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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - 8/14/13 Wheel Spacers Installed! (pics)

Oh wow, yeah you definitely needed new ones then. Car handle or respond any better?
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - 8/14/13 Wheel Spacers Installed! (pics)

Well I found a set of JDM V7 STi seats for a decent price and decided to grab them. As far as I know so far, it sounds like if I don't mind not retaining the drivers seat height adjustment, these seats should be a direct bolt in (aside from adding the passenger airbag sensor bladder thing under the passenger seat).

Super excited to get these in and try them out. Now I need to sell my USDM seats to recoup some cost...
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - 8/14/13 Wheel Spacers Installed! (pics)

so just to preface this, my struts have been revalved by FEAL, which involves drilling a hole in the top of the strut mounting bolt. This does weaken the bolt, but normally shouldn't be an issue.

So this afternoon I installed my camber plate bearings, and the very last bolt to be tightened was the strut top bolt for the drivers side strut. As i started to torque the nut down, the bolt sheared right off, flush with the top of the camber plate. Now i'm up a friggin creek without a paddle. I need to find a new strut to use. This is my DD, and it is now not drive-able. Supposedly Advance Auto will have a strut for me in the morning, but I'm not sure if it is going to be the right thing. Supposedly nobody really does aftermarket OEM replacements that you can get from an auto parts store? Whatever it is, i really hope it works. Once I get the strut off the car, I'm going to send it back to FEAL. Odi is going to work with me on getting it repaired so I can get it back in the car. Basically a new insert will have to be used.

Heres hoping I can use whatever Advanced Auto has tomorrow... :(

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - 8/14/13 Wheel Spacers Installed! (pics)

well found a strut at an salvage yard; its being shipped today, and hopefully will be here thursday...

on a brighter note, my JDM V7 seats came in :) can't wait to get those installed!!! pics will be coming
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - 8/26/13 JDM V7 seats arrived! Now to install :)

so i just installed the V7 drivers seat. HOLY CRAP. I heard these seats were good, but I never knew they were THIS good! I honestly feel like the bolstering is as good as my old Sparco Speed bucket. The bolstering is amazing! Now to swap the passenger seat...

pic of the drivers seat installed:
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - 8/26/13 JDM V7 drivers seat installed! (Pics)

Well after nearly a week without my car, I got the "new" strut in today. Just finished installing it and went for a quick test drive to make sure everything was operating properly. And as a bonus, I finally got to take a drive in the V7 seats. Man those things are awesome! I am sitting slightly higher than I'd like to, but hopefully I can find a drivers seat bracket from a USDM WRX (bug-eye) to fix that...
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - 8/26/13 JDM V7 drivers seat installed! (Pics)

getting the alignment today. I was going to add camber bolts to the rear to dial in the camber better, but after talking with my local Subaru shop, I won't be using them... They have had way to many issues with aftermarket camber bolts loosening/walking and even breaking... I guess I'm going to have to save up for some adjustable lateral links instead. Of course, by time I get those, I'll probably try to do a roll center/bump steer kit as well...
 

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BlueScooby's 06 STI - New Parent!

Well it has been one crazy week. Last Tuesday at 2:25am, my wife gave birth to our our first child! And its a boy! Weighing in at 8lbs 9oz and 20.5in long! He is the cutest little thing! But man, they say you dont sleep the first week/month, and they are right... I have never experienced this sort of tired before. haha Our saving grace has been my mother-in-law who is staying with us helping with the baby. I dont know how people do this with out help, its crazy!

Here we are in the hospital:
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI

Well, its been a few weeks since Ive posted in here... Life has been crazy lately with a baby in the house.

Got a few goodies recently. I should be recieveing the final few bits I need to convert my JDM V7 "passenger seat" to a USDM V7 drivers seat base to retain proper seating position and height adjustment. Pretty excited about that :)

I also just picked up a Beatrush Undertray and 2 Perrin wing stiffies. I have been meaning to get the undertray for a while since my car did not come with the OEM plastic undertray. The Perrin stiffies are mostly a "look cool" and no more bouncing wing - thing... Either way, I'm looking forward to getting all that in sometime this week and next. Should be fun :)
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Night Photoshoot - 11/11/13

Just did a night shoot with a buddy of mine. It was pretty dark so we were basically just playing with lighting the whole time... here are a few of the favorites :)



and this one is a really cool (looong exposure) with just moon light and my brake lights:
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Night Photoshoot - 11/11/13

Well, I bit the bullet and bought a set of Whiteline adjustable Rear Lateral Links and their Roll Center/Bump Steer correction kit. Got a great deal on them from JS Auto Designs STi, thanks!

Now I'm just waiting on the lateral links to get in (waiting on next shipment). With this, my suspension will be done! (aside from minor stuff later on down the road...)
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Night Photoshoot - 11/11/13

well last night i noticed a new noise. It sounded like this horrendous metal-scratchy sort of noise, i popped the hood and figured out the noise was coming from one of the belt pulleys. Today, during lunch, I pulled the A/C belt off and figured out the tensioner pulley bearing was the culprit. Picked up a new pulley at the local stealership and installed it in ~10 minutes. No more nasty noises :)
 

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BlueScooby's 06 STI - Undertray modified

Well I finally got around to modifying my under-tray this weekend. Its just so big, that i didnt want to have to take it off every time I change my oil, so I decided to cut some access doors. They arent that pretty (first time using a big cutting wheel tool...) but they get the job done just fine. Generally pleased with the outcome.



What do you think?
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Undertray modified

Nobody will see it so I wouldn't worry about how it looks, as long as it functions well that's all that matters.

What undertray is that? I'm looking at getting one for my car for the winter to cover more of the undercarriage.
 

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BlueScooby's 06 STI - Undertray modified

Nobody will see it so I wouldn't worry about how it looks, as long as it functions well that's all that matters.

What undertray is that? I'm looking at getting one for my car for the winter to cover more of the undercarriage.
Yeah, I'm just sort of a perfectionist, and it frustrates me when I try something new and it doesn't come out quite like I planned. Particularly when I immediately think of how I could've done it better... But all in all I am pretty pleased with it.

It's the Beatrush undertray. It's only 1/16" thick though, so don't try to use it as a skid plate... I'm using it primarily for Aero and for protection from road debris.

Supposedly, it increases front end down force at speed, but by how much, I don't know...
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Undertray modified

Yeah, I'm just sort of a perfectionist, and it frustrates me when I try something new and it doesn't come out quite like I planned. Particularly when I immediately think of how I could've done it better... But all in all I am pretty pleased with it.

It's the Beatrush undertray. It's only 1/16" thick though, so don't try to use it as a skid plate... I'm using it primarily for Aero and for protection from road debris.

Supposedly, it increases front end down force at speed, but by how much, I don't know...
I'm the same way, I hate it cause then I want to redo it but don't want to mess up what I've already done, it's a vicious cycle.

I'm mainly looking at one for protection from debris/snow and a little better mpgs from the improved aero, but definitely won't be rallying or off-roading so I won't have to worry about that.

I'm just waiting on a used one to pop up in the forums for cheap. Where'd you get yours?
 

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BlueScooby's 06 STI - Undertray modified

I don't see them pop up used very much... I looked myself before just buying a new one. That way I knew id get all the hardware and brackets too... I think I got it at kami speed, they has the best price I could find.
 

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Re: BlueScooby's 06 STI - Undertray modified

so I have a couple 2'x4' sheets of ABS plastic at the house. I was originally planning on using them to make the underside of my front bumper flat, but it will probably be a while until I get around to that.

In the mean time, I think I have enough extra material to also build an insulated air box for my "hot air" intake... I've already got the fog-light-ram-intake plumbed up through the fender, and I just bought the OEM fender plug for the other fender opening. Now I need to start measuring and cutting some sections of ABS.

Do any of you have experience with fastening pieces of ABS together (particularly when they are perpendicular)? My thought is to get some corner brackets from lowes and just rivet them together.

I also plan on applying some insulation to the inside walls of the box, and potentially some gold foil on the outside of the box.

Thoughts?
 

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BlueScooby's 06 STI - Building an Intake Air Box

Progress on the air box! I've got it cut out and test fitted, I just need to finish insulating it, add the reflective gold foil and install!

Mocking it up out of cardboard:


Current progress:


I'll update later with pics of the finished product.

Sorry for the lousy phone pics...
 
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