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Old 07-15-2019, 11:42 AM   #11
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Well, I just got back from road tripping it 700 miles or so around the Olympic peninsula with my wife. In terms of the engine it's been pretty darn close to flawless mechanically. I'm still working on the tune and learning as I go, but I can live with that.

Unfortunately, the steering wheel wobble is still there and seems worst right around 58mph or so, then goes away around 62mph and comes back in the high 60s. It's on brand new tires and the wheels should have been rebalanced. I'm going to get a shop to look at one of the axle seals anyways so maybe they'll spot something else while they're at it. I'm planning to replace pretty much the entire front suspension anyways (springs,struts, roll center adjusters) so one way or another it'll get solved eventually.

Immediately before leaving (and I mean immediately) I threw on some kartboy front endlinks to replace the absolutely ragged ones from the factory. I literally put them on, test drove it once around the block and then headed out on the trip. The rears will go on this weekend probably, but the rear endlink bushings are in much less dire shape.

Also before I left, I finally hacked up a lid for the ECU and got it tucked away under the kick panel:


The lid is made from some 16ga steel plate from the local Lowes (Hey Lowes! Great sponsorship opporunity here) that I hand bent with some C clamps on a palette. It looked really good until I tried to get it screwed onto the ECU case and found it it wasn't nearly as straight as I thought. The gap between the top of the case and the lid is on purpose to provide clearance for some the ECU components (mosfets) that stick up higher than the top of the stock case.

And finally, here's a sight that hasn't been seen on this car for over a year:

Kick panel on and carpet ready to be flipped back into place! (One of my wife's conditions for taking my car on the road trip was that she didn't want to have to worry about accidentally stepping on the ECU the whole time. Totally fair. )
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Old 07-29-2019, 04:54 PM   #12
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The parts fairy was very kind and in return for only a few teeth (and a couple hundred bucks) I now have these fine pieces of JDM-only goodness:

Bonus tip to anyone who actually reads my journal: When I ordered the bumper cover, my Subaru dealer said there were 3 total left in the US. Now there are 2 (or less). If you want a V1/2/3/4 bumper new-in-box now is probably the time. (Apparently there are like 17 of the lightweight bumper beams. Not a ton, but still might be worth grabbing)

I also had a chance to take a quick hack job at the WRX muffler I had in storage and get it mounted:

I followed this thread: another alternative for running gd exhaust on a gc(gm)
I ended up not having quite enough material to work with so I ended up leaving the "secondary" holes I drilled smaller and just running smaller bolts. Hopefully the gasket is lined up well enough. If not I'll deal with it later.
It sounds really, really close to stock inside the car. It's actually most noticeable at partial throttle. At high RPMs I can't hear the exhaust over the engine/intake noise. It'll probably stay on until i have the inclination to do headers, high flow cat(s) and a catback all at once. At least it doesn't drone.

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Old 08-10-2019, 10:56 PM   #13
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Today was funtimes(tm). I took the car to a friend's house. He was kind of enough to loan me his garage and help me wrench on it. I'll be helping him work on his 3rd gen Prelude later (and probably cursing at the FWD engine bay) but today he earned at least that. We set out to do:
- Struts all around
- steering rack and outer tie rods
- ... and ball joints


The rack was a little bit of a PITA since we kept doing things slightly in the wrong order but it's in and looking good. Front struts were cake even though I convinced us to line up the whiteline camber/caster strut tops wrong the first time. Where did we get stuck? Ball joints of course. I was set to give up for the night and come back the next day with some tactical nuclear weapons. But, while I was screwing around getting some interior out so we could get to the rear strut tops he hulked out one of the old ball joints with a channel locks and the other one with a punch and sledge hammer.


Tomorrow we'll get the front all buttoned up and swap out the rear struts real quick (... and jinxed it). Then I'll get it aligned Monday and see how P11Ls and AGXs suit me after 12 years (!) of factory stock OBS suspension. Will report back.


Sooooon...

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Old 08-11-2019, 02:39 AM   #14
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You're gonna love the new suspension. I figured I'd never really care for handling upgrades, but honestly they MIGHT be even more fun than power upgrades. Unfortunately, it's like a disease, next you'll need wider wheels and tires, thicker sway bars...


Oh by the way, this thread is full of win! I may have to consult with you in the future regarding this speeduino stuff...
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:52 AM   #15
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Gonna be a whole different car. Can't wait to see where it settles.

Keep up the good work.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:37 PM   #16
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You're gonna love the new suspension. I figured I'd never really care for handling upgrades, but honestly they MIGHT be even more fun than power upgrades. Unfortunately, it's like a disease, next you'll need wider wheels and tires, thicker sway bars...


Oh by the way, this thread is full of win! I may have to consult with you in the future regarding this speeduino stuff...

Oh, I've been planning this exact setup for like a year. I've had the P11Ls sitting in a box outside my bedroom since last October or so T_T. I just never quite had the money saved up for the rest and then ended up doing the engine first because the old one seemed like it was on the way out.


As for the Speeduino stuff: I'm thinking about doing a writeup of what my current setup looks like in a new thread if there's interest. Trying to write it up journal-style would be like a novel and would mostly consist of "And then I did the wrong thing 9 times and the right thing once".
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:47 PM   #17
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Gonna be a whole different car. Can't wait to see where it settles.

Keep up the good work.

I got to see it on the ground briefly today. It looks really good, but I bet it's actually going to settle like another half an inch after driving it around a bit. I'm not after the ride height so much as the handling, so I'm happy either way.


Unfortunately, it's back on jack stands tonight because when I went to test drive it I found out that I had gotten the steering u-joint on backwards and it wasn't fully seated onto the steering rack splines. We flipped it the right right way but it still doesn't seem to want to seat far enough to get the bolt on so now I'm at a bit of a loss. We called it quits at ~10PM so It's in my friend's garage overnight. I'll run over after work and hopefully before then I'll do some research and figure out WhyTF that u-joint doesn't want to seat all the way onto the new rack's splines. I will be somewhat cranky if I got sent the wrong rack, but everything else bolts up just fine. I assume it's some dumb thing I did, as that's usually a solid bet. Concentrating at work is going to be pain tomorrow :|
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Old 08-15-2019, 12:40 AM   #18
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Update time!

The steering universal joint is in and I'll take a couple minutes to hopefully save some future folks some pain:
1. It is possible to put the u-join in backwards (upside down?) and it will almost seem like it could work that way. Spoilers: It won't.
2. If you just swapped the u-joint and your steering wheel wants to skip or jump but kinda still steers the car, you may have put the u-joint in wrong. Do not drive the car like this. Stop and fix it. You can probably fix this from the top if you're not someplace where you can jack up the car, but it won't be fun.
3. If for some reason you need to get the u-joint off without removing the steering rack, you can loosen the 4 steering rack bolts a bit so it came move around a bit. Then push forward on the rack's input shaft from under the car to get the rack to rotate a bit. That should give you enough slack in the u-joint to get it popped off.
4. Even if you have the u-joint on the right way it can still be a pain to get the two bolts that go through it to start threading. On the steering wheel side, this should be pretty straightforward. On the steering rack side, this can be a giant PITA if you've never done it before. Clean up the splines on the rack and clean out the u-joing then slide the u-joint on by hand. Unless the rack or joint is rusty or damaged it should seat as far as it needs to by hand. If you're having trouble getting the bolt through try backing the joint off by a millimeter or two. Try and push the bolt through while also wiiggling the joint around a bit. If you think you need to hammer the joint on to get the bolt through, you might already have the joint on further than it needs to be.

With that PSA out of the way, here's the car back in my driveway!


Just installed:
- KYB AGX struts
- P11L springs with bump stops and dust boots (Thanks for making this happen 2pot!)
- Whiteline adjustable camber/caster front strut tops (KCA335)
- 20370AA240 rear strut tops. They do seem different/harder than the stock OBS ones, but I have no good way to test for sure.
- Whiteline front roll center adjustment kit (KCA313)
- New stock spring seats/hats/etc (The old ones are somewhere between chiseled spam and hammered shit)
- Jorgen auto rebuilt steering rack
- Superpro rack bushings



I have an appointment to get it aligned at Northwest Rally Sports on Friday. I'm planning to give them the alignment specs 2pot suggested for the P11L springs. I'll probably also have them get my stupid steering wheel straightened, because I managed to get that crooked during the rack/u-joint madness.

No "real" test drive until then.

In the mean time though I'm working on putting power steering back in. I depowered my leaky old rack as part of the swap, but I don't think it suits this car well. Normal driving was fine. Parking I could live with. But the real kicker was that the steering was heavy enough that I don't think I'd be able to auto-x the car effectively. So I scavenged some early 2000s Legacy hard lines and a reservoir and made myself a bracket so that I can mount the reservoir where the charcoal canister used to be. The bottom part of the bracket mounts to the side of the frame rail and then provides a flat surface for the Legacy reservoir to bolt to.


I am planning to reinstall the evap system, but I need to find a way to trigger the purge control solenoid from the ECU, so it's disconnected for now. When I do reinstall it, the charcoal can will go where the stock horn is and the horn will probably move behind the grille.


The test fit was a success!


Tomorrow night I'll yoink my roommate's car, grab some ATF and give the whole system a proper flush. I'd feel dumb if a bit of metal got into one of the lines or pump while they were lying around my garage and damaged the seals on the brand freakin' new rack, so I'm doing this one by the book (for once).
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I want to boost that manifold. Big ass TB attached
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Old 08-15-2019, 01:24 AM   #20
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I want to boost that manifold. Big ass TB attached

It looks great right? I could have saved myself so much trouble if I just swapped on the EJ222 intake I had sitting around, but I just couldn't make myself do it. One note on it: It is tall, like *real* tall. It clears the hood by about half an inch. That bracket for the throttle cable touches the inside of the hood. The linkage on the throttle body and the "ear" on the adapter plate stick up into the scoop.
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