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My 1st STi (finally!). I've almost pulled the trigger on one a few different times but made it happen this past September. Now seems like as good of a time as any to start a build journal as a place to record/discuss ideas, research, projects and overall progess.

I previously had a well loved 2005 WRX premium. Bought with 14k miles, drove her until 175k. Completely stock except for wheels. Lots of commuting miles and really the only problems were rear struts (too many speed bumps where i lived at the time...) and a blown radiator. Great car! Part of me wishes i still had her



The last days @ home. That is my wife's 2010 FXT Ltd too



I had been actively looking around for something new, mostly focused on a CTS-V sedan, S4 (like all of my friends...), C63, etc. but the wife made an empassioned speech about how we love our subis and that i should at least check out a new one since it would be less money and we could put more into savings. I relented and started searching locally for STi sedans with low miles, thinking i could buy one, drive it for a few years and get into something else.

I randomly found a 2012 DGM sedan with 6k miles and a bunch of bolt ons at a Chrysler dealer in NH and said "WTF is the story there?". They took it in on trade from a rich old dude who barely, and gently, drove it. They thought it had a warranty (well, it does, it just wont be honored...) and knew nothing about the car to the point where i test drove it alone and they didnt understand why i wanted compression/leakdown tests. They let me take it for 10 days on dealer plates to get checked out. Berto at Motive Auto Works went through everything and gave a huge seal of approval. When your mechanic says buy it and you get to drive it for 10 days, it's a done deal...

I knew the dealer was in a bad spot so i worked that for a few days and got a killer deal. I didnt really want a modded car out of the box obviously but everything checked out as best as possible, the deal was too good and most of what was on the car was some version of what i was planning to do anyways. Their loss is my gain i suppose and i could start saving for motor/turbo work sooner than expected.

Day 1 as owner!





Too much going on, gotta fix that...
 

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ON THE CAR:

Motor & Engine Bay
FP 71HTA
Stock internals (for now)
Cobb AccessPort v3, tuned by Mikey Botti, 370/365 on ACI's dyno

Hallman Manual Boost Controller
Process West TMIC
Turbosmart Kompact BPV
IAG comp AOS (black)
IAG TGV Deletes (black)
Air pump delete
Greddy magnetic drain plug
NGK One Step Colder plugs
Mishimoto Radiator w/ high speed fan, shroud and hose
Mishimoto silicon radiator Hose (red)
Perrin pitch stop mount
Circuit Motorsports billet clutch master cylinder brace
Perrin pulley shroud
Perrin EBCS cover (wrinkle red)
Killer B radiator shroud
Grounding Kit
DieHard Platinum 850 CCA battery
SPT battery tie down
SPT billet oil filler cover
IAG dipstick (black)
IAG billet washer fluid cap (black)
IAG billet coolant overflow cap (black)
IAG billet power steering fluid cap (black)
IAG billet master cylinder cap (black)
IAG billet radiator stays (black)

Mishimoto CF radiator cap
JDM battery cover (via SMY)
JDM ABS cover from SMY


Fuel
ID1000s
Perrin v3 fuel rails
Cobb FPR kit
DW65C


Intake/Exhaust
Cobb SF Intake (black hose) with airbox
Perrin turbo inlet
Perrin equal length header
Cobb uppipe
Cobb high flow cat downpipe
Perrin stealth dual exit catback stealth
SPT heat shield
Perrin poly exhaust hangers


Brakes
SP Performance slotted rotors
Hawk HPS pads
StopTech SS brake lines
ATE type 200 DOT4 brake fluid


Drivetrain
PST CF drive shaft
Perrin rear diff cooler/cover

Cobb Short Throw Shifter
Cobb shifter bushings
Perrin reverse lockout
Anarchy Motive weighted spherical shift knob (wrinkle matte white)



Suspension/Steering
Racecomp Engineering Tarmac 2 coilovers
HRP coilover covers
Vorshlag front camber plates & RCE rear top hats
Cusco lateral links, trailing arms, power brace
Cusco front sway bar 23mm
Superpro front endlinks
Superpro anti lift kit
Superpro caster adding front control arm bushings
15+ steering rack
Superpro Steering Rack Bushings
Cusco Power Brace Crossmember
Cusco Power Brace Power Steering Rack
Cusco Front Lower Arm Bar Type II
Tanabe front strut bar
Cusco rear sway bar 20mm
Perrin rear endlinks with urathane bushings
Cusco rear strut tower bar



Wheels/Tires

275/35R18 MPSS on 18x10 +35 diamond dark gunmetal (MM) Volk ZE40s

265/35R18 ZIIs on 18x10 +38 silver RPF1s with 5mm motorsporttech custom spacer

Hakkapeliitta R2 235/45/R18 on stock STi 18s


ARP extended studs
Muteki SR48 open ended lugs (black) with locks



Interior
DAMD carbon fiber D shape wheel
SMY alcantara dual gauge pod
Podi oil pressure gauge
AEM failsafe AFR/Boost
Overland Designs alcantara shifter boot (black with red stitching)
Overland Designs alcantara ebrake boot (black with red stitching)
Overland Designs alcantara wrapped cupholder trim (black)
Prova Si drive black dial
white LED map and dome bulbs
Subaru rubber coasters fitted to the cupholders

Britax marathon clicktight child seat



Lights
Headlights painted by Overland Designs
TSX-R lenses for HIDs
Osram CBI HID bulbs
HIR1 9011 hi beams
Color changing LED turn signal bulbs with rate module
VLEDs 6k white fog bulbs, run as DRLs
JDM rear fog light with red LED bulb
Red out blinker tail overlays
Diode Dynamics LED plate lights
CREE XRE extreme bright LED reverse lights


Exterior
Xpel Ultimate paint protection film (full hood)
SunTek tint - 35% side windows, 25% rear windshield
CS style poly front lip
Bayson R S206 poly side skirts
Wingless trunk via swap
HT Autos TS trunk lip, painted DGM

APR CF heat shields
SPT CF trunk trim
SPT CF B pillars
Sti JDM side badges
OEM Vortex Generator
Torque Solutions shorty antenna
Subi slim line CF plate frame

Rally Armor Mud Flaps
Hella Supertones (black) with bracket and harness from Subimods

Thule rack - Rapid podium feet, black Aeroblades
Thule Sonic XL box (black)




Creature Comforts
Compustar DroneMobile and G9 2 way remote starter
WeatherTech floor liners
WeatherTech cargo liner



NEXT UP:

Prolightz LED fog 5k fog kit with DRL harness

switchblade key

Rallytech engine dress up kit (anodized red washers) and battery tie down rods/nuts

Cusco strut tower brace quick releases


THINKING ABOUT:

Building a motor. Want 550 on a EFR twin scroll i think


SPARE/STORAGE:

Killer B WRC black delrin shift knob

Stock STi steering wheel
Stock STi fuel rails


FOR SALE:

JPM Coachworks Shifter Boot
Podi boost gauge
SPT Boost Gauge (partial harness)
Prosport premium white pointer wideband gauge
Anarchy Motive weighted spherical shift knob (gunmetal)
Perrin master cylinder brace (wrinkle red)

WHEN THE WALLET IS READY (OR MOTOR NECESSITATES):
big turbo, twin scroll ideally. EFR7670?
sleeved motor
Reversed intake?
FMIC
piiiipes
EWGs

2nd bumper cover, shaved

6 pots (and the FXT gets the 4 pots)


new house with an acre and a half, 3 bay garage and a barn


SOLD
GT Worx Bilstein Sport Shocks
Racecomp Regular Guy Lowering Springs
Stock STi TMIC
Crawford Air/Oil Seperator
 

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Re: Bassler's 2012 DGM STi sedan - sinister sleeper

Round one, late September. Anarchy gunmetal shift knob, CS style poly lip and blacked out supertones. I was shocked how horrible the stock horns were and if anyone on here knows 128 in MA you know how necessary good horns are. front plate delete came later that week too.



I was looking for a good set of wheels/tires for next summer (already had a plan for Hakka R2s on stock wheels for the winter). Found a very nice set of silver 18x10 +38 RPF1s on 265/35 Z2s - perfect for what i want to do.





From the beginning, i knew i had to say bye bye to the wing. i'm 32, run a company and have a young family. Wing days are gone for me which is fine because i really like the wingless look on GVs. After working trade threads for a few months, i found a great swap. They guy came to me on a Sunday AM from 2 hours away and we got the swap done in a half hour.

post swap, neeeeeeds at lip!!



October 20th: Ts replica lip from SMY, painted up and installed. Really happy with it!





November 11th: Winter mode. Hakkapeliitta R2s mounted, RF balanced and ready to go.




Early December: Just hit 10k miles on a trip home to NH. This pic really solidified for me that i wanted my lights painted, especially to remove the orange reflector.

 

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Re: Bassler's 2012 DGM STi sedan - sinister sleeper

How much ground clearance did you lose from the CS lip? I'm thinking about getting one.
 

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Re: Bassler's 2012 DGM STi sedan - sinister sleeper

How much ground clearance did you lose from the CS lip? I'm thinking about getting one.
not too much, maybe an inch and half? the car is on bilsteins/blacks right now so it sits slightly lower than stock. the lip protects the bottom of the bumper and is sacrificial which is a nice benefit. it hits curbs/etc instead of the painted bumper cover. highly recommended!
 

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Around Thanksgiving/Christmas, i got motivated on the lights and put in:

HIR1 2011 hi beams - not as big of an improvement as i expected. i may go bi-xenon now
Dual color LED turn signals with the rate modulator. Fantastic and simple solution!
VLED 6k fogs - soon to be my DRLs, hoping to get that done this weekend

I was given a JDM rear fog light for a christmas present. We wired it up so that it function as a fog and runs off the fog switch. Another fantastic job by Berto @ Motive





All this time i had been trying to figure out how best to get my lights out to have them painted. I found a set of damaged aftermarket headlights that i got very cheap. They needed some work but would be good enough to get me by for a week when my lights were with Jason Esposito (Overland Designs) for painting (blacked out, turn and hi beam bowls smoked) and TSXR lenses. The swap done in early March. Jason did an awesome job and they look fantastic on the car. I still have not had a chance to clean the car well (crap weather) and take good pics but you can get a sense with these.







PSA: the donor aftermarket lights were so bad that when they got baked open for some tinkering, they melted and fell apart...

Also, these are the halogens that were in for a week, against the 6k LED fogs. HIDs are drastically better. For anyone who doesnt have HIDs, go for a retrofit!

 

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Car looks great! How is fitment with the CS front lip and where did you buy it from? How did you mount it?
 

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All winter i have been planning and collecting parts for suspension and wheel/tire changes to happen as soon as the weather permits.

The prize of the bunch: RCE T2s on a great deal from Myles! Vorschlag front plates and RCE rears





I also have Cusco LCAs, trailing arms and power braces. Pretty much everything else (sways, endlinks, bushings, braces) is already on the car with the exception of an ALK and roll center which i'm waiting on.


A DAMD CF D shape wheel from Yanev @ SMY as an early bday present to myself. Fairly easy install but you have to make sure you tape down the clock spring!

I also started running my v3 (v2 got moved over to the FXT. My wife said "did you make my car faster??" hahahaha) to do some monitoring. Have to say it is nice to see the coolant temp rising on cold mornings to know when i'll get warm and when i can leave the driveway.




3 subis, 1 driveway.

 

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Car looks great! How is fitment with the CS front lip and where did you buy it from? How did you mount it?

Thanks, much appreciated!

I got the lip from JonMotoring but you can find poly CS lips in various places. It fit fairly well but some sun, heavy books and/or a heat gun will help you get it perfectly straight. Take the bumper off and use some masking tape to get the lip where you want it. I used about a dozen self tapping screws as i didnt see the point in marking/drilling holes or using more expensive hardware for such a sacrificial piece - a hole is a hole regardless of how it gets there. Some people have used stainless fasteners, mounting tape, etc but i really wanted the lip to be able to give way rather than put stress on the bumper cover. I haven't pulled it off yet but did pull a few screws on a curb trying to get up to a parking garage entrance. The screws went right back in without issue. I'll take teh bumper off soon to take a closer look but it still looks fine to me.
 

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Is the DAMD CF Steering Wheel real CF or is it just an overlay?
real and very well finished. i think the feel of it (there are some small intentations on the lower sides at the back) even better than the smaller diameter or the blosters
 

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Finally got a chance for a quick wash and wax even though we're getting rain on Friday






Swapped out the blue intake hose for black with black oxide stainless hose clamps. Lots of work to do to clean up the bay, both from winter dirt and to tone down the rainbow of colors. A red battery (either optima or odyssey) and a new TMIC without the gold heat wrap will go a long way i think.



Ordered up some CBI bulbs. Aaaaand the dates are set for suspension/wheel work and subsequent alignment. In a few weeks i'll be in full summer mode!!
 

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Great progress!

I was in the same boat when I found a WRB Hatch out in Salem, MA area but hesitated once I saw it was modded. Ended up getting a bone stock DGM Hatch instead!
 

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Great progress!

I was in the same boat when I found a WRB Hatch out in Salem, MA area but hesitated once I saw it was modded. Ended up getting a bone stock DGM Hatch instead!
Thanks! I'm getting there slowly but surely. I was super hesitant on a modded car but literally everything checked out as best as possible and with the deal i swung if it needed anything significant i'd be in about the same place from a cash perspective as if i had ordered a 2014.

I work in Beverly, i've probably seen that hatch around.

Hope your car is treating you well!
 

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New hubs, ARP extended wheel studs and black Muteki SR48 open end lugs ordered. For anyone contemplating ARP studs, they're on backorder of at least a few weeks many places. I had to pay a premium for availability just to get them shipped in time for install on the 17th/18th.

Fingers crossed this is the last outlay for parts before everything goes on the car.
 

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Finally got around to the fogs as DRL wiring mod this weekend. 12awg fine stranded silicon insulator RC car wire, positaps and some heavy duty electrical tape. i should have taken the airbox out to work but instead worked through the side vent. crappy pictures but you get the idea, i'll get better pics soon. at some point i'll clean up the install when i have the bumper off. this is a fantastic mod, particularly with 6k LED fogs and 5500 CBI HIDs. seeing the white light from the fogs reflecting off the car in front of me instead of the yellow light from the high beams gave me a big smile this morning.

Also installed the CBI bulbs and took the roof rack off. windshield gets replaced tomorrow. gotta get a wash in soon too. She goes into the shop on Thursday for suspension/wheel work!





DRLs on


low beam, fogs off
 

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Sweet ride!

Love the painted headlight housing+light upgrade. Really need to do that one myself.
 

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Sweet ride!

Love the painted headlight housing+light upgrade. Really need to do that one myself.
thanks, appreciate it! Painting the headlights makes such a huge difference to the look of the car, pics cant do it justice. The bulbs have been fun too trying to figure out the combo i like too. I may go down to 5k fogs to see how they go with the CBIs
 

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thanks, appreciate it! Painting the headlights makes such a huge difference to the look of the car, pics cant do it justice. The bulbs have been fun too trying to figure out the combo i like too. I may go down to 5k fogs to see how they go with the CBIs
I know you went with the following:

TSXR lenses for HIDs
Osram CBI HID bulbs
HIR1 9011 hi beams
Color changing LED turn signal bulbs with rate module

Is there anything you would change in retrospect in regards to the lights/high beams?

Mind linking a pic (if you have one) of night time with the lights then high beams on (fogs off)?

Oh btw could not agree with you more about the wing removal. I am in the same position, 30, young family, in on a family biz. That wing just had to go for me as well, and I get nothing but compliments on the decision, even from everyone at the Subaru dealership lol. Looks meaner, has more class minus the wing.
 

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Re: Bassler's 2012 DGM STi sedan - sinister sleeper

I know you went with the following:

TSXR lenses for HIDs
Osram CBI HID bulbs
HIR1 9011 hi beams
Color changing LED turn signal bulbs with rate module

Is there anything you would change in retrospect in regards to the lights/high beams?

Mind linking a pic (if you have one) of night time with the lights then high beams on (fogs off)?

Oh btw could not agree with you more about the wing removal. I am in the same position, 30, young family, in on a family biz. That wing just had to go for me as well, and I get nothing but compliments on the decision, even from everyone at the Subaru dealership lol. Looks meaner, has more class minus the wing.

i'll get you some pics in the next day or two, i just havent had a chance yet.

For changes, i'm going to look at different options for high beams as i was not that impressed with the difference from the stock bulb but i also hardly ever use my high beams where i live in MA (and it makes me miss living in NH).

Also my TSXR lenses are Fed up - the cutoff on the passenger side is screwy. TRS will replace them for free but that means i either need to bake open the lights myself or ship them back to Overland to have him do it. I'll get it done at some point but my donor lights are gone so i have to take the car off the road for at least 3 or 4 days to do it. They're perfectly fine to use/drive with so it is not an immediate need but for the money i spent on new lenses they should be 100%.

CBIs are awesome and now i have the stock bulbs in reserve which is nice

The color changing turn signal LEDs are fantastic. I hated the orange bulb (and reflector) so this is a great solution to that problem. Combine that with blacking out he reflector and there is not a hint of orange/yellow until you turn on the turn signal/hazard and maybe parking lights?

Good to hear it on the wing(less)! It just made too much sense to go wingless given the situation. I agree on the complements but just as good is you find people that are confused about what the car is. I've also had Audi guys eye it down quite a bit too like the know their S4 has some competition...
 
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