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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:49 pm 
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The engine is also back in and I have confirmed that the change I recently made to the radiator tilt position provided a big improvement in clearance between the radiator hose and thermofan. Even with this change, I still would have needed to trim the thermofan cage (as seen in below photo) but the radiator hose no longer fouls on the cage.
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Mearcat wrote:
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I lastly made a short length of the ground cable to the body.
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Really nice work and very creative problem solving, but you might have created yourself an earth loop there - it can screw around with electronics - the kind of problems that just don't make any sense... like temperature gauges reading wrong at certain RPM, coils firing at the wrong time, squealing through speakers

Your battery is earthed in the boot floor, and then again at the front subframe and again to the body so there are 2 earth paths from the battery to your subframe. I think you should isolate it in the boot the same way as the 12V

I assume you plan to use the subframe earth point as your "primary" earth point and go off to everything in a "star" layout from there, in which case, good plan ;)

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Really nice work and very creative problem solving, but you might have created yourself an earth loop there - it can screw around with electronics
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Your battery is earthed in the boot floor, and then again at the front subframe and again to the body so there are 2 earth paths from the battery to your subframe...

Thanks! You are dead right about the ground loop and I forgot to consider it as a potential issue (even though I've encountered it before in circuit board designs :oops: ). I've had a talk to an auto electrician and he has confirmed that ground loops can definitely introduce unwanted electrical noise and/or sensor voltage errors, and that connecting the negative battery post to the body shell is the safest and best common-ground point for sensitive electronics. In light of this, I will remove the entire ground battery cable and the battery will retain the standard configuration where the negative battery post connects to the boot floor via a short cable.

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In light of this, I will remove the entire ground battery cable and the battery will retain the standard configuration where the negative battery post connects to the boot floor via a short cable.


I wouldn't remove it, I'd keep it the way you've done it and insulate it away from the boot floor.

I doubt you'll get any serious voltage drop through the long cable, but it does eliminate the voltage drop we get through 50-60 year old spot welds... and you'll have a really clean earth source for your ECU

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I hope its labelled REAL clear in the boot which cable is which! :)


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I hope its labelled REAL clear in the boot which cable is which! :)

As per the other cables I've made, I was going to have red/black heat shrink to aid in identifying the cables. Good point though - I might even use red sheath for the 12V cable within the boot.

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After the feedback about ground loops, I've made a second through-panel connector so that the ground cable is not attached to the boot floor.
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I've drilled a hole near the factory battery ground point and the negative post of the battery will join to this new connector. I'll extend the ground cable under the car (using a butt connector and some spare cable) and route it around the battery box to fit to the new connector under the boot floor
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I have previously made some mounts for my WRX seats that I will be using but the biggest issue is that because I'm tall, the seats had to be moved further back and fouled against the rear storage bins and therefore the seats had to be moved inward towards the centre of the cabin. The problem with this is that with the large seats, they near enough touched which made it a bit squishy when both drivers and passenger were seated
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I decided that the bins didn't need to be removed, just moved. I cut away the front of the bin and marked where the reel would be
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I wanted to retain the finishing trim strip that clips on top of the storage bin sides. This was done by taping a few pieces of 2.5mm steel to my vice and clamping the new steel sheet between them in the vice. By repeating this along the length of the steel sheet, I ended up with a pretty close approximation of the original lip on the storage bin edges
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After trimming the bin-front to retain only the curved section and to the match the floorpan shape shape, I welded on the new steel piece.
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Everything was clamped in place and welded
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I also wanted to make a cover for the seat belt reels to hide them. This was a box made from 0.8mm steel sheet that was a snug fit over the seatbelt reel. Overall I achieved an extra 40mm of room to move the seat towards the door.
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