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"Casper" - Aspen White, 2008 SG6 5mt

Monday evening I drove my new-to-me Manual Transmission Aspen White SG6 up from San Luis Obispo to its new Home in San Francisco, replacing my prior forester (a black 02 S/P forester which I had nicknamed the honey badger, seen here: https://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...75-post42.html).

The prior owner put a ton of work into the car, and it is in phenomenal shape inside and out. Here is where it stood when I purchased it:

Engine
  • Motor Rebuilt @ ~60,000 miles ... currently about 30k on rebuilt motor
  • CP 100 MM Forged Pistons
  • Blouch 18G-XT 8cm Turbo
  • Injector Dynamics 1000CC Injectors
  • Aeromotive Stealth 340 Fuel Pump
  • AVO Turbo Inlet Pipe
  • TurboXS Catted Stealth back
  • Sti Axleback
  • 2011 Sti TMIC
  • 3 Port Boost Solenoid (I think Grimmspeed)
  • Crawford Air/Oil Separator
  • 93 Oct Cobb Protune - 302WHP, 320WTQ

Suspension
  • Swift Sport Springs
  • Rallitek Front and Rear Endlinks
  • 20mm Sti Rear Sway Bar and Bushings

Drivetrain
  • Kartboy Short Shift
  • Group N Transmission Mount
  • Torque Solutions Driveshaft Carrier Bearing Bushings
  • Southbend Stage 2 "Daily" Clutch
  • ACT Streetlite Flywheel 14.4 lbs

Brakes
  • Centric Standard Rotors Front and Rear (Brand new last week)
  • Centric Posi-Quiet Ceramic Pads Front and Rear (Brand new last week)

Wheels/Tires
  • 18 x 8 Rota Formula Mesh Hypersilver
  • 245/45/18 Nitto Motivo (plenty of tread)
  • Volk Lug Nuts

Exterior/Misc

Of course ... there is always plenty to do.

Here is a list of things I am either planning on doing, or hope to do in the future. I'll turn each item into a link as it gets done.

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This is my favorite Forester on the forum, calling it now. I remember when this thing was for sale. Pristine example of one of the most rare Foresters around.

 
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This is my favorite Forester on the forum, calling it now. I remember when this thing was for sale. Pristine example of one of the most rare Foresters around.
Yup — same car. Saw your posts on the previous thread.


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In for pictures!
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Saturday I gave it a thorough cleaning, waxing etc. There are a few spots where it could use an extra good scrub down in the rear seats but it is for the most part spotless.

Looks like the head-unit installed in the car is not compatible with the iPhone-5s even with the 30pin-to-lightning adapter, but I have a spare 4s that I can use with the car and tether to a personal network created by my 5s. Other than that it seems to be a nice head-unit so I don't see any reason to replace it.

Car is up in Santa Rosa for the short term getting dyno tuned, and maybe getting a bigger axleback and other stuff done. I look forward to having that done so I can start just filling it up with regular 91 octane gas in CA. Pictures soon — promise!

Update: definitely going to get a 3" axle back.


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Looks like the car is definitely going to get a TurboXS 3" Axleback. I've got the car at Fine Line Imports in Santa Rosa, where they are creating couple of different maps for it, and installing that AxleBack among a few other things. So far working with them has been pretty great.

I'm anxious to get the car back so I can continue driving it.


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Well, I got the wagon back from FLI an hour or so ago. So far so good. I took some photos too. With the new TurboXS Axleback on there it sounds less like an automobile and more like a barrel full of stampeding wildebeests careening down a rocky couloir. At first it was a bit loud but It isn't that bad.

FLi posted a youtube video of the it on the Dyno:


Anywho - here are some photos I snapped tonight in the garage a few moments ago. Just iPhone photos with available light, but they came out ok:











So after the dropping the tune from 93 to 91 octane, but adding the 3" axle back I'm just under 310 whp 5930 rpm. Car feels a little bit different now but not a huge difference, a bit more tame if anything. I forgot to ask them if they adjusted the boost at all but it seems unlikely so I assume it is still running 20 psi.

Tomorrow it goes to the DMV for actual registration. Then I am fully legal. I've got a bunch of goodies waiting to install. Front license plate holder ... gonna need to that that first thing in the AM. I've got a bunch of interior LED's from Diode Dynamics (which ... the lights inside this thing are super dim so I am looking forward to that), and a few other minor doohickeys.


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We're like twins with our 08 Aspen White SG9's here in the SF Bay Area. Congrats man!
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That, my friend, is a damn good looking car.


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We're like twins with our 08 Aspen White SG9's here in the SF Bay Area. Congrats man!
Totally saw your car a few weeks ago on a saturday morning in the financial district I think. I had literally just received my bank cheques to buy mine, and basically went mental immediately when I saw yours. Nice whip!



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That, my friend, is a damn good looking car.
Likewise! And thank you!!! I love it!!


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LED Interior Lighting

Yesterday I did the (Diode Dynamics) LED interior lighting. Took about 45 minutes. The interior lights were super dim and now they're pretty bright, which will be helpful when I am other interior mods. For the moment I just dropped the LED panels in place wherever they sat most naturally in the map/dome/trunk light lens plastics; but I think I'll cut out a cardboard template for each spot in the future for a cleaner, install that looks a bit better.

Here is the lighting situation before the LED's:



And after:



In the first photo the rear light is off but you get the picture. I've decided I hate the head unit in the car ... and most head-units seem pretty pointless these days anyhow -- at this point they're just a glorified AUX connector to an iPad or iPhone (or android device). I might just rig up an in-dash iPad mini once I get everything else figured out - that seems like the way to go.


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That car looks familiar
Good luck with it!


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as always another good looking car added to the forum

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Seen it at FLI while I was getting some quick info for going stage 2...looked very clean, awesome seeing one in white!!!
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