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Chapter 15: The Ultimate STi Accessory

Because it had been my only car, I've been using the STi as a long distance commuter. It's been fun but it's really not what the car was made for. Plus I have some other ideas about what I want to do with STi, and if I follow through with those ideas it will render the car, uhmm, let's just say it would be less suitable for a daily commute of over 100 miles. ;)

Needless to say I've been looking for some way to solve this dilemna. I finally found it -- the ultimate accessory that will allow me to use the STi as it was intended.

Big thanks to RichXKU for the inspiration. He calls his pair Yin and Yang, I guess that leaves me with, what -- Scooty and the Beast?


The Fit:



The front (The Future? :lol: )



The rear - now we know where some of of the 800 pound difference went:



Scooty and the Beast!
 

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nice, next up is a set of coilovers and some JDM wheels ;)
Heh. I've already done a couple of mods, and plan a couple more, but they're all of the comfort/convenience/efficiency nature. I added a Zeta dead pedal, I made my own padded armrest for the driver's door, and I popped in some higher output headlight and foglight bulbs from my buddies at rallylights.com. Which reminds me -- you know that long thread here about adjusting headlights because they come from the factory adjusted too low? Same is true for the Fit! I cranked them up quite a bit and still do not get flashed by oncoming cars.

what mileage does the fit get you wdb?
It's still pretty new, and I'm still pretty new at driving to maximize gas mileage, but I just hit 39.9 MPG on my fourth tank. I'm hoping to be able to average 40 MPG during my commuting miles. I'll probably pick up a ScanGauge so I can see what tricks work better than others for me. RichXKU routinely gets in the 50 MPG range with his Fit, but he's a hypermiling maniac. ;)

For me, anything over 35 MPG is a bonus. I calculated that, at 35 MPG, the car would pay for itself in reduced fuel costs alone. If I get better mileage, or if gas stays above the $3.75/gal I used for my calculations, I'm happier still; more money for STi mods!
 

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Not-so-much likes: the back end may be too clean, particularly when compared to the front end.
That is why I don't like it; the car looks unbalanced when compared to the rest of the car(the fenders, the scoop, etc.)
 

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I calculated that, at 35 MPG, the car would pay for itself in reduced fuel costs alone.
i calculated that, at 8 mpg for the 25k i drive a year (when i have it (isfh), i could send the wife down to florida in her honda element for two weeks and hire a few hookers while she's gone.
 

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It's still pretty new, and I'm still pretty new at driving to maximize gas mileage, but I just hit 39.9 MPG on my fourth tank. I'm hoping to be able to average 40 MPG during my commuting miles. I'll probably pick up a ScanGauge so I can see what tricks work better than others for me. RichXKU routinely gets in the 50 MPG range with his Fit, but he's a hypermiling maniac. ;)

For me, anything over 35 MPG is a bonus. I calculated that, at 35 MPG, the car would pay for itself in reduced fuel costs alone. If I get better mileage, or if gas stays above the $3.75/gal I used for my calculations, I'm happier still; more money for STi mods!
that is definitely a bonus and a mod i have been thinking about getting as well... maybe one day. :D
 

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Hey Dave,
Fit looks good. I actually just went the other way. After nearly 2 years in my Prius at about 48-49 MPG for the lifetime, I just traded it in on an '08 STi. I wish I could have kept the Prius for the commute but it just wasn't a car that I got excited about driving. Pictures of my AW STi will be up soon.

Fred
 

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Awesome news Fred! Welcome back to the STi fold. I'll bet the trade-in value for that Prius was pretty high.

Sorry to hear that your Prius was a bore to drive. The Fit is actually quite a bit of fun, especially on secondary roads and in city driving. It's very quick and nimble, turns and stops on a dime, all of that fun stuff. The only thing it lacks is outright power. In fact there are quite a few folks autocrossing them, and there are even people doing track days!

Bruce, just do it. After all, you've got that 'other woman' back in your life now, and she looks like she's pretty close to giving you what you want.
 

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Big thanks to RichXKU for the inspiration. He calls his pair Yin and Yang...
Silver is as silver does:
:D:tup: Anytime!

nice pick up! my wife absolutely loves her fit :tup:
Parking lights-on pic is the way to go!

Hey Dave,
Fit looks good. I actually just went the other way. After nearly 2 years in my Prius at about 48-49 MPG for the lifetime, I just traded it in on an '08 STi. I wish I could have kept the Prius for the commute but it just wasn't a car that I got excited about driving. Pictures of my AW STi will be up soon.

Fred
:eek: Wow he's back! Fred I haven't seen you since the 100° Valley forge meet. Hope the fam is doing ok.

WATSK reunion??

And my pair, why not; (last tank in the Fit: 50.1 MPG over 470 mi.)

Old but they still look the same.
 

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Props on the new ride :) excellent gas mileage DD ftw... you are lagging behind t3h_clap though, his Yaris is sittin on coilovers and wheels already lol :) Congrats on the new purchase
 

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Hey Rich,
Yep, i'm back. The hatch won me over. I took some pics the day I got it. I need to upload them so I can post them here.
I think the Valley Forge meet was the last one I was at with the '05.

BTW fam is fine, thanks for asking.

Fred

:D:tup: Anytime!



Parking lights-on pic is the way to go!



:eek: Wow he's back! Fred I haven't seen you since the 100° Valley forge meet. Hope the fam is doing ok.

WATSK reunion??

And my pair, why not; (last tank in the Fit: 50.1 MPG over 470 mi.)

Old but they still look the same.
 

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Wow, 2008 is the last post. I'm tardy. Here are some updates for all of you folks hanging on the edge of your seats.

The Fit continues to do yeoman duty as my daily driver. I have two sets of rims and tires for it. The summer set is old-school Mugens strapped with Michelin summer-gummers. RE25's and stock rims for winter. I also put a header and midpipe on the car, plus a front undertray. All of that was in the hopes of improving fuel economy, which it did, incrementally. But the front undertray also had the very happy effect of planting the front end of the car much better at any speed above 30MPH or so. Anyone with a Fit will tell you they're squirrely around big rigs and in sidewinds; well, mine isn't, not anymore. Plus it raised the cornering speed on my favorite offramps.

The other big change on the Fit was the addition of some H9 high beam lamps in the lower grille opening. I put them on when I was still doing a lot of night driving, and they really light up the road. They spoil me for any other car, STi-with-HIRs included. I went with a set of 90mm modules from rallylights because I wanted a wide beam pattern rather than the pinpoints a lot of driving lights give you. I need to be able to see Bambi bounding through the field before she jumps into my path, and that means a wide beam pattern. These lights fit the bill.

Oh yeah - the Fit also got a Subie transplant in the form of Impreza horns and interior map lights. The stock horn is pitiful; Bambi would just stand there in the road staring at me. With the Impreza horns she jumps and runs! And the map lights look almost stock, and make me feel that I'm in familiar surroundings. (Now if only the gas pedal did the same...)

Next major bit of car-related news was an impulse purchase I made last year around this time; a 1994 SVX, retrofitted with a WRX 5-speed. I knew it was a bit of a rat when I bought it, but I have always been intruiged by the SVX and I really wanted that 5-speed. As it turns out, the car needed more work than I expected to make it trustworthy. So it's been doing a lot of sitting around and waiting for me to get time to poke at it. I take it around the block about once a week to keep the cobwebs out. It's quite a departure from the STi, I must say! The ride is downright plush.

Finally, the STi - and why I thought to update this journal at all. During the last state inspection they found a broken front spring. I've been running Prodrives for several years without any problems, and I was really surprised by this finding. So the front end got stock springs put back in, and I started thinking about what to do about my now-mismatched springs and struts with 100K+ miles on them. The answer hit me like a thunderbolt just today - blow my tax refund on a set of TiC AST coilovers. :lol: Just placed my order today. I figure I'll get them somewhere around the time the ice and snow finally melt away enough for me to install them.

I might reinstall the stock front swaybar while I'm at it. The Hotchkis front bar has never been a favorite of mine; the front end may corner flatter, but it breaks away more quickly than it used to. It's downright twitchy in the wet, in fact. That opinion was reinforced by a lot of subsequent suspension discussions on this forum, which have steered away from stiffer front bars for most non-racing applications. I'll have to do some more research between now and then and decide just what I want to do.

Anyway there you go. A mere two years between updates. Maybe one of these days I'll even fix all the broken image links.
 

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Another revival. Errr, once every 3 or 4 years is better than none?

Last year the Fit was beaten to death in a monster hailstorm that hit the area. I replaced it with a Toyota Tacoma pickup. I'm liking it.

Meanwhile the STi was seeing semi-weekly duty taking me to work on some juicy back roads. It was also hailed on - for the second time! - but the damage was far, far less because the hailstones weren't the size of baseballs like the ones that did in the Fit. Come November I took it in for state inspection and was told they wouldn't pass it - the front subframe was too rusted! The shop I took it to for inspection didn't want to do the work, and I was not about to be robbed blind by a dealer. So I began a search for a relatively local independent shop. I finally found one a few weeks ago. Flat Four Specialties; two huge thumbs up. Great folks, great service, mod-happy as can be. They replaced the U-frame, front subframe, and some bolts and clamps and whatnot that had succumbed to the rust beast. While they were at it I had them put Group N mounts in for the motor and transmission. Plus they dropped the oil pan (replaced it actually, the flange was rusting) and checked the oil pickup; turns out my car has one of the good ones that doesn't crack. Finally some good news. More good news is that the unibody is still in good shape. That's lucky for me; the rusty bits can be unbolted and replaced. So anyway the car is finally back on the road.

I'll be taking it back down to Rich & friends at Flat Four to install the coilovers I've had since, oh, 2008 or so, and do a few more suspension tweaks. First I want to source some decent camber plates to replace the squeaky old Group N tops I put on lo those many years ago. (The reason I don't already have them is a long story, that involves a vendor here, that I won't get into.) I also worked a deal with my neighbor who has a very large garage in the woods behind her place that she doesn't use. I'm renting space in it, so the Subie will be under cover from now on. And just to keep it from getting lonely over there, I picked up a garage mate for it. :)
 

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NOooooo! you alright?
 
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