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Old August 14th, 2011   #1
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Default Finally back in the Subaru scene!

Alright, I've had alot of cars, including Subarus, but had to let the Monster Forester go in order to buy a house. After over a year of not having a toy car, I'm back in. I just bought this 2.5 RS today and hopefully should have it home next week. It's a 2000 2.5RS, Auto, with 120k miles. Body has some damage that would need to be repaired, but nothing major. Drives fine and looks to be in good shape. Eventually it will get swapped, but that would be later down the road. Below are some pics.

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Old August 14th, 2011   #2
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Welcome back and nice car!!!
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Old August 14th, 2011   #3
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Hey Will

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Old August 14th, 2011   #4
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AWESOME!! Good choice.
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Old August 14th, 2011   #5
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i didn't know you ever left. Congrats yo..
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Old August 15th, 2011   #6
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Nice dude.
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Old August 20th, 2011   #7
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let us go wide, like wrc wide...
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Old August 22nd, 2011   #8
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Man, if I had only knew you needed a motor for this; I would of kept my junked one. Great buy though, I was looking at these too.
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Old October 16th, 2011   #9
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Default Side skirts and Side markers

Today I got to work on the RS. I've got a list of things to do on it already.

The car seems to have been resprayed before. The side skirts, although painted, were in really bad shape and looks like they were a different silver color. I decided to take them off in order to strip the paint off and fix what ever damage they have.

Side skirts off. Will need to buy most of the clips that hold them onto the body. This is the side of the car that has some body damage. Once I'm done with the car I'll eventually repaint it.

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Side skirts are off and ready to strip. I took both off and sprayed them with oven cleaner to strip off the paint. Will check them tomorrow to see how well the paint has come off after so many hours with the oven cleaner on.

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From the day I got the car home I noticed that the side markers were way off. I took them off today and noticed that they are not the OEM ones. They are made in Taiwan. The fit is horrible on them. The driver side one wouldn't fit so I had to trim off the rubber gasket around it in order to make it fit nice. For the passenger, the hole where it meets the headlight was haf broken and the tab that goes in the fender is broken. Somehow I was able to get to fit right and stay on. Seems like the fender needs to be adjusted.

Any suggestions on what kind of replacement ones to buy for the side markers?

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Old October 16th, 2011   #10
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Default V6 front lip

After looking at the options I decided to go with a v6 lip. I placed the order and I should have it by mid week. I'll be ordering the rear spats next month.

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Old October 16th, 2011   #11
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Default Smog and new battery

I had the car smogged today, it passed with flying colors. I also added it to my insurance, only 30+ dollars per month. I'll go register it tomorrow.

The car's battery was not the right size, so today I got a new battery and tie down since it was missing it as well. Battery tie down is made out of rubber but it was only 4 bucks. Should hold until I get a nice one. Hopefully I can re-sell the other battery.

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I checked the side skirts today and it seems that the oven cleaner didn't work. It didn't take anything off. I sprayed them with the water hose and in some spots some paint did peal off. I'll spray them my high pressure washer tomorrow.
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Default V6 lip has arrived

I was excited today to receive this huge box...v6 front lip. It's a replica, but not an ebay one. Really not happy with the fitment. I bought it because it stated that it was not a cheap ebay one, but it's just a little short on one side, seems as if they used a bad mold. Anyone know where I can find an OEM one?

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After a couple of hours installing it.

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Old October 16th, 2011   #13
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Default Speakers

I've been removing the interior panels for the last couple of days in order to clean everything real good. I'm even going to remove the headliner since it's really dirty.

Once I had the rear panel removed I noticed that the oem speakers are install from inside instead from the trunk. That means that you have to remove the rear panel and all other panels again if I need to replace the speakers. So I decided to replace the oem speakers now and avoid it down the future.

Now, I thought the process was going to be simple, but it ended up being more difficult and involved.

I went and bought two pairs of Apline type S speakers to replace the fronts and rears. The first issue for the rears was that the aftermarket ones did not fit in the opening of the oem ones. To solve this I used a dremel to remove the lip on the bracket. Once I intalled it, I noticed another problem. The aftermarket speakers were too high with the intergrated tweaters and it would hit the oem covers. I thought about solving the issue in different ways, but in the end I decided to make the speakers mount from the trunk instead of the oem way.

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Ok, so the first step that I did was to trace out the outer rim of the speaker and cut out that portion. I also marked the holes where the speaker would mount onto.

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The next step was to cut out the sheet metal from the rear panel in order for the speaker to clear from inside the trunk and mount onto the modified oem bracket.

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Once I had everything set and cut I installed the speaker from inside the trunk. I could of used sheet metal screws to mount the speaker, but instead I tacked in place hex nuts and used hex bolts with lock washers to mount the speaker. I also painted the oem bracket silver to match everything. Below is everything installed. I still need to solder the wires together, but so far everything is working fine.

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I still have the other side and fronts to do, but everything should go much faster since I have the measurements and everything down now. I know this is not the easiest way, but in this way I can mount the speaker from the inside of the trunk and if I wanted I could still mount the oem ones in their original position.
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waiting on teh suede part... ja ja
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Old October 16th, 2011   #15
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Default Rear panel

Once I removed the rear panel I got the urge to cover it with suede. I decided not to do it but wanted to re-apply some glue to some parts. Well, this went bad and the glue sipped through. So, decided to redo the rear panel.

I started by removing the oem material off of it.

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I order some nice black suede from online. The price for this suede is 47+ per yard. You need at least two yards in order to do the rear panel since it's more then one yard wide. I cut the material a little longer then the original one.

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I used multi purpose glue and sprayed both sides. Applied the material after three minutes and worked it one. I then cut the holes for the speakers and any other needed holes.

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Finally done with both speaker covers installed.

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Placed back on rear.

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Nice close ups...end result came out really nice.

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Old October 20th, 2011   #16
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Default Re: Finally back in the Subaru scene!

for the rears, if your going to put them in the rear deck, you can also bolt them to the bottom and or use a spacer to avoid cutting, also this way the speaker is under the deck mat out of sight sunlight and out of mind, either way works its just whatever you want

nice stuff will im sure you will whip it into shape in no time
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Old October 21st, 2011   #17
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I did install them under through the trunk instead of ontop from the interior. It needed to be cut in order for the speaker to mount to the original mounting points, otherwise the speaker would hit against the sheet metal. If using a spacer that could have been resolved, but part of the speaker would have been covered.

It's a project so it's going slow since I have many other things to do, but I'm getting there.
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