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Old 01-18-2020, 10:15 PM   #4351
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Overhauled then installed my 2005 STi aluminum control arms today

They had plenty of grime on them, the forward bushings were noisy, and the ball joint boots were shot.



Knocked out the ball joints, pressed out the forward bushings and unbolted the rears



Gave the arms some wirebrushing and de-greasing to make them look nice again

Installed Powerflex forward bushings, Whiteline KCA359 Anti-Lift Kit, and new OEM ball joints with new hardware.





Front suspension is all good now, just need to do an alignment next time at the shop

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Old 01-21-2020, 04:58 PM   #4352
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- Put the '96 Brighton up on a lift @ the Ft. Myer hobby shop Saturday to try to determine which wheel bearing is making noise. I'm assuming it's left front, but there's no play in it; I've checked it on multiple occasions. Unfortunately, my attempt to confirm that on the lift failed.

- I also failed at installing "oh isht!" handles in the rear seat area, because the roof brackets I have aren't correct. I think they came out of a Forester; I grabbed them while I was pulling the "oh isht!" handles themselves, thinking they might be the same on the Impreza and Forester. Turns out they're not, and I could've easily confirmed that by looking the parts up online. Oh well.
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Old 01-22-2020, 03:24 PM   #4353
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If anyone is looking for H6 parts there is a 04 OB at Jessup.
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Old 01-30-2020, 09:54 PM   #4354
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9/18/19: Tore a nice hole in the outer side bolster of the driver seat as I slid into the car. Back pocket button caught a small wear hole on the bolster and turned said small hole into a ~3" long tear. I "fixed" it with some safety pins for now, not sure what my path ahead will be. That bolster has been repaired by an upholstery shop once before, the fabric is just thin with wear and sun exposure, so I'm not sure there's much "meat" left to try to fix it again.

Frankenstein fix with safety pins.
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9/29/19: Hit up the Jessup Crazy Ray's on Saturday to grab yet more Subie bits. I grabbed the passenger front seat out of an '01 2.5RS so I can use the less-worn seat cover (and maybe seat foam, too) to fix up my driver seat.
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10/02/19: Pulled the driver seat out of the Impreza and put one of the Recaro SEs out of the Legacy in. Now I can pull apart the driver seat and the junkyard seat to make a good driver seat.
Well, it only took 3-1/2 months after pulling the seat out to get it fixed. Reinstalled it a couple days ago.

I ended up using both the seat back cover and the seat bottom cover from the junkyard passenger seat to refurbish the existing driver seat. The seat back foam is molded onto the frame, so you can't just take the foam from a passenger seat back and use it on a driver seat. The seat bottom foam can be pulled out of the pan that forms the base of the seat, but my existing bottom foam was in good shape, so I didn't see any reason to change it out.

The seat back cover is pretty much symmetrical. The only difference from one side to the other is at the bottom corners, where there are 2 flaps that wrap under to cover the ends of the foam. On one side the flap is slit (to go over the hinge), and on the other it's not. A few seconds to cut a slit on the other side, and now you can use a passenger side seat back cover on a driver side seat back (or vice versa).



I had noticed before pulling the seat out to fix the torn seat cover that my previous foam repairs hadn't really done the job - I could definitely feel the metal frame through the foam in a couple spots on the seat back. While I had things apart to replace the cover, I added some more foam to better cover the frame. This time I used 3" thick foam, so 3x thicker than the 1" I used on my first attempt. I didn't take any pics of the process, but I put blocks along either side bolster, trimmed them a bit, then covered them with more denim.


(Block of 3" foam on the left, next to the seat back with denim donated from an old pair of my jeans.)

The seat bottoms are not quite symmetrical - the back corner of the foam, where the seatbelt latch is mounted, cuts in a little bit to clear the latch. The bottom covers are also not symmetrical - the plastic clips that secure the cover underneath aren't the same. However, they're close enough that I was able to put the junkyard passenger side seat bottom cover onto my driver side seat foam and pan. All but 1 of the plastic clips fit fine. I did have to cut a small hole in the cover so one of the bolts that attaches the rails could go through.

I had thoroughly rinsed the covers from the junkyard seat out in the sink, then ran them through the wash. They're a bit wrinkly still, but I'm sure that'll work itself out with use.

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Old 02-03-2020, 01:03 AM   #4355
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Flushed the bad Motul RBF 600 brake fluid and Upgraded to
Motul 5.1
Super happy with it.
Feels like a 3series bmw braking!

My amazing Mechanic told me that the RBF 600 brakes down, eats away the linings.
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Old 02-10-2020, 07:57 PM   #4356
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I also failed at installing "oh isht!" handles in the rear seat area, because the roof brackets I have aren't correct. I think they came out of a Forester; I grabbed them while I was pulling the "oh isht!" handles themselves, thinking they might be the same on the Impreza and Forester. Turns out they're not, and I could've easily confirmed that by looking the parts up online. Oh well.
I didn't do anything on the actual car, but I hit up the Mt. Airy Crazy Rays yesterday and grabbed the correct roof brackets from an Impreza sedan. At least, according to parts.subaru.com they're the correct brackets. I'm a bit worried by the fact they're stamped "4DR LH" and "4DR RH", but the Subaru parts site shows coupe and sedan use the same parts.

I also snagged 2 sets of EJ25D cam sprockets, and the charcoal canister mounting bracket (back by the rear bumper) for the Impreza, since mine is mounted with zip-ties.


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If anyone is looking for H6 parts there is a 04 OB at Jessup.
There are 2 at the Mt. Airy yard. I only looked at 1 of them yesterday; engine was completely untouched (until I took the inlet fitting off the power steering pump).
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