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Old 11-03-2012, 12:49 AM   #426
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:17 AM   #427
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Hope the cars coming along well!
This is like waiting for the last episode to your favorite show..
Thanks, the car is coming along, mainly just waiting for the body shop to finish moving into their new facility. Good news, they finish this weekend and I will be dropping off the wrx on Tuesday. Just been finishing a few minor projects, arp wheel studs, wheeladapter.com 10 mm hubcentric spacers, and cusco front subframe brace. Just waiting to send it off for some cutting, welding, and painting by the pros.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:27 AM   #428
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did a great job document the process and looks very well put together, now post moar PICS! sub'd
Glad you're liking it, progress should go a lot quicker once it goes in to the body shop on Tuesday.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:55 PM   #429
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Finally some serious progress. The bodyshop finished moving into their new upgraded facility. Better spray booth, much larger work/mock up/fabrication area, etc. Just dropped the car off yesterday afternoon. I am very excited, as this is a top notch body shop that has done numerous work featured in numerous magazines. It is refreshing, after all the struggles and search finding a shop, to have a shop recommended that knew exactly how to do what I wanted and didn't make any excuses. Should be about a week and a half to two weeks for the car to be done. Front bumper will be mounted with a quick release setup, hood louvers mounted and hood sprayed, side skirts sprayed, fender flares installed and cut for maximum clearance, with rear bumper trimmed for maximum tire clearance. Very excited, once this is done the car will be taken to gst to get its final tune and then enjoyed and driven hard.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:51 PM   #430
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Can't wait to see this thing done!
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:25 PM   #431
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Here is a picture of my hubadapter.com wheel spacers. Very impressed with the quality of these parts, even though they are simple hub spacers. I have seen some less than excellent wheel spacers on the market, and am very unhappy with their use as it is a safety related part for you and others that share the road with you. I provided my measurements of my inner bore for my rota rims, and the stock wrx hub, and they machined all four wheel spacers to fit perfectly and be hubcentric. All parts fit perfectly, and the 10mm spacer widens my track width just a little under a half inch per corner. With my 15mm of scrub without the spacers, the spacers increase my scrub to 25mm, or about 1 inch of scrub per corner, still way under my 2 inch limit I was originally shooting for. I haven't done it yet, but I have the option to elongate the lower strut mounting bolt hole to increase negative camber. As I increase the negative camber at the lower bolt hole, I can lessen the amount of negative camber used at the camber plate, this will move the line out through the strut top and lower ball joint, and lessen the KPA that I currently have. The downside to this will be that it will increasethe scrub a little bit, and will only be done if I decide I need additional negative camber gain and less self centering steering (caster increases negative camber, KPA increases self steering characteristics/on center steering feel).


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Old 11-08-2012, 02:27 PM   #432
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Here is the hubcentric part of the spacer, machined to fit perfectly inside my Rota rims center bore.



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Old 11-08-2012, 02:29 PM   #433
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Wheel spacer mounted on the rear of the car.



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Old 11-15-2012, 02:13 PM   #434
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Hood louvers installed at body shop. Don't worry they will not be staying brushed aluminum, but the whole hood will be resprayed wrb along with the fender flares.



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Old 11-21-2012, 12:16 PM   #435
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Here is a pic illustrating the track width difference with the 10mm wheel spacers. Part of the reason for utilizing the spacers was I was getting a slight amount of rubbing in the front under compression and turning (slightly rubbing in the front inboard on the fender well right under where the oem airbox installs). Obviously, any rubbing is unacceptable, I am hoping this will be a cheap solution to the problem while I save to have the front wheel wells tubbed. Tubbing the front is the better solution, as you can substantially increase clearance both inboard and under compression, and while it would have been relatively simple to do prior, it is not in the budget at this time. I will be incorporating this into the budget at the earlliest opportunity, but I need to get this car back on the road. The increase in track width makes the fenders look back to like they were prior to pulling the fenders. Substantial increase in track width, keeps the scrub radius within reason, and will reduce rubbing under compression in the front, and help fill out those fender flares. The car is currently at the body shop getting cut up and painted, but upon return I will be removing the front springs and jacking the car through its suspension travel to ensure there is no rubbing of the tire under any conditions. There are other band aids that can be done right now instead of tubbing, caster can be adjusted, etc.


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Old 11-21-2012, 12:18 PM   #436
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View from the back shows a substantial increase in track width. As has been the theme with this build, I am doing everything possible within my budget to increase mechanical grip while keeping the proper suspension geometry, steering feel, and travel.



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Old 11-21-2012, 12:21 PM   #437
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Comparison to the track width and fitment without the spacers.



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Old 11-21-2012, 12:22 PM   #438
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Birds eye view without spacers installed



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Old 11-26-2012, 03:03 PM   #439
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Here is the update from the body shop. Fender flares test fitted and look excellent on the car. Looking forward to getting full compression travel and wheel lock with some serious rubber. Getting excited....



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Old 11-26-2012, 03:08 PM   #440
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Here is how the front of the car will look. Hopefully I won't have any more rubbing in the front with the spacers. Some minor clearancing might be required, but we will see when the car is back in my hands. Fronts look as good as the rear. Loving the progress.


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Old 11-27-2012, 11:36 AM   #441
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Some more progress at the body shop.


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Old 11-27-2012, 11:38 AM   #442
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And another shot. Just gotta keep moving forward...



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Old 11-27-2012, 02:03 PM   #443
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That is gonna look so sexy.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:50 PM   #444
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Some more pics as the bodywork progresses. Bodywork is absolutely foreign to me, so I am pretty interested in how this progresses. The rears are the most involved in fitting, as it involves cutting the rear fenders and sealing multiple layers of metal. It is very involved to properly fit wide rubber on the rear of subaru's.



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Old 11-28-2012, 01:56 PM   #445
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Pic of how the rear fenders match up to the oem bodywork. Very involved to make everything look both functional and proper. Fortunately, the flares from karlton are extremely well made (my bodyshop was literally blown away by them), making the amount of modifying for proper fitment very minimal as each car has minor differences to ensure proper match up.



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Old 11-28-2012, 01:58 PM   #446
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Picture of cutting to the inner fender well for maximum compression travel. The panels will be all sealed together to prevent corrossion and ensure maximum chassis rigidity.



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Old 11-28-2012, 01:59 PM   #447
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If you ask me, its starting to look pretty mean....



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As you can tell, I'm pretty happy at how the bodywork is progressing.



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Old 11-28-2012, 02:02 PM   #449
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A lil pic showing off her backside..



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