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Forum: Handling Tech   Yesterday, 07:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 383
Posted By LW_Black4
Easy killer. That's because I'll bet they never...

Easy killer. That's because I'll bet they never sold GR-2s for the STi, only the WRX.
Forum: Want to Buy/Want to Trade   Yesterday, 01:25 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 21
Posted By LW_Black4
WTB: 2004 Subaru WRX STi Struts - Front & Rear

Looking for a set of good condition '04 STi struts to match the STi springs I have for my '04 WRX.

Sorry for quoting nasioc, but I was looking for compatibitily info: "05+ STi struts will not...
Forum: Handling Tech   09-01-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 383
Posted By LW_Black4
psinuse: What springs did you use with the KYB...

psinuse: What springs did you use with the KYB struts, and were they Excel-Gs or AGX struts?

I'm asking because I got this note back from KYB today:

"We don’t have struts for the WRX STi, we...
Forum: Drivetrain & Tranny   09-01-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 396
Posted By LW_Black4
Ahem psinuse. There was that time you drove home...

Ahem psinuse. There was that time you drove home with a big hole in the piston which would be 'breaking things' I think...

Regardless, I love light weight of the 5-speed transmission and the...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   08-31-2015, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 134
Posted By LW_Black4
EJ engines are for the most part interchangeable...

EJ engines are for the most part interchangeable and those 2 are from the same GD chassis which is great.

However, the advanced features of the '06 engine would not be supported by the '04 WRX...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   08-31-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 144
Posted By LW_Black4
I mounted it on the valence between the centre...

I mounted it on the valence between the centre vent and stereo, and when the double-sided adhesive failed I drilled through the valence and used small discrete screws to fasten it neatly. Now I have...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   08-29-2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 167
Posted By LW_Black4
New thermostat is defective, I'll bet. Put the...

New thermostat is defective, I'll bet. Put the old one that worked back in.
Forum: Drivetrain & Tranny   08-29-2015, 01:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 396
Posted By LW_Black4
titter - This was a very helpful to post the link...

titter - This was a very helpful to post the link and summarize the relevant content; helpful not just to the OP, but to all the readers. Thank you for that. :)

I am sending your some Rep now.
Forum: Handling Tech   08-28-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 383
Posted By LW_Black4
Thanks mosc, Think I'll get the Tanabe...

Thanks mosc,

Think I'll get the Tanabe springs now, and upgrade from stock struts before I have them put on my WRX.
Forum: Drivetrain & Tranny   08-27-2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 396
Posted By LW_Black4
It's not just the 6 speed transmission that needs...

It's not just the 6 speed transmission that needs to be swapped I believe. I think the STi drivetrain needs to be swapped out as well, which is a considerable undertaking and an advanced project.
...
Forum: Handling Tech   08-27-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 383
Posted By LW_Black4
One more question: Will this amount of lowering...

One more question: Will this amount of lowering negatively affect the suspension geometry?

Note: I'm on HD bushings and have an Whiteline ALK kit installed.
Forum: Handling Tech   08-27-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 383
Posted By LW_Black4
This reputation stuff is helpful, thanks for your...

This reputation stuff is helpful, thanks for your wisdom. :)
Forum: Drivetrain & Tranny   08-27-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 396
Posted By LW_Black4
Or rebuild with a stronger Legacy gearset like...

Or rebuild with a stronger Legacy gearset like psinuse has, and add a BlastPlate to reinforce the case.

Moore Performance & Race Parts - BlastPlates
Moore Performance & Race Parts - BlastPlates...
Forum: Handling Tech   08-27-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 383
Posted By LW_Black4
Thanks mosc, that's what I suspected. I want the...

Thanks mosc, that's what I suspected. I want the strut damping to match the spring rates as well, which was also a concern.

I had been considering upgrading to KYB - Excel-G struts as well, which...
Forum: Handling Tech   08-26-2015, 09:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 383
Posted By LW_Black4
GDB (04-07) WRX/STI - Tanabe GF210 Springs - NEW

I'm considering these Tanabe GF210 springs. Part number is GDBGK, reportedly these are JDM spec tanabe.

These spring (GDBGK) and the TG092 have spring rates of 240lbs/in up Front, and 224lbs/in...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   08-26-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 181
Posted By LW_Black4
CSF Radiator/Oil Cooler Combo (08-14 WRX, 08+ STi)

Was helping out at at Time Attack event the other weekend. A car Club mate's STi was being run hard in back to back runs with two drivers and the water temps started to climb.

Here's a Time...
Forum: SoCal WRX Forum   08-25-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 116
Posted By LW_Black4
This is a great deal! Our track days are 195...

This is a great deal!

Our track days are 195 $CAD for a full day at Mosport, we usually run 4 groups; novice, intermediate, advanced and instructors. Novice drivers are required to have an...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   08-24-2015, 05:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 316
Posted By LW_Black4
Big engines tend to upset the balance of vehicles...

Big engines tend to upset the balance of vehicles not designed for them, and they won't handle as well afterwards.

A flat 6 is 3-cylinders deep and that puts more mass out front (than 2 cylinders...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   08-24-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 253
Posted By LW_Black4
Sounds like the oil pump seal has a folded lip.

Sounds like the oil pump seal has a folded lip.
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   08-24-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 133
Posted By LW_Black4
Don't drive it with the temp gauge in the red. ...

Don't drive it with the temp gauge in the red. You'll lose a headgasket quickly and the motor will be toast.
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   08-21-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 316
Posted By LW_Black4
Don't do it! Get an STi engine if you want more...

Don't do it! Get an STi engine if you want more performance. The larger motor will upset the balance and handling of the WRX and it won't be as good as upgrading to an STi engine, which is the...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   08-17-2015, 09:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 566
Posted By LW_Black4
I saw a bugeye WRX last night with a spec-C vent...

I saw a bugeye WRX last night with a spec-C vent hood retrofit, and I'd say that this is required for any proper spec-C replica. Ha ha.

Here's the link:...
Forum: Newbie Forum   08-14-2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Posted By LW_Black4
ksteve: The earlier WRX 2.0L motors didn't...

ksteve:

The earlier WRX 2.0L motors didn't have any issues with ringland failure. It is the newer Hypereutectic pistons in the 2.5L motors that are vulnerable to ringland failure if there's any...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   08-11-2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 566
Posted By LW_Black4
titter It's all dreams until you start making it...

titter It's all dreams until you start making it happen. Get going, man! :)
psinuse received delivery of his v7 spec-C motor, so it's well past a dream now and becoming a reality!

I can't...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   08-10-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 566
Posted By LW_Black4
titter, My dream is to have Keith build me a...

titter,

My dream is to have Keith build me a left-hand-drive '05 STi spec-C replica. One that we can license properly in Canada and I can flog at the race tracks. :)
Forum: Newbie Forum   08-10-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 357
Posted By LW_Black4
Quality fluids is the best general guidance I've...

Quality fluids is the best general guidance I've read, assuming maintenance according to the Owner's Manual recommendations of course.

I also agree with psinuse that oil type and quality get way...
Forum: Newbie Forum   08-10-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 357
Posted By LW_Black4
Rotella T6 is a very popular performance Subaru...

Rotella T6 is a very popular performance Subaru oil, great for the rigors of performance driving. It's a protection oil developed for the HD transport tractor engine market with an industry-leading...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   08-10-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 566
Posted By LW_Black4
According to that engine code, you have yourself...

According to that engine code, you have yourself a "WRX STi Type RA Spec C 16″ motor, mate.

At least from this particular reference source:

Impreza STI Spec c vin code...
Forum: Newbie Forum   08-10-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 317
Posted By LW_Black4
I've got a similar issue at the moment with no...

I've got a similar issue at the moment with no loss of power that only happens when accelerating hard. I know it's not the typical sound of turbo spool up, which is much more muted and a wonderful...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   08-10-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 456
Posted By LW_Black4
These are not practical power levels for the EJ...

These are not practical power levels for the EJ series of engines. There are examples, but they are barely streetable. Here's an example:

Steve's STi: Doing it Right!...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   08-10-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 299
Posted By LW_Black4
I support arcticscythe's observations. I ran...

I support arcticscythe's observations. I ran Stoptech street/track pads with zero issues on both my '09 STi and '04 WRX.

Since then I've tried higher performance brake pads and they have...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   08-10-2015, 07:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 566
Posted By LW_Black4
Maybe I should say that when you get AVCS working...

Maybe I should say that when you get AVCS working without IA Performance's wiring harness adapter, you'd be (even more) the Man in my view!.

I don't think I'd have the confidence to do something...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   08-09-2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 566
Posted By LW_Black4
When Keith gets those cams working properly, I'll...

When Keith gets those cams working properly, I'll be impressed. My tuner says AVCS on an STi engine is worth 30 Hp.

I might be heading to Ohio sometime soon, to bring an EJ motor that needs to be...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   08-08-2015, 09:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 566
Posted By LW_Black4
Awesome! Congratulations. :) You are going...

Awesome! Congratulations. :)

You are going to love it!

Does this mean you have a spare JDM gauge cluster?
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   08-07-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 566
Posted By LW_Black4
Oh, that is so lovely! :) I see AVCS -...

Oh, that is so lovely! :)

I see AVCS - which is likely a JDM 2.0L STi engine - and yet no intercooler.
Is it a twin-scroll turbo version 8?
Forum: Newbie Forum   08-06-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 337
Posted By LW_Black4
An '11 STi is an excellent machine. Take it...

An '11 STi is an excellent machine.

Take it to a qualified mechanic familiar with Subaru performance cars and get an estimate of what it will cost to correct the issues with it. Adjust your...
Forum: Newbie Forum   08-04-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 345
Posted By LW_Black4
Enjoy it at that power level and start planning...

Enjoy it at that power level and start planning for a rebuild now, as adding more power to an engine at the end of it's life will only shorten that life.

It's cheaper to rebuild an engine before...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   08-04-2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 213
Posted By LW_Black4
Sounds like it's going to be expensive. It won't...

Sounds like it's going to be expensive. It won't make it back if you've spun a bearing.
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   08-04-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,265
Posted By LW_Black4
Ver 7 drive by cable, V30 ball bearing turbo,...

Ver 7 drive by cable, V30 ball bearing turbo, forged pistons, big-port heads, hand built, 8000 rpm redline - this little motor is pretty sweet. :)

With my turbo-back exhaust and a 3-port boost...
Forum: Handling Tech   07-24-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 376
Posted By LW_Black4
I wouldn't be promoting ABS deletes in general. ...

I wouldn't be promoting ABS deletes in general.

This is for a very specific application - usually racing - that would add risk to a typical daily driver in some environments. I'm not disputing...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   07-22-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,265
Posted By LW_Black4
Replaced the front O2 sensor in the WRX exhaust...

Replaced the front O2 sensor in the WRX exhaust manifold myself, and the check engine light went away immediately. This is good. :)

Cramped quarters but otherwise not too challenging, thanks to...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   07-22-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,265
Posted By LW_Black4
man show - Note the subtle black Perrin intake...

man show - Note the subtle black Perrin intake duct in the engine bay picture above. One of the very few mods it has.

GSMNZ My install team runs a Perrin intake duct on his bugeye WRX and has...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   07-20-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,265
Posted By LW_Black4
Installed a good EJ207 now and I am back on the...

Installed a good EJ207 now and I am back on the road. Hallelujah!

Getting a front O2 sensor CEL so I'll replace that tomorrow and clear the code. I have an engine tune booked with Neetronics...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   07-15-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 247
Posted By LW_Black4
Take it to a qualified mechanic. Timing belt may...

Take it to a qualified mechanic. Timing belt may have skipped. Are you getting a CEL?
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   07-14-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By LW_Black4
Sorry GSMNZ , I didn't mean to suggest that the...

Sorry GSMNZ , I didn't mean to suggest that the EJ205 is not a good motor. I think it is an excellent platform for a built motor and loved mine. I'm sorry I killed it somehow. :(

I was trying to...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   07-14-2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By LW_Black4
An EJ205 built motor cost me 5500 $CAD, with the...

An EJ205 built motor cost me 5500 $CAD, with the original TD04 turbo and intercooler. It was 285 Hp / 285 TQ on my biggest COBB tune (Stage 2 17.8psi). I broke it at the track.

I'm putting in a...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   07-04-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,265
Posted By LW_Black4
Some progress on the EJ207 transplant. I'm...

Some progress on the EJ207 transplant. I'm getting excited. :)

Here are some specs:

V7 are single scroll, AVCS, throttle by cable, topfeed injectors, engines.
The TGV are deleted from the...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   07-03-2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,265
Posted By LW_Black4
GSMNZ, The Perrin looks like a quality item....

GSMNZ,
The Perrin looks like a quality item. Does it shrink lengthwise and pull off the turbo inlet fitting in the process then?

And what are you running now for a turbo inlet?
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   07-02-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,265
Posted By LW_Black4
Update on the built motor that failed. I had a...

Update on the built motor that failed. I had a tear in the intake duct next to the turbo band clamp, and the clamp was not tight - a maintenance issue.

Was running lean - and therefore hot -...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   06-30-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,265
Posted By LW_Black4
Quick update. This might turn out Ok after all....

Quick update. This might turn out Ok after all. :)

It broke the bank but I picked up an Ver 7 STi motor (EJ207) from an importer, out of a 2002-2003 JDM STi. Apparently it's handbuilt by Subaru,...
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