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1. Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? So I bought my 2016 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 2.0i at Sierra Subaru on Aug 13, 2016. This was my first time buying a car. I originally wanted a Subaru WRX STI Hatchback but I needed one ASAP. So I checked out the new 2015+ WRX/STI but unfortunately based on my income, it wasn’t a car I can afford being a first time buyer. So I needed something more practical. After the end of the Subaru Hatchback era, no other Subaru Hatchback would be the same. I didn’t like the new Impreza Hatchback that came out but as soon as I seen one in person at the dealership with a lustrous Dark Grey Metallic color, I fell in love with it and I immediately knew it was the one. 2. Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? Like every car enthusiast, it doesn’t take long for a daily driven car to and fro work to be modified. Being a Subaru enthusiast, the first modification has to be Rally Armor mudflaps. Then I lowered the car with Tein Street Basis Z coilovers and replaced the stock wheels and tires with Enkei RPF1 Silver secured with Rays locking lug nuts and wrapped in Federal RS-RR. Realizing the car was slow and lacked of power. I focused my modifications on handling. I wanted the car to not only be track inspired but be able to carve canyons, handle the track, and at the same time be daily driven. I started adding more suspension components to the car such as Cusco 22mm rear sway bar, Cusco rear sway bar reinforcement, Cusco rear power brace, Cusco rear power brace side, SPC rear lower control arms, Whiteline adjustable end links, Beatrush rear strut bar. I’ve also added an AEM cold air intake wrapped in DEI heat reflective tape and replaced the stock cat-back exhaust with an 08-14 WRX cat-back exhaust with smaller resonator, larger piping and muffler delete to help the car breathe better. I’ve added a Cusco master brake cylinder and Cusco air oil separator. For cosmetic modification, I’ve added an OEM spoiler, OEM sports mesh grille, Bayson R front lip, Bayson R S206 style side skirt from an 08-14 WRX, F1 style 3rd brake light, GrimmSpeed pulley cover, GrimmSpeed license plate relocator, Cusco radiator cap, window visor, custom rear diffuser, and custom gurney flap by Downforce Solutions. My most recent modification are my Cusco pillow ball upper mount since the Tein Street Basis Z coilers didn’t come with camber plates. I was having fitment issues with my wheels and tires and by installing camber plates, I was able to dial in the car’s alignment for the track. 3. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? I would say, Tein Street Basis Z coilovers. This alone allowed the car to handle better than stock suspension while being ridiculously inexpensive. 4. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? As you can see, most of my parts are from Cusco. The Tomei Cusco Impreza Time Attack Machine inspired most of the modification installed in the car. I really love the Brand Cusco. For installation, make sure you have the right tools and reference guide to save time and money when installing parts. 5. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? The biggest challenge was finding the perfect wheels and tires combo while keeping in mind, clearance, offset, and fitment. It took months and months of research to find the perfect fitment, in the end, what is thought to be a perfect fitment was far off being perfect. 6. What are you planning next? The next phase are minor performance modification, lightweight pulley kit, e-tune for a better overall response, and possibly go flex fuel. Also brake system upgrades such as stainless steel lines, slotted rotors, upgraded calipers, and brake pads.
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