Forester STI – Fitting Rear Door Speakers

I’d already fitted some new, larger door speakers in the front doors as shown here. One of the rears had a bit of a rattle and they were likely to be in the same poor condition that I found the fronts in so may as well change them too. Off with a door card to […]

S1 Elise – Fitting the Front Splitter Straight

After the suspension refresh I did a full wheel alignment and eventually got to doing the corner weights (more on that another time). When going round the car, checking the ride height I also kept an eye on how the bodywork sat in relation to the floor particularly as the front was now a bit […]

S1 Elise – Lambda Sensor Replacement

When I fitted the new exhaust manifold and downpipe setup I couldn’t refit the lambda sensor that was in the exhaust I removed as it had been butchered by a previous mechanic/owner (see here). So I had a look through the spares I have from various donor/previously owned Rovers and Minis and found one to […]

Forester STI – Sloppy Gear Change Fix

There was a bit of play in the gear change. To be honest it wasn’t too bad but I really hate feeling any slack in a cars controls so I took a look at the linkage to see if I could find anywhere with any slack and if I could do anything to tighten up […]

Forester STI – Engine, Gearbox and Diff Oil Change

Whenever I get a car I tend to change all the oils early on so I know it’s all fresh and decent quality stuff. The Forester was no different so I got myself some Millers oils for the engine, gearbox and differentials and a genuine Subaru engine oil filter and sump washer. For the engine […]

S1 Elise – Final Fit of the Exhaust, and Heat Shields

Having test fitted all the parts I fabricated to be sure I was happy with them (see here, here and here). The exhaust, exhaust heat shield and alternator heat shield could all be fitted for the last time with new gaskets and fixings. Everything ready to fit. New exhaust manifold gasket in place. Engine mount […]

S1 Elise – Making an Exhaust Heat Shield

As I’ve said previously, it got a bit hot in the Elise drivers seat on the hottest summer days and I wanted to do what I could to keep heat from the exhaust at bay. One thing being heat wrapping the exhaust which you can see here and the other being fitting a more effective […]