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Old 18-06-2020, 20:53   #1
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Well its been 7 years of owning an Evo, loved every minute of owning it and loved every minute of the 50 mile drive back from the importers

Quick introduction, I've been in to Evo's since 98 when I laid my eyes on a Red 5, I had previously had a 3 door blue Impreza Sti from Japan, I imported it brand new at the time on an S reg, proper proper car. I still love them now, but I always had the hankering for the 5, lack of info and a baby on the way I never got to have one. That want never went away, I knew one day I would get one, lucky for me I sorted some money and started to look. I did as much research as possible, even back then they obviously had their rust issues etc, so I wanted a fresh import. I found myself looking at SVA's site all the time, they had a lot of nice examples in, I was aware of their lets say "colourful" reviews. However one particular car took my interest. I was never that fussed about mileage or even buying an RS, but it had to be a 5. Anyway, a 10,000 mile 5rs came up. Too good to be true, its been clocked, no way, were some of the comments. However, I went to take a look. In all honesty the mileage was a bonus, my feeling was it would be fresh underneath and easy to take to pieces

I had a BIMTA mileage check done for piece of mind, it came back pukka. It was probably 3 grand more than the average Evo back then, nowadays its nothing! But it was a fair chunk more than an equivalent 5rs there which had 80k, but I liked it, nice original base car.

So the deal was done, picked up the car and drove back to my house. Front end in to the garage and turned off the engine. Little did I know that would be the last time I would drive it

My original plan was just to own it, thats it. Sit it in the garage and drive it now and again, the problems started when I decided to have a look properly underneath. Now SVA were great, I had it on the ramps and all was great. They had used black waxy (not ****ty underseal) all over the bottom of it on import. Well before I had a look at it. So I decided to wet a rag with some petrol, you know, just to see what's underneath. Curiosity killed the cat, and all that

The problem was, the more I uncovered the more I just wanted to get it all off. So below is going to be a thread on what I have done, hindsight is a wonderful thing. There is a huge amount of things I should and shouldn't of done thats for sure. However, I think the most obvious was I should of reversed in the garage


Feel free to comment, take the ****, be a dick head or whatever. Its really not my thing doing a thread, I'm pretty private. However its hopefully good reading plus it may be an inspiration to some to do theirs or even for people to think **** that!! Its a massive amount of work and money what's to follow, and this is no big build. As the title suggests this is a rest mod, I'm not in to polishing or staring at a car, I want this to be better than factory and useable . Each to their own of course, but the last thing I would want is to make a car so clean I wouldn't want to use it, lets be honest 50 miles in 7 years is good to keep it low miles, but a bit of a shame

. I'm no master mechanic, and I have done most this work with second hand tools and random purchases. I love doing the work myself, thats how you learn.

I didn't even take pics of the car out in the open before I took it apart so apologies but we all know what a 5rs looks like.

So first question, I'm uploaded to Flikr. Do I need to resize pics?

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Old 18-06-2020, 21:05   #2
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Looking forward to this thread Steve, and finally seeing her, albeit in pieces, but hopefully not for much longer!
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Old 18-06-2020, 21:06   #3
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Nice one Matt, its been a while to get to this stage

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Old 18-06-2020, 21:24   #4
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Right I think I have it!

Ok couple of first pics. Car came with some Cusco coil overs. Hard as hell

You can see the black Waxoyl inside the arch. This was all over the whole underside !

[IMG]IMG_0456 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 18-06-2020, 21:32   #5
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Little bit of Japanese mud for me

These are the only 2 pics I took before I took it apart

[IMG]IMG_0460 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 18-06-2020, 21:43   #6
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So below are a few pics of the car with suspension out , arms etc . Also the black stuff is now mostly gone, its a real shame it wasn't that quick and easy in reality! There was no real easy was of doing it to be honest.

I started by jacking the car up with a really nice bit of kit from SGS Engineering. Its basically a truck jack, lifts to 650mm or something silly, so alongside that I purchased 4 stands for each corner of the Evo. These gave me approx 500mm under the car so not much and I'm not exactly small!

Jacking this up while under the car in the freezing cold was not exactly safe or fun. I had to do a bit at a time front to back, not easy or quick!

The pictures of the tyre well make it look rusty, it was in fact the black paint the Japs randomly chuck over anything they don't like when it comes to service time!

[IMG]IMG_0531 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_0532 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]


[IMG]IMG_0534 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]


[IMG]IMG_0570 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_0571 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]


[IMG]IMG_0615 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old 18-06-2020, 21:48   #7
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Few here of the arches , all the factory rubber coating was mint. No need to remove any of it. Just needed a good old clean up.......

[IMG]IMG_0642 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_0643 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_0654 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_0655 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]

On the last pic you can see that the factory paint has started to come off due to be so bloody thin

This later on became a bug bear .... For the eagle eyed there are some holes in the arch... Actually them holes were in both rear arches, half way down the floor pan and at the front.... Yep, it had a cage. Lets be honest, it had probably had some "fun" in Japan, no problem for me. However it wasn't for me so I removed it. That was not an easy task and I managed to pull my back a few times, not to mention hitting my head far too many times in doing so.

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Old 18-06-2020, 21:57   #8
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Ok last few ones of the factory coating on the arches.. No rust just needed a huge clean. I was really impressed.

[IMG]IMG_1504 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]



[IMG]IMG_1509 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_1516 by Steve Kershaw, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Looking forward to seeing more of this project

Great work so far !
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Nice to know the story of your car so far Steve.

It was great to meet you a few years back. Stuff I bought off you and fitted to my car is still going well.
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And there was me thinking your car was just a myth, a figment of your imagination
50 miles in 7 years though, fair play for keeping interested in it
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Thanks mate, looking forward to seeing yours also!

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Great work so far !
Thanks Ian, it was great to meet you a few years back. Hopefully will do again once all this is over and we can do some shows!

Glad to hear the bits are serving you well! I wanted them to go to a good home!

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You’re not the first to say that

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I didn’t actually know that your 5 RS has 10k mileage, fair play Mita I’m looking forward to the thread.
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