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Old 15 June 2017, 10:55 PM   #211
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If you look under the dash to the right of the steering column there are two unconnected green connectors. If you plug these together and turn on the ignition (but don't try to start the engine) then the fan will cycle on and off and various lights will start flashing. The boost solenoid will also click open and shut. So, take the solenoid off the car and remove boost/vac hoses (mark which one goes where!) but leave the electronic connections in place. Connect the green connectors and turn on ignition. Hold solenoid in a rag so you don't get solvent on paint work and squirt lots of carb cleaner in both ports while it's clicking. Then it should be properly clean.
Let the solvent dry then reverse all of the above and you're done.
Finally got around to doing this yesterday. Thanks for the pointers, it definitely felt more sprightly today!
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Old 19 June 2017, 07:02 PM   #212
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The TRD style **** wasn't working. Even with the plastic inserts screwed up tight it still twisted and when trying to change gear quickly it was a problem.
So I've got another ****:


This has a 12mm thread cut in the solid aluminium, so it can be done up really tight. Plus it sits 3-4 cm higher so suits my driving position a bit better.

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Old 19 June 2017, 07:24 PM   #213
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That looks well. I have the Perrin short shift adaptor in my wrx wagon and it has just the stock leather gear ****. Throws are much shorter and clicks in better if that makes sense. How you finding the gear shifts?



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Dunno what happened to the previous post but I was wondering about your experience so far with the Meister R coils as I have the same car as yours and with a small family wanted something that would not be too harsh with the option of firming it up for the back roads bash once in a while/track day.

This is my 2004 wrx wagon SL (still trying to figure out if it's a PPP)


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Dunno what happened to the previous post but I was wondering about your experience so far with the Meister R coils as I have the same car as yours and with a small family wanted something that would not be too harsh with the option of firming it up for the back roads bash once in a while/track day.

This is my 2004 wrx wagon SL (still trying to figure out if it's a PPP)


Your wagon looks really good. If you're wondering if it's a PPP then the easiest check is the turbo to intercooler hose as it should be blue and branded prodrive. I think you can also contact subaru uk. All ppp cars had a certificate so there should be one in the history.
The perrin shift looks good; does it use the standard stick?
Now I've got used to the short shift it's really, really good. Shame it was such a pain to fit. I still feel dirty for using a sledgehammer on my car...
The MeisterRs are great. Don't get me wrong. The car is firm and noisy. But I wanted quiet and smooth I'd buy a jag. But these have done family trips all over the UK. 7-8 hours with two adults and two children plus luggage and the only complaints were about the lack of adjustment on the passenger's seat.
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Old 19 June 2017, 08:21 PM   #216
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Thanks man. The intercooler hose is a Prodrive branded one. I tried to contact Prodrive but they don't have records anymore and did say to contact Subaru. I might do that next as the car had little paperwork with it and didn't have the certificate.



The Perrin short shift makes the shifting very direct. It's tight the gearbox and uses the standard stick so the height is not affected, only a reduction in the throw.

Seeing your cut knuckles, I think all the blood, sweat and tears are worth it! It sounds like it was a good mod.

By the sounds of it, the Meisters are a good fit. I, like yourself have a family with 2 children who need to be ferried around. Planning a trip from Dublin, Ireland to London via ferry next and I could pick up the coils then. My car has just over 108k miles on the clock and the shocks are well past their prime.
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By the sounds of it, the Meisters are a good fit. I, like yourself have a family with 2 children who need to be ferried around. Planning a trip from Dublin, Ireland to London via ferry next and I could pick up the coils then. My car has just over 108k miles on the clock and the shocks are well past their prime.
The set up that I've never heard anyone ever say anything bad about are pca dynamics springs and standard shocks. The engineer behind pca dynamics is ex-prodrive so knows how to set up a subaru!
Perhaps next time I'll give them a go...
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I only read about the pca dynamics springs on here 2 days ago. I currently have Eibach Pro Kit springs on standard shocks. It's reduced body roll and is very compliant. My 2 next options are either Kyb Sr shocks or Meister R coils all around. Gonna research pca dynamics shocks too for my own knowledge.
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This is my 2004 wrx wagon SL (still trying to figure out if it's a PPP)

Are those widetrack front wings? Any other front end changes (to make it widetrack suspension too)?

Found this about the PPP: https://impreza.co/ppp-subaru-prodri...formance-pack/

Nice to see another PPP wagon on here :-)
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I only read about the pca dynamics springs on here 2 days ago. I currently have Eibach Pro Kit springs on standard shocks. It's reduced body roll and is very compliant. My 2 next options are either Kyb Sr shocks or Meister R coils all around. Gonna research pca dynamics shocks too for my own knowledge.
I narrowed down the choices to PCA Dynamics springs with KYB shocks, or MeisterR coilovers. Both came to about the same cost.

I have a blob PPP wagon and it's our family car for long journeys as well as something for me to have some fun in on track, so for me it came down to adjustability – with the coilovers I can change the damping in seconds to go from softer motorway setting to harder track mode. It's more of a pain to change the ride height but it can be set to whatever you like. The PCA Dynamics springs will give you a height drop from standard, but I'm not sure whether they are specific for the weight distribution of the wagon compared to the saloon. I'm sure Peter Cambridge would be happy to discuss, he was very friendly when I emailed him a while back (peter at pcadynamics.com).

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Are those widetrack front wings? Any other front end changes (to make it widetrack suspension too)?

Found this about the PPP: https://impreza.co/ppp-subaru-prodri...formance-pack/

Nice to see another PPP wagon on here :-)

Good eye there man. Yeah, a little while back someone bashed against my front left wing and made a big massive dent in it and left. So I decided to upgrade to sti wings front. It's the only bit I have done so far and the bumper now needs looking into as it doesn't line up 100% but I can live with it at the moment.

Great to see/hear that there are other ppp wagons around as well. I am based in Ireland and my car was originally bought as a company car. That's why I think the ppp option was ticked!
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PPP SL Wagon checking in!
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I think we should start a Blobeye Wagon PPP thread guys. In Ireland, my car is one of the few wagons and even rarer to find it in SL and PPP trim.
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