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Old 01-05-2019, 08:03 PM   #51
Dash_Martino
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Heater core flush performed. It seemed a little bit overkill as only clean coolant came out, no debris or junk. But I guess that's good news!



Also re-attached my overflow tank. I broke off the tabs when I had originally removed it, but with enough zip ties, well, we don't need no stinkin' tabs.


Skipped painting the supertones as the screws holding them together are somewhat rusty, making it difficult to take apart.

Next up:
-Lower the front end of the car
-Fill up the remaining .3 qts of transmission fluid
-Re-install intercooler

Getting closer to fire up time.
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Old 01-05-2019, 08:26 PM   #52
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Great thread!

I enjoy seeing all the new oem parts, especially when replacing rusty nuts and bolts. F****** PennDOT and their salt .
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:36 PM   #53
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Intercooler is back in!



with blingin' new SPT Heat Shield



and Mishimoto Elbow and TB Coupler



Had to trim the elbow as other people have done, I guess Mishimoto only made a WRX one and not an STI one.

The car's front wheels are back on the ground. Theoretically all I have to do now is fill it up with coolant, gas, and a charged battery and it should run. Before I turn it on though I want to:

- Drain rear diff fluid
- Repair rear diff gasket
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Old 01-27-2019, 05:30 PM   #54
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Managed to get my rear differential out today:



Studs were so rusted that the whole stud came out instead of just the nut:


Seems like I got a decent leak too!


No worries. New gaskets and seals:


Weather will be pretty cold the next couple days or weeks, so Ill be happy to do fix this up inside.
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Old 02-15-2019, 06:14 PM   #55
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Time to clean up my crusty differential. Blasted it with a flap sander, then taped it off for painting.


End result:



Is anyone gonna care my differential looks nice? No, but at least ill be able to spot leaks quickly.

Also cleaned up the cover plate and got a new drain and fill plug. Don't be an idiot and break your fill plug like I did, they cost around $80 at least.
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Old 03-03-2019, 09:15 AM   #56
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New axle seals pressed in:


New cover gasket and doo-dads installed:


Cleaned and painted the rusty brace that holds up the diff:


And got some new goodies to press into the brace and the subframe:


And one more thing to guard against blow by after start up:
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:12 PM   #57
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Nice weather means more garage time! Perrin subframe bushings installed:



Perrin Subframe Lockdown Bolts installed:


These definitely took a lot of turns with wrench before they went in all the way, but I can definitely see why they'll provide some rear end stability. Also used a tap cleaner before putting them in, bolt holes were rusty:


Also picked up an intercooler bolt stud kit so when I take the bypass valve off I won't drop the gasket as much.
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:15 PM   #58
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IAG AOS Installed:


Used a heat shield sleeve for one of the breather tubes that sits a little to close to the turbo heat shield for my taste:


So if any of you ever had a hard time putting the intercooler back on, I think that this AOS kit makes it about 10x worse fitting that turbo to intercooler elbow on!



Spent the afternoon cursing a lot.

Next up on the list: re-install rear differential and fill it up with fluid.
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