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My fittings finally came in last week, and managed to swap over to to an Aeromotive fuel filter today. Moving the washer jug outta the way made things a lot easier...





Car actually runs a bit smoother and a little bit easier to drive actually. Turns out the OEM filter is a restriction by about 4psi; had to adjust my regulator...
 

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I joined the broken-clutch-fork club last week. Well, technically bent in my case. This was something I couldn't do at home so I don't have any pics, but I was told it was completely bent at the pivot point and the prongs were twisted too. Must have been slowing bending for years.

What upsets me is that I entrusted a family members' advise in the past, whenever I brought up the issue of the fork during each of my numerous clutch changes in the past (lubing it, changing it out, etc); in that 'Don't worry about it' or 'Don't touch it'; including the creek I heard every time I pushed in the clutch pedal. The last time I saw the fork I even brought up the issue that the throw out bearing seems a little off and loose, as though the prongs of the forks weren't parallel with each other.

I've been advised now, that every time the transmission comes off for whatever reason to preferably change it, or if not take it off and grease it up. I was also advised however that the new fork that was brought in from a Subaru dealership appears to be more re-enforced then my original. I'm glad to know Subaru revised this part. Going forward, the shop that assisted me is going to insist to all future customer's with a manual Subaru to spend the extra $40 and replace the fork while they're in there.

Everything's new and lubed up now and for the first time my most recent clutch is hyper and springy, and not trying to push in a block of hard foam. It feels brand new and I'm actually learning to drive the car again...
 

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So I may not be updating this tread as often, not that I have been lately. Other then maintenance stuff, I haven't done anything as I had been on the hunt for a daily driver.

Over the past year or so I've become more and more serious in my searches til I came across a deal I couldn't quite pass up. Found a green/silver 06 Forester L.L. Bean edition that came in on a trade.



I'll still be doing some personal touches to it, but Vicky's gonna basically sit. I may take her out on the odd weekend but the plan is to do a resto-mod in the future...
 

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The insurance expired on my Impreza over the weekend. Moved her into storage. This is probably the only pic of the 2 together for a while...

 

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In preparing for the interior refresh/rebuild I’m going to do this winter, the parts collecting has begun. I was gonna do it over the summer but then thought I’d like to enjoy the car on the occasional weekend before I do.

When I got my amp, it came with a bass knob. I didn’t run it though. I was told people only use these if they “don’t know how to tune an amp” or “don’t know how to build a box”. But knowing me, I would’ve still kept it and not thrown it out. One came with the underseat sub in my Forester, and I really liked it! Found it to be very handy. Went to look for the one for the amp in Vicky and couldn’t find it. Thinking back, I’m pretty sure a former friend stole it.

Ordered a new one directly from JBL and started brainstorming where to mount it.


The knob’s orientation only allows it to be mounted up onto something from the underside, but didn’t want to drill more holes in the actual dash then I had to. I realize I’ve pretty much never have used the cigarette lighter in a very long time and the USB adapter in it was really just for show :p Decided to mount the knob here as its perfect being right by the head unit.

Took the innards out so as to not potentially damage anything and trimmed the ‘wings’ off the knob.


And then cleared out some of the back of the cigarette lighter mounting “wall”. I initially wanted to have the dial stick out through the existing lighter's hole, but there's nothing back there to mount the knob to, turns out.


Some industrial strength double-sided tape and it slid right in. It’s nearly the same length as the “roof”, so most of it stuck, it’s not going anywhere.


Re-assembled the knob and put everything back together. Still have quite a bit of room being the knob’s “butt” and the airbag module.


There's a bit of a gap from the cigarette lighter hole, but you can't really see it unless you bring your head down to shift knob level. Not hooked up yet though, will run the line for it when I redo everything.
 

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It has begun...



Not only a new job, but new career, which means some of the things I've always wanted to do will be more affordable.

Step 1 this year is a partial re-do of the interior.
 

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Something I've been keeping out of sight, and out of mind, is the right 1/4 panel.

The first thing the previous owner did after 6 months of ownership is make a late left turn and got hit. Didn't know it at the time of purchase, the Carfax and ICBC report were clean. Found out years later that he took the car to I-don't-know bodyshop and asked to have it fixed as quickly and cheaply as possible before his wife found out.

The potentially questionable workmanship is actually not that bad after 20 years.

This is where your right arm would be sitting in the back, passenger side.

Looks worse then it is, it's actually pretty solid. Gonna clean it up and patch it for now (not at the bodywork step yet)

This is sticking your head in the trunk, and looking up at the forward, right corner, just behind the rear glass. Also looks worse then it is, still feels solid.
 

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The last few years on the road, the hand brake was maxed out and just barely holding the car.

It might be both brake cables stretched out, but for the time being I picked up a new conjoining T-cable (whatever it's actually called).

Old one would barely come out; another surprise from the previous owner.


New one made a difference, but think my other cables are still stretched (will be taken care of at a later step).
 

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Years ago my gas cap kept getting stolen one summer. I ordered a remote remote fuel door kit from the dealer, a flat door from a forum member, and finally put everything in.

Looks like I'm gonna need a filler tube eventually, and more 1/4 panel work (at a later step), but managed to get everything out and swapped over.


With the interior out, not that hard, but only this to show for it :p


Why Subaru took this option away from the coupes and sedans halfway through the run I'll never know.

Nice and flat.


Anyone know what this says? I imagine unleaded fuel only...
 

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Also changed out my shaggy and fraying driver's seat belt and installed the phone cable for the sub remote, but not picture worthy.
 

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So, hopefully this post makes sense.

Anyone with aftermarket speakers that don't clear the factory speaker grills, and have to use the covers that comes with their speakers, know how impossible it can feel attempting to tighten down the speaker in the cramped space by the back glass. My rear speaker would always do that slight farting sound this whole time cause I can't get my fingers or any tools back there.

So something I always wanted to do, I mounted the speakers into the factory brackets first (using the adapter rings that came with the speakers). The bolts that go through the grill and then through the speaker are a lenght where they first bottom out on the factory bracket. So drilled some clearance holes in the brackets so they can poke through. I then trimmed the grill to clear the factory bracket bolt holes. Now I can mount the entire speaker with factory bracket in at once first.

 

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When I pulled the rear speaker shelf cover off to get the speakers out, it came out unbroken in one piece, but the factory grey carpet literally just fell off.

Looks like I'm going to be recovering it, and when I looked at it I noticed I don't need to use the child seat anchors. I deleted the holes for those by gorilla gluing more, particle board? circles into the holes. The rear shelf cover is kinda crappy felt carpet wrapped in... that stuff that you nail into the back of Ikea furniture.

 

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I opened up the speaker holes in the cover so now it can slide over and clear the speaker grills.

The basic idea:

 

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My package tray fell apart when I tried taking it out. Plan is to use MDF to make a new one when the time comes. Although I have considered just using thin aluminum plate and creating a rear firewall out it. The stock package tray is just so flimsy.

I'll go take a quick picture of my solution for mounting aftermarket speakers.
 

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Looks like I just clearanced the stock shrouds and used self tappers to attach them. I also used the foam enclosures on the back side.

 

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Looks like I just clearanced the stock shrouds and used self tappers to attach them. I also used the foam enclosures on the back side.

What was your solution for speaker grills? Or just not gonna run any?
 
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