So where does that put me...
All of the hardware is in TERRIBLE condition. Even if I could tighten all back down again, it would likely break on the way in or on its way back out, and for every thing else, there is surface rust forming.
The interior has some "extra hardware" scattered, the CD player is bunk, carpet is in tatters, and the alarm system is funky~ish.
The paint is flaking due to engine heat in places.
GRADUATION AND JOB IS ACQUIRED!
Looked like I needed to start buying parts......Money was tight so I started of with ordering hardware... just a few at a time with my stipend. All hardware is OEM from the dealer.
Ultimately ending up with ...
-4 New Bearings and seals
-Whiteline Lateral Links to replace old arms
- New trailing arm, lower knuckle, LCA offeset bushings (and STi Grp N. LCA bushing)
- Subaru OEM factory hardware for ENTIRE SUSPENSION
- New OEM carpet from Subaru
This was a little more than enough to get me back on the road.... but it didn't stop there... even with all the work I had to do in this box alone..
I didn't want this to EVER happen to my car again, like I said I want to keep my car FOREVER... I love this car. So I went to Larry's Powder-coating
and had my knuckles,trailing arms and calipers painted.
I have this problem often...
After I rebuilt the calipers, I used a brake honing tool to get the remaining rust out and then fill this with more anti-seize than you can shake a Fit at.
- OEM Rebuild kit and greases.
- Speed bleeders WHICH I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY SUGGEST BUYING!
-All threads on the frame were chased with thread chasers and filled with anti-seize
-All components were torqued to OEM FSM specs and ADJUSTED for anti-seize with a NEW, broken-in torque wrench (no calibration guessing) with Crow's feet where applicable.
ALL ... and I mean ALL surface rust... on interior metal pieces, harness bar, rack, underside.. was taken to with a wire wheel and spray painted high temp non-gloss silver (not pictured)
OFFset bushings had to be pressed in, in the right direction to give the car more CASTER (went and bought a shop press)
New Whiteline bushings ALL AROUND THE CAR... Because Race Car! and Bushings and shit!
Before and After shots of suspension
Got to the underside with some undercoat. TIP: DO NOT BUY CHEAP SHIT. BUY 3M. STUFF WILL NEVER EVER DRY EVEN AFTER MONTHS!
Then... I started buying new parts...
Also (not pictured) STi Grp N. Rear Top Hats (rare and nice for my car) and a rear strut tower bar. (need to get a front.. come to think of it)
Now to get them on the car...