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Old 04-15-2018, 10:10 PM   #326
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How are the 442's so far?
I haven't drove them extremely hard or at any racing events yet but my first impressions are this. I was very apprehensive of the much higher spring rates 9k/8k from my prior 7k/5k but have been very surprised by the superb ride quality. I think the much longer stroke and dual reservoirs have made up for the higher spring rates.

The only downsides so far have been that getting the proper ride height in the rear without preloading the spring to too much is using almost all of adjustment collar. I spoke with them as these do not come preloaded from Feal, I was informed to add a bit more preload if necessary.

I ride around 13.5" center of hub to fender in the rear and guess that is about the max height they want these at. Otherwise you need to add more preload to gain height. Also my right rear assemble has lost the abilty to click when changing the damping. Still turns but doesn't click into the next levelof adjustment. Have yet to email them about it.

Also less significant issue is the front mounting hole for the Abs sensor line is not far enough away from the remote reservoir. I could not get it to start threading in properly. So I just went ahead and ziptied it for now.

Here are a few images of these issues.

Front abs sensor wire.



Rear adjustment maxed out due to the external reservoir placement and zero preload on spring. Adjuster set as far as it could go. Max height 13.25 I believe.



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Old 04-16-2018, 12:01 AM   #327
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Ok, thanks for the honest review! I like the superb ride quality but I don't know about the 13.25" max height. I am planning on running a 26" tire too.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:20 AM   #328
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Ok, thanks for the honest review! I like the superb ride quality but I don't know about the 13.25" max height. I am planning on running a 26" tire too.

After working on it for awhile I have placed it back up to 13.5" and this is where I wanted it. Now I think I could actually add a bit more preload to the rear without issues. I have never used the helper spring style coilovers and the information online for setup/ride height/preload wasn't all that helpful.

Obviously the less preload you have the further the spring can utilize droop travel. Being much stiffer than my old spring rates I wanted to minimize preload as much as possible to allow full range for the spring.

After a number of changes in January to find the perfect ride height/preload setting, I believe I could add just a bit more preload in the rear. Thus allowing for more height adjustment. I was hoping to test this preload and ride height at an auto-x event this weekend, but it was canceled due to the poor weather.

I will hopefully make it to this weekends event but I may add a bit more preload prior to to this upcoming event. Will update changes and info as soon as I can.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:31 AM   #329
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I don't know much about coils I am looking into my first set (need new ones for sti swap into bugeye) but I want some real deal coils with superb ride quality. I was looking at the 441's but for just a little more I seen the 442's seemed to have a lot more features. I am looking forward to hearing more as you get these broken in.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:26 AM   #330
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The 441s are very high quality for their pricepoint and I wouldn't dismiss them. I mostly moved from the 441s because they needed a rebuild and they had a discount on them. The 441s are a great value.

The 442s are definitely more track/race oriented and are bit more involved. I honestly feel a little overwhelmed with all the adjustments that can be made. You can always start with the 441s and upgrade then later. This was my route.
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:09 AM   #331
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You Forester is awesome! Original paint in your GD? Looks immaculate.
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Old 04-19-2018, 10:00 PM   #332
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You Forester is awesome! Original paint in your GD? Looks immaculate.
Thanks man! The Forester was a cheap DD that became a runaway project car. I truly enjoy driving it everyday and am surprised at how popular and loved as it is.

As far as I know the STi is original in the paint department except for the front bumper. The freshly painted unit reside on the car in current pictures. The original bumper had been repainted many times from what I have been told. It has some spider webbing from the previous owner and a alignment tech that wasn't paying attention to the rack.

I have been lucky to have a talented friend in the paint correction area. That thoroughly cleaned and cared for it a few years ago and I have just responsible for upkeep. There are a few spots and knicks in the paint after its 111k of miles but it is overall it is quite good.

Here is a another photo I had time to edit up.

Lake side by Blingstrom, on Flickr

Auto-x this weekend as long as the weather is decent! Would love to finally test out the suspension.
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Old 04-22-2018, 01:34 PM   #333
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Working on the 12 Impreza today, first thing we have had to replace on it for the last 6 years and 55k miles. The right rear wheel bearing went out. Pretty straight forward with the hub style design.



Knocked out the studs to have left overs for later.



Installed pedal covers on the Forester and rolled over 210k miles. Glad to see it still going strong.







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Old 04-28-2018, 09:22 PM   #334
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Having a little bit of noise from the rear coilovers from not enough preload on the helper springs. Decided to pop it back up on the jack stands and see if I could fix it. Not too hard of job but getting a bit tedious after the last two months.

Just making sure not to give up spring travel on preload. Everything has quieted down and the ride seems just as smooth.



Currently on the look for a equal length header setup for the STi as well... Not sure which to pick from looking at stainless options. Wouldn't mind picking up a used header but no luck so far.

Went for a drive to test it out and shot a few photos. Here is one.

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Had a decent weekend out on the auto-cross course. Car ran great and the new 442s ran well. I did run into an issue with one of the adjusters no longer clicking but I was able to time with the other rear and seemed to do well.

Sadly forgot to take many images.

Here we are early in the morning.



And a very cool Rx-7 and 240 that were looking good.



Best run of the day.


After speaking with Feal that will be shipped out to them this weekend and repaired. Few images of that below.
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Also this weekend I was working on replacing the passenger side intercooler mount. The nut has never been in good shape since I bought the car and finally decided to no longer accept the bolt. Ordered a new on and started to get it on.





While the car is down for repairs on the right rear strut, I will be replacing the turbo inlet with a V2 version. The original Perrin turbo inlet was sold under the pretense of being a V2. After feeling them both it was easy to see that they are quite different. Should be fun to see how easy it is to do for the second time.


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Old 05-23-2018, 09:46 PM   #336
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Well my repaired 442 coilover should be making its way here tomorrow. Picked up a set of 4 pots/2 pots for the Forester as well and hopefully will be prepping to install them soonish.

Looking into picking up a new set of wheels for STi. I had been looking through forums and used wheels to find a set of 18s to be able to upgrade my tires to 265s. After a thorough search I have been stuck on the SSR gtx01 18x9.5 et40. It is close enough to my current setup and I think I can fit them without much issue.



Little photoshop of my current wheels in blue to get an idea of what these may look like.

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Old 06-03-2018, 10:34 PM   #337
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Another small upgrade/project for the 4Runter. Removed my c-pillars and vinyl wrapped them in gloss black to stop the blue break up in the window line. Saw a thread on here and thought it would be a fun project. Here are the images.

Order gloss black sheet from amazon from Vivid Vinyl. Quality of the wrap appeared very nice and well packaged.

Removed my c-pillar which is very straight forward. Just grab the plastic and pull it is just snapped into rubber holes.

Used it to make a rough template.



Using just my hands and a small squeegee it was very easy to put on the pillar. The vinyl does have very fine scratches in it from me putting them on. A little disappointed by that. You have to be pretty much on top of the car to see it.



And now on the car.





Kinda funny how it almost look blue in the second image. After sitting in the sun it has a bit of an orange peel look to it now. Not so pleased about that but once again you have to be super close to the car to see it.
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Neighbor decided to open the door and allow it to strike my mirror cracking the led housing. Time to take care of it before it have further issues. Here is a little handy work here.

First remove the exterior cover.



This is where the screws hide out to help allow the blinker loose.



Also one hidden one under the mirror.



Lastly it will all come apart with the removal of the electrical connector.



Finished product!

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Lame! Hope they paid for a new one!
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Lame! Hope they paid for a new one!
Sadly, no. Buying them up used on ebay, it's generally the way I go. She just commented how it wasn't dented and went about her merry way. I tried to be the good neighbor and just let it go.

Definitely made sure to work on the car when she was outside so she knew that it had to be repaired heh.

Few photos that I have shot or edited lately.

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Bright beams and tall grass by Blingstrom, on Flickr

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Ah, you're way nicer than I am.
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Ah, you're way nicer than I am.
It was hard to grin and bear it when she hit the mirror.. but I did it. I was actually in the market for swapping to aluminum or gray mirror covers and thought, hey why not just replace the whole mirror. Sadly the ebay listings weren't too detailed and the damage to the mirrors I purchased were a bit more than I expected. Oh well.

Now on to a bigger and better project.

Well I finally completed my project after 2 days of less than easy going brake installation. One of my used calipers had a frozen piston and so I ordered a reman caliper from Centric. Here it is.



After receiving the caliper, brake pads and rotors it was time to begin!

Stock units.



Halfway completed.



Fronts done!



Didn't have as much time on the rears as I had a bit of trouble with one of the adapters being damaged in shipping or before I received it. Forgot to get an image of it but I got it bent back into shape.

Rear caliper complete.



Then I was having trouble with the brakes bleeding properly. Well I may have been a bit aggressive trying to get the air out and ruined the master cylinder. Least thats what I think... The pedal was all over the place. Over nighted a replacement from amazon and got busy this morning.

Bleeding the new master cylinder.



Well the second bleed seemed to go better but pressure out of the caliper seemed low. Decided I was tired of bleeding and wanted to take a test drive. Everything appeared fine. Unsure if my car was on the jack stands a bit uneven causing the hill assist to be active or what else it could be. Full size pictures to come later.
Lastly one shot that shows the Methods clear the calipers.

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Well onward with the diy mods. I have been wanting to install a hood deflector for a long time, but being an 06-08 Forester XT.. the options are zero to zero... Least directly from Subaru. After looking through a few threads here and there I decided to embark on my own adventure to build my own.


The tools used were a Dremel cutoff wheel and sanding attachments, painter's tape, magic marker and tape measure.

Fresh and new with no idea what is about to happen.



Taped off the the deflector to keep from scratching the rest of it and to add rough cut lines. Attached it too the car and marked it up and started to cut.





Now taking the tape off and rechecking the lines and sanding down a bit of the high/low spots.



Lastly getting it installed. I have a full set of images of the install that I will post up but for now just the installed image. I took a piece of vacuum line to clean up the rough edges for the time being.



Lastly, I decided to purchase door ding protector strips from Amazon and cover the top. As my dremel tool was not really giving me the quality edge work I wanted. Here it is completed for the time being! Now stylish but without deflecting the air away from my hood scoop. Win, win!

Finished product! Fancy pictures to come soon.

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This week on the build....! Taking Maperformance ELH out for Cerakote coating. Touching up the STi alignment specs and enjoying a very hot day out on the auto-x course.

Did a quick photo shoot of the headers before taking them off to the shop.



On to the alignment rack.





Quick photo from below of just how close the wheels and tires are to fit 255s on GD chassis.



AN extremely foggy morning drive to the event. A few times you couldn't even see a 100 ft in front of the car. Made it there safely.



Then on to the fun part! The racing, was a crazy hot day but the course was a treat. Enjoyed the course and driving the car.

Best run.


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This week on the build....! Taking Maperformance ELH out for Cerakote coating. Touching up the STi alignment specs and enjoying a very hot day out on the auto-x course.

Did a quick photo shoot of the headers before taking them off to the shop.



On to the alignment rack.





Quick photo from below of just how close the wheels and tires are to fit 255s on GD chassis.



AN extremely foggy morning drive to the event. A few times you couldn't even see a 100 ft in front of the car. Made it there safely.



Then on to the fun part! The racing, was a crazy hot day but the course was a treat. Enjoyed the course and driving the car.

Best run.

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Wow that looked fun! Awesome build!
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Wow that looked fun! Awesome build!
Thanks! It has been a fun journey and is a great time on the course.

I finally received my Maperformance ELH back from the Cerakote coatings. Looks great in glacier grey. Was all psyched to put it on but ran into a small issue.



On to the install.

Old setup GS PnP with high flow X-pipe. Now enter Map ELH.



Decided to finally swap out the old o-rings on the dipstick tube that had been seeping for awhile.






Coming back together.



Now to the rather disappointing part. As I was installing the new header I noticed how close it was to the oil pan. I thought wow, that is going to be really close. Nope, it is way too close. Ended up hitting the pan as I started to bolt it up.

Hard to see but they are contacting one another.



Here is the rub mark from the oil pan.



And this is the oil pan's mark.



Definitely not enough room for the both of them. After calling Maperformance they wanted me to send them photos. Sadly, did not here back from them and now have come to the conclusion I will just need to upgrade to the 06+ STi oil pan. Looking under the Forester I can see how much more room the pan allows.

Oil pan has been ordered and we are ready to do another oil pan. Wasn't too bad the first time but I do not look forward to it.
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Round two! Here goes nothing. I have received the oil pan and assorted tools to get the job done. So here goes...

Cleaned off the oil pan to give a bit clearer view of the problem child bump on the 04-05 STi oil pan.



Next up is oil removal.




While the oil is draining got the car prepped up for oil pan service. Which includes removing the intercooler for access to the dog bone. Then I removed the air box to get to the oil pan. Not shown is the removal of the factory jacking plate.









Now removing the Grimmspeed PnP exhaust manifold and the oil pan.





Killer B oil pick up just hanging out.

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Too many photos! Part two!

Pans side by side. 06+ STi on the left 04-05 STi on the right.





Now the new oil pan is home and on with the header which now has no issues fitting.





So far the sound is pretty good. It still has a bit of the rumble but it has mellowed it out a bit. I have two cold start videos that I need to edit and get up. Only took it for a short drive to check for leaks on the inlet, exhaust and oil pan. Can't wait to crank it out and see what it can do.
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Nice work! It's a pain in the ass for sure, but worth it. I also have the 06+ pan for this reason when I eventually do a header package(that, and it's also better at keeping oil around the pickup than the earlier pan).
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Nice work! It's a pain in the ass for sure, but worth it. I also have the 06+ pan for this reason when I eventually do a header package(that, and it's also better at keeping oil around the pickup than the earlier pan).
Sure is Baron! When I had my new setup being put together they actually put on a new oil pan.... Really wish it would of been an 06 and I wouldn't of had to do that. Buuuut! Maperformance was very kind and helpful over the whole ordeal and actually bought my old oil pan (for fitment testing) and gave me a gift card for the purchase price of the new pan.

So far I am loving the new setup, the equal length power increase is amazing. The sound is pretty good to my ears and I heard quite a few compliments of the new sound at the latest auto-x event.

And now on to last weekends car projects.

Cleaned the car up, first hand wash in quite a few months. Felt good to get it really clean.





Rotated the tires.



Filled the car up.... Yep thats how I roll.



Enjoyed 5 solid runs from the car. Then on the 5th and final run this decided to happen. Blew out the upper radiator hose. Thinking I am going to upgrade that pitch mount now.. 2nd hose to go.



Had a blast repairing it at the event after driving down to the local O'reilys. Anyways, here is my 5th and final run from the event. Great course and a great time.

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