JC Sports “STI Style” Front Strut Brace In!

Well, I got the STi-Style brace from JC yesterday and installed it last night. It’s a piece of cake, mostly, looks good and works well so far.

The STi-Style is the kind of brace that angles back and hugs the firewall to clear intercoolers. This one is shiny aluminum with red ends and is adjustable.

The hardest part is tightening up the adjusters, as it takes a large-ish hex wrench on one end. Once you have that, it’s a cinch.

Pics and a writeup will follow.

New Tires Today

I ordered some Kumho Ecsta 712s from a local place called WheelWorks last week, and plan to have them installed this afternoon.

I opted for the 225/45 size, based on the width and similarity in size to stock rolling diameter. The only concern i have is with rubbing in the fenders, which is likely, but can be worked around.

I should have some pics later, and impressions on whether 225s on 7″ RS wheels work on the BF.

SMC Stainless Steel Brake Lines Installed

I got some SMC stainless steel brake lines from a Legacy owner in Washington yesterday and got to install them last night. It was a bit of a pain, and a writeup is in the works, but the results are nice.

No more mushy brake feel now! It’s nice and tight!

I also replaced my rear brake pads with generic AutoZone ones. They were old, REALLY OLD, and i needed a hammer to get the inside ones out. Sheesh.


Well, it turns out that the TEIN camber plates i got don’t fit my D2 coilovers, so i’m trying to get a hold of TRi to get some of theirs.

Oh well.

In other news, i have recently installed the JC Sports Aluminum Coolant Tank as a replacement for my busted stock one. It’s shiny, it’s bigger, and it’s gonna last a lot longer than a stock replacement.

Go have a look!

New Stuff, and Stuff To Come!

Last weekend i installed the MSD DIS-2 ignition on the wagon. It took a LOT longer than it wanted it too, but i learned a few things, didn’t break anything, and learned that a burnt out headlight can be useful.

It’s a nice unit, albeit a little pricey, but it has made a noticeable difference. Coupled with the higher-capacitance “Diamond” coilpack i got from a newer Legacy 2.2, this thing sparks like mad.

Other additions are a set of TEIN front camber plates, to dial out some of the silly amounts of camber i have on the front, due to the lowering. An STi-style front strut brace is on its way as well. Now that my suspension is so stiff, i figure this would be a worthy addition.

The Intercooler project is off, officially, as i’ve sold the parts. 3″ exhaust will probably be next, then the IC later on this year.