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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 05-23-2015, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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SJ Forester Non-XT Thread

just wanted to see what other people with 2.5i/premium/limited/touring have done to their car other than the XT owners. possibly give some better ideas when looking for photos of specific things also, i.e. bull bars, roof racks, ride height, headlight mods, front lips, etc.

here's mine so far - only mods are the front underguard, and the chair back protector and cargo tray. plan on installing fog lights, and my roof basket next week.

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There aren't too many of us that really mod the 2.5i, but what we lack in numbers and horsepower, we make up in enthusiasm :-)


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love your car man, i was searching for types of bull bars and yours and north ursalia's always come up.. real nice.. what's your suspension setup?

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love your car man, i was searching for types of bull bars and yours and north ursalia's always come up.. real nice.. what's your suspension setup?

Thanks!
I'm running a Subtle 1" spacer lift with a Primitive Racing rear alignment kit. The rest of the suspension components are OEM.


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nice car jason.. noticed you painted the grill in your profile. any pics of the updated grill?

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This thread is a perfect place to drop this pic of my forester.

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wow, that's how I was planning to do my car. what did you use for the retrofit?

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I used the morimoto mini H1 kit from theretrofitsource.com, 55K bulbs, 35W ballasts and XSB switchback halos. Overall, not a difficult project just very time consuming if it's your first time. I'm really happy with the end result.


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There's quite a bit you can do with these things.

I've got a DGM 2014 2.6i 6MT and these are my current mods:

2014 Forester XT leather steering wheel

2015 STI "red top" leather shift knob

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I've also got an SSD light bar that I would have installed by now if I hadn't broken one of my Hella 500s.


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Had mine a year and still haven't done a single mod to it. I'm planning on getting a 20mm anti-sway bar for the rear sometime fairly soon to mitigate some of the roll, and might get the strut tower brace for the front. Otherwise I'm happy with the way it's equipped -- it's a Touring trim so it has just about every option one can think of.
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I opted for the base model and slowly added all the options I wanted. The last modification I'll do will be a 2" lift. I'm just so clueless on where to begin. I just need to man up and do it. Anyways, here's a side shot of my ride.

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I have a 2014 limited. My mods have mostly been about achieving some level of comfort and handling. The leather shift boot being the one nod to luxury (bit of a lark since the dog has made fillet of the car interior, but I still love the look of the leather boot)

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nice car jason.. noticed you painted the grill in your profile. any pics of the updated grill?
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I didn't paint it
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I opted for the base model and slowly added all the options I wanted. The last modification I'll do will be a 2" lift. I'm just so clueless on where to begin. I just need to man up and do it. Anyways, here's a side shot of my ride.

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What size wheels and tires are you running?
I am mounting a set of 235/65/16 Firestone Discoverer LE2's (that I already had) to new Sacchi S2 220 wheels (16x7 40mm offset) that should arrive tomorrow. ( SACCHI® S2 Wheels - Hyper Silver Rims )

I am attempting to do a couple of things with this. 1) Smooth out an overly jittery ride on broken/rough pavement. 2) Quiet a little tire noise 3) Increase off-road potential. I'll post pictures and results after it's done... probably mid next week.
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