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Current modifications:

Motor / Drivetrain:

  • Grimmspeed catted downpipe (10/17/2021)
  • Grimmspeed Stealthbox intake (10/17/2021)
  • Cobb Accessport - tuned by Drunkmann Tuning - (10/17/2021)
  • AEM 340lph E85-compatible fuel pump (10/26/2021)
  • Grimmspeed boost control solenoid (10/30/2021)
  • Invidia R400 catback (10/30/2021)
  • NGK Iridium 2309 1 step colder spark plugs (11/13/2021)

Suspension:​

  • Cusco rear strut tower bar (10/28/2021)
  • H&R Sport Springs (11/14/2021)
  • Airlift 3P air ride kit with Airtekk struts and Air Zenith compressor (to be installed soon)

Exterior:

  • Windows tinted 20% all around (10/26/2021)
  • Rota Strike - 18x9.5" +38; Michelin Pilot Spot 4 A/S 245/35/18 (11/22/2021)
  • OEM window rain guards (12/25/2021)
  • Custom STI center caps using FastWRX vinyl decals (12/26/2021)
  • OEM USDM rear aero splash guards (12/31/2021)
  • 3A Motor duckbill trunk spoiler (01/05/2022)
  • Bayson R VR style front lip (01/10/2022)
  • SBTK fog light deletes (to be installed soon)

Interior:

  • STI logo steering wheel decal (10/19/2021)
  • MachV trunk handle strap (10/22/2021)
  • JDM push button start cover in red (10/22/2021)
  • MachV Accessport vent mount (10/28/2021)
  • OEM silver lower steering wheel trim (10/28/2021)
  • OEM silver dash trim (10/29/2021)
  • Custom Sintra trunk floor with Texas Fabrics charcoal trunk fabric (to be installed soon)
  • No Coast Engineering Airlift full cubby controller mount (to be installed soon)
  • StreetRays Airlift manifold mini mount (to be installed soon)
Extras:

  • Fumoto F-105 oil drain valve (11/06/2021)
  • Grimmspeed 12mm poly exhaust hangers (11/06/2021)
  • McGard SplineDrive lug nuts in black (11/22/2021)

Maintenance:

  • Post break in oil change - Motul X-Cess 5w-40 and Mazda N3R1-14-302 oil filter (1,200 miles - 11/06/2021)
  • New tires - Michelin Pilot Spot 4 A/S 245/35/18 (1,600 miles - 11/22/2021)


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Planned:

  • Stage 1
    • Bayson R CS style side skirts
    • HT Autos V1 rear spats
    • Custom front mesh grille
    • Subispeed USDM TR style taillights in red lens
  • Sage 2
    • Roof and side mirrors painted Crystal Black Silica
    • OLM Kaze style roof spoiler in Crystal Black Silica
    • Powder coat the stock STI Brembos turquoise
    • Custom seat belts in turquoise
    • WC Lathe Werks titanium alternator shroud
    • Varis carbon cooling style hood paint matched Crystal White Pearl
    • Varis carbon badgeless trunk paint matched Crystal White Pearl
    • Custom vented front fenders
  • Stage 3
    • Recaro Sportster CS in custom British tan upholstery with matching rear seats
    • Titanium Works front and rear titanium STI badges
    • WC Lathe Werks titanium fender badges
    • Custom front Subaru emblem
    • RK Titanium dual exit track exhaust
    • AMS Performance intake manifold powder coated turquoise
 

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10/19/2021 - Introduction and stock car photos:

Hey all! I've been a member here for a few years, as I owned a 2002 WRX and a 2005 STI a while back, but unfortunately had sold both to get back into some American muscle. I purchased a 2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack shortly before the pandemic started, and planned on buying a daily to keep it in the garage, which ended up being a 2004 Audi TT Quattro. I love both cars, but with the pandemic hitting my industry a bit hard, the increased insurance and gas prices, and the fact that I had plans for both cars that were just too bit to do at the same time, it made sense to start contemplating other car choices.​
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About a month ago, my wife and I decided to look at the trade in value on the Challenger, and since it was basically what we paid two years prior, we opted to get rid of both cars and get back into a Subaru. I know there is a lot of back and forth on the new models coming out, but I have always loved the STI platform with all of its benefits and problems, and couldn't see myself waiting for something else to come out in a year or more. I also had debated buying used, but going from a new car to a used one did feel weird, and I am a bit obsessive with details so preferred to just buy brand new. We found two new STI Limiteds with a lip spoilers locally, and decided to pull the trigger on the Crystal White Pearl one.​
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I know, you all have seen a stock VA body STI plenty of times, but I figured I will document my (most likely slow) progress with this car at every stage, and have also been trying to focus on my photography a bit more. I have already installed a Grimmspeed catted downpipe and Stealthbox intake that I got from a local guy parting his car out, as well as an Accessport. I have an AEM fuel pump, Grimmspeed ECBS, and Cobb titanium catback on the way, and will hopefully be getting tuned by Felix Performance on November 13th. I do also plan on swapping the current trunk for one with a wing, hopefully I will be able to find one in decent shape relatively quickly.​
As you can see, I am a bit obsessive about how I set up my build threads, as I have owned a lot of cars over the years, and have done this many times. This time I really hope to FINISH a build; meaning get the bulk of my plans done and actually have a story worth following. Stay tuned for more, even if it does move slow for a bit!​
 

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Nice to see another Limited with the wing delete.
I can't say I'll be this way for long, I have posted pretty much everywhere I can asking to swap trunks. I miss having the wing... 😭​

how funny is it when people are shocked af that its a sit with out the big wing?
Honestly the car gets pretty much zero attention right now, and I'm not sure how much the wing has to do with it. It's probably because it is stock as shit, but I'm sure the lip spoiler just makes the car seem so unassuming as well.​
 

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Congratulation and welcome back. Enjoy your new journey with the STI and happy motoring.
Thank you, excited to be back!​


Side note; may have already found a trunk swap, should hopefully go down this weekend.​
 

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The WRX and STI without the Wing is somewhat plain looking (compared to most new cars that have a bolder designs) that most non-car people won't give it a second glance (which can be a good thing). I'm in my 40s and took the wing off, cause I thought I was too old for it. But for some reason I just enjoy the car more with it, so it's back on. I haven't had any issues with people trying to race me or the Cops with the wing. I do think if I had to deal with bro-street racers, I'd rethink my stance.
Yeah, I am 33, so not quite young enough to be in the younger category, but not old enough to feel like I need to "grow up" in any ways. I honestly don't really care about the attention, since I don't really drive in a way that would bring extra unwanted attention my way, but I do feel like the wing is just so iconic for the STI platform that I need to have it. But I do agree on the design being a bit bland in a way without it as well.​

I dig the lack of attention until they see the big yellow callipers . always been a fan of sleepers tho
I think my problem with the sleeper idea is that I would want to make sure it was one hell of a sleeper if I were to go that route, to REALLY shock people. But I usually tend to go somewhat mild on engine builds (in comparison to a lot of crazy ass builds I see out there), and feel like I just want to make something that looks and drives how I want it. I have debated getting another Mini Cooper in the future for a real sleeper build :devilish:
 

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the s209 style wing would prob be the one id considering getting since all the wrx boys get the sti wing. I love minis
I thought about that, but I just feel like the paint matched STI wing fills out the back end so well. I actually quite like the APR wings too, but I only think I could do it on a darker car to balance the small trunk area out better.​
And Minis are surprisingly badass. I would actually love an older RHD Austin Mini, but I had a R53 and R56 Mini Cooper at one point and loved them. I think a K24 or even a VW VR6 swap would be killer in one.​
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Welcome! looks good. So did that challenger. I’m on my 3rd STi since 2007 and I had two separate trunks for the last two. I could swap the trunk in 10 minutes depending on how I felt that day haha. My 2020 is just lip spoiler but I will eventually get a winged trunk too, either from a wrecked STi or have one made.
Oh man, that is a solid idea, but I don't think I could commit the money to that.... Maybe in the future, or I'll snag a carbon duckbill trunk to swap in and out.​
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AEM fuel pump arrived yesterday, along with the Grimmspeed ECBS. I just hit 1000 miles, and am just under a half tank of gas, so I'll probably install the fuel pump tonight and then throw on the ECBS at the tuners shop right before I get it tuned. I decided not to do the Cobb titanium catback, partially to save a little money on exhaust and partially because I decided I wanted a bit more deep rumble sound than the more aggressive titanium sound. I may change my mind in the future, but I ordered the Invidia R400 which should be here on Thursday.​
 

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11/01/2021 - Getting loud:

This week / weekend was fairly productive, as I was able to install the fuel pump, boost controller, and catback, as well as some interior goodies. I didn't get a chance to photograph the interior, but I swapped out the piano black dash trim and steering wheel trim for the OEM silver, replaced my shitty 3D printed AP vent holder with the nicer one from MachV, and got my windows tinted (20%). I also installed the Cusco reat strut tower bar, as I needed to figure out its placement before I started mounting my air tank for the bag setup just to make sure I had the right spacing for it.​
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I'm going to keep working on the air setup, although I am still waiting to buy a few parts before I can finish everything off... ideally I want to finish the suspension before I invest in anything else big, but I may have found a trade for my wheels that would make me happy. I really don't like the stock wheels at all with the two tone thing going on...​
Edit: Took a few shots of my buddies WRX as well while we were washing cars:​
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After having the exhaust for a little bit now, I have to say it is really growing on me quite a bit. I have to say that the Invidia R400 was honestly a bit too rumbly for me, without any real aggressive tone like I was used to on my old Tomei system. Although I was looking for a lot of rumble, I was hoping to have a tiny bit of rasp and not just all bass. Driving with it for about a week, it honestly sounds great. I still may consider a titanium system in the future, preferably the RK Titanium track system, but I do think it might be too loud for my wife to deal with.​
I did have to order the Grimmspeed exhaust hangers, as I am definitely not thrilled with the fit on this right now, and after fiddling with things for about an hour last night I just gave up. Hopefully the two different mounting points will allow me to dial this fit in better.​
I also have another potential trunk swap candidate, keep your fingers crossed for me on that one...Their STI should arrive at the dealer between the 12th and 15th, and they are eager to swap right away.​
 

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11/13/2021 - Tuned; part one:

First tune was done today, thanks to Anthony Berry / Drunkmann Tuning at Felix Performance. I say first tune, as I had to compromise between doing a few things to get more power (safely) and not breaking the bank like crazy right off the bat while I have other things to focus on. In all fairness, I actually had zero intentions of engine modifications just yet, as I really wanted to get the exterior more where I wanted it before doing anything else since I still am not 100% sold on the styling yet.​
I know, I know; onto the results. I made 329 whp and 368 torque, which actually isn't bad considering what I have done so far. I was certainly limited by being on stock injectors, but I just didn't want to spend they money just yet and have much bigger plans for the future anyway. Motor safety was paramount for me at this stage of the game.​

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The status of the motor at this point:​
Mileage: 1,513 miles​
Compression test: Cylinder 4: 138 Cylinder 2: 134 Cylinder 1: 132 Cylinder 2: 133​

  • Grimmspeed catted downpipe
  • Grimmspeed Stealthbox intake
  • AEM 340lph E85-compatible fuel pump
  • Grimmspeed boost control solenoid
  • Invidia R400 catback
  • NGK Iridium 2309 1 step colder spark plugs
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I know it might seem a little underwhelming, but I am happy with at least getting a solid boost in power above stock, bringing me a little bit closer to the feeling I miss from the Challenger. Once I'm satisfied with the exterior, I'll definitely start planning out a much more significant build and prep for the second tune. Stay tuned for more :p
 

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Well, part one of my wheel setup came in today...the wheels themselves! I had been debating between doing a summer and winter setup, but I think for now it just makes sense to just do one set and run all seasons. I opted to go with the Speed Bronze colored Rota Strike in 18x9.5" +38, and will be running 245/35/18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 A/S tires on them. Yes, I'm going with a bit of stretch, as I do still hope to be on air in the nearish future, and want that super flush fitment without much camber. I will likely test fit tonight or tomorrow to make sure I definitely am happy with these before mounting tires, but I doubt I'll be able to get these on the car before Thanksgiving due to some work travel.​

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Nice wheels! I'm running All seasons with no issues. I'm in Northern VA so I think an High Performance A/S suites me well as we don't get enough snow to warrant a dedicated tire. You car is coming together nicely!
Thanks! I'm excited for them, although I kind of hate the center caps. I may have figured out a way to do some decent looking STI center caps on them, but waiting for things to come in....​
Damn, didn't realize you were in NOVA! You aren't too far at all, I'm in central Maryland. Will have to get together for a meet or something soon! But yes, I think the all seasons will be just fine for me, and if I do want to get nicer wheels in the future these will make some killer winter wheels.​
Edit: (poorly done) Photoshop of STI center caps on these wheels. I definitely like this more.​
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Nice looking wheels. Are they casted or Rotary forged/Flow Formed? I know about Rota but no actual experience with them. Depending on the cap, you may be able to modify them like I did with my Enkei caps.
Yeah see, that is exactly what I want to do! I may end up modifying the stock caps, as the new ones I bought didn't fit right, but I was hoping to keep the stock caps in case I feel like changing it up. And they are cast, as far as I know, as I don't think Rota does any forged or flow formed wheels. I wasn't that pressed, as I figured this was something cheap to get me started on this car, and they'll likely just turn into winter wheels at some point anyway.​

nice build!!! what are your plans next?
i came from a heavily modded b8.5 s4, it was making close to 480whp. unfortunately, i blew a rod and had to make a decision, whether to build the motor or get into something else. I owned a 2011 STI and i loved it. so i pulled the trigger on a WRB STI, still awaiting delivery. i look at Audis now and i hope i don't miss the s4. i will do little things here and there. I agree that the STI front end is not as aggressive as the scatpack . i think some drop, aggressive wheels would change that. At least, that what im planning to do , come the summer. I'm planning to buy a slightly used c6 corvette as a dedicated" summer /fun car" if my finances can swing it. However, right now, the used market price is completely ridiculous.
Thanks! Next up now that I have the wheels (I'll have to get a picture soon), I plan on finishing my air setup and get the suspension fully dialed in. I think all of my focus at this point will be on exterior modifications, as I'm not super in love with the styling on this body still, and then I'll get back into motor stuff. Congrats on the purchase, hope you get it soon and can start enjoying it! I thinkt he plan for a C6 is a great one, I actually would love to do something like that eventually. Or at least something LS swapped, as I do want to get back into the V8 game at some point. But yeah, wait out this market, it's too crazy right now to buy multiple cars.​
 

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11/29/2021 - Got the new shoes on:
After I got back from my work trip to Vegas (sucked), my tires came in to Costco. I very quickly ended up regretting ordering through them, as even with the massive discount I received, the customer service was some of the worst I had experienced. They ended up losing my tires and had my come back and forth a few times, with different managers telling me different things. I was about ready to just walk away and go somewhere else, but decided to go through with it after speaking to one last manager. I was able worried that they might mess things up, but he assured me a little bit of stretch wouldn't be an issue, and they actually game out great. The only thing I am bummed about is the ugly silver weights, so I will be taking them off soon to paint those and hide them better.​

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All in all, I actually do really like them. They poke out a bit, which I don't love at this ride height, but I know once I'm on air it will probably be a pretty damn flush fit due to the camber when aired out. I am REALLY glad I decided to lower it on springs for now, as going to 18" wheels would have given me so much more wheel gap than I even have now. Air can't come soon enough.​
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Beautiful Built! Car made awesome torque on stock injectors.
Thank you! Yes, I was pleasantly surprised considering the injectors, but I knew if I upgraded those now I probably would be pushing the motor a bit too hard for what I want at the moment. One day!​
I was curious on how they'd look when you stated your going to run 245/35 on 9.5", but outcome is good!
I actually really like the fit of that wheel\tire combo on stock ride height. it looks very functional (and I mean that as a compliment).
Yeah it looks lowered, for my taste it's perfect. Seems like when folks run a 18x9.5+38 w/265/35 it creates more wheel gap.
I missed it earlier but I see the OP listed in his build that it on lowering springs so not stock ride height. With that though, I think it looks great
Ha..ha...I missed that too! I thought he was going straight to air....well this makes more sense now.
Haha yes, I did lower it 1" since that is the maximum drop I could find on a budget. I knew I wasn't going to be able to finish my air setup before I got my wheels, and I needed to at LEAST buy new tires before winter. It just made sense to go this route, and I would have hated the ride height after going with a smaller diameter wheel. I think this actually brings it back to a fairly stock look on 18" wheels, so I'm at least okay with it for now.​
 

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I ended up finally doing my center caps, and I would say that I am pretty happy considering how little time and money I actually spent on them. Are they perfect? No. Can you tell they are printed vinyl up close? Yes. But considering most of the time you're going to see them from a distance as part of the overall wheel, AND these wheels are still going to eventually just become winter wheels, I think they are great. I will throw them on tonight most likely, but probably won't get photos of them on until this weekend.​
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I think they look good, are those the ones from MachV?
Yupp! The center caps themselves are Amazon specials, and they are a tiny bit loose in the wheel itself. I threw some butyl tape around the rim to keep them in, hopefully they will stay put. I only got two of them on, since my dumb ass forgot that my torque wrench is on the frits and overtightened the locking lug on my rear passenger wheel....snapped the lock right into the lug. Have a new set of locks and the key itself coming (hopefully) soon, and will finish up the other two wheels.​
Got my OEM rain guards and my front lip for Xmas, but I'm not sure I'm feeling the front lip to be honest...I'm waiting to put it on as I listed it for sale, but if it doesn't go within a week I'll just throw it on. Have 3 other things coming very soon too... :p
 

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Nice! I kinda wish the current OEM center caps had that design. Did you get the OEM front lip or a different one?
I honestly quite like the stock center caps, I was debating trying to find a way to somehow make a custom cap involving them....I may in the future for nicer wheels lol. I went with the Bayson R MPX style lip...I really liked it in the photos from certain angles, but realized the empty space in person feels like a lot for my taste. I think I'm going to go with their VR style lip instead, if I can find a buyer for this current one. Whatever I go with will be painted a textured black to try to get closer to the stock front bumper area, although I know I won't be able to emulate the texture on that part.​
Small update.... I just pulled the trigger on the rest of my air setup. It should be here Monday!​
 
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