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Old 04-26-2019, 02:25 PM   #151
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definitely my favorite build on here atm. Super interesting stuff, man
Thank you!

Finished some final fit up of the dash and flocked it.





And a super easy 15 minutes later:





I bought the dash kid from flockit.com, but I did order an extra bag of fibers. Glad I did, went though half of the second bag. I could have got by with one bag but would have had to reclaim the overspray and I didn't want to stop down to do that while working with 15 minute dry time on the glue.
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Old 04-27-2019, 03:58 PM   #152
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Flocked dash with the trim pieces. I think it looks awesome.



I got the car 75% masked for painting of the cage. It also appears we could get upwards of 6" of snow tonight so if it's too cold I won't be painting tomorrow.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:20 PM   #153
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Snow turned into a dusting and it was almost 60 degrees today. With that, I got the cage painted and then installed the foot plate once it dried a bit. Also managed to strip the masking and make some di-noc tube protectors for the tops of the door bars. That'll go on tomorrow once the paint has more cure on it.











Oh yeah, got the horn wired up and working:



Foot plate installed:



If I can find some time after work tomorrow it'll be the tube protectors. After that I'm reinstalling/organizing the wiring and new fuel lines. Hopefully by the weekend the interior is completely back together and I'm ready to put the roof on
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:57 AM   #154
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Did you end up using their mini flocker or an air assist sprayer? Ive been looking into flocking a bunch of stuff for awhile now
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:03 AM   #155
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Did you end up using their mini flocker or an air assist sprayer? Ive been looking into flocking a bunch of stuff for awhile now
Mini flicker, it worked great.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:31 AM   #156
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Mini flicker, it worked great.
That awesome man, I really like how your car is coming along. I plan to get their kit to do the dash in my GR STI and in my C5 half mile car.
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Old 05-01-2019, 08:47 PM   #157
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Wiring is 90% squared away, fuel lines are installed, and tube protectors are on.





$25 worth of di-noc versus $100 for real carbon tube protectors..... They look the same and I can easily replace them when they wear out since I have enough vinyl for 5 sets.
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:11 AM   #158
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Made great progress tonight. Finished up the wiring, secured the fuel lines to the floor, touched up the undercoating, installed harnesses, and put the seats in. Only issue is the eye bolt for the passenger lap belt is too big for the chassis mounting point on account that it's the hole for the seat bracket, not the lap belt.... Wups on my fabricators part.

Driver's seat isn't bolted in just yet, I want to get back under the dash to clean up wiring a bit more.

Goal for tomorrow is to start it up to burp the cooling system, check for any fuel leaks, probably take it for a spin around the block, change the oil, put the roof on. If everything checks out I may go for the dashboard.















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Old 05-03-2019, 05:24 PM   #159
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We have achieved first fire for the year! Had a bit of a scare when it wouldn't turn over and the security light was lit, but I just missed a plug on the immobilizer.

No fuel leaks, coolant system is burped, oil is changed, passenger lap belt attachment drilled and tapped for the larger hardware size, and now I have a CEL for fuel temp and level sensors... Dammit. It was fine before it went off to fabrication so I'm pretty sure it's because of a bad connection on the chassis harness. One of the connectors did not want to plug in smoothly last night and at 1:00 in the morning I tend to say f it.

Tonight I'll either knock out the dash install or slap the roof skin on. Not much planned for tonight, wife and I are catching up on GOT.
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Old 05-04-2019, 02:20 PM   #160
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Got the fuel level and temp sensors figured out, bad chassis ground. Stripped the paint and added some dielectric grease and all is well.

I also took it out around my neighborhood dune buggy style and I hate to say it but it was the most fun I've ever had in the car.
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Old 05-04-2019, 06:18 PM   #161
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Roof is on!



I may get back out there tonight and put the dash back in. After that all that's left is putting the doors and hatch back on, adjust my steering (off a couple teeth in the column), some paint touch up, and windshield.
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Old 05-04-2019, 08:37 PM   #162
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This thing is starting to look like a car, you guys.

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Old 05-10-2019, 05:32 PM   #163
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Glass is back in, still driving sans doors because it's too fun.

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Old 05-11-2019, 04:07 PM   #164
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Getting closer, doors and hatch are back on. All that's left is the trim pieces up top, touch up painting inside, painting the faces of the rear doors and hatch, install hatch wiring, straighten steering wheel, wash and wax.



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Old 05-14-2019, 08:39 AM   #165
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Managed to get the roof trim bonded on last night. Tonight I should be good to straighten up my steering wheel and maybe do a last bit of wire stripping. I'd like to pull a few of the not used plugs off of the trunk harness, should just be the rear wiper and defroster circuit. I do want to double check that my defrost button will still work to start and stop my logging software without that defrost circuit tied in.... Pretty sure it'll work based on the wire diagrams.
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Old 05-14-2019, 07:09 PM   #166
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Man, itís so cool what you have done. I donít know if I missed it but what did the total weight reduction come out to?
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Old 05-14-2019, 09:32 PM   #167
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Man, itís so cool what you have done. I donít know if I missed it but what did the total weight reduction come out to?
Thank you! TBD on where it stands right now. From the factory the hatches are around 3,175 and I believe it'll be around 2,750 right now. Overall net reduction of about 425. Once you factor in the weight of the cage and six speed, R180, and DSS rear axles the gross reduction is likely closer to 600+. Figure trans and diff were about 75 added, rear axles we're 13, cage I'm estimating 85-100.

I think I can fairly easily drop it to 2,500 ($$$$), stretch goal of being under 2,300 ($$$$$).
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:31 PM   #168
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Drag racing is not exactly my cup of tea but the weight reduction is really impressive.

Half Mile events in the future ?
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:26 PM   #169
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I've thought about it. There's actually one about 20 miles from where I live every August but I believe I've missed the window to register this year. The car wouldn't be too impressive at this point anyways.
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:13 PM   #170
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Found a bit more wiring to strip from the hatch harness. Defrost loop and rear wiper circuit. I confirmed that pulling the defrost circuit doesn't mess with being able to use the defrost button to start and stop logs when I'm tuning.



Some of these connectors are almost empty....



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Old 05-17-2019, 09:20 AM   #171
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Results are in, 2,860 with me and the pillows my daughter needs to sit in these seats. We added up to 147.4 so this thing is 2,713 with a nearly full tank of gas (maybe down two gallons).

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Old 05-17-2019, 09:29 AM   #172
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That is damn good for a fully caged car. Congrats, the work has paid off big time.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:36 AM   #173
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That is damn good for a fully caged car. Congrats, the work has paid off big time.
I agree, fully caged and six speed / R180 / beefy axles and it's starting to hit me that I've removed well over 600 pounds from the thing and am hoping for 300 more if I can get Mr. Marsh to make me CF doors. I'll at least get a hatch from him, he has confirmed that with me.

If I was still uncaged and five speed she'd probably be close to 2,450 in race weight (half tank, no pass seat).
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:47 AM   #174
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I agree, fully caged and six speed / R180 / beefy axles and it's starting to hit me that I've removed well over 600 pounds from the thing and am hoping for 300 more if I can get Mr. Marsh to make me CF doors. I'll at least get a hatch from him, he has confirmed that with me.

If I was still uncaged and five speed she'd probably be close to 2,450 in race weight (half tank, no pass seat).
I just wish he would make a scoopless carbon hood for the GR. I feel as though most of the guys considering carbon hoods have gone FMIC for either aesthetic or performance reasons so getting rid of the scoop(in my mind) makes sense.

If he could do that I'd order the hood, roof and hatch all in one order.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:52 AM   #175
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Yeah, scoopless hood would be great. I wish he was making these parts when I did my seibon hood. His is quite a bit more but is 15 pounds less since it's a full CF piece.
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