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So today, I'm not impressed. Went out to my car to go to work this morning, pushed in my clutch before I even started it, and heard a pop.

Drove to work and pushing down on the clutch now required little to no effort. The clutch now engages at the absolute top of the peddle travel, and also slipped under boost. With all the symptoms it's displaying, I'm 99% sure the pressure plate cracked, or at least a few of its bearing fingers.

I spend a bit of extra money for a Competition Clutch Stage 2 and installed it back in Dec. of 09. It seems to have lasted 22 months; was kinda hoping for more.

Mind you, when I opened the Competition Clutch box, the pressure plate was a yellow ACT one painted black. Not sure why some of these brands are all mixed in together...
 

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Did a bit of maintenance over the weekend. Gearing up for the big 200 000 km service with my bros help at his shop, but doing a few things that I can do myself in the driveway first, save some time...

Picked up a Megan Racing engine mount kit, installed the transmission mount and went to change the dog bone too. Took the intercooler off and noticed I was leaking fuel. It's amazing how the smallest things will keep your car from being mobile...



To get to the fuel regular bypass block, I had to get the PCV/valve cover hosing out of the way. Took the lines off, and they were packed with the equivalent of automotive margarine! This is another previous owner setup :unamused: Turns out this hosing wasn't doing anything and I'm not sure for how long it was not doing it for.

After doing some homework online I found this incredibly handy schematic

The previous owner had the very outer 'pink' hoses tee'd into the 'blue' hose coming right out of the block. Essentially he had the intake hooked up to the exhaust :facepalm: He then had a 2nd tee about 2" away from the 1st one and ran that into a catch can/oil-air separator. It looked ghetto, but it was one of those things that seemed to be working (cause the previous owner left me with lots of surprises over the years) and was one of those things you just kinda leave til later...

Well it was a good thing I did something cause it was doing absolutely nothing.

Auto margarine's gross! It slops everywhere and feels like you're using someone else's second hand personal lubricant. It gives you thoughts of rape showers with your coveralls still on. It also makes for the worse toast you've ever had. The lines were just packed with it, so out with the old.

That catch weighed about 4lbs when I took it out and about 3lbs after more margarine leaked out of it. I also don't know why people like using the clear garden hose with the cord weaved in it. It gets stained with whatever fluids going through and turns rock hard over time.

Picked up a new PCV hosing kit from the dealer that they happened to have it on the shelf, and capped off the outlet for the hose that goes to the airbox.


And ordered in some K&N breather filters for the valve covers, seeing as how the valve cover outlets on a Subaru boxer intake air.




Went for a test drive and holy shit what a difference! I usually have to wait for the car to get fairly warmed up before it drives nice. It drove as it used to when fully warmed up while it was still warming up. Throttle's smoother, shifting's smooter and I read online that I may even can expect some better gas mileage. I highly recommend!
 

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Had some time to photoshop, this is what the previous owner's setup was:



You're welcome to share your thoughts behind this logic as it hurts my brain processing this information.
 

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Put in a new 90 amp alt in. So far things seems to be running a lot better. They were under-powered for the GC's so I hope to get some cleaner running...
 

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Did the big 200 k service over the weekend with my bros help. All new Nippon-branded, water pump, timing belt, tensioner, pulleys and seals.

Eliminated another previous owner mistake in the process too. Wanted to re-seal the oil pan as it was leaking a bit. Picked up another oil pan and installed a new Russel fitting and line for the turbo's return line. Had to flatten the pan a bit and remove a bit of a baffle inside, but doesn't leak and still able to get at the oil filter.



Didn't take a before pick but there was a piece of copper turbing before somehow forced into a hole in the oil pan. Someone also kinked the tube, twice, getting it to bend the 90*.

While the oil pan was out also installed some Megan Racing engine mounts.
 

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Went to change the shift boot as it was wearing and becoming fuzzy. Wanted something different then factory, and found black leather/blue stitching boot intended for a newer STI.

Went to change it and found that only 2 of the 8 studs to clip the boot to were remaining (thank you previous owner... still). I actually had no idea how it was even hanging on haha

So after some brainstorming and even a (I'll admit) failed duct tape attempt, I broke off what was left of each stud and drilled holes in their place. This way spacing and mounting would be even. Put some nice stainless bolts through and one-at-a-time, poked holes in the boot. The previously failed duct tape attempt helped as it didn't wreck the leather while poking.

Tightened it up and I really like how it turned out, looks industrial. And removal/replaceable if ever need be.



 

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My electric fuel pressure gauge died and felt it wasn't worth the cost to replace it in my setup.

So bought a mounting cup, moved the oil pressure gauge out from the centre dash and picked up a dash pocket in its place. I think I'll paint the bolts on the cup black eventually...


And put a mechanical gauge in the regulator under the hood.
 

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I went to remove the EGT gauge this weekend, and turns out the previous owner had it wired directly to the battery this entire time :facepalm: always had a sneaky suspicion that there was electrical draw somewhere...

After almost 8 years, there's still surprises it seems :unamused:
 

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From a place in Ontario called BC Auto Design. I wouldn't recommend it though; overpriced, fibreglass and flimsy. It's being replaced in March with urethane ;)
 

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Nothing too exciting recently, just waiting for the better weather to do more changes.

Had to do a bit of an emergency repair over the weekend though. Early last week the belts were squeaking, so I snugged up the belts a bit but still squeaking. I popped the hood and the outside ring of my crank pulley was wobbling like a dish.

I needed a crank pulley and went with a new one from the dealer as they had it on the shelf and ironically cheaper then anywhere else.

The rubber between the 2 rings on the crank pulley looks like it just wore out.



New pulley, bolt, belts and breaker bar; and a borrowed torque wrench later she's smooth again.
 

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New handbrake boot! Matches my shifter which also doesn't sag now and (had to) do the bolt thing like I did at the shifter (plastic posts/pegs were all but broken off by the previous owner...)

Special thanks to Zealous Interiors! Andrew's the only person I could find who makes a boot that replaces the rubber cover.


(That hole is from the previous owner's alarm LED. I finally decided to rip it out; a dash kit will be on it's way shortly...)
 

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Vicky's showing a few signs of the not-so-great paint Subaru chose to go with on GC's. Mainly it's the clear coat actually, so not necessarily the paint itself...

A re-paint of the car isn't exactly a priority right now, so I took a gamble and for the time being I ordered some real car paint in a spray can online that stated it's a one-stage application as it already has clear coat built/mixed in.

I did a test on one of the hood vents Sunday and turned out better then I had thought! The confidence was flowing so decided to tackle the big eyesore I've had since I bought the car, which has only been getting worse.



No, that's not the reflection of the clouds unfortunately. That's where clear coat has been slowly flaking off speck by speck over the years.



But I'm satisfied with how it turned out. The colour's spot on and the paint was fairly easy to work with. There's a bit more orange peel the factory, but I'm not a painter/bodyman but any stretch of the imagination and don't proclaim to even try and pretend to be one. But it dried very smooth and has lots of gloss. The metallic amount is the same as factory. Not bad for something literally done in the driveway (which I'm not above admitting), $86 for 3 cans; shipped, and in an afternoon. It took more time to mask things off then anything else. Honestly looks like a better-then-before, presentable Maaco job.

I'm going to tackle another panel, a section of one of the doors from a previous neighbour repeatedly opening their door into mine and the bumpers. I think I'll look up on how to try and minimize the orange peel before I do, but otherwise I'm content with this fix for the time being.
 
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