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    Random stuff: New Kenwood radio with dash kit--looks very nice, in my opinion. Then, I took a pic of the new rotors and painted calipers--I'm using Hawk pads, currently. Firm bite.

    Also: just a shot of the tower stress bar--engine needs a bath, I know. Check out the Perrin intake pipe, though. That was an improvement from the leaky stock intake!
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    The drama continues.

    So, we were having some issues with a noise. It was cranky rotational noise. I won't go into the sordid details, but the timing belt was the source of the problem--because my belt had gouges in it and a hole in the casing of the timing belt. This was because some ape with a wrench managed to squeeze the guides for the belt into a precarious state that allowed the belt to be scraped. Needless to say, I can't believe the car was actually still running at this point, much less not blowing a head.

    But my trans was also slipping on the high end, so I opted to get the clutch replaced, too.

    The motor was pulled. Guess what? The undercover that protects the clutch from the elements was gone. Missing. AWOL. Additionally, my fly wheel was completely rusted over (as was the clutch face). And because the motor was pulled, I got to see all sorts of fun stuff--like how my exhaust had not sealed very well, my O2 sensor was loose, and I have live wires in the harness that connects the interior lights in the ****pit. There are a couple of other things that were also wrong, but mostly smallish.

    Furthermore, the clutch that I ordered came with a busted bearing. Nice. If I didn't have bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck.

    The car is STILL getting worked on, because the several parts I had to order are things that should probably NEVER BREAK, so a lot of ordering occurred.

    This isn't much, but you can check out my pics:


    The clutch

    The motor/flywheel
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    Honestly, Im glad things are getting fixed for you but holy good god with the money you have spent you could have had a real nice 05-08 STi or something along those lines. Man I would have scrapped the car or purposely ran it into a lake or something. Good luck with the rest of the rebuild. You have more patience then I do, or maybe you just have a fairly deep wallet.
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    I would've stopped dumping money into the car a loooonnnnng time ago and dumped it on somebody else, karma be damned. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AsILayDying View Post
    Honestly, Im glad things are getting fixed for you but holy good god with the money you have spent you could have had a real nice 05-08 STi or something along those lines. Man I would have scrapped the car or purposely ran it into a lake or something. Good luck with the rest of the rebuild. You have more patience then I do, or maybe you just have a fairly deep wallet.
    Believe me, this has been a trying time. I cry every time I see a decently priced STI; it's like the universe is mocking me. That being said, I know this car so well now that I almost feel--much like a Detroit Lion's fan--that I have somehow bonded with it through the agony.

    I can't really talk about the money part without getting sick to my stomach. The guy who just did the work was a saint, and loves subarus, and really did this as a labor of love. So maybe I do have some decent karma.
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    The car has come back to me. I had no idea Subaru's drove this well. Really. My whole baseline of operation continues to change as the car is restored and improved upon.

    I haven't seen the car in three weeks, thanks to all the parts that were coming in from Japan over Thanksgiving, so my dear beloved husband managed to sneak in the K&N short ram intake while it was being worked on. So, um, it's punchy. Merry Festivus!

    The new clutch is extremely aggressive and grabby; of course, I killed it upon first launch, and I'm going to have to get seriously used to barely lifting my foot off the clutch to engage, but that being said, it is one accelerated mo-fo.

    Very exciting times. Next month? Sway bars and springs. Also, I'm finishing off the system--I need some boom boom.
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    Well Im glad things are turning around for you on the progress of bringing the Suby back to life. If and when you start the audio system here are some ideas you might want to try out, here is the link on nasioc. Good luck with everything.

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    wow i thought i had it bad

    I bought my car and every thing was great until 2 moths later my radiator went my clutch, cv boot, front wheel bearing, and my rock and pinion boot but knowing you had it bad makes me feel a little better. Sorry to thrive off your misfortune but good luck with your scooby it seems to be getting there. I also agree with you on what you seed you do stat bonding with the car after it breaks all the money spent and time on a car makes it worth more to you when its all done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vmanFwrx View Post
    Sorry to thrive off your misfortune but good luck with your scooby it seems to be getting there.
    Erm, thanks?

    The thing that is kinda-sorta vindicating about all this is that my car pretty much kicks ass. I've maxed it out to about 285 hp now, which is probably as much as it will get without upgrading the turbo.

    Guess what I plan to do next spring?

    That's right--upgrade the turbo.

    Buh-bye!
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    Thanks for the linky link on sub enclosures. My old man is an audiophile, so he is definitely looking for the next project. He got the SVT to competition audio level; I'm challenging him to a fiberglass project...it looks sweet when the sub is tucked in the corner of the trunk like that and the amps are sealed behind the back seats. Very tight.
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    Wow, what a rollercoaster journey! I'm glad you're getting it all sorted out but dayum, the engine fire and then it just keeps going...At least you're upgrading so it's not all that bad really! Hope it's smooth from here on out now, cars want to run, that's what they do!
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    Sounds like a RUSH of issues. Glad you got them sorted out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Sounds like a RUSH of issues. Glad you got them sorted out
    PHHHHBBBBBTTT.

    I can get this car into a lean, mean vacuum machine, but I cannot escape this RUSH blight! Thanks for reminding me!
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