I recently decided to pick up a DD as diesel prices are getting ridiculous and driving (more so parking) and F250 isn't exactly fun. I was shopping for various cars; used 911's, new STi, an 08/09 Spec B, etc when I came across a great deal on a used 02 WRX from a local NASIOC member. I decided that I'd snag GD and start a project of reviving higher mileage, used WRX.
The goals and intent of this project are to breath new life into the aging chassis, engine, drivetrain and suspension with goals to out perform those newer cars at a fraction of the cost while retaining driveability and decent fuel economy.
I've contacted a few of our wonderful vendors on here for some input for ideas and have recieved some good feedback from them.
With that said, if there is something that you think needs to be covered, speak up and let me know!
Now for the details.
2002 WRX with 159k on the clock.
-Shifter feels like jelly
-the trans is a little notchy
-motor is burning oil (see compression test)
-it's lifted on FXT struts/springs and handles like donkey doo
-power steering is removed and lines were cut
-seat belts squeels
-engine is covered in oil and dripping on my my driveway
-surprisingly stock and worn out
-beginning to get light scratches on the windows from worn out guide pads
First things I did is get a base line and give the motor new plugs (pics of the old ones to come) and oil/filter. I then ran a compression check.
cyl 1 - 100 psi
cyl 2 - 145 psi
cyl 3 - 147 psi
cyl 4 - 143 psi
Plan of attack is rathe simple and go various routes.
-Rebuild with a budget 2.1L stroker
-Upgrade to VF or similar turbo...possibly finally do TD05hr setup that I've been wanting to do for about five years now.
-Keep to small bolt-ons and stay on factory ECU (no stand alone)
-repair/replace worn bushings/parts
-address fuel system (injectors, pump and possibly explore E85 as poor mans race fuel)
the reserved DD spot in the driveway
showing off it's monster truck prowess
I get the pick of litter from my STi strut collection which I'll be sending off to Odi @ Feal. He's generously decided to help with the project. I'm very excited to see how the revalved struts will ride
. I will be running a tarmac revalving. Springs are still undecided at this moment. This setup will get the girlfriend test in pothole riddled Washington DC
A spare EJ205 block that I'll be doing the build on. You can pick these up usually in the $100 range and prebuilding the engine saves you down time!
JDM STi tmic sitting around, already on...obviously.
VF39, sitting around, already on along with a GT Spec EL manifold that I had sitting around. Sounds too much like a Honda
I suspect this is partially due to the stock catback and the long tube aspect of the manifold.
**Yes, too many projects at once makes chaos in the garage. My wiring harness showed up and Brighton will be out soon. My brother's LGT will have it's new engine put in and then there will be for diving further into the bugeye.
**Forgive my photography newbness. These are literally the first pics I took with my new Nikon.
Because the battery was charging, it missed the 1 hour long tear down of the Ver 3 RA trans that'll be going into this. Also parts sitting around but not too different from many of the other used 5-spds floating around.