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Old 04-20-15, 02:28 PM   #231
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Flat-Bottom Panels (Phase 2)

One more thing. I realized I didn't really discuss how I was mounting the panels so far... I showed the "tabs" I used for mounting the panels to the OEM panels, but the other side of the panels is attached via bolts. It turns out there were some existing threaded holes free that I could use! I need to investigate the trunk area for mounting locations still though... Could be difficult.

Here is what I've used so far:
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Old 04-20-15, 03:37 PM   #232
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Default BlueScooby's 06 STI - Flat-Bottom Panels (Phase 2)

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Haha, I know right!


THATS HILARIOUS! I'm totally stealing that.. haha
Sorry bro, it's trademarked now. just kidding, feel free.

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One more thing. I realized I didn't really discuss how I was mounting the panels so far... I showed the "tabs" I used for mounting the panels to the OEM panels, but the other side of the panels is attached via bolts. It turns out there were some existing threaded holes free that I could use! I need to investigate the trunk area for mounting locations still though... Could be difficult.

Here is what I've used so far:
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I'd think maybe some sort of drop connections might work, like tubes with welded in nuts on the end (or bent aluminum bars like I've seen a few diffusers use). Those might work for the center of those rear panels, and then run the sheets farther up to solid points.
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Old 04-21-15, 03:16 AM   #233
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I'd think maybe some sort of drop connections might work, like tubes with welded in nuts on the end (or bent aluminum bars like I've seen a few diffusers use). Those might work for the center of those rear panels, and then run the sheets farther up to solid points.
Thats a good idea. I've been looking for simple/existing mounting points so far that didnt require a lot of work to use, but I may have to do something like that... We'll see how creative I get
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Old 04-21-15, 02:31 PM   #234
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So it looks like I'm going to a Friday Turn One HPDE at CMP this Friday... Boy do i have some prepping to do...
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Thats a good idea. I've been looking for simple/existing mounting points so far that didnt require a lot of work to use, but I may have to do something like that... We'll see how creative I get

Glad to provide input. I'd say the "S" shaped (more like a "Z" with 90* angles) would be the easiest and easiest to replace. Seems like it's good enough for the diffusers out there at least. I'll keep watching for the progress anyways.
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Old 04-22-15, 03:43 AM   #236
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Flat-Bottom Panels (Phase 2)

In light of the upcoming track day on friday, I pushed myself to build the last panel for the "phase 2" portion of this project last night.

Its not quite as pretty since I had to use two peices to fab the remaining panel. Got a little creative with the supports, but the end result looks pretty good (from under the car anyway).

Here is the "#2" panel being fabbed:


Here is a closeup:


And here it is installed:


Overall, I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out. I wish there were less screw heads on the bottom side, but that's small peanuts really...

I'm driving down to Columbia this afternoon, it would be fantastic if I saw ANY jump in MPG on the highway...

Next up is to buy more panels and move on to Phase 3.
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Old 04-22-15, 04:36 AM   #237
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Flat-Bottom Panels - Phase 2 Completed! (with pics)

Great project. What are you using to cut the ABS with and how thick are the sheets?
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Great project. What are you using to cut the ABS with and how thick are the sheets?
Thanks! The ABS panels are about 1/8" thick; they have some decent rigidity to them. As far as cutting goes, I'm just using a basic rotary cutting tool (giant dremel basically). Looks kinda like this:


EDIT: Not that it matters much, but you don't really "cut" this stuff. You're actually melting the plastic. The melted plastic flies off in tiny pieces similar to saw dust though, so it seems like cutting...
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - First Track Day! (with pics!)

Had my first track day at Carolina Motorsports Park on Friday! My boss and I were both going to be in Columbia on Thursday, so we made last minute plans to attend their "Turn One" open track day event. It was a blast! I knew (in my head at least) a lot of the fundamentals from reading a bunch of Ross Bentley's "speed secrets" books, but applying that is a different ball game. The instructor I had was great and really helped me on taking the best line/pedal work/smoothness/shifting. I could tell I was definitely getting faster, but unfortunately I wasn't timing my laps, so I have no real record of how well I was doing. On the 4th session I ended up passing a Porsche Boxter (who was in the classroom session with me) and he was supposedly running at about a 2-min/lap pace. So I should be around there as well.

My boss came out in his C63 AMG. I know it has KW coilovers and a full exhaust, but I'm not sure what else. Turns out I was faster than him Probably due to AWD and having more aero tho...

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First thing in the morning, ready for 2 parade laps since "new" track to me...


My spot. Track is on the left.


Me and the bossman's car:


Boss going out for first session:


Rock hit the A/C Condensor in the 4th session and sprung a leak


Notice the big rock sitting right below the refrigerant squirting out...


Packing up to go home:


One track day and I'm in the "brownbo" club...


Cleaning the wheels today and see this:

Both caliper bleeders on the front right had the plastic dust caps removed. This is directly above the outer bleeder. Makes me think that the heat/pressure forced some fluid to squirt out?? Anyone else seen this before?

Tore my MPSS to shreds with only ~5,000 miles on them...
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Default Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - First Track Day! (videos)

Here are the videos I took:

2nd Session:
https://www.youtube.com/v/QJYHShsWR0k

3rd Session (Starting behind bossman's C63):
https://www.youtube.com/v/PMqphyOs5OA

4th Session (Starting behind bossman's C63. Also features Porsche Boxter):
https://www.youtube.com/v/9uJL0JmnLoY


EDIT: Vids fixed
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