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    Mention the brakes, mention the brakes!
    Actually, I stopped at @Subafreak's work the other day, and one of the guys joking said "Is that a Honda?" I responded.. "No, its a Nissan.. says so on the brakes"

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    A couple of small updates to the car. The other day, @Muse came by and we tried the bonnet struts that he had (which did not work on his BK) on my car. I ended up keeping them on there and trading him some stuff for them. They are some chinese no-name struts that work okay, but they get RRREEEEAAAALLLLLYYY SSSLLLOOOWWW when they are about 2/3 of the way up.. but they hold the hood up just fine once they finish.


    I also looked into why the trunk would not pop open. It turns out that the trunk opening striker was just 1-2mm too short. It looks like the North American market has a unique part number for the 3rd gen sedan trunk striker plate (57531AE00A), where the rest of the world used 57531AE000. After looking up this part, it turns out that the 2002-2004 Impreza Sedan used the same part (makes sense, since those Imprezas were made in Japan right next to the Legacy that this trunk came off of), and as such it is available at US dealers. It was superseded at some point by 57531AE001, which is the part that I have. I tried to get a picture of the 001 and the 00A side by side, but really they look identical. I had to take measurements to see that the 001 arm was about 2mm higher than the 00A arm.


    So, now I have a working trunk pop. If anyone else is considering putting on a Japanese (or any non-North American) trunk on their 3rd gen Sedan, they are going to need this part from either a dealer, or from a 2002-2004 GD.

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    I regretted those struts about ten seconds after I purchased them. I'd heard that GC struts will work for a BK hood, and only after paying for them, did I realize that in my sleep-induced purchasing madness, I'd bought GD struts, specifically for an aluminum hood. Yyyyeah. Oops.
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    After getting fed up with 20th century radio technology, I decided to change out the radio on this car. Since it has the McIntosh system, I knew that it was going to be a slight challenge, but a few hacks later I have it working.

    Here is my Line-Out to McIntosh Amplifier adapter that I whipped up:


    After some brief testing and wrapping in electrical tape.. I put it all back together. I did not have a full pocket handy, and I installed the three-switch pocket earlier in the week.. so I have a mix-match of DIN pockets for now.


    I am glad to have a decent radio with iPod/iPhone support and this particular radio has both front and rear USB.. so I can stash my spare iPod in the glove box and plug in my iPhone to the front if I want. I also modified the HVAC to read in Celsius and replaced all of the HVAC illumination bulbs while I was in there.

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    I said it to you, but I'm gonna say it to the rest of SL-i. That exhaust sounds truly tough. But tough like a bruiser in a tuxedo. not lacking class, but you know that it's more than capable of whupping ass.
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    A sherpa could rip ass somewhere high up in the Himalayas and my Prius will be blown almost off of the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muse View Post
    I said it to you, but I'm gonna say it to the rest of SL-i. That exhaust sounds truly tough. But tough like a bruiser in a tuxedo. not lacking class, but you know that it's more than capable of whupping ass.
    I remember when the car was still down here. I would agree with this statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lancaster6
    A sherpa could rip ass somewhere high up in the Himalayas and my Prius will be blown almost off of the road.

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    Can anyone spot today's change?


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    Ding! Ding! Ding!


    I havent connected the turns yet, but that will happen sometime this weekend.

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    I thought you didn't like those? Or was it just the dark mirrors on your light-colored car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muse View Post
    I thought you didn't like those? Or was it just the dark mirrors on your light-colored car?
    I was okay with the dark, since the whole car has a black and silver theme.. I liked them just fine, but I snagged the power folding mirrors which better fit my goal at the time.

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    Have you connected your turn signal mirrors yet? if so, mind sharing what you did..what wires went were!
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    I havent wired them up yet, but last time I put these mirrors on the RS30, I just wired them to the turn signal wires at the hazard switch, since both directions are present there.

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    I retro'd some 05LGT mirrors to my buddies 06baja turbo. I think the blinkers will be fine but its the motors i cant figure out. Any success with that with you? Also, do you have JDM fenders with the blinkers in them?
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    So, I have no mods/changes to report.. but it looks like the steering rack might have given up the ghost on me here. It is leaking fairly badly and has a good 10-15 degrees of steering slop when going straight, which makes it interesting to drive. I guess I will be replacing it soon, and I might as well go with a tighter Legacy rack, like I did on the RS30.

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    A couple of people had asked for an exhaust clip. I slapped the GoPro to the rear bumper and did a couple of under-load runs. This one ended up being a 10-60mph at about 75% throttle going uphill to get a real good, under-load sound. The road was not very smooth, so I called it quits at 60, but I was hoping to get a bit higher than that.


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    There really has been no real news on this car. I am getting it ready for sale by replacing the brake pads (had on the shelf for a while) and rotors ($75 shipped for all 4 from RockAuto!), and it looks like I might need to replace the AC compressor as it is quite noisey right now.

    I actually have a whole AC kit for the RS30 (compressor, Expansion valve, condenser) since the Condenser on that car is leaking slightly.. I can take the "old" compressor and put it on the Blitzen to fix that issue. I say "old" because I actually replaced it before with a new-old-stock OEM compressor shortly after I bought the car.. it is only a few years old now.

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    Really like how this car turned out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huffer View Post
    Getting it ready for sale?!
    I think he said something about selling it a while ago. Maybe when he bought the Sambar.

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    Yea, I have not been able to give this car the attention that it deserves. I also have limited parking at my home and my daughter is getting close having her license as well.. so I will need another parking spot. It was also a stipulation from the better half for getting the Sambar, and I have not yet kept up my end of that bargin.

    I just need to finish up some parts replacements to let to be driveable and safe condition before I clean it up for pictures/listing.

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    With the demise of the RS30, the Blitzen has transitioned back to Active Duty. I have been swapping some parts between the cars, including the exhaust, seats, and battery from the RS. As much as I like the idea and look of the JDM seats, I just do not find them comfortable for longer rides.

    So, I will have a number of parts available for sale here very shortly. I will be making a FS thread for them all.

    In the process of swapping the exhaust, one of the exhaust studs on the car snapped.. I now need to figure out how to get that out as there is a pretty nasty exhaust leak there now .

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    Nasty exhaust leak, but not as loud as the open exhaust ports on the RS30.
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    The car started to accumulate some minor issues with the AC compressor, Power steering pump, and it started to slightly overheat a few days ago. I replaced the compressor, PS pump, and radiator cap with those from the RS30 so it is okay for now, but every Subaru I have owned started to develop multiple minor issues like this around the 200-225k mark.

    Since I am not the only driver of the car, and I did not want one of these issues to crop up while my wife or daughter was driving, we decided that it was time to replace it with a newer car. Enter: A 2010 Subaru Forester X Limited.

    Now it is time to sell this car. I just need to finish installing the rear shocks, and to swap out the front calipers.. and then I will start an official FS thread. This car will be priced to move. I need the parking space more than anything else as I currently have two and a half cars parked on the grass at this point.

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