My recap and ongoing final stretch of building my Hatch

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Re: My recap and ongoing final stretch of building my Hatch

Postby shagymc » Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:22 pm

Not very many updates due to saving for paint but I did get some IPF headlights mounted and 10K HIDs installed. I ordered the IPF H4 conversion housings from Cabe Toyota as well as some Innovited HIDs from the ebay.
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After looking at the chiltons and figuring out how to wire everything up, I set the relays out and started the process of wiring it all up.
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Once it was all wired up, I set to connecting it all in the car. I quickly hit a snag in that I had no ground to my high beam trigger when the switch was pressed forward. After a little bit of troubleshooting I found that the steering column assembly switch was not making contact when it was supposed to.
I bent the top contact out of the way and added a solder bead to the switch contact.
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Once that was taken care of, I added some sealing gum to make sure I had a solid seal on the headlights with the HID.
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Next I just added the wires to the existing factory harness so I could go back to stock if needed and fired them up. Great looking in the garage but still need to take them for a test drive here at night.
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Im looking into replacing the front LCA, TC rod and tie rod ends with T3 stuff but not sure if I'm ready to get that all done before getting the car painted. Hopefully, I can afford to do both in the near future.

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Re: My recap and ongoing final stretch of building my Hatch

Postby shagymc » Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:38 pm

So I've been busy getting things ready to go for paint. I didn't take many pictures of the tear down but It all went well. I used a lot of painters tape and a sharpie to label all my connectors and basically all I left in the car was the two seats and the carpet. While I do love doing work myself, the decision to get the car painted at a legit shop was easy for me since I absolutely hate body work and the bay requires a lot of welding to get the smooth look I want as well as to fill all the useless holes that are in there now. I'm going for a car peace bay look with the exception of my strut bar. Here's what the inside dash area looked like:
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I was also able to get up north and grab my wheels that have been in my friends basement for the last 3 years. These are Hoshino G5s. The fronts are 15x9 with -20 offset and the rear is 15x9 with -30 offset. Seeing these things again was pretty stellar after only glimpsing them in 2013 when I bought them and had them shipped up.
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The tires do have a bit of a stretch over them but nothing crazy. I also had a set of Retro Spec side skirts too (no pictures) that were waiting for me. Originally he was going to paint the car but things happened and money got tight so I decided to get it done locally. When I took the wheels over to the shop (The Showzone in Ladson, SC), they took the time to throw a pair on the car to see what we were working with and if any mods needed to happen.
First thing we noticed was to clear the Rotora big brake caliper, I needed a spacer. Luckily I already had 3mm spacers and it gave plenty of room for the wheel to spin with no clearance issues. We also will need to add a slight amount of negative camber and roll the fenders to get it to fit clean. The center cap wouldn't fit over the stock cover too so we may need to make our own to get it to look right. In the rear, It was obvious we needed to bring the car down about a half an inch as well as do a slight pull and roll. Overall, we were very happy with how they fit and looked on the car. Here's some shots:
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I also ordered some front suspension parts from T3 for the front: Adjustable lower control arms, tension control rods, and new tie rod ends. I know this process will be slow due to all the tiny details the shop is working out for me I just am really really impatient... it's also weird not having her in the garage. Thanks for looking!
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Re: My recap and ongoing final stretch of building my Hatch

Postby shagymc » Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:29 pm

Well went to Showzone motorsports here in Charleston, SC and they're making quick work of the engine bay. They built a service door in the firewall for the distributor, they've filled almost every hole I cut in the bay, and stitch welded the seams. They also removed the battery tray. It's pretty amazing when you find a shop that puts as much care and love into your project as you would. Here's some pictures:
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One of my favorite things that they did was with the screws I had put through the firewall for the proportioning valve. Before I had them going through the valve then through the firewall with a nut in the engine bay. You can see them on the firewall in this picture:
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They flipped the screws to the inside and then welded them to the firewall and ground them smooth, essentially making studs for the inside where the valve is, cleaning the bay up, and making it easy to remove the prop valve later if needed. Now it's just two 11mm nuts inside.
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I told them that I want a bay like the Car Peace cars and they have delivered so far on the promise to give me that. Stay tuned for progress!

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Re: My recap and ongoing final stretch of building my Hatch

Postby JDM20VAE101 » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:40 am

Awesome Build up man!

Great selection of parts too!

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Re: My recap and ongoing final stretch of building my Hatch

Postby shagymc » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:22 pm

Thanks man.

Small update to the bay work: Stopped by the shop just to chill and they had the bay filled and roughly sanded so you can get an idea of what it's going to be. I think in the coming weeks we'll see a lot more since most of the labor work is done.
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I also have been stacking parts. I got some new TCRs from T3 through their yardsale, some carbon trim pieces, and I spent an ungodly amount of money on this titanium hood prop rod. It's amazing.
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We decided on House of Kolor's galaxy grey. I think that it will accentuate the wheels nicely. I still need to order a few more suspension parts for the front but I'll need to build up funds in the meantime to get there.

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