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First time Subaru owner, and it's a 2019 CGK Crosstrek Limited! We enjoy traveling and plan on using this for many road trips throughout the years, so our build is based around that. It's been about a month or so since picking up the car, and I will try to catch up to speed with the current stage as soon as possible.

Be sure to follow our journey on IG @genietreks

Here is how she sits currently:
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Mod List:

Orsini Vinyl Set
Roof Aero Crossbars
Rear Reflector LED Pod Lights
Vinyl wrapped grille winglets
LaminX Fogs
LED License plate lights
Rally Armor Mud Flaps
Black Rhino Boxer - Gunblack 15"
215/75/15 BFG K02's
SSD Engine Cover
K&N drop-in air filter
Uniden Pro520XL CB Radio


The Beginning
Day 1: Here she is, still wrapped in plastic!


Soaking in the SoCal sun at the beach:


It was only a couple weeks before it was time to begin some mods. We started off easy with simple changes and are progressively getting into bigger upgrades.
One thing that needed to go was the chrome, was not a fan of it, so we just plastidipped the emblems black. After browsing the forums, we got inspired to add a rear tow shackle. Still have to cut the cover piece and make it look cleaner.



Next up was to take care of the front fog lights, we ended up wrapping them with some film tint.
 

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Shortly after that, we needed to swap out the remaining lights to LED's, especially the license plate lights. The difference between these and the original are night and day.


Now to get rid of some more chrome! We decided to mix it up a bit, and ended up wrapping the front grill winglets in carbon fiber wrap.



Rally Armor mudflaps arrived and we did a quick install on those, super straight forward and are very happy with them! Took the car out for some quick progress pics.


 

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**Some of these first few posts may be slightly out of order, everything was done pretty quick. **
Tried to take it out on some trails in Joshua Tree, but due to the recent rains all of the unpaved roads were closed :/ Still got to enjoy a quick day trip and get some more photos!





Next up were some Orsini emblem overlays! Very happy with how these turned out.




One of the bigger projects we are tackling is mounting rear LED pod lights into the reflectors. We wanted to do this as seamlessly as possible, and did not want to cut into the bumper or reflectors, so we have to get creative!

 

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Wanted to get some crossbars, but were looking at some alternatives to Thule/Yakima and ended up finding some good reviews in the FB groups about these bars.

Removed the ugly yellow stickers, and painted them black to match the theme.

Here they are installed, overall they are great for the price.

 

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Headed out of town next weekend and was running short of time. Only get to work on it for a few hours a day on the weekend, so rushing to get as much down before our next road trip. Finished up the wiring for the rear pods. Ran them under the spare tire area of the bumper through the door sills up to the instrument panel. The switch we had seemed to fit perfectly into this little opening under the steering wheel. This is only temporary until we move onto phase 2 of the led lighting we have planned! We are looking at switching out the button to something else, so this will do for now. Once again we are trying to minimize any cutting or modifying oem parts, so we did not want to just cut into a blank button on the panel.





Here is a little teaser of the rear lights almost finished.
 

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Welcome. Which LEDs did you use for which lights?
 

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Finally, back home from our road trip to Sequoia National Park! Only explored the park for a few hours each day, most of the roads and trails were closed until summer, but we made the most of it and took a ton of photos! Here's a couple photos I was able to edit tonight...


 

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In preparation for future LED lighting and to find a solution for our temporary switch under the steering wheel, we decided to make a hidden switch panel where the interior fuse box cover is. We knew we were going to have more switches, and the one little slot under the steering wheel wouldn't be a permanent solution. We got a set of switches online so they would match and look somewhat decent, and attempted to make it look clean. It isn't perfect, still looking at cleaning it up as the paint got a little messed up around the edges of the buttons... but it'll be hidden most of the time which is why we like the location and design of it.

All the wiring labeled and ready to go:

Wiring completed and matched up on the switch side:

Painted the switch holder to cover up the glue/scuffs from putting it together:



Ordering LED lights soon, and once the harnesses come in, we will put it on and post some updates!
 

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Wow, it's been a while since we've updated this! Not much has changed on the car since our last updates, although we haven't stopped exploring! Our next update will hopefully be much more interesting as we just ordered some new goodies!! I will do my best to keep this as updated as I can, although I am much more active on IG @genietreks! For now, enjoy some more photos of our most recent adventures!

Took a trip up to Big Bear for the weekend, explored some of the mellow back roads up to this awesome viewpoint!
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When we are not exploring with the crosstrek, we take out the other rig! Definitely a little inspiration of what's to come for the trek build!
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Was just out for a quick camping trip, took a break to check out some roads we wanted to explore next time!
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From mountains to deserts! A quick staycation out towards Joshua Tree. Had to snap a few photos of the trek!
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Awesome place we stayed at!
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That's it for now! Stay tuned for more updates once the new goodies arrive!
 

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Unscheduled update:

Hope everyone had a happy 4th! We decided to spend ours taking Berdoo Canyon into Joshua Tree NP. From interstate 10, the first half is slow and rocky. Only a few places where we had to get out and spot. Near the last part of the trail, it gets tricky with the final climb up a rocky bend. The current ground clearance of the crosstrek got us through, but we weren't able to take the most optimal lines because of it. Maybe it’s time to think about lifts?
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Some small goodies arrived! First up is an engine cover from SSD Performance! Easy install, and nice improvement to the engine bay aesthetics!

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Went ahead and replaced the factory air filter with a KNN drop in filter.
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Picked up a Uniden Pro 520XL CB Radio, still have to get this mounted and rigged up. Haven't quite decided where we would like to put it inside the car yet.
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More installs coming this weekend! Some items are getting delayed in customs it appears, so hopefully they arrive before the weekend!
 

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Small install today! Have had these Crawford mirror pod brackets for a while, was just waiting on the lights to arrive! Today was the day, we finally had everything needed for the install!

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We went with the popular Cali Raised LED pod lights, the side projectors really interested us and we had to try them! Great quality, and everything needed to a easy install was included!

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The install was straight forward, and took no more than 10 minutes to mount the brackets and lights.
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Running the wiring harness was definitely the most time consuming part, but even that didn't take very long.
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The final product! Lighting during the install wasn't great so the photos don't do justice.
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Better photos coming soon, going to have to take it out for a shoot soon. Still waiting on the big items :(
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OOOOOOO! Me likey!

I am thinking fog lights there (wide light scatter vs driving lights) would be perfect for seeing around those tight switchbacks.
 

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OOOOOOO! Me likey!

I am thinking fog lights there (wide light scatter vs driving lights) would be perfect for seeing around those tight switchbacks.
Thanks! Yeah we are super happy with how they turned out. You can mount spots or floods for whichever type of driving you need them for! Another nice thing about these brackets too is that they are basically in somewhat of a blind spot so you hardly notice they are there while driving.
 
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