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post #76 of 266 (permalink) Old 05-15-2010, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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wow amazing job and attention to detail. this is going to be one of the hottest foz's on [email protected]
Thanks four!

Here is a pic of one of the new tires mounted.
Got road force balancing.

Bridgestone Potenza RE11 in 245/45/17




And, I got my new front bumper painted and installed yesterday after the nice (unidentified) guy (douche bag) in the truck took my other one out a couple weeks ago.......SOOOOOOOOooooo nice to not have a big gouge on the front of my ride!!



I guess the one good thing to come out of this is that I now have a good spare Sports bumper cover to cut when and if I ever decide to go rotated and fmic.

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Here is a pic of one of the new tires mounted.
Got road force balancing.

Bridgestone Potenza RE11 in 245/45/17
If those are anywhere as good as the RE01R's which I'm running (in the same size) you'll love them. Incredibly sticky in the dry and very good in the wet as well. They are also lasting a lot longer than my previous set of RS-2's.

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looks nice. Ever consider a front mount?

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If those are anywhere as good as the RE01R's which I'm running (in the same size) you'll love them. Incredibly sticky in the dry and very good in the wet as well. They are also lasting a lot longer than my previous set of RS-2's.
Yeah I am running RE01R's on the WRX, and they are fantastic.
That is why I decided to get these, I figure they improved something for sure.

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The only reason I would go front mount is if i went rotated.
So far, the new gen Blouch stock location turbos are performing really well.
Dom 3.0XT-R on pump and meth is sounding like a 400hp reality.

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OK here is some more OCD in action.
While waiting for the last few small parts (which arrived today) I decided that the STI struts I am going to use (in the interim) needed to be cleaned and serviced.

These struts only had 22,000 miles on them when I picked them up, but like all Suby struts and suspension parts, they have cosmoline sprayed haphazardly all over the place for no real reason.

Also since the STi rears notoriously clunk when the grease gets hard, I thought why not clean them, check all the grease and add new if needed.

Here are some pics.

Dirty struts with the dampers removed.



All of the other parts, laid out for inspection prior to cleaning.



The cartridges.



My buddies ultra biatchen spring compressor.



(Semi) Clean vs. Dirty springs.



The end result....



In the end, all of the grease inside the strut bodies was soft and silky, it did not stink and everything looked pretty damn good.

I cleaned off the bump stops and most importantly the seals, then added a bunch of new grease to the stops, and the insides of the dampers, and actually smoothed it all around the insides of the strut bodies with a long paint stir stick with a small bit of clean rag attached and then covered in (lightweight white lithium) grease.

This was after I cleaned the chrome tubes with acetone and a clean towel to remove any residual sticky residue.

These struts should perform as good as any stock strut out there now.

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WOW, you've got the OCD worse then I do & I've got it bad.
The under-car powder coating and Axle renovations are fantastic. Thread subscribed.

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WOW, you've got the OCD worse then I do & I've got it bad.
The under-car powder coating and Axle renovations are fantastic. Thread subscribed.
Bro,
Your Foz is why I am here!
And while I thank you for the compliments, yours is easily the one by which all others are judged....no questions asked.

I can only hope to get somewhere in the same neighborhood.
You have taken it to another level all together.....

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Ok so when you have OCD, you just have to roll with it, as long as it does not paralyze you, then in some ways it can be a good thing.

Anyway, here are 2 more examples of my project with full OCD employed.

Stock lateral links, with the useless brackets removed and the weld seams sanded down. Then I polished the links to a near mirror finish, and ran them over to my anodizing place

The blue set is for my WRX/STi project.

Both sets have group-n bushings freshly installed.
Enjoy.

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keep up the good work this is turning out to be a show stopper !!



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awesome looking links... I've got to get mine coated before I install them, but Anodizing doesn't agree with Canadian winters.


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OK so the swap begins.

Yesterday was rip and tear day:

Here is the pile of parts we removed.
Myself and 2 of my buddies started at 10 am, by noon we had everything removed.....here is the pile.



By 1:30 we had the rear end put together.







Then I started tearing the interior apart to install the pedal box, I quickly realized that the pedal box was not going to go in easily with the steering column in place, so I removed it.

I needed to remove the column anyway to drill out the break off bolts that hold the ignition switch in place...I had to replace the ECU, ignition switch and immobilizer since i am going from auto to manual...:



Today, I worked by myself and took a bit of a detour.
I decided that since we had the car this far apart, it made sense to install my VF39, and Grimmspeed up-pipe since it is a lot easier to do it when the tranny is out of the way.

TD04 removed:



The VF39 I had from the STi I purchased a couple years ago:



VF39 installed:



Grimmspeed up-pipe (wrapped and ceramic coated) installed:



Then, I decided that since I was this far along, and I already painted the brake booster, that I would take the plunge and install the STi brake master cylinder and brake booster since I had them in hand and everything in the engine bay was still apart.

It turned out to be really easy to do,

Old booster out:



New booster, master cylinder and clutch master installed:





I spent the rest of the day dealing with merging the auto trans harness, with the 6MT trans harness.
The idea here is to take the 12 pin "inhibitor switch" plug and merge it with the 6 pin 6MT trans harness plug.
This way I will NOT have to cut any harness on the engine side, and if I ever want to go back to auto for some odd reason, then I can just purchase a new trans harness to replace the one I had to cut.

There are only 6 wires to deal with in this merge for 3 circuits: (1) reverse lights (2) neutral safety switch (3) DCCD

The speed sensor plug on the 6MT will get (1) power, (2) ground and (3) signal wire
The signal wire runs up to the cluster and daisy chains over to the ECU, and power is ignition switched, then a ground (3 wires on the speed sensor).

More will follow tomorrow as we get the tranny installed and the rest of the chassis put back together.
I will also be detailing out the engine bay, cleaning hoses, wiping stuff down and generally sprucing things up as much as I can.
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Everything looks great! Will you by chance be selling the old/ stock parts? If so how much do you want for the rear knuckles, hubs, and brakes?
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Everything looks great! Will you by chance be selling the old/ stock parts? If so how much do you want for the rear knuckles, hubs, and brakes?
We can talk about that.
Lets take it to PM...
I had not thought about prices at all for the old stuff yet.

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I'll ask the question since I don't recall seeing the answer. You have some decent mechanical knowledge. What's your background ?

Project is looking good. I wonder if this kind of auto to manual swap would apply to a Legacy GT. Would be nice to buy an 08 GT wagon and convert to manual.
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