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Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby Robbks » Wed May 25, 2011 9:39 am

NEW PICS My MY06 3.0R-B

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Here's my different bunch of subies over the past 7 years

MY97 Limited Fozz
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MY99 GT Fozz
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MY94 JDM GT Legacy
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I've always loved the Gen4 wagon and was after a car that I won't have to modify... well too much anyway...
So after driving every combination out there and assessing my budget, the MY06 3.0RB with 6 speed manual would fit the bill.

I found one on carsales at a dealership in melbourne, managed to get one of the Club Lib members (AWDDave) to inspect it for me.
the report came back reasonable, it needed a new clutch aswell,
so after a bit of haggling with the dealer on them fixing some dents and arranging door to door transport and a discount for a stuffed clutch, I gave them a wad of cash, and the car arrived a week later at at my doorstep.

This is how she arrived
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Absolutely bog stock, reasonably well looked after, just coverd in shiny stuff from the dealership.

So a quick trip to teh window tinting crowd
grabbed a set of front mud-flaps and had them colour coded and thrown on
a quick wash and this is how she stands currently

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After a few weeks i noticed a couple of quirks while driving it, final cause.. stuffed centre diff.

So a couple of phonecalls to the dealership and they had to agree to fix it under the limits of the Statutory 3 month/ 5,000km warranty.
This was a blessing in disguise as I could get the new clutch installed with no labour costs at all due to the box needing to come out of the car anyway.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

A phonecall to Jim Berry at Race Clutch sorted out a new, modified Sachs sports clutch
higher clamping force than equivalent model STi,
modified clutch plate with custom, double thickness, carbonics friction material (doube life expectancy)
supplied with flywheel (exchange for old one)

My regular mechanic (Simon Jansen, ex ARC cmpetitor) then took the car and ripped out the box
He had the entire box disassembled and inspected by his trusted gearbox builder (used to take care of the boxes in Simons ARC EVO's)
Box came back with a clean bill of health, and a modified, stock centre diff (removal and conversion of Viscous Coupling unit)
threw it back in the car with a big serving of Hi-Tec Syngear oil in it's belly.

While we had the exhaust off it, we ripped out the third (2>1) cat converter and replaced it with a nice 2>1 collector and some regular flanges.
the exhaust note is a little more noticible when giving it a decent run
and it's now missing the low-down (1500-2000rpm) flat-spot and jerkiness al low rpm it used to have.
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Next plan is to hand her over to a mate (fabricator, Mechanic, Tuner) to remove the two cats in each exhaust header
replace with some Stainless, Metal Substrate, 200cell Cats from Redback
and let him loose on tuning the ECU for a few more ponies.

At this point the Rear Mufflers will stay stock, unless i can pick up a set of STi cans for under $500.
there's no way i'm paying more than that for second hand mufflers
otherwise, i'll find a nice pair of 2" Supercat Mufflers, have some quad tips fabbed up and bolt them on the rear (unless Phat does another run of Quads)
but i want to keep this car relatively quiet and stock, just with a little hint of spice to make her smoother and snappier to drive
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Re: Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby teflon » Wed May 25, 2011 11:47 am

Nice write up Rob. A Subaru fan through and through aren't you? I'm thinking about the quad tips as well but brakes and dump pipe are calling first.

After a few weeks i noticed a couple of quirks while driving it, final cause.. stuffed centre diff.


What were these quirks specifically? I'm always paranoid about this happening to me!
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Re: Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby Robbks » Wed May 25, 2011 1:51 pm

you'll feel it if it's binding.
try reversing on full lock you will need 3000rpm and lots of clutch slipping to get it to move

but usually the 5speeds fail and just don;t lock the coupling at all.

i'm doing some research into the actualy physics behind the system currently
as it also incorporates a completely open diff inside the Centre diff piece. where, even if the VC is locked up completely, the front and rear ends will still be able to spin at entirely diffeent rates, due to the operation of the open centre diff.

will report back once i have found the information i need
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Re: Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby Robbks » Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:43 pm

new rims arrived.

just need to swap the good tyres and balance onto the new rims
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Re: Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby matt_3.0rb » Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:26 pm

Looking good.
Thats something ive been considering.

Post up a shot when you have all the wheels on.
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Re: Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby Robbks » Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:07 pm

New Kicks are on. car is filthy still

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Postby matt_3.0rb » Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:16 pm

Looking good, Nice one. Car doesnt look too bad. Mine is filthy, dark metalic blue, with the weather we have had, and im on exams atm, so havent had time to clean it.
Those wheels look good.
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Re: Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby Robbks » Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:24 pm

Latest Addition,
thanks Sean

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Re: Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby Robbks » Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:11 pm

Couple of mods on the way
Purchased a set of genuine Monsoons today, just need to fit them up
EOI's for Gambit's MY07-09 Tail-lights to dress up teh rear end

dropped in a set of Phillips ExtremeVision +100 globes for the low-beams and they come with free parkers to match the colour temp
along with some BlueVisions for the fog-lights.
it's all-white-light up front now and much nicer to drive at night with.
yet to do the high-beams, they hardly ever get turned on anyway
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Re: Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby Robbks » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:55 pm

Monsoons are on..

easy fit.
stupidly expensive for what they are but i like/ need them

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Postby SegR » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:10 pm

Robbks wrote:dropped in a set of Phillips ExtremeVision +100 globes for the low-beams and they come with free parkers to match the colour temp


Is that standard or was it a special offer somewhere?
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Re: Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby Robbks » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:23 pm

Yeah it's standard box set. I got them from Bursons
you can buy the H7's individually aswell

although i wouldn;t pay the retail price for the box... almost $100 for two H7's and two parkers
but trade is only about $65 for the set.
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Re: Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby Robbks » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:16 pm

Someone gave me a Fat Lip

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Mufflers (complete bolt on solution) have been posted, eagerly awaiting a call from e-go
2.5" Straight thru redback oval muffs with 3.5" stainless tips
should give a nice note and no drone, same mufflers i had fitted to my GT Fozz
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Re: Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby JKeep2.5i » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:42 pm

Robbks wrote:Monsoons are on..

easy fit.
stupidly expensive for what they are but i like/ need them


where did you pick these up from and how much if you don't mind me asking :D
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Re: Member Profile: Rob's Urban grey MY06 3.0RB Wagon

Postby Robbks » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:31 pm

Lip fitment complete.


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