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    Muse's 2000 Brighton wagon. Broken already.

    Well, folks, it's been a long time since I posted here, but not much has been going on with my BK. It's been running, and rotting, and being a bit depressing. I made the decision to not put much more money into it, sold my Honda Del Sol, and picked up something new.

    May I present to you, my freshly acquired 2000 Legacy Brighton.
    It's got 209k miles, an automatic transmission, a transmission fluid leak somewhere, a busted radiator, supposedly an arcing coil, and a broken windshield.

    It cost me $300.

    I am already in possession of a set of leather seats (possibly heated?) for the front, a set of snowflakes with Tiger Paw tires, GT skirts, and a few other little odds and ends. I can't wait to get into this car.
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    Ivan - 1995 Legacy L wagon. Silver. 5mt.
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    Grace - 1995 Legacy L wagon. WGM. (Sold for scrap. RIP.)
    Luna - 1993 Honda Civic Del Sol Si
    2000 Legacy Brighton wagon. White.

    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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    Fresh off the tow truck, getting her home.

    (Edit: why are my pictures coming out upside-down? I'm not in Australia...)
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    Ivan - 1995 Legacy L wagon. Silver. 5mt.
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    Grace - 1995 Legacy L wagon. WGM. (Sold for scrap. RIP.)
    Luna - 1993 Honda Civic Del Sol Si
    2000 Legacy Brighton wagon. White.

    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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    Very exciting news! Brightons rule. I think you should base your build on that green turtle pool; perhaps as a hood ornament.
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    I haven't seen a brighton in awhile-glad to see you back on the forum-going to WBM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Go Mifune View Post
    Very exciting news! Brightons rule. I think you should base your build on that green turtle pool; perhaps as a hood ornament.
    Haha, that pool isn't mine, so...
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    I haven't seen a brighton in awhile-glad to see you back on the forum-going to WBM?
    Believe it! See you there?
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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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    So, about a year ago, I pulled an '02 GT sedan apart and scrapped it. I made a few half-hearted attempts to sell the parts I got, but wasn't really all that motivated to.

    Thank. God.

    It's as if I knew I would be getting this car. I saved the whole dash, considering swapping it into my BK, now this car has gouges on the dash and I don't have to hunt a new one down. I saved the cluster, and now I bought a tach-less Brighton. Well, not anymore! Broken binnacle? Replaced binnacle! Dry rotted tires on 15" steelies? Good tires on 16" snowflakes!

    What has me a bit upset and baffled is that I bought it, having been told that it's puking coolant from the passenger side of the radiator... but it has plenty of coolant, and is not spraying. But it is leaking ATF from the power steering system. And there is a noise from the pump whenever I steer it. So, time to figure out a new mystery. Gonna do the radiator one way or another. Better safe than sorry.
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    Ivan - 1995 Legacy L wagon. Silver. 5mt.
    1997 Legacy Brighton wagon. White. (Parts car, scrapped.)
    Grace - 1995 Legacy L wagon. WGM. (Sold for scrap. RIP.)
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    2000 Legacy Brighton wagon. White.

    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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    Sounds like the PS pump is on it's way out, or you have a leaking hose. Low fluid makes the pumps noisy.
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    you need to make the MOMO shifter work on her
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    So, the power steering leak is, in fact, the seals inside the rack itself. so, that needs to be replaced. The Brighton has been sitting at my work for nearly 3 months, now, with me being too broke to fix it. and, now, just yesterday, I have been presented with a replacement rack! for free!

    sort of.

    I now am the proud owner of a 2007 STi steering rack. This means that I have solved one issue (not having a rack,) and dove headfirst into a new set of issues, specifically, not having a crossmember that it will fit! from all my research on this, it seems that, like the BBS wheels, only the 2004 STi rack is a direct replacement for the BE/BH. If you have a newer GD rack, you need to swap to a newer GD crossmember.

    So, my options are, trade the rack away to someone for a normal Legacy rack, or source myself a '05+ GD crossmember.

    I want this rack in my car... Let the hunt commence!

    Also, I replaced the radiator, and immediately blew out the dry-rotted heater core hose... fun, fun.

    Also, also, The banged-up hood has been replaced, once again, with a green hood, just like my BK. I guess I have a theme, now, or something...
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    2000 Legacy Brighton wagon. White.

    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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    I thought you could just swap the inner tie rod ends to 04 and be all good again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tylerhartman View Post
    I thought you could just swap the inner tie rod ends to 04 and be all good again?
    The tie rod ends do not have the oil seals on them, those are on the rack gear itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muse View Post
    So, the power steering leak is, in fact, the seals inside the rack itself. so, that needs to be replaced. The Brighton has been sitting at my work for nearly 3 months, now, with me being too broke to fix it. and, now, just yesterday, I have been presented with a replacement rack! for free!

    sort of.

    I now am the proud owner of a 2007 STi steering rack. This means that I have solved one issue (not having a rack,) and dove headfirst into a new set of issues, specifically, not having a crossmember that it will fit! from all my research on this, it seems that, like the BBS wheels, only the 2004 STi rack is a direct replacement for the BE/BH. If you have a newer GD rack, you need to swap to a newer GD crossmember.

    So, my options are, trade the rack away to someone for a normal Legacy rack, or source myself a '05+ GD crossmember.

    I want this rack in my car... Let the hunt commence!

    Also, I replaced the radiator, and immediately blew out the dry-rotted heater core hose... fun, fun.

    Also, also, The banged-up hood has been replaced, once again, with a green hood, just like my BK. I guess I have a theme, now, or something...
    What is the gain in putting in an '04 STi rack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sub-Goon View Post
    What is the gain in putting in an '04 STi rack?
    The '04 rack is the one that fits into the Legacy crossmember. Mine, being an '07 is going to be more difficult, requiring a crossmember swap. But the advantage either way is quicker steering.
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    2000 Legacy Brighton wagon. White.

    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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    Well, the STi rack is a bit more of a project than I am able to tackle for now. It shall go on the parts shelf, for a later date. The BH is at the shop, right now, getting a stock rack installed. I should be on the road in it within the week. (I told my guy it's not a rush job.)

    I am rather excited.
    Ivan - 1995 Legacy L wagon. Silver. 5mt.
    1997 Legacy Brighton wagon. White. (Parts car, scrapped.)
    Grace - 1995 Legacy L wagon. WGM. (Sold for scrap. RIP.)
    Luna - 1993 Honda Civic Del Sol Si
    2000 Legacy Brighton wagon. White.

    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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    Quick update: rack has been replaced. Car drove nicely for about a week. Then, this morning, it did what EJ25s are best known for.

    Right you are, ladies and gents. Head gasket popped. Because I can't have nice things.

    My money is called for pretty solidly for the next 6 months, at least. I've got a few big debts to pay off, so she's parked up for some time, and before I even got to show her off. I'm... less than thrilled.

    I've also got a set of Scion tC wheels for it, eventually. Need to get tires for them before I can use them though. But, for $80, I had to go for it.
    Ivan - 1995 Legacy L wagon. Silver. 5mt.
    1997 Legacy Brighton wagon. White. (Parts car, scrapped.)
    Grace - 1995 Legacy L wagon. WGM. (Sold for scrap. RIP.)
    Luna - 1993 Honda Civic Del Sol Si
    2000 Legacy Brighton wagon. White.

    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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