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Old 09-18-2013, 01:07 PM   #1
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I was reading up about the flaws of the EJ205 engine.

It seems the most you can do without making a major change to reliability would just be Stage 2.
That's not enough power for me.
With cylinders #4 and #3 failing on many people, I'm beginning to get a little paranoid. Then there's the transmission.

I need a car that would at least be under 13 seconds on the 1/4th.
The WRX isn't a drag car, as said by many members on this board.

Everyone is telling other members to get another car when they want things like 400awhp, good quarter mile time etc.

The WRX is not mod friendly at all. I want a car I can mod.

I'm really considering getting a Nissan 350z or 370z once my car is paid off.
It fits all of my needs (RWD, responds well to mods, good 1/4th time)

What do you guys think?
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:18 PM   #2
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sounds like you answered your own question...
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:23 PM   #3
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The prevailing winds must be carrying all the smoke from Colorado to Northern California.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:50 PM   #4
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Is there hope for me to go 16g without engine failure?
I know the transmission is risky but how about the engine?
Everyone's EJ205 is failing
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:59 PM   #5
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If all you are doing is drag racing. There are better cars for that. So it seems you already have that idea. IF you really want to keep the Subaru it'll take some work.


Build a hybrid. It's not that bad and if you are that determined about power I'm guessing you can afford it. I had a hybrid with a vf39 and supporting mods making 315awhp 312awtq and although I had never taken it down a drag strip others have made it under 13 like that. Put a 20g and maybe a front mount instead of big top mount and you should get to where you want. Or go 18g with a big top mount and you probably won't be at 400whp but under 13's (if you can drive haha). For the transmission. Source a 07 6speed. Aside from the driveshaft and front axles it bolts in fine. The final drive is the same so you can keep your hubs and rear diff. Or just go straight cut!

Any modified car is going to drop in reliability tho so you can only do so much. Do a lot of preventative maintenance.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:16 PM   #6
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I guess the real question is why did you buy the wrx in the first place? I got mine because since I was a kid I fell in love with them on grand truismso and I wanted an awd monster that could do some lateral g's. The price point and the opportunity to work on a car made me get a 02 wrx.

So answer the real question and that will tell you if you should keep your car. Because what ever you do it will cost money. Little or much more.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:30 PM   #7
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I was reading up about the flaws of the EJ205 engine.

It seems the most you can do without making a major change to reliability would just be Stage 2.
That's not enough power for me.
With cylinders #4 and #3 failing on many people, I'm beginning to get a little paranoid. Then there's the transmission.

I need a car that would at least be under 13 seconds on the 1/4th.
The WRX isn't a drag car, as said by many members on this board.

Everyone is telling other members to get another car when they want things like 400awhp, good quarter mile time etc.

The WRX is not mod friendly at all. I want a car I can mod.
The 2.0L WRX is quite mod friendly... just not to the point of being WELL over double stock HP (400 WHP.) It seems like sometimes people forget the stock WRX dynos around 160-165WHP stock. How many cars are mod friendly to +140% stock output? Not many.

It can be a reliable plaform in the mid to high 12s. Beyond that you run into a SLEW of limitations... transmission, heads, short powerband that's hard to pull out of the hole, etc... If your goal is to have a car capable of reliable 11s or 10s, then you are on the right track in thinking about things now.

You basically have to choose one of two paths:
1) replace the entire drivetrain, engine through tranny and diffs with something more robust
2) sell the car and start over with a different car.

People have done both ways successfully. All either route takes is money and time... There are very few people driving a 2 liter into the 11s and keeping the transmission, rear diff and axles in one piece for any significant period of time, so it's much better to think about this now, so if you choose to gut the innards and swap to a different engine / transmission, you can sell off the old stuff, rather than waiting until it grenades and is worthless.

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Old 09-18-2013, 02:58 PM   #8
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:12 PM   #9
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This is what u do;

- purchase one of those old toyota criseda's (early 90's)
- purchase a a complete 2JZ longblock.
- slap on a big snail.
- tune
Murder she wrote.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:11 PM   #10
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This is what u do;

- purchase one of those old toyota criseda's (early 90's)
- purchase a a complete 2JZ longblock.
- slap on a big snail.
- tune
Murder she wrote.
^^+1000
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:26 PM   #11
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This is what u do;

- purchase one of those old toyota criseda's (early 90's)
- purchase a a complete 2JZ longblock.
- slap on a big snail.
- tune
Murder she wrote.
My friends got one. Runs mid 11's. it's slammed with with cut fenders/quarters with molded in flares as well. Not a huge fan of the slammed look but that car looks classy as all heck like that.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:44 AM   #12
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I have had ported 16g on my ej205 with no problems. Just keep up on maintenance.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:52 AM   #13
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I have had ported 16g on my ej205 with no problems. Just keep up on maintenance.
I hear it's a gamble. Some are hit and some are miss.
What's your thought on that?

I'd like to keep my rex to avoid having to go through another car.
I like to stay stable with cars.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:22 AM   #14
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Plenty of guys with bigger turbos and higher mileage.

Now that I have a 6speed, my future plan is to get a stock 2.5 shortblock, get the heads machined to match the chamber, and get a new tune.

It's going to be way cheaper to do that than to get a new car.
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:52 PM   #15
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I've got 188,000 miles on mine. Got it cheap because everyone assumes high mileage is bad. My car was a one owner car and they commuted very far all the time. Had most of the maint records to boot. I did basic tune up on it. Needed to adjust the valves, so I removed the heads and had a valve job done. Compression is great, Leakdown less than 5%. I've been stage 2 for about 8,000 miles since and it runs just fine. About to swap out injectors and add vf-22. Like anything mechanical, take care of it and it will last. Does it have weaknesses? Sure.. Everything does. You should be able to put that 2.0 to ~400 crank with a good tune and not have much to worry about.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:08 PM   #16
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Juat thought id chime in. I have an 03 wrx im cobb stage 2 as of now. I was thinking of slapping on a vf23 after I save for new inlet, top mount, and injectors, figured id do tgv deletes while im at it. I have around 155k on the beast. I keep up with her. Sound like a good idea?
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:25 PM   #17
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L S 1

Or an older fox-body mustang and ur done.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:31 PM   #18
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350z is not as all mod friendly being an NA car ( I owned one for 6 years) adding a turbo to it will net you in the 400's but you will need engine work at that point.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:00 PM   #19
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L S 1


LS1. Bingo
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:12 PM   #20
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L S 1

Or an older fox-body mustang and ur done.
Absolutely loved my 88 5.0. Unfortunately the wife didn't share my love.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:32 PM   #21
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Ive got over 200k miles on my stage 2 03 wrx with original motor. Also, 350Z is an amazing car. I had an 05 35th anniversary edition yellow and absolutely loved the car. Probably the better of the few RWD cars I have owned. What made me want to get it, not only its looks, but my father works in the film industry and was the visual effects director on Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift and previous F&F films. All of the stunt car drivers (who were all professional drivers) said that the 350Z was their favorite car for handling, drifting and modifying. Its reliability also. I took those guys recommendation and bought one and they were correct anyways thought this would help
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:14 PM   #22
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F-body. Any since 1993 will make 400whp easy.

I know. I spent 20 years with them.

You will not find a cheaper/faster drag car.

350z is an ugly queer car with a huge ass. At least get a 370z. They at least look now like they should have originally.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:34 PM   #23
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F-body. Any since 1993 will make 400whp easy. I know. I spent 20 years with them. You will not find a cheaper/faster drag car. 350z is an ugly queer car with a huge ass. At least get a 370z. They at least look now like they should have originally.
Smh, queer car? Are you 5?
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:39 PM   #24
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Smh, queer car? Are you 5?
I don't even know what smh means. And I don't care to.

It's a queer car. That's a perfectly valid OPINION. Get over it. You need to grow up, it's laughable that you make such a comment.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:43 PM   #25
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I don't even know what smh means. And I don't care to. It's a queer car. That's a perfectly valid OPINION. Get over it. You need to grow up, it's laughable that you make such a comment.
What's laughable is your ignorance. It's not a valid opinion, it's just an opinion, and an idiotic one at that. Your life is clearly a joke... Sad little person.
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