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Posted 27-11-2009 at 11:02 AM by American Dave
Updated 07-10-2011 at 06:05 PM by American Dave

I happened to glance at the odometer this morning and noted that I am just about to turnover the 40,000 km mark. I have owned this car since new on June 1, 2007 and I am pleased to report that the car has never caused me one problem. While you hear plenty of horror stories from Subaru owners about big end, ringland failures etc. I am happy to report this is one owner who has nothing but praise for his car.

I have done a fair number of mods and tuning to it to date and have had NO issues to date. It drinks a bit of oil but nothing extreme and while its not the most fuel efficient car on the road at 13 ltrs / 100 it still makes me smile. I have another 7 months of the lease remaining for this car and my plans involve buying out the lease on it and retaining it to enjoy and do some more serious engine and snail mods down the track.
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    Strubaru's Avatar
    my fav' lib on here dave, glad to hear you're loving it still
    Posted 27-11-2009 at 10:19 PM by Strubaru Strubaru is offline
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    loz02's Avatar
    luv that car Dave....
    Posted 11-12-2009 at 03:11 PM by loz02 loz02 is offline
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    Jimmy S's Avatar
    Sik Car Bro!
    Posted 12-12-2009 at 02:14 AM by Jimmy S Jimmy S is offline
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    American Dave's Avatar
    The car performed perfectly on the weekend cruise. Its current state is damn near as close to its best since I have owned it. My co-driver Matt drove the leg after SOR meetpoint and just had a big grin on his face the whole time. His comments were gee it takes alot less turning of the wheel, its very direct and grips really well with a bit of rear end step out that is quickly controlled if need be. The brakes are just just awesome. This coming from the V8 guy too. No stone chips notes and while dusty the finish is smooth as underneath..BIG PROPS to Andrew. Black paint and Subaru are never good to start with but his work means cleaning up after the cruise for 350 kms is piss easy. Would have liked to have logged the performance and map this weekend but didn't have the logger so another similar drive soon is required I think.
    Posted 25-02-2010 at 02:49 PM by American Dave American Dave is offline
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    smerm07's Avatar
    Good to see the car is running well. i used to drive a 2006 liberty 3.0R 6sp manual, while not the same performance as yours i found it to be a great drive. Roughly the same km's as yours, never any issues. Have always been a fan of the liberty's.
    Posted 25-02-2010 at 06:17 PM by smerm07 smerm07 is offline
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    American Dave's Avatar
    I have had a number of requests to update all the mods on the Foz so here it goes.

    MY10 Forester XT Premium Auto in Dark Grey Metallic

    Delivered new in May 2010 looking like this:

    As of Oct 2011 it looks like this:

    As of Sept 2012 it looks like this:

    The reason it looks like that is because of these modifications

    Update as it now stands

    Engine EJ257 Semi Closed Deck by Nic @ Allstar Garage
    Cosworth Rods, Bearings, Pistons, Rings, Oil Pump
    Darton sleeves

    Brian Crower Stage 2 Cams and Spring Kit
    Killer B Baffle and Oil Pickup
    STI engine mounts
    STI pitch mount
    3" X-Force Turboback Exhaust
    Tomei UEL Headers (wrapped) & Up-pipe
    BBK-M TD05-18 Turbo
    Process West TMIC & Splitter
    Perrin Intake Pipe
    Prospeed Racing Short Fat Bit (SFB)
    Stock Airbox
    HKS Panel Filter
    Grimspeed 3 port boost solenoid
    Walbro Fuel Pump 255 LTR
    S2 Oil Air Seperator
    52 mm Thick Aluminum Radiator
    STi Oil cap
    STi Radiator cap

    JDM MY10 6MT DCCD gearbox
    DCCDPro Controller
    Exedy HD Clutch
    Sti Flywheel

    Brakes and Suspension Mod
    MY08 Brembo STi Calipers Black F&R
    DBA T3 Slotted STi Rotors Front
    Project Mu B Spec Pads Front
    DBA 4000 Vented STi Rotors Rear
    Bendix Ultimate Pads Rear
    Goodridge S/S Braided Brake Lines
    STi Flexible Tower Brace
    STi Front Support Kit
    Cusco Steering Rack Brace
    Cusco Rear OS Strut Brace
    HSD HR Coilovers
    Whiteline HD RSB
    Whiteline HD Links
    Whiteline Roll Centre Kit KCA313
    Whiteline Anti Lift/ Caster Kit KCA334

    Other mods include
    Oz Racing Ultraleggera 19 x 8 et 48 Gunmetal Rims for the road wrapped in
    Yokohama S-Drive Tyres in 245/40/19 for the daily driving
    Ultrex Vyper Hyperblack 18 x 8.5 +44 rims for track wrapped in
    Advan Neova AD08 Tyres in 245/45/18 for the skidpans
    MY10 WRX STI Front Seats
    Ganador CF Super Mirrors
    CF Front Grill
    Subaru Factory Bodykit color coded
    Door handles colour coded
    Fog Lights Tinted 30%

    Still to be installed:
    GVB WRX STI instrument cluster
    Roof Rack Deletes
    Headlight Armour Headlight and Taillight 50% smoke tint

    Stock ECU
    Now tuned to 290 HP on 18 psi

    Its a nice sleeper which goes pretty damn good now.

    Special thanks go to Sean and Nic at Allstar Garage, Doug and Damo @ Stechnic, John & Bob @ Wheels World, & Neil @ Unique Auto Refinishers
    Posted 07-10-2011 at 05:49 PM by American Dave American Dave is offline
    Updated 11-10-2012 at 12:50 PM by American Dave
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    Jimmy S's Avatar
    Goes orrite hey!

    Nice write-up Daveth!
    Posted 07-10-2011 at 06:34 PM by Jimmy S Jimmy S is offline
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    Master D's Avatar
    after having a blat in this on saturday, it surprised the crap outta me how well the car has been set up.
    Responsive & Nimble are two words that come to mind!
    2 things i thought id never say about a foz

    Its an impressive list of mods and a great car to cruise around in.

    Congrates on an awesome build Dave.
    Posted 10-10-2011 at 10:58 AM by Master D Master D is offline
    Updated 10-10-2011 at 03:37 PM by Master D
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    American Dave's Avatar
    Thanks Master D

    While I am at I thought I would introduce the new German in the family. We sold the VW Golf GT recently to another long term member of p-diddy. We were sad to see it go.
    We bought an MY11 BMW X1 2.0 ltr turbo diesel 4WD and I had the lower bumpers, skirting, etc colour coded by Neil @ Unique Auto Refinishers. The results came out very well and we are learning and enjoying the new ride.

    Posted 10-10-2011 at 11:57 AM by American Dave American Dave is offline
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    mARC's Avatar
    How long's this one staying stock then
    Posted 11-10-2011 at 12:09 AM by mARC mARC is offline
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    American Dave's Avatar
    Needs coilovers and 22" rims I reckon but the missus sees it differently for some reason.
    Posted 11-10-2011 at 04:29 PM by American Dave American Dave is offline
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    mARC's Avatar
    def a lot of space around those wheel arches for some luvin
    Posted 11-10-2011 at 05:57 PM by mARC mARC is offline
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    American Dave's Avatar
    Update on the Foz
    The MY11 WRX STI 5AT slushbox has arrived from Rising Sun Subaru and is sitting at STechnics now waiting to go in. It will need a short drive shaft which will get sourced. Its a longer box but I believe it will clear with my x-force dump. Its the same gearbox that Subaru Australia have used on the Forester S Edition. Install set for 2nd week of November

    Posted 19-10-2011 at 09:10 PM by American Dave American Dave is offline
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    Strubaru's Avatar
    wow the 52 etc + retune has really woken her up mate, bet she drives as good as she looks now i know you got the 5spd auto cheap but man i wished you'd gone for a 6MT LOL
    Posted 26-10-2011 at 02:46 PM by Strubaru Strubaru is offline
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    American Dave's Avatar
    goes pretty good and has surprised a few
    Posted 26-10-2011 at 04:35 PM by American Dave American Dave is offline
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    American Dave's Avatar
    Finally the roof racks are coming off this sunday with a little help from MY00GC8 James. Woot Woot
    Posted 18-11-2011 at 06:10 PM by American Dave American Dave is offline
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    Posted 27-12-2011 at 10:20 PM by American Dave American Dave is offline
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    Love this car Dave! Nice walk around vid!
    Posted 28-12-2011 at 08:09 AM by ImPreSiV ImPreSiV is offline
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    American Dave's Avatar
    auction won now I just have to be patient for them to arrive by sea freight boo...MY10 WRX STI A-line front seats with airbags and custom rails to suit a SH...should be a lot more comfortable and somewhat better at holding me in.

    Posted 30-12-2011 at 07:10 PM by American Dave American Dave is offline
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    Master D's Avatar
    Get them embroidered to say "by A.D" under the sti logo!

    Another excellent purchase dave.
    Posted 31-12-2011 at 05:50 PM by Master D Master D is offline

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