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'18 Magnetite Dadwagon

After a lengthy.... lengthy 16 year run of owning nothing but jeeps, I purchased a '18 OB 2.5 limited in May 2018. after months and months of homework I decided on a Subaru based solely on reliability, gas mileage and the amount of space it had. being an SUV owner for several years, I knew I needed a decent amount of room and wanted all the creature comforts and then some I had in past '07 grand Cherokee. so we settled on the OB.


first shot in the driveway:
 

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performance wasn't as much of a requirement as was the gas mileage- filling up once a week opposed to 3 times a week when I owned a jeep. seeing 400+ to a tank initially was mind boggling to me. I was lucky to hit 350 a tank in a jeep, and the only way I'm hitting that is downhill with a tailwind. so the car was already exceeding my expectations in that aspect, I hear after that first oil change it just gets better so I'm excited to see that.


I knew I wasn't planning on going crazy with the mods- I bought the extended warranty so shes covered till 100k. so mods are going to be simple, within the first week of ownership I had:


- the front windows tinted to match the rears
- weathertech front and rear floor liners (the rears especially nice with having a toddler as it covers from door sill to door sill )
- Philips xtremevision LED fogs installed to match the LED headlights (pics below)
- Philips 921 Ultinon LED bulb in the rear hatch area to match the map lights (not pictured but matched perfect)
- Philips 194 bright white LED license plate bulbs
- Diode dynamics HP36 LED reverse bulbs to complete the LED swaps


no more signs of a holgen bulb anywhere on the car, it really cleans up the overall appearance at night with the LEDs. even the interior LEDs give it a much cleaner look in my opinion. also around this time I ditched the stock battery for an Exide group 24 battery from Home Depot, $94 out the door. reasoning behind doing so, strictly peace of mind. but I seriously think the OEM battery was taking a dump- I purchased a voltmeter that plugs into the cigarette lighter and noticed the cars voltage would drop below 12 to 11.9 on and off on my way home, it would go back up to 14 but then half the 1hr ride home from work it would dance around 12.3-11.9. after installing the exide, its rarely dipped below 14. so there was obviously something up with the OEM battery on my month old OB.
 

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keeping the mods simple and subtle, I bit the bullet and installed the JDM grille. I feel like it really cleans up the front end- install took maybe an hr for this. plus its nice knowing my OB is slightly different that the other ones out there. overall, love the look- I can foresee myself sticking with the train of thought ive used when ive modded all my vehicles, OEM+. I love the look of a vehicle slightly modified but its subtle, like the way it should have come from the factory or should have been able to be optioned like from the factory.


that being said I'm not sure what mods will occur in the future. I know the factory tires need to go sooner than later, but I love the look of the 18s. I see some go with 17s for more tire size options but I think the 18s suit the car. I actually like the '17 OB wheels bs the '18 OB wheels. I do have an appt in the next couple weeks to have the vehicle coated and sealed using SB3 alpha- hardens/thickens up the clearcoat and has a 5yr warranty.
 

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that being said I'm not sure what mods will occur in the future.
Sway bar bushings ... :love:

The grill looks good. I too understand wanting to be little unique in the look. A grill certainly does that.
 

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Have had mine for six weeks. kept it simple to start, Nameless muffler delete, ssd front strut bar and 20mm rsw. Im going to save up for Vent Visors and window tinting next. AT some point I will do a lift kit, rally bar with lights jdm grill and new wheels.
 

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Have had mine for six weeks. kept it simple to start, Nameless muffler delete, ssd front strut bar and 20mm rsw. Im going to save up for Vent Visors and window tinting next. AT some point I will do a lift kit, rally bar with lights jdm grill and new wheels.
Id be curious how that muffler delete sounds. although at my old age(a whole 33 years LOL) I value the quiet ride of the '18, especially after seeing the progress they've apparently made in making this a quiet ride. ive had exhaust on all my jeeps and the drone wasn't terrible but after awhile I yearned for a quiet ride. but I'm still curious how that sounds lol
 

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Id be curious how that muffler delete sounds. although at my old age(a whole 33 years LOL) I value the quiet ride of the '18, especially after seeing the progress they've apparently made in making this a quiet ride. ive had exhaust on all my jeeps and the drone wasn't terrible but after awhile I yearned for a quiet ride. but I'm still curious how that sounds lol
Loud enough where most people have to do sound proofing and end up removing them. Better to invest in some generic Magnaflows and have a shop to some custom adapt and tips.

But I'm almost 50. I made my own deletes on my 2005 XT just for a goof. They were not really loud, and even a slight rumble. But it made my car sound like a turbo blender.

 

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last week I ordered more LEDs for the OB. swapped the puddle lights with Philips 194 ultinon LEDs, the vanity lights in the visor with diode dynamic LEDs($12 for all 4, cant beat it) and I also swapped the Philips LED fogs I had with the diode dynamics thinking they would be brighter than the Philips. well I was wrong, the diode dynamics were only 10 lumens brighter than the Philips- 850 lumens vs 860 lumens. for $120+ didn't seem like a worthy mod so I am sending them back, thank you diode dynamics for being understanding. I'm thinking come fall ill swap in the yellow LED diode dynamic fogs for the late fall and winter weather.


pics for comparison, Philips on top/diode dynamics on the bottom.
 

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rolled 4000mi yesterday, exactly 2 months of ownership as of yesterday. the only complaint is the seat comfort, after an hr of driving or so I find my ass starting to hurt a tad but other than that- no complaints. shes a great vehicle. I will say were I rest my elbow on the top of the door panel is either showing wear already or somethings on the panel itself- hopefully the detail shop can figure that out. if not I will be filing a warranty claim, how can a door panel show wear after 2 months of ownership???


tomorrow she goes to the shop for an sb3 alpha ceramic coating/detail on the exterior and an sb3 leather treatment for the inside. the outside comes with a 5yr warranty and the inside will have a 1 year warranty. I see how my son gets in and out of the back seat using the seat instead of the weathertech mat as a place for his feet when getting in and out so I figured a coating on the leather wouldn't be a bad idea. ill post pics of the final product Monday.
 

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had the ceramic coating done this weekend. dropped it off at a local detailer and 7hrs later I picked her up. I went with the sb3 alpha ceramic, comes with a 5 year warranty- which is perfect because ill probably be upgrading by then anyway. I also had them treat all leather surfaces with a sb3 protectant that they'll warranty for a year. ive noticed the boy using the backseat as a floor when getting in and out of the car- cmon kid I bought you weathertechs! anyways, the results were and are great. it rained yesterday, god forbid I have a detailed car stay weather free for 24hrs... went out afterwards with 2 microfibers to wipe the car down and all is well. the coating will reach its full hardness in 30days, cant wash it for a week and it couldn't get wet for 12hrs so thankfully the rain happened around the 20hr mark. still pissed... but heres the results


washes just got ALOT easier.. since I had a foam cannon from Chemical Guys, I can just foam it and rinse and all is good.
 

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been enjoying the miles ive put on here thus far, 8800 +/- as of this morning, coming up on 5 months of ownership. I will say that there are a few things that are testing my patients and sanity with the vehicle- the drivers seat squeaking/popping, dash rattle(could be a loose speaker on the drivers side or something in the steering column). aside from that the gas mileage just started to rise alittle more, which is the main reason I bought it so im happy with that.


went ahead and bought some diode dynamic SLF LED yellow fogs for the fall/winter months. also bought some lamin-x yellow fog covers to really make em yellow for the fall/winter. I figured these are the foggiest and the months with the most inclement weather, why not? plus aside from lighting and maintenance im not doing much to this car for awhile. I went with the diode dynamics over the Philips ultinon yellow LED as the diode dynamics were MUCH brighter than the Philips advertised they were, I think its 680 lumens vs almost 800 lumens or so. should have these installed by the weekend- if it ever stops raining
 

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installed the yellow SLF diode dynamics bulbs this weekend with a lamin-x yellow film over the fogs. overall pleased with the outcome, I figured since im not intending on lifting or changing much other than lighting or easily installed mods for the time being, this would fit the bill. also gave it a nice foam bath this weekend, as its been nothing rainy weather since I had it ceramic coated back in july.
 

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i ended up removing the lamin-x covers on the fogs probably a week after install. i didnt like the look after all, plus i think i botched the install. i removed them and ran the fogs as is for alittle over a month. we then had a wintery mix roll through and the fogs got washed out in the weather, you couldnt tell a distinction between the headlights and the fogs. they kind of just faded into the headlights. so i started searching for a better alternative and went with the philips 2700k LEDs. theyre darker in color than the diode dynamics and you can tell a difference in color when on at night. the break between the foglights and the headlights is more noticeable with the philips as they are a darker yellow. heres a pic for comparison- taken during the day you can still tell a difference in which is the philips and which is the diode dynamics.
 

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Parox,

You're not just talking to yourself; I'm enjoying reading your updates! (Especially concerning the fogs/driving lights.)

-Ken
 

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Appreciate the kind words guys. The overall goal for this car, like many other vehicles I have owned is an OEM+ look- the way subaru should have released or optioned the car. That being said I removed my metal subaru license plate brackets in favor of C&C CarWorx brackets front and rear. The fit and finish on them is great and really cleans up the exterior of the car. I’ll post pics later when I’m not posting from my phone.

I just rolled 15k in the car and we are experiencing our first substantial snow here in Maryland this evening. I was greeted with a nice crack in my windshield yesterday. Not sure what it’s from, was sitting at a light and heard a nice ‘pop’- looked up and saw a nice 10” crack from the middle of the A-pillar towards the center of the windshield. Definitely bummed about it... looking to hear back from SOA on this, wondering if my Gold Plus warranty may cover it.
 

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installed the C&C carworx license plate brackets front and rear this past weekend before the snow, nothing like installing these in 30 degree weather. overall for $60 im not 100% on board with the price of them but the look and finish is great and does give the car a more finished look. i originally installed some metal matte black subaru frames, but the rear rattled on the hatch and i didnt like that.
 

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this past weekend the MD area got around 4"-8" of snow, the wagons first snow. it was alittle nerve racking clearing the snow off here as i didnt want to damage the paint let alone the ceramic coating but i managed LOL. the cold snow on the windshield and the defroster set to 75 didnt make the small crack i had in my windshield happy and it proceeded to double in size. looks like ill be calling the dealership AGAIN on this to see what they can do and what my gold plus warranty does for this- probably nothing. i priced a replacement through safelite at around $450. not cool... as for snow performance with the OEM bridgestone with 15k on them, nothing bad to report. most the highways were just wet, parking lots and side streets had some fresh powder and slush but no slipping. i will say that after a 20min ride to the gym, the car had a faint burning smell- after some research it appears thats just from the center diff locking up more than its used to. i wasnt doing donuts or anything just normal driving.

she goes in for an oil change/tire rotating in 2 weeks so ill be having the windshield replaced hopefully. also i had the squeaky drivers seat fixed approx a month ago and its been great so far, but i fear the squeaks coming back or the frames failing again.. who knows.
 

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been a rough week for the wagon... windshield cracked on friday, the following sunday i curbed one of my wheels. been a rough 1st month of 2019. windshield will be replaced this week with a subaru replacement, it will cost me a whopping $780. but i need it done so ill bite the bullet. as for the rim, a new 18" wheel will cost me around $150 or so. i guess ill wait till next oil change to get the rim swapped out. unreal...
 
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