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Postby crazyricochet » Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:44 pm

The red stitched leather surrounds really do set it off nicely, nice work they look much better than the old!
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Re: Member Profile - James' H6 Wagon - SKD55S

Postby applegeek897 » Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:20 pm

crazyricochet wrote:The red stitched leather surrounds really do set it off nicely, nice work they look much better than the old!


Overall I'm happy, If I would do it all over again, I would go custom and not with Redline but whats done is done.
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Re: Member Profile - James' H6 Wagon - SKD55S

Postby applegeek897 » Thu Oct 20, 2016 5:03 pm

October 2016: Things are happening nicely with the car lately.

The car had a nice month long rest while I was on holiday so when I got back it was straight into a few things.

First thing on the list was a quick minor service.

Ive switched from Castrol Edge 5W-30 to Penrite 10W-50 as per the recommendation of Ben Neal. Fresh oil and filter later the car is certainly running smoother then before, particularly with the cars idle which is much smoother and quieter.

While I as there I thought was a good time to chuck a new air filter in the car as I had never even had a look at it so who knows how long it was in there for.

Wasnt too bad but had also seen better days.

Old and Dirty

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New and Clean

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Next up was what was also meant to be the first mod on my car, tints. Finally. I ended up going with 15 percent all round with a small strip for the windscreen. The old tints were in terrible condition and were so mild they man as well not have even been there.

Before and After

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I decided to get both cars at the same time because it just made sense.

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I went with Show Me Your Tints. He was a top bloke with a great price and great product.

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Something I didn't really expect to be doing was as soon was to change my wheel nuts. Reason being is despite being told they were fine when the new tyres were put on two nuts came loose while driving which was not fun at all.

Old / Factory

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New nuts are Work Emotion Racing Nuts in Blue with lock nut.

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On the car

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I'm not ultra happy with the colour as I reckon they clash with the brakes but they were needed the same day otherwise I couldn.t drive the car and they were cheap from a mate so at some point they will be changed.

Something that was extremely over due was to finally start sorting out the front end of the car. Main starting point was getting rid of that terrible GT bonnet, it shouldn't be on an NA car, it was a poor lapse in judgement but finally its rectified with an Outback bonnet in lovely Atlantic Blue Pearl.

How it was,

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How it should be.

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Finally it’s staring to look decent. As you can see the car also had a new grill which I got for a steal. Once my bumper arrives it’ll it and the bumper will go in for paint and this should be looking good.
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Re: Member Profile - James' H6 Wagon - SKD55S

Postby jslayz » Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:34 pm

Getting there on the cosmetics now. 8)
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Postby craig_ » Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:52 am

The outback bonnet looks much better.
Nice ride mate.
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Re: Member Profile - James' H6 Wagon - SKD55S

Postby applegeek897 » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:42 pm

jslayz wrote:Getting there on the cosmetics now. 8)


craig_ wrote:The outback bonnet looks much better.
Nice ride mate.


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Re: Member Profile - James' H6 Wagon - SKD55S

Postby applegeek897 » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:42 pm

December 2016: The car has mostly been resting lately, only get to drive it maybe twice a week but its been great as usual.

Cleaning up has basically been the goal over the last few weeks, so Ive constantly been on the lookout for better condition pieces for the interior, which isnt hard as most of the stuff inside is really quite badly worn, expected with well over 300K on the clock.

A set of really nice set of door cards front and rear popped up for great price from a mate. This was also good timing as my brother had broken the handle on the passenger side.

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They were looking fairly good but I gave them a good clean with cleaner and conditioner.

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The replacement was much quicker then I thought but there was some sneaky hidden screws, Ive rushed before and broken stuff so took it super easy this time around. The old handles were so crusty!

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Remove

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Replace

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Rinse and repeat. Much better. Cat hair removed shortly after

Im happy with the change for now but I will still be looking out for a truly mint set from a face lift car, the one with silver handles to replace in.

My bumper has finally arrived after a almost three month wait, still totally worth it. It was imported through Import Monky, such a awesome guy to deal with, great price and are based in Sydney which is a nice change from Import Monster. Time delay was not his fault it was just bad timing to order.

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Ultrex Eyelids were also ordered and arrived a few days later.

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To save some $$$ I removed and dismantled all the bits before they went in for paint.

The Subaru Sports Mesh grill was removed and mesh removed.

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Looks so strange with no grill.

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Fog lights also came off and as usual things seem to be held on with cable ties.

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These clips are evil and are missing left, right and centre from the car.

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Should get everything back from the painters tomorrow, fingers crossed.

So excited for the first time since owning the car for the front end to actually look nice.

Goodbye old front end!

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Re: Member Profile - James' H6 Wagon - SKD55S

Postby applegeek897 » Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:43 pm

Here's a quick sneak peak. Will crack the proper camera out when it's had a proper clean. I'm also going to re apply the eyelids as the first time could've been better.

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Postby applegeek897 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:20 pm

Gave the cars a quick clean and went for some photos

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Also makes for a great iPhone wallpaper :)

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Postby applegeek897 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:51 pm

December 2016: Today was the Shire Subaru Show Us What You Got! Dyno day at Elite Autohaus. While I knew the car wouldnt make the claimed 180KW ATW that keeps being thrown around on these, I was very interested to see how it goes.

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Here is the video of the cars three pulls:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLGOxAa ... e=youtu.be

First run | 144.6 KW / 193.4 HP

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Second run | 147.6 KW / 197.9 HP

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Third run | 148.6 KW / 199.3 HP

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So yes fairly far off that 180KW but Im still happy with where it is, A tune actually on the dyno should happen soon and then we can actually see how much we can get out of it, will also likely add a Raptor CAI while Im there too, just waiting for Matt to finish Flex Fuel compatibly.

Interestingly enough there was a FL H6 which has basically the exact same things done, exhaust is the same except the other car has a extra, very small resonator in it and a bigger fuel pump. His numbers were quite a lot lower.

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Interestingly the discrepancy seems to be in the fuel. The car was running quite lean, so much so the dyno operator didn't want to do a third run. Mine was also running a touch rich which could also be robbing me some power. Below is the difference, Purple is me, green is the other car.

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Overall it was a cool day with a bunch of really interesting cars.

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I also managed to snag this awesome detail pack from CarCareProducts.com.au in the raffle.

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Postby robsH6 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:22 pm

So yes fairly far off that 180KW but I'm still happy with where it is, A tune actually on the dyno should happen soon and then we can actually see how much we can get out of it, will also likely add a Raptor CAI while I'm there too, just waiting for Matt to finish Flex Fuel compatibly.


Interesting! Do you reckon you dont get near the 180/182kw max because of the engine age due to high kms or just the tune? Curious to see if mine would make the same or actually close to 180 once tuned for e85 and headers. Given engine only has 68xxx kms id hope it would make somewhat close to 180!
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Postby applegeek897 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:34 am

robsH6 wrote:Interesting! Do you reckon you dont get near the 180/182kw max because of the engine age due to high kms or just the tune? Curious to see if mine would make the same or actually close to 180 once tuned for e85 and headers. Given engine only has 68xxx kms id hope it would make somewhat close to 180!


Well that's the thing man, despite having a replaced HG and timing chain, at the end of the day the engine has just ticked over 344,000km so it was one of the main reasons I knew it wouldn't get there. Please do post your findings as I am very interested to see the differences. I'm told there is more in it, so we'll see what happens.
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Re: Member Profile - James' H6 Wagon - SKD55S

Postby BillyCorgi » Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:21 am

Factory figures are "At-The-Flywheel"

The rolling road dynomometer figures are measured "At-The-Wheels"
Between the flywheel and the wheels exists the drivetrain.
Typical drivetrain losses are quoted in the order of 15%
http://www.superstreetonline.com/how-to ... ower-loss/
Typical drive train losses for an AWD ?????

Applying that rule of thumb to James figures of 148kw would be of the order of 175kW at the flywheel (estimate)
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Postby applegeek897 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:00 pm

December 2016: 3M tape arrived so it was time for eyelids.

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Headlights got a quick clean and a once over with some wax and grease remover.

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The passenger side eyelid was shaped pretty badly and didn't follow the lines of the headlight super well, some help from a headgun to somewhat mold it.

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It took a few tries but got it lined up the best I could.

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As you can see there is what looks like a fair gap on the drivers side, the eyelid is actually fine, the bumper still needs to be sorted so it sits higher, plus the bonnet is slightly bent there too, not helping things. Overall, happy.

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Re: Member Profile - James' H6 Wagon - SKD55S

Postby applegeek897 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:15 pm

December 2016: A nice little goodie arrived today. A laser cut License Plate Riser in a sexy anodised black finish thanks to Rakesh from Atrax Engineering

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It also came with a nice set of Stainless Steel M6x12mm and M6x25mm bolts along with some nice plastic spacers.

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This is how the plate looked before, it really does sit quite low.

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Riser on. I've set it as high as it goes.

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I've used all 4 spacers on the bottom to reduce the possibly of the plate scratching the bumper.

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Everything back together.

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It's nothing crazy special and yes an extremely cheap solution could've been made with bits from Bunnings but this is made to fit and will never degrade.
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