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What Im workin on now.....Update: IT LIVES!!!
Posted 30 October 2009 - 10:28 PM
Here's where I welded the hinge back to the tailgate (both bolts broke off, and the tailgate is F****, so I dont care, I just wanted it to work)
Tomorrow Im going to tackle the lower radiator support and build the pushbar for the bumper, then sometime in the next week I will get the skidplate made.
Posted 30 October 2009 - 11:05 PM
Posted 31 October 2009 - 01:41 AM
Posted 31 October 2009 - 07:53 AM
Posted 31 October 2009 - 01:59 PM
Posted 31 October 2009 - 03:13 PM
Now Im going to eat, then Im going back out to put the frontend back together and finsh the front bumper.
Posted 31 October 2009 - 06:38 PM
Was it rotten bill.
No, it looked like a banana though :-\ Someone at one point must have made a crash landing on a good size rock...
Now I have a straight one, and I also gained about a foot of clearance by cutting the towhook BS off at the bottom of the framerails, and making my new rad. support out of 1 1/2" x 3" tubing with a notch cut out to fit the radiator, as well as nuts welded in to mount a skidplate.
Im just about to finish the front bumper, so Ima go try to do that before it gets dark, then Im gonna wire in a push button start setup so I can stop using the screwdriver
Edited by The Beast I Drive, 31 October 2009 - 08:05 PM.
Posted 31 October 2009 - 06:52 PM
Posted 31 October 2009 - 07:59 PM
When I did the lower radiator support, I also re-routed the wiring below the rad. to above it
Im heading back out in a few minutes to install these
And replace this
With a pushbutton start setup.
Posted 31 October 2009 - 08:09 PM
You should take a cutting torch to the skid plate rad cover and make yourself a designer grill!
Posted 31 October 2009 - 10:12 PM
Posted 01 November 2009 - 12:05 AM
I ran the positive wires through the pushbar (talk about a PITA) and ground wired to the mounting points.
They work great
Then I set up my PB start system. I have done this to 3 or 4 rigs now and I like it. The idiot light and switch closest to the seat are for the fog lights. I mounted everything on the center console for now, because I dont have a radio consol in the car yet. Eventually I will build a roof consol to mount all the extra gizmo switches in, but for now, this works, Ill just have to get a boot from McBrat to cover the wires
Tomorrow Im gonna work on lift kits, so there prolly wont be any more progress on this until monday or tuesday...
Posted 01 November 2009 - 12:08 AM
Posted 01 November 2009 - 12:16 AM
Looks great bill. Butttttttt.............................. with the space being so small in these cars. Dont you find your leg bumping against that often. Maybe turning on an off certain things. Just curious. Still, looks awsome though.
Im only 5' 7", and there is a lot more room in a Gen 2 Brat than in my Gen 1 Brats, I checked to make sure my leg wouldnt be bumping any switches, and it clears everything with plenty of room to spare. Pluse it really is the only place I had room to put them.....
Posted 01 November 2009 - 12:32 AM
Posted 01 November 2009 - 12:34 AM
LOL well i have a ea82 wagon so i dont knwo for sure but were the same height. Again looks great and if it works for you, then awsome.
I feel squished when I drive the Beast compared to driving this, idk it seems like there is more room in the Brat than there is in the Gen 3's, at least around the driver anyway... At any rate, it all clears so it works for me
Posted 01 November 2009 - 03:33 AM
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 10:39 AM
So.... my 2 cents on the smoke stacks. I never was a fan of the big diesel trucks running around town with the same set up coming out of the bed till i saw an old ford f150 the other day. The changing factor was the fact he didn't seem to be looking for tons of attention in the height of the stacks. His stacks were level with the bed of the truck. I think the same would look great with your brat! Oh and i dont know if there have been projected plans in this write up, but are you lifting it higher? Looks great!
The reason I have the stacks set so high is becasue I plan on building a high roll bar and putting 4" offroad lights on it. When I do that, the stacks will be level with the top of the lights, and it will all get evened out...
As far as going higher, I might do a 6" later on if a combination of parts Im dreaming of works like it should, but the final plan for this is a 10" lift, full subframe and cage, bed mounted radiator, 5 speed D/R married to an old Chevy truck 4-speed married to a Nissan T-case, fully custom independent A arm front suspension set to Gen 3 track width, full custom A-arm rear independent suspension with horizantal coilovers in the bed, all-wheel steering, 4.444 diffs, 32/11.50 R15 tires on Black NASCAR-style Chevy rims, and either a dual weber'd 2.5 with 2.2 heads and hot cams, or a tripple-carb'd EZ30 or EG33 if I can find one for a steal...
...So yeah, this is just an intermediate stage right now......
Posted 01 November 2009 - 10:43 AM
Looks great. You do awesome work. I did the same with my wiring harness, I used the factory Subaru removable zip ties to hold it on top of the radiator.
I love those things But I got lazy, and just happened to have a 5-million-or-so pack of regular black zip ties...
Eventually when I re-wire it, no wires will cross the front at all, and no part of the harnes will go any lower than the top of the headlights. Any wires that need to cross the engine bay will be re-routed under the dash and out the passenger side. I did this once to a Wagon I have (unfinished project) and its a lot of work, but its worth it for the clean look and not having to worry about wires getting wet on water crossings and deep mudholes
Posted 02 November 2009 - 09:31 PM
Im still waiting on my new exhaust bends from Summit, but I got impatient, so I cobbled together what I have now from the leftovers I had when I did the exhaust on the Beast, and some mufflers that used to be on bratsrus1's yellow HatchBrat. Its a lot better now than it was, I can here the worn out lifters ticking again
Im going to put the short Cherry Bombs on where the pipes end now, behind the mufflers, so that should take away the metalic sound I get from these mufflers. The X-pipe makes a world of difference, before I lifted it I had completely seperate pipes (no crossover at all) and It had no low-end. Now I have my low end power back It accelerates much better now, and the idle smoothed out alot too. It doesnt sound as cool when I lay on the gas, but it has more power and runs better, so Im happy.
Posted 03 November 2009 - 11:04 AM
Posted 03 November 2009 - 10:54 PM
Rancho RS5000 shocks, part number RS5241, for a 2-2.5" lifted Jeep Wrangler or some BS like that... Anyway, they also fit 4" lifted Subes (come with the correct upper mount bracket, bolt-in, no mods) But I could not get the damn boots on with the bracket in, so I pressed it out and pressed in the old Subie brackets when I got the boots on. I f'd up the upper bushings doing this, but I care not, I finally have suspension dampening in the rear! I have a 3" lift, not a 4" lift, but these should work fine and give me more down travel than stock. Took it for a test drive after I got 'em installed and it was sooooo much better than riding around with no shocks like I have been for a week.
The only downside to this night was that getting these shocks to actually mount to the car was a Biotch, because I had a broken off bolt in one shock mount that would NOT cooperate with me AT ALL. I finally drilled and tapped it out to 1/2-13 threads, then proceeded to crossthread that when I installed the shock :-\ so I hope I dont have to take them off any time soon. Im just happy I finally got my shocks!
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