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Old 07-05-2020, 04:51 PM   #251
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Next up I wanted to adjust they way I have to coolant bottle, Im probably over thinking it but I didn't want it rubbing at all on the brake lines so I added some self adhesive foam to insulate it from rubbing





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Old 07-06-2020, 08:32 AM   #252
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Next: Big project for this year .... 4/2 Pot conversion.
Went the cheaper route and got 06 WRX remans from Rockauto:


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Old 07-06-2020, 08:46 AM   #253
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So far I have had good experiences with them and the price cannot be beat thats for sure.

one of my sets had this casting. Pretty neat seeing this in North America!

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Old 07-06-2020, 02:11 PM   #254
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^^^Your picture isnt working

Anywho today was more work on the Forester. Driver front CV shaft went bad and had to be replaced:





I was a little disappointed to find the axle had a black inner end, I price searched for quite a while to make sure I was getting a genuine axle, and ordered it from a genuine Subaru parts site.
However I did a little research and found out that there is such a thing as "Genuine" Subaru rebuilt parts, Im hoping this is what I got since even the box has all the Labeling of a genuine part.
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Old 08-20-2020, 10:13 PM   #255
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Ok so got one project done with the WRX

The old battery in the trunk died. Which meant I could downsize since the old one was admittedly way too big.

So I went with a Odyssey PC925:



And went with their mount to go with it. I did the mount in wrinkle black



Then drilled new mounting holes. Used nutserts this time, and plugged the old holes with rubber grommets:



Then used some countersunk hardware to mount:




Then decided to cut the section of carpet that it sits on away this time instead of having the carpet bolted to the floor under the mount like last time:




Then added some rubber insulator to the bottom since my flush mount hardware stuck up above flush ever so slightly



Then hooked the battery up. Didnt like it. The mounts were to chunky and too large for the battery and I didnt have a place to mount the circuit breaker.






So I removed the SAE terminals and added these adapter posts



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Old 08-20-2020, 10:14 PM   #256
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Then made a bracket and attached it to the top half of the mount:





Then added ring terminals to the end of the cables along with rubber boots, used nylon lock nuts to secure them and hooked everything back up:






Before and After

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Old 09-16-2020, 09:44 PM   #257
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nice build and great pics with detail. any pics of how u did the battery relocate as far as wiring?
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Old 09-17-2020, 05:29 PM   #258
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Thank you!

Page 6, post 132 shows when I originally did the relocation.
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Old 04-07-2021, 09:50 AM   #259
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Figured Id put an update in here for 2021

Not much in the way of progress on the WRX

The Forester has been eating up much of my extra $$ as well as a couple of new hobbies.

The Maganflow header I bought ended up being junk and just about every single weld was leaking and sounded like crap.
They wouldnt do a refund but sent me a replacement, but I didnt want to use it, so I sold it on ebay and put the money toward a UEL manifold from InferoFabrications




Back in the Fall I was getting a noise from the transmission of the Forester that I assumed was either a bad TOB or pilot bearing,
So I did a whole clutch job including some Kartboy and TurnInConcepts shifter bushings:






Went the whole winter with everything seeming to have been fixed. But as soon as the spring hit the noise started to come back but even worse as well as noticeable when driving in the low gears.
So right now the Forester is on jack stands in the shop

I believe the only culprit right now is a bad input shaft bearing.

I dropped the trans again and dropped it off on Monday to be rebuilt. The car is just about paid off and still in really good shape so I think its worth the expense.
The shop is pretty much the #1 place to go around here for transmission work. They said they were going to open it up before ordering the parts so If I dont here from them today Im going to call them tomorrow and see whats up.

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Old 04-16-2021, 03:12 PM   #260
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Bad news on the Forester
Transmission shop opened up the trans. Turns out the input shaft bearing was in fact bad, but it had been spun for so long that the inner race was welded to the shaft and he tried every tool he had to press it off and it would not come off.
He said next option was to cut it off which would likely cause some damage to the shaft witch would mean it would unlikely be balanced after.

Soooo, ordered a used 5 speed which will be here today. 70K on it which is a lot but still half the mileage on mine. Had it sent to the shop too to avoid shipping cost.
The core return was only $50 so Im keeping the old one (which is in pieces) so im going to keep my eye on ebay and wrecker sites for a used complete input shaft and maybe put it together myself or have the shop put it back together and have a spare trans on hand.

Still not a great outcome considering it ended up being about $400 more than the shop was going to charge for the rebuild, but at least ill have the car back on the road.
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Old 04-29-2021, 06:29 PM   #261
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Update time:

A lot of maintenance has been going into the Forester so I think Im going to stop posting stuff about it here and start a thread over on SubaruForester.org.

But I do have to mention it again to explain whats going on with the WRX.

OK, so the used transmission came in for the Forester and a family member picked it up from the transmission shop along with the taken apart old transmission and dropped it all off to me.
It wasn't until after business hours that I realized the transmission shop forgot to send the rear portion of the old transmission case ... and the salvage yard that pulled the used transmission removed the shifter bracket that happens to be on the tail portion of the transmission that was left at the shop.

Luckily the WRX uses the same bracket so I borrowed what I needed off the WRX. But I figured while im in there with everything taken apart I might as well let my OCD run wild and update that area of the car.

So I Broke down the transmission cradle, brushed off the rust and hit it with some rustoleum satin black.
Put it back together with some "Group N" STI bushings as well as picked up a Group N transmission mount. Also replacing the rusty hardware as I go.






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Old 05-03-2021, 10:06 AM   #262
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Prices were decent so I picked up some OE parts to replace the rusty/crusty stuff:



Pulled the exhaust to get the drive shaft out. Couldn't believe how much moisture collected in the exhaust from sitting so long.



And everything out that needs to come out:

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Old 05-05-2021, 09:02 AM   #263
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And got around to another project that ive been putting off since the downpipe was off anyway.
The power steering is getting air in from somewhere. There is no visible leak in terms of drips but there is a wetness around the adapter fittings.

I recalled that when I put everything together I forgot to change the o-rings on the factory lines. So i went ahead and replaced them.
The wet looking ones are the old ones and you can see they are pretty deformed:






If air keeps getting into the system then Im going to assume that the adapter fittings don't seal properly and Ill probably replace the limes all the way back to the rack.

I also went ahead and changed the fittings on the reservoir return outlet, I hated how the old adapter looked.
This was the old setup: -10 female to female 90* fitting with -10 to -6 male to male adapter to the -6 return line:




I changed it to -10 female to -10 male 90* with a -10 female to -6 male adapter to the -6 return line:





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Old Yesterday, 05:26 PM   #264
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Cleaned up some more of the rusty crusty stuff: Shift linkages and drive shaft cover:



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