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.the clear lenses look good with the ver5/6 bumper. the fluted look better with the sports bunper. youve got it right.
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."^ 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.
They would not look good with the v5/6 bumper at allthe clear lenses look good with the ver5/6 bumper. the fluted look better with the sports bunper. youve got it right.
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^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.
Did you seal the back window in on your own? What did you use to reseal it? How long did it take you?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
I went to this place in Edmonds after a friend got his windscreen replaced and they did a fantastic job, I'm sure they would be willing to help (425) 343-6464Did 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)
Awesome dude thank you! I will check them out for sure.I went to this place in Edmonds after a friend got his windscreen replaced and they did a fantastic job, I'm sure they would be willing to help (425) 343-6464
I'm not really sure what my intention was with the silicone but it does fill the gaps and won't allow water to get in there, wouldn't call it a huge improvement since the mounts are already bent but I think if you did this on a new install it would help prevent the nuts from bending it when torqued
Held the motor up with my crane and got the old crossmember out, in hindsight I think it would have been better to jack it up from below
New crossmember in and it comes with new challenges, the N/A exhaust doesn't fit even after taking the heat shields off and a good bashing with a big hammer
The steering racks are interchangeable to an extent, Forester is wide track and has different splines at the steering joint so I have to source an Impreza joint to use the new rack and column
I'm not sure if the sway bar just needs to rotate more or if the moog endlinks are too fat, either way it has to come back off while I figure out the steering rack situation
I had heard that the column is shorter and doesn't work with the GC firewall but it measures the same except for the shaft is a little shorter, fitted it to the firewall and it fits just fine so I'm not sure if people are just talking about the column as a whole or what but I think the steering joint will solve any issues with fitment
It seems the writing is on the wall about it now being motor swap time I drained the fuel tank the safest way there is and recovered almost 5 gallons of fuel for the lawnmower, tried just turning the key on but the pump would shut off after 1 second running
Working my way to the front of the car removing the wiring and the residue from the sound deadening, I know that it will never be seen but it still bothers me
While the radiator is draining I am chipping away at the firewall mass, wish that I could use the auto climate controls but it's just way more electrical work than I want to do
Getting the entire harness out is more involved than you might think, I'm noticing a lot of plugs are the same so it's certainly not completely necessary but it will make chasing gremlins that much easier
Luckily I have another 05 XT to look at if I get stuck, the wiring diagrams have been very helpful thoughI took a million pics of my harness so I could put her back nicely haha
Pro tip: when quoting a pic heavy post, you can delete the pics and other stuff not related to what you are replying toAwesome dude thank you! I will check them out for sure.
Don't hesitate to introduce yourself, I'm a pretty friendly person after I've had my coffee of coursesweet car man. it kinda makes me hate you because its so nice. keep up the good work and maybe i will see you around i am in gig harbor, WA.