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Forum: Problem Diagnosis   02-12-2016, 03:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 197
Posted By LW_Black4
It's a great idea to start developing a trusting...

It's a great idea to start developing a trusting relationship with a tech or shop familiar with Subaru performance engines, because you'll likely need help in the future.

It's a lot of effort...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   01-18-2016, 11:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By LW_Black4
It's an Innova OBD II code reader, and it seems...

It's an Innova OBD II code reader, and it seems to work just fine with the JDM ECU. Model No. 3100

I put in Subaru 2004 in the setup.

OBD II Code Reader | Canadian Tire...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   01-18-2016, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By LW_Black4
That's good info titter. It says rear O2...

That's good info titter. It says rear O2 sensors have a life of 100,000 miles, which is 160,000 km.

My WRX chassis has 312,000 km on it, so it's likely due for a new rear O2 sensor as well.
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-18-2016, 09:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 565
Posted By LW_Black4
A stock EJ205 rebuild is good for 300 wHp,...

A stock EJ205 rebuild is good for 300 wHp, although I beefed up the internals of mine with STi connecting rods, forged pistons and ARP head studs.

COBB has a standard build path for our cars that...
Forum: Problem Diagnosis   01-18-2016, 09:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By LW_Black4
NEW Code Reader - Unfortunately Because CEL

I've got an EJ207 with a protune, with about 12,000 trouble-free miles on the engine. Of course, as a used JDM motor it wasn't new when it was installed.

Started to get a temporary solid CEL on...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-06-2016, 05:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 901
Posted By LW_Black4
STi belt is required because of the AVCS. I went...

STi belt is required because of the AVCS. I went with the standard STi Gates belt, rather than the racing one.
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-06-2016, 03:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 901
Posted By LW_Black4
I'm running a Perrin inlet in my EJ207, and a new...

I'm running a Perrin inlet in my EJ207, and a new Gates belt.
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   01-05-2016, 12:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 901
Posted By LW_Black4
Love that motor! Tell us a little more about it...

Love that motor! Tell us a little more about it please; what turbo, power, TQ, etc?
Forum: The Hangout   12-23-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 319
Posted By LW_Black4
Next Subaru WRX STI to go hybrid - 2017

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Subaru's new-generation STI to offer petrol-electric power boost and...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   12-22-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 266
Posted By LW_Black4
Use the ECU that came with the JDM motor, and get...

Use the ECU that came with the JDM motor, and get a protune on it. The tuner can put an e-tune on your USDM ECU and you can swap the ECUs for the e-test and run the JDM ECU day to day.

An...
Forum: Handling Tech   12-22-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 731
Posted By LW_Black4
Those coilovers on an STi got good reviews: ...

Those coilovers on an STi got good reviews:

BC Racing BR series Coilovers
i-Club - Review: BC Racing BR series Coilover for the STI...
Forum: Handling Tech   12-22-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 731
Posted By LW_Black4
Fastwrx.com, Tirerack.com, rallysportdirect.com,...

Fastwrx.com, Tirerack.com, rallysportdirect.com, subarugenuineparts.com, etc. I've been researching the GD platform though, and yours may have fewer upgrade options.

The industry's view is that...
Forum: Handling Tech   12-22-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 731
Posted By LW_Black4
Jason, I'm in the process of sourcing struts...

Jason,

I'm in the process of sourcing struts too for my 'new to me' '04 STi springs. KYB GR-2s (now Excel-Gs) are the OEM replacements, but 15% stronger so at least according to the factory are...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   12-18-2015, 09:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 294
Posted By LW_Black4
The EJ207 has variable valve timing (AVCS) and...

The EJ207 has variable valve timing (AVCS) and your blown EJ205 does not, and so it's important to use the JDM ECU to run the AVCS. Neetronics put a protune on my JDM ECU for day to day, and an...
Forum: Newbie Forum   12-17-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 440
Posted By LW_Black4
mosc He needs the link to the things to look...

mosc
He needs the link to the things to look for when buying a used WRX, and when you read through it your advise suddenly makes all sorts of sense.

There are risks to be avoided, and it's best...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   12-17-2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 420
Posted By LW_Black4
boo-key Adair, where's the axle replacement...

boo-key
Adair, where's the axle replacement link you put together? Is this a DIY or a shop job?
Forum: Newbie Forum   12-17-2015, 10:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 431
Posted By LW_Black4
Welcome and great choice for a first STi. The...

Welcome and great choice for a first STi. The first gen to North America had a great reputation for being a raw, focused driver's car with limited creature comforts. My kind of machine. :)
...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   12-17-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 420
Posted By LW_Black4
I need to swap the driver's side axle too because...

I need to swap the driver's side axle too because I have a split boot. It's not urgent, but I'm starting to hear noises when turning sharply in low speed turns. It's too late to repair the boot.
Forum: Newbie Forum   12-15-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,306
Posted By LW_Black4
Welcome to the turbo Subaru addiction. It's a...

Welcome to the turbo Subaru addiction. It's a practical performance vehicle with all sorts of upside potential. :)

OEM clutch, as it's forgiving on the drivetrain - especially with power...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   12-14-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 651
Posted By LW_Black4
Stock is best for future resale, and imagine what...

Stock is best for future resale, and imagine what it would look like flared with normal winter tires.. :crying:

Let us know what you end up with..
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   12-11-2015, 09:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 651
Posted By LW_Black4
We're just getting into the winter so it's not...

We're just getting into the winter so it's not the best time of year to shake down an improved suspension but I'm interested in your impressions when you do get a chance.

What wheels/tires are you...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   12-10-2015, 09:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,373
Posted By LW_Black4
Nice to see you got the results you expected. I...

Nice to see you got the results you expected. I had no issues with the WRX suspension - it was great day to day - but I know I've going to love the STi suspension at least as much. Flatter cornering...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   12-10-2015, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 651
Posted By LW_Black4
titter Photos man, photos! :) Have you got...

titter
Photos man, photos! :)
Have you got install photos, and/or before and after photos of the ride height change?
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   12-09-2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 651
Posted By LW_Black4
titter I am planning to mount them on '04 STi...

titter
I am planning to mount them on '04 STi struts as well, as a straightforward '04 USDM STi spring/strut upgrade.

I like the stock ride height, and for the '04 models the STi has a 10mm lower...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   12-09-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 651
Posted By LW_Black4
titter I saw that NASIOC post last night doing...

titter
I saw that NASIOC post last night doing the same research, and my Subaru mechanic says the p/n is not on the springs.

Here's what the seller says: " I tried to fine the PN last night and...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   12-09-2015, 10:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 651
Posted By LW_Black4
How to confirm actually '04 STi springs?

I'm interested in a local Subaru forum purchase of '04 STi springs. However, the seller is flipping them from a previous forum purchase so I'd like to confirm I'm getting the right item.

Subaru...
Forum: Bolt-on Tech (EJ255/EJ257 2.5L 2008+ WRX, STi, and GT)   12-09-2015, 09:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By LW_Black4
An AOS (air-oil separator) is better than a catch...

An AOS (air-oil separator) is better than a catch can because it drains back to the block and you won't have to empty it, but you won't realize the extent of the blow-by either.

If the catch can...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   11-10-2015, 04:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Posted By LW_Black4
Yup, I think the AOS will help unless it's...

Yup, I think the AOS will help unless it's leaking somewhere I can't yet see.
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   11-10-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Posted By LW_Black4
"Slow is smooth > Smooth is fast" I like it....

"Slow is smooth > Smooth is fast" I like it. :)
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   11-10-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Posted By LW_Black4
brfatal, I haven't checked for intake oil yet,...

brfatal, I haven't checked for intake oil yet, but I will when I mount the AOS. I'd expect to see blue smoke in the exhaust if I'm burning a lot, and I don't.

It did get a compression test before...
Forum: Non-Performance Tech   11-10-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Posted By LW_Black4
EJ207 Oil Consumption is High

I have an '04 WRX with a JDM EJ207 engine swap (low reported mileage, but unconfirmed).

Since I got it it has been using a liter of oil every 6000km (3570mi). I use it as a daily driver and for...
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   11-09-2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 588
Posted By LW_Black4
COBBs tunes are good and I've used them on my WRX...

COBBs tunes are good and I've used them on my WRX until I got the JDM motor. I loved their self-sufficiency and I was content with modest performance increases.

However, please note that they...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   11-09-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 241
Posted By LW_Black4
Detailing 11 year old WRX wheels

Picked up some Simoniz heavy duty rim cleaner and brushes to clean up my 11 year old WRX wheels with mixed success.

First I scrubbed them with soap and water and let that dry, followed by the HD...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   11-09-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,373
Posted By LW_Black4
Sounds like a great project, so good luck with...

Sounds like a great project, so good luck with it. I had some of the same issues when I started with my suspension upgrades after 9 years in my winter-driven WRX, and am now getting an annual oil...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   10-09-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 439
Posted By LW_Black4
It's not adjustable. It's awesome, but not...

It's not adjustable. It's awesome, but not adjustable.

The suspension is not too harsh to be a daily driver, as there are many in our car Club. The chassis on the '15 WRX/STi models is the best...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   10-02-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 887
Posted By LW_Black4
At 20 mpg, I spend $3,900 a year driving 30,000...

At 20 mpg, I spend $3,900 a year driving 30,000 km on premium fuel.

My gf with her better mileage car spends $3,119 driving the same distance on the same fuel.

I'd never give up my WRX though,...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   10-02-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 887
Posted By LW_Black4
RoboTuner Auto transmissions are typically worse...

RoboTuner Auto transmissions are typically worse for fuel economy.

Unless the fluid coupling (typically a torque convertor) has a temporary locking mechanism activated there's always a rotational...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   10-02-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 887
Posted By LW_Black4
Below is the rated mileage for a new, unmodified...

Below is the rated mileage for a new, unmodified '04 WRX. My gf's GTI has less power and better mileage.
Forum: Bolt-On Tech (EJ205 2.0L '02-05 WRX)   10-02-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 14,640
Posted By LW_Black4
titter Keep the download on your phone and print...

titter Keep the download on your phone and print the required sections as you need them, and put those select printouts in a binder for future reference. :)
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   10-01-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 537
Posted By LW_Black4
Which ones do you want a review of titter,...

Which ones do you want a review of titter, PowerStop or StopTech?
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   09-30-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 537
Posted By LW_Black4
Might get a kit with stainless brake lines...

Might get a kit with stainless brake lines arcticscythe
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   09-30-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 537
Posted By LW_Black4
Thanks titter. Great technical information for...

Thanks titter. Great technical information for an Engineer. Ha ha.

"Given the choice between drilled only or slots only, the drilled holes will give you better braking power over slots for...
Forum: Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension   09-29-2015, 09:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 537
Posted By LW_Black4
PowerStop Evo or StopTech for street/track?

Any preferences between these two? I've run StopTech gear and was happy with it, but not PowerStop.
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   09-23-2015, 03:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 581
Posted By LW_Black4
There is a compressor map in that link, and agree...

There is a compressor map in that link, and agree they are very technical to read. It's understandable that COBB's tunes would be engineered safe so that they didn't attract liability and I liked...
Forum: Tuning & Engine Management   09-23-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 581
Posted By LW_Black4
Your TD04 can actually provide 20psi of boost but...

Your TD04 can actually provide 20psi of boost but it's not a good target level because it's out of it's efficiency range and will excessively heat up the intake charge.

Mine made 22psi...
Forum: Newbie Forum   09-19-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 423
Posted By LW_Black4
VIN and engine code please to look into it's...

VIN and engine code please to look into it's pedigree - on the valve cover above the oil cooler.
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   09-18-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,622
Posted By LW_Black4
"Oh no, not another Tail of the Dragon virgin."...

"Oh no, not another Tail of the Dragon virgin." Ha ha.
Forum: Drivetrain & Tranny   09-17-2015, 10:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 491
Posted By LW_Black4
Clutch inspection hole and cover. Big rubber...

Clutch inspection hole and cover.

Big rubber plug designed to be removed when fully assembled so you can see the clutch or flywheel without disassembling the transmission from the engine.

Might...
Forum: Southeast WRX Forum   09-17-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,622
Posted By LW_Black4
Fast guys on one of USA's deadliest roads. I...

Fast guys on one of USA's deadliest roads.

I took on the fastest man on the Dragon with a 458 Speciale [Road & Track]
I took on the fastest man on the Dragon with a 458 Speciale...
Forum: Cylinder Head & Short Block   09-16-2015, 08:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,386
Posted By LW_Black4
Keith, Are you able to add AVCS signals to...

Keith,

Are you able to add AVCS signals to your USDM ECU then, once the bulkhead wiring harness is in place?

Are there spare channels in the standard '03 WRX map then that can be used for...
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