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Old 03-29-2015, 10:20 PM   #1
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Default Blew up my motor today!

So today my friends and i went out and had some fun. Regular pulls and whatnot maybe touching 100 a couple times but never over revving it or doing crazy ****. Coming home from our cruise we stopped at a local market and i notice a weird sound. It was a quick one like a squeaking belt but went away. We got in the cars to go to a different place and thats when i heard it knock. at around 3k and up it knocks. So yea, shes done. I keep up on my oil, its never been below half. Strange how it just decides to go at that time. I drove it straight home and parked her.

My question is, what should i do? Replace my motor with a jdm/usdm one with low miles or rebuild my current motor. I believe it'd cost more to do a rebuild but let me know. What would i have to do to swap in a jdm motor without throwing any codes? And what i need one without avcs or with? If anyone in the central mass area knows of someone with a motor please let me know, i have cash in hand.

What shops around the New England area can i trust to do my work? I have no room and not enough knowledge to swap it out myself. And are there any local JDM warehouses in the NH/MA/CT/RI area?

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Old 03-29-2015, 10:38 PM   #2
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Time to do some reading bucko.

I highly recommend Vlad's EJ207 thread.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:20 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear about that. The bugeyes are getting old and is its time to go. Nice yellow bug though.

Mine threw a rod at trackday last year... but it is back with EJ207

Very smooth motor and much stronger... hopefully will last for years to come
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:10 AM   #4
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I would love to throw in a 207 but I really can only spend up to 3k as that's all I really have saved up. What's my best bet?
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:18 AM   #5
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Jdm Ej205
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:47 AM   #6
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Jdm Ej205
Would that be a straight plug and play? I see some motors have avcs and others dont. Are they OBD1 or 2 from japan?
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:49 AM   #7
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I keep up on my oil, its never been below half.
2.5quarts low is not keeping up on oil. That's really low. I can't believe it ran this long. Don't starve the next motor like this, check the oil every time you fill up. Never being more than 1/2qt low is "keeping up on oil". Anyways, sorry for your loss
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:51 AM   #8
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2.5quarts low is not keeping up on oil. That's really low. I can't believe it ran this long. Don't starve the next motor like this, check the oil every time you fill up. Never being more than 1/2qt low is "keeping up on oil". Anyways, sorry for your loss
I'm hoping what he meant was never below half on the dipstick.
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:53 AM   #9
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2.5quarts low is not keeping up on oil. That's really low. I can't believe it ran this long. Don't starve the next motor like this, check the oil every time you fill up. Never being more than 1/2qt low is "keeping up on oil". Anyways, sorry for your loss
Don't know if you can read or not, but it clearly says i have never been below the half way point. Thanks for your input though...
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:53 AM   #10
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I'm hoping what he meant was never below half on the dipstick.
Exactly, thank you.
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:58 AM   #11
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Awesome looking car though. Brings back memories for me. I cross shopped a 02wrx with an 02rsx-s for a long time before finally deciding on the acura. Typical fanboy excuse......the rsx-s interior was pretty much the deciding factor for me.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:22 AM   #12
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Not sure if its assembled or not... but you can get a block from subaru for 1k$

http://parts.subaru.com/a/Subaru_200...11-004-02.html

http://parts.northcoastsubaru.com/p/...1008AA270.html
100$ off!

I think if you go to a 207 from a 205 you need a different ecu and new wiring harness because 207 has avcs where as 205 does not.

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Old 03-30-2015, 11:31 AM   #13
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Fast Performance Tuning on Face Book. This guy builds short blocks and sends them all over the world. Best tuner in the state of Alabama. Check him out, he can build whatever you want or need.
https://www.facebook.com/FastPerformanceTuning
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:03 PM   #14
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If you caught it before too much damage, you might be able to get the crank resurfaced and replace the bearings. It's a ton cheaper than buying new. Plus if you build the motor, you KNOW what you have, rather than buying a used motor.
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:06 PM   #15
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EJ207 and never look back!!!!!! Think of this as the biggest opportunity of your bugeyes life.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:46 PM   #16
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If you caught it before too much damage, you might be able to get the crank resurfaced and replace the bearings. It's a ton cheaper than buying new. Plus if you build the motor, you KNOW what you have, rather than buying a used motor.
I caught it pretty early. My buddy has a 185k mile motor that he'd sell me cheap and i could build that if it my cases are junk. I need to get it ripped apart.
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Old 03-31-2015, 02:32 PM   #17
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just swap your USDM intake manifold to a jdm motor V5/6 sti motors are getting cheaper and can come with a TD05
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:03 PM   #18
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2.5quarts low is not keeping up on oil. That's really low. I can't believe it ran this long. Don't starve the next motor like this, check the oil every time you fill up. Never being more than 1/2qt low is "keeping up on oil". Anyways, sorry for your loss
Its actually best to do like a "tuesday & thursday" kinda thing on this cause some people may not fill up for 2 weeks depending on their drive.
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Old 04-01-2015, 03:42 PM   #19
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q5e...ature=youtu.be

heres the noise on a startup vid i just did.
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:27 PM   #20
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q5e...ature=youtu.be

heres the noise on a startup vid i just did.
That kind of sounds like piston slap to me, albeit a little louder because the car is older.. My car makes the same noise and I beat the snot out of it at rallycrosses...

Check the dipstick for metal shavings and cut the oil filter open and look for metal shavings. Find a shop that will cut the filter open with a proper tool, so you don't get metal shavings from the filter body itself, or buy this: http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Oil-Fi...tter,2618.html


Check out this video. Notice the knocking sound changes drastically as he revs it up and down. Yours changes, but it's not that bad. It's definitely a worn engine, but I'm not sure it's a blown engine.
https://youtu.be/CFoOgdMqUoQ?t=36

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Old 04-01-2015, 04:56 PM   #21
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Will do and that's what I thought but the the motor never made that loud of a knock. After a good night it started knocking. That's what makes me believe it's more then just normal piston slap. Thanks for the good input though.
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:51 PM   #22
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before anything else. replace the timing belt tensioner. or at least inspect that first.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:46 PM   #23
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before anything else. replace the timing belt tensioner. or at least inspect that first.
I was thinking about that. How do i go about doing it? Do i just pull the fans and get to the Timing belt covers? Do i have to pull off the ac motor?
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:00 PM   #24
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Where in MA are you? I have a built 2.5 short block with low miles I'll let go cheap.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:01 PM   #25
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Where in MA are you? I have a built 2.5 short block with low miles I'll let go cheap.
Im in central mass. If i end up needing a block i will definitely hit you up. I would need to re-chamber my heads right?
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