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Old 10-31-2011, 12:04 PM   #876
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:57 AM   #877
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hi ben, saw your amazing thread, im looking for 04 bbs sti rims, but the people on craigslist say that their bbs rims are 5x114, is your 5x100 or 5x114,
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:01 AM   #878
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04 STIs are 5x100
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:12 AM   #879
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:34 AM   #880
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04 STI is 5x100
05+ STI is 5x114
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:58 PM   #881
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Oil change, steelies with snow tires, mudflaps, raised the coilovers all the way up, and put on some DIY coilover covers.

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Old 11-04-2011, 11:57 PM   #882
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in for side shots of the ride height maxed!
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:34 AM   #883
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I'll try to get some tomorrow. It's not all that high though. Lower than stock I think.
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:37 AM   #884
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Impressive covers. What material did you use?
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:38 AM   #885
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rust already on the coils?
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:35 AM   #886
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Impressive covers. What material did you use?
I'll have to get back to you on that. Not sure exactly what it is. It seems pretty thick/strong and it has some type of water resistant coating on one side.

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rust already on the coils?
There's some surface rust on that spring, but I'm not sure why. None of the springs had rust on them when I put them on this spring, and that's the only one that has any right now. Hopefully it doesn't get any worse... So far the adjustment is still working smoothly (I've changed my ride height at least a half a dozen times since I got them).
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:39 AM   #887
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Just a thought on those covers. Unless they are really sealed well or that fabric (coated nylon ?) breathes. That may make it worse. If that gets wet and salty it will stay that way for days. Creating a constantly damp environment around them. I was wondering if anyone had ever used a product like Boeshield T-9. Its a nice rust inhibitor. Plus you can get it almost anywhere.

http://boeshield.com/boeshield-t9-technical-data/
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:13 AM   #888
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The fabric is coated well enough that they definitely won't be retaining moisture in the fabric and creating a damp environment around the coilover. There's a chance that water/salt can still get under the cover, but I'm sure these will keep 10x more salt off them than if I had nothing. And it's easy enough to take them off and peak underneath every once in a while.

That Boeshield T9 product looks pretty good. I may have to give that a shot. I normally just wipe them down and put a little lithium grease on them. I think a true corrosion protectant (like the Boeshield T9) would be a better option though.
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Old 11-05-2011, 02:01 PM   #889
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Winter Mode:

- 16x6.5" Steelies with 215/55R16 General Altimax Arctics
- Flapatax Mudflaps
- BC Racing Inverted Coilovers Maxed Out Height:
  • ~2.5 finger gap in the front
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Old 11-05-2011, 03:20 PM   #890
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I like your choice of model to do this work to. It seems that it was a conscious choice to select the least expensive, most practical WRX, then make it your own with mods. I will be more conscious of this idea for my next car purchase.

I enjoy your pictures and living vicariously through your mods. Keep up the good work!

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Old 11-05-2011, 08:27 PM   #891
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Any plans to do the oil pickup tube? I'd like to see a writeup from someone on the new cars.
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:59 PM   #892
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Steelies work strangely well with OBP color.
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Old 11-05-2011, 10:19 PM   #893
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Do you still have your 25mm spacers with your winter mode ?
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:01 AM   #894
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^^ same question.

What's your opinion of those General Altimax Arctics? I'm looking for a good tire to deal with ice and snow at the mountain but also hold up on the generally wet/possibly icy roads we have hear in the northwest 7 months out of the year.
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:55 AM   #895
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I like your choice of model to do this work to. It seems that it was a conscious choice to select the least expensive, most practical WRX, then make it your own with mods. I will be more conscious of this idea for my next car purchase.

I enjoy your pictures and living vicariously through your mods. Keep up the good work!

-Brandon
Thanks! I didn't feel the higher end models offered anything I thought I would want/need, so I went with the base model. I have not regretted that one bit.

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Any plans to do the oil pickup tube? I'd like to see a writeup from someone on the new cars.
We'll see..

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Steelies work strangely well with OBP color.
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Do you still have your 25mm spacers with your winter mode ?
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^^ same question.

What's your opinion of those General Altimax Arctics? I'm looking for a good tire to deal with ice and snow at the mountain but also hold up on the generally wet/possibly icy roads we have hear in the northwest 7 months out of the year.
Yes, the spacers are still on. I think the General's are a great winter tire. They have excellent traction in the ice and snow, and that's what I bought them for. The thing they give up is dry pavement handling. They're really quite mushy and lack grip compared to a "performance" snow tire. I am happy with them, I prioritize snow traction over dry traction for my winter tires. And the price is great.
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:04 PM   #896
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Winter Mode:
- 16x6.5" Steelies with 215/55R16 General Altimax Arctics
- Flapatax Mudflaps
- BC Racing Inverted Coilovers Maxed Out Height:
  • ~2.5 finger gap in the front
  • ~2 finger gap in the rear
Are those the Flapatax "simplified" design? The fronts look like they hang down quite a bit less than the Rally Armor's, did you trim them or is that how they normally are?
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:08 PM   #897
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Are those the Flapatax "simplified" design? The fronts look like they hang down quite a bit less than the Rally Armor's, did you trim them or is that how they normally are?
I don't remember what design they are. I think they are the normal ones. I didn't make them any shorter but I drilled new mounting holes so they stick out about 3/4" less than normal.
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Old 11-06-2011, 05:42 PM   #898
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have you planned on addressing the brakes at all?
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:09 PM   #899
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36-38k for a stock STI=

28-29k for a wrx limited + what ever is to go stage 2, brakes, tires or wheels, suspension and some exterior mods =
I hate to **** in this thread, but the STI is by far and away the better deal. With a PPG set up now costing $10k in parts alone (read: Gears, Shift forks, Diffs, and Clutch), and a new WRX costing $28k, that price difference gets made up for real quick. Motors in both cars are equally failtastic, so it's a level field there. Factor in Premium for Intercooler/ turbo choices, as well as for wheels and coilovers, it continues to go up. Also, already having brembos, regardless of how effective they may be, and a larger, more reliable wheel bearings that don't have to be replaced every year or so factor in as well (argue with me if you please, but there's a reason why LIC is offering hubs with a bigger bearing).

A six-speed swap isn't much better, having to buy new knuckles all around as well as coilovers, axles, rear dif, brakes, and install on top of the transmission is also VERY pricey. But having said all that, wheel bearings are cheap and they have the bolt-in hub in 5x100 so install is simple

Just saying, the STI is still a bargain.

EDIT: I dig the car, i'm glad to see someone doing it right.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:16 PM   #900
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You worried about the coils seizing? I want to raise my car up but worried about getting screwed on lowering it back down in spring.

Did you prep anything at all? If so I may want to hit you up when I'm home next and raise that **** up
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