Subaru STI - Our daily driver
Here is the long awaited DD Subie Write up.
Where should I start, the mods I guess. Here is what I did before the
complete detail was done. I researched and found all the parts I wanted
to make this car look and handle a bit better.
Take a look at the work done, I did just about all the install work
myself less the AV system and a few bushings (needed a press to get some
of the stock ones out)
This car was a treat I never really did any of the wrenching myself so
this was a great learning experience. One big lesson, the right tools
and a lift are a HUGE Plus
Take a look:
Harman DP (removed when the car was traded in) not installed yet -installed and loving it 3/17/09
Harman Motive CAI
Magnaflow CBE --> removed
Invida Q300 CBE installed 3/2009
Access Port (stg 2)
Group N Engine Mount- installed 4/21/09
STI Heat Sheid
Rally Armour Mud Flaps.-->deleted
Rear Bumper cargo strip (incoming) -
Arm rest extension (incoming) -installed 3/17/09
Rear Cargo Tray (incoming) - installed 3/17/09
Piaa Xtreme White Plus High Beams (9005)- installed 3/09
Piaa Plasma Ion Yellow Fogs -installed 3/28/09
Perrin Super Shorty Antenna - installed 3/28/09
Harman Motive Rear Overlay - installed 4/27/09
Valentine One - hardwired 4/27/09
BC BR CO's installed 3/2009
Whiteline Front Sways (22 mm) - installed 3/29/2009
Whiteline Rear Sways (20 mm) - installed 3/29/2009
Whiteline Sway Bar Support Brace - installed 3/29/09
Whiteline Anti-Lift Kit - installed 3/29/2009
Perrin Front End Links - installed 4/21/09
Perrin Rear End Links - installed 4/21/09
SPT STI Front Strut Bar - installed 4/27/09
SPT Lower H Chasis Brace - - installed 5/1/09
Whiteline 08+STi Positive Traction Kit- KDT902 - installed 5/1/09
Whiteline 08+ WRX Rear Differential Mount Inserts - KDT903 - installed 5/1/09
Whiteline rear camber adjusting kit 08+ wrx/sti hatchback subaru-kca326-- installed 5/1/09
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushing kit 08+ - ksr207 -- installed 5/1/09
Whiteline Rear Trailing Arm Bushing * W0568 -- installed 5/1/09
Whiteline Front Control Arm Bushings - W0507 -on the way
Kenwood DNX 7140 installed by Mobilewerks 4/7/09
JDM AV Panel installed 4/17/09
The car in stock form
At the dealer before delivery:
The STI at its first mobile detail job nice and dirty after a couple snow storms
Let the mods begin...
First up the CO's, Exhaust, and Removal of the Mud flaps
The BC Coilovers:
instructions and adjusters:
Set up and install:
Loosening up and removing
Adjusters on the front
Invidia Q300 Install pictures:
the exhaust in the box:
Getting ready to remove the Magnaflow exhaust
Old exhaust removed:
Joe doing the final install
Mud flaps on the car:
Mud flaps off the car:
Final shots of the car:
my favorite shot:
Next up the downpipes
Extended arm rest install
Rear bumper guard
Sways, Tranny Mounts, Bushings all getting installed
Shorty antenna install
Kenwood DNX-7140 Install (installed by the pro)
AV Panel from Japan
Stock panel with the new head unit
After with the new Japanese AV Panel
Debadging the car
Leftover adhesive and ghosting
3M adhesive remover was used
Compounding and polishing
Final before and after
Now onto the detail......
Adam's All Purpose Cleaner
in the Cam Spray Foam Canon
Adam's Clay Bar
and Optimum Instant Detail Spray and Gloss Enhancer
for clay lube
Menzerna Super Intensive
with the Uber Orange Pad
with the Uber Blue Pad
Menzerna Top Inspection
Lusso Prototype for Detailerís Domain
Einszett Spray Wax
Wheels and Tires
Uber Wheel/Tire/Wheel Well Kit
see below for more of the wheel write up.
Interior and Glass
Adam's Glass Cleaner
and Uber Glass MF Towels
Leather Master Foam Cleaner
Leather Master Nubuck Protection
Leather Master Strong Cleaner
Leather Master Vital
P21S Total Autowash
Diluted with Water in a Spray bottle
Makita 9227 Hi Speed Rotary
The Uber Foam Pads (5.5inch)
Tons of "Uber" Microfiber Towels
Uber Drying Towels
Cam Spray 1500A with Cam Spray Foam Gun
Let's start with the wheels.
Here is the set up, I have had the STI now for over 3000 miles and
unfortunately I have had no time to give it even a proper wash, actually
I haven't washed it yet. The day I figured I had some time it got just
too hot to finish it. (98 degrees!)
Anyway here is a teaser. I got started on the wheels and after 3000 miles of caked on brake dust I decided to go all out!
By this I mean wheels were off the car, wheel wells were cleaned and dressed, brakes were polished and waxed.
Uber Wheel Kit
Cam Spray Pressure Washer
Now to the pictures:
Before shots of the wheels.
Before Brakes and Wheel Wells. (reference left side, forgot to take all the complete shots, both sides were pretty dirty)
Wheel being pulled off using ratchet and jack.
Wheel off the car.
on the wheels, I let it dwell while I cleaned the wheel wells and brakes
Back of the wheel
Front of the wheel
What it looks like after P21S
sits for a while, the P21S Wheel Gel
is pretty thick.
Cleaned both the front side and the back side with the Uber Boar's Hair Wheel Brush, The Uber Spoke Brush, and the Swissvax Wheel Brush
, each one helped with the process of cleaning all that brake dust and dirt off the wheels.
After I applied Swissvax Autobahn
Results from all that hard work on the wheels.
Now that the wheels were done...on to the wheel wells.
P21S Total Auto Wash
was used to cut the dirt and grime off the wheel wells as well as the suspension bits, and brake calipers.
were used to help clean up the wheel wells etc
After everything was rinsed and cleaned up, I moved on to polishing the brake calipers with Menzerna PO85RD
after I put a nice coat of Swissvax Autobahn
on them to give them a nice shine and protection.
Caliper After Polish
and before Autobahn
Applying the SV Autobahn
Removing the SV Autobahn
Adam's Undercarriage Spray
was applied to bring back a nice new look to the wheel well covers
(note I did wipe down any access to prevent a oily greasy look, I was
going for a matte finish)
After of the wheel back on the car (less the tire dressing)
Of course the wheels were done again but much easier this time around.
Take a look.
Let's do the interior first
Some before shots (this is how I got the car from the dealer)
Before engine shots
Cleaning up the engine
P21S Total Autowash on all the areas with wax build up around the rubber trim, bug and tar etc.
Now for the foam canon
Claying the car
After polishing under the Brinkmann
After shots of the engine
After shots of the car