Hello All, I have made a few build threads in the past and have a couple on rx7club for my 20B FD. Before I get into this build I will give you a little background on myself. About me: I am in my last semester of law school. I graduate this May. Well, I work on cars for fun. I have been working in the shop/garage for over 20 years. I started with helping my grandpa in the shop changing oil, brakes, etc. I started when I was 8 years old. Back in 06 I had one of the first K-swapped Civics in Minnesota (I think RS motors had an EF and another guy in St. Paul had a white EG). I know how to do pretty much anything when it comes maintenance on a car. I'm a DIY type of guy. With that being said, outside of machining (which my dad does) and tuning, I build everything in my garage. How did I get to building a Forester? Well I sold my civic back in 06/07. Was out of the game for a while. Then got into Rx7s and have an addiction with the sound a rotary makes. I am still in the process of building my 20B FD, but it will be a beast when its done. Anywho, I picked up a forester a few years ago, did an STI suspension swap, rebuilt the engine, and sold it to some hipster girl with the same name as my daughter. Pretty cool girl. Then this year, I found another deal on a 99 forester L so I jumped on it. Had bad ball-joints, wheel bearing, etc. Simple fix. Why a Forester? I have two kids. Imprezas are cool and all, but are super small inside. I can fit many things in my Forester. Honestly, the Forester is the same frame as the Impreza as most know, but a more hippy style car (so my fiance says). My kids have leg room in a Forester. I can haul groceries in the back without worrying about not having enough room. If I need to pick up car parts...put the seats down and put the parts in the back. BAM! Lets be real though, I like the way the Forester looks. What are my goals? To make a bad@$$ Forester man... hahahah Really only looking to get max 350whp. If I get more, cool, if I do not get that, cool. My goal is to have a vehicle that can handle corners and have fun with my kids while driving them to school. What is my budget? Eh...I guess whatever I can afford. What is my ETA of completion? Its a project...who knows... Plans for the forester? 2.1L Stroker kit (I'll piece it together) upgraded turbo... well..you'll see. ON TO THE BUILD: I purchased the forester in the latter part of 2015. Below is a pic of it when I first got it. When I got it home I removed the top carrier and sold it for $200. Then I decided to do what I did on my other forester. That is remove the stupid subframe spacers. So I ordered parts from Subaru: Part number of the bolt for those interested: Then brought the forester in to preform surgery. 04 STI control arms v. stock forester control arms. The STI arms were fitted with whiteline balljoints and the caster bushingthing. This was such a pain in the .... yeah. Removed the subframe spacer. See the difference in length of bolts. The forester is a lot longer to accomodate the spacer. Once the control arm swap was done I packed my garage up again.