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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Titanium 13 Aug
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:02 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Little details 18 Aug
PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:25 pm 
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Vehicle: Evo IX GT wagon

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I soon realised the new Voltex diffuser likes to catch little rocks thrown up by the rear tyres. Also I don't know why the inside of the diffuser is stained white now, I guess I should've painted it but I'll firstly address the rock catching issue.

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I bought some powder coated perforated aluminium sheet from a local Aluminium supply shop.

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Then I made a stencil from thin cardboard to block the opening into the diffuser behind the rear wheels. I used my table saw with an aluminium cutting blade as well as an angle grinder and tin snips to cut out the shape.

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After a bit of trimming and bending the perforated sheet I screwed it in place with the quarter panel liner screw.

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Did the same on the other side and added some urethane to prevent it from vibrating and to fill the front edge gap so that it wouldn't collect dirt or stones.

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I'm not sure if I need to continue this shield right across to seal the leading edge completely. I'll soon see I guess.

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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Little details 18 Aug
PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:26 pm 
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Vehicle: Evo IX GT wagon

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I made another heat shield to go between the exhaust manifold and the radiator. Made it out of thin aluminium which I cut up on the table saw and I used my mates sheet metal bender to give it some character. I painted it with exhaust headers 1200* F ceramic spray paint.

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I used the radiator overflow pipe mounting points and stainless socket head screw to attach it and re-routed the overflow pipe under the Garage HRS radiator cooling panel.

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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Little details 18 Aug
PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:27 pm 
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Vehicle: Evo IX GT wagon

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I decided to re-badge the car too so I bought some new genuine emblems.

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I bought a Ralliart red/yellow stripe emblem for the front grille too but after a test fit using Blu-Tack I didn't install it as I'm not sure it improves the look.

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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Little details 18 Aug
PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:20 pm 
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Vehicle: MY10 XTP & MY00 GT

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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Little details 18 Aug
PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:06 am 
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I Say: This one is staying stock...
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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Little details 18 Aug
PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:32 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Lowering the Seats 23 Aug
PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:09 pm 
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Thanks for the comments guys :)

I'm not tall but I felt like I was sitting up too high while driving so I was thinking about changing the driver's seat back to the carbon fiber Ralliart / Bride seat that was in the car when it was in Japan. This one:

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After searching on and off for a couple of years the only ones that would come up for auction were dirty and worn and very expensive. They are after all, just an old Bride low seat and rail with Ralliart on it. I was also concerned they wouldn't fill up the space of the OEM seats and would look too narrow. The other worry was did I really want a "race style" seat for street use? So I found a compromise, for the moment anyway.

HKS Kansai Service "Low Position Seat Rail" for OEM Recaro.
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KIM001 Drivers seat for RHD car
KIM002 Navigator seat for RHD car

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Firstly remove centre console, then remove seat belt latch from the driver's seat. Then I removed the seat from the car and used my heatgun to soften up the loctite on the 4 x Torx head bolts that hold the OEM rail to the seat base. They came out pretty easy.

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Installation instruction were all in Japanese.

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But I figured out that these black spacers go between the OEM seat bracket and the new rails on the seatbelt latch side of the seat.

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Between each of these two cylindrical spacers and the OEM seat bracket I slid in one of the included 4 x black flat washers, being careful that it sat down flat and not angled because of the welds on seat base.

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The Kansai rails are a bit heavier than the OEM rails but I guess that is offset a bit by the fact I'm lowering the car's centre of gravity a little bit.

Then I swapped the seatbelt latch onto the new rails.

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The Kansai Low Position rail has lowered the driver's seat by 30mm. You can see in this photo compared to the OEM rail on the other seat.

In a few days time if I like driving in this new position I'll swap the other seat's rail too so they're both at the same height.

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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Lowering the Seats 23 Aug
PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:38 pm 
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I need this in the work ute they just gave me. Great wall v240 LOL feels like the seat is jacked up 6 inchs too high. Such a PoS. It would match the mitsobishi 4g engine in the under powered hunk of crap.

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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Lowering the Seats 23 Aug
PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:50 pm 
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Niiiice, I wish there was a straight swap like this for the GT. I love my stock seats, but hate the height.

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