finsta Posted May 27, 2018 Share Posted May 27, 2018 (edited) I figure this thread is long overdue. I'm mostly a lurker on these forums but I decided it was time to make a thread detailing my adventures and thoughts. In 2016, I decided I was done with driving automatics and wanted a car more exciting than a 1997 Camry V6. I started looking around in my area for Legacy GTs and Outback XTs as a first manual car. Initially, I wanted a 2007-2008 Forester XT. I still have a sweet spot for them. I was disappointed with what I found in Quebec so I started looking west. Eventually, I found this 2007 specB with 17100 km or 10620 miles. Car was never winter driven and an older fellow was the sole owner. I flew out and scooped it up pending an inspection. The car had (and still does) have the protective wrap on the door scuff plates and had some plastic elsewhere. The snag about this car is that there is wear on it. The paint on the car has many rock chips as it was flat towed behind an RV. This also means that the mileage of 17100km that I got the car with is motor only, I have no idea how much mileage the transmission has seen in neutral. Several surfaces in the interior are scuffed. In addition to that, one of the bolsters on the driver's seat is worn. Me being extremely anal, I wish to fix this up in the future. How I go about and proceed to do so, I have no idea but I'll be discussing this and seeking advice in these forums especially since this is my first car I'd like to work on myself. My plans for this car are to "restore" it to it's former cosmetic self and to make it a sleeper daily (stage 2/3, looking to keep things stock motorwise). Notable work done on car so far: (Last updated on Feb 23/2021) Recalls: brake, Takata and air pump (Winter 2017) Double DIN stereo install with Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX (Spring 2020) STI v7 Wheels with Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 (215/50/17) for winter, BBS 5x100 v8 STI wheels with Pilot Sport 4 (235/45/17) for summer. Brembos, all four corners with Hawk HPS 5.0 pads and Centric rotors. Powdercoated Prismatic Powders Illusion Lime Time Invidia Catless downpipe with added High Output G-Sport by GESi Catalytic converter Removed front and rear tow hitches and associated wiring. IAG AOS, Street v3 DW65c Fuel Pump Rebuilt VF52 from TurboPartsCanada with billet compressor wheel upgrade, clipped turbine shaft, wastegate actuator porting, upgraded flapper, upgraded 14psi wastegate actuator Group N pitch stop Grimmspeed TMIC Getadomtune Cylinder 4 cooling mod Group N pitch stop Whiteline control arm bushings Custom Varex Catback by Make Automotive, controller made by yours truly EDM Rev D-F center console with swapped red LEDs to match Remote starter, I've never had one but find it useful in northern winters (Winter 2018) Raceseng Spherology shift knob and Redline Goods shift boot black leather with matching blue stitching (Spring 2018, updated in 2020 for EDM interior) Tuned by Uptown Autosport , at 314whp, 323 lb-ft. Future plans and hoarded parts: JDM Rev D-F facelift swap, have the parts, waiting for better weather. (Front end, USDM Rev D-F rear, power folding mirrors)Whiteline swaybar kit + Rear swaybar reinforcementFull repaint. Unfortunately, given the state of the paint, this will be necessary since Montreal winters are not kind and just about every surface has tons of rock chips that are either starting or will begin to rust. At the time of writing this, the car has 73800km. My weekly work commute is a bit shy of 70 miles weekly. None the less, welcome! Edited March 14, 2021 by finsta Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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