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PegGTS
Because Box told me to, I decided to make a project thread for my new daily, an 07 Impreza hatch. It's pretty much a stock base model with cruise, and unfortunately automatic, but I got it for a good price and it's in really good shape so I'm happy with it. Don't plan to do much with it other than regular maintenance and a new radio which I already have. I'll probably throw on a set of mudflaps before the winter to preserve it a little better.

Here's what it looked like when I picked it up...a little dirty lol.



After a quick wash and rain rolleyes.gif

jordisonjr
Nice pick up, always liked the front end of the 07's the most.
Selling the Camry now?
Box
Glad to see my persuasion skills are still up to snuff. I know deep down there's a lot of small stuff you want to do already like painting or changing the rims, lowering springs, window tint, etc... tongue.gif I have to admit for a wagon those year Imprezas do look good even stock, personally I rather have a wagon over a sedan since to me the body flows better and they're a lot more useful.
PegGTS
QUOTE (jordisonjr @ Aug 18, 2016 - 11:12 AM) *
Nice pick up, always liked the front end of the 07's the most.
Selling the Camry now?

Yeah the Hawkeye was definitely my favourite of this gen. Yeah I'll be selling the Camry, just gotta fix a couple things first.

QUOTE (Box @ Aug 18, 2016 - 12:39 PM) *
Glad to see my persuasion skills are still up to snuff. I know deep down there's a lot of small stuff you want to do already like painting or changing the rims, lowering springs, window tint, etc... tongue.gif I have to admit for a wagon those year Imprezas do look good even stock, personally I rather have a wagon over a sedan since to me the body flows better and they're a lot more useful.

I've got a few things in mind but for now I can't afford anything tongue.gif
1994Celica
I'm excited for you man! Love seeing other Subarus on here.
Bitter
Needs more poke and mud.
PegGTS
Installed a new Pioneer deck on Saturday. Haven't been able to listen to my own music since I sold the Celi so it's nice lol.




And here she is sitting pretty

Box
Yay new stereo! Needs more low. *cough* Was thinking the other day depending on your laws if you lightly smoked the tail lights that'd look good, being they're an "Altezza" style a light tinting would go a long way.
PegGTS
QUOTE (Box @ Aug 22, 2016 - 12:43 PM) *
Yay new stereo! Needs more low. *cough* Was thinking the other day depending on your laws if you lightly smoked the tail lights that'd look good, being they're an "Altezza" style a light tinting would go a long way.

If anything I'd get the overlays like these, not really a fan of tinted tails. I don't think these would fit the wagon though.

Box
It's hard to tell but it does seem the sedan and wagon tail lights are slightly different toward the upper corner. You could always use red vinyl tint, but then making uniform cutouts for the reverse lights could be tricky.
cheela
black car means tinted windows are a must to "look" right. I second the tinted tails. I hate the altezza looking lights on my matrix. still gotta tint them up one of these days.

*actually, more like I gotta stop doing work on the matrix and start doing work on my celicas. haha
1994Celica
Actually get some 02-03 2.5rs seats. Thank me later. That and some strut braces should be good starting points
PegGTS
QUOTE (cheela @ Aug 22, 2016 - 5:04 PM) *
black car means tinted windows are a must to "look" right. I second the tinted tails. I hate the altezza looking lights on my matrix. still gotta tint them up one of these days.

*actually, more like I gotta stop doing work on the matrix and start doing work on my celicas. haha

Yeah gotta get some tint ASAP lol tongue.gif

QUOTE (1994Celica @ Aug 22, 2016 - 6:54 PM) *
Actually get some 02-03 2.5rs seats. Thank me later. That and some strut braces should be good starting points

How are they different from the seats I have now? I'll keep a look out for some. Also any idea if there's any tail light overlays available for the wagon?
1994Celica
QUOTE (PegGTS @ Aug 23, 2016 - 11:50 AM) *
QUOTE (cheela @ Aug 22, 2016 - 5:04 PM) *
black car means tinted windows are a must to "look" right. I second the tinted tails. I hate the altezza looking lights on my matrix. still gotta tint them up one of these days.

*actually, more like I gotta stop doing work on the matrix and start doing work on my celicas. haha

Yeah gotta get some tint ASAP lol tongue.gif

QUOTE (1994Celica @ Aug 22, 2016 - 6:54 PM) *
Actually get some 02-03 2.5rs seats. Thank me later. That and some strut braces should be good starting points

How are they different from the seats I have now? I'll keep a look out for some. Also any idea if there's any tail light overlays available for the wagon?

The seats are more comfortable and have more bolstering to hold you in better. Not sure if they make overlays for the wagon. Search on nasioc and see.
njccmd2002
ooo, nasioc, best forums ever. Make sure to ask a lot of questions.
1994Celica
QUOTE (njccmd2002 @ Aug 23, 2016 - 5:01 PM) *
ooo, nasioc, best forums ever. Make sure to ask a lot of questions.

Nasioc has good info but there are a lot of assholes one it.
njccmd2002
i know, lol...
jordisonjr
QUOTE (1994Celica @ Aug 23, 2016 - 5:24 PM) *
QUOTE (njccmd2002 @ Aug 23, 2016 - 5:01 PM) *
ooo, nasioc, best forums ever. Make sure to ask a lot of questions.

Nasioc has good info but there are a lot of assholes one it.

I feel like that's a lot of forums. This one seems to be the most friendly towards newcomers. Its rather nice.
PegGTS
Even though this forum is pretty slow, I like it the most because it's such a small community and everybody knows everybody. A lot of other forums are just too big and it's just not the same.
1994Celica
This one is good and I love 914 world. Really great forum for 914s and lots of friendly people.
Box
"6GC: The only automotive forum where more members own something else." laugh.gif
PegGTS
Small update, just minor things.

I got bored of the ugly shift knob and surprisingly it just threads on so I got a cheap one off Amazon and threw that on. It looks so empty like that though...almost needs a shift boot lol but I wouldn't want to put one on and get called out or it. Not too sure what to do with it. I was thinking of picking up a spare shift rod and experiment with cutting it down so that the knob sits just above the trim, might look better.




Installed a sub I had sitting around since my first car before the Celi. Built a crappy box for it and threw it in just for sh!ts and gigs. Still need to carpet the box and secure it in somehow but it sounds pretty good. I also picked up a hatch cover off somebody because I didn't like the fact that people could see directly into the hatch at my sub. Put a decal on the back window for an extra 20hp.







The headlights were pretty hazy so I borrowed a 3M headlight polishing demo kit from work that comes with all the sandpapers, polishing pads and polish and a 3" air polisher and went to town.

This is essentially the kit I used:
http://3mcollision.com/products/featured-p...-kit-02516.html

Before:








After, much clearer and better light output:







Next I washed, claybarred, and detailed the car inside and out. The paint is so smooth now smile.gif







Now I'm starting to think about prepping it for winter. So I picked up a set of 5 wheels off somebody that were on a couple Outbacks. Didn't realize until I was cleaning the wheels off that they were actually 2 slightly different sets of wheels lol tongue.gif. Oh well, I'll throw 2 on one side and 2 on the other.




These ones are in pretty decent shape, but the other set in the second picture are pretty badly chipped and scuffed. They're just winter wheels though so I'm not too worried.





Decided I'd give them a coat of paint to freshen them up a little bit. Cleaned them off with thinner, and pressure washed them. Then I scuffed them all up and prepped them for primer. I wasn't too worried about cleaning up the chipping or curb rash as they're just going to get abused during the winter anyways. If the paint peels off right away I'm not too worried.




Primed them





"Zero f*cks given" laugh.gif




Scuffed the primer up and laid down 3 good coats of paint. I call this colour "random colour that was mixed wrong for a customer and that they brought back" haha. It's actually a very nice colour.









Just need to get a set of winter tires for them and they're good to go! I also ordered a set of Rally Armors to protect my paint during the winter.

Since the headlights have stock projectors in them, I figured I might as well upgrade to HIDs without fear of blinding everybody. So the other day I ordered a PnP 5000k HID kit from a site Colin (jordisonjr) recommended. They were really cheap so we'll see how long they last lol.

Before:







Passenger side in:






And both done:






Pretty happy with how they look and the colour, not too obnoxious. Let's just hope they hold up alright.

And that's pretty much it for now.
Box
I think if you were able to get a selector shaft half the height of the stock one it'd look better. Also good choice on not doing a boot, because I'd have to call you out on it. tongue.gif As far as the rims go you could do the ones with more spokes on the rear, wouldn't look too terribly wonky and I doubt most would notice.
PegGTS
QUOTE (Box @ Sep 9, 2016 - 8:59 PM) *
I think if you were able to get a selector shaft half the height of the stock one it'd look better. Also good choice on not doing a boot, because I'd have to call you out on it. tongue.gif As far as the rims go you could do the ones with more spokes on the rear, wouldn't look too terribly wonky and I doubt most would notice.

My thought process on doing one set per side is that you won't see both sides at once so it's not as noticeable tongue.gif
Bitter
Should be able to cut and thread the shaft at the height you want, but buy a spare just in case it turns out you can't.
Box
Hmmm, there's only one solution and that's to find another match for the three. tongue.gif
kloudkicka
holy!!!!! subie build thread hahaha niice job paul, glad you stayed within the forum
PegGTS
QUOTE (kloudkicka @ Sep 13, 2016 - 10:02 PM) *
holy!!!!! subie build thread hahaha niice job paul, glad you stayed within the forum

Haha thanks Keith! Wouldn't really call it a "build" thread haha just doing little things to it to make it a less boring daily. It is only an auto 2.5i after all tongue.gif

And yeah I'd rather stay here than try and start up on another forum, especially a big one like Nasioc where nobody will even care about what I do lol.
jordisonjr
Glad that site worked out. Also curious as to how long the HID kit will last haha.
How's the cutoff while driving? Just as good as an HID projector?
PegGTS
QUOTE (jordisonjr @ Sep 14, 2016 - 7:43 AM) *
Glad that site worked out. Also curious as to how long the HID kit will last haha.
How's the cutoff while driving? Just as good as an HID projector?

I don't really have anything to compare them to but the cutoff doesn't seem too bad. Took the car up to the lake last weekend and didn't seem to blind anybody tongue.gif

And I'm curious too. When I got them my friend said he bought the same kit for his civic years ago and one ballast and one bulb died within a month lmao so let's hope for the best.
jordisonjr
QUOTE (PegGTS @ Sep 14, 2016 - 9:52 AM) *
QUOTE (jordisonjr @ Sep 14, 2016 - 7:43 AM) *
Glad that site worked out. Also curious as to how long the HID kit will last haha.
How's the cutoff while driving? Just as good as an HID projector?

I don't really have anything to compare them to but the cutoff doesn't seem too bad. Took the car up to the lake last weekend and didn't seem to blind anybody tongue.gif

And I'm curious too. When I got them my friend said he bought the same kit for his civic years ago and one ballast and one bulb died within a month lmao so let's hope for the best.

Hopefully not or else Ill have to remove my front end again just to change a bulb thumbsdown.gif
PegGTS
QUOTE (jordisonjr @ Sep 14, 2016 - 8:15 AM) *
QUOTE (PegGTS @ Sep 14, 2016 - 9:52 AM) *
QUOTE (jordisonjr @ Sep 14, 2016 - 7:43 AM) *
Glad that site worked out. Also curious as to how long the HID kit will last haha.
How's the cutoff while driving? Just as good as an HID projector?

I don't really have anything to compare them to but the cutoff doesn't seem too bad. Took the car up to the lake last weekend and didn't seem to blind anybody tongue.gif

And I'm curious too. When I got them my friend said he bought the same kit for his civic years ago and one ballast and one bulb died within a month lmao so let's hope for the best.

Hopefully not or else Ill have to remove my front end again just to change a bulb thumbsdown.gif

Hopefully with a better ballast yours will last a little longer. I opted for their ballasts which I probably shouldn't have lol. The kit came with a relay though which in not using but I might add it in.
Bitter
Usually the cheap kit ballasts don't even put out the full 35W which makes the bulbs bluer and lowers light output. The Fastbright F3 from Aliexpress is a solid budget performer. Rebased bulbs are always always a crap shoot and bulb alignment is so critical to optics. You'll never get as good as OEM with rebased bulbs, most times shimming is needed to get the hot spots in the right places. If you research over at HID Planet forums I'll bet you'll find that a common OEM projector drops right in, likely a Koito from some Lexus.
Box
My brother has had luck with the more expensive line of the Opt7? brand, bolt or gold or something like that. Anyhow he had one set in his Maxima with custom projector housings that lasted for a couple years no problems before selling it. Currently has two years or so now on the set in his Genesis, and just installed another with his mini H1 high beams and it was the same colour temperature and confirmed what we thought on the first pair and that's they have lost their tinge of blue with age. Personally if I ever go HID it'll be with some oem projectors, ballasts, and bulbs since I'll have to make custom housings anyway, but I like to make life difficult for myself.
jordisonjr
QUOTE (Box @ Sep 14, 2016 - 3:23 PM) *
My brother has had luck with the more expensive line of the Opt7? brand, bolt or gold or something like that. Anyhow he had one set in his Maxima with custom projector housings that lasted for a couple years no problems before selling it. Currently has two years or so now on the set in his Genesis, and just installed another with his mini H1 high beams and it was the same colour temperature and confirmed what we thought on the first pair and that's they have lost their tinge of blue with age. Personally if I ever go HID it'll be with some oem projectors, ballasts, and bulbs since I'll have to make custom housings anyway, but I like to make life difficult for myself.

OEM everything? R.I.P. Wallet laugh.gif
Bitter
It's really not that bad when you consider how much better it is and how much longer it will last. Most OEM ballasts rarely die. OEM bulbs last upto twice as long and carry their color and lumens level much longer. With OEM things just work 99% of the time, no shimming no fiddling, no worrying if the lights are going to work every time.
jordisonjr
I've had my no-name ballast and bulbs for over 7 years, and just recently the bulbs died, but showed no signs of losing color or brightness, that I could notice. Ballasts are still working fine for me.
Bitter
I routinely see 12 year old bulbs still running at work, dim but working. Ballasts almost never die unless the output or input are damaged by water intrusion or arcing. Sometimes aftermarket stuff is good, sometimes it's not, but it's more chance and luck than OEM stuff is. When you open and install a genuine Philips or Osram bulb you're guaranteed it will fit properly and the optics will be precise and the beam produced from the lamp will be correct. Aftermarket is a roll of the dice, even with good brands like Morimoto.
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