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𝐓𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐞. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐧𝐞? 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭? I had searched online for hours upon hours, looking for a perfect, rounded car. I test drove a 2015 VW Golf GTI (which I loved and still wonder if I should have gone that route), as well as a 2015 Mazda 3 S Grand Touring (very nice car, handles well, lacks ooompf). I had debated about getting a 2013 Focus ST after have driven a 2014 Focus SE lease for some time. I like the handling of the Focus's, they're light and easy to throw around, just the auto in the SE was terrible and obvious lack of power. I looked at WRX's of the similar year but they had 100k+ miles and was worried about longevity. A lot of people had mentioned the durability of the EZ36 in these Legacy's and Outbacks and given a similar power output to a WRX, figured it was the best choice. I had also looked at Honda Accords but wanted AWD. One could say I should have gotten an Acura but didn't much care for their exterior styling and their insurance was also twice the price. So I settled with this one. I drove 93 miles for it. $19600 was the sticker price and it only had 38k miles on it. It's the limited trim which comes with heated mirrors, seats and heated wiper rest. Also has perforated leather seats as well as the Harmon/Kardon sound system which works for me momentarily. Came with the optional trunk lip spoiler, Subaru door sills and splash guards. 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐭? When I got the car, I said I wasn't going to go modding it until the warranty was up...well... I started with the Perrin Steering Lockdown kit. Which helps remedy the looseness that the stock steering has. Helps a deal with steering tightness. I later did the larger sway bars, one on the front that they updated for the 2013-14 years, as well as the endlinks and the rear sway bar with a 2015 STI stock sway bar. Much better drivability on the highway now. It's all kind of a blur from there. I started with doing all the maintenance on my car early and learning to do it myself. As well as spark plugs. I got into ECU tuning with a nice fellow from Barbados. Xtreme Racing Tuning. I saw many reviews from people with the EZ30 as well as the EZ36 and all of them we're satisfied. My tuning page will show the mass amount of time I've spent with testing ROM's for transmission shifting and pedal behavior. http://www.xtremeracingtuning.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=124&t=667 Alot of my mods we're styling. I got rid of the faux wood trim with carbon fiber wrap. I love my wrapped steering wheel cover. It was so cheap and such a nice addition. The Koni/Eibach's combo is quite amazing. It handles so much tighter now but isn't tiring from lack of ride comfort. They're also adjustable. The exhaust is a mod I should have done a long time ago. It's added some power to the butt dyno by hacking off the stock oil drum mufflers and resonator and it sounds so nice. 𝐎𝐟 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐝𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐮𝐜𝐤? Favorite thing still is the white stitched steering wheel wrap I got for super cheap. Also the Koni/Eibach suspension combo. Makes the car handle so nice. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐨 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝? 𝐀𝐧𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞? A lot of stuff is just trial and error with these Legacy's. They don't have much of an aftermarket. The Forums and the Facebook 5th Gen Group has been the biggest help. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭? As of late 2019, I just daily drive the hell out of it and enjoy the exhaust note. I'm considering a wheel change in the future for Enkei TFR's. Also really want to get headers for it. It might be another year when the cars paid off so waiting for that. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝? Money. As with all builds. Life priorities are first. Challenge mostly is experimenting with what works and what doesn't.
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