Car is really coming along nicely! Great work.
This is a discussion on 2004 WRX - Shoopster's build (or rather, repair) thread within the Builds forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Car is really coming along nicely! Great work....
Car is really coming along nicely! Great work.
--Anthony 2011 DGM WRX stg2+sf intake WTFtuned
Official Subie owner as of 01/10/11
Stink Eye Mob #87
Bye bye Bimmer
Hellooo '11 REX
How about stainless steel Allen head or bolt for contrast on the delete kit? Or...with the hex bolt you could get those snap on covers and paint to match/dip to personal taste?
Nice to see the progress!
I say paint the grill.
First Mods: What to do and what not to do
Current Car: 2014 Golf TDI
Previous Cars:2012 WRB WRX Hatch, 2004 RSX-S, 1998 Grand Prix GTP
"Isn't it amazing how smart you feel when you just aren't being stupid?"
my front plate delete is a year old and no dents from giant bugs or hitting hookers yet.
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2012 Lightning Red WRX Sedan Stock...for now Soon to be OpenSource tuned by: Mattypants @ WTF Tuning
"If I have 10 ice cubes and you have 11 giraffes, how many pancakes can fit on the roof? Purple, because aliens donít wear hats" -Ying
aah sorry! i didnt see the part about the timing belt! a somewhat expensive add to that job. get the Gates kit that comes with the replacement pullys. when they replaced my belt and waterpump at the dealer they didnt. one pully failed and i almost punched valves into pistions on the left bank. only the outer pully riding on the bolt saven my engine. it was the pully right next to the water pump. the kit is expensive, sorry. but it is cheap insurance compared to a overhaul IMO. or i am sure the pullys can be had individually. uum....lets see
ya this. sounded like my engine threw a rod. lucky me i was coasting into my house. anyhoo, my two cheap copper coinage.
Thanks for the feedback y'all!
Progress is slow though. There are only very few things I can do myself, and even then I'm working at a 'learning-and-I-hope-I-don't-mess-this-up" pace. Nice of you to say so, though
As for the the grill, I'm leaning towards black too. It'll be the lean, mean, shoopster machine.
My front bumper is a disaster. I think we have bigger bugs here or something. Plus I live in the countryside, lots of gravelly roads.
If my first road-trip (WBM) damages it, I'd lose my mind. It'd be like buying a new stainless steel fridge with a scratch on it, it'd drive me bonkers.
BF explained to me what to look for, what it should or shouldn't do. So glad I didn't **** that up.
He got a kick out of telling his co-workers (also mechanics) that his "girlfriend went out and bought a turbo today".
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Last edited by Shoopster; 05-30-2013 at 06:20 AM. Reason: aaaand fixed. ;)
and I'm on a distinguished road! yay!
<-----a green dot!
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All teh bumper clips! For my tie-wrap-toting friends, FYI that's
8x CLIP BMPR, 4x CLIP 10x15, and 2x scrivet
And that itty bitty little thing? that's the WRB touch up pen.
They either underestimate the need, or over-estimate their paint's performance.
And that other little purple thing next to it, is a milk-bag clip, just for size reference.
Oh but milk doesn't come in bags in the US, does it? Well, that should mess with you a little, then.
+1 on replacing the timing belt idlers and tensioners. To be honest, I'd do those now even if the belt was done by the previous owner if you aren't SURE they were replaced too. A lot of people skip that step when doing the timing belt... from what I hear, the idlers are usually good to about 150k or so and so aren't included in a lot of "normal" timing belt changes.
I had heard about this but was on the fence about changing mine or not (the previous owners were very conscientious and had replaced the belt on time, but I wasn't sure if they had done the idlers or not) when one of the idlers seized on me briefly. Made a very bad noise and a very bad smell for a second or two... opened everything up to find a massive hole in my timing belt, I still can't believe it didn't snap. Probably would have been the end of the engine
So, I'd like to update on the floormat situation and report on a very decent customer follow-up experience.
As some of you may recall, in chapter 3 of our story, our heroine expressed some dissatisfaction with the coverage, or lack thereof, provided by the passenger-side OEM rubber floormat.
Long story short, RallySportDirect contacted me and double-checked that I'd received the right ones, and checked the measurements with Subaru as well. To make up for it, RSD offered me a credit worth half the retail price - which I did not expect and much appreciated - and asked me to post my review on their product with a picture, because it was indeed accurate.
(I really didn't mean to make a big deal out of it - I didn't even consider returning them - but there wasn't a single negative review on the product, nothing whatsoever about the major difference in size. How could I be the only one. That irritated me more than the discrepancy itself.)
IN OTHER good news, following a crushing majority vote of two (including yours truly), the grill is painted black. Easy peasy
Screws! That's it?? I was ready to put tape everywhere.
Good thing that didn't turn into a big production like some people
We also removed the horns, didn't need to remove the bumper for that.
Peely and mucky and gross. It would probably be easier to get new ones. But ain't it always.
Cleaned up with brake & parts cleaner, but the paint's gotta go. That'll be next.