Got my Tomei Expreme Unequal Length Header, Tomei Uppipe, and new HT Autos Front Lip yesterday! I was so excited, I had to install the two Tomei parts after dinner. Checked out the instructions, got the EM positioned and finally on..... only to realize I HAVE to put the Up pipe on the header BEFORE putting it on. Pro tip, there. So I’ll be redoing it tonight! #rant
Well, I have officially missed my goal of the Death of Winter track day event, so I had to attend as a spectator. Definitely gave me some extra motivation to finish this thing up, get her tuned, and finally be able to drive her again! Here’s some pictures from the event! #subaruambassador
Old on the left, New on the right. Which one would you take if you had the choice? For the record, Black is a 05 Forester XT 5MT with 154K miles, White is a 13 Outback 3.6R with 104K and lots of extras.
After getting under my car, I saw that the recent mountain run after a couple of good snows yielded salt out the wazoo on my undercarriage. Should I start taking those parts off and cleaning them individually? Obviously, I’m talking smaller stuff like sway bars, end links, etc that I can get off without too much extra work. I’m already missing my track event that I was aiming for.... should I do it?
Not much progress to report this weekend. Still figuring out how to put all the new Braided fuel lines, FlexFuel lines and adapter together. But I did find a deal on a Milwaukee 1/2 Impact M18 Fuel! Bad part? Had to buy the battery AND battery charger separately. Hopefully have more progress this week!
Atlanta’s cars and coffee is one of the biggest monthly events in the Southeast, and man do we have some of everything! I attend every month, and usually with a large group of Subaru’s from WRXATLANTA! Here’s some of my favorites from this past Sunday
Q: Why are they there? A: Emissions, nothing more. It kicks on for a little but onstart up, and longer in the colder days. It’s a much more complex system than I thought, having 2 air suction valves, 3 metal pipes, the air pump itself, and some plastic tubing. Deleting it is “ a bit of a chore” to put it nicely, as the bottom bolt in the top picture is inaccessible without removing the uppipe. Which cannot come
Got the turbo, downpipe, and uppipe out just to get to the last bolt on the passenger side ASV pipe going into the block. It’s tempting to replace what I took off the car!! I also got the FlexFuel sensor installed and starting reading up on the wiring so I can get that knocked out this week! Lots still to do... so keep an eye on the page for updates!
Don’t have to work Saturday, so this weekend will be almost entirely devoted to Sammie the STI and project FlexFuel! In the meantime, here’s some car porn for your Friday! Look out for several updates over the next couple days!
On project flex fuel, I started putting in a short shifter on Friday. The bushings will wait until a shop can do it because of what you have to remove to get to them. Tonight I will be scraping old gaskets off the IM and torquing the intake manifold to the TGVs. Found more parts that I need so I’ll also be ordering those.
On the daily front, I found a promising 3.6R Outback for sale at work that
Shelby, my 05 FXT daily, decided that her power steering pump would take a dump Thursday morning, so in the midst of building my STI, my daily is now stuck at work and we’re down to one car! 😔😔 Somehow air got in the system and killed the pump. A new OEM is 300....
Happy 50th Anniversary Subaru of America! Today marks 50 years since Subaru started selling its 1st vehicle Stateside.... the Subaru 360. With consistent month over month, year over year, sales increases, Subaru continues to be one the fastest growing brands in America! If you want any information on any current or upcoming models, including the Ascent... feel free to comment or message me! #subaruambassador
No new updates today, as my wife and daughter might have killed me if I was in the garage instead of having Valentine’s Day dinner with them 😂 Air pump deletes and Fuel Disconnect tool are on the way for more progress tomorrow. Plan for tomorrow evening:
-Get Air pump out
-Get car in the air
-Take off wheels
-Disconnect Fuel Lines
-Replace torn mudguards
Intercooler is off, alternator is off, Throttle body is off, most of the bolts are off the IM. Since it’s the central point of the engine, almost everything is bolted to it, so there’s still a few things to go before I can start pulling it out. But it’s progress!!