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Old 12-10-2012, 12:59 PM   #26
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A huge windfall came my way which should help speed things up, or at least take a lot of pressure off me. A friend of mine who is a teacher won an award for teaching excellence, and as a reward he gets to drive a 2012 Toyota Camry for the next 3 months. He offered to let me drive his 2002 Corolla for the next 3 months (if it takes that long). I got his car insured and instantly put my car on ramps.

I got a lot done in a couple short hours yesterday. I noticed there was a LOT of oil in the intake. I don't think my catch can is functioning properly. I've done quite a bit of research, and I've decided to go with the Crawford AOS system. The currently have a group buy going for up to 20% off.

Turbo inlet. A lot of pooled oil:



Intercooler Y pipe inlet. Again, a lot of oil:



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After ripping out intake, labeling wires, etc:

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:17 PM   #27
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Other info is that I've decided to ditch the APS SR50 and go rotated. I will be using my STi TMIC. Yup. I'm going rotated with a TMIC. I'll be running a custom fabbed up pipe and down pipe, tig welded (argon back purged) by morrocco88. Check out his for sale thread HERE. There is SO MUCH more room without the inlet under the intake manifold. It just looks so much cleaner.

Absolutely, hands down the best communication I've ever had from a seller. Every day for over a week I sent him a laundry list of questions and he answered them all in detail.

I am planning on running a Borg Warner S200sx-RS-56. It flows 55lb/min, versus 56lb/min on my APS SR50. I'm expecting much more power and less spool time due to the design of the turbine wheel. I am selling all my stuff HERE if anyone wants to take a look.

I will be relocating my IAT sensor (using GM sensor) on intake manifold under the throttle body. 8mm Grimmspeed spacers will keep intake cool and avoid heat soak.

Finally, My tuner (Ron of Phatbotti) wants to tune via MAF... so MAF it is. At least I will be ready for speed density if we ever go that route.

Today I should get my crank sprocket from Subaru so I can finish assembling the timing belt assembly on my built block.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:10 PM   #28
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Other info is that I've decided to ditch the APS SR50 and go rotated. I will be using my STi TMIC. Yup. I'm going rotated with a TMIC.
I too am leaning toward a rotated setup with a TMIC. I really like the P&L Motorsports kit, and am thinking about using it with a 3071r. Although that custom kit you linked looks interesting.

I really like the things you're doing so far, thanks for sharing!
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:18 PM   #29
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Just be prepared for some serious heatsoak!
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:44 PM   #30
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Just be prepared for some serious heatsoak!
Thanks for your feedback. I'm not worried about heatsoak. I'll be using PTP Lava turbo blanket and wrapping all the pipes as well. I might upgrade to a Spearco or Process West if I have too many issues. For now, I'll just enjoy the super quick throttle response of a TMIC.

Besides, I can't go FMIC without monumental effort, planning, fabbing, structural sacrifices and money. WRX/STi owners have no idea the difficulty of trying to install a FMIC in an 04/05 FXT. There are literally ZERO kits. Now, 06-08 FXT's are a different story, and you can find kits easy. It would be a no brainer to go FMIC on those years.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:59 PM   #31
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Ya I hear ya...especially on the FXT issue. The problem is not necessarily external heat soak, but the turbo overpowering the inter cooler. Think more CFM than the core can realistically cool. But that is a discussion for you and your tuner

My tuner told me "sure, if you want a half assed setup. It will be detuned 30-40 whp in the end, which makes the turbo you are running pointless"

I guess I am saying look into a meth kit
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:08 PM   #32
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Ya I hear ya...especially on the FXT issue. The problem is not necessarily external heat soak, but the turbo overpowering the inter cooler. Think more CFM than the core can realistically cool. But that is a discussion for you and your tuner

My tuner told me "sure, if you want a half assed setup. It will be detuned 30-40 whp in the end, which makes the turbo you are running pointless"

I guess I am saying look into a meth kit
You have excellent points. I am tossing around the idea of just dropping the money on a large TMIC now, rather than upgrading later and pay for a touch up tune. I like the process west b/c it comes with a splitter, but jeebus it's expensive.

I'm not too excited about running meth. In theory it sounds great, but finding a place to put the tank, pump, wiring, failsafes, etc sounds like a headache.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:41 PM   #33
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Which is why I have not done it myself!

Whatever you do a splitter with a proper fit will be HUGE. If the air is not forced through the core much of it will go around.


Just throwing out my experiences as I was going to go rotated with a Spearco until my tuner talked sense into me...but clearly my situation was different.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:46 AM   #34
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Made some progress last Sunday. It's hard to work on the car during the weekdays since it's dark when I get home (car is on ramps outside). Things left to do before I pull the engine:
1. Unbolt flex plate from torque converter - not 100% sure if I need to remove the intake manifold or not. I'd prefer not to since that's what I am going to use to pull the engine
2. Unbolt power steering assembly and move to side
3. Unbolt 4 bolts engine to transmission
4. Pull engine

All the heat wrap on my cross pipe and stock exhaust has started to fall apart. I am going to call around locally and see if anyone does ceramic coating. There is a place about 5 minutes from my house that powder coated some metal chairs of mine a couple summers ago - I'll try them first. Not sure what I need to look for in terms of ceramic coating, so I'm going to do some searching around.

I'll throw some pics up tomorrow if it doesn't snow too much today.

Also, I've pretty much decided I'm going to go with an AWIC setup. I'll elaborate later.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:57 AM   #35
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Any ceramic coating other than swaintech is a waste of time and money IMO
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:10 PM   #36
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I just checked their prices and for now I think I am going to lava heat wrap them
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:51 PM   #37
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I just checked their prices and for now I think I am going to lava heat wrap them
Call LOKO Performance Coatings in Oak Lawn Illinois.

They do all my piston coatings / ceramic exhaust coatings and powder coatings.

Their ceramic exhaust coating is fantastic. They do the outside and the inside of the piping.

They're the best hands down.
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:24 PM   #38
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Engine pulled today! I started at 9:30am and finished around 4:00pm. Separating the engine from the transmission was a giant PAIN IN THE A##. Also, removing the bottom two bolts was miserable. I took a picture for reference of the attachments that I used to get them off. Basically, for the passenger side I used a 1/2" breaker bar with a small extension, elbow (for a lack of better words), and the actual 14mm socket. For the driver side I used the same thing, BUT I had to go to 3/8" socket bits to get it to fit in there. GIANT PAIN lol... every time I got a nut off I had a mini celebration.

Pics of extensions I used to remove bottom bolts on engine / transmission:



Prepping to pull the engine:



Engine out, lining it up with the engine stand;



Getting the engine on the stand:



Empty engine bay:



Engine on the stand:



Torque converter - there is some type of fluid leak??



Both engines in my garage:



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Old 12-22-2012, 07:30 PM   #39
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Next step is to transfer all the bits and pieces off this engine onto my built engine. I am tossing around the idea of getting the intake manifold ported. I will also be drilling and tapping a IAT sensor under where the throttle body sits. Rotated turbo is on the way. I already have my exhaust system sussed out. My goal is to have the engine back in by mid Jan. Start up and break in by end of Jan. AWIC setup by end of Jan, and back to daily drive by mid February.
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, Nice build.

Im in the process for building my04xt right now too. I just finished swapping in the sti subframes, all arms, steering rack, and drivetrain, along with abunch of suspension and brake mods.

Depending on how work goes this week, Im hoping to have the time to swap in the motor and finish up the other sprinkles Im adding.

Ian @ Performance Auto Solutions
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Old 12-25-2012, 05:01 PM   #41
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Finally unpacked my vband rotated exhaust bits. It looks extremely well built. His for sale thread is HERE.

















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Old 12-25-2012, 05:04 PM   #42
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I stripped off my intake manifold, most wiring and deleted TGV's. Engine looks something like this pre-deleted TGV removal:



I am going to take my intake manifold and exhaust manifold to the same place that ported my heads and get them to gasket match everything. I want everything to be as streamlined as possible. I'll post pics up when I get that done.
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Old 12-25-2012, 05:07 PM   #43
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Finally, I tried (in vain) to remove my AVCS cam gears. I ended up busting a cheapo 10mm hex nut:





I ordered a Koken 1/2" Drive 10mm Allen Socket- 4012M-43 from HERE to solve that problem. Buy good tools once and save money.
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Old 12-25-2012, 05:15 PM   #44
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, Nice build.

Im in the process for building my04xt right now too. I just finished swapping in the sti subframes, all arms, steering rack, and drivetrain, along with abunch of suspension and brake mods.

Depending on how work goes this week, Im hoping to have the time to swap in the motor and finish up the other sprinkles Im adding.

Ian @ Performance Auto Solutions
That sounds awesome! If I went down the suspension/tranny swap route I'd have $15k in parts on a $7.5k FXT lol, so I think I'll have to make due with what I have. Also, I'd love a 6 speed but the lady doesn't know how to drive a stick (she refuses to learn) so that's a deal breaker. Therefore, I'm keeping the 4EAT but I am planning on sending the valve body to IPT for an upgrade. I have a spare 4EAT with only 34k miles on it, so I am going to send the valve body from that one to IPT, then I can just quickly swap valve bodies with little downtime.
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haha I have the first rotated kit ever built by garris on my forester!!!
what turbo you getting?
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:22 AM   #46
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haha I have the first rotated kit ever built by garris on my forester!!!
what turbo you getting?
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Other info is that I've decided to ditch the APS SR50 and go rotated. I will be using my STi TMIC. Yup. I'm going rotated with a TMIC. I'll be running a custom fabbed up pipe and down pipe, tig welded (argon back purged) by morrocco88. Check out his for sale thread HERE. There is SO MUCH more room without the inlet under the intake manifold. It just looks so much cleaner.

Absolutely, hands down the best communication I've ever had from a seller. Every day for over a week I sent him a laundry list of questions and he answered them all in detail.

I am planning on running a Borg Warner S200sx-RS-56. It flows 55lb/min, versus 56lb/min on my APS SR50. I'm expecting much more power and less spool time due to the design of the turbine wheel. I am selling all my stuff HERE if anyone wants to take a look.

I will be relocating my IAT sensor (using GM sensor) on intake manifold under the throttle body. 8mm Grimmspeed spacers will keep intake cool and avoid heat soak.

Finally, My tuner (Ron of Phatbotti) wants to tune via MAF... so MAF it is. At least I will be ready for speed density if we ever go that route.

Today I should get my crank sprocket from Subaru so I can finish assembling the timing belt assembly on my built block.
See above post
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oh Im sorry
and do your self a favor. put the IAT sensor in the intercooler. by the outlet.
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oh Im sorry
and do your self a favor. put the IAT sensor in the intercooler. by the outlet.
No apology necessary man. I wasn't snapping at you, I'm just too lazy to re-write everything lol
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:56 PM   #49
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Today I dropped off my intake manifold at my machinist who did my heads to get ported and gasket matched. The inside of the plenum will also get smoothed out for better air flow. I got quoted $75-$80. I figure I'll (hopefully) only have the intake off this one time, so might as well since my throttle body is ported as well as my TGV deletes and heads.

My turbo should ship today or tomorrow. I'll probably see it sometime early next year. Still need to buy a 3" v-band clamp. I hear they all are not created equal. Time to do some research on that.

I've decided to hold off on any other TMIC or getting the valve body on my transmission upgraded. That's about $1,200 (optimistically) I just can't spend at the moment. Operation "Get ***** done and running" is officially underway. I still have a tune to pay for, as well as fluids and a few oil changes and filters, plus odds and ends like vacuum hoses that need replaced, water lines, turbo oil line, etc. IT ADDS UP SO FAST!!!
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:38 AM   #50
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Got the deleted TGV's installed with 8mm Grimmspeed phenolic spacers. I sanded the rough edges of the TGV insides and polished them up a bit. Nothing special. Also, I installed the timing belt. I took a few pictures. I'm 99.9% sure I got the timing belt on correctly, but if anyone could look at the pics and double check to put my paranoid brain at ease it would be much appreciated. I have yet to pull the pin on the tensioner.











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