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Old 12-07-2011, 04:59 PM   #26
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Hmm, I like the idea. I'll be following the progress sir
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:28 AM   #27
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Ha, the title is a little understated. It is a little more comprehensive than a stage 2 build, but I didn't feel right calling it a track build when I have made some compromises to keep it daily driven. I would rather be understated than be over the top like some of the posts I have seen. In all respect it doesn't have any real custom fabrication, just bolt on equipment that is easily and readily available to reengineer certain areas of the cars performance I find lacking. But yeah, I am all about functional and comprehensive handling. Sometimes I wish I was just going for the look, would be a whole lot cheaper and easier, instead of the countless hours it takes dialing in a setup, although they can be fun and relaxing hours. I'm hoping at the end of this after I dial in my suspension settings this thing will be fast and fun, but we will see. I think you will like what I have in store for functional stance on my gd, I have the rims sitting here just haven't purchased the tires. I'm hoping they will fit with some aggressive fender rolling and give me a full range of suspension travel, we will see. If not I guess it will be another trip to LIC to purchase their phenomenal looking fender flares. Progress has slowed this week, doing a ton of odds and ends on the car in preparation for the build. Waiting on some special order left hand threaded nuts to arrive for my Poltec Lateral Links, as I feel both ends should use this attachment method. Waiting on my rear differential bushing to arrive from TIC then the rear end should be just about done, will post pics up in the next day or two, starting to look pretty sweet with all the aluminum links instead of heavy old stamped steal and soft rubber bushings. Here is where I am at with the motor, ACT Prolite flywheel and clutch are installed, just arranging a time that works with a friend of mine to give me a hand lifting the old 5 speed back into position. Thought about doing it myself like with my 240sx, but didn't want to take the chance on bending the pressure plate. Here is where we sit, its a shame to hide that flywheel and clutch, both would like great as a wall decoration in the garage.



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Old 12-15-2011, 04:18 AM   #28
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This is going to be amazing!
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:31 PM   #29
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Well I've been lagging a bit, life came along and I haven't had the time to tear into the car. Had some final background interviews for hopefully my soon to be career, which will give me a nice raise in salary for fun stuff, like an upcoming 6 speed swap. Good news teardown of the car is mostly complete, now comes reassembly. It's been a bear trying to arrange the time between work, interviews, and my friends schedules to get an extra set of hands over here to help guide my tranny back in so the front end can be reassembled. So to stay busy I've begun reassembly of the rear end of the car. Dropped the Rear Diff mustache bar to install TIC Race Rear Diff Bushings.

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And here is a picture of the mustache bar. This is the last time you will see this flexy rubber back here. If you haven't replaced these bushings yet, I highly recommend the TIC bushings. Easy to replace, and considerably stiffer than the OEM Subary rubber. I was shocked at how much I was able to deflect these with just my bare hands, note the open voids in the bushing making it even easier. I haven't had a chance to press out the oem bushing, so this is where it sits now, awaiting assembly.


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Old 12-20-2011, 11:32 PM   #30
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Hubs, Spindles, Poltec lateral links, Poltec Adjustable Rear Endlink, Cusco Trailing Arm, and H&R Coilovers all reinstalled. That means in my rear end all rubber has been removed, spherical bearings replacing all suspension links to the chassis and hubs, and Whiteline Polyurethane Rear Diff Bushings for where the subframe connects to the chassis, and TIC Rear Diff Race Bushings to solidify the mount of the diff itself. I'm very excited to feel how all this work has tightened the feel of the rear end of the car. Strength, Durability, and the lack of flexibility all work together to make sure all motion is transferred through the dampener, making the suspension work more effeciently as well as increasing confidence and predictability at the limit of adhesion.

Pardon the picture quality, it was getting late but was trying to get a little bit of an update in.


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Old 12-22-2011, 01:19 AM   #31
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I'm a little concerned with the fitment of the cusco trailing arm to the hub. Of course it is just finger tight, but I really don't think its supposed to be that loose. I'm going to send this pic to the vendor, see if I got pulled the correct one, hoping it will be a simple fix like that.


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Old 12-22-2011, 01:32 AM   #32
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Another love package of parts from LIC Motorsports. I have chosen to use the Greddy Infometer Touch as my gauge solution for the car. I really wanted to go with an AIM digital dash display, but it wasn't in the budget at this point. I have heard great things about this unit, and relied heavily on the recommendation from Adam and Noah at LIC. Adjustable user settings, audio and visual warnings whenever the threshold has been exceeded, and with the add on sensors, the ability to monitor oil pressure, oil temperature, water temperature, water pressure, boost pressure, etc. While you could probably get by without these gauges on merely a street driven car, if you plan on pushing the limits of the ej205 at the track, it is essential to have an easy to read and accurate gauge setup. The audible warning feature is essential IMHO, as it allows you to be aware if a threshold has been exceeded without taking your eyes off the track. To try to get around the 5 speeds inherent understeer characteristics (front heavy/front engine car with the stock open front diff) I will be using a multitude of parts to try and convince the car to rotate in a controllable manner. I will be using a 27mm adjustable whiteline rear swaybar, as I prefer to use stiff swaybars to limit body roll and convince the car to rotate and use softer springs to enable the suspension is pliant enough to absorb the bumps of tarmac street canyon runs. The rest of the parts are pretty basic and continues with the theme of tying down the drivetrain to increase response, predictability, and confidence when driving at the limits of adhesion.


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Old 12-22-2011, 02:07 AM   #33
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Nice project you got going on. Following!
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:24 AM   #34
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damn so many parts! good job dude keep it going!!
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:46 AM   #35
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Well, when I see a good idea implemented intelligently, I incorporate it into my build. In an effort to increase my cooling systems effectiveness, I will be venting my engine bay with these Run Cool Hood Louvers. Originally got the idea from Turn In Concepts, these will suck air that has already been used to cool the various heat exchangers out of the engine bay, lowering its pressure, which increases the pressure differential between the engine bay and the front of the heat exchangers, which will allow more air to flow through and cool the radiator. Combined with my Koyo high capacity radiator, Crawford water pump, radiator ducting, and higher pressure radiator cap, should drastically increase my cooling systems effectiveness. Here is a perfect example of how a number of small fixes almost always is better than one big fix, and how the ultimate in fixes is when you combine the big fix with a number of smaller fixes. As a side benefit, combined with some other front end aerodynamic modifications, should help streamline my car and improve the overall vehicle aerodynamics. I couldn't justify spending the money on a vented carbon hood to lose a minimal of weight over the nose of the car since the stock aluminum hood is very light, and liked how these looked on the turn in concepts car. Thanks for the idea TIC.


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Hopefully my front end will look similar to this:
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:03 AM   #36
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Time for some progress to be made on the car instead of just dumping $$$ into piles of parts on the ground. Installed TIC Rear Differential Bushing Race version and was blown away by the ease of the install. The OEM bushings are disgustingly soft, while these new ones are extremeley rigid with no play from hand squeezing- just what I wanted. These will prove essential to direct feedback and throttle inputs. As is well known with TIC products- very knowledgeable, professional, takes the time to answer questions about future goals, speedy delivery, and ultimately a well designed/engineered/thought out product that fixes and upgrades the oem part but has oem type quality control. The product fits like a dream, and if more products had the TIC attention to detail there would be a LOT less botched or frustrated installs. Anybody in the market for Subaru parts should definitely consider this shop.


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Old 12-31-2011, 02:09 AM   #37
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In an effort to further strengthen chassis rigidity I have included TIC fender cowl braces in my build. These replace the stock flimsy oem ones (although kudos to subaru for even triangulating the fender with a brace, many other imports don't even take that step), but these are nice and beefy and rigid in comparison to the stock ones which I can flex with my bare hands. To further strengthen this connection, in the future I will be welding these braces in place to further strengthen the chassis. Here is the original install if no other modifications are performed.


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Old 12-31-2011, 02:15 AM   #38
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I was not happy with the OEM harness routing in the fender well so decided to modify the wiring path some for improved protection with my reduced ride heaight and hard driving style. The last thing I wanted to do was have my rapidly spinning tire shred my wiring harness at full bump, so I rerouted the wiring harness on the side of the fender cowl, which should tuck it between the fender and frame upon reassembly. All new drilled holes were hit with a quick dose of spray paint to eliminate any rust issues down the road. If all goes as planned on reassembly, this should be a safer and more robust setup down the road. Hopefully this will fit under the fenders upon reassembly without issue. I did a similar modification to my 240sx with good results and little problems, so I hope to continue the trend here.


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Old 12-31-2011, 04:10 AM   #39
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View of the ball joint seat. Will be replacing with a Whiteline Roll Center Correction Kit Extended ball joint and tie rod ends. This car has lived solely in California, and still needds a little clean up work to make it perfect. I don't know how you east coasters work on cars with the salt and snow back there. I am so glad I moved back to California weather.
It's a bitch, trust me. Well thought out build, it seems. Good luck.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:56 AM   #40
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It's a break 4 bolts in disassembly kind of bitch.

Great build and details, sub'd
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Old 12-31-2011, 05:54 PM   #41
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Time for some progress to be made on the car instead of just dumping $$$ into piles of parts on the ground. Installed TIC Rear Differential Bushing Race version and was blown away by the ease of the install. The OEM bushings are disgustingly soft, while these new ones are extremeley rigid with no play from hand squeezing- just what I wanted. These will prove essential to direct feedback and throttle inputs. As is well known with TIC products- very knowledgeable, professional, takes the time to answer questions about future goals, speedy delivery, and ultimately a well designed/engineered/thought out product that fixes and upgrades the oem part but has oem type quality control. The product fits like a dream, and if more products had the TIC attention to detail there would be a LOT less botched or frustrated installs. Anybody in the market for Subaru parts should definitely consider this shop.
Can I ask how hard it was to take off the stock bushings out of the mustache bar? And how'd you do it? I have had these TIC Bushings in a box for more than a year but havent installed them. Afraid I wont have the right tool to take them off and will waste my time putting it back together with the old bushings.

Awesome build btw..
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:18 PM   #42
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love this build thread..
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:29 PM   #43
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i love threads with tons of updated pics!
keep it coming man. good stuff
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:05 PM   #44
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i love this damn thread!
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:39 PM   #45
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So you get your trailing arm issue resolved?
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:14 PM   #46
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The tic bushings were phenomenally easy to install. They have some instructions on their website which walk you through it step by step. Basically 2 bolts and 2 nuts to drop the mustache bar out, a little bit of Prying with screwdrivers to loosen the oem bushing, then you can press the bushing out by hand if you have a vice. If you don't have a vice just put a large socket under the bar and give it a shove and the oem bushing will shoot out. The tic bushings can be installed by hand and then you just reassemble. Just remember the orientation of the mustache bar when you reinstall. Super easy when you're done you will laugh at yourself for not doing it sooner l, probably a 45 minute job tops. Super easy- do it and enjoy
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:45 PM   #47
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yup, theres a how to with pictures on this site. then its fun to watch them bounce across the floor.
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Old 01-01-2012, 03:06 PM   #48
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Great work on the car so far mate, good luck with achieving your goals. Its never easy choosing parts when the car is a compromise, you will always end up leaning more one way than the other, from what I have seen so far your defo leaning more towards track focus which would be my choice as well

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Old 01-03-2012, 01:23 AM   #49
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Trailing arm issue still unresolved. Waiting to hear back from the vendor, its been tough with the holiday weekend. If anybody has any closeup pics installed that would be a huge help. I've been searching but haven't seen any good pics. I'm sure its going to be an easy fix though, and with the state of my car isn't the only thing holding my car from being done.
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:51 PM   #50
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Some more progress made today. Whiteline rear 27mm swaybar installed. Weird little quirk about the install that I could not find much about online in the forums, concerns the swaybar d mounts. The Whiteline bar, while 27mm in the center narrows down to 24mm on the side to mount to the chassis. I am using the upgraded sway bar mount, as with any increased rear swaybar under aggressive driving could result in failure of the oem mounts. The 27mm bar comes with mounts with a ridge on them, these turned out incompatible with the upgraded swaybar mount, not correctly mounting and dislocating portions of the bushings. So instead of shaving these down, I recommend just using a set of 24mm swaybar mounts, which I had available from my previous swaybar. Fits the swaybar perfectly and fits the mount as good as with the previous bar. I have never been overwhelmed with the fitment of the mounts though, I have tried the trick of flipping them backwards, and this is the closest to oem level of fitment, although it is stil not entirely up to my oem standards.


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