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Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   09-14-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 153
Posted By LW_Black4
Chuck, This looks great and is what I want to...

Chuck,
This looks great and is what I want to do next, once I'm getting rated boost. Ha ha.

I heard that we could just take the butterfly plates out and leave the shafts in, which still rotate so...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   09-14-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 168
Posted By LW_Black4
Best oil iswhat your owner's manual recommends. ...

Best oil iswhat your owner's manual recommends. The rest is personal preference.

More important than oil brand is that it's changed at the required oil change interval, which was 6,000 km for my...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   09-11-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 183
Posted By LW_Black4
I've lost my marbles. :D

I've lost my marbles. :D
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-11-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Yes John, I'm interested if it's designed for an...

Yes John, I'm interested if it's designed for an '04 WRX as well. :)

I'm hoping I'll get a fair deal from you, because it'll need to be shipped to Toronto, Canada.

Will send you a PM.
...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-10-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Better datalog last night. Seeing max boost...

Better datalog last night.

Seeing max boost of 15.24psi this time, when target is 16.5ps +/- 1.0psi. Scared to bounce the new motor off the rev limiter, but peak boost is at 5500rpm anyway.
...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-09-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Any experience good or bad with COBB Tuning's...

Any experience good or bad with COBB Tuning's 3-Port EBCS controller? I like that it's compatible with the OTS maps.

Yes I know, I should go for a protune. However, I'm still committed to...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-09-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Thanks for the offers, gents. let's first find...

Thanks for the offers, gents. let's first find out what we need.

Here's what I'm using for target boost levels:

COBB v310 Map Notes for 2002 - 2005 WRX

Stage2 Maps
 Stage2 ACN91 v310
o...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-08-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
I'll take you up on your offer Kieth.:)

I'll take you up on your offer Kieth.:)
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-08-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Kieth, Might you have rebuit a TD04 before? In...

Kieth,
Might you have rebuit a TD04 before? In case I need that. Ha ha.

Chuck,
Tinkering and investigations can be fun, as long as your not stranded...

It's running fine, no codes, I enjoyed...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-08-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Not sure what to look for Kieth in the vacuum,...

Not sure what to look for Kieth in the vacuum, but I could send you the log if you PM me an E-mail address. Otherwise, let me know and I'll go through the log and let you know.

We're planning to...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-08-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Not getting full boost though, as the Stage 2...

Not getting full boost though, as the Stage 2 specs for COBB's OTS 91 Octane map are: Boost Target: ~16.5psi peak boost pressure tapering down to ~12.0psi by the 7250RPM redline, +/- 1.0 psi
...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-08-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
A full day at the track running with the big boys...

A full day at the track running with the big boys in the Instructor's run group - the built motor WRX is working marvelously. Same Stage 2 power as before but it feels similar to the 252,000 km motor...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-05-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 809
Posted By LW_Black4
psinuse builds them. A 2.34 L motor is a hybrid...

psinuse builds them. A 2.34 L motor is a hybrid motor with a 2.0L crank in a 2.5L block.

It has an attractive bore / stroke ratio for high rpms and awesome for motorsports.
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-04-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 809
Posted By LW_Black4
Tearing the engine down is a good idea. At least...

Tearing the engine down is a good idea. At least you'll know why it failed.

Perhaps particulates got into the bearings or oil passages from the 1st failure, and it didn't affect them right away....
Forum: Drivetrain & Tranny   09-03-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 1
  Help!!
Views: 135
Posted By LW_Black4
He just needs to review the 2002 Subaru Impreza...

He just needs to review the 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Service Manual for a reminder.

There's one a this link: Impreza Manuals | ken-gilbert.com (http://ken-gilbert.com/impreza-manuals)
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-02-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 809
Posted By LW_Black4
Spun bearings are usually from oiling issues and...

Spun bearings are usually from oiling issues and rebuilding an engine is a very specialized task. It's done best by a rebuild shop that's familiar with performance Subaru engines, especially if you...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-02-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 809
Posted By LW_Black4
Yes, it sounds so innocent doesn't it? That...

Yes, it sounds so innocent doesn't it? That dreaded knock knock knock, or tap tap tap of a rod bearing.

My car Club mates say that with ongoing motorsports involvement it'll happen - sooner or...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-02-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
My built EJ205 is now properly broken in and...

My built EJ205 is now properly broken in and running on it's 91 Octane Stage 2 tune. This is great. :)

Because of age, we are replacing some of the tired intercooler plumbing on the turbo...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   08-30-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
I'll do some more research on the performance...

I'll do some more research on the performance impact of wrapping of OEM headers Chuck.

The OEM heat sheids didn't come off well because of rust around the fasteners - probably because of Canadian...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   08-30-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
psinuse, If I had known it would be 2 months...

psinuse,

If I had known it would be 2 months without wheels and $5,500 CAD, I would've looked for a used motor. Would have considered yours in a heartbeat. But if you sell it, what will you use?
...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   08-27-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
EJ205 header is wrapped now. Lower underhood...

EJ205 header is wrapped now. Lower underhood temps, more efficient turbo and Cat operation, and reduced heating of the oil filter. The Lava thermal wrap was a gift from the Performance Shop, and it...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   08-26-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Here's us pulling the built motor one of the...

Here's us pulling the built motor one of the numerous times - sometimes in the dark - when the clutch bearing wouldn't activate the clutch.

http://i.imgur.com/o7IO76i.jpg

And I even did some...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   08-25-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
AllExtinct, The TOB is mounted on the...

AllExtinct,

The TOB is mounted on the clutch fork to start, and slips into the clutch just fine when you butt the engine up against the tranny. However, since it's a pull type it needs to grab...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   08-25-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Thanks AllExtinct, I couldn't be happier being...

Thanks AllExtinct, I couldn't be happier being mobile and with the new built motor.

The clutch has a ring against the throw out bearing that needs to be pulled out along it's circumference once...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   08-24-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
We are back in action after 2 months without...

We are back in action after 2 months without wheels. Man I miss driving this machine! :)

http://i.imgur.com/z6o0xfz.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/V0g4Nra.jpg

A bad clutch release bearing caused a...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   08-22-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
From bobistheoilguy.com: Built EJ205 + Specs...

From bobistheoilguy.com:

Built EJ205 + Specs - Understanding Break-in Procs

"You'll find many different recommendations for breaking in a built EJ engine. Here's Cobb's recommendations:
...
Forum: Drivetrain & Tranny   08-20-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 266
Posted By LW_Black4
Installation from the '04 WRX Service Manual: ...

Installation from the '04 WRX Service Manual:

http://i.imgur.com/FLb1E6U.png

http://i.imgur.com/vfWtxTn.png
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   08-20-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Built motor has arrived. ...

Built motor has arrived.

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

http://i.imgur.com/MrFVYDD.jpg
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   07-30-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 263
Posted By LW_Black4
More is better but that reading seems high. JDM...

More is better but that reading seems high. JDM engines have more boost but not likely more static compression.

For the USDM EJ205 the compression test standards are (static compression 8:1):
...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   07-28-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By LW_Black4
Agree that OEM gaskets are excellent. My...

Agree that OEM gaskets are excellent.

My builder prefers to use Cometic gaskets if the heads and block are decked, to keep the compression ratio consistent with stock.

Am also going with a...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L 2008+ WRX, STi, and GT)   07-26-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,948
Posted By LW_Black4
I would get the new Mishimoto TMIC. I like the...

I would get the new Mishimoto TMIC. I like the design and the research they did on it.

http://www.wrxtuners.com/forums/f75/new-mishimoto-tmic-46322/
...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   07-25-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Spare shortblock was opened up and confirmed that...

Spare shortblock was opened up and confirmed that it too has spun bearing issues, requiring a crank- or crank repair- and connecting rod. We had planned to upgrade the con rods with STi items so...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   07-21-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Going with the 4032 Al allow forged pistons for...

Going with the 4032 Al allow forged pistons for this build, but here's some tech trivia on forged piston alloys:

TECH5: Trey McFarland of Mahle Motorsports Reveals Piston Secrets - EngineLabs...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   07-20-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Kirt, The spare short block has 130,000 km on...

Kirt,
The spare short block has 130,000 km on it and hasn't spun a bearing, so that step won't be required. However, the builder will document all the clearances.

If I eventually rebuild the...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   07-14-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Shipped the old EJ205 to Touge Tuning for parts...

Shipped the old EJ205 to Touge Tuning for parts swap to the rebuilt motor.

http://i.imgur.com/JrMF9Rc.jpg

Collecting the fluids for reinstall. Going with a 20 minute oil change, followed by a...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   07-10-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 794
Posted By LW_Black4
Nice find, Adair. :)

Nice find, Adair. :)
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   07-09-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 794
Posted By LW_Black4
This happens to my WRX too in stop and go...

This happens to my WRX too in stop and go traffic, so thank you very much for posting it GSMNZ.

I'll share this with my mechanic. :)
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   07-09-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Pulling out the spun bearing EJ205 this weekend. ...

Pulling out the spun bearing EJ205 this weekend.

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

Spare short block being sent to the builders Thurs when all the parts arrive:

-New Bearings - King
-Forged...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   07-09-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By LW_Black4
We're pulling my EJ205 this weekend, so I had the...

We're pulling my EJ205 this weekend, so I had the service manual handy.
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   07-09-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By LW_Black4
Crankshaft pulley wrench

Crankshaft pulley wrench
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   07-09-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By LW_Black4
Crankshaft oil seal installer

Crankshaft oil seal installer
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   07-09-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By LW_Black4
Cam oil seal installer and guide

Cam oil seal installer and guide
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   07-09-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By LW_Black4
Subaru cam sprocket wrench

Subaru cam sprocket wrench
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   07-02-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By LW_Black4
Adair, My Subaru auto tech says to bring the...

Adair,

My Subaru auto tech says to bring the Subaru p/n to your mobile tool supplier as a reference.

I'm sure they all have a copycat example.

Cheers,
Forum: The Hangout   06-30-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 164
Posted By LW_Black4
Subaru WRX STI Isle of Man: Flat Out - The Full Lap

I don't drive this fast on a confined road racing circuit in Gran Turismo 5 on the PS3! Higgins has some serious courage, man.

Subaru WRX STI Isle of Man: Flat Out - The Full Lap - YouTube...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   06-28-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
Picked up a good used set of '04 STi con rods for...

Picked up a good used set of '04 STi con rods for a sturdier EJ205 build.

http://www.varanusniloticus.com/1Ostatni/PartsEbay/P1060017.jpg
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   06-26-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 282
Posted By LW_Black4
Awesome, thank you. My a/c is weak now too,...

Awesome, thank you.

My a/c is weak now too, so I've got to start an investigation into why shortly too.

Cheers,
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   06-25-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
This is the 'toilet seat' custom oil pan mod, I...

This is the 'toilet seat' custom oil pan mod, I was referring to.

It's sandwiched between the block and oil pan when assembled, and prevents oil from running up the edges of the oil pan in hard...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   06-25-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,878
Posted By LW_Black4
GROUNDED - Starting an EJ205 Rebuild

It's not fabulous to be without a personal auto.

Looks like I've spun a bearing at 252,000 km and therefore need a rebuild. I have started working on it previously with a performance shop (Touge...
Forum: Newbie Forum   06-24-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 12
  Brakes!
Views: 475
Posted By LW_Black4
I'm running Stoptech pads and rotors all around,...

I'm running Stoptech pads and rotors all around, as they cost $100 a corner, and it's adequate for tracking.

Car Club mates generally run inexpensive blank rotors - without drilling or grooves -...
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