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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - its the little details...
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:51 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - its the little details...
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:46 pm 
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Haha, that brochure will end up costing you more than 100 yen.

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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Ralliart Shrek Ears
PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:15 pm 
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Vehicle: Evo IX GT wagon

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Location: ACT
Ralliart "Shrek Ears"
Part No. RAY67001CM

I've had these Ralliart mirrors for ages and have been undecided if I like them or not but as the exterior of the car is being modified lately with more carbon aero parts (and more to come soon) I decided to refurbish them and put them on.

I've seen Ralliart mirrors badly effected by the sun's UV rays so before I installed them I wanted to add some UV protection.

I scuffed up the original gloss with grey scotchbrite so the new paint would stick better.

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Gave them a good clean with Metho (as a cleaner/Anti static) and blew them clean with air gun.

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I popped the actual mirrors out of the housing and masked up the internals.

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I modified an old work light stand to be my painting tripod stand.

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Mixed up a bit of Baslac 2K clear

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One final blast of air to remove dust whilst wiping down with a tack rag. I gave them 2 medium wet coats at about 36psi. i got a good finish straight out of the gun, no orange peel.

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I let them sit for 2 hours in my shed then put them under the sun.

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I noticed a couple of specs of dust so after a week or so I knock them off with a Festool tungsten block and polished up the scar with some Juice "Super C" compound.

My J-Panels in front of the OEM mirrors are quite new but it didn't take long for them to look a bit dull. I bought some brand new Evo 7 J-Panels as I had noticed they were gloss black compared to the flat black on the Evo IX. They should stay fresh for longer and being glossy they might match the new Ralliart mirrors better.

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New J-Panels.
Part No. MR520314

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I installed the Ralliart door mirrors, new glossy J-Panels and replaced 2 push-in clips on each door that attaches the door's rubber seal to the door mirror housing.

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The final photos don't do them justice but they look pretty great in the flesh.

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DIY FTW!

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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Ralliart Shrek Ears
PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:20 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Ralliart Shrek Ears
PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:07 pm 
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I Say: We never really grow up, just learn how to act in public . . . sort of.
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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Ralliart Shrek Ears
PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:13 am 
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Vehicle: MY09 XTP

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Looks awesome mate.

Carbon everything!


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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Ralliart Shrek Ears
PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:22 pm 
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Vehicle: MY01 GT-silver

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Nice results,

Time for a garage clean up mate you got silver snails lined against to wall

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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Ralliart Shrek Ears
PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:13 am 
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Love all the little details!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Ralliart rear wing
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:21 am 
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Vehicle: Evo IX GT wagon

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Location: ACT
This next mod has been a real test of my patience and dedication. I hope by venting this frustration I can recover and move on... haha

Ralliart Rear Wing
Part number: RA630813P1

It was early May this year when I ordered a Ralliart wing from JapanParts. A few days later I receive an email saying the wing needs to be made for me so it will take 1 month extra before it ships. Great, glad I paid extra for fast shipping.

It finally gets to Sydney where Customs decide to hold it as it was worth just over $1000 inc shipping from Japan. So a further 3 weeks delay and all the associated Customs Fees, taxes, broker fees etc FML. again, glad I paid extra for fast shipping.

It arrives finally but has some damage. Damn it! Also see the V cutout in the top wing, that is there for OEM long aerial clearance. I don't like it.

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I ask my mate, who makes most of the carbon fibre parts for our WTAC car, to cover it in carbon and match the weave of my rear diffuser. I suggested he firstly apply black epoxy to the whole wing so no white gel coat shows thru the carbon weave, or on the risers or the wing edges.

I also asked him to fill the "V cutout" and repair the shipping damage before laying the carbon

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Then he got too busy making Carbon Kevlar parts for Neal Bates, so my job was on hold for about 2 months. :(

I finally get it home and try to figure out how to actually make it look nice cause its pretty rough now.

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First I wet sand it down flat with 600 on a block

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Next I mixed black tint with polyester flow coat resin and hand paint it on all the edges that need to be rounded smooth and to cover the original white gel-coat.

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Then I wet sanded it down again to make the wing edges round and smooth. But more white gel coated showed through.

So I used a two layer "soft edge" masking techniques to cover the carbon fibre areas, applied some Transtar black primer, removed 1 layer of masking tape, mixed up some base coat

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After spraying the base coat on edges and risers I tore off the remaining masking tape and 2K clear the whole job.

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A lot of tiny pin holes came up thru the clear so I dry sanded it flat with p800 grit DA Sander

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I sprayed a single coat of the clear and then by hand with a piece of wire dabbed extra 2k clear into each pin hole, then I sprayed another coat of clear.

My pin holes were now raised lumps that looked like rain drops.

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But I have two techniques to fix this by using either a re-honed razor blade or my Festool tungsten block.

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Followed by another P800 dry sand on the DA Sander

And another 2 coats of clear. And a few more pin hole fixes.

I want the finish to be super flat and give the carbon some depth.

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After a week of waiting patiently for it to thoroughly dry I used the Tungsten on the pin hole lumps and then P1500 wet and dry on a hard block, followed by p2000, P2500 and P3000.

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checking for sanding scratches…

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I choose JUICE Super C and a range of 75mm polishing pads

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Followed by a soft "waffle" 75mm polishing pad with JUICE Swirl remover which does not container fillers.

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And the final test of my sanity was understanding the Japanese language installation instructions.

so 6.5 months after ordering the wing it is finally modified and installed. It matches the other external carbon fibre parts really well

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 Post subject: Re: Evo IX GT Wagon - Ralliart rear wing
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:25 pm 
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