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Old 05-26-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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Hello from Australia. Realized I've been a forum member for 7 years and never posted anything much about my car.

So thought I might post a little car history why I was going.
I've had it 7 years now, got it stock as a rock.



Then went on to paint the side skirts and get the windows tinted, and fitted clear front and side indicators, also painted the front vents black. Sometimes I think this was the best look the car ever had.



From there I added an STI front lip and changed the rims.



Then the wheels were changed again to the ones that are currently on the car.

Its also been fitted with Sti tail lights, JDM folding mirrors, Sti cluster, and other stuff that I have forgotten about.

Mechanically the car has had 7 different exhaust systems, and finally I settled on the Remus that is on the car now, and will stay forever.
I run a power FC and am currently using the standard TD04 (this week)
Its also on its 3rd set of springs and now uses a set of lovells that are really too hard but sit at a decent height.

A couple of years ago parts of the car were resprayed due to stone chips. Its at the point now where it will most likely get a full respray in a year or two.

The car has been a weekender for the past 4 years and up until 12 months ago it lived out side.
Because of this I spent a fair bit of time detailing the car once it was inside.
As you can see it was fairly dirty.


Engine bay will need some work.





Interior isnt too bad.



And the spiders will have to find a new home.


In the end it got a good clean

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Old 05-26-2012, 09:37 PM   #2
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The audio was completely redone. Basically this is what has ended up in the car.



Because I have previously worked in the car audio industry some things were too cheap to pass up.
Now again I'm back to that whole takes ages thing because 3 months after starting this is where it sits now.





I also run a mini DSP for sound processing duties. This once setup transformed the whole system.


Yep thats right.....unfinished.
I'm also looking at head units at the moment so that will be replaced soon. Most likely with a double din something.

Mechanically I've decided it time to tidy everything under the bonnet. Currently the intake manifold is off for painting and I have a whole heap of silicone coolant and intake pipes to go in. I have a full set of stainless bolts and nuts to make it shine, and then everything else will get a tidy up.

So currently its in this state.


So I'll keep things updated as I do them.

And just for good measure here is a couple of photos from just over a week ago. (still looks good for a 13 year old car if you ask me)




Recently added a nice sticker.


I have a nice collection of engine bits ready to go in now. So I will start on some of that work then move onto some other areas that need attention.

Anyway, have the manifold off now, so the fun can begin.



If your thinking that took a long time your right, I haven't touched the car for weeks, and to top it off I've been suffering gout for two weeks.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:32 PM   #3
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beautiful trunk setup!!
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:56 AM   #4
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Nice trunk setup. If you have a dimension for the floorboard i'd like too see it. Needed to cover my trunk floor. It's too ugly now.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:42 AM   #5
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Its just traced around the carpet. However you need to cut it into a couple of sections to get it in there.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:35 AM   #6
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Managed to find a bargain intercooler and AVO blow off valve. Picking up tomorrow, so that will mean I can really start to get things back together. Manifold is stripped and ready to paint, but the weather here has been terrible. Also added a nice sticker.

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Old 06-11-2012, 04:13 AM   #7
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Managed to get a bit of stuff done today. Finished stripping the manifold and gave it a paint.



Also found I damaged the crank angle sensor plug so I'll have to match it to one I will have at work.

Now for some of the goodies going in.

Turbosmart fuel reg.


Grim speed spacers (3mm)


Beatrush cooling plate.


Also picked up a water-spray switch as I have been using a fog light switch.


So now once the paint drys I can start to put things back together.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:16 PM   #8
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Update time.

Bit of a one two skip a few, but its back together.

Went to work on the belt cover this morning.

Here you can see where it had to be trimmed on the left.



And needed to trim this boss of the back, where it bolts down.



Just need to make a small bracket to pick up the mounting point now, but it fits quite nicely.



Also made a bracket to mount the fuel reg, will get a pic of that once its all in.

So I got my nice shiny new tee piece.



Put it in and no leaks. So moved on with putting things back together.
Plumbed up the fuel reg.
Re-fitted the stock intercooler for now. And managed to get it out of the garage.




Still got lots to do but it was nice to actually go for a short (about 2km) drive.

Will get back onto it soon and finish the engine bay before moving onto the rest of the stuff to do.

Couple of extra photos.

Back sleeping where it belongs.




Took of the intake duct and blocked off the hole. Wasn't connected anyway.

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Old 07-21-2012, 09:16 PM   #9
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Few extra photos because I like taking photos.

Momo knob that was fitted ages ago. Boot is from a BA GT.



Got some random ebay cap because it matched the colour theme



Bit better photo showing the hex bolts and the hose ends. Waiting on a few more hose ends.

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Old 07-21-2012, 09:19 PM   #10
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Finally an audio related update.

Went and got some new terminals today.



Now to get them on the car.

Ahh the things you find on the internet.

Just paid for one of these off another forum. If it works I'm on a winner. If it needs repairing I'm most likely still on a winner.
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:40 AM   #11
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Nice build man looks good!
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:08 AM   #12
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Head unit works fine. Just needs a new loom. Also got the terminals fitted, now just waiting for a new battery hold down to arrive, and I have to make a bracket for the fuse holder.

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Old 06-11-2013, 04:34 AM   #13
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Lets have an update shall we.

Got the rear sub frame brace and diffuser fitted today.

Pro tip for anyone attempting it, buy a set of ratchet spanners. I don't have a set and could have done it in half the time if I did. The bolt on the drivers side is blocked by the fuel filler. Was about 1/8 of a turn each go with the spanner.

Also used stainless allen key bots instead of the stock ones.





Now thats better.
Look at all the scratches on the centre console though :cry:

Aaaannnnndddd Back to sleep you go.



Got a few small things done today.

Mounted my catch can. Still have to run the hoses, will get around to that. Its taken 6 months to get this much done



Also finally found the correct size hose end for my header tank.



The other small job I did was to stick in some LED lighting in the boot. One day I'll finish it.





Also removed the rear speakers why I was there as they haven't been connected for years.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:35 AM   #14
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Got a rear tow hook.
Just went out and bolted it on, because I was worried its too big. Need to drill another hole so no big deal.




And a shot with the gopro. Next time its out of the shed I'll get a bit better photo.


Blacked out the headlights, should have done it years ago.






Also you may notice these photos are not of it in the garage.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:35 AM   #15
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Played with some plasti dip. Don't think I like the look after all.





Did the center caps much happier now.





Now to get my fog light covers and front lip repainted.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:09 AM   #16
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Fitted a GD pedal set.



Possibly the most difficult thing I have ever done to the car. Partly because of the position its parked in at the moment, but mostly because the roll pin on the accelerator pedal just would not come out. Ended up putting on my butchers apron and hacking off the old pedal then drilling up the middle of the roll pin to soften it. Guess after 14 years it was fairly stuck.
Had the car out for a bit of a run today, so snapped some shots. I'm still not settled on the black wheels though.






Bolted in the rear strut brace I picked up for added shinny stuff and placebo effect.



Thought seeing as I've been bed ridden for a couple of days with some dodgy virus, I though might put my gauges in my gauge pod.

Excuse the crappy pictuers I not feeling the best.






Will make the hood so it still lifts up like the lid did because with the double din there is no other storage.


And the opening ceremony (cbf imbedding)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j64eu...ature=youtu.be
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:40 AM   #17
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Changed the cluster over to white led's. Took a fair bit to remove the green but I got it done. It will need a diffuser layer in there to even the light out but its not as bad as I thought it would be.




Finished my paint touch ups. Happy enough with the results to leave it alone. Will leave it to a professional from here.

Window surrounds done


Fog light cover touched up



Also finished plumbing in all my gauges. Why checking for oil leaks from the temp sender I found the radiator leaking. So now going to have to replace that.

Played with some vinyl wrap. Doesn't go that well on MDF. When you peel it off it pulls bits of MDf with it then you end up with an uneven finish.

Will leave it this way for the next little while and do something better later on.



Also needs some more trimming around the outside.

New rims. Needs to be lower still.




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Old 03-13-2014, 07:07 AM   #18
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I kinda liked the black wheels, but I can see why you weren't crazy about that look. New wheels much better! Such a clean look. Well done car on all fronts.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:19 PM   #19
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I loved the look with the black wheels, but whatever makes you happy, it is your car after all. Very clean ride!
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Old 03-29-2014, 02:38 AM   #20
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Well today I ran out of parking skill.



Now that I need paint work done it seems like I have pulled a lot of stuff off the car so far. It does concern me that once before a similar thing happened and the car didn't leave the shed for years.
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Old 03-29-2014, 04:06 AM   #21
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White on white setup looks amazing, really clean look IMO.

What setup are you using for the Auto IC spray?

I have the Auto AC switch also and was thinking of getting the MRT kit, but it is a bit exy.

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Old 03-29-2014, 04:18 AM   #22
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I built my own. Have the two pump washer bottle and a Hobbs pressure switch.
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Old 03-29-2014, 04:23 AM   #23
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Ahh nice!. I would love to have it ECU controlled some how like the JDM models. I'm told the coding is not in our ECU's though, and the wiring is certainly not in my STi (wiring plugged into blank is for unconnected fog's).
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