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Old 03-03-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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Hey guys, new here to the Subaru world.

I've been a honda guy my whole life and I'm finally calling it quits (for now). I managed to pick up a 2005 WRX for really cheap. The previous owner thinks that it has a spun rod bearing. after comparing you tube videos of how the car sounds i agree. After researching here on the forums I've decided to just buy a new block from Subaru and re-use my old heads (if salvageable).

This is what i have come up with as far as a part list
All parts are OEM from Subaru ( OEM FTW )
New block fully assembled ( 2.0L)
new oil pump
new oil cooler
timing belt
water pump
master gasket kit


now after searching for parts to buy to make this happen, I'm a little fuzzy on a couple of things. every thread i look at has a different answer for them.

Can i re-use my oil pan if i clean it really well?

Can i re-use my head bolts ( yes, i know they are torque to yield) but a lot of people said they re-used them 3 times and had no problems.

and where does everyone buy their parts from? The cheapest place I've found is the heubergersubaruparts.com



I'm not looking at making the car any faster to do hybrid swaps or bigger turbo or forged pistons/rods. i just want a nice stock daily driver that is reliable.


if there is something that I am missing or something that i have over looked please let me know, any help is appreciated!

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Old 03-03-2013, 08:32 PM   #2
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Reuse the pan and the bolts. No issues with either.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:31 AM   #3
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Talk to some of the vendors on here for prices on parts. Many of them can get oem stuff and it will help support the NASIOC community.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:29 AM   #4
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Talk to some of the vendors on here for prices on parts. Many of them can get oem stuff and it will help support the NASIOC community.
I asked a couple, they can't even get close to those subaru prices.

But the weird thing is that I went up to subaru today and showed them the prices online and they would price match or even come close to the online prices. So it looks like I'm ordering from that site. Unless someone has a better idea.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:30 AM   #5
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:46 PM   #6
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If the engine still runs, why not just replace the bad? a New rod and grind that crank and it could be up and running for a couple hundred bucks?
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:35 PM   #7
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Sounds like a patch job^
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:31 AM   #8
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I want to do it right. One and done.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:03 AM   #9
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If the engine still runs, why not just replace the bad? a New rod and grind that crank and it could be up and running for a couple hundred bucks?
guess you dont know much about subaru engines

bad idea.....wont last a week
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:04 AM   #10
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and the OP may want to check and make sure that the timing belt tensioner inst bad...making that sound...sounds similar
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Had my 05 Wrx spin a rod bearing cost around 5k to fix that's with new block and everything. The plus is I have a 05 Wrx with 10k miles on it now should last a long time
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:09 AM   #12
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Started taking the engine apart last night got the intake manifold/radiator/AC compressor/alternator/ and power steering pump off. And in did all the vacuum lines and sensors. One step closer.

Still haven't ordered parts. If anyone can find a better deal than the site I listed let me know!
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:09 AM   #13
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Had my 05 Wrx spin a rod bearing cost around 5k to fix that's with new block and everything. The plus is I have a 05 Wrx with 10k miles on it now should last a long time
Did you do it yourself tho?
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:11 AM   #14
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Did you do it yourself tho?
Bought the car from a dealer had it 4 days and it happened the dealership paid for it to be fixed.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:13 AM   #15
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Bought the car from a deal had it 4 days and it happened the dealership paid for it to be fixed.
Ah. I'm trying to get this done for under $3000 and I'm doing the work myself ( with the help of a friend)
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Ah. I'm trying to get this done for under $3000 and I'm doing the work myself ( with the help of a friend)
Good luck hope it works out for ya.
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Started taking the engine apart last night got the intake manifold/radiator/AC compressor/alternator/ and power steering pump off. And in did all the vacuum lines and sensors. One step closer.

Still haven't ordered parts. If anyone can find a better deal than the site I listed let me know!
ya know....there was a guy who tore down his whole motor for nothing

because his timing belt tensioner failed....he man'd up and posted it
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:26 AM   #18
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ya know....there was a guy who tore down his whole motor for nothing

because his timing belt tensioner failed....he man'd up and posted it
It smokes really bad and has a horrible knock I really don't think it's the tensioner. I'll take the timing cover off tomorrow and check just in case tho
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I wouldn't cheap out by reusing the head bolts. Just because people have gotten away with it in the past doesn't mean it's a good idea.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:08 PM   #20
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Found a used longblock for $1500 that I'm going to pickup I'll just slap it in and call it good lol
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:24 PM   #21
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i agree with the headbolts. when i recently rebuilt my heads i went with new OEM subaru bolts. they stretch when torqued so you dont want to use them if you dont have to. i replaced my block years ago when i spun. i was able to score a new assembled block from a dealer for $1500 or so, NASIOC discounts there, and other additional parts as well.

while youre in there, i would consider a new clutch too, especially on a used long block.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:42 PM   #22
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For all the parts I need including the block and all the parts I listed it was $2600 shipped. And then you add in machine shop fees for resurfacing the heads and flywheel and cleaning all the parts I'm looking at $3000-$3200, or I can buy this used block for $1500 and then replace timing belt and a couple seals and be out the door for $1750 or so.
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For all the parts I need including the block and all the parts I listed it was $2600 shipped. And then you add in machine shop fees for resurfacing the heads and flywheel and cleaning all the parts I'm looking at $3000-$3200, or I can buy this used block for $1500 and then replace timing belt and a couple seals and be out the door for $1750 or so.
nothing wrong with that at all, yea use new seals, gaskets and hoses as needed to really make it top notch. hopefully the used block in in good condition and really cared for.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:01 PM   #24
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nothing wrong with that at all, yea use new seals, gaskets and hoses as needed to really make it top notch. hopefully the used block in in good condition and really cared for.
Yea motor is in grate shape! Great compression and no leaks pretty clean too
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Did you check rockauto.com? Probably could have had that rod/bearings replaced, pulled the rest of the pistons, honed it put new rings in it and slapped it all back together for less than $500, and had a spanking new motor, maybe $750 if you wanted new pumps/belts/idlers right away and you'd know what shape everything was in. I've got engines online before that were full of water and ate up bearings within miles out everything, and i've got them for less than $300 shipped before that turned out perfect, its a gamble.
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