This is a discussion on Wreckingball Man - From Rags to Race within the Member Show-Off & Photography forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Originally Posted by pete25r I know I'm late to the party but nice thread. It reads as a good how ...
Day 310: Going Stage 2
After a long while of owning the AccessPort I finally had enough money saved up to get my *full exhaust and intake for stage 2. I was going to ditch the HKS downpipe for a bellmouth and have a nice full 3'' catback instead of stock catback. I had the AEM Wideband lying around in waiting as well to monitor AFR's. Bought it from the NASIOC classifieds but the o2 sensor never worked. I would have to buy a new sensor I figured. That was a bummer.
Pickup up a SpeedTech turbo back exhaust from Chad at Speedtech. I was excited as hell to get this. Although, my expectations were a little high for the product that I actually got. Picked up some heat wrap as well. Review and pics right here -->SpeedTech Exhaust Review - Link
I also picked up a Cobb Short Ram from Mikie, a fellow member on here. Gave me an excellent deal on a it with a newly cleaned filter. I am very thankful for this as I was expecting to pay a lot more for that lovely 'woosh' sound. Shout out to Mikie!
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Day 340: Transmission Woes: Part Two
So being the tragic character that my car is; the viscous coupling in my new transmission, just put in a year ago, decided to take a **** on my face. I was getting some pretty nasty torque bind at highway speeds. Tried to get a video of it but was never able to catch it at the right moment. Every time I was on standby with a video camera it would never happen.
But anyway, after much deliberation, self-pitty, crying, searching 24hrs a day for a new tranny, and even thoughts of selling the car, I just had the coupling replaced along with the two front axles. The aftermarket axles that I reluctantly agreed to have installed when I initially bought and fixed up the car were way out of spec and causing issues as well. Since they weren't OEM the dealer couldn't do me any favors either. Took a very large hit again, almost immediately after buying new wheels. But unlike the wheels I couldn't just take these parts off and sell them if something happened to the car.
On the bright side I received newly re-manufactured Axles and a brand new Viscous Coupling from Subaru all with full warranty and no cost replacement if something were to happen to them. Again, I had Earl-Duff Subaru do all of the work.
The wheels and now this most recent atom bomb on my pocket book would drastically change the way I viewed my car. This was the shift in my logic and shift in my whole approach towards this car.
I wish I had pics, but I don't. So here's some cool stolen pictures:
Cool thread man and looking forward to following on your build
Enjoy the build, glad you didn't cave-in and sell. At least the cars living up to your user name
Day 372: Current Plans for the Car, 1 Year Anniv., and Reflections
Past Year in Review
Lesson learned, let’s not dwell on this. Life is too short. Learn from mistakes and move on. I have a new respect for things and I now put a lot of slow and deliberate thought into everything I do with this car.
Goals for the Year
So, at this point after spending a good deal of extra money on the car fixing secondary problems and doing things over again, I decided this thing needed to be driven until the wheels fell off. So it became a goal of mine to get this thing to 400,000 miles….Maybe even half a million. As I type now I’m at 270,000 miles on the car. But it also became a goal of mine to extract as much fun as possible out of this car. In other words, the next 100,000+ miles will not be easy. They will be hell.
As I drove the car several times a week and took it on long trips I slowly gained more confidence in it. It would seem I had finally put all these big problems behind me *knock on wood*. I then made plans to go to SCCA competitions. So I slowly prepped the car for these things. I decided to run stage 2 on an otherwise stock car to start out. This way I could improve my driving first and foremost. I also thought the stock suspension would make a better rally suspension than the springs/struts I had currently. So it became my goal to drive the car “back from the moon” and to enter into RallyCross an AutoCross.
Cautiously Optimistic Photos
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Day 500: Transmission Woes: Part Three
Uh oh! What's this? Axle grease! Yep, busted an axle.
But it's ok, Earl-Duff said bring it down and we'll replace it under warranty. Thankfully this time the only stress that would ensue would be who to drive me back from the dealership.
An Old Theme Appears
When I got down there I noticed the clutch started having trouble engaging..."here we go again" I thought. What the **** could it possibly be this time!? So first thing, I checked the reservoir and it was nearly empty. I had one of the mechanics top it off with some more brake fluid. But I also noticed the fluid was darker than I would have expected. The mechanic agreed. After some inspection we noticed the cap to the reservoir was not sealing correctly. I decided, should I run into the problem again, I would go pull a cap off a wrecked scooby somewhere. Not a big deal. And about half a year later with periodic checkups the reservoir is holding it's level perfectly and the fluid is the tint it should be. Weird Not sure what happened there. I guess the cap had been screwed on incorrectly.
Day 530: Buying and Selling Parts: New VDO Gauges
Welp, I sold my old gauges and ran around with the clock pod for awhile when I stumbled upon these for sale right here on ClubWRX. It really was an impulse buy and at a great price. I thought it would be nice to have a full set of matching gauges to go in my OEM Gauge pod. They're really nice and I got a great deal. Oil Temp., Oil Press., Boost, and Volts. I also bought a bunch of other accessory things for the install.
I ended up dropping the volt gauge and it broke. So that was awesome. Looking forward to installing them with my OEM Subaru triple Gauge pod.
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Day 550: Buying and Selling Parts: New JiC Exhaust
I also got this awesome JiC Magic exhaust. Pretty excited about it as you can tell...wooh...yep.
It should be a lot quieter with that resonator and wide muffler compared to what I used to have, which will be very welcome --can't wait to install it. I also got an outstanding deal on this as well, because who doesn't right? Since I sold my whole turbo back I'll be putting my old HKS downpipe back on and heat wrapping that. I would like to run an EWG in the future so the fact that the HKS is a flat plate design dosn't really concern me. I have a lot of exhaust changes planned.
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Day 570: 2014 RallyCross/AutoCross Prep
Hey there, the only reason this is even a thing is because it's when I started doing SCCA. Thought I'd just keep a record of it since this is almost-sort-of a journal for me. Yep, anyone who's seen my stuff knows where this leads. Boom...down there ⬇
Wreckingball Man - SCCA Chronicles
Day 603: Bought Back My Spats and OEM Rear Diffuser
Got myself this badass OEM 3-peice rear diffuser, already painted. And of course, this too was a great deal, because we always get those. Nobody ever spends too much on anything.
Day 700: 2 Year Anniv. and Reflections: Another Year in Review
This past year has been pretty good for me and the car. Not much went wrong. The plan remains the same. Drive, drive, drive.... Squeeze every last bit of enjoyment out of the car.
This past year I've gone on many trips -camping, driving, meets, cruises. I've also driven it daily. I've driven on the RallyCross course and also on the AutoCross course. It continues to be a jack of all trades and that's why I bought it. Long live "Skunky." The pain in my ass; the diamond in a goats ass. May she continue to serve with both renown and notoriety. The ill-famed yet repute vehicle that she is.
I also got out and had some pictures taken. Mitchel Bain actually came out and did a quick shoot for free before I left home for over six months. Not all of these pics are edited or even touched. And most were taken on-the-fly. Better than my lame photography right? I posted his website, go show him some love!
Photo Credits: velocityphotovideo.com
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