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Old 02-21-2011, 04:15 PM   #176
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Yeah, we got a little over a foot yesterday, and it's really coming down hard again this afternoon. Might make for a cool picture. Or it might make me cold and wet.
I went out yesterday and took some. The steel wheels you have are the way to go. You don't have to worry about snow packed into them and throwing off the balance of the wheel. Mine wanted to shake the steering wheel out of my hands on the highway.

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Old 02-21-2011, 06:13 PM   #177
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I went out yesterday and took some. The steel wheels you have are the way to go. You don't have to worry about snow packed into them and throwing off the balance of the wheel. Mine wanted to shake the steering wheel out of my hands on the highway.
I saw your shots on MN Subaru. They look really good.

The steel wheels have the same problem with snow. I have to clean them out all the time.

Here are the shots of the overlays. Like I said before, I LOVE how they turned out!

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Old 02-21-2011, 07:29 PM   #178
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Love the overlays, it definitely gives the rear more detail and adds to the over all appearance.
Those pictures are INSANELY crisp and well composed.
You take some great pictures with that 5D.

Wish I had the dough for an upgrade, my XTI isn't cutting it for me anymore.

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:41 PM   #179
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Thank you. For car shots you should have no problems at all with an XTI. Just get the focus right and it will look great. The only thing you'll lose out on is the shallow DOF, but if you have a semi-interesting background, you'll probably want more DOF anyways.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:57 PM   #180
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Why didn't you go with Bluebatmobile overlays ?
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:00 PM   #181
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Installation hassles. Heard they are pretty frustrating and if you screw it up, you're out the money you paid for them.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:49 PM   #182
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WOW! That's sexy as hell. The overlays really tie everything together. Looks awesome. Thanks for the pics.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:02 PM   #183
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Love the overlays, it definitely gives the rear more detail and adds to the over all appearance.
Those pictures are INSANELY crisp and well composed.
You take some great pictures with that 5D.

Wish I had the dough for an upgrade, my XTI isn't cutting it for me anymore.

Thanks for sharing!
It's not the body, it's the L glass he has. My XTi + L glass = crisp.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:29 PM   #184
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I would definitely suggest buying lenses over bodies, but when AF speed doesn't really matter, and you don't need a real wide aperture, a cheap-o lens will work very well. Even a kit lens stopped down to f/8 will be very, very comparable to a $2000 lens at the same aperture. At web viewing resolutions they will look identical.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:27 PM   #185
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Why didn't you go with Bluebatmobile overlays ?
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Installation hassles. Heard they are pretty frustrating and if you screw it up, you're out the money you paid for them.
Just out of curiosity, which overlay material did you go with? Was the material from the FlawlessFrontEnds guy or did he just perform the install?

I'm just curious because I noticed that in some of the close ups of the bluebats, the taillights look a bit hazy/dulled and pinkish red in color. Basically, I'm wondering if this is a superior material. Looks awfully good in the photographs...I can't tell if it's your photography skills or the material!
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:00 PM   #186
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I went with the material he had. Ended up being cheaper for me that way, and he said he has better results when he does the custom ones. These look great right now, but only time will tell how they last (but I'd expect a long time). The film is very thick, much more than I was expecting. But I haven't seen BlueBat's in person, so I can't really compare.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:38 PM   #187
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your car looks amazing!!
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:00 PM   #188
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your car looks amazing!!
Thanks!

Updating the first post to show a picture of my new tail lights
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:29 PM   #189
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I got my Flapatax yesterday. The mounting solution for the fronts is pretty nifty and seems like it will work great. I don't really have too much concern with only two mounting points (on the front or the rear). It seems like they are on there very solidly. The flaps are nice and thick, and quite stiff. I'm not really a fan of the ultra soft flaps that flop around when you drive (seems like it would be less protection), so I like the stiff flaps. They are soft enough to contour to the wheel well curvature when you bolt them on, though.

Install was easy, but I have had the front fender liner pulled back before, so I knew the procedure. The bolts are great, because you can use a small socket wrench to tighten them down so you don't need a lot of room. The rubber backed washer seem like they'll stay tight, but I'll have to verify in a few months. I ordered the Simplified design (instead of the Original design). The Simplified design has the step in width at a much higher point on the flap. You can see the two styles at this link:

http://flapatax.com/mudflaps/index.html

When I ordered the Simplified design, my plan was to make new mounting holes to move the flaps inwards and only leave the wider portion of the flap exposed. I ended up having to move the rears inwards by 7/8" and the fronts in by 1 1/8". Drilling the holes was very easy, and I think it came out looking perfect. So far I'm very happy with them. Definitely a lot less spray on the side of my car, and I have to use the rear wiper much less often as well.









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Old 02-27-2011, 02:40 PM   #190
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Looks good
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:18 PM   #191
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Question about how you wired the gauges. You mentioned that you ran the second gauge the same way as the first. Does that mean you spliced the wires together onto the same fuse?

Also, where did you install the boost sensor in the engine bay? I'm in the middle of the install right now and don't have any good ideas. Thanks for the pics of the plug/grommet in the wheel well. I was trying to run the wires like the OEM boost gauge, but it has been a PITA so far.

Also, car looks great! Your photography skills are impressive as well.

Cheers!
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:30 PM   #192
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Question about how you wired the gauges. You mentioned that you ran the second gauge the same way as the first. Does that mean you spliced the wires together onto the same fuse?

Also, where did you install the boost sensor in the engine bay? I'm in the middle of the install right now and don't have any good ideas. Thanks for the pics of the plug/grommet in the wheel well. I was trying to run the wires like the OEM boost gauge, but it has been a PITA so far.

Also, car looks great! Your photography skills are impressive as well.

Cheers!
Yes, the wires for the second gauge were spliced into the same fuses as the first gauge.

The boost sensor is on some kind of metal tube that is about the size of a small vacuum line. It is right next to the brake master cylinder. If you put the T fitting right off of the BPV then this mounting location will have pretty much the shortest amount of vacuum line between the T and the sensor.

I attached the sensor with 2 zip ties. One through the mounting hole in the sensor and then around the tube I mentioned before. Then I did another zip tie around the vacuum line coming out of the bottom of the sensor (in the are where the mounting nipple was, so it is a rigid mounting point). This went around the same tube (the tube has a 90 degree bend). This mounting was really easy, holds the sensor securely, and keeps the hose entering the sensor vertical.

I'm not sure if that description made any sense. I don't have a photo of the mounting, but if that was too confusing I can try to go take a quick shot later tonight.
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:42 PM   #193
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Explanation makes sense. If you are feeling generous, it would be nice to see a pic of the location.

I was going to run one gauge off the fuse block and the other off the wires from the radio. But for the sake of simple and clean, I'm doing what you did.

Thx!
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:51 PM   #194
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Yeah, I don't see why you'd want to pull the clock on the newer cars.

I will try to get a shot of the pressure sender tonight. Send me a reminder if I forget. I'm not at home now.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:44 PM   #195
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Don't you think the rears stick out a bit far? Personally, I'd trim the rears in a little.

Otherwise it looks good and should do its job well.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:49 PM   #196
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I moved them in almost an inch already. I am going to leave them as-is for now. I think they look pretty good right now, and they still have good coverage.
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:25 PM   #197
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So, I was able to pull the fender liner and get a look at the plug/grommet on the outside kick panel. I think it will be much easier as you suggested.

Did you have a problem with the oil pressure sending unit wire reaching the gauge?

I just realized it looks cold where you are. Down here in FL, the high was a nice 70 F.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:02 AM   #198
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The wiring for the Defi Oil Pressure gauge was just long enough to reach the galley plug under the alternator. There was probably less than 6" of slack available once I had it all hooked up, and I used the left side pod in my dual gauge cluster. If I had used the right side, it would have been very close.

I forgot to take a photo of the Defi boost sensor installed in the car last night, but I did find a photo I had already taken and cropped it down. This was before the boost gauge was installed, but you should be able to see where I attached it. The line is coming directly off the brake master cylinder. I now have the GrimmSpeed master cylinder brace and it still fits just fine.

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Old 02-28-2011, 08:11 AM   #199
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Mudflaps look great, wish the had the simplified design when I ordered.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:27 AM   #200
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Mudflaps look great, wish the had the simplified design when I ordered.
You could do something similar with the Original design as well. Just move the mounting holes an inch or so, and the look will be about the same as mine, although the flaps will appear to start a bit further down.
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