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Old 04-18-2014, 08:14 PM   #11
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Was feeling the need for another project while I waited for my car and hopped up on a pretty sweet deal on a V4 wheel from a member here.

Pics were taken from original owner's FS thread.


The wheel needed some lovin'


This side especially.


Lower threads before.


Lower threads after.


Working my way up to the top of the wheel.


2 - 3 O'Clock position was in the worst condition.


After.


Not perfect, but there's no way it would've been able to be.


9 - 10 O'Clock position.




Finished!


***Updated***
Finally installed on my car! Just noticed that the air bag light turns on for about 5 seconds then it turns off. Normal?


To add to this. I also did this to my stock shift knob about a year back. Sorry, I don't have any before pictures of it but the threads were about as black as the threads were on the steering wheel.




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Old 04-18-2014, 08:16 PM   #12
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Prior to getting my car back I picked up a radiator since it got cracked in the accident as well as a broken tab which allowed it to wiggle back and forth.

I didn't take pics of the install but a rad install is pretty straight forward. I just have pics of my DIY mounting brackets that I made from some aluminum.

The set up is a Koyorad R2218 with Mishimoto Slim Fans

Cut and measured twice for every piece. I just used some aluminum pieces from ACE and cut them up to size.


Top brackets finished and aligned.


Lower bracket finished and aligned. Everything was bent by my hands so I couldn't bend the aluminum to the exact position I wanted for the left hand brackets but I believe three works just fine.


Once they were installed I totally forgot about the over flow thank. So now it's only held on by one screw at the moment. I need to fab up another little bracket to hold the overflow a bit sturdier before the plastic breaks off. Will update with pics once finished.

*** Update with reservoir bracket.

I just used the last bit of the aluminum that I had originally bought and did some measuring on where to put the holes.

Here's how it was before and the chopped piece of aluminum. It was much more difficult marking it correctly on where to cut with the radiator already in. You can see some parts where I miscalculated the cuts.


Finally on after a bit of coaxing to get it to sit just right since the holes that were made caused it to angle up slightly.


A closer look. The end of it wiggles slightly but once the hood prop is down it stops the wiggling. I also used some stop nuts for the rear of the tank for added security.
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:16 PM   #13
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Got the car back, only to have Murphy rain in on the parade.

I got the car back! This paint shows a difference in quality. They are supposed to be the same color, but apparently the previous "body" guy had used too much reducer. This resulted in a different color shine. The lower blue is my old rear bumper.


With the winter wheels still on.


Dat A55!


Murphy's Law hits 4 times in one day.

The following weekend the plan was to install the 4/2 pots. We started with the rears but the bolts that needed to come undone were not very cooperative which lost a lot of day light. On top of that I come to find that I was given 2 pairs of rear rotors. One for the 2 pots and one for the RS 1 pot rear brakes.


Then... the sh!t storm happened. Car needed an alignment and was rubbing a bit on the way back home. About 2 miles from home I noticed that the car started to rub a bit more than usual and then it jerked to the side a bit. I then pulled over and saw that my wheel was suddenly in the mad tyte JDM, stanceed out, dumped status. I wasn't far from home, I couldn't fix it there in the middle of the night since I didn't have all the tools on me needed so I limped it home with my step-dad following behind.

Aftermath the following morning.


My buddy forgot to stake the axle nut.


The rubber residue and where it scraped on the strut.


The wheel/tire was beaten up pretty badly as well.


Not too happy about this at all, but sh!t does happen and at least the whole assembly didn't come off... right?

Just buttoned it back together, took some pictures and am waiting for the rebuild kit to come in.




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Old 04-18-2014, 08:16 PM   #14
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The aftermath.

You can tell that the outer part of the caliper overheated from the friction.


Inner part was chewed up a bit from hitting the rotor.


Damages.
-I put some pressure into it to test it out and one piston came out within 2 seconds, the burnt side.

-The whole caliper needs to be replaced too as it was bubbling from one of the sides that was marred. Made a few calls and no auto store has any remanned in stock. Only way is to send mine in, which isn't able to be rebuilt.

-Wheel bearing was also gone. It jiggled more more than a busty woman with no bra.
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:17 PM   #15
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The storm continues....

Sooooooooo....... I got to work on the car this weekend to see if we could replace the broken rear calipers. Did not happen...

Calipers
There were no Subaru 2 pots to be had during my search but I managed to find a pair of rear Nissan 2 pot calipers for a decent price. I did a little research prior to getting them but and come to find that they will work but they will stick out a little bit since the Nissan rotors were slightly bigger than the Subaru one's. I did a test fit on them and the pad sat a good half cm above the rotor, not having that.

Here is the rear calipers side by side. The gold one is the Subaru and the red one is the Nissan. As you can see, the rear Nissan calipers are just a tad taller.


The plan now is to crack these open and swap the face from the Nissan caliper to the Subaru caliper, paint, and put in fresh seals.

Bearing
Since the bearing was damaged too, we had to replace that as well. A fresh Timken bearing and seals were ready to go!

Welp, change of plans.


Once all of the gunk was removed we come to find that the inside the the spindle was all sorts of messed up too, so I'm in need of a new spindle as well since it won't even seal correctly.

I didn't get a picture of it, but the other half of the bearing was smushed into the neck of the hub.

Here's what was left of the roller bearings.


What was done now was we put a sacrificial bearing into the doomed spindle so we could drive it home. When we had asked the shop to do it all they asked was, "what happened?!" So, currently there's a bearing there without any seals at the moment until I can source a spindle.

Much wow.
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:17 PM   #16
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She's back on the road!

So I got the chance to open the damaged caliper and the Nissan caliper. The faces are the same! For the most part at least. The Nissan caliper face has a smaller rectangle compared to the one on the Subaru caliper.



I also find this. It looks like the o-ring in between the caliper must have been overheated and deformed. It explained why it bubbled/leaked from this part of the caliper.


Stripped the paint, plopped it in front of the Subaru back of the rear caliper and bam! No leaks!


My slightly OCD self couldn't have just kept it like that either so I bought the same paint to paint it, but I couldn't just paint the half caliper with all that paint!


Not pictured but I also put on the stock lateral links back on with Whiteline bushings since the old ones were just stuck in there or there was a cut bolt in it.

The front brakes installed and all ready to go!


So as of right now it's finally derivable! I have a few things to do to it still but it's fully functional right now! All that remains now are the ABS sensors, power window motor, new radio, and key fob. Just waiting for it all to come in or finding time to install them.
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:17 PM   #17
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Newer head unit!

Not much of an update but my radio decided to take a crap on me. Didn't really want to go aftermarket at the moment since I'd like to get one with the whole shebang if I did but I'm not willing to drop the coin for it at the moment. So I found a next best option for my needs, an STi double din with AUX port.

I didn't like how it clashed with my CF interior though. Here's a stock image of what I essentially got in.


Here's what mine looked after a little bit of work.


And installed! I feel that it doesn't clash as much with it as it used to. Would've been better if it was all black though. Oh well, it'll do for now.




Also, I got a power window motor! Only to find that the pin was bent back. Womp Womp so now I've got a spare for when it eventually goes.

My checklist for now is...
  • Install heat barrier wrap for the hood.
  • ...fog covers.
  • ...cabin air filter.
  • New key fob.
  • Detail.
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:18 PM   #18
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So fresh, so clean!

No real major updates at this point. Just some pictures of it and a much needed cleaning.

Before the brake tragedy.


Before leaving for work.


This was during one of my last days working at my old job. I always tried to get this spot.


Random one after a storm.


This one is after I detailed it. Clay bar, wax, etc. I also cleaned the interior a few days prior as well as installed the cabin air filter.


- Still debating about the covers.
- I ordered a new fob as well. TWICE! One turned out to be the wrong model and the other is still lost in the mail. I've given up at this point.

Bonus shots!




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Old 04-18-2014, 08:18 PM   #19
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Come together...

Had a little meet with a couple of the locals. The other coupe is Combat Chuck's.













Bonus 370!


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Old 04-18-2014, 08:19 PM   #20
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With a little rub...

Went to an autocross for the first time! My tires and fender did not like me too much that day. I rubbed on a few turns on the course, just a "little" bit though. Took pictures of the results when I got home.





Looks like there were a few pictures taken of my car in action.







Unfortunately my dash cam didn't really film continuously on my runs so I'm not putting those up. Fenders are fine though. That's all I really care about.
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