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Old 8th June 2013, 10:18 PM
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Two years ago I got a heartbreaking call my brother in law had suddenly died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). He was a strong, healthy, fit man. They found him slumped over the table at work...apparently he was dead before he even hit the table, so at least he didn’t suffer at all.

My sister offered me his car, so I bought it. It was their 3rd Subie but my 1st.

I soon got tired of the poor lights so set out on my 1st mod...a headlight wiring upgrade & upgraded H4 bulbs. I soon ran into problems which is how I came upon AuSubaru while researching the wiring.

After much work & lots of help, esp from Gannon, my 1st mod was finished:
Headlights Wiring Upgrade - ORS

My 1st trip offroad was soon after to picturesque & historic Walhalla:



I discovered my suspension was completely shot, springs sagging & strut bouncing. With help from the forum I decided on raised King springs & new KYB struts. Very happy with the much improved handling & increased clearance, but I wish so much I had got the gen2 rear struts (SG)


I added Whiteline KCA414 Camber bolts which gave me neg camber on the rear but the best I could get the front was neutral.

A SubaXtreme sumpguard was next. I guess it did its job of protecting the sump but I found it very brittle & was soon falling apart


A Crossbred guard soon replaced it!
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Old 11th June 2013, 11:19 PM
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Looking forward to more of this.
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Looking forward to more of this.
Me too!

I'm also keen to see this thing out and about!

Cheers

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Old 12th June 2013, 09:13 AM
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Looking forward to more of this.
Me 3!

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Your not alone, I have a list of the Soobs I wanna see in action. I think most people would freak when they see me in action
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Me 4 & subscribed

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Old 14th June 2013, 02:02 AM
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Thanks guys

Some great trips followed such as Mt.Cole


Bunyip:


Wombat:


Iridium plugs soon found their way into the engine. The next mod was hard wiring the rear accessories socket & an extra twin socket in the front:
Accessory plug consant 12V power - incl a walkthru

I was sick of the heavy & ugly steelies & hated how the mud built up on them making them very unbalanced. I found a set of alloys off an Outback at a wrecker, a little scratched but not bad. Steelie front, alloy rear:


Soon after I started on my 2" body lift kit. I wanted to strengthen it as well as sealing the ends to prevent rust, also tie the front control arm blocks together & also the rear trailing arm/moustache bar blocks. This would make it more stable & stop metal fatigue. Thread here:
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Front control arm blocks tied together for strength


Rear Trailing Arm blocks & Moustache Bar blocks also tied together: There have been a few members who have had damage to the captive nuts using individual blocks. Doing it this way the stress is spread over 4 bolts, there's also no "rocking" of the blocks under load:


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After:


It took a while but was well worth it!
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Old 14th June 2013, 02:17 AM
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The rear wheels were now sitting too far forward, so I modified the rear trailing arms:


Before:


After:


They are now sitting where they're meant to be

Thread here:
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Next was the exhaust, it was sitting way too low after the lift, plus needed to be replaced anyway.

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I made up a slider for it so it wouldnt catch on rocks & twist like it had done previously, also protect it from dents:
My exhaust slider

Then I had the muffler lifted:


The middle section still hangs low but I cant do anything about it as the resonator hits on the driveshaft centre bearing
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Old 14th June 2013, 04:47 AM
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Nachaluva, very much enjoying your Foz's story. Looks like some great mods that get you places without any grief so you can Luv The Nacha ;-)
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