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Old 07-07-13, 10:20 AM   #11
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So yesterday I finally removed the pinstripes off my car. I have been wanting to take them off for a while now. It was a lot simpler than I thought it would be.

So this is what I used:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-3m-strip-wheel-jpg

and here it is on my drill:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-wheel-drill-jpg

drivers side, before:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-drivers-side-stripe-jpg

driver side, after:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-drivers-no-stripe-jpg

passenger side, before:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-passenger-side-stripe-jpg

passenger side, after:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-passenger-no-stripe-jpg

After using the eraser wheel to peel off the pinstripes, I briefly used some mineral spirits to quickly wipe off excess adhesive residue, then finished the job with some polishing compound. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.
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Old 07-07-13, 10:39 AM   #12
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I forgot to tell you guys about how I "rigged" my front bumper so it doesn't look like there is a gaping hole from being cut for a FMIC. I had the idea of basically cutting a piece of black plastic to set in the bumper to give the illusion of a normal bumper (unless you get really close).

I found a sheet of 12x48in black ABS on McMaster-Carr for about $15 with shipping. At that price, who wouldn't give it a try?

After taking some measurements I traced out what I wanted to cut out on the ABS and broke out the JigSaw to cut it out. Then, using a friends heat gun, we bent the ends of the ABS up to simulate the sides of the inside of the bumper.

Side bent upward:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-side-jpg

The whole sheet: (not the finished product, lots more trimming took place)
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-whole-jpg

After changing what I was wanting to do with the plastic and trimming here and there for a while, I finally got it to fit in the bumper, and looking pretty decent. Mind you, if you get close and look at it, its pretty obvious its not just the OEM bumper, but from a few feet away, you probably wouldn't know unless I pointed it out... And that's good enough for now. Ultimately, I'd like to trade for an uncut bumper, but who knows when that will happen...

Final product:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-bumper-jpg
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Old 07-07-13, 10:47 AM   #13
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Finally took a few better pics of the subie. These are just a couple of the favorites



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Old 07-13-13, 09:00 PM   #14
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So today, I received a USB/AUX extension cord that I can mount to the car. I was tired of having a cord just randomly strung into the glove box, so this seemed like a nice solution. I decided to route the wires and mount the end inside the center console for easier access. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. Let me know what you think.

Fresh out of the packaging. I won't be using the supplied mounting bracket since I'm mounting in the center console.
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-cable-jpg

A close-up of the cord:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-ends-jpg

Center Console is out:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-center-console-jpg

Hole is drilled:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-drilled-hole-jpg

Test fit the cord:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-mounted-jpg

Mount the Cord:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-attached-jpg

Final Product:
BlueScooby's 06 STI - 03/16/19 Track Day Synopsis-final-jpg
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Old 07-17-13, 05:37 AM   #15
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Getting ready to attend my first Auto-X on the new suspension setup this Saturday
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Old 07-17-13, 08:04 AM   #16
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Hope the autocross goes well, I haven't been to one in a while and it's killing me. You should do pretty well with all of those suspension mods. Which one do you think has made the biggest difference so far? I've been contemplating getting an anti-lift kit but I have some maintenance to take care of first (timing belt and head gaskets) so I know what you mean about that not having to fix or replace anything for a while thing.

Good luck today man.
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Thanks, I'm really looking forward to it. Hoping I'll actually be competitive with some others this time... I'm going to try to shoot some video while I'm there as well. I'll post one up after I get back.

I would say the front swaybar has been the biggest difference so far. The only thing is some people might not like the steering being so sensitive (almost darty at speed), but I love it. I feel extremely connected to the car.

I feel ya on the maint. issues. They add up real quick.
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Pretty soon that darty feeling will be a distant memory. Love the handling on my car now and so will you.
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Oh, I don't think its darty, I love it. Ive just heard others comment that it feels that way...
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That's one thing I need to do is a front sway bear, I put a rear on as my first suspension mod and it was great but now the front is sloppy. The TiC fender braces helped a little but it's still not as stiff as the rear end.

Looking forward to the autocross video.
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