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Hello, I have not even picked up my car yet. lol. Excited to get into turbo and true awd car. I’m a big car guy and have got the pleasure to enjoy many different platforms over the years. No spring chicken by an means now being in my late 40’s.

A few notable past cars are the following.
1989 CRX Si
1991 Acura Integra LS special edition
1991 Mustang LX 5.0 notch back
1995 Ford Probe GT
1999 Mustang GT
2003 Ford Focus ST
2003 Mustang Cobra 460/472 whp
2007 Nissan 350z HR
2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4 358/368 whp
2013 Ford Taurus SHO
2014 Mustang GT CS a6
2015 Corvette C7 lt2 a8
2016 VW GTI 2 door manual
2018 Mustang GT pp1 a10
2019 Ford Edge ST

Will get some more pics after getting STI home tomorrow. ;).
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great List of cars there man. Magnetite is Tight! Nice color. I’m 46 and considering my 3rd new STi. Just sold my 11 that I bought new. Had an 07 bought new too.
Thank you. How did you like your 11? How many miles on it when you sold it? I believe quite a few dealers in the midwest anyway are getting some 2020’s back in stock soon. What color your looking at? Best.
 

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Congrats! Looking forward to how you compare this car to some of your other vehicles. The STI has a great 90's car feel to it, I'm around the same age as you, so I bet this is something you'll appreciate. The STI isn't that fast in a straight line, but it's driving dynamics make it for it.
Thank you. Yeah I’m looking for a raw feel I have been missing. The 18 stang ran high 11’s @ 121-122mph on factory tires. The car is a handful from a dig to 60 mph. Agreed on the driving dynamics. The faster cars are not always the most fun in the end. Plus I’m over the “third leg” measuring in straight line stuff.
 

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I loved my 11. I had it 10 years which is by far the longest I ever kept a car. Made almost 400wtq on stock turbo flexfuel and over 80k miles when I sold it and still retained 40%+ of its original value. I’m looking at Lapis blue this time but I’m also considering other cars, specifically used GT350 or an M car but I’m so used to having AWD turbo 4s, Its hard not to buy another one. Especially since I have a bunch of parts from my 11 that will swap over. How did you like your 18 GT? Those cars are beasts.
That Lapis is really cool and different. All I can say is stick with what you know and like.

Yeah the 18gt with the 10 speed and 3.55 gears is incredible in a straight line with the wide throttle shifts in drag mode. Plenty fast for a rwd street car imo. The s550 crowd is really stuck on making 800-1000 whp though to be cool. Then you have a car you cannot go wot until 90 mph plus unless your running a dedicated drag setup. lol.

What mods where you running to hit 400 on your 11? I see IHI makes a vf48 high flow drop in turbo that can run on stock tuning for decent increase in top end power. I really want to keep the mods to a minimum on this one. Great resale value on the 11 btw!
 

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Really like the color, seems to be the next best option now that Subaru ran out of dgm paint (j/k). Is there any metal flake in it or just solid?
So do you have an airport hanger for a garage or just fly through vehicles? Also with some serious torque in recent ones is it frustrating not being able to move at 2k rpm now?
I do have about a 2.5-4 year turn on vehicles.
It definitely has some flake or pearl in the grey.
Drove it home today through northern Arkansas and now I get it. Wow, what fun.
I poured a can of VP Octanium Unleaded in it after I left the dealership to spike the octane 5-6 full numbers. Awesome! Break in, what break in. ;).
 

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That ass looks as good as the GT! How you like it in comparison to the GT so far? Slower for sure but STi is a drivers car and holds its own. Not many cars like it anymore with turbo, awd and manual
Well the GT with performance pack pulls .97 g’s on skidpad even with staggered 255/275 setup. I never felt confident pushing the car much. After picking up the STI I got to drive it home 115 miles mainly through northern Arkansas Ozark mountains. Unbelievable is all I can say!

You have to let this car get into the corner and mostly turned before hitting the throttle nice and smooth. Turns like it is on rails with major driver confidence. Steering is almost telepathic. Power is more than adequate for corner carving. Another 50 whp and torque would be nice, but easy to add.

Great to have a manual again for sure. Really adds a lot in this type of car. No regrets at all. ;).
 

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very nice. i dig it.

what are your overall plans for the car?

i dig the old gt too. my best friend used to have one and man it was a blast to drive. definitely not as confidence inspiring as the sti. but i also have pushed the sti too far a few times and slid/spun lol. when it says too much it happens fast. hopefully i'll be better with more track time. i have had my 06 for quite some time. if i didnt have it, i would definitley get a va chassis like you
Nice. I like the early STI body style. Classic!

I plan to just enjoy it under warranty for a while. At some point protune with maybe a drop in turbo. Want to keep this simple!
 

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very nice. honestly i kinda wish i had stayed stock turbo to be in a lower class when racing. ive had mine for 8 years at this point. built motor, 20g turbo (for the moment), last dyno was 377whp/401wtq (probably about 10 less from pulling timing at this point)

if you plan on enjoying under warranty keep in mind you wont void that with some coilovers and suspension mods/wheels and tires, and you can make the car look very nice and handle alot better. all your call though. same with cosmetics.
I bet that runs strong. Did you do all the work yourself or did you pay a shop labor for all those modifications?

Yeah I’m very happy with the cosmetics, wheels/tires, and suspension the way it comes from the factory. Window tint @ 50% will be the only change.
 

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They said the hol
that's a super interesting design with the holes in it.....i wonder if it effects the stiffness. athough based on how the holes are cut, and the rest being solid i wouldnt imagine it would have any negative effect.
Yeah it is a solid piece of aluminum and they say the holes do not affect the rigidity. I think it looks cool, but my concern is I hope it clears the TMIC even under wot engine rock. The seller has free returns worst case.

It was supposed to be in my hands on Wednesday, but the snow storm in Texas has delayed the shipment. ;(.
 

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Just threw on this Blox Racing tower brace and pretty impressed for only $119 shipped. Very solid piece and looks good imo. Cleared intercooler by easy 2.5 inches.
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First oil change at a grand and oil was pretty black already. Moved to 5w-40 full synthetic. Picked up my first screw that was luckily repairable at Discount Tire. All good!
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I am taking delivery of my new 2021 STI Limited in 9 days. I plan on a 1,000 mile break-in then perform 1st oil change. But it will take me atleast 1 month to rack up 1,000 miles.
Yeah putting miles on these things is the easy part. I’m paying $3.72 for 93 premium though...:(.
 
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