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#1 Old 07-05-2014, 02:29 PM
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My evil plan(build thread)

Why is my plan evil? I live in a hotbed of tree hugging liberals that would cringe at the fact that I'm now running "catless". "Phew"! (It smells like 1973 around here!) And I'm doing it without a wide-band 02 sensor or Cobb AP!!! In fact,right at this moment I don't have any EM at all!!! MUHUHahahahahahahah!!!

Ok, so here it goes. This spans 11 years and I have lots of pics. I'm gonna start from the first mod to where I am now and what's next and why. I will also tell you what I have learned along the way. I can't do it all in one whack so I'll just keep adding to this thread. All comments,questions and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

Ziebart rustproofing: Christmas 03, present from brother. Steam-cleaned and touched up every year.

Kartboy SS&bushings: Christmas 04, present from brother. I installed the SS Christmas eve Below freezing! Bushings Christmas night below freezing with light snow at 4;00am. Guess what I did next? Let's see, collage town deserted for X-mas break,4:00am on a holiday eve, cops on a skeleton crew,1"of fresh powder, snowplows won't be out until 6:am? Hmmmmm.....Let's just say YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!

Rims&tires: ASA AR-1 17x7 rims with Kumho MX 225/45/17s (summer)
Blizzak WS-50 205/55R16s (winter)


Spring 05
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The stock tires weren't just poor they were unsafe!!! I'm surprised nobody filed a class action lawsuit!
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nice! how does it run?
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nice! how does it run?
Lots of torque low down grunt.Fast spool. Redline comes up so fast I have to shift sooner.It kind of messes me up.But in a good way. I just gotta'git outta' 1st gear quicker. Throttle response is much better at lower rpms now. Power SEEMS to keep coming on all the way to redline. But I could be just freakin' out.
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Whiteline steering rack bushings:
Not long after I got my sticky tires I started wearing out steering rack bushings. The first set wore out in about 12,000 mi so under warranty they put in some new ones. I wore them out in about 7000mi. Then they took the wore out ones and put them on over some new ones to try to get a tighter grip on the steering rack. This worked for a while but it soon failed too.

Finally I went aftermarket. I got a set of Whiteline steering rack bushings and took them to the dealership to be installed. When I set them on the counter the mechanic snatched them up and said," 'Bout time!" they couldn't tell me about them because of some warranty/liability issue or something. Bottom line, never a problem again.

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Random do-dads...

Window tint:rear windows only. Visor strip too.
Hard-wired radar detector:

Passport 8500 X50 w/blue LEDs
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Rally armor mud flaps:


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AKA worm flaps. In some parts of Iowa in the spring when it rains every worm in the world wants to cross the street at the same time.

Custom vinyl seat covers:

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After grinding chocolate and snagging Velcro pocket flaps on them I went with seat covers I ordered at a NOPI show. Remember NOPI shows? Leather was too expensive,cold and slippery. Besides they look great! Fit TIGHT!

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Hella horns:Christmas 05, you guessed it,from brother. I had a hard time Finding a spot under the hood that never gets wet to mount the relay.The contact points inside the relay were always getting corrosion from getting wet. fianally, I found a spot near the battery.I wrapped it in black tape,mounted it and called it good.

Modding is going slow. Still paying for those rims & tires plus 3 summer trips to Calli (Got to hone my skills on those twisting mountain roads,US 299 will always have a special place in my heart.)with Car payments rent and such,on a $15.60hr factory job making car components, mostly radiator frames.

This went on until the car market started to take a downturn. in the summer of 06. The rest of the world didn't feel it until 08. I got laid off and took a 12hr day job at a shampoo bottle factory as a "pack lead" for $11.00hr. Believe it or not this was not my darkest hour. Still making payments at this point. I was living off raman noodles and PB&J. I could only take those 12hr days for 9months. A lot of those days turned to 15hr days as "pack lead" I was the guy in charge of temps who were only making $8.00hr. So I did the cheapest mod that did the most good. The intake silencer delete with the velocity stack in the fender and a K&N drop-in.
http://www.scoobymods.com/showthread...velocity+stack

As soon as I heard of a job opening at a factory just down the street for $13.30hr making car components again and 8hr days I bolted. After A year and a half I'd worked my way up to almost $14.00hr.

The car finally got paid off!!!

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Things were lookin' up! My battery went Kaput so I got me an Optima red top; I started to get that modding bug again.

Now for my darkest hour... I gotta' one/two punch to the gut and groin. The bottom dropped out of the auto industry, I got laid-off again and my Mom, the woman that got me into Japanese cars and changed her own oil until she was 70 was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She didn't make it.

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That really sucks man. I'll be staying tuned for this read. It's a good one.

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I'm sitting here thinking what it might be like to wash dried out worm mush off one's car...

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Well,it doesn't rain every day. Life goes on,and so did I. Fast forward to 2012. I got a job making refrigerators. I moved into the house Mom left me with my cat and my long time girl friend and her '95 Mitsy 3000GT (money pit). Everything settled down and I was making money again.

Time to start looking at the Subie Rex again. By now the Kumhos are thread bare and I was riding on the snows. photo Picture006.jpg Baby needs a new set of shoes. I got her some high-heels from Dunlop. Direzza Z1 Star Specs to be exact.

Every time I get a new set of tires I get an alignment. I asked my alignment guy to look for what was "clunkin' and bunkin'" in the back. Time for new end links. There was wear in holes of the rear ones and one of the fronts was just plain snapped!

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This is a great read. Kinda like a suspense, it keeps me on the edge of my seat. Im sure you know and have fixed it by now but, I spy a crack in your CV boot.

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This is a great read. Kinda like a suspense, it keeps me on the edge of my seat. Im sure you know and have fixed it by now but, I spy a crack in your CV boot.

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Actually they are brand spankin' new! As of 03/24/14. What you're seeing is a waxy coat of mold release. They spray the mold with it like Pam cooking spray so they can get the part out of the mold. The weather just hasn't wore it off yet.

DANG! I've been working these factorys too long.

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The next thing that needed help was my headlights. Back in April 03 I had just made my 1st payment so I did some overtime. It hailed that day at the factory (not at home) doing $1,800 in damage to my car.

I hadn't even switched over my insurance to State Farm. It still had the El-Cheapo insurance the dealer makes you get just to drive it off the lot. The brainless adjuster quoted $800 to repair thinking he could use PDR (paintless dent removal) to get out the dents.

Trouble is you can't use PDR on aluminum. $800 bucks barely paid for the hood. I had to come up with a grand to get it fixed. When I got the money together I took it to the worst body shop the world has ever known.

One of the many things they did wrong was get over spray on the headlights then clean them off with something that doesn't play well with plastic making them cloudy.

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