February 24th, 2014
Is this actually happening? Not in the next couple weeks.. but I hope so. Many have suggested this swap would be more suited to a Subaru different from my Bugeye. I might be inclined to agree, but that aren’t many Subaru’s that excite me quite like the iconic GD. Some people think it’s ridiculous, but I have minimal interest in owning a Subaru that looks like your aunties Subaru, even if it runs circles around my WRB, WRC poseur.
The make or break parts of car life come when the car is dead in the garage and can’t be driven with engine blown or metal bent. At moments like that, I trash your aunties Subaru, but a truly good car motivates me to get my hands dirty and lie on cold concrete even when it doesn’t roll or run. In that respect, my GDA is nearly as good as my favourite AE86 was. Rational reasons pushed me from AE86 life, but I’m sure to regret letting someone else’s idea of what a GDA be push me away from creating mine. Find me a clean GC and I might allow you to convince me… but I looked for over a year for one of those prior to buying the GD.
So I’m swapping an EG33… the question is how? Stock and OEM like? Mild indistinguishable improvements? Hard tune ghetto hack like? Empty my bank account and donate a kidney like? Probably not the first or the last of those, because it’s just not how I roll.
February 23rd, 2014
I hate how pretty much everything that happens here happens on ice… but that’s Canada I guess. Matt over at FixBroke showed up with these for his GF8 on the weekend. Pretty serious.
Maybe the only reason I haven’t done this myself is because I don’t want to fight with inner tubes and UHMW liners… but Matt got by with conventional filling plus SLIME. Car was fast. I might have to follow suit next year.
February 20th, 2014
I love peg board. Love it. I got a real stand up tool box for Christmas this year, after wanting one for probably ten years, but never being willing to spend the money on one. Peg board is better. There are hooks and loops that can be made to hold basically anything. You can look across the shop to see if a specific tool is there… with the tool box you have to rummage through drawers.
If I was a bachelor it would line the walls of my house.
February 19th, 2014
Very happy to find a few photo’s from Sunday’s rally-x in my inbox. Ian did a great job of making it look like the car is really moving. In actuality, this is probably only 30km/h. The course was that slick and tight. Sorry to spoil the magic of rally-x for you… but I certainly can’t hold a camera that steady while keeping focused on a moving object.
There is GoPro footage as well that I haven’t had a chance to review yet. Unless I play it at double speed though, I expect that this picture will be much more interesting.
February 17th, 2014
After the car posted fast times at winter auto-x yesterday I got constant inquiries about what tires are on the car. I’ve run a number of winter tires in the past, with my favourite being the Kumho KW19 (now discontinued), I am now using Sailun WST1. Sai-what?
That’s what I said, but my tire guy convinced me to give them a shot based on the total stud count they offer. I.E. compared to the Kumho KW22 (successor to the KW19) they offer 20-30 more studs per tire depending on size. They’re also super cheap. My intention was actually to have them fit with some extra long 15mm studs and make them designated lake tires, but that wasn’t communicated to the tech and when I arrived to pic them up I found them fit with spec 12mm studs.
There are a number of variables at play, but they do certainly out grip Andrew’s standard studded KW22s. His are stock sized 205/55 though, where as I have gone with 185/65 on a 15″ rim. Does narrower work better on ice? Apparently… but I don’t really get the theory as to why.
However it works, I’m not terribly unhappy with them. I don’t really like how pedestrian the tires look (Kumho’s have a big blocky tread that looks tough, where as these look much more like auntie’s street tires). Since auto-x organizers aren’t enforcing stud length, I somewhat regret not getting longer studs.
However…the car did still manage a 1-2 overall at our first event yesterday, and Andrew and I had such a shitty time that we’ll probably never go back so it’s probably for the better that they are still usable every day on the street. Auto-x might be fun once in a while… but 6 hours of standing around in icy cold wind for 6 minutes of driving an ultra tight course on glare ice is not a good time.
February 9th, 2014
Subaru is not Toyota. I have never owned an Alfa or a Lancia but having heard a little bit about life with either, I reckon that if you want the experience of a finicky/disgruntled car while still remaining a Japanese loyalist, you should buy a Subaru.
I don’t feel like ours are ever going to leave us stranded, but damn do they like to complain about everything. They are your fine assed girlfriend who won’t leave the house if one of their socks is pulled up higher than the other, and won’t speak to you for a week if you fail to tell them how perfect they are at the exact right moment. Your Toyota is always up for a good thumping. The Subaru needs dinner and Ryan Gosling first, and sure as hell isn’t getting out of bed before noon the morning after without waffles and bacon.
February 6th, 2014
Just a shot from the weekend. I hoped to make winter rally-x, but was forced home. Next time. The lake has become my favourite place.