After selling my legacy GT about a year ago things were just not the same without a Subaru. The RSTI still wasn’t finishedhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com the Crawford Time Attack car can not drive on the streethttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com 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 cleanhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com lightly and correctly moddedhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com 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 difficulthttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com 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 stophttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com and modding is an addiction!
The FXT also got a COBB intake that eveninghttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com and of course; some ISC N1 Coilovers. The coilover of choice was a street sport basichttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com 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 placehttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com 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 downpipehttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com COBB Tuning catback). While we were there we noticed some oil in the exhaust. Although we never noticed it smoking or anythinghttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com it was a sure sign that the turbo is on its way out.
The FXT already had a walbro 255https://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com STi TMIChttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com 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 smallhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com cost effectivehttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com yields good results and most importantly can be run on the factory injectors on a FXT. Stay tuned for a blog on this installhttps://ajwperformanceproductsblog.com turbo is going to go in soon!
Current Modifications Include:
Vehicle: 2004 Forester XT Manual with tow hitch
COBB catted DP
ISC N1 Basic coilovers
Whitleline rear sway
SPT strut braces F/R
Short Throw Shifter
ISC shift knob
FXT Sports wheels
Gates Timing Belt/ Water Pump
Future Plans (jan 2013):
Paint wheels (gold)
STi Shortblock (when the time comes)
Hopefully this personal DD and project car will be part of the AJW clan for years to come!