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Old 06-09-2009, 02:52 PM   #1
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Default Building my 2000 2.5 RS-T

OK, so I started the project “officially” back in….2005. However, due to layoffs, babies, etc it was put on hold until just Jan of this year. The goal is 300 WHP on pump. Straight to the list:

Engine:
Heads-
SOHC – milled and freshened
TWE Spring/retainers – SUPER nice and SUPER pricey (530$!!) but it is a beautiful design and should be bullet proof.
Stock valves (no need to upgrade)
Deltacam regrinds 1000/2000 hybrid

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Honed cylinders and decked
JP Forged Pistons – 9-1 compression
Crower forged rods (Beefy!)
Stock crank
ACL RACE bearings
Blueprinted and balanced
Vishnu lightweight pulley
Exeddy Lightweight Flywheel

Fuel-
RC Engineering 440CC inj
Walbro 255 in-tank pump

Turbo-
Garrett T3/T04e Oil cooled
PIT Wastegate (8lb spring for now)
EBay BOV (for now)
WRC TMIC
Borla headers
Vishnu up-pipe
Vishnu Down Pipe
Tapped Oil Pan

Brakes-
SS Lines
05 LGT Front disc and calipers
H6 Modified Rears

EM-
Autometer Boost Guage
Greddy Emanage Ultimate

Tranny-
Exeddy upgraded clutch

Other notable-
Group N Motor/Tranny mounts
Kartboy Short Throw

Now we are on the tail end of this project – the motor is installed – the little things keep killing me – wrong parts, gaskets, hard to find bolts, etc. The hardest part of all this is that I am in Omaha throughout the week and home on the weekends – when something doesn’t go right the impact is another whole week. This sucks, but I don’t have much help other than myself and my friends when their schedules permit. Even more stupid is that the place I work on my car in is 45 minutes from where I live in KC…so yeah… lame, BUT I AM getting it done.

Slowly.

I am suffering some anxiety though – I want to hear the thing start – I did choose to build the EJ253 so I am having nighmares of the thing blowing up on me. I just want to hear it run!

Then the break in will start – ungh…..1000 miles of fighting off the thought: “THE BOOST! It is right there! Just mash the damn pedal and let me feel it you ARSE-hole!”
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:58 PM   #2
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Antisapation of a startup is allways stressful however it will all be worth the wait when you hear the Rumble of the exhaust.

I will caution about beating on a fresh motor if you want it to last longer than a 100 miles. leave the boost off until at least the rings seat an then keep it low for awhile.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:32 PM   #3
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OH I will take it easy on the break in, I am just saying I will have to fight off the nagging voices in my head to bring on the boooooost!!

Anyhow, WTH is it with the stickies? Some dont go anywhere and others are not worthy - like the sparkplug FAQ....am I reading the right one??

SO tell me SOMEone, preferabley with a 2.5RST, what is the plug part # I am supposed to use?

If I dont get an answer I am just gonna go with NGK Iridiums for an STI.
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:11 AM   #4
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I would use ngk coppers atleast until you get it tuned. No point in spending 40 bucks when they are probably going to get fouled anyway. Stick with the stock heat range too.
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:16 PM   #5
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you'll be fine dude. Go join a homebrew forum and brew some beer to cool you off !

Good luck with the build, theres NOTHING more exciting then firing that bitch up the first time after having the car apart for so long !

o yeah... and wheres the PICTURES !!!???
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:03 PM   #6
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PICS PICS I know...they will come after I get a chance to rest.....SOOOOOO.....

We started the motor this weekend - without hte eManage hooked up and all the vac lines sorted out -


Let me tell you.... it idles like crap- motor bounces all over the place - sounds obnoxious (3 inch opened at the cat for the moment) - however, once it gets past 2300 RPM things level out and this thing sounds ...so...so... evil.

SO, then it rained and I had to put it away. BUT it did move under its own power and now sits outside the garage that has been its den for 7 months now.


Things left to do:

eManage Ultimate install
Hook up the lines for the wastegate and the BOV
Find a better way to couple the WRX TMIC to the turbo
boost guage install
30 min break-in .


If anyone has any pointers or advice NOW would be the ideal time as I am getting back to it on Friday.
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:11 PM   #7
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ditch the TMIC and go FMIC - thats all i have to say about that. been there, done that.
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:08 PM   #8
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I will, in a few months...just cannot do that right now.

YOu and I need to talk though Master C - hooking up that eMU and tuning it is still very hazy to me - you gots a number I can talk to you on? (Sendit PM if ya do).
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:22 PM   #9
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Get the ebay FMIC kit. Fits well... love mine.
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Old 07-18-2009, 05:14 PM   #10
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Hey all, car is DONE! .... but one minor issue - NO FREAKEN EMU SOFTWARE!!! ARGGHHHH!!!

CD is gone... just not here.....I need a copy of the software CD or a place to get it (Mohdparts is gone).


So any help super ASAP would be just... awesome!


Thanks!
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:36 PM   #11
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Nice job man...I also just finished my 2000 rst, taking it in Tuesday to get the emanage sorted out and a tune !

Not sure if anyone has a image file of the cd....
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:27 AM   #12
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I think that easy break in is BS. The boost and compression force the rings against the fresh honing to seal up correctly. Not saying to go crazy but some boost will help seal the cylinders. But the other school of thought is babying it and there are also success stories on both sides of the grass....just my $.02
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:53 AM   #13
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pm'd you about emu cd - hopefully it works out for you
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:22 PM   #14
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Master C - I need some help too. I have no EMU software. My stories the same. Bought my emu a few years ago, project is finally almost done, can't find disk anywhere
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:56 PM   #15
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hey skidd - hope you dont mind me giving the link to your website out :x you've helped a few people by hosting the cd image. so thanks Skidd!!
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:29 PM   #16
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Thanks for the image!! Now I can get moving on my project again!!
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Old 08-13-2009, 03:07 AM   #17
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Master C TYVM for the CD and the map...working GREAT so far - but the MAP is certainly fuel heavy (That KC to Omaha commute is gonna suck for a while!).

This weekend I am buttoning her all back up on the interior and cleaning up the engine bay.

The engine runs great! I get misfire codes during start-up/idle but I THINK tha tis because I have a vac leak and/or the Delta cams. SO I am getting ECU Explorer on her to raise the idle a bit to help that out. After the 2000RPM range the car runs perfectly smooth. Boost is coming on way late - but I think that is because the closed loop vs open loop thing and it is not coming out of closed easily. But the boost is so freaken nice, even at 8 lbs this thing is so smooth.

In fifth gear from 80 mph I was at 100 in less than a few seconds and it didnt even feel like it.

I imagine once it is tuned and rocking the 16lbs of boost it will be a different story.

I am still breaking her in so I am not being TOO crazy but I am certainly finding teh redline and the boost on semi-regular intervals. No smoking, loss of oil, coolant leaks, etc. (Just a few spots collecting from the oil drain at the turbo (need to clamp that) and from the oil drain (new crush washer needed).

Once I get all the loose ends taken care of and my Wideband is purchased Ill start the fine tuning. Anyone have an LC-1 or UEGO for sale!?
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:10 AM   #18
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I've got an aem that I don't use anymore. I haven't gotten around to uninstalling the gauge though. Glad to see she's running. I screwed up my up pipe going up my brothers driveway and have a dripping oil return line that I can hopefully get fixed this weekend. Aug 22,23 there is a dyno day at MKC. IIRC it's like 50 bucks for 3 pulls. I'm hoping to get everything fixed by then crank the boost,throw some meth at it and see if I can't make 400+ atleast once on the stock 5 speed.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:21 AM   #19
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That sounds like an idea! Just to see what she is making on the safe-tune.

Its an AEM UEGO? If so how much would you like and ILl come meet you when I am back in town (anytime starting tonight) - Ill be in Lees SUmmit tomorrow morning to pick up some items. I could swing by or whatever.

I have a big hole in my downpipe that is begging to be closed with teh wideband it is supposed to have in it.
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