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Old 02-03-2007, 05:32 PM   #226
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Old 02-03-2007, 07:05 PM   #227
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Do you have a higher res image of this?

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Old 02-04-2007, 02:15 AM   #228
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Do any of you know where this goes?



We have it labelled "Legacy Driver Dash Middle" but that's not really helpful. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
for some reason I want to say it goes under the steering column, but thats just a guess.

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Old 02-04-2007, 06:13 PM   #229
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It goes under the steering column!
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:56 AM   #230
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duh! I couldn't figure out how it mounted but that's probably because I spent way too much time this weekend laying across the door sil, on my back, looking upwards of the mess of wires I need to put back into place. I even had dreams of ash trays and dash bits that wouldn't fit no matter how had I tried. I think that the part of this swap that I absolute hate and abhore is the dash re-assembly. What a total freaking PITA! It probably doesn't help that the car now has three super multiple junctions and a bunch of extra wires added to the harness. I'll post some pictures later this week after my exams.

Oh yeah, we had the car alligned last week and things turned out nicely. Nearly no toe and front camber was set at -1.3 and rear at ended up at -1.5. The drop definitely increased the negative camber and the car handles 1000x better than with the stock suspension

ps. I'm looking for some BH wagon springs because the JDM pinks are a little low for my tastes. please PM me if anyone has any (like H&R's, etc).

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Old 02-05-2007, 12:47 PM   #231
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So I should be on the look out for a very quick red BE with an exhaust around FoCo? I hope I can hear/see it soon.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:50 PM   #232
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Yea man...this is great news....all but the dash PITA (dashs arnt fun in any car) You get the big ups pimps.....Nice work to an awsome car....
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Old 02-10-2007, 08:12 AM   #233
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Quick update:

I returned home from work at 1am and decided that I wasn't tired, so I put on 3 fleeces, winter boots, and headed out to the garage. We just received some Whiteline rear springs that I hope will stiffen up the rear end a bit. $160ish shipped from globalperformanceparts or something like that. No one has H&R's in stock and the STi BH pink springs are over $200 from japanparts.com, so I decided to try the whitelines. I have to say that they are mucho beefy compared to the STi springs that came with the bilsteins.
Removing the rear shocks is cake since they are held on by three bolts, two at the top hat and one at the bottom. I won't need an allignment either when all is finished.

Trick for breaking the top nut lose:

Of course, the pistons were spinning so I found some convenient tools:

Looks like I have a leaky Bilstein. JDMpartstx.com is getting an e-mail from me. I've only put 120 miles on these and they were supposedly nearly new (9000km!).

STi BE pink spring and Whiteline control spring. Both are about the same length but the whilteline is not progressively wound. It feels a bit stiffer and the wire used is much fatter albeit has a tighter wind, so I'm not sure what the ride will feel like.

Assembled strut and the leaky strut. What a bummer


Tomorrow I finish installing the boost control solenoid that finally came from a Nasioc member. Then I take it for a spin to see how the boost holds and the suspension feels. I'm guesstimating that the whiteline rear springs will be quite firm.

Off to bed now, it's 5:15am here and I should get some ZZZZZ's!
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Old 02-10-2007, 04:53 PM   #234
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yay, I added the boost control solenoid and now we have ZERO CELs! Passing emissions will not be a problem, at least in Colorado. However, peak boost is only 8.9psi, suggesting that I have the hoses switched on the BCS. We're off to go skiing in steamboat, so that will have to wait till later

happy weekend everyone!
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Old 02-10-2007, 05:17 PM   #235
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Nice. So you like the Whiteline springs? I'm thinking of getting some to mate to my Bilsteins. BTW, I think Rennick Motorsports has H&Rs.
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Old 02-10-2007, 06:18 PM   #236
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You can contact Bilstein USA; they can probably rebuild it.
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Old 02-12-2007, 01:05 AM   #237
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I'd like to see if jdmpartstx.com can help me out, since I'd rather not pay for a re-build, if that is even possible. The strut looks like it is sealed in a manner which doesn't lend to it being taken apart.

I have about 5 miles on the whiteline rear springs, so I really don't know how they perform. Not even Rennick has the H&R's, although I do recommend their top notch service. Anyways, I have boat-load of homework to do before I can tackle the remaining dash issues and call the car finished. I'm getting close but it's taking forever!
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Old 02-12-2007, 01:09 AM   #238
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Can a car ever really be called "finished?" It's not the destinaiton, but the journey. Whoever said "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" clearly wasn't a car guy.

/philosophical.
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Old 02-13-2007, 12:34 AM   #239
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Can a car ever really be called "finished?"
Yes it can. My WRX was finished before this whole drama.

We've driven around some more on the Whitelines, and we both like them a lot. There's a speedbump in our neighborhood that I have been using to judge these things, and they win.
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:00 AM   #240
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We've driven around some more on the Whitelines, and we both like them a lot. There's a speedbump in our neighborhood that I have been using to judge these things, and they win.
Heh. I use my speedbumps as test benchmarks, too.

So you're running STI pinks in the front with Whitelines in the rear?
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:24 AM   #241
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yep, pinks up front and whiteline in the back. I'll post a picture of the car when the rear springs have settled. It's a little ass-high right now, but I'm not complaining as the spring rates seem to work fine with the bilsteins. I must say, they are phenominally smooth and quiet even when compared to the AGX struts that were on becca's wrx or the forester STI struts on my impreza. I really think that the 00+ legacys have an excellent suspension balance and design. Ok, back to my heat transfer homework :P
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Old 02-18-2007, 08:13 PM   #242
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Whats the total cost and labor time put into this project so far?

I planning on swapping a ej20g into my 98 LGT, the wiring pictures and hassles definately discourages me...
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Old 02-19-2007, 08:10 AM   #243
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probably around 300 man hours. As for cost, I think we've broken about even after the insurance settlement from the WRX. We've probably spent $3k more than we intended.
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Old 02-19-2007, 02:37 PM   #244
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Final vids/ pics yet?
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Old 02-19-2007, 03:03 PM   #245
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how bad was the leaking on the struts? All that grease and dirt came from it leaking?
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Old 02-20-2007, 07:40 PM   #246
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Yep, most of that dirt adhered to the strut because of the leaking oil. I can tell that it's not normal leaking because the other strut was much cleaner. JDMpartstx has not responded to my e-mail and I'm assuming that they don't give a damn, so I'm on my own.

Anyways, I farged something up nicely this weekend. While putting the final wires in place under the dash, I apparently damaged either the ground or signal wires to the fuel level sensor and the fuel gauge no longer works. I guess that if this is the worst electrical problem I have had to deal with as of yet, I cannot complain too much.

Pictures will come soon, but I want the car to be 100% complete before I celebrate and give it a good washing and wax. Still have that damn boost leak to diagnose...
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Old 02-20-2007, 08:30 PM   #247
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Yep, most of that dirt adhered to the strut because of the leaking oil. I can tell that it's not normal leaking because the other strut was much cleaner. JDMpartstx has not responded to my e-mail and I'm assuming that they don't give a damn, so I'm on my own.

Anyways, I farged something up nicely this weekend. While putting the final wires in place under the dash, I apparently damaged either the ground or signal wires to the fuel level sensor and the fuel gauge no longer works. I guess that if this is the worst electrical problem I have had to deal with as of yet, I cannot complain too much.

Pictures will come soon, but I want the car to be 100% complete before I celebrate and give it a good washing and wax. Still have that damn boost leak to diagnose...
I think BE/BH cars just like to destroy the darn wire between the fuel tank and the gauge on the cluster. Either learn how long a full tank lasts and use your trip meter, or fill up frequently.
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:55 PM   #248
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There's no way I'm going to leave the fuel gauge issue unfixed, especially after all the blood, sweat, and tears (not many of the latter) I have put in to date
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Old 02-21-2007, 12:23 AM   #249
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Of course, the pistons were spinning so I found some convenient tools:
Any time you find yourself using old-school Park tools on the car, you know you're in it deep.
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Old 02-26-2007, 04:09 AM   #250
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There's no way I'm going to leave the fuel gauge issue unfixed, especially after all the blood, sweat, and tears (not many of the latter) I have put in to date
I was told that my problem could only be fixed with a new gas tank.
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