So I bought this car is Oct of 2015.
I had zero intentions of modding this car, as I already have a motorcycle that is fast and fun, but it was getting to that time of year when the bike goes into storage.
I was mainly looking for something with AWD, Turbo'd, Heated seats, and manual, a plus would be if it was 4drs, but it had to be less then 6k as that was my budget. Some vehicles that came to mind, were Audi A4, Audi TT, Lexus IS300, Toyota MR2. They all fell short in one way or another, at which point I came across a autotragic LegacyGT, I was in love and it checked off every one of points except the ones I found in Toronto that were manual were all over 7k. After searching outside of the province I came across 2 potential legacy's that I would have considered buying. One in Quebec and another in Manitoba. I liked the one in Quebec, but I didn't feel comfortable sending a deposit to someone I never meet in another province. So I tried to make arrangements to fly down and see it but later that evening the guy message's saying someone local is coming to see the car and that it might be sold, so I thank the guy for getting back to me as I nearly had a ticket to Quebec but I wouldn't of had a car to buy. So I then contact the guy in Manitoba and tell him to consider the car sold but that he needs to make sure there is nothing mechanically wrong with the car so I can drive it back to Ontario. He gets the vehicle checked out and everything is in good condition. When everything checks out my girlfriend buys 2 one-way tickets for me and her to fly out there leaving the next morning. I make arrangements with the seller to have him pick me up and then go to check out the vehicle. I did have a few other cars that I had looked at that would have been OK backup cars if this one didn't work out, but I had my heart set on the legacy GT.
When we get there, the first thing my girlfriend notices is that the windshield is cracked, and that it was a little dirty but the motor sounded great. Drove it around the block and I knew this was going to be my next car, the seller told me that he had put a performance clutch in and that many people he showed it to could not drive it. Also that it had a K&N filter in there, and that he had done some exhaust work, all bonuses in my eyes for a fairly stock looking car. We finished up the paperwork, I went to the ministry out in Manitoba and put the car in my name as well as got some insurance for it. We, and when I say We, I mean I drove the car back to Toronto, my girlfriend was a great passenger for a trip like this but she didn't have a license or know how to drive at the time, something I should have taken into consideration but meh, wheres the fun in that. The whole trip took 31hrs from the moment we left for the airport to the time I pulled into our garage. Northern Ontario is simply beautiful, and I highly recommend making that drive out there.
Stopping for 2nd Tank of gas on the way back home.
Winter was coming so I picked up some winter rims/tires, from a member on a local subaru forum.
In December I decided it was time to upgrade all of my lights, so I ordered the Legacy GT LED kit from diode Dynamics, and picked up a set of Low beam LED's for the front headlights
Over the winter I started to notice that my break pedal would intermittently go down to the floor, after getting a recall check out by Subaru, they said something else is wrong with your pads, rotors, or calipers. So I bit the bullet and ordered some drilled and slotted rotors, as well as some EBC pads, but I figured while I am doing the pads & rotors, I might as well paint my calipers I painted them black but they don't standout as much as I would like so I've decided that I will be re-painting them red or gold soon.
As soon as changed the pads and rotors I should have know that I had fallen down the rabbit hole, as I started searching and ordering parts for when spring/summer rolls around, it started with a catless up-pipe, then I picked up an EBCS, then I grabbed a killer B oil pickup & windage tray, I then found an 08 radio with aux in.
Lets fast forward to June now, I had been looking for some summer rims & tires, but not in any hurry or rush except I was still on the winters that I had bought months ago. Well I ended up finding a few decently priced rims, I sent my girlfriend a few pics and she instantly fell in love with one set of rims. So I asked the seller to meet me so I could take a better look at them.
After seeing them in person I was sure that they were the rims I wanted to put on my car. I decided to pick up a used set of 235/45/18, price, condition, and the fact that they were 5mins from where I was picking up the rims made them an easy decision. But I should have looked into if those tires would fit under my wheel wells before buying them.......They wouldn't fit without serious work...IE coilovers, camber, and massaging the wheel arches....so I put the tires up for sale, and bought another set a few weeks later that would fit without any modifications.
But my luck seemed to be running out as the performance clutch that was in the car had started to slip at first just in second gear between 3k-4k, a few weeks later I started to notice it slipping in every gear. At which point I was looking for another clutch to install. I came across what I thought was a good deal on a stage 2 - competition clutch with flywheel.
So I get started on removing everything to do the job, and this bolt decided that it did not want to come off. I figured while I have the transmission out and all of that extra room I should probably install this catless up-pipe that I have had sitting in a corner collecting dust. I did install it but man it was a pain in the @$$ to install.
Once I get that bolt off, I run into problems with the removing the flywheel because those Torx +50 bolts are such a pain. I was able to get 5 of 8 out but three were stripping and not wanting to come out....
I sprayed the three that where stripping with liquid wrench and left them for the night, I came back with a bigger torque bar, which seemed to do the trick.
Ty- 1 VS Torx+50- 0
When I was getting everything back in place I asked a buddy who works a a shop how much gear oil should it take and he told me 1.3L so I put it in, and before taking the car off of the jack stands tried to go through the gears, at which point when shifting I would get a loud bang......But all of the Subaru geniuses out there already know a manual Subaru takes 3.7L of gear oil, so when I found that out I put the correct amount in, dropped the car down and went for a test drive......Oh boy what a great feeling that was.
The whole time my girlfriend has been complaining about the crack in the windshield like from Oct when we bought the car, so I finally call around looking for someone that is mobile and willing to come and fix it. I know I have wanted to get my windows tinted for a little time now, so I also make an appointment with Audio Heaven to get them tinted the following week. I can't say enough about what kind of great work those guys do over there, as you can see the car looks great.
So I figure I might as well order some eyelids, the mesh grill for the front of my car which as you know from the title is a 2005, and some tail light over lays since there is not much else I can do ascetically to the car, I know I'm looking for a WRX CS style front lip as well but nothing has come up lately.
At this point I have told myself I am done modding the car this year....But something always seems to come up that I just have to buy. Case an point a 2008 Legacy Front end comes up, and after looking to see that I can move my stock front end I proceed to tell the seller I will come up and pick up the whole front end from his legacy. I did ask if the colour was the same and I thought it was but I should have done more research on that. Because when I get home, and I drop all of my parts off, the colour is off...like way off, shit so much for not doing anything else for the year. I guess I shouldn't complain as I grabbed 08 rear split folding seats, as well as cap and some floor mats.
While I am on the way to pick up spray paint in a can
that is the same colour as my car I come across a WRX CS style front lip, well there goes my not buying anything else as I end up picking up the front lip. I then spent the weekend sanding, priming, and painting the front end parts.
Sanding headlight covers, Blacking out my headlights, Chrome accents covered
Prepping fenders, bumper, and front lip
Girlfriend decided she wanted to help me spray paint the bumper
After a few coats of paint, its really starting to match the colour on my car, I'm very impressed with how that turned out so far.
Now I'm back at work this past monday and I see an email that there is a mistake with my grill/eyelid order and that I owe them money for shipping. Sometimes I really hate ordering parts from US companies, but this worked out to my benefit, as I now have an 08 front end that will be going on my car soon. But I ordered the front grill and eyelids for a 2005, so I call up the company and I explain the situation that I have no problem paying the extra shipping charge, but that I ordered the wrong grill and eyelids, and that from there website they seem to be priced the same for both model years, so I ask if I could I get the parts for the 2008. To my amazement they are happy to switch them and that they will be shipped out as soon as I send the amount in the email. The parts came in yesterday.
I was looking for a turbo to get rebuilt, but I was only finding used ones for around $800 so when I found this one...well yea...obviously I picked it up. I had already contacted the only person I know that will take this and turn it into the best bang for your buck upgrade on this motor. JMP Custom VF52
LED front Headlights (Installed)
Interior LED lights (Installed) - Diode Dynamics
Catless up-pipe (Installed) - Ebay special
Stage 2 Clutch (Installed) - Competition Clutches
Windows Tinted (Installed) - Audio Heaven
2008 Radio with Aux-in (Installed)
WRX CS Style Front lip (Installed)
2008 Front End (Installed)
2008 Front Grill (Installed) - R-Rev Sports
2008 Front Eyelids (Painted - Need to clean up my headlights before I install them) - R-Rev Sports
2006 STI Pedals (Purchase - Not installed)
Front Amber Switchbacks (Purchased - Not installed) - Diode Dynamics
Taillight Overlays (Purchased - Not installed) - zag300zx is the person to order the Tail light overlays from
3port EBCS (Purchased - Not Installed) - Grimspeed
Killer B Oil Pickup/Windage Tray (Purchased - Not installed) - Killer B
Blown VF52 Turbo (Purchased - Needs to be Rebuilt) - Custom VF52 from JMP
Catted Downpipe (On the Hunt for one) - ????????
Upgraded TMIC or FMIC (Searching for one) - ????????
Open Source or Accessport (Searching for one) - ????????
Coilovers (looking for a set) - ????????
Front Swaybar (looking for one) - ????????
Rear Swaybar (looking for one) - ????????
JDM double Din (Know where to find this - Don't want to spend that kind of money on it yet) - AVO JDM parts