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Old 08-07-2017, 12:21 PM   #4001
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I wanted to be like Very WRXY so I had my WRX detailed yesterday. but then it rained today
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Old 08-08-2017, 12:33 PM   #4002
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You will never be like me. Trade that damn thing in already and go join the old grumpy man/Camry forums.
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:07 AM   #4003
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You will never be like me. Trade that damn thing in already and go join the old grumpy man/Camry forums.
dick!

Camry is out. Anything new is out.
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:53 AM   #4004
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Got an email notification from LKQ that the Jessup Crazy Ray's had gotten a '96 Impreza in. Clicked the link and saw it was the right color, and had a trunk lid that actually has good paint on it. Looked nice and straight in the picture on their website.



Cut out of work early, headed up there. Saw the car at the end of row, with the trunk lid open. Sweet, the trunk lid is still there! Yup, it was still there, but some douche nozzle had already ruined it while prying the trunk open so they could get the jack out. Both lower corners were bent, passenger corner by the rear window was bent, the entire trunk lid was warped (with a big wrinkle under the spoiler), and the latch was all bent out of shape.

I did grab the trunk light, the trunk carpet, and the metal alternator belt cover, but that didn't heal the pain.
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Old 08-09-2017, 02:41 PM   #4005
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dick!



Camry is out. Anything new is out.


Canít wait till you are out.

Kbye
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Old 08-09-2017, 02:48 PM   #4006
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I bought another 95 Impreza Coupe last weekend thats the same Green, I need to hit up the Crazy Ray's for some spares when i get back from the beach
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Old 08-18-2017, 01:03 AM   #4007
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- Got the A/C functioning in the '96 Impreza, I think for the first time in a number of years. When I bought it all the parts were there, other than the tensioner and belt, but I don't think the system had been operational in quite a while. New (reman) compressor, new (junkyard) high and low pressure hoses, new valve cores, new receiver/dryer, new (junkyard) belt covers.





I've been slowly gathering pieces of the puzzle, probably should've done all this a couple months ago (so I would've had the A/C for all of the hot weather), but it's good to go now.
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Old 08-18-2017, 07:17 AM   #4008
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Nothing......it sits in the driveway awaiting the new hub unit to arrive at the dealer so they can finally fix it. Took two trips to the dealer for them to figure it out. And then "we don't stock that part." Not happy.
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Old 08-18-2017, 10:33 AM   #4009
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- Got the A/C functioning.
Good timing, I heard the heat index will be 105 today

I miss the R-12 in my 92 Legacy, yesterday I had the A/C cranked all the way up in the wagon and it was still relatively hot.
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Old 08-19-2017, 09:35 PM   #4010
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I think the A/C in the Impreza is better than the A/C in my CTS-V now! (I'm sure it helps that the cabin is about 1/2 the size, so it doesn't have to work as hard.) Definitely much appreciated, wish I had gotten off my ass and finished the job 6 or 8 weeks ago.

Today I tackled some suspension work with parts I've had on hand for months.

- Installed new outer tie rods. For as long as I've had the car I've routinely heard clunks/pops from the front suspension when turning, so I figured the tie rods were suspect.



The boots on the old ones weren't actually sealed to anything, so the grease was nasty. I'm sure sealed, properly greased tie rod ends will be much better.

- Another thing I had noticed early in my ownership of the car is that the steering rack wasn't centered. I only got ~1-1/2 turns to the right, but ~2 turns to the left. So I turned the wheel all the way to each side, put a tape mark at 12 o'clock, then bisected the two tape marks to find the new center (the piece of tape with the Xs on it).



I turned the wheel to the new center, removed the steering wheel, re-centered the clock spring, then installed the wheel in the correct orientation. Good to go! Unfortunately, my eyeball alignment of toe was way off on the passenger side, so I'll fix that tomorrow.

- Installed the rear trailing arms with TiC poly bushings. I cleaned those up, slapped some black paint on them, and installed the bushings a couple weeks back, they've just been waiting in my garage for an opportunity to finish the job.

- Re-greased the trailing arm bushings in the knuckles. When I installed those a while back, I had forgotten my grease gun that's loaded with Energy Suspension bushing grease, so I used some anti-seize (the only thing I had handy at the time) as a temporary measure. All the anti-seize was gone, so I think the bushings will be much happier now that they've got proper grease on them.

- Started on installing new adjustable Moog lateral links. First problem was that the inner bolt on the forward passenger lateral link was installed stupidly (presumably from the factory, but I dunno):


Yeah, gas tank is in the way, can't get the bolt out without dropping the rear subframe. Screw that, I'll just cut the thing off! I had spare bolts from the lateral links that I had grabbed at the junkyard, and those bolts were the same size (a bit longer, but not enough to cause problems), so I knew I could cut the lateral link bolt and not be leaving myself stranded.

Then, of course, there's the long-ass knuckle bolt. I hammered away on that thing with my cordless impact, and literally hammered on it with a BFH, and finally got the passenger side out. I have 2 new long-ass knuckle bolts, so I was able to pound on the old one without worrying about messing up the the threads or the head of it.



I matched the length of the new lateral links to the ones coming off the car, put anti-seize on the threads of the new links, then installed the passenger side. I didn't bother with the sway bar for now - pulled both end links off and will finish that up tomorrow. In addition to the pimpy new lateral links and beautifully repainted trailing arm with poly bushings, you can also see the fresh new long-ass knuckle bolt:



- Installed a Whiteline Toe Lock Kit, since the toe adjustment will now be handled by the adjustable lateral links. That's only 1/2 done, too - I'll do the driver side tomorrow.

I was kind of taking my time with things at the auto hobby shop and lost track of time, so it was already almost 3 o'clock when I finished the passenger side. I wasn't sure I would be able to finish the driver side lateral links by 5, so I just did the trailing arm & re-greased the bushing in the knuckle, then packed up to call it a day. I'll head back tomorrow to knock out the driver side lateral links and fix the toe on the passenger front, then at some point in the coming week I'll get it aligned for real (rather than just my eyeballing it).
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Old 08-20-2017, 11:45 AM   #4011
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Covered the engine bay in coolant due to a split upper radiator hose. Then did it again an hour later because I forgot to trim the new hose since I have a mishi radiator.
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Old 08-22-2017, 12:38 AM   #4012
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Sunday I finished up the rear suspension work, and also fixed my eyeball alignment up front so that I don't have to drive with the steering wheel cocked 30 or 40deg to the left. Driver side fought me even more than the passenger side, I ended up having to resort to a sawz-all to get the toe bolt out, and copious use of the propane torch and a 3' breaker bar to get the long-ass bolt out of the knuckle.











- Swapped out the driver's seat for the Recaro SE out of my non-moving Legacy. The '96 coupe has '98 RS seats in it, and the driver's seat has seen better days. In addition to the obvious wear on the side bolster, I can also feel where the internal frame has worn through the foam in both the thigh bolsters and the side bolsters. I've never messed with upholstery before, so I figure this is opportunity to do some learnin'. Someone posted some pretty good advice on how to fix the separating foam / protruding frame issue, so I'll take the seat apart and see if I can follow their advice.





Since I haven't driven the Legacy in nearly 4 years, I had forgotten how nice the Recaros are, particularly considering they were just Recaro's entry-level sport seats.
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:46 AM   #4013
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Sat at the dealer for a few hours while they replaced the right rear wheel bearing on my '17. The tech dogged the s hit out of my car too. Mulling over what to do about that. Pretty angry about it right now so...........
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Old 08-22-2017, 11:54 AM   #4014
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Sat at the dealer for a few hours while they replaced the right rear wheel bearing on my '17. The tech dogged the s hit out of my car too. Mulling over what to do about that. Pretty angry about it right now so...........
What dealer?
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Old 08-22-2017, 11:05 PM   #4015
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Nowhere near Middle River. I won't name them just yet if at all.
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Old 08-23-2017, 08:44 AM   #4016
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Nowhere near Middle River. I won't name them just yet if at all.
That's great to know it's no where near Middle River!
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:43 AM   #4017
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Just letting ya know it isn't likely you'll be using that dealer.
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Old 08-26-2017, 11:12 AM   #4018
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Today I installed a Perrin shifter stop to help with the shifter wiggle in 1st and 2nd.
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:14 PM   #4019
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Impreza WRX STi Car weekend

Had a busy (for me) car weekend:
- Changed oil and pulled sample for Blackstone
- Finally installed Primitive rear diff protector
- Put it up on jack stands and pulled off summer tires to re-bleed the brakes with power bleeder
- Put all-seasons back on and finally got ATEQ Quickset to download and recognize Winter TPMS IDs (yeah, no more dash idiot light; will put summers back on before next WDCR AX)

Now I just need the energy to wash and wax her

- Harry

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Old 08-28-2017, 12:19 AM   #4020
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Removed BBS wheels/tires & put on stock WRX wheels/DWS06 tires. Found 2 nails in the summer tires... tires were shot so got rid of them. No plans for new tires yet. Might sell the BBS wheels.
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Old 08-28-2017, 10:01 PM   #4021
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Did a custom redesign of my driver's fender, courtesy of the driver's door.

- Drove the car to work this morning. Driver's door worked just fine getting into the car and getting out of the car.
- Went out to the car at one point after lunch. Driver's door worked just fine getting into the car and getting out of the car.
- Drove the car home from work this afternoon. Driver's door worked just fine getting into the car and getting out of the car. Parked the car in the driveway, where it sat for ~4 hours.
- Went to move the car real quick so I could take my Mustang out for a spin. Pulled open the driver's door and it went a few inches and then kind of sprung back towards closing, at that same time I heard that ugly bending metal sound.





How the hell did the door and fender suddenly decide they wanted to occupy the same space?!?! I've never noticed anything unusual about how the door opens/shuts, like it's got a loose hinge or isn't aligned properly, so this was completely out of the blue.

For now I just bent the fender back out with a bigass screwdriver. The Jessup Crazy Ray's still has 2 green Imprezas as of today, so I'll keep an eye on that and head up there later this week to see about getting a "new" fender.
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Old 09-03-2017, 07:20 PM   #4022
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- ^^^ Hit Crazy Ray's on Friday, but failed on getting a new fender. Both green Imprezas in the lot had wrecked driver side fenders, so they were no help.

- Today I replaced both ball joints on the Impreza with new ACDelco ones. As I said a couple weeks ago when I did the outer tie rods, for as long as I've had the car, I've heard/felt a pop/clunk from the front end when turning. I figured it was the tie rods, but the noise didn't go away when I replaced those, so that left the ball joints as the next culprit. The old ones came out easier than I expected, and were definitely worn out - I could move them around by hand without much effort. Front end feels tighter and quieter over bumps, probably some placebo effect there, but I think there is a genuine difference.
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Old 09-03-2017, 07:25 PM   #4023
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Did a custom redesign of my driver's fender, courtesy of the driver's door.

- Drove the car to work this morning. Driver's door worked just fine getting into the car and getting out of the car.
- Went out to the car at one point after lunch. Driver's door worked just fine getting into the car and getting out of the car.
- Drove the car home from work this afternoon. Driver's door worked just fine getting into the car and getting out of the car. Parked the car in the driveway, where it sat for ~4 hours.
- Went to move the car real quick so I could take my Mustang out for a spin. Pulled open the driver's door and it went a few inches and then kind of sprung back towards closing, at that same time I heard that ugly bending metal sound.





How the hell did the door and fender suddenly decide they wanted to occupy the same space?!?! I've never noticed anything unusual about how the door opens/shuts, like it's got a loose hinge or isn't aligned properly, so this was completely out of the blue.

For now I just bent the fender back out with a bigass screwdriver. The Jessup Crazy Ray's still has 2 green Imprezas as of today, so I'll keep an eye on that and head up there later this week to see about getting a "new" fender.
My work car is like that too. Tried getting it fixed but its still messed up. Oh well.
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Old 09-03-2017, 09:27 PM   #4024
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:35 PM   #4025
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- Installed a new trunk latch (from the junkyard), which has the switch for the trunk light. I had gotten the trunk light itself from the same car in the junkyard, but I didn't realize the switch was in the trunk latch. (On my Legacy, there's a mercury switch on one of the trunk hinges, so that's what I was expecting. I was a bit annoyed when I plugged in my awesome new trunk light a couple/few weeks ago and it didn't come on. ) Was back at the junkyard last Friday and went looking for the switch; it wasn't on either hinge, but then I found it was on the latch. The wiring harness was there on my car, just needed the latch with the switch.

- Fixed the trunk release. Apparently Brightons didn't come with the trunk release; the previous owner had kind of installed one, but it was just zip-tied to the carpet and didn't work quite right, not to mention it was rusty and ugly. Grabbed another one (not rusty) at the junkyard, took a look at how it was supposed to be installed, and duplicated that on my own car tonight. Success!

- The above was a pre-cursor to doing some troubleshooting on an electrical issue that cropped up today. The stereo was periodically resetting itself - turn off, then right back on. After it did it a few times, I decided it was doing it when I hit the brake pedal - but not every time (which is why it took a while to figure out). Seemed to be getting more frequent during the drive home.

Took a look at the wiring and switch, nothing obviously wrong. Started the car, was doing the same thing. Turned it off, disconnected the brake switch, no change. Hmmm... Plugged it back in, and then the car just stopped cooperating at all. Now I'm thinking maybe the ignition switch is going bad - as soon as I turn it from ACC to RUN (not even to START yet) everything just goes dead. I suppose I could put my jumper pack on it just to be sure, but it doesn't seem like a battery issue.
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