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Old 11-28-2016, 08:17 PM   #1
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I took a train from St. Louis to Chicago to pick up my new car, a 2007 Outback 2.5i with a manual transmission, and drove it all the way back with my wife. I needed something newer, nicer, and more reliable than my old EP3 Si. I work in the camera department TV and films, so I need something that can carry cases upon cases of equipment, but I also want the fun and efficiency of a car.

Mods: As of right now, it's completely stock, but that's probably not going to be true for long.

future plans:
25% tint all around
Legacy GT Wagon suspension or similar. I want the nice wagon stance this car was supposed to have, not the pseudo-SUV crossover wheel gap it currently has.
18x8 +40 silver or gold wheels
2008-2009 JDM two-stripe taillights
JDM hatch garnish/LED
STI lip
cool white LEDs all throughout the interior, including extra lighting in the hatch for late-night loadouts.







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'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so fucking what?' —Stephen Fry
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Old 11-29-2016, 04:43 PM   #2
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Looks great!

It's been a long time since I was truly into the Subaru world (the waning years with mine I lost interest) but they have some great parts available if you look around a bit. For wheels I would nominate the JDM Forester STi wheels. They're the right size, if a little high on the offset.



The USDM Forester XT Sport had a similar set of wheels, but was unfortunately a 17x7, +48 wheel.
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Old 11-29-2016, 05:48 PM   #3
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For suspension, I'd recommend getting some WRX or Legacy front struts and getting the Koni yellow strut inserts for them. Since the rears are multi-link, the shocks are available for purchase by themselves without having to cut up struts. You would need to pair those with either Legacy or aftermarket springs to have something in the strut/shocks usable range.
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Old 11-30-2016, 01:42 PM   #4
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My co-worker bought one of these and it has been a nightmare.

Issues with the powersteering. Oil-leaks galore. Headgasket leak that the previous owner didn't know about.

If you have any oil leaks showing underneath this car, fix it asap.

Otherwise, they are nice cars.

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Old 11-30-2016, 02:52 PM   #5
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That's funny. We just lost our 2005 2.5XT this weekend because the oil feed line on the turbo busted. My girlfriend ran it with the oil light on at highway speeds for a few miles without pulling over and the bearings are toast.

Could have been salvaged had she pulled over, but the problem was caused by no fault of her own.
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Old 12-29-2016, 02:05 AM   #6
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I finally got the hatch wiring harness swapped out for a new OEM one. It's funny how nice it is to have a working, locking hatch and reverse lights again!

I've got a new black delrin shift knob and billet boot retainer on the way from ebay. It was cheap, so if I don't like it, I guess I'll throw it at something.

I've got a couple of things to do before I lower the car, but I'm just looking at Legacy GR-2's and Tein H-Tech's or Spec-B springs. Not really wanting to spend Koni money at the moment.

AccordWarrior, I love those forester wheels. I actually almost bought a forester instead of this, but I couldn't get over the interior.

Oni, no oil leaks as of right now, but I'll keep an eye on it. It will be difficult since I don't have assigned parking at my apartment.
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'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so fucking what?' —Stephen Fry
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Old 12-29-2016, 10:04 AM   #7
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The GR-2s are trash. They're an OEM replacement that are lesser quality than the OEM struts and shocks. Bilstein and Koni make good rear shocks, but Bilstein is your only reasonable option for the fronts without opting for inserta struts.
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Old 12-30-2016, 11:26 AM   #8
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You could park on a piece of cardboard, that's a decent way to trace leaks. How I found the leak on my truck (oil filter I didn't tighten all the way)
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Old 01-03-2017, 07:37 PM   #9
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My shift boot was really ratty and my shift knob was worn smooth when I bought the car, so I replaced both of them tonight. I got a vinyl shift boot with red stitching, a billet aluminum shift boot retainer, and a black delrin shift knob. The knob isn't quite as big as I'd like, but it was only $11, so I can easily replace it without feeling bad!

Also pictured is my bluetooth adapter. I'll be running the cord through the center console instead of leaving it loose pretty soon.

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'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so fucking what?' —Stephen Fry
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The GR-2s are trash. They're an OEM replacement that are lesser quality than the OEM struts and shocks. Bilstein and Koni make good rear shocks, but Bilstein is your only reasonable option for the fronts without opting for inserta struts.
I hadn't heard that for Subarus, interestingly enough.

I just helped a friend do STI pinks and Excel-G on his WRX since it needed a budget-friendly refresh (167,000 miles on the original suspension, he's the original owner) and he said they were concerned a decent setup for the price.

I'm not denying that they might not be a great setup, but I've never heard them referred to quite as harsh as that.

I always wanted to have Feal revalve my STi's struts. I had a pair of Eibach Pro-Kit springs I never willed myself to put on and ended up selling.
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:55 AM   #11
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I think that's mostly due to the jaded Subaru community regurgitating information they hear all the time. When they're the only aftermarket struts available not named Bilstein (and now Feal is even making their own strut), people quickly find a reason to justify purchasing them. The fact is, for some very odd reason, no quality aftermarket company other than Bilstein has decided that the market here can support the manufacturing costs of a full strut.
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I think that's mostly due to the jaded Subaru community regurgitating information they hear all the time. When they're the only aftermarket struts available not named Bilstein (and now Feal is even making their own strut), people quickly find a reason to justify purchasing them. The fact is, for some very odd reason, no quality aftermarket company other than Bilstein has decided that the market here can support the manufacturing costs of a full strut.
When the average junk coilover (BC, et. al) costs $300-400 more (mad low, son!) than a set of struts, people jump and the average vendor doesn't care to make parts they won't sell.

I know Tokico used to make pieces for Subaru, do they not anymore?

My friend is happy enough with his KYBs, but at his mileage and wear on the car, spending large sums of money made zero financial sense.
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I found a forum sponsor that sells yellows for $150/corner. that's close enough to the GR2's that I can throw another couple hundred bucks at them and get the best.
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'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so fucking what?' —Stephen Fry
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I found a forum sponsor that sells yellows for $150/corner. that's close enough to the GR2's that I can throw another couple hundred bucks at them and get the best.
Absolutely. I know you're talking Spec B or Tein, but check out RCE and see what they've got available, I've yet to hear anything negative about them.
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spec b stuffs do ettt

i rec kyb agxs with some nice springs
rota makes the gravels which look like the sti /spec b wheels
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Clean wagon ! I wanted one, but ended up with a Legacy sedan. I see you have an AUX! Lol that's the only thing I got screwed with, not having one of those.
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You didn't get screwed. You just didn't buy an '07 and up.
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The car's still running great! I took a trip to my grandma's and hit some back roads on the way, and it handled it like a champ. Suspension and tires are a necessity for more cornering fun, though. Tint is coming next weekend. I'm thinking 25% should be good.

In other news, I finally got it licensed last week and debadged it today:
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'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so fucking what?' —Stephen Fry
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I just realized I've never updated this! About 3 months after I got it, I popped the engine due to oil starvation. I figured that since it was my newest car I've ever owned, it should be fine. it wasn't. I bought a cheap 92 EX 5spd Coupe that was hit in the back right quarter and needed a clutch, but was otherwise completely fine while it was down.

Long story short, I spent way too long thinking about fixing it before I just found a $250 junkyard motor and swapped it in. It's not perfect, uses about a quart of oil every fillup, and is throwing the annoying P0420 emissions code so it won't give me cruise control, but it's a good car that carries a bunch of shit.

I've had some '11 WRX wheels for a while, but I just got back from working in California to no job, so I needed a small project. I sprayed them in Duplicolor metallic bronze wheel paint and wrapped them in some accidentally-too-small tires that I got from a friend.





That was right after swapping them over, so the suspension isn't settled, making it look super monster-trucked, but it dropped another inch or so after driving it. I'm planning on getting OEM Legacy GT springs, shocks, and struts for it, lowering it another 2 inches. This is my daily driver, so I can't slam it on coilovers, unfortunately. It also desperately needs tint.
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'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so fucking what?' —Stephen Fry
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