Eric Tay

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  1. OK, so I bought the used BRZ rims from Carousell. Condition is pretty good. I've also gone with PS4 215/45/R17 coz it wears better than the RE003. Ride is smoother but I still feel my shocks is not working right... how to check? My workshop quoted me up to $1300 for original Subaru shocks with full set of bump stops, nuts, washers etc. + labour. He'll check the condition of the parts before ordering so I think if it's really shocks are gone, I will change first before doing other parts.
  2. Yah I agree. Impreza already use 17" rims 205/50/17. Probably the same for other Japanese makes so 205/50/17 should be cheaper than 215/45/17 while maintaining the same tyre circumference as my current 205/55/16. My current setup is already 9% slower than actual speed on the road as measure by GPS. I also just called a tyre shop and the shop owner say our car cannot fit 215/50/17 due to clearance issue? True? I'm looking at higher speed stability. Going above 160km is dicey now. With 205/45/16, my car ever hit 220km on the speedometer, but adjusted speed is probably 200 or less. Dun wanna spend much money on Rims... A bro of mine mentioned poorer wet performance to me regarding moving to 17". Nothing specific to the tyres actually. Sorry about the wording. I don't see why moving to larger rim will affect wet performance. It's more related to tyre compound and thread pattern.
  3. @attila, thanks for the assurance. Will definitely KIV and change when I confirm shocks are gone. My tyres are EOL already, front centerline left 2mm or less, rear 1mm and outer wall water drains almost gone + rubber peeling. Very noisy but not as noisy as RE001 when EOL. However, I don't remember RE001 being bumpy during EOL. Opinions... should I change to stock BRZ 17" rims? An Impreza bro selling a set used $400 on Carousell. Will wet performance really go down if I use PS4 215/45/17? @kelvin613 the beam pattern looks similar, the lights actually looks similar stock headlights. Looking at these https://www.carid.com/2008-subaru-impreza-headlights/ Spec-D There are many variants that look like this from Taiwan also. Not sure if they're the same OEM or manufactured to different specs. Not sure if the projector can be tiled up/down using the rocker in the car also...
  4. Thanks bro! Damping rate similar to stock? Dun want my wife to complain. Not sure if it's because my PS3 hardened (installed Dec 2015) or the shocks are gone. Ride is rough and a bit bouncy.
  5. I'm not gonna track lah, no need to change the profile of the sus. I like the long throw of the stock sus actually, quite comfortable but still quite confident. There are certain things to note about wrap. First thing is cannot go outside car-wash. Second, cannot use most wax/polish products on it. 3rd, don't get matte. My panels are very beat up, must strip first, then redo base-coat. I'm not looking to spray over. Wouldn't last also. The DRL is embedded inside the headlight like the new Impreza and XV. Thinking of taking a risk. LOL I'm definitely not getting PS4S. My mileage is gonna be high so don't wanna waste money.
  6. Why surprising no need to change mounting leh? Boxer engine has naturally low vibration. There are so many times I switch off the air-con and completely forgot to switch off the engine and I didn't realise the engine is running and I started the engine and the starter motor complained! Bro my mileage is 200,000km at 8 years. Last 2 years I used the car less due to exhaust issues (which affected the clutch), renewed COE at 230,000+km. I'm also quite aggressive at the corners so naturally lotsa wear and tear on front steering + wheels. I do half-clutch to smooth out gear shift so clutch wear is higher. Will be trying to learn heel-toe to increase corner turn in speed and help reduce brake and clutch wear. I think my shock absorber are spoilt also so over the next 6 months I will have to change more stuff... Centre diff - $1700 Maybe upgrade to 17" rims but tyres will be more ex. Michelin PS4 205/55/16 $160 vs 215/45/17 $195 3M car wrap (lots of areas to patch so instead of strip and respray, I spend a bit more and wrap with dual-tone) - $3k Main windscreen - wait for rocks to chip then claim insurance - $100 Headlights - change to one with fluorescent DRL and coat with anti-UV spray - $600 Stock shocks - $2k? Solar film (Huper Optik) - yah I never installed b4 - $2k or less Some soundproofing for tyre wells - $? Replace with fresh catalytic converters $1K or just decat $450 (currently using old up-pipe I think) Total $13K? But car will be like new!
  7. @kelvin613 cool! @unfair Bro, our model was NEVER popular! LOL! I can't even find parts from the scrap market. Most of the parts are available brand new or re-con though. Why do u need to change engine mount? Unnatural vibration? Let's see I've changed... Clutch assembly (2 times) Center diff (may spoil anytime) Front brake disc(x2) Front wheel bearings(x2) Radiator Radiator fan motor(x2) Catalytic convertor Steering pump Timing belt set (2 times) Air-con compressor Clutch Air-con compressor assembly Fuel pump filter Front lower suspension arm bushing(x4) Gear-shift linkage (x3) (next time will just need to change the plastic, not the whole link) Spark plug set (2 times) Not counting oil & tyres. Not too bad, $13,000+ over 10 years. Still cheaper than Conti cars.
  8. I just renewed my COE. Current mileage roughly 230,000km. Since I've already change a lot of stuff and I roughly know how to diagnose most problems, I feel confident the car can last 3-5 more years.
  9. Anyone here installed this? I'm renewing COE and looking to "spice" up my car a bit. Can the projector tilt up and down like our stock headlight? I drive an Impreza 2.0 MY2007 so I have the black headlight. Can I install LED light to replace my H3 halogen?
  10. I never receive any call. Probably coz my car is due to scrap in June. But I'm renewing COE, waiting for the 6-bids to go down.
  11. Got letter say can change already ah? Anyway, if it's the passenger side airbag, I expect it to take a long time.
  12. Bump! So my center diff knocking sound still there but since turning is not affected even after driving to Malacca, I didn't change it in case it's something else in the gearbox. Since no one can diagnose it, I just leave it until something breaks. I've changed to a refurb compressor at an air-con specialist and it's working great for 6 months+ now! The power steering pump leaked again 6 months after I replace with a refurb but since the leak is minor and didn't affect the air-con or alternator belts, I didn't bother to fix it. Just top up the oil now and then. Oh I made a mistake, my COE end in June 2018, not 2017. Looking at the COE situation and the question on Subaru's commitment to the Levorg product line, I will most likely renew the COE. In case you dunno what I'm talking about, Motorimage has stopped selling Levorg to wait for next year model. BUT, Subaru is moving all the range to the SGP (Subaru Global Platform) except for the Levorg due to the long wheelbase, so the Levorg chassis will end up being less stiff than the WRX and Impreza. So when will the Levorg get updated? Who knows? And I'm not willing to put down so much money for a Levorg especially since it doesn't have Eyesight in SG. I also realise that my manual 2.0i hatch is actually pretty cheap to maintain. No turbo pumps to worry about. No CVT pumps or Control units to fail. Wear and tear is there but it's due to the way I drive. Fuel economy has gone down due to my catalytic converters being clogged but that can be replaced brand-new at $1000. After 230,000km, I guess it's reasonable life-span.
  13. I just did all 4 bushings at my regular workshop. $450. Left and Right arms. Big and small. My left wheel was oscillating when I go at 80km/h+ and doing a slight right turn. The bushing completely came off liao. 😂
  14. I got the letter to change passenger side bag but seeing Takata is bankrupt, I doubt it'll get changed. Still I'll renew COE for my car lah.