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#41 GNGBNG

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 09:12 PM

Love the car and colour, and wheels, I am a bit bias though.

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 02:55 PM

Minor update, new geaknob arrived! Didn't know it had dimpled leather on the sides but can't complain.

 

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#43 GNGBNG

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 07:19 PM

Where'd you get the knob? Looks good.

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 06:22 AM

Cheers, bought from here.

 

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Part #35022SA000 for anyone who sees this in 6 months or more and gets mad when the link doesn't work :P


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Posted 19 January 2015 - 01:33 PM

Awesome work - you've certainly caught the subi bug good and proper! Funny how we all seem to find the model we like and stick with it!

So some of your bits are now on their third vehicle? That's dedication on your part. Shame about the damage to the first one, old or not we need to keep the older vehicles on the road for as long as possible IMO - otherwise they fade out.

Reding this thread has sparked the urge to chase up my own RS that I've always wanted - but having just got a Brumby on board I might have to wait some time before I can do this - if I ever get there!

Keep that car looking schmick! Both of my subi's are real bush pigs compared to this one!

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 01:54 PM

dang i wish my paint looked that good



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Posted 17 February 2015 - 10:49 PM

So some of your bits are now on the third vehicle? That's dedication on your part. Shame about the damage to the first one, old or not we need to keep the older vehicles on the road for as long as possible IMO - otherwise they fade out.

Bits from the first car moved onto the second and now all the best bits of all 3 are on the red one.

 

With which I guess I should update this thread, been busy over the last month or so.

 

As much as I'd been enjoying the new RS there was a couple of things I wasn't happy with. Gearbox was slightly crunchy in 4th and engine although the original for the car  was very dirty had some leaks and was slightly low on compression in cyl 3.

So I decided after some uhmming and ahhing to yank the engine/box out of the grey car and chuck them in the red one as well.

Cool GoPro timelapse video my mate put together.

 

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Whilst I was at it I fitted the V5/6 power steering setup, Koyorad and LCA's with Whiteline ALK and near new balljoints. I also rebuilt the power steering pump with new seals & O rings before chucking it in.

 

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Fresh pump, had actually been badly sprayed black for some reason so took a bit of effort to get it as clean as it now is.

 

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Lines almost fit like they're supposed to be there. Didn't install cooler for now as I don't have the correct lines for it :(

 

Fast forward a bunch because I got bad at taking photos again and BAM!

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After screwing it all together, fresh fluids everywhere went and got an alignment and wow it feels good to drive now. Front end feels really nice and tight, only downside is now the rearend definitely needs some improvement.

 

Also reverted to stock pre facelift headunit thanks to Usas on here.

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Which meant sorting a different solution for powering my aftermarket bits. Chopped up my ISO loom, cut a pair of stock plugs out of a car at pickapart and now my boost gauge works again.

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Finally for this update had a bit of spare time this arvo to sort some little bits and pieces.

 

Installed a Jason M pipe to replace my previous resonator delete for a bit of a cleaner look.

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Made a quick fire extinguisher bracket.

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and installed my boost controller. In the first RS I had the solenoid mounted where the AC receiver drier goes as it didn't have AC. This meant in order to keep my AC I had to think about a good spot for it to mount fairly easily. Took a while but thanks to something I saw on the DOBC forums I ended up with this solution.

 

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Bracket mounted off one of the igniter bolts.

 

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Tight fit down there but it keeps everything neat and as a bonus is even closer to the turbo than the stock solenoid.


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Posted 18 February 2015 - 01:30 AM

Super clean engine bay! I also like how you've put the stock HU in.

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 07:58 AM

+1 nothing is worse than a nice original interior ruined by some ugly Sony Xplod etc.

Nice job Michael, love how you can just peruse your own private wreckers in your front yard.


 


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Posted 18 February 2015 - 11:27 AM

Haha, sometimes I still need to go to real wreckers though :P


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Posted 18 February 2015 - 10:28 PM

Great job mate and "After" engine bay shot looks super tidy :)



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Posted 24 February 2015 - 05:15 PM

Tiny update time.

 

Since I've had this car the AC clutch bearing has been squealing with the AC turned on which has been pretty irritating especially seeing as it's summer. Had swapped the bearing section with one off a space compressor I have but it wasn't really a whole lot better so I decided this evening to fix it properly.

It would've cost $300-400 for a new clutch assy, total spend for the bearings and belt was about $50. Definitely worthwhile.

 

New bearings for the clutch and tensioner as well as a new correctly sized belt as the one fitted was undersized and incredibly difficult to remove and refit.

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For anyone with an early Denso compressor interested in doing this themselves part numbers are as follows.

Clutch bearing - Nachi 30BG05S2G-2DS

Tensioner Bearing - UBC 6301-2RSC3EMQ5

Belt - 4PK890

 

Clutch disassembly is pretty easy.

Remove the 10mm nut on the front, wiggle the front section off(Be careful not to lose the shim that sits between it and the compressor shaft) Then remove the circlip retaining the pulley section and slide it off the housing.

 

Use a punch to smack the old bearing out and a suitably sized socket or an actual drift to smack the new one in and re peen over the edge. Tensioner is pretty much the same process.

 

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Put it all back together and enjoy your now quiet AC.


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Posted 26 February 2015 - 09:21 PM

Another quick evening project. Rebuilt WAIC pump.

 

Only replaced the centre bearing as the bearing at the end was perfectly smooth and felt almost brand new. Cleaned everything up, replaced O rings and the centre bearing. $10 total cost.

Couldn't get the seal between the pump and the electric motor either so am hoping it is alright. Seemed nice and supple still.

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Was interesting to find out as well that the bearings used in the pump are the exact same dimensions as skateboard bearings.

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Is a lot quieter now, can barely hear it.

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 09:25 PM

Hahaha, get some high speed Zero bearings.



 


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 11:54 AM

Awesome work!

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 11:26 PM

Well guess I should update this thread. Been a few changes to the RS lately.

 

For now I'll just leave you with this. Grey RS is gone and I have a new addition to the stable.

 

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 07:05 AM

I approve!

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 11:59 AM

Lovely!

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 12:19 PM

I think I just wet my pants!

Is this an RS turbo import equivalent?

And have I just spotted a lifted MY wagon??? You need to get some pics up of that! Then turbo it with some of you RS wreck parts >:D

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#60 Miguel

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 12:24 PM

Turbo JDM wagon is the GT. This is a little bit lower being the top spec NA model. Twin Cam NA EJ20 7.5k Revlimit and peak power at 6800 makes it a happy revvy little engine. Bought it for the missus to drive. Manual, has a bent clutch fork no reg or anything but for $350 I'm not complaining.

Has a lot of the cool JDM spec. Bronze tint glass, folding mirrors, Digital climate control.

 

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