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Old 07-26-2019, 06:37 PM   #4326
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Ordered new tires for the beater Impreza. Current tires are Firestone Indy 500s, which I've been very impressed with, and figured I would get again. But as I was searching around online I decided to roll the dice on some Federals. Specifically, the Evoluzion ST-1, which is their new (I think) ultra-high performance summer tire. There are folks who rave about the bang-for-the-buck of their 595 RS-R, so I figured I'd give these a shot.
Got the Federals mounted & balanced today, and got an alignment. First time the car has had an alignment since I bought it, despite the fact that over the past couple of years I've:
- removed the steering wheel, re-centered the rack, then reinstalled the steering wheel in the correct orientation
- replaced the outer tie rod ends
- replaced the lateral links with adjustable ones
- installed a rear toe lock kit, since the toe adjustment is handled by the lateral links now
I've just been eyeballing the alignment as I did all of those things, and that actually worked out reasonably well. The car tracked straight and tire wear wasn't too bad.

I got not quite 18k miles out of the Indy 500s. Would've gotten a bit more, but toe wear was killing two of them, so I had to retire them a bit early. Hopefully having a proper alignment (with toe zero'd out nicely) will help the Federals have a healthy life.
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Old 08-03-2019, 02:06 PM   #4327
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Outer tie rods / ADF 1/1.375 lift / rs wheels / grabber 215/65/16

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Old 08-03-2019, 03:46 PM   #4328
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Cool Fixed up the STI

My son is borrowing the STI while his Mazda3 is getting rear-end accident damage fixed (6 weeks to repair ), so I spent yesterday evening and today under the car to fix up some leftover issues:

- Fixed oil leak on AVCS solenoid, chasing the threads on one bolt that had two threads galled and cleaned out the bolt hole with a tap.
(HUGE THANKS to AndrewTech for helping troubleshoot the leak from pictures I took and for having the $5 gasket in stock )
- Primed and painted some rush spots on oil pan and engine compartment
- Changed the oil and filter
- Took off Autocross tires (Azenis RT615K) and put regular summers on
- Replaced passenger side turn signal bulb
(Subaru - could you possibly make it any harder to change these bulbs ???)
- Straightened lower radiator mount tabs and re-installed light bar after getting it powder coated
- Trimmed the 3/16" Al skid plate to clear the light bar and now-straight radiator mounts.
- Re-installed diff protector, which is a PITA get onto the diff mounting bolts

Still need to adjust the clutch switches to fix HSA but that may not happen before he leaves.

I'm going to miss the loud boxer rumble but I may put the Azenis on the Tesla3 for autocross - with the Prius stock tires on the Tesla, it's completely lame in autocross; just can't turn with real street tires.

-- now "dirty" Harry

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Old 08-07-2019, 01:21 PM   #4329
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- Rolled 228,000 miles on the green '96 beater.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:32 PM   #4330
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- Over the weekend hit up the Mt. Airy Crazy Ray's for an assortment of Subie parts. Got some optional (aka JDM) extended door handles for the Legacy's front door cards, an optional (aka JDM) SF Forester grill, a '95/96 Legacy 140mph speedo, and 2 SF Forester leather parking brake handles (which also fit BD/BG Legacys).

- Adjusted the clutch cable on the '96 Impreza today after work. Pedal felt high today. Not sure if it's been gradually changing and I just finally noticed, or if the adjusting nuts on the clutch cable somehow worked loose today and caused the pedal to change? We'll see how it feels tomorrow.
- Vacuumed the interior of the Impreza for the first time in, um, forever?
- Tore a nice hole in the outer side bolster of the driver seat as I slid into the car. Back pocket button caught a small wear hole on the bolster and turned said small hole into a ~3" long tear. I "fixed" it with some safety pins for now, not sure what my path ahead will be. That bolster has been repaired by an upholstery shop once before, the fabric is just thin with wear and sun exposure, so I'm not sure there's much "meat" left to try to fix it again.


You can see the denim material underneath from my previous seat foam repairs.


Frankenstein fix with safety pins.

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Old 09-22-2019, 09:33 PM   #4331
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- Rolled 230,000 miles on the '96 Impreza this weekend. Not sure where I've been driving so much over the past 6 weeks, but that's 2000 miles since Aug 7th. I guess that only works out to ~16k miles in a year, so that's not that crazy, just seemed like a lot when I first looked at it.
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Old 09-29-2019, 08:51 PM   #4332
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- Got started on installing the extended door pulls for the front doors of my '97 Legacy. It takes some modification to the plastic panel that surrounds the power window and lock switches. The '95-97 Legacys had slightly different panels, without the power lock switch next to the window switch, so I have to modify my switch panels (I have '99 door cards in the car) to get the door pulls to fit.

Here's the before:


And after:


Here's a comparison of the driver side switch panel covers; I haven't started cutting away at the driver side one yet. It looks like it should be simple, but the shape of the panel is pretty complex, which makes it harder to line them up next to each other and cut my panel to match.




- Hit up the Jessup Crazy Ray's on Saturday to grab yet more Subie bits. I grabbed the passenger front seat out of an '01 2.5RS so I can use the less-worn seat cover (and maybe seat foam, too) to fix up my driver seat. Also got some EJ25D cam sprockets (Outfront Motorsports buys them) and some fake wood interior trim from a 1st gen Outback Limited (for some reason some people on the FB love that crap).

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Old 09-30-2019, 02:48 PM   #4333
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- Hit up the Jessup Crazy Ray's on Saturday to grab yet more Subie bits. I grabbed the passenger front seat out of an '01 2.5RS so I can use the less-worn seat cover (and maybe seat foam, too) to fix up my driver seat. Also got some EJ25D cam sprockets (Outfront Motorsports buys them) and some fake wood interior trim from a 1st gen Outback Limited (for some reason some people on the FB love that crap).
Looks like they got a 00' 4-door in a couple days ago:

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Old 09-30-2019, 09:59 PM   #4334
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Yeah, that's the one I took the seat from. Thought it was an '01. Whatevs!
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Old 10-02-2019, 08:37 PM   #4335
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Pulled the driver seat out of the Impreza and put one of the Recaro SEs out of the Legacy in. Now I can pull apart the driver seat and the junkyard seat to make a good driver seat.
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Old 10-04-2019, 12:58 PM   #4336
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Took my 01 to LKQ yesterday. 310k isn't bad, drivetrain is still good but it's going through alternators and batteries and the hatch wouldn't open anymore

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Old 10-09-2019, 10:55 PM   #4337
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Never in my wildest dreams that I thought I would drop my wrx transmission pretty much by my self just need help getting it loose . I was really amazed how easy it was I think it took me long putting the other transmission back in lol cause I was like **** did I put this back in plug this up lol. . I wish I new how to add pictures on here from mobile lol.. ohh and I was using a lift on base
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:08 PM   #4338
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Been out of town for the past couple weeks, so I just now finally got the junkyard passenger seat disassembled. Thoroughly rinsed the seat covers out in the sink, and am now running them through the washer on a quick cycle.

- The seat cushion covers are not the same for the driver and passenger seats, so I may not be able to use that (although I'll keep it around as a donor for fabric). I'll take a closer look at my options once the covers are out of the wash.
- The seat back covers are slightly different, but I don't believe the difference is big enough to preclude using the passenger cover on the driver seat. On each side of the cover there's a flap that kind of wraps around the lower corners of the foam; one flap has a slit in it to allow part of the seat back hinge go through it, while the other flap does not have that slit. A couple seconds with a razor knife should fix that difference.

In other news, rolled 232,000 miles on the way home from work.
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Old 11-09-2019, 10:32 PM   #4339
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Got the EG33 swap going in my 05 forester today.

Engine is dropped in and i can start fabbing up turbo bits

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Old 11-10-2019, 04:37 PM   #4340
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Look forward to seeing this EG33 build. What are your plans for engine management?
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Old 11-10-2019, 05:26 PM   #4341
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Link G4+ already have it on hand, figured out the wiring to run the EG, hopefully semi soon i can get it fired up, i just have a lot to do before
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Old 11-11-2019, 10:25 PM   #4342
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Made a plug and play adapter harness so I can plug the EG33 right into my Forester harness.
Keeps the provision for the SVX ignition igniter too
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:30 AM   #4343
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Battled with the beater Brighton's brakes Saturday morning/afternoon. Bought new front and rear pads, as I thought both were due for replacement. Figured I would swap on my winter wheels/tires while I was doing the pads.

Started on the rears, did both sides without issue - installed the new pads (same Power Stop Z23 compound as the old pads), bled 'em, pumped some poly bushing lube into the zerks on the rear swaybar bushings and chassis-side trailing arm bushings, all good.

Moved to the driver side front. Found the pads actually still had pretty good meat left, so I didn't need to replace them yet. But, I felt it would be worthwhile to relube the slide pins and the contact points where the pads slide in the caliper bracket. That's where the difficulties began. The lower slide pin was stuck, so I spent too much time fighting to get that loose. But, I eventually got it out (unfortunately, partially torching/melting the slide pin boot in the process, and the replacement boots that came with the Power Stop pads are not the right size ).

I put the driver side back together and moved to the passenger front. There I found the outer pad had plenty of meat, but the inner pad was almost used up. So now I needed to replace the passenger side front pads, having already not replaced the driver side ones. *sigh* And of course the passenger side lower slide pin was also stuck. I fought with it for a while, but it was really stuck - I'm just going to get another caliper bracket, because that slide pin is fully rusted in there.

So then I was left with 3 choices:
(1) Put the old pads back in, with the inner pad basically worn to the backing plate already.
(2) Put the new pads in, possibly ruining those.
(3) Install a different caliper. I still have the FHI 4-pots that I took off my Legacy.

#1 or #2 was probably the right answer, but I did #3 instead. So now I've got mismatched front calipers on there until I get a new caliper bracket, slide pin, and slide pin boots. Or I order new pads for the 4-pots, and install the other 4-pot on the driver side.

Edit: Ordered the caliper bracket, slide pins, and boots from Rock Auto. Should have them Tuesday or Wednesday. I was tempted to just use the 4-pots, but I really should sell those.

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Old 11-20-2019, 09:06 PM   #4344
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Parts received and installed.
- New slide pin boot on the driver side to replace the one I had burned/melted in freeing up the slide pin the other day.
- New (Cardone reman) caliper bracket on the passenger side, along with a new lower slide pin and new slide pin boot.
- Removed the 4-pot caliper on the passenger side and reinstalled the 2-pot caliper.
- Installed Power Stop Z23 pads on both fronts. I actually kept the old ones that came out of the driver side caliper, as they've got tons of meat left. If I end up with another stuck slide pin and get significant uneven wear again, I'll have these pads as a ready spare.
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Old 12-07-2019, 10:04 AM   #4345
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Just got 4 tires, did brakes and rotors, new windshield wipers/battery and an oil change. All ready for the winter in PA!
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Old 12-15-2019, 06:26 PM   #4346
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Pulled all 4 plugs on the beater and adjusted the plug gaps to get them back in spec. Plugs and wires looked OK, but the gaps were too wide. I've been getting some hesitation when it's cold & damp in the morning, so I'm thinking that's some sort of ignition issue. We'll see if tightening up the plug gaps helps.

Edit: 9 days later, it seems that fixing the plug gaps was the fix. Haven't had any of the hesitation I was feeling before, even on a couple of very damp, cold mornings.

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Old 12-23-2019, 07:17 PM   #4347
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took off my grill, took it apart and painted it. only the chrome and gray part though no need to paint the black part black.

might wrap my hood scoop tomorrow if im not lazy
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Old 12-26-2019, 06:16 PM   #4348
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vinyl wrapped my hood scoop on the 24th



and changed the IC on the 25th

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Old 01-10-2020, 08:04 PM   #4349
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- Replaced a broken alternator mounting bolt on the '96 Impreza. But it was a longer story than that...

[insert crappy, blurry cellphone pic from Advance Auto parking lot]


On my way to work this morning, heading towards the guard rail of an off-ramp at 70mph, I went to ease the steering wheel into the turn and had a brief instant of panic as the wheel gave some resistance. Made the off-ramp just fine, but that was an inopportune time to lose power steering assist - made my heart stop for a second!

Got to work and took at a look at PS fluid level - Yep, definitely low. I'll hit Advance Auto before I head home. Wonder where it's leaking out?

Went to Advance Auto this afternoon, grabbed a bottle of ATF and topped off the fluid. Started the car to get fluid circulating, hopped out of the car to see if it needed any more fluid. I noticed that the PS pump was spinning way slow, as was the alternator, and that belt was floppy loose. What the...? Turned the engine off and went back for a closer look. I grabbed the alternator to see if somehow the tensioner bolt was loose and the whole thing shifted - the alternator wasn't even connected to the tensioner! The bolt had snapped, leaving about 1/2" or so in the alternator. I, of course, had no tools at all, but fortunately I was at an auto parts place. Borrowed some tools from them, removed the alternator to get the broken off bolt out of it (in the process discovering that the weld nut / bracket that secures the long alternator mounting bolt had fallen off and was wedged under the fuel lines under the intake manifold), then reinstalled it with a new bolt purchased in Advance Auto.
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:20 PM   #4350
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Went to LKQ yesterday to pull some parts. Grabbed a HVAC controller for parts (the bulbs for my Outback are NLA from Subaru).

Put a bulb in last night and works well (not bad for a 18 year old bulb).
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