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Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   Today, 02:33 PM
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Posted By LW_Black4
'06 STi Struts & Springs Fit an '04 WRX?

Folks,
This seems to be a good deal to get used STi struts & springs at 30,000 km, but are they a direct fit in my '04 WRX?
...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L 2008+ WRX, STi, and GT)   Today, 09:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 49
Posted By LW_Black4
Time to get it on a another dyno.

Time to get it on a another dyno.
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   Today, 08:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 60
Posted By LW_Black4
A stock rebuild requires standard clearances. ...

A stock rebuild requires standard clearances.

The important thing to check is the cylinder wall wear but that can only be done with the engine apart. If there's too much cylinder wall wear then...
Forum: Newbie Forum   Today, 08:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 52
Posted By LW_Black4
"The max stock boost is 13.5 psi... which is...

"The max stock boost is 13.5 psi... which is close to 0.9 bar"

02 wrx stock psi - NASIOC (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=141423)

You may have a boost leak. If so you'll...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   Yesterday, 09:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 109
Posted By LW_Black4
Adair, The weldnut stripped. It's a machine...

Adair,

The weldnut stripped. It's a machine thread, which may not be the best for a corrosion environment.

I'm not sure if we can get into the frame rail by removing the bumper or I would try,...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   Yesterday, 08:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 414
Posted By LW_Black4
Ontario no longer has a sniff test. For vehicles...

Ontario no longer has a sniff test. For vehicles 1998 or later they use an On Board Diagnostic System test (OBD Test), which means if you don't have a CEL (check engine light) your vehicle will pass....
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   Yesterday, 08:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 109
Posted By LW_Black4
Stripped Weld Nut for Mounting Hitch on '04 Impreza WRX

I put a Curt class I hitch on my WRX for a bike rack.

Unfortunately the existing machine thread fasteners were tired and we stripped the threads in one weld nut, which is not good.

The Curt...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   04-07-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 281
Posted By LW_Black4
Pistons and ARP head studs would be my...

Pistons and ARP head studs would be my recommendation.

Head studs improve the head gasket(s) seal better than than the factory stretch head bolts.

Quality fluids after that and you're good to...
Forum: Handling Tech   03-02-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,461
Posted By LW_Black4
I liked this Whiteline quote in Legacycentralbbs...

I liked this Whiteline quote in Legacycentralbbs forums:

"- Static or dynamic caster and "caster loss"
Whiteline tries to focus on dynamic alignment figures rather than absolute static numbers. A...
Forum: Handling Tech   02-24-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,461
Posted By LW_Black4
Also note here in the Whiteline ALK kit install...

Also note here in the Whiteline ALK kit install instructions the spacers used to mount the subframe slightly lower, which might be to provide clearance for the ALK rear bushing support which has a...
Forum: Handling Tech   02-24-2015, 08:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,461
Posted By LW_Black4
Neat observation Keith, and inquiring minds want...

Neat observation Keith, and inquiring minds want to know how it works out.

I got mine installed today, along with the STi front control arms so we'll be able to compare notes when we finally get...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   02-20-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,858
Posted By LW_Black4
Protect the sponsorship and build a spare engine...

Protect the sponsorship and build a spare engine with your buddy. It's always good to have one of those..
Forum: Wrxtuners Help Desk   02-19-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,088
Posted By LW_Black4
Nice. :) I once rebuilt a small block Chevy 305...

Nice. :)
I once rebuilt a small block Chevy 305 with forged internals, Corvette heads and 2.02 in intake valves for my pickup truck when I was a teenager.

The things we can accomplish when we're...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L 2008+ WRX, STi, and GT)   02-19-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,151
Posted By LW_Black4
This is an approach that is well-Engineered, and...

This is an approach that is well-Engineered, and seems consistent with your modest performance improvement path. :)
Forum: Handling Tech   02-10-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 444
Posted By LW_Black4
Yup, agree. Aside from performance tires and...

Yup, agree.

Aside from performance tires and alignment it's the biggest handling improvement for the least $ that you can get.

Enjoy,
Forum: Handling Tech   02-05-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 687
Posted By LW_Black4
There's some great advice here, with inexpensive...

There's some great advice here, with inexpensive ways to improve braking performance.

However, if you simply want a brake upgrade to look better in big wheels then that's quite an expensive...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   02-04-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,510
Posted By LW_Black4
Mr.impreziv The CEL code comes from...

Mr.impreziv

The CEL code comes from removing the sensor. If you leave the TGV sensor in place you won't get a CEL.

The TGV butterfly valve shaft still partly-blocks the TGV (tumble generator...
Forum: Newbie Forum   02-04-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 445
Posted By LW_Black4
Questions are good. Perrin gear is great,...

Questions are good.

Perrin gear is great, and I'd prefer a shroud designed for that item for best performance and engine bay appearance, although I suspect the performance difference with some...
Forum: Regional WRX Clubs   02-04-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 394
Posted By LW_Black4
Replacing the downpipe with one that has a...

Replacing the downpipe with one that has a catalytic converter is a good plan, as it's good for the environment and will cause fewer headaches later.

It's also a good idea to replace the turbo...
Forum: Handling Tech   02-04-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,448
Posted By LW_Black4
RogueMantis : Please put a profile picture up,...

RogueMantis : Please put a profile picture up, it'll help your audience when you post.

Cheers, :)
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   02-03-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,510
Posted By LW_Black4
I'm just going to take the butterfly plates out...

I'm just going to take the butterfly plates out for my TVG delete, leaving the shafts and sensors in place and operating so that I don't get a CEL code.

That'll improve the intake breathing...
Forum: Newbie Forum   01-27-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 563
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, 08:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 986
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, 07:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 535
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, 08:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 820
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, 03:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
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, 07:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 472
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, 07:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
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, 09:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,137
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, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
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, 08:12 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,778
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, 07:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,858
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, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 488
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, 02:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,858
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, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 939
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, 04:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,524
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, 04:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,858
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, 02:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,653
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, 07:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,030
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, 04:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,299
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, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,299
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, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,299
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, 12:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 973
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, 07:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,137
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, 04:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 726
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, 08:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,564
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, 08:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 726
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, 01:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,319
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, 08:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,319
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, 12:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,870
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]...
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