Admittedly, this is mostly for my own benefit since my build is pretty boring. If you dig it, cool!
Tl;dr the LGT is pretty perfect for me and I talk too much.
So to commemorate 1 year with my LGT I decided to make a thread to document all the useless things I've done to my car. I'm awful at taking meaningful (or good) pictures, but I think I'm going to try to change that this year.
First a little history.... Until about 3 years ago I never needed a DD, since I grew up in NYC. I bought "project cars" that I never finished and only drove a handful of times, but were fun as hell. Once I moved out to Seattle, it became obvious that I didn't have that same luxury, so I needed practical, reliable transportation.
I bought a 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0t, that I loved to bits in spite of it being slow as hell and bright green. Not even a year into ownership, I get rear ended in standstill traffic by a guy yanking on his phone doing 40mph in a Volvo SUV. Me and my wife walked away with zero injuries. The Genesis was not so lucky. The car did its job and saved our lives (RIP RIBIT).
So here I am with no way of getting to work. Luckily, my job closes for the week between Christmas and New Years so I have some time to look for a car. In the meantime, I'm driving around in a rental Jeep Patriot (which is just awful).
Still in need of practical transportation, I buy the pinnacle of modern, reliable cars - a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT. Up my way, these things tend to carry a premium, especially ones that have a full documented service record. I paid 11k out the door for my 1 owner ABP sedan with 105k on the clock, with every single service record up to the timing belt (I'm guessing the previous owner didn't want to deal with the 105k service so he traded it in).
Exactly 1 year to the day of wondering "wtf is that sound" and "I wonder when it's going to break" I'm still chugging right along. Compression is strong across all 4 cylinders, I'm using <1qt of oil between changes (3000-3500 ocis), new radiator (old one had a pinhole sized leak that PIA caught early), hogzaust (stage 1.5), Konis, H&R springs, Whiteline RCK, and a stage 1 OTS tune. My wife loves how comfortable it is and always tells me how much I grin when I drive this thing.
In the coming months, I guess I'll be getting "serious" about my build.
To my knowledge, I'm still on the original turbo, so that just has to go. I've got a shorty DP on the way, probably a new perrin inlet, possibly a GS CAI, and probably a new intercooler. I'm not one to pretend that I'm a racecar driver (even though I'd like to be).
To me, this car is everything I need in a daily. It's quick (but not fast), practical, good looking, and fun as hell to drive. My goal is a reliable and modest (read: boring) 250-275 awhp that I can drive around on while I finish gathering parts for YNANSB (all that's left is a new shortblock, gaskets, and probably cam seals since I didn't need to do them when I did my timing belt).
The Genesis coupe the day I got it. Totalled the evening before I dropped 2k for stage 2.
What these pictures don't show is that we were hit so hard that the doors wouldn't open properly and the rear of the car was pushed in by about 2 feet. Crumple zones are life savers, luckily there was no one in the rear seat.
The LGT exactly a year ago sitting there being all blue and stuff.
I don't have any photos of it as it sits today, but I'm hoping having this thread will spur me into doing something about that. Enjoy!