after selling my blobeye WRX a couple of years ago i'm finally back in a Subaru. this time I picked up a 2008 silver STI hatchback for a bargain price because it needed some paint.
heres the only photo i have of how it was when i picked it up, to be honest it looked fine in photos and a few feet away, but up close it looked like some panels had been painted by stevie wonder.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
so the front bumper, front wings bootlid and rear bumper had all been painted badly, to the point where lacquer was peeling off all over, and there was a crack in the rear bumper. the last owner was an old bloke who apparently couldn't park to save his life.
I could have had the front bumper and front wings tidied up and made do but i do like everything to be right so i ordered a few replacement panels from subaru. i like the look of the 2008 bumper but I've always preferred the more aggressive 2011+ front so I saw this as an opportunity to update the front end at the same time. thanks to a chassis number from KGT (Thanks again Keith) i was able to order everything i needed to do the swap, front bumper, grille, fog covers, and towing eye cover. while i was at it i ordered a pair of front wings because it looked like the current ones had some bodge in them.
got it back from the body shop this week, gave it a good clean and took a few pictures round the back of my work.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.][You must be registered and logged in to see this link.][You must be registered and logged in to see this link.][You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
haven't really done much to it yet, just a few minor cosmetic and quality of life changes
•Red rear light tints
•Double din Pioneer touch screen (all wired in to work with hands free and steering controls)
•15% window tints on the back 5 windows
•Team Heko wind deflectors all round
•wrapped the gear surround in black brushed aluminium wrap (was silver)
•"square" import plates
Here's a close up of the wrap, my first attempt at vinyl wrapping and i'm pretty happy with it, i'll definitely be playing around with it a bit more.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
not sure what the next plans are for it, it needs to go to andy kindon at some point for forged pistons and i want to start working on more power but that will wait til after the pistons to be on the safe side. also need some wheels soon.