OFFROADSUBARUS.COM

Go Back   OFFROADSUBARUS.COM > General Forums > Members Journals

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 29th May 2016, 12:38 AM
WRDrew's Avatar
WRDrew WRDrew is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Chicagoland
Year: 1999 & 2004
Model: Forester L & WRX Wagon
Transmission: Manual, always
Posts: 18
WRDrew is on a distinguished road
Default Project: Trail-Ready Low-Mileage SF5

Hello everyone! I'm Drew, I live in the Chicago area, and this is the build thread for my little daily driver that I purchased in May of 2015! Much of this is copied from my build thread on the Forester forum, but I will now update this one as I add parts/take cool pictures.

EDIT 6/24: I haven't been on in a while, so I wanted to clean the thread up a bit, and add some new photos as the Foz has grown a bit since my last update.

Let me start off with the basics:
1999 Forester L
5-Speed
56,000 miles (when purchased)
One Owner
Pristine Interior
Casette deck!


Current Mods:

Anderson Design Fab 2" lift kit w/ trailing arm spacers
Curt Extended Roof Basket (wanting to switch to a Yakima as this is rusting after a year)
Method MR502 15x7 et15 Rally Wheels
General Grabber AT2's (Soon to be replaced by larger KO2's)
JDM/EDM SF5 grille
Hella 500FF's tinted yellow w/ euro covers
Yellow factory fogs
Blox 490 gram black chrome shift knob
bumper quick releases
Yakima spare tire carrier modded to work
3mm wheel spacers
Magnaflow low-profile muffler
D-Rings
RallyArmor UR flaps
LED headlights, reverse lights, and plate lights

Future Mods:
Steel low-profile bumpers
Bigger tires

Current Look:




I've been a WRX owner for about 6 years now (owned a world rally blue sedan for 4 of those years, and have owned a platinum silver metallic wagon for the last 2)

I've been a diehard Subaru fan since I was a kid, and really have never had much of a desire to own anything else.

As I have continued to modify my WRX's over the years, the need for a comfortable daily driver has grown and grown. After I graduated from college, I began hunting for a clean, older Subaru that could be used easily for commuting and road trips, and boy did I find one!

This car literally fell into my lap, as it was traded into the dealership that I had worked at throughout college. This was a 1 owner car, owned and meticulously maintained by an older woman who had originally purchased it in Seattle.

The car has needed a little TLC, as the front fenders were banged up pretty badly, and the interior was dirty, but those were things I was able to fix!

Aside from the aesthetic flaws, this was exactly what I wanted: Manual transmission, low mileage, full maintenance history, and it was a Forester!

Here is a pic of the damage on the front fender the day I bought it:



And back out into the sunlight for the first time after the repair. The paint is a little orange-peeled, but it doesn't really bother me. Also had to add some mad tyte jdm quick releases, as the bumper tabs on both sides were broken.



Also, just in case you didn't believe me:
__________________
04 WRX Wagon
99 Forester L 5MT

Last edited by WRDrew; 25th June 2018 at 12:42 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 29th May 2016, 12:43 AM
WRDrew's Avatar
WRDrew WRDrew is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Chicagoland
Year: 1999 & 2004
Model: Forester L & WRX Wagon
Transmission: Manual, always
Posts: 18
WRDrew is on a distinguished road
Default

Phase 1.5:

I painted the wheels black, and started having some fun with the car.



I love the way this car looks covered in a little bit of mud

__________________
04 WRX Wagon
99 Forester L 5MT
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 29th May 2016, 12:45 AM
WRDrew's Avatar
WRDrew WRDrew is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Chicagoland
Year: 1999 & 2004
Model: Forester L & WRX Wagon
Transmission: Manual, always
Posts: 18
WRDrew is on a distinguished road
Default

Phase 1.5.5:

Back in December, I installed a few little christmas presents to myself! A pair of Hella 500FF's. I wanted the lights to look as clean as possible, so with a little help from my old man, we whipped up a pair of custom brackets that tie the lights into the bumper beam.

Here's the only photo I took of the brackets. The two rear bolts are tied directly to the bumper beam. I drilled all the way through, and ran 3" stainless bolts with locking nuts and washers.



Lights mounted to the brackets (these brackets are strong enough for me to stand on)



Fast-forward to the installation of the grille. I had to cut a small notch in on each side to fit the wires and the bracket, but it isn't noticeable.



Grille reinstalled!



Annnnd all done!

__________________
04 WRX Wagon
99 Forester L 5MT
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 29th May 2016, 12:47 AM
WRDrew's Avatar
WRDrew WRDrew is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Chicagoland
Year: 1999 & 2004
Model: Forester L & WRX Wagon
Transmission: Manual, always
Posts: 18
WRDrew is on a distinguished road
Default

Took the Forester out on my buddy's dirt bike track quite a bit this winter, and had a blast! This hill was a lot steeper than it looks in the photo.

__________________
04 WRX Wagon
99 Forester L 5MT

Last edited by WRDrew; 25th June 2018 at 12:28 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 29th May 2016, 12:48 AM
WRDrew's Avatar
WRDrew WRDrew is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Chicagoland
Year: 1999 & 2004
Model: Forester L & WRX Wagon
Transmission: Manual, always
Posts: 18
WRDrew is on a distinguished road
Default

Phase 2.0:

Got the new wheels and tires put on in February!

__________________
04 WRX Wagon
99 Forester L 5MT

Last edited by WRDrew; 25th June 2018 at 12:27 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 29th May 2016, 12:51 AM
WRDrew's Avatar
WRDrew WRDrew is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Chicagoland
Year: 1999 & 2004
Model: Forester L & WRX Wagon
Transmission: Manual, always
Posts: 18
WRDrew is on a distinguished road
Default

Phase 2.5:

A few new updates: I now have the new (proper looking) grille on the car!

I just rattle-canned it satin black (it was green originally)



Masking torn off, and it didn't turn out too bad!



Installed!!

__________________
04 WRX Wagon
99 Forester L 5MT

Last edited by WRDrew; 25th June 2018 at 12:28 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 29th May 2016, 12:54 AM
WRDrew's Avatar
WRDrew WRDrew is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Chicagoland
Year: 1999 & 2004
Model: Forester L & WRX Wagon
Transmission: Manual, always
Posts: 18
WRDrew is on a distinguished road
Default

Ran into another off-road prepped Subaru at Cars & Coffee a few weeks back, so obviously we took some pictures


__________________
04 WRX Wagon
99 Forester L 5MT

Last edited by WRDrew; 25th June 2018 at 12:27 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 29th May 2016, 12:55 AM
WRDrew's Avatar
WRDrew WRDrew is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Chicagoland
Year: 1999 & 2004
Model: Forester L & WRX Wagon
Transmission: Manual, always
Posts: 18
WRDrew is on a distinguished road
Default

Now we're caught up! Recently I got my Yakima roof basket tire mount put on the car, and I am loving it! Soon I'll put another grabber on this spare wheel, but my old street tire will do for now.

__________________
04 WRX Wagon
99 Forester L 5MT

Last edited by WRDrew; 25th June 2018 at 12:26 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 25th June 2018, 12:47 AM
WRDrew's Avatar
WRDrew WRDrew is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Chicagoland
Year: 1999 & 2004
Model: Forester L & WRX Wagon
Transmission: Manual, always
Posts: 18
WRDrew is on a distinguished road
Default

NEW PICTURES:

Quite a bit has changed since I last posted in 2016. The car is now lifted 2" using ADF's outstanding kit with their trailing arm spacers. Install wasn't fun, but wasn't nearly as bad as I expected it would be (seeing as I was tearing apart a 20 year old Subaru)

Mod list up top is up to date, and I'm enjoying the current state of the car. I did the timing belt and valve cover gaskets a few months back, and the car is now at 95k miles and running strong as ever. It needs new front cv's as I tore both inner boots installing the lift (no idea how I managed to do that)

Next on the mod list is upgrading the grabbers to BFG KO2's in the fall before winter





__________________
04 WRX Wagon
99 Forester L 5MT
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 25th June 2018, 02:00 AM
Kevin's Avatar
Kevin Kevin is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Sydney, Oz
Year: MY'03
Model: Forester
Transmission: A/T
Posts: 4,371
Kevin is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the update Drew - lookin' good!
__________________
MY'03 Foz AT XS with centre lock-up
MY'10 Triton AT GLX-R 2.5 DiD
www.subaruclub.com.au
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -3. The time now is 06:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.