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Modification Tutorials & Links

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Dismantling the Interior of the Baja - How to take stuff apart!

Dash Light Color Change: by YBajaSteve

Useful post concerning bulbs: -

Coin Holder mod into switch/AUX bay: -

Excellent Subwoofer box tuck: - via moonzie at NASIOC

Adding Dash Cup Holder: ... 0.jpg.html These are only found in 00-02 legacies/outbacks from what I understand. Follow guide above for dash light conversion to remove radio trim piece and re-install new one with spring release cup holder.

Window Noise Fix: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1348&p=15657&hilit= ... ise#p15657

Sean's Remote Start Install: @4:40

Momo Steering wheel swap: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3227

Auto up & down windows: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3370

Vinyl Wrapping / Painting Interior Thread: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3389


Disabling the DRLs:
- via scoobymods & Jon S. AKA omahasubaru
useful post concerning this -

Sport lights custom install: - Via YBajaSteve

OEM Sport Light instructions (PDF):
- via
Useful post concerning installation of OEM Sport lights: -

Painting inside headlight trim:

DIY tonneau cover for bed: - by Sabber from

Painting Grille:
- awesome via YBajaSteve from
Painting Grille 2: -

Metal Mesh Behind Grille: -

Custom Grill thread: - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1472

Two Dirtbike Hauler: viewtopic.php?t=778

JDM "D-type" "kouki" "B4" headlights: ... ?t=2337712

Heated Mirrors: ... ?t=1739090

Replacing Plastic Bed Clips: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3345&p=18723#p18723

LED bed lights: ... B01CKQP830
When link expires this is the title: "SYLVANIA ZEVO 921 T-16 W16W White LED Bulb, (Contains 2 Bulbs)" Get a 3rd bulb if you want to replace the brake light as well. Link to original post in baja facebook group: ... 578&type=3

Soft Top Canopy: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3363&p=18950#p18950

Legacy GT Steering Wheel Swap: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3227&p=19560#p19560
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~~ Performance ~~

STI / WRX Intercooler swap: ... on-04-fxt/
Parts needed: STI tmic, STI Y pipe, STI or WRX Blow off valve, 48-48mm opening silicone elbow hose with 4" arms (if using td04), 2 bolts holding BOV to tmic (Baja-T tmic has studs you can't reuse), STI recirc hose (99071AC540 or 541). ** recommend WRX/STI mounting brackets, T-clamps for recirc and elbow hose, hack the stock baja splitter for better air to new intercooler, and grimspeed intercooler gaskets **

Up pipe: Pretty much all of them will work (direct bolt on). Just shop for 02-07 wrx/sti. Remember your PB blaster and at least a couple of socket extensions. *Be sure to buy new gaskets*

Down pipe: Same as above, most bolt up fine. May need to extend or warp bracket for trans mounting point or grind down remove firewall brace for good clearance. I personally had no issues with clearance on my cheapo ebay bell mouth down pipe for 02-07 wrx/sti.

Shifter bushings: "In "theory" all of the 5-sp subaru kits work. In reality, the front 2-piece is easy and the rear is a monster because it requires some serious force on the shifting rod that runs front-to-back to get the bolts in the rear shifter stay to line up at the appropriate angle. I used a crescent wrench to push up on the socket as I tried to get it started and eventually got it right. I'm never removing it again. Ever." ~DiscoGsus. Baja Performance Part Install Fun Facts and Fitment. Nasioc Baja Forum.

Front / Rear Sway Bars: Whiteline BSF15 (Front swaybar) and BSR12XZ (Rear swaybar).

Endlinks: Kartboy Front endlinks (Sedan bushings), Whiteline KCL144 Rear endlinks (adjustable)

Changing 5th Gear ratio for sti 6th: ... ?t=2293956

2" Lift:

Strut Lift Spacer Template: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3588&p=19951#p19951

~~ Maintenance ~~

Clutch/Flywheel replacement: ... orial.html (Says it's for the 1999 2.5RS, but the procedure is identical for my 2003 Baja)

Engine Removal: ... hread.html

Banjo Bolt Filter Replacement / Removal: ... 528926578/
(Link goes to baja owners facebook group. Search "A little reminder for maintenance, replace your banjo filters." by Scott Abele)
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Clutch/Flywheel replacement: ... orial.html
(Says it's for the 1999 2.5RS, but the procedure is identical for my 2003 Baja)
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Re: Modification Tutorials & Links

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I was looking for something around Spark plug replacement in a Turbo Baja. i did find this on Youtibe but not sure how close it matches or if there is better. Also in the Hella light add on video and istrructions I see that the prewired stuff for activity lights was not used. Anyone ever done that and have any hints?
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Re: Modification Tutorials & Links

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Mine is NA. That video is the same thing I did for plug replacement, less complicated on the cold air intake, though. I don't have coil packs on the plugs, so just twist to loosen then pull off. Before I pulled the plugs, I used compressed air to clear out the dust that was in the hole to keep anything out of the cylinders. May not be needed, but I haven't had it long. I always use anti seize lube on plugs.

I also replaced the plug wires while I was there.

I haven't added lights yet.
05 NA 5MT
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