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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 19, 2016, 09:45 PM
Hi everyone, I've never done a journal before so we shall see how it goes, Welcome.

I started looking for a daily to replace the Legacy following school back in February. I started by chatting with Kirby ( @kirbssssss (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=181) ) over at Winnipeg Subaru. He was able to get me out on a few test rides to see how different vehicles compared(go see him for any subaru needs). Coming from a twin turbo vehicle, its extremely hard to go to a new vehicle and lose 100Hp & 100ft-lbs(Crosstrek/NA Forester). I had settled on the '14+ Forester XT Limited, it just took time to save up and find one. Fast forward to June, I welcome my new daily, exactly what I was hoping to find. Brought her back from Regina, safetied that week, just waiting on plates.

The overall goal for this vehicle is to be reliable, efficient (this is relative to everyone, but so far averaging 9.8 L/100  :banana: Considering this is using 91 octane instead of 94 octane, and thats with spirited city driving and a it of highway), and able to tackle any condition. Some A/T tires, a small lift and a panda look will make it something of its own.

Day 1:
(http://i.imgur.com/eVT96rTl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Ibeh6Asl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/Y1faIjTl.jpg)


Current:

(http://i.imgur.com/KBpyfz2l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/olxe4l9l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/SMO9FPOl.jpg)

Done:

Interior
3D MAXPider Kagu Floor Liners
Subispeed Paddle Shifter Extensions
35% Nano-Ceramic Tint on Fronts to match Rear OEM Tint
Exterior Lighting Switch Panel
Blackvue DR650S Dashcam

Exterior
Chrome Delete (3M DiNoc wrapped Grill and fog bezels, need to do the window sills)
Lip Kit
Mud guards
Debadge
Get a Battle Scar
'15 WRX Grimmspeed License Plate Relocation Kit + Extension
Thule Crossroad Rapids 450R
Thule ARB47B - Aero Bars Black
Yakima Loadwarrior Basket
Yakima Spare Tire Carrier
Vanity Plates - THE FOZ
Hella Horns w/ Relay - White
Rokblokz flaps
Grill Pinstripe
Rocker Panel Subaru Vinyl Decals
Rear Windshield Decals
Rear Towhook and D Ring w/ Daystar Isolators
Rear Bumper Step Pad

Lighting
Diode Dynamics XML2 Fogs
Clearance LED DRL re wiring
Vent LED DRL
Baja Designs OnX6 30" Dual Control
Baja Designs S2 Pro
Uni-Bond 6" Flood LED Bars
Morimoto Xb LED Fogs

Driveline
Cobb Accessport - Stage 1 OTS
2012 STI Mid Pipe
Nameless Performance 5" Muffler Axleback
McGard Spline Drive Lugs
Subaru OEM Oil Filter
Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 5W-30


Wheels/Tires:

Summer:
Method Race: Rally Series - MR502 - 17x8 +38
Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 - 235/65R17

Winter:
Fast Wheels - Seven - 17x7 +42
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 - 235/65R17

On Order/Doing:

Grimmspeed 3-Port EBCS - Need to Install
Custom 1.5" Lift - Waiting
Audio System by @Ctown8 (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=2526) / @BRAUDIO (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=2877) - Focal/Pioneer/Alpine/Hifonics - Starting to lay down the framework for this
Rebuild Hatch/sparetire area - Sleeping platform, pull out table, subwoofer box, amp racks, cargo space - doing along side audio build over the next few weeks. Should be fully done by Spring Awakening

Need to Do:

Mishimoto Race Intake with Airbox
EZ Oil Drain Plug
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: themikewoo on June 19, 2016, 10:19 PM
Why are you ordering a drain plug?

Nice looking car by the way. Love white cars.

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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on June 19, 2016, 11:02 PM
Welcome to the club
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Nirusan on June 19, 2016, 11:17 PM
PogChamp
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on June 20, 2016, 09:44 AM
Woo Fozzy love! I can get you #TTIDEALS on some weathertechs if you're intersted. Can't wait to see what happens with this thing!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: John on June 20, 2016, 09:58 AM
welcome to the club! #time2mod
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 20, 2016, 10:10 AM
Got impaled on the way into work today. Thankfully it's only the lip that took the beating :( can't have anything nice

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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 20, 2016, 10:12 AM
Originally posted by themikewoo
Why are you ordering a drain plug?

Nice looking car by the way. Love white cars.

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Toolless oil changes. Not that it's a big deal to break out the socket set, but one time purchase and install and I'll never have to get oily for the life of this vehicle


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on June 20, 2016, 10:12 AM
Wow, that didnt take long :'(
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: John on June 20, 2016, 10:13 AM
noooooooooo!! :(
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 20, 2016, 12:13 PM
What's a battle wagon without a few scars eh!? Nothing a few holes and Ziptie stitches can't fix for the time being.

Going to stitch it up and debadge the Subaru, symmetrical AWD and Forester badges tonight


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on June 20, 2016, 12:51 PM
aww boo. the lip was the best part. Is that a piece of metal?
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 20, 2016, 02:26 PM
Originally posted by Igor
aww boo. the lip was the best part. Is that a piece of metal?
Yea. An old oil can? Or something of the sorts.

$600 for a new one. Need some TTI deals from Kirbs :P or perhaps an STI lip to go on instead???


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: themikewoo on June 20, 2016, 04:31 PM
Originally posted by Colby
Toolless oil changes. Not that it's a big deal to break out the socket set, but one time purchase and install and I'll never have to get oily for the life of this vehicle


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I'd be afraid it would get knocked open and then your engine blows up which would probably void your warranty with a drain bolt like that.

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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Madbuzz41 on June 20, 2016, 05:05 PM
Originally posted by Colby
Toolless oil changes. Not that it's a big deal to break out the socket set, but one time purchase and install and I'll never have to get oily for the life of this vehicle


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Are you going to order a oil vacuum to suck the oil out? I want to get one for my car so if you are let me know and maybe we can get a deal on buying two?


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 20, 2016, 06:30 PM
fixed her up and half debadged the back... not enough time to do the other letters

(http://i.imgur.com/Amtmx1j.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/CCtuMkf.jpg)
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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: G.P. on June 20, 2016, 10:47 PM
Originally posted by Colby
Got impaled on the way into work today. Thankfully it's only the lip that took the beating :( can't have anything nice

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I would be crying if this happened to my "new" car.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: JTM on June 20, 2016, 11:51 PM
Did I just see this at the Lakewood McDonald's?  If it wasn't  you then there is another one with the zip tie mod rolling around Winnipeg.


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 21, 2016, 11:01 PM
Originally posted by JTM
Did I just see this at the Lakewood McDonald's?  If it wasn't  you then there is another one with the zip tie mod rolling around Winnipeg.


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It was me! was rollin through, grabbing the gf some late dinner
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: #StreetFocus on June 22, 2016, 03:48 AM
as much as that sucks, I love the zip ties! Those things are handy, my old car was held together with zip ties, would probably fall apart without em lmao
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: kirbssssss on June 22, 2016, 01:12 PM
Good stuff. Congrats Colby! thank you for the shout out :) haha
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 22, 2016, 07:05 PM
Originally posted by kirbssssss
Good stuff. Congrats Colby! thank you for the shout out :) haha
Any Time, To be honest I feel a bit upset that one didnt happen to pop up at your work, all the time you put in. I really appreciate it man! Thanks:)
Originally posted by #StreetFocus
as much as that sucks, I love the zip ties! Those things are handy, my old car was held together with zip ties, would probably fall apart without em lmao
Same here... its a love hate type of injury. it builds character
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: bobjacobson on June 22, 2016, 08:45 PM


Originally posted by Colby
its a love hate type of injury. it builds character

I fixed one like that on my saab bumper pretty easily.

Plastic weld (or just melt into the cracks) sanding and a touch of bondo.

Then plasti dipped the center lip section black like the grilles.

Before

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160623/c5179928cb46b62f2f52d9013493b1e4.jpg)

After

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160623/2d64770c0da8a846684e959073a9a5ec.jpg)

Might be an option for you.

Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 22, 2016, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by bobjacobson

I fixed one like that on my saab bumper pretty easily.

Plastic weld (or just melt into the cracks) sanding and a touch of bondo.

Then plasti dipped the center lip section black like the grilles.
...
Might be an option for you.

That could be something that can be done... ive never bondo'd or done any body work before... maybe ill try on the GF's car :P

drew up and made an extension for the Grimmspeed plate relocater. lost the first drawing and had to remake it... forgot to include the pivoting brackets length in the second drawing... oh well. its a tad long than i want but its painted and mounted... its not bad or anything, im just picky... i think it'll look good when its plated... MPI is as slow as molasses when it comes to everything

eventually when i get a push/rally light bar the location may have to be adjusted to allow the lights to mount.. at which point it wont feel so far away from the bumper
(http://i.imgur.com/ZZQ0SUp.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/YZyxLzg.jpg)
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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: bobjacobson on June 23, 2016, 08:25 AM


Originally posted by Colby
That could be something that can be done... ive never bondo'd or done any body work before... maybe ill try on the GF's car

Honestly its very easy. Id never really done anything like that before either and it turned out pretty well. Especially because it only cost about $30 to do.

Only part i was nervous about was welding (melting) the bumper back together. But even that wasnt too bad.

It would probably match up really well with your grilles too.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 23, 2016, 11:40 PM
Ended up tightening the extension for the plate today. Took off 1.4 inches, re drilled and tapped. Now she's perfect and I can space if I ever wanted.

The shipping companies came with goodies today!!! Thule Base Rack system and a Yakima Box and some other little goodies. Did a rough fit and assembly tonight. Final fitting and mounting tomorrow. Will have to see if it will fit in the garage with the basket.

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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: themikewoo on June 24, 2016, 09:11 AM
More pictures of that bungee cord system for your cargo box please. Right now my cargo box is on the top shelf of my shed and I have to haul it out and onto my car like a caveman.

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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on June 24, 2016, 09:16 AM
Nice!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on June 24, 2016, 11:20 AM
looking good Colby!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Zach1 on June 24, 2016, 11:22 AM
I love the direction this build is going, sub'd  :)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on June 24, 2016, 11:32 AM
Originally posted by Zach1
I love the direction this build is going, sub'd  :)
I think you mean subi'd
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 24, 2016, 10:59 PM
Originally posted by Igor
Nice!
Originally posted by Ctown8
looking good Colby!
Originally posted by Zach1
I love the direction this build is going, sub'd  :)
Thanks guys, had to insure it today... there goes $2,500 for PST. There goes my tire and wheel fund, its not a cost that snuck up on me but a ****ty one. Build is going to slow down a bit from here until I can recoup the bank account. Next up is Tires and Wheels. Possibly Enkeis or Sparcos at this point. Method wont custom colour for me :( they already have black in their arsenal, they wont do it in a 17 though :(

Originally posted by themikewoo
More pictures of that bungee cord system for your cargo box please. Right now my cargo box is on the top shelf of my shed and I have to haul it out and onto my car like a caveman.
Here you go -
(http://i.imgur.com/1gCaAE7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/TCOMwIw.jpg)

Todays dump includes. Clay and wax. Final install for roof rack and basket. Plating/insurance/registration.

(http://i.imgur.com/uMcgzso.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/FdHAy81.jpg)
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(http://i.imgur.com/10NnSil.jpg)
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(http://i.imgur.com/KPEwuPw.jpg)
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(http://i.imgur.com/s7zp9nU.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/QcTvcpW.jpg)

Sticker courtesy of @pjcarey (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=1655)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: pjcarey on June 25, 2016, 09:33 AM
decal looks good!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: themikewoo on June 25, 2016, 11:02 AM
Why did you choose the Thule cross members but the Yakima rack?

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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 25, 2016, 11:58 AM
Originally posted by themikewoo
Why did you choose the Thule cross members but the Yakima rack?

Was originally looking at the new Yakima Timberline and Yakima Jetstreams for my base system. After some research the profile of the rack sat an inch and a bit higher than the Thule. In addition I got a better price with the Thule then Yakima. It's not that price was an issue, it was just nice to save a few $$.

Lower profile, proven design, lower cost

Yakima Loadwarrior to the Thule Cargo Basket is a no brainer. The Yakima is much more versatile, aggressive and battle ready :P

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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: themikewoo on June 25, 2016, 12:45 PM
I miss my Yakima rack that was on my Civic. My suggestion to you is take off the rack ever spring and clean it from the salt from the snow. After years the finish is done.

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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 25, 2016, 11:32 PM
Originally posted by themikewoo
I miss my Yakima rack that was on my Civic. My suggestion to you is take off the rack ever spring and clean it from the salt from the snow. After years the finish is done.
Thanks, Ill keep that in mind for this spring.

Wheels... Wheels... Wheels...
As mentioned earlier its time to slow down this build a bit, need to save for wheels and tires. Method wont paint a set of their 17s black for me and I dont want to powder 5 new wheels. Sooo, next up is picking a wheel. Tires are still open to consideration since the G015 Geolander is new with not many reviews

A few I have been fighting between
Enkei M52 - 20lbs
Enkei Kojin - 19.5lbs
Method MR501 - Style I'm wanting, but heavy - 24lbs
Motegi MR131 TrakLite - 16.7lbs
Motegi MR119 Rally Cross - Style I'm wanting, but heavy 21lbs
Sparco Assetto Gara - Best contender for price/weight/colour/style - 18.8lbs
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Madbuzz41 on June 25, 2016, 11:44 PM
I wonder how this would look with like 15' rims and duratrac tires . Saw a cargo van once with fat little duratracs on it and thought it looked cool.


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: dano on June 26, 2016, 07:58 AM
What width / offset you looking at?

Also @Hilux has some method 502s

Wheel collection clearance! Plus GD WRX coilovers
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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on June 26, 2016, 07:34 PM
Originally posted by Madbuzz41
I wonder how this would look with like 15' rims and duratrac tires . Saw a cargo van once with fat little duratracs on it and thought it looked cool.
Originally posted by dano
What width / offset you looking at?

Also @Hilux (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=1682) has some method 502s
15's will add a ton of rotational mass to the tires/wheels and reduce effeciency... I realize A/T's arent helping the case but I wont be doing any full offoading where ill need the sidewall height.

Stock is a 18x7+48 approx 25lbs per wheel and 30/tire. Ideally a 17x7.5 +40-45 or a 17x8 +35. If I can get down to 19lbs/wheel and 33lbs/tire, that'll save 3lbs per corner and may counter the ineffeciencies of the A/T tread pattern.

Yea Ive seen those, the 502's are to closed for my liking... gonna build up with snow in the winters. I'm wanting a beefy open spoke agressive wheel, like a rally/gravel wheel.

Currently thinking the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-G015 or the Toyo Open Country A/T-II in a 235/65R17 for some rubber. 1" taller than stock and .5" wider.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on July 12, 2016, 12:31 PM
Small update, ordered the 3D MAXpider Kagu floor liners. Should be here in a few weeks :)


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on July 21, 2016, 12:24 PM
Here sooner than thought, the 3D Floor liners. After a bunch of research I concluded, Weathertechs don't have great coverage and slip around, Huskys have amazing coverage but look cheap and can possibly damage carpet, both Huskys and Weathertechs become slippery when wet too which could be dangerous. I settled on the 3D's which have middle of the range coverage, and won some awards at Sema IIRC. They are incredibly light, they feel like foam but seem durable. The base is a stiff nylon bristle type material. They grab like Velcro without the hook and loops. No damage to carpet but 0 chance of moving. They look great in the vehicle as well. The rear liner covers the hump for the driveshaft.  They may need a little bit of shifting to settle in but it's a 99% perfect fit for the "custom fit" to which I've heard aren't always perfect with the Weathertechs. 10/10 would recommend, price is a bit up there though :(
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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: themikewoo on July 22, 2016, 11:16 PM
Costco also sells some sort of beefy winter mats. Never heard of this 3D company, will have to do some research.

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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on August 29, 2016, 12:37 PM
Ended up adding some Supertones. The stock horns are pretty wimpy, one is buried in the fender and the other is out front. I did some measuring up and drew up a Bow tie for mounting. Cut it, painted it, got the horns, painted the grills, got wiring and made a mini harness. I was cheap and ran 18 gauge. Hopefully, nothing burns down; as long as I'm not on the horn for 2 minutes I don't think there will be an issue.

Will put up a real photo later


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on September 04, 2016, 12:10 PM
Did some photos, wont have to much to update for a few weeks

(http://i.imgur.com/LnjUn3Z.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/YXXoSwv.jpg)
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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on October 20, 2016, 07:59 PM
So its been a bit. Since the Hellas, Ive disconnected the OEM DRLS, wiredup the LED C-Lights as my new drls with the ability to manually turn them off as to not drain the battery. A pinstripe has been added to the inset in the front bumper. Compustar antenna was moved and hidden. Winters are in and ready to go when it actually gets cold. And there is a pile of stuff at the border to pick up... more to come soon

(http://i.imgur.com/nwrUFtV.jpg)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on October 25, 2016, 12:21 AM
As the weekend unfolded an unlikely turn of events it left me with a bit of time to get what I needed to done before my friends got back from the states trip that I was supposed to be on. I left my parcels at the border and had them scoop it to save me the taxes and duty since they were the >48 hours.

A few weeks ago my tire/rim deal had a falling out and left me with no winters. After searching I found PMC tire in Quebec. Great prices, Fast Shipping, and local, so no duty or exchange. Decided on the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80's in a 235/65R17, the tire is an inch and a bit taller than stock and .75ish wider. Actual differnce for driving is 3% for speedo. 100 is now 103. I wasnt ready to break the bank and settled on Fast Seven wheels, nothing fancy and I honestly didnt like them at the time... they were cheap, alloy, light(er) and had an open spoke pattern to clear snow. After physically seeing them and mounting, they almost have that aggressive rally feel IMO. The gunmetal isnt so bad either.

They showed up while is was removing the splash guards under the bumper. The Diode Dynamics XML2 H11 bulbs were plug and play. They are about twice as bright for measured output... I dont care what the packaging says, these things are phenomenal best $120 spent on the car yet. Ill get some night shots eventually this week. 
(http://i.imgur.com/UNlAfYD.jpg)

Following the fogs i started installing the vent LED DRL. These were a JDM option that wasnt in US. The OEM JDM are 5 LED, these chinese eBay ones are 7 I think? they needed a bit of dremeling to get a perfect fit but well worth it. When I rewired the clearance lights I left a pigtail to tie into for these. Install was relitively easy, pop out plastic piece, run wires through, hook up, snap in. Alternativly you can remove the bumper and add two screws... not needed for how snug these are.

With the parcels were some detailing products, namely Wolfgang Deep Gloss Sealant 3.0. Supposdly 6 month life expectancy, $30 for a big bottle, goes on easy, wipes off easier. only down side is it takes 12 hours for the polymer to cure. I decided to test it on the new winter wheel set up for the forester. The sealant really does pull the gloss out of the finish. Here are a few shots after the night of install.

(http://i.imgur.com/EgmwSxR.jpg)
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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: jordisonjr on October 25, 2016, 08:36 AM
I like the look of the tread on those tires. Looks rather aggressive
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Shaun on October 25, 2016, 08:47 AM
god ur pics are big
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on October 25, 2016, 09:49 AM
Nice choice of tires.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on October 25, 2016, 02:24 PM
Originally posted by jordisonjr
I like the look of the tread on those tires. Looks rather aggressive
Originally posted by Igor
Nice choice of tires.
Tanks! They should fit the bill for the winter. I've never driven the WS80's but I've never read a bad review. And they look good to

Originally posted by Shaun
god ur pics are big

If that's not a compliment, I don't know what is :P Since imgur changed I can't find their BBcode scaling options :/ they used to add a lower case letter somewhere to designate thumbnail, small, medium, large, full. I can't remember though



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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on October 30, 2016, 10:16 PM
Here is a light comparison for the output of the different combinations.

No Light output for an idea of the environment

(http://i.imgur.com/FiKOCd1l.jpg)

Just the Running lights alone

(http://i.imgur.com/C8VDgmBl.jpg)

Low Beams, Factory HID's

(http://i.imgur.com/QY0jMDzl.jpg)

Low Beams, Factory HID's with XML2 Fogs

(http://i.imgur.com/ykNw1eRl.jpg)

Low Beams, Factory HID's with High Beams

(http://i.imgur.com/8WpHf9jl.jpg)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on November 08, 2016, 10:30 PM
Some updated shots in full wintermode. Blizzaks are awaiting snow

(http://i.imgur.com/sDNKT29l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/gjltewZl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/AcT6Nxkl.jpg)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on November 10, 2016, 12:09 AM
After a handful of research I've plotted a performance path for next year. The goal is to have it all done by spring awakening. Its going to look something like this:

1: Cobb Accessport v3
2: Mishimoto CAI + Airbox
3: Grimmspeed 3 Port EBC
4: Either STi midpipe paired to Nameless Axleback OR full Nameless catback
5: e/Pro Tune

Im not one to get hyped when an intake says +30HP, because I know thats not necessarily true; however the nitty gritty of the mishimoto setup is pretty solid and seems like a great platform. The intake will honestly be mostly for sound... seriously, listen, it sounds like a jet taking off -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYbb5BG14zk

The EBC should level out the boost spike at initial build up and reduce lag.

Getting a tune through the AP should be the easiest part. Stock the FXT's are averaging in around 210WHP 195WTQ from my readings. The CVT will be the only downfall to the car. It is reportedly only good to about 300-320WTQ. With that being said, I hope to get the foz into STI range at about 310HP or 260-270WHP/270 WTQ. With 2 tunes, 91 for daily/highway driving, more reserved of a tune with efficiency in mind. As well as a 94 tune, for days where going fast is fun.

Finally the last peice to the puzzle will be an upgraded rearsway bar and a front strut tower brace to help keep the car tight. As for now, she stays tame and quiet until the spring hits.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on November 10, 2016, 02:38 PM
Originally posted by Colby
With that being said, I hope to get the foz into STI range at about 310HP or 260-270WHP/270 WTQ. With 2 tunes, 91 for daily/highway driving, more reserved of a tune with efficiency in mind. As well as a 94 tune, for days where going fast is fun.

This seems like it would be a big hassle. My reasoning behind this is as follow...

Tuned for 91 but running 94:
From my understanding, after some discussion back and forth with Eric @ Torqued Performance, 94 w/ ethanol and 91 w/out ethanol will act differently. If you tune for 91 but decide to run 94 w/ ethanol you will run lean. This is because ethanol has a lower energy output than regular unleaded gasoline and will require more volume to achieve the same amount of energy required to hit a certain power output.

Tuned for 94 but running 91:
Pretty straightforward here. If you require 94 octane to achieve the required power output but use a lower octane fuel, thus lowering the knock protection, you may cause damage to the engine.

This would mean that you would have to completely drain the gas tank every time you want to switch maps between the two to ensure that you have straight 91 or 94. I know that the stock tune can make adjustments for that 10% ethanol content and adjust timing accordingly but I'm not exactly sure how this works for an aftermarket tune, especially with our open/closed loop fueling system. I'm sure you would be fine just putting around the city but the fuel may be an issue if you decide to get on the throttle.

I might be completely out to lunch on this though... I'm no engineer so take that with a huge grain of salt. Maybe @Nirusan (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=3033) can chime in or maybe someone with more experienced with Subaru's Open/Closed loop fueling system.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on November 26, 2016, 10:18 PM
Medium Sized Update:

Chatted with @Igor (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=17) a bit and reached out to a few shops regarding tuning and fuel and stuffs. Have decided to go with BrenTuning, they have hundreds of WRX's and dozens of FXT/WRX CVT's under their belt and are very confident and knowledable in the FA20DIT platform. With that being said, the mods would make The Foz capable of about 310WHP/320WTQ... thats pushing the CVT wayyyyyy to far for daily comfort. At least we know that it will be a very safe and mellow tune (at 260/270) compared to its potential..

I had gotten bored one day and hit up SlickTint and got the front windows done to match the rears. We put on the Nano Ceramic 35% when we finished, he measured the light transmission at 27% for the front and 27% rear.

Went through TougeTuning and Cobb's one sale a year saved a bit on the new Accessport v3. Grimmspeed 3 Port EBCS was ordered at the same time.

Black Friday yielded a Nameless 5" Muffled Axleback, some Red 3/4" D-Ring Shackles, and Daystar Isolators to protect the bumper.

@SubieSTI (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=309) is hooking me up with his old STI exhaust. Going to be using the STi Midpipe in place of the FXT's. The stock FXT resonator is extremely restrictive, both reducing flow and sound. The STi one should flow alot better and kill any drone. If it ends up being to quiet with the Nameless axles, I can always straight pipe it.

You can see the tint is nice and even here -

(http://i.imgur.com/g1nreSJl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/iivgPCFl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/cDaBHtZl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/SrpFlc7l.jpg)

After about a month of not washing the car, I finally hit up the loonie wash and cleaned it up. I used the Wolfgang Deep Gloss Sealant 3.0 when I did the detail in October, never having used a sealant before, I didnt know what to expect compared to wax. This stuff makes washing easy. I was able to essentially rinse off all the dirt and grime that had accumulated. I still did a hand wash to break free the bits of tar and other stubborn contaminants. It was easier than I have ever done before and the soap even was beading on the paint. I cant wait to see the longevity of the stuff. :banana:
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on December 10, 2016, 10:08 PM
Earlier this week I sold the Legacy, sad to see it go but it was for the best. I was able to keep my Nardi Wheel and NRG hub atleast :)

After the sale, I went by to @SubieSTI (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=309) / Bravon's to grab his old OEM STi Catback. Big thanks for the hookup. However, it had a bit of rust on it, so that had to get taken care of... let the snapchats commence

(http://i.imgur.com/lppDXEKm.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/uuA2LNrm.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/W1I9nK7m.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/LS4M0wsm.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/syHSoeo.jpg?1) (http://i.imgur.com/ZipNgnV.jpg?1)

I coated it with VHT Brake and Caliper Clear coat. Seemed to be the best thing to do the job to protect it from more rust down the road. It took about 4 hours at a leisurly pace to do, start to finish. Perhaps a Glavanizing paint should have been used... only time will tell

Today I did my run down to Pembina to grab a bunch of stuff. Amongst it was Daystar D Ring Isolators, Red Hound Auto 3/4 D Ring Shackles, and Nameless Performance Exhaust with 5" Mufflers. When I got back I went straight to the shop to tear down and install. Lots of swearing was had over the constant tesnion bolts at the Midpipe and Cat. Sheared one off, the other was just a bitch to remove. Finally got it all apart and out. The worst thing about working under a vehicle in winter is that you dont stay dry or clean... I was soaked after it was done. Got some new bolts, put the new mid into place, got the mufflers on the hangers. Everything was going smoothly. Went to snug everything up annnnnnd the fitment is off by an inch. Its one or a combination of three things.
1: The rear hangers are bent in the wrong place.
2: The STi Mid sits in a different place or isnt bent the exact same
3: The mounting flanges are off pitch on the Exhaust

So, I found some Extended Hangers at Napa... going to check in the AM to see if anyone has them in the city. That should fix my problem and drop the mufflers an inch, if not... We break out the Oxy-Actelyne and re bend everything or tack on new hangers that will sit taller.

Other than that, I love the look... Right now its vibrating the bumper so it sounds terrible in the cab; but the exhaust note on the outside of the car is pretty mean and refined IMO.
(http://i.imgur.com/jyxr22Fm.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/mZxxgtGm.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Gxe8XFJm.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/xrp4NSNm.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/46qiKg6l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/y1vvuCwl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/A5i6fsxl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/iadEsaKl.jpg)

And a 1 Minute sound clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRkqGhnkkyo
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on December 11, 2016, 09:58 PM
Got it all fixed today. Its a temp fix, but im going to run it as long as I can...

It turned out that the 2012-2014 STi Mid has the slightest difference in the Y pip section. It desing rise as high as the 14+, and the flanges are slightly rotated on the new revision. I put some cardboard between the bumper and the exhuast tips to prevent burning or wear. It slightly scuffed the tips so I had to buff that out... ended up doing the entire tip on both sides... they are better than factory. After scouring the internet regarding hangers/isolators and fitment, I came across a part number from Walker that Piston Ring and Napa carry. There were only two of these extended hangers in the city. One at Regent Piston and Main Napa; both are closed till Monday. After chatting with one of the guys at Piston Wall St we came up with an idea to use isolator straps... but he didnt have any. I went over to Napa Ellice and he had a bunch. Grabbed four and went to the shop to make them work.
(http://i.imgur.com/2bUcnfAm.jpg)
I ended up cutting off the metal tab, i have no idea what that is supposed to be for. And in my rush to get this done I forgot the power tools at home, and all the shop tools are locked up. ****.

Vise Grips saved the day!!!
(http://i.imgur.com/lV42tZH.jpg)

I used assorted bits to size up the holes to fit the hangers. And finished with a combo that worked. Turned out the top hangar needed to be closer and the bottom needed to be farther away. Ill be measuring the center to centers and get proper hangers/isolators in the future.

(http://i.imgur.com/7ARNIMtl.jpg)

Proper photos and a wash will be done in the near future!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on December 12, 2016, 07:39 PM
excuse the dirt -
(http://i.imgur.com/1kquMkkh.jpg)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on December 17, 2016, 03:08 PM
http://youtu.be/mLwrbbZAEUk

(http://i.imgur.com/nUyCC3nl.jpg)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on December 19, 2016, 09:26 PM
Festive AF

(http://i.imgur.com/UfntXjPl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/eY5hO94l.jpg)

That should be it for updoots for about 2 weeks. Drive safe out there everyone. Happy Holidays
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on December 28, 2016, 12:51 AM
Went "Stage 1" with Cobb's OTS 91 OCT map. Much more usable power. Linear throttle response. And its supposedly a 10WHP bump and a 25WTQ bump, which should be about 220/250 now. Spins the wheels much easier, wether its the band or the increase of power, I am unsure. Since being able to monitor the vehicle, there is a bunch of stuff that is possibly alarming but I hope to get some answers. DAM at .688 on cold start with a FKL of -2.81. On a 3rd gear pull, I am getting -1.41 at 5000RPM-6000RPM too. But there will be more testing coming up. also hit 20PSI so thats fun too!

(http://i.imgur.com/07afd6Zl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/1eCuyKIl.jpg)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: jordisonjr on December 28, 2016, 08:29 AM
"DAM at .688 on cold start with a FKL of -2.81. On a 3rd gear pull, I am getting -1.41 at 5000RPM-6000RPM too"

What does this mean? :lol: (Newb question maybe?)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Shaun on December 28, 2016, 11:49 AM
Originally posted by Colby
Went "Stage 1" with Cobb's OTS 91 OCT map. Much more usable power. Linear throttle response. And its supposedly a 10WHP bump and a 25WTQ bump, which should be about 220/250 now. Spins the wheels much easier, wether its the band or the increase of power, I am unsure. Since being able to monitor the vehicle, there is a bunch of stuff that is possibly alarming but I hope to get some answers. DAM at .688 on cold start with a FKL of -2.81. On a 3rd gear pull, I am getting -1.41 at 5000RPM-6000RPM too. But there will be more testing coming up. also hit 20PSI so thats fun too!
Try the ACN map?
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on December 28, 2016, 12:21 PM
Originally posted by jordisonjr
"DAM at .688 on cold start with a FKL of -2.81. On a 3rd gear pull, I am getting -1.41 at 5000RPM-6000RPM too"

What does this mean? :lol: (Newb question maybe?)
I am not the best person to ask about this...
DAM - Dynamic Advance Multiplier, should be 1 and nothing else - once the vehicle is warmed up to operating temp
Fine Knock Learn - should be 0.00 at almost all times with a variation of +/- 1.00 if I understand correctly

On a 3rd gear pull from 2000-6000RPM I am getting knock of -1.41 and that is the motor pulling the timing to prevent detonation.

Either the 91 isnt resistant enough or the map needs revision
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on December 28, 2016, 12:39 PM
Originally posted by Shaun
Try the ACN map?
No ACN map for the FXT's. Stage 0, Stage 1 91, Stage 1 93. Going to try a tank of 94 since the map allows up to E10, will log and return with results
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Shaun on December 28, 2016, 12:46 PM
Originally posted by Colby
No ACN map for the FXT's. Stage 0, Stage 1 91, Stage 1 93. Going to try a tank of 94 since the map allows up to E10, will log and return with results
Was gonna suggest 94 next, although not a great long term solution.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Shaun on December 28, 2016, 12:46 PM
The cold temps may have a lot to do with it too.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on December 28, 2016, 12:52 PM
Originally posted by Shaun
Was gonna suggest 94 next, although not a great long term solution.
Originally posted by Shaun
The cold temps may have a lot to do with it too.
Yea, the temps could have alot to do with it. Ive found hitting target boost is very tricky... But its only had a couple hours of driving, and may still need to learn and trim accordingly. Ive been chatting with Igor and Bren Tuning and the consensus is that our fuel sucks compared to some of the states which be may be the part of cause
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on December 29, 2016, 11:37 PM
Car has been running great on the COBB OTS 91 map, after much research the consensus is that FKL is allowed is +/- 2.5 Degrees and DAM is allowed to drop but should rebound and cant be persistent. With the FXT only pulling timing at the top end for 100RPM I am pretty happy with everything.

It is really interesting to see how the car maps as it warms up, going from -4.87 FKL and a DAM of .688 all the way to normal 0 and 1 respectively. On stock tune its even worse though, with a lot more leaning of the AFR.

Minor cosmetic enhancement... new bumper step pad - Aluminum to Plastic, more aggressie with better coverage and matches the panda theme - a handful of decals - turbo snail, the world is flat, grocery getter, and a FORESTER door stickers. Photos tomorrow.

also, got hardware and cut out mounting pattern for the girlfriends Rio5 Rally Flaps
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on December 31, 2016, 06:18 PM
Another Oil Change done, First two changes were at 10,000 and 12,000km. Interval is 10,000. The oil came out pretty ok those last two times. When i got the car, i found a few MR. Lube change reciepts... I hope the owner didnt skimp to much :( However I have been using Pennzoil Ultra Platinum which is supposed to have great cleaning properties, and since its been winter this interval was at 8,500kms. It came out black and slightly fuelly. Hopefully its the detergents doing its job, and not any bad wear. Perhaps the DIT's have more blowby on cold starts? Any who, winter intervals are going to be kept short from here on out. Better safe than sorry.

(http://i.imgur.com/fbbVJAGl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/2nPqA7yl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/NrG7kE3l.jpg)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on December 31, 2016, 10:23 PM
If you're really interested in seeing how the oil is doing you could send a sample off for analysis, however, be warned, some stones are better left unturned hahaha.


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on January 19, 2017, 09:02 PM
Happy New Year, everyone. The Foz is alive and doing well, and getting ready for some serious lighting upgrades.

After much debate, I took the plunge and hit up Baja Designs. If anyone is interested after the next few weeks, feel free to hit up Bailey. Great guy, very helpful, and is really good to bounce ideas off of. I'll leave his info below:

Bailey's Contact info: Email: Bailey@bajadesigns.com. Phone: 800-422-5292 ext 114. You can say Colby sent you, he'll do 10% off.

For those unaware of the differences, between a Chinese level bar, a Rough Country/Rigid level bar, and a Baja Bar. Just take a peak at the build quality, the tech, and the ease of service. Im not trying to sell you, but they are unparalleled in design... and price $$$$. The S8, is really good bang for your buck. But the lenses can be swapped, optics changed, cords are moisture sealed... I can go on, do some research on the site - https://www.bajadesigns.com - The Science of Lighting tab is good info.

Anywho, I have ordered a BD OnX6 Dual Control 30" Bar, Driving/Combo. This bar is very versatile, it has  Hi/Low/Strobe Power modes, and individual control of the outside and inside sections.
(http://i.imgur.com/TJaZtsnl.jpg)

I have gotten the S2Pro in a Wide/Cornering Lens. This guy will be mounted on the back of the roof rack, pointed towards the ground about 15ft away from the bumper to cast a nice widespread beam to illuminate with tail lights as well as be on switch control.
(http://i.imgur.com/e2MOXLvm.jpg)

Finally, Princess Auto special, the "Uni-Bond" LW-6008. They are made under many different names, sold by many places. Nothing to fancy about these guys, but they will make for excellent scene/ditch/camp lights. They will be mounted to the roof rack, underslung to stay out of the way. Pointing towards away from the sides of the vehicle about 15ft as well
(http://i.imgur.com/6DtsyqQm.jpg).

Here are the fun numbers, the specs that sets these Bajas apart from everyone else.

OnX6, 30"
Lumens: 22,050 Utilizing 18 Cree LEDs
Wattage/Amps: 175.5W / 15A
Dimensions: 30" x 4.29" x 2.69"
Weight: 11.45 lbs

S2Pro
Lumens: 2,450 Utilizing 2 LEDs
Wattage/Amps: 20W / 1.66A
Dimensions: 2.93" x 1.76" x 1.68"
Weight: 8 ounces

The Uni-Bond
Lumens: 1,260 Utilizing 6 LEDs
Wattage/Amps: 18W / 1.42 A
Dimensions: 6.4" x 2.4" x 1.8"

Along with this, I have drawn up the harnesses. Its all pretty straight forward. The toughest part will be to plasma cam/CNC a switch box to mount somewhere. There is not a lot of dash room in the foz and it has to be a clean install. The rockers, momentary buttons, relays, and fuseholders are all on the way.

While I will have the vehicle apart to work on this I will also be tidying up the previous DRL wiring that I did and adding in blade connectors to allow things to be disconnected. As well as putting everything (DRL wiring, Hella Wiring, the 5 new harnesses) in proper sheathing and tucking it away. Itll be a Saturday project for sure. Install should ideally be done before the 3rd, but thats not going to happen with pick up on the 28th at Pembina. Will update as needed.

Anyone with tips on how to mount a light bar to your bumper beam, feel free to leave a message.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: jordisonjr on January 20, 2017, 08:42 AM
Did you get light bar covers as well? From what I understand you will be ticketed for light bars that don't have covers on them as they're intended for off road use only.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on January 20, 2017, 12:31 PM
Originally posted by jordisonjr
Did you get light bar covers as well? From what I understand you will be ticketed for light bars that don't have covers on them as they're intended for off road use only.
No I did not get any covers. From my knowledge the rear and side lights don't need covers. Only front facing ones, I could be wrong though.

The lightbar is going behind the bumper, in the slot under the grill. I won't be able to fit a cover in there anyways. If it comes to it, I can put some studs through the bumper or something like that, and make a block off plate. I always carry around a Stanley Multipiece tool kit so it won't be an issue to take on and off. I don't see many tickets for lightbars without covers, but they can still get ya if they want...

Maybe make a bracket that hold a nut, so when I don't have a plate on there, it's still clean. Hmm. You got me thinking now


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: #StreetFocus on January 20, 2017, 01:48 PM
behind the grill shouldn't give you any problems, not as noticeable from cops.

And they mostly target trucks when it comes to light bars. The guys with roof bars and big ones on the bumper.

technically, by law they would all need covers when on the road since they aren't DOT/SAE approved, regardless of location. but you shouldn't have problems
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on January 28, 2017, 05:47 PM
Ran down to the border today. Freezing rain the entire way down and back. Roads were not the best, however the North Dakota roads and sidewalks were 10x worse. No salt. A couple trucks in the ditch. I picked up the lighting and Switches today. Just need to make a princess auto stop and a bit of plasma cutting and I'll be good to start installing

Ice Build Up, It was a struggle to keep the windshield clear the entire way:

(http://i.imgur.com/nxUL6LSl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/70X5SzGl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/S31YZzLl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/RG77pWOl.jpg)

S2 Pro, Wide Driving, This is Reverse Flood Lamp:
(http://i.imgur.com/TMjfcKol.jpg)

Scene Lights, Sold under Heise, Epistar, Uni-Bond and many more:
(http://i.imgur.com/GXQYlkXl.jpg)

and the Grand OnX6 Dual Control with a Wide/Combo Beam setup:

(http://i.imgur.com/VSHm9Yel.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/uPhVlLUl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/DS3uaxLl.jpg)


Rocker Switches and Momentary Buttons to activate modes on the Onx6:
(http://i.imgur.com/sJ9e9BQl.jpg)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on February 04, 2017, 01:16 PM
TLDR: (http://i.imgur.com/olxe4l9l.jpg)

Since The 28th I have been prepping the wiring for the switches and finalizing the design for the switch panel. As well as trying to figure out how that light bar will mount... After measureing up the Light bar mounts, I realized that the bar wouldnt fit unless we took .450" off, or slotted/drilled the mounts. It came time to tear apart the front end and take a look at the mounting points. Turned out the headlight housing extended down into my area I was planning on using. I could not use the stock brackets. But I could get the bar in and test fit -

(http://i.imgur.com/mQvrgHcl.jpg)

Ok, so brackets wont work. But it fits almost perfect. The mouning point was on a sheetmetal piece, that was slightly raised over the bumper beam. Using a self tapping screw and washers at the back of the bar I was able to make a height adjustable lift to allow the lightbar to be aimed.

For mounts, I had thought to make up a clamp system like we use on the Mills. I call them a Fulcrum Clamp, I dont know what the real name for them is, but it works well.

We Center Drilled, Drill and tapped the bumper beam. Threading in the stud and making up a clamp was next up. With some help on the milling and welding from pops, we cut material, milled a couple slots, test fitted and welded up.

(http://i.imgur.com/DHapLAll.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/JD9hMiMl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/7kVmnJyl.jpg)

Earlier that day I set up a "booth" for painting. I repainted the Hella Grills. using Primer and Enamel this time. They should stick better. Also did the same for the roof basket brackets and the Light Bar Brackets.

(http://i.imgur.com/p0znp9Hl.jpg)

Following this we had booted up the PlasmaCAM. Made the switch panel and roof basket brackets.

(http://i.imgur.com/eFlHtV5l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/KBJlwbhl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/6vByadbl.jpg)

We milled in a .06" slot to make it easier to break.

(http://i.imgur.com/B5A9UCjl.jpg)

Once I got home, I wrapped and installed the switches and buttons...

(http://i.imgur.com/T6joFMyl.jpg)

That concluded Night #1.

During the next day I painted the brackets and clamps. Reinstalled the Hella grills and started wiring throughtout the day. Once shift ended, It was full on teardown again and install.

(http://i.imgur.com/uFzzpkkl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/ZPPpBH4l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/wN3EuNql.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/yc0LdfJl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/ucOwVo0l.jpg)


It worked on first hookup, albiet I had wired the Amber and the White sections to the wrong switches... After a quick swap in the cab it was all good

Low Beams
(http://i.imgur.com/rZYbQkrl.jpg)

Low Beams with Diode Dynamic Fogs
(http://i.imgur.com/olGpVOTl.jpg)

Low, Fogs, Center section of OnX6
(http://i.imgur.com/8CY1r4al.jpg)

Low, Fogs, Full section of OnX6
(http://i.imgur.com/eoZcVjzl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/olxe4l9l.jpg)


More to come this week one the roof lights are in and the Bumper gets a bit of trimming
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on February 04, 2017, 01:36 PM
Wow that looks deadly, much bright, very view, such light! I'm jealous, maybe i should put some high power lights on mine, but they'd have to be in the OEM locations so it looks stealthy.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on February 04, 2017, 07:00 PM
Originally posted by Ctown8
Wow that looks deadly, much bright, very view, such light! I'm jealous, maybe i should put some high power lights on mine, but they'd have to be in the OEM locations so it looks stealthy.
We might be able to stuff a 20" somewhere in yours


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: John on February 04, 2017, 11:33 PM
"Let there be light"




anyways, I like it! would love to see it in person
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on February 06, 2017, 07:18 PM
Lighting Part Two!

This week I'll be only working on the car an hour or so each day.

Day 1: pigtailed some extensions to the basket lights and mounted them to the brackets. Following that, I zip tied the wires up under the spare tire. The junction in the harness will be there too, so everything is fairly hidden.

(http://i.imgur.com/jvjLHrxl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Y0HjNARl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/tRYcfuKl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/yxEktX3l.jpg)

That's basically it for now. Tonight I am making the harness that'll be from the engine bay, under the vehicle, up through the hatch, and out onto the roof rack


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on February 08, 2017, 09:18 PM
Had a nice drive out to Regina, however driving back wasn't fun. 6 hours of blizzard conditions, low visibilty and high winds. Before we left there was 3" of snow in a matter of 2 hours or so at our place - (http://i.imgur.com/FaRrsEKl.jpg)

Monday night I made the harness and gave it an extra 5 feet... just in case. Good thing too, I would have been 5 feet short if I had left it what I guessed 

Tuesday after work, I threw it up on ramps, removed the tail light, and started snaking the wires through.

(http://i.imgur.com/R1eJUVYl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/tBT8iUvl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/3JzKOTul.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/NifU1EFl.jpg)

Essentially the harness drops straight through the bumper, curves around the exhaust shields, up and over the rear subframe, down to the undertray, sanwhiched between the tray and chassis along to the front suspension, snaked around the LCA mounts and up into the engine bay... Success!!!!!  A small amount of dremeling on the tail housing and the undertray and it was in in under an hour. Note to future self: let car thaw and drip dry a few hours before crawling under.

Using a forklift as a makeshift ladder I climbed into the basket and removed the tire to allow room to wire.

(http://i.imgur.com/tHAlCSRl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/2GXYTTul.jpg)

All cleaned up, wired in, re locked down. Time to move back to putting the relays and such into the fenders.

(http://i.imgur.com/7pgf8BCl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/8xbRGkIl.jpg)

No photos but I also cleaned up a bunch of the wiring from the DRL's and the Vent LED's. The bay looks almost OEM with all the extra stuff tucked away.

First fire up outside

(http://i.imgur.com/ZCu3yPVl.jpg)

Everything worked first try, YAY! for being slow, methodical, and drawing it all out first.

Some final photos. Some extreme HDR'd shots to show the lights

(http://i.imgur.com/mR1Ivlql.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/rDi3oj6l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/RexXyNfl.jpg)

And some actual good photos

(http://i.imgur.com/CRTCU3Sl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Wy3g175h.jpg)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: #StreetFocus on February 08, 2017, 09:33 PM
Looks pretty damn nice!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on February 09, 2017, 03:14 PM
Looks awesome
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Nirusan on February 09, 2017, 05:55 PM
I'm a fan! Great work Colby!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on February 14, 2017, 11:28 PM
Had a chance to get out and take some photos to show the throw of the lights:

Low Beams and Fogs - Control Image(These are on for all the tests):
(http://i.imgur.com/DK29LDLl.jpg)

Baja Designs S2 Pro Wide Cornering:
(http://i.imgur.com/hMVfA9al.jpg)

Princess Auto Special sold under 9000 different brands aka Sasquatch Lights (aimed a bit low right now):
(http://i.imgur.com/mmlMv93l.jpg)

Sasquatch and S2:
(http://i.imgur.com/ptqG6J9l.jpg)

OnX6 Center Beam:
(http://i.imgur.com/LSh26Lll.jpg)

Onx6 Amber Beams:
(http://i.imgur.com/ZxlBN9fl.jpg)

Full OnX6:
(http://i.imgur.com/LLiU6Qjl.jpg)

Everything:
(http://i.imgur.com/2wSWlmul.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/ulpzQVyl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/KBpyfz2l.jpg)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daCA1-Pa5J0
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on February 15, 2017, 06:44 AM
Wow those are bright! Won't have any issues seeing at night now haha.


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: jordisonjr on February 15, 2017, 08:35 AM
I'm curious where/when you're actually going to use all of these lights?
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on February 15, 2017, 09:02 AM
Holy light, thats amazing!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on February 15, 2017, 10:17 AM
Originally posted by Igor
Wow those are bright! Won't have any issues seeing at night now haha.


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Thanks Ted Mosby! It makes stock lighting look terrible when I turn the light bar off

Originally posted by jordisonjr
I'm curious where/when you're actually going to use all of these lights?

The side lights will be used for camping or perhaps helping someone who is stuck.

The rear is obvious, backing up in scenarios where the stock bulbs in the tails won't cut it.

The bar, I make the drive to Regina every two weeks in the dark. There is lots of time where you are alone or isolated from oncoming traffic and the extra light helps with bad visibility and animals. In the summer, I drive up to the cabin on gravel roads. Lots of wildlife and no room for error on a road that's 1.5 times wider than the vehicle.

I agree that a lot of pavement queens, will never need their bars enough to justify them, and I could probably do without. But I'd rather be prepared for anything. Plus, it's not a battle wagon without lights!!!


Originally posted by Ctown8
Holy light, thats amazing!

All the lumens!


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: jordisonjr on February 15, 2017, 10:20 AM
Makes sense. I wasn't trying to speak ill of it, was just curious what it'll be used for.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on February 15, 2017, 11:11 AM
Originally posted by jordisonjr
Makes sense. I wasn't trying to speak ill of it, was just curious what it'll be used for.
Didn't come across that way at all. S'all good


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on February 15, 2017, 11:50 AM
@dan (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=6221) forget about your HIDs and just do this.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: dan on February 15, 2017, 03:56 PM
Originally posted by Igor
@dan (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=6221) forget about your HIDs and just do this.
Where in gods name would i put them!?
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on February 26, 2017, 01:08 AM
Picked up and installed the Morimoto XB LED's (Type S) today. First impressions:

Well built, solid unit with easy installation
Packaged nicely
Light output is to be desired

They are noticeably brighter and more useable than stock fog lamps, yet nowhere near as bright as the Diode Dynamic XML2 bulbs. Measured output is 600 Lumens vs. 1420 Lumens per bulb.

Reason for changing from the stock housing and high powered LED is a few things:

Glarey
Multi-Reflector Halogen housings are not designed for LED's, the beam is not the same as a halogen bulb
A ton of wasted light

Without further ado, here are the pics of the afternoon:

Rolled into the shop. You can kind of see the glare from the Fogs, not really noticeable in a photo but it threw a ton of light vertically. The roads were slush

(http://i.imgur.com/A1FcjiVl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/UNZLppNl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/OdNPNtvl.jpg)

Light output, you can see the amount of lost light towards the roof

(http://i.imgur.com/b3n66aJl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/DaUXMFPl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/40cikCll.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/taruM4gl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/fa3vvDql.jpg)


The Morimoto unboxing:

(http://i.imgur.com/rFSCiaul.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/qWPKGEll.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/RpaXrBvl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/LfAC5iwl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3LEJAQDl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/uXMe4hGl.jpg)

For those who dont have me on snap, 1/27 for Roll Up the Rim. This round sucks.

To the Install. Pull out the for bezels. Put the car up on ramps, pulled out 5 plastic pop-clips and 1 bolt per side. Dropped the under tray around the fog lamp and had full access to the housings. A 10mm bolt and a phillips screw-pop-clip and the OEM fog lamps were free!

(http://i.imgur.com/HTvR6dml.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/mDkEiM9l.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eXVqnlQl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/pEyAcUHl.jpg)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on February 26, 2017, 01:08 AM
OEM Housing/XML2 Bulb/XB LED

(http://i.imgur.com/igQ84j7l.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/MOIJpJxl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QyE795Yl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/sKHTWCNl.jpg)

XB LED Output. You can see the sharp cut off and zero glare

(http://i.imgur.com/e7OvdxXl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/abMm7h9l.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/etaCJXJl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/GV3dCTOl.jpg)

Following that I fixed the pinstripe in the front, it must have gotten rock chipped. Also added one to the rear to see how it'll look. Decided to keep it for a while

(http://i.imgur.com/GI8vYcxl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/EJLo7Rnl.jpg)

Some parkade photos

(http://i.imgur.com/wvgqPlBl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/bwi9sf9l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/marqHqFl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/SMO9FPOl.jpg)

and a pupper, not mine but a family member is babysitting him

(http://i.imgur.com/OyqY2stm.jpg)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Vince on February 26, 2017, 01:26 AM
Did you order those LED housings online?

Also, how tf do you drink 27 Tim Horton's coffees and die from dysentery.

You gotta up that coffee game boiii
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on February 26, 2017, 10:01 PM
Originally posted by Vince
Did you order those LED housings online?

Also, how tf do you drink 27 Tim Horton's coffees and die from dysentery.

You gotta up that coffee game boiii

Got these through Tom at WinnipegHID. Would have cost more to do online/states run. Supporting local/Canadian when I can and when it makes sense :)

I've been trying to up my coffee game. I'm stuck on pleb-level


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on February 27, 2017, 09:24 AM
They dont look nearly as bright as the LED's but the cutoff line looks good af.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on February 27, 2017, 12:17 PM
Originally posted by Ctown8
They dont look nearly as bright as the LED's but the cutoff line looks good af.
The cut off is beautiful. Now only if they can make a housing that has these optics but can use any bulb...

They aren't as bright no, but a lot of that brightness was wasted. They are almost the same output on the road, where it counts


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on February 28, 2017, 10:29 AM
Originally posted by Colby
The cut off is beautiful. Now only if they can make a housing that has these optics but can use any bulb...

They aren't as bright no, but a lot of that brightness was wasted. They are almost the same output on the road, where it counts


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That is what counts!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: #StreetFocus on February 28, 2017, 04:14 PM
#lightgoalsAF

frig I love Baja Designs lights. So epic.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on March 11, 2017, 12:21 AM
Off Topic Post:

My pops was going to tims to grab coffee and an undercover unit was sitting in the lot and was pulling over every vehicle with aftermarket auxillary lights. After getting read the riot act on how he is an unsafe person and could be issued a ticket and have his vehicle impounded... he designed a cover for his lamps that can be remotely actuated and complies with the polices edition of the HTA, which does not state that covers are allowed. It says all aux lighting is illegal and with no mentions of covers are an acceptable work around. It seems that the WPS and the HTA are two different sets of rules. He was running these for 6 years with no issues.

Anywho. we started by making the "paddles"

(http://i.imgur.com/hs41d5Tl.jpg)

after bouncing some ideas around we had to do the final hole before we got to test fitting

(http://i.imgur.com/9HrypZKl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/HUw0LbOl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/N5rWIiYl.jpg)

While he drilled and reamed the last bit, I cut the material for the bearing brackets

(http://i.imgur.com/c09ftDJl.jpg)

Drill + Tap

(http://i.imgur.com/oNsXLbfl.jpg)

Wonderful, we were ripping through it and making progress... time2test

(http://i.imgur.com/E7Yg1Rnl.jpg)

I came to the point that, as the paddle arcs along its path, there will not be enough clearance between the ID and the OD of the lamp and they won't work... Time to mill out material to alow a free flowing arc

(http://i.imgur.com/5o3LdqCl.jpg)

Did that and cleaned them up. Test fit #2 looked good for the paddles. I also realized that the brackets wouldnt clear the roof enough, I cut more material for spacers. Dad got the Mig out and started welding them up

(http://i.imgur.com/yekhMbfl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/PNuhQv6l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Ulxb9yil.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/cjkCuc1l.jpg)

After everything was tacked and looking good, we hmmm'd and hawww'd about the actuator. How to do the cleanest and simplest install. Another coffee break and we had an idea. A bit more metal fab and welding and it was all mechanically hooked up.

(http://i.imgur.com/3KqiwMsl.jpg[/img[img]http://i.imgur.com/FOUnQ0Ul.jpg)]
(http://i.imgur.com/eFKfIPMl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/X45ytaPl.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/vfG5NRwl.jpg)

The actuator has about 125ft/lbs of torque and can open and close the paddles at highway speeds. If I ever have trouble from those who Enforce and Collecterrr, Serve and Protect, I may have to make a system for the Foz. Hopefully that day doesnt come.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on March 26, 2017, 06:26 PM
TLDR: Turn off all other software when updating AccessPort

Welp, Ive found out the hard way that you can brick an ECU as seen here

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170316/952c2463856c07f2982546c88fecd78f.jpg)

The morning after I screwed the pooch, I had a few calls and emails with Cobb. They were quick to respond and helpful with all resources and chances to fix the ECU without having to send it away. Unfortunately there was no other option but to send it to them.

The Eyesight system in the USDM FXT and US marketed WRX/ WRX STI (Canadian WRX and STI dont have eyesight) is very tempermental to key in and key out sequences. What I believe has happened is this.

Running AP Manager and VMWare with Windows in background, I had gone too update my AP. Upon Firmware Flash and reboot VMWare prompted to connect to windows or mac - ***VMWare has to be off for all AP updates***. Which interrupted AP Managers update sequence. That corrupted the AP Firmware and it has to be removed from the computer and replugged in. AP Manager goes into Recovery mode to reflash the AP's Firmware. When it flashes the firmware it loads the base version. So, instead of auto updating with all the latest and greatest it goes back to v1. Even if you recover and get the AP back and working AND you hit update it will show that there are no updates to be had. AP Manager for some reason doesnt re-check after re-flash. If you go to use the AP to Flash your Map in your Eyesight equipped vehicle, it has a high chance to brick the ECU.

So, I had to strip the AP and the ECU from the foz, luckily the latest gen of cars have the ECU easily accessible in the Engine bay with a 10 mm socket. Two acorn nuts and three wiring harness connections later its out in under 60 seconds. I shipped it off to Cobb in Texas. Canada Post 5 Day Express. Got there in 4, WooHoo!. Arrived on Thursday at noon, Cobb had the ECU all fixed, packaged, and shipped by Friday at Noon. They have sent it with UPS 2 Day, unfortunately its Business Days; its currently in Louisville, Kentucky and scheduled for delivery on Tuesday.


Next Upgrade for the Forester will be summer setup.

Ill be haggling with Kaltire for some tires. We shall see how it goes.

Yokohama Geolandar G015 - 235/65 R17
Method Race Wheels Rally - MR501 - 17x8 et42 - Titanium

More to come in a few weeks!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on March 27, 2017, 11:49 PM
I ordered the new summer setup this weekend. Should be on By April 8th or on Easter weekend. I may have to do some spacers to make it feel a bit more aggressive, although im worried about chipping the fenders/quarter panels from debris

(http://i.imgur.com/bYRs9Jbl.png)(http://i.imgur.com/aaKVnEkl.jpg)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: jordisonjr on March 28, 2017, 08:31 AM
Those are some aggressive tires! Should look good. Nice to see a subaru build that isn't just hella horns and an invidia exhaust :lol:
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on March 28, 2017, 10:11 AM
Originally posted by jordisonjr
Those are some aggressive tires! Should look good. Nice to see a subaru build that isn't just hella horns and an invidia exhaust :lol:
Thanks Colin! This is like no other build locally... if you don't count the Hellas and the Nameless/STi exhaust, haha

Next mini project is redesigning the hatch area. I have to pull the spare tire and dimension the area that I have. I'll be building in a sub box, amp rack, as well as making cargo/tool dividers... there will also be a pull out table and it will all double as a sleeping platform. There's a bit of planning to go as how to make it all work but I'm sure I'll figure it out in a few days.

Do you have any recommendations on how to waterproof wood by chance?


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on March 28, 2017, 10:13 AM
Originally posted by Colby
Thanks Colin! This is like no other build locally... if you don't count the Hellas and the Nameless/STi exhaust, haha

Next mini project is redesigning the hatch area. I have to pull the spare tire and dimension the area that I have. I'll be building in a sub box, amp rack, as well as making cargo/tool dividers... there will also be a pull out table and it will all double as a sleeping platform. There's a bit of planning to go as how to make it all work but I'm sure I'll figure it out in a few days.

Do you have any recommendations on how to waterproof wood by chance?


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use a high ply birch, its lightweight and strong, then use a sealer on it, you can even use it to make your woofer enclosure!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on March 28, 2017, 07:59 PM
Got the ECU and AP back today. Plugged it in, the car read it and fired right up with a slight hesitation from not being ran in two and a half weeks. I went for a boot around the block so it could do some small adjustments, warm up and give the battery a kick. I verified that everything was fully updated this time and went to marry the AP to the ECU and flash stage 1 OTS.... I hooked it up to a battery charger and fed it on "supply". Went to flash and... Communication Error. @#$&@%#^@&@& the Flash failed and the ECU was bricked again. Ok. atleast I was smart enough to do this at home this time. I attempted the recovery mode.... lo and behold, it recovered! I did some reading and found out that a comm error is common after a bricking or even just not having the key in/out sequence perfect. I unmarried and tried it again. This time it worked and I am now back to Stage 1. WooHoo!

DiscountTire called me. My methods arent in stock with them or Method... at least a 2 month wait. Wonderful... I have changed from the MR501's to the MR502's. The 501's are more of a street style where the 502's are straight up rally and gravel. They will do a better job of hiding the hubs and brakes. Plus, they are offset at +38 instead of +42, so they will poke a bit more :)

Here they are:

(http://i.imgur.com/eiEgJTll.jpg)

Originally posted by Ctown8
use a high ply birch, its lightweight and strong, then use a sealer on it, you can even use it to make your woofer enclosure!

Who do you normally get this stuff from? Windsor, Home Depot, Rona??
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on March 28, 2017, 10:33 PM
glad to see you didn't brick your ecu again! Guess you have no choice but to enter it in the ojibwe forest rally.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: me0wzas on March 29, 2017, 12:52 AM
Nice setup on the wheels and tires.  What size rim did you decide to go with?  I'm liking the Sparco Terras but can't decide between the 16" or 17".  I'd like to go with 17" wheels, but the choices in all terrain tires are limited unless I raise the forester with a kit.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on March 29, 2017, 08:01 AM
Originally posted by me0wzas
Nice setup on the wheels and tires.  What size rim did you decide to go with?  I'm liking the Sparco Terras but can't decide between the 16" or 17".  I'd like to go with 17" wheels, but the choices in all terrain tires are limited unless I raise the forester with a kit.
17x8 +38

15" and 16" wheels don't clear XT brakes from my knowledge. I think you could go 15" if you had the option. Usually lifting on these vehicles doesn't change the size of tire unless you are going 4" lift or more


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on April 07, 2017, 01:20 PM
Picked up le wheels last night. I actually love them. I wasn't sold on them from internet photos and they were out of the ones that I initially liked and picked so these were the runner ups.

(http://i.imgur.com/4epgWcvl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/FO1Swfcl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/5JEHDhil.jpg)

Last Night I sealed them to protect from and tar or contaminants. I may look into doing some Ceramic coating mid summer.

Picked these up from Discount Tire Direct. Best price around. Good service. But **** UPS.

(http://i.imgur.com/wrLwObcl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/H0ErW6wl.jpg)

There wasn't a single box that didn't have any damage. 2 wheels had nicks in the inner lip. The one shown is particularly bad. The box is wrecked. Can't trust anyone to do their job with dignity these days.

Tires have arrived in Winnipeg. Will be getting everything mounted and balanced on Monday.

Will update next week


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on April 07, 2017, 10:23 PM
Thanks UPS


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on April 10, 2017, 11:59 PM
Well, post shift we brought in the vehicles and went to work. Todays project, Swap over summers on the Forester and install Gooseneck Hitch on dads truck (F250 Super Duty). We decided to do the truck first, since it will be the tougher of the two jobs.

Purchased on E-trailer. It was proclaimed a direct bolt on, with no mods... uh huh... sure.

Upon reading these particuler instructions and multiple other goosenecks we amassed a bunch of tricks that were of much use. They were all modifications or extra instructions that werent mentioned...

There were brackets in the way that wernt supposed to be there... according to e-trailers instructions. In short, the two hour install became 4.5 with milling to modify their main brackets due to misplaced holes... oh and lots of zip disks/grinding

(http://i.imgur.com/XyTptxwl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/SFo3lmrl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/05mlIfQl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/rg5Nnj0l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/8QZW3ZFl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/gwCZHccl.jpg)


By the way, we practice safety. We used 2 straps!!!

(http://i.imgur.com/uZ9PRJrl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/oqDK3Qrl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/64i8n4Kl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/6hPsomol.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/zNjpYbYl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/JRevp53l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/2Eb04Qdl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/VELNXLfl.jpg)

And the Final Outcome

(http://i.imgur.com/VEq1w4el.jpg)



The Foz took 30 minutes to swap 4 summers over, install the center caps and do a quick check up. It will need new rotors and pads all around in about 20,000km's which will be the next tire rotation.

Here are the first few photos, everything is dirty, muddy, dusty, and still goopy from the tire install.

(http://i.imgur.com/SigsRfMl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/GTpoB82l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Rog2TE6l.jpg)

The fitment is "flush". There is no poke and no sunkeness... Maybe a 10mm spacer ould make it look meaty-er.

Tomorrow I'll be swapping the roof basket tire, as well as we are installing an Airbag Leveling Kit on the rear of the truck for hauling. I think its an extra 5000lb capacity. #bagged

Better photos to come in a week or so
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: jordisonjr on April 11, 2017, 08:28 AM
Any issues with rubbing up front? Looks pretty tight. Time2lift
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on April 11, 2017, 10:29 AM
Looks sick Colby.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on April 11, 2017, 10:47 AM
Originally posted by jordisonjr
Any issues with rubbing up front? Looks pretty tight. Time2lift
Actually, they are the same size as the blizzaks, 235/65R17. The Blizzaks rub and these don't.

They will upon 4-5" of compression but other than that, they fit fine with no issues. Or perhaps the winters grooved my fender liners enough that it fits perfect now... hmmm

Anywho, I wouldn't go a size up. Atleast on a daily

There is still a lift planned. I'm just way to busy to make it at the moment


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on April 12, 2017, 09:04 AM
Summer Mode:

(http://i.imgur.com/qTzFg9Ol.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sltB9E9l.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XZXEiWwl.jpg)


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on April 12, 2017, 09:18 AM
oooh beauty shots as always Colby!!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on April 19, 2017, 12:03 AM
This week we bagged Dads F250. It now has an extra hauling capacity of 5000lbs. Installation of the brackets while following the instructions was ****ty, doing it our way required a bit of zip disking but it was flawless and fast.

I have a few free hours this week and decided to start the hatch project. My jigsaw and straight-edge-clamp-a-ma-jig is at work... no cuts tonight -

Inspiration - http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/6687562-post414.html

I layed out the protective cover to see if i had enough spare wood kicking around.

(http://i.imgur.com/XY6j2XFl.jpg)

I sure did, I removed the fitted carpeted cover and did a good tracing

(http://i.imgur.com/Ye8srVLl.jpg)

From an idea from a member over on subaruforester.org forums, I am adding in a table.

(http://i.imgur.com/7Lp5r91l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/wfH4euRl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/u8sYUujl.jpg)

I also have to incorporate some head rests for pillows and junk. They will hang from the front seats

(http://i.imgur.com/zwgiJg0l.jpg)

Thats it for tonight
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on April 19, 2017, 11:59 AM
Woo audio next! :)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on April 20, 2017, 11:11 PM
Last night I cut out the head rests and table. The hatch I rough cut.

After work today I went straight to the barn and went to work.

Dad helped with routering/round over-ing the edges since I have no experience with doing that.

Turns out our belt sander was out of belts... luckily the palm sander was free

(http://i.imgur.com/IgiaHOJl.jpg)

First up were the Headrests. I mis-measured and mis-cut the straps for hanging... Ill have to re-buy the strapping in the future

(http://i.imgur.com/ZbMpRXil.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Rq3pxX0l.jpg)

After some more measuring and a handful of more cuts everything was ready for assembly!

The new tray fits like a glove, even with my shotty woodworking skills

(http://i.imgur.com/stydFkLl.jpg)

The table works decently... using an telescoping Ikea leg, it makes for an easy collapsable setup

(http://i.imgur.com/Zj3RsIhl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/nVvIuEHl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/USaKt5gl.jpg)

Next week will be further progress on the hatch tray. Slotting it, making a hinge/prop system, cargo dividers, and storage for the table and headrests.

I am also wanting to stain all the pieces. What colour should I go with?

(http://customslidingbarndoors.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Minwax-Barn-Door-Wood-Finish.jpg)

Im thinkin the Red Chestnut, or something similar. The tray is the always going to be visible so I dont want to go wrong.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on April 21, 2017, 08:25 AM
red chestnut or dark walnut!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: jordisonjr on April 21, 2017, 08:30 AM
Ebony
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Zach1 on April 21, 2017, 10:38 AM
Really cool idea, my vote is either Red Mahogany or Jacobean.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on April 21, 2017, 11:22 AM
I like the red or english chestnut, but the ebony probably matches your car best.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: dano on April 21, 2017, 11:22 AM
Originally posted by jordisonjr
Ebony
Ebony x 2
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: #StreetFocus on April 21, 2017, 05:51 PM
red or english chestnut would look good IMO. would have good contrast in there.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on May 04, 2017, 01:21 PM
Small bumpdate. I have slotted out a lid and now have a usable tray setup. Eric came over and helped with sound deadening. He ended up having more than he needed so I get to buy all his stock that I need off of him. Woohoo!

(http://i.imgur.com/gNoJXQq.jpg)

Umm, I got a sheet of 3/4" MDF at home and a subwoofer on order.

Colin slung some hookups and also got me some carpet. That has been mediocrely laid down in the hatch area

(http://i.imgur.com/MsCHvw3.jpg)

And I have started staining wood pieces as I go. I ended up with Red Mahogany. It's exactly what I was hoping for. A nice subtle red with rich grain.

 (http://i.imgur.com/A7qpGdu.jpg)

The sub I ordered is the Focal E30KX (12")... I was originally planning on an 8". How I got up to 12... I have no idea. This next project is magicianing a box into the spare tire area to maximize cargo area. Carpeting it. Followed up with staining the wood tray. Slowly but surely it'll get finished


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on May 04, 2017, 02:08 PM
Originally posted by Colby
The sub I ordered is the Focal E30KX (12")... I was originally planning on an 8". How I got up to 12... I have no idea. This next project is magicianing a box into the spare tire area to maximize cargo area. Carpeting it. Followed up with staining the wood tray. Slowly but surely it'll get finished
hehe youre welcome
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on May 14, 2017, 10:32 PM
As mentioned earlier/elsewhere on the forum I've been having issues with Phantom Knock/Knock/Pre-Ignition. I havent a clue how to combat it so I have started with the basic maintenance to see what it may be.

First was fuel, I ran a can of seafoam in it to help clean the injectors and fight any inconsistancies in the tank. Next were plugs, They werent bad for the electrodes and straps, but they did appear to be running fairly hot and the resistor may have started to go on them. Replaced with OEM drop ins, gapped to spec from NGK.

(http://i.imgur.com/5bHJcUNl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/KAS1e2pl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/DeQo8eXl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/p36txU4l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/PDG6vDzl.jpg)

I also ran a can of seafoam through the vacuum line since the engine is DI and the valves never get washed.

These things didnt help. I cant make it a day without dropping to .188 on the DAM and anytime I'm under 35% throttle It is trying to pull timing. FKL and Feedback are almost always anywhere from -7 to -2. I am getting pretty frustrated since its been getting worse and worse and I cant figure out why. Eric at Torqued has recommended a few things to try as I go. The forester is eligible for the WQW-58 recall for Pre-Ignition. Subaru flashes the ECU to change the timing and such.

I dont know if a Map change effects the entire ECU or a part of it. All I can hope for is it's a bunch of false readings and the OEM tune is just sensitive.

Anywho, I drove out to Lake of the Woods and enjoyed a few hours out there with a buddy. We stayed at his cabin and went off-road to explore some trails.

Water, sand, and mud ensued.

(http://i.imgur.com/BscKvLil.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/y9q6xxZl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/4KlUZANl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/KlBQYjtl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/DwIzSWyl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/LoqgXdOl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/BOM9cddl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/jS8Tlmel.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/HQ2PHuDl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/RtOGlS8l.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/RM8hx2ll.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/gTE88bGl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Y0L06nRl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/ICNBFDCl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/WRNu5bdl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/3cLJc4bl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/BkfXT0hl.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/qdBzUuYl.jpg)

Luckily through-out our stupidity, there was minor casualties. I have some small scrapes on my exhaust, and front lip.

Matts foz however had a bit of an issue. The ransmission has a Winter/Snowflake HOLD mode. It is flashing continuously and will not shift out of 2nd gear.

Between the two of us, we have 1 perfectly working Forester :P
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on May 15, 2017, 09:37 AM
Great pics, looks like fun! Hope matts foz is okay!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Shaun on May 15, 2017, 12:38 PM
Maybe get your injectors flow tested at Speed Factor
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Zach1 on May 15, 2017, 01:10 PM
Awesome photos! that looks like a ton of fun
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: AA_ron on May 15, 2017, 08:54 PM
Is that a non-turbo JDM SF5...?
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Ctown8 on May 16, 2017, 09:02 AM
Originally posted by AA_ron
Is that a non-turbo JDM SF5...?
Yes
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on May 16, 2017, 09:51 AM
Originally posted by Ctown8
Great pics, looks like fun! Hope matts foz is okay!

We are thinking it may be a solenoid that went bad??? No clue at this point. Everything is connected and looking well... apart from a few battle scars on the oil pan

Originally posted by Zach1
Awesome photos! that looks like a ton of fun

Oh it was a good time. We just had trouble trying not to get in over our heads

Originally posted by AA_ron
Is that a non-turbo JDM SF5...?

It sure is. It's a C/20 trim

Originally posted by Shaun
Maybe get your injectors flow tested at Speed Factor

Unfortunately I can't be down the vehicle as it's all I have. I don't think the injector flow would be my issue, the spray pattern and timing are apparently really important. In addition I've ran a bunch of cleaner through. I also think I'd be throwing misfire codes.

I chatted with one of the guys at subaru and he says that the FA20DIT will almost always have some pre-ignition. It's just that when it turns into knock is the issue. Unless I throw a knock code, they won't even bother looking at the car



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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on May 17, 2017, 10:34 PM
UpDooT:

Booked a CVT fluid change at the dealer. Subaru is the only ones that make a compatible fluid and its utilizes an electronic level sensor that needs a proprietary scan tool aka I cant do it.

Will be picking up my own Diff fluids and changing them myself. Its about $350 for the CVT fluid change and another $300 for the Front and Rear Diffs.

Apart from slowly working away at the "D Service - 100,000km's", I have been in talks with Eric @ Torqued Performance.

This finally led me to be able to install the Grimmspeed 3 Port EBCS. WooHoo! I have never had to work with a forced induction system so it seemed a bit daunting. Luckily the Grimmspeed installation instructions are nice and simple. It was actually for the 2015 WRX, but Grimmspeed made sure it works with the FXT too. It bolted up nice and easily, and I flashed on Eric first revision of the tune. I noticed that the PCV sure has dumped in atomized oil over the last 94,000 km's. The Cold Side inlet had a nice coating on the inside of it. The turbo was a nice Golden brown from all the oil too. I must say, the sound of the wastegate being actuated from the EBCS is earporn. The OEM controller never made the wastgate chug like the grimmspeed does.

(http://i.imgur.com/l5zrjuIl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/ITuPO6rl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/TDFPwgTl.jpg)

Right off the hop, It responded similarily to COBB's OTS Stage 1. Much happier ECU, quicker to bounce the DAM back up, and less knock readings. I cant wait for a few more revisions to see how it goes. Eric has been quick to respond to most emails and has just gotten back to me with a new map after his stated business hours. Will keep updating as it goes. Cheers all!
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: blankk on May 18, 2017, 02:30 AM
have you had any problems with the CVT so far on this one?
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on May 18, 2017, 07:21 AM
Originally posted by blankk
have you had any problems with the CVT so far on this one?
It should have been manufactured with a manual.

That's more of a personal issue, haha.

But no, the transmission is solid. I actually don't mind it. It's decently fun with paddles and manual modes. Fast to shift and efficient.

It can't hold a ton of power though. 300 at the wheels is like the limit of these things. $8,000 to replace :(


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Igor on May 18, 2017, 08:45 AM
Originally posted by Colby
It should have been manufactured with a manual.

That's more of a personal issue, haha.

But no, the transmission is solid. I actually don't mind it. It's decently fun with paddles and manual modes. Fast to shift and efficient.

It can't hold a ton of power though. 300 at the wheels is like the limit of these things. $8,000 to replace :(


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Time to swap to the WRX tranny.
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on May 18, 2017, 10:11 AM
Originally posted by Igor
Time to swap to the WRX tranny.
You have no idea. That and a turbo upgrade would be hand in hand


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Shaun on May 18, 2017, 10:12 AM
I just realized you sold the Legacy, lol
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on May 18, 2017, 09:38 PM
Originally posted by Shaun
I just realized you sold the Legacy, lol
HAHA, yea that was back in December that she moved on to her new owner - @haydenrl (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=6588)
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: haydenrl on May 18, 2017, 10:24 PM
Originally posted by Colby
HAHA, yea that was back in December that she moved on to her new owner - @haydenrl (http://toptierimports.com/index.php?action=profile;u=6588)
I love her thanks for selling it me


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: haydenrl on May 18, 2017, 10:26 PM
Originally posted by haydenrl
I love her thanks for selling it me


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Buying a 98 usdm legacy for parts so I can finally replace that fender


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Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: Colby on May 18, 2017, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by haydenrl
Buying a 98 usdm legacy for parts so I can finally replace that fender


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If I recall, the USDM never had a side marker slot. Just food for thought
Title: The Foz - The Do All Daily
Post by: haydenrl on May 18, 2017, 11:17 PM
Originally posted by Colby
If I recall, the USDM never had a side marker slot. Just food for thought
I doesn't it just has an extra part of the black trim on the side but it's the same shape as the light so I think I can just pop it off and replace it with the light


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