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March 31, 2016, 07:33 PM #0

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I won a 1999 Subaru Forester stb at auction last thursday (March 24) from Japan and figured I'd start my build thread now.

I did the auction process through William at Jdm connection.
The car has a grade 4 body, and a C grade interior.  From the auction sheet pictures the interior looks to be very clean though. As for the body, the sheet indicated some minor paint flaws (waves, fading or something to that extent, marked "w1" ) along the driver side doors, minor scratches on the rear and front bumper corners and 3 or 4 minor dents accross the rest of the car. It is a 5spd and only had an aftermarket muffler and alloy rims recorded for modifications, and has a mere 68,200km on it.

My plans for this car right now are minimal. I bought this car for a daily that I can use in both summer and winter that will be reliable and not cost too much when repairs are needed, because my Porsche meets none of these criteria.
What I want to do is get a nice set of summer wheels, a set of coils (low in summer, raised in the winter), and perhaps try my hand at dipping the car, right now I'm thinking just a basic white.
 I don't have a time line on the coils or dip, but the wheels are a must for this summer. I will be using the wheels that come with the car for winters.
I am still waiting for more photos to come but these are from the auction page.


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    April 01, 2016, 07:50 AM #1

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    Nice car! I love mine. Only wish that mine came with the lip kit. Looks like it's in great shape (as most JDM cars going through the auction are). I'm assuming timing belt hasn't been done yet?
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      April 01, 2016, 09:04 AM #2

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      Everyone likes silver hey? Sweet car. Can't wait 'til it arrives!

        April 01, 2016, 12:31 PM #3

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        No, timing belt more than likely hasn't been touched and should theoretically last me at least till next winter.
        And I wasn't keen on the silver tbh. I was hoping for white or black, but I had been looking through the auctions for a while already and there were not a lot of white or black ones in suitable condition.

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          April 01, 2016, 12:45 PM #4

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          One thing you might want to do often is clean the maf, idle air control solenoid, throttle body if you get any idle issues. I'm sure you can't wait till you get it. Nice pickup.
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            April 01, 2016, 05:04 PM #5

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            Originally posted by dano
            One thing you might want to do often is clean the maf, idle air control solenoid, throttle body if you get any idle issues. I'm sure you can't wait till you get it. Nice pickup.
            I plan to do a full clean up of the car when I get it home. Change all fluids, do a thorough interior scrub, is there anything other than what you've mentioned that would be a good thing to check/replace? Other than DOT approved lights, tires etc. Particularly before I leave Vancouver.  I'll be spending the day there at a freinds house so I'd have space and time to do some minor checks around the car.

            And ya, I can't wait to get it. Been driving my parents '08 outback since I put my car away in october. Great car, but it's auto and so slow...

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              April 01, 2016, 11:08 PM #6

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              Other than what's mentioned, I strongly suggest getting the best fuel you can get your hands on  :)

                April 02, 2016, 05:10 AM #7

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                Is 94 more common in Vancouver than it is here? Or is husky the only option out there too?

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                  Originally posted by C.J974
                  Is 94 more common in Vancouver than it is here? Or is husky the only option out there too?

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                  94 is plentiful out West. You can do 94 all the way back here.

                  If you're going to do a lot of driving near 91 only, then you should put a full down pipe back exhaust and a tune from ECUlabs to the top of your list and talk to @Nemesis_sti on here.
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                    April 06, 2016, 04:00 PM #9

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                    Got some more pictures of my car sent to me, seems to be very clean, inside and out.


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                      Looks super clean man, Im jelly! Congrats on the sick whip!
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                        Flew out to Vancouver on Friday morning to pick up the fozzy from Port. A freind picked us up from the airport and brought us to the port then we went to his garage to make sure everything was good to go.


                        After hanging out in Vancouver for a while we headed out.


                        I drove for most of the AMAZING Coquihalla highway through the BC Rockies. I rode passenger through the okanagan.


                        We arrived in Calgary at about 11:30 Friday night and stayed with family for night. In the morning we checked kijiji for rims and found something.

                        Set of brand new 18x7.5 rims with brand new tires. Nothing fancy, but far better than the 15x7 trash rims that came with the car.




                        I'd like to go up to about a 18x8.5 but for now this will do. I'm hoping to throw on some coils soon too.


                        After Calgary we hit the prairies.
                        Nothing worth a picture, just some fields, some cows and once in a while there is a slight curve.
                        Got home around 2am without incident.

                        Just need to get a safety and Im good to go.

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                          Looks sweet man!

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                              Glad to see you're happy. I think someone is selling a set of JDM Sti seats for about $400 and might be a good thing to get. I'm sure after the drive you see how crisply the stock seats are, lol.

                              Edit: I think the seats are on Facebook. Like Canada JDM marketplace or 204 Subaru marketplace
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                                Had a bit of a struggle getting the signals out, but after a while they popped out, and it was easy from there.

                                Now I have the headlights in, but the signals are proving to be a pain.

                                Jdm ones on the left, usdm on the right. I don't have wiring diagrams for the car, any help would be great. But I also noticed that on the back of the jdm signals, it says sae

                                It does not say that, or dot on the lens though. I have an amber turn signal on the quarter panel already, do I need the usdm reflector on the signal? Or can I just stick with the jdm signals, (I don't like the look of the reflector on the usdm ones, and they are more oxidized than my jdm ones)

                                I don't see anything saying I need the reflectors. Any thoughts?

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                                  You can use the JDM ones.

                                  Go to princess auto and pick up some stick on reflectors and keep them in the glove box. I didn't need them, but might depend on the comfort level of the shop. Then just stick on if needed.

                                  The difference is that the JDM ones have the parking lights in the headlight assembly and the usdm ones have a dual filament turn signal that has the parking lights in them.
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                                    Originally posted by dano
                                    You can use the JDM ones.

                                    Go to princess auto and pick up some stick on reflectors and keep them in the glove box. I didn't need them, but might depend on the comfort level of the shop. Then just stick on if needed.

                                    The difference is that the JDM ones have the parking lights in the headlight assembly and the usdm ones have a dual filament turn signal that has the parking lights in them.
                                    If the parking lights are in the jdm headlights and I'm switching to the usdm (without parking lights) and I leave the jdm turn signals I then have no front parking lights? Or do I just leave the whole jdm headlight assembly in?

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                                      Originally posted by C.J974
                                      If the parking lights are in the jdm headlights and I'm switching to the usdm (without parking lights) and I leave the jdm turn signals I then have no front parking lights? Or do I just leave the whole jdm headlight assembly in?
                                      I think what I did was simply use the usdm socket, and then wire the parking lights to the usdm bulb, and simply notch the inside of the jdm housing to accept the usdm bulb.

                                      If I recall correctly, one has 3 tabs and the other has 4.
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                                        Originally posted by dano
                                        I think what I did was simply use the usdm socket, and then wire the parking lights to the usdm bulb, and simply notch the inside of the jdm housing to accept the usdm bulb.

                                        If I recall correctly, one has 3 tabs and the other has 4.
                                        Jdm has 2 prongs usdm has 3.
                                        Is this the factory parking light? Because it looks cut in fairly rough.

                                        These are the wires going to that light

                                        And this is the jdm signal connector

                                        I don't know if this is a stupid question, but what wires am I connecting to where? Will I just pull off the jdm connector, and bring the positive wire from the "parking light" to the third tab of the usdm bulb? Like, hard wire (solder) all the leads to the signals?

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                                          yeah, I think that's all I did. I think one is the power and the other is the ground (For the parking light). So I just used the power light and wired it to the third one on the usdm plug (which already had a ground), and just used a dremel so the tabs would fit through.

                                          You should be able to deduce which is the ground on the bullb socket by just looking at it. The two powers should be on either side of the bulb (the two nibs) and I think the ground is on the bottom.
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                                            Parking lights are good to go! Onto the next project, stereo.

                                            Picked these up from Colin at Brian Reimer. The old speakers weren't holding up too well any more, so these should be much better.


                                            Everything fits perfectly except for the new tweeters in the front. I'm writing on a way to make them fit without noticeable damage. Until then, I'll stick with the purple ADDZEST tweeters.
                                            Next step, coilovers!! ?...


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                                              Did my first oil change on the fozzy today, and found this bad boy

                                              I'll be changing that out this week after work sometime. But on the bright side, everything else is looking mint under neath, not really any oil Leaks, the plastic cover was dry. Less problems means more mods!

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