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Old 04-25-2009, 04:06 PM   #1
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just spun a bearing in my 03 wrx. 112,715 miles. it had about 2k on 5w-40 rotella synthetic from walmart when the incident occured.


I don't have the money to do what i'd like to do with the car which is install a STi short block with forged pistons, wrx 2.0L heads with port and polish, brian crower valve springs retainers and cams.

what my realistic options are: to either get a new 2.0L shortblock and just have a tech throw it in and call it a day. However, i'd rather pay a hundred dollars more for the Ej257. I plan on running stock turbo so no need for pistons right now.

i'm assuming the ej257 with stock wrx heads (no porting) and a tune will be better and funner to drive than the ej205 with those same heads and tune.

I know my heads wont flow huge numbers but i'll be torquer and still reliable right (ej257)?
As for tune, i'll have DSG in MA do the tune. I"m thinking maybe push the stock turbo to 19lbs mid range and taper to redline.

thanks!!
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:31 PM   #2
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You will probably need to upgrade the turbo going to the 257 especially trying to push 19lbs
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:14 AM   #3
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well if your on a budget and only spun a bearing rebuild it ...

if you cracked a ring land ... then ..yes spend the extra $100 for the 2.5

you won't be able to push that much boost with a 25 % displacement increase .. but it will still be fun

the one other thing that will be needed is bigger injectors.. while its apart send out your blues to have them modified
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:31 PM   #4
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i think i've decided that in the long run, more money in now, will yield greater rewards in the future. I'm about 85% sure that i want to go with a ej207.

for how much do you guys think i can resell a wrx longblock with a spun bearing. I'm assuming heads are fine. heads alone will probably be 300, no?
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:33 PM   #5
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for a working full block with under 80k, usually runs under 400-500.
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:01 PM   #6
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I sold a fully functioning long block with 83K for $800. I probably wouldn't pay more 2-300 for a broken one.
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