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Old 11-11-2013, 02:06 AM   #176
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Wait you carried yours around?! I just put it in the glovebox so it looked like I took it...


And yes thats a terrible picture. What it is?!
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:39 PM   #177
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Yup, used to take the extra step and take it with me...

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Old 01-17-2014, 09:59 PM   #178
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Nothing terribly exciting as of late, just maintenance stuff, but had the left 1/4 panel taken care of this week.

There was technically nothing for my bumper to hang on to. I caught it early and it was only a 2" wide x 4-5" high patch. Came to $800 painted and everything. Re-sealed and undercoated on both sides too...



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Old 01-17-2014, 11:34 PM   #179
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Just read the entire thread. Congrats on achieving your goals!
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:37 PM   #180
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why did u have to bring it up????
because of that i HAD to read it too!
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Just read the entire thread. Congrats on achieving your goals!
- Tial 38mm wastegate for cheap off eBay $190 USD ($300-$350 CAD at Mopac) came with small/green spring
- Tial small/red spring for cheap off eBay $20 CAD ($90 from Mopac)

- 4 stainless, 2.25" two bolt exhaust pipe flanges off eBay $130 USD ($250 CAD locally at Lordco)

- 4 stainless O2 sensor bungs for cheap off eBay $18 USD ($80-$100 CAD locally at Mopac)

- found a Magnaflow (of all things) hiflo, stainless cat off eBay for cheap $43 USD ($200-$300 locally at Lordo and Mopac)
- Sti pink injectors for cheap (at the time) off eBay $350 USD (though I've had em for a year now and never got around to putting them in NOT gonna ask Subaru for local price hehe)
- Walbro 255 gph fuel pump for cheap off eBay $75 USD ($300-$350 locally at Mopac)
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:19 PM   #181
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That **** was pricey back in the day!
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Old 03-14-2014, 12:54 AM   #182
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Haven't had anything 'fun' to update with in a while so here's a preview. Hi-Rise hood scoop coming soon to a hood near mine!

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Old 03-17-2014, 10:06 PM   #183
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Took about an hour to install as 3 of the 6 bolt holes didn't line up, but the hi-rise scoop is painted and installed. Me likey!





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Old 06-03-2014, 10:33 PM   #184
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Nothing terribly exciting to update with other then some maintenance stuff. New A/C compressor & recharged, a new axle, etc...

But after nearly 9 years of ownership, one would think that any previous owner's bugs have finally been worked out. Well, no, not in my case...

I really thought after replacing and re-wiring some of the gauges that there couldn't be anywhere else for surprises to be found, but I found 2 yesterday!

The past few months I've been trying to trace a leak. It was driving me nuts cause it would only happen in the rain and when my car was parked at the particular angle my driveway happens to be at. The carpet under the pedals was wet and nowhere else. I managed to squeeze in the time with a friend at his family's body shop and we found it to be coming from between the window molding and the body about halfway down the windshield. His dad who's been at it for 30+ years in the field mentioned that the plastic clips that hold the molding to the car sometimes dry out and let water squeak through.

I ordered a new molding with new clips & screws, etc. from the dealership as I was certain my old one would break removing it, but surprisingly didn't and was super easy to replace included putting the seal back in. When removing it, one of the white plastic mounting clips for the screws wasn't like the other! It looked like it was for something else that was just jammed in there! It was even re-drilled a few times in order to line up with the molding's hole. It was also the area the leak was coming from; I had to break it apart in order to get it out of the body.

I thought that was really strange. While I put the new molding on I noticed that my new one didn't come with that little tab of mystery that sticks out, that no one really knows what its for...



Now that I knew how the molding held together, I thought I'd try and take the tab out of the passenger side for some added symmetry. I pulled the seal down a bit to get to the tabs screw, and the tab just came out by hand!? I looked up and there no screw in that part of the passenger molding! Only the seal on that side was holding it in place this entire time! I re-used an old screw from the driver's side and put that back together.

I started thinking as to how the hell that could happen and my best guess is that the car was. or someone attempted to, break into her damaging stuff, and whatever shop did a shoddy job putting everything back together. It would also explain the faulty operating, overkill alarm that came with the car...

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Old 08-27-2014, 10:52 PM   #185
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Nothing really exciting again over the last little while cause I moved and had a few summer trips. Did however had to replace the radiator; did so with one from NAPA for now, changed tranny and diff fluid, got the A/C working again... but these puppies showed up today!



First of a few 'big' things between now and the rest of the year
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:40 AM   #186
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Changed the valve cover gaskets recently, but the suspension's in! It was pretty much a full day taking my time and a lunch break, but otherwise uneventful, which was surprising considering how many other things the previous owner screwed up. I think an actual shop had installed the springs. The only hiccup was on the right, rear corner, the rear, top nut was slightly rounded but still managed to get it off...







After a quick test drive, tomorrow I think I'd like to raise the front just a little bit; scrapes on turns sometimes. And just double check that the back's level.

Initial impressions are good! It's seems to be a nice blend of being able to feel the road better, but it's still comfortable.

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Old 10-25-2014, 12:19 AM   #187
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Not much to show for it, but the guys at BPG Autosound helped me resolved my keyless entry issues with a clean installation of a new CompuSTAR alarm!

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Old 01-31-2015, 05:30 PM   #188
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So my new year's been off to a bit of rough start. Had to replace a dead hard drive in my computer earlier in the month, but then this past week has been a bit of an adventure.

Last Sunday I'm leaving Ikea with my g/f when before she has a chance to put her car in gear, a bum on a bicycle decided to try and shave the license plate off her bumper with his pedal. Man, was she pissed! I call around and find a parts store that has to suppose-to-match mini cans of Plastikote spray paint for her paint code. It's a Sunday and they close soon, so she drops me off at my car and told her I'll meet her there.

My car doesn't start the 1st attempt. Doesn't start the 2nd. 3rd attempt and I hear a snap and a horrible grinding sound. I decided against attempting a push start and 2 tow trucks later I get her home. Under a street light in the above-ground parking lot with my g/f holding a flashlight, I pull out my starter to find this!



I pull out the starter and find a chunk missing. I thought, great, at least I found the problem... wait, where's the rest of it! The missing chunk was sitting in the starter hole. It would've fallen in if it was smaller and/or if I didn't have my fat clutch. It was a clean break too, no other pieces anywhere.

I got this starter online in 2011 with a 1 year warranty as it was significantly cheaper then a new one locally. I didn't have that luxury this time and prices have thankfully gone down since. New/rebuilt ones are about half of what they used to be and not much more then my now old, online one.

Didn't look like there was any damage to the clutch & flywheel from what I could see. The guy at NAPA who's been there for 20 years said it was only the 2nd or 3rd time he's even seen this happen!

I put the new starter in, but needed a jump from my g/f's car. Thought the battery must've gotten low from the ordeal and decided to go for a boot on the highway to run some errands and charge the battery back up.

Stopped at the grocery store, came back out, and my car wouldn't start again? Cranking over fine, but not firing. After a total of 5 or 10 minutes it finally eventually fired up on the 4th or 5th attempt. Thought it was weird, maybe the battery hasn't topped up yet. Stopped at the hardware store and again wouldn't fire up, though cranking fine. Again after about 10 minutes she finally fires up on the 6th try or so.

I decided to head home before I'm left stranded. Came home and before I shut the car off I popped the hood to check things out. She was running fine and everything, though I happen to notice I lost about 5psi of fuel pressure. I shut the car off to attempt more troubleshooting but she wouldn't fire up the rest of the night.

I thought I had a hot retart issue, so I plug in the laptop and get my engineering cousin who tuned my car the first time and welded my up & down pipes. After about 45 minutes of troubleshooting, we can to the consensus it's most likely my fuel pump. Great. I wonder though if I fell victim to a knock-off Walbro back in 06, or if this is a real Walbro that simply ran its lifespan...

I didn't have the luxury again of sourcing and/or waiting for another Walbro and for my setup (and seeing a real one would show up), and for my setup it's not *quite* needed. I sourced and found a new fuel pump intended for an 04 STI. Plug-n-play with the enough flow.

I managed to get my car mobile and running under its own power in time for the scheduled steering rack replacement I booked a month ago and spent the last 2 months slowly piecing together.



Newly rebuilt OEM steering rack with Whiteline bushings and tie rods. Even got new tie rod locking nuts from the dealer just in case. The tie rods are part of a kit that comes with ball joints too. I picked up a 20mm 04 STI front sway bar from a fellow member and got the Whiteline bushings and endlinks for it too. I decided to go with an OEM steering rack as there were too many variables involving attempting to get an 04 STI to work that I wasn't comfortable with...

The steering rack went in without a hitch but turns out that sway bar I picked up is slightly too long and doesn't line up with the mounts on the control arm. I asked if all the new Whiteline bits could then be used with the OEM sway bar and the bolts that come with the endlinks are too big for the control arm mounts, so that wasn't put in.

Turns out there's not a lot of pressure on my front sway bar in my case, so I'd like to take a weekend in the future to see what I can rig to make it work in the front.

Car starts like a new car, and seems to even run a bit smoother with the new pump and almost even slightly easier to drive. Steering feels brand new and solid. A perfect combination of response and comfort IMO.

Big thanks to the guys at New Way Auto for helping me with what I couldn't do at home! It was a good thing I took this project to them instead of attempting it by myself at home cause it turns out my OEM ball joints were seized and the locking bolt even broke off one side. It took a 8 foot pry-pipe to work the ball joints out and one came out in 2 pieces. I would've been screwed with my car stuck at home and no real way to even get it safely towed to the shop just to have them replace them anyway. Probably good I replaced them now before one would snap in half on the road or something stupid like that...

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Old 02-10-2015, 11:42 PM   #189
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Well, a bit more drama to round everything off lately. I was going to head to the border yesterday to ship my old steering rack back, and I couldn't leave my g/f's place as my battery died.

It didn't just need a jump, but about 10 minutes of charging with her car so mine would start. And voltage was dropping again each time I went to start just getting her home.

This is the 2nd Optima red top that's failed in 6 years and I've grown tired of the drop in quality of these things.

I found out that a battery for an SVX fits in the Optima cage I have in the trunk, just a bit taller. I have a battery that I'm not completely thrilled about, but nothing else was open yesterday being that it was a stat holiday around here. Oh well, I'm kinda stuck with it, so I'll keep it til it starts dying and get a really nice one then.

My g/f said after that she didn't want to tell me, but had a bad feeling about me heading out yesterday. I guess I avoided something...
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:49 AM   #190
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Well, a bit more drama to round everything off lately. I was going to head to the border yesterday to ship my old steering rack back, and I couldn't leave my g/f's place as my battery died...

...My g/f said after that she didn't want to tell me, but had a bad feeling about me heading out yesterday. I guess I avoided something...
You definitely dodged a bullet skipping Monday, went down there to pick up mail before my trip (hello to anyone on the island these next two days!) and it took almost 3 hours to get back.

Very awesome thread, makes me want to get motivated to keep pushing myself with mine... Though i need to save up to begin with!

Out of curiosity, I found I'm slowly running into the issue you had with the car not starting right away, It's been rare, but i've had it where I'll start, drive around, stop, then next time I try to start it, it won't go till I almost force it. Maybe my fuel pump is doing the same?

All in all, again, awesome build!
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Old 02-11-2015, 07:20 PM   #191
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You definitely dodged a bullet skipping Monday, went down there to pick up mail before my trip (hello to anyone on the island these next two days!) and it took almost 3 hours to get back.

Very awesome thread, makes me want to get motivated to keep pushing myself with mine... Though i need to save up to begin with!

Out of curiosity, I found I'm slowly running into the issue you had with the car not starting right away, It's been rare, but i've had it where I'll start, drive around, stop, then next time I try to start it, it won't go till I almost force it. Maybe my fuel pump is doing the same?

All in all, again, awesome build!
Oh! Good to hear then...

You may want to consider checking your battery first, maybe even the alternator to make sure it's charging. If your fuel pump's original, it may be tired by now. The OEM one doesn't flow as much compared to other Subaru's; that can be upgraded too...

It could also be normal. Our Subaru's (and pretty much the only ones) came with a 60A alternator. There's the option of upgrading to a 90A alt from another Subaru which will help keep the battery topped up a bit better...
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:36 PM   #192
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Another milestone...

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Old 03-31-2015, 09:50 PM   #193
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Also have an upcoming LED project pieced together...
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:56 PM   #194
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Finally...
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:29 PM   #195
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Why did I click into this thread! You gave me lots of ideas for my one now! It's even the same colour as mine! Nice work on it ***55357;***56397;
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Old 06-01-2015, 02:07 AM   #196
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My fittings finally came in last week, and managed to swap over to to an Aeromotive fuel filter today. Moving the washer jug outta the way made things a lot easier...





Car actually runs a bit smoother and a little bit easier to drive actually. Turns out the OEM filter is a restriction by about 4psi; had to adjust my regulator...
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:51 PM   #197
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Essentially 10 years of ownership to the day today...
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Old 11-12-2015, 11:15 PM   #198
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A/C removed... because rally car!
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I joined the broken-clutch-fork club last week. Well, technically bent in my case. This was something I couldn't do at home so I don't have any pics, but I was told it was completely bent at the pivot point and the prongs were twisted too. Must have been slowing bending for years.

What upsets me is that I entrusted a family members' advise in the past, whenever I brought up the issue of the fork during each of my numerous clutch changes in the past (lubing it, changing it out, etc); in that 'Don't worry about it' or 'Don't touch it'; including the creek I heard every time I pushed in the clutch pedal. The last time I saw the fork I even brought up the issue that the throw out bearing seems a little off and loose, as though the prongs of the forks weren't parallel with each other.

I've been advised now, that every time the transmission comes off for whatever reason to preferably change it, or if not take it off and grease it up. I was also advised however that the new fork that was brought in from a Subaru dealership appears to be more re-enforced then my original. I'm glad to know Subaru revised this part. Going forward, the shop that assisted me is going to insist to all future customer's with a manual Subaru to spend the extra $40 and replace the fork while they're in there.

Everything's new and lubed up now and for the first time my most recent clutch is hyper and springy, and not trying to push in a block of hard foam. It feels brand new and I'm actually learning to drive the car again...
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Nothing really exciting again over the last little while cause I moved and had a few summer trips. Did however had to replace the radiator; did so with one from NAPA for now, changed tranny and diff fluid, got the A/C working again... but these puppies showed up today!



First of a few 'big' things between now and the rest of the year
what brand are these and can u give me a quick review on how it handles so far? thx
what are the f/r spring rates?
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