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Old 01-19-2020, 03:02 PM   #251
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Hey guys,

I made a video of the process and parts I came up with. I have the grimspeed brake master cylinder brace, circuit clutch master brace, ITS mount, and newly updated version of the clutch pedal assembly, and the firewall still ripped on me.

I did not remove any part of the dash, done 4 in 1.5 hours with video capture.

Have a look if you are bored and would like to save the hassle of removing the dash or using rivets, both of which personally scare me: https://youtu.be/oPMx7MprzFM
Hello after5hock,
That's a brilliant idea with the hollow set screws.
Guess you are from Canada as you use km in video .
If so would you mind sharing when did you buy the screws in Canada? I have failed to find any in Ontario.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-19-2020, 11:27 PM   #252
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Hello after5hock,
That's a brilliant idea with the hollow set screws.
Guess you are from Canada as you use km in video .
If so would you mind sharing when did you buy the screws in Canada? I have failed to find any in Ontario.
Thanks in advance.
Hey Dino,

Thanks for the kind words. I hope others have a great time with the install. I had a blast knowing I was getting rid of that horrid sound, the top two welds popped on mine, and you can see the bottom ones deforming already. Glad I did mine when I did. Driving without clutch or brake is unimaginable..

I can't stress how much of a breeze the install was compared to the other methods I've heard/read. I wish I did this years ago before I spent all that money on braces that did jack all for me.

I have the kits for sale now for a small profit, $69 USD for the hardware, wire, and step by step instructions, another $39 USD for the drill bit, sealant, and loctite.
$10 USD shipped to Canada, and $15 USD shipped to USA.

To be clear, I'm really not making bank on this, or plan this to be my day job, I just thought I could save other people lots of time.

I can send you a paypal commercial invoice if you are interested.

Cheers,
Peter
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:46 AM   #253
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Old 01-22-2020, 12:48 AM   #254
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Thanks Dino!

Hi everyone,

Here is the spot weld replacement kit's home: https://www.humblerumble.ca/

Thanks for your time

Cheers,
Peter

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Old 01-22-2020, 01:29 AM   #255
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Old 01-23-2020, 07:59 PM   #256
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I just wanted to share my experience. it has been a very long time since I've posted anything. I have a 2009 WRX with just over 64,000 miles. I know, low mileage, please don't judge. Anyway, the squeak started about eight months ago and then a clicking sound. I took it to my local mechanic because I was about to have a clutch installed. He said something wasn't right about the pedal feel. To me it seemed normal, because I've been driving the car for 10 years. It progressively got worse.

I did my due diligence and hit the forums. I saw the spot weld issue which I checked for back in 2013 when the issues first arose. I did the tests and saw the clutch master cylinder move about an inch and a half with each clutch depress. The most terrifying part was looking at the brake pedal which moved almost 2 inches laterally to the left with each clutch depress.

I ended up going to my dealer and brought the TSB. On their own, they contacted Subaru of America who offered to cover it free of charge as Goodwill. I asked them to do the clutch at the same time and saved about $300 because some of the work is crossover and saved me on labor.

I was honestly floored. Regardless of the mileage, it is a ten-year-old car. Subaru took care of me.

I hope this helps people and they may try going to the dealership first, or contacting Subaru of America on their own.
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Old 01-27-2020, 01:32 AM   #257
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Thanks Dino!

Hi everyone,

Here is the spot weld replacement kit's home: http://humblerumble.mystrikingly.com/

Thanks for your time

Cheers,
Peter
A bit of update. Looks like I had been barking at the wrong tree.

Found only one top weld was cracked. I proceeded to used Peter's kit to repair it and also to reinforce the adjacent one. The kit indeed made quick work of the job and saved my back and neck big time.
There was, however no improvement to the sqeaking sound .

I dove back into the footwell again with a bright light and mirror and eventually found a hairline crack around half of the horizontal outertube that houses clutch pedal spindle. The tube flexes/wriggles at each clutch pedal application and the nearly invisible crack will open up, in harmony with the squeak!

Need to get a replacement pedal assembly

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Old 01-27-2020, 01:53 AM   #258
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Hey Dino,

I had the same issue, crack at the support tube in the pedal assy. Had to get the assy replaced with 36004FG050, and installed the ITS pedal bracket at the same time. In my opinion the ITS bracket should help the same support tube failure from happening to a new pedal assy. But it doesn't prevent the spot weld failure (unlike the advertising says), as the failure happened to me 10k kms down the road.

I'm glad you got the kit and it worked well for you, it's one less thing to worry about on your car once spot welds go, they go quick as all the force are concentrated on the next spot weld.

Thanks for the kind note and good luck with your pedal assy

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Old 02-11-2020, 02:15 AM   #259
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Inspected my clutch plate spot welds for ****s n giggles since I have everything apart anyways, sure enough they were on their way out. Had the Humble Rumble hardware kit ready to go just in case, which paid off.

Super painless install and while I may have been able to source the hardware myself, the kit made it super convenient.

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Old 03-25-2020, 03:47 PM   #260
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Hey guys, thought I would share my experience with this issue and what I did to fix it. My clutch and brake pedals were making intermittent clicks. Checked my firewall welds and one of the top two were out and the other one was going out. I bought the following items:

Vented hex bolts from Amazon for ~$7 (any type (just not headless) of vented fastener would do - i just got what was cheapest then)
Mechanics wire, red loctite, and clear sealant from Harbor Freight for ~$8
Washers and nuts from Home Depot (I got stainless - probably not needed though since the sealant is slathered on everything) ~$5

It's the same idea as humble rumble's kit for installation by using the mechanics wire to fish the vented bolts through the hole. I did do the extra step of Dremeling a slot on the end of the bolts so you can use a flathead screwdriver to keep it from spinning when tightening it down. Also, I just used regular flat washers and red loctite on the nut. No more clicks after the install.

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