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Porsche Riviera Blue or Lizard Green?
Two great colours, Riviera blue is very similar to a factory GT86 colour and lizard green is a bit too acidic for the look im going for.

Looks great mate, keep it up!
I’m a sucker for baby blue, no doubt you will choose something awesome
Thanks, I also considered grabber blue from the Mustang but agai very similar to a factory blue for the BRZ and 86

Merlin Purple
Lovely colour that but not for me.
 

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Day 63
I had confirmation yesterday that the bodyshop can now get paint so the car is being transported over there this coming Monday for paint to begin. So yesterday I removed the final parts, the door handles and the rear bumper.

The rear bumper must have been off previously as half the clips were missing.

The exterior door handles looked to be a tricky task as the UK spec car has an extra sensor which I was told you need to remove the glass to disconnect the connector before removing the door handle in the normal way. However under investigation I worked out you could just pull really hard and the connector comes out with the handle then you disconnect once off, saves the faff of removing the glass:

 

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Day 63 Continued.

After waiting for a while due to Covid I finally put in an order to Japanparts. This is my first order with them so hoping for a good experience. Ive gone for the following, all none UK parts:

Genuine STI lip kit including front lip, side skirts, rear bumper trim and STI strut brace:


Alcantara/suede visor cover with red stitching:


Black buttons to integrate with the controller for the retro fit cluster which comes in black:


Driver and passenger side TS upper door trims in Alcantara/suede with red stitching:

 

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Day 64

I decided to test fit the facelift dial cluster which contains the additional digital dials. Pretty much plug and place on push button start cars. This is part one of the install, once I have the controller unit to make up for the lack of steering wheel controls I will do a second video:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr


Also my Borla unequal length manifold and Milltek arrived today, this should release that Scooby rumble:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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Really looking forward to hearing that Borla? Does it have any effect on power?
Adding a manifold helps towards eliminating the dip in TQ at 4K on these engines. Apparently a small increase in power, but very much looking forward to the noise :)
 

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Day 68 - Things are moving along nicely

So yesterday I gutted the dash so I can get the trim painted by the bodyshop to match the exterior and all the grey trim rings etc will be going matt black:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

This morning I dropped the BRZ off at the bodyshop for its respray, cant wait to see the new colour on it. I've asked for progress photos throughout so I can keep you all up to date.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

I also test fitted the Grids on the car, just to check they actually were 5x100 before I get them refurbed. Note coilovers will be ordered come pay day to reduce that wheel gap.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

I also used my day off today to take a trip to City Wheel Refurbishment to drop the Rota's off for a full refurb. Going for a matt finish, for the first time from them, I've always gone gloss from them.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

My plans are starting to come together now, its just a shame I still dont have the V5 due to Covid closing down half of the DVLA, 68 days a counting since they received the paperwork.
 

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Day 71
Well the BRZ is away at the moment so I have very little to progress until its return.

SARD Style Wing Refresh Part 2

In regards to the SARD style wing, the brackets etc I refreshed and look like new, so focus turned to the wing, this had suffered a pigeon strike when fitted to the previous owners car. Luckily the carbon wasnt damaged, just the clear coat. Therefore I dropped it off at a local bodyshop that I have used in the past to repair similar carbon items. They flicked off the damaged clear coat and then worked their magic. As per the pic below you can see a before, during and after repair. The final picture is the clear coat being applied, once that has dried for a couple of days they will be giving it a full polish:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Really impressed with their work, its a bodyshop that used to do all the bodywork/paint jobs for lots of the Max Power cars of the past so they know their stuff.

I love buying a used item like this a bringing it back to life for a hell of a lot cheaper than buying new. Obviously there are certain components I tend not to buy used like coilovers items as you dont always know the history/true mileage/amount of cars they have been fitted to, but visual items like this especially have little risk if you know the right people you get big rewards.

BRZ Fog Lights
As mentioned above, some areas of a car you have to go new, such as the front bumper as I couldnt get any used parts but with the fog lights I refused to pay the ridiculous amount Subaru wanted for a brand new fog lights. So I went for some generic ones on ebay for £20 a pair.



Ive then bought some H8 female wiring connectors to attach to the cars wiring as my connectors were ripped off anyway and these will plug straight into the new foglights:


All the electrical components have arrived for me to wire up my fog lights. On a BRZ the wiring goes into the bumper mounted DRL then back out of that into the fog light. Therefore I had to use a multimeter to identify the fog light wiring amongst that. Once the car is back I will get some photos of this.
 

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Day 76

More Parcels

Finally my parts from JapanParts are here. First of three parcels to arrive were the alcantara with red stitch door toppers and instrument cluster cover from the JDM TS version:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

I love alcantara, I cant wait to get these in alongside some other bits once the car is back from paint.

Next up with have my SARD style wing. I collected it from my local bodyshop and oh my they have done an amazing job. Its like glass, theres so much depth to the clear coat now with no sign of the previous damage, I would go as far as to say the clearcoat is better than when it was new for sure:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

I'm expecting more parts tomorrow.
 

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Day 77

More parts from Japan, this time a full STI kit including front lip, sideskirts and rear bumper trims. All finished in a satin/matt black finish and will be fitted as they are. Glad I went for the genuine bits over rep parts as they should fit no issue, even if they hit my wallet hard:

Side Skirts

STI BRZ Parts by James Baker, on Flickr

Front Lip

STI BRZ Parts by James Baker, on Flickr

Rear Bumper Trim

STI BRZ Parts by James Baker, on Flickr

I also have black controls so I can remove the silver ones to work better with my theme:

STI BRZ Parts by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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Day 78 - I finally legally own the BRZ
After 78 days of waiting the V5 finally turned up today which means its actually SORN'd and legally mine.

More parts arrived. Firstly suspension components, I went for Tein Flex Z as I wanted to stick with a Japanese made component where possible and I got a bargain on a brand new set that the owner never got chance to fit. He also had Whiteline droplinks which I also snapped up as no doubt the stock ones will need cutting off, which is a known issue.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

I also removed all my silver interior trim before the car went off to paint so I could paint them myself matt black. Not a big fan of matching these to body colour so went for something simple. I sanded, primed, painted matt black then used matt lacquer for protection. I'm intersted to see how long they last, if the finish doesn't hold up, I will invest in some carbon parts but for now this was a simple and cheap fix.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Also an interesting package arrived from Japan, a flexible STI strut brace:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Unlike a conventional rigid brace, the flexible one is split and joined with pillow ball joints in the centre to be longitudinally mobile while helping laterally stiffen the body of the car. Here is some blurb from Subaru:
"Different from a rigid bar which is designed just to increase rigidity of the body of a car, the concept behind this bar is to constantly enhance traction of the wheels by strongly holding in a transverse direction at the same time as moderately handling the impact from the ground, in order to realize a ‘flexible yet elegant driving feel’.
As a result, responsiveness at the time of steering improves without compromising comfort, which allows the driver to actually feel that the car can turn as intended, and when they want to go straight, it provides a stable drive without too much impact from uneven road surfaces. As described, this product will further deepen your pleasure of driving."


I will let you know how I get on with it, it came as a bundle with the other STi bits so I haven't lost anything by trying it.
 

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When will you drive it in anger ?
projected eta....?
Well I finally have the V5 so I can tax and insure it. Its all based on how fast the bodyshop can paint it as I managed to get the car to a running state before it went so theres nothing to fix when it comes back. It has a valid MOT so nothing to worry about there. I would imagine a couple of weeks and it will be back with me. Once I have confirmation its painted, I am booking a week off work to rebuild the car and record the process. Once its back together its being put on the road. Im picking the final bits up tonight to make it MOT compliant interms of headlight washers and a couple of brackets, then as far as I am aware I am not missing any other pieces to get it back on the road.
 

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Day 86 - The wheels are back from the refurbisher

As mentioned above, I picked up some super cheaper Rota Grids that looked like they had seen better days to get me off stock wheels until I can get some TE37's. I sent them off to City Wheel Refurbishment Alloy Wheel Refurbishment Birmingham | City Wheel Refurbishment in Birmingham who have done many sets of wheels for me and other mates in the past. I decided to go with a matt bronze finish, I have had the gloss version from them before but fancied something a little different, this colour should work well with the new body colour once done. It took a couple of weeks for them to turn them around due to whats going on at the moment but they did a great job especially for the price. £205 including tyre remove/fitting/balancing, it could have been even cheaper at around £30 a wheel if I had gone for a more standard colour such as black/silver and they didn't have to remove/fit/balance tyres. Great service if anyone is looking for somewhere to get theirs wheels done.

Ignore the budget tyres, they came pretty much free with the wheels and are literally brand new so threw them on to keep the car rolling while I continue to build it.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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Your idea of a budget tyre differs somewhat from mine!

That Avon is top end tyre compared to the crap I usually buy
 

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Your idea of a budget tyre differs somewhat from mine!

That Avon is top end tyre compared to the crap I usually buy
I meant more none performance tyre rather than budget.

DAY 89

My Geraldsproject controller is here for the facelift dial cluster I have fitted. It gives me a joystick and select button to navigate the menus etc and will be installed in the blanking plate inbetween the traction control buttons. It took nearly 2 months to arrive the USA but im glad its here. Now I just need the car to fit it to.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

I also finally have a USB retention cable that I am hoping will work this time.

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

 

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Day 104

Not a massive update, the bodyshop have removed all the glass, removed any dents, sanded down the original paint, welded up the boot spoiler holes and are literally masking up the car as I type this. Paint will be done this week hopefully with it due back to me possible next week. It's been with the bodyshop for a month now, I didn't give them any deadline as I was happy for them to take their time and fit it in between other work, hence its taken longer than normal.

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