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Old 07-22-2015, 11:55 AM   #1
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OMGHi2U Crank Yankers Racing - 04 STi - Monroe - Pic Heavy - 56k Death

Well hello all, my name is Stuart. Ive lurked here and posted a tad throughout the years. I figured Id let all you good people in on an adventure we are having over at Crank Yankers Racing, the Midwests Best Grassroots endurance racing team, located in Fort Wayne, IN.

We have campaigned a few cars throughout the years in Chump Car World Series, and have also campaigned a newer car in World Racing League. Those cars include a Betty, a 1995 Impreza with a 3.3L SVX swap, while the other Violette who is a 1989 325i with an M50 swap. We have had a ton of fun in both of these cars an look forward to many many many more years of joy in the years to come.

Enough of that good stuff, now onto the STi! I have been looking at this car sitting in its state of disrepair for a few years now without direction. After a long chat with the financial adviser (ole lady) we decided what direction she (I use this loosely as it is “her” car) wanted to take with good ole Monroe. She agreed without much negotiation that having a RACECAR in tow would be awesome. So then upon much deliberation on many many topics with the team we decided to go full tilt. So this will be the saga of the car henceforth known as Monroe.

So lets just jump into the fun......the car!

So far we stand on a pretty solid base with the STi:

Interior:
Cage Prepping – Thompson Racing Fabrication
Gutted

Electronics:
Sending bulkhead out to iWire

Exterior:
Windshield Removed
Rear Window Removed
Spats removed

Suspension:
Feal 441
5x114.3 Conversion
TiC Unabomber Sexy Rear End
TiC Super Sexy Suspension Race Kit
05 STi Lateral Links

Brakes Front:
Stoptech Braided Lines Front
Innovatine Tuning PBR BBK – 6 Piston Kit
Stoptech Front Directional Rotors
Racing Brake Front Pad Pins


Brakes Rear:
Stoptech Braided Lines Rear
Subaru FHI rear 2 piston conversion
DBA Gravel Spec Rotor
Hawk 9012 Rear Pads

Engine:
Internals – Bone Stock
TGV Delete

Fueling:
Outfront Fuel Rails
Outfront FPR
Walbro 416 Pump

Oiling:
Accusump 3qt

Exhaust:
Moore Performance Race Spec Twin Scroll Header
Moore Performance Divided Up Pipe
Tial MV-R
Moore Performance Downpipe
Moore Performance Exhaust

Intercooler:
Moore Performance Hotside Inlet
-Bell 4.5x19.5x6 Core
Tial QRJ BPV

Turbo:
Borg Warner S200sx

Seat:
OMP HTE-R 400



Now there is the current list. It has a few items that still need ordered, steering wheel, kill switches, ect. We will keep you up to date on all that. Some items are in fabrication and nearing completion at Moore Performance as well, which will be super exciting to see, and are going to be a welcome addition to the project!

The main meat and potatoes that we are currently awaiting on is a sweet cage. We had contacted Thompson Racing Fabrication, and spoke with Ryan. Through some talks by email and a lengthy phone conversation we knew, he was the one. He accepted the challenge and will be putting his legendary cage fabrication and welding skills into our Monroe! I highly suggest to anyone looking at cages or just looking for info to shoot him an email or give him a call. Extremely good guy!
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The start of a legend! Monroe when she came home with Bandit there on the right. He was a good cone killer, like to eat em up!


We'll use this for progress photos!
Felt like I needed to have all the parts cleaned up that came off. Had them blasted and powdered.


Race dog overwatching while knuckles were being assembled. Took some time to test fit major components as well. Everything taken to spec. As you can see the brackets are pretty stout pieces for the new Zed Oh 6 calipers!


Whole box of fun! New lateral links, bolts, nuts and brackets!


Out with the old. Prepping for the new TiC goodnesss!


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Old 07-22-2015, 11:56 AM   #3
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Using a ball Subaru ball joint removal tool to get the bushings out. This is one of the easiest ways I have found to do these. Takes like 15 seconds for each one!



Throwing all the hardware in the correct location to make install a breeze. Its always good to know exactly where parts go when you order them by the boxload.


Went and replaced the diff retainer o-rings and seals.


Had a few spacing issues that we had to work out on the ABS ring. Just another thing to fix.


Just the usual Subaru hovercar. Also let me inform all you guys. Harbor Freight packing blankets are awesome. Great to cover up the car with and awesome if your working on your back under a car.


Again checking all the rear fitments and so forth. All checked out and was bolted up.

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Old 07-23-2015, 11:07 AM   #4
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Test fit later in the day.


Moved on to the front of her. Made some headway in leaps and bounds. Found some clearance issues and fixed them rightly with a dremel!


One thing we absolutely hate. Wiring. Wiring is undoubtedly the worst thing ever. Period.



Rear goodies arrived. Led to more test fitting. We like to test fit everything.



Then all the fronts arrived. It was another good day. Pressed everything together and had a party. Now all we need are some Hawaiin t-shirts and white chest hair and we could so fit in at a Corvette meat.

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And as always, again with the test fitting. Test fit all teh things!


Rear arms came in too! Nice shade of Cherry Blossom!


Blurry pic, super awesome rotor and pad test fit. Like a glove!


Final front rotor on test fit. Came out swimmingly well. Looks like it should of came from the factory.




Started on some super awesome roof removal. Spot weld bits are nasty flockers. Yes we even marked all the spots in a color closest to Cherry Blossom. We're diehards.



Front window removed. It seems to have been replace before as it literally popped out.


More goodies arriving from Vorshlag. These guys are awesome. Drew a requested pic on the side of the box!


Rear window was a pain in the ass to remove. Took a few hours. The tabs in the top corners dont help either. Time and patience.
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Old 07-23-2015, 11:52 AM   #6
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This looks real good so far.
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This looks real good so far.
Why thank ya! We've put a lot of time into her so far. Shes starting to shape up rather nicely too.

Wait till the other journal gets posted for teh radically awesome Betty. Should turn some heads on here!
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Old 12-11-2015, 01:22 PM   #8
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I guess its time to update this ol girl!

Pads installed, pretty straightforward.



Was able to squeeze the ol girl out of the garage. Had to bleed the brakes and ramp her up the trailer. Did a quick ratchet job and headed NORTH.


Made it up to TRF without incident. Handed the car over the Ryan. Went over the details of the car and the future it would hold. Discussed the design, went over seat placement and all the fun safety stuff.


Within a day of being home he had sent me a plethora of updates. Doors off, bars cut, bars notched, bars bent. He means business up there!


Got the call that the car was done roughly a week or so later. Went up to get it with my dad and father in law. Let me tell you, Ryan's work... its UNBELIEVABLE, the attention to detail and execution is perfect.



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Next was cage prep for a light coat of POR 15. Lightly scuffed and cleaned, then hit it with the POR. I like how it turned out. A few runs and drips but nothing to care about.




Got an update from the dudes at MOORE as well! Fabrication went swimmingly. Got the up-pipe, full vbanded turboback, intercooler, and other bits all rounded out! Just have to finish the header. Most of it is in shipment currently so heres some fab and finish work.






Also decided to ship the harness out to iWire for some love. I am a complete novice at wiring so I left it to the pros. It also takes a bit of beer and patience to remove a front harness.
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Subscribed for race car

These are what I will be using for my hub swap

http://www.licmotorsports.com/blog/2...o-ring-spacers
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:25 PM   #11
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These are what I will be using for my hub swap

http://www.licmotorsports.com/blog/2...o-ring-spacers
I had originally purchased those. Ended up going the, buy the right axles route instead of using the spacers.

Also a teaser pic of what showed up the other day!
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I had originally purchased those. Ended up going the, buy the right axles route instead of using the spacers.

Also a teaser pic of what showed up the other day!
wait that involves swapping out the sundials and stubs on the transmission correct ?
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wait that involves swapping out the sundials and stubs on the transmission correct ?
Depends. Mine is an early build 04, so yes I had to pull the stubs and do replace the side differential retainers. The late year 04 dont have the stubs so its an axle swap.

Easy peasy stuff though
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Depends. Mine is an early build 04, so yes I had to pull the stubs and do replace the side differential retainers. The late year 04 dont have the stubs so its an axle swap.

Easy peasy stuff though
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Don't you have to check the differential backlash and such then ?
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Don't you have to check the differential backlash and such then ?
The way I read STIS, you can check backlash. If you count your rotations you should be good. I counted rotation down to the tooth.

I guess if it has a binding or sloppiness I can go from there.
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holy crap i haven't seen/herd someone say 56k stay away/no way/death type thing in forever!
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holy crap i haven't seen/herd someone say 56k stay away/no way/death type thing in forever!
Welcome! Old internet stuffs and all around shiza show is what we are all aboot.
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Nice!
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Nice!
Thanks- its been an adventure to say the least.
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Sorry about the delay folks! Been up to a lot and the car took the back burner for a tad. Since there is a bit to catch up on since I did sneak out the wrench when I wasnt being watched by the ol lady there is still some fun to be had!

Firstly got the harness back from iWire! Brian and his crew did a great job. The switches and toggles look better than OE. The cutoff that he implemented to the fuse box and the battery are perfect. I will be working with him in the future of a completely custom unit as well.

Ordered a turbo oil feed and AVCS line setup through IAG and this piece is pretty much perfect for what it is as well.

Main updates:
Bulkhead Harness - Installed
Dash - Installed
Enging Harness - Installed
LIC Radiator - Installed
Power Steering - Installed
Injectors and Engine Compartment Fueling - Installed
Moore Up Pipe - Installed
Moore Full Turbo Back - Installed
New OE Oil Cooler - Installed

I forgot to submit my AN hose order so Im pretty much there until that comes in. It is stuff for both the fuel feed and return so its some major stuff. Also on the same order was the oil cooler lines and the lines for the Accusump,so its pretty much down to lines as it currently is.

Still looking up the routing for crank case venting and looking into a proper catch can.

Now for pictars.




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What size wheels are those that clear the BBK ?
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What size wheels are those that clear the BBK ?
It currently has some 17X9 Rota DPT's mounted but I am trying to acquire some stock 05-07 STi BBS.
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Forgot the dash install pic..

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It currently has some 17X9 Rota DPT's mounted but I am trying to acquire some stock 05-07 STi BBS.
Dam dude they clear that bbk ?

I am looking at some 17x9 Team Dynamics that would probably clear too in the future when I want to upgrade.


You signed up for Gridlife time attack or anything cool ?
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Dam dude they clear that bbk ?

I am looking at some 17x9 Team Dynamics that would probably clear too in the future when I want to upgrade.


You signed up for Gridlife time attack or anything cool ?
I honestly forgot to register for Gridlife. Was super stoked to go too. The car has a few tentative dates to see how the other cars fill up. But you can look out for us at possibly Mid-O April 8-9 / Gingerman July 30-31 / Pittrace Sept 10-11.

We (Crank Yankers Racing) run both WRL and Chump so if you see something on the schedule at RaceCYR.com and you want to come and hang, then come on out!

Yeah if the stock Brembo clear then the chance are the BBK will clear. I have the 13inch version, Innovative also makes it in a 14 inch.
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