off 40k miles at purchase)
- PTP turbo blanket
- Perrin turbo inlet (blue)
- AVO TMIC
- Grimmspeed 38mm uppipe 059001
- Tial MV-S Wastegate 38mm Blue w/ 1 bar
- GrimmSpeed Subaru VF Series Turbo Wastegate Bracket
- Turbosmart BPV #TBS TS-0203-1209

Brakes/Wheels:
- Techna-Fit Stainless Steel Brake Line Kit for Subaru - Blue - SUB-1332BL
- 2x Stoptech STR 600 Brake Fluid 500ml
- StopTech 309.11140 Street Performance Rear Brake Pad
- StopTech 309.09290 Street Performance Front Brake Pad
- StopTech slotted rotors:
CENTRIC 12647029SR (126.47029SR)
CENTRIC 12647029SL (126.47029SL)
CENTRIC 12647021SL (126.47021SL)
CENTRIC 12647021SR (126.47021SR)

- 2013 SE black STI wheels
- 15mm ISC black centric adapters #WA15B
- Dunlop Signature HP245/45/18
- Mishimoto MMLG-125-LOCKBL

Extras:
- 2012 WRX black leather steering wheel
- sports grille
- Rokbloks short flaps
- Subimods Hella horn kit (and Hella horns)
- SPT blue battery tie #SOA3881210
- SPT blue oil cap #SOA3881230
- Curt 2" hitch
- Subtle blue alternator cover
- Grimmspeed tow license plate mount.
- Street Rays etched JDM Forester licence plate delete
- A/T STI shifter knob #C1010FG200

Audio
- JVC KW-NSX700 Stereo
- Polk DXi650 2-way speakers (w/ IAPerformance adapters. Technically only the front NEEDED them, but did them all around)
- Kicker Bass Station 10 Sub (Model: 11PT10CA)

Up Next:
injectors/pump

To Do:
- Cusco/Whitline front strut brace
- injectors, fuel pump
- Go Fast Bits Underdrive Kit #GFB 2014


**if you have any parts for sale from my "to do" list please PM me**
**pics throughout the thread.**
 

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Rallytek endlinks:

self install fail. nuts were rusted and impossible for me to get out in the driveway. took to (forgive me) pepboys and they got them on for about $100...dont taze me bro!
 

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Cobb AP. E-Z nuff.

Bought the SF intake because it was supported by Cobb's maps...it wasn't. Luckily Cobb tech support went beyond duty and provided me a map that i could use until the fully supported Stage 1+ maps could be properly released.
 

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Rallyarmor mud flaps:

front was a cinch. common sense along with the provided instructions = no problems.

The back...however...the bolt on the added stock OEM "flap" for each side provided problems. LEft side snapped which actually made for easy removal of the OEM flap. Right side the back nut was rusted on and the plastic screw thread was easily stripped. TO remove I cut the plastic screw retainer and before i could cut the screw i pryed it through the bumpers screw hole...phew...

after all that the flaps installed perfectly.
 

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Cobb SF intake:

after getting the "beta" map from Cobb I installed the SF intake in about 45 minutes...being a novice car modder , but avid technical/mechanical nerd...thats what it ended up being.

sound is much different from the more mundane stock, much louder. not a turbo sound...as some say incorrectly...but an intake sound. Awaiting the performance Stage 1+ maps from Cobb....
 

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Nice start I must ask why you put on front rallitek endlinks were they of need of replacing?
 

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Pics of newly installed 2011 WRX leather steering wheel. Lil odd...but I like it...and I hated the vinyl. Took about 40 minutes..ish.

10mm wernch for battery (negative side only)
4mm hex for the 2x airbag screws
phillips head screwdriver for the plastic back screws and replace the steering controls.
tiny flathead SD for the airbag ground and terminal leads
17mm socket wrench with extension for center nut
 

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Ever think about plastidipping the steering wheel air bag cover? I think it would blend a little bit better. I also wanted to do the steering wheel swap but didn't want the two-tone color.
 

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I painted my airbag cover and it came out great. I don't think plastidip will hold up as well on the steering wheel especially in NYC when we use the horn a LOT.
oh your THAT guy... ;)

even if I did the airbag black, the column is still grey...so, im not that bothered.

I'm thinking my next upgrade will be the Mann Engineering Stage 2 suspension kit. Gonna be some time, but it does help correct the extremely loose steering issues I think the Foz has. As explained in the link above, cornering is hard to hold due to overly sensitive steering and "kickback", among other small nuances. Makes me miss my 2010 Impreza, which seemed to either have those issues corrected, or since it's a different car just didn't have them.

Stage 2 performance can wait till the drive-ability is up to par.
 

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Just ordered:

2x Centric Cryostop Rotor 120.47029CRY
2x Centric Cryostop Rotor 120.47021CRY
Techna-Fit Stainless Steel Brake Line Kit for Subaru - Red - SUB-1330RD
StopTech 309.11140 Street Performance Rear Brake Pad
StopTech 309.09290 Street Performance Front Brake Pad
2x Stoptech STR 600 Brake Fluid 500ml

Brakes have been squishy for sometime and I'm finally getting around to doing a full brake job. Any comments/experience on the pieces are appreciated. I went with the Cryo-treated rotors since they're supposed to last a bit longer...and had to add a little bling with the red hoses. :D
 

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I did the techno-fit lines on my 04 and it really improved the firmness of the pedal. I also did a grimmspeed master cylinder brace and it firmed it up even further.
I didn't go as performance oriented with the pads and rotors, I did posi-quiet ceramic and premium rotors, respectively.
 

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I need to do brakes. Where did you buy them from? And what ballpark am I looking at in terms of price?
bought everything on Amazon. $488.65

have a local guy that will do all the labor (incl. brake lines) for about $250.

I'll be very happy to get a uber-refresh on my brakes. They need some love.

BTW Max, i'm still plotting switching transmission with you. I miss having a MT.
 

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I did the techno-fit lines on my 04 and it really improved the firmness of the pedal. I also did a grimmspeed master cylinder brace and it firmed it up even further.
I didn't go as performance oriented with the pads and rotors, I did posi-quiet ceramic and premium rotors, respectively.
funny you think i still went "performance oriented" as I had to talk myself down from the drilled rotors :D

hope the cryo-treated rotors last as long as they're supposed to.

as performance bits go...i had to get something cool like the red steel braided lines :D
 
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