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Old 02-03-2015, 06:40 PM   #1
Chobrandon
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Hey guys, my names Brandon, long time lover of the blob eye STi's and finally purchased my own as of January 2nd. Picked it up from North Carolina and drove it back to Virginia Beach. Couldn't resist to take pictures, of course.

Headlights got a restore and replaced dome/map lights and license plate lights with LED's.


Fresh wash and clay

Current info about the car:
- All stock exterior
- Stock EJ257 with VF39
- Cobb turbo heatshield
- Magnaflow catback
- v2 AccessPort
- Apexi turbo timer
- Subwoofer
- 17x8 Rota Boosts with Michelin 245/40/17's
- Unknown short shifter
- Eibach 25mm front and rear sway bars
- Kartboy endlinks

Had the car for about two weeks, daily driven since I bought it, just admiring the car itself and learning as much as I could about it. It did throw a P0171 code where the previous owner said it was because of the aftermarket exhaust. I should've been more careful and did more research. Disregarding this, on January 14th, I threw a rod bearing and had it towed to the nearest shop. I took it to DIA Automotive where a lot of the locals here recommended.

Here's how she sits as of January 23rd:

Found out that my turbo had a crack in it..

Which then brings us to today (February 3rd):

Upgraded/Replaced parts:
- CP forged pistons
- ARP headbolts
- V25B '07 STi complete heads
- New OEM oil pan, oil pickup tube, rods, crank
- Honed EJ25 block
- Machined flywheel
- Kings bearings
- Used vf39 with no cracks

Getting the block back from the shop sometime this week but it should just be assembling everything back together once that's taken care of! Super excited to finally get back on the road with her!
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Old 02-12-2015, 01:43 AM   #2
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A little late for the block but they're back and DIA got started right away assembling it back together, can't wait!!

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Old 02-21-2015, 03:45 AM   #3
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February 19th, a few hiccups on assembly but finally got her running again! Was anticipating Winterfest '15 but it got rescheduled due to the cold weather so this gives me enough time to do a couple quick mods and do the engine break-in before I head over there.

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Old 02-21-2015, 04:22 AM   #4
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Nice. Unfortunate that the motor went in less than a month of owning it... Sure the previous owner knew it was on its last leg and decided to screw an unsuspecting buyer. What an *******. I've always been a fan of the 04-05 STIs myself but would never buy one for that reason. Kudos for not getting disheartened and bouncing back so fast with a rebuilt engine.
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Old 02-23-2015, 02:53 PM   #5
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Nice. Unfortunate that the motor went in less than a month of owning it... Sure the previous owner knew it was on its last leg and decided to screw an unsuspecting buyer. What an *******. I've always been a fan of the 04-05 STIs myself but would never buy one for that reason. Kudos for not getting disheartened and bouncing back so fast with a rebuilt engine.

Yeah, either the last owner knew it or not, I personally didn't think he knew how an engine works, I blame myself for not being too careful. Expensive lesson to learn but yeah, I appreciate it! Can't kill the love for these cars! Lol
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Old 03-21-2015, 05:31 AM   #6
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It's been awhile but I bought myself some Perrin front and rear shifter bushings! There was a lot of left and right play more than the front and back play. Needless to say, it was a BTCH to install the rear one compared to the front. Once I was done installing, the left and right play was still there but I dug deeper to feel like I didn't just waste $60 when I didn't need to. But a HUGE difference when shifting compared to before! No more missing 3rd or 5th gear grind



Problem lies within the shifter itself, no bushings at all inside and it was LOOSE! Tightened it up and it's like night and day, I'll invest in some bushings sooner or later though.

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Old 02-01-2016, 12:59 PM   #7
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Here's how my car currently sits as of January 2016.

It's officially been a year since I've owned this car. I didn't document the second time I blew my engine only because I was very disappointed at the time. But it blew up again on April 1st and got it back around the middle of May. No more forged internals. I currently have a new OEM short block from Subaru, with 2008 V25 heads. Conservative tune just to make it a DD again by DIA Automotive. New list of mods includes:
  • Lowered on Raceland Ultimos
  • 18x9.5 +35 Rota Torques
  • TurboXS full turboback exhaust
  • Front lip
  • Smoked tail light overlays
  • Misc. engine dress ups (radiator cover/alt. cover/Perrin intercooler coupler)
New engine has roughly 10,xxx miles while the body has 139k miles now. My old VF39 had a waste gate crack. DIA Auto gave me another used VF39 without a crack but not too long after, my turbo seal went out so it currently smokes a lot. I recently did a transmission fluid change, changed a small coolant hose leak, and now in the process of diagnosing a faulty speed sensor. I'm hoping to update this more often now, so stay tuned!
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Old 02-01-2016, 02:48 PM   #8
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Looking good man.

I'm surprised I've never head of DIA Automotive, it looks like a really nice shop. I'll have to check them out.

I've always trusted All Aspects in Chesapeake, but DIA is so much closer.
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