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  1. Oh yeah! If I wont get an increased Light output I might just go back to my original idea and paint the housing myself. Thanks Boon
  2. Oh sweet so the HID lights I have are exactly the same as the STI ones? How come they have different connectors I would have thought that might have had something to do with light ouput. yeah I might check my bulbs because they do feel pretty s***.
  3. Hey everyone I was wondering if anyone can help me with the different types of Headlights for bugeyes. I have what I have been told are "factory HID WRX headlights." They are chrome housed and have the 2 circle lights at the bottom with the half moon at the top. I also see a lot of Bugeye WRXs especially USDM or NZDM ones with these uglier looking ones. Anyway, I've been wanting to black out the housing of my lights and was gonna just paint my existing lights but was thinking it might cost just as much to get a pair of already black housed lights. It seems it is the JDM STI headlights that come with the black housing?? Is that correct? Can they be wired directly up to WRXs or do they have different connectors etc? Is the light output from STI headlights any better? I find my low beam on my WRX to be absolute and utter garbage that I can barely see infront of me at night, however my high beams are amazing. Any help would be appreciated!
  4. That is a good and sad point tbh. https://www.amazon.com/Kics-WHPF3BL50-Kyokugen-Heptagon-Length/dp/B00EQ4NJZ4 These would stop a potential thief for a bit as they are heptagon (7 sided) and not many tools are :P. I'll have another look at some of the wheel shops and see what else I like. I quite like the rota-gforce from mag & turbo
  5. Hey bro so sorry missed this message didn't get a notification! Palmy mate but can travel and have the means to pick them up. I'd be keen on a set are they good seats for a daily you reckon? How do they compared to the bugeye ones?
  6. Ahh gotcha so there is more Replicas and Fakes. That makes sense! If you had a budget of around $1,000 - $1.500 for four rims, what would be the best to get in your opinion? Rotas or Enkei seem popular. Thanks for those links! So basically the top wheel brands like Volk, Work etc are extremely hard to get in NZ and you usually have to import from Japan etc? So all the "wheel shops" like Mag & Turbo etc just have replica rims etc that are pretty average quality then? It is tough because I try and keep an eye out for second hand rims Volks, rays, bbs etc and when they do come up they are either still very pricey or they are not the style I am wanting. If I was gonna get a decent looking set that was ok quality wise for the moment just so my car stops looking like ass, and saving for new rims, what would you recommend? If say you were to spend $1,000 - $1,500 on a new set of 4 rims. Rotas and Enkei seem popular around that price. XXR seem to have really good reviews and really s****y reviews.
  7. Can you elaborate more on reps. I get very confused by them as I am constantly seeing the word "rep" thrown around and no idea what is actually a rep etc. To me, I thought rep meant replica so if we took for example the Volks, I thought a rep would be a company in CHina making wheels that look and are branded as Volk but are not as they are replica/knockoffs. But I keep seeing comments like, "rotas are reps" or "Kudos" are reps and when I search these rims they seem both popular and also they are their own brand and don't seem to be mimicking other established rims. So yeah I get a bit confused. I've seen it mentioned that a single wheel should cost a grand to be genuine but that seems insanely expensive as I check most wheel and tyre shops like Mag & Turbo etc etc the rims are usually around $1,000 - $2,000 for MOST sets of 4. If I wanted absolutely genuine wheels, can you list me the brands? And if I didn't want to fork out $4,000 for a set of rims, what would be some good brands? I'm not planning on tracking the car it is purely a daily driver.
  8. Hey guys I've been in the market for some upgraded rims for a while now. I still have the ugly rims on my car since I bought it and just never got around to upgrading the rims. Well I have narrowed down my choice to a nice set of 18x8 with an offset of +38 - 42. Anyway, I've been keeping an eye on some second hand rims but nothing has come up in the style and specs I want for months no so thinking of buying new from like Mag & turbo or something. Anyway, I really like the Work Kiwami or Kudos Tokyo style with the small spokes and the nice concave look but the Works are way too pricey and the Kudos don't come in 8 width. Anyway, I found these Orbit Senna's on Mag & Turbo that are 18x8 with a +38 offset and nice design. Anyone got a review on orbit? Are they reps or genuine? (https://magandturbo.com/wheels/orbit-senna)
  9. prosport gauges apparantly don't like to have dimmers added as it affects readings haha.
  10. A throwback for the fans... ...6 speed semi-automatic gearbox ...25 produced
  11. Oooh I didn't know about those! They would probably be the perfect cheap option. These are the ones I assume you are talking about? Are they more comfy than the Bugeye ones? Less comfy? More snug? Less snug? Do the rails fit straight into my bugeye? And is it only the MY05 WRX that has these? Thanks I'll check those out!! Oh wow those are definitely pricey! When you say less comfortable, I assume there is a bit of a trade off so would you consider any of the cheaper ones to still be good enough for daily driving? I'd be ok if they were more snug and only a bit less comfortable. Or are they quite a lot less comfortable? If so, I got advised to try these MY05 WRX seats that seem perfect for what I am trying to achieve (black interior)
  12. Awesome that really explains it!! Sorry for all the questions!! Just had one more I'm just wondering now which pinks to get. I'm torn between getting JDM and USDM Pinks. I am leaning more towards the USDM ones because they drop the car less (15 - 20mm apparently) vs the JDM ones which drop the car 30mm. The big reason I don't want to drop too much is my exhaust is angled and hands quite low at the flange by the muffler and midpipe. Also, I'm a bit confused on what "pinks" there are. Seems like there are WRX Pinks, STI Pinks, STI Lowered Pinks, JDM Pinks, 02 - 03 USDM Pinks and 04-07 USDM pinks. Or should I just go for the JDM ones? Haha definitely do not want to sack it on its arse I want to be able to continue daily driving without scraping at every speed bump or driveway etc. So the AGX/Pinks combo is perfect for daily driving but improving handling for the occasional spirited drive? Cheers man!
  13. Ok so it sounds like the way to prevent that is having new struts? Or could new struts do that if they were set incorrectly? Or is that from failed struts. And then getting a good spring that isn't too high a spring rate then? I do like the STI Pinks. However, should I get USDM or JDM ones? JDM ones seem to lower the car 30mm vs the USDM which are 15 - 20mm and are not quite as harsh as the JDM ones. Thinking the USDM ones might suit me better. What is bump travel?
  14. Ok sweet! Any benefit to going 225/45 over 225/40s? Sweet I'm definitely aiming to reduce body roll with a nice spring/strut & swaybar upgrade. What creates a bouncy car? I don't wanna go bouncy if it is bad for grip etc. Also, just wondering do you go spring/struts or Coilovers? I looked and STI pinks seem to be around $400 second hand and the AGX are around $400 each here. SO that is around $2,000 and it seems I could buy a great set of coilovers at that price. I always thought coilovers were better but just been reading and seems they are not worth it and sometimes worse than Daily Driving compared to shock/struts?
  15. Thanks for this!! Yup I actually have some poly swaybar bushings from Superpro to go on when I get new swaybars! Oh yup 22mm sounds good factory is 20mm right? I have a Sedan not a Wagon :). I was looking at 225/40/18 tyres or is that too low profile? Oh cool! I'll look into the AGX and sti pinks combo. I'll definintely try the 22mm rear and stock front. That will eliminate the factory understeer I assume? Any issues with snap oversteer going with the thicker rear bar? Also, probably something I need to read more on but am not very knowledgeable on is springs and struts. I get the general idea, but spring rate, ride harshness, etc etc confuse me. What I mean is, I assumed a lowered car would always ride harsh but I rode in my friends Miata that was REALLY low but it was so smooth and felt great over bumps. What does a really stiff spring add? Pros and cons? What are the pros and cons of softer springs/struts. Also what causes "a bouncy ride," and is a bouncy ride always bad? Do you want it really firm etc? Thanks!
  16. I was hoping to get some advice on a suspension and wheel setup as I am wanting to improve handling now. I'm looking at adjusting the following: 1. Swaybars 2. Springs 3. Wheels I recently posted asking about size to go and 17x8 looked to be the go however I am thinking 18x8 now as 17s are SO HARD to get compared to 18s, and I quite like the look of the 18s. Now, I was hoping to ask about a setup to achieve the following: 1. I want to improve handling first and foremost and eliminate body roll. 2. I want the improve the aesthetics of the car Currently, I really HATE my suspension and Wheels. They sit too far inward (offset is too high for my liking) and the gap between the fender and wheel looks gross. I do want to lower the car, however after reading a lot of FAQs and experiences, I'm unsure if I should. Apparantly from what I father, our cars do not like to be lowered. I'm not after the "Hella Flush" look, just wanting to maybe lower 10mm. But I'm aiming to improve my suspension. Currently I am sitting on stock springs with KYB rear struts and OEM Subaru at front. My struts are starting to go so I am using this as an opporunity to get a good spring/strut setup. What would be a nice improvement. I want to improve handling but don't want to be too hard a ride. As for wheels, if I am going for around 18x8 with a +35 - +40 offset would that be a good setup? Do I need to get Forged wheels? I do not track the car but it seems like cast are prone to cracking etc. I am wanting the Kudos Tokyo, XXR 527 or Work Kiwami style (Nice concave with smaller spokes). And finally, Im looking to upgrade the swaybars, especially rear ones first. WHat should I go for to get a nice improve in handling. Basically overall, if I want to do a spring/shock, and swaybar setup with new wheels, what is a good setup to improve handling, lower body roll and improve the look of the vehicle as well!
  17. Hey guys I'm removing my gauges off the A Pillar (too distracting at night as my gauges don't dim) and looking to move them somewhere else. I'm also probably going to get new gauges anyway to match my cluster color and interior Lighting I just finished. I was looking at the clock pod with 60mm gauges as an option. Can anyone comment? I heard to go for 60mm for the centre instead of 52mm. Anyone got either and could recommend? The other pod I am looking at is the SMY DUal pod for the Steering Colum. That looks really simple and tidy but wondering if the steering wheel/indicator levers get in the way. Anyone done that gauge pod and can comment? Cheers!
  18. I want something nice and snug but not uncomfortable. The Bugeye WRX seats are pretty much how I like it tho I could go a little snugger. What paint/dye did you use?
  19. Hey guys Anyone got any recommendations for some nice comfy daily driver seats to replace my 02 WRX seats. I do like the WRX seats and they are very comfy but I have painted my entire interior black with hints of red and I want the seats to be black. Also, I would like something that is a little more snug for whipping around corners haha. I considered painting or dying them but worried about them being stiff or leeching onto clothes etc and re upholstering would cost the same as new seats. So I'm wondering what people could recommend. I was also wondering about fixed back. Are they a pain for daily drivers? I don't like having my seat too far forward I have it leant back a little more. Are fixed backs in a nice position for daily driving? Or should I just get reclinables? I saw Scarles have some fairly well priced seats but are they crap? Thanks
  20. Hey guys So I have an STI spoiler with Perrin stabilizers on my Bugeye WRX and love it. However I do have guilty pleasure of seeing bugeyes etc with nice drift wings (Is that what they are), or the carbon fibre ones like Voltex etc. So I'm thinking about getting myself a nice carbon fibre/drift wing and another boot so I can swap between them as I feel like it . However, I came on here to ask a few things and have some suggestions: First, I want something functional. I don't want any crappy GT wing with no downforce, I want something tried and tested just like the STI spoilers. Second, I know Voltex is a fantastic brand but I don't like the "legs" of the spoiler (bit that attached to the boot) being right on the edges. I prefer when the legs are more centred like this: https://www.topendmotorsports.com/to...fiber-9248.php https://bulletproofautomotive.com/pr...or-set-carbon/ Anyone got any suggestions? Thanks!
  21. It is the Cobb one. When you say lowest setting do you mean the longest throw? Because yeah mine is about 4mm from the "longest throw setting." I could adjust it actually but Im having transmission/diff whining now and that probably is not the shifter.
  22. Hahha yeah that is the worst one I can relate I have had concussions and hate banging my head :P. I actually noticed tonight that my car was whining when accelerating from about 90km - 130km it just got louder so I think something is wrong with diff. All fluids were done like 10 months ago. And the gearbox is making really weird noises in gear now ever since I put the short shifter in. I am having problems with the shifter as it jams against the plastic housing in 2nd gear but yeah no idea why the gearbox/diff and suddenly making noise. Could be coincidance and wear and tear. Could be I didn't do something right when replacing the bushings or the shifter or could be when I dropped the car haha
  23. Yeah it is not like it dropped randomly I just found that sometimes when releasing the jack even slowly it wouldn't just slowly depress the jack just loses all the pressure and yeah the car just dropped. Ill definitely get that looked at. Yeah it was only my 3rd time putting them on all four stands and my FIRST time being under the car. I actually had 6 other jacks stands placed around the car as backup incase they failed so I did try and be as safe as possible. Yup they were all fixed on the ground. I couldn't get the back ones to both sit opposite each other even when I lowered/increased the opposite side I had to place the back ones slightly apart. Where should I place jack stands if not at the pinch welds? The subframe? Ok so I wouldn't have done major damage? No chassis damage or anything? Yeah it would have been about a 10cm drop. I checked the side skirts and sills and no damage I could see at all but I definitely heard something. Could that noise have potentially just been a noise from the pressure like the plastic side skirt being crushed against the metal but luckily no damage ? I'm just wondering if it is worth having an expert spend 30 mins looking under and just checking?
  24. I actually did try to lower the jack slowly. I was turning it very gently and carefully but I find that sometimes it goes down slowly but other times it just drops. Maybe my jack is actually broken I never thought of that actually. Yeah it was a bit of a mistake I should have gone a few notches down but it was late, I was tired and then the jack decided not to comply haha. It lowered nicely for the rest of the times I lowered it but it was just that first drop aye. Might have to buy a new jack. Just wondering what possible damage to look out for is all. I had a look under the car and couldn't see any damage to the side skirt or chassis that i noticed but I DEFINITELY heard something crack/crunch.
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