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Old 07-27-2008, 04:19 AM   #1
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Default High mileage rebuild ej20 question

I have a 2002 WRX wagon that I purchased a couple months back with 190k miles. I love the car but the engine has some miles on it and I'm wondering which direction I should head in. Will I be wasting money by purchasing a larger turbo with the accessories needed to run it? I really don't have the money to buy a new block but I don't want to throw my money out the window if I buy a turbo and my engine craps out on me either. Could someone please give me some suggestions on what I can do to get a little more HP (50-75) out of my car but still maintaining driveability as it's my daily driver.

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Old 07-28-2008, 01:58 AM   #2
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If it is stock just get it reflashed should get you close to the 50hp range assuming you have a gutted or aftermarket up pipe
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:14 AM   #3
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I'm actually in the process of setting up an appointment to have it reflashed. Thanks for the info. A gutted up pipe makes that much of a difference even with a factory downpipe and STI catback?
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I'm actually in the process of setting up an appointment to have it reflashed. Thanks for the info. A gutted up pipe makes that much of a difference even with a factory downpipe and STI catback?
if your paying for reflash do both the up and dp at the same time. a used dp can be had for well under 100 and the gains will be well worth it.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:45 PM   #5
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thanks alot for the info, I'll definitely take your advice on this. I think I'm going to trade the Turbo XS TI axleback (too loud for me) I just bought for an UP or DP and buy the other. I'm going to put my STI axleback back on with the STI midpipe.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:53 PM   #6
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Get rid of the uppipe first! If you still have the cated one it can fail and ruin your turbo and or engine. I would do a UP and DP with a reflash and maybe a tad bit more boost and not drive the hell out of her. Save for a engine rebuild. Just build the hell out of a 2.0 with a lot of reinforcment to the internals. You can do a 8,000rpm 2.0, a lot cheaper than a 2.5. Thats when i would do a bigger turbo. I blew my 2.0 at just over 101,000 with a bit over 300WHP. I drove it hard and had a s*^ty tune for 20,000 though. Good luck!
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