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Re: JDM oil temp and boost gauge installed

On Japanparts it said something about needing a new oil filter. Did you install yourself? Was it necessary to have a special order oil filter to install the gauges?
Ah, the oil filter saga--blue vs. black, etc.
http://www.iwsti.com/forums/gr-interior/166209-jdm-oil-temp-gauge-requires-filter-15208aa100.html
10/2008 - - Subaru announces new oil filter - NASIOC

I have not actually installed the sensor and the included sandwich adapter. I have the sensor plugged in, covered with tape, and coiled and zip-tied in the upper right side of the engine bay. My understanding is that you continue to use blue filter 15208AA12A (if that is still the latest PN) once the adapter is installed. I do not know that this is actually correct, but it is what others have done and what I am going to do.

If I had another 15208AA12A in hand I would install the sandwich adapter today.

I am going to PDF the impossible-to-find doc for H5017FG011. It contains some semi-useful pictures, such as how to route the oil temp sensor cable.
 

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Re: JDM oil temp and boost gauge installed

Ah, the oil filter saga--blue vs. black, etc.
http://www.iwsti.com/forums/gr-interior/166209-jdm-oil-temp-gauge-requires-filter-15208aa100.html
10/2008 - - Subaru announces new oil filter - NASIOC

I have not actually installed the sensor and the included sandwich adapter. I have the sensor plugged in, covered with tape, and coiled and zip-tied in the upper right side of the engine bay. My understanding is that you continue to use blue filter 15208AA12A (if that is still the latest PN) once the adapter is installed. I do not know that this is actually correct, but it is what others have done and what I am going to do.

If I had another 15208AA12A in hand I would install the sandwich adapter today.

I am going to PDF the impossible-to-find doc for H5017FG011. It contains some semi-useful pictures, such as how to route the oil temp sensor cable.
Damn you cool looking JDM gear....why do you have to be so difficult? :)
 

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Re: JDM oil temp and boost gauge installed

Damn you cool looking JDM gear....why do you have to be so difficult? :)
And extremely expensive. You could get MadDad equivalents for a fraction of the price at the current exchange rate. What you're paying for with JDM OEM gauges is the word "SUBARU" on the faces and the ability to--stretching the truth--say that the gauges are stock since they are an option in Japan. The biggest let-down was the gauge harness plug not having a mate on USDM cars. Tapping four wires to splice in a gauge is simple, but it would have been nice if this plug had been present in my car as it is in JDM and Australian cars:


Because they appear to be such a great match for my existing gauges, I am kicking around the idea if getting 52mm MadDad oil pressure and EGT gauges if/when they become available. That being said, in the interest of keeping my interior from becoming riced out, I am exploring handling those and/or all remaining gauges digitally on an LCD touch screen to go where the stereo is. Opinions welcome. Discussion here: http://www.iwsti.com/forums/gr-i-c-e-security/170406-gauge-solution.html

I picked up an STP oil filter and a couple of extra quarts of oil today but ran out of time to install the sandwich adapter.
 

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Re: Gvfs' 2008 OBP GRB

Itt looks like u drilled into the dash to snake the gauge wires through, what did u use to pretty up the hole?
 

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Re: Gvfs' 2008 OBP GRB

Itt looks like u drilled into the dash to snake the gauge wires through, what did u use to pretty up the hole?
The kit, H5017FG011, includes two grommets--one for the wires for each gauge. These tidy up the 15mm holes drilled into the gauge cluster visor (66180FG110JL) for the wires. You can get these same grommets from Autozone or Home Depot, IIRC. The installation doc includes a mounting template for drilling the holes to the correct sizes and the correct distances apart.

My installation was basically by the book except that the positioning template (not the mounting template) for the gauge cluster visor is incorrect for the two-gauge kit (H5017FG011). This is probably very important to note for anyone installing H5017FG011 since drilling in the location shown in the instructions is a $63.24 mistake. The positioning template appears to really be for kit H5017FG000, which is the boost gauge alone which is always shown low on the right side of the JDM gauge cluster visor. The problem is that if you tried to mount a gauge in at that same height on the other side of the gauge cluster visor, the center dash would interfere with the gauge cup. So I simply mounted the gauges about 1.5" higher up on the gauge cluster visor so that they could be symmetrical.
 

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Re: Gvfs' 2008 OBP GRB

Remaining drivetrain bushings are in--Group-N motor and transmission mounts. So that is now motor<-->transmission<-->rear differential. For anyone wanting a serious change, I strongly recommend skipping Group-N (tranny ST410224S000, engine left D1010FE120, engine right D1010FE110) altogether and going right to STi Competition mounts (ST410224S040, 410224S020). The STi Competition motor mounts are ridiculously overpriced. Cuscos are supposedly just as stiff. One could get the STi Competition tranny mount for $100 or just get the Cuscos as a set which includes a supposedly stiff tranny mount.
 

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Damd steering wheel installed

Installed Damd flat-bottom, red stitch steering wheel. Encountered absolutely no issues. Even pulling the stock wheel off of the spline was almost effortless using the gorilla-beating-his-chest method. Used PGT's instructions pasted below:
GR Steering wheel overview (goes for any removal). DO AT YOUR OWN RISK - have a shop do it if you're AT ALL unsure about this.

* park with your wheels straight ahead and steering wheel centered (duh!)
* disconnect battery negative terminal with 10mm
* wait a few minutes, step on brake pedal to bleed the capacitors in the system.
* Find the two holes on the back of the stock wheel. With a T30, release each fastener. NOTE - these need a 'break' action - not a slow torque. The fasteners do NOT come out so once they're loose, move on to the next step.
* once loosened, with the same T30 or a long allen (better), push the fasteners in - they're on pivoting plastic tabs inside the wheel and this releases the airbag.
* be careful here - this is an airbag we're talking about. There are three connections to loosen - the first is a bare metal spade for ground. DO NOT yank it * there's a tiny release tab for secure engagement - if you yank it, you'll break the spade off the airbag module (ask me how I know how...BTDT on my LGT wagon). There are two secured connectors for the airbag itself - one black, one yellow. THey have small tabs that must be popped open with a small screwdriver.
* Once you've unplugged everything, place the module in a safe spot (you'll be reinstalling it shortly)
* The steering wheel controls need to be removed but they CANNOT be released from the front - don't pop off the covers like I did and curse yourself when the parts fly apart on the floor. Leave them in place for now - you can remove them once the entire wheel is popped off the spindle.
* DO however, remove two phillips screws up high that secure the back plastic cover to the cast aluminum frame of the stock wheel.
* DO also unroute the steering wheel control cables from their clips inside the cover. Unplug the MOLEX connector - yes, there's a release tab
* I left the yellow airbag connector in place - it's short and there was no obvious release tab and better safe than sorry - it's safety equipment after all.
* Now you're ready to unbolt the wheel. It's a 17mm nut - you'll need an extension to get it down in and clear the rim of the wheel. It is also a 'break' type release - a quick jerk and you can spin it off by hand.
* mark the wheel and spindle with a sharpie to reference center (there are no ticks that I could see).
* The FUN part - releasing the wheel from the spindle. If you're lucky (unlike me), it will pop right off with a firm tug. There are two M8 threaded holes in the wheel - one on either side of the spindle. I'll assume there's a specialty tool that installs to force the wheel off the spindle. I didn't have one. I tried to make one from some angle iron and it bent, with the wheel laughing at me for trying. Some PB Blaster and gorilla action got it loose but I saw stars in the process.
* DO NOT REMOVE the clock spring - the plastic base behind the wheel with all the plug sockets - it's not fun to put back together.
* with the wheel off, you'll now find the phillips screws that secure the steering wheel controls....remove them.
* transfer the control modules to the new wheel, secure them with the phillips screws you carefully saved
* Put the wheel back over the spindle - thread the yellow airbag connector through, making sure no cables are pinched anywhere. The wheel has holes that match up to posts on the clock spring cover. Center the wheel, push it down on the spindle. Check your work....secure with 17mm nut you saved from before.
* route the cables from the control modules into their clips in the back cover.
* use the two phillips screws you have left to secure the back cover using the holes in the upper portion of the cast center of the new wheel.
* get the airbag module, carefully push on the ground. Place the black and yellow connectors in their sockets (with tabs open). Push tabs in to secure.
* carefully fit the airbag module into the wheel center. It should 'pop' into place with the T30 tabs moving out of the way and holding it.
* tighten the T30's with the Torx.
* reconnect battery. turn key over, let the gauges sweep, then start the car (the battery resets the ECU and if you have an AP, a quick start can mean 30 secs of cranking unless you wait for the needles to sweep with is the self-test confirmation).
 

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Re: Gvfs' 2008 OBP GRB

Yes, but not the steering. The flat bottom accentuates the fact that there are too many turns lock to lock. I might have to revisit getting a lower-ratio rack.
 

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