Well, as expected really, things are progressing pretty slow. Due to some of the issues to sort out, I'd come to the realization that I would not be able to put the S13 rear sub-frame in before I get the car sent off. So I had to come up with an alternate plan to handle the SR20's power with the stock rear subframe. The stock setup is a 3.7 open diff. So I looked around and happened across this:
A Subaru Forester...
and a S/Tb STI one at that
From what kinda sketchy info I can find, it should be a 4.44 vLSD rear diff:
Which should suit my needs for now. It'll be very good acceleration, and calculates to a 150mph top speed... which I have NO intention of going near with only front lap belts in the car!
Also, to sort out the transmission issue, I did pick up an RB20's 5-speed. So I'll be putting on the SR's bell housing and seeing if it fits this weekend. The bonus of getting the RB 5-speed is that the speedometer cable will hook right up... but doesn't really matter with the new rear diff ratio. Though I can have a cheat sheet with what speeds are actually what hanging next to the speedo... that'll be fun explaining to a police man.
Anyways, still unsure if the current engine mounting location will work, but wanting to keep it because the turbo exhaust exit location is ideal with it, I have been looking for engine mount options. I came across solid mounts that also lower the position of the engine, good for clearance... but of course backordered 2 weeks plus shipping time. So, I'll have to see how this trans fits... fingers crossed.
I am closer to sorting out the tension rods, got an idea that I will be testing out this weekend as well. In the meantime, I mounted the rest of the steering/suspension. Due to the lower control arms being mounted inward, the steering arms were to long and the wheels wouldn't toe straight. So the steering arms had to be shortened an inch each as well. The result is about the perfect tire location with the new 15" Watanabes... though I still have to install camber bolts to correct the final camber:
Where the Watanabe's will be sitting when on the ground (have to adjust coil over height of course)
the side view
The top will be out a little more due to final camber adjustment, but it should look sexy as hell like that!