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Old 02-04-2011, 08:57 AM   #4776
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For those that are interested, lorenkb first showed pics of this alllllll the way back in post #27 of this ginormous thread.

I imagine I'm not alone in wanting some more details on your car, lorenkb. Is there a "build thread" somewhere that explains how that came to be? Who did the work? What suspension geometry and drivetrain geometry changes have been made? etc etc...
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:34 PM   #4777
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if only we had known then what we know now! that is a beautiful piece of fabrication!
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:39 PM   #4778
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Here's his build thread. I've been following it for a while on dirtyimpreza.

http://dirtyimpreza.com/forums/showt...ont+end+delete
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:28 PM   #4779
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good stuff
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:19 PM   #4780
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For those that are interested, lorenkb first showed pics of this alllllll the way back in post #27 of this ginormous thread.

I imagine I'm not alone in wanting some more details on your car, lorenkb. Is there a "build thread" somewhere that explains how that came to be? Who did the work? What suspension geometry and drivetrain geometry changes have been made? etc etc...
573 nailed it on the build thread:
http://dirtyimpreza.com/forums/showt...ont+end+delete
You can also look at all the photos I took during the process here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/2508757...7619046842689/


The build came about after a cross-country driving accident. Ice, me asleep in the passenger seat, and a 360 into the I-5 median. Bumper, fenders, hood, frame rails, and apron panels all ended up just a little bent. After driving the car around like that for quite a few months, I decided to have some fun with the repairs, with my friend Kyle Jackson (Jackson Rally) doing the majority of the fab work and my tinkering spread here and there.

Caster has been increased (worked out to just about STi levels if I remember correctly), track was increased 20mm per arm over stock WRX. We did away with the stock LCA mounting points and went to heim joints that mount to a solid subframe. The most significant change was from the stock ball-joint to a spherical bearing in the LCA. In order to bring the geometry back in check we had to modify the hub for a new steering tie-rod placement.



I pretty much let Kyle do what he wanted. He's been building Trophy Trucks for longer than I've been driving, so I figured he would get along just fine. He did and then some...

Just after being put on the car for the first time out of the jig:



Complete and ready for powdercoat:



You can see how we tied the front/rear LCA pivot points together. Wasn't exactly a fan of the stock design that has the front/rear pivot points on two separate structures. For better or worse we also "straightened out" the pivot points. The stock LCA pivot line isn't quite parallel to car centerline, the rear pivot points are splayed out further than the front. We couldn't think of a good reason to keep it that way, so we "fixed" it. Zero anti-lift/dive as well.

We convinced ourselves at the time that a removable subframe was a good idea, so it really is a bolt on affair. In hindsight, it was a giant waste of time and effort, and we should have just welded the whole thing in and been done with it. You can see how the front truss bolts up to the subframe.



As mentioned, I made the bumper easily removable. I had a hell of a time keeping my 07 bumper in one piece and attached to the car. With the added approach angle that we built in to the front end during our repairs, I figured it would be a waste to have the bumper in the way. Four slide latches and some of the stock plastic push-pins are all that hold it on (and I'll be getting rid of those stupid plastic things soon).



The only real issue so far as been the radiator. We went to PWR along with another guy building a custom STi (a much more beefy and thoroughly overbuilt car than mine to be sure) to get a shorter, fatter radiator built. We can't figure out why, but the radiators just aren't lasting. My third one is now leaking, even after we changed to a stock style rubber grommet and pin mount, complete with zinc anode just in case electrolysis was an issue. The SPT intake is the only other sore point. We had to ditch the stock intake because of the new radiator, and the SPT is a disappointment. It excels at ingesting water and providing screwy MAF readings, and that's about it.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:34 PM   #4781
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Found a couple more that weren't in my flickr account:

LCAs being built. Note the pockets for the large spherical bearings, taking the place of the stock ball-joint imbeded in the hub. I think the spherical bearings were more trouble than they're worth...


Everyhting fits nice and snug into a 15" gravel wheel.



OK, I think that about does it. The Flickr account and DI build thread should keep you guys happy.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:47 PM   #4782
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That...uh....takes the cake. Awesome stuff!
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:53 PM   #4783
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Loren,

Haha I did not know, thanks! One day I will be like your car.. one day.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:52 PM   #4784
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lorenkb - You owe me for medical bills to my neck and jaw. I still haven't been able to pick mine up, from the floor, seeing those posts. Awesome.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:44 PM   #4785
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^^^^+2
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:13 PM   #4786
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that crazy good!
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:13 PM   #4787
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I did this at sno*drift. Note the missing fog light.


Since that's the third light to die in that location(2 from snow and 1 from a rogue stone) I decided to make block off plates rather than buying more. Other factors that influenced my decision were the big gaping holes in the bumper scooped up massive amounts of snow, and those lights were hardly noticeable with my other lights on.
So... I cut up some aluminum and riveted it in place.




To any of the haters: this isn't my only bumper. I have a nice one that goes on for nice weather.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:19 PM   #4788
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looks good, maybe some black paint on the aluminum might make it a little cleaner look, but it looks good.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:32 AM   #4789
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Functional chic (including the Zip-Tie stitching) - I dig it.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:43 AM   #4790
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Nice job on the front end.
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Old 02-06-2011, 01:46 PM   #4791
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I did this at sno*drift. Note the missing fog light.
Frankenbumper.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:23 PM   #4792
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nice !!!
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:00 PM   #4793
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nice !!!

Are you Borat? All of your posts say something about something being "nice".
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:33 PM   #4794
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Trying to get his post count up
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:40 PM   #4795
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You're not kidding. Its a new person every week. At least get a decent grasp on the english language before hand.
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Are you Borat? All of your posts say something about something being "nice".

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This thread is for unique mods, not opinions. Stay on track and quit worrying about what other people do to their cars.
Exactly what i was thinking!
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:02 AM   #4799
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3M di-noc carbon

Im liking this, What is it made of? Dosent look like a cheap sheet bought from Advance Auto.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:36 PM   #4800
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looks good, maybe some black paint on the aluminum might make it a little cleaner look, but it looks good.
Thanks. I didn't paint it because rattle can will chip and flake off in no time. I could have had it powder coated for free, but I just did this on a weekend where I was home from school and didn't want to waste my time with that. I'm fine with the look of it. It's my rally/winter bumper, so it wasn't on track to win any beauty contests to begin with.
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