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Update 12/16/2015... I GRADUATED!!!
It's been a long time coming but I finally graduated and have some time before I start working so Susie's getting a tune-up. I went through the front suspension over the last two days and installed the Whiteline steering rack bushing kit I bought some 4 years ago. I'm working with AST on getting the 4100s ready to finally go on as well. The coating on the front stay bar was flaking off in some areas so I pulled it off, stripped the flaking areas and cleaned the entire swaybar before giving it some fresh coats of enamel. Looks much better now and should prevent rust but I'll have to check on it after a few hundred miles to be sure. The Michelin tires are exhibiting a bit of dry rot... but they are about 4 years old at this point so it might be about time to replace them.

Still need to fix my boost gauge which has stopped working and do some other odds and ends but hopefully the car will be looking better soon after so much neglect. Also hoping to get a daily driver in the next year so we'll see how that goes.
 

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Update 1/7/2016... I GOT A JOB!!!
Now, hopefully, I can spend a little more effort on the car. Got new tires today, same pilot super sports and also ordered up some rear brake disks and pads as they're both in serious need or replacing. She's coming along. Once I get the new brakes installed and get an alignment I'll work on freshening up the exterior a little bit. Some of the CF parts need to be cleaned up and there's some nicks in the paint.

Considering that new Chevy Bolt as a daily in a year or so, or a Fiat Spider Abarth (because that would be practical).

Congrats on graduating, that's a great accomplishment. How's the car running on the engine from EL?
Really well, I've been very happy with the work Brad has done for me over the years.
 

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Update 6/22/16 - New Part on Order
I've ordered the RCE/GTWorx shocks with RCE black springs to put on the car. I also ordered some Whiteline Com C Shock mounts to go along with. The BC coilovers appear to be on there last leg as one of them has started making an awful clunking noise at times and I believe another one is starting to as well. The AST 4100s that were going to go on the car will be stored away for now as I think a more stock style setup will be much better suited to my daily needs for right now. If/when the car moves the "track" status, it'll switch back to the AST 4100s.

I'm also working on retiring the sun destroyed seibon cf rear spoiler. That or having it painted, not sure. I'm thinking of trying to get a DGM spoiler to match my grill. I think that will look a lot better than a mismatched SWP :/

I'm also working on figuring out what I want to get in the future for a daily. I've contemplated a focus ST or fiesta ST, but i feel like having another hatchback is a bit dumb. Considering a convertible or coupe but that feels counter intuitive for daily status.

One idea is to get a 06-11 Civic sedan and put a Jackson Racing Supercharger kit on it. Then again, putting a $4500 kit on a $8000 car seems kinda ridiculous...

Let me know if yall have any ideas!
 

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Update 7/7/16 - New Suspension bits!...
I installed the GTWorx Cup kit with black springs last night!! and now the car shimmies when I go over speed bumps... The car was not doing this before (same setup but with BC coilovers). I got the alignment as close as I could get it by eye and will taking it in to get an alignment after work. I'm really hoping that will solve the issue because I have no idea what else it could be. If it's still doing it on my way back from the alignment I'll put her on the lift and double check the everything again.
 

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Update 6/22/16 - New Part on Order
I've ordered the RCE/GTWorx shocks with RCE black springs to put on the car. I also ordered some Whiteline Com C Shock mounts to go along with. The BC coilovers appear to be on there last leg as one of them has started making an awful clunking noise at times and I believe another one is starting to as well. The AST 4100s that were going to go on the car will be stored away for now as I think a more stock style setup will be much better suited to my daily needs for right now. If/when the car moves the "track" status, it'll switch back to the AST 4100s.

I'm also working on retiring the sun destroyed seibon cf rear spoiler. That or having it painted, not sure. I'm thinking of trying to get a DGM spoiler to match my grill. I think that will look a lot better than a mismatched SWP :/

I'm also working on figuring out what I want to get in the future for a daily. I've contemplated a focus ST or fiesta ST, but i feel like having another hatchback is a bit dumb. Considering a convertible or coupe but that feels counter intuitive for daily status.

One idea is to get a 06-11 Civic sedan and put a Jackson Racing Supercharger kit on it. Then again, putting a $4500 kit on a $8000 car seems kinda ridiculous...

Let me know if yall have any ideas!
I daily a Fiesta ST and its glorious. 30 MPG is amazing. However - they are VERY hard to find used around Texas. I searched for probably 4-5 months and had to go to San Antonio to get mine. However I also was very picky and only wanted one with the Recaro Seats...


As for the suspension - are you sure you put everything on them back the proper way? Washers? The top perch set in the proper orientation? Did you impact them down to the German torque spec of "GoodNTight"?
 

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I daily a Fiesta ST and its glorious. 30 MPG is amazing. However - they are VERY hard to find used around Texas. I searched for probably 4-5 months and had to go to San Antonio to get mine. However I also was very picky and only wanted one with the Recaro Seats...
I love the Fiesta ST but a good one will probably be out of my range for a while longer.
As for the suspension - are you sure you put everything on them back the proper way? Washers? The top perch set in the proper orientation with it leaning outwards a la the high point of the perch is towards the inside of the car and the low point towards the outside? Did you impact them down to the German torque spec of "GoodNTight"?
No leftover parts and I double checked everything, though it's always possible I missed something. Believe it or not I actually used a torque wrench haha.
 

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I love the Fiesta ST but a good one will probably be out of my range for a while longer.

No leftover parts and I double checked everything, though it's always possible I missed something. Believe it or not I actually used a torque wrench haha.
Ya I went and negotiated on my ST. It was at a small private resale dealer... But it still had the Ford Factory B2B ... I think IIRC I negotated it down to $20K out the door... And some how managed 2.1% financing from the bank prior to going in. Car had like 22k miles on it I thinK?

Hahahah I have learned for suspension parts like that - a good impact on it will get it safe and sound. Anything connecting wheels to the car or motor parts I torque down properly.


Here is a pic for orienation purposes. Pay attention to the top perch as they are orientated a certain way and not universal in direction:

 

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That's a pretty good deal!

Yeah I fiddled around with trying to figure that out forever. I ended up finding that same diagram on a subaru parts website. It's one of those things that is obvious once you figure it out, but leaves you second guessing yourself till then. If i remember correctly, there is a hole in the perch that kind of helps with the orientation.
 

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The alignment fixed the shimmie issue, but for some reason he couldn't get the rear camber set right without throwing the toe off... Luckily I had Firestone lifetime so I didn't have to pay for it. Now I just need to find a good shop to help me figure that out. Anyone have any suggestions for a good alignment shop in Houston for this kind of stuff?
 

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Update 1/8/2017 New Car!
This in my new MY97 L Wagon!



I picker her up with 64,XXX on the odometer this morning (1/8/17)! I bought this car with the intention of taking my other subie off the road for some much needed changes. That and DDing Pilot Supersports is expensive.

Also, I took the STI to the dealership and they were able to sort out the alignment.
 

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Update 7/26/2017 Stuff
My grandfather is getting quite old and he was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Because of this, he has decided it's time to give me his 1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan.



It looks in rough shape but all the pieces are there, there's minimal rust and it has the Thunderbird V8 option. This will become my new project for the foreseeable future which means I won't be spending too much time upgrading the STi. I will also lose a parking spot. All of this has led me to the conclusion that I should sell one of the cars.

I'm not selling the STi so that means the 97 has to go :( . With the 97 gone, I'll need a daily driver again so the STi will have to go back to daily service. I've listed the changes I want to make to the STi to make it the ultimate DD before the Fairlane is here.

- refresh spoiler
- Enkei RPF1 17x8 +45 in Gold
- Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 245/45ZR17
- Tint Replaced
- Rain Visors
- thoroughly clean car
- new boost gauge and wideband
- Weathertech Floormats

It will be a while till I have the Fairlane here. I've got to schedule a mechanic to go out and get the car rolling again. Then get it on a trailer for the 1000 mile journey to Houston. It will go to a local mechanics shop to have the brakes and fuel system gone through, as well as a general tune up and inspection. So I have some time to figure out where everything is gonna go.

So that's my thought process right now. Don't really want to sell the 97, but not sure what else I'm going to do.
 

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Update 8/9/2017 Exhaust and the Clunk

I'm further down the path to achieving daily driver status on the STi this morning. I swapped out the LiteSpec Titanium Exhaust for an X-Force system. Here are my quick notes on the swap:

Pro:
-lower rubble (Hz)
-lower volume (Db)
-cost effective
-seemingly well made

Cons:
-heavier
-slip joint.

I'm very happy so far based off first impressions. The exhaust is very cost effective and civilized. I would definitely recommend this exhaust to anyone looking for a low cost option.

I also finally found the clunk! I'm not sure if I had mentioned it in the journal thread but the was a clunking noise coming from my engine bay when i went over small bumps at low speed. I checked sway bar mounts, coilover nuts, ball joints, etc and could never find it. It finally dawned on me that it was probably the pitch stop. When the car was cool, I reached under the intercooler from the passenger side and gave the pitch stop a wiggle. Sure enough, it rattled away. After an hour or so, I also figured out how to tighten the lower mount (on the transmission) without removing the TMIC. It was not easy, but I'm happy to report that the rattle was gone this morning.

There's still much to do, but it's getting there.

- 2 exhaust hangers (lost 2 when I had the LiteSpec)
- body clips for undertray (seem to have fallen off the car
- oil change (Mobil1 full synth and Purolator PBL14615)
- Hella Sharptone to replace tired Supertones
- bring car in for Takata and air pump recalls
- refresh spoiler
- Tint Replaced
- Weathertech headlight protection
- Weathertech floormats
- Weathertech rain visors
- new boost gauge and wideband
- Enkei RPF1 17x8 +45 in Gold
- Dunlop Direzza 245/45R17
- thoroughly clean car
 

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Switched out the Supertones for Sharptones last night. Dropped off at the dealership for recalls this morning.



 

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nice car man!
Thanks!

Small Update

Oil changed at 61,000 miles with Mobil1 10w-30 and a Purolator PBL14615 BOSS Premium Oil Filter.

Recalls were done but now there is a really weird noise that comes from behind my dashboard from time to time. It sounds like something getting caught in a fan, but only happen intermittently and continues when I turn off the A/C and blower... ugh...
 

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Update 1/18/2018 Screw DD, Back to Project Status

It's been a wild year and a half for me with buying a house, Hurricane Harvey and inheriting the Ford Fairlane, which has caused my plans to change around quite a lot. Fortunately, things are starting to settle down a little and I think I have a plan moving forward.

The STI will not become my daily driver as stated late last year. I've got plenty room after all and would like to to keep working on it without the risk of losing my DD. That being said, my DD will not be the 97 Impreza either. Recently, a family member was buying a new car and offered to sell me their 2010 Forester 2.5XT for a pretty good price. I picked it up last Friday with less than 60k on the odometer. Unfortunately, this does mean the Impreza is going up for sale. It's a great car, but I think the Fozy will be better.

I do plan on modifying Forester as well. The plan is to build the Forester as the ultimate DD. For now, that means stage 2. I also intend to move forward on the STI. A bigger turbo, and supporting mods are planned. Once the VF48 is out of the STI, it may find its way over to the Forester. Only time will tell.

 

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Update 2/23/2018 Plan of Action

I think I've worked out a plan for what I want to do with the car. It will be done in a couple stages, some of them better defined than others, but I'm committed to getting this done. I've had this car for a long time now and I really want to "finish" what I started.

Planned
Maybe

Step 1: 350WHP
I want 350WHP out of the heartbreaker dyno at Enginelogics. The number may fluctuate a little once I get a hold of Brad and we put a plan of attack together, but 350 is my current goal.


  • Grimmspeed Up-Pipe
  • Grimmspeed HiFlow Manifold Crosspipe
  • Stock Location Turbo Upgrade - Cobb or Blouch probably
  • Turbo Inlet
  • Deatschwerks injectors
  • DW 300c fuel pump
  • boost gauge and wideband (Innovate Motorsports MTX)
  • Grimmspeed FMIC or Mishimoto FMIC
Step 2: Stopping Power
Cars gotta stop.

  • Stoptech rotors and pads
  • Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace
  • Stoptech SS Brake Lines
Step 3: Looks
This car looks good but it's time for a refresh and I'm looking to go big. Not sure if I want to downsize to 17s or stick with 18s on the wheels. I also haven't decided if I want to wrap the car in a new color, or get the paint repaired and the spoiler and new bumper sprayed.

I'm also thinking of putting some big yellow rally lights behind the lower mesh grille of the new bumper. It will depend on which intercooler methode I end up with.

  • fifteen52 Tarmacs
  • Chargespeed Type 1 Bumper
  • paint fix or wrap
  • Valenti Jewel LED tail lights (red/clear)
Really just need to decide on if I'm going with paint and paint correction or a wrap. If I go with a wrap, I'll need to pick a color.


 

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Discussion Starter #200 (Edited)
So where/when might this GC wagon be up for sale? Interested parties in Houston would like to know :tup:
Hopefully this weekend if the weather holds up. I've been slow to post it because I've been traveling a lot and the weather on the weekends has been awful when I have been here. As soon as I can clean the car up, it will be posted. I'll try to remember to PM you once it's listed and where I've listed it.

edit: you can PM me your contact info if you don't check you PMs too often.
 
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