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So here is the update from the past two weeks. Last weekend I wasn't up to much so I just worked on the filter fitment. Below is an image of the sleeve to join the filter to the silicone joiner. You can see the line where I've welded the PVC together.



I also cut down the silicone joiner just for better fitment. Next step is air box when I stop putting off making it.



That was it for that weekend. Like I said it was a slow one.

During the week I had the idea to try out some wheels and colours on Photoshop. They're not great but given that I only started learning it last week they aren't the worst. Below are the different variations I've tried so far. Honestly I thought I'd like the single colour more than I do. My favorite is the two tone with the CE28's. Opinions would be great and I'd love to hear suggestions on what things to try.





This weekend I finally picked up only of the next pieces of the puzzle on Saturday afternoon. Got this strapped to the top of the trusty little Impreza, made driving an hour on the highway interesting. On the note of the GF8, I should be settling privately this week for the damages to the car which means it won't become a repairable write-off which was likely given the value. I'll fix it myself when that's done as I still need a daily and am rather fond of the nugget.



So on Sunday after servicing the Impreza I got to work cleaning and painting the hinges and surrounding engine bay. I also did some touch-up work on the firewall as I may or may not have scratched it a while back with pipe.



Bonnet fitted. I've found both this bonnet and the old one aren't a fan of latching without a lot of force so I think the latch might be a bit bent. I have a simple solution to that so stay tuned.



Also found out today that the Liberty/Legacy grills are shallower than the outbacks. This leaves around a 1cm gap below which won't do. I'm thinking I'll get an outback grill and modify it to be similar to a S401 grill with the black mesh behind.



I then just removed the grill as this car hasn't had a grill for 6 months, so why should it start now. As standard one bolt was seized and it too about 30 minutes to get it off.



I then cut the stock hood insulation of the old bonnet to suit this one. It's not perfect so I may source a genuine one at some point but it works for now.



The last thing for the day was the wire in the brake light on the wing. The car I pulled it off had the trusty twist and tape method so I picked up a factory brake light plug off another outback and wired that in.



I definitely shouldn't work in wiring with the kinda quality. Pic isn't the best as it was pitch black by this point.



I have no idea if it works so I'll test it next week or whenever I work on the car next.

That's all for now so thanks for reading
Luke :)
 

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Yeaaaa, to reiterate: Yours is way way waaaaay cleaner than mine, clearly more thought out. Love the filter location.

The grill thing is weird. I took an outback grill from an H6 sedan and slapped it right on my LGT when I did my first H6 swap. Same generation as yours too, must be an Australian thing. :p
 

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Surprised you got the hood TPS moved over so clean. I usually give up on the clips and rip / toss in trash. I'm not worried about the heat on paint since the sun does worse where I am all day long.
Yeah I was lucky the guy gave me a bunch of extra clips as I destroyed about half of the clips. The old one had the integrity of a wet paper bag.

Yeah in Australia we get similar sun too. My Impreza's paint has faded a bit on the hood even with the liner but the roof is way worse and that's just from the sun alone.
Yeaaaa, to reiterate: Yours is way way waaaaay cleaner than mine, clearly more thought out. Love the filter location.
Cheer man. I appreciate it. Yeah that filter was a bitch to get in a decent place, and worse to come I have to get it to fit in an airbox to get it legally registered.
The grill thing is weird. I took an outback grill from an H6 sedan and slapped it right on my LGT when I did my first H6 swap. Same generation as yours too, must be an Australian thing. :p
Yeah I posted in a Gen 3 Legacy/Liberty/Outback and apparently for whatever reason Subaru made the Rev D outback bumper sit lower in the grill area. Why??? I have no idea. I spotted an outback grill at the wreckers so I'll probably grab that this weekend to modify to be similar to a S401 grill.
 

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Oh yeah, meant to ask you, why don't you use a factory N/A airbox and panel filter? It's worked great for me.

Edit: looked at your pics again and answered my own question. Looks like the intercooler piping is in the way.
 

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Oh yeah, meant to ask you, why don't you use a factory N/A airbox and panel filter? It's worked great for me.

Edit: looked at your pics again and answered my own question. Looks like the intercooler piping is in the way.
Haha yeah. Plus this car had the air filter up where a top mount would sit and the resonator where the older air boxes sit (such as in the gen 2 Legacy's and 1st gen Impreza's).

If I could have used a factory air box I would have in a heartbeat
 

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So I was gonna update this Tuesday night but due to the forum being down it's a bit late. So I'm writing the update for this car first as this will be a hell of a lot quicker than the other one will be.

So after the whole debacle with grill I picked up an outback grill for $29. I started to hack it up and I've started to cut and (plastic) weld it back together. Below is a photo of the three stages so far. Stock, center cut out and filed and welded.



Here's a photo of the Legacy (Liberty) grill vs the Outback one showing the different height.



Here it is placed on the car is its half done form. You can see they're way less of a gap. God the headlights need to be refinished.



Closer view. Most of the thick setback section has been cut so it's not so deep now.



Finally finished the intercooler piping. I still need clamps for the new piece but I'm going to see if I can get one or two joins welded to clean it up a bit and leave me with the clamps needed.



Another shot. I also replaced the radiator cap with one that had the sticker not ripped.



I've also realised that I haven't got many full photo shots of the car so here's two. Feat. my Impreza.





I also managed to pick up the exact radio I was after for this car second hand for $200 AU ($135 US). It's a Sony XAV-AX100 and it's in basically new condition. They're a super clean design that looks almost factory. It has Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, Wireless Phone and Reversing camera, which is loads better than the current one which blows a fuse if you want to do anything other than play a cassette.

It came with the harness to attached to an 02 SF5 Forester which I think has the same connector as the Outback so hopefully it's plug and play.



I also went and spoke to the guy who'll be painting the car and he is thinking around mid January as it's generally about 45 degrees so it'll be super easy to paint/bake. That gives me a deadline to get it on the road by then.

Edit: I also forgot to add I did have it running with boost as I had to hold the un-clamped piece in place with my hand. I've also been thing of switching the seats to the AUDM/JDM Bugeye WRX wagon seats. Anyone got any input of leather seats vs cloth.

Thanks for reading,
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I remember eyeballing that exact unit for my impreza! I like the cloth seats in my RS better than the leather seats in my GT. The GT is overall more comfortable, but the RS feels like it holds you better. Also, leather is slippery and cloth is not
 

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I remember eyeballing that exact unit for my impreza! I like the cloth seats in my RS better than the leather seats in my GT. The GT is overall more comfortable, but the RS feels like it holds you better. Also, leather is slippery and cloth is not
Yeah it's not a cut and dry answer. I figure I'll put them up for sale and if I can get what I want for them then I go with WRX seats, if not them stay with the leather. It's a win win either way I guess.
 

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hey mate do you have a pic of the bottom coolant fitting on your turbo? Just wondering where it points to, I'm trying to figure out what to do with mine (possibly cut, rotate and reweld)
 

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hey mate do you have a pic of the bottom coolant fitting on your turbo? Just wondering where it points to, I'm trying to figure out what to do with mine (possibly cut, rotate and reweld)
Nah mate I don't. I just used the stock outlet with standard oil hose to the value cover but honestly I'm not the happiest about it. When/if I have the engine out again I'd want to change it to an AN fitting and braided hose at least.

On a quick note I pickup a T-Stat housing and thermostat off a EJ204 which has the front facing water pump. I'm weighing up whether to get a Gates or a GMB water pump. Anyone have any experience/preference with either? Or what gaskets/seals would I need to get?
 

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Are you possibly talking about your oil drain there?
Whoops haha. Yeah sorry long day. I kept the bottom outlet in the stock location but I rotated the top inlet 180 degree so it was facing towards the center of the firewall. With the outlet I just ran the hose around the back of the turbo as I didn't think it was much of an issue. I can get a photo of the top if needed but its pretty simple as it can only bolt up 2 ways once the outlet/inlet piece has been split.
 

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So next update. I did buy the waterpump, but didn't get round to installing it due to leaving the thermostat and housing up in Sydney. I also sold the old front subframe to a guy who wants to do an LS swap in a wrx, I'm sceptical about it but don't care much as it's sold and gone.

I was at the wreckers and picked up a VA WRX boot lid badge. So that'll nicely replace the shitty standard one that has seen better days. Image with it sitting nicely in the half done grill.



I figured I'd show a photo of the plastic welding going on above. The dark outline is because I forgot to file the paint off.



So that's been kinda keeping me busy on the weekdays. Still working on it slowly but surely.

On the weekend I decided to install the radio. Sidekick making sure I'm doing it properly



Old stock unit. Not a bad item when working properly. This one wasn't though.



Installed in the recommended location. Not really happy with the fitment and the volume knob is in a bad position there.



About an hour with a saw and a file to do this on both sides.



Which allowed me to move it forward about 8mm to the next mounting holes.



I've tested the head unit and it works great. I've had to order an adapter to connect the antenna which arrived today and still need to figure out where to put the microphone. But such a worthwhile update to the car.

Where I'm hording my broken parts :'( There's a bonnet, two tailgates and a tow bar that are all junk now



After the radio install I added the missing clamps to the intercooler piping. Everything works and we have proper boost now. As it's got no BOV it has VL Commodore spec turbo flutter. I did try and upload a video to Imgur but I don't think it can be hosted. I figured I'd add an "aerial shot" of the engine bay now that it's all done (except for the air box and minor adjustments).



And I finally made a start on the dreaded air box. It doesn't look the greatest, definitely not up to Bad Obsession Motorsport standards but it's the first mock-up to see what I could actually fit there. And despite what it looks like there's a couple of hours work in this so far.



I finally have a lead on a exhaust so hopefully I can pick that up as it seems no one wants to sell exhausts for the B4's. There's a 50/50 chance I'll be home on the weekend. If I am there's plenty of things to do,

The list is:
Make airbox
Paint rear brakes and wheel wells
Remove front seats to clean them and carpet under,
Replace waterpump
Clearance heatshield against dump pipe
Find ECU no.
Adjust oil drain hose
Add mic and antenna adapter to radio
Replace lights in gauge cluster
Modify front and rear bumpers
Modify front crash bar (maybe)
Paint underside of bonnet
Finish grill
Figure out how to remove rear bump stops
and probably more that I've forgotten

If I'm not back there, then the list will have to wait. Despite what the list looks like, I'm starting to feel like I'm in the tail end of the project. All I need is an exhaust, wheels, and a tune and this thing is ready for the street (in theory). Of course there's also paint but that isn't essential to the car driving. So it feels kind weird. Also it feels like not much progress is happening because of the tiny little things that are being done that aren't of note, but they have to be done.

Anyway thanks for reading,
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Dont worry about that list, just take it for a drive and upload a video! If you have any spare coin, I bought an AEM 30-0300 wideband gauge for $227 off carmods on ebay, bargain! works awesome too. AFR's look safe as with the 560cc injectors and project lambda software, now i need to pull my finger out and bolt the turbo on!
 

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Dont worry about that list, just take it for a drive and upload a video!
I wish. I don't have any wheels that clear the brakes atm because of the spec b rotors otherwise I would.
If you have any spare coin, I bought an AEM 30-0300 wideband gauge for $227 off carmods on ebay, bargain! works awesome too.
Funnily enough I've had that gauge on my eBay wish list for a while. I'll hoepfully get one of those once I've got a set of wheels and bought the project lambda software. Definitely want one for tuning.
AFR's look safe as with the 560cc injectors and project lambda software, now i need to pull my finger out and bolt the turbo on!
Yeah you do. I can't be the only NA-T Outback in Australia. You should create a journal here as I'd be keen to see your progress and I'm sure other would too.

Did you have to adjust the fuel map table to keep it in a safe afr? (obviously excluding the scaling for the injectors)
 

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I played around with the project lambda software (and using dads wideband sensor) ages ago when the stock injectors were in. I had to up the VE a fair bit above 5000RPM. now its pretty good. Setting some safe timing figures when on boost is what I'm a little worried about
 
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