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 Post subject: Cardude's 99 GT
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:44 pm 
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Vehicle: MY99 GT

Posts: 67
Location: Mornington Pen., Victoria
Purchased this ’99 GT in August this year for $3,200.
206,000km on the clock (currently at about 213,000km), with a few little upgrades.
Bit of a sketchy past, with more than a few problems to solve.

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It’s my first car that’s not been a boring / mediocre run-around bought through family so I’ve taken more of an interest in it. I’m a complete novice with the mechanical workings of automobiles but so far this car has motivated me to finally learn more (thanks OzFoz :thumbs:) and start doing a few small jobs myself here n there. That’s my current goal for the car, to improve reliability and comfort / driveability, and learn in the meantime.

This isn’t really a build thread and obviously nothing like the awesome Foz’s around here but rather just an accumulated service log and place to get thoughts from you guys who know what you’re doing.

Upgrades at time of purchase:
    • New turbo (was a long time ago and seller couldn’t remember model# – he may have guessed TD04?)
    • MRT 2.5” exhaust
    • Aftermarket plumb back BOV
    • ‘Ecutek stage 2 tune’, done by MRT

No receipts for this work so I can’t verify details, unfortunately.

Problems:
    Centre diff bind / clunk (have reconditioned VC (CorgiWerx) – replaced by HWC 18/12/17)
    Clutch worn / slipping (have new Exedy FJK-7123 – replaced by HWC 18/12/17)
    Slight idle hunt (mostly fixed after IACV clean and UEC but not 100%) – not a big deal now
    • Oil leaks / weeps:
      Rocker cover gaskets - replaced by Lucas at 212,000km, Nov ‘17
      o Rear main oil seal
      o RH Driveshaft oil seal
      o Rear diff pinion (tailshaft?) seal
    • Rattle from engine around 3k RPM (Lucas nominated dump pipe HS as culprit)

Works done so far:
    • Timing belt and water pump - replaced @ 208,000km
    • Rocker cover gaskets - replaced by Lucas @ 212,000km
    • Oil + filter replaced, plus UEC
    • Centre differential replaced with reconditioned unit (from CorgiWerx) by HCW @ 215,000km
    • Clutch replaced with Exedy FJK-7123 by HCW @ 215,000km
    • Gear shifter and linkage bushes all replaced by HCW @ 215,000km
    • Short shifter (from CorgiWerx) installed by HCW @ 215,000km
    • Cleaned:
      o Air intake filter
      o IACV
      o MAF sensor
    • Replaced:
      o Cabin air filter : P
      o Head unit, front speakers

In hindsight, now having a better impression of the condition of the car and eventually (later this month) spending a further $3,700 to get it up to scratch :-/, I probably would have purchased differently. I’m happy to have gone through that learning process though, and I still love the car (as long as it doesn’t suffer a critical failure any time soon).

Future plans:
    Short shifter - installed by HCW @ 215,000km
    • Fix the remaining leaks (driveshaft, at least – engine oil holds level fine, and no smell)
    • Upgrade suspension / handling components
    • Upgrade brakes, eventually
    • Possibly new turbo / tune (it’s looking kinda crap and sounds a bit rattley maybe?)
    • Upgrade audio

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 Post subject: Re: Cardude's 99 GT
PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:51 pm 
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Vehicle: MY99 GT

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Location: Mornington Pen., Victoria
It's been a matter of hunting for an affordable solution and waiting for the funds to accumulate but I can't wait to get the centre differential (viscous coupling) fixed. Horrible noise and feeling in carparks, clunking my way around on those slow turns. Embarrassing too.

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 Post subject: Re: Cardude's 99 GT
PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:38 pm 
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I Say: Needs more positive manifold pressure.
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Nice foz!

Center Diff bind is becoming a very common issue on these now as they age :(

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 Post subject: Re: Cardude's 99 GT
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:56 am 
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I Say: SQUIRREL!!!
Vehicle: MY99GT, MY04XT, MY14XVS650A

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Welcome :waves:

Nice starting point, and being an 18yo car owner too we’re all noticing/feeling the age of our rides.

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 Post subject: Re: Cardude's 99 GT
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:02 pm 
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Vehicle: MY99 GT

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Location: Mornington Pen., Victoria
Cheers guys. Yup bit rough round the edges at this age. Still good though :drinks:

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 Post subject: Re: Cardude's 99 GT
PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:51 am 
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Vehicle: MY99 GT

Posts: 67
Location: Mornington Pen., Victoria
Got the following done this week:

    • New clutch (Exedy FJK-7123)
    • Centre diff replaced (with reconditioned unit from CorgiWerx)
    • All gear shift bushes replaced
    • Short shifter (CorgiWerx) installed
    • Topped up gearbox / centre diff oil with 3.8L of Redline Lightweight
    • Up pipe got 'welded'... (in effort to sort an engine rattle, which remains. I'd nominated downpipe and think HCW should have addressed that instead, but maybe up pipe was dodgy too. It seems to have a different (extra?) spool noise now. Haven't noticed extra power.)

Supplied all parts to HCW who carried out the labour. Pleasure to deal with, and the workmanship seems top notch as best I can tell.

Driving experience:
Shifter had a fair bit of play, so it's nice and rigid now. I like the shorter shift.
Shifting has gone from being more fluid and soft (with play) to now feeling more mechanical, stiff and precise. Still getting used to this. Planning to pop in a tube of G70 and maybe wash it down with a little bit more redline, as the dipstick is really only sitting on the low mark, and it'd be nice if it were a tad smoother.
CLUNK-CLUNK-CLUNK at low speed gone. YAY.
Car overall feels much more solid and sturdy to drive.

Now, after all that, if only I could afford some petrol to drive her! :P

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 Post subject: Re: Cardude's 99 GT
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:57 am 
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Vehicle: MY99 GT

Posts: 67
Location: Mornington Pen., Victoria
Got in contact with the previous owner and confirmed some of the mods done with lost paperwork:

• 3" turbo back stainless steel MRT exhaust
• Type 2 tune by MRT, running 15PSI boost
• TD04 turbo from WRX, which had 5,000km on it (installed @ ~100,000kms on Foz)
• WRX Rear sway bar (20mm?)

A couple of things I'm planning to put on the upgrade list:

• Silicone Y-pipe
• Resonatorectomy, with the fancy PVC plumb job


Current target is sorting this damn heat shield rattle.

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 Post subject: Re: Cardude's 99 GT
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:23 am 
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I Say: SQUIRREL!!!
Vehicle: MY99GT, MY04XT, MY14XVS650A

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Location: Narre Warren, Mexico, AU
Good stuff mate.

I bought a couple of silicone elbows and a straight aluminium pipe to put the pod right down behind the fog light as you can buy an adapter to utilise the MAF section and completely remove the box. Look like a bought one!! ;) :thumbs:

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 Post subject: Re: Cardude's 99 GT
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:58 am 
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Vehicle: MY99 GT

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Location: Mornington Pen., Victoria
Nice one Family Guy.

My PVC pipe is still rolling around under my seat...

Instead I worked on making the car more obnoxious with my very first sub.

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 Post subject: Re: Cardude's 99 GT
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:07 am 
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Vehicle: MY99 GT

Posts: 67
Location: Mornington Pen., Victoria
Question re: subwoofer (Kicker Hideaway) install..

I took the 4 speaker wires from sub and put them through a KISL (speaker wire to RCA) adapter and plugged these into my head unit. After plugging this all in, I couldn't get any sound from the sub. (Tried numerous HU / sub settings and volume / gain combos.)

I was a bit confused about the speaker wire L/R, +/- for RCA terminals, I ended up trying all combos of speaker wire -> RCA wires with no success. Could I have stuffed something up here?

I ended up taking the KISL (RCA) off and tapping into the rear speaker output from the head unit and adjusting sub input setting to Hi and it all seems to be working now. I'd prefer to use the RCA though.. wondering whether my old DEH6150BT (9 yrs old) just isn't up to the task.

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