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Old 01-11-2017, 09:12 AM   #241
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the clear lenses look good with the ver5/6 bumper. the fluted look better with the sports bunper. youve got it right.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:50 AM   #242
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:25 AM   #243
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the clear lenses look good with the ver5/6 bumper. the fluted look better with the sports bunper. youve got it right.
^This! I have joined the 97/98 fluted headlight club too a bit ago. I snatched up a set of v4 JDM facelifted fluted lenses with the leveling motors built in from JDM Gary. Then to keep the light pattern LDH I swapped over a set of LHD fluted lenses from a usdm 97/08 headlights.
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Old 01-18-2017, 06:13 AM   #244
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^ This. That's what I used. 3m Butyl Rope / Window Weld. It's what my buddy who has had a number of GCs recommended to me. Great stuff to have around. Easy to mold, seals well and still allows you to pull the light out. Feels a lot like the OEM stuff.

https://www.amazon.com/3M-08620-Wind...yl+rubber+rope
On NASIOC I was turned to a foam gasket by hail2theTheif "For the rear taillights I would suggest making a dense foam gasket instead of silicone. The BRZ has the same style tails where it is open to the trunk with the taillights removed. When I had that car and swapped lights I noticed Subaru switched to using a foam gasket instead of silicone."

"I ordered some 1/4in dense foam from Amazon and made a template of the lights then cut to fit. I have had zero leaks here in Portland using it and I can now remove and install the taillights with ease. No worries of ripping paint off, getting silicone everywhere, or wondering if it sealed correctly."

Amazon.com: Sponge Neoprene 1/4 Thick X 54 Wide X 1' by CLEVERBRAND INC.: Home Improvement

Sure looks good to me, I've seen many cars at the junkyard with this style of seal for the tails but it never occurred to me to use it on my car lol

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the clear lenses look good with the ver5/6 bumper. the fluted look better with the sports bunper. youve got it right.
They would not look good with the v5/6 bumper at all

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^This! I have joined the 97/98 fluted headlight club too a bit ago. I snatched up a set of v4 JDM facelifted fluted lenses with the leveling motors built in from JDM Gary. Then to keep the light pattern LDH I swapped over a set of LHD fluted lenses from a usdm 97/08 headlights.
I found that the reflectors in the fluted housings are same left to right but the glass has some minor differences in the fluting whereas the clear lenses are identical on the newer lights but the reflectors inside are different left to right #themoreyouknow



After I straightened out the mounting platform I sprayed it with self etching primer to keep it from rusting



Did the same thing with the trunk area, I didn't realize there is a plug beneath the spare tire cone also that I could have pulled to drain it until I shot some air in there to clean it out and the plug popped



I'm going to do all the suspension work first and make sure everything is working properly before starting on the motor swap, it would be nice to do it all at once but when problems creep up it's so much harder to troubleshoot the things it could be



Pro tip: the exhaust can hold the differential but it doesn't like to



Fresh painted subframe is in and ready to get beat up by gravel, still gotta figure out a good way to mount the heat shield



I just cleared right over the primer to make it scratch resistant, it looks so good I'm tempted to do more but that's not gonna happen



Cleared the tail light holes too and you can see better in this picture just how janked the opening got, I tried my best to flatten it so I hope this new seal can still perform



I didn't get many pics of my painting process with the other parts but these ones I tried to get start to finish so I could go over it, after stripping I hit it with the self etching primer



Then with a white primer to make the color stronger, I use either a green scratch pad or fine sand paper to smooth the primers before applying the color



After color they hang in my super organized shed where I can keep them warm with the space heater, the last step is to spray clear and let them sit for about a week
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Old 01-18-2017, 06:28 AM   #245
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i did the fluted for a while before i hacked em up for my hybrids. not too too horrible with the ver 5/6 bumber..

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Interesting about the lights
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I cut the excess sealant off to try and flatten the mounting surface for the strut bar, thinking about putting down some silicone to fill the gaps when I put the bar back on



The strut bars had some pretty bad corrosion that always bothered me so I got some rubbing compounds and went to work, the corded drill ended up crapping out on me and had to get tossed before I was finished



The rear pieces were not so bad I just used polish but the front I cut twice and polished three times before I was satisfied, there's still a lot of rough spots but overall a tremendous improvement



Fitted the lat links and struts in the rear so just waiting on the rear bar to be done with paint to finish out the rear suspension, those are STi aluminum links in the front and cusco adjustable links in the back since the subframe has no toe adjustment



I started working on the front by pulling the struts and control arms off, wide next to narrow doesn't look like that much of a difference



An important difference is in the forward mount, the wide arms will not work with a narrow track subframe due to this difference



Narrow arms will probably work with a wide track subframe with spacers but there is a significant gap to overcome



You probably could put a different bushing in to make it work with the older subframe but as is there is no way it's going to work, I was wanting to save the subframe swap for motor swap time but it's going to happen now instead



The neoprene was much easier to cut with a fresh blade, first I traced the outline of the hole in the car and then fitted it to the light for trimming



I thought about leaving it over the bolts to hold in place and then I thought about using adhesive but I want to see how it works first, I have plenty of neoprene left to make more gaskets if it needs to be made differently
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Old 01-21-2017, 05:16 AM   #248
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For the control arms I just took an angle grinder to the bushing and slimmed up the inner metal sleeve. You can see the slight step on the rubber covering the sleeve if you trim up to that point they fit perfect.
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Bushings can be swapped too as you said, go aftermarket
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It seems the pics of the windscreen install are not gonna happen but I did get plenty of pics of the rear window, front was pretty much the same but a lot more rust



Rear glass was knifed out and tossed carelessly into the refuse bin



After cutting a ton of sealant off, the rust met the grinder and was eradicated without prejudice



Fresh primer takes about 10 minutes to cure and in that time the new glass was cleaned up



The JDM glass is in and new clips are setting in the sealant while it's still soft



The front clips should have been installed with the sealant still soft but I forgot until it was too late to matter, some of them were a real challenge to get seated properly



Getting the molding on was incredibly easy, all the clips just snapped into place



There are already captive nuts in the shelf for the wiper motor bracket so that was convenient



The forward mount is a little perplexing, I'm not sure how or where the bracket comes from but I would like to find out



It's nice that the 3rd brake light hole also works for the wiper motor



There was a nitto wiper blade much shorter attached but it wouldn't lay right because the top of it was hitting the arm so I used the passenger blade from my forester for the time being
Did you seal the back window in on your own? What did you use to reseal it? How long did it take you?

I've looked for a glass shop in seattle for quotes and no one wants to touch it because I don't need new glass just want to reseal and keep moisture out. (Rear window leak)
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