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We've decided to get rid of one of our other cars and put some of the money into upgrading our 2005 XTen. Its a very low mileage car with less than 15k on the clock.

What I want to do is get to, or exceed, STi spec. Particularly in respect of the engine (inc exhaust and poss. TMIC), suspension and braking. I don't want to sell this and get an STi as I prefer the understated look of the XTen and the interior comfort.

What I'm asking for is some advice on specialists that can do all the work for me as a one-stop-shop. I dont really want to go with *all* new parts as the STi suspension and braking parts would be prefectly adequate for my needs. For the engine i'm looking for around 300bhp I guess. I dont intend or want, to change or modify the gearbox, but happy to swap to a performance clutch. I also need to swap out the 16" wheels and tyres to 17" ones.

So basically, is there anyone out there that you're happy to recommend that can do the lot? Ideally someone with access to second hand parts and experienced with Foresters and not just WRX's etc.

I should say that I'm hoping to do this for a budget of about 5k - so if I'm dreaming, please say so. but I hope with the use of second hand STi parts I can get close to this.

I'm down on the South Coast near Worthing, but I'm assuming that I'll have to travel to get this work done - I'm happy to do so for the right/best option, but dont really want to travel to the other end of the country!

Many thanks in advance for any help you can give.
 

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Everything on mine was done at Zen performance which is Northamptonshire. At the time it was a low mileage 05 XTen which I preferred over the STI because of it's understated looks and interior comfort.

It now has a TD05 18g 8cm, full milltek, STI TMIC, Walbro 255, Ecutek remap, 4 pot brakes, Exe-tc coilovers, Cobb front and rear bars, loads of bushes, lock kit, ALK, 18" rims, err and some other stuff I've forgotten. It now has 60k hardish miles on it and recently had a full comp/leakdown test and was pronounced fine. That is the beauty of a safe tune.

It's an extraordinary handling car as a recent 130mph dice with an Aston DB9 will testify (No he couldn't get away and yes he lost the drag race when we stopped at some lights). I think there's still some more power to get out of it but I'm not sure exactly how. It stands at 320hp 360ft/lbs. I think it's about to get an APS intake, better intercooler and some headers then I'll see if I need cams. Then I'll blow the trans or something.

I think you could get close to the current spec for 5Gs although I shopped around quite hard for parts and didn't buy everything from Zen. I can't speak highly enough of Zen although it is a bit of a 'cancel the milk and papers' trip for you.

Whatever you decide I think the best advice I can give you is if you decide you want to do it then decide on your ultimate (reasonable) goal and go straight there. Do not pass go do not collect £200 etc etc. For example I'm on my second turbo now which is money I could have saved so buying the cheap ebay turbo which 'might do the job' is probably not clever in the long run.:shake:

It's so much fun pissing off exotic car owners in what they probably think is a slow old 4x4.
 

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Everything on mine was done at Zen performance which is Northamptonshire. At the time it was a low mileage 05 XTen which I preferred over the STI because of it's understated looks and interior comfort.

It now has a TD05 18g 8cm, full milltek, STI TMIC, Walbro 255, Ecutek remap, 4 pot brakes, Exe-tc coilovers, Cobb front and rear bars, loads of bushes, lock kit, ALK, 18" rims, err and some other stuff I've forgotten. It now has 60k hardish miles on it and recently had a full comp/leakdown test and was pronounced fine. That is the beauty of a safe tune.

It's an extraordinary handling car as a recent 130mph dice with an Aston DB9 will testify (No he couldn't get away and yes he lost the drag race when we stopped at some lights). I think there's still some more power to get out of it but I'm not sure exactly how. It stands at 320hp 360ft/lbs. I think it's about to get an APS intake, better intercooler and some headers then I'll see if I need cams. Then I'll blow the trans or something.

I think you could get close to the current spec for 5Gs although I shopped around quite hard for parts and didn't buy everything from Zen. I can't speak highly enough of Zen although it is a bit of a 'cancel the milk and papers' trip for you.

Whatever you decide I think the best advice I can give you is if you decide you want to do it then decide on your ultimate (reasonable) goal and go straight there. Do not pass go do not collect £200 etc etc. For example I'm on my second turbo now which is money I could have saved so buying the cheap ebay turbo which 'might do the job' is probably not clever in the long run.:shake:

It's so much fun pissing off exotic car owners in what they probably think is a slow old 4x4.
Excellent - Zen was one of the companies I had in my possibles list. Were they fine with you sourcing the parts and them fitting? I must say the idea of sourching some stuff to get the price down is attractive - if a little time consuming :)

Many Thanks
 

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Yup - read through them all. Thats how I know I can do what I want.

My question is who and where? :)
Then James @ GRD as per Andy's suggestion. Top bloke.

I would add rocket fuel to your list though and use it for the mapping session. (Jolly Green Monster - aka Simon)
 

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LOL at FG, my relatively stock SF really P'd off a Beemer X6 V8 twin turbo to circa 120 on a B-road, kept looking in his mirror and accelerating again - never did pull away to speak of!

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It will be a 'waste' of money IMHO (been there done that with the 205, fortunately I bought it back though!)
Sell it and buy a Sti or buy an already modified car. You will never get your money back on a modified car, as long as you are happy with that go ahead :)
 

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It will be a 'waste' of money IMHO (been there done that with the 205, fortunately I bought it back though!)
Sell it and buy a Sti or buy an already modified car. You will never get your money back on a modified car, as long as you are happy with that go ahead :)
Why would I want to do that? I'm very happy with the car as its low mileage and in great condition. I'd not get back what I paid for it , then I'd have to add unknown amounts extra to get an STi (which I've alrady stated I dont like the look, or comfort of). This way I can contine with the car I love with the spec of a better car.

As someone who restores classic cars for a hobby, believe me, making my money back is the LAST concern I have. If I was worried about that I'd never have any kind of modified or performance oriented car, never mind a stream of 50's british classics!

But thanks for your opionion nonetheless. :)
 

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It's true - you never get your money back. It's a bit like drinking beer - it's fun, it costs money and as long as you don't overdo it it's fine.

Or I could say that I started out with a car that fulfilled my space and comfort needs and now it's dead quick and handles nice. Though not as quick as Simon's.....:N_poke:
 
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