Dutch '07 Legacy 2.0R Touring Wagon
Hi! I'm Jeroen from the Netherlands.
I used this forum a lot the last couple of months and it helped me a lot customizing my car to my liking, so I' thought it would be nice to introduce myself and my Legacy here.
I've been driving my 2007 Legacy 2.0R Touring Wagon for almost a year now.
It's not fast, but I really love it. The previous owner installed some stuff I don't like (bumper protectors, tow hook), so I'm trying to give the car less "age 50+" looks. Since I'm a big Japan fan I like to upgrade my car as JDM as possible. Luckily this European model has the same specs as the JDM 2.0R. It even looks exactly the same except for the rear bumper. (JDM bumper is shorter = nice!)
The day after I got it:
Not lowered yet:
I'm leaving the engine as it is, because it's a very young car and I won't get much power out of it. Besides...I'm using it for every day driving, hollidays, etc.
Upgrades so far:
-Apexi High Flow air filter (panel)
-Pilot Pro Line 6000K HID kit installed.
-Pilot LED parking lights matching the HID(I believe you call them that way)
-yellow/gold halogen fog light bulps
-debatched trunk lid
-removed tow hook (just the hook...two bolts and it's on/off)
-new Subaru emblem on trunk...the chrome inside the old one was weathered.
-eBay JDM mesh grille (painted) installed
-OEM 17" 2009 Impreza rims with the Potenza's RE050A swapped on them.
-OEM 17" rims equiped with 215/45R17 Falken HS-439 Eurowinter tires.
-Black aftermarket parking sensors swapped for a kit that matches my paint.
-HKS Silent Hi-Power axleback mufflers installed
Wanna hear 'em?
Right after install:
Recently I'm upgrading my suspension.
Tried the Tein H-Tech for the LGT, but my engine is too light. It's about 350lb lighter! I really underestimated the engine weight having influence on the drop.
The back dropped perfectly, but the front didn't move a bit. :confused:
Last Thursday I swapped the front Teins for H&R, but still too little drop (about half an inch now)...I'll wait some more before allowing unhappiness into my life. ;) If it drops just half an inch more the car sits even.
This is how she sat on Tein H-Tech:
This is how she sits now on Tein H-Tech rear / H&R front: (bad quality picture)
I'm installing a Whiteline 20mm adjustable rear sway bar this week. (Not JDM, but good stuff it's sold here, so...)
A Cusco front strut brace is on its way from Japan. :cool:
Last week I received a USDM Legacy GT grille. It's not a 100% fit, but good enough for me. I'm modding that into a STI grille soon.
If you want to see more you can visit my "Subaru Club Netherlands" introduction topic. You won't be able to read it (dutch), but there's a lot of pics of my 'projects':
Well, that's about it for now...thanks for coming this far. :rolleyes:
I'm no expert at English, so forgive me for making a mistake or using stupid words now and then. I'll do my best. :D
It's been a while. I've been quite busy at work, but I also did a lot of mods.
For some of them I found a lot of help on this forum again. Thanks!!!
The car is back at it's original hight in the rear. I only lowered the front a bit.
None of the three sets of springs I tried seemed to lower the car properly, so I went with the most 'stockish' springs at the front of the car. She sits perfectly even now.
Installed a Parrot MKi 9200 bluetooth carkit.
Upgraded rear speakers with Alphine 2-way speakers.
Later I made a 'tube' to make up for the lost bass.
Installed a Alpha Motorsports Rigid gear knob (from Japan) Really like the looks of it. It's small and no-nonsense and that's exactly how I like it.
DIY STI replica grille and front bumper lip installed:
I installed a Whiteline 20mm adjustable swaybar in the rear and a Whiteline ALK in front.
A few weeks later I mounted a Cusco stabilizer bar in the front
...and later I also did the back.
I removed the resonator from the stock exhaust.
A piece of advice. Don't now how they're called in English, but these work great to adjust exhaust tips:
The HKS Silent Hi-Power exhausts are a lot louder now and I really like it.
Finally these Japanese beauties get the attention they deserve. Because it's no GT they are still 'wife aproved' and as long as I don't go full throttle through tunnels...she even likes the sound of it. :cool:
Off course my iPhone had to suffer another ride underneath the rear bumper.
Current project: HKS Super Power Flow especially designed for the 2.0R
I only have to adjust the MAF adapter.
My car has the newer 'slot type' MAF sensor, so it doesn't fit the 'Denso MAF' flange. Right flange ordered / aluminium welder found / GrimmSpeed MAF flange plug ordered. An install is nearby. :)
You wagon looks awesome Jeroen, well done!
Thank you very much! Glad you like it.
Shot a short vid in a parking garage to record the exhaust sound.
(I kept it short because I felt a little premature-ish while doing this :lol:)
When driving (letting go of the throttle, etc.) it's much more rumbly, but this gives a nice impression of the deep tone comming out of the back of my family car these days. :cool:
Also, when driving at certain low revs you can hear the boxer rumble.
It's not a GT or any UEL header rumble, but it's definately more 'boxery' than most sporty exhaust tones (like Honda for example)
I'm lovin' it...
damn man, I LOVE your car! So hot and tastefully modded, keep them coming! Get those UEL headers, that's why I bought Subaru to begin with, that drooling rumble from the boxer motor. <3!
That is a really nice wagon, well done. I love to see foreign Legacy's.
Lovely wagon .... thanks for sharing
Forgot to mention that I painted the stockers (with winter tires) recently:
It's a custom color that I came up with: graphite with a sniff of coper.
(Quartz Silver Metallic also has a bit of coper / yellow-ish blended into the paint)
Also, I didn't mod and install the HKS Super Power Flow intake.
The risk is just too big, it won't boost my car's power and I like the sound of the car as it is.
The biggest mod ever will be done tomorrow.
I'll be installing Philips SilverVision indicator bulbs. :cool:
I have thought about LED, but these will work fine and I don't have to change anything else.
The bulbs are less orange than they seem on the pic...and MUCH less orange than OEM off course.
Greetings Geroen and welcome to the forum!
Glad to see more fellow Europeans on this great site.
I really like the direction that you're aiming for with the car and i think it really looks great! :) My only slight disagreement is with the front bumper rubber guards, i think your car will look much nicer without them.:)
Keep up the good work and the frequent updates!!!
Also, slightly offtopic i know, any chance of showing some pics of the german shephard?
I'm a big fan ! :)
About the bumper guards. I dislike them a lot myself. :lol:
They're left behind by the previous owner. I tried to pull one off once.
Did that savely, by heating it up and pulling very carefully, but still some paint came off. :eek::eek::eek: so I decided to leave them on.
I'm waiting for someone to hit my bumper eversince. :rolleyes:
(I'll remove them when the bumper has to be repainted some day)
Don't give her any kind of ball if you want to use it again:
She's called Aicka and is 6 years old now.
She's a former police dog. Bred to be powerfull and fast. That's why she's slim and black, unlike most german shephards (which are mostly bigger and brown) She's very sweet, a bit crazy and naughty, but very well trained.
This is an awfull picture, but here you see she's actually quite musculair. You only see that when she's 'working'.
How are you holding up there in Greece? Does Syprus suffer from the current economic situation badly, or is the media putting things out of perspective?
Thanks for the kind words as well! Mentioning my car, i just realized that the only photos that i have on this site are nearly 3 years old, i will try and update them as soon as the weather here clears out, (Yes even in Cyprus, we get some bad weather..... rarely :lol:)
So the bumper-guards are really attached to your car eh? :lol:
Have you tried asking an auto body shop, if they can remove them at a reasonable cost? You never know...
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