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Old 11-19-2017, 07:48 AM   #276
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Writing this all down for documentation, as I am just now jumping into this modification.

A while back I picked up some 2-pot Nissan calipers from a 300zx. These are manufactured by the same manufacturer that produces the 2-pot Subaru calipers, but cost a lot less. All in all, if you're willing to modify your backing plate, buy an adapter, and install a 06 WRX rotor on your Bugeye or 2004 Peanut, this will work for you. I picked some Nissan calipers up for $100, and some adapters from a UK company for $45.

The only downside is that because the Nissan caliper is TALLER than the Subaru caliper, it sits 1mm to 2mm farther from the 2006 WRX rotor (this is due to the 300ZX rear rotors size of 297mm vs the 06 WRX size of 287mm, as well as the differences in the Nissan mounting point). There is some speculation that using a 315mm rotor from a celica Gt-four may be the perfect size in terms of rotor height, but for the purpose of seeing if this mod will work, I have stuck with an 06 WRX rotor.

Hoping to spend some time in the upcoming week to see if I can make this a reality
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Old 01-14-2018, 07:56 AM   #277
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Damn has it really been since November since I updated? Continuing to slowly work on the build and get things squared away this winter. Out of sheer determination I made a few things happen and look forward to doing a proper photoshoot when everything is said and done.

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Old 01-14-2018, 01:47 PM   #278
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Writing this all down for documentation, as I am just now jumping into this modification.

A while back I picked up some 2-pot Nissan calipers from a 300zx. These are manufactured by the same manufacturer that produces the 2-pot Subaru calipers, but cost a lot less. All in all, if you're willing to modify your backing plate, buy an adapter, and install a 06 WRX rotor on your Bugeye or 2004 Peanut, this will work for you. I picked some Nissan calipers up for $100, and some adapters from a UK company for $45.

The only downside is that because the Nissan caliper is TALLER than the Subaru caliper, it sits 1mm to 2mm farther from the 2006 WRX rotor (this is due to the 300ZX rear rotors size of 297mm vs the 06 WRX size of 287mm, as well as the differences in the Nissan mounting point). There is some speculation that using a 315mm rotor from a celica Gt-four may be the perfect size in terms of rotor height, but for the purpose of seeing if this mod will work, I have stuck with an 06 WRX rotor.

Hoping to spend some time in the upcoming week to see if I can make this a reality
kinda following this now to see if it works let me know. I have brembos in the front and trying to set up some bigger rears without breaking the bank.....
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Old 01-14-2018, 01:56 PM   #279
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The only thing that's been getting in the way of me installing this is feeling lazy about trimming the backing plate. I really don't feel like swapping over the hawkeye backing plate, it's just too much of a pain in the ass... and it's cold in my garage
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Old 01-14-2018, 03:12 PM   #280
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The only thing that's been getting in the way of me installing this is feeling lazy about trimming the backing plate. I really don't feel like swapping over the hawkeye backing plate, it's just too much of a pain in the ass... and it's cold in my garage
ill send you some of the heat I have out here in the Pacific then. lol..... but so what would you have to swap from the 06-07? or trim on the stocks. like I said I have brembos for my fronts and need more bite in the rear. will be watching this while im deployed so hope you do the swap before I get home. also why you trying wagon fenders don't want the wide front no more. but still luv ur build she is looking great also where did you get new lenses for ur JDM lights. just for future needs if I don't want to restore them again(shouldn't need to for a long time fresh clear)
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Old 01-14-2018, 07:23 PM   #281
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ill send you some of the heat I have out here in the Pacific then. lol..... but so what would you have to swap from the 06-07? or trim on the stocks. like I said I have brembos for my fronts and need more bite in the rear. will be watching this while im deployed so hope you do the swap before I get home. also why you trying wagon fenders don't want the wide front no more. but still luv ur build she is looking great also where did you get new lenses for ur JDM lights. just for future needs if I don't want to restore them again(shouldn't need to for a long time fresh clear)
For the rear 2 pot swap you need an adapter bracket (there are a few that exist at different prices), the Hawkeye rear rotor, and have to trim the backing plate.

In regards to the wagon fender, I just got curious if I could make it work. The paint was in wayyyyy better condition than my old fenders so I gave it a try. A bunch of fitment problems so I already traded them out with a new/better sedan fenders pair.

For the lenses, I literally swapped on eBay lenses. Over the last seven years I have seen OEM lenses left and right crack, but for some reason the eBay ones seem to not crack. I assume it's a slightly different plastic mix or something... Not really sure. The lens swap was a really delicate process... Beware when removing the black chrome housing, it's pretty damn fragile.
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:29 PM   #282
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For the rear 2 pot swap you need an adapter bracket (there are a few that exist at different prices), the Hawkeye rear rotor, and have to trim the backing plate.

In regards to the wagon fender, I just got curious if I could make it work. The paint was in wayyyyy better condition than my old fenders so I gave it a try. A bunch of fitment problems so I already traded them out with a new/better sedan fenders pair.

For the lenses, I literally swapped on eBay lenses. Over the last seven years I have seen OEM lenses left and right crack, but for some reason the eBay ones seem to not crack. I assume it's a slightly different plastic mix or something... Not really sure. The lens swap was a really delicate process... Beware when removing the black chrome housing, it's pretty damn fragile.
ahhh so like the brembo or 06-07 rear adaptor is that what you used? and ok was just wondering I have seen a few sedans with wagon fenders and bupers out here in cali maybe just cuz they are cheaper to get if you damage something. and see I have had the other way around with lenses I had Depot black oem ones they spider cracked inside and clear peeled fast, and then depot jdm halogen and then spider cracked like crazy on the drivers side. thankfully my JDM HID just needed a restore which I sanded up to 3k and shot 2k clear over them shouldn't have any issues for a long tie but thanks for the input.
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Old 01-15-2018, 09:15 AM   #283
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I bought the 2 pot adapters from Leichester Subaru on eBay... which is basically a much less expensive version of the Kartboy and Torque Solutions versions.

In other news, I have JDM sedan fenders on now, and the wagon fenders are now for sale

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Old 01-15-2018, 02:18 PM   #284
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damn I luv those fenders.... you have 3 things I want on ur car I want 2 ofng in some time in the future. JDM fenders the 05-07 rear bumper and flares are a must for me. and I luv the roof vent just to scared to cut in and I don't want to redo my headliner. but I will look up those adapters. I cant wait to see if this works out cuz its hella lot cheaper.
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Old 01-17-2018, 08:34 AM   #285
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So a while ago I bought a fender roller because it was the same price as paying to get my own done.. five or six cars later the skills are getting pretty honed in. Was able to roll these JDM fenders in about an hour and a half and avoided paint issues.
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Old 02-02-2018, 10:05 PM   #286
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First decent picture below of the new wheel setup and new JDM front fenders. Thinking about raising up the rear about an inch to even out the wheel gap from the fender with the front. Due to offset and spacers currently on the car, the back is slightly more sunk than the front.. raising the rear up and pushing out should fix that

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Old 02-03-2018, 08:24 AM   #287
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Old 02-18-2018, 09:21 AM   #288
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Super stoked about this pickup, but doesn't feel right to put on until I make the intake manifold a bit more pretty

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Any new updates or any luck with the Rear Brakes? luv following this build and all the new parts. plus idea's for my subie.
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Old 03-25-2018, 07:59 AM   #290
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I'm a bit ashamed to admit I never installed the rear calipers -- I sold them recently to fund some Bride racing seat brackets. I think a better solution at some point would be to install some rear H6 calipers. They aren't as pretty as the JDM 2 pots, but they are functionally better and actually cost less.

In the meantime, I have some lovely Bride racing seat brackets to replace some 3/8 steel plate SCCA-inspired brackets I fabricated as a temporary solution. Sure they're functional, but they're ugly as hell!

Here is the latest update pic. I raised the rear up significantly to get a more appropriate front to back stance.

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I'm a bit ashamed to admit I never installed the rear calipers -- I sold them recently to fund some Bride racing seat brackets. I think a better solution at some point would be to install some rear H6 calipers. They aren't as pretty as the JDM 2 pots, but they are functionally better and actually cost less.

In the meantime, I have some lovely Bride racing seat brackets to replace some 3/8 steel plate SCCA-inspired brackets I fabricated as a temporary solution. Sure they're functional, but they're ugly as hell!

Here is the latest update pic. I raised the rear up significantly to get a more appropriate front to back stance.

damn o well was hoping to see the brakes done so I could have seen if it was good,. but I would say seat brackets are a better thing then anyways,
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Old 03-29-2018, 06:14 PM   #292
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You know you're a nerd when you geek out over new stainless brake lines and high performance brake fluid.
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Old 03-30-2018, 11:02 AM   #293
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These wheels sure do take forever to clean by hand but they do look good!

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Old 04-18-2018, 03:51 PM   #294
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My lack of a prodrive or burn-up bumper is killing me

But these new seats do help

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I've been pretty busy on the Subie lately and working way too much to take quality photos but eventually the following will get added:

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* Swapped out Bride seats for heated 2009 STi seats... I never thought this would happen but it turns out the 2009 STi seats are much more comfortable than the Bride seats... which says a lot because I thought the Brides were amazing.

* After years and years on the to do list, finally added a decent double din. This, along with the 2005+ STi interior takes the bland Bugeye interior and really makes it great. Still not good enough (time for laying some carbon fiber?) but it looks good.

Sitting in the garage and waiting to do:

Braided brake lines for all calipers and Motul 600 dot 4 brake fluid

Super high quality brush on, self leveling high temp paint for the intake manifold, followed by diamondclear clearcoat. The intake manifold has been shaved and should look great. The diamondclear is good up to 300 degrees, and the intake manifold (without phenolic spacers) tops out at 220 degrees. It should be good, but the phenolic spacers push the temp down to 125 degrees.. worth it? Maybe..
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Finally got around to taking some decent photos of everything I worked on over the winter... new wheels, had to rebuild the front lip due to sliding into a curb, new front quarters, and completely redid the interior.

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Having previously owned an 05 STi, I always hated the Bugeye interior when I picked this thing up about seven years ago... now it's finally looking pretty decent! The interior has always bugged me so much, so I put in 06 limited door cards and center console, did a custom LED cluster, put suede on all the pillars, and threw in some 09 STi seats. Really don't feel like it's complete, but happy that it looks at least a bit more modern and nice.
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On-going intake manifold project -- shaved it down -- custom metal flake paint, clear coat going on next. I used some of the specialized G2 high temp paint for this, and added metal flake along the way.. amazed that it looks like it was actually powdercoated.

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IMO no Subie is complete without paying just as much attention to the engine bay as the exterior. Finally getting around to taking photos of the latest rendition. I added the Forge Motorsport upper coolant reservoir and replaced the gold intake manifold with a PNP red metal flake intake manifold that I finished in KBS Diamond Clear. It's a rock hard 2K clear in a spray can that is good to 300 degrees, and since our manifolds get just over 200 degrees it should hold up. Figured I would test it out and with one month down, no clear issues

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damn its looking so clean. I noticed you are only running the flares without the sti bumper am I right in the rear. but like the engine bay. im planning a Mani for mine as PC was going to be way to much even on a hook up. is that clear a rattle can or a mix and shoot clear. I might go that route for mine. even tho I don't want to pull off a mani I just put on less then a month ago lol...
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