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Old 02-11-2003, 09:21 AM   #1
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Question A pillar removal?

I want to pull the A-pillar panel off of my 02 wrx. I dont want to break anything, or cause any damage to the parts. I am replacing it with the 3 guage cup A-pillar. I know this is most likely an easy, just pull it off, kind of thing, but would like to hear how others have done it, and if it caused any damage.
I would also like to know where most people are putting their wires through the fire wall. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 02-11-2003, 10:02 AM   #2
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You're correct. It just pulls off. Get your fingers or a large screwdriver under the top edge where it meets the headliner. Then just pull down and in toward the center console. There are 2-3 plastic anchors that will turn loose when you do this. Lastly, there's a plastic tab that extends from the bottom of the A-pillar cover that inserts into a slot molded into the side of the dash. Once the anchors have turned loose you'll just need to pull up on the cover to slide the tab out of the slot. As the saying goes, "installation is the reverse". Have fun.

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Old 02-11-2003, 10:09 AM   #3
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Thanks alot. I will let you know how it goes

Any suggestions on where to go through the fire wall?
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Old 02-11-2003, 10:17 AM   #4
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Open the hood and look at the firewall behind and slightly down from the top of the intercooler. You should see a grommet there that will allow you to run your wiring, etc. through. You may have to open up the hole in the middle of the grommet a bit to accomodate larger items such as tubing for a boost gauge. You should be able to reach the grommet from the engine bay without removing the intercooler by reaching in from the passenger side. In the cabin, this grommet is up rather high behind the dash. You should be able to "just" reach it if you lay on your back in the driver's floorboard. Removing the lower dash piece in front of the driver's knees will really help in this process.

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Old 02-11-2003, 10:29 AM   #5
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Thanks again,
I see you have a wagon too!
What type of suspension mods do you have?
So far I have Perrin Sway bars, Perrin rear links, MRT front links,
Cusco strut tower bars.(rear one helps a little, but the front one just looks good.)
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Old 02-11-2003, 10:36 AM   #6
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Stock springs and struts here. I have a front strut bar and 22mm rear sway bar with solid endlinks. Can't get a rear strut bar since I use the car a lot for my business. That's pretty much it on suspension. Power mods include PDE uppipe, PDE downpipe, no cats, Greddy Evo catback, lightened crank pulley, Perrin panel filter and Yoshio tuned ECU (like ECUTEK). Car is very fast and responsive.
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Old 02-11-2003, 10:44 AM   #7
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My other mods are
MRT turbo back w/high flow cat
MRT up pipe
turbo xs dual stage MBC 9, and 15 psi
unifilter cold air intake
GFB dual vent blow off valve 60 / 40
APEXi SAFC currently in a read only mode.

With the rear strut bar... I just carry a couple of 14mm wrenches in the glove, just in case I need the cargo room. I can just remove the bar in about 1 min.
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bringing it from the dead to say thank you.
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