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#1 2012-09-06 04:00:53

Bradrcr
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And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

So I've been lurking around the site for a few months now, and after a pit stop in Utah last week (End of August '12), I'm now the proud owner of a unmodded Aero I've dubbed the SaaBeeru.
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/7c87c059.jpg
The car will be staying in Renton with a '11 WRX hatch the wife drives to give me a run for my money. I've got a multi-pronged goal with this car to fulfill every need I have for a vehicle at once. It needs to be fast, have a bit of luxury, be damn comfortable, good looking, unique, and able to hold a few kegs without losing it  embeer It will probably be just driven on snow days for the next year after which it may see upwards of 40,000 miles a year.

As the SaaBeeru sits now:
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/Engine%20Bay/5A03632D-6A62-4331-83BE-521FCA00A5F5_zpsewmlbdgv.jpg
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/HID%20How%20To/30879599-57DF-4247-9FCD-416FEDE45A53_zpsn45mopn9.jpg
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/Exterior/21585B31-113A-4197-B656-4ED5AE87EDF6_zpsndhvu7jz.jpg
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/Exterior/A5034362-8209-42E3-AEFD-8381FE96FB50_zpsfgl2yoiq.jpg

And some pro shots before FMIC install:
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/Professional/D38EF12C-FEEE-425E-AC68-7E0920976CA8-7111-000004587FA336EB_zpse1e6ca42.jpg
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/Professional/C92D444B-A29B-44EC-A2E8-1189BF20803C-7111-0000045886F2F140_zps2c9ef0cb.jpg
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/Professional/9550AE31-6E0E-4EEB-B4A6-EDD866ADF042-7111-000004588C53A024_zpsa0bec323.jpg

Current Mods and DIYs/Instructions I've made:


Engine:
EJ257 Block
JE Forged Pistons
ARP 625 Head Studs
Manley I-Beams
Killer B Oil Pickup and 6qt pan
Hardened/Blanced Crank
ACL Race Bearings
Equilibrium Tuning Machined Hybrid Heads

Transmission:
Balanced ACT Lightweight Flywheel
Exedy HD Organic Clutch
Helical Front Differential
Cryo-treated STI-Type RA Gearset
Moore Performance Blast Plates
STI Short Shifter

Drivetrain:
Nameless Catted DP
Prototype Nameless Catback Exhaust with set of Muffled and Unmuffled Axlebacks
STI Uppipe
Gimmick Motorsports FMIC 9-2X Install: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthr … ?t=2511464
Synapse DV With Recirc
ID1000 Injectors
Optima Yellow Top Battery
Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
Grimmspeed EBCS
TurboXS Intake
TGV Deletes
AMR Turbo Inlet
Grimspeed 3mm Phenolic Spacers
NGK one step colder Spark Plugs
Mishimoto Radiator Fan Install: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthr … ?t=2405557
Mishimoto X-Line Radiator
Wilwood Dynapro Front Brakes with DBA Slotted Rotors, Wilwood D10 Pads, SS Lines
Outback Rear H6 Brakes with new DBA Slotted Rotors and Hawk HPS Pads
Fortune Auto 500 Coilovers 8k/6k
Front Strut Brace
Whiteline rear strut tower brace with quick release
Kartboy Wagon-Specific Endlinks
Whiteline Front 24mm sway
Godspeed Rear 22mm sway

Interior:
Upgraded to Leather Heated Interior
Autometer Dual Gauge Dash Bezel
Maddad Ultra Basic Boost Gauge
Maddad Ultra Basic Oil Pressure Gauge
Homelink Mirror
Pioneer Avic F900BT
HDMI Input Conversion
SSL 10" Underseat Sub (Driver's side)
Subaru Under Seat Subwoofer (Passenger side)
Compustar CS-700AS Security System and Remote Start
Black out AVIC Controls
Black out HVAC Controls
Custom Wood Center Console (Hydrodip)
Mishimoto Weighted Shift Knob
Weathertech DigitalFit Mats
Custom Rubber Cargo Tub DIY: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthr … ?t=2433547
Cargo Area Draft rig for 2 1/6bbl Kegs
Rear Seat Quick Release Pins DIY: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthr … ?t=2431817
Extensive Sound Deadening (-7 Db)

Exterior/Engine Appearance:
17x7.5" Factory 9-2X Enkei's with Saabaru Center Caps
2nd Set 16" 9-2X Wheels & Blizzak Tires
Turn Signal Rear View Mirrors
Vanity SABEERU Plate With Relocation
Sickspeed Supertones
Door Keyhole Deletes
Blacked out Grill and Lettering
3M Clearbra
Custom Black Background Griffin Badges
Replica V-Limited Lip 9-2X Install: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthr … st38578142
18/25 Tinted Windows
Cleared Headlights
Hip Spoiler
Side Skirt Extensions
DIY Rear Bumper Guard
Grimmspeed Radiator Shroud
Perrin Alternator Cover
IxizHood Struts

Raised Spoiler (now back to stock) DIY: http://saab92x.com/viewtopic.php?id=41197
Old Prodrive Mudflap How-to: Wagon Install: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthr … st38166102

Last edited by Bradrcr (2016-02-08 03:02:18)


'05 SaaBeeru Areo
'11 WTF(WRX) Hatch
'08 BMW 335i Convertible
'67 Cougar XR7

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#2 2012-09-06 05:17:04

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

Nice looking car  big_smile

Welcome, and have fun chasing that '11!


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#3 2012-09-06 09:02:19

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

Sorry, but if you're going to mention your wife driving a WRX, you're going to have to post up some pics.

...of the wife, of course.

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#4 2012-09-06 09:12:13

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f273/Cristian619/Misc%2010/TAk0L.jpg

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#5 2012-09-06 13:19:59

Bradrcr
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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

iamchris wrote:

Sorry, but if you're going to mention your wife driving a WRX, you're going to have to post up some pics.

...of the wife, of course.

Wife's a professional dancer so she's already planning on her own WRX pose pics taken by a real photographer, but here's one from Halloween of her and the hatch. If I just posted her I'd get slapped  wink
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/2011%20WTF%20Hatch/070ab1d9.jpg


'05 SaaBeeru Areo
'11 WTF(WRX) Hatch
'08 BMW 335i Convertible
'67 Cougar XR7

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#6 2012-09-06 13:22:26

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

Damn!  Well done!  Beautiful car and wife!  Also love the plate.

P.S. moar pix pls

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#7 2012-09-06 13:28:03

Bradrcr
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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

I also rebadged the front and rear per her request, she gets a lot of 'spotted' on Nasioc.
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/2011%20WTF%20Hatch/b3483319.jpg


'05 SaaBeeru Areo
'11 WTF(WRX) Hatch
'08 BMW 335i Convertible
'67 Cougar XR7

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#8 2012-09-06 14:38:10

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

I believe this man is a keeper. I'm expecting your presence in the beer threads and change this to a PMR thread when you get the chance. Welcome  embeer


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Stage 2 | Titek | Maddad | Epic | BBS | StopTech

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#9 2012-09-06 14:40:58

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

arrow-up +1

same goes for wife roxor

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#10 2012-09-06 14:56:25

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

Thread delivers


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#11 2012-09-06 14:58:06

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

Of course I didn't see the PMR thread last night when I started the thread too sleepy for my own good, now it's the first thing I saw when I logged in. I don't see a way to move the thread without just reposting- Admins, can you move?


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'11 WTF(WRX) Hatch
'08 BMW 335i Convertible
'67 Cougar XR7

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#12 2012-09-06 17:43:31

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

up  up
You can stay.

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#13 2012-09-06 20:38:17

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

You ever go to the thursday night renton landing meets? I show up every once in awhile in my blue aero. hope to see you around!


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#14 2012-09-06 22:32:26

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

Headed there in 10, I go all the time.


'05 SaaBeeru Areo
'11 WTF(WRX) Hatch
'08 BMW 335i Convertible
'67 Cougar XR7

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#15 2012-09-30 00:45:55

Bradrcr
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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

Bunch of recent cosmetic mods I wanted to post. Before anyone gives me s**t about not going stage 2 first, I do have an STI Uppipe, Cobb catted downpipe, FMIC and a pile of other goodies, but I promised a parts manufacturer I'd keep the car stock so we can do some baseline dyno runs before we slapped on some parts, so it's just getting prettier for the next month or so.

Leather/heated interior is swapped in along with a Barrett shifter:
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/63CEFAAA-95D5-498D-A2BF-DCE7B788B4DB-3750-000001C35404658B_zps64b2583e.jpg
Prodrive Mudflaps are on, I'll post a How-To thread for these in wagons on Nasioc:
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/Prodrive%20Mudflaps/A1D42B57-B0C0-4CCE-B58B-28FEA0EF4E3F-4147-000002A8625F6329_zpsc8f2e652.jpg
Gradually doing a white accent conversion under the hood, and added a shock tower brace:
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/B431D460-6ADB-44C8-807D-2DA9F8C7D820-6284-000002E638D3BCF5_zps485156a8.jpg
Put on a Mishimoto fan and posted a how-to on keeping the stock wiring intact and proper sealing:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthr … ?t=2405557
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/Mishimoto%20Fan%20Install/c27f8429.jpg
And it may not be a mod, but I grabbed some 9-2X 16s and had them wrapped in Icebears for an easy winter swap  big_smile
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/1019D866-30DA-4CF5-86C7-2A8AAB22529B-832-0000003C5A8A6FD8_zpsa665aa78.jpg


'05 SaaBeeru Areo
'11 WTF(WRX) Hatch
'08 BMW 335i Convertible
'67 Cougar XR7

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#16 2012-09-30 09:10:05

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#17 2012-09-30 14:10:45

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

arrow-up biggrin +1

I must say that I am not a fan of that shifter, though!  I'm interested to see how the white accents look in the end.  Never seen that before!

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#18 2012-09-30 14:29:14

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

Bradrcr wrote:

iamchris wrote:

Sorry, but if you're going to mention your wife driving a WRX, you're going to have to post up some pics.

...of the wife, of course.

Wife's a professional dancer so she's already planning on her own WRX pose pics taken by a real photographer, but here's one from Halloween of her and the hatch. If I just posted her I'd get slapped  wink
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/2011%20WTF%20Hatch/070ab1d9.jpg

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#19 2012-09-30 15:26:44

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

iamchris wrote:

arrow-up biggrin +1

I must say that I am not a fan of that shifter, though!  I'm interested to see how the white accents look in the end.  Never seen that before!

Just curious, why don't you like the shifter? Curious if it's shape, do you know any decent pistol-style manufacturers for our cars? Or if it's just the height. I'd prefer one that looks more stock and has the shift pattern on the top anyways. The white will match the outside twin stripe I'm doing. That will guarantee some love it/flaming debate in a heartbeat  smile, but I mocked it up, I think it looks great, and I wanted something I hadn't seen on any other 9-2X or WRX/STI.

huckleberry wrote:

Mod list?

We were letting the warranty run out first on the WTF before doing anything nuts. current mods are largely cosmetic:
Nameless Performance Catback
K&N Typhoon Intake
Torqued Performance Stage 1 Map
Black Vinyl roof wrap
Full red on black rebadging
Pioneer Avic F900BT Nav Stereo
Rallyarmor flaps
Weathertech Digitalfit/deflector package

We'll pick up the Nameless downpipe in a couple of weeks and I already have a Torqued Performance Stage 2 Map. The Stage 1 hauls ass as it its. From there we'll put in a clustermaker dash gauge kit, probably a new fuel pump and injectors, then take it to Maxwell Power for a protune. I've talked to them about both our cars and surprisingly they told me to keep the stock TMIC on the WTF. Although, I'll probably get the 'bulletproof' kit so we don't separate the end tanks.

Last edited by Bradrcr (2012-09-30 16:14:01)


'05 SaaBeeru Areo
'11 WTF(WRX) Hatch
'08 BMW 335i Convertible
'67 Cougar XR7

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#20 2012-09-30 17:32:06

Bradrcr
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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

Almost forgot, they're sticklers on front plates around here, so my car finally got it's first one; I managed to keep it looking fairly OEM:
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/06C1EC53-7A6F-494A-964A-34C6B9398191-4147-000002A7320EDFA0_zps7de34d68.jpg

And I went through my pics this morning and put together an install how-to for wagons on the Prodrive flaps if anyone else was thinking about putting a set on:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthr … st38166102


'05 SaaBeeru Areo
'11 WTF(WRX) Hatch
'08 BMW 335i Convertible
'67 Cougar XR7

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#21 2012-09-30 20:02:54

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

lets see a side view with the flaps on  big_smile

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#22 2012-09-30 21:07:38

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

Where did you get the Prodrive mudflaps?

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#23 2012-09-30 21:36:31

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

Bradrcr wrote:

iamchris wrote:

arrow-up biggrin +1

I must say that I am not a fan of that shifter, though!  I'm interested to see how the white accents look in the end.  Never seen that before!

Just curious, why don't you like the shifter? Curious if it's shape, do you know any decent pistol-style manufacturers for our cars? Or if it's just the height. I'd prefer one that looks more stock and has the shift pattern on the top anyways. The white will match the outside twin stripe I'm doing. That will guarantee some love it/flaming debate in a heartbeat  smile, but I mocked it up, I think it looks great, and I wanted something I hadn't seen on any other 9-2X or WRX/STI.

Just a matter of opinion - I generally prefer more of an OEM style and I don't think I'd like any pistol-style shifter (that I can think of).

It's not bad per say, just seems to clash with the rest of the interior.

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#24 2012-10-01 08:29:30

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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

I like the white accents and the Prodrive mudflaps.  up Looking forward to seeing your write-up on those.

And the shifter isn’t my taste either… but it kinda looks like a tap handle, so it works with the theme.

EDIT: Found it...

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthr … st38166102

Last edited by AERONH (2012-10-01 11:10:45)


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New Shortblock, Stage 1 Tune by Kinetic, De-Catted Uppipe, STi Axleback, Group N Tranny Mount/Poly Tranny Crossmember Bushings, Cusco Frame Brace and Rear Diffuser, TWM Short Shift Kit w/ F&R Stay Bushings, Ixiz Clutch, Dead Pedal, Koyo All Aluminum Radiator, Debadged/Detrimmed, RALLYMOOSE DECAL!!

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#25 2012-10-01 16:51:25

Bradrcr
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Re: And in rolls the SaaBeeru...

Here's a shot of the flaps from the side:
http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Bradrcr/SaaBeeru/Prodrive%20Mudflaps/86E14DBC-04A3-4CD1-B1B1-F76955B27B4B-7131-000004BCCB8AC7EF_zpsc5ecf7d2.jpg

Since the bolts and brackets are so reflective I'll probably put some underbody coating on them. I hadn't thought about the Taphandle look, I may have to drill out some that I have just for fun now that you've given me the idea. I may ask for this for my birthday too:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Subaru-WRX-Shif … 0381442484
I just wish it didn't look so 'dildoish'.

Last edited by Bradrcr (2012-10-01 17:01:24)


'05 SaaBeeru Areo
'11 WTF(WRX) Hatch
'08 BMW 335i Convertible
'67 Cougar XR7

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