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Old 04-19-2019, 01:28 PM   #26
RicersWetDream
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Location: Marshall, MI
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2014 Forester XT

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Very nice... Seems like there are a decent number of nice MI Subaru's these days.

Interior wise you're going for stock-ish?
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:10 PM   #27
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Looking good Nolan. I'm so glad I got a completely rust free 05 WRX Wagon from Tlek too. It is an awesome feeling owning something so rust free when we live up here in the salt belt. Amazing how rust free cars come apart, even 14+ year old Subies.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:10 AM   #28
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SUB'D... Congrats on getting your dream build going.
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Old 04-22-2019, 04:07 AM   #29
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Nice build! Iím looking at doing a 22B kit in mine as well.
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:36 PM   #30
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Very nice... Seems like there are a decent number of nice MI Subaru's these days.

Interior wise you're going for stock-ish?

Pretty much stockish. I am using the 98-01 RS dash, center console, door cards etc... with a few special things like seats, cluster, and steering wheel from other cars.


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Looking good Nolan. I'm so glad I got a completely rust free 05 WRX Wagon from Tlek too. It is an awesome feeling owning something so rust free when we live up here in the salt belt. Amazing how rust free cars come apart, even 14+ year old Subies.
Tlek is the man!
You really can't describe the feeling of taking apart something and not even getting your hands dirty.. It's really remarkable.
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Old 05-02-2019, 12:57 PM   #31
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double post :/
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:08 AM   #32
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Bit of a gap here as both me and Matt had stuff going on that prevented us from working on the car at the rate we were before.



Between then and now we have just about wrapped up the fabrication.

Cut and welded the passenger side quarter panel and wheel tub to match the driver side. We also added some brackets with dimples to tie the factory panel back into the arch.


Undercoated and seam sealed




It's not documented very well but we added on extensions to fill out the gap for the rear bumper, also added some weld nuts so it doubles as an extra attatchment point.



We also completed what is probably the biggest/most important step in this process. THE REAR PANELS ARE GLUED!




No more clecos!




This wrapped up the rear end leaving only the sideskirts left to be done.
We have started on them and just about finished mocking them up, but I didn't take any pictures soooooo next post I guess lol.

I have a video pending upload that goes along with this chunk of progress.
(Check for that later)
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:52 AM   #33
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Default June Update! [Daily Driver Edition]

Of course I've gotta update you on my daily as well.
This thing has gone through some pretty significant visual changes in the last few months.

To start, another set of BRAID wheels!



This time 18x8" in Gold.
Simply put..
They
Are
Gorgeous





I ended up lowering the car about an inch further than I intended, hence the stance nation going on in a few of those pics..



and finally..... the car is ALL ONE COLOR!
That's right, I finally painted this thing to look somewhat presentable.






Spent about $200.00 on paint + tape, masking paper, and dinner for my painter of course. (Thanks Tlek)


It's not perfect by any means, but for the money spent I'm not complaining.
And really anything is better than the look before.









On top of that I also installed some old school equal length headers for that real rally car feel:



All in all I'm pretty happy with where the car is at now and I don't think I'll be doing much of anything else to it for a while.
I do have a much bigger project to worry about afterall...
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Old Yesterday, 03:26 PM   #34
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Default Sideskirts!

Now that the quarter panels were glued on, we only had one thing left to do...
The side skirts!


Mocking these up it was clear almost immediately that the side skirts are the major shortcoming of this body kit, they took more modification and adjustment to make fit then any other panel in the kit.
To add, I believe the pair I received were possibly warper/twisted. (possibly in shipping?)

Regardless, we pressed on.

Mocked up




and clecos added




Somehow I managed to not get any pics myself of the brackets we made to attatch these. Not that they were really all that interesting or complex anyways.

Matt did happen to take a few somewhere along the line:






Basially just a 90 degree bracket of sheet metal welded along the entire top edge of the rocker. This holds the sideskirt up and is the major part where it is glued.
On the bottom we simply used a flat piece of metal to extend the bottom of the skirt to the pinch weld. (Also glued here)

It also is glued to the bottom of the quarter panel where it slides under. This seam will be molded to look like one piece when the car goes off to the body shop.


We did opt to leave the side skirts open as we felt it would be near impossible to achieve a 100% leak proof seal. Instead we left them mostly open on the back side so as dirt and grime and such get in there, it can simply be washed out either with a pressure washer or rain on the road.


Glue on and clamped down!





As you might've noticed, we did cut off the front of the side skirt that goes over the fender. These pieces will be molded to the fender seperately.
If I left them as one piece, once the side skirts were glued, you wouldn't be able to pull the fenders off.
Not that I ever plan on having to pull the fenders off, but it's nice to have the option.




So that was actually the last thing to be done fabricaiton wise.
Now the car can come home. (see next post)
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