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This is a discussion on Ninfourteener's Progress Thread + Pics within the Engine Modifications forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; [QUOTE=ninefourteener;2617833] So the entire axleback... went in for sandblasting, and powdercoating as well..... black chrome QUOTE] pics when it comes ...

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    [QUOTE=ninefourteener;2617833]


    So the entire axleback... went in for sandblasting, and powdercoating as well..... black chrome

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    pics when it comes back!
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    Oh I will.... I'm supposed to get it back tomorrow night.

    Just finished up the wheels.... they are ready to go (after they completely dry overnight)

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    Finally got the exhaust and the lugnuts back from the powdercoater

    and of course.... a new set of el-cheapo Falken Ziex 512 tires..... they work well for my all-season daily drivers.

    and a new cool set of color-matched slcsubaru.com stickers.

    The exhaust... powdercoated black chrome:






    And the lugnuts... Azure Blue:


    And a little late-night, in-garage sneak peek of my new look:
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    Looks great man. I always thought powdering the lugs would make the lug socket not fit.
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    Nope... I'm not an expert, but I think powdercoating is actually thinner than painting... just about 50 times harder and more durable.

    My buddy that does all my powdercoating actually has a jig that he made up just to do lugnuts.

    No problems whatsoever getting the lugwrench soocket over them.... even after torquing them down, there wasn't even a scratch in them. He did sandblast every one of them before powdercoating though too. Maybe that helped?
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    So..... been away for nearly a couple weeks... on vacation to St. Louis, picking up my daughter for the summer.

    A little over an hour into Wyoming (mile marker 82)... fuel pressure drops to 10psi (usually idles at 35.... 60 at full boost)..... crap. For a little while, I was able to maintain 60mph.... with my AFRs all the way in the red (lean)..... then I couldn't do more than 40...... then 20....... then my car literally would BARELY stay idling on the side of the road...., with no more than 2 or 3 psi of fuel.

    In the emergency lane.... I can start.... I can idle.... but I cannot accelerate..... at all. freaked out... checked all the fuses, reset the ECU, even tried a different map on the accessport.... nothing.

    Got online to my site (SLCSUBARU.com)..... begging for help..... stranded in the middle of BFE, Wyoming..... and Kirill from Rallysportdirect of all people chimes in, gives me his phone #, and has me call him to help troubleshoot. Thank God we have them as a supporting vendor.

    Anyway..... I have the wife drive from the base to Rallisport to pick up another Walbro (to replace the one that is only 2 yrs old)... then over 2 hours out into the middle of Wyoming.... with my son.... the total process took over 4 hours........ while I was sitting in my car..... doing nothing.

    BTW.... Kirill gave me the Walbro fuel pump at his cost..... how friggin awesome is that???

    wife gets there... with my tool box in the back of the Tribeca.... and my new fuel pump in hand..... while I proceed to crack open the fuel tank and change the fuel pump on the side of the road..... Thats how pimp I am

    Long story short.... It didn't work.... No change in the car at all

    So, I call Little America truck stop, which was about 12 miles behind me.... to have the car towed off the side of the road before the Wyoming good-ol-boys go all "East St. Louis" on it and leave nothing but the shell of the car. $150 for a 12 mile tow..... gotta love that.

    Oh.... and if you're curious.... I watched a tow cable pull my car up 35 degrees onto a flatbed using 801_STIs towhook....... they work

    Spent the night in Little America..... My friend with a Suburban and a car trailer drove out the next morning... helped me load up the WRX..... and then brought it back home..... for nothing but the cost of gas. I gave him $150..... then he gave my wife back $70 when they got home...... how cool is that??

    I don't even want to attempt to explain how much of a PITA it was to back up a WRX onto a ramp/trailer...... that won't go more than 1000rpms..... it sucked.

    So.... I continued on my 1300 mile, 20-hour trip to St. Louis..... In the Tribeca... bummer.... but thank God I had something else to drive. The wife went home with the wrx.... and drove the svx while I was gone... including a trip to/from Las Vegas.

    So what was wrong??? why didn't the fuel pump fix the problem??? Everyone knows that they deleted the external fuel filter in the WRX in 2005. The 2006-2007 WRXs and STIs just have the sock down inside the tank.

    WRONG..... in 2006-2007.... there is a FILTER down inside the tank too on those years only. My car has 50k miles on it.... and it was clogged to the point where I could barely blow air through it. It actually busted apart because it was so clogged, and was pumping fuel back into the tank. NO ONE knew about it... apparently, from 2002-2005... the filter was external.... 2006-2007, it was in the tank, and then in 2008, the whole platform changed.

    Ogden Subaru still swears that there is no filter inside the tank. Can you say "duhhhhhhh????"

    Of course... Mark Miller Southtowne had one.... in stock.... and gives a 10% discount to all SLCSUBARU members. So, at least that takes away a little of the sting for having to pay $80 for a fuel filter. Once again.... thank God we have them as a supporting vendor.

    So.... I'm home.... and it's fixed now...... just thought I'd share my drama, my lesson learned, and my thanks.

    Thanks to:

    Kirill from Rallysportdirect for helping as much as he could, and giving me the new pump at his cost.

    801_STI for building me a towhook sturdy enough to pull my car up onto a flatbed truck

    Mark Miller Subaru Southtowne.. for having the part, and having the parts technicians competent to actually know it existed.... and then even giving me a discount on it.

    My wife.... for diving through hoops to come save me.

    My buddy Chris across the street for picking up my car and bringing it home, practically free.

    The Tribeca... for providing me a smooth ride all the way to/from St. Louis... even though I looked a little goofy.

    --Matt

    BTW... if anyone needs a Walbro 255 fuel pump.... I have an extra one... works perfectly

    The culprit:

    If you have a 2006-2007 WRX.... and are "around" 50k miles.... might want to change it out:



    And..... since it's working now.... and I'm home again now...... I cleaned her up, and took a few outdoors pics to show off my new look



    All "stealthed" out exhaust:






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    Interesting, figures it happens on a road trip and not on your way to the store or something. Murphys law, right?
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    Wow dude what a mess of a story! Glad you got it sorted out and you have an awesome network of people to help you when in need. World is getting less and less of those types of people.

    And also, I've heard some great things about Rallysportdirect...this is just another one to add to the list!
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    ....... busy day today.... got all 4 of them cleaned up.... and actually together for a few pics.











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    WRX 12 sec drag (vs. late model Camaro SS):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0vWdD2cjU
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    So I got some "spring" cleaning today. First and foremost, I got rid of that GD Glow$hit triple A-pillar pod.

    Not sure why I ever bought this thing.... I suppose because it was the only one I found that matched the color of the interior panel. Plus, I figured I would never buy Glow**** gauges.... but how bad can they possibly mess up a simple triple pillar pod??

    Well... turns out..... they can. The material is flimsy, incorrectly molded to the shape of the car, and the color doesn't match correctly anyway.

    And the fitment is so rediculously poor..... it literally hung away from the OEM pillar by over an inch. I double-sided taped it..... I even used Liquid Nails on it to fit correctly.... and it never did.

    It has been a freeking eyesore on my car for too long.... a bloody, puss-filled pimple on the proverbial "ass" of the car I love so much...... and just the other day.... the liquid nails failed from all the heat, so it popped off again, exposing itself for the POS ghetto-trash that it is. So here it is... covered in melted double-sided tape and crunchy, flaky old Liquid nails residue. Word to the wise.... "Glow$hit" earned their name for a reason..... never again.



    So I bought a used Autometer triple pillar pod from a buddy. Imagine this.... it fits perfectly..... hmmmm.




    And.... I was never "truly" happy with the way the wheels turned out when I painted them bronze. I liked the "color".... but they looked washed out, and "bland"... not glossy at all.... and I wasn't happy. I think the primer that I used on the wheels created a "rough" texture... which I didn't want.

    So I pulled them off... hit them with some 150 sandpaper.... 250 sandpaper.... and then wet-sanded them with 400 grit..... then repainted.

    Wow.... The difference is AMAZING.... these things literally GLOW when the sun hits them.... Night and day difference. 2 days work.... but well worth it.

    Here's the picture of them after I did them the first time:


    And here they are NOW.... after the "re-do":



    Last but not least, I decided (while the car was up on jackstands) that the front lip spoiler had taken a pretty severe beating over the past year... so I pulled her off as well..... and used the same 150, 250, 400 wet process..... and came up with this:



    All in all.... a pretty productive weekend
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    Hey hows that powder coat holding up on the axelback? I called my coater today and they said it'll get too hot for powder coat to stay on.
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    So far so good.... it isn't showing any signs of deterioration or discoloring at all.

    My powdercoater was doing an axle back in WHITE when I was dropping off the brushguard for the brat.

    He said he told the customer there was no way that white was going to hold up.... it would likely turn brown or yellow. The customer didn't care... he wanted white.

    But black... or black chrome (what I got) seems to be doing just fine.... and he didn't seem "surprised" by that.

    If it worries you that much, they make special "high temp" powdercoats.
    http://www.roseyspowdercoating.com/hi-temp.html
    Last edited by ninefourteener; 09-04-2010 at 04:58 PM.
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    1978 Subaru BRAT-Thread: http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine...ss-thread.html
    2007 Subaru B9Tribeca Ltd (PSM)........1994 Subaru SVX LSi(SOLD)
    WRX 12 sec drag (vs. late model Camaro SS):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0vWdD2cjU
    WRX track racing (catching a stg.2 WRX): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mELeSD1Mi08
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    Gauge Pod

    Over the past couple nights, I have read your entire post. It seems like you are a wealth of information. Will the passenger side airbag not work if you replace the clock with the guage pod?

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    ^^^ I honestly don't know. I know on earlier year WRXs without the weight sensitive passenger airbag, the only thing on the dash was a clock, not an indicator. You could remove it.

    I'm not sure if you can just "remove" the airbag indicator on the 06+ WRXs.

    I did not feel comfortable simply eliminating the airbag indicator.... so I simply relocated it to the lower stereo din.
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    WRX 12 sec drag (vs. late model Camaro SS):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw0vWdD2cjU
    WRX track racing (catching a stg.2 WRX): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mELeSD1Mi08
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