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And yet another update (was meant to be before the Z/S but I just got carried away :cool:)

 

I now have my very own roofbox. Perfect timing - got it just before, well actually midway, to the mountains to do some hiking. It is a Prorack Cargo Box 10 - perfect size for a sedan and perfect match with Prorack S bars. Don't have to "steal" my dad's roof box anymore.

 

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I really like the old exhaust you had with the larger double wall round tips. It fit with the bumper cutouts much better. If you could find a way to modify the cutouts in the bumper to fit the square tips better I think they could look just as good. I really like the blue that your 3.0 is. It is a very beautiful car and I'm looking forward to seeing what more you are going to do with it.

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My USDM 3.0R seems so neglected in comparison. But my Ruby will be getting some presents this Spring. Trying to figure out what to do with my headlights and I now have a grille predicament because my current aftermarket one is damaged.
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Had a productive Sunday evening:

 

  • Tribeca Front swaybar 20401XA00A
  • Tribeca swaybar bushes 20414XA01A x2
  • Adjustable swaybar links
  • New headers gaskets (just because I was there :rolleyes:) 44011AG040
  • Mid section donut gasket 44011AE031
  • Mid section new bolts/springs/nuts (much easier to deal with now, old ones got a bit rusty and rounded) 44059AA010, 44044AA010, 902350004
  • Throttle body gasket 16175AA310

 

All up took me about two hours, the whole process was pretty cruisy. Gave the new swaybar a few coats of satin black to make it look a bit more presentable. The car feels so much firmer after both swaybars were installed, am pretty happy with the outcome. Now I just need to get some reinforcement brackets for the rear mounts before I snap them, considering getting a set of Cusco brackets as I just cannot justify paying $100 + shipping to NZ for AVO stuff.

 

Old sway undone, headers "dropped", ready to go out

 

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Tribeca vs Legacy

 

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Tribeca bar installed

 

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New adjustable links

 

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That's a seriously meaty bar compared to the stock one.

Atleast the avo one has a 3rd mounting point though. If you wanted to do it cheap couldn't you just go to an engineering firm and say mate I want a piece of steel with a 90 degree fold and two holes, and they'll do it for next to nothing. And will look the same as cusco after some blue spray paint. That's my plan when I finally get around to it 😀

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That's a seriously meaty bar compared to the stock one.

Atleast the avo one has a 3rd mounting point though. If you wanted to do it cheap couldn't you just go to an engineering firm and say mate I want a piece of steel with a 90 degree fold and two holes, and they'll do it for next to nothing. And will look the same as cusco after some blue spray paint. That's my plan when I finally get around to it 😀

 

 

Cusco is $99 to my door via 41, I can probably try to get it a bit cheaper. AVO would set me back 150-160 at least. Doubt any workshop would do it for less than $50, unless you have some connections and I don't.

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So, tribeca sway bar huh? I like where this is going, I found i had a weak link this week when I brought the car to the garage, just another reason to upgrade :) I was wondering... Does the rear sway from the tribeca fit too? Or just the front? Seems like a cheaper alternative than buying after-market legacy parts! Edited by SneakyGT
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So, tribeca sway bar huh? I like where this is going, I found i had a weak link this week when I brought the car to the garage, just another reason to upgrade :) I was wondering... Does the rear sway from the tribeca fit too? Or just the front? Seems like a cheaper alternative than buying after-market legacy parts!

 

Keep in mind the Tribeca fsb fits the NA cars, not the GT.

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I know, I know... :rolleyes::

 

 

Still reckon the recessed grilles look better on these cars than ones flush with the bumpers.

 

I'm actually thinking the opposite - but that's probably more about personal preferences or a desired look one would aim for. A few "recessed" Corazon/ZS grilles on CS and I wouldn't say I like them that much but they do suit those cars, i.e more sportier look.

 

BUT..

 

I now have a Zero/Sports carbon grille :redface:

 

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Still haven't decided whether I like it or not, the other one definitely looks classier.

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Good call. Bloody love those grilles, but you are right, definately aimed at people going for a sportier setup rather than a subtle, refined look.

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BBS crapped themselves, time for some new wheels.

 

After considering a few options (including an idea of running 18x8 et38 which I'm glad I did not proceed with as it would have required a fair bit of rolling) I settled on a classy set of Prodrive GC-7C in British Gold, pretty much the same specs as the BBS: 18x7.5 ET48 forged and all that, will easily accommodate Brebmos shall I decide to got that route. These came from Japan wrapped in Potenza S001, I'll keep less than a year old set of RE002's as a spare.

 

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Great taste in wheels! Love those Prodrive wheels hard to find these days.

 

Been told the wheels were hand picked in Japan (original Japanese owner decided to go VIP style for his Legacy wagon - 20" alloys, air suspension etc). Kinda believe the story - the wheels are very conservative 95%, hardly any marks, all stickers are there.

 

07C are much "prettier" than 07J they were replaced with, imho, love the concave.

 

I'm curious what happened to your BBS's.

 

Developed a few cracks ---> started leaking air :(.

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BBS came from Japan on 215/35/18 Bridgestones - I reckon that's what was slowly killing the forged wheels, way too low profile.

 

What size tires did yours have stock? The 3.0R base in the US has 215/45/17 and the limited has 215/45/18. My car is the limited with the 18s, but I have been thinking about going down to a 17 and running WRX size 235/45/17 tires. They will be meatier and cheaper than the stock 18s.

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What size tires did yours have stock? The 3.0R base in the US has 215/45/17 and the limited has 215/45/18. My car is the limited with the 18s, but I have been thinking about going down to a 17 and running WRX size 235/45/17 tires. They will be meatier and cheaper than the stock 18s.

 

Stock was 215/45/17.

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