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Old 03-13-2013, 07:13 PM   #1
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Whats up everyone, new to the forums and the WRX platform. Little bit of background on how this came about, so i have a '92 240sx with an SR20 swap that was my money pit and means of transport. It was a blast but decided i wanted something newer and more "grown up" so i sold my 240 2 weeks ago and picked up this running project (2002 subaru WRX) with some noticeable mods done to it:
Brand New XXR wheels with tires
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Clock pod gauge pod with boost/afr/oil pressure.

Now the list of fixes:
-doesn't have power steering or AC
-Handbrake doesnt seem to properly work and feels very loose
-doesn't pass emissions due to it being straight piped
-having a power issue where it feels sluggish untill i hit 3k RPMs (one cylinder has lower compression than the other 3 which are right on point)
I think it may be a bad valve and i've been told by a mechanic it could be that or if im unlucky it may be a piston ring starting to go bad
-Cam seals and rocker stopper gasket need to be replaced due to oil leak but ive been told this is common for a WRX
-Car smokes at WOT i'd expect that partially due to the straight pipe, but i also feel the car could use a tune due to the big injectors and upgraded turbo. I was told its already been tuned before but i dont think so, maybe it was when it had like half the mods it has now so im gonna get a safe street tune soon to play it safe since im on a stock bottom end as far as im aware.


For starters i wanna tackle the low compression on cylinder 2 its my biggest concern. I'll do a compression test again soon and put the numbers up. If anyone knows what it could be or what to look for please let me know or ask for anymore info and ill try to add whatever information is needed thank you!
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:21 PM   #2
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I hope you did not pay vary much for this thing.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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Nope not at all. To put it in perspective, i bought the WRX with the money i got from selling my 240 and still have money left over to fix most of the problems.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:57 PM   #4
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How many miles on the wrx? low compression on cylinder 2 is potentially a big deal. Post the numbers, but u may be in for a rebuild.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:06 PM   #5
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Pop your oil cap off when its idling check for smoke, if it is could be ringlands.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:11 PM   #6
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right now the cars just at 116,000 miles, but i have no idea if the car ever had a motor swap or not.


I will deffinetly check for smoke if its the ringlands. Even when its just turned on, idling or driving, smoke comes from under the hood but you can see its from the oil that leaks from the bad cam seal and burns when it hits the block
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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I think the previous owner coulda have been running high boost as well and this may possibly be the cause of possible piston ring going bad. I won't know anything for sure until i get the head off and disassembled
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:19 PM   #8
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Good luck sounds like you got alot o bugs to work out
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:52 PM   #9
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yep yep thanks i'm gonna need it !
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:13 PM   #10
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knowing your compression numbers arent good i'd be saving money for a new block.
easiest route would be to just replace with another 2.0L block but if you want to mod your car you could save a few more cash and upgrade to a 2.5L (sti) block and run a hybrid setup. theres tons of hybrid threads if you want to start researching lol

you can adjust the e brake once you remove the rear rotors. you can adjust the drum brakes depending on how worn the pads are.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:46 PM   #11
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Yea thanks for that advice, I mean I don't plan on modding it any more than it is, I just wanna get it up and running and get a safe street tune on it. Anyone know how much a block for these cars goes for?

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Old 03-14-2013, 12:51 PM   #12
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Yea thanks for that advice, I mean.I don't plan on modding it any more than.it is, I just wanna get it up and rning and put a safe tune on it. Anyone know how.much a block for.these cars goes for?
I have heard people say cheaper, but I called a local dealer and for a brand 2.0L short block they wanted like $2300.00ish. Again, I thought they were cheaper, guess not.

And if that does NOT sound expensive to anyone.....I will give you my address and can you please have 1 shipped to me
Thanks
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:08 PM   #13
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Flatirons tuning sells new 2.0 short blocks for just under 1800. They also sell new EJ257 short blocks for exactly 1800. A little cheaper.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:06 PM   #14
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Yeaaaaah no i don't have that spend to on a block, if i'd get one i'd probaly get a used one. After all i just wanna get the car up and running for daily use, not aiming for crazy numbers on the dyno, hopefully i can find somewhere local whose got EJ20 blocks/heads
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:59 PM   #15
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You thought your 240 was a money pit...
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:19 PM   #16
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LOL damn guys so far the WRX crowd seems a bit pessimistic, lighten up nothing wrong with a little bit of hope. As for being a money pit, i hope it doesnt turn into that, but at the low price i bought the car i could,hypothetically speaking, swap out the whole motor and still not have spent what the list price of this car even is so im not worried at all about losing money or anything like that. I posted something in the detailing section about exhausts leaving residue on bumpers and i get harshly negative replies like DERP CAR SMOKING, NEW MOTOR (exaggeration, of course) BUT! i'm hopeful it will all work out, i brought my 240 from the absolute pits of hell to a work of art and im hoping to do the same with the WRX.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:33 PM   #17
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you domt know how expensive these car get....
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:05 PM   #18
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you domt know how expensive these car get....
Yes. Very expensive. I'm learning the hard way.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:00 AM   #19
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Flatirons tuning sells new 2.0 short blocks for just under 1800. They also sell new EJ257 short blocks for exactly 1800. A little cheaper.
So it looks like they only have the 257 short block and no 205's


But.....how is a 2.5 SB $1800 and BLANK heads $1132. maka no sense lol

http://www.flatironstuning.com/m-1-subaru-oem.aspx



I would want a 205/2.0L short block anyways, not a 2.5
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:15 AM   #20
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Why not do a 2.5 short block and use 2.0heads? Direct fit and not machine work needed. All u have to do is tune.
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Why not do a 2.5 short block and use 2.0heads? Direct fit and not machine work needed. All u have to do is tune.
Anytime u strap on old heads to a new block u should have them machined to insure correct fitment.


And the whole hybrid set up....idk, seems like a 2.0L would be easier cause all my parts would transfer over.

So anyone know of anywhere to find a good deal on a 205/2.0L short block?


Wish u could just snag the 2.0 long block lol
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:37 AM   #22
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Here is my advice. Do with it what you will ---


Find a smart tuner and bring your motor to him. Sounds like you need some bottom end work. Maybe find a new long block and get rid of that overbuilt / blown up motor.

At least rebuild the blown cylinder, and address the valve issue
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:21 AM   #23
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Anytime u strap on old heads to a new block u should have them machined to insure correct fitment.

And the whole hybrid set up....idk, seems like a 2.0L would be easier cause all my parts would transfer over.

So anyone know of anywhere to find a good deal on a 205/2.0L short block?

Wish u could just snag the 2.0 long block lol
What parts wld u tranfer over. .. oil pan, heads and ....?
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:27 AM   #24
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What parts wld u tranfer over. .. oil pan, heads and ....?
Intake mani, heads....everything I could. I would just like to keep it original and keep up with the 2.0L and slap a 16g on from the get-go
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:53 PM   #25
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Intake mani, heads....everything I could. I would just like to keep it original and keep up with the 2.0L and slap a 16g on from the get-go
The same stuff u gonna have to remove from old to install on the new 2.0 shortblock... all that bolts up directly to a 2.5 and u get more trq. You are gonna have to tune with either new 2.0 with your current mods or 2.5 with the same mods and tuning price will be the same regardless of platform.

Just makes sense to go bigger for the same price... same installation process, same bolt ons and needing to tune either way u go. Just my .02
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