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    rkrenicki's 2004 US "RS30" - Unmodifing??.. 2019-02-01

    I figure I should do an MR1 post for my car with the ongoing changes I am making with my car!

    I bought this car in February of 2012 from Carlos at Secor Subaru in New London, CT. I had been on the hunt for a newer generation Outback to replace my aging 96 BG w/206k on it. I was originally looking at H6 wagons due to them being cheaper and just outright replace the one that I had, but in the back of my mind I really missed the sedan form factor. When I found this car local with the H6 and it not being that Seafoam Green that everyone seems to have, I decided that it was the car for me. I had never bought a car from a dealer before, but it ended up being a real smooth process thanks to Carlos and the rest of the people at Secor. Since this is a sedan, that would leave me without a larger vehicle capable of moving things, I decided to go ahead and keep the BG as well.. so now we are a 2 Subaru family once again!

    This is the only really decent photo that I have, and it was still on the lot at Secor at the time.



    Since then, I have been "slowly" converting the car into a Subaru Legacy RS30 replica. I am not ending up with a 100% accurate replica, but it is close enough for me to call it an "RS30". Currently, the front end is fully converted, tinted rear glass and rear wiper, and the badging has been fully changed over.

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    Japanese D type HID Headlights converted to flat beam pattern and wired the Turn Assist lights
    Japanese Smoked Legacy tail lights and finisher garnish
    Japanese A~C Type Blitzen Rear Spoiler
    US Legacy Front Fenders
    US Legacy Doors
    Japanese B4 Factory-tinted rear door windows
    Japanese B4 Factory-tinted rear windshield
    Japanese B4 rear windshield wiper and washer
    NMO Antenna mount on trunk lid
    Mistuba Alpha II Compact Horns
    Japanese 3rd Gen Blitzen Wheels with Primewell PZ-900 215/45ZR17 tires (Summer setup)
    Japanese RS30 badge
    US 4th Gen Legacy "Subaru" badge
    BP/BL Side Mirrors converted for BE/BH use
    Independent fog light modification
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    UK Market D type BFM Gauge Cluster (85015AE110 version) with a Dakota Digital SGI-5C adapter for accuracy.
    Onstar Delete
    Japanese Legacy S401 Red Hazard switch
    D-type Headlight Leveler switch (Takes place of Front Wiper De-icer switch)
    US Forester SG Wiper Control stalk
    Connected Front Wiper De-icer system and side mirror heaters into Rear Defogger system
    Modified Keyless Entry for single-stage unlock
    Auto HVAC controls Modified for Metric temperature readout
    Full Black/Grey interior swap from a US Legacy and Outback.
    Brand new Grey carpet and Grey "Legacy" branded mats
    Japanese Legacy B4 trunk mat
    Forester XT Steering Wheel
    Sportshift mode selector assembly from a 2003 Legacy GT
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    Centric High Carbon 125.47020 Rotors (2004 STI Fitment)
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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BE5 Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    It looks to be a nice day today, so I am going to go around and do a little photo shoot with my car this afternoon and post pictures once I am done!

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BE5 Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Finally! I've been waiting for you to do a Member's Ride page. And for the record, you have a BEE. A BE5 is a 2.0L Legacy.
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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Right right.. I had forgotten about the E suffix for the 3.0. I just got back from a fresh wash and photo shoot, so I will be throwing up some photos here pretty shortly.

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Quote Originally Posted by rkrenicki
    I just got back from a fresh wash and photo shoot, so I will be throwing up some photos here pretty shortly.
    Awesome. I can't wait. Make sure you have interior shots too.
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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    It was difficult to get some interiors, since I only had my Canon Nifty-Fifty lens with me.. and it wasn't really wide enough of an angle to take any decent photos, but I did what I could. I am finishing the editing right now and should be uploading them in a few minutes.

    EDIT: there we go, all of the interior shots were pretty much crap with the 50mm, so I grabbed my 18-55mm lens, and snapped off a few of the dash real fast at 18mm.

    I have no real decent photos between the above from the day I bought her, to anything below which is as of today (2012/10/05).

    I used the fairly good automatic car-was today, and took her to the old high school parking lot where I could get some decent photos without a lot of cars and houses around.

    First, we start with the frontal 3/4 shot:


    And the rear 3/4 shot:


    Rear, straight on:


    Closeup of stock spoiler, antenna, and rear lights:


    NMO mount on trunk lid:


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    Front, lights off:


    Front, parking lights only:


    Front, Headlights and Fogs on:

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Thank you! I was waiting for this thread. I can't get over how beautiful and clean this car is. It's really nice seeing one in silver too.

    I'm really impressed by your attention to detail with the car. Everything is so nice and clean, and the headlights look beautiful. I kind of like the black trim going around the bottom too. The BFM is killing me, it just looks so nice. I'm sure a lot of it is your photography but this really is a stunning car.

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    I am very much into keeping the basic stock appearance. I am not into ricing up a car with big nasty body kits or hacking up an interior, but I am a big supporter of sportier OE or OE clone parts.

    On my to-do list is suspension upgrades, and possibly brakes however these are working quite well the way they are. I am also looking into possibly changing out the rear lights with JDM and perhaps the grille too with JDM.

    Amgarrety: where did you find that B4 badge you are using? I have been keeping my eye out for those for a bit and I am having no luck.

    As for my photos, the BFM halos look a fantastic orange in these pictures, however they are much closer to gold in real life.. I kind of wish they were as orange as these pictures.. heh

    I will be grabbing my pocket camera today to snag some interior shots since it has a wider angle lens than any of my DSLR lenses, but it is basically bone stock so not a whole lot to look at other than the blue streaks from some melted crayons on the back seat, lol.

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    H6 power and some JDM goodies. Very nice looking!!
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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    As promised, interior shots!

    Front seat! If you look really carefully, you can see the front end of my 96 OBW in the windshield next to my landlords junk-filled garage..



    Back seat!



    Front seat interior:


    Back seat, with my daughter hamming it up:

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Wow, your car is soooo clean! I've stripped mine down to the bare metal and put it back together and it isn't that clean....
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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Wow that is incredible for the car being 8 years old. You definitely got a great car.

    As for the B4 badge, I had to email the owner of Celtic Motorsports to order one for me, and he ended up ordering somewhere in the neighborhood of 5, brand new from factory with the protective film still on the back. He sold one to me and sold a few on eBay, but he might still have some left.

    Here is the link. It says sold out, but I wouldn't hesitate to email him and ask just to make sure. Believe me, it took me months to find that badge until this guy finally pulled through for me.

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Quote Originally Posted by YamazakiSubaru
    Wow, your car is soooo clean! I've stripped mine down to the bare metal and put it back together and it isn't that clean....

    Hah.. just dont look in my trunk.. I have a good portion of my tools, parts for my incomplete projects, and the old headlights back there right now.. Oh, and all of the reusable grocery bags shoved into one corner as well..

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    very nice and clean ride, how did you do the BFM Gauge Cluster mod, was it a direct fit? i like the NMO antenna, is that for gps?
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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    The BFM has its own thread here: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=25730

    The NMO mount is for a 144mhz/440mhz whip antenna. I do not use my Amateur Radio license often, but for the long trips or emergencies, I like to have it available.

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    nice, love the H6, working on a H6 long block myself, cant wait to have it in my legacy
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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    wish i can do that BFM mod, but looks expensive, and i hate wiring
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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    That's a really nice and clean outback sedan!
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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    I finally located myself a headlight leveling switch for this car, but it will not be here for at least a week.. The only one I could find was the entire trim panel with the three switch locations from a JDM car, so I guess I will have an extra foglight switch as well.

    The next issue I have is what to do with it, as all three switch locations are filled on my car.. Fog, Cruise, and Wiper heaters.. I guess if I can hack cruise to be permanently enabled, that would work.. Or is there a cruise joystick from another generation that has a button on it end for enable that I can hack in?

    In other news, I completely forgot to put the Transmission cooler in my list of mods, so that has been added, hah!

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    The BL and BP incorporate the cruise on/off onto the cruise stalk itself. It's like our cruise stalk, bu with that little button you're looking for on the end of it.

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Looks like the mounting tabs between the two different cruise switches are quite different.. It might be easier to put a whole steering wheel on from a 4th gen instead..

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Quote Originally Posted by rkrenicki
    The next issue I have is what to do with it, as all three switch locations are filled on my car.. Fog, Cruise, and Wiper heaters.. I guess if I can hack cruise to be permanently enabled, that would work.. Or is there a cruise joystick from another generation that has a button on it end for enable that I can hack in?
    I planned to tie the wiper heater into the mirror heater. Then one button and it turns on all the heated elements.
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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Oh, that is an excellent idea. Then again I did have the thought of putting on the JDM folding mirrors at some point in the future...

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Quote Originally Posted by rkrenicki
    Oh, that is an excellent idea. Then again I did have the thought of putting on the JDM folding mirrors at some point in the future...
    While they are cool, I find them generally useless in everyday life. I feel like it is one of those things you install and play with for about two weeks, but then forget about, unless you have a tight garage or park on the street in a city. Not to shoot it down or anything, but for the purpose of simplifying things, I would rather have heated mirrors than power folding mirrors. Regardless of which way you go, you'll still have no need for a mirror heating switch. It'll either be tied in with your windshield heater, or not needed at all.

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    There was that thought too.. I have a hard time convincing myself that they are worth the $200 to get them, but they are pretty cool, heh...

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    A a person with the Japanese mirrors (on my impreza) and heated mirrors (on the Outback), I can tell you that because of the difficulty adjusting the Japanese mirrors and the convenience of the heated mirrors (esp. in colder climates), the heated is by far a better choice. You'll be annoyed with the japanese mirrors, I can almost guarantee it.
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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Alright, that answers that!

    So, I will look into tying the wiper heater into the mirror defroster, that should be a fairly simple conversion.

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    It looks like my Headlamp leveler switch is arriving today at my home, apparently the guy sent it via EMS, so it only took 2 days!

    I also found and purchased a JDM Red Hazard switch, so that will be going in at some point..

    I also bought a JDM auto climate control for the sole purpose of figuring out how it is configured for Celsius. I know that the unit itself will not fit in my trim, but I am sure that there must be a simple jumper or software difference between the USDM one and the JDM one, as I can see that they use the same vacuum fluorescent display with both units on it. In theory, I hope to be able to rig up a switch somewhere to change the readout between F and C based on what I learn from comparing the two units.

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    Quote Originally Posted by rkrenicki
    It looks like my Headlamp leveler switch is arriving today at my home, apparently the guy sent it via EMS, so it only took 2 days!
    Lucky! Out of cost, I had mine shipped SAL (EMS was $13 more expensive), and it hasn't arrived yet. I'm hoping to see it today, because based off of the 8-10 day shipping schedule of SAL, it should be here by tomorrow at latest.

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    Re: rkrenicki's 2004 BEE Outback H6 Sedan - New Post Oct'12

    SAL has always been quick for me, I generally get it in under a week. I guess this might have been too large due to it being that whole trim panel to ship via SAL.

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