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Post by Scruff_ » Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:09 pm

Hey guys! Been browsing the forums for a while now and can finally join the party.

I'm on my third Subaru and am VERY excited to get started on actually working on them.

My first car is/was a 1993 Impreza wagon. She is a POS FWD automatic, but in the 6 years I've had her she has not stranded me once... I still drive it occasionally but it needs a lot of work. I have ideas for turning her into an AWD project, but that will be sitting on the backburner until I have everything else together.

My second was very short lived. Last year I had a 2006 Legacy GT Spec.B (320/500) for about a month before rolling it a couple of times.

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Somehow I managed to come out on top, both financially and (more importantly) physically. If anything, that car cemented my loyalty to Subarus. Sadly, the car was written off... Although in hindsight I think I'm and early 90's Subaru guy to begin with.

My third is my 1991 Legacy SS. I've known about it for about a year now and after losing my Spec.B I knew I needed to get it. I finally bought it about a month ago. Ever since I got into Subarus I've always wanted one of these, and I have finally gotten to a place where I could get one. This one is kind of a mystery though, as all the previous owner and I have to go on really is some old for sale threads.

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin ... -ss-10359/

So this should be pretty fun. I know it has a boost leak somewhere, and the wastegate might be sticking open, but for a daily it is working fine. Changing the oil and inspecting it a bit deeper this weekend. Time to get my hands dirty :)

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To be honest I'm pretty new to working on these but I am passionate about this car and hope to have some fun with it. I'll be checking in often with progress, and I'm sure I'll need some help along the way!

Cheers!

-Bryce
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Re: New Member! (1991 SS)

Post by originalcyn » Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:36 pm

Welcome, it's always nice to have new members around, especially local members.
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Re: New Member! (1991 SS)

Post by Legacy777 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:00 am

Yup, welcome to the BBS!

Glad to hear you were alright after the roll on the spec B. I'm impressed with how well the cabin area held up.
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Re: New Member! (1991 SS)

Post by Scruff_ » Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:16 am

originalcyn wrote:Welcome, it's always nice to have new members around, especially local members.
Thanks! I'm excited to meet the community. Looks like there's a fair amount of owners in the area :)
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Re: New Member! (1991 SS)

Post by Scruff_ » Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:24 am

Legacy777 wrote:Yup, welcome to the BBS!

Glad to hear you were alright after the roll on the spec B. I'm impressed with how well the cabin area held up.
That thing was too good for me :)

Most of the roof impact was on the right rear:
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It certainly kept me safe, and it just felt solid. I had my complaints about it but overall that was a great car.
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Re: New Member! (1991 SS)

Post by SILINC3R » Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:18 am

Poor Spec B, to bad you couldn't have parted it out. That's how I got my interior for my GT. Glad you are staying in the game!
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Re: New Member! (1991 SS)

Post by Scruff_ » Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:31 pm

SILINC3R wrote:Poor Spec B, to bad you couldn't have parted it out. That's how I got my interior for my GT. Glad you are staying in the game!
Thought about buying it back but didn't have the money at the time... I took the COBB downpipe and 3 inch midpipe off of it though... Been meaning to sell them but they've just been sitting. Already gave the Blitz Nur mufflers to the previous owner.

That interior was gorgeous though, I don't think I was classy enough for it.

I'm actually more stoked on having the SS at the end of the day though to be honest. It's been my dream car for ages :D
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Re: New Member! (1991 SS)

Post by Scruff_ » Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:08 am

Washed her today, -possibly- the last pictures before new wheels... About to purchase them, then tires, and mounting my OEM mudguards :D

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Re: New Member! (1991 SS)

Post by tibug » Sun Feb 08, 2015 3:43 am

Looks awesome! Sucks about the Spec B...but I feel pretty similar to you. I have no class either :). That's why I've been going back in time.

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Re: New Member! (1991 SS)

Post by Scruff_ » Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:50 pm

tibug wrote:Looks awesome! Sucks about the Spec B...but I feel pretty similar to you. I have no class either :). That's why I've been going back in time.
Yeah, I'll probably be in old Subaru's for a while. I just enjoy the responsiveness.

The Spec.B was really nice as a daily (minus how low it was... not a fan of coilovers) but I felt like the steering and pedals lacked the feedback that you get in older setups.

Class is overrated anyways :D
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Re: New Member! (1991 SS)

Post by Scruff_ » Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:34 pm

After a fitting (or just the really old oil return line) went out on my turbo and the exhaust manifold cracked, I decided to go all out and convert my SS back to Subaru parts. Out with the T3/T4. custom up and downpipes, and cut up SAAB intercooler (which was actually pretty nice) and in with v3 STi exhaust manifold and catless uppipe, VF39, catless downpipe, and 06 WRX intercooler, with all new hoses. It all took about a month to complete, but once it was done I was so stoked on it, and I am proud to say I did it myself :)

Here is a quick snap from my buddy's house, will follow up with engine pics once I get the recirculating BPV on since there is this old Greddy atmospheric unit on at the moment.

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Post by Scruff_ » Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:00 am

Using this topic to update with progress on my Legacy (and now my second one :D )

Mods- If there is a better place to move this thread to, please do!!!

Last thing I left off at was swapping in my VF39, engine-wise not much has changed other than a recirculating bypass valve (APR, I believe it was initially made for a VW but with an adapter and some tricky use of hose it works like a dream) and an Apex'i intake. Holds 15psi well, although I STILL haven't installed my HKS FCD.

Oh, and I put on my Speedlines :-)

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That's where she sits currently, I think the wheels really set it off. I think her next stage is actually to go RWD. I've always been into drifting (why I bought the 200SX which I will be getting rid of), and made the decision that the Legacy would be a good choice since I am confident in the chassis and with the engine. It will obviously take some time and fabrication to work it all out, but at least I purchased a new daily so I don't need to worry about rushing the project.

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I purchased this 1994 Legacy TW in Ashland, OR this past weekend. 175k miles, all major service done at 160k, bone stock sans a 4.11 manual tranny/diff. It's in pretty good shape, but is in need of a detail I will be doing this weekend for sure. It didn't skip a beat over the 500 mile journey back home Sunday either. It is also my first car with a working radio, so that's pretty tits.

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That little VF11 spools up nicely, but what surprised me most was how much faster the sedan is... I didn't realize the current mods produced THAT much more power over stock.

Next weekend the sedan is getting parked at my parent's for a teardown and some much needed maintenance and modification. I will be starting in the engine bay and will be moving back. Major changes include (possibly) installing a smaller turbo (TD04 or TD05), installing my FCD, and possibly a front mounted intercooler. Otherwise, it's all about making it as reliable as possible. After that... well... I think it will be going rear wheel drive. I am in the midst of doing the proper research and building a parts list, since I will not be using the 3.9 VLSD or stock subaru axles, but we'll see when I get there. One step at a time ;-)
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Post by nortonjefferson » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:18 pm

Awesome little collection of first gens you got there! both are very clean too, keep it up! i love the speedlines btw
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Post by Scruff_ » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:24 am

nortonjefferson wrote:Awesome little collection of first gens you got there! both are very clean too, keep it up! i love the speedlines btw
Thanks man! Yeah when I found those a couple years back (can't believe it has been that long) I was super stoked. They'll be making their way onto the wagon while the sedan is under the knife.
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Post by mike-tracy » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:03 am

I agree, manual turbo wagons are awesome! My 92 SS is mostly done, and have another couple projects to finish, or I'd consider getting a TW myself.
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Post by Scruff_ » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:37 am

mike-tracy wrote:I agree, manual turbo wagons are awesome! My 92 SS is mostly done, and have another couple projects to finish, or I'd consider getting a TW myself.
Yeah I'm super exicted to do some adventuring in it. I think it is my ideal daily, and I miss having a wagon (first car was a '93 Impreza wagon).

Plus all that room for parts runs for the SS :twisted:
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Post by Pntaste4evr99 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:30 am

Or premarital relationships lol
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Post by Scruff_ » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:51 am

Pntaste4evr99 wrote:Or premarital relationships lol
"Adventuring" :wink:
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Post by SILINC3R » Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:04 pm

Bro!!!! I love the look. Glad to see you finally mounted them. However, please don't drift with those wheels. I'd hate to see something happen and in drifting that comes with the territory.

Thanks for the new wallpaper!
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Post by Scruff_ » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:03 pm

SILINC3R wrote:Bro!!!! I love the look. Glad to see you finally mounted them. However, please don't drift with those wheels. I'd hate to see something happen and in drifting that comes with the territory.

Thanks for the new wallpaper!
I think that's the first time anything I've owned was deemed wallpaper material haha :D

Planning on swapping the wheels over to the wagon this weekend while the sedan is out of commission, I'll probably post up some pics afterwards.

The current plan is to get the sedan ready for a roadtrip later this year, and maybe some autocross, so no RWD at the moment... Once it is ready to go, the Speedlines will be back on the sedan.

When/if the sedan goes RWD, I'll find a different set of wheels, promise! :-D

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Post by Pntaste4evr99 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:01 pm

Post on here if your gonna take the sedan to an autocross around here, I've always wanted to go do one, beat on the pickle a little more then usual ;)
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Post by Scruff_ » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:05 pm

Pntaste4evr99 wrote:Post on here if your gonna take the sedan to an autocross around here, I've always wanted to go do one, beat on the pickle a little more then usual ;)
Definitely will do, should be going out in the summertime!
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Post by Scruff_ » Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:25 pm

'91 is back to daily duties :-D :-D :-D

ill be posting up photos once i go for a drive and snap a few.

new (and used) parts include:

KYB AGXs and whiteline springs, 1 inch rear strut spacers (rides A LOT higher than she did, will be good for winter but thinking about using the old springs and buying some new struts for a summer setup)

reman '02 WRX calipers all the way around with new rotors and pads

redid all boost hoses with new silicone, eliminated a boost leak ive had for a very long time

HKS FCD installed

AEM AFR gauge and sensor installed (DP already had a bung for an extra sensor, SUPER easy install)

Turbosmart 25 psi boost gauge (15 psi gauge was maxing out on the first few drives, with the boost leak gone i was running about 18-20psi, running 15psi high boost now)

new sparkplugs (went one step colder at first, felt off, went back to stock and gapped down to .32 and feels perfect now)

WRX shift linkage (the drift pins were a REAL b**ch to remove and install... took me probably a combined 3-4 hours to do)

Trust/GReddy shift knob

NRG shorthub/quick release and 330mm MOMO wheel

relocated turn signals into the corner lights (harness is the same for the running lights/bumper signals, so i just removed the bumper signals altogether)

LEDs all around on the exterior

modified the '89-'91 non-turbo grille with some mesh and an L7 badge ive had forever (turned out pretty nice for the most part, should re-sand and paint it again though)

removed A/C

removed carpet/rear seats (while she was sitting for 4 months or so at my parents a family of mice decided to call my car home... still have the rear seats laying around but the carpet is done for)


she is running better than she ever has, definitely a lot of fun. just purchased my winter set of wheels (16x7 Speedline 6 spokes) those will be going on pretty soon once i pick up some tires.

at this pace it definitely looks like im going to be doing a lot of autocross in 2018, one of my coworkers has been doing it for years so its good having that extra shove to get out there. coming months will bring little tweaks and such but for the most part version 3 of my '91 is good to go.
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Post by ride_child » Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:38 pm

thats the boat launch on lake morton!! i know that place well, i went to kentlake.
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Post by Scruff_ » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:17 pm

ride_child wrote:thats the boat launch on lake morton!! i know that place well, i went to kentlake.
thats the one! i grew up/my parents still live about 5 minutes from it, actually worked on the SS there the past few months.
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