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Old 08-23-2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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Finished my hybrid build on an 02 WRX wagon a few months ago and I have not been able to get the frickin thing to start. I'm not going to list the hundreds of steps performed but I will list the symptoms.

When I first crank, the engine will fire 1-3 cylinders, and then just crank. No kickover & running. I'm an automotive engineer and am pulling my hair out on this one. I've checked/un/reinstalled literally everything I can imagine.

I refuse to take it to any local stealership. The vehicle is so heavily modified they would be useless and expensive. Looking for a local shop or 'subaru expert' some of y'all can vouch for. I'm just West of Denver.

'FlatIron Tuning' is one that has popped onto my radar, no reviews yet.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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Talk to troy at suba performance, him and his shop are suby gurus. His shop is in Denver
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:20 AM   #3
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Flatiron's Tuning is just the parts department of a Subaru/Acura/Hyundai dealer. While they are knowledgeable, that's not really their forte. Plus, they're in Boulder, which isn't fun to get to with all the construction going on.

You want to go to Suba Performance or Metro Performance, since both are knowledgeable in engine builds, swaps, etc... I also forgot to mention Greg at Slodrive Racing. His shop is off of I-25 and Hwy 66, and he does everything from roll cages to full car wiring to engine builds on anything with wheels. Super nice guy too.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:12 AM   #4
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Two names that have popped up the most are Suba Performance and SubaPro. I'll be stopping into their shops this week to talk. Thanks for the advice. Will make sure this post gets updated when the problem is resolved. Not looking forward to the ****ing bill
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:59 PM   #5
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Suba Performance or Slodrive.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:04 AM   #6
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Thanks so much for all the responses. I'll be going to a few of these shops this week for the 'interview' process. Wish I wasn't such a stickler on this but I NEVER let other people work on my cars after the first few years of driving showed me I know more than 90% of the mechanics I've met. All they want is my money and to follow a diagnostic or parts tree. Replace part... didnt' fix problem.... replace part.... didn't fix..... replace part *rinse, lather repeat* Dealerships no longer have mechanics, they have parts changers that don't understand how the system even works. While I might get yelled at for that comment by a Tool Tosser, they are probably in the upper 10% if on this site...
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:22 AM   #7
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Well I can assure you that both Greg @ Slodrive and Troy @ Suba Performance are both excellent. They are the cream of the crop as far as the actual physical workings of the vehicle, and have done many swaps and have built custom harnesses. However, hearing the problems that you're having, you may want to ask Harvey Epstein @ TheBoostCreep to check it out. He could probably find the problem a lot faster with his oscilloscope, and he's got a mechanic on staff.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:17 PM   #8
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You used the magic word, oscilloscope! Wish I had a good way to DAQ all the sensor signals. With the AEM & Megasquirts I use, it's a piece of cake to know what every sensor is doing and at which mode the engine stops firing. Not as much information gets passed through from the OEM computer with Romraider Logger thus far.
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:54 PM   #9
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Have you checked your grounds? We had the same problem on a hybrid 2.5 with 2.0 heads. Same symptoms that you are having.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:55 AM   #10
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Not sure what else there is to check on the grounds. I installed a grounding kit that connects the heads, intake manifold, passenger fire wall (headlights), alternator, and transmission (below dog bone). I've loosened & tightened them all a score of times over the last year.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:46 AM   #11
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Dropped it off at SubaPro this morning... we'll see how $$$$ this gets. Hate the idea of someone else working on my toy, especially when I can't pay them in beer =P
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:36 PM   #12
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**** Chiltons. Instructions have you install the crankshaft sprocket wrong. Subapros got it fixed quickly and for $500. Looking forward to breakin in the engine.
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:48 AM   #13
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are the any locals on here that do side work
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