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Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? So it was back in 2014, i just finished my structural engineering tech school in the air force and was home in Massachusetts for a few weeks on leave before i went to my home station. i flew home from tech school and was in need of a car before i headed to north dakota for the next few years. I was looking at other cars, Jeeps, Chevys, Fords, even a VW and a Honda Coupe. I couldnt decide what i wanted at the time, with time being being scarce. So im test driving vehicles, keeping in mind i will need something that can endure snow, ice, and extreme cold temperatures. Nothing was sparking my interest and brand new subarus where just too expensive for me at the time, and every used one i found was just a basic impreza, and felt small inside, so i was like " i love subarus, but i just dont think i can live with something this compact. I stopped by a KIA dealership right near my parents house that id never thought to look at, because well, it was a KIA dealership.. I walked through through the lot with my grand parents and all i saw was a red impreza, so i test drove it, they even let me take it home for the night. i just wasnt falling in love with it. it wasnt me. So i went back the next day and my grand mother and I walked around one more time to reconsider other cars and she saw the Legacy, way over in the corner of the lot in the back. They had just got it on trade the night before after i left from an old lady and it had some scratches here and there but it was clean. I got in it and it just fit me so right, i felt comfortable and it felt like the place to be. I test drove it and i was in love, it had so much potential. Today i still have this car three years later. I knew this car wuold be great for what i wanted to do. Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? At the time when i bought it, i wasnt so much into tuning it, its still an automatic and drove very well already. I started with the very basics of changing out the factory stereo. i went from a 6 speaker standard radio to a 10 speaker all alpine and pioneer system. Then i said well that was easy lets try some thing else. I got cold air and noticed a little difference being in higher altitudes that car seemed like that breathed better. Then i did the exhaust to see if i could that signature boxer motor sound, and i was successful adding just a couple more horse power to it too. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? I just winged most it. coming from almost no experience, i wanted to teach my self about cars and see what i was capable of as far as being able to figure things out and seeing what i could achieve by working on my own car. What are you planning next? My next project i really want to find a rear wheel drive two door coupe and just turn it into a summer cruiser. Something i can take small trip in, show off a little and just trans form it. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? The biggest challenge about all of this is that i had to keep in mind that this is my daily ride, as well as my road tripper and grocery getter. This car still needed to be able to do everything. Go through snow, drive 2,000 at a time, and at the end of the day, still be a quiet, comfortable, luxury sedan.. NOW, I understand this still has a CVT linear tronic Transmission, HOWEVER i have driven this car over 75,000 miles in a few years and its still rock solid, AND when you want to have fun, dont let it fool you, you can put it from boring everyday automatic to manual mode.. And in manual mode you have the ability to shift (very aggressively if desired) using the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. SO when you want to have fun and go on say a track or drift in some snow, you simply turn off the traction control, shift into manual mode, down shift and put the hammer down. you can get that car very sideways in snow, and on a track, you can have fun without the electronic nannys kicking in.
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