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Member Profile - Jamescd's 2.5i Wagon

Postby jamescd » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:57 pm

Basic specifications

Engine: EJ252 (2.5i N/A)
Transmission: 4EAT
Year and Trim: MY04, BP9
Colour: 33A Atlantic Blue Pearl (Blue)
Horsepower / Kilowatts: 162 HP / 121 KW @ 5600 rpm (probably less now)
Torque: 167 Ib-ft / 226 NM @ 4400 rpm
Drive-type: AWD
Mileage: 270,000 km

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Modifications

Performance

- XForce 2.25 inch mild-steel catback (something else is imminent)
Sound clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1IaV1SLN3o
Install post: viewtopic.php?f=55&t=32743


Engine
- Fumoto oil drain plug

Wheels / Tyres

- Stock brz rims 17x7 +48 Gold (something else is in the works)
- gktech black wheel nuts


Suspension / Brakes

- BC BR coilovers
- Whiteline anti-lift and adjustable castor rear LCA bushings
- Cusco Strut Brace w BCS

- GC8 4 pots front calipers
- Dixcel Type M pads
- DBA T2 slotted rotors


Exterior

- DIY mesh grille
- Morimoto mk2 XSB switchbacks
- Post-facelift tail lights
- HIDs
- JDM rear fog light


Interior

- Post-FL cloth seats (replaced due to tear in old seat, still looking for something nicer)
- Post-FL steering wheel
- Post-FL paddle shift fitted
Install guide for paddles: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=34991


Entertainment / Speakers

- Kenwood DDX4016BT head-unit
- Hands-free with Bluetooth
- Reverse camera
- Steering wheel control integration.
- Focal ISC165 speakers front
- Kicker CS654 speakers rear
- Sony XMN1004 four-channel amplifier
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Re: Member Profile - Jamescd's 2.5i Wagon

Postby jamescd » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:17 pm

I have a few exterior parts almost ready to go on, and another on the way from Japan, as well as a few suspension bits.
Until I fit all of that I have had a go at making a spoiler extension similar to the K2gear one.

First I made a mold out of cardboard and paper, but I don't have a photo of that step.

Next I fibreglassed a mold of the spoiler to ensure that it will fit correctly.

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After that I put the cardboard template on and fibreglassed over the top.

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This is as far as I have gotten so far, I need to tidy it up a bit and go over a couple of areas, but I did do a quick test fit and I'm pretty happy with it so far.

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Stay tuned for updates about this and the other things which will be happening soon.
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Re: Member Profile - Jamescd's 2.5i Wagon

Postby applegeek897 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:23 pm

Epic stuff man, I can't wait to see what that wing ends up looking like, maybe you could do another ;)
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Re: Member Profile - Jamescd's 2.5i Wagon

Postby jslayz » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:56 pm

And another..... just saying.....
CURRENT - ATP GTX 3576 - 22psi - 283.7awkw
OLD - Dom 1.5Xtr - Last dyno 254ahkw, previous 238ahkw, first 224awkw.
My journey thread: http://forum.liberty.asn.au/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=15523
My Lib Pics here: http://forum.liberty.asn.au/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=15523&start=570#p370656
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Re: Member Profile - Jamescd's 2.5i Wagon

Postby jslayz » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:56 pm

And another..... just saying.....
CURRENT - ATP GTX 3576 - 22psi - 283.7awkw
OLD - Dom 1.5Xtr - Last dyno 254ahkw, previous 238ahkw, first 224awkw.
My journey thread: http://forum.liberty.asn.au/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=15523
My Lib Pics here: http://forum.liberty.asn.au/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=15523&start=570#p370656
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Re: Member Profile - Jamescd's 2.5i Wagon

Postby crazyricochet » Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:20 pm

Not bad for home made ducktail, quack quack!

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Re: Member Profile - Jamescd's 2.5i Wagon

Postby jamescd » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:14 pm

Thanks guys, the test fit definitely confirmed that I am going to finish it off properly. It has taken a fair bit of work so far, so no plans to make any more at this point.

I have also done a couple of suspension mods today, I bought a set of BC BR coilovers off a mate for $300, and my Whiteline rear LCA bushes/anti-lift kit (KCA 334) arrived, so I took advantage of some rare good weather to fit everything.

I started with the LCA bushes the old ones were well and truly stuffed.
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It took ages to do the first one, the rings just didn't want to press out at all, but after about an hour and a half the replacement was finally in. The second one only took 10 minutes as we knew how to do it.
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While I had each wheel off I took the opportunity to do the coils too, I knew the procedure from when I did my billies, so it wasn't too bad.
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Not really, but after driving, I can see the similarities between the BCs and that.

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Postby jamescd » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:07 pm

Unfortunately I've been busy this week so I haven't had a chance to do any more work on the duckwing, hopefully I find some time this weekend.

In other news though a few parts have arrived from Japan, my spats being the first. I managed to pick up a set for a pretty good price in the right colour, the rears do need a touch-up though as the paint has come off in some places.
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And my mid-spoiler has arrived, it will need painting, but based on the test-fit I am looking forward to getting it on the car.
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The mid spoiler came with the whole garnish, which included a rear fog light, which I might have a go at wiring in if I decide I can be bothered. I can't find anyone else who has done it on here, but there is a walkthrough on LegacyGT which should work for the AUDM cars.

The spanners for my coils also arrived today, so I can get some more low soon. And I ordered a Fumoto drain plug yesterday, because why not.
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Re: Member Profile - Jamescd's 2.5i Wagon

Postby applegeek897 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:26 pm

The mid spoiler looks good man, I need to look into getting one for sure. It should go very well with the ducktail.
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Postby bigBADbenny » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:53 pm

Great work, love the wing and the whole write up: kudos :good:
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Re: Member Profile - Jamescd's 2.5i Wagon

Postby jamescd » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:09 pm

Alright, another update, nothing too exciting, I'm still waiting for some goodies to arrive.

Today I installed my rear fog light and a reversing camera.
As they both needed to go under the tailgate garnish and have wiring run from there to the dash it made sense to do them at the same time.

So after getting the garnish off I fitted the light and the camera (ignore how shit my garnish is, the mid-spoiler will soon fix that problem).

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Next was the worst part, wiring...

Threading the RCA through this was a nightmare, and to top it all off it snapped off right as it was about to come all the way through...
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This led to a bunch of other problems, mostly associated with the absolutely shit-house wiring that came with the camera.

Otherwise it was all pretty simple, I'm not happy with my switch for the fog at this point, but I'll find something better soon.
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And the money shot, one working rear fog light.
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Worthwhile mod?
Almost entirely pointless, there are about 10 days a year when I might use this, but JDM efame points are worth an afternoon of wiring.


And the reversing camera.
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It's decent enough, I probably need to change the wiring a little so that it comes on when I put the car into reverse, that should just be a case of finding the reverse power input on the headunit and hooking it up. The lines are fixed which is rather annoying, but not much I can do about it.
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Re: Member Profile - Jamescd's 2.5i Wagon

Postby bigBADbenny » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:41 am

You could pack out where the cam mounts to angle up a little?
Great work, any safety mod is awesome :)
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Postby jamescd » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:39 pm

bigBADbenny wrote:You could pack out where the cam mounts to angle up a little?


Not a bad idea, I might even try and 3D print something.

And I have fixed the reverse camera, as bad as the wiring was in the camera kit, it did have a power wire running through the RCA meaning I just had to hook that up to the reverse lights.

I also got a new switch for the fog which fits a bit better, so it looks a bit nicer.
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Re: Member Profile - Jamescd's 2.5i Wagon

Postby jamescd » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:20 pm

Okay, so today I thought I would do something simple, a quick oil change and install the Fumoto drain plug. Simple, right?
WRONG!

Not sure about other models, but on my car the F105 fouls the cross-member, so it can't be screwed in easily.

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Cue the next half an hour of screwing around.

First, I undid the pitch-stop mount.

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Then, used an engine hoist to lift the engine enough to fit the plug.

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Finally, after too damn long, success.

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So, just a heads up, these don't just bolt right up, they require a bit of extra work.



I''m tacking this onto the end of this post, because it's not really worth its own reply, but put my new wheel nuts on.
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I'm not unhappy with how they look, and it might be better with the new wheels, but I saw this picture with the blue nuts and I think they look really good.
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I might consider getting them powdercoated when I get the wheels done (not the current set).
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Re: Member Profile - Jamescd's 2.5i Wagon

Postby jamescd » Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:42 pm

Well, just a small update, something exciting has arrived

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Now they are off being restored, then they will be powdercoated

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Hopefully in the next week or two I'll have some nice shiny new rims, new rubber, new rotors and new pads.
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