Since last time I posted, I installed a Mishimoto transmission cooler, coolant expansion bottle, a bugeye WRX hoodscoop and JDM FSTI spoiler. I also cut out the hatch and made a simple tire carrier. I did all of that in March and then just rallied the Forester up until the transmission failed. It has just been sitting for the last few months. My plan is to try out a 5 speed manual and see how it works with the 33's. I'll be using a WRX 5sp converted to a 4.44 ring and pinion. I could use an FXT 5sp which already has 4.44 gears but the first gear ratio is actually higher in that than the WRX trans, so by converting the WRX trans, I'll have a lower overall ratio. We'll see how it works; I don't do any crawling in this car so It shouldn't matter much unless I end up in sand or mud.
I also weighed the Forester:
Ruffstuff specialties came on as a build sponsor, so soon I'll order a sway bar kit from them to help with my massive body roll. I'll need to get new springs too, they are much too soft. Lots to do this winter!