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Old 05-14-2013, 10:15 AM   #451
Bad Wagon
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Didn't get as much as I wanted to get done last night. I am designing as I go on this one and that always takes time but I have a good battle strategy for toinght so I should have a good update tomorrow morning.

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Old 05-15-2013, 01:24 AM   #452
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It sucks that you have to deal with moving too. I can only imagine what you would come up with on this project if it were given your full attention and time.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:21 AM   #453
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I'll be revisiting parts of the suspension and stuff once the move is finished. I just got to get something underneth it to get it going and I can dial it in over the summer. As long as it drives and works for now I will be happy.

I have tomorrow thru sunday free. Going to be balls to the walls on the suspension I plan to have it finished by Sat. Sun I need to fix the suspension on my MR2 so I can drive it next week while I am pulling the stock crap out of my 01 foz to get the transfure of new parts into it. Once its a roller again I'll focuss on redoing the exterior to fit these 33" tires and extra 15" of width.. Pulling a late night tonight to get hopfully the rest of the drivetrain in and 70% of the front suspension finished. Wish me luck everyone.

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Old 05-15-2013, 11:45 AM   #454
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This build is sick. Hope a fellow v-mount brother finishes his build Mine is nearing completion as well and I'm super excite!
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:28 PM   #455
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my v-mounts going to be going into a gf wagon. I sold it for cash plus hes going to paint my mr2 wideybody daily so it works out for me very well. I be one of the few and proud to be relocating my radiator to the back eventiually..

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Old 05-15-2013, 01:41 PM   #456
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I wish my Forester was this. That is all.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:29 PM   #457
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my v-mounts going to be going into a gf wagon. I sold it for cash plus hes going to paint my mr2 wideybody daily so it works out for me very well. I be one of the few and proud to be relocating my radiator to the back eventiually..

Johann
I'm fairly certain you will be the ONLY one with Baja ready Forester.

Keep the build going, as it fuels the fire under my ass to finish all my projects.

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Old 05-20-2013, 12:11 PM   #458
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Hey all. Well I had a killer weekend in the shop. I got a crap ton of stuff done. Let’s get started.

Started off by finishing the front lower a-arms. Had to make a custom rear arm bracket using the stock rear a-arm point and make it lower. Cut the front Crossmember and used the front stock point and then added a gusseted rear to fit the front Hyme:



Mounted:



Then I worked on the knuckle. For the lower mount I took a stock ball joint and cut the ***** out of it and welded a grade 8 ” x 5” bolt to it for a super stud. For the upper mount I took the ears off a set of blown STi struts and welded a bolt point to the top of it. The nice think about this is that I can adjust the camber with the upper camber bolt just like you could from the factory so I won’t have to waste time taking off the arm and running the Hymes in and out. Then I worked on the upper a-arm. This is using mount points off the risers of the Crossmember. Nice and sturdy after some gusseting and it makes the kit a complete bolt on with no invasive surgery on the chassis except for some notching of the frames pinch weld.



On Friday I got the call my wheels/ tires were here. Baller! Got some 15x10 -50mm offset (yes negative 50mm) on some 33x12.5x15 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrak tires. Got 5 to have a full size spare. 5.5” of lip and the beadlock is functional if you replace the ring with one that lips over on the tire. I’ll probably won’t upgrade till I actually blow a bead I don’t plan on airing down much. I just think if I jump it might be nice to have it for impact blow-outs…



Next was to test fit. I did all my measurements. I knew what I needed extend the axle out to get the desired amount off travel but once I saw it with the tire on the wheel the spec of my vision really came into prospective.





This is by far the widest Forester in the world. Front wheel base measures out at 86” across from the outside of the tire treads. The first 2 pics kinda show it but this pick really shows the scope of my insanity…



Front flares will be 17” from the top the fender by the hood. I’ll be running the flare into the middle of the front door with some ducting on the side so the door will still open. It’s going to look pretty sweet given the ideas I have floating my head.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:15 PM   #459
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With that done it was game on for the rear. The make issue I had by not going with the truck idea was that I was worried about all the cutting to the rear quarters I would have to do to get the 33” tires to fit. I was totally right and the biggest issue I saw when I got the tires home and stuck one up there was the rear door. So I needed to get the wheel to drop back a bit… So I took the rear Crossmember and ran the front bolt from the stock hole to the extra mount point in the middle where you would put a sub frame lock bolt. This gave me 3” which was perfect because now I can just use a 5-speed driveshaft with my longer 6-speed tranny and I get an additional 3.375” in length. I’ll pick up the .375” with the angle of the center pivot…







Then I made the lower control arms and trailing arms to get an additional 3” of rear spacing so the rear axle angles back a bit but its pretty minimal angle.. Trailing arms is 33.5” long and control arms are 23” long… Upper control arm is made from remnants of a bent set of whiteline control arms and it mounted to the upper hole of the hub. The Coilover will run from the stock strut tower to the trailing arm in front of the knuckle.

Total tally for travel came to 17.50” of front travel and 13.75” of rear travel. It’s not the 22” I was hoping for but that was with a totally different type of suspension system. I think its plenty for now...

While I was finishing up the opposite sides of the suspension parts my buddy Philip (run forester run) stripped my 01 Foz down for the transplant. Once he was done I started by getting the front x-member/ tranny/ and dummy block into the new Foz for its final resting place... My actual engine is waiting for a couple parts to come in before I can assemble it so I put the dummy block in there to locate the tranny so I could finish extending the axles in the new Foz.



Nice lit up pic of front suspension:



Next was to start prepping the new Foz for Coilover action… The first step was to cut out the stock strut towers to make room.



Tonight, I will be making and installing the front Coilovers. If I have enough time I will try and swap the rear suspension over into the new Foz as well... This week after work I will be focusing on finishing the install on the Coilovers and bump stops to I can verify their movement and get them charged. Spring are on order now that I know where they need to sit so they should be getting here this week so this weekend I can set the Foz on the ground under its own weight and check out the ride a bit. I should be getting my parts to finish my engine today so I will be assembling and installing the engine at some point mid week probably. Also I will begin the fab work for making the fenders for fitting these massive tires. Any resemblance to a stock Forester will be gone….

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Old 05-20-2013, 05:18 PM   #460
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Since work to the Forester Chassis is at an end and she’s being sold to another capable member whose going to finish her as I intended I am going to shut this thread down for ether him to pick up where I left off or to start his own thread and use this as a back history.

Made a new single thread in member’s gallery. My last build thread for a long time so I had to go out with a bang right? lol

Project BATLFOZ:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...8#post39846818
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:13 PM   #461
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Impressive work. I still want to see one finished out to the extent of your vision.
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