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Old 02-20-2003, 10:12 PM   #1
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Default my friend blew up his GT.. what should he do?

he said the rods started knocking and the valves let the pistons through the door.. so it's basically all trashed.. since i know what i'm talking about, what do you think he should do? get a rebuilt engine, or rebuild the current motor with the Cobb stage 1 bottom end kit or something like that? i think he should just get a rebuilt motor.. but that's me..
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Old 02-20-2003, 10:18 PM   #2
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Rexman - is your friend's GT a DOHC or SOHC? If he's willing to run higher octane fuel and do other mods, by all means get a bottom end built. Generally for N/A use, you won't require the deck to be closed. Just run some nice forged rods & pistons @ the same displacement w/ higher C/R and you're good to go.

But if the engine is out of the car, might as well do some cams and head work too. That will help the higher C/R pistons.
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Old 02-21-2003, 12:02 AM   #3
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1. park it
2. wait for someone to total their sti or forester xt
3. ENGINE SWAP
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Old 02-21-2003, 08:37 AM   #4
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he's got a DOHC i believe... the great ones.. hahahaa. i just helped rhdude replace his motor.. well, that was 3 months ago. now he's having tranny troubles...

he wanted to install a new WRX motor, but i told him that's a little hard to do.. it'd be easier to buy another 2.5 motor and turbo it..
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Old 02-21-2003, 08:48 AM   #5
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I guess the first thing is what does your friend want?

If he wants a driver, get a junkyard engine.

If he wants to up the performance a bit, do a good rebuild and add heads, exhaust (including header) and bump the CR. Cobb could be an option (as are others) but the lead time is ~8 weeks. Also they will either rebuild his block or a like kind. Don't send a phase-1 engine and expect a phase-2 back.

If he wants a lot of performance, do a built phase-2 and add a turbo kit. There are many out there.

Have your friend think about it and then repost his direction.

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Old 02-21-2003, 09:09 AM   #6
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he wanted to install a new WRX motor, but i told him that's a little hard to do.. it'd be easier to buy another 2.5 motor and turbo it..
Wouldn't it be easier to just transplant a whole WRX front clip?

No reason to buy a brand new one... and I doubt it would be much more complex than adding a turbo kit to a 2.5. Once the dead engine is out, you can fit nearly anything back in there

Plus, a WRX set up would be factory-reliable an emissions legal, if that is an issue where you are.

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Old 02-21-2003, 01:21 PM   #7
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good ideas. thanks.. i'll let him know..
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Old 02-21-2003, 10:54 PM   #8
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do a search there are a few here that have done the wrx swap... electrical is the most difficult part. they have covered some important items that u need to be aware of as well.
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Old 02-22-2003, 10:58 AM   #9
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ok thanks.. as long as we have a place to work, i don't mind having to wire.. i've done it before with my CRX..
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Old 02-22-2003, 12:27 PM   #10
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he should just buy my legacy.
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