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Those look great on Hyper Blue. You might want to look into the harnesses SMY just released that plug into the OEM style plug on the LED strips, then you just tap in the other end to your Subispeed harness. A little cleaner wiring install.
 

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Right now the only downside I have with the current set up is that my hand brake can't be on to get those cool "Angry Eyes" pictures at night. I'm thinking of doing some rewiring to put those on a toggle, but I think I'd just wire the LED strip in the JDM bezels into that.

I'm also preparing this car for it's first long trip. After much deliberation, I've decided to take this car to the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Missouri. I was originally going to take my Rallycross Car, but the amenities in the STI make for a much more pleasant trip (like that it has a radio and working A/C). It seems fitting to meet David Higgins by driving the "Higgins Edition" WRX STI anyways. I've already got rally armors to help protect the car, but I'm also getting it Full Body Armor courtesy of Primitive Racing. A front skid plate and rear differential skid plate will go on the car to protect it when we get to the rally. I'm not actually competing in the rally, but as a Volunteer, I'll need to use the same stage roads that the rally drivers will be on to get to my assigned positions throughout the rally... so I kind of DO get to be in a rally car. MY rally car! Haha
 

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This post isn't so much of a "I changed something with my car" and more of a milestone for the car... and for me.

On March 17th, while everyone else was celebrating St Patricks Day, I was driving my Series.HyperBlue WRX STI to Salem, MO. Why would I drive to the middle of nowhere Missouri on a Thursday? Well... the intent was to sign up and volunteer to work at the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood being held there on the 18th and 19th. It was the first Stage Rally and first Rally America National Championship event I've attended, so I was eager to see my heroes in action on the backwoods stages through the Mark Twain National Forest. However, my plans got a bit of an upgrade thanks to getting a tank of gas in downtown Salem on Thursday night.

I pulled in next to Agatino Fortunato of the All Fours Rally Team. He wanted to take some pictures of my Hyper Blue WRX STI next to his rally-ified WRX STI. I was thrilled to finally meet him in person and got in on the photo fun.

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Minutes later, a white WRX with Vermont plates and Method Race Wheels showed up to the station. It was a Subaru so I instinctively waved to the driver. The driver waved back.
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Turns out the driver was David Higgins. He had finished the recce of the stages and was filling up. So... I was kind of ecstatic and surprised and trying my best not to sound like a complete goober talking to him. David and I had traded messages before, but I've never had the chance to meet him in person. Although he seemed just as eager to see this car in person.

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He took some photos of my "Higgins Blue" car and shared them.
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Over the next two days, I was the course marshal for Stages 5 and 9 on Friday and Stage 11 on Saturday. I also got a chance to spectate on Stage 16. While I was waiting to head to that stage, I visited the service area and somehow got David Higgins and co-driver Craid Drew to sign a piece of my dashboard (which I will have photos of later once I've protected the signatures).
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Long story short, I got to meet my rally heroes and see them in action... plus David asked to sit in my car and took pictures of it.... plus Higgins and Drew signed my dash. So yeah, this was not only an eventful weekend for me, but also a bit of a milestone for the car. It was also the first time this car saw gravel and dirt (and it did quite well) and it's first road trip, so I couldn't really be happier with how everything turned out!

 

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That is awesome!

And to add to the roof wrap, leave the fin blue. It'll look awesome against the black. A reverse of the black mirror covers. Also wrap the horizontal part of the wing. It'll look amazing.
 

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Summer Wheels are back on! Added Perrin 20mm Hub-Centric Spacers to widen the track just a little. I've heard good and bad things about spacers, but I do like how the wheels come to the edge of the body line now. No rubbing or fitment issues and the car handles nice and sharp still with the stock tires on.


 

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Yup! Haven't changed any suspension and probably won't. If I go any lower than stock ride height, I'll destroy my bumper on my driveway! Just barely makes it!
 

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Big change yesterday, but I can't really take a picture of this change except for this little iPod-looking thing on my center console.
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Had my Higgins Blue WRX STI protuned yesterday by Graham (Boosted Performance Tuning). Everything else is stock on the car, but I wanted to see what this car could do without the EPA crap bogging it down. Boy oh boy did this thing wake up! No more weird dips in power, no more super-touchy gas right off the get-go, more predictable throttle response, smoother and stronger power through every gear, everything feels so much more RIGHT with this car!
I was skeptical at first of tuning and the risks involved and warranty blah blah blah but after reading up on the factory tune, it seemed like going with a protune would be a smart choice. I suppose the only downside in the long run will be that it is tuned for 93, which is a bit scarce around here. However, there's a station right by my house and right by where I work so at least in that regard, I'm not worried about getting around. I'll have to figure out an alternative solution if I plan on going anywhere west of where I live... since 93 is scare. Probably flash a tune for 91 to be safe.
Anyways, the car has never felt better! It's my first foray into tuning and, if it's anything like other modifications, I know it can be a slippery slope. However, I was just fine on the stock tune for 8 months before, so I get the feeling I'll be happy with this for awhile. (Famous Last Words)
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Never thought I'd be posting a photo like this, but delirium has clearly set in.
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That's right. I took my WRX STI to a Rallycross event! And it was AWESOME!

Click the link for the full scoop and footage from the event
All We'll Drive: RS and STI Rallycross (Video)

Good stuff. I admire your ability to not get too caught up in keeping it perfect. One day, when I decide I'm not keeping it anymore, I'll wish I had driven mine this way.
 

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Seems like an expensive car for beater use.
It could, but it seems like more of a waste to pay for this "expensive car" and not enjoy it.

Good stuff. I admire your ability to not get too caught up in keeping it perfect. One day, when I decide I'm not keeping it anymore, I'll wish I had driven mine this way.
Normally I wouldn't be comfortable with using this car in rallycross, but that weekend was kind of a perfect opportunity. As the Event Master, it didn't matter where I placed in the event to get top points towards the season. Plus I had one friend with his Subaru getting a new engine built and another friend who wanted to co-drive, so they both got to compete using my '00 Impreza Coupe. I didn't drive the STI super hard since the approach angle on some parts of the course could've easily messed up my bumper. I took a few sections easy and had fun the rest of the way. Add in the fact that I already have Primitive Racing skidplates under the engine and under the rear diff, All-Seasons, mudflaps, and a clear bra, and my car was pretty well protected. Aside from needing a deep cleaning after the event, the car made it through with no issues.
 

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No destruction here. Cleaned it up for the big meet we had the following weekend and everything is fine. It helps when I'm not "competing" with it... or else I would've been pushing harder and probably busted a clip or two or messed up the bumper. For a fun go around the course, it was a ton of fun already.


 
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