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Old 11-21-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default Jerome's Factory Five Racing 818S

Well, I guess it's time to start a build thread...

I've been in the Subaru family since 2009. I previously had a 2008 Subaru Impreza STi that I purchased nearly stock (had a Cobb Accessport). After getting pretty heavy into HPDE with NASA AZ, the car was eventually turned into a completely gutted Time Attack car.







Well, the car was making almost 500 AWHP and apparently I have bad luck with motors... After breaking a few, I decided that I wanted to change to a lighter platform, which would require less power/stress to go fast. That's when I stumbled across the Factory Five Racing Project 818.

I placed my pre-order for my 818S on 7 December 2012. Initially, I had a build date of 14 February 2014. After Factory Five established a "Hot List" for people who wanted to get theirs quicker (due to other people cancelling or pushing their production dates back), I ended up with a final production date of 9 November 2013!!!

I purchased my donor (2006 WRX with 123k miles) in May 2013 from Copart for $4,800 (includes shipping). The car had a fair amount of front end damage, which didn't really concern me because I have planned on upgrading the shortblock and heads from the beginning.



So far, I've sold $3,150 worth of parts from the donor. So, I'm only into my donor for $1,650. Off to a good start.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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Prep Work:

Replaced all bearings/seals, painted hubs and installed ARP wheel studs:

Before:



After:





Cleaned and painted transmission:



Cleaned nuts/bolts by soaking in vinegar, then placing in a vibratory tumbler. Finally had them coated with black oxide to prevent rust/corrosion. I don't have a picture prior the vinegar or before the tumbling.

After tumbling:



After coating:



Disassembled and had my calipers, valve covers and intake manifold coated (Thanks Ken and Jay!):







And cleaned up my control arms:

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Old 11-21-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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Had the heads decked and cleaned. Starting to rebuild them with Supertech stock sized valves and 64 lb dual valve springs.



Pretty cool tool from Company23. Makes installing valves fairly easy.





And got a present from Noah and Adam at LIC Motorsports. It's their B1 shortblock assembly (OEM shortblock with upgraded JE Pistons):



My turbo setup will be a JDM twin scroll VF37 setup:

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Old 11-21-2013, 03:56 PM   #4
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Finally got the CAR!!!!

Day 1... Went through and verified the inventory. Unfortunately, some of the parts are back ordered. :-/

Sooooo many boxes!!!





Next step. Remove all of the temporarily installed body parts, aluminum pieces, dash, windshield, etc.





Bare chassis:







Then, start fitting, marking, drilling panels. Rivets for days!!!





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Old 11-21-2013, 03:56 PM   #5
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Finally got the CAR!!!!

Day 1... Went through and verified the inventory. Unfortunately, some of the parts are back ordered. :-/

Sooooo many boxes!!!





Next step. Remove all of the temporarily installed body parts, aluminum pieces, dash, windshield, etc.





Bare chassis:







Then, start fitting, marking, drilling panels. Rivets for days!!!





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Old 11-21-2013, 03:56 PM   #6
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Day 2:

Prepping firewall panels. Scuffed them with a Scotchbrite pad and cleaned with brake parts cleaner:



Sprayed with 2 coats of Rustoleum truck bedliner (has a grainy, sandpaper-ish texture):



All panels painted, sealed and installed:



Lots of rivets...



Just playing around and comparing the two shifters. The plastic one on the left is the FFR supplied unit. The one on the right is a K-Tuned billet piece from Wayne @ VeryCoolParts.

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Old 11-21-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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Day 3:

Not much to do today. I just installed the mid/forward interior panels. With these, I wanted to try something different. The Rustoleum bed liner was ok, but it was fairly inconsistent and left SOME striping. In the interior, I tried the bed liner spray from Dupli-Color. It has more of a soft rubber feels and it takes FOREVER to dry. I ended up just installing them after about 3 hours of drying (and I still left some fingerprints in some areas....) If I had to do it over again, I would have stuck with the Rustoleum...







Placed some EZ Cool (from lobucrod.com) under the tank. I'll also be placing some of this in various places to dissipate heat transfer.



Tank installed (from Boyd Welding):

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Old 11-22-2013, 01:15 AM   #8
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Day 4:

Another slow day today. Still waiting on parts.... I did manage to install the pedal box, some suspension arms and temporarily install the steering column.





Oh, and the coolant tubes are in:



Then Santa came early:





More to come!
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:57 AM   #9
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Subscribed! Very nice build so far
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:30 AM   #10
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great a work so far, keep it going
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:42 PM   #11
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Looking great! These 818's are really badass projects.
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:38 AM   #12
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Well, today was a little more productive. :-D

I got my front and rear brakes installed, along with the hubs. (I'm still waiting on my Whiteline adjustable lateral links).





Also installed my steering rack (will be replacing the bushings with Whiteline bushings).



Installed the throttle pedal and fully installed the steering column. I was trying to not use a quick release... Looks like I might need one after all, or just a thicker hub... Hmm...



I also got the seat fully installed. Ended up using 1/4" aluminum to mount the Sparco rails to. The rear mounting point goes through the 1x1 section of the chassis, the aluminum, and the Sparco rails. It also looks like I'll be able to use the upper 2x2 bar as my anchor points for my 6 point harnesses. :-D

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Old 11-24-2013, 10:18 PM   #13
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Not much to report from this weekend. I decided to take a break and relax a bit.

Day 7:

Started assembling the motor. Started with a sweet B1 short block assembly (OEM short block with JE pistons) from LIC Motorsports. The block has all matching BB cylinders. I just need to clean and paint a few things and I'll finish buttoning it up this week. Hopefully it'll be in the car by this weekend. :-D







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Old 11-26-2013, 12:56 AM   #14
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Old 11-28-2013, 03:59 PM   #15
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Started installing my rear firewall. The lower section will be permanently mounted, but the top section will be removable. I'm using 1/4" button head bolts and rivnuts. I'll probably be having these powder coated wrinkle black, since they'll be fully exposed.



Also got the clutch and brake master cylinders in, as well as the front section of the clutch line and the rear brake line. The brake line was the first one that I did, as can be seen by the super nasty looking bend going into the chassis.





Worked on assembling the engine a little more. All of the main parts are mounted. I've also started looking at how I want to route the harness. I'll get everything running first, then I'll cut out more of the engine harness.





Oh, this is how much I've already cut out of the entire wiring harness. It's about 16 lbs worth.

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Old 12-02-2013, 10:06 PM   #16
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You are starting with a great build. I am also building a 818 and will use many of your ideas. Keep going and finish your kick butt 818 build.
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:39 PM   #17
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Finally got the CAR!!!!

Day 1... Went through and verified the inventory. Unfortunately, some of the parts are back ordered. :-/
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Finally got the CAR!!!!

Day 1... Went through and verified the inventory. Unfortunately, some of the parts are back ordered. :-/
I guess that day was doubly exciting, eh?
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:22 PM   #18
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I guess that day was doubly exciting, eh?
Haha. Yeah. I probably was that excited on the first day...
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:25 PM   #19
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More slow progress. Still waiting on parts. :-/

Got the rear firewall temp installed just to make sure everything fits well. I used rivet nuts to make the upper panel removable.



This is the area between the tank and the firewall. I should have plenty of room to make the wiring and ECU pretty tidy. I believe I'll also route the passenger rear brake line through here to keep it away from the engine/exhaust heat.



All of these rivet nuts would suck with a standard rivet nut/gun tool. Good thing I have some great neighbors that'll let me borrow their cool tools. This one is a hydraulic rivet nut gun. Makes things sooooooo much easier.

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Old 12-03-2013, 10:55 PM   #20
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:54 PM   #21
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:04 AM   #22
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Passenger seat came in today, so I decided to test fit (it's not mounted yet). Sparco Evo II (US Spec).



Also got my Stoptech stainless brake lines. And installed those.



Then I finished running my front brake hardlines and proportioning valve.







That's all for today!
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:28 AM   #23
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Soooo awesome. I want to build a FFR kit when I grow up!
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:43 AM   #24
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Well, I guess it's time to start a build thread...

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Old 12-06-2013, 08:15 PM   #25
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love these. Can't wait to see how all the others turn out. See how they do for track duty!
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