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Ah I don't miss that at all, I had to take a grinder to all those exhaust bolts when I removed my exhaust manifold. Nice progress on the SX so far, making me want one even more now
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Ah I don't miss that at all, I had to take a grinder to all those exhaust bolts when I removed my exhaust manifold. Nice progress on the SX so far, making me want one even more now
Thanks! Been chipping away as time permits. I don't know what it is but it's just super fun to drive. Now that I have both perspectives, Stock for Stock, I'd take the Sportcross.



Sooo a simple brake replacement and suspension swap turned into a near 2 week nightmare

The shop was awesome in the fact that they kept me informed and let me see, touch and feel everything as it was happening. Basically, everything was seized and the adjusting cams needed replaced.... fine. Then they had a fire and couldn't do the alignment until some panels were replaced to restore power. Just my luck

...then this happened:


On the test drive, the wheels towed out on their own, it was steering all over the place, etc..

Figs was amazing. They had some great diagnostic ideas. They worked with me and the shop through the whole process. The shop performed their recommended diagnosis and everything seemed good so Figs sent me a new set of bushings. I received and dropped them off this morning, the shop replaced them and gave me the car back this afternoon.

It would appear this is the first ever problem with these bushings. The tech noted that the sleeve was super hard to push into the new bushings. I took the set from the video and slid the sleeve right through the bushing with almost no resistance. Sounds like a SuperPro issue based on tolerance or durometer. Won't know until I send the old ones back.

Pics coming soon! It looks great a tad lower with the 18" wheels on

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Good Times LOL... can't wait to see the new stance. I feel like the SX will be my next DD. There have been like 4 in the past month for sale in my area. I never see them on the road, but they are always for sale and sold in a week.
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^ That red one you showed me was awesome! I assume it sold already if they're going that quickly!

Here's just a couple from putting the sedan back in storage:






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After installing a replacement set of bushings, a 3 hour road trip and some fun driving and braking over the weekend, it appears the play in those bushings are normal!

The old set wouldn't hold alignment amongst other things but Figs requested a vid of the replacements today and I obliged. To my surprise:


So there must have been another issue with the other set. Time will tell what they come up with! The only thing I can think of is how easy the sleeves were to slide into the old set. Maybe a tolerance issue. We'll see.

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I am surprised that there is that degree of movement in those bushes, i have replaced mine with the TRD bushes and there is nothing like that kind of play in them. Mine were bloody tight to get back on twisting the new rubber to get the holes aligned and had bugger all movement.

I would imagine the main forces involved are forward and back though (the OEM and TRD bushes have the main support in those directions), so side movement might not be as critical?

I'm liking this thread, half of the mods i wish i had the money and time to do on mine :D

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I am surprised that there is that degree of movement in those bushes, i have replaced mine with the TRD bushes and there is nothing like that kind of play in them. Mine were bloody tight to get back on twisting the new rubber to get the holes aligned and had bugger all movement.

I would imagine the main forces involved are forward and back though (the OEM and TRD bushes have the main support in those directions), so side movement might not be as critical?

I'm liking this thread, half of the mods i wish i had the money and time to do on mine :D
I'm surprised in the movement myself. No idea how I can't feel that when driving. They must be moving around like crazy when taking off and stopping. I haven't heard the final verdict on the other set yet. Will let everyone know!

Thanks for the kind words also I plan to keep this thing for 10 years so I'm spending a lot now so I don't have to worry about anything later on.


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Had to replace the driver door lock actuator. Didn't detail the job too much because there's already plenty of info on the site:



I totally broke the handle linkage retainer when trying to remove the link. Tried to weld it, knew I couldn't but tried anyway
Had a steel washer decently stuck to the cast but it broke off with some finger force:


Picked up a donor handle for $15 and just swapped the single part:



Here's the original thread I followed:
https://my.is/forums/f221/diy-actuato...nstall-388787/

...and this one after I broke the handle:
https://my.is/forums/f221/door-handle...t-swap-439314/

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Unboxed the meant-for-the-sedan headlights and removed the wagon fogs... things to come.


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Yyeeessss!!!

Slap some tint on that bitch
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Slap some tint on that bitch
Tint is in the plans!

Finally getting the timing belt and everything else done...
Radiator, upper, lower and heater hoses, AC condenser, cam seals, crank seal, crank pulley, VVT-i gear, oil solenoid, etc., etc.. haha. Took it to my guy who built the sedan!

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Coming along nicely...

I feel like I need to see the sportcross with the same grill as your sedan up front.
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Coming along nicely...

I feel like I need to see the sportcross with the same grill as your sedan up front.
Haha, how'd you know I've been grille shopping? I don't like the current one at all...
I'm torn between the one like the sedan or the SportDesign. They're both about the same price new... just taking care of all the maintenance before getting into too much fun stuff

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