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#51 2013-06-02 17:37:50

Saabidoo05
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Re: Look at my red rocket.

I'm liking the setup now and the wheel color goes good!!

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#52 2013-06-02 21:45:38

racerjim
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Re: Look at my red rocket.

Damn, am I ready to be home.....returning tomorrow  banana

oh, yeah...nice car!


My Car:  2009 Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG
SOLD August 2016:  2005 Saab 9-2x Aero 5-Speed, Cold, Premium, Arctic Silver
Her Car:  2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

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#53 2013-06-03 13:48:18

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Re: Look at my red rocket.

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2005 Aero 5MT - US Production # 123

New Shortblock, Stage 1 Tune by Kinetic, De-Catted Uppipe, STi Axleback, Group N Tranny Mount/Poly Tranny Crossmember Bushings, Cusco Frame Brace and Rear Diffuser, TWM Short Shift Kit w/ F&R Stay Bushings, Ixiz Clutch, Dead Pedal, Koyo All Aluminum Radiator, Debadged/Detrimmed, RALLYMOOSE DECAL!!

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#54 2013-06-03 13:57:44

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
Registered: 2012-03-10
User Number: 7123
Posts: 1934

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Thanks! Yeah, I did it myself. I wouldn't call it easy by any means, but there was nothing particularly difficult about it either. It was just a little bit nerve wracking doing the headlight baking and whatnot. I did 225F for 20 minutes, and that worked out pretty well. I really took my time on the prep work for painting - probably spent about 3 hours just taping up the headlight reflectors.

I think the hardest part was actually getting my bumper back on. Getting the speednuts to fit back where they need to go in the wheel well was a HUGE pain in the ass. I owe a big thanks to Bradrcr for his nice bumper cover removal write up.

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#55 2013-06-03 17:05:05

juicebox
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From: Cedar City, UT
Registered: 2011-01-17
User Number: 5151
Posts: 572

Re: Look at my red rocket.

I wouls plasti-dip your wheels before you powdercoat them, then you can see how you like it. Plasti-dip comes in all sorts of colors with all kinds of metalizers nowadays.

Powdercoating is a big commitment, and those wheels look mint.


Red 2005 Aero 5MT

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#56 2013-06-03 17:08:59

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
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Posts: 1934

Re: Look at my red rocket.

That's probably sage advice.

They aren't quite minty fresh. One of them has some curb rash around the edge. Nothing on any of the spokes, though.  smile

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#57 2013-06-04 13:41:58

BlkSaabaru4Me
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From: Arlington, VA
Registered: 2011-04-14
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Posts: 1553

Re: Look at my red rocket.

juicebox wrote:

I wouls plasti-dip your wheels before you powdercoat them, then you can see how you like it. Plasti-dip comes in all sorts of colors with all kinds of metalizers nowadays.

Powdercoating is a big commitment, and those wheels look mint.

Its so hard to find a mint set of 04 BBS wheels in OEM form. I agree that it would be too much of a commitment to powdercoat and you'd likely lose re-sale value or at least the ease of reselling them by going that route. I'm excited to try out this new line of true-metallic plasti-dip that has just come out. Looks promising and better looking than the metalizers. Sweet pics.


Black 05' Aero - 5MT - Cold - Current DD 
Cobb Protune, VF-48, 850cc, turbo inlet, 3-port EBCS, SPT w/ Shield,  3" DP, STi UP, STi Cat-back, STi TMIC w/ diffuser, GS BMCB, Kartboy SS+ bushings,
Whiteline (22)FSB/(24)RSB, Whiteline RSTB w/ quick release, IXIZ HD, IXIZ PSP, STi 11mm Oil pump, Gates Racing TB, STi shift knob, WRX 17x8 w/ 225/45

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#58 2013-06-04 13:46:54

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
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Re: Look at my red rocket.

True. Plasti-dipping them should cost quite a bit less as well.

Has anyone had plasti-dipped wheels on for a while? How does the finish hold up over time?

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#59 2013-06-05 00:29:12

ikbrown
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From: Fair Oaks, CA
Registered: 2011-10-06
User Number: 6094
Posts: 4909

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Dig the black painting work on your headlights & grille.  up up And we have the same rear sway bar! Mine was installed by the previous owner though so I didn't have to deal with the pain of the install


2005 Saab 92x Aero 5MT | The basic mods, Stage 2.04
1968 Dodge Charger 383 | WIP, restored almost everything but body work
2014 Subaru Forester | Wife's car

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#60 2014-05-16 23:04:04

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
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Posts: 1934

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Had a productive day changing engine oil (switched to Rotella T6), transmission oil (1qt of Redline Lightweight Shockproof, filled the rest with Redline 75W90), and rear differential oil (Redline 75W90).

I also ordered a set of Centric Premium rotors and StopTech Street Performance pads. I'll be installing those  in a couple of weeks, I think. I'm trying to get as much maintenance stuff done as I can before I move into Denver and loose my private garage setup.

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#61 2014-05-28 19:31:34

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
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Re: Look at my red rocket.

Finally got stage 2 happening. It was a pretty long day - definitely not as easy as I had hoped/read. In all it took me about 6 hours. I wasn't rushing, but I wasn't being lazy either.

I bought this catted downpipe from a guy on Craigslist. It's a Helix bellmouth with a non-original cat welded into it.

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/dotmaster206/IMAG0156_zpsftztkzk9.jpg

I haven't figured out what the engraving means yet - hopefully it means I'll pass emissions with it.

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/dotmaster206/IMAG0155_zpsig5ucqa0.jpg

I bought a Grimmspeed 3" to 2.5" adapter to fit it to my STi exhaust, a Grimmspeed turbo gasket, and a Grimmspeed 3" gasket for the back end of the downpipe. I ended up biking to Flatirons tuning for a 2.5" donut gasket. I was hoping mine would be fine to reuse since I installed it about 2 years ago. It wasn't.

I then made a second trip back to Flatirons for a Cobb turbo heat shield. I had read that many people use tin snips to just modify their stock heat shield. I tried this and failed miserably. I don't see what kind of tin snips would make a nice, clean cut on that thing. In some places the heat shield is 3 layers of material thick - that doesn't cut so nice.

Anyway, it's finally in there.

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/dotmaster206/IMAG0167_zpscz96e4s8.jpg

I drove around just a little bit afterwards and definitely feel a difference, although I think it will get better over time. At first the idle was a bit unstable but it smoothed out. On the first pull, I peaked at 12psi. On the second I got to ~14psi. At stage 1, I was peaking at ~11.5psi (just for reference - I'm at 5,300 ft altitude) so I'm close to target but still a bit under.

As far as the sound, the biggest change is the wastegate sound. I could never hear it before, but I definitely do now (at least I think that's what I'm hearing). It's also a bit louder than previously, and at high rpms/throttle it sounds less muffled than before. I'm really happy with the sound. It's perfect for my taste. With the stock downpipe and the STi exhaust I thought it was pretty good - now I think it's great.

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#62 2014-05-29 14:47:30

ikbrown
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From: Fair Oaks, CA
Registered: 2011-10-06
User Number: 6094
Posts: 4909

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Glad you were able to find a catted dp and join the fun in stage 2! Good thing to hear it's been treating you well w/ a successful install and that you're enjoying the sound. I agree, going stage 2 in removing all the heat shields and such quieting down the exhaust I hear a bunch more turbo noise.  banana

When I chopped the stock heat shield, I actually used a pneumatic cutter since we have a compressor in the shop so that made things easier. Still was a bit of a pain to chop through those sections were it was super thick. I don't see how anyone could have done that w/ tin snips either.


2005 Saab 92x Aero 5MT | The basic mods, Stage 2.04
1968 Dodge Charger 383 | WIP, restored almost everything but body work
2014 Subaru Forester | Wife's car

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#63 2014-06-01 21:45:47

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
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Posts: 1934

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Finished my brake work today. I put on Centric Premium rotors, Stoptech Street Performance pads, and painted the calipers gloss black with Rustoleum caliper paint on all 4 corners. I think it came out very nice. I'm much happier not seeing rust colored calipers/rotor hats anymore.

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/dotmaster206/IMAG0172_zpsbrebwc6c.jpg

This was the first time I've done the brakes on this car (actually my first time doing disc brakes at all - only other brakes I did were my rear brakes on my old OBS right before I sold it and those were drums). I've put on ~15,000 miles since buying it so I guess I basically never use the brakes based on the condition of the pads:

Fronts

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/dotmaster206/IMAG0169_zps56beugmx.jpg

Rears
http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/dotmaster206/IMAG0171_zps9u7enrbw.jpg

They were all worn evenly, but barely at all. They must have been replaced right before I bought the car.

I put the new Stoptech pads on anyway since I had them. The old pads had separated backing as well on a couple of them so I didn't feel like it was too much of a waste. After bedding them (5 'panic' stops from 70 to ~ 5mph in quick succession) they felt great. They really started grabbing when they got warm. I'm happy. Stage 2 has really waked the car up too - I surprised myself with the amount of pull getting back up to speed between stops. I'm now up to 15psi peak boost as well. Nice.  roxor

I have a slight rubbing sound coming from the right rear side, only at speeds under ~15mph. I think it's a result of painting the caliper brackets and the added thickness is just enough to touch the rotor. It has diminished now such that I only hear it when turning right at low speeds. Hopefully it rubs away the paint enough soon - kinda annoying, but not a big deal.

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#64 2014-06-01 22:05:02

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Re: Look at my red rocket.

I bought my car back in November '13, and replaced all my rotors with Centric Premium as well, I also purchased the Rustoleum caliper black paint for the calipers/ caliper brackets but it was to cold and I didn't feel like cleaning the Vermont rust from them. I am very happy from the performance on Centric Premium brake pads/ rotors, I choose Centric Premium Ceramic brake pads thats just my preference.

Now, since seeing your post I think I will do this the following weekend and clean up those rusted caliper/ brackets. Finally its summer (here).  wink


2007 Cannondale Scalpel 3 - minty
2005 Saab 9-2x Linear - Satin Gray - since 11/01/2013
2005 Saab 9-2x Linear - Mica blue - owned from 09/2007 until 10/17/2012 RIP by soccer mom's SUV.

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#65 2014-06-02 00:46:51

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
Registered: 2012-03-10
User Number: 7123
Posts: 1934

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Nice - go for it. I definitely think it was worth it. Now if that damn rubbing sound will go away, I'll be sittin' real pretty...

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#66 2014-06-02 13:21:40

BlkSaabaru4Me
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From: Arlington, VA
Registered: 2011-04-14
User Number: 5379
Posts: 1553

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Not saying for sure that this is causing your "rubbing noise" but just in case. http://saab92x.com/viewtopic.php?id=55354


Black 05' Aero - 5MT - Cold - Current DD 
Cobb Protune, VF-48, 850cc, turbo inlet, 3-port EBCS, SPT w/ Shield,  3" DP, STi UP, STi Cat-back, STi TMIC w/ diffuser, GS BMCB, Kartboy SS+ bushings,
Whiteline (22)FSB/(24)RSB, Whiteline RSTB w/ quick release, IXIZ HD, IXIZ PSP, STi 11mm Oil pump, Gates Racing TB, STi shift knob, WRX 17x8 w/ 225/45

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#67 2014-06-02 14:06:42

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Re: Look at my red rocket.

I guarantee that the rubbing noise is the inner rotor lip that is on the back of the rotor. There is a raised section that 'fits' into the backing plate for the parking brake shoes and hardware. When I did the H6 upgrade, I had a BAD rubbing going on, and this lip was the culprit. It had actually ground into that backing plate a little bit and there was metal bits inside the wheel when I brought it back into the garage. Swerving back and forth made the sound crop up for the first few days, it has since gone away on it's own.

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/attachments/wheels-tires-brakes-suspension/23550d1336058859-brake-rotor-holding-screws-rear-disk-drum-surface.jpg

Not the best pic, but it's the lip on the edge of the parking brake drum.


2005 Aero 5MT
2014 Ford Mustang GT Premium 6MT - Sterling Gray Metallic

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#68 2014-06-02 17:51:45

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
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Posts: 1934

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Yeah, this does seem to be it. Thanks, guys. I hadn't  heard of this typical issue. So - do I need to do anything about it? I don't have a dremel too or anything like that to use for grinding. How long until it goes away?

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#69 2014-06-02 20:15:21

krazykarguy
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Re: Look at my red rocket.

It took 2-3 days before it was gone on my car. metal was removed on both the rotor and the backing plate (but definitely more on the backing plate).

I didn't do anything about it (i.e. Dremel/grinder/etc.). Self corrected.


2005 Aero 5MT
2014 Ford Mustang GT Premium 6MT - Sterling Gray Metallic

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#70 2014-12-31 18:34:02

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
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Posts: 1934

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Just got my car back from Greg at Slodrive Racing in Lyons. Probably the friendliest mechanic I've ever had the pleasure of speaking with. He did my timing belt (Gates standard), water pump, thermostat, and valve cover gaskets/plug seals/half moon plugs on both sides all for just under $1k. Yes, I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.

All the other quotes (checked 3 other shops in the area) were at best $400 more, and at worst more than double that price.

He does great work, and as previously stated, is an absolute pleasure to talk to. I can't recommend him more highly. It was entirely worth the 50 minute drive out to Lyons to get the work done.

He said all of the timing belt idlers felt pretty well worn and were making a little bit of noise when the engine was cold, so it was definitely time. I'm currently just over 91,000 miles. I decided to do it based on the time recommendation from Subaru despite being well under the mileage recommendation. Turns out that was a good call.

I'll definitely be returning my car to him for any major items I don't have the time/energy/motivation/testicles to tackle myself.

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#71 2014-12-31 18:35:54

racerjim
Headroom is overrated...
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From: Boulder CO
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Re: Look at my red rocket.

Thank you, sir.


My Car:  2009 Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG
SOLD August 2016:  2005 Saab 9-2x Aero 5-Speed, Cold, Premium, Arctic Silver
Her Car:  2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

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#72 2016-09-05 17:54:56

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
Registered: 2012-03-10
User Number: 7123
Posts: 1934

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Changed my oil and installed a set of Kartboy front and rear shifter bushings today. I had bought the shifter bushings a few weeks ago when I was occasionally experiencing difficulty getting into gear intermittently. I thought maybe they were rotted and making it difficult to find the right locations to get into gear. It turned out that I was an idiot and in fact my clutch slave cylinder was leaking. One day trying to leave work, I discovered I could not get it in/out of gear with the engine running. My clutch reservoir was empty. I got it towed home and replaced the master, slave, and the hydraulic line between them. Everything felt super smooth and nice after that, but I figured since I have the bushings I might as well throw them in.

For me, the difference wasn't very significant. I've read some folks raving about how much better their shifting feels, but mine always slipped into gear pretty nicely so there wasn't a whole lot of room to get better. It is slightly improved I suppose, but not a big difference. My original bushings were still in decent shape, it looks like:

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/dotmaster206/0905161503_zpsjrox12wa.jpg

Bad news discovered while under the car - looks like I need a new steering rack.

Driver's side boot is split at the wheel end, and also leaking slowly:
http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/dotmaster206/0905161221_zps3kr5s2di.jpg

Passenger side boot is also split at the wheel end:
http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/dotmaster206/0905161222_zpsat1eqfa6.jpg


So I'll have to figure that out. I may try to do the job myself, but I have emailed a couple of shops for quotes to see if it'd be worth it.

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#73 2016-09-06 11:56:17

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
Registered: 2012-03-10
User Number: 7123
Posts: 1934

Re: Look at my red rocket.

First quote came back: $1,012...

It's $290 labor and $712 for the rack itself (term used by Subaru is 'Gear Assembly).

Anybody have any thoughts on using an aftermarket remanufactured rack? I found some for ~$300. Is it worth paying Subaru full price, or would a remanufactured unit for $400 less likely be just as good? Any suppliers to avoid if I go that route?

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#74 2016-09-30 16:20:13

Saabaru300
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From: Michigan
Registered: 2012-12-08
User Number: 7948
Posts: 62

Re: Look at my red rocket.

When my Steering rack started leaking, I replaced it with a used 06 STI rack for $300. Then I installed it myself. Install isn't too bad.
Remove Undertray (Plastic Thing).
Remove Subframe Metal Bracket right below steering rack.
Disconnect Sway Bar End Links from Sway Bar so bar can rotate freely.
Disconnect Outer Tie Rod Ends from Hubs.
Disconnect Outer Tie Rod Ends from the Inner Tie Rods.
Disconnect Powersteering Lines from the Rack.
Remove Bolt the keeps the Steering Linkage connected to the Rack.
Unbolt Rack and wiggle the Steering Linkage off the rack, then wiggle rack out of the car.

Install in reverse.  big_smile

Nice Saabaru. Love the 04 STI BBS on it. BBS always look good on a Wagon. Super happy that you did the headlights that way. Most just black out the removable part instead of taping off the reflector domes and painting everything. big_smile
I can't resist sharing a pic of mine, I'm sure you've seen mine somewhere on the internet. tongue

https://s20.postimg.org/tywwhxmjh/20160816_123313.jpg


2005 Saab 9-2x Aero, Red, Leather, HID's, Winter Package, Manual Trans
JDM Ver 8 EJ207 - RCI 1000cc Injectors, EBCS, Intake, BPV, Catless TBE, Pro-Tuned: 306awhp & 276wtq
JDM FSTI 6mt w/ JDM Ver8 Widetrack STI Drivetrain, 5x114.3 & Brembo Brakes - STI Struts & Lowering Springs, Front MSI Camber Plates
2003 Subaru Legacy L Special Edition, Silver, Auto Trans (Daily Driver/Winter Car)

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#75 2016-09-30 16:26:20

iamchris
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Posts: 25000

Re: Look at my red rocket.

so purdy

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