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  1. Yes I have had trouble with this, however I got a file and filed the inside edges of the holes in the cross member just enough So I could get the bolts going in straight and then got them both going at the same time and did them each up together. Otherwise if I got one going and did it up too tight the other one would immediately try to cross thread. Even then I still had to getvthe first going and then pull hard on the cross member to get the other one going. Have had the bolts in and out twice since and they have been fine.
  2. Hindsight is a great thing. I put an offered a guy the 32k asking price on an R32 GTR 5 years ago. Then he decided not to sell it.
  3. Yep if you were full time doing it, sure they would come knocking. But what @gripless was inferring was that if you bought anything and did it up and sold for a profit you would need to pay tax. Which is totally not the case.
  4. Is this classic tall poppy syndrome and being jealous that someone may be able to make some money on a vehicle?? The comment is totally irrelevant, there is No such thing as profit tax on privately owned goods. Heck even buying and selling a house only had capital gains tax come in a few years ago. Until that point if you sold for more than you bought for then good for you.
  5. Revival again. Got another project happening. So if this is the case that V5-6 yellows are 550cc does that mean the V7 pink top feeds are only 15cc more? So basically the same size. Or do the top feed injectors operate better overall giving better fueling?
  6. Absolutely!!! Can get some pretty sweet turbo kits for the BRZ too. Sell the GC8 for big bucks and get a BRZ.
  7. Fair point but even a high kms one that looks in average condition, you can't import for less than $40k. Hence drives local pricing up as the cars are already here. Whether people are getting value or not these cars are a throw back to the good old JDM import days. Which is why people are wanting them and prepared to pay decent dollars for them globally. I mean different kettle of fish but who thought a 22B would be worth 450k USD!!!!! You could arguably say thats not good value comoared to what that sort of money can buy, as underneath the wide body they are more or less just a V4 STI with 2.2l engine. So good value or not doesn't really come into the debate.
  8. Just threw the rs comment for giggles. The Focus RS is definitely a nice car. I would own one.
  9. Unfortunately or fortunately they aren't dreamers, its just a fact. These cars are now asking this money. In Australia a car like Nirans would be worth over 100k. If anything NZ is behind the times with values. Try importing a tidy one for less than 80k landed and on the road. No one wants to own a Ford and also the focus doesn't have the JDM factor.
  10. Out of interest what turbo was it that had the IWG75? Did it make a decent difference with boost control? They make a IWG75 specifically for the VF39, VF48 single scroll turbos, so wondering if one of those would bolt straight to a VF22 provided the Comp housings have the mounting bolts on the same spot.
  11. Hey there, Has anyone fitted a turbosmart wastegate actuator to a VF22 or other single scroll VF turbo? If so what kit did you use? And is it even worth doing? Cheers
  12. Yes too much black plastic at the back, and around the car in general. The engine bay is interesting. Not sure that I am a huge fan of having an oil filter as one of the first things to see in the engine bay. I can see one of the first mods for people being and oil filter with the STI logo on the top/bottom of it. Look forward to the STI
  13. Yep I ended up making up a shield out of some sheet. Cut two pieces and mounted it off the bottom bolt on the cam cover, and then shaped it down the front of the headers, to protect the front loom and bolted it to one of the radiator mounts.
  14. I am considering selling it but not until I have found a replacement. It may take me a while to sort something now that we are in lockdown etc. Will keep in touch. On another note Has anyone had experience with the Xforce exhaust systems?
  15. I wonder if I just modify the Remus muffler and cut the 2.5inch pipe off it right at the muffler and then run 3 inch pipe work right the way up to it.
  16. I did have a 2.5inch Remus exhaust on it with twin tips before I fitted the HKS system. I still have the Remus exhaust so could always go back to that. I am only making 230kw so surely 2.5inch is big enough to support that power?? Here is a pic with the Remus from a few years ago before I did the restoration. Still quite like that look.
  17. It is very JDM however I've never been a huge fan of big bore exhausts. The only reason I bought it was because it was the only bolt on readily available 3 inch system available at the time for a reasonable price. I didn't even consider custom at that time. As I have got older and the car gets older I think either OEM look or rally car style look suits the GC8 best.
  18. I have noticed one scrape on the centre resonator. However I am getting some group N exhaust hangers to see if that helps lift it a bit. I am pretty fixed on staying 3inch the whole way through now. And needs to be stainless. The problem i have, is the HKS sounds very nice, and works well, and I already have it, however its just the the more look at it the more im not sure about how it looks. You can see the whole rear muffler hanging out the bottom of the car and it just looks a bit wrong. If the exhaust had 2 x 90 degree bends at the muffler so that it sat straight and high like a stock muffler it would look fine. The 4.5inch tip is just HUGE! 😀 I am leaning towards getting a custom Cat back made with an adrenalinR muffler hidden up behind the rear bumper and then a 3inch stainless pipe bent in an S shape and coming out nicely out from just below the bumper. Kind of like this https://www.haywardandscott.com/subaru/impreza-classic/subaru-impreza-classic-group-a-replica-3-rear-silencer.html Or this factory look would be nice too. https://www.haywardandscott.com/subaru/impreza-classic/subaru-classic-3-backbox.html It gets expensive getting stuff like this from the UK. Pity we don't have many people doing this type of thing for these older cars over here.
  19. Hey guys, I am looking into getting new struts for my RA. Wanting to replace existing ones with OEM replacements to complete my restoration. I have been pretty close to pulling the trigger on some new genuine STI Struts but they are expensive by the time they come from Japan. I am pretty sure the factory ones are KYB. Is there an off the shelf KYB strut that is the same? Or Bilstein equivalent? Also the car currently has Tein lowering springs in it. I have been looking into getting some genuine STI pink springs, however the front ones are no longer available brand new. What would be a good replacement spring? Or can you still get the OEM springs for these cars. Low is good but originality/ OEM spec is more important to me. Be glad of any ones experience doing something like this.
  20. Ok interesting that is basically what I have. Plenty of air comes through under the car when driving and I have made a heatsheild out of some heatsheild matt underneath the cambelt covers. I may look at doing something around the top of the up pipe too to limit the amount of hot air coming up to the intercooler.
  21. I think the HPC coating is working however where all the runners collect i am seeing some discolouration of the cam covers which would indicate there is still a fair amount of radiant heat in that area. I have made up a heatsheild for that area but was thinking the wrap would help the whole system and save having the heatsheild. Yep I did speak to them when I collected a couple of bits the other week. They basically said it would void the coating warranty and that the Wrap causes corrosion and the headers to rust out etc. Which is expected for them to say this, as I wouldn't expect them to say the wrapping is better. I would have thought the coating would reduce the chances of the wrap causing corrosion and rust the headers and the wrap would give some further heat management? However I am not sure whether doing this would then cause the stainless to get too hot. Hence I was wondering if anyone had actually done it and had some real world feedback.
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