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.
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.