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Old 03-19-2014, 04:33 PM   #121
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Welcome to the lucrative Midget Escape Hatch Club. Don't make my mistake and remove the decal for painting. It's apparently not available separately from the vent.

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Old 03-28-2014, 12:53 PM   #122
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I finally got the courage to cut a hole in my roof



I used a paper bag and one of my daughter's crayons to trace over the JDM steel and applied the template as straight as I could



I drilled the mounting holes first, I had an all or nothing moment before pulling the trigger and it was pretty intense



For the vent hole I used a dremel and a few cutting discs, it was a little slow going but I didn't want to jack up the thin sheet metal. I wish I wore a full mask instead of just safety goggles because I ended up getting a ton of cutting wheel dust on my face



While I was waiting for the metal epoxy to harden it started raining pretty hard and I noticed the vent was leaking. There was water between the roof and the bracket where the hinge bolts are so I assumed it was coming from there. Subaru put a rubber gasket on the hinge bolt flange but it wasn't doing a good enough job so I used clear silicone on the flange and in the holes to seal it up



I used a wire wheel to scuff up the latch bracket for the metal epoxy



took the inside to bare metal and ate some more dust, the interior of my car has seen better days



The epoxy bonded well and very quickly, I used self tapping screws where the spot welds were and the latch pressure to hold the other side tight to the roof while it cured



Epoxy is cured and the install is complete, I'm glad I taped over the interior decal before paint



I think the best part will be letting the vent open on a hot day while my car sits in a parking lot, hopefully that's enough to keep it from becoming an oven



Or maybe the best part will be just looking at it and drooling, I love just the look of the vent and the practicality is the icing. There's no pictures of it but the little rubber strips that go around the edge of the vent I took off for paint and used silicone to reattach them, since I wanted to be sure no water got inside I pulled off the vent hole gasket and put a bead of silicone around the hole to ensure the gasket lets no water past
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:04 PM   #123
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Very nice! I always liked how the vent looked from inside.
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:09 PM   #124
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:19 PM   #125
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damn you scuba steve.
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Old 03-28-2014, 02:26 PM   #127
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Old 03-28-2014, 02:30 PM   #128
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Why did you ruin your roof with that stupid thing????


Jk, Looks Great!!
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Old 03-28-2014, 03:01 PM   #129
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Sweet I want one of those bad.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:41 PM   #130
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My morning commute takes me through an unlit stretch of road so I have been wanting to upgrade my lighting for a while



Crash recommended these so I got them but only just recently got around to installing them



The picture is the best I could do while driving, the road is illuminated all the way to the end of the turn on every turn



I picked up a duracon shift knob and I really like it



The Prodrive wheels have some decent tread on them so I'm gonna get some use out of them before tossing the rubber



I guess the rattlecan job doesn't look so bad but I really want scrub it off to show the anthracite



Photoshop and me do not work well together but I can imagine what they would look like and I like it, everything but the rear drums



Speaking of the great scores at the junkyard... I was pulling rear brakes off a 01 Legacy when I saw a 01 Forester go by on the forklift and scored felt lined clamshell pocket, armrest extension and the stupendous dual cupholder



There was a time when I could put only one drink in a cupholder



I didn't realize how much needed to come off to swap the cupholder but I used the opportunity to fix my vent selector cable which came loose



This is one of those mods that is so simple yet so satisfying
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