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Subaru Mods
  • ScanGauge II
  • Cell Phone Mount - ProClip
  • Big Chinese Horn (Retired) - Amazon
  • Cup Holder Inserts - CupHolderHero
  • Fuse Cover Tray - Amazon
  • Trash Can - Amazon
  • Hurst Tee Handle
  • Nameless Exhaust
  • Kartboy Short-Throw Shifter w/shift stop
  • Orange/Black Subaru Emblems w/ black surrounds (front and rear) - JDFMV
  • DashMat
  • Gear Pattern Sticker - Amazon
  • Rear Seat Back Protector - Subaru
  • ReadyLift 2" Lift Kit
  • Headrest Hooks - Amazon
  • Hella Horn Set (Retired)
  • LED Lights (rear cargo and license plate) - Auto Zone
  • Magnetic phone mount - Amazon
  • RRW Bumpers
  • Primitive Racing Front Skid
  • Door Edge Trim - Auto Zone
  • Fumoto Oil Valve
  • Light Mounts for License Plate - Amazon
  • Windshield Washer Reservoir Bag - Amazon
  • Black Rhino "Unit" wheels (15 x 7 5x100 +15)
  • BFG KO2 tires (235/75r15)
  • Wheel Lug Nut Kit (WZ56125SB)
  • Spare Tire Cover - Amazon
  • On-board Air - Viair
  • Air Horn - Assured Automotive
  • Rear Decals -signspecialist.com
  • Off Road Lights - Harbor Freight
  • Plugs on front bumper - Amazon
  • Prinsu rack
  • Prinsu tie-downs
  • Tire ratchet strap - Amazon
  • Rear reflector - Amazon
  • HiLift jack
  • HiLift mount
  • Awning - TuffStuff
  • Awning mounts - Prinsu
  • Auto-dimming exterior mirrors - Subaru
  • Rack handles - Amazon
  • Tire Lock - Amazon
  • Jack Extension - LP Adventure
  • Door jamb step - Amazon
 

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It has only been a week and I already have a lot of big plans for my Crosstrek. I just brought her home last week and love the car!
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It took me a while to get what I wanted. I had a hard time finding an orange premium with a manual transmission. My goal is to get it close to 4x4subi's car:
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I love off roading and plan on getting my car to the point where I can enjoy some moderately technical trails.

First, I need to get it usable for everyday driving. I installed an AutoClips cell phone mount. I re-engineered the mount a bit to tuck the phone closer to the dash and to lower it another inch. Worked like a charm!
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Since I grew up in the Eastern Sierras in California, I had to replace the license plate frames already.

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My next few mods are set in motion:

  • Horn
  • Blackout chrome on back with PlastiDip
  • Nameless axle-back exhaust.
  • Dash mat




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Just got done installing a better horn. I found one on Amazon that claims it will put out 300db. 🔗

Had to take apart the front a bit to get it in between the radiator and grill.
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I also put in a ScanGauge. I really hate not having gauges but this fills in nicely.
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Found some cup holder inserts on Amazon that look great with the orange stitching in the upholstery. LINKY
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I had a heck of a time cleaning surfaces so the rubber inserts would naturally adhere a bit. I ended up using Goof-Off Household cleaner.
 

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The man in brown delivered some more goodies for my Subee!

Found a neat silicone trash container that fits in the cup holder in my door.
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Every car with a manual transmission that I have owned had a Hurst Tee handle shifter. The Subee is no different!
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I also got my ScanGauge back from having the latest firmware installed. I am hoping this eliminates the StarLink interoperability issue I have been having.
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The location of the ScanGauge was bothering me. I poked around the forum and saw several people put it to the left just under the air vent. I decided to give it a try.
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I like it! I might put a wedge in there later to tip it down a bit. Here is a side shot:
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I just wish I could get oil pressure to display . . . . .
 

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We loved Mule days. I grew up in Mammoth. Nice mods so far.
Thanks! The good stuff is yet to come. I have a lift and bumpers lined up. Not going to be able to pull the trigger on them until next year though. My goal is to drive to Wheeler Ridge. I actually lived in Rovana and would drive to Wheeler on a regular basis.
 

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Next, it was time for the Kartboy short throw shifter. That required a little more work. Instead of posting all the pics I took during the process, I am posting the YouTube video I followed for installation.

Taking the weighted lever off the transmission was the hard part. Fortunately, I watched the video a few weeks ago so I knew what to expect. The use of the palm nailer to remove the roll pin was the best piece of advise! I picked one up at Harbor Freight for $24 ($30 normally, I always have HF coupons). There is no feasible way to swing a hammer while lying on your back under the Crosstrek.

Here us a pic of the old and new shift arm:
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One thing I have learned about the Crosstrek is that it will eat hardware. I lost a bolt in the front putting in the horn and I lost the roll pin in the back. I guess I got carried away with the palm nailer and shot it out the top! Another trip to the store to find a metric roll pin. Good thing I have another car! After attaching the shift arm, I pressed in the new bearing in the end of the shift cable. The video said to use the old washer that came off here but mine was pressed into bushing. I found a small fender washer in my hardware bin and drilled out the center to fit.
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Now to work on the shifter stop. With some careful probing, I used a spudger to pry up the center console after taking off the shift knob. There was no need to disconnect any wires. I just flopped the plastic off to the side.
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Once again, I will post the video that I used to adjust the stop once installed:

All back together with no sign that anything was done. SUCCESS!
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Project Blackout took place yesterday. Found some nice orange-on-black emblems from JDFMV. Went to the hardware store and got Plastidip, masking tape/paper and some black hardware.
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I removed the cover off the back to get better access to the emblem. The dental floss trick wasn't working so I resorted to my heat gun and plastic trim removal tool. As the emblem was lifting, I ran some Goo Gone to help break up the adheisive.
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Once it was off, I used more Goo Gone to cleanup any residual adhesive. The new emblem and trim ring went on with ease.
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The front was a bit more challenging but doable. I also removed the grill wings to black them out. Now to blackout the letters in the rear along with the grill wings.
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I am not really happy with how it all came out. The grill wings are already peeling. The letters in the back have little globs inside the holes. I think I am going to wrap the grill wings and debadge the rear. Definitely going to swap the license plate frames to something black!
 

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I couldn't take the chrome anymore so I went to AutoZone and picked up some frames. I also redid the PlastiDip on the grill wings.
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