Andrew’s Forester XT

After selling my legacy GT  about a year ago things were just not the same without a Subaru. The RSTI still wasn’t finished the Crawford Time Attack car can not drive on the street and daily driving the AJW Performance tow rig gets to be a little to much from time to time (F450 King Ranch Dually).

Back in August of 2012 a forum member on NES was selling his 2004 Forester XT. It was clean lightly and correctly modded and local enough to get my hands on it. Within a day of posting it for sale several others were willing to fly in from around the country to purchase it off this gentlemen that had it available. Findings these can be difficult especially in a manual.

With the exception of swapping out the GMS catback for a COBB catback and Accessport right away I really did not do anything to the vehicle until recently. The FXT was ready for some maintenance; a leaking radiator was the top of the list. A Mishimoto radiator was installed this January. Part of working at a performance shop is you do not know when to stop and modding is an addiction!

The FXT also got a COBB intake that evening and of course; some ISC N1 Coilovers. The coilover of choice was a street sport basic so no front camber plates since they are not needed for my application. Doing all of these modifications got me excited again about modifying cars and playing with Subarus. When “playing with Subarus” becomes your job it is easy to forget why you started making it your livelyhood in the first place so it was a nice refresher!

While we were doing these installs we also fixed a exhaust leak between the downpipe and the catback (COBB Tuning catted downpipe COBB Tuning catback). While we were there we noticed some oil in the exhaust. Although we never noticed it smoking or anything it was a sure sign that the turbo is on its way out.

The FXT already had a walbro 255 STi TMIC and full turboback exhaust. It was impossible to think that upgrading the turbo would not be a good idea. What did I choose for a budget minded conservative stage 3 setup for my 170https://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com000 mile FXT? A VF39. The VF39 is great for a few reasons; it is small cost effective yields good results and most importantly can be run on the factory injectors on a FXT. Stay tuned for a blog on this install turbo is going to go in soon!

Current Modifications Include:

Vehicle: 2004 Forester XT Manual with tow hitch

Miles: 170k


Walbro 255

COBB catted DP

COBB catback

ISC N1 Basic coilovers

Whitleline rear sway

SPT strut braces F/R

COBB Intake

Mishimoto Radiator

Short Throw Shifter

ISC shift knob

FXT Sports wheels


Gates Timing Belt/ Water Pump


Future Plans (jan 2013):


Paint wheels (gold)

VF 39


Leather Interior


STi Shortblock (when the time comes)



Hopefully this personal DD and project car will be part of the AJW clan for years to come!



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