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Gday

I'm 53 and have been playing with cars from 16.

I picked up a 17 LE to get back into a light(ish) RWD platform.

Sold my 15 STI because whilst it was quick and handled well it was boring in my opinion, I've had a 500hp Skyline (track car), a MX5 (track car), a couple of rotors and a assortment of 4, 6 and V8's, plus lots of bikes, currently riding a ZX6R (if I need a hit of acceleration that's my go to toy)

So far I have replaced the Michelins with some Hankook RS4's, 215/45 17, I'm keeping the OEM rims, from my experience at picking the brains of some of the guys at local tracks, any bigger and the extra weight is a big down side, hell the car would need alot more balls to overpower the RS4's.

Put on a X Force cat back so I can at least hear the engine, that added a massive 0% increase in performance, as expected, and only a very slight increase in noise, nothing like what expected from the sound clips on the X Force site, I believe what they advertise as a cat back is in fact a header back, or, headers and full exhaust.

Also got some camber bolts, maxed them out to get a disappointing -0.5, so much for the advertised +/- 0.75.

As for the future, it's staying NA, I've had my share of breaking modified cars with turbo's.

I'm getting a tune, mainly for cleaning up the OEM tune, and the Racerom features that are available with ECUTEK, I am a massive fan of the rev match feature, I'm rubbish at heel toe.

I will most likely get the header back section prior to the tune, that should at least get me the sound I want.

Apart from that it's now looking like alot more parts to get the alignment settings I want, everything I require is in the whiteline catalog, the OEM adjustability is rubbish for an advertised "sports car".

I'm liking the OEM shocks and dampers on the LE, and the Brembo's are excellent, sadly as I've stated the OEM adjustability is the only real let down.

As for the elephant in the room, power wise it wouldn't pull the skin off custard, but that's not the point of it for me.

I'm more interested in making it handle, it's the twisties where the real fun is.

It is always fun when you grab a new platform, looking at all the things that make them go, corner and stop.

Oh, and all the stupid things people do, and their outrageous claims, are also a interesting read.

Anyways, I babbled on enough

Enjoy

Oh, and if can work out how the hell to upload a pic I'll do that, new website blues strike again.....
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Grabbed the header back front pipe, sound better.

Here's the difference in the second cat

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Got the windows tinted 35%, had them used the 3M product.

Also picked up a Forester oil to water heat exchanger, mainly to bring up oil temps quicker, from googling there may be an advantage in keeping the oil temp lower as well, I've noticed when stuck in traffic, M5 tunnel, the oil temp got up to around 120°c, coolant temp never got over 90°c, should be delivered over the next week or 2 from the states, $270 AU delivered, asked local Subaru spares joint for price, $450 AU (bloody thieves), time will tell if this is functional or not.

Also trimmed the snorkel down, only for the added induction noise, I'm keeping the OEM filter, I would rather have good filtration, plus the 17+ have a larger/revised airbox with a slightly larger filter I believe.

Things that need to be done at a minimum:
Work out front and rear camber, maybe MCA Blues, and some Whiteline LCA, will only drop the car 15-20mm max and a tune.

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Picked up some new OEM mudflaps for $85AU, I've learnt the hard lesson of smashing my rear quaters with rocks from skids and Khana.

I'm also looking at a 20mm front whiteline adjustable swaybar, I'm just waiting for a good price, will start with it set to soft, test and adjust from there.

I'm getting some lower front camber bolts on Thursday for a quick interim fix for my front camber woes, I'm contemplating on slotting the shock mounts to get at least -2° on the front with the OEM Sachs dampers, I will then replace the camber bolts with OEM bolts, whiteline rear adjustable LCA are ordered and in transit, looking at having -1.5° rear.

So far I've worked out tire pressures of 34 front and 32 rear seems to work well in the cars current state.

The car will see it's first motorkhana soon so I can test and adjust camber/toe and pressure from there.

Albeit the car is also a daily hack, so I acknowledge that the set up will be about compromise, main focus will be a good street set up.

Opinions and comments IRT this are more than welcome.

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Mudflaps are on, excellent fit, although you would expect that with OEM.

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So, IMO, one of the major issues with new cars nowadays is the use of space savers tyres or, like my 86, the crap puncture repair kits.

So, I have been looking at options to get a full sized spare in the boot, I asked toyota how much for the same rim I now have, $1000, bugger me sideways, I said no to that straight up, none are for sale used anywhere I can find, the GTS 17" rim doesn't clear the Brembo's either.



So, I went looking for any new or used cheap aftermarket rims that would suit, nothing cheap of either new or used.

So, I got the shits and grabbed the cheapest rim I could find new that would fit, a Enkei RFP1, she is a 17x8 +45, but I'm gonna stick a 215 that I have from when I replaced the Michelins with the Hankooks and stick it in the boot for now.

Once I get the tyre fitted I'm gonna stick it on and see how it looks with a 215 on it.



More than likely (read: I'm gonna) will get another 3 soon and replace all of the OEM 17 x 7 with the 17 x 8 Enkei's, but only if it doesn't look shit stretched on.

I wish I would have sorted this out before getting the new Hankooks though, dooh.

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Now with added full size spare boot liner and fixtures

After sleeping on it I'm getting 3 more Enkei's, I'll cook the 215's doing khana and street work soon enough and grab some 235's.

And new plates

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