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Old 09-20-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default 04 Rod knock 168k Miles Help fixing Noob here

Ok guys, My dad said i can buy his subi in the driveway for $2500. As it sits now has a rod knock. Was parked as soon as it was noticeable. Kinda loud, But nevertheless fixable. This will be my first Subaru, What am i looking at to get it fixed? should i just order a complete low mile ej20 off ebay and swap it out calling it a day? How are these trannys? Like i said total noob here. Coming from the 3800 scene, had a 11 sec turbo gtp.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:00 PM   #2
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I have a subi nut buddy that i will probably pay to help, or just pay to do the work for me.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:21 PM   #3
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Look at spending a few thousand just to get it running properly.. Then it skyrockets from there.. And regarding buying a motor get it from a REPUTABLE source otherwise you might get shafted with another blown motor
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:27 PM   #4
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Like where? What parts should i buy or will i need? like i said. Totally clueless. Not my knowledgeable platform lol
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:37 PM   #5
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Like where? What parts should i buy or will i need? like i said. Totally clueless. Not my knowledgeable platform lol
you'll need minimally headgaskets, timing belt, timing belt pullleys, bearings and a new/good condition rod. with that milage, you'd probably ask a machine shop to press in new valve guides and inspect/replace any bad or going exhaust valves. Then the cost of having the heads and block decked for straightness.

Another option is to get a 2.1 stroker kit while you're all apart
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:43 PM   #6
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So would it be worth it just just buy a low mile 50 or 60k motor? and drop it in. I dont have a car now so the sooner i can get it running perfect the better.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:22 AM   #7
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fill out you profile so we know where you are from and then can possibly advise on a shop to go to. Maxwell Power sells built short blocks for $3800 too or Subaru sells them for about $2000
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:04 PM   #8
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fill out you profile so we know where you are from and then can possibly advise on a shop to go to. Maxwell Power sells built short blocks for $3800 too or Subaru sells them for about $2000
There man sorry!
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:15 PM   #9
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and i do have future plans for this car, hopefully 500whp at one point. But in the next couple years working up to 350 or so? just keep that in mind when recommending parts. Im trying to soak all this new motor stuff up here lol
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:31 AM   #10
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Goodmorning bump! The faster i can be pointed in the right direction the faster i can have a car lol. This will be my DD
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:36 PM   #11
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pm'ed you good sir!
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:27 AM   #12
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A few good shops are located in the SE Mich area too.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:46 AM   #13
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and i do have future plans for this car, hopefully 500whp at one point. But in the next couple years working up to 350 or so? just keep that in mind when recommending parts. Im trying to soak all this new motor stuff up here lol
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:05 AM   #14
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Swap in a ver 8 ej207 motor, simple stage 2 bolt on mods will get you around 300 whp, be happy. You'll still burn between $4,000 - $5,000
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:06 AM   #15
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Decided to go with the 2.0
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:31 PM   #16
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i vote 2.5l hybrid with forged internals. way cheaper and DIY with some help, probably less then 2k when its all said and done.
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:44 PM   #17
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Any updates on the rebuild? if you have not pulled the trigger yet, then i'd highly recommend either of these options:

1) US ej255/257 long block. Prior to 3500 RPM, you will gain roughly 60 ft of TQ over the 2.0L, which is a HUGE amount. You can use the 2004-2007 STI, 2006-2009 WRX, Outback XT and Forester motors too. Just go with one that only has AVCS for the intake cams, not dual.

2) JDM version 8 or 9 complete motor. 8500 RPM rev limit, butter smooth operation, need I say more It will surpass just about any built 2.0L option that you can come up with, mainly due to the cylinder heads/cams/turbo.

If the 2004 WRX has high mileage then expect to find the cylinders head cracked from the spark plug holes to the valve seat. Most machine shops will not work on heads if they are in this shape. In which case, you have a built bottom, and then need to buy replacement heads :-/

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Old 09-28-2013, 08:29 PM   #18
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I bought a whole new 2.0 from riderdude on here. building it for me now, DOnt want to mess with tuning, blah blah blah being i dont have a car till this is done.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:08 PM   #19
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What fun is it to have a car that you paid somebody to do all the work for you and didn't build yourself? Seems you have prior knowledge, what are you afraid off?
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:58 PM   #20
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Next time try and jump on it your self (if you have time). Take pictures before you start
taking things apart. It helps retracing your steps. Do a lot of reading. Like that in the
future you could fix your own car. Oh yeah proper tools also. Look for the whole of DIY's
in this forum. Priceless. Let us know how to goes when you get it back.
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:32 PM   #21
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What fun is it to have a car that you paid somebody to do all the work for you and didn't build yourself? Seems you have prior knowledge, what are you afraid off?
I would love to learn and build the ej20 myself, but i currently do not have a car, or time for problems. Being why i am having someone who has built tons of boxers do mine! Sucks i know :/
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