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Old 07-30-2010, 01:23 AM   #551
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Emsanon,

I'm very interested in the push bar that you are getting. Where are you having this fabricated? Do you have any pics or a site that I can look at?

Also, there's a place not far from me that has "King Springs" that are supposed to give my 05 Turbo about a 1" lift. He stated that the ones that would fit are the same as the 00-04 Legacy Outback. Has anybody used these springs before? Any opinions about how well this might work?
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:19 PM   #552
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Emsanon,

I'm very interested in the push bar that you are getting. Where are you having this fabricated? Do you have any pics or a site that I can look at?

Also, there's a place not far from me that has "King Springs" that are supposed to give my 05 Turbo about a 1" lift. He stated that the ones that would fit are the same as the 00-04 Legacy Outback. Has anybody used these springs before? Any opinions about how well this might work?
I'm going through 'Those Guys - Rods and Customs' in Bremerton. They do pretty much everything related to offroad! They build and compete in rock crawling contests too which is pretty cool. No pics on the brush guard yet since they won't start on the project until next Friday.

When I take my car in, they're going to check it out to see what they can do lift wise. I'm curious as to what they will say.

Here is a link to their site and the various vehicles though:

http://home.comcast.net/~thoseguys/home_004.htm
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:39 PM   #553
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They are fun for sure. I pulled into a Suby dealer the other day and all the sales guys were going nuts. They kept saying how crazy it was to mod a baja.
hahaha! I get that too! I love it! Makes you appreciate the Subaru bastard child! :]
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:54 PM   #554
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hahaha! I get that too! I love it! Makes you appreciate the Subaru bastard child! :]
You aren't kidding! So far at the one I go to, they all seem curious about the mods that I'm going to do. One of the Subaru salesman grabbed another one and brought him over to my scoobytruck and mentioned how nice it looked.
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:04 PM   #555
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Here are a bunch of mods I've done to my 05 Baja. Scoobytruckers, sorry this is a repost lol.



Dash light change:




Headlight trim painted:


Grill painted Black:


Metal mesh behind grill:


Cross-Drilled rotors and Wagner thermo-quiet brakes & calipers painted black:




tinted tail lights (will likely do over or make my own)

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Old 08-05-2010, 02:06 PM   #556
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CONTINUED....


New cat-back exhaust with 2 1/4" pipe and low restriction "turbo" muffler and stainless steel tip:




Speaker pods for the front door speakers: (covered in black leather)


4 Sport Activity Lights:


Turned my coin catcher into a spot for my Aux cable and switch for dash lights:


New General Grabber AT tires:




Made some custom video game related decals from white vinyl


Disabled the Daytime Running Lights
K&N air filter
Sound/Vibration dampening rubber pads in roof and doors

Thoughts:

The cross-drilled rotors have been working out fairly well and they seem to be well balanced. The only issue I seem to have is that they make a "hissing" type noise that isn't too loud but I can hear it.

I made the speaker pods out of fiberglass. I had never worked with fiberglass before and I hope I don't ever have to again lol. I made them so my speakers can tilt up towards me rather than just straight out because they sound much better tilted. The speakers I have in there are 6 1/2" Polk-Momo for mid & bass and I have the 2" Polk-Momo tweeter where the stock tweeters were but they were big to fit inside the tweeter holder so they're mounted outside. I can provide pics if you want.

The activity lights I installed did not come with the correct relay for my 2005 and I got the correct one and they work great now. You can find instructions and a relay part number in the "tips and tricks" stick in the tech support forum.

I attached the metal mesh on the backside of the grill after removing it with JB weld. I has the mesh laying around from building computer cases and you can get some here: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/62...tl=g44c351s450

The exhaust works great but I didn't really see a performance boost at at, but I wasn't really expecting one anyway. The muffler is a little louder but not overpowering and who knows, I may have gained an extra mile or two per gallon combined with the K&N air filter.

If you have any questions feel free to ask and if you need more pics of something in particular, let me know.

Many thanks to YBajaSteve for his help and inspiration. He answered some of my questions and I really appreciate it!

aaaaaand some off-road video fun
Here's an off road video I made during my various travels. It's certainly much more extreme in person lol. Hope you enjoy it!


Also, here is a time lapse of my ascent up Cove Mtn. It's a pretty rough long trail but you don't quite get the steepness or roughness from the video. You can see in some shots that it's waaaaaay up un the mountains. If I rolled off I would have starved to death before I hit the bottom!



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Old 08-05-2010, 07:47 PM   #557
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good post thacrudd
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:32 PM   #558
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Many thanks to YBajaSteve for his help and inspiration. He answered some of my questions and I really appreciate it!
no Problem buddy, we have a good time over on Scoobytruck. Sadly Ill be putting my truck up for sale officially this weekend, ill be posting here and over there. Hopefully someone who appreciates our awesome vehicles will take advantage of a well cared for Baja.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:37 PM   #559
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hehe My Baja has been in the shop all day today for the first step in the brush guard build. The company called me up and said they need it until tomorrow since they ran into a small snag. They want to bolt this onto the frame of the vehicle so it will be strong and withstand quite a bit of force. Weeellll, I guess it's hard to find a nice piece of frame on the Baja. They thought they felt metal behind the bumper but it ended up being a thick layer of foam.
Sooo, they have to pull off the bumper, and remove the foam to get to the frame. They will then add the connector thingies...whatever they were called to that, then place the foam and bumper back together. They will then connect the center section of the brush guard on.
I had a choice of colors but it seems like the popular vote when I asked in the thread was black, but then I had 3 choices of black. Flat, semi gloss, and gloss. I went Semi gloss for now and can change it later if I don't like it.
The second section of my brush guard, hopefully, will be added on 20 August.
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:13 PM   #560
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hehe My Baja has been in the shop all day today for the first step in the brush guard build. The company called me up and said they need it until tomorrow since they ran into a small snag. They want to bolt this onto the frame of the vehicle so it will be strong and withstand quite a bit of force. Weeellll, I guess it's hard to find a nice piece of frame on the Baja. They thought they felt metal behind the bumper but it ended up being a thick layer of foam.
Sooo, they have to pull off the bumper, and remove the foam to get to the frame. They will then add the connector thingies...whatever they were called to that, then place the foam and bumper back together. They will then connect the center section of the brush guard on.
I had a choice of colors but it seems like the popular vote when I asked in the thread was black, but then I had 3 choices of black. Flat, semi gloss, and gloss. I went Semi gloss for now and can change it later if I don't like it.
The second section of my brush guard, hopefully, will be added on 20 August.
dude that's awesome. Can't wait to see it.
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:30 PM   #561
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Alright! Here it is! I didn't want anything huge to the point where it overwhelmed the look of the Baja. I think they did a really good job making it fit.
I just wish the pictures would do it justice. It's bolted directly to the frame and is made with metal they use in their roll cages so it's pretty tough. I've already sat and bounced on it. I've also grabbed it and moved my car.

I have a few pictures of the first step. In a couple of weeks, it goes back in for the expansion around the headlights.











Slight angle, Top Down look:

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Old 08-13-2010, 10:43 PM   #562
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Mods:
Random cat back
AEM short ram
STI top mount
APS 50/50 BOV
Cusco strut tower brace
Prosport boost gauge
Hallman boost controller
Tuned by The Shop CT
and some cosmetic stuff...




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Old 08-14-2010, 03:46 PM   #563
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Looks sick.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:44 AM   #564
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Looks sick.
Thanks!
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:16 PM   #565
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Annnnnd, my Baja is back in the shop again for the rest of the brush guard. I had some extra money so they're also installing 4 HID off road lights on the brush guard. I won't see my car until tomorrow.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:34 AM   #566
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stay strong!!!!!
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:31 AM   #567
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GET PICS UP ASAP EMSANON!!!! im reallly pumped about the guard!!
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:18 PM   #568
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GET PICS UP ASAP EMSANON!!!! im reallly pumped about the guard!!
Yeah, me too. Since it's all custom, I have NO idea what it's going to look like.
They're going to wire the front lights on the same switch as the top off road lights just to ensure we get everything done before the WCSS. After the show, I'm going to get them on different switches.
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:47 PM   #569
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Alright, this was completed Friday night prior to the West Coast Subaru Show on Saturday. Sooo, I couldn't take pics until after the meet which means my Baja is a little muddy from the mudpit. But here is the completed brush guard project!!




And just for fun...from the mudpit!!




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Old 08-23-2010, 12:45 AM   #570
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I think you need a few more lights, 12 is not enough. Really your baja looks good especially with crud
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:54 AM   #571
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^^^^^^^^ something like that would match my truck sooo well.. damn thats awesome.
just get a skidplate before u really start going at it, that bottom bumper takes some nasty scratches pretty easily!!

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Old 08-27-2010, 02:31 AM   #572
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YBajaSteve: your grill is so awesome... wanna make me one?!?!.. hahaha
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:26 PM   #573
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thanks! I would totally show/help u make one if you were local to me, and werent afraid to cut up your stock grill
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:16 AM   #574
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Excellent fabrication on that guard.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:40 AM   #575
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way to afraid to cut it up.. not too handy at fabrication... well that or i'm not willing to take a risk... not too many grills on ebay for the baja to replace the stock if i mess up..
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