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only $200 unmounted? And you only needed 25mm spacers to utilize those pieces of treasure?!? I am SHOCKED.

You should make a video with your turning radius so we can all spit out our drinks!
Hahaha! Well I recently cut / 'folded' / hammered the living hell out of my inner fender / wheel wells & my turn radius is actually pretty bearable now. But before I did that, it was drink spit worthy :crying: lmao
 

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More details below, but just watch the video for the 'to the point' lol


So I did more things to the Blue Turd this past few days...

I've seen some of the 'mature' style rear diffuser mount half way up the rear bumper which I though looked pretty cool. So since my rear diffuser was custom made by a dude locally & I really like the look of that black mount that ForceWerkz & other companies have as a part of their diffusers, I decided to get that similar style on mine.

Here's an example of what I'm talking about.


It was simple really... Since my diffuser was bolted & zip tied to my rear bumper, there was no need to 'make' that rear mount that goes half way up the rear bumper, I just wanted that look & style. So I simply masked off the area & plasti dipped away. If it didn't turn out the way I liked it, I'd simply peel the dip away.

Here's how it turned out

https://instagram.com/datsubierumble/
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I like it, it's different which (gosh I feel like a broken record now) is what my main goal with this build is.

Now I used to have the '07 STi vortex generator / roof vane / watcha-meh-call-it... thing. I've since gotten rid of it & went with that 100% wingless style. This got old to me so I picked up this $30 shark fin... "whatcha-meh-call-it... thing" lol.

NOTE: don't use supplied adhesive... Scotch tape sticks better than the supplied ****... I used 3M automotive tape... It ain't going no where.

Here's how it turned

https://instagram.com/datsubierumble/
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Here's how it was before all of this

https://instagram.com/datsubierumble/
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It's the small suttle mods that are my favorite. I wouldn't call them 'unique' since other cars have these styles (the EVO 9 has the shark fins). But it's enough to make my car stand out a bit more from the bland Subaru crowd in my area.

I also attended Cars & Coffee Last weekend and found some awesome shots local photographers captured of me rolling in!!


Photo credit to : https://instagram.com/zsyphotography/


Photo credit to : https://instagram.com/Sam_Demyan/

Anyways that's it for now! It's time for an engine & tranny fluid change before it starts getting cold out again (I hate working on my car in the cold -____-)

Safe driving ya'll!

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I gotta say there are a lot of things I like about your car and a few I would stay away from. Keep up the good work and never follow the crowd or else you will get lost in the mix and never stand out.
 

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So if you've followed this build then you know that I've had 0 luck with Subaru OEM headlights... They leak, they fade & are nearly un-restorable. NOT to mention they're OVER PRICED SH*T ... Since I've gone through 2 pairs of OEM headlighs & both leaked, faded & were just plain ugly. I've decided to go off brand (& again, away from what's common).

Here's what I mean by un-restorable... This what they looked like AFTER I used multiple headlight restoration kits...

https://instagram.com/datsubierumble/

So I bought Spec-D Tuning headlights for $200. Yes these are good 'ol eBay specials lol, I bought from eBay seller k2motors. 3 years ago I thought these were awesome & I needed them! Then I thought, eh, they're cheap looking, kinda ricey. Now for some reason they grew on me again. For the price... F*** it, I bought em.

Here's how it turned out. Completely transformed the look of the car!

https://instagram.com/datsubierumble/


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Here's how they look at night with just the Halos & LEDs on. I'm not sure how I feel about the LEDs yet but they Halos are awesome!

https://instagram.com/datsubierumble/

Now for the specifics on wiring, the installation & my review on it. It'd be easier for me to just make a vid than to type it up. So check out it!


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So as you may know... I've been wingless for quite some time now.


https://instagram.com/datsubierumble/

Many of you following my build have told me to get something, whether it be a duck tail or an STi wing. Most said STi wing but since I was trying to be different with the route of my build, I naturally leaned towards the ducktail.

ABW makes AMAZING ducktails for our cars.
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Problem is it's $300+ shipped from the UK (since they're a UK company)

They're a great company, but a little to great for my cheap ass so I decided to take the cheaper route just trade my wingless trunk for someone else's STi trunk & wing.

Someone locally bought an 06 or 07 used WRX that already had the STi wing from a dealership. He posted on a Facebook group i'm a part of (LVSE) that he was looking to trade his STi wing & trunk for a wingless trunk. I jumped on the offer & here we are



The wing has some bad sun fading on the top :(


I fixed this with some good 'oooooooooooool plasti dip lol


Here's how it turned out




Here's a vid on the install

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Nice work man. Really enjoyed reading it and watching the videos. The sti carpet video got a few chuckles out of me..
I can't say I'm a fan of the meaty wide wheels (thought it does look mean as hell) but to each his own. You definetely accomplished the goal of an "unconventional" Subie, and it turned out really good. This is an awesome build.
 

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Soooo... The car just went through another big ... Evolution. This time for the better.

Long Story short, check this video I made on the new parts. For more details, keep reading :woocow:

Right, so my goal with the car a year ago, was to be unique. But sacrificing livability to be different gets old, REAL quick. If you don't know, having super heavy steel wheels, super wide tires & super tight suspension SUCKS for daily driving.

Let's start with suspension. I had to make my suspension SO tight so that my tires wouldn't hit my fender flares. This made driving around town TERRIBLE.

Here just watch this video I made about how ****ty my ride was.

Next up, let's talk about my stupid wheels & tires. They were 275/40s... That's TOO MUCH for a GD body Subaru. Couple that with my -13 offset I had on my wheels & now suddenly you can't turn your wheel without cutting your front bumper, fenders & side skirts... Not to mention deleting the inner fender guards & hammering the **** out of your wheel wells. & of course that's JUST what I did... But hey it's unique right?! :screwy:

Lastly, let's talk about wheel weight. These steel wheels are about 1.7x the weight of stock STi BBS wheels. They're simply HEAVY & if you don't know, this means poor acceleration, poor braking, less nimble & poor gas mileage. Still Unique doh :shakehead:

Oh & let's not forget about the teeth on the intercooler lol... I got rid of that.

https://www.instagram.com/datsubierumble/

So now I'm left with a car that's getting interest on Instagram, YouTube & Facebook for being 'different' that I thoroughly hated driving & even owning. I'd get asked numerous questions at car shows about this thing that I really didn't like. I wasn't proud of my work. It was too raw, too sloppy. People actually liked this? I actually liked this? Why?! The car couldn't make tight turns in a parking lot, it was slower due to the Heavy wheels & tires & let's not forget about the 0 suspenion travel allowing coilovers.

So now I'm going back to a clean, DRIVABLE, Stock STi-ish look. Good bye 'unique' wide body.

So cut fenders had to come off, cut side skirts had to come off, front bumper was already off :sleep: , Wheels & tires gone, rusted & seized coilovers gone, flares gone. Back to square one.

So first of all, I got my new suspension. I made sure I Anti-seized the threads & zip ties the rubber boots.


Also here are some ways to prevent your coilovers from rusting

Next up I got my STi BBS wheels. Only 19lbs a wheel... These are basically sex compared to those heavy ass steelies.


https://instagram.com/datsubierumble/

Here they are, silver, 5x114.3 off an 05 STi which means I still needed my hub adapter/spacers. Luckily though, this meant a SUPER flush look! Tires are 225/45s

https://www.instagram.com/datsubierumble/

So now on to the body. My previous fenders were cut so I had to replace them.


https://www.instagram.com/datsubierumble/

OEM replacements were too expensive & finding used fenders that weren't dented & just plain broken... Good luck. I settled on the Duraflex GT Concept fenders. These were made from fiberglass & their fitment was actually pretty good.


https://www.instagram.com/datsubierumble/

Next up was the front bumper, Also Duraflex. It's an STi replica made out of fiber glass. I added the eBay STi replica lip to it as well. Fitment was A1!



https://www.instagram.com/datsubierumble/

I didn't get a chance to get the new side skirts on yet. They're also Duraflex Replicas. Honestly Duraflex makes some quality ****.

Here's the car as it sits now.


https://www.instagram.com/datsubierumble/

What I accomplished here was undoing the **** that I had done... did. lol.

I know that some people are upset that I went back to the stock-ish "boring" look. But at the end of the day. I can drive my car & enjoy it unlike before.

Now the car just needs paint & side skirts, then she'll finally be clean!
 

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It's like you almost fixed it... but then you decided "what the hell. 04, 05 STi wheels, it's all the same!" and thus added 25mm spacers for no damn reason. When you're wondering "gee, I fixed all that stupid stuff and my car STILL turns like shit" remember old mosc and his finger pointing directly at your offset. Congrats on figuring out -13 is stupid. Good luck figuring out +28 is STILL stupid. 'Cept flush yo! ...because you're the only one who's doing THAT to a Subaru.

Spacers are dangerous. Get wheels that actually fit your car, it's not hard. Paint them tie dye if you want to stick out I don't care but they'll be safe and drive correctly.

Someday you'll stop checking yourself out in the reflection off the back of a truck and wonder what it would be like to DRIVE a car that had that kind of attention paid to how it performed instead.
 

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"what the hell. 04, 05 STi wheels, it's all the same!" and thus added 25mm spacers for no damn reason.
Or because finding 5x100 BBSs for under $1k is near impossible. & that I knew 25mm spacers on BBSs gives a really nice flush look.

When you're wondering "gee, I fixed all that stupid stuff and my car STILL turns like shit"
My car actually turns great now. I can turn my wheel to full lock now without rubbing, I can do u-turns, I can get in tight parking spots, it's awesome! Car doesn't have the same grip around turns though like it did before but... It's not like I'm racing it or anything so who cares...

+28 is STILL stupid. 'Cept flush yo! ...because you're the only one who's doing THAT to a Subaru.
Only one doing that to a Subaru? Maybe get out from under your rock? Do you have any clue how many people run spacers? Or how many people run wheels that "don't fit their car"... You're extremely ignorant.

Spacers are dangerous.
lol.

Someday you'll stop checking yourself out in the reflection off the back of a truck and wonder what it would be like to DRIVE a car that had that kind of attention paid to how it performed instead.
Or nah :x

Thanks for you opinions bro! You seem like a real cool guy!:tease:
 

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So I've gone on a JDM Parts buying spree. These parts are all straight from Japan. To summarize. I bought
- A pair of JDM 'Big' fog lights with the multi color lens
- A pair of Spec C HID STi headlights
- Front & Rear JDM V7 (bug eye) STi seats

TL;DR Watch this for an explanation on my plans


Let's start off with the STi Seats shall we...
I'm going to show you a picture, I want you to tell me what you see *hint* it's not what I ordered...


If you look closely, the seat on the right is the JDM V8 STi (blob eye) seat & the seat on the left is a JDM V7 STi (bug eye) seat. I originally asked for the full set of JDM V7 STi seats. But instead got the V7 rear seats & drivers seat & a V8 passenger seat. LOOOL. I let my importer know the warehouse workers messed up my order. I also made sure he knew I wasn't upset or looking for a return or anything. Importing things from Japan is not only expensive, but it takes about 2 weeks depending on what you're shipping. So I'd need to wait almost a month before I'd be able to get the correct seat shipped to me. NOT worth it. & tbh, the more I look at the two seats, the more I dig having two different seats. I'll tell you right now, the V7 seat is WAY more supportive & really hug my lats to keep me in place. The V8 seat (imo) looks way better! Best of both world I guess. Rear seats are... well the same as the USDM STi seats so yeah.

I made a video of close ups for each of the seats if you're interested. I think it's cool having two different version STi seats in my car!


Install was too simple for words. Most difficult part was getting the bulky front seats out of the car due to tight space lol.

Here's a picture of the finished product


Couldn't be happier!
+10hp to the butt dyno!
Now all I need is the STi Steering wheel & guage cluster & my interior will be complete!
(If you don't already know, I plan on doing a FULL STi swap in the next few years. Hopefully that justifies my STi-ish interior obsession lol)
 

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As I skim through my old pictures, I ask myself "wth was I doing?!" :screwy: I guess that's life though

Weird life metaphors related to cars aside... I just installed these (for lack of better words) friggin' dope ass headlights! These are JDM Spec C HID STi Headlights... What a mouth full.



Super clean (well as clean as you're going to get with shitty quality OEM Subaru headlights :soapbox: )

Long story short, the previous headlights I had on before were Spec-D tuning headlights. Cheap after market headligths with LED lights & halos... A cheap alternative to the over priced OEM replacements. The looks are up for opinion & I was getting tired of the looks. I'm going for a clean, slightly modified, STi look for my car & these Spec-D headlights just weren't cutting it.

(Spec-D, not to be confused with Spec C)

I was scouring JDM importer's items for sale on eBay & came across these JDM Spec C Headlights for a wicked good deal & I knew that I wanted to get rid of these Spec-D headlights so I jumped on it!

Here's how it turned out
(Ignore the salt, I live in PA, we had about 2' of snow & 2" of salt lol)




The install was SO simple. If you'd like to know more about the install process & a few more close up shots on these bad boys, check out the video I put together!


Next up on the mod list will be the JDM fog lights :love: & FINALLY fresh paint! Once the weather gets warmer & the 2' I mean 2" of salt, clears up...
 

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So when I bought my car over 3 years ago, it came with the small USDM fog lights. They had the yellow HID bulbs and I always thought they looked kind of awkward. Why? Because they were SO SMALL.



I was used to seeing Subarus with the big fog lights such as the earlier GC models and even the Bug eyes.





I always thought it was cool having these huge yellow fog lamps hanging out the front of the car. However, by 2004, it seemed they all became awkwardly small. I understand that Subaru was trying to go for a more sleek design and conform to the norm that is our current style "less is more". there's this impossibly fine line between "less is more" looking good, and just being plain boring & I'm sorry, but EVERY car these days has these dinky little fog lights :sleep:





Obviously this is a matter of personal taste, I just never was a fan of the 'standard' or 'what's the norm.' & right now, small baby fogs are the norm.

Anyways I digress & thankfully, my issue can be solved. The blobeye did come with quite large fog lights however America never saw them because they were exclusive to the foreign models. Thanks for dipriving us of all your awesome parts Japan! :deadhorse: I will refer to them as the BIG JDM fog lights.



Here's an unboxing / installation video I put together

I've always drooled over these... Unfortunately, one, they are quite rare to find & two, when you do find them they're pretty expensive.

Back pedal a few years now, because I didn't like the small fog light look, I decided to go with the STI fog light covers / delete.



I had these covers for upwards of almost 2 years but I always wished I had the BIG JDM fog lights...

Okay, fast forward to present, now that I'm going back to a clean stockish look, I decided I'm going to go back to my roots of loving the big yellow fog lights and putting down the money to get them.

Unfortunately as I said before, these aren't necessarily easy to find. When I finally found a set & posted On my Instagram and YouTube that I had them, MANY people kept asking me where to find these JDM fog lights. I can't give you an 'end all' straightforward answer because it's really case by case. I happened to find mine from a JDM parts importer on eBay. There are plenty of Japanese parts importers on eBay you just have to do some searching. Another good place to look obviously is on Subaru forums. Don't expect to find them right away and if you do, don't expect them to be in good shape / the color you're looking for / with multi color lenses. but finding them is only half the battle.

If you have a USDM car, that means you have a huge USDM front crash bar, bumper support beam, thing. This will cause clearance issues and you will not be able to install them without cutting your existing beam or buying a JDM beam. Since one is more expenseive than the other, I chose to put in the work & just cut my existing beam.

 

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Here's a good shot of what you'll need to cut out.





Once the cutting is done, installing them will be a breeze, they're literally plug and play assuming your car came with fog lights from factory. If not, you will need to do some wiring. Another thing to consider is, if you have a front mount intercooler, will these fog lights fit. It all depends on the front mount intercooler kit that you have. I happen to have a Turbo XS intercooler kit and the fog lights JUST barely fit, the back of my fog light housing is almost resting on the intercooler pipe :eek: .

Lastly I recommend zip tying the bezels to your front bumper just so they don't fall off and you end up losing them at highway speeds since these are extremely rare and extremely expensive (for what they are).

Anyways back to my build, these totally transformed my car's appearance, day & night. All I need is a paint job to finish off the look of my car's appearance.



 

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So I really don't like JUST posting video links in my build thread. I like to keep the videos separate for just my YouTube/Facebook followrs or use the videos as a TL;DR in my build thread. Basically due to the fact that most of the people checking out this thread have already seen my videos & it just seems redundant... So for anyone who follows my YouTube or Facebook, ignore this 'video only' post.

So like I said TL;DR...

Here's why I picked a WRX over an STi. I know a few of you are on the fence about which to buy. Maybe this'll help you out.

 

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Last 'Video only' post.

Here's my explanation as to why I went from wide body, back to stock. I hope you all understand where I'm coming from. & please double, triple, quadruple re think your decisions if you plan on committing to the wide life lol

 

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So now that you've realized rotational mass is a thing and maybe heavy wheels aren't the greatest idea, chassis dynamics is another "thing". Wheel offset is not just about fitment, it's an important characteristic of your car's handling. I can't help but imagine you posting another one of these blogs if you ever try a stock offset again.
 

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It's been about a month since I've updated the build thread and to say I've been busy with this car would be a massive understatement!

So for starters. This thing is FINALLY getting painted. I'm going with Gloss Black. I was internally torn between White or Black but I knew I definitely didn't want to stay with blue (I was just getting tired of seeing blue + there aren't too many black Subarus in my area).

Staying true to the DIY theme, My uncle owns a paint booth so I'll be getting this thing painted hopefully before Summer! I'll be prepping & painting myself (with the help of family of course) so at least if the paint ain't perfect, I can say I did it myself instead of saying "I paid X amount of $$ for a paint shop to do it." Idk, there's a sense of pride I guess.

No more weird mismatching panels & ugly black primer lol



But that's not the biggest news... You may have seen on my IG or YT, but I will swapping in an STi 6 speed into my car! & since we're on a budget (like always) I'll be doing this swap DIY style AND for under $2500...

So I've been updating my YT pretty frequently with details on this swap. So I'll just link the playlist I made to all the videos regarding the swap so far.

6 Speed Swap Videos Here ( I will keep updating this playlist as the swap continues so feel free to subscribe)

Here's how I'm doing the swap for under $2500 (which is extremely cheap for a swap of this caliber)

Instead of swapping over all the parts from an STi (expensive) I'll be mixing & matching parts from non STi models to make the STi transmission compatible with my car!

So far I have a
-3.90 R160 rear differential that I pulled form a wrecked Impreza 2.5rs I believe (3.90 is the ration I needed if I wanted to run the JDM V7 gearbox, my car currently has the 3.54 ratio which wouldn't work)
-STi transmission mount (WRX mounts are too big & will cause clearance issues)



-Automatic Driveshaft (cheaper than STi driveshaft & bolts right up to R160)
-2005 WRX 'male' axles (my 04 WRX has female axles)



-Stage 2 STi clutch kit w/ lightweight flywheel (my 04 WRX currently has an OEM replacement clutch which is already slipping since my car is making more than 100whp compared to factory)



-JDM V7 STi 6 speed transmission. This is non DCCD, came with shifter assembly & Clutch fork (non DCCD transmissions can be picked up for less than 04+ STi transmissions + no wiring headaches)



I picked all this up for less than $2500 & with fluids & odds and ends, I'm sure I'll be right at $2500 when this is all said & done.

Anyways... Nothing yet was actually DONE to the car... I did install the STi side skirts finally as pictured above. Otherwise. Just preparations fro the upcoming storm of work to be done to this thing.
 

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Here's kind of what I'm aiming for regarding the color combo. This picture is perfect because it also has the JDM fogs & headlights. Just needs the silver BBS wheels & it'd be exactly what I'm looking for!

 

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The 6 speed swap is complete!

First of all, for anyone interested in doing this swap, here's a few helpful links that I used to complete this project

The end all 6 speed swap information thread - NASIOC
FAQ: STi 6MT Swap into a WRX - NASIOC
How To: Axle Seal Replacement (on an STi) - NASIOC
Help, In need of Rear Differential removal/install Instructions - NASIOC

So before I start talking about the install, special thanks to my Dad, my Uncles & my lil bro for the helping hands!

If you'd like to watch the install & test drive go down instead of reading about it, Watch these videos!

 
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