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aka RoxyTheImpreza
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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Current Picture of "Roxy":
(coming soon)

How "Roxy" Looked When I Got Her Back (Exterior Only):
Sorry for the bad quality... I didn't take any "actual" before pics so I had to use what pictures my cousin had of the car before.






Introduction to how I gained ownership of her again and a little bit about me:

Many of you remember me on here as "RoxyTheImpreza" back when I owned a SGM 2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5i (Ver. 1.0 ;)) This car was very sentimental to me, after having a lot of memorable "first times"/"close calls" and this being my first car, it had gotten me through my adolescent years and had really become a part of me and who I was. So when I decided to finally get rid of it (sell it) I knew I wanted to "keep it in the family". My cousin who lived in Dallas at the time was in need of a reliable vehicle to get him to and from work. He too was a Subaru lover… however he had never been fortunate to own one. Well, it was a couple months before I was set to leave for Basic Military Training (BMT) and I knew I didn't want it sitting around for 2 months so I offered to sell it to him... he agreed, we wrote up a contract, and he began making payments on it. I left for BMT... 8.5 weeks later I graduated BMT, got married, and had a beautiful baby girl... not to mention my new wife already had 2 children from a previous relationship.

I was now a "family man". During my Tech School (where you learn about your specific job in the military)... I started to get that Subaru itch... I began combing the auto seller sites looking for a Subaru. Seeing how I was now a family man I knew an impreza wouldn't cut it, I needed something bigger... a Forester! I quickly decided on a 2004 Subaru Forester 2.5XT… I knew I wanted something with more room and something that was a lot quicker than my Impreza.


As the first year of ownership of the forester went by and I got settled into my military life/job and the routine of family/being a dad I began to realize that my wife’s car (a 2010 Nissan Sentra Sedan) was not cutting it for my family of 5. WE NEED MORE ROOM! We began car shopping for something bigger… we knew we didn’t want a minivan (we’re just too cool/modern for that ;)) so my wife was telling me how she rode in a Ford Flex and really loved the look/room the vehicle had. So with that, we went to the Ford dealership and fell in love with a Blue Micah 2011 Ford Flex Limited… This thing was the flagship of all the vehicles we had owned before… leather seats, wood grain, navigation, Bluetooth, driver memory settings, powered lift gate and third row seat, back up camera with sensors, holds 7 passengers CONFORTABLY!, I could go on and on with all the features on this vehicle! All I knew is that I we wanted it… so guess what… we bought it :D



but not without a pretty big price tag (which was expected with a vehicle of its type and features).

Then the day of realization came :( It’s going to be a little tough paying for the new ford flex and then the Forester on top of it… obviously we weren’t going to give up the new Ford, we needed something of its size for our family… So bye bye Forester it was… No worries I was all too happy and excited for our new vehicle. As the days went by and the hassle of sharing one vehicle grew I began to get that Subaru itch again (they should really make a cream for that :lol:) I needed a vehicle I could mess with and personalize… I needed something I could call my own, but it had to be cheap… how was I going to manage this?

I began searching the internet and came up with nothing… I decided to give my cousin (the one I sold the Impreza to) a call, he expressed to me how he was really looking to free up some of his debt, and that he also needed a bigger vehicle (a truck) for work. We worked out a deal where I traded him parts plus the money that he still owed for the vehicle to come out to a “price” he felt comfortable with to “sell” the car back to me. He reluctantly “sold” it to me only because I promised him I wouldn’t sell the car and always keep it in the family. :D :D :D Yay, I got my baby back and without an out of pocket expense, just what I needed!
 

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aka RoxyTheImpreza
SGM 2006 Impreza 2.5i
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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)
Modification List:

Engine:
Paranoid Fabrications Super Upgrade Grounding Kit
Wiliaty Hybrid Intake (Custom Made w/ AEM SRI)
STi Intake Funnel


Transmission:
Kartboy Short Shifter w/ Black 3" Shift Lever Extension

Interior:
JDM STi Red Hazard Switch
L.L. Bean Wood Steering Wheel
L.L. Bean Wood Shift Knob
MOMO Wood eBrake Handle
STi Airbag
2006 Limited Tan Heated Leather Interior
Custom Magnetic Phone Mount
RedLineGoods.com Black Leather w/ Red Stitching Shifter Boot, eBrake Boot, and Center Console Lid Cover w/ Foam Padding
Pioneer HD Radio and Navigation
Custom VGA AUX In
STi Chrome Interior Door Handles
Red Footwell Lighting
Red Interior Lighting Conversion
Custom Mounted Scangauge II
Homelink/Compass Mirror

Exterior:
Replica V-Limited S204 Front Lip
4 Hella Supertone Horns
WRX Painted Side Mirrors
STi Hood
Chargespeed Hood Duct/Vent
Backup Camera
Backup Proximity Sensors
GrilleCraft Upper/Lower Black Mesh Grills
Blacked Out Audi Style Headlights
4500K HID Kit
OEM Fog Light Kit w/ Nokya Yellow Bulbs & Rvinyle Yellow Tint
Thin Blue Line License Plate Frames
Impreza "i" Badges
Rally Armor UR Mudflaps

Suspension and Other:
Turn In Concepts Rear Diff Mount Bushings
Kartboy Subframe Locking Bolts
Front & Rear Strut Bars

Brakes:
Hawk Performance: Performance Ceramic Brake Pads
Original Super Blue Racing DOT 4 Brake Fluid

Current Want List:

Car Interior Items:
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1. 08+ STi Pedals
2. Valentine One Radar Detector
3. STi Speedometer

Car Exterior Items:
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1. Hood Damper Kit
2. STi Side Skirts
3. STi Limited Trunk
4. Rear Window Visor
5. CS Underskirts
6. CS Front Lip
7. JDM Roof Vent

Current Project:
Getting the car to look how I want it to.
 

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aka RoxyTheImpreza
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Discussion Starter #3 (Edited)
I took “re-ownership” around the beginning of October 2012… she was in need of a little TLC as she was being used as a work mule for my cousin and had also been in a minor “incident”. I’m not going to lie, the inside was filthy (wish I would have taken some interior before pictures), like I said she was being used as a work mule on a ranch so dust and dirt was everywhere. I removed all the seats as well as trim pieces so I could easily wipe down and vacuum everything. I also took this time to remove wiring for accessories I had installed before originally selling her like a CB radio, Hella fog lamps, Garmin GPS, and other accessories.


 

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aka RoxyTheImpreza
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I installed my Pioneer HD Radio/Navigation system that was in my old Forester into the Impreza as well as my Scan Gauge II W/ Blendmount Mirror mount, as well as my Homelink/Compass rearview mirror. I also installed my Escort Radar Detector Blendmount mirror mount and the hardwire kit with mute button… now I just need the radar unit :p



Microphone Location:





She also needed a few interior trim/panel pieces which were replaced.

I swapped out the “Subaru logo’d” airbag for my “STi logo’d” airbag I had in the Forester, It matches very nicely with all the other STi interior pieces.

I purchased KartBoy Short Shifter from TheGoldenFist and paired it with a black shifter extension



and I also got a knock-off STi Shift knob for $12.50 total price shipped to my door… it’s actually a quality piece! It goes very nicely with the RedLineGoods.com shift and ebrake boots that I also swapped from the Forester into the Impreza. Now all I need is the STi Shifter trim so I can finish the interior (will be ordering soon)



While I had the glove box out I knew I needed to replace the Cabin Air Filter… and boy was I right:

 

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aka RoxyTheImpreza
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Discussion Starter #6 (Edited)
I always tell my wife, it's the small details. Here is another example of that:


The STi key, yes it looks very nice as it is, but it could look even better with a bit of color on the STi logo.

This mod is VERY easy to do, even if you can't paint anything to save your life, YOU CAN'T MESS UP!

1st get your plain Jane STi Key:


2nd pick your color of nail polish (this is when it helps to have a wife/girlfriend)


3rd Take the brush out and blob a nice amount over the STi logo, don't be scared!


4th quickly take your paper towel and wipe directly over the STi logo:


The paper towel will soak up all the nail polish on top of the STi logo, but will leave the paint that is down in the grooves of the logo! Allow proper time for the nail polish to dry and repeat steps for a second coat, if needed!

5th marvel at how nice your key looks now and wonder why it didn't come this way from the factory :D

BEFORE:


AFTER:

 

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aka RoxyTheImpreza
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Discussion Starter #7 (Edited)
I got my STi shifter trim today from FastWRX.com :)



It looked really bland with it being all silver and with stainless hardware... So I went down to Lowes and picked up some new black hardware



Muuuuuuch better!

I thought, what else could I do to get this to pop?... Why not paint the STi etched in logo with red paint like I did the STi key, that's so JDM! ;) haha

I think it turned out really well:



Ill upload installed pics later when I get it put in!
 

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Looking great, glad to see this!

Love my 06 2.5i and will also be installing hella supertones soon! Which color are you thinking about buying, op?
 

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My fault, I meant what color supertones do you have, just the stock red color?

edit: nevermind, I can see from the first pics lol
Actually those are the ones I took off and gave to my cousin for his forester... Mine, that are on there now, are painted that rustoleum truck bed liner black. They're nice and camouflaged behind the grille :evil:
 

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Actually those are the ones I took off and gave to my cousin for his forester... Mine, that are on there now, are painted that rustoleum truck bed liner black. They're nice and camouflaged behind the grille :evil:
Ah very sneaky! :mamoru: I had planned just mounting the 2 that come with it for now, but now I see that you have 4 that might have to change haha
 

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I decided to "upgrade" my interior. I really like leather and the "luxury" look it gives a car, so I found a nice set of 06/07 limited black leather door cards on eBay awhile back for a little more than what I wanted to spend... Watched them not sale for 3 months and finally the seller accepted my offer and they were mine :D



I also found a leather rear seat on eBay for a good price and got it had a nice little surprise when I got it. They made a cut out in the pass through so you can get some good sound from a sub in the trunk without having the whole pass through down!





Now I am just keeping an eye out for 06/07 limited heated front leather seats... If I can't find any I may just have to re wrap the STi seats and add heat myself.

Shot of the center console:

 

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Changed my oil today:

Out with the old:


In with the new:


Everyone has been hooting and hollering about this stuff... so I decided to give it a shot... already the engine seems to idle smoother... could just be my imagination/wishful thinking... or the fact the oil is brand new/clean...

Now if I can only decide on which tranny/front diff and rear diff fluid to use >.< I'm thinking the motul 300 stuff... that's another one I see everyone seems to love... or just the OEM Subaru extra S. I hear the front diff/tranny is very picky when it comes to oils.
 
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