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    Default '99 Subaru GC8 RX Impreza

    So, I decided it was time to cut my losses with my Zelda and try my hand at a newer car. I ended up parting out the bug after purchasing this '99 Subaru GC8 RX Impreza.



    I had two things that I had to do straight away. Remove the hood ornament and get rid of the fart cannon.







    The previous owner had installed a false floor in the boot already, so bringing my sound system from the VW was as easy as pie. He built the false floor due to the spare tyre being a full size spare.

    Now, luckily for me, I'd already ordered a AccuAir SwitchSpeed setup. I'm in the process of setting up the boot install and getting everything laid out as I want. I'll hopefully be able to utilise the already built false floor, but I might just build a completely new one.

    I plan to have the boot setup finished by the end of next month (May) and the struts in and everything working by the end of the month after (June).

    So hopefully some big things happening soon. Still not sure what route I'm going to go when it comes to wheels, but have a couple of months before I hunt for some.
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    there there.
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    damn thats clean!!
    "Dont let the opinions of the average man sway you.
    Dream, and he thinks your crazy.
    Succeed, and he thinks you're lucky.
    Aquire wealth, and he thinks your greedy.
    Pay no attention. He simply does'nt understand"

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie@stance View Post
    damn thats clean!!
    For a car with over 200,000km's, it is in very good condition. I've already had to replace the alternator, but should easily be a goer for a long time.

    AWD goodness is also fun. Have already done a few "spirited" drives in her. Massive upgrade from a rear engine RWD that is for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaNz View Post
    *pats Sebs head*
    there there.
    keep calm, go mash your face on a car window.

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    Did a quick mock up of the tank install in the boot.
    Enjoy.









    Sorry about the quality of this one. It was the only one I had of how the wires and ECU would be setup.



    My major problem is I need access to the spare tyre well at all times. This means breaking the symmetry of the compressors, unless I can think of a different way to mount them...

    Anyway, hopefully after my Melbourne trip I'll be able to finalise the boot install as well as get the struts and what not all installed.
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    *pats Sebs head*
    there there.
    keep calm, go mash your face on a car window.

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    Seb you big tease, you going to do anything interesting with the tank like chrome or copper plating?

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    At the moment no big plans for the tank.
    Originally I wanted everything hidden but I want to sort of show off the compressors and the tank now.

    Hopefully I can tuck the wires enough and what not, but want it to be as clean as possible that is for sure. If I get enough time I might paint the tank in the same colour as the car and have a sticker on it, but we'll see.

    I'm just happy that the tank actually fits where I want it to sit, albeit a tight squeeze where the compressors go in. Regardless, should be easy enough to put it all together, just need to go out and start measuring up so I can get started on the false floor.
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    *pats Sebs head*
    there there.
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    Will be testing the boot setup again tonight, but this time with all the fitting attached and the majority of the wiring done.

    Have also planned out the wiring and will be asking a few people while in Melbourne to confirm my wiring diagrams but from what I am aware of they are correct.

    Will also be making up some templates in the next day or two so that I can get some MDF cut for me. Thanks to Mum's wiseness, I'll be using 10mm MDF which we will then use some form of polyurethane sealant before covering it in carpet so that if any moisture does arise, it doesn't warp the MDF.

    False floor is definitely going to be interesting to build. Can't wait to get started!
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    *pats Sebs head*
    there there.
    keep calm, go mash your face on a car window.

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    Everything is moving forward.

    Got the tank and compressors all wired up to the ECU, relays and so forth. Everything worked as expected. Just need to start finalising the false floor and then spend some time cleaning up all the wiring to make sure it is perfect.

    For those that can't get compressors to work but everything looks fine. Check your grounds. Damn grounds had be fooled for a good hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaNz View Post
    *pats Sebs head*
    there there.
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    O shoot!!! this is going to be cool


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    Thanks man!

    Have also got shoes lined up for some more test fitting and rebuilding.
    Hopefully have the car finished by the end of this month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaNz View Post
    *pats Sebs head*
    there there.
    keep calm, go mash your face on a car window.

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    So keen to see the new wheels. Will be fucking mental.



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    wow that is a very clean car to start with. will be following this

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    People say sixteens will be too small, I disagree. Especially when the car will sit on the floor.



    16x9's and 16x9.5's are what I'm aiming to run for the moment. They will probably end up 10's all around or 10/10.5's, we will see. Offsets are still yet to be determined. Will have better photos up tonight.
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    there there.
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    IMG_0038 by sebastienpeek, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaNz View Post
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    Yeah, I love the 16s man! That's going to be sex


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    Quick update.

    Centers are getting powder coated this week, wheels will be rebuilt and have tyres by the end of this week.

    It seems the air struts won't be here this week and I'll be expecting them early to mid next week. As soon as they arrive they'll be installed as everything else will be done and waiting for them.

    Rainy nights painting barrels is pretty good. The wheels should look awesome. I can't wait!
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    Barrels have been painted black.

    Sorry for Instagram photo! (Instagram: SebastienPeek).


    Calling up powder coater place today, hopefully getting them back tomorrow.
    Then starts the rebuilding. Weather here is pretty shitty, it's basically Winter now, so lots of cold nights playing with cars. My favourite!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaNz View Post
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    there there.
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    This looks really promising.
    The only thing lower than my standards is my truck.

    Build thread!!!

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    Here's one from the test fitting of the RS's from the front.


    IMG_0009 by sebastienpeek, on Flickr

    Have ordered some brass to go with the water traps and so forth to make sure that there is no water going into my valve manifold. I still haven't had a chance to check all the fittings, but I'll get out there on Saturday and make sure it is all fixed.

    Until then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaNz View Post
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    there there.
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    Loved your beetle, and this will be dope, too.
    What are your plans for the tires?

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    sad to c the beetle go

    at least you kept the boxer engine

    looks mighty clean

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    Quote Originally Posted by ape101 View Post
    Loved your beetle, and this will be dope, too.
    What are your plans for the tires?
    Thanks man, I loved Zelda too, wish I could get another one and do it even better... Maybe one day!

    Tyres will be 205/45/16's all around.

    Quote Originally Posted by P78 View Post
    sad to c the beetle go

    at least you kept the boxer engine

    looks mighty clean
    Yep, I figured I'm still with a boxer engine, so the Subaru is really just a cousin of Zelda...
    Just can't wait until I get everything and it is all in.

    In other news, air struts won't get here till the end of the month according to BagRiders. No problem there. Picking up centers today/tomorrow depending on when I get le phone call from the powder coaters. Either way, soon the wheels will be built and sealed, waiting to go on with the new struts and so forth when they arrive.

    I am of the excite.
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    there there.
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    wait wut. that hood scoop wasn't functional?

    car looks real clean,
    can't say I'm a fan of those style wheels on the GC8 though.
    Never Lift

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    Nope, it is an NA car so the hood scoop was basically an ornament.

    Everyone seems to do the same wheels on GC8's.
    But hey, I'm a fan of the wheels and it is my car, so that's what is going on her.
    They're wide, they'll sit perfectly, and when I air out it'll be jizz worthy.

    In other news, hopefully picking up wheel centers today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaNz View Post
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    there there.
    keep calm, go mash your face on a car window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by closetfatkid View Post
    wait wut. that hood scoop wasn't functional?

    car looks real clean,
    can't say I'm a fan of those style wheels on the GC8 though.
    My eyes can't roll hard enough

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