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Snoshado's "Because Racecar" Build Thread

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  • 2006 STI Longblock
  • Top Feed Injector Conversion
  • Fuel Injector Clinic 1100cc Injectors
  • Blouch TD06 20G-XT Turbo
  • Manley CR Pistons
  • ACL Race Bearings
  • CX Racing FMIC
  • Random Technologies Catted Hi-Flo Downpipe
  • Tomei Equal Length Headers
  • Tomei Up Pipe
  • Prodrive Boost Solenoid
  • OEM STI Spark Plugs
  • Koyo Aluminum Radiator
  • COBB Turbo Heat Shield
  • Injen Short Ram Air Intake
  • 3" COBB Catless Exhaust
  • Perrin Turbo Inlet Hose
  • Perrin Master Cylinder Brace
  • Kartboy Short Shifter
  • Mishimoto Oil Catch Can
  • Group N Motor Mounts

  • 2005 STI Transmission
  • 2005 STI Rear Differential
  • 2005 STI Front/Rear Hubs (5x114.3)
  • 2005 STI Driveshaft & Axles
  • 2005 STI Front/Rear Brembo Brakes
  • ACT Heavy Duty Clutch Kit
  • Competition Clutch Lightweight Flywheel

Wheels / Suspension
  • Enkei Rajin Wheels 18x8"
  • Kumho Ecsta PX91 XL 245/35/18
  • MSW Type 85 Wheels 17x8" +48 Offset
  • 2005 STI JDM Struts
  • STI Aluminium Lateral Links
  • STI Rear Strut Tower Brace
  • Perrin Polyurethane Front End Links
  • Rear Subframe Lockdown Bolts / Bushings

  • 2008 FXT Gauge Cluster Surround
  • 2011 OEM STI Shift Knob
  • 2006 STI Shifter Surround
  • 2008 JDM STI Hazard Button
  • AEM Wideband Gauge
  • Prosport Boost Gauge (52mm)
  • Prosport Oil Pressure Gauge (52mm)
  • STI Floor Mats
  • WRX Limited Front Seats
  • Polk Front/Rear Speakers (DB651)

  • Front STI CS2 Style Lip
  • 2008 Sport Front End (headlights, grille, hood, fenders, bumper)
  • 2013 STI HID Projectors + OEM Harness (retrofitted by me!)
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Subtle Solutions Skidplate
  • 2008 Sport Tail Lights
  • 2008 Forester Sports Sideskirts
  • 2006 OEM STI Front / Rear Emblems

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This was my first real dirt drive out by Pyramid Lake, NV! Good times :icon_wink:

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Fox, since we're practically bros now I'll believe you and give it a shot!! Hopefully this week was the end of snow here for good so I can get outside and do this!

Also, the whole interior of the trunk is a disaster and I'm considering replacing all the paneling on the inside. From experience, do you think its worth it?? Ill post pica asap (tomorrow prolly).
Java black, obp, same thing. Different metal flake.

Good luck op. I'm sure it could be saved.
Looks good buddy... but who is Norm, and why is his name on your car? :lol:

Java Black Pearl FTW!!
He's the best subue mechanic in our town and he deserves his name on my car haha.

Thanks, I love the gold sparkles :lol:
LOL. I am good buddies with my local mechanic but im not putting his name on my car. LOL
Thanks! I'm trippin out about the scratches though :huh:
what do these scratches look like? is it one or two little (white looking?) ones or deeper (sliver metal) ones? or is it just a dull covering; like swirls marks?

first the bad news;
-black cars will drive you crazy to keep detail/clean.

the good news?
-black cars look the best once they are finished..


if you think you want to get into detailing here are a couple of sites;
Car Care Forums: Meguiar's Online
Autopia - Autopia Home
Detailing Bliss

just be warned, like Foresters, Photography and most other hobbies;
it's expensive, time consuming, and most people don't understand it. :biggrin:
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# 1 - JBP is THE BEST! :icon_wink:
# 2 - When those tires are gone get some that fill out the wheel well a little better (those look small)
# 3 - I am on the same road as you, Sno. I've GOT to get my baby polished and waxed well. It has reached swirl hell. :icon_cry:

Take it from me, don't start doing anything until you know more about fixing the surface. To start with last year, I bought some good name brand 'wax' but didn't realize 'cleaner wax' meant it had polish in it. Polish is ABRASIVE, the purpose being to grind down the surface of the clearcoat to buff to a shine. I didn't know this and just applied like wax and wiped it off, and actually CAUSED microfine scratches on my baby. I did this a second time before realizing what I had been doing.

Then a few months ago I unfortunately let some mobile detail unit do a quick wash/dry, and the scratched the :yell: out of it. It's swirl mark city now.

My plan, should you choose to follow:
1. Wash really good
2. Clay bar, to remove embedded surface contaminants before polishing (done once before).
2.b - buy myself a random orbital buffer!!!!
3. Use a soft polish (polish only, no wax). Currently have Meguiar's Pure Polish # 7 (from local autozone). There was another Meguiar's I first bought, but reading on the back it talks about 'cutting so fast you won't believe it' and I really don't want to start out with something very abrasive as soft as Subie paint is!
4. Wax (wax only). I had picked up Meguiar's Gold # 26 somethingorother, but it's listed as a show car shine. (Sounds like high shine, not as long lasting). I think I'm going to use their Techwax instead as it sounds more like something that will last longer on a car that sits outside every day.

Some of those links above are good, but I hopped autopia and realized I was a NOOB - I was lost with all the acronyms and terms. I'm still a noob and wanting to learn. Meguiar's has a helpline and I bet they would really be helpful to talk to from what I've read. I'll post up once I get around to taking care of mine. Keep us updated on what you do!
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2008 Subaru Forester - Car Care Forums: Meguiar's Online

You are limited a bit to how much paint fixing/polishing you can do by hand, my advice is to find someone with a Random Orbital Buffer (DO NOT USE A ROTARY BUFFER!!) who is into detailing, just watch around town for cars that are always shined, lol, or watch for people sweating over their cars for hours in the driveway saturdays..:biggrin:

check out those forums if you are interested, we were all noobs once upon a time :biggrin:
Are ROBs expensive/ MAybe I should just buy one because I'm a little ocd and always have to have my stuff clean :lol: Thanks for the tips though!
Are ROBs expensive/ MAybe I should just buy one
Megs 'dual action'
or google porter cable 7424
don't pay over $200.
Awesome, thank you! On a side note, the inside celing of my car is dirty, what should I clean that with?? :confused:
Are ROBs expensive/ MAybe I should just buy one because I'm a little ocd and always have to have my stuff clean :lol: Thanks for the tips though!
I'd recommend looking at Griot's Garage. We have the 3" & 6" random orbitals. :wink:


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don't think I'll be doing anything else to this car. I'm thinkin it won't be worth it.
Mods. Too expensive.

Car. Over it.

...we're fighting right now.
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