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bazza1000

291 posts

35 months

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Monday 30th July 2012 quote quote all
Good choice the RB5 is a cracking Impreza! Had one years ago was my first Scoob

rossub

431 posts

73 months

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Monday 30th July 2012 quote quote all
You clearly find the spoiler annoying. Given that, I'll take it off your hands for £50 and you can get a lower level one smile

jimblive

316 posts

88 months

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Monday 30th July 2012 quote quote all
You can buy replacement driving lights and the covers separately, however the covers are the white Piaa versions so will need respraying.
You can get the decals from the RB5OC and paint from paint 4 U.
You'll need to do a good priming job to get the primer to stick, best to heat the cover first and spray while still hot as the primer then sticks to the cover.
Or if your lucky every now and again they may come up on eBay.

I found a good colour match for the alloys using a Subaru colour.

Dont swap the Prodrive wing, not many original WR's left so good to see one being kept alive.

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

126 months

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Monday 30th July 2012 quote quote all
rossub said:
You clearly find the spoiler annoying. Given that, I'll take it off your hands for £50 and you can get a lower level one smile
Heh thanks but the car wouldn't look right without it!

So I've now done 1000 miles in the car and all is well with the exception of the points I raised before.

I've loving the rawness of the car and think it will only get better with the work I'm getting done on the car.

I did 500 miles at the weekend visiting the parents and I've got to say, its pretty awful on the motorway and makes me leg/foot hurt after about 40 minutes from the position and also thanks to the suspension/low profile tire combo it does try to wonder all over the road so requires a fair bit of concentration. Still, the car wasn't designed for that purpose and will spend 95% of its life around towns with me.

Overall, I'm completely smitten as it drives so well, is ballistic, makes a wonderful noise and I also like the way it looks.

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

126 months

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jimblive said:
You can buy replacement driving lights and the covers separately, however the covers are the white Piaa versions so will need respraying.
You can get the decals from the RB5OC and paint from paint 4 U.
You'll need to do a good priming job to get the primer to stick, best to heat the cover first and spray while still hot as the primer then sticks to the cover.
Or if your lucky every now and again they may come up on eBay.

I found a good colour match for the alloys using a Subaru colour.

Dont swap the Prodrive wing, not many original WR's left so good to see one being kept alive.
Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it. I've got a set of covers on order which are white and will get them sprayed when I get the side skirt sorted.

Lee
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rossub

431 posts

73 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
I was pulling your leg. The WR spoilers are very rare and sought after. Probably worth £2-300 on the second hand market.

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

126 months

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rossub said:
I was pulling your leg. The WR spoilers are very rare and sought after. Probably worth £2-300 on the second hand market.
Yeah its funny you should say that because I'd previously been offered $600 for it by someone I know from the US with a classic Impreza.

I've figured out trying to find RB5 specific parts is an absolute pain.

These are the covers I've gone for; http://www.lkperformance.co.uk/lamp-covers/piaa/pi...

Thanks
Lee

rb5er

5,441 posts

55 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
Is the car on aftermarket suspension?

It should not wander at all if it is standard, mine tracks dead straight.

I'd suggest checking tyre pressures, geo and bushes and get it driving as it should.

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

126 months

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rb5er said:
Is the car on aftermarket suspension?

It should not wander at all if it is standard, mine tracks dead straight.

I'd suggest checking tyre pressures, geo and bushes and get it driving as it should.
It tracks fine on a straight, flat road but a lot of roads are in poor condition and off camber and that is where it wonders in ruts in the road very easily. I've been spoiled by old '09 Golf that never would refuse to wonder and whilst this car is fine, its very easily affected by road conditions.

Sorry I should of explained more clearly.


Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

126 months

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So I managed to get my exhaust sorted out today.

The exhaust is absolutely fine but the clips that are used to tighten the exhaust were loose that was causing the exhaust to blow and move around.

The car sounds 100 times better now but it still isn't perfect so the garage have suggested they replace the clips which I'm going to go ahead and do.

rigga

4,342 posts

84 months

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Wednesday 1st August 2012 quote quote all
Lovely car and deff one of the best limited runs subaru did,and they did many,mate at work has one but i think he's slightly ruined it by using it as a basis for a project car,2.5 forged build twisted gt35 etc now pushing over 550 which is all well and good,but should have used a standard classic as a base in my opinion and kept the RB5 as it was.

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

126 months

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Thursday 2nd August 2012 quote quote all
Bad news this morning frown

On the way to work, I accelerated gently and was met with a large bang! The engine was functioning just fine but now with a large nasty sound emitting from the front of the car.

So I limped the car to a friendly garage and on the ramps the car was found to a 3 inch hole in the up-pipe and a large crack running along it so that explained the loud bang which thankfully wasn't the engine smile

Lets see how long it takes to get the part and replace it.

Mr.Jimbo

1,495 posts

66 months

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Thursday 2nd August 2012 quote quote all
Top Thread, good to see another RB5 smile I've got number #388


(Couldn't resist biggrin)

I keep thinking of other cars I'd like but I've never driven anything this addictive... Don't know if I'll ever sell it!

I've got a spare lamp cover I got with the car, but knowing how rare they are I'm keeping it! The doors are easy enough to disassemble to get to the window runners so definitely give them a greasing first smile

I take it you're aware of the rb5oc? they're a helpful bunch, and scoobynet is full of good advice, if you're prepared to separate the chaff a bit.

Glad you're enjoying it! smile That engine build, should you wish to, is capable of BIG power...

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

126 months

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Thursday 2nd August 2012 quote quote all
Mr.Jimbo said:
Top Thread, good to see another RB5 smile I've got number #388


(Couldn't resist biggrin)

I keep thinking of other cars I'd like but I've never driven anything this addictive... Don't know if I'll ever sell it!

I've got a spare lamp cover I got with the car, but knowing how rare they are I'm keeping it! The doors are easy enough to disassemble to get to the window runners so definitely give them a greasing first smile

I take it you're aware of the rb5oc? they're a helpful bunch, and scoobynet is full of good advice, if you're prepared to separate the chaff a bit.

Glad you're enjoying it! smile That engine build, should you wish to, is capable of BIG power...
Your car looks beautiful, very clean.

My car is all working again after a minor weld and the engine is back to sounding beautiful. I agree they are very addictive.

I think I love the rawness of the car as much as anything else, when you sit in it you know what its all about, there's no hiding that!

I've been on RB5OC however the level of activity on there means I don't spend much time looking at it.

HonestIago

1,119 posts

69 months

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Thursday 2nd August 2012 quote quote all
Ordinary_Chap said:
I've been on RB5OC however the level of activity on there means I don't spend much time looking at it.
Shame, I used to read it a few years back and it was very active and lots of friendly/helpful posters it seemed.

Mr.Jimbo

1,495 posts

66 months

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Friday 3rd August 2012 quote quote all
Ordinary_Chap said:
Your car looks beautiful, very clean.
Thank you smile its covered in flies at the minute, too much time spent driving, but thats what they were made for wink

Ordinary_Chap said:
I think I love the rawness of the car as much as anything else, when you sit in it you know what its all about, there's no hiding that!

I've been on RB5OC however the level of activity on there means I don't spend much time looking at it.
Exactly - its just fun, despite being 4 door family saloon, it's like a scrappy little rottweiler!


Was your split up-pipe the standard item? It's not a good idea to wrap the standard pipes, they can't handle the temp retention over time and fatigue... stainless is the way to go smile

mr hat

68 posts

56 months

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Friday 3rd August 2012 quote quote all
maybe think about upgrading to a hayward and scott up pipe. are you getting it remapped? andy forrest did 2 of my classics and they were transformed.

rigga

4,342 posts

84 months

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Friday 3rd August 2012 quote quote all
Dont know where you are in the country,but if anywhere south ish Simon Rowe aka joll ygreen monster did mine several years ago,and its been faultless since mapped.

Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

126 months

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Saturday 4th August 2012 quote quote all
rigga said:
Dont know where you are in the country,but if anywhere south ish Simon Rowe aka joll ygreen monster did mine several years ago,and its been faultless since mapped.
Thanks Rigga, he would be at the top of my list given his reputation and he's not too far from me.

I've also been reading his build thread on here and have been amazed by what he's done!

Lee

rigga

4,342 posts

84 months

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He's a very sound guy, rode all the way up from Kent to Brum on his fireblade at the time, unpacked all his gear from the tankbag, and got on with it pleasant manner and no bull,I've reccomended him to a few guys who wanted maps doing and,all have been satisfied .

yup that green monster is a thing ain't it ...
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