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Forum: Problem Diagnosis   10-17-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 576
Posted By LW_Black4
To balance off some of the input to this post...

To balance off some of the input to this post gents, catalytic converters are good for the environment and high-flow items are good enough for our performance cars.

COBB is quality exhaust gear,...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   10-17-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 417
Posted By LW_Black4
Here's the '04 WRX service manual timing belt...

Here's the '04 WRX service manual timing belt diagram:

http://i.imgur.com/y4rD38n.png
Forum: Newbie Forum   10-16-2014, 08:49 PM
Replies: 5
  hi all
Views: 197
Posted By LW_Black4
Welcome, and nice choice. :)

Welcome, and nice choice. :)
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   10-16-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,057
Posted By LW_Black4
I'm using STi rods in my built EJ205 motor, and...

I'm using STi rods in my built EJ205 motor, and they are a direct swap. Not certain if my builder balanced them, but they came as a set out of an '04 STi.

I agree with Brockton above "I would...
Forum: Newbie Forum   10-15-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 357
Posted By LW_Black4
I think there are 2 basic paths to take. 1....

I think there are 2 basic paths to take.

1. You can figure out what's involved in installing a hybrid motor yourself upgrading your skills and abilites as required, or
2. You can get a qualified...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   10-15-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 427
Posted By LW_Black4
Yes, the black is soot from the exhaust leak...

Yes, the black is soot from the exhaust leak marking the place where it was seeping out gently. It would be silver around it's entire perimeter if it had a proper seal - on both sides.

The sound...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   10-14-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 427
Posted By LW_Black4
Yes, I did it myself with the car up on ramps. ...

Yes, I did it myself with the car up on ramps. The gasket is inexpensive so you don't have much to lose, and examining the old one will confirm whether it was leaking.

See my old gasket here:
...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   10-14-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 427
Posted By LW_Black4
First, welcome to the forums. I just rebuilt...

First, welcome to the forums.

I just rebuilt my motor and had the same issue initially. It was hard to detect, but it turned out to be the turbo up-pipe to exhaust manifold gasket.

Ask the shop...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   10-14-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 228
Posted By LW_Black4
We used gloves and didn't touch the bulbs...

We used gloves and didn't touch the bulbs themselves, yes.

Car Club guys say Silverstar bulbs are sensitive to vibration and don't last as a result. One suggests using GE bulbs and the other...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   10-14-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 228
Posted By LW_Black4
One side is out now. The previous time they went...

One side is out now. The previous time they went out in close succession, within a day of each other. I drove home on the highway in the dark with only fog lights. :(
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   10-14-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 228
Posted By LW_Black4
Short Life of Headlamps / Improving Grounding

Blew another low beam headlamp last night, and it'll be the 2nd set in as many years. :(

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRrGXMp70eGVO-4GHgTXJkm31G8GvF5sYrb8kdBT-PBUY0eEm0L...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   10-08-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 316
Posted By LW_Black4
Rated fuel economy for the 2009 WRX: "EPA...

Rated fuel economy for the 2009 WRX:

"EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2009 Subaru Impreza start at 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined for non-turbocharged manual-shift Imprezas, and...
Forum: Newbie Forum   10-07-2014, 08:01 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 170
Posted By LW_Black4
WRX & WRX STI New Gen Performance Testing | Official Subaru Australia

Do you think the '15 version is faster? On the track, or at the stoplight?

WRX & WRX STI New Gen Performance Testing | Official Subaru Australia - YouTube (http://youtu.be/IgHgaHjYoZw)
...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   10-07-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By LW_Black4
This happens on my '04 WRX as well, and sometimes...

This happens on my '04 WRX as well, and sometimes I double check it just to make sure. It's always been secure though.
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   10-07-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 316
Posted By LW_Black4
Are you asking about gasoline brand or octane? ...

Are you asking about gasoline brand or octane?

Every vehicle has a fuel requirement spelled out in the owner's manual. For the turbos it's at least 91 octane premium. My '09 STi manual said "93...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   10-07-2014, 04:23 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,744
Posted By LW_Black4
That's definitely true of this one, Chuck ...

That's definitely true of this one, Chuck

http://i.imgur.com/0vaJqpy.jpg
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   10-07-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By LW_Black4
Yes, it's important to run a catless turbo...

Yes, it's important to run a catless turbo up-pipe as a precaution to protect the turbo from cat fragments as it ages. They are relatively inexpensive, and the '04 STi came stock without a cat in the...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   10-07-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,744
Posted By LW_Black4
Getting barely rated boost now with the exhaust...

Getting barely rated boost now with the exhaust manifold to turbo up-pipe gasket repair. Rated boost is 16.5psi =/- 1.0psi.

http://i.imgur.com/oNxDjIC.jpg

We confirmed that my TD04 turbo can...
Forum: Newbie Forum   10-06-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 394
Posted By LW_Black4
Vehicle specs say: "Towing: Hitch available for...

Vehicle specs say: "Towing: Hitch available for WRX wagon. Not suggested for WRX sedan, STi. Weight: 2000 pounds Hitch: 200lb tongue weight"

See link:

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX and STi spec page...
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   10-06-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,154
Posted By LW_Black4
What's the 2nd cabin cost - total booking?

What's the 2nd cabin cost - total booking?
Forum: Newbie Forum   10-03-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By LW_Black4
I got one speeding ticket in my '09 STi, and none...

I got one speeding ticket in my '09 STi, and none in my '04 WRX. Knock on wood. :)
Forum: Newbie Forum   10-03-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By LW_Black4
Top 20 vehicles for getting tickets

Hey, we're number 1! :D

Top 20 vehicles for getting tickets (http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/09/30/vehicles-us-most-tickets/16490255/)
...
Forum: Parts For Sale (WRX-specific)   10-03-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 226
Posted By LW_Black4
John (aka man show) takes immaculate care of his...

John (aka man show) takes immaculate care of his gear. This item will be as-new condition, and it'll not only be cheaper but you won't have to pay tax!

Unfortunately, I prefer a Blouch TD05 16G...
Forum: Newbie Forum   10-03-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By LW_Black4
First, welcome to the forums. In general the...

First, welcome to the forums.

In general the options are:

1. Cat-back exhaust, or
2. Turbo-back exhaust w/engine tune.

If it's just a different sound you want, a cat-back replacement will...
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   10-03-2014, 07:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,154
Posted By LW_Black4
Sounds pretty awesome. :) How did it handle...

Sounds pretty awesome. :)

How did it handle on the Tail of the Dragon? Did it seem like you had enough tire width?
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   10-02-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,264
Posted By LW_Black4
My engine got Manley pistons as well, 4032 alloy...

My engine got Manley pistons as well, 4032 alloy items. Your prices are better then mine too, as I'm sure I paid retail for the OEM crank.
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   10-02-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,154
Posted By LW_Black4
May we please have a few key specs on that...

May we please have a few key specs on that awesome time attack bugeye, brfatal? :)
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   10-02-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,264
Posted By LW_Black4
Love the sight of these $exy items! :) What...

Love the sight of these $exy items! :)

What exact pistons have you purchased - what alloy - and are you bore-matching the cylinders for them?
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   10-02-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,264
Posted By LW_Black4
Ahem. An OEM crank cost me 550 $CAD, so they are...

Ahem. An OEM crank cost me 550 $CAD, so they are not cheap. This is the faster option over checking and repairing a spun bearing crank though.
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   10-01-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,154
Posted By LW_Black4
That little "Rex" looks like a Tail of the Dragon...

That little "Rex" looks like a Tail of the Dragon time attack weapon!
That must be a blast to drive.
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   09-30-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,154
Posted By LW_Black4
This will be a really cool trip, and I'm looking...

This will be a really cool trip, and I'm looking forward to meeting you folks and driving this challenging and exhilarating road.

http://i.imgur.com/hA4eZEQ.jpg

Will ensure that my WRX is in...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   09-30-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 399
Posted By LW_Black4
Here's an example of a turbo blanket and thermal...

Here's an example of a turbo blanket and thermal wrapping on the downpipe, to control underhood temps:

http://i.imgur.com/DXw10DY.jpg
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   09-30-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 399
Posted By LW_Black4
All engines operate better in the cold, and...

All engines operate better in the cold, and managing underhood temps is important for best performance.

This is what exhaust thermal wraps, coatings and heat shielding is for.

Earlier STi's had...
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   09-29-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,154
Posted By LW_Black4
I'd like to drive this road too, and could use a...

I'd like to drive this road too, and could use a vacation. So count me in. :)

Saw an excellent article about it in Road & Track last month, where the journalist borrowed a Ferrari 458 Italia...
Forum: Newbie Forum   09-27-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 371
Posted By LW_Black4
I agree with Adair, You can get a 6 speed with...

I agree with Adair,
You can get a 6 speed with the JDM motor that will suit the motor and that's a better overall swap.
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   09-27-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 384
Posted By LW_Black4
Are you financing your car or is it paid for? ...

Are you financing your car or is it paid for?

How much did you pay?
Paid 7,000 $CAN cash for it.
Leased an '09 STi prior, but that was a super-expensive way to own expecially when you consider...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   09-24-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 742
Posted By LW_Black4
Looks awesome now! :)

Looks awesome now! :)
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   09-24-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,018
Posted By LW_Black4
Nice Dynochart Calvin (w/o Hobbs) ...

Nice Dynochart Calvin (w/o Hobbs)

http://images2.alphacoders.com/771/77112.jpg
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-22-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,744
Posted By LW_Black4
ARP head studs are the way to go. Subaru's OEM...

ARP head studs are the way to go. Subaru's OEM stretch bolt system has many weaknesses.

Arp 260 4701 Head Stud Kit Subaru Impreza WRX STI EJ20 EJ25 DOHC 2 0L 2 5L | eBay...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-22-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,744
Posted By LW_Black4
There were a few 'age' issues with this old...

There were a few 'age' issues with this old motor, so it was due for a rebuild.

In hindsight I would advise myself to go with a pro-active rebuild, rather than running this one to failure.

The...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-21-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,744
Posted By LW_Black4
We also found carbon deposits in the intakes,...

We also found carbon deposits in the intakes, which is likely from oil vapor getting into the intake from blowby due to age.

http://i.imgur.com/4F5aAGP.jpg
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-21-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,744
Posted By LW_Black4
blown WRX motor teardown. Found a spun...

blown WRX motor teardown.

Found a spun bearing on cylinder 1 and an exterior head gasket leak that weakened a head bolt. That bolt snapped upon disassembly.

One rod is scrap and the crank throw...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   09-21-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 423
Posted By LW_Black4
And I suspect that the TD04-19T upgrade runs...

And I suspect that the TD04-19T upgrade runs closer to it's ideal efficiency with Stage 2 power as well, which heats up the intake charge less above 5500rpm.

I'll find out, but this would be good....
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   09-21-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 423
Posted By LW_Black4
That was what I was looking for Kieth, so thanks....

That was what I was looking for Kieth, so thanks. :)

It's the potential of the TD04-19T Upgrade.

- 251WHP at 6020rpm, and
- 263TQ at 430rpm.

NASIOC - View Single Post - TD04 19T...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   09-20-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 212
Posted By LW_Black4
I agree with John that it can get carried away. ...

I agree with John that it can get carried away.

However, even if you resist that urge to 'improve' more, you're going to find gear that needs to be replaced because of age. I'm replacing my...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   09-20-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 423
Posted By LW_Black4
Wow! Well that sounds attractive. :) Maybe...

Wow! Well that sounds attractive. :)

Maybe cherry turbos in Toronto can do this for me. I've got to confirm the 19T's power characteristics first though.

Cherry Turbos...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   09-20-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 423
Posted By LW_Black4
Just sent an E-mail to Blouch asking about the...

Just sent an E-mail to Blouch asking about the power characteristics for a TD04-19T Upgrade vs a new TD05H-16G-XT.

I suspect though that for value the TD04 rebuild/upgrade might approach the...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   09-20-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 423
Posted By LW_Black4
Thanks Kieth, I'll look into that as an option. ...

Thanks Kieth, I'll look into that as an option. I'm not in the market for it right now, so it'll give me time to do this research.

It's time to take a break from spending on this machine. Ha ha....
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   09-19-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 212
Posted By LW_Black4
I just rebuilt my '04 at at 252,000 km. In...

I just rebuilt my '04 at at 252,000 km. In general, maintenance costs climb as a vehicle ages and lease/finance payments end.

So costs are generally lower for an older vehicle but there are...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   09-19-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 423
Posted By LW_Black4
Interesting, Kieth. It sounds like the OEM...

Interesting, Kieth.

It sounds like the OEM top-mounted intercooler would be a better fit with an upgraded turbo running within its efficiency range instead, because the intake charge wouldn't be...
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