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#1 Numbchux

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:54 PM

I've had this car for almost 3 years, since my last XT6 died. Not much to say about it originally, 1.6l, AT, FWD, Manual everything (except the sunroof).

 

But, over the years, I've been putting miles on it, and making it mine.

 

 

The day I bought it:

 

Some Junkyard parts to add cruise control:

 

It's 5x100, but uses lower offset wheels that Subarus. Needed these in the rear:

 

And making good use of the Blizzak Revo1s that have graced several of my Subarus:

 

Built a "light bar"

 

Ice testing with ZRT #171:

 

 

Removed the front sway bar (doing it correctly means dropping the exhaust.....so I used a sawzall)

 

I let our rally driver use it for Recce before 100 Acre Wood Rally a couple years ago.....and he got it stuck:

 

So he let me use his rally wheels and Blizzak WS70s for the drive home:

 

That trip was the end of the stock struts, so I put a full set of KYB GR2s. And to continue (beyond front sway bar removal) changing the balance to more oversteer-y, I used ground-control adjustment sleeves (left over from the FrankenWagon), with some Summit Racing 175 lb/in springs (stock are about 130 lb).

 

Which lifted the rear for a more aggressive stance:

 

Trailer hitch:

 

Towing my Jet-Ski:

 

Put a new radiator in it....old one...

 

 

Last winter, I noticed a blown "bushing" (they're actually spherical bearings) in one of the rear lateral links, it made for some really goofy handling, and was chewing up tires. Luckily I had some old all-seasons to sacrifice while I awaited an opportunity to repair it correctly.

 

Poly bushings are available for the next body style, so I waited to find one in a junkyard. A few weeks ago, I scored....a '94 Celica GT came up in the local UPull yard....and got this

 

Had the backing plates sand-blasted, as they were very badly rusted

 

POR15

 

One new caliper (really only needed a bracket....but they're not commonly available separately), and painted them:

 

Painted the rest of the parts, installed the poly bushings, and started assembly:

 

Wheel studs removed so I can transfer the longer ones and spacers from the old hubs. Rotors, pads, shoes, and hardware will be here tomorrow. Then I need the snow to recede enough to actually do the job....



#2 Ibreakstuff

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 09:17 PM

Mr. Chux, stuff an ej into it.. throwback BRZ!

 

I spy jdm goldies.



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 09:42 PM

I don't know how common knowledge this is, but I know this works on the 94-99 celica gt's. Cheap front brake upgrade is some gt rotors and brackets, and es300 dual piston calipers they'll bolt up to stock gt brackets, use stock gt pads and fit under 15s. I did it on my old 94 for about 40 bucks.

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 09:40 AM

Mr. Chux, stuff an ej into it.. throwback BRZ!

 

I spy jdm goldies.

 

Ha, an EJ would be interesting. If I were going to swap something, it would be the a VVT 1MZFE (variable valve timed 3.0l aluminum V6 with 210hp), but this chassis isn't worth the effort.

 

Also, they're the 17x8 Rota Torques that have graced several of my Subarus.

 

 

I don't know how common knowledge this is, but I know this works on the 94-99 celica gt's. Cheap front brake upgrade is some gt rotors and brackets, and es300 dual piston calipers they'll bolt up to stock gt brackets, use stock gt pads and fit under 15s. I did it on my old 94 for about 40 bucks.

 

 

That's very good to know, I'll look into that. I've been planning the rotor/bracket swap from a 5th gen GT and keeping the stock calipers. But if there's some combination of 6th gen parts that would allow dual-piston calipers would be interesting.

 

I'm really hoping that I can find an upgrade that will still fit under my XT6 14s....but that may not be an option. Considering just some performance pads, but I don't want to do that without new rotors, and if I get new rotors....they might as well be larger....



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Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:06 PM

650sx ! I had two of those till I went to a superjet! Wasnt expecting to see a stand up ski on a subaru forum

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 06:47 PM

Well...I've been saying for years that this car would be killed by rust. And it happened......not how I expected, but it was still rust. The oil pan began leaking, and over just one tank of gas (I check at every fill-up), I lost over 2 quarts, which left about 3/4 of a quart. Oil pressure switch wire connector broke and fell off a couple years ago while doing the timing belt job....should have fixed that...so no warning in that fashion. Engine started knocking, I immediately bumped it into neutral and it stalled. Got it home a dropped the oil pan and found a spun #1 rod bearing, and a very deformed rod. Pulling the head to replace the rod quickly snowballs into a $500ish rebuild....and this car isn't worth that.

 

 

So, the partout has begun. And on Saturday, I'm going to get a Black '91 GT 5MT convertible with 140k miles, no rust, and a bent control arm for $1k. I figure I swap the suspension over, and I've got a better car than this one ever was.



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Posted 22 October 2014 - 10:19 AM

91 GT?   Mustang?  Celica?    

 

Sux about your rust problems.  I can honestly say that if I look under neath my 91, only the rear difff has any kind of rust on it.



#8 86BRATMAN

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 01:43 PM

How is the top on the 91? My brother had a 92 vert a few years back that was an absolute whore to keep warm in the winter because the seals were garbage.

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 10:53 AM

Goodbye you rusty bastard

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Control arm rust....I've been concerned about this for awhile:


Edited by Numbchux, 29 November 2014 - 11:39 AM.





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