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Old 10-26-2017, 11:38 AM
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I have been perusing eBay quite a lot over the past several months, acquiring parts for my SVX; some necessary, some not so necessary:









But that's not what this thread is about. My SVX will be tucked away, safe from the elements and especially the road salt for the winter. Since I still need to get to work and such, I've been keeping an eye out for an older Legacy. Well...





I found it on CL about 20 minutes from my house.
It's a 1995 Impreza L Coupe, with AWD and a 5 speed from the factory! Curb weight is 2605 lbs and you can definitely tell. It handles pretty damn amazing for stock suspension and winter tires. Plus no pesky OBDII to interfere with my plans...



Right now I'm loving the car, even though the 1.8l engine is the Slowest. Thing. Ever. Unfortunately I can't stand the gearing of the 3.90 trans, it just doesn't feel right. Huge gap between 1st and 2nd, but 2nd and 3rd are extremely close. And on the highway the motor is actually spinning faster than the 4.111 in my SVX.

So I've got a lead on a 4.111 from a 2000's Outback as well as a recently rebuilt phase 1 EZ30. My intention is to get both into the car before the snow flies, but we'll see. I'll start with that, get it running well and buttoned up. Given the chassis weight, it should be extremely quick. Next year I will hopefully have saved up enough to rebuild the engine with forged internals for some delicious forced induction! But first things first...

She's a little rusty underneath(understatement) and when I got it there was an old tube sock ziptied to the MAF sensor for a filter, wish I had pics of that! Anyway I scored some cheap H6 brakes and newer Impreza suspension for it. I believe all I need to do is redrill the rear strut mounts and I'm golden. I'll hopefully be tackling that this weekend, and then the real fun begins!
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Old 10-28-2017, 09:33 AM
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Re: Project Berserker

You crazy, dude.


Please keep us updated.
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Old 10-30-2017, 02:42 PM
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H6 Brakes

Picked up some misc stuff for the swap last weekend from an L.L. Bean being parted out. Got the grill, steering wheel, PS pump, PS lines, and the rotors and calipers all around. Figured I'd try the infamous H6 Brake Upgrade, although I've only been able to find info on the rears, no idea if the fronts will fit so I'll just try it and see.









Didn't get them all disassembled, just the rears for now. Next weekend I'll clean and paint them. I'm thinking shiny black to go behind my future gold wheels, what do you think?
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Old 11-01-2017, 06:54 AM
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Yes shiny black. I'm not a fan of brightly painted calipers (says the ex-STi owner).
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Old 11-03-2017, 01:02 PM
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Ready for painting, mostly.



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Old 11-03-2017, 06:32 PM
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Painted



Assembled





Before



After



They don't look that impressive side by side but that's just because the H6 rotors are considerably larger. These things really grab, too. Much better feel and stopping power than the stockers. Tomorrow I'll see if the fronts fit.
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:53 AM
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Early Christmas

I didn't get to the front brakes this weekend as I was running all over creation to gather more parts. What a haul. Got a resealed longblock, all the extra parts and gaskets to finish, radiator, AC condenser, a buttload of wiring harness (completely intact), and a very nice binder with detailed instructions and specifications.













Got a trans from an older outback after my first target got sold before I could get it. Got the matching rear diff with it, as well as the clutch hydraulic master and slave. Right now the clutch in the car is cable actuated but I'm a little afraid of it breaking and leaving me stranded, so I'll look into the conversion to hydraulic. Hopefully I can use the original pedalset.

So now that I've got basically everything I need, it's time to get to work!




On a side note, it looks like one of my old rear calipers wasn't doing much...

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Old 11-11-2017, 01:46 PM
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Got the front H6 brakes on, bolted up with no issues. This thing stops!

...And then there's the wiring. It turns out I picked up a VDC setup. I have read these can be a pain to swap/convert/what have you, so I spent a few hours (like 7) digging through the wiring diagrams and decided it was possible to convert my harness to non-VDC. I had to re-pin the TCU connectors, as the VDC unit has three connectors while the non-VDC unit has two, and remove the extra wires not found in the non-VDC harness. I also removed the six wires from the VDC unit to the ECU. The ECU pinouts are the same between the two systems. The downside is the VDC controller uses the ABS sensors and appears to take the place of ABS. So if you want to convert your VDC wagon to non-VDC, there's considerably more wiring fun to be had, and possibly mechanical fun as well. But it should work for my purposes. Below are the re-pinned TCU connectors, with the nearly empty 3rd (green) connector, as well as my cheat sheet for the task.





Here's the stuff I need



And the stuff I don't need



So that's basically all set. Once I get my engine and trans ready to drop in, I just have to take a week off so I can merge the harnesses. My SVX should already be in storage but I shredded a tire on my supposed ' last hurrah of the year' a few weeks ago and had to swap wheels. Finally got around to it today and took her for a ride... DAMN I love that car. SO much faster than my Impreza... for now...

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Old 11-18-2017, 10:25 AM
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Re: Project Berserker

Shredded a tire! Oh my. Glad that it didn't turn out too badly.
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