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 Post subject: 2009 FXTP - Starting the modification journey.
PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:29 pm 
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Hi all, probably my first post here but I've been a (non)active member here for a while. I've owned 2x 06 STI's, the first being 210awkw and mostly stock besides some sways/ALK etc - the second was a 280awkw beast set up for the track. I've had a 2009 FXTP for a few years and it's used for daily duties. I'm now wanting to wake up the old girl a little bit and I'm just about to dish out the first $$ for some parts.

Bought/ready to buy:
MY08 STi struts/springs
22mm RSB & support braces (part# BSR49XZ & KBR15)
RCA kit (part#TRC0002)

Wishlist:
VF52 - may go for a VF46
TBE - TurboXS dump, catback TBA
Tune
MY08+ Brembo's w/ rotors/braided lines/pads/cylinder stopper
Replacement for the stock headunit

I'm a little confused over the following and seeking guidance here:
TBE - I have the opportunity to buy a TurboXS dump from a friend which he used on his MY11 STi. He ran a VF48 turbo and I'm wondering if the dump he had for the VF48 will fit any of these - TD04/VF46/VF52?
FSB - the stock being 21mm, is it worth the $$ to upgrade if I'm going to a 22m RSB?
Would an OEM STi RSB be a more cost effective upgrade that wouldn't require an upgrade to the FSB? I've read that it's better to have a thicker FSB on the SH?
Is an ALK necessary or have better BFYB after the above is done?

The steering feel in the foz is borderline disastrous and coming from my last STi with a Spec C rack, MCA XR's, 22mm sways and chassis bracing - driving the foz is killing me slowly with its vagueness. Is there anything that can help the overall feel in the steering at both slow speed and high speed corners?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts or any lessons learnt. I'm not wanting the foz to be an STi replacement, but I do want it to be more "direct" in every aspect. It will still be used as a daily but may also serve a little more garage-queen status if we consider buying a second car for light duties.


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 Post subject: 2009 FXTP - Starting the modification journey.
PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:27 pm 
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Welcome!

What awkw are you looking to get your Foz to? At VF52 with TBE and a couple of other bits will get to around 200atwkw.

Can’t comment on TurboXS.

I would leave the FSB until you have done the STI suspension an assess from there. It is personal preference rather than a needed mod.

OEM STI RSB is 19mm. A good cheap option. You don’t have to do FSB regardless of doing the RSB.

ALK are good on 09 Foresters especially when lowering.

You can direct swap the steering rack with a WRX or STI one to improve steering feel. JDM have a better ratio.

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 Post subject: Re: 2009 FXTP - Starting the modification journey.
PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:49 pm 
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jonp wrote:
Welcome!

What awkw are you looking to get your Foz to? At VF52 with TBE and a couple of other bits will get to around 200atwkw.

Can’t comment on TurboXS.

I would leave the FSB until you have done the STI suspension an assess from there. It is personal preference rather than a needed mod.

OEM STI RSB is 19mm. A good cheap option. You don’t have to do FSB regardless of doing the RSB.

ALK are good on 09 Foresters especially when lowering.

You can direct swap the steering rack with a WRX or STI one to improve steering feel. JDM have a better ratio.


Magic! Thanks very much. I might save a bit of coin and find an STi RSB instead of the whiteline 22mm and see how I go - I can put that money towards the ALK. Am I right in thinking that the STi struts can still have the springs swapped out for lower or stiffer springs if I want to go down that route?

I'm not chasing huge numbers - it's only the 4EAT box but it would be nice to have a bit of extra power without needing to upgrade the pump & TMIC. Everything else will be left stock, so I'm only looking at the turbo & TBE as upgrades for a bit of punch and some top end that's severely lacking.


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 Post subject: 2009 FXTP - Starting the modification journey.
PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:01 pm 
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4EAT will be about 160-170atwkw with VF52, dump, silicon intake and tune. Will make a huge difference :)

Edit: corrected atwkw numbers.

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 Post subject: Re: 2009 FXTP - Starting the modification journey.
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jonp wrote:
4EAT will be about 260-270atwkw with VF52, dump, silicon intake and tune. Will make a huge difference :)


Maybe 160-170 ;)


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 FXTP - Starting the modification journey.
PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:11 pm 
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Yep - typo. Thanks Tobyo. Will correct :)

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 Post subject: Re: 2009 FXTP - Starting the modification journey.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:07 am 
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jonp wrote:
Yep - typo. Thanks Tobyo. Will correct :)


260kw is ideal - my last STi was 278awkw on E85 and it was an absolute riot. :twisted: :twisted:

160-170kw in the Forester will be plenty - the increase in torque will make the difference I think!

Instead of Brembo's - would the 04-07 WRX 4pot (reds) be a worthwhile upgrade and are these easily swapped? I want some "wheel porn" eventually and a nice set of brakes would set it off quite nicely.


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 Post subject: 2009 FXTP - Starting the modification journey.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:18 am 
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Liberty GT brakes are a good option. Direct bolt on. I did fronts only with DBA rotors. You would need to paint them for some bling :)

Edit: Here are a couple of links with more information.

http://www.ozfoz.com/forum/viewtopic.ph ... 62528434ea

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=48776

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 Post subject: Re: 2009 FXTP - Starting the modification journey.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:43 pm 
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jonp wrote:
Liberty GT brakes are a good option. Direct bolt on. I did fronts only with DBA rotors. You would need to paint them for some bling :)

Edit: Here are a couple of links with more information.

http://www.ozfoz.com/forum/viewtopic.ph ... 62528434ea

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=48776



Thanks very much. I'll have to get my head around what this all means and come up with a parts list so I know exactly what to get. My heart is still set on brembos which I know will be overkill, otherwise I'd like to see if the GD 4/2pots fit and get some wheels to clear the calipers (which I'd need to do for brembos anyway).


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 Post subject: Re: 2009 FXTP - Starting the modification journey.
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:28 pm 
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I think I'm going to go for brembo's to be honest. I don't mind the cost and will give me more peace of mind knowing I can stand on the pedal if I ever need to.

Picked up a TurboXS dump and mid-pipe last night. Still has both cats so should keep it relatively quiet. Now just need to find a VF52 and catback.

Purchasing a whiteline ALK & RCA kit on the weekend, probably will end up with some RSB endlinks as well but might get some Perrin ones as the whiteline pieces don't have very good reviews. Car will be used for street duties but it might see some flat gravel roads eventually.


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