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New (street) brakes installed. But, I blanked and forgot that ver 5 calipers with vented rotors use RS pads - I bought '94 legacy turbo pads to match the vented rotors. Guess I won't be running anything upgraded in the back. Oh well.





Also took the time to do engine, transmission, and diff fluid changes. Also verified that yes, I am running a suretrac rear diff.





Broke in the brakes last night and they do stop pretty quick. Not a huge improvement over where I was with oem rotors and akebono pads, but I at least now know the mileage on them.

I've got another fun project that'll happen before the trackday, maybe I'll get a chance to post about it tonight.

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What was your reason for going with the DTC-60s? Is that not too much pad for your setup?
They were recommended by my roommate who races spec e46.

Overkill for me, but something to play with. I've got to learn how to drive the thing first.

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Couple of things to highlight (driver excuses):

1. This is my first time on the track
2. I'm running road tires (Pole Position S-04s, 280 treadwear)
3. I'm driving a car I hand built in my garage over many years, combining parts off at least 15 vehicles

So, with those in mind, I'm pleased with my 2:20:9 lap. If I can just learn to track out further, throw on stickier rubber, and get more seat time, I should be able to get down to 2:10 or quicker. My telemetry data is closely similar to my buddy's spec E46, but the different is years of practice on his end.

@onefasazn, the DTC-60s were sublime. I never had to worry about them fading when scrubbing speed. Went from 118 ->60 going into turn one, it was easy and repeatable every lap. I highly recommend them.

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Not much to update.

I added a color matched Greddy boost gauge before the trackday. I then realized I'll never actually look at a boost gauge when driving hard, where it would actually matter. But, it looks cool and matches the gauges. I'll move it to a better location soon, looks too boy-racerish currently.





I also bought new seats to replace the fading 2004 STI seats that I've had in the car for 4+ years. But, the seller sent me the wrong set. We worked it out and I'll be receiving the right set tomorrow, but for now this is what I've got. They oddly match better than I expected.





More to come.

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So the actual seats I wanted came in. Don't let the image fool you, there isn't some large white spot on them - that's just sunlight.

I'll be stripping them down to clean the covers and transfer rails. Then, I'll be installing seat heaters because I'm bougie and want a hot ass in the winter.

They actually have an interesting pattern and should match my 1996 Impreza 60/40 folding rear seats pretty well.

Most importantly, they have a bolster that's properly sized for a non-fat American.











Of course, I didn't really expect to be the owner of (3) sets of seats, but here we are. I should be able to combine into 1 functional pair, 1 pair solely to sell off, and 1 pair to do whatever I want with.



Also installed an oil pressure gauge and a new bezel for both it and the boost gauge. However, the extension cable that connects the gauge to the sensor was missing a wire on pin 2. I'll have to figure out a way to replace the cable or repin it before I can get an accurate reading.





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Well, I learned something new about seats last night.

GD seats come in (2) types, what I'll refer to as Rev 1 and Rev 2.

Rev 1 - 2002 and 2003
Rev 2 - 2004 - 2007

You can tell the difference by the hinge that the seat-back uses. Rev 2 models have (2) mount points on each side (4 total) while Rev 1 models have (2) mount points on one side and (1) mount point on the other (3 total). You cannot mix and match components from Rev 1 and Rev 2 - none of the sliders or seat-backs can be moved around.

So I took the GD JDM WRX Rev 2 seat that was already installed and swapped bases with my GD USDM STI seat which was already cut and welded to match the RS bolt pattern for mounting by a previous owner. This gave me a driver seat with full adjustment and leaves me with a passenger seat that allows for full adjustment, too.

But, I'm not able to use the fabric and seats that I wanted to. The Rev 2 seats have a wider bolster and are physically larger to support the side curtain airbag. I also wasn't able to add in the seat heaters as the covers are glued on, both the seat-back and seat-base.

Next step is to buy Front L+R WRX seats from a 2002/2003 model and see if I can swap my Rev 1 components over...

At least now I don't feel like I'm driving a tractor.





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Coolant is slippery.

A coolant line burst while I was turning through an intersection, causing me to spin. Thankfully there was no damage to anyone or anything.

Removed the crossover nipple that caused it, replaced the tube and got her up and running in 1 hour.









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Don't get too excited; it's been salvaged - twice - doesn't pass smog, the airbags don't work, the seats are a burning pile of garbage, and it needs a handful of small fixes.

Also I was driving the Subaru the other day and noticed I didn't have my Airbag light on. I thought maybe it did another check and passed due to my futzing with the passenger side harness.




Nope. Just a dying bulb.


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Took close to a month to get the 135i smog legal. For N54 motors there's an andoid app - MHD - that I used to reset the ecu back to factory, seems it was running a map of some sort.

I'll be doing quick fixes to the BMW - headlight ballast and bulb, replacing spherical bearings on front top hats, and fixing the wiring to the front airbags.

After that the GC gets pulled in to begin prep for paint and interior. I'm hoping I can do, essentially, the last full re-assembly of the interior post-paint.

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I sent out an oil sample for analysis from the trackday in March. Sounds like the EJ207 is pretty healthy!

Disregard the name Eric, I used my buddy's account that is already setup through them - he happened to have a spare bottle and form.



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