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Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   08-30-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 233
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 232
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: 251
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: 9,667
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 729
Posted By LW_Black4
Nice find, Adair. :)

Nice find, Adair. :)
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   07-09-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 729
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 576
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: 576
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: 576
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: 576
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: 576
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: 576
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: 146
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 240
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 27
Views: 1,150
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: 459
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 -...
Forum: Newbie Forum   05-29-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 10
  Newbie
Views: 546
Posted By LW_Black4
Welcome. I love the WRX bugeye style too. ...

Welcome.
I love the WRX bugeye style too. Here's a racing variant from GT4 I painted:

http://i.imgur.com/wbFptKv.jpg
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   05-19-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 785
Posted By LW_Black4
Might you know if this kit from an '06 - '11 WRX...

Might you know if this kit from an '06 - '11 WRX fit my EJ205?

http://i.imgur.com/0T1Yb9H.jpg
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   05-15-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 648
Posted By LW_Black4
Congratulations! Nice to hear you're enjoying the...

Congratulations! Nice to hear you're enjoying the new power.

You can create a datalog with a short acceleration run and share it with other enthusiasts to confirm that there are no issues.

Also...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   05-14-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 648
Posted By LW_Black4
I got a cat deficiency CEL when up installed a...

I got a cat deficiency CEL when up installed a cat-less up-pipe - which we didn't expect. Then I bought a downpipe with a cat to avoid this issue with the DP.
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   05-12-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 785
Posted By LW_Black4
Subaru Oil System Upgrade - Eliminate oil starvation in your WRX

Is an STi oil pan upgrade the best value in an oil system upgrade to prevent oil starvation for my WRX, at Stage 2 power levels on street tires?

The ’04 to ’05 STI and ’06+ 2.5L oil pans use a...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L '04-07 STi and '06-07 WRX)   05-12-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 648
Posted By LW_Black4
+1 ^ COBB's engine tunes that come with that...

+1 ^
COBB's engine tunes that come with that device are referred to as 'off the shelf'/OTS maps are designed to work with a downpipe that has a cat, with less headaches than dealing with the Check...
Forum: Newbie Forum   05-06-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By LW_Black4
Yes, the roof rack fitment is the same 2008+,...

Yes, the roof rack fitment is the same 2008+, Impreza, WRX and STi. 2015 looks different though.

I have used cross bars and an [unused] snowboard attachment for one.
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   05-03-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 725
Posted By LW_Black4
Thanks. It sounds amazing and the new power...

Thanks. It sounds amazing and the new power transforms the drive.

It's not unpleasant, but you can feel the sound in the seat of your pants as you drive. I love it.

Here's a shot of the Invidia...
Forum: Newbie Forum   05-03-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 452
Posted By LW_Black4
Compression or leakdown test will tell you the...

Compression or leakdown test will tell you the health of your engine.

There's a procedure in the Service Manual with test specs, but it's better to have a competent shop do it for you for the 1st...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   05-02-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 517
Posted By LW_Black4
Value/Tradeoffs of an Intake Silencer Delete

Are there any trade-offs of an intake silencer delete on an '04 WRX, and does it require a protune to take advantage of the improved breathing?
...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   05-02-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 725
Posted By LW_Black4
I'm going to run COBB's Stage2 91 octane v310 map...

I'm going to run COBB's Stage2 91 octane v310 map for now. If I make any further power upgrades I'll then get a protune.

Here are the first sounds from the new Q300 exhaust. I can't wait to...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   05-01-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 725
Posted By LW_Black4
Yes WRX power figures, yes crank Hp - rather than...

Yes WRX power figures, yes crank Hp - rather than wheel Hp - and yes I put an Invidia cat-less up-pipe on it when I first got it. :)

http://i.imgur.com/QO1pS7Q.jpg
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   04-30-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,459
Posted By LW_Black4
That's my nightmare, Chuck. On the positive...

That's my nightmare, Chuck.

On the positive side, when it's rebuilt you'll have a new engine built to the way you like that you can rely on. :)

Spun bearings are frequently caused by oiling...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   04-30-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 725
Posted By LW_Black4
Upgraded turbo-back Exhaust Arrived!

Stage 2 power, here I come. :)

Get it installed Friday, and will be able to shake it down at Mosport DDT Sunday when I help my car Club out there.

Needed the cat-back out of the box to fit in...
Forum: Newbie Forum   04-28-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By LW_Black4
Rotella T6 is most popular, because it's...

Rotella T6 is most popular, because it's synthetic. I like this one in 15W-40 for the summer, as it's cheaper - especially in bulk like this - and good enough for the rigors of track days. ...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   04-28-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 925
Posted By LW_Black4
There are many ways to check for CEL codes,...

There are many ways to check for CEL codes, including the Dealer option mentioned above.

There are hand-held devices available at auto parts stores, there are engine tuning devices like the...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   04-27-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By LW_Black4
The master had disgustingly dirty fluid, with a...

The master had disgustingly dirty fluid, with a substantial amounts of particulate matter in in. Without fully dismantling the unit the mechanic only suspected a ripped seal but it also looked like...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   04-27-2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By LW_Black4
Pedal actuator port had some decay. No pedal...

Pedal actuator port had some decay. No pedal action would change it, and my mechanic tried bleeding and even drawing the fluid from the lines. The master cylinder just wasn't pushing any fluid at...
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