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    rkrenicki's 2010 SH9 Forester X Limited - 2020-06-24 New Purchase!

    So, the Blitzen is starting to develop more small issues, the latest of which is mild overhearing. While I am sure it is perfectly repairable, I do not want to strand my wife or daughter out somewhere when they are driving it, and I do not want to dump any more money into an 18 year old car chasing issues. We made the decision to purchase a newer vehicle and I decided I wanted something bigger like an Outback or Forester. I did a quick search and found this 2010 Forester X Limited right in my price range at a dealer nearby.

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    I am not going to go too crazy with this car, it is just going to be a daily driver and possibly a tow vehicle for the Sambar. That said, I did order a couple of mods already.

    Mods
    Kenwood DDX9904S Carplay Head Unit w/iDataLink RR Integration Kit
    SiriusXM Connect SXV300
    Subaru Hood Deflector
    Subaru Sports Mesh Grill
    Subaru 110V Outlet
    Homelink Mirror
    JDM Subaru OEM Rain Visors
    Subaru Hitch
    Subaru Footwell Lighting


    Not yet installed Mods
    Kicker 40SC674 6.75" Speakers Front and Rear (bought some from Bestbuy 3 years ago on clearance, perfect chance to use them)
    Kenwood KSC-SW11 Underseat Subwoofer (bought for the Blitzen, but never installed)
    Wheels (not sure which set I will put on it yet.. Probably a set of JDM Legacy 5-spokes)
    VA STI 20mm Rear Swaybar
    Subaru Reverse Camera
    Mitsuba Alpha II Compact Horns
    Impreza GH WRX Cluster
    Mirror Turn Signals (for 2011-13 Touring models)


    Planned Mods
    Legacy GT/Tribeca Front Brakes
    Lighting upgrade?
    Tint?

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    Well, over the weekend I placed an order for a good number of parts.

    From Dubai:
    12x OEM Tokyo Roki Oil Filters (The black ones that are no longer available in the states)
    Side mirror turn signal lights.

    From Japan:
    OEM Window Rain Visors (I later found out that a version of them is also available from the US dealer, but it is too late to cancel)

    From US Dealer:
    Side mirror covers with hole for turn signal lights
    Engine undercover (not on this trim)
    Radio surround trim for navigation unit
    replacement parking brake boot
    Hood deflector
    Sport Mesh Grill
    Trailer Hitch
    Footwell Illumination Kit, Blue
    Backup Camera
    110V Power Outlet
    Cargo Net for Back Seat
    Homelink Mirror mounting bracket adapter (to transfer my Homelink mirror in the RS30)

    I normally would have spread this out a bit, but back when I bought my BG9, I did the same thing where I tried to order all of the OEM accessories that I wanted, only to find that half of them were discontinued. I did not want to be in the same situation if I tried this 6 to 12 months down the road. Hopefully this car is new enough that most if not all are still available.


    I also ordered all of the parts to integrate the Kenwood DDX9904S that I have into the car. I did find the OEM GPS antenna mount and center console USB connector that I will hack to work with this radio. I picked up the iDataLink Maestro RR to handle the steering wheel controls and add data collection from the car itself as well. The OEM Backup Camera that I ordered will take a little doing to get working, but I think it will be well worth it.

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    The only good thing with owning an old money pit subie is you can go to WBM (which we should be at today-I hope it will still go on!) and spend almost no money
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenines' View Post
    The only good thing with owning an old money pit subie is you can go to WBM (which we should be at today-I hope it will still go on!) and spend almost no money
    I am a bit of a cheapskate and I go to great lengths to find the cheapest price for the things I want. The vendors at WBM are far from cheap, so that is never a problem for me.

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    I couldn't even find anything from a vendor selling used stuff! Hope to you and the fozzy in September at WBM
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    Some progress on the radio install today. It is raining (and now thundering) outside, so I figured a job entirely inside the car was ideal. I do not have all of the parts here yet (dash trim, GPS antenna, antenna adapter), but I did what I could.

    The Maestro Rr1 and the Subaru harness arrived yesterday, and today the AUX/USB input insert showed up. The Maestro USB input adapter claims to not work with Carplay for some reason, so I decided to take the AUX/USB insert apart and turn it into a glorified USB extension cable. It had no electronics inside, so I am not really sure why the Maestro adapter wouldn't have worked... but this was far cheaper anyways.
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    I have not made an adapter for the 3.5mm AUX input, but the iDataLink RR1 Subaru wiring harness had an appropriate connector for the backup camera (which this car does not have). I will fabricate an adapter for that sometime later today or tomorrow. It is not a priority at all since I never use AUX, but I have the bits on hand so I might as well.

    The RR1 has a connection to the OBDII port, so it can pull information from the car via CAN. I have not changed the configuration at all, but I did check to make sure that it was working.
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    I tried to install my SiriusXM radio module, but I was having some issues with reception. I am not entirely sure if my antenna is any good, so I may need to pick up a replacement. I also do not have any FM radio because of the lack of antenna adapter (not a big deal for me, now that Carplay and Bluetooth are working). It started to thunder, so I whipped it back together for the day. It looks a little goofy with the big gap around the radio, but it is only temporary.
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    Many of my parts showed up today, so I went and picked them up from the dealer in the Sambar. Turns out that this dealer also has a JDM Sambar Fire Truck in their showroom, up above the offices! What was odd is that many of the people that worked there didnt even realize it was up there at all. I pointed out that it was the same model as mine and many said that they had never seen it up there before. There was also an old 360 Truck, an SVX, a BRAT, and something else that I could not immediately identify.. I think it might have been an FF-1 Wagon?
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    Here is the most of the pile of parts that showed up today. The only thing missing here are the Rain Visors that showed up in the afternoon.
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    It started raining shortly after I started installing things, so I did not get much done today.. but I did manage to install the mesh grill, hood deflector, 110v outlet, homelink mirror (I already had this, just needed the adapter that showed up today), and the replacement parking brake boot. Since it is still thunderstorming outside, I only have the picture of the front end complete... albeit wet.
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    How does one not notice all those cars? Anchor Subaru-in R.I. has a 360 in a display case that you can see on the outside at the top of their dealership.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenines' View Post
    How does one not notice all those cars? Anchor Subaru-in R.I. has a 360 in a display case that you can see on the outside at the top of their dealership.
    I didn't notice it at first, but Premier also had a 360 Sedan over the front door. I am going to go back there on Tuesday to pick up the STI Sway bar, and I will take photos of all of the cars at the same time. Long in Webster has a 360 Sedan, and Holmgren in Norwich has a 360 Truck on display, both in their lobbies.

    Otherwise, the Hitch, Rain Visors, and Footwell Lighting were all installed today. I also significantly cleaned up the wiring for the radio and installed a generic XM antenna. The OEM GPS antenna is being shipped from Latvia, so that will be quite some time before it arrives.. and I also ordered an OEM FM/XM antenna, but I will need to have a custom cable made up for it once it shows up.

    My to-do pile is shrinking quite quickly.. I only have the Mirror turn signals (I need to find connectors for them), speakers, and mesh cargo net to install at the moment until the few remaining things show up.

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    I've seen the one at Long subaru-that's my go to dealer-the impreza is there right now-tooling around in a '20 Leggy loaner.
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