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Old 03-23-2015, 02:09 PM   #1
SpooksRex
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Default Head Gasket Install help (04 FXT) Worcester

Hello All!

I've been working on Subaru's for almost 10 years now and I'm currently working on my 6th Subaru. I've done a lot of work on 02-04 WRX's, 05 LGT, 06/07 Legacy 2.5i's. I've been able to do 90% of my mods and work myself, but I've reached the point where I need a little assistance so I don't mess something up.

I was able to replace the head gaskets on my wifes 2006 Legacy 2.5i without any real issues, but that was a SOHC engine. I'm currently in the process of redoing the head gaskets on my 04 Forester XT (Auto w/155K) and everything has been going quite smoothly. I'm at the point where I've taken the valve covers off and I'm pretty much ready to pull the heads. The issue that I've run in to is that valve cams are in the way of the head bolts and I haven't figured out where to go from here. All the videos I've watched to Head Gasket replacement are for SOHC and not DOHC. I also haven't removed the engine as you can see, so I know its easier to do everything with the engine out, but I would like someone to give me a quick hand to show me how to properly pull the engine so that I only disconnect what I need to. Once I'm shown what to do to take it out, I'm usually able to reverse the process by myself.

The car is located in Holden currently in my parent's garage. I currently work second shift, so my days off this week are Wednesday and Sat/Sun morning.

Email is the best way to contact me and I pay for knowledge, but I'm currently on a tight budget.

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-Dan
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:16 PM   #2
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:48 PM   #3
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You have to remove the cams. Start by removing the cam sprockets. (Good luck with that...get a GOOD 10mm hex bit)

As far as pulling the motor, remove everything connecting the motor to the car..
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:53 PM   #4
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Yep like above. Pull cams with special tool since belt is already off. Bolts will be tough to break loose. Sometimes you have to cut the bolt heads free to release pressure so bolt will come out. You can hacksaw them down the middle to release tension then buy replacements. Make sure no metal shavings get into heads or you'll have a big mess.
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Old 03-23-2015, 08:33 PM   #5
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I used one of the many sti diy guides when pulling my fxt motor

Its still an ej25
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