Saturday, October 5, 2013

RS Revival - Update #3

Just shy of a month into this and the 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS Coupe has come quite a long way.  Thursday we put a desperately needed suspension into it.  It's a bit of a mix of old and new.  The struts were shot to kingdom come, as were the top hats.  However, the springs were still good so, to keep the original ride height, we went with KYB Excel-G Struts.  Top those off with Group N hats, and it's riding like it should.  The struts and top hats were quite impressive to see how far gone they were.  One of the strut pistons moved freely with no resistance and the top hats, especially the rear ones, were literally disintegrating as we took them out.  Needless to say, the improvements were instantly noticeable. 

This continues the trend of this car's immediate needs: neglect-induced maintenance.   Often times folks have suggested "do a swap", as the RS platform is a popular candidate for such a project.  However, there are leagues of work that need to go into this car before something like that is attempted.  Stopping the spread of rust, re-doing exterior and interior portions, and pinning down worn-out parts before they cause a problem is the main focus for now.  

I think, once the work has been done for the "save-the-car" portion of this project, there will be a clear path as to what direction to take things from there.  Regardless, the work going into the RS now is coming along nicely.

If you've missed it, see the other updates to this project in the links below!

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