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Forum: Newbie Forum   01-27-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 133
Posted By LW_Black4
Stock rated power was 230 Hp for the WRX and 293...

Stock rated power was 230 Hp for the WRX and 293 Hp for the STi ('06 - '07).

A turbo upgrade requires fuel system upgrades and an engine tune as well, which means upgraded injectors and fuel pump....
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   01-27-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 217
Posted By LW_Black4
Service manual procedure is to disconnect the...

Service manual procedure is to disconnect the battery before removing the combination meter, but I'm not clear why. I removed mine for bulb replacement last night.

However, it sounds like one of...
Forum: Newbie Forum   01-26-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 221
Posted By LW_Black4
Keep on looking. If you can't inspect the car to...

Keep on looking. If you can't inspect the car to your satisfaction, then you shouldn't buy it. That'd be a blind purchase.
Forum: Newbie Forum   01-22-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By LW_Black4
A Stage 2 tune is more reliable and trouble free....

A Stage 2 tune is more reliable and trouble free.

I've been exploring Stage 3 for a while now and it's at least a turbo, fuel system upgrade, TMIC and protune, which even with a used TMIC is...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-21-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 236
Posted By LW_Black4
This is great input and I appreciate the help...

This is great input and I appreciate the help exploring this upgrade path. You have confirmed that it's not a good idea, and so I won't go that route.

I can't afford to upgrade with all-new parts...
Forum: Newbie Forum   01-21-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 178
Posted By LW_Black4
Internals to me sounds like inside the engine,...

Internals to me sounds like inside the engine, which would require an engine rebuild.

Stronger internals are forged pistons, STi connecting rods and head studs.

If you are talking only about...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-21-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 236
Posted By LW_Black4
arcticscythe What's an 'LWG tune'? I...

arcticscythe What's an 'LWG tune'?

I confirmed with COBB that the FP16G OTS tune isn't available for the AP V3 anyway, so using it isn't an option and a protune is required for a turbo upgrade -...
Forum: Newbie Forum   01-20-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,291
Posted By LW_Black4
ominiouscrab236 Start a new thread. And I agree...

ominiouscrab236 Start a new thread.
And I agree with Mosc; 1. tires, 2. alignment and 3. performance driver training. :)
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-20-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 236
Posted By LW_Black4
COBB FP16G OTS Map Work With the Blouch TD05H-16G-XT?

I run an '04 WRX with a COBB AP Ver 3. Currently it's setup with a turbo-back exhaust and Stage 2 tune.

Think I can use COBB's FP16G map with Blouch's 16G turbo instead? Of course with the other...
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   01-19-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,203
Posted By LW_Black4
Folks, It's more important to bring a car in...

Folks,

It's more important to bring a car in good working condition to the Tail of the Dragon, than to install the most recent gear you have for it.

You don't want to be working on it there.
...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-19-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 485
Posted By LW_Black4
There will always be faster cars - and hotter...

There will always be faster cars - and hotter women for that matter. It's good to be satisfied with the things you already have. :)
Forum: Newbie Forum   01-13-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By LW_Black4
Great explanation Jason [acticscythe]. :) ...

Great explanation Jason [acticscythe]. :)

All wheel drive vehicles have great traction and launch well at a drag strip.

Past the wheelspin off the launch, the higher power car will ultimately...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-13-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 485
Posted By LW_Black4
BuiltEJ has STi rods for sale, and these are...

BuiltEJ has STi rods for sale, and these are usually used items surplus from someone else upgrading to billet rods for a sturdier build. http://www.builtej.com/home.php

They are tough items,...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   01-13-2015, 03:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By LW_Black4
Summer performance tires give great performance...

Summer performance tires give great performance when temperatures are warm but are not suitable for winter.

In general, to maximize rated car capabilities performance cars come with performance...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   01-12-2015, 05:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 618
Posted By LW_Black4
It's a good idea to find a performance shop...

It's a good idea to find a performance shop that's familiar with building EJ motors who you can discuss budget and performance expectations. That would be your best start.

My rebuild suitable for...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-12-2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 485
Posted By LW_Black4
BuiltEJ is a good supplier and I've worked with...

BuiltEJ is a good supplier and I've worked with them.

It's better to buy them as a package to avoid sourcing a potentially wrong item. Pistons are different for the 79mm stroke crank (EJ257...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   12-16-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 818
Posted By LW_Black4
Aftermarket heat shields are not nearly as...

Aftermarket heat shields are not nearly as effective as the OEM cladding. Best to use a turbo blanket and wrap the downpipe with thermal tape, to manage heat soak.

turbo blanket...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   12-11-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 454
Posted By LW_Black4
COBB's OTS maps are only compatible with limited...

COBB's OTS maps are only compatible with limited engine mods, and their EBCS is one of them. This is good.

I'd go with their EBCS too so that I can stick with the COBB OTS map collection, because...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   12-03-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By LW_Black4
Here are the specs for your tune then: Map...

Here are the specs for your tune then:

Map Notes for 2002 - 2005 WRX ...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   12-03-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By LW_Black4
AllExtinct What tune are you running, Chuck? ...

AllExtinct
What tune are you running, Chuck? 19.2 psi is more boost than a COBB Stage 2 OTS map.
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   12-03-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By LW_Black4
AllExtinct The stock turbo becomes a heat pump...

AllExtinct
The stock turbo becomes a heat pump at high rpms at even Stage 2 boost levels, and this is why COBB tapers the boost at high rpms on their Stage 2 maps. Boost levels higher than their...
Forum: Handling Tech   12-03-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 427
Posted By LW_Black4
GD Impreza STi Prodrive Performance Pack

Was the Prodrive a limited edition model, or a dealer- or enthusiast-installed parts package?

Subaru Impreza STI (Type UK) Prodrive Performance Pack
Subaru Impreza STI (Type UK) Prodrive...
Forum: Newbie Forum   12-02-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,291
Posted By LW_Black4
It's $exy and totally impressive John but I value...

It's $exy and totally impressive John but I value reliability, and I couldn't afford your sweet machine.
Forum: Newbie Forum   11-27-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 612
Posted By LW_Black4
I'd replace the cam, oil and oil cooler. Check...

I'd replace the cam, oil and oil cooler. Check for metal filings in the oil on the magnetic oil drain plug at the same time, if the cam has worn away.

The oil cooler has tiny passages that trap...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   11-27-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 826
Posted By LW_Black4
Ferodo DS2500 - 2003-2005 Subaru WRX Front for...

Ferodo DS2500 - 2003-2005 Subaru WRX Front for street and track $152:
Ferodo Ds2500 - 2003-2005 Subaru Wrx Front - Fcp1639h - Pads - Brakes - 2002-2003 - Wrx - Impreza...
Forum: Newbie Forum   11-25-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 612
Posted By LW_Black4
I own an '04 WRX too, and I've had the engine...

I own an '04 WRX too, and I've had the engine rebuilt.

We can give you some engine rebuild or replacement guidance, but I'd like to know a little more about the intake cam issue.

Did they say...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   11-24-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 747
Posted By LW_Black4
By the way, car Club guys say there is...

By the way, car Club guys say there is significantly more blow-by in a built motor because of the forged pistons, especially during warmup, and not to worry about the crankcase ventilation.
...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   11-22-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 747
Posted By LW_Black4
Thanks to Epic and Keith for helping identify how...

Thanks to Epic and Keith for helping identify how the crankcase ventilation works.

The EJ205 has a center crankcase vent that is connected to the intake manifold and the intake duct through the...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   11-21-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,640
Posted By LW_Black4
Cherry Turbos wants 525 - 675 $CAD to rebuild a...

Cherry Turbos wants 525 - 675 $CAD to rebuild a TD04 turbo.

Add to that a 19T upgrade kit at 153 $CAD plus tax and shipping,

Mitsubishi Upgrade TD04 19T Compressor Housing Wheel [e-Bay]...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   11-21-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 804
Posted By LW_Black4
Yes EGT, sorry. Thanks Chuck [AllExtinct]:)

Yes EGT, sorry. Thanks Chuck [AllExtinct]:)
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   11-21-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 804
Posted By LW_Black4
thekamikaze kid The photo I posted in my...

thekamikaze kid
The photo I posted in my earlier comment to this thread is an Invidia catless up-pipe, and it has a fitting built in for the O2 sensor.

The sensor is also show. I'd wrap the...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   11-20-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 782
Posted By LW_Black4
mikestripes Car club guys think it's from...

mikestripes
Car club guys think it's from shock/vibration - the kind of jarring you get when you hit a speedbump unintentionally at speed.

Vibration is increased with typical performance...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   11-19-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 514
Posted By LW_Black4
I use my 'ugly stockers' for my winter tire set....

I use my 'ugly stockers' for my winter tire set. And kind of like them. :)
Forum: Newbie Forum   11-17-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,565
Posted By LW_Black4
Drag strips are very hard on drivetrains too,...

Drag strips are very hard on drivetrains too, especially in manual transmission vehicles. An auto tranny's torque converter absorbs some of the shock of drivetrain loading at launch and tends to be...
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   11-17-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,203
Posted By LW_Black4
I like the package deal and don't mind the shirt...

I like the package deal and don't mind the shirt design. I want to be a part of the action that day.

It will make less sense to make our own shirt if most of us are going with the package deal. ...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   11-16-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 747
Posted By LW_Black4
Vapor separators were weeping oil on the new...

Vapor separators were weeping oil on the new engine, so I changed the gaskets.

Also got some mayonnaise in the vent system, which I didn't expect since I walk to work and only take long trips. ...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   11-14-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By LW_Black4
crusincolorado : That's some good advice. ...

crusincolorado :

That's some good advice. Please update your profile and even consider starting a build log, as we'd like to see how it's going.

I've done something similar this Summer, so I...
Forum: Handling Tech   11-14-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 699
Posted By LW_Black4
Matt, Might you know if there are any issues...

Matt,
Might you know if there are any issues installing this Whiteline ALK if I don't intend to lower the ride height of my WRX?
Forum: Handling Tech   11-13-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 699
Posted By LW_Black4
Whiteline Anti Lift Kit Handling Upgrade

I'm getting a used Whiteline ALK kit for my '04 WRX (60,000km on it). Woo hoo! :)

http://www.rallysportdirect.com/catalog_photos/products/whiteline/whi_kca359_1_sd.jpg

Discussion Paper...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   11-13-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 740
Posted By LW_Black4
Most guidance I've seen/heard is that an engine...

Most guidance I've seen/heard is that an engine tune is required with the installation of a downpipe.

A catless uppipe and axle-back exhaust alone should not required an engine tune, however a...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   11-12-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 894
Posted By LW_Black4
Shane, On a limited budget I'm looking for...

Shane,
On a limited budget I'm looking for select go-fast parts and not 'bling'.

However, there are many folks on the site that take great pride in personalization and appearance of their car's...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   11-11-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 946
Posted By LW_Black4
I want everything working the way it was...

I want everything working the way it was intended. I hate having lights out, leaks, fluid burning smells, steering not centered, or not getting rated boost and power.

I like quality gear,...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   11-11-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 492
Posted By LW_Black4
boo-key : Subaru p/n for the Oil filler duct...

boo-key :

Subaru p/n for the Oil filler duct O-ring is 21191KA000, and the p/n for the Oil separator covers gaskets are 11832AA031.

Also outer tie rod ends are p/n 34161SA001.

All from my...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   11-11-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 492
Posted By LW_Black4
Service manual diagram also shows bolt on too,...

Service manual diagram also shows bolt on too, Adair. Wondering how rare these are to source, or if only a Subaru item.
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   11-10-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 492
Posted By LW_Black4
'04 WRX Brake Disc Rotor Covers - Front and Rear

Are there options other than Subaru to source replacement brake disk rotor covers?

http://i.imgur.com/wVnGie3.png
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   11-09-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 747
Posted By LW_Black4
AllExtinct, What needs to be removed to get at...

AllExtinct,
What needs to be removed to get at the crankcase vents and the oil filler neck? The TMIC and some of the accessories at the front of the engine?
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   11-09-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,190
Posted By LW_Black4
There are a few key steps; 1. removing the engine...

There are a few key steps; 1. removing the engine and putting the new one back in, 2. buy a new short- or longblock, or 3. rebuilding the one you have.

All options are quite involved and...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   11-09-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 747
Posted By LW_Black4
Slight Oil Leak- Crankcase Vents & Oil Filler Neck

Confirmed that the crankcase vents at the top of my EJ205 cylinder heads (both sides) and the oil filler pipe neck have a slight leak on my new engine. Marked it 1. and 2. on the diagram below.
...
Forum: Newbie Forum   11-08-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Posted By LW_Black4
Yes, I'd keep it as a spare. But pictures are...

Yes, I'd keep it as a spare. But pictures are still helpful and they make the post more interesting. :)
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   11-07-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,000
Posted By LW_Black4
Appreciate it, mate. :)

Appreciate it, mate. :)
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