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I had rolled the fronts from my previous setup, I was a lot lower on the coilovers. So I just had to do the rears. And one side was actually just a pretty standard roll, no pull at all, but the other side where I had the body work I think had the fender in a tad farther that it should have been, so it took a little more work.
If you have the option, go with a 235/40, it is more true to original diameter and will fit better.
 

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Sweet! Thanks again, learning a lot more about wheel and tire specs this past few weeks; glad I can finally sort out my options, btw you put 235/35/r17 in your first post instead of 235/45 :p How are you liking the Sportcomps so far?

also, the H6 rear brackets are like $13.79 on RockAuto if you haven't gotten them yet lol, I found one on eBay for bid a few months ago and just bid on it to get started, but like you, I've been just sitting on it (well it's under my bed) for too long since it's not a necessity anytime soon.


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I have everything already for the h6 swap, I'm just lazy and have too much other crap to do to make it look pretty.

And I haven't had a chance to really push the tires too hard. I'm still rubbing a tiny bit on the one corner when I accelerate around a right hand turn, so I have to figure that out so I don't pop a tire mid turn. It's going to involve some cutting or grinding I think... Ugh.

And fixed the first post, thanks.
 

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Well, I went searching at 4 different junk yards to find a rust free quarter panel. I'm going to attempt to do all of this myself, my first big step into what I would consider major body work.




Couldn't get my friend with the welder to help me this week, so I decided to do h6 upgrade finally. Oldie, but goodie.
Some size comparison



And painted the calipers to match and swapped the works back on the car. So pretty...


And I hit a milestone today. The big 200k. Aside from the rust, you would never be able to tell, it still makes more power than most imprezas I've been in and sees redline almost daily. Still my favorite car I've owned, and I plan on driving it to 300k+. Unless it becomes a track car...


 

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YESSSSSSSSSS, these bring out the fogs so much better.
Hope you don't mind me spamming you on Instagram.
 

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Finally got around to starting on my quarter panel. Followed pretty standard DIY writeup procedure. This was my first time. I have a friend who has done a bit more welding than me, but neither of us are body guys, and he knew less than me, so it was basically me doing all the cutting and measuring and he just did the welding. The plan was to use the TIG, but he realized he was out of gas after attempting to do the spot welds, so just regular gas MIG. They aren't the prettiest welds, but they work great and were free.
When I started all the sanding and realized how much bondo was already on the panel, it was pretty obvious that there had been an accident in this quarter panel before. It was pushed much farther in than the other side, and this would also explain why I had such a hard time fitting my wheels. The new panel does stick out as far as it should, so that means that I will need to build up the bondo quite a bit around the welding seam to make it even. Also visible is the evidence of the paid attempt to repair it 6 months ago and the crazy amount of rust that made it impossible.














I have finals this week, so I threw some primer on it and will hopefully get at least all the bondo done next week. I haven't decided if I want to try to do all the paint myself since I don't really have a very good place to do it, so I might get some quotes from some local shops and see what they would charge.

And I also decided that while I'm doing repair work, I might as well go all out. So I went to town on the roof and took out a few small rust spots that were just barely starting.




And I also had some extra thin gauge steel laying around from another project, so I decided to make my own rallytech style cooling plate. Very easy with a die grinder, cut of wheel, and a drill. I'll probably powder coat it sometime and maybe have something laser etched on it or something. I haven't decided yet.


And also found a picture of my car from a recent local meet.
 

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I agree. The front lip and the JDM grill really are what make the car. Make a huge difference.
 

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Finally finished up my quarter panel and roof. Total labor time wasn't crazy, but it definitely was a lot of waiting around for stuff to dry. Just finished the paint and clear today, so tomorrow it will get the final cut and buff. There was also lots of clear coat peeling on the rest of the roof so I decided to respray the whole thing. Did some quick sanding with 800 grit on the rest that I forgot to take a picture of. Getting the paint to blend was a lot harder because I didn't have a good angle to look at it straight on or with a reflection. I also was running out of clear and decided the quarter panel was more important to me, so I didn't get as many coats on the roof as I wanted... I am hoping it will level itself out or the cut will help, but there is lots of orange peel. If not I still have plenty of color and can redo the roof when I do the front bumper and hood sometime later. Which I definitely plan on doing now.
I am so glad that I can figure out stuff like this by myself. Materials were probably ~$100, and this was easily $1500 worth from a body shop. And I think most people won't be able to tell the difference when I'm done.



















 

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The clear didn't level at all, so I did it the hard way. 1000 grit, 1500 grit, 2000 grit, polish. My arms are tired.

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During and after:





The color isn't blended as well as I thought it was, but I'll wait and see what it does as it dries more.
 

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Well I did another thing today. Two actually, but didn't get one installed, so it will have to wait.

These feel AWESOME. Being a taller skinny guy, I needed support from the seats, but couldn't get GD STi seats or I would be hitting my head. Had to sell a couple other things, but I think it will be worth it.
 

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Lol saw these on IG, how'd your wife take it?
maybe having her sit in them will ease the anger!

I really need a set!!!!!!
 

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Thanks shikari!

And the wife... Well, it went more like the "I'm not mad, I'm disappointed" conversation... Haha.
 

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Well the works are gone. I had someone message me in the morning on Tuesday and had cash in my hand within a couple hours. I was hoping to get either a motorcycle or more stuff for a swap, but after talking with my wife I decided that I really need to take a step back in the project area and not take on anything so big. So after a serious case of seller's remorse, I started shopping for wheels again. I am going to be starting the HPDE at miller motorsports park, so I wanted something with a good width, that was also light and strong. Found a set on eBay that will have to be imported, and also bought some brand new rubber from Reflected Image Motorsports. Wheels are out 1-2 weeks, so I should be able to get everything ready to go by the June weekend and be out at miller.
I have to say, I loved the works, but I think the new wheels will clean up just as well. And of course, they are white.
 
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