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Old 08-09-2003, 10:35 PM   #1
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Talking Thanks for help with 30K on WRX

Hey all,

Over the past few weekends I've taken on several maintenance items on my wife's 02 WRX wagon. Only mods are Kartboy ss, bushing, and DIY grounding mod.

Thanks to advice and links from here I've done the following:

NEO RHD in tranny and rear diff. Wow, this stuff is awesome. There was a lot of info on diff gear oils, and I decided on NEO since it seemed to have almost all positive experiences. Rear diff was so easy, except I tried to do it without a pump at first. After 30 frustrating minutes trying to figure out a way to pour it in, I broke down, bought a pump, and finished the job in about 3 minutes, heh. Car shifts so smooth now. It was noticeably notchier after the SS, although I really liked the shorter throw. Now it's really sweet with slick action. I never really had problems with grinding, although reverse was sometimes hard to engage. So far so good.

Tranny was simple too, and I'm glad I got that gunk out of there. Magnetic plug had all this crap on it...

I've also replaced the fuel filter, replaced the air filter with a fresh OEM, flushed the radiator, replaced the headlight bulbs with Sylvania silverstar bulbs, and recent Mobil 1 5w 30 with OEM oil filter. Car is getting 10-20 more miles per tank. Maybe it's because I haven't driven the car much lately...

I have 4 NGK iridium plugs and a new PCV valve to install. Actually, I broke one of the plugs trying to close the gap, so now I need to reorder more. DOH!

The last thing I will tackle is the brakes. Not sure how much I will do, but I would like to improve braking perf. At least fresh fluid and new pads. If I'm ambitious, maybe an upgrade kit of some sort. Any recommendations for a street car, but with improved perf over stock?

Anyway, just wanted to share experience so far and thank people for input.

Take care,

FB
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Old 08-09-2003, 10:56 PM   #2
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Congrats on the work. . .it's always an awesome feeling after accomplishing things yourself. I just finished my 30k yesterday with a set of Stoptech SS lines and a brake fluid flush with Motul 600. I would recommend the Stoptech Stage 1 kit, which is what I got. I didn't install the pads as my OEM pads still had a lot of material left. If you do decide to do the brakes yourself, get some speedbleeders. Awesome product and it made bleeding the brakes so easy. It was my first time doing SS lines and flushing the brakes, but all in all, I thought it was very easy and the Speedbleeders made it all the more easier.

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Old 08-09-2003, 11:12 PM   #3
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I thought the rear diff was just simple drain and fill? What is the pump needed for?
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Old 08-09-2003, 11:50 PM   #4
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It's difficult to get the fluid into the fill hole with some bottles so a pump is used to facilitate the process.

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Old 08-10-2003, 10:02 AM   #5
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Yep,

Pump is just to fill the rear diff since the fill hole is vertically oriented and you don't have room to pour the oil in. I tried and it didn't work that well, lol.

I've heard of the speedbleeders, I will def look into that as well as the Stoptech stage 1 kit.

Thanks,

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Old 08-10-2003, 03:04 PM   #6
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It's difficult to get the fluid into the fill hole with some bottles so a pump is used to facilitate the process.

Calvin
I cut the back of a turkey baster and mounted it on the bottle of oil. I was able to just sqeaze the oil in nice and clean.
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Old 08-10-2003, 03:43 PM   #7
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I had Redline oil and was able to just stick the tip of the bottle in to the fill hole and squeeze the crap out of the bottle!!

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