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Old 01-09-2015, 11:29 PM   #51
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This is absolutely phenomenal. Hats off to you, sir.

I'm now even more anxious to convert my wagon to RWD after my engine is built.
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Old 01-10-2015, 11:47 PM   #52
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This is absolutely phenomenal. Hats off to you, sir.

I'm now even more anxious to convert my wagon to RWD after my engine is built.
Thanks!

And, if you're at all interested in talking about chassis/suspension setup for the car once it's RWD, just hit me up! I'd be happy to talk about what I've done/learned with mine.
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Old 01-11-2015, 06:24 PM   #53
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Thanks!

And, if you're at all interested in talking about chassis/suspension setup for the car once it's RWD, just hit me up! I'd be happy to talk about what I've done/learned with mine.
I absolutely would. I'm planning on going the route of a mildly built, occasional weekend track toy, so I'd assume you'd be a great person to chat with about it!
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:37 AM   #54
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I absolutely would. I'm planning on going the route of a mildly built, occasional weekend track toy, so I'd assume you'd be a great person to chat with about it!
Sounds good!
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:28 PM   #55
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What an exciting car! Hats off to you!
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Old 01-12-2015, 03:15 PM   #56
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Soooooo, after November, I immediately signed up for another trackday in December. At this trackday, I learned that the Wilwood Dynalite 4-piston "BBK" w/ ~12.2" dia. x 0.80" thick rotors running their BP-10 brake pads are in no way, shape, or form meant for track duty. Nothing catastrophic occurred, but after the second session in the morning, I was 1mm or so away from the backing plates. I had started the day on pads with at least half their thickness left. So, yeah, not so good...
Were there any problems other than poor pad life? Were the rotors taking a lot of wear as well?
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Old 01-13-2015, 12:58 AM   #57
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Were there any problems other than poor pad life? Were the rotors taking a lot of wear as well?
Jourdan, it was a problem of the system as a whole methinks.

For instance, upon removing the Wilwood brake system later, I found out that I had essentially melted the caliper piston dust boots. I don't know what temperature is required for that to happen, but I know I haven't run into that problem with either the '05 LGT front brake setup or the STi Brembo setup I am now running (and I am for sure as hard, if not harder, on the brakes now than I was then).

I don't believe swapping to a pad with a higher temperature operating range would have solved the problem. While I don't have case-specific data for this, it is my belief that the narrow, small diameter rotors did not have the heat capacity (mass) to deal with the conditions they were subjected to, thus the severe heat basically destroyed everything around it. So, I could have maybe switched to the most hardcore pad available to try and cope, but the heat produced by that setup would likely boil fluid and regularly cause me service and brake performance issues. Thus, upgrade.
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Old 01-13-2015, 12:58 AM   #58
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What an exciting car! Hats off to you!

Thanks! Glad you like it!
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:48 PM   #59
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How's the car?
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:07 PM   #60
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How's the car?
That's a mighty fine question, Doug. Unfortunately, the car is currently down -- for two reasons.
1.) As I had mentioned earlier, the diff blew up. I am switching over to an R180 and will hopefully be able to make the swap soon.
2.) What I haven't mentioned (in this thread yet), is that the motor got rod knock the very next day after the diff blew. Yay me.

My tech and I have a pretty good idea what all may have led to the destruction (8 trackdays in a month having a bit to do with it), so we're working on implementing some upgrades/changes that should help with its longevity given what its intended purposes are. I hope to be able to provide an update here in the next couple of weeks on that progress. Hold tight!

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Old 03-28-2015, 12:33 PM   #61
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How are the upgrades coming along?
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:08 AM   #62
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How are the upgrades coming along?

In short, they're not.
Most of the parts have been amassed, but the actual work hasn't begun.
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:33 PM   #63
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Crazy build! Kudos for doing something different, instead of just buying a 370z or leggy or something.

So any plans for the motor while it's apart? I vote valves and springs so you can rev the piss out of it.

Also any thought to relocating stuff to the back to get some weight back there?
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:05 AM   #64
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nice conversion! keep us posted with how you fix this motor
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:37 AM   #65
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interested in the swap! i have an 05 OBS same 253 that your impreza started with. if you dont mind me asking a few questions via PM thatd be awesome!
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:52 PM   #66
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Default Would it fit?

This seems like a really practical swap, unsure if it would fit into the 08 impreza 2.5i platform with 5MT. Does anyone know if it would?
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Old 09-12-2015, 10:38 AM   #67
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Mighty Car Mods put a H6 EZ36D in a Legacy wagon. Most have probably seen it.

The ECU company they used has the AVCS working, and they turbocharged the H6

Haltech Elite ECU
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Old 09-12-2015, 10:50 AM   #68
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This is my build and it just received a new motor from Cobb Plano TX.

In 4-5 years when I do this again its getting a EZ36D or an EZ30D with a turbo.

http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea...ts-150039.html
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Old 09-13-2015, 11:03 AM   #69
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Mighty Car Mods put a H6 EZ36D in a Legacy wagon. Most have probably seen it.

The ECU company they used has the AVCS working, and they turbocharged the H6

Haltech Elite ECU
Yup, their series of videos for that build came out while my car was in the middle of its build process. Definitely helped urge us on a bit.

It would have been nice to get direct support from an ECU company like they did, haha!
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Old 01-03-2016, 02:16 AM   #70
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Kudos for building something very unconventional, which I respect. I hope you're still enjoying the heck out of it.
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Old 01-06-2016, 01:20 AM   #71
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Kudos for building something very unconventional, which I respect. I hope you're still enjoying the heck out of it.
Thank you, sir! Car is unfortunately down at the moment, but hoping to remedy that in the not-so-distant future. And terrorize the track again soon thereafter.
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:01 PM   #72
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This swap or an EZ30 into a GC or old legacy wagon would be most excellent

Haltech Elite supports everything too !
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Old 03-19-2016, 02:55 PM   #73
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Question Any things i should be cautious of?

I plan on doing this swap into my 05 5MT RS, just curious as to anything you weren't expecting that i should be ready for. also if you could help me at all with the ecu process that would be much appreciated! Love the car btw makes me miss my hawk
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:25 PM   #74
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Did you ever end up dynoing the car? I am really curious as to what you were able to pull out of it with a tune.
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Old 03-25-2016, 01:35 AM   #75
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So your keeping the 5mt and adding a r180? I have a drive shaft that will drop right in. Nice swap, was this ever dyno tuned after the initial swap or just Street tuned to get it going?
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