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 Post subject: Yeti Sled. Roll Cage.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:40 am 
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I Say: Car mods are like OddBodz, you got to collect them all! -------------------------------------
Vehicle: MY05 STi swapped sled

Posts: 17945
Location: Spearwood Perth WA





GRF STi EJ257 Block.
GRF STi EJ257 Nitrated Crank.
CP Pistons. ( 99.5mm 8.2cr )
Manley H-Beam Rods.
SG9 XT EJ255 Heads.
Kelford R-199-A Camshafts.
Brian Crower Valve Springs & Retainers.
Supertech Nitrated Valves.
Supertech Valve Seals.
Kings Performance Bearings.
ARP Custom Age 625 Headstuds. ( 260-4704 )
Sti Timing Belt. ( st130284s0000 )
ASG Tuned to 252 KW@W
Engine Replaced At 128,641 Km.

K&N RC-5171 Air Filter.
Garrett GTX3076R turbocharger.
TurboSmart Vee-Port Pro BOV.
Custom FMIC Piping.
GrimmSpeed Topfeed TGV Delete Blocks. ( Ceramic Coated )
Reverse Mounted Intake Manifold.
Ported & Polished Intake Manifold.
Grimmspeed Phenolic Spacers.
GrimmSpeed 3 Port BCS.

Custom Low Mount Turbo Manifold.
Tial GT30R 0.82A/R V-Band Turbine Housing.
Custom Low Mount Turbo Exhaust.
Turbosmart 45mm Hyper Gate.
Screamer Pipe Waste-Gate Exhaust.
HiTech 3inch Rear Muffler.

Fuel System
United Pump E85 Race Blend Fuel.
Injector Dynamics ID1000s.
Radium Topfeed Fuel Rails.
Radium FST-R Surge Tank & Fuel Pressure Regulator.
DeatschWerks DW300 Fuel pump. (lift Pump)
Walbro 450LPH E85 Fuel pump. (Pressure Pump)
Speed Flow 200 Series Teflon Hose / Fittings.
Earls 175gph 10 micron Billet Fuel Filter. ( 230608ERL )
Hyperflow In-Tank Anti-Surge Kit.

Ignition System
Okada Projects Plasma Direct Coils. ( SD244011R )
Okada Projects Plasma Spark Boots. ( SP244001R )
NGK Iridium Spark Plugs.

Cooling System
Golpher Alloy Radiator.
Mishimoto Low Temp Thermostat.
LogPro Radiator Hoses.
Moroso Aluminum Coolant Expansion Tank.
Throttle Body Coolant Bypass mod.
Heater Core Bypass mod.

Oil System
Cosworth 12mm Oil Pump.
Moroso Alloy Sump & Pickup.
Killer B Windage Tray.
Mocal Oil Filter Relocation Take-Off.
Mocal Remote Mount Oil Filter Block.
Mocal Thermostatic Oil Cooler Take-Off.
Accusump 3qt Oil Accumulator.
Derale Oil Cooler Core. ( 51610 )
Filter Mag Oil Filter Magnet.
Mocal Electric Oil Scavenge Pump.
Penrite 10 Tenths Racing 15 15W-50 Engine Oil.

Engine Ancillary
Custom Alternator Relocation Bracket.
Tomie Timing Guide.
Perrin Crank Pulley.
Radium Dual Catch Can.
Fuel Vapor Purge Mod
Sokie Tech Carbon Fibre Gas Hood Struts
Sheet Hot Extreme Custom Heatshielded Headers

GDB STi 6spd Gearbox. ( TY856WB8KD )
GDB STi 5x114.3 Hubs.
GDB STi Front Drive Shafts.
DSS 800hp Rear Driveshafts. ( RA8528X4 )
GDB STi 3.54:1 R180 Diff.
Cusco Type RS Rear Differential.
Exedy Carbon D Twin Plate Clutch.
Syms Reinforced Release Bearing. ( Y20004S030 )
Goodridge Stainless Steel Clutch Hose.
Driveshaft Shop Carbon Fiber Driveshaft.
GDB STi Shifter Assembly.
Kartboy 6spd Front & Rear Shifter Bushings.
Perrin R180 Rear Diff Cover.
Dimple Magnetic Drain Plug Rear Differential. ( 3/4 NPT )
Dimple Magnetic Drain Plug 6MT Pan. ( M16X1.5 )
Dimple Magnetic Drain Plug 6MT Front Diff Housing. ( M26X1.5 )
Castrol React Performance Dot 4 Clutch Fluid.
Castrol Syntrax Universal Plus 75W-90 Gearbox Oil
Cusco LSD 80W-90 Rear Diff Oil

Wilwood Forged Narrow Superlite 6 Piston Front Big Brake Kit Black. ( 140-12874 )
Wilwood 14" / 355mm Front Rotor Upgrade.
EBC Yellows Front Brake Pads.
Brembo 2 Piston Rear Brake Calipers.
Biot 3 piece Rear Rotors. ( 316mm x 20mm, 190mm Handbrake 5x100 / 5x114.3 )
Ferodo DS3000 Rear Brake Pads.
Stoptech Rear Braided Brake Lines.
Motul RBF 660 Dot 4 Brake Fluid.
STi / AP Racing Hydraulic Handbrake Master Cylinder. ( 264014s000 )
Custom Hydraulic Handbrake Lever Assembly.
Rix Engineering Cable Handbrake Attachment.
GDB Brake Master Cylinder.
Hill Holder Delete.

GDB STi Spec C Steering Rack. ( 34110 FE550 )
GDB STi Steering Knuckle.
SuperPro Steering Rack Mounts. ( SPF2648BK )
Aeroflow Black Power Steering Reservoir. ( AF77-1020BLK )
Derale Power Steering Cooler. ( 51606 )
Castrol ATF DEX III Power Steering Fluid.

Suspension Front
Tein Mono Flex Coilovers.
Swift Springs 9 KG/MM Front Springs. ( Z70-203-090 )
GDB STi Spec C Forged Alloy Front Control Arms.
Extended Front Hub Knuckle Lower Ball Joints.
Kap Industries 5mm Alloy Castor Spacer Plates.
Hard Race Sperical Bearing LCA Front Bushes. ( 6953F )
Whiteline Offset LCA Rear Motorsport Bushes. ( KCA375M )
Whiteline Roll Center Adjustment Kit. ( KCA313 )
Perrin 25mm Front Swaybar. ( PSP-SUS-101 )
Tein Front Adjustable Strut tops. ( PAS28-31PFR )
Custom Spherical Bearing Front Swaybar Endlinks

Suspension Rear
Tein Mono Flex Coilovers.
Tein 7 KG/MM Rear Springs.
Ikeya Formula Adjustable Rear Lower Arm Kit. ( IFAO18003 )
Cusco Rear Adjustable Strut Tops.
Whiteline 22mm Rear Sway Bar. ( BSR35XZ )
Whiteline Swaybar Lateral Lock Kit Rear. ( KLL122 )
Perrin Rear Camber Bolts.
Whiteline Rear Toe Lock Bolts - Custom Modified. ( KCA377 )
Custom Spherical Bearing Rear Swaybar Endlinks

GDB STi Front Crossmember.
GDB STi Transmission Crossmember.
GDB STi Diff Carrier.
GDB STi Rear Crossmember.
Forester Spacer Delete.
Whiteline Front Strut Brace. ( KSB599 )
Cusco Lower Arm Bar H Brace.
Cusco Rear Frame Reinforcement Bar.
GT Spec Lower Tie Brace. ( GTS-SUS-1133 )
Tegiwa Master Cylinder Brace.
Summit Racing Fender Brace.
Whiteline Rear Strut Tower Brace. ( KSB590Q )
Whiteline Rear Sway Bar Mounts. ( KBR21-22 )
Beatrush Rear Floor Bar.
Kartboy Pitch Stop Mount.
Beatrush Engine Mounts. ( S146016BC-A )
Beatrush 6mt Gearbox Mount.
Beatrush Rear Diff Support Bar.
GT Spec Rear T Brace. ( GTS-SUS-1145 )
Turn In Concepts Race Rear Diff Mount Bushings.
KAP Industries Custom Solid Gearbox Crossmember Bushings.
KAP Industries Custom Diff Outrigger Spacer.
Whiteline Rear Diff Outrigger Bush. ( W91379 )
Custom Rear X Brace.
Custom Rear Tow Point.
Custom Front Tow Point.

Wheels & Tyres
Rays Volk Ze40 18x10 +35 5x114.3 GB Mat Gunmetal Blue Rims.
Yokohama A050 Medium Compound 295/30R18 Tyres.
Gmax Drift 6 Wheels 17x8+45 5x114.3
Hankook Ventus TD Z221 Soft 235/45R17.
ARP Extended Wheel Studs. ( 100-7716 )
Rays 17HEX 2 Piece Racing Nuts

Link G4+ Thunder ECU.
Omni Power 3 BAR MAP Sensor.
Delphi IAT Sensor.
Honeywell Fuel Pressure Sensor.
Honeywell Oil Pressure Sensor.
STi Genome Defi Gauge System. (Boost, Coolant Temp, Oil Temp, Oil Pressure.)
Ecliptech Shift-I. ( SGAR )
DCCDpro Universal Controller.
Engine Protection Warning System.
GDB STi DCCD Switches.

In Car Entertainment
In Car Entertainment Delete.

SG9 STi Front Bumper.
SG9 STi Grill.
SG9 STi HID Headlights.
SG9 STi Headlight Surrounds.
50mm Bolt-On Fender Flares.
SG9 STi Carbon Fiber Foglight Surrounds.
SG9 STI Scoop.
SG9 STi Folding Door Mirrors.
SG9 Carbon Fiber Mirror Covers.
SG9 Slimline Weather Shields.
SG9 STi Side Skirts.
SG9 STi Optioned Over Side Skirts.
SG9 STi Front Aero Pods.
SG9 STi Lower Door Trims.
SG9 STi Rear Bumper.
SG9 STi Rear Under Spoiler Pods. ( ST96020881 )
SG9 STi Rear Aero Pods.
SG9 STI Tail Lights.
SG9 STi Spoiler.
SG9 STi Slimline Roof Rails.
GDB STi Rear Diffuser.
Colour Coded Door Handles.
Flexi Wiper Blades.
Custom Number Plates - ( YETI SLED )
Beatrush Front Under Panel.

SRS Delete.
OMP RS-PT Fixed Back Seats.
Kyouu Seat Subframes.
Sparco Club Racer Red 6 Point Harness. (Driver)
OMP 802 Red 6 Point Harness. (Passenger)
Custom Harness Bar.
Interior Delete.
SG9 STi 240 Km/H Instrument Cluster.
DAMD Steering wheel. ( SS358D-1-2 )
Double DIN Center Dash Pod.
Drivers Side Fire Extinguisher Kit.
Passengers Side Fire Extinguisher Kit.
SG9 STi Black Panel Set
SG9 STi Climate Control Panel
SG9 STi Red Hazard Button
JPM Coachworks Black Leather With Red Stitch Shift Boot
GDB STi Gearknob.
GDB STi Shifter Boot. ( ST921294S220 )
GDB STi Handbrake Handle.
GDB STi Drivers Hornpad.
SG9 STi Front Interior Scuff Plates.
GDB STi Pedal Set.
Custom Red Stiched Leather Handbrake Cover.
Custom Billet CNC Ken Block Hoonigan Handle Reproduction.

Awaiting Install Parts Stockpile
Swift Springs Rear 6kg Springs.
AP Racing Adjustable Proportioning Valve. ( CP4550-1 )
Carbon Fiber Front Canards.
Carbon Fiber Front Lower Lip.
ABS Delete.
Tuning Worx Brake Booster Delete.
GRB STi Steering Wheel.
Syms Rear Spoiler.

Previous Mods & Unused Parts
Custom In-guard Pod-Filter CAI.
MRP Performance 3" MAF Housing.
K&N RE-0820 Air Filter
PSR 3" Silicon Turbo Intake.
Blouch Dominator 2.5 XT-R. (10cm^2 Tubine Housing and 3" Compressor Inlet)
Process West TMIC.
Turbo Smart Kompact BOV.
LogPro BOV Return Pipe.
Tomioka Racing Equal Length Headers. ( Ceramic coated )
Kinugawa 3 Bolt Up-Pipe. ( Ceramic Coated + Wrapped )
X-force 3inch Dump Pipe.
HiTech 3inch Mid Section.
Fuel Pump Controller Bypass Mod.
Mishimoto Sandwhich Plate. ( With 93*C Thermostat )
Custom TMIC Waterspray Setup (Mk1., Mk2., Mk3.)
DEI Titanium Wraped Headers & Uppipe.
Cusco Turbo Heatsheild.
Perrin Turbo Blanket
Perrin Down Pipe Blanket.
GrimmSpeed AOS.
Link G4 Knocklink
3 X PLX DM-100 OBDII Multi Gauges.
VSSpro Vehicle Speed Sensor Signal Processor.

Custom Pillar 3 Gauge Pod.
Charcoal Powder Coated Rims.
SG9 STi Aero Door Mirror Cover.
Moulded Dash Mat.
Subaru Floor Mats.
HEL Braided Brake Lines.
GRB STi Spec C Seat.
Whiteline Anti Lift Kit.
Whiteline Rear Swaybar mounts. ( KBR18-22 )
Custom Catch Can Setup.
Beatrush Solid Tailshaft Mount Bush.
Dual Battery System.
Supertech Valve Guides.
ACL Race Bearings.
ARP 2000 Headstuds. ( 260-4701 )
Possum Bourne Motorsport 14mm Headstuds.
Corp Intake Manifold.
Throttle Happy Remote Road Tune.
GrimmSpeed Up-Pipe. ( Ceramic Coated )
Kamak 1 bar Billet Actuator.
Enkie Subaru Forester XT Wheels 16x6.5+48 5x100. ( Powder Coated Charcoal Lustre )
Kumho KU27 215/60R16.
STi Engine Mounts. ( D1010FE120 & D1010FE110 )
STi 5spd Transmission Mount. ( D1010FE020 )
Whiteline Gearbox Positive Shift Kit. ( W0584 )
Kartboy Rear Sub-Frame Bolts.
Kartboy Rear Diff Support Bushes.
GDB STi Trailing Arm Mount.
Kinugawa UEL Headers. ( Ceramic Coated + Wrapped )
Jim Berry / Raceclutch Custom Clutch. ( Modified OE Pressure Plate & Upgraded Organic Clutch Disc )
Tein Superflex Wagons. ( GSS50-R1SS3 )
Tein EDFC.
GDB STi 3.54:1 R180 Diff. ( Plated LSD )
Custom Grille.
SG9 STi Alloy Front Control Arms.
SG9 STi Alloy Rear lateral Links.
SuperPro Steering Rack Mounts. ( SPF1972K )
SG9 USDM Spoiler.
Perrin Front Sway Bar Links - Polyurethane Bushing.
Perrin Rear Sway Bar Links - Polyurethane Bushing.
AutoWatch Alarm.
Green Footwell LEDs.
Green Interior Lighting.
Green Vent "Bling" Lighting.
HID Headlights & Foglights.
LED Reverse, Brake, Signal & Park Lights.
Remote Mount Diagnostic / Flash Connector Switch.
Pioneer AVH-P3250BT.
Pioneer TS-D1720C.
PAC Steering Wheel Interface.
Pioneer GM-D9500F.
Pioneer GM-D7500M.
Response 1 Farad Capacitor.
Pioneer 12inch Sub.
Bee*R Power Builder. ( Counterfeit Unit )
Flex-A-Lite 4130 Fuel Cooler.
Turbosmart Black FPR-1200.
Blouch TD05-18G-XT 8cm Billet Wheel Turbo. ( Ceramic Coated Hot Side )
Perrin Silicon Turbo Intake.
Perrin Topfeed Fuel Rails.
Kap Industries Drivers Side Fire Extinguisher Kit.
Kap Industries Passengers Side Fire Extinguisher Kit.
GRB STi Limited Leather Seats.
ASG Verso Tuned To 243Kw@w On E85.
APS Twin Cylinder Hydraulic Handbrake.
QFM AR1M Front Brake Pads.
Cosworth Rear Streetmaster Brake Pads.
Oz Racing F1 Wheels 17x7+35 5x100/5x114.3.
Bob Jane Zetum 225/45R17.
Rota Black GT50 Wheel Nuts.
Subaru Logo Valve Caps.
Whiteline 22mm Front Sway Bar. ( BSF33 )
Whiteline Swaybar Lateral Lock Kit Front. ( KLL122 )
SG9 STi Foglights.
SG9 STi Aero Mirror Finisher.
Castrol React Performance Dot 4 Brake Fluid.

>>>My Ride<<<


Last edited by Bram on Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:50 am, edited 283 times in total.

 Post subject: Re: Bram's 05 XT
PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:55 am 
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I Say: Car mods are like OddBodz, you got to collect them all! -------------------------------------
Vehicle: MY05 STi swapped sled

Posts: 17945
Location: Spearwood Perth WA
Hello All,

After having my forester for about a year without modding it, the mod bug has bitten and it has bitten hard. I have finnally given into temptation and started doing bits and pieces. This is basically a little space for me to document my progress. I plan to use this space for right ups and reviews. I will try and include photos of the process and the end results. But I have done some stuff without taking fotos (oops).


Over the last few months I have done a fair bit to her. First up was some minor cosmetics, STI tail lights, a genuine spoiler (without led brake light) and a JDM STI scoop. The tail lights and spoiler came from subarugenuineparts (the spoiler even came colour matched) The scoop from japanparts, I had it painted by Steve at All Quality PnP. These are basic bolt ons and don't rely require a how to. Although I did wire in an extra Stop/Tail globe holders to the harness as the STI tail lights have an extra fog light slot and come with a complete harness, so why not. I also got a topdash double din mount kit for a planned carputer system from subarugenuineparts. But that is yet to be installed.

Then I did a dual battery system for my last camping trip to run the camp fridge. "Where the hell do you put a second battery in an XT?" I hear you ask. Well I put it in the rear right cargo space. I removed the stock floor tray thing and built a ply wood replacement incorporating a space just big enough for a Supercharge MF50 calcium battery. Its a starting not a deep cycle as would be ideal, but these batteries are some of the best moderatly priced batteries available IMHO. They carry a 3 yr warranty and are fairly solid. I painted the wood in this black high grip paint that I used on previous PA speaker enclosures from Pheonix paints. But I am not sure I like the overall look of it. I am planning to have the enclosure remade by a fiberglasser and then carpeted at a later date. Because the battery box is the same size as the stock floor panel, I can easily swap back to standard fittout when not required. Up front is a Redarc 100amp dual battery isolater with in dash override, and I used 0b+s cable so that I can easily start from the second battery in the event of a main battery flat.

Next up was a 446 RLi Autowatch Premium Alarm. I hooked up the turbo run on with two relays, (one for ignition, the other accessory) with the alarm and mounted a dash switch for it to cancel the run on if need be. The turbo run on can be set at 1 or 3 minutes, and turned off via the remote. I also used 2 relays to interface my spare remote with the genuine door lock trigger so that the alarm is armed/disarmed with the original key buttons. (stealth install) Also fed the reverse, stop, tail and indicators (via diodes) from the light output on the alarm, and trigger the stock horn aswell as the alarm siren. Perhaps oneday I'll put a tracking/paging device on the alarm trigger should, god forbid, it ever gets pinched.

Then my HIDs arrived. I was going for the jay car response ones as they are well priced and reliable, but when I ordered they had no stock so I opted for the Newpro-Tech 35w HID units as they are also commpetitivly priced and have a two year warranty. H4 dual beams and H3's for the fog lights. The H4s were in in less than an hour, easy as, and man what an improvement, at a guess I'd say about 2 to 2.5 times more light. But I dicked around on the fogs for a bit for 2 reasons. Firstly had to mod the cover on the rear of the lights to accept the large grommet. And then I had to slightly bend the reflector out by about 2 mm as it was just touching the globe and shorting it out to the body, this had me stumped for ages as it worked in my hand but as soon as I bolted the light to the car it failed, because it was then earthed. Not sure how this affects the light disspersal, but I rarely use the fog lights in the city anyways. (again sorry no pics)

Then I did a DIY grille mod. Below. (sorry no shots of the process, but I'll do my best to describe it.) The grille was removed, then I dremmeled and hacksawed out the inner section. Then I used Plasti-Bond to fill in the holes, (bunnings) It is a 2 part plastic putty. I found it very easy to use and f@#king strong. After shaping it, sanding it and re-moulding it to my liking I, prepped, primed and painted it. For the plastic chrome front bit, I sanded it down a tad, then etch primed and painted the whole lot. Matt black FTW. Then I got a mate to get me some security mesh used in flyscreens/doors etc. It is rigid as, made of steel and comes powder coated, The holes are real small though, could be an issue in summer for cooling etc. About 1000 times better than super cheap/ebay mesh, and it was free. Then a final light coat of black for a uniform colour. Re-attached the suby badge and got a ebay STI badge. I made it as deep as the bonnet catch would allow, infact the bonnet latch striker just touches the grille when closed. This was a faily involved proccess, not hard, but alot of fiddling and prep time. But well wurth it IMHO.

Next up I did a full front and rear LED signal light upgrade. Did indicators, park, Stop/tail, reverse and high level stop globes. The flasher needed to be upgaded to a non load sensitive electronic one to keep the flash rate the same. (I used a hella unit, sorry forget the part #). Otherwise a basic swap, but headlights and trim have to come out to change front globes. While the rear lamps were out I added two diodes to each side in series with the reverse and indicators then joined them after the diodes. The effect is that when the indicator flashes the reverse light on that side also flashes, and when the reverse lights are on the rear indicators also light up. That was because the indicator/reverse light are in the circle part of the light assembly and I thought it would be cool. I got the LEDs from brightlightautoparts. They are not super bright, perhaps equivillent to standard, but the light is instant, where as incandesants have a 'heat up' time of a few milliseconds, for the brake lights it could mean all the difference in a possible rear end collision???

My stock 6 stacker jammed up, trapping my 6 favourite cds with it. So, time for a sound system overhaul. I've been driving around with the radio for a bit and its giving me the s#!ts. And instead of fixing, I put it off. Next week we're going to Karijini on a road trip and I suddenly realized that radio would just not cut it. So I ordered a Pioneer AVH-P3250BT and a Paciffic Audio PAC SWI-PS. Also ordered a Pioneer GMD-9500F amp and 2 pairs of Pioneer TS-D1720C splits. I choose Pioneer because of my experience with thier DJ gear, it is rock solid and I have alot of faith in the brand for that alone, I am not a huge car audio buff, so I cant really say how it compares with other brands. I also have a reverse camera lying around from a previous unfinished project, that will hopefully go in no worries. The head unit goes in on saturday, but the rest of the system will not be here till probably after I get back. Ideally it would all be done in one foul swoop, but I didn't get my finger out in time. If I remember, I will post a photo write up of the install, including a 'how to' program the steering wheel interface.

When the amp goes in, I plan on mounting some green leds under the seat, front foot wells and down the air vents, I am already thinking up circuits that would allow the lights to be activated by the door swithches and by the dash light without interfering with each other. I think that would complement the standard dash illumination nicely and add another level of class to the car. (Watch this space.) EDIT : Done.

Whats on the horizon???
I have grand ideas for a dual core in-car-puter with touch screen in the top dash double din slot. My main want for this is to integrate a virtual dash setup via the OBD slot and some clever electronic wizardry, also possible sat/nav, internet, tv, integration would be sweet. With a carputer anything is possible. Although I am doing a fair bit of research on this one, it could turn into a $2K+ epic fail. There is a whole community of car-pc users at mp3car, well wurth looking at if you have the time.

I also have plans to get the stock 12 spoke alloys prepped and powder coated black to match the grille. I'll probably do this when shes next due for tyres, which aint far off. EDIT : Done.

After that hopefully some performance orientated mods. A Turbo back exhaust and Process West TMIC would keep me happy for a little bit.
Hope this fires up some inspiration amongst you other Forester fans. Watch this space for updates and photos.


Ok so, the foz needed some new rubber, so I thought it would be a great time to get the rims powder coated. I really like the style of the standard rims but not the colour, although an extra inch or two would be great (and so would 17s or 18s LOL). I rang around a bit and found a place to get them sand blasted and Powder coated then clear laquered for 200 bucks. Got it done, then had Kumho KU27s 215/60/r16s put on and balanced and a wheel alignment. I choose a colour called charcoal lustre, its close to black, but has a slight metallic look to it in the sun, and the clear really makes it shine. The car sat on blocks in the garage for a week, but I think its worth it. While it was getting it done I fixed up a minor dent on my DIY grille, I must a got a chip at karijini or something. It was very minor, but it was buging me. So I took it off, Cleaned it down, removed the sti bagde (cos it was a cheap ebay unit) and gave it a touch up, i also clear laquered it, so it shines like my rims.

After all the discussion about blow by oil loss etc I decided to get one of the Grimmspeed Air Oil Seperators. Very good piece of kit, has stopped pretty much all my oil loss.

I decided to make up a DIY CAI, its my first performance mod, and I love it. Induction and BOV noise is sweet and I think theres a performance increase in the high RPM, high Boost WOT area. Wont Go into details here as I already made a DIY CAI thread to document it.

Ok, my bits from the whiteline GB got here, sweetness! I got a KSB599 Front Strut Tower Brace, a BSR35XZ 22mm Heavy Duty Adjustable Rear Sway Bar, and some KBR18-22 Rear Heavy Duty Sway Bar Mounts. Fitment was pretty easy, had to move some stuff to fit the strut brace but otherwise easy as. Sway bar has made a massive improvement, highly recommended. But the strut brace not so, I'll keep it on as it cant harm it and it looks cool, but whether it is or not, I cant notice any improvement.

>>>My Ride<<<


Last edited by Bram on Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:29 am, edited 10 times in total.

 Post subject: Re: Bram's 05 XT
PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:55 am 
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I Say: Car mods are like OddBodz, you got to collect them all! -------------------------------------
Vehicle: MY05 STi swapped sled

Posts: 17945
Location: Spearwood Perth WA
In Car Entertainment

Phase 1
Ok, so had a bit of time at work today so I decided to bang in the Pioneer AVH-P3250BT so I could spend saturday prepping for my trip. The steering interface ain't here yet, so I will do with out until phase 2 install, (speakers and amp.) It was more or less a straitforward swap.

Lifting out the gear selector trim to expose the lower facia retaining screws.

Prise out the radio fascia trim with climate controls. This bit is tricky as it can be really stuck. Note the 3 blue plastic trim tools, they more or less line up with the tangs that retain the fascia.

The new harness. Note the 8way plug between the speakers from the headunit. I did this so that when I the amp goes in, I simply disconnect the head from the speakers. In phase 2, I plan on mounting the crossovers down near the amp under the seats, then running new twin into the doors for the midbass drivers. I will use the existing factory wiring for the high freq, by simply using another 8way plug into the car side of the loom, and a bit of cable up from under the seat. If I realy wanted to, I could even use the factory rear bass speaker, because the pioneer deck can bridge the rear two channels into a mono output, although this may overload the stock speaker. Sorry bout the camera fone quality. For the park brake feed I simply earthed it. I will revisit it at Phase 2 and wire it via a changeover switch and back to the actual handbrake switch, so that if need be, it can 'appear' legit.

Phase 1 complete. Having the subaru manual really saved me some time, and possibbly a busted fascia. I am not 100% happy with the depth of the unit compared with the fascia, it sits a bit too deep, this is made worse because the whole face kinda curves out tin the centre. In order to mount it flush, I will have to dremmel out the rear of the fascia 4mm, which will allow me to then mount the unit 4mm further out. But time was tight, and I will be revisting in a few weeks for phase 2.

Phase 2
Well, all my bits and pieces made it and I finally found some time to do phase 2. Man, what a marrathon install, It took me 3 days spread over 2 weekends, but its done now. I put in a Pioneer GMD-9500F amp, 2 pairs of Pioneer TS-D1720C splits, wired in a PAC SWI-PS, fitted under seat and footwell LEDs and also put LEDs into the a/c vents, so they glow and put green LEDs in all the internal light sockets, and wired up the map lights to the courtesy door lamp. I also remounted the headunit so it sits more flush with the dash. I put the crossovers in under the seat next to the amp, so I also run 4mm twin core to each door. And I sprayed a but load of body deadener into the door panels and lubricated all the door lock and window regulater mechanisms while the trims were off.

The fronts were easy, I used two of the supplied spacers for the midbass's, but couldn't fit the tweeters in the original locations, so I mounted them next to the door handles. Had to drill a big arse hole though, but it turned out allright. The rears needed a bit of coercion to fit, but they made it, I put the tweeters in next to the door handles as well. Although the rear midbass's vibrate the trim to much and make it sound ****, I think its to close to the trim maybe?

As I had the seats out It was easy to run all the wiring everywhere. I mounted 4 T10 green LEDs under each seat, and 4 behind the glove box and drivers lower dash trim. I wired it into the door light system so it comes on with the doors open. I also put a green T10 LED in each a/c vent so they glow, I wired that into the dimmer circuit so they dim just like the rest of the dash lights. I used Jaycar response rca co-ax to the amp because it is double shieled. And I ran 8B+S to the amp from the front battery for both the + and - so that there is deffinantly not going to be any volt drop issues. I had the blower motor box out to run the power supply for the amp and I noticed the in cab filter was clogged to buggery, its not very old, must have been all those gravel roads up north, so I gave it a good blow out. I ran the wire for the reverse camera but I cant seem to get it to switch on. It was getting late so I decided to revisit later, I just wanted my car back.

Wiring in and programming the steering wheel interface was really straigtforward. Heres a link

EDIT : Bit disapointed with pioneer coz the head unit DOES NOT PLAY WAV OR WMA-LOSSLESS. Even though it is advertised on the pioneer site as playing wma and wav. Had a bitch to them, but its like talking to brickwall. But it does support a 32gb SDHC card, even though its only supposed to support a 2gb SD card, (its advertised as supporting 16gb SDHC, but this, according to thier tech people is another lie made up by the marketing team) :dontknow: Bottom line, test the equipment in a store, then buy it off the internet for 1/2 price.

Phase 3

Ok so, been loving the new stereo but I feel its still missing some bottom end, the speakers are loud and powerfull, but cant reproduce sub bass. Which is kinda important to me as I like electronic tunes. So, I dug up an old pioneer 12inch 1000w sub and box I had lying around from my old car and then ordered a Pioneer GM-D7500M. The carpet on the old box was rooted, so I recarpeted it in black, (used over 150 stainless steel screws to hold it all together) then mounted the amp and a 1 farad jaycar capacitor on the box and wired it in. I did it in such a way so that if i need boot space, i can unplug the sub and take it out completly. Sounds better now.

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Nice write up - and you live in Mandurah ya lucky *********! Nice part of the world!

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No perth actually, the original owners came from mandurah and i havent swapped out the license surrounds yet.

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:waves: Hi from Albany.


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apg39 wrote:
:waves: Hi from Albany.

Heya, I used to live near albany in a little crud hole called youngs siding, went to denmark high school and albany senior high.

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Phase 2 installed.

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Sorry for digging up your dead thread but I doo like what you have done with your sound system and the tweets!

Cool way to go!



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