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Old 03-13-2012, 02:14 PM   #151
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Next was getting the rest of the Front suspension in the foz. Got one side on and fitted the wheel.



Looked at the fitment and the wheel arch and since it was more square then say an more rounded Impreza one I just grabed is and started stretching it. I put a spacer on the lower mounted at the door to space it out to get some airflow for the wheel well and it is totally going to tuck. I pulled is 3" and it looks great. Gave me the idea to get another pair and ise them on the rear for my rear flares I am excited to start that in a couple more weeks.





Nice pics of the wheels on one side. I think they look preatty good.

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Old 03-13-2012, 02:30 PM   #152
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Next was a big day. Put in the a smaller non-abs Brighton Brake Booster and installed the pedals in the interior. I mounted it upside down to relocate the vacuum line port lower and out of the way. Not sure if I can do that or not but since there is only air in there I figure I wan always swap it if it dosen't work. Makes for a much cleaner look and a nice addition to my list of mods I can do for engine tucking jobs.



The weather was actually good so I managed to get under the Legacy to get the last few parts I needed from her for this project. Spent the rest of the day getting the engine and trans in. Its actually starting to look like a car again.



Set my intake manifold on and set the turbo where I was thinking of putting it. Should be perfect fit. I'll be cutting a duct in the light and making a sealed air box. This is going to remove about 4" of pipe out of my up-pipe on both runners for faster spool and as you can see, the intercooler pipine is pretty short. The fender linner will also be installed to keep excess water and debree off the up-pipe. I'll also be able to run the Wastegate dump tube out of the side of the bumper if I ever want to upgrade which would be awsome.



On the cold side there is a bit of an issue. The manifolds inlet will need to be mofied to fit the drive by wire throttle body and I am going to re-weld the intercoolers end tank to include the pipe all the way to TB to remove a coupler. The intercooler pipe will be less then 12" long and there will only be 2 couplers fromt he turbo to throttle body. Just like a Tmic but this dosen't have the heat sock issues. This should make for a much more dependable setup in terms of maintanence and flow. I am ether going to put the BOV just before the throttle body or on the end tank itself once everything is located I will knoe where I have the room. Also coming is Killer-B's Relocated Oil Filler Neck to get it ouf of the way and I can just bent the dip stick tube.



The last thing I did was set the tranny with the stock crossmember and then held it with a jack stand to remove the OE cross member and then fab up the new TSS-Fab / me custom solid tranny mount. He bent me the center pipe and end caps and I tack them on and got the forwad mount finished. I will be adding 2 more attachment points once a couple more of his goodies get here so I can install them and check fitment. Then its off to powder coating.



Once the A-arms and couple other bits get here I will be finishing the tranny mount and making my steering angle kit. Then while those parts are at powder coating I can start removing the excess wire from the harness and start putting the interior back together. A few of my parts I had for sell are going to be selling end of this week so stay tuned because I bunch or parts are going to be getting ordered over the next week or 2 so I can really start pushing for the home stretch.

I hope you have all enjoyed what I have been posting thus far.

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Old 03-13-2012, 05:51 PM   #153
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looking great so far keep up the amazing work
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:45 PM   #154
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Looking pretty sweet!
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:01 PM   #155
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what a badass thread!
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:07 PM   #156
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Superb!

Have to top my hat to you, you do amazing work.

I'd love to have the TSS gear on my scoob, would be the first here in the UK to have such quality items.

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Old 03-15-2012, 01:42 PM   #157
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Coming along nice!
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:44 AM   #158
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It's really nice stuff. Worth every cent. I should have the a-arms to me soon for test fitting, and so I can finish the tranny mount and make a couple custom items to finish off my suspension. Sold one of my big ticket item and ordered some parts...

Girodisc 2pc rotors front and rear
Driveshaft Shop aluminum 1pc driveshaft
VIS Tracer carbon fiber hood. (yes a forester carbon hood)
Moroso universal filler/ cap
Moroso sti coolant tank
Jaz 20gal fuel cell
Jaz remote filler neck/ cap
2L aluminum surge tank
OBX Billet fuel filter
X2 walbro inline pumps
Crappy eBay exhaust (it's stainless)
3" stainless flex pipe
Pair of forester front fenders (for rear flares)
Pillowball steering tie rods
Lexan sheets (for windows
15mm wheel spacers... I'll get to that later

Got a good update coming tomorrow. Hoping to get the front bumper and seats in tomorrow. Maybe if I'm lucky my header will show up. Can't wait to start fabricating this turbo kit and exhaust...

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Old 03-16-2012, 03:00 AM   #159
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woo! Nice going, might stop by and check it out this weekend if you're around.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:27 AM   #160
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I'm always around. Derik and I need to clean out the back of the back of the shop to start "Project: EZ30r AE86". Once Mike gets the parts out it's coming to me to work on. Don't worry it's got Subaru parts going in it so I'll be making another build thread. Think of it like a baby Celaru. That chassis also may be coming back to be finished and sold with a less crazy STi swap. And then there is the "Subreal Atom" project which I'll be playing with when I have free time... I'll be working from home in my shop this summer to hopfully save up enough money to get into a legit shop this fall and start my own custom shop. So, if any if you Nasioc members need some Johann love you will have your chance.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:06 PM   #161
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Hey all. Update time. Started the day by getting the rear diff and remainder of the suspension installed.





Then I installed my Girodisc 2pc front and rear rotors and custom painted STi calipers. The calipers are off the Celaru cuz nobody wanted to buy them painted this way so I sold my green ones off the Legacy. I know I don't work for them anymore but they are some of the best rotors out there and this whole project is about getting the most out of every little part.



Got the wheels installed over the brakes and ran into a bit of a problem. Rear wheels fit great but the front not so much. Im going to need about a 15mm spacer to clear the face of the caliper. Not a big deal since I was wanting to run a spacer in the front anyways to promote oversteer but they touch on the hoop as well. Not by very much. The casting of the calipers puts 2 cast marks on the top of the caliper. They stick up about 1/8" higher then the rest of the caliper so the only logical thing to do is grind them down a bit. We have done it a few times at Giro to get upgraded brake kits to fit behind stock older Ferrari wheels. After they are ground down I should have just over 1/8" of clearence on the hoop so that should be enough. Brakes look pretty big in there given the tight fit haha.

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Last was the fender... Had to pull it another inch to clear the wheels/ tires since they had to be spacered out. Basically make a larger spacer for the back of the fender. I am going to hammer the inside of the fender today and finish them. A lot farther then I wanted to go but if I can still run the stock fenders and help some air flow out of the wheel well then so be it.



Last I took 2 step back shots before the GC8 was pushed back into the shop.





The goals for today:

Get the fenders finished up and spaced out.
Grind the Front Calipers Down
Fabricate the seat brackets and install them
Fabricate Bracket to install drive-by-wire gas pedal
Cut and fit Mariner front bumper

And maybe if I have more time...

Install non/abs master cylinder
Install dash support brace
Fit STi dash
Install Steering Column
Sit in it and pretend I'm driving it...

Bwabwabwabwa, BWAAAAAA!!! Screeeeech!!, PSSSSHT!, BwaaaAAAAA!

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Old 03-16-2012, 12:38 PM   #162
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Lmao on that last part. It's coming along really man! Very quickly haha. Nice work though!
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:13 PM   #163
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Looks awesome man! That's a lot wheel up front. I dig it.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:46 PM   #164
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Will the EZ30R even fit the AE86 engine bay?
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:11 PM   #165
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If I do a tube front end....

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Old 03-16-2012, 10:39 PM   #166
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i would love to see a ez30r in a ae86 !


btw my fozzy wants to be like yours when it grows up.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:46 AM   #167
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Hey all. Its update time!!

Started the day by starting on that list I made myself in the last post.

First up was fitting the wheels. Got the spacers ordered but there was still the issue of the caliper touching the hoop of the wheel. Got out my grinder and 120g sanding disc and had my way with the calipers...



I have about and 1/8" of clearence now with the caliper and the hood and these is still planty of material on the caliper. I only had to grind down the taper of the cast lines to get them to work.

Next up was the fenders. I had already pull these poor guys 3" inches to get them to fit just the wheels. Now with spacers I had to pull them another inch. Started by flatening the inside lip of the fender at the door gap. Then I drilled out the M6 fender mount point on the chassis to weld in a M8 nut so I could use a larger stronger bolt. Made the spacer out of a 1/2" piece of square tubing and a washer.



(note the spacer is mounted diagnally for better air flow) Haha every little bit counts right... Got the fender right where I wanted it and luckally they are going to work. I have no idea how but these forester fenders are very resiliant. 4" of pull and they still look great.



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Old 03-18-2012, 12:00 PM   #168
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Next was probubly the most challenging part of this project. A fellow member on this forum was the insporation of this idea.

I saw a pic of EmaciatedCow black forester with this bumper that I had never sean before on a Forester. It fit so well at first I thought it was stock but then I realized it was from another car. Way larger air gap, it hangs lower for better aerodynamics and it was plastic so it was light and could take a beating. I searched the internet and parking lots for weeks trying to figure out what the hell it came off of and I fould it was off a Mercury Mariner. Bought the bumper and stuck it on and I knew it needed some modifications but the extent wasn't apperent untill then. Now I am going to show you the step by step of how I fitted this bumper to my Foz.

First up I cut the bumper in half... (right off the bat there is no going back haha)



Then I set the passgenger half on the Forester and traced it on the fender.



Then I took some masking tape and put it on the fender and traced the mark onto it. Looking back I would have put the tape on first so I didn't have to draw on the fender...



Trimmed it with a razor blade.



Removed the tabe and then applied the template onto the bumper.



Then trimmed the bumper (to start 1/4" inside of the templates edge)

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Next is where it gets fun. After years of putting things into cars that originally shouldn't have, I would like to say I am well on my way of becoming an expert at Frankenstein type mods.

Next I cut the fender at the front.



Then I cut the fender 2 more times on the side.



Then used those cuts to pull and flex the fender to fit the countures of the new bumper as best I could.



Surprizingly after a bit of work the bumper was fitting almost perfect..






Everywhere axcept for here...

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Old 03-18-2012, 12:28 PM   #170
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So cutting the fender was out of the question. After all the pulling and stretching I had to do to them to fit those wheels cutting any material out of them would ruin them and make them flimsy. So... I grabbed the stock bumper and made a filler piece.





40% there and looking pretty good.





Next I took the passenger side off and did these same steps to the driver side.



Now originally I started by cutting the bumper in half. The reason for this is because the bumper was about 2" to wide for the Foz. After the Drivers side was finished and fitting I re-installed the Passenger side.

Obviously there was some over lap. It went from this...



and after making the center line and being VERY careful with the cutting wheel to this..





Well there you have it. Mariner bumper on a Forester.





If you see thisEmaciatedCow, i'd love to hear your thoughts on how I did this and what you did to fit yours. Next to finish this off I will be making upper and lower supports so mount the bumper to the chassis securly and I am still toying with a few ideas of how to connect the 2 halfs of the bumper together. I don't want to mold it because I want to be able to replace just one side it I mess it up. Get more bang for my buck if I need to get another bumper at some point. So I just need to find some nice smooth mount fasteners.

More updates coming soon. Parts are flying in, so that means more progress. I need to make a ton of progress on the GC8 this week so I'll be working double shifts to keep the Forester going strong.

Mount the Seats
Install the Dash
Run the Brake Lines
Fabricate Turbo Kit
Fabricate Intercooler pipes
Fabricate quick steering kit... etc

Many of these mods I have to do on the GC8 so I will try to get both done on the same day to not get burned out. Stay tuned much more to come. This project is really coming together and the fast pace is really jazzing me up.

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Old 03-18-2012, 12:42 PM   #171
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This thing is awesome!
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:35 PM   #172
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Holy crap, that bumper fits the contours of the forester soo well. That's amazing!
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:15 PM   #173
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I'm so stoked on this build!
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:28 AM   #174
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Hey to the few that seam to go on here... Update time!!!



Cleaned the crap out of the shop yesterday to make more room in the shop for the foz and GC8 fab time and even cleaned up the back to recive the next in my crazy project ideas. Buddy of mine picked up and AE86 coupe and we are going to put an EZ30R in it. Custom tube chassis front end the works... I probubly post a build thread for that in a couple weeks.



Anywho after all the cleaning was finished I got to get some work done to the foz. Got the dash support brace and steering column installed.







Then I make a custom bracket that made it so I could bolt on the STi Drive-By-Wire gas pedal on to my firewall.







Then broke out some new parts and make the drivers side seat bracket..







and installed the seat. Spent about 10 mins playing speed racer and then went to bed.







This week is going to be a busy one for both the Forester and the GC8. Updates will be posted daily as deadlines for both cars draws near.



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Old 03-19-2012, 12:01 PM   #175
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Haha the few? Johann, I check this thread twice a day for updates. Keep up the good work
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