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Here she is on April 23, 2012 when I first brought her home. My goal is "Make it fast, Make it black". I traded in my '01 BMW 330ci because I was bored with how slow it was. I watch a lot of racing and I new exactly what I wanted. So I walked in to the dealer threw down the deposit and told him what I wanted.

I held myself back for the first 2 years from doing any performance mods, but know I kick myself for waiting so long. I've done a few cosmetic upgrades and a couple of performance mods now, with plenty more to come.

What she looks like in January 2015









edit: Here's the list of everything I've done so far.

Green = Completed
Red = Install Pending
Blue = Ordered
Orange = Future

Engine:

SPT Silver Oil cap and batter tie down
Invidia Catted DP
SPT heatshield
SPT Catback exhaust
Protune by Topspeed Atlanta
Cobb Accessport V.3
Removed Air intake silencer (The big white jug of stupidness)
Cobb SF Intake w/ Air box
Perrin TMIC coupler red
Perrin/Crawford Air Oil Separator
Perrin turbo inlet
TSM Pro Series 980 Injectors
OPTIMA Red top battery
Perrin alternator cover black or red
Perrin radiator shroud black or red

Transmission/Drivetrain:

Subaru Group N Transmission Mount
Kartboy Short Shifter
Kartboy Front and Rear shifter bushings
Perrin black reverse lock out sleeve
TiC transmission cross member bushings
Whiteline Rear Diff Positive Power Kit Inserts
Subaru Group N Engine Mounts
Subaru Group N Pitch Stop
TiC pivot and shift linkage bushings

Suspension:

Whiteline Rear Positive Traction Kit
ARP extended wheel studs
StopTech Slotted rotors front/rear
Ferodo DS2500 brake pads front/rear
GrimmSpeed master cylinder brace
Kartboy front endlinks
Kartboy rear endlinks
Perrin 22mm adjustable front sway bar
Perrin 19mm adjustable rear sway bar

Wheels/Tires:

Black powder coated OEM '12 STi BBS Wheels w/ Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3 245/40R18
Black Rays 57R Gram Lights 18x9.5 w/ Advan Neova AD08R 265/40R18
OX Blood red powder coated OEM '07 STi BBS Wheels
Tires for '07 STi BBS wheels

Interior:

All red LED interior lights
SPT boost gauge
Paint center console trim and head unit trim black
Paint gauge bezel Black
Paint shift knob red and black
Paint A/C controls and air vent knobs black
Subaru all-weather rubber floor mats
Subaru cargo tray
Subaru rear seat back protectors
TWM heavy weight shift knob
Fire Extinguisher
SMY Dual gauge cluster bezel
Oil pressure and EGT gauges
Acrylic Conceptions red STI cup holder inserts
Acrylic Conceptions red Subaru mission plate

Exterior:

Rallyarmor OE Mudflaps
Grillcraft Upper and lower grill inserts
Black Hella supertone horns
Nokya Arctic White 7000K Fog lights (brighter to match HIDs)
Nokya Arctic White 7000K Highbeams
Special edition black fender STi garnish
Disconnected those damned DRLs
Blackout head lights
LED switchback front turn signals
LED rear turn signals
LED reverse lights
LED rear reflectors 4th/5th brake light
Subaru rear bumper guard
Paint Subaru emblem chrome surrounds black
Red on black acrylic Front and rear Subaru emblems from subarubits.co.uk
Paint grill mustache black
Powder coat BBS wheels semi-gloss black
McGard Black Spline Drive closed end lug nuts
STI chrome valve stem caps
Subaru ski rack
Valenti smoked tail lights Yeah boyeeeeee!!!!
DRT Skid Plate
Black valve stem caps w/ red STi
iJDMToy red tow hooks
Muteki SR48 Black open end lug nuts
Molded Innovations Front lip spoiler
Rallyarmor polyurethane mudflaps w/ red logo

and the list will continue............
 

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Guess I'll just get down to itand start posting what I've done over the last 2 1/2 years. First up was interior lighting. I replaced all the interior lights with red LEDs that I bought from some random company on ebay (dome light, map lights and cargo area). Then I did the usual Subaru Footwell illumination kit, and changed out the left over red light from the cigarette lighter compartment with the nasty amber light in the glove box. So now it feels like I'm in the Red October at night.

The Subaru footwell kit was actually a lot easier than I thought once you get the wires passed behind the dash.

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After that I decided to install the SPT boost gauge. I know a lot of people on here hate it, but it matches and it's plug and play. Worst part was getting the tube through the firewall. Just flat out awkward hanging upside down in your driver's seat.

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On May 27, 2014 I finally got around to taking her up to TopSpeed Atlanta to have her tuned up and install the SPT Catback exhaust and Perrin Catted DP. Those guys are genius'. Just adding those two things and a tune from Doug and she's hitting 302awhp and 356ft/lb torque at around 18.7psi.

Can't wait for the next round later this year.







Here's the dynosheet.

 

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looks great. you have the same goals as I do for the car. black it out I want to see it :).
I'll be painting my exhaust shields or what ever they are soon. side emblems, tail lights & there isn't much else left. I haven't seen a blacked out hatch yet.
 

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Added the grillcraft upper and lower grill covers. They really look nice. Not sure why they don't come with a lower grill cover from the factory since nobody really wants anything to go smashing into the radiator or the compressor. Wanted to install the one for the hood scoop but didn't want to sacrifice air flow.



Then I replaced the silver fender garnish for the black STI special edition set. I don't know why these don't come standard on the black STi.

 

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Was riding around one day and got cut off, so I honked the horn, didn't seem like the guy could even hear it. So I sought to remedy the feeble little horn this car comes with.

Awwwww, look at that tiny little horn in there.......... IT MUST GO!!!!



Install complete. Super easy and maybe took an hour. Everything tucked away very nicely. Can just barely make the horns out in my earlier picture with the new grills. 118Dbs of pure awesomeness!!!!!

 

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New red LED light strip installed in rear hatch compartment. SOOOOOOOOOO much better.

Old dim sad little light:



Mo better!!



Don't look directly at these guys, kind of painful.

 

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Cool, thanks... How visible is it during the day?
If you are standing there looking at the back of the car, you can't really see the strip because of where it's mounted. if you bend down and look up you can see it and can clearly see that they are lit up really bright. But in the daylight, you won't see the red actually shinning/reflecting off/on of anything. But they do still look really nice in the daytime when it's lit up.

I might eventually wire in a switch up front to manually turn them on when the hatch is closed.

Another thing, and I don't know if this matters to you as it doesn't bother me a bit, but when you are driving and look in the rear view mirror, you can see the light strip.
 

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Thanks, appreciate the info! I have thought about removing that trim piece and drilling holes for recessed LEDs and then tying into the same hatch circuit. This could be an easy fix to tide me over while I try to kill off this home remodel though...
 

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No problemo. Just a word of advice for if you decide to put these in. The directions suck when it comes to sticking the 3M tape up there. All it says is wipe the area with the provided alcohol wipe and then peel and stick. WRONG!!!! I tried that. Didn't stick one bit. I would take a household cleaner and clean the area first. Then use the alcohol wipe. Peel the cover off the 3M adhesive and lay it out. Then get out your heat gun or hair dryer and heat the crap out of the 3M adhesive. Then slap it up there. You've got to work from the left to the right and push with the palm of your hand for about 30 seconds. Then move down the width of your palm each time until you get to the end.

Also, they don't tell you this either, but the sleeve where the wires go in the LED light strip must be on the outside. If you put it under the panel piece, it won't go back on. So what I did is I ran the wires and then snapped the side panel back on before I stuck the strip up there. Then you can make sure that the little sleeve butts right up to the space between the two panel pieces.
 

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I finally got up the courage to pull my headlights apart and paint all that hideous chrome. Thanks to mtnbikr for the write up and pictures and answering all my questions before I pulled the trigger on this one.

I have to say, it looks freaking amazing. I haven't put them back together yet, still curing. But the individual pieces came out absolutely flawless.

Here's the before:



Everything all pulled out:



After I finally got the clear cover off:



Finished pieces:





Here's one of the orange reflectors with light shining on it. Probably went a bit too dark, but oh well:



I'll wait another 36 hours or so to put it all back together. I'll post the final pictures when I'm done.
 

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Also got around to installing a rear view mirror mount for my radar detector and hard wire it to the rear view mirror.





So glad the red display matches all the red LEDs I have.

 

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Well, after a few minor issues with the passenger side headlight leaking and shorting out the ballast for the HID lowbeams, I've had success. I baked the ballast a couple of times and took the headlight apart again to dry it all out. Finally got it all put back together today (hopefully leak free). Installed it and the light is back on!!!

Here are a couple of pics taken in my garage in the dark. Hard to get a good picture since everything is mirrored in the lens now that they are painted black.





 
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