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2018 STi Type RA #454

Engine
Namless 3" Midpipe
JDM STi Sport Mufflers
JDM STi Oil Cap
JDM STi Battery Tie Down

Suspension / Drivetrain
JDM STi Front Support Brace
JDM STi Front Lower Draw Stiffner
JDM STi Rear Trunk Draw Stiffner
JDM STi S208 Rear Subframe Extended Bolts
JDM STi Lower Subframe Stopper ** To be Installed
USDM STi/S209 20mm Rear Swaybar
Torque Solutions Rear Differential and Subframe Inserts

Exerior
JDM STi Anti Glare Mirrors
JDM Type R-R/S209 Fog Covers

Interior
JDM STi Extended Armrest

AutoX
18" BBS Raijin
245/35/18 Bridgestone Potenza RE71R



Picked up my 5th Subaru, and 1st STi on May 9th, 2019 with 7,000 miles.

Plan to do a bunch of Autocross and Track Days in the coming weeks. Plan to keep it stock power wise, but I do have some suspension upgrades I am looking to add.







Summer of 2019 AutoX

Took the RA for its first Autocross Points race of the year. I missed the first 2 sessions because of the rain dates, but finished 2nd overall in B-Street. Ended up going with a set of RE71R's for the season.






Wicked Big Meet/New England Road Trip

Been a great summer with the car. Took a trip up to New Hampshire and Vermont and drove some amazing roads and stopped in at Wicked Big Meet.
















Top of Mount Washington


Spent a few days Claying and Waxing the car.




 

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My goal for this car was to make it as close to the JDM Type RA-R as I could. Trying to use as many oem upgraded parts as I can along the way.

JDM Battery Hold Down











Took a break from mods to put front brakes and rotors on the daily.


JDM S208 Rear Lateral Links. I also installed Whitelines rear subframe lockdown kit.







 

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Ordered a whole bunch of S209 Parts direct from my local dealer. It took awhile to get the rear draw stiffener, but it finally came. I installed:











 

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Received my JDM S208 extended Subframe bolts. These bolts are longer and thicker on the non threaded part. The idea is that all of the "S" series cars are handmade, and greater care can be taken to align the subframe to the body with less room for error. When this is done on the assembly line there needs to be some wiggle room.

There is a "lower subframe stopper" that I am also waiting on for the front 2 subframe bolts. This stopper as well as these bolts are also used on the S209.









Also, I found these rare beauties. More to come on those later. Thats what the Group N Exhasut hangers are for.
 

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Spent the past week or so slowly doing some paint correction on the RA. Just needed a basic clay, wax, and polish. I am no pro and am constantly learning about automotive detailing. Its definitely therapeutic.








 

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I wanted to upgrade the exhasut on the car since I got it. I wasn't sure which route to go since I am trying to keep this as JDM/OEM as possible. My options were the STi performance exhaust, S209 Mufflers, and the rare JDM Sport exhaust. Well I didn't want the STi Performance exhaust as it is technically more restrictive than the OEM Type RA/19+ exhaust. So that left me with very limited options as the S209 mufflers are $$ and the JDM Sport Mufflers are $$$$.

Browsing the classifieds on NASIOC I came across this combo of the Namless 3" midpipe and the JDM Sport Mufflers. Made and offer, and drove to Maryland to pick everything up!























Opinions: It sounds awesome. It is very quiet and well mannered on the outside. However, cold starts to me are absolutely brutal as far as drone. The OEM Type RA exhaust I felt was the same too. Also, at 2800 rpm off throttle has alot of drone. Overall, unless you are after the JDM/OEM theme I would look into the Cobb titanium catback.
 

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Was going to let the car fund cool for a bit after picking up the JDM Exhasut. Well, a former Type RA owner and current S209 offered me his S209/Type RA-R fog covers. These were absolutely on my short list of mods. Couldn't pass up the deal on bought them.




 

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Tracked down a part that is absolutely ridiculous. The amount of hate I got for even mentioning it to some on NASIOC was hilarious.

I tracked down the Type RA-R smaller capacity windshield washer tank that they fitted to reduce overall weight. It goes from 4.5L to 2.5L capacity. Yes fill my stock one up half way. Phhhh, no fun in that.

Subaru 86631 TANK, WASHER FRONT | JDM Japanparts.com | VA/VM

$80 from Japanparts


 

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hahah nice. I will never get why people get angry about how other people choose to spend their money.

I think it's a a fun project you've got going on. (y)
 
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