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Old 01-25-2004, 04:55 PM   #26
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woh woh woh, I thought that the consensus WAS that the STi rods WERE forged... I thought that the pistons were too, but that seems to be wrong. Well, if the rods are also cast, then it seems that the STi shortblock might not be much of an upgrade at all for us WRX guys... Whats the deal guys???

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Why wouldnt it be a better upgrade?? Better pistons, better rods, re-inforced deck and .5+ L...

Just because the pistons arnt forged doesnt make them crap, subaru went to cast pistons for a reason. And I dont see anyone saying the rods are not forged just that they "look less beefy" but they are still a good design... Quirt has said before in that the pistons and rods are the nicest parts of this motor.
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Old 01-25-2004, 04:56 PM   #27
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woh woh woh, I thought that the consensus WAS that the STi rods WERE forged... I thought that the pistons were too, but that seems to be wrong. Well, if the rods are also cast, then it seems that the STi shortblock might not be much of an upgrade at all for us WRX guys... Whats the deal guys???
Welcome to the real world, not the world of internet geeks only looking at advertising brochures to determine how an engine is made.

The upgrade comes in the semi-closed deck and extra displacement. The downgrade comes in the hypereuctectic pistons and the thinner cylinder walls. I honestly believe that the 2.5 is stronger, despite the differences.
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Old 01-25-2004, 05:02 PM   #28
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forging is stronger than a casting...but heavier because there is more material in a forged product. Also the material in a forged product had an aligned grain structure compared to the casting which is basically a cluster**** by comparision.

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Old 01-25-2004, 07:47 PM   #29
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I don't see how the pistons and rods would be a down grade comparded to a USDM WRX.
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Old 01-25-2004, 09:28 PM   #30
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Then to see if they're forged can't you just look at the grain structure & measure the density?
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Old 01-25-2004, 09:32 PM   #31
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I dont see anywhere where it was even hinted that the STI rods were not forged, just comparing sizes to an RS rod . Also, ounce for ounce forged will be much stronger than regular cast, so dont let the actual size of the STi rod next to the RS rod throw you off
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Old 01-26-2004, 01:48 AM   #32
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Excellent pics, thanks Mike. Can we not turn this into a forged piston thread, please?

The sleeves looks pretty beefiy to me, the only thing that looks odd is the thin side bracing of the sleeves. I wonder if that will become a point of weakness.
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Old 01-26-2004, 03:20 AM   #33
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You should probably specify which side... towards the end of the wrist pin, or towards the skirts.
I'm mostly interested in seeing a clear view of how much space there is between the top of the piston and the first ring
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I'm mostly interested in seeing a clear view of how much space there is between the top of the piston and the first ring


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Old 01-26-2004, 01:23 PM   #35
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I'm mostly interested in seeing a clear view of how much space there is between the top of the piston and the first ring
more pics and info on our pistons from you-know-where

http://www.aps-wrx.com/us_spec/subar...ns/pistons.htm
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Old 01-26-2004, 01:33 PM   #36
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more pics and info on our pistons from you-know-where

http://www.aps-wrx.com/us_spec/subar...ns/pistons.htm
Dont forget the old thread on the block.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...sti+block+info
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Old 01-26-2004, 02:54 PM   #37
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Hmmm why does the USDM 2.5L pistons on APS' website look like the skirts are coated with somethiing and the ones from Mike's pictures look like they aren't coated?
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Old 01-26-2004, 03:39 PM   #38
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Internet racing or not, Subaru is still claiming they have forged rods and pistons in some sales literature. That's a problem, yes indeedy do. I'm certainly not going to complain.
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It dont matter to me I am hving my Block bulletproofed with Ductile Iron T-Sleeves in the next few months so I will be able to run 40 PSI of boost. Oh yeah my pistons and Rods are all going to be top dollar forged materials. And I want to get a new crankshaft but I am not sure about that one yet. I have been saving forever to get this done,

With that said and done I better save 10,000 more dollars so I can replace my tranny once I put 40 PSI of boosted energy through LMAO

realistically I will never run that much maybe 25-30 MAx but I want to have it built so it can take 60 before exploding and killing every living thing in a 12 mile radius.
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It dont matter to me I am hving my Block bulletproofed with Ductile Iron T-Sleeves in the next few months so I will be able to run 40 PSI of boost. Oh yeah my pistons and Rods are all going to be top dollar forged materials. And I want to get a new crankshaft but I am not sure about that one yet. I have been saving forever to get this done,

With that said and done I better save 10,000 more dollars so I can replace my tranny once I put 40 PSI of boosted energy through LMAO

realistically I will never run that much maybe 25-30 MAx but I want to have it built so it can take 60 before exploding and killing every living thing in a 12 mile radius.
have you looked at the axis and i-speed blocks?? might be cheeper to get it from them then to have a shop build it.
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It dont matter to me I am hving my Block bulletproofed with Ductile Iron T-Sleeves in the next few months so I will be able to run 40 PSI of boost. Oh yeah my pistons and Rods are all going to be top dollar forged materials. And I want to get a new crankshaft but I am not sure about that one yet. I have been saving forever to get this done,

With that said and done I better save 10,000 more dollars so I can replace my tranny once I put 40 PSI of boosted energy through LMAO

realistically I will never run that much maybe 25-30 MAx but I want to have it built so it can take 60 before exploding and killing every living thing in a 12 mile radius.
I can't wait to see the headwork required to flow what you would need to support 40psi.
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Old 01-26-2004, 04:31 PM   #42
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I can't wait to see the headwork required to flow what you would need to support 40psi.
You dont need huge ports to flow 40psi... just a turbo to push it in there. There are people on this board pushing 30psi on stock 2.2 block with 98 DOHC heads.
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Hmmm why does the USDM 2.5L pistons on APS' website look like the skirts are coated with somethiing and the ones from Mike's pictures look like they aren't coated?
Yes, I noticed that as well. I also noticed that the JDM ver8 pistons that I have look almost identical to the US STi pistons (as far as similarities go). Which makes me wonder if they changed the pistons in all STi motors recently. As the older ver7 jdm sti pistons were definitely forged (look at APS comparison shots).

Ill post some pics up later tonight of some JDM sti pistons I have.

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Nothing special, but some people like to see whats inside of what they have

This block is getting sleeved, and we are replacing the rods/pistons w forged upgrades. Its for a customer in the Netherlands.

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Is he still going to run the stock cast crank?
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Old 01-26-2004, 05:58 PM   #45
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Yes, I noticed that as well. I also noticed that the JDM ver8 pistons that I have look almost identical to the US STi pistons (as far as similarities go). Which makes me wonder if they changed the pistons in all STi motors recently. As the older ver7 jdm sti pistons were definitely forged (look at APS comparison shots).

Ill post some pics up later tonight of some JDM sti pistons I have.

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Well on some info its been show that the ver 8 jdms use cast vs the ver7s forged.... but that might start a huge flame fest again.
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Well on some info its been show that the ver 8 jdms use cast vs the ver7s forged.... but that might start a huge flame fest again.
Yeah I just thought of that when I was sitting down playing a riveting game of Tiger Woods 2004. Iím like, hmmm the ver8 pistons look just like US STi pistons. Yet the ver 7 look nice and forged. Ill post some pics up later, but I think we are all out of ver 7 stuff. Only have ver 8 to show.

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Some pics.. Again notice my awesome paint skills

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Pictures:
1st pic is Ver 7 STi piston from APS website



2nd Picture is Ver 8 STi vs. ROSS forged piston.



3rd picture is of the underside of both... NOTE the similarities to the USDM STi piston with the JDM 2.0 ver 8 STi piston.



4th picture is of JDM ver 7 STi piston from APS.



Interesting eh.
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the usdm sti does not have forged pistons, this was a known fact long ago.
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the usdm sti does not have forged pistons, this was a known fact long ago.
Well to some of us... but others just refused to belive.
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Now it looks like no new STi have forged pistons. I remember reading somewhere that the WRC cars also switch to the HE pistons. Is that true?
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