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    RM1Sepex Build Thread

    Just got my call, apparently a couple people dropped out. I moved my date up from August 10 to July 27! Can't wait to go from my Copart 05 WRX roll over to the 818! let the fun begin!

    I chose to start with only the powder coat frame option and requested that the door frames be coated too... unsure if they are included w/PC frame option but they won't fit in my oven!

    I'll attempt to build a close to stock example so others have a baseline. The only non stock parts right now:

    Ceramic coated header and catless up pipe from AJW
    Lighter flywheel (been a while don't remember how light off the top of my head)
    STI LCAs
    Adjustable steel rear transverse links

    let the fun begin!

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    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by RM1SepEx View Post
    Just got my call, apparently a couple people dropped out. I moved my date up from August 10 to July 27!
    Awesome! I haven't got a call yet, but my date's in October, hopefully the production ramp-up goes smoothly and I get moved up as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by RM1SepEx View Post
    I'll attempt to build a close to stock example so others have a baseline.
    Good luck... I'll be watching! My build will also be close to stock (based on a stock 06 WRX wagon donor). The only upgrades I plan, besides wheels/tires, are for the interior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RM1SepEx View Post
    Just got my call, apparently a couple people dropped out. I moved my date up from August 10 to July 27!

    Dan
    Hopefully they dont think I dropped out since no one has called.
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    My delivery date is aug 30. I guess I should expect a call soon. Hopefully 15 days early too!

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    Nice RM1!! Let's see how it come up, July 27th is pretty close!
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    Can't wait to see it, Dan. I was down there shooting on Friday and Saturday, and I got to spend a bit of time with the car. It's got me excited for my build as well. Now you should have a pretty good chance of making it to Loring!

    What are you doing for wheels and tires? Are you running the stock WRX wheels off the donor vehicle at first, or were those trashed?

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    Hey Adam, I wanted to get a hold of you... video?

    I'm going very stock to start. I have a full set of wheels thanks to a generous forum member, one was toast from my donor, the driver side front had a crunched wheel, the rack and the lower control arm.

    I'm pretty sure I'm going to PC them semi gloss black. I got two new Dirrezas in 225 wide to go with the donor's 205s. The car will be white and black wheels, windshield frame, roll bar, seats etc with orange vinyl graphics. Working with Jake D to do some graphics and laser work. I'll turn custom centers for the wheels for example. PC the rear trans cover and laser it with graphics as well.

    I need to talk with Mad Dog to pick up the digital Factory 5 graphics etc...

    I'll be able to scale and dyno as a baseline than enjoy developing the car over time as an ongoing engineering project. Many have asked what a basic build would look like, I should be able to answer that question. Long term wheels, seats?, belmouth, tgv delete, CF aero add ons? who knows???

    BTW Ian asked about getting the 90/94 hybrid Miata running this weekend... the projects just keep coming! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mechie3 View Post
    Hopefully they dont think I dropped out since no one has called.
    Don't feel bad they have not confirmed with me yet either

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    I hit a bit of a snag today, I had surgery to reattach my right retina

    1 week laying down on my left side

    1 month to full vision, light duty/lifting

    sound be back to full capability by delivery but no autocrossing for a while...

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    Wow...

    That is a little bit of a snag. What did you do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RM1SepEx View Post
    I hit a bit of a snag today, I had surgery to reattach my right retina

    1 week laying down on my left side

    1 month to full vision, light duty/lifting

    sound be back to full capability by delivery but no autocrossing for a while...
    I hope you feel better soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RM1SepEx View Post
    I hit a bit of a snag today, I had surgery to reattach my right retina

    1 week laying down on my left side

    1 month to full vision, light duty/lifting

    sound be back to full capability by delivery but no autocrossing for a while...
    A BIT of a snag?!! I'd say! Get better fast!! I plan on going to school on your build (and others). Seriously, though, best of luck on your recuperation.

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    Oh my gosh! Yeah, I'm sorry to hear about that, and wish you a speedy recovery.

    I've had eye surgery too, and would offer this advice: Eyes heal very well - as long as you don't muck it up, so follow the post op instructions religiously and to the letter - as if your life depends on it. If you do, you'll have a great result.

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    feel better soon!
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    Sorry to hear that. Hope you're back in the seat soon.

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    That's really bad, I hope it heals quickly but most of all, heals PERFECTLY.
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    my left eye had a grand tear (just under 50% around 2.5 hrs to laser back in place) in Oct of 2011... it healed very well... I'm a good patient. This one took 1.5 hrs in my right eye. I can put my head in more positions this time...

    I've had cataract surgery and have severe myopia (-7.5 diopters) so I'm a strong candidate. He stiched around the entire area likely to tear during both operations so I'm unlikly to have other problems.

    Thank God for medical insurance, my bills will easily exceed $200,000 this year...

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    I feel for you. I too had a partially torn retina a couple of years ago - thank God it was caught before it fully tore. Glad to hear yours is doing well.

    The worst was the keeping the head down (they put a gas bubble in my eye to 'hold' the retina in place), thus I had to sleep face down too... worst 2 weeks of my life.
    Hope you feel better and get back in gear soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RM1SepEx View Post
    my left eye had a grand tear (just under 50% around 2.5 hrs to laser back in place) in Oct of 2011... it healed very well... I'm a good patient. This one took 1.5 hrs in my right eye. I can put my head in more positions this time...

    I've had cataract surgery and have severe myopia (-7.5 diopters) so I'm a strong candidate. He stiched around the entire area likely to tear during both operations so I'm unlikly to have other problems.

    Thank God for medical insurance, my bills will easily exceed $200,000 this year...
    Get well soon my friend I still need to meet lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wleehendrick View Post
    Awesome! I haven't got a call yet, but my date's in October, hopefully the production ramp-up goes smoothly and I get moved up as well.



    Good luck... I'll be watching! My build will also be close to stock (based on a stock 06 WRX wagon donor). The only upgrades I plan, besides wheels/tires, are for the interior.

    i too have a 2006 wrx wagon, mine has 135K been well taken care of a single owner woman, no mods at all. i dont plan any upgrades till i build the street stock 818. that will give me a baseline. hopefully starting my teardown this weekend. my shipdate isnt till march 2014.

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    So what, you are typing to us laying on your left side with one eye closed?

    As much as we want to see how well the stock-ish 818 comes out, we want to see you come out seeing well. So heal first. Don't push it.

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    1/2 hr lay to left
    15 min upright
    15 min face down
    NO lying to the right side

    Much better than last time 2 weeks, lying on right side except for bathroom, travel to doctor etc... 99% on right side...

    I value my 20-10 vision highly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RM1SepEx View Post
    1/2 hr lay to left
    15 min upright
    15 min face down
    NO lying to the right side

    Much better than last time 2 weeks, lying on right side except for bathroom, travel to doctor etc... 99% on right side...

    I value my 20-10 vision highly...
    Doesn't that make sleeping a little difficult?

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    I would have to be strapped to a board to prevent from rolling over and messing things up.
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    This is certainly a different kind of build thread. Hope you heal up properly.
    I can do anything with enough time and money.

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    Dang Dan. Hang in there. That WRX looks a bit worse than mine.

    I am still slowly getting it torn down. Mostly interior work the last couple of days. Saturday will be the big engine removal day. Wife will be gone, and I can get an early start when it is still cool.

    I certainly hope things are moving in a positive direction.
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    There is a ton of stuff on my disassembly in the working on the donor thread... it is a series of 4 of us taking apart our donors, questions, etc...

    I can sleep on my back or my side... any position other than the right side... I just watched tomorrow never dies... I'm working through my bond dvds and netflix series while lying on my left.... :-)

    I have the bolts lined up to show what they look like after my de-rust treatment but can't find the camera!

    I expect that until I pick up my kit this thread will be inactive. And yes I have had an interesting two weeks... My dad passed away last tuesday... my eye "flashed" a couple times thursday and I woke up Monday with a torn retina...

    At least a couple hrs after my eye screwed up I got my call and was able to move up two weeks...

    Dan

    PS yes my WRX wastotally messed up, only the left passenger door wasn't damaged! $1850 plus shipping and fees from CoPaert with 70k isn't too bad tho. I've sold almost $1300 of parts not used.

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    Going down to Wareham this AM for kit pickup! Can you say PUMPED!

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    You leave yet, good luck, and make sure you have tissues !!!!

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    Good luck and God Speed. I am going up on the 19th for mine.

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    Have fun!
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    Pumped!


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    Have fun!!! and good luck.

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    Have a great time!
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    Serial # 17 is home... (13th customer car)

    Easy process loaded directly onto my 3 x 5 roller dolly in the trailer with a boom extension on their forklift (edit for correct dolly size, easy to strap it down 818 floor is open tubing)

    Only significant BO is the trans cover and the axles

    all CF aero pieces are BO as are the interior door panels

    unpack and inventory, sort for powder coating tonight/tomorrow

    8.5 x 16 trailer had plenty of room for the car and the 9 boxes (i think its 9...)

    motor.PNG818#17home.PNGtransaxle.PNGboxeselblancogrande.PNGDan818#17.PNGloadboom.PNG818home2.PNGforklift 1.PNG
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    Awesome!
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    Struggling with kit envy..........

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    Nice

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    I'm literally starting to shake with excitement.
    My kit is ready next week, but I can't get it until the 12th.
    Thanks for the shipping pictures. I hope all mine fit.


    What is wrapped up laying on the hood in the passenger compartment?
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    Now the fun begins!

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