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Old 11-19-2012, 11:06 PM   #76
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I think it would look good if you take apart the headlights and black out the chrome, as well as black out the chrome on the grills.
I've considered the grills, and I'd love to do the lights, but I'll wait until there's aftermarket available; right now those lights are a few hundred apiece! I'd be facepalming for months if I messed one of those up in the oven.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:10 PM   #77
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You need white wheels!
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:16 PM   #78
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Just keep and eye on the calipers for brake fluid seepage or leaking around the pistons. Since the calipers don't have dust seals they wear out faster.
Thanks for the heads up, I was wondering about that (first set without them) although, I think I might be safe since the fluid would surely have eaten off some of the PAINT ON THE PISTONS. Jesus, does nobody know how to tape off before rattlecanning anymore? I went with a brush and took my time on texturing to get a cast look to match the rears. Hit it with a couple coats of high-heat clearcoat and baked for an hour:
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:21 PM   #79
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You need white wheels!
You need to stop tempting me to blow money on powdercoating! Still wondering if powdercoated 9-2x 17's would look cheap, I just can't give up on these stock rims . Personally, I want to divert what I can to performance mods at this point anyways; I don't want this front mount to collect dust forever in my garage.

Edit: damnit, you made me photoshop:

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Old 11-20-2012, 12:49 AM   #80
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dude, i personally love the offset stripes. good looking saab. and remember... haters gonna hate
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:54 AM   #81
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I think this is awesome. And yes, go white for the rims.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:49 AM   #82
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I like the project a lot.

Have you thought about what kind of Spring/Shock/Top Hat setup you'll go with? Swift springs will wind you custom ones if you need a higher rate in the rear to combat increased weight when you carry all 5 kegs while keeping stock ride height.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:16 AM   #83
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I like the project a lot.

Have you thought about what kind of Spring/Shock/Top Hat setup you'll go with? Swift springs will wind you custom ones if you need a higher rate in the rear to combat increased weight when you carry all 5 kegs while keeping stock ride height.
Yes, I'm already doing a factory direct order from the BC factory in China. I think I'll get 3 sets of springs at 10, 8 & 6 kg/mm so I can swap if I feel it's needed. Stock is 2.5kg/mm front and 3 rear; 3 smaller adults in the backseat put my flaps on the ground, so it's excessively soft. Struts and tophats will be the same as in base BC, ISC and Megan coilovers. Should hopefully be in by Christmas. We're taking the WRX to Stage II this weekend (Full 3" Nameless Turboback + Torqued Perf. map), so my brakes should be done the following week, just in time for snow to hit.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:31 AM   #84
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not hating, just stating that i don't care for the stripes at all. But I respect that you are doing everything on your car yourself and making it into what you want.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:57 PM   #85
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Still waiting on Wilwood cotter pins, so brakes are only halfway done, but new stereo and V-Limited lip are here! In the meantime, I'm refining the hatch tub a bit with some scrap; I updated the DIY thread and here's a shot of the much cleaner 5th door:
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:01 AM   #86
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Im running out of plastic parts to paint white , so I finished up a couple of big projects this weekend. First off was installing a replica V-Limited front lip- this makes a huge difference in the look of the Aero front end, one of my favorite mods to date:

I know I'm not the first person to do this, but I couldn't find a How-To, so I posted one here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...2#post38578142

Brakes are finally finished. I now have Wilwood Dynalites with SS lines up front so I can keep my 16" stockers as winter wheels, and I did the H6 upgrade in back and painted black. I swapped all rotors for DBA 4000s and I'm not expecting any track use for some time, so I put on BP-10 pads up front and Stoptech street performance in back:


Surprising part about the brake upgrade was that I noticed almost no change in pedal feel or front/rear bias as expected. Guess I may do the master cylinder brace after all at some point.

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Old 11-28-2012, 03:25 AM   #87
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Priuses are the best selling cars in Washington so I'm gonna need these:

Went with Sickspeeds because I like the slightly lower frequency than Hellas. Even in white they are pretty stealth with the Saab grill:
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:41 AM   #88
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Thanks for the heads up, I was wondering about that (first set without them) although, I think I might be safe since the fluid would surely have eaten off some of the PAINT ON THE PISTONS. Jesus, does nobody know how to tape off before rattlecanning anymore? I went with a brush and took my time on texturing to get a cast look to match the rears. Hit it with a couple coats of high-heat clearcoat and baked for an hour:
As long as you clean the pistons before pushing them back in for pad changes, they should last a long time. I generally take the pads out, push the brake pedal to push the pistons out further, clean, the push them back in before installing new pads.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:43 AM   #89
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delete the chrome, paint the wheels white, and enjoy your stg2. Once you get that 18g it's a matter of time until 2nd gives on you, esp. with the mileage you're gunna put on her : (.

Looks clean so far, just remember to save all your stock parts!
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:02 AM   #90
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As long as you clean the pistons before pushing them back in for pad changes, they should last a long time. I generally take the pads out, push the brake pedal to push the pistons out further, clean, the push them back in before installing new pads.
Good tip- they came in all the way engaged so I was able to do some good cleaning and get some brake fluid in there- some foolio got paint on the pistons!

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delete the chrome, paint the wheels white, and enjoy your stg2. Once you get that 18g it's a matter of time until 2nd gives on you, esp. with the mileage you're gunna put on her : (.

Looks clean so far, just remember to save all your stock parts!
Man, I know. I may just have my mechanic keep a steady eye out for an '06 6-speed tranny since he gets parts cheap enough to make up his labor. Unfortunately, I need cash up front . I just ordered Moore Performance blast plates from the group buy today for added insurance since even though I'm a conservative driver, the 5MT may be at risk even after the stage 2 protune and will definitely be at risk with the 18G. It's gonna suck to put those on, I've never even replaced a clutch...
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:02 AM   #91
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I just figured out how to work on my new stereo's software in the living room
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:21 PM   #92
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Ok, got the SaaBeeru ready for its first brewery road trip. Here's what it looks like with a full case load and sampling kegs installed:

The pink blanket or kegs with untinted windows stand out like a sore thumb, so this is the driving around look:

I'm not driving 1200 miles with phone GPS so I upgraded to an Avic-F900BT. Also game me a Huge jump in bass quality over my JVC:


Nobody's crazy enough to make a Saabaru model, but the newest Avic hacks have SIX different Wrx models- found a black bugeye wagon; not like the look of the front end matters anyway:
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:23 AM   #93
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Read your entire thread. Mad respect for a DIYer. Even though I don't like what you've done... LOL. (Coming from a stance guy) BUT like I said, respect to someone who can do things yourself.

Most ppl I see online these days, seem like they are bunch of "kids getting sponsored by mommy and daddy".. and they just like to hate/bash on other ppls rides because you do things the "cheap" way. WHATEVER SAVES YOU MONEY SO *** IT.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:37 AM   #94
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Well, I ran a while with the new lip, and I love it. Unfortunately, it clashes with the stripe, and with new brakes, turn signal mirrors, an upgraded exhaust and FMIC at some point... I'm worried about the look just getting too 'busy'. So, pulled the stripe a couple of days ago. Thought I'd hear some 'thank gods' at the Thursday meet, but more folks were disappointed since it doesn't work on a WRX, guess I wasn't the only one digging the different look.
Going to try some 'stock look' mods and plasti-dip my chrome, get new black Griffin badges, tilt my spoiler, and probably pull my window stickers since I no longer have any other white; and if I'm going for subtle, I don't want to half-ass it. Cleaned the car after the stripe pull and got one of the best pics ever of my car:

And while it may not be a 'mod', finally pulled the trigger on some digital-fit mats. This will be the FIFTH set I've owned, and definitely the single best protection for a car that sees rain and snow I've seen:
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:27 AM   #95
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Got a lot done on the SaaBeeru in the last day, really digging the new look.

Fist off, picked up a factory underset sub. Same size as my iPad should have been a warning:

Jumped on the Plasti-Dip wagon and blacked out the grill, liked this way more than I expected:

And finally modified my spoiler:


Couldn't find a how-to on this, so as usual, I made one up:http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2442474
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:19 PM   #96
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Got some subtle exterior clean-up in today, first off swapped the hood badge from this:

To this:

Obviously threw the matching badge in back, and then pulled off all the white vinyls, put back on the Areo badge, and swapped the other badging off the huge 4mm thick mounting tabs the last owner had used.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:02 PM   #97
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Honestly, nothing special here, just wanted to show a Saabaru being driven like a Subaru, was tired of too many pretty pictures:


Coilovers go on this weekend once my wife helps me make covers

I'm broke so I could only swing MDUs (Godspeeds/eBays) since I needed them quick for snowtime keg hauling
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:19 AM   #98
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Christmas/New Years Break update- got in a lot for the holidays and a couple gifts for the Saabaru to boot. First off were the MDU coilovers; since the BC coilovers group buy is dead I never did reach the factory on my own. However, the MDU Factory (CN Racing) was quite accomdating. I was able to confirm they don't use the same dampers as the Godspeeds they make, and they only charged $14 for an extra set of 5kg springs. I'll probably swap those in for a softer ride once we have some extra 4wd/awd delivery vehicles at the brewery. Here's crossing my fingers that they hold up...

First off I begged the wife and we made a set of coilover covers from the DirtyImpreza.com how-to: http://www.dirtyimpreza.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=17181



Halfway through the install here; I wound up securing the covers with some single-strand wire an also added a couple of holes in the wire loop for the wire to fish through so the securing wouldn't pull apart the ends of the Velcro:



I left the rear wheel gap at 1 3/4" for the sake of keg hauling. The front I dropped from a whopping 2 5/8"! to 1" and then very quickly back up to 1 1/2" after I figured out that front lip + bad driveway curb=more DIYs than I want to ever deal with. At least the lip balances out the appearance:

Next I dug into the cargo area. I was starting to get convinced that the rear was starting to get mold because of all the white crap. Looks like some crazy white sand or powder, stupid Florida cars, I pulled apart the back cargo area and this is what I had to clean up :

As for that lip, I took the 'droopy' back side of it and trimmed it down from this:

To this (and updated my how-to):

Swapped the mirrors from this:

To this:
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:24 AM   #99
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Put together some nice new center caps :

And Redline hood struts are ready to go on tomorrow:

Updated exterior pics:*




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Old 01-18-2013, 10:59 PM   #100
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Got a quick close up. It may just be center caps, but happy with representing:


Finally got into some baking. Lights are now amber free. For the side marker bulbs I first flattened some female clips and put them in the bulb housings; this was a TOTAL mistake. without the bulb resistance, all I did was blow the fuses and I lost my tails. I pulled the clips and problem solved- you don't get a warning light or fast blinker from having the sidemarker bulbs completely removed.

To fill in the sidemarker hole left by removing the amber, I cut a triangle out of a 'cut and stick' mirror, then just stuck each corner on with silicone gasket:

I replaced the stock bulbs with LEDs to finish it off, just need to put in the new relay once it arrives to get my flashers back to normal speed:

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