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    Chedda's 818S build thread

    Mad shoutout to SixStar Cars!


    This is an 818S from factory five and a '04 wrx donor. I'm so excited that I started to take the body panels off to put in a safe place.

    Inventory of all parts and pieces coming this afternoon.
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    These are now on their way Enkei RPF1 5x100 17x9 +45 offset
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    I heard Keith from 6SC is a noob. Did they deliver the car in their trailer or something? I'm sending him a box of goodies next week for his SEMA car. You should check them out.

    Did you sit in the car and say "vroom vroom?" I think it's a requirement.
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    HAH! Kieth is a pretty cool dude. They did deliver it in their 24ft trailer. What kinds of goodies are you sending him? I saw the 818R when he was still trying to put the tranny in. I heard from Todd he was having issues trying to start it yesterday

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    Congrats! Most of us have done the donor tear-down before kit delivery; that's gonna be one crowded garage!

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    O_o oooooh I can't wait to see

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    Day #1 of donor car tear down

    http://imgur.com/a/aLyEd

    I forgot a picture in the album
    http://i.imgur.com/2qeSL8b.jpg

    I will be posting the album links rather than overloading the page and waiting to get approved by mods :/

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    I'm on day 3 and the interior is gutted and only the wiring is left. Today I am going to try and pull the motor. In the mean time, recouped $400 bucks so far in part sales.

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    As the car sits now.

    http://imgur.com/a/h9D1C

    The frame and sheet metal are headed to the powder coater tomorrow. that will free up space for the engine and tranny to be worked on for the next couple of days. They are ready to be pulled once I put the cherry picker and engine stand together.

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    Awesome! Looks like a great start.
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    Congrats on getting started!

    I noticed that you have wheels with +45 offset on order. My understanding was that you will have clearance issues with that. Have you also planned to install spacers or have you otherwise compensated for the wheel selection?

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    yes I have plan on installing spacers. When I spoke with Kieth at sixstar, he installed 15mm spacers and was ok with everything.

    Update on the donor:
    brakes are off and sold (they were brand new from the donor)
    most of the interior has been sold off
    I need helping hand on removing the motor and tranny. Everything has been disconnected. it is easier with another set of hands.

    Update on the kit:
    I shipped off the frame and sheet metal for powder coating
    Rims arrived! http://imgur.com/a/cjne1

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    Before you ask on the brakes, I have wilwood 4 pot front and 4 pot rear along with wilwood 2 piece rotors and SS lines to go along with them. Bought second hand for 500 bucks.

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    Cheeda thnx for the up dates and you're making great progress. Please your updates coming for a troll like me. Lol!!!

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    Well, the engine and tranny are out! Found the oil leak. I need a new oil pan. looks like that thing got munched just a little bit from the wreck.

    Pics!!!
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    no pics today but here is an update. The steering rack is out and all the dag'on wiring. Jeebus there is a lot of wiring.

    next:
    pedals, ebrake, fuel pump, brake drum, clutch reservoir

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    I'm stuck with some bolts for the rear stuff. Pb blaster and a breaker bar ain't cutting the mustard. I may have to grind off the bolts. The old donor body will be leaving Thursday to make room for the 818 chassis.

    The pedals are out along with all the reservoirs for the clutch and brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chedda View Post
    I'm stuck with some bolts for the rear stuff. Pb blaster and a breaker bar ain't cutting the mustard. I may have to grind off the bolts. The old donor body will be leaving Thursday to make room for the 818 chassis.

    The pedals are out along with all the reservoirs for the clutch and brakes.
    Sometimes a jack handle on a breaker bar give you a little more leverage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_n_Cincy View Post
    Sometimes a jack handle on a breaker bar give you a little more leverage.
    And sometimes that trick shears your socket in half! I still need to go to Sears to see get a replacement for one I did that to. I won't tell them how long my lever was.

    chedda, have you tried an air impact? That worked better than a breaker bar for me for the RPITA bolts. The only one I couldn't free myself was one of the rear trailing arms. I brought it in to a shop and their first impact failed to loosen it, but they had a higher pressure line that did the trick.

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    I have used a 400lb impact wrench and a 600. No dice on the bolts and neither with the breaker bar. PB blaster only did so much and ended up stripping the bolts. I ended up cutting the bolts off without a hitch the pieces were separated

    With success today, the donor parts have been removed and the car is going to the crusher tomorrow. Booya!

    Also good piece of news is the 818 frame is completed from the powder coater. I'll be picking it up tomorrow.

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    alrighty, here you guys go. The donor is gone and the garage cleaned up and ready for the frame to come back home.

    before/after pics of the garage. Who said it was going to be a tight fit? lol
    http://imgur.com/a/iTroP

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    And... it's back from the powdercoater. These guys did a really good job.
    http://imgur.com/a/1qc9b

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    Quote Originally Posted by chedda View Post
    And... it's back from the powdercoater. These guys did a really good job.
    http://imgur.com/a/1qc9b
    Hi Chedda witch powder coated did you use?

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    I went to mile high powder coating. These guys took their time and made the effort to make this look really good. They had it sitting outside their shop to show off their work all day.

    The frame is done with
    T013-BK62
    Black Hammer Semi-Gloss

    the sheet metal is coated with
    C241-BK303
    Black Fine Texture Low-Gloss

    it looks so good in person. Loisromersh, if you want to see it in person. Come on by and send me a PM for the address. I'm in Aurora.

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    After getting the other parts back from the powder coater, here is an update. I have started the rear suspension.

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    Are the rear-rear lateral links really bent, or is something just strange in the picture?

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    They are easy to bend back but if it fits, I sits :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by chedda View Post
    if it fits, I sits :P
    what does this mean?

    don't bend them back, that is asking for trouble. New ones are dirt cheap and plentiful.
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    Keep in mind, as is, they're shortening the rear side= toe out. (and likely not even equally so)

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    Looks like some jack stands would be a good buy.

    Edit: Nevermind, I see them in the background.

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    alrighty then, I'll get some new ones. As of last night, I got majority of the firewall done.

    http://imgur.com/a/8YJ59

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    today was a very productive day. Steering is in, upper mounts are in with the stupid ball joint (PITA), finished the front firewall.

    http://imgur.com/a/yVTsV

    Currently the aluminum control arms are being sand blasted to get all the old crap off of them.

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    Huge update y'all. The front suspension is in and the pedals are in.

    I'm still waiting on the heads to come in for the motor. Hopefully those will be here Thursday. I ordered new rotors for the wilwood kit. The old ones looked pretty roughed up and grounded down.

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    How kon earth have you managed to get so much done in under a month?! Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longislandwrx View Post
    what does this mean

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hindsight View Post
    How kon earth have you managed to get so much done in under a month?! Nice work.

    I get home from work at 2:30 every day. I also have a great girlfriend that if there are not plans on the weekend, I can work on race car

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