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My 8 has been mostly in storage the last 6 years but I'm now spending more time and money on it.

The biggest question I have is should I strip it back completely and do a full restore, cleaning and sealing the entire chassis. Replacing bushings, arms and such like on the rebuild and if so what ball park figure would I be looking at.

Or is it wiser to spend time and money dealing with the most critical areas where some rust is appearing and not worrying so much about areas less prone or still fine today?
 

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My 8 has been mostly in storage the last 6 years but I'm now spending more time and money on it.

The biggest question I have is should I strip it back completely and do a full restore, cleaning and sealing the entire chassis. Replacing bushings, arms and such like on the rebuild and if so what ball park figure would I be looking at.

Or is it wiser to spend time and money dealing with the most critical areas where some rust is appearing and not worrying so much about areas less prone or still fine today?
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All depends how long you plan on keeping it and what your budget is. A full underside resto done right will cost thousands.
However, if it’s a keeper and you can afford it, then why not.
 

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If it helps, I have a 05 Impreza Spec C Type RA which is having a full underneath restoration. Everything stripped, cleaned, powder coated and refitted. Brakes refurbished new discs/pads, new bushes etc.

Think the final bill is going to be between 4/5K all told.

I'm currently after a white 9 which will go through the same process.

To me, they are 15 year old cars, doing this should keep them sound for another 15
 

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If it helps, I have a 05 Impreza Spec C Type RA which is having a full underneath restoration. Everything stripped, cleaned, powder coated and refitted. Brakes refurbished new discs/pads, new bushes etc.

Think the final bill is going to be between 4/5K all told.

I'm currently after a white 9 which will go through the same process.

To me, they are 15 year old cars, doing this should keep them sound for another 15
4/5k for all that doesn’t seem bad to me. Are you having it painted underneath as well or just undersealed ?
 

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4/5k for all that doesn’t seem bad to me. Are you having it painted underneath as well or just undersealed ?
The car had Dinitrol sprayed on the underneath which wasn't a particularly decent job. The garage doing the refurb found a way of painting over the Dinitrol - rather than attempt to get it off.

My task now is to find a protection system which is clear so it still looks minty fresh underneath.

 

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The car had Dinitrol sprayed on the underneath which wasn't a particularly decent job. The garage doing the refurb found a way of painting over the Dinitrol - rather than attempt to get it off.

My task now is to find a protection system which is clear so it still looks minty fresh underneath.

Painting over Dinitrol?! 😳
 
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