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Mita: Bit surprising at a 4 week wait with customs...we have one more package that is still stagnant. Unfortunately, forcing us to look at STM in the states as a better option in the immediate future.

Christopher: Appreciate the kind words. Admittedly, our project does not compare to many on this board (Mita's!)...coaching the lady hands they can do it takes some patiences, still very enjoyable.

A bit like Christmas in the garage this weekend - more pieces of the puzzle...

One washer/one bolt at a time...satisfaction:



Likely one of the most expensive shift knobs arrived and installed - little gal enjoyed rowing the gears...she needs to work on the engine sounds though:



OEM Evo 5 model...definitely has some significant weight within:



Easy comparison crusty and new:



Even the simplest tasks can be challenging...took a few minutes to figure out how to finagle the oddly shaped arm:



Getting the hang of righty tighty:

Sorry for quoting your whole thread :)

Do you +1 know the make of the rear suspension ?

Bilstein ?

Ta Grant
 

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grant: Yes, Bilstein coil overs...unsure of the variety though. If you know, let us know! They don't seem to be too crusty so hopefully they are useable.

Quite easy to pop in the new mud guards...certainly freshens up the area:



Next was a new rear main seal after scraping the RTV remnants...watch those fingers!:



Back to finishing up the final corner suspension - new upper arm:



Prepping the wheel bearing pocket...she loves those power tools:



Some fun with anti-corrosion application...managed not to get it on everything...:



And the bearing - first attempt was 180 out again...why they are not symetric hole spacing?!:



Productive weekend.
 

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Small projects today...new side window seals - pretty easy swap out with a nice return on appearance. Of course the originals came off in pieces:

Little be of clean up prior to install:



I let her figure out the orientation:



Complete!



Then moved to popping off the turbo outlet to see what lies beneath:



Looks in pretty good shape, eh? Supposed a near-new turbo:



Nice comparison from OEM to new M2 model:



Unfortunately, we may have ordered the incorrect turbo elbow/O2 sensor housing...as we intended for a full 3 inch exhaust path. The ruler does not lie...this one is only 2.6 inches (.25 larger than OEM)...hmmm:



Fresh fuel filter arrived:

 

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spn: right you are...folks on the forums helped ID it as an over the counter Evo 9 turbo. So we have that going for us...:)
 

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Been waiting just over 2 months for a package...



Rebuilt and refreshed OEM Brembos! More brake than we will ever need:



Looks to be a nice job and OEM colors...brake investment for little lady is a slam dunk!
 

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Been waiting just over 2 months for a package...



Rebuilt and refreshed OEM Brembos! More brake than we will ever need:



Looks to be a nice job and OEM colors...brake investment for little lady is a slam dunk!
Soooooo red :D
 

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Thanks folks! They are going to be fun to install...a focus point of a white car. Should look and perform like new.

Detective Coating in the US.

http://detectivecoating.com/store.html#!/Calipers/c/21666091

Saw them on a youtube video and looked like a high quality redo.
Calipers look mint :thumbup:

Have you sent your old ones back yet? At least some of the 5s had different caliper retention pins to the later calipers so you may have an isseue as that site advertises 8/9 calipers. May be worth checking before you post the old ones to the US in case they get rejected.

Cheers,

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Simon: We wondered if there were differences between calipers. To keep things simple...we just had our originals refinished - one reason for the lengthy turnaround.

Couldn't wait to see how they look...



Lots of pop!



Quite happy with the quality rework. We will see how the finish holds up to some heat:



Some discussion on stretching bolts and how we don't drop the most expensive tool in the tool box...



Also talked about cooling systems and the need for a thermostat...even tested the new 176 degree stat in the kitchen...it worked!



And into the Evo 6 thermostat assembly:



Wrapped up the turbo elbow install...



And an easy one...replacing those 22 year old wipers...

 

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Simon: We wondered if there were differences between calipers. To keep things simple...we just had our originals refinished - one reason for the lengthy turnaround.

Couldn't wait to see how they look...
Good plan Tim. Looking at one of the photos of the rear caliprrs, I can see it's an E5 one.

Cheers,

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Today we did a bit of interior work:



Next is to pull the carpet for a car wash clean with Simple Green:



Another minor surprise...:



Popped some pads in place (basic street Stoptechs):





We also nearly completed the rear suspension...she tried her hand at torquing the axle nut...bit difficult with her sub 45 kilo frame:



Cylinder head news...shop is open and possibly complete end of next week! *Nothing fancy, just a skim and assembly with all new components.
 

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Wrapping up the other side:

Front caliper - fun watching her figure out which way to 'tighten' it:



Complete:



And the rear:



Out with the old spray painted/holed inner fender:



Good shot of the factory brake duct - some effort back in 1998:



And located waterpump hardware:



And finally installing a new power steering pulley - quite a bit of heft to this pulley for some reason...:



Cylinder head will take another week...
 

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How much are you paying her!? :D
 

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H18BYO: Let us just say she is a very expensive assistant...although bit of fun just watching the work to be done...to my standard! ;-)

A turning point for us today...carpet has been removed!

Assistant learning again what leverage is - "Try turning the wrench perpendicular to the bolt" (it was an aftermarket eyelet for the 5 point harness):



Popping the scuff plates:



Believe the keyless locking box:



And finally success! Rewarding her with more cleaning - vacuum! Very impressed at the lack of any changes/damage from the previous owners!:



Love working on this generation of Japanese cars...all the interior panels popped of with minimal fuss and not a single clip/joint was broken!

We will do a good scrub of the carpet (auto wash?) and reinstall along with the rest of the interior...possibly in a week or two - progress!
 

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She will be when you have to insure her on the evo as her first car :lol:
 
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