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#151 Old 11-28-2011, 11:27 PM
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^^^fixed.

ok i ordered winter tires and wheels yesterday! Can’t wait to see how they do even though we haven't gotten an ounce of snow yet (but we will!!)

i have had Bridgestone WS-60's studdless ice/snow tires on my 09 and i thought they were awesome! i got my wife WS-70's for her 2010 accord last year and they are way better than her OEM tires but for some reason i don’t like them as much on her car. of course she is FWD but it’s the braking im talking about. for some reason it just didn’t seem to stop as well.

last winter i also tried Conti DWS all seasons when I had a spare 18” wheel set. they did make their way through everything but just not that great since they don’t have slits like winters do and of course there all seasons. you just have to stop a little sooner with snow and of course for ice conditions! for dry road conditions they handled really well and were quiet like my Conti DW summer tires. i really like Conti's!!

sadly monies tight so this winter i went with the best/cheapest i could find. I wanted Conti Extreme Winters but price was too high. i always end up buying a tire that gets 1st place for the year and in its category in Tire Racks tests. the tire i went with is the General Tire Altimax Arctic studdable ice/snow. i thought long and hard about which size to get but i ended up going with the cheapest yet still will work for the vehicle.

The stock size is a 235/45/17 which is a 25.3” diameter. My current tire is a 245/35/18 with a 24.8” diameter. Mosc and I believe the high 24” range is best all around and best for drag racing, weight, rev’s etc. I wish I could have kept close to that number but again, price. Im glad 2 of my friends have 2011 STI’s because I saw that they run a 245/40/18 which is a 25.7” diameter and that tells me this chassis can handle the size. Because you want a thinner tire to cut through the snow I ended up getting a 205/60/16 on new black steel 16x6.5” wheels. The diameter is 25.7” like the OEM STI and only .4” more than OEM for the WRX so im not worried. Each wheel was only $56 and each tire was $81 so I say it’s a pretty good deal with free mounting and balancing.

Ill post pics when they come, it should be funny to see a 245 next to a little 205! Here a pic of the 09 OEM 225/45/17 next to my 245’s. this even looks night and day.






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#152 Old 11-29-2011, 08:03 AM
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You won't be disappointed with the tires... I've run those for three winters now with awesome results.

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#153 Old 11-30-2011, 04:10 PM
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Motor mounts, custom

i think im going to make my own motor mounts. we all could use a little more stiffness but why shell out $120 for group N, $245 for beatrush, or $345 for MRI solid mounts, when i can make my own for probably $45???

my main reason is i need a little drop because my TB is rubbing a little on the hood and i can set it to whatever height i want.

i could make the MRI super easy out of a solid block of 6061 but i dont think id like a solid mount. just measure, drill, tap, done.



i think ill go after the beatrush then. the angle iron can be found at the metal store and i was thinking about using a cars bushing like this trailing arm i found. from the beatrush pic you can see all they did was weld on a plate to the two circles. im thinking they welded on a thread or just fead a bolt down though. once its all bolted down the thread really doesnt have to be welded. just drill a hole and set all 3 threads down inside. when the bushings are bolted down the threads cannot fall out and should make install easy.




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they're hereeeeee.

winters are here. wow these things are huge (height wise). im kinda glad they're tall. for winter i sit a little low and these wheels raise the car up about 1/4". not much when you measure but it looks like a lot more with the eye and off the car. the total diameter is .9" taller but for some reason its only .25" on the car. o well im glad my exhaust cut out is 1/4" taller than before. i have never hit anything with the cut out because of where it is located in the middle of the car, but she sure does sit low!!

the lot..



the cut out





the difference of a 205 vs 245 and 60 vs 35








the gap before (summer)



the gap after (winter)



the clearance




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For your custom motor mounts, just a thought...

I worked for a guy that made "niche" aftermarket parts... He made his mounts using bushings from leaf springs (so mainly trucks). Bushings were selected based on outer diameter. He wanted something that could be press fit into standard steel tubing. He would weld whatever tabs were needed for mounting to the steel tube, then press fit the bushings using a long bolt, some really big washers and a nut. You don't want to weld directly to the bushing, because that will soften the rubber and make it sticky.

Your car looks awesome... keep it coming
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For your custom motor mounts, just a thought...

I worked for a guy that made "niche" aftermarket parts... He made his mounts using bushings from leaf springs (so mainly trucks). Bushings were selected based on outer diameter. He wanted something that could be press fit into standard steel tubing. He would weld whatever tabs were needed for mounting to the steel tube, then press fit the bushings using a long bolt, some really big washers and a nut. You don't want to weld directly to the bushing, because that will soften the rubber and make it sticky.

Your car looks awesome... keep it coming
ya welding a bushing thats already press fit is not a good idea, just need to find what im looking for.

EDIT: found it!!!! im going to set a little tube inside a big tube. the little tube will be the diameter of the bolt that ill use to hold the bushing in. then im going to fill around the little and inside the bigger tube with a 75A or 80A urethane liquid casting stuff that ill mix and pour in.

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so my black front end peices started chipping!! i used a plastic spray paint and even sanded. so i decided to use Plasti Dip this time. everything worked ok till the Plasti Dip started bubbling the plastic spray paint . needless to say i had to start all over! the spray paint came right off with the Plasti Dip and in spots that it didnt i just used my thumbs and rolled the paint right off! ??

for the life of me i could not get all the paint and Dip out of the vent holes . so i decided to just cut them out. since i had 8 feet left of grill stuff, i just used that to make new vents. i cut to size and then JB welded the grill to the back of the peice. since a hell of a lot more bumper was then exposed i decided to Plastic Dip what was exposed black so it would blend in better and you wouldnt see all this white poking out. i think it all turned out good and since Plasti Dip is so easy to use i can tear it off and redo it anytime with ease.

O and while i was at it i did my mirrors and window chrome








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Scott, that stuff will not hold for long... Seen 2 yr old cars with the factory stuff coming off already.

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Plasti Dip on factory cars?

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No, meaning as sturdy as the stuff they put on factory cars falling off in 2 yrs. You think plasti dip will last as long, if not longer?

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O, o well. It's so easy to use, just peel, and reshoot

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finally getting tuned on wednesday. bad news because of cash, winter fuel, 48 lb winter wheels and tires, there will be no dyno. we are just going to tune for DD and maybe full boost with low timing or whatever he wants. i just want to punch it!

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I finally sat down and read through the thread, looks good so far Scott. Ill keep on checking in with it.
I did like the gold because it was so off the wall and different, but the black really suits your build as far as looks go.

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thanks. ya i liked the gold too. i just didnt want to buy that expensive stuff again and since i had to redo the pipe for the reversed mani, painting was just cheaper.

heres some updated wider pics of the mirrors.






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Looks mickey mouse or like a newer TR...!Laugh! Its definatly different though.

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