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Postby vinshonz » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:10 pm

HI James, sorry to hear about your damaged dash

your the 3rd person i saw on this forums with a damaged dash from the airbag recall

mines booked in this coming monday *biting nails*
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Re: Member Profile - James' H6 Wagon - SKD55S

Postby applegeek897 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:21 am

vinshonz wrote:HI James, sorry to hear about your damaged dash

your the 3rd person i saw on this forums with a damaged dash from the airbag recall

mines booked in this coming monday *biting nails*


Yeah man, seem to be WAY to common. Got my fingers crossed for you!

November 2017: Before getting the interior back together I wanted to see if I could track down the strange noise coming from the front end. I started with the front coilovers as that has been a trouble issue since buying them. Drivers side first as that has been the one not holding base adjustment. It seems to have held well over the Melbourne trip which is good.

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What was a concern is the spring height had dropped significantly.

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This was likely the noise, micro adjustments of it moving down. Regardless I loosened the collar and corrected.

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While I was there it was also time for my usual 5,000km service. Penrite HPR10 10W-50 and genuine filter is my usual choice.

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Oil was dropped and filter replaced.

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Again while I was under there it is finally time to replace this coolant hose. I've been putting this off for ages purely down to laziness. Which is bad because it was basically a ticking time bomb. The budging has been getting worse.

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Off it came as with these clamps.

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The main lower rad hose also came out so I could drain all the old coolant out.

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While very stubborn the old hose eventually came out.

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New one side-side. Well overdue.

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A couple new clamps later and old it went.

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New coolant then went in. This is actually the first time I've done this on the car.

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After a quick drive all the new nosies seemed to have disappears. Good news.

Next up was to start getting the interior back together. We'll start with the shifter surround. I was told it was going to be a brand new unit and cost the dealership $650.00. I was actually presented with this when I up-wrapped it at home. It ended up being a 'pov-spec' silver instead of black, well-used, full of scratches and five-speed unit. Good job guys. Looks like that is going to take some more to to sort out.

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What I did get months ago was a MINT cubby from Pick-n-Payless. I've been meaning to get one for ages but I haven't been able to get one that has the bright button, which I need for my model. Comparison compared to my old one.

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The buttons and screen in particular are night and day better.

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Cubby could then go in. I got super mad for a short time because I couldn't get it to light up and thought that it was broken, but after driving for five minutes it just turned on and started working.

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The brand new headunit then got mounted up.

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Then it could go in.

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Then HVAC and shifter surround and we're done.

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After a proper drive, despite all the bullshit, when it works I remember why I love this car, will put up with it's usual crap and likely never sell it.
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Postby applegeek897 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:57 pm

November 2017: This has been on my list for ages, and after scheduling an inspection with Garage 88 for the coilovers, which seem to have been fixed now, time will tell, it was time to finally pick one up. A Pitch-Stop Mount. I was originally going to go with a Betrush version but after learning there was a recently released Cusco version I had to go with it, common it's blue.

Pretty.

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Time to jump into the engine bay.

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Intake off.

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Looked and felt rooted, also joy, more zipties in the engine bay...

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Shot.

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Side by side and in. Holy balls, after taking it for a drive the difference was noticeable immediately.

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Postby applegeek897 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:18 pm

November 2017: I had a small amount of time today to do a couple small things I've been meaning to do for some time.

Got these nice LED brake lights from LEO like over 4 months ago.

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The old ones were never that great and one has been half-dead for some time.

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Out came the taillight

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Clear quality difference.

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In they went.

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Tails back on and looking better.

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Next up was to replace the damaged drivers-side a-pillar. Replacement parts are slowly come in from different directions. Hopefully in the next month or so the interior will be back to minty goodness.

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Such fresh clips.

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The old one was not looking good.

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After pulling it off I noticed both the clips were broken and it had some sound deadening on it. The new one didn't come with any and it isn't transferable so I'll look into fixing that up at a later stage.

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In place and looking way better. If anything too good. Subaru will be paying for a full interior clean anyway so it will be perfect at some point.

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Postby jslayz » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:03 am

Keep it up!

Looking tidy now 8)
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Postby andy_mac » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:31 am

Won’t have those issues with black Alcantara wrapped ones :wink:
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Postby jamescd » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:11 pm

Great update as always, your photos are always awesome.

Also, off topic, but your PC setup looks good.
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Re: Member Profile - James' H6 Wagon - SKD55S

Postby applegeek897 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:42 pm

jslayz wrote:Keep it up! Looking tidy now 8)


Thanks man, it's getting there.

andy_mac wrote:Won’t have those issues with black Alcantara wrapped ones :wink:


Black headliner is VERY high on my list, I wish you could get a factory black with sunroof but apparently not. I've spoken with a trimmer and he said that the best thing would to be to get as many black bits as I can and then he can do the headliner, that's the plan but much to do before.

jamescd wrote:Great update as always, your photos are always awesome. Also, off topic, but your PC setup looks good.


Cheers man, it's actually a mac :P I do love it.

December 2017: So MCM Nationals Sydney was on last week and I was so excited to try all the bits and pieces I had done over the last year on the track. The car actually did better then I could've ever expected. The grip was amazing but the brakes blew my mind, once they got some heat into them they pulled up so well. I had some good runs for with a few quick cars for sure. The whole experience has certainly peeked my interest.

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While the car did do well in the event there was one issue, unsurprisingly. The transmission was not so happy. The 4th gear syncro has always been bad in the car, mainly only hard decel without perfect rev matching. It's never been super bad but after a few hard laps shifts were becoming almost impossible to get in and crunching almost ever 4th and 5th change, double clutching made it ok. After the 2nd session when I went to go and move the car the diff was pissed, large clunks when using any steering while moving. At that point I couldn't really be bothered, parked the car and let it sit for a few hours to cool down while I looked around.

When I got back to the car to go home it all seemed fine, no more clunks and it drove perfectly normal. So, at-least then I assume it was a heat issue. Anyway, today I through the car up on stands to have a look.

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More oil down here then usual, this defiantly transmission oil.

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Not good.

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So after all this I'm not sure, the car has always leaked a bit but not like this. Who knows where it can be coming out. Something that I've been wanting to do for ages it to book the car in with a proper Subaru performance specialist to get a full inspection inside and out. So I have done with ADS (All Drive Subaroo). I've heard good things about them and what will also likely happen is they will rebuild the box when I'm ready, LOTS of saving to do though. With the price of a new clutch, flywheel and centre diff rebuilt from Corgi, that plus the box rebuilt with at the minimum carbon synrcos but maybe more if there is more damage I'll be looking at just under $5,000, so yeah.

In other news while the Dixcels are much better with brake dust then the QFM's, after some track work they turned the wheels black. Oh well a good excuse to do a wheel off clean.

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So dirty.

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Super Syrups #BloodBath works wonders for getting the dust off.

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I couldn't find my clay so not perfect but wayyyy better.

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After it was clean we needed some photos.

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Postby applegeek897 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:06 pm

January 2018: The car has been mostly resting the last few weeks, with the odd drive here and there. Its funny. The car drives absolutely perfect, the diff doesn't bind and 4th doesn't crunch so long as I'm not being a dickhead.

Anyway I had some time yesterday so I thought it would be a good time to try and properly drain the transmission. Car up.

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Oil out.

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Then moved on to attempting to remove the rooted sump bolt. after a few good goes it just wasn't moving. Tried mostly with vice grips as my bolt removal kit was on order but not here in time. Safe to say its on there proper for now.

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Also had a little look at the leak situation, doesn't seem to be as bad as before which is good I suppose.

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Speaking of the gearbox, I dropped past ADS today to get a proper inspection of the inside and out of the car. Something I've been wanting to do for years. Safe to stay the list of things that need attending to is vast. Which is ok. Finally having a proper list to work through will make things easier on the car. I'll like just horde some parts for awhile and do it all over a long weekend.

Now this is all completely different to the box stuff. Interestingly the owner, who drove my car, was surprised how nicely it did drive. While its hard to speculate what needs to be done it was good having a chat to him about a bunch of different options. Months of saving ahead.
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Postby applegeek897 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:56 pm

January 2018: Finally, the final puzzle of the airbag debacle with Suttons Subaru. It's over.

A new, non snapped shifter around was sourced through CorgiWerx.

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The shifter boot was slightly damaged, although not nearly as much as the handbrake boot. Rather then having a go at refitting the current Redline Goods boots, which I've never been happy with I thought, considering it was on Subaru's dime to get a new set custom made to ensure the fit would be perfect this time.

The shifter boot now has the perfect amount of slack, far less then before. I decided to go with the same Nappa leather with red stitching as before.

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Rather then going for the velcro or button route I got them to invert it with a ziptie inside for a tighter look. It will make for a bit more effort on the removal but its likely ever only going to come out one more time so it'll be perfect.

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Handbrake looks so much better too.

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Again a nice tight fit.

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The interior needs a proper deep clean now to get everything looking proper but even now things are looking much better then ever before.
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Postby jamescd » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:57 pm

Damn, those leather covers look so good, who did you get them done through?

Also nice to be finally free of the shit that the dealership managed to pull!
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Postby applegeek897 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:55 pm

jamescd wrote:Damn, those leather covers look so good, who did you get them done through?

Also nice to be finally free of the shit that the dealership managed to pull!


Yeah man tell me about it. Just waiting on that cheque back from them for the work I had done.

The boots were done by DA Motor Trimming and Upholstery in Botany. They cost $440.00, which is expensive. But the work is impressive and well, it didn't cost me anything. Yes something like redline goods is cheaper but the fit on this is literally perfect. Better then OEM IMO.
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Postby applegeek897 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:50 pm

March 2018: Nothing interesting with the car going on lately. I'm keen to get everything back rolling again though. What I've decided is for the foreseeable future mods will only be done if it is a by-product of fixing something, like moving to a DCCD when the box gets swapped ect. There is lots of issues on the car that I want to finally address and fix, and as they say, if you're going to go to the trouble of fixing it, make it better. Which is mostly what I've done anyway.

Anyway, something that has been on the list for ages is to restore my headlights, particularly on the passenger side. I had some leftover credits from Supercheap Auto so I popped down there and grabbed the Mothers NuLens Headlight Restoration kit. The price is decent, and I really like the idea of having a drill attachment.

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As you can see they were pretty bad.

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Drivers-side was less of a problem though.

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Why they recommend to just use masking tape and do it on the car I would rather just take them off, specially as I plan on removing the eyelids. Bar off first.

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Then the lights could come out.

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Once on the bench I could inspect them properly. Yuck.

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The eyelids could come off.

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Alot of gunk got in there in the last year, quite the effort to get it all off.

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All else that is needed to get started is some water (not glass cleaner) in a spray bottle and a drill. Check and Check.

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I threw on the backing plate and lubricated the headlight with water.

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I started with a small test spot before moving onto the entire unit with 800 grit. So much froth.

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Then 1500 grit.

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Lastly 3000 grit dry.

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Then once that was done I could finish it with the foam ball and plastic polish.

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Very happy with how it came out. After that I moved drivers-side. These eyelids for what ever reason were a pain to remove.

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It just left so much of it left on the plastic.

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I popped past Bunnings to see if I could get some Goo Off, which I did. After doing a small spot it looked to be a bad idea and stripped a section of the headlight. It wasn't a problem later as I was able to blend and fix the area, not to mention being covered by the eyelid anyway.

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What I ended up doing was using one of the old 800 grit pads to get rid of it, which worked a charm. Gunked the crap out of the pad but no problem as it won't be used later anyway.

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Then I could move onto sanding. Again starting with 800 grit.

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1500 grit, 3000 grit and buff.

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Once they were both finally done they could go back into the car.

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Looking good now, small amount of pitting at the top but that's always been there and will be covered later.

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Drivers-side could then go in.

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Front end could then go back together.

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Overall I'm happy. Not perfect but a huge improvement from before. Neither the before or after does the justice in person. Just waiting on some more 3M tape to remount the eyelids and something special coming from Japan, but that's another thing.

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Postby applegeek897 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:05 pm

March 2018: A few months ago I managed to smash my rear garnish. I was reversing and just tapped a ute tray that was in the perfect window between my rear view and backup camera. It was the slightest touch with no damage to his tray but it managed to completely shatter my garnish.

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So that meant I know needed to look for a new one, I waited and waited for one in the same colour and finally found one with a wreckers in Brisbane called Subie World, I called the day the car was listed, ordered and payed for the garnish to hope it would get here as soon as possible. After a wait of almost three weeks it finally arrived in Sydney and thanks to Hunter Express, it came in complete pieces.

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Yeah not great.

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Long story short I'm still fighting to get the money back from the wreckers and the shipping company, both have been completely useless and I wouldn't recommended them. Who I can extremely recommend is Jesse Streeter. Wow what a pleasant experience, I found a garnish on Yahoo Auctions complete with LED light and optional half-bar. I managed to get here all the way from Japan in 7 days.

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Now this is how you pack something.

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Even the plastic was perfect.

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It's a pity its white but oh well that just means I can start with fresh paint.

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The JDM reverse lights are a nice little touch.

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This was certainly the best one at the time on Yahoo Auctions, mainly because non of the mounting screws were snapped.

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The next thing was to seperate everything so there would be less work for the painter. Firstly I popped of to burnings for some fishing line and a caramel wheel.

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After ages with some heat it started to come loose. I'm being as careful as possible cause the last thing I want is to have another broken one on my hands.

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Eventually it came off though.

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After it got a quick wipe-down I grabbed the caramel wheel and got started.

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Nice and clean. Little bit of paint came off but that's no problem.

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It was then time to attack the half-bar, this had way more of the double-sided tape left on it.

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I had a small go with the caramel wheel but began to cut through the plastic so I didn't want to risk it.

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Badge could then come off, still debating wether or not to replace with a brand new one but that can be done when ever,

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The lights then needed to come out.

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Out.

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Numberplate lights needed to come out.

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Lastly the chrome strip could come off. This also took longer then expected.

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Ready for paint.

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But before then. Its time to remove the old garnish from the car. The reverse camera has been broken for a couple weeks now so its another good reason to get under there.

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Rubber grommet was first to come off.

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Unsurprisingly there was a bunch of the plastic push pins missing. Another thing to add to the later list.

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Then these sneaky screws.

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The rest of the surrounding panels then popped off.

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Once that was done the back panel was finally able to come free.

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I popped the reverse lights out and as I thought this is where the reverse taps into for power.

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The last mounting bolts were then removed.

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Off it came and into the bin.

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Then lights out.

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There was so much filth under everything.

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Ah, much better.

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Now that everything is out of the way I wanted to see if I could fix the reverse camera. About 2 weeks ago I went over a large bump that I didn't see and suddenly it half stopped working. Basically looked like it was having a signal issue, it kinda still worked, sometimes all the colours would be strange and other times it would just flash black and white. I thought I would check the back of the headunit first just incase.

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That didn't do the trick which I thought would be the case anyway. After pulling some of the pervious owners electrical tape back I found one of the culprits.

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After fixing that I still had the same issues so the camera had to go. I had a spare camera that is meant to go into the Cuore.

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In it went and all working!

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I need to extend the power and video cable as I want to run the camera in the correct sport on the left of the tailgate and would also like to avoid the horrible whole cut into the tailgate.

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I also gave the LED tail / foglight a test to see if anything will need to be modified. Its plug and play except that the fog comes on for reverse, honestly, it'll do for now.

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The painter did a great job and even got some shots for me while he was painting.

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Colour.

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Clear.

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After getting it back from the painters first thing was to get the chrome strip back on.

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3M tape went on as there was some there before.

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An on.

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Next up was to throw the numberplate light bracket back on, but first a small cleanup.

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An on.

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All the mounting hardware could go back on. I left all of these at the painters but had two broken garnishes to rob from.

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The reverse lights use velcro type stuff to secure the lights to the garnish. The originals are well used and have expired.

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The old stuff was used as a template for some new 3M goodness.

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With that done both lights could then go in.

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Looking good.

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The garnish could then actually go on, everything got plugged in before final assembly.

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Numberplate light covers then went on.

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Starting to look like a car again.

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The camera could then me mounted, this time with some 3M tape rather then screwing in.

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That meant to wiring could then be cleaned up and tied back.

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Plastics could then go back on.

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Followed by the inside.

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Rubber grommet could then go back on.

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Now that everything is ready its time to prep the half-bar. I popped past Bunnings to get some double sided tape.

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On it all went.

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Half-bar could then go onto the garnish.

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Finally the badge could then go on.

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It was then time to get some pics after a long overdue wash.

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So happy with how everything came out.

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Postby bigBADbenny » Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:52 am

EPIC!!!
Love the thorough documentation...
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