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Old 07-13-2016, 04:15 PM   #1
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Subaru Stars Junkyard MY97 GF8

Friday July 8th 2016 I bought a 1997 Impreza WRX Wagon from the junkyard. It was junked because of a bad harmonic balancer and a few other little things.
Here is my thread to show my progress!







The bay is a little rough, I have the balancer on order along with the other little things I need!




Thanks for lookin'
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Old 07-14-2016, 03:26 PM   #2
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Since I am still waiting on the parts to come in a cleaned up the grimey ass center console [IMG][/IMG]

Also finding out that the GF8 has a Kenwood KVT512 DVD Player w/ Navi is pretty crazy... I updated the old firmware and cleaned it up.

[IMG][/IMG]



Til' next time.
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Old 07-20-2016, 02:34 AM   #3
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UPDATE:
So removed plastics found this bad boy.

Then also went to see if it's in time..




Still waiting for parts. Going to compression test it on Friday and see what's up. Timing is a little off which is okay.

Took off this ratty ass top mount to clean it up a little.


Plan if compression is good. Order new belt, water pump, woodruff key & thermostat and wait for parts lol and align the hashes when the belt is off.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:47 AM   #4
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Compression Test:
Piston 1: 135
Piston 3: 140
Piston 2: 140
Piston 4: 140

[IMG][/IMG]

Still waiting on timing belt kit..
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:36 AM   #5
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Compression Test:
Piston 1: 135
Piston 3: 140
Piston 2: 140
Piston 4: 140

[IMG][/IMG]

Still waiting on timing belt kit..
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Old 07-24-2016, 08:52 AM   #6
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Looks like a fun project!!
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Old 07-24-2016, 09:45 AM   #7
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Looks like a fun project!!
It's honestly been fun learning how to do all this stuff for the first time. It's pretty nerve-racking but it all seems pretty simple man
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:47 AM   #8
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Glad it's working out for you! Might want to think about replacing that tmic, it's looking a little rough.
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:13 PM   #9
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Glad it's working out for you! Might want to think about replacing that tmic, it's looking a little rough.
Trying to pick up a ver5 sti tmic!
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:14 AM   #10
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New balancer and key came in!
Now just waiting for timing belt kit!

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Old 07-25-2016, 09:11 AM   #11
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Sweet thread. What are your end goals with this puppy?
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Old 07-25-2016, 12:24 PM   #12
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Sweet thread. What are your end goals with this puppy?
I am leaving Germany next June so nothing crazy I just want to make it reliable until then and I don't know the previous maintenence that's been done besides the dealership service that ended at 100k kms and it's at 175k now. So I'm just replacing what needs to be replaced. Next is the timing belt and the componets along with the kit. The woodruff key is trash so I might do an oil pump and oil seal as well. My end game is to flip it because it was only 300$ but thanks man for checking out the thread. I'm new to forums and new to car maintenence tho i work on f16 engines as my job lol gotta start somewhere!
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:32 PM   #13
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New Discovers with the GF8....

The turbo inlet is trash...
**** removing this ****. I removed the P/S pump because I wanted to..

Turbo Inlet..


All together.




recirculating valve is toast... YAAAAYYYY


water temp sensor is toast **** yeah



a dirty dick td04


How the bay looks.. oh yeah removed radiator. its full of ****.




So yeah today was eventful.. to replace more parts and getting rid of boost leaks...

That's all for today bros.
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:08 PM   #14
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JDM GOODIES...

a buddy of mine is leaving and his 95 WRX Sedan JDM Spec is broken and
I got a chance to be first at getting dibs on parts.

Picked up brand new timing belt kit with pullies and idlers.
- Water Pump
- Thermostat
- New radiator
- Coolant Reservoir tank
- center console cubby hole.
- Blitz Boost Gauge
- Nardi Wheel.


today was a good day.

Still looking for turbo inlet and stock bypass valve (which will be hard to get)
so I might invest in a turbosmart bypass valve.

peace out bros.
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:38 PM   #15
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+1 for being a boss and doing engine work barefooted.
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:35 PM   #16
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So finally got around taking this timing belt off and replace the pullies and idlers and water pump!

And finding out that someone installed the water pump without the thermostat...

New Waterpump


Cleaned up thermostat housing

Had some time to try and fix these bent ass fins on the top mount. Finding a decent newish top mount that's not breaking my bank is difficult.

Still wanting to get into the smaller pieces

Looks a little better..

Next update should be belt, pullies, idlers, cam gears back in timing, woodruff key and v2 nardi wheel installed and replaced!

Later Bros
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:22 PM   #17
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UPDATE AUG 22:

Little pissed. Decided to tackle the crank sprocket removal since that's the main reason what's wrong with the car. I went to the store picked up an 8mm 3 flute tap to try the pull method



Tap broke 1/4in in and now I'm saying **** it and just putting a bearing puller to it and getting a new crank gear.

Later Bros
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Old 09-02-2016, 06:20 PM   #18
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Sep02 Update:




My life.

I'm about to use a bearing puller or cut this bish in half and hack it up to get it off

Later Bros
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Old 09-02-2016, 06:25 PM   #19
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looks great, keep up the work!
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Old 09-03-2016, 11:33 AM   #20
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Awesome job so far. Really cool car and I can't wait to see what you do with it.
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Old 09-03-2016, 11:37 AM   #21
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looks great, keep up the work!
Thanks boss! It's a nice little project
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Old 09-03-2016, 11:38 AM   #22
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Awesome job so far. Really cool car and I can't wait to see what you do with it.
I'm planing just replacing parts that need replacing. For sure a learning curve doing everything yourself! I'm going to keep it stock ish for now. Might sell it before I leave Germany to get a skyline in the UK
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:10 PM   #23
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It always so funny to me that things like this are a "junkyard find" in Germany, but over here, people would kill to be able to find a cheap GF WRX, let alone even a GF wagon that isn't rusted beyond the cost of repair.
Because we never got boosted GC/GF's stateside, we have to try to find a clean chassis, then swap the engine/driveline to even get there.
So sad.
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:13 PM   #24
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It always so funny to me that things like this are a "junkyard find" in Germany, but over here, people would kill to be able to find a cheap GF WRX, let alone even a GF wagon that isn't rusted beyond the cost of repair.
Because we never got boosted GC/GF's stateside, we have to try to find a clean chassis, then swap the engine/driveline to even get there.
So sad.
Well I found it in a junkyard so it's a junkyard find. Buy a plane ticket to Europe and find one
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Old 09-03-2016, 12:23 PM   #25
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Do you want to sell the nardi steering wheel?
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