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So I've been glued to my couch for the past 3 weeks after having surgery to repair a ligament in my left ankle. I know, it's sad. The most important foot to drive my car. So I decided this would be a great time to knock out a bunch of cosmetic projects and get the Kartboy shifter package installed and some other things since my car is going to be sitting in the garage for at least 2 months. So I finally got approval to order the Kartboy Short shifter with the complete bushing set, Cobb SF intake with Air box and Subaru Group N engine and transmission mounts and pitch stop. Not like she could stop me, I'm sitting on my couch all day with a computer and a credit card. And it's black friday time.

Got the gray grill mustache and the chrome surrounds on the subaru emblems painted gloss black yesterday. Just waiting for them to cure before I take pics and put them back on the car. I picked up some new emblems for subarubits.co.uk, black background with red stars because I tired to do it myself and ruined them. I'll have pictures up shortly once I hobble out there and re-install them.

Going to tackle cutting the tail lights open this week and get them all blacked out. Still waiting to hear back from the guy that's going to powder coat my BBS wheels for me. Hopefully this week.

Pictures should be up soon.
 

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Are you sure you dont want more than 20 psi of boost? :lol:
I'll probably get rid of it when I get a double gauge cluster for oil pressure/temp in the future. Since the accessport gauges reads boost better anyways. I like that it shows your max boost so you don't have to stare at the boost gauge while you're trying to weave through traffic with your foot to the floor.
 

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My quest for a blacked out STi hatchback is nearly complete. Just got my wheels powder coated and they look amazing. Getting the tires put back on tomorrow. Also only have a few spots to touch up on the brake and reverse lights and then I can finally put those back together. Grill mustache is painted and curing now as well as the Subaru emblem surrounds. Should be able to put those back together tomorrow.
 

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Discussion Starter #26 (Edited)
Here's a couple of pics of the factory BBS wheels powder coated black from JRPW (Jimmy Rivers Performance Works) in Augusta, GA. Excellent company to deal with and top notch work.



 

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Just a few pics of prep and paint of the tail lights. I wanted to keep a small amount of something chrome plated to match the bit that I left unpainted on the headlights for the high beams. So I decided to fill in the holes for the brake lights with play-doh and give it a shot. I'll have to wait until tomorrow once the play-doh is fully dried out and use a hobby knife to cut around the edge and pull it out. I also did a light couple coats of Duplicolor metal cast grey on the red reflectors for a slight smoked look.















I'll be posting more pics as I start piecing it all back together.
 

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how did you get the tails apart! I was certain it wasn't possible since you are the first I've seen accomplish this! Let me know please!
 

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Those suckers are melted together unlike the headlights. Here's the write up I used: http://www.iwsti.com/forums/diy-mods-installations/201873-gr-paint-interior-your-tail-lights.html

It's not the easiest, but if you follow this guys instructions to the letter, you'll be fine. I messed up a few spots, but luckily I'll be able to hide it with a bit of extra work. I didn't cut my lines close enough to the edge, so there was still some chrome left on the inside of the reverse lights. So I just taped off the center portion of the reverse light cover where the light actually comes through and I'm going to paint the clear part around it. I'll post a picture up tomorrow of what I'm talking about in case you run into that issue.

Wear goggles and a face mask. When you use that diamond wheel on the dremel, the plastic that you cut out kind of melts and gets thrown all over the place. Definitely don't try this inside your living room. The OP of that link didn't try to paint the outer edge/seem of the housing, but someone later on in that thread says he did by just taping off everything else and shooting paint in there. That's what I did. Works pretty well. I couldn't quite get enough paint in the edges to my liking so I'm going to use a tiny brush and get the rest of it tomorrow.

I've not seen anybody not paint the light holes like I did. But I haven't taken the play-doh out yet so tomorrow I'll see how that came out. I'll definitely will be posting pics of that tomorrow as well.

Anyways, if you have any other questions, feel free to ask. I'm on this forum nearly everyday.

Good luck.

p.s. Even though my wife is from Seattle, I hope you aren't a Seachicken fan. ***from a diehard Saints/Aint's fan***
 

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Here's where I'm at so far with the tail lights. This is what I get for trying to do it differently from everybody else. What was supposed to take a day or two has now stretched to almost 3 weeks. So I used play-doh to fill up the reverse light holes so that I could leave a little bit of chrome to help the lights reflect more like I did with the high beams on my head lights. Unfortunately, the play-doh did a tiny bit of damage to a couple of the light holes, and where a little bit of black leaked around the play-doh, I had to use sand paper to get it off the chrome. So all I have left is a little bit of black touch up around a few light holes and then figuring out what to do about the sanded/scuffed up chrome.

Anybody have any idea what to do to fix the chrome?











I'm thinking of taping around the holes and spraying some duplicolor metalcast smoke or red. Any thoughts?
 

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Well, decided to go with the duplicolor metalcast red for the brake light holes. So more taping and painting time. Here's how they look after probably 5 really light coats. These things are a pain to get the paint into all the grooves in the light holes, but I think it came out pretty nice. I'll have to wait a few more hours until I can pull the tape off and assess my success.

1st Coat:



2nd Coat:



3rd Coat:



4th and hopefully final coat:



All that's left on these is a little flat black touch up around the light holes and then cure time and reassembly.

Also, just finished painting, the chrome air vent levers on the center console black as well as the a/c control knobs, the border around the three gauges, the center console around the shifter and the few grey pieces on the shifter; all flat black. Even blacked out the pink/cherry blossom STi logo in the gauge cluster. That damn thing always seemed out of place anyways.

Then sanded the back of the little gear number piece in the center of the shift knob and painted the background gloss red.

Pics coming soon.
 

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Agreed, that looks so sick!!!!! Was that a very difficult job to do?
Thanks, I think it should have come from the factory like this. But it's not difficult at all. I'm in the process of doing a write up on it right now since I haven't found one that matches our year model yet. Should have it done sometime today/this week.

Patience young grasshopper.
 

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Finally got my black powder coated wheels put back on. Those chrome lug nuts really don't match anymore, so I'll guess I'll have to find some black ones.

Here's a few crappy picks with my blackberry in my terribly lit garage.

What my car looks like with candy apple red Enkeis that I borrowed from one of my subie buddies here while mine got coated.





And here it is with the BBS black powder coated wheels and the "meh" factory chrome lugs. I really need to get some tire dressing on these Michelins. Now they look grey.





 

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Got a hold of the only guy in town that has a laser key cutting machine. Not even the stealership can make their own keys!!!!! So I was able to finish up doing the flip/switchblade key conversion. Nice that it takes up less room in my pocket. If only I could drive.





I have a 4 day weekend so hopefully, my car gets put back together then.
 

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You can use the McGards spline drive lugs on stock wheels...conveniently in black.
 
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