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August 2011, #163 came home with me with just over 60K on the odometer, bone stock besides tint and red painted calipers.

 

At 77K (right after going stage 1), the VF40 showed signs of failure were imminent with bearing noise and it was replaced under warranty.

 

Stage 2 hardware was installed at 80K - Finished up the Infamous e-tune at 82.5K. Pulls well and smooth power delivery. Of course now I'm hungry for more!

 

Installed the PW TMIC and doing a tune with Cryotune Performance for Stage 2 + PW at 86.5K. Updated the engine bay at the same time for a different theme overall.

 

87K - Cryotune Stage2+ is complete. Really pleased with the tune's drivability and performance! Will be working with him for the "next stage"!

 

For the 90K service, installed Gates blue racing kevlar accessory belts and tensioner pulley, OEM NGK plugs, Extra-S/LW Shockproof for tranny/diff, oil change with good old Rotella T6 5W-40 and a new engine under cover as well as a Grimmspeed LWCP.

 

At 93K installed Stoptech slotted rotors, street performance pads, and SS lines with ATE Super Blue fluid. BBK is overkill for my DD at this point and this stage of a brake upgrade really fit the bill.

 

Clutch upgraded at 96K. ClutchMasters FX350, OEM SMFW, TSK3, along with Group N Transmission Mount and Crossmember Bushings completed the upgrade. Break in is complete and this is an amazing setup! OEM pedal feel with great holding capabilities and super smooth shifts. Engagement is about 1/4 of the stroke off the floor and totally predictable. Doing the trans mount and crossmember bushings was the right choice - much less drivetrain slop during shifts and the SMFW paired with my Grimmspeed LWCP makes rev matching a breeze.

 

105K Maintenance completed. Gates timing kit, Subaru OEM water pump and gasket, SAMCO radiator hoses, OEM thermostat, replaced cam seals, and installed Group N motor mounts.

 

106K installed the TurboXS CBE to complete the full 3" TBE & a JDM Legacy GT front bumper, beam, fogs, and JDM STi lip were added.

 

124K Installed replacement Exedy Stage 1 organic clutch, modified TSK3 for new TOB, and loving it compared to the CM FX350! Also refreshed trans and diff with fresh Extra-S, and a new CV boot on the passenger front axle.

 

140K Installed new Bilstein B8 shocks and struts with new spec.B tophats, Subtle Solutions 3/8" saggy but spacers, and a new OEM radiator. Also installed Grimmspeed CAI, and new 05 Subaru headlight assemblies after going through so many issues with my HID retrofit.

 

 

Currrent Mods and some pictures:

 

ENGINE BAY & EXHAUST

 

Process West TMIC

Grimmspeed Up Pipe Flex v1

Grimmspeed Legacy Intake

Grimmspeed LW Crank Pulley

Grimmspeed Turbo Heat Shield (Lined w/ DEI ReflectAGold)

Grimmspeed 3-Port EBCS

Grimmspeed Oil Cap

Grimmspeed Brushed SS Alternator Cover

Grimmspeed Brushed SS Radiator Shroud

Grimmspeed Battery Tie Down

Grimmspeed Exhaust Gaskets

Grimmspeed Exhaust Hangers

Forge Stealth BPV

DeatschWerks 65c Fuel Pump

TurboXS TBE (DP/MID/Y/Cans)

SAMCO Turbo Inlet

SAMCO BPV Return line

SAMCO Upper/Lower Radiator Hoses

PTP Turbo Blanket

Gates Racing Blue Accessory Belts and Pulley

Gates Timing Belt Kit and OEM H2O pump

JDM Subaru Battery & Reservoir Covers

Redline Tuning QuickLIFT Plus Hood Struts

Prodrive Radiator cap emblems

 

TUNING

Tactrix OpenPort 2.0

CryoTune Performance - Stage2+ E-Tune

 

DRIVELINE

Exedy Stage 1 Clutch

Subaru OEM SMFW

TSK3 TOB Kit

Subaru STi 5MT Short Shift Kit

Kartboy 5MT SS Lever

Group N Motor Mounts

Group N 5MT Transmission Mount

Group N Transmission Crossmember Bushings

 

SUSPENSION & BRAKES

Bilstein B8 Struts w/ new spec.B tophats

Subtle Solutions 3/8" Saggy Butt Spacers

Swift Sport Springs

JDM STi Rear Lower Pillowball Suspension links

JDM STi Lower Arm Bar

Hotchkis F/R Swaybars (PC Speedway Black)

Kartboy Solid Endlinks F/R

AVO RSB Reinforcement Brackets (PC Speedway Black)

Whiteline Front Inner LCA Bushings

Whiteline LCA AntiDive/Caster Kit

Whiteline Roll Center & Bump Steer Kit

Whiteline Rear Camber Kit

Whiteline Steering Rack Bushing Kit

Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace

Stoptech Power Slot Rotors

Stoptech Street Performance Pads

Stoptech SS Braided Lines

 

WHEELS & TIRES

BBS Forged RE875 18x8 +50

BBS CF Center Caps and BBS Valvestem Caps

Michelin Pilot Super Sport 235/40R18

Project Kics Leggdura Lug Nuts Black

 

EXTERIOR

JDM Subaru Legacy GT Front Bumper Cover (bumper beam, lower plastic supports, headlight brackets and foglight assemblies swapped)

JDM Subaru Rear Bumper Cover

JDM Subaru Sport Mesh Grille

JDM Subaru Aero Sport Kit Front half lip

JDM Subaru Aero Sport Kit Side Skirts

JDM Subaru Aero Spats Rear

JDM Subaru One Piece Rain Visors

Central Composites CF Rear Deck Lip

Grimmspeed LP Relocator

Hella Horns Silver PC'd cage

Subaru OEM 05 Headlight Assemblies (new)

OSRAM Nightbreaker Low and High Beam bulbs

OSRAM Nightbreaker Fog bulbs

Chrome/Amber Turn indicator bulbs

K2 Gear CF Front and Rear Subaru Emblems

PIAA Forza Hybrid Silicone Wiper Blades

Windows tinted 30%

Vanity Plates "SPEC-B"

 

INTERIOR

GT Boost Gauge VBG1 w/ Boost & AFR

WC Lathe Werks Hybrid Black Copolymer/Burnt Gunmetal Piston Shift Knob

JDM Subaru Dual Console Box

JDM Subaru Legacy Sedan Trunk Liner

Redline Goods Perforated Black Nappa w/ Carbon Fiber Stripe Shift boot & E-brake Boot

Subtle Solutions Brushed Aluminum Dead Pedal

Subaru P-204UH HU w/ AUX in and Subaru iPod interface

Subaru OEM Winter Mats

Diode Dynamics Stage 2 Interior LEDs

Diode Dynamics CF cup holder inserts w/ Subaru Logo

Escort 8500 X50 detector w/ Blendmount

 

 

 

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New Pics coming soon!

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Some pics over the course of ownership:

 

First Week

 

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn146/jaymmmbee/LGTspecB/IMG_0239.jpg

 

After suspension work and some exterior mods

 

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn146/jaymmmbee/LGTspecB/IMG_0166.jpg

 

Volk CE28Ns and Stoptech Sport Kit

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn146/jaymmmbee/LGTspecB/specB%202013/DEEA6B1A-555F-4D3C-8207-D179E7FFA1D5-8517-000003FD9558DB39.jpg

 

Rear Lip

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn146/jaymmmbee/LGTspecB/specB%202013/null.jpg

 

Stance

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn146/jaymmmbee/LGTspecB/IMG_0368.jpg

 

Engine Bay

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn146/jaymmmbee/LGTspecB/Stage2/IMG_0092_zps370127e4.jpg

 

Interior

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn146/jaymmmbee/LGTspecB/Stage2/file_zpsfc236232.jpgTurboXS TBE

 

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn146/jaymmmbee/LGTspecB/specB%202013/IMG_0961.jpg

 

GaugeTek VBG1

 

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn146/jaymmmbee/LGTspecB/specB%202013/BA7143FB-20DE-463C-A830-BDAA8FA69E6D.jpg

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You've been busy! Do you have the rear lip on yet? I need to shoot some pics of the B.

 

Yes the trunk lip is on :cool: and Central Composites is redoing the front lip and going to prototype some skirts too!

 

We definitely need to do a shoot so ican advance away from iPhone pictures.

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Nice car. Do you still have the stock Spec B rims? If so I'm interested? I would like to see some rear pics, as well as interior pics.

 

I do have the spec.B wheels, and think I'm keeping them. Considering powder coating and running them for winters unless I can find someone with clean LGT stockers in 17".

 

If mattg and I get together soon we will do a proper shoot inclusive of those areas. I do have some rear shots I'll add when I get to a computer.

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I do have the spec.B wheels, and think I'm keeping them. Considering powder coating and running them for winters unless I can find someone with clean LGT stockers in 17".

 

If mattg and I get together soon we will do a proper shoot inclusive of those areas. I do have some rear shots I'll add when I get to a computer.

 

I hate when there isn't a computer around lol. I would be willing to trade you my stock 17's for your Spec B rims. what do you think? Do you just want to do rims or rims and tires? My tires are stock size and are Nitto Neo gens with plenty of tread as my leggy isn't my Daily. i Think I have like a 7 or 8 on the tread life still.

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Yes the trunk lip is on :cool: and Central Composites is redoing the front lip and going to prototype some skirts too!

 

We definitely need to do a shoot so ican advance away from iPhone pictures.

 

Skirt lips? They were going to do full rockers in dry CF for me but I didn't end up pursuing it. I would be in on the lips though.

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Skirt lips? They were going to do full rockers in dry CF for me but I didn't end up pursuing it. I would be in on the lips though.

 

Yes precisely! I told Marcus you might want to jump in - he did say you guys discussed before. We are taking some measurements Monday :cool:

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I hate when there isn't a computer around lol. I would be willing to trade you my stock 17's for your Spec B rims. what do you think? Do you just want to do rims or rims and tires? My tires are stock size and are Nitto Neo gens with plenty of tread as my leggy isn't my Daily. i Think I have like a 7 or 8 on the tread life still.
Definitely not tires since these will be dedicated winters. I'm still on the fence and may hold onto these or I may go with something other than the early LGT stockers as well. These will be winters but it's hard to not consider 04 STi BBS for winter duty to keep them light and a little better offset. I'll let you know if I do decide to part with them :)
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Definitely not tires since these will be dedicated winters. I'm still on the fence and may hold onto these or I may go with something other than the early LGT stockers as well. These will be winters but it's hard to not consider 04 STi BBS for winter duty to keep them light and a little better offset. I'll let you know if I do decide to part with them :)

No problem man I will wait and see what you decide.

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where can i get that lip?

 

CentralComposites.com is based here in Oregon and they have the molds currently (eventually they will be gone forever).

 

I love that trunk lip. Makes me want to get one for my Spec B.
I really am happy with it. I like how it carries the body line from the rear fenders - ties in really nicely.
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While waiting on the next revision of the tune I've been busy getting some other parts together for some more updates.

 

Fresh CF front lip is ready so I'll be fitting that up, along with the Subtle radiator shroud and Redline Tuning Hood struts so I can rid myself of the annoying prop rod. Need to install the AVO TB hose (OEM is pretty fatigued per my mechanic) which I plan to do once I get my BP TMIC reinforcement kit in the mail from BarManBean.

 

Going to try out some PlastiDip on the chrome rocker inserts too. Hoping to get them close to the color of the wheels so I have some black, gunmetal, silver metallizer and clear. Need to paint a few test pieces to see if I can layer it in a way it suits the car.

 

Looks like brakes are in the near future. Pads are getting pretty low so I'm researching options for rotors/pads and will flush the fluid and replace with super blue. Thinking Stop Tech pads and rotors, or possibly some DBAs.

 

The IP&T GB for sways/ELs/brackets is just a little ways out, so that will wrap up the suspension work for now. Seeing as they come in Blue - they will get powdercoated before I install them. Thinking of matching the wheels or going with gloss white to match the KB ELs.

 

May look for some used spec.B Bilsteins and send them in to be rebuilt/valved by Bilstein for the Swift springs. This or HDs. Just thinking the valving for the spring rate will be the way to go and since I have 80K on mine they are due.

 

More pictures to come!

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Brand new replacement CF front lip installed - sending the original off to NRW (enjoy!). Little shot of the finished product...

 

http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn146/jaymmmbee/LGTspecB/111bf196.jpg

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Haven't taken any interior shots lately - it's an area I haven't modded outside of LED lighting and getting the Subaru style Momo knob. Definitely will soon for a "before" since I do want to do some audio upgrades as well as a few bling bits (new leather boots, extended armrest, shifter and knob).
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