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Old 09-18-2017, 01:38 PM
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I had a joyous time of receiving things.

Received another intercooler core.



This one should fit. Third time is the charm.



Received some struts.



Received some bolts. I can put some things together now.



Received some BOV bits. Megasonic is going to be fun.



Received a new hose. Will be putting that together and back in during the next oil change.



And finally...

Received a speeding ticket. Took just a little over a year to happen.

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And then the car broke again...

During my commute. The exhaust got quiet. Car wasn't making boost. Way down on power. Temps were higher than usual.

Trying to brainstorm possible issues. Roommate blurts out that the cat rotated. My knee-jerk reply, "Shut up, Max. That never happens."

All the lines and stuff look ok. I'm thinking that the boost control solenoid is bad. Drive the car home, it definitely seems that something in the exhaust is clogged.

I had parked the car outside the night before. Maybe something crawled into the muffler. Look in the muffler. Nothing in the muffler.

I am running Brotella. Could the cat be trashed already from the oil? Nah, I haven't been running Brotella that long.

Hmm... Maybe the turbo seized? The engine did kinda not have oil for a bit the other week.

Action plan: Take the downpipe off. With it off, the DP and the turbo can both be checked. Borrow another DP in case that's the problem.

Found a friend who would let me borrow his DP. A DP with literally maybe 11 miles on it. If the DP is the problem, this one will for sure fix it. But he is going to want it back at some point. Found a DP for sale in Sac. Kind of a drive. But it's there.

The day comes... Take off the DP. Turbo looks good. It spins, almost no shaft play. Cool. Turbo is fine.

The DP however... Looking down the pipe it looks like this.



For comparison, here's what the 11 mile DP looks like.



It looks like the cat rotated and that's obviously the problem.

Sonofa*****, Max was right.

What do? Put the 11 mile pipe on knowing that it would need to be changed again or go get the Sac pipe now and install that?

4 hours later...



11 mile pipe, Sac pipe, rotated pipe.

Pop in the Sac pipe. All is good again.


For now.
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Old 09-18-2017, 02:03 PM
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One of the other things I have been working on has been a set of 17x9 DPTs.

When I got them, they had orange Plastidip on them.



I plan to track these wheels. I don't want to deal with brake dust in the dip along with the possibility of the dip bubbling. So, I need to remove the dip.

It did not peal off easily.



Borrowed a pressure washer. Didn't really help.



Bought some Drillbrushes and busted out the Goo Gone. Butter. But still not all the way off.



Finally, got some 3M adhesive remover.



Acceptable.



The bolt circles were the most difficult part. I have a new found hatred for Plastidip.

Due to my roommate being and idiot and bending 2 of his wheels. My set of 4 became 2.

I hate black wheels. I wanted to paint these something cool. Pretty much everything will work on white.





Shooting for "Takata Green". I think they came out really nice.



Hopefully I'll have the other 2 back around December/January and I can get those painted and on the car. I'm really curious to see how the paint will hold up.
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:26 AM
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Where were we?

I got the turbo tucked in. It's pretty cozy with its new blanket.



I received a new tow strap. More on this later.



With the car starving at 1/3 of a tank, I need to take more fuel to the track. Got a second fuel jug.



Took this opportunity to update the old one.



I got another Exhaust...



Finally pulled the trigger on some more Cobb stuff.



Got more brakes.



And I tried out a new strategy for changing the brakes. Opening the calipers before removing them. Process is a little simpler/quicker as I don't have to completely remove the caliper this way.



This is what was left on the ClubRacers. These had absolutely no bite in them. These are not pads that can be run all the way to the backing plates.

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I started sinking my teeth into the Cobb stuff.

Got a radiator cap. Much better than the Mi****imoto cap.



Cobb battery tie down.



Got the Mo Money faceplate. Seemed fitting.



Also got a lightweight pulley.



Did a few things with that pulley. Had my mechanic put it in along with a 105k service. In addition to that, I also had him pull the oil pickup and install a Killer B pickup and baffle.

The original pickup seemed to have a crack on it. Dodged that bullet, I guess.



With the pan off, he found some shiny bits...



Definitely, probably, damage done when the oil cooler hose let out all the oil. At least one bearing somewhere is damaged. But the engine continues to run without fuss. I'm just going to keep going on it.

I also got some sweet new stickers.

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I also received a box of Subaru stuff.

My original center console lid developed a crack. Same crack happened in the old car too.



I learned that that STi version was upholstered. Thinking that one of those could also crack, but that upholstery would cover the crack, I got one of those.



I quite like it.

My trunk was also a hot mess. I had a rear seat net from the old car. But not the ***** to install it.



I ordered the rear and side nets. The side nets critically came with the ***** that I needed for the seat net.

These are the *****.



What the **** looks like installed.



With the ***** in, I hooked up all my nets.



It looks like Subaru switched netting between now and when I got that seat net 7 years ago. I think I'll be ordering a new seat net anyway.

But now all my stuff is somewhat tidy and not rolling around all over the trunk.

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Old 11-29-2017, 09:28 AM
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I also got some Subaru bits to address my rear bumper.

In addition to the bumper getting melted by the exhaust, there are 2 brackets that hold the bumper skin on that the diffuser mounted to. One of those brackets broke and the other bent pretty bad.

Solution, I got 2 new brackets and a set of exhaust finishers.

Brackets were pretty straight forward, didn't take any pictures of that.

Here's what my bumper looked like.



The real extent of the damage. Super depressing with a proper exhaust on.



Set on of the finishers on the bumper.



Not a fan of the silver color.



Normally, 3 of the 4 screws on each of the finishers holds them on to the bumper. (The bottom inside screws are cosmetic.) With the amount of bumper missing, the passenger side finisher would only be held on with one screw. 3M tape to the rescue!



Overall, it looks much better.



My roommate already gave me **** for not painting the screws.
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:57 AM
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Swapped exhausts again.

Invidia R400 going out, Apexi RS Evolution going in.



I am a big fan of how the Apexi looks...



How it sounds... I'm less of a fan.

I also got around to reinstalling the oil cooler. Fitted it up with the most recent intercooler core. With the bumper cover off, I was also able to install the Takata SH tow strap.



IT ALL FITS!

All back together. I like how the strap looks. With a 4,000 pound capacity, it should work well too.

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Old 12-05-2017, 08:28 AM
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Tires on my 17x9 RPF1s are out of rubber. While I had them off to get the tires swapped, I put on my roommate's set of 17x8 RPF1s...

One of which conveniently went flat.



I was planning to put on the stocks. In the process, I decided to try the Wight wheels.



The fit is a lot closer than I thought it would be. I put on the rest of them.

Drove on them to work this morning. Results are as expected.



I'll be picking up my RPF1s with usable rubber this afternoon. I'll put those on along with the XP20 brakes and I'll be all set for Laguna Seca this weekend.
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XP8 dust after one day, less than 100 miles.

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Old 12-11-2017, 08:42 AM
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My secret weapon arrived last week.



Rear went together fine.



Sleeves didn't fit on the front.

Measuring the sleeve, it had a 52mm diameter.



Measuring the strut body, that had a 51mm diameter.



So it will fit. But there's a disk at the top that's a 55mm diameter.



Nothing a bench grinder can't handle.



Boom, sleeves on!



Suspension assembled.



Not on the car yet. Will probably get these on next week if I can get an alignment scheduled. Otherwise, they will have to wait for January.
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Spent the weekend at the track.



First time at Laguna Seca.

Had some minor issues right away. My seat wouldn't lock into place. I had to exit the first session twice to fix the seat. I noticed after the second session an old problem was coming back.



Luckily I had a bunch of zip ties with me and I was able to get that sorted. Didn't have a repeat of a few months ago.

After the end of the first day, my brakes were toast. I learned that XP20s can be taken down to the backing plates.



I've never seen or heard of deformed backing plates before. Especially for pads that are rated for ~2,000*F.



That said, they preformed well. All the way to the end. I wonder if I should try to burn down the other set I have where I stopped at the pegs.

I also did some damage to the sliders.

One side had a boot that was completely torn off and the grease was gone.



The other side had a hole.



Luckily, I had the caliper brackets from the old car. Swapped in new rotors, new pads, newish brackets and bled the brakes. First time I've bled brakes in a long time. I normally don't have a problem with boiling my fluid. But my pedal was an absolute sponge.
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Second day went without any problems.

I was really putting my tires through the ringer.





I've never seen chunks come out in the middle of the block before.

But, no cords, no worries!

They guy next to us in the paddock had a slightly bigger problem.



Turned out that he lost a caliper bolt and the brake caliper swung out with enough force to break the wheel.

Not nearly as bad as what happened at the end of the day.



Looked like a VA WRX. Hit the wall. Everyone was able to get out. After about a minute, it started to burn. There was fire response. But pretty much everything except the trunk burnt down. I heard that the guy had track insurance. 21 track days, this is the second time I've seen a car catch fire.

After the fire, we finally packed everything up and headed home.



We considered the weekend/year a success because, "All of our cars ran and were car shaped."
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What rear tow hook are you running?
--Have you actually used it?

Why stick with the OEM floating calipers? Pros/cons of going 4/2 pot or Brembo?
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My times from the weekend.

Saturday

First Session



Second Session



Third Session



Fourth Session



Fifth Session




Sunday

First Session



Second Session



Third Session



Fourth Session

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