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hopefully his insurance will cut you a check to cover some costs? maybe get you some upgrades versus buying stock?
A yes to both of those. I'll have it looked over at my family's body shop once I go home for Thanksgiving. I'm hoping a smooth bumper with some spats is what its going to end up with, maybe some JDM tails too. We'll see.
 

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Just got home from the bodyshop. Was quoted just over $5k total. I really just want to get the car fixed at this point, I'm really tired of not having a trunk. Hopefully it'll be solved soon.
 

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Its been slow on the car front for me lately. I picked up a Jap GD STi rear subframe to replace my rusty stock one. It was $75 and is rust free. It has the solid mounts too.

Still nothing as far as fixing the car goes. I was told the insurance company was contacted by the other party but nothing happened. I texted the guy again and he told me to have my parents call his dad so its looking like they still don't want to involve the insurance company. Hopefully it'll be solved soon. I'm tired of having a trunk that doesn't work.
 

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Nothing too new, Just collecting parts for when I take most of the suspension apart for a refresh while the bodywork is being done. A Group-N trans mount is on its way along with some Kartboy crossmember bushings. Almost certain its the original trans mount so this should a much needed upgrade.

Picture is from last spring while I borrowed my dad's PF01s. Dreaming of warmer weather and hitting the track.

 

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Long time, no update. The winter was pretty uneventful. I continued to use the RS for school so no bodywork had been done, and the quarter rust got worse. Now that I'm home, Things have started to happen.

I got home around the middle of May, and left for vacation in Germany on the 25th.I dropped the car at the body shop that day and they've had the car since. This is what it looks like currently.



Driver's side


Passenger side

I got the call from them a few hours ago saying that the negotiations are done and I can start looking for parts. I have probably more money than I need to find everything as well. Now I have to find some tail lights as well as a complete smooth bumper setup. Not sure if I should look for that stuff second hand or try to go through Rallispec. And thats just the body related stuff.

While the car is at the shop, I need to go there on a Saturday and put in all my new rear suspension parts. At this point its a GD STi subframe, pink GD STi lat links&trailing arms, A.P. Suretrac, and a TiC Klunk Killer kit. That should pretty much get rid of all of the wasted bushings in the back. I'm gonna try to hook up my MapDCCD too.

Unfortunately, when I was putting my summer wheels on, I found that my right rear strut was blown, so I'm looking to pick up some new GD length ones for the rear to go with the lateral links.

Lot's of stuff to do now, it'll be an interesting summer.

Bonus pic from the wash before it was hit.
 

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Progress is being made. I took this while dropping off the used smooth bumper and new JDM beam. All of the stuff for the Jap license plate bracket and plate lights were delivered from Rallispec this past Monday, so the shop has everything they need in parts. They insisted on making pieces for the quarter panel rust which does have me a little concerned though. The picture was taken two weeks ago, so I'd imagine they are relatively close to completion. Once all of the bodywork is done, it's time to move on to the rear suspension.

I Bought a whole bunch of new bolts for the underside, as well as new bearings for the A.P. Suretrac. I still need to pick up two new rear struts, but I'm sorta holding off in hopes I find a decent set of used Bilsteins or KWs. I like the AGX/GC combo, but I feel like it could be better.

I still have to figure out why I overheated at the track too. Still, a lot of work to do this summer.
 

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I have been fairly busy. Got the car back two weeks ago, it isn't perfect but I can certainly live with it. Since then I've put in the Group N trans mount and the Kartboy crossmember bushings. Coming from a shot stock mount, the Group N piece is fantastic. Combined with the other bushings its one of my favorite things I've done to the car. Should've gotten that stuff much sooner.

Now onto the big stuff. Took this picture a couple of hours ago...

Everything but the rear struts and hubs is out. The new rear bumper/bodywork looks pretty good too. The most difficult part was having to Sawzall through the lateral link bolts. Though I did assume that would have to happen so there are two new ones sitting in my garage. But everything other than the big bolts came out just fine. Well.... almost.

Three of the subframe bolts came out just fine. One did not and predictably broke the nut off inside the body. Good thing I have a welder. Tomorrow I pick up all of the bits to rebuild/reseal my rear diff and put in the A.P. Suretrac. Once that's done, I'll fix the captive nut, somehow get the lateral link bolts out of the knuckles and then move on to replacing the rear struts with the replacement AGX I bought. Piece of cake, right?
 

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Thanks Scruff!

It started raining so not much was done today. On the upside, the rusted nut/bolt from the subframe is out.

Garbage.

At least my dad is working on something good looking...
 

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No pictures yet because the car hasn't been cleaned since I finished, but it has been done for a while now. What an absolute nightmare this project was. It all pretty much went downhill after my last post, hopefully, I remember everything.

Once we dropped everything out of the car, things were looking like they were going to go pretty smoothly. I got the new subframe in the next day and started respraying the trailing arms and lat links in fresh cherry blossom. Then it came time to swap diffs. Five of the bolts holding on the rear and side covers broke off inside the diff case, and the rear cover and one of the side retainers had corroded so badly that the outside part of the bolt holes cracked right off. Swapping the diffs went fine, but the case had to be ground down a bit to get it in correctly. I grabbed some new hardware and blasted the case with MAP gas to get the broken bolts out. COuldn't find any used retainers or cover near me, so I reused the old stuff. No leaks so far.

At this point, I had started putting the lateral arms in the car, and my dad moved onto the long link bolts. It took him a collective 8 or so hours to get the first bolt out of the hub; lots of MAP gas, rost off and drilling. It gave him a game plan though, as he had the next side out within an hour. Once those were out, it all went back together fairly quickly with liberal use of Permatex anti-seize.

Still not done! With everything under the car bolted up, it was time to replace the rear struts. They came out easy peasy, but the Ground Control spring collars were another story. I rented a puller to get them off, and it worked on the first one, but the second collar was WELDED to that strut. Ordered two new ones through GC, and two days later I had them, but they sent me the wrong ones. Three days after that, I finally had the right ones and put everything back in the car. If only the story ended here.

While we were waiting on the GC stuff, we started wiring up my MapDCCD. That install went pretty smoothly, and through some troubleshooting with wiring diagrams, got everything figured out in a few hours.

After everything was bolted up, I drove the car around the court I live in to let the suspension settle and shut the car off in front of my house to lower the back of the RS. We dropped it and then she wouldn't start. Power to the cluster but no relay click no ignition power, nothing. After digging around diagrams and under the car, my dad noticed the ignition switch plug looked loose. It fell apart in his hand causing us to spend another 15 minutes trying to figure out what wires went where in the connector.

Finally, it was good to go! I got my alignment a few days later and left for college the day after that.

Two weeks after I got to Albany, I noticed my temp gauge rising on the way to class. I kept it as cool as I could and found a ripped top rad hose spraying coolant all over my engine bay. That put the car out for another few days until I bought a new hose and refilled the coolant system. That was last week, and this journal is now up to date.

I'm just trying to keep it alive. Pics soonish probably.
 

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wow just went through the whole thread. so much patience you have!
Thank you! It's my only car, and I'm trying to make it the best it can be as a daily. Its given me lots of stress but I have a lot of love for it.

beautiful air-cooled!
Thank You! It had been 130K since its last refresh, and it was running well, but the HP bug bit my dad, so it came apart. 10:1 compression, ported heads, bigger cams and PMO 40mm Carbs to replace the CIS injection. It was only taken apart so that he could put in a GT3 oil pump and it snowballed from there. He's shooting for 240-260 ish hp. It weighs under 2400lbs too, should be a riot! He plans on taking it to the track with me next summer, can't wait for that.
 

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Just split my first EJ, and a special one at that. I'd love to keep it but rod knock has started to set in on my 25d so I'll need the money.




Its been a few months since I posted here. The car is Ok but needs a new set of suspension as the AGX are blown in the front, the 25d is starting to knock regularly and not just when warm. The clutch fork broke at the beginning of December and I couldn't fix it in the street at school so I had to pay for it. I had them replace the clutch while they were in there as well as the rear main seal and oil plate. A large tree branch fell on the hood and put a couple dents in it as well. She is still daily driven however and is an absolute monster in the snow with the dccd and suretrac in the back.

Most importantly, she still puts a big dumb grin on my face. Have to get it ready for track day season too as my dad's 911 is just about ready. I graduate college in the spring too. Lot's to do.
 

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No crazy updates, ownership has been pretty uneventful for the most part. I had a van double park in front of me on the street and open its rear door into my passenger quarter, so I'm dealing with the insurance now to cover it. The van owner has been cooperative through the whole thing thankfully. Also had someone back into me and bend the front edge of the hood down; cracked the paint on it too. No idea who did that, so covering that'll be on me.

The roads in Albany are horrific and riding the bump stops in the front makes me feel guilty every time I drive it. I have an EJ255 I'm trying to sell and the money from that will go to the new suspension. I like the idea of coilovers for the track, but its a daily and I haven't experienced any of them first hand. The roads around me are pretty crap, but being home, I would be able to autocross the car as well. There is a set of 5x100 Ohlins FPS on Nasioc that I've been looking at instead, but I'm not sure what set of springs I would pair with it. Anyone have any ideas? I know the FPS are loved but haven't seen any definite choices for springs. Also looking for insight into quality coilovers for daily use (Bilstein, Ohlins, etc...). Just not sure which direction to take.
 

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So now that I've graduated and moved back home, I have the time and space to start catching up on some issues I've been putting off. First up is changing the blown AGX/Ground Control combo. I bought a set of ST coilovers and a set of Whiteline Com-Cs for the front. When I put those in this week, I'll also be putting in the STi control arms I've been holding onto. I bought a used Tribeca front sway bar to out in while I'm in there as well. It's also time for front brakes, so I picked up another set of R4-S pads and the KNS front rotors. I considered going with two-piece rotors but I haven't had any sort of brake fade at the track yet, so I'll stick with what worked.

Once the suspension is buttoned up, I'll start prepping for the EZ30. I'd like to get that done this summer while I have the time and money, but who knows what'll happen. I really would just like to get back to the track and don't want to do so with a hurting 2.5. I'm considering swapping the trans during the swap because I believe the input shaft bearings are making noise.

In the interim, I washed it. I always say I would've chosen a white one if I had a choice. But the blue always seems to make a strong case against that.
 
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