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#76 2016-10-03 20:50:05

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
Registered: 2012-03-10
User Number: 7123
Posts: 2110

Re: Look at my red rocket.

arrow-up arrow-up Dat is nice.

Steering rack replacement went pretty smoothly, really. I did a bad job of getting the steering wheel centered, so when the car was driving straight the wheel was turned about 100deg to the right. So, I had to pull the u-joint off and re-center, but other than that it was quite smooth. I brought it to a Les Schwab tire place that is about 3 blocks from my house and they fixed my toe up real nice. The rest of my alignment specs were in great shape already, so only $56  banana

I had the typical wheel shudder thing going on when turning for maybe 5 miles or so of first driving, but it's already pretty much totally smooth. I think the air is all out of the system and it feels great.

I also took the opportunity to re-grease my front sway bar bushings since I had to pull the mounts of the sway bar off to get to the bolts that hold the rack in place. I think most people wouldn't need to do that, but my giant 27mm bar was juuuust slightly too big to let me get a socket over one of the bolts. The bushings weren't making squeaky noises yet, but they were pretty dry so it was good that I did it.

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#77 2016-12-18 12:34:09

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
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User Number: 7123
Posts: 2110

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Spent the better part of a day this weekend replacing my power steering pump. I guess I should have just done it when I did the rack, but it didn't end up being a huge deal in terms of fluids and stuff. What a pain in the ass that job is though - the rear 12mm bolt on the back of the bracket to the block is just...terrible. I did have a flex socket for it, but it was still a big deal getting it back in.

I broke one of the little tubing connectors to the evap solenoid that sits behind the pump there. Apparently it's $150 to replace. I used some tubing I had laying around to replace that connector. If I start having issues as a result, I'll replace the solenoid, but it seems to be fine.

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#78 2016-12-18 20:14:21

Rodman
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From: Long Island
Registered: 2006-03-01
User Number: 1046
Posts: 2537

Re: Look at my red rocket.

I also broke that solenoid when I replaced the power steering pump on my first aero, the local Subaru parts people know me well and sold me the part for $100. Lucky me I guess, but they had in stock. With the solenoid broken I had the check engine light on, coincidentally, that was the only time ever that car had the check engine light on.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm STi ver 7 drivetrain.
2005 desert silver aero, work horse JDM EJ205 AVCS
2002 bugeye, sedan :-( new project

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#79 2017-03-05 22:27:40

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
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User Number: 7123
Posts: 2110

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Last weekend I replaced the solenoid I broke when doing the power steering pump. I had a check engine light come on for a small leak in the evap system, and obviously knew what the cause was. So, that's done.

I did the spark plugs at the same time. It's a job I've been dreading, but really wasn't that hard. I got lucky with a socket extension that was just perfectly sized. They were due by mileage count, but I haven't noticed any difference with the new ones. The old ones looked fine to me.

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/dotmaster206/0225171633a_HDR_zpsjdxz9amx.jpg

On Friday, I finally got my passenger airbag recall done. I got a loaner 2002 Saab 9-3 SE with a 5 speed manual for the day, which was a hugely pleasant surprise. I'd never driven a real Saab before.

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj600/dotmaster206/0303170818_HDR_zpsmn7rteeg.jpg

It had 167k on the clock and was definitely well worn in, but I had a blast with it. I totally get the Saab thing. They're weird, and it's awesome. Weather band radio. 'Night Panel' mode. Key between the seats. Moose-intrusion proof windshield. The weird vent airflow setup with stacked grates. Just a good time.

Anyway, glad to have gotten the airbag finally taken care of. That was always in the back of my mind. I feel better about selling it with that having been done, too.

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#80 2017-03-06 00:31:14

Rodman
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From: Long Island
Registered: 2006-03-01
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Posts: 2537

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Plugs still look healthy, glad to hear airbag inflator was replaced, peace of mind.


2005 satin gray metalic aero, sold. 06 wrx, adios!
2005 black aero, rescue project, jdm STi ver 7 drivetrain.
2005 desert silver aero, work horse JDM EJ205 AVCS
2002 bugeye, sedan :-( new project

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#81 2018-11-14 23:41:44

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
Registered: 2012-03-10
User Number: 7123
Posts: 2110

Re: Look at my red rocket.

Alright...I've held out long enough I think. It's time for a feeler post on what this thing is worth.

Some general conditions...

Fundamentals:
- Unicorn! 06 (2.5L turbo), 5MT, red, every option except leather seats (HIDs, heated seats/windshield/mirrors, sunroof, auto climate control)
- ~141k miles (will continue to rise)

Good Stuff:
- Mechanically very solid (timing belt, clutch, clutch hydraulics, power steering rack/pump, alternator, accessory belts, spark plugs...been done and should be good to go for a long time)
- Burns no oil at all - hard to believe, I know, but I watch it like a hawk 
- 2nd owner, bought in 2012 at ~70k miles - originally started in Maryland, spent a spring/summer in Maine, then Colorado since then. Rust is virtually non-existent. I haven't pulled out the back seats to see the interior of the rear strut towers, but if there are any '06 WRX/9-2xs without rust back there, then this is one of them.
- Passenger airbag and control arm recalls performed
- Also have a set of '06 WRX wheels with winter tires
- Both sets of tires have plenty of tread life left

Not good stuff:
- Two accidents (one significant front-end collision w/o airbag deployment and one not significant rear-ending). Plenty of chronicling of the process I went through to getting it back to 100% on this forum after the front end collision. The damage was pretty limited, but the mechanical repair work was not acceptable to me. I had it reworked completely. It's 100% now. 
- Clear coat is finally giving up on the hood scoop and starting on the spoiler
- Failed emissions a couple of weeks ago. Might indicate the cat in the Helix downpipe is starting to fail (failed on NOx levels slightly above allowable limit - CO was well within range).
- Regular rock chipping on the paint on the hood from many highway miles in CO

Mods
- BBS '04 STi wheels
- Cobb Stage 2 (helix catted downpipe, STi catback) - still have the OEM downpipe with both cats for use if needed for emissions testing
- Mishimoto radiator
- Whiteline 27mm front sway bar, Perrin 22mm rear sway bar
- Kartboy aluminum end links
- Grimmspeed air-oil separator
- Rally Armor UR mudflaps
- Koji mod headlights + Xpel headlight protection (super clear!)
- Prosport halo boost gauge
- Kenwood headunit
- Sound Ordinance under-seat subwoofer
- Ixis hood struts
- Ixis clutch pedal limiter
- Mesh guard in the front grille to protect A/C condenser and radiator
- Gunmetal painted calipers/Centric premium cryo rotors/StopTech Street Performance pads
- 35% 3M window tint all around
- Flat black plasti-dip on chrome grille surrounds and front lip

She's been a beast and I hate to see her go, but it's just about time to move on to the glory of the TCST. Any thoughts on coming up with a fair price? These things get sold so rarely it's hard to find a reasonable comp. I've had a lot of inquiries over the years about buying it from friends, forum folks, strangers who catch me in the parking lot, heck even the guys working my van project are interested. But, that's all soft inquiries and I need a price that is justifiable.

TIA for your thoughts!

Last edited by dotmaster206 (2018-11-25 18:39:45)

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#82 2018-11-16 18:01:44

racerjim
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From: Kennesaw, GA
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Re: Look at my red rocket.

wENT BACK AND LOOKED AT YOUR FIRST POST.  mAN THAT WAS A NICE CAR WHEN YOU BOUGHT IT (nOT THAT IT ISN'T NOW...)  aND THESE THINGS REALLY WERE ATTRACTIVE WHEN NOT WORN OUT.


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