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Old 04-02-15, 05:49 AM   #221
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Default BlueScooby's 06 STI - Maddad Whisper INSTALLED! (with pics)

Hmm, I'm kind of interested in this "utility panel". I may have to steal the idea but as a panel where the rear seat bottom would be. Get a flat base and storage.

Not that I'm not still interested in the flat bottom panels project too (that's where you're trying to make the bottom of the car nice and flat, right?).
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Old 04-02-15, 06:14 AM   #222
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"Utility Panel" might be a bit of a flattering name... Its basically a wooden version of the plastic barrier between trunk/backseat that I can attach some tools to that would otherwise be sitting in the spare tire... It was getting a bit crowded in there, and this allows me to free up that space a bit. I'm one of those guys who likes to travel with some basic tools in case I need to work on/fix something while away from home. I'll post up some pics once I wrap it up.

Right now I'm planning on attaching some hand tools and a small air pump.

Yeah, the flat bottom panels are to make the whole bottom of the car flat/smooth. The front portion of the car is already done, my next step is to make panels to extend from the OEM panels (under the main cabin) to the exhaust midpipe. After that, the next step is a combination of panels under the gas tank area, and mating to a better rear diffuser.

I was considering buying the JDM transmission splash guard, but it would cost like $140ish shipped (IIRC) and its not flat... So no dice on that.

I'm thinking of going with the Mature diffuser (in FRP of course, CF is a waste of money IMO)


All in all, I'm hoping to net a slight reduction in lift (commonly misrepresented as "adding downforce") as well as drag. I doubt that I'll do any scientific testing to verify the results, but it sure would be neat to see an mpg or two average rise to prove drag reduction. I believe the principles are valid, so even if the end result is negligible, its still something I made that is unique and SHOULD be functional.
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Old 04-03-15, 07:10 PM   #223
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Trunk Utility Panel (with pics)

So here is the "utility" panel I made. Its basically a tools holder. The spare tire is already full with jumper cables, oil, and lug wrenches/keys, so I needed somewhere else to keep these.

Items I have attached:
Air Pump (powered by cigarette lighter)
Small Socket Set
Phillips Head Screwdriver
Flat-blade Screwdriver
10mm Extended Socket
12mm Extended Socket

So far it appears, most small repairs should be possible with this small set of tools. These are all duplicate/cheap tools bought specifically to be in the car.

First I removed the rear seat to mock it up with cardboard:


Here is about halfway through attaching the different tools:


The final product awaiting installation:


It's installed!


I used the two bolt holes on the rear seat support bars as the mounting point for the panel.

I also have some more room to expand with a few other tools, should I feel the need.

The fit isn't perfect, but its close enough. Over all I'm very pleased with how this came out. My inner nerd/engineer/needallthetools is very happy

On to the next project!
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Old 04-10-15, 07:15 AM   #224
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Flat-Bottom Panels (Phase 2)

So, I mocked up and cutout the panels for the under-cabin section of the car. I cut the plastic a little big so I can make the final trimming accurately with these on the car. Going to try for getting within 1-2" of the exhaust. I will have to check back after installing to see if there is any heat warping going on.

Here is the cardboard mockups:


And the ABS Panels cut out.


Once I figure out how I wills secure these, I'll get some pics on the car.

Also, not that this really matters much, but the ABS panels I've been buying come with a textured side and a smooth side. I've been placing the textured side face DOWN, with the assumption that the "golf ball principle" will help to reduce drag on the textured side more than the smooth side.

"Phase 3" will be the panels under the trunk area.
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Old 04-13-15, 12:00 PM   #225
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Flat-Bottom Panels (Phase 2)

(phase 2) Flat-bottom panels update:

So I finished one of the panels and installed it this weekend. I think I got a little aggressive with trimming out the silhouette of the exhaust on this one because I thought it would be hanging higher, but its not bad. I will probably not trim off as much on the other side.

Before I get into pictures of work, I wanted to layout my plan for the aerodynamic panels.


Phase 1:
Item #1 in picture: Beatrush under tray and flat bottom bumper panel

Phase 2:
Items #2-5 in picture: ABS panels under cabin area
(EDIT: ABS Panels have been replaced with Aluminum. Panel 2 & 3 are now one panel, and Panel 4 & 5 are one panel.)

Phase 3:
Items #6, 7 in picture: ABS Panels under trunk area

Phase 4:
Item #8 in picture: Upgraded rear diffuser


With that being said here is my work on fabricating and installing panel number #5:

Mocking up to cut for tab connectors:


said tab connectors:


testing fitment (fits pretty snug ):


finished trimming out exhaust silhouette (ignore how large the hole is on the front end, I had struggled to line that one up...):


and the final installed product (notice the "plate" I had to use for the enlarged front mounting hole...):


Now to move on to the other side (panel #3)!
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Old 04-15-15, 10:57 AM   #226
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Flat-Bottom Panels (Phase 2)

added some reinforcement to the first panel. It seemed a little flimsy...



then started working on the drivers side panel. Here it is mocked up (before final trimming):
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panel #3 and #4 compete and installed!

(never mind the duct tape, thats so I can clean some stuff up with JB Weld. The tape will come off)

Working on panel #3:


Close up of #3:


Close up of #4


#3 and #4 installed!


Next up is panel #2, or that gaping hole under the transmission in between the panels...
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Flat-Bottom Panels (Phase 2)

So since its warming up I got to hit the local Cars and Coffee for the first time with my boy. He loved it!

There were a couple Ferraris, Lambos, Mclarens, Supras, GTRs, etc. There was a great showing!

Here's a quick pick of me and my slightly distracted son... haha
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Pah! Attending car shows when you could be continuing the flat bottom project?! How dare you?!


(Side thought; is the flat bottom project what most models are doing?)
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Pah! Attending car shows when you could be continuing the flat bottom project?! How dare you?!
Haha, I know right!

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(Side thought; is the flat bottom project what most models are doing?)
THATS HILARIOUS! I'm totally stealing that.. haha
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