I've been thinking about starting a journal for my car for a while but I haven't had a lot of time to sit down and actually start writing one up. Like all good stories, it's best to start from the beginning.
When I first started looking at cars to replace my 96 BMW 328is I just couldn't make up my mind. I had my heart set on a white 4 door 2010 VW GTI but a small part of me kept telling me: “Why go from glorious rear wheel drive to lame old front wheel drive?”. So I started looking at what Audi had to offer. I really liked the B5 S4 wagons but I lost interest when I saw this 2008 Subaru WRX STI.
The car was at a dealership in Oregon. 24,000 miles on the clock, aftermarket wheels, and a rebuilt title so the price was pretty good. Every vehicle I've owned has been rebuilt and I've had less trouble than some people I know with clean title cars. You get lucky sometimes I guess.
Skip forward a few weeks. My father and I are on route to Grand Forks North Dakota to meet the truck that is carrying my car. I still have not seen my car in person up to this point. I am a very excited.
Here is the very first pictures I ever took of my car:
I filled her up and started the journey home. Those 2 hours were pure bliss. I'm sure many of you can relate to this feeling.
Let's skip forward another few weeks. The car has been an absolute blast so far. I had already purchased a Cobb Accessport from a member on NASIOC. I had read about the horrible factory tune the 08's had so I decided that the Cobb Stage 1 map might be a little friendlier. The car definitely responded better and had a much smoother powerband. I think this is around the time when I got a random facebook message from Riley telling me to check out Top Tier Imports, a site for Import enthusiasts. So here I am. I honestly had no idea that there were so many Subaru owners in Manitoba.
At this point I was tired of how quiet my car was. I wanted that sound. The sound that pisses off neighbours. The sound that Jeremy Clarkson heralds as “the imminent arrival of a moron.”
I like that sound so I guess I must be a moron. At least I'm not alone
So back to NASIOC I went and found a great deal on a new Greddy TI-C catback exhaust. I kept the silencer in for one day and then decided that I didn't care for it. I think it's probably on the same noise level as the Invidia N1 Street without the silencer.
Top Tier meets!
I painted the tail lights red because they look pretty gross stock.
Bought a few more things like a weighted shift knob from WC Lathewerks, Neochrome lug nuts, Prosport Boost gauge, Rally Armor Mud Flaps, JDM STI R205 side markers, AEM Cold Air Intake, and an Invidia Catless downpipe. The downpipe has not been installed yet. I got it for a very good price but I don't want to run catless so maybe I can get one of the local shops to weld a high flow cat in for me this year or I might just sell it and buy a proper catted downpipe.
Some random pictures of parts.
I purchased a set of brand new General Altimax winter tires and a set of OEM BBS wheels from a 2007 STI to use for winters. One had a slight bend that I fixed with some wood and a hammer. I also replaced the Sport grille with the OEM STI grille which I need to paint black or try out that crazy Plasti Dip stuff everyone seems to love so much.
I purchased a set of Hyper Silver Enkei NT03+M 18x9.5 +40 this year so I can get rid of my Rota P1's and Nankang tires. Still need to buy tires for the new setup but I think I've finally made up my mind and will be purchasing some Bridgestone Potenza RE760 tires in 255/40/18 for my new wheels.
Plans for this year are to purchase some coilovers, adjustable rear lower control arms, and a set of stiffer swaybars if the budget allows. We'll see what happens. This is just the beginning.
Thanks for reading!
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