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2004 Subaru Forester XT (FXT), Now This Is AWESOME!

This Subaru Forester XT aka FXT, was special. It was a great platform to work off of and even more importantly, Subaru and their modularity make for some fun modding.

And a modding did we go. But before that, a little history. I originally purchased the Forester XT in December 2005. It had about 20k miles on it and was unmodified.

I proceeded to get it to that sweet spot, that perfect vehicle. And then I sold it like the dope that I am.

That was September of 2007, and I purchased the LGT Spec B. Eventually that led to the NSX.

I have greatly regretted selling the Forester XT, but it went to a great guy (Chuck) who took wonderful care of it. Every so often, I’d ask if he was ready to sell it, and he’d say no.

Chuck would go on to note that “when he was ready that I’d get the first crack at it.” In Sept. of 2010, I struck up a conversation with Chuck about buying it, and we worked out a deal to get it back to me.

But that failed to materialize due to finances. What a huge fucking bummer.

Here is a list of the modifications that were made to the 2005 Subaru Forester XT, again aka FXT, by myself :


  • Green Air Filter
  • Removed Snorkus
  • Kartboy Battery Tie Down
  • STi Version 8 (USDM) Intake Manifold
  • TGV Deletes
  • FP16G EVO Turbo, ceramic coated
  • Forced Air Tech Uppipe
  • STi Intercooler & Splitter
  • GFB Blow Off Valve
  • TMS Intercooler Hose Kit
  • Samco Turbo Inlet Hose
  • E-Autosports MAF Tube
  • EZR Stainless Downpipe
  • Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
  • Forced Air FXT Midpipe
  • Prodrive FXT Axleback
  • Crucial Racing 160* Thermostat
  • Crucial Racing 1.4 bar Radiator Cap
  • Koyo Impreza GC8 Radiator
  • GTSpec Radiator Shroud
  • Prodrive Oil Cap


  • SuperPro Steering Rack Bushings
  • Cobb Front Sway Bar
  • Cobb Rear Sway Bar
  • Cobb Heavy Duty Mounts (Rear)
  • MY04 WRX Wagon Struts/Top Hats
  • STi MY04 Wagon Pink Springs
  • STi Trailing Arms
  • Kartboy STi / Wagon Rear End Links
  • Whiteline Quick Release WRX Wagon Rear Strut Bar


  • Kartboy STi Short Shifter Lever
  • Kartboy STi Shifter Knob (silver)
  • Kartboy STi Shifter Bushings
  • Karboy Rear Shifter Bushing
  • Kartboy Transmission Crossover Bushing
  • STi Transmission Mount
  • STi Version 8 6spd Tranny
  • Legacy GT 3.90 Rear Diff
  • AP Racing Group N Clutch
  • STi Lightened Flywheel
  • STi Master / Slave Clutch Cylinder
  • STi Clutchline
  • MY04 WRX Steering Rack


  • AaronB Front Grill
  • JDM Forester Badge
  • STi Scoop
  • Complete Debadge
  • Carbon Fiber STi License Plate Holder


  • Rotora Front Big Brake Kit
  • Rotora Rear Big Brake Kit
  • Motul RBF600 Brake Fluid


  • WRX Pedal Conversion
  • Dead Pedal
  • JDM Forester STi Hazard Switch
  • STi Black floor mats
  • MY04 WRX Black/Black Front Seats
  • JDM Forester STi rear seats w/ arm rest
  • MY05 STi Steering Wheel
  • MY05 Forester Gauge Surround

Audio, Security, Lighting & Electronics

  • Valentine V1 Radar Detector
  • Omori 52mm Electronic Boost Gauge
  • MB Forester Boost Gauge (52mm)
  • Alpine IVA-W200
  • Aluminum Tub Driver 6.5 Speakers
  • A/d/s Tweeters
  • PPI Art Series 4 Channel Amp
  • AB Customs Sub box with Element Designs 11k2v.1 Sub
  • PIAA Super White H4 Headlights
  • PIAA Super White H3 Foglights
  • Blitz Dual SBC Electronic Boost Controller

Tires & Wheels

  • Rota Group A 17×7.5
  • Sumitomo HTR Z III 225/45-17
  • Muteki Forged Lug Nuts (open end)

And now the pics: