Three savvy and (dare we say) driven men were prepared to operate on the subject Forester starting early Monday morning. Along with Goh and Reynolds was RSE’s owner, Paul Ludgate. They were joined on Tuesday by Jamie Montesalvo, crew chief for the Easy Street Motorsports drag racing team. The men laid out the parts and assembled as much as they could in preparation for the vehicles’ arrival.
However, the two Forester vehicles were preceded by delivery of an Impreza WRX STI Limited and a Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B. The crew fitted both with SPT Power Packs (Performance Exhaust System, High Flow Air Intake System, and Heat Shield) for display at SEMA.
The transport company didn’t deliver the two Forester Sports vehicles until around 5:00 p.m. The team couldn’t wait to get started with their work on the one with the manual transmission. They pulled it into the garage and lifted the hood.
One of the first steps was to replace the stock intercooler with an STI unit. The larger STI intercooler was connected by STI hoses. Intended to cool the greater volume of air inducted by an SPT High Flow Air Intake System, the STI unit fit with small adjustments to the tubing between it and the firewall.
As part of installing the High Flow Air Intake System, an SPT Heat Shield was installed to block heated air from the rest of the engine compartment from being drawn into the engine.
Meanwhile, taillights were changed out to JDM units, which have less chrome and a sportier appearance. The stock units were easily removed, and new ones slipped right in.