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Old 02-28-2017, 09:35 PM
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:11 PM
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Old 03-01-2017, 11:04 AM
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:23 PM
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After the coil and plug were fixed, the car went back up into the air. But this time under my terms.



Installed 24mm Whiteline sway bars front and rear and an Invidia Q300 catback.

I like the Q300 may more than that stupid SPT. And I later found out that I set the front bar to the stiff setting for some reason. I haven't fixed that yet.

Shortly after that I got some more goodies.



In an effort to get more black things, I got a Cobb radiator shroud and alternator cover.



I had a yellow Prova mirror in the old car that I loved. But I had to leave that mirror on the car. I got a sweet blue one for this car.



Got rid of the stupid homelink mirror in the process.

I also got some LEDs... Inside...



And out.



And finally got some rain guards.



I had Bayson R guards on the old car and hated that they were purple. I was debating OEM but decided that I wanted to try something more low profile. So, I picked up a set from Auto Ventshade. They're ok. They look pretty good but they don't function very well.
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:29 PM
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Finally got the car out for some AutoX... Holy **** does the stock suspension suck. It was decent on the track but absolutely unruly at AutoX.





I need better suspension if I want to do more AutoX with this thing.
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Old 03-01-2017, 09:10 PM
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Got around to addressing the badges.

Removed the rear badges.



To keep with the, make more things black, theme. I got a pair of Limited Edition Black fender badges.



I still need to remove the grille badge. That one is going to be a PITA.

Installed my gauge pods. No gauges yet. I do have the AP adapter and the gauges from the old car. I wanted to see if I would like the pillar pod before I went through and ordered all the gauges.



Hit a milestone.



Came up on a guy unloading his 2.5i bodywork. Got his hood and spoiler for free!



Got the hood home and it's in great shape.



Picked up a diffuser on impulse. It was way more challenging to install than I thought. But I got it on.



Almost smashed it the very next day.



At this point, the car was getting pretty ripe.



My wheels are supposed to be bright silver. I think it's safe to say that all the black-ness on the car is brake dust.
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Old 03-01-2017, 09:33 PM
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A few months before the white hood was up, there was a red hood. Listed for $20 but really far away. I had a friend who was close to it. I asked him to buy it for me and hold on to it until either one of us was going to make the trip and could deliver it. My friend had that hood for some time. A week after bringing home the white hood I made the trip and got the red hood. I transported it the same way that I did with the white hood. Apparently I got lucky with the white hood. A few miles from home disaster struck. The red hood flipped over and did quite a bit of damage.

Here's how the hood came out. It's totally trashed.



When it flipped, it body slammed the back of the car. It smashed the antenna down and dented the roof.



The spoiler was smashed.



Smashing the spoiler did a few things. The spoiler itself was broken into a few pieces with most of the mounting points broken off. With the way it twisted, it pulled up on the mounting holes on the hatch. On top of that, the sides pushed into the body adding dents on either side.



But that's not all of it. When the hood flipped, it twisted the rear crossbar of the rack. This caused the landing pads to dent the roof rails.



I haven't taken it in for a repair quote. I don't want to know how much the damage is in a dollar amount. I know that the only part that can actually be fixed in the dent from the antenna. The dents in the body would have to be filled. Although I have been on the hunt for a new spoiler.

Luckily I have the 2.5i spoiler. I put that on in the meantime.



I actually kinda like it. I think it makes the car look wider.
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Old 03-02-2017, 08:45 AM
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Old 03-03-2017, 03:49 PM
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Old 03-05-2017, 01:20 AM
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Tried my hand at cramming more things on to the front of the car.



Not too long ago, I picked up a Racer X FMIC. The core with that kit for sure would not fit with the oil cooler. My roommate had a smaller core lying around and it was still too big. It fits. But it's at an angle which isn't ideal. If it was 1" shorter it would be perfect. I am in the process of getting a smaller core.

But I needed to get a bumper cover back on. A friend gave me his old bumper which has been cut for FMIC and brake ducts. I wasn't sure if I wanted to trim my white bumper at least that night so I put the trimmed one on.



As it turns out, the '11-'14 bumper is a little wider at the bottom. The ends of the fender liners stuck out a bit.



One of the things holding me back on the white bumper was removing the fog lights. Total PITA but I got it done.



Trimming was actually easier than I thought. I might have been too aggressive with my cutting wheel choice though. It was hard to tell if I was actually cutting the plastic or just melting it. It was like running a hot knife through butter.



White bumper trimmed and on. Can't even really tell that there's an interfooler in there.



Other things... I finally got a rack of my own. I had been borrowing a friend's rack. With mine, I immediately modded the wind deflector so that I could flip it around and have it be all black.



But that didn't last long...



When I ordered the Prova rear view mirror, I also ordered side mirrors. Those finally showed up after 3 months of waiting.



They are super awesome though.
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Old 03-06-2017, 11:14 AM
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When I was following you the other day, you can totally see them while driving. I like those Provas. I like my homelink rearview though.

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Old 03-06-2017, 08:45 PM
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Got a bunch of stuff from Subaru.



There was a rear cup hold on this car at some point. I got a replacement.



I got a black passenger pillar to match the black gauge pod.



I got a forester rear wiper to replace the stupid composite wiper. I also went through and changed all the wipers. Now they all match and work extremely well.



I got a rear bumper protector.



And finally, I finally replaced the missing fender liner. That thing sucked.

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Old 03-12-2017, 01:28 AM
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Got some rice.



Figured this would be easier than dealing with resistors for LEDs like I did with the old car. I got the strobe version. I like it a lot and I think it's hilarious.

I also picked up a splitter.



It's huge and pointless. I had a splitter cut for the old car which should be more effective. But it's too small for this car.

Some comparison on the two.



As you can see, the new black piece is completely hollow. The old silver piece was cut out enough so that it didn't interfere with the exhaust.

But the silver piece is nowhere near as big st the black piece.



I got some turnbuckles and some pins for them.



This project is ongoing. But I think I have some awesome ideas.

I also have the keys for the rack floating around. Got some keychains made for them to make it harder to lose them.



I think they came out pretty good.
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Old 03-12-2017, 01:36 AM
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Got down and cleaned my wheels.



During the winter, the car was never washed and it ate through an entire set of pads and rotors. So, there is an entire set of pads and rotors caked on to the wheels that has been solidified with rainwater.

I didn't think Sonax would cut it so I decided to get a big gun. Muriatic Acid.

After the first pass;



Second pass;



Third pass;



After that I gave up on taking pictures. I had a gallon of acid.

Here's the dirtiest wheel when I was out of acid.



The back was clean. But there was still buildup on the face.

I got more acid and got them clean. But, holy **** was that a lot of work.
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