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Old 01-17-2006, 11:57 PM   #1
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Default Cold weather fuel leak from stock '02 fuel rails -- kudos to KTR

Thanks goes out to KTR for fitting me in for replacement fuel rails on about 2 hours notice yesterday.

After nearly 4 years of only limited maintenance issues (bad wheel bearing which was probably accident related -- snow donuts are expensive if you don't see the curb -- and a dirty IACV) I started my car yesterday morning when it was around 11 degrees F outside, let it idle for a bit to warm up, and...

came back to the smell of gasoline... like someone had dumped a gallon on the passenger seat. I figured that the cold weather fuel leak to which the '02's are susceptilbe finally bit me. This is a documented "from the factory" issue. I don't believe there has been a recall, but there is a technical service bulletin on it.

First response: drive to the subie dealer. No go. Wanted to remove my intercooler and intake manifold. Nobody touches those save KTR -- I'm running meth injection, and my TMIC is, well, huge. It is not the easiest thing to remove.

Anyway, a new set of fuel rails and a few hours later, I'm good to go. No more fuel leak. Whew. I can put the fire extinquisher back in the trunk.
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Old 01-18-2006, 01:36 AM   #2
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Haha, nice. KTR and water injection seem to hold hands these days. I'm going to be putting it in my evo come summer. Which kit do you have?

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Old 01-18-2006, 10:03 AM   #3
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I went with the Aquamist 2d. It's on the expensive side but I liked the failsafe options. Right now I only have a water level sensor and a pump/injector failure warning light, but when I get the electronics wired up I'll have an automatic switchover to wastegate boost upon failure of the pump. Based on other posts, people seem to be having success with the SMC equipment as well.
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:26 AM   #4
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Yeah i figured the 2d. That's what i'll be going with also. Have you seen the custom work Franz has done with the LED's? I'm currently scoping out an optimal place to put mine. He also made a nice tank for the trunk which i'd like to replicate.
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Old 01-18-2006, 11:10 AM   #5
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Yeah i figured the 2d. That's what i'll be going with also. Have you seen the custom work Franz has done with the LED's? I'm currently scoping out an optimal place to put mine. He also made a nice tank for the trunk which i'd like to replicate.
Drop me a pm with your email and I will send you some digital pics of the setup. I did the LEDs myself (so it looks OK, but not great) and KTR did the trunk tank + piping + pump install and tune. The pump itself goes under the rain tray, and is invisible (essentially) in the engine bay. You have to look really hard to see that I have water injection.
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Old 01-18-2006, 11:27 AM   #6
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How much it set you back?
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Old 01-18-2006, 11:56 AM   #7
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I think i saw your install when i was out there... That's a cool setup though. Did he make you a trunk tank or did you use the STI Spec C tank?

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Old 01-18-2006, 12:05 PM   #8
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B... get the Aquamist 2d already, talk about being a sally .

+1 for the custom installs at KTR .

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Old 01-18-2006, 12:06 PM   #9
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And you get a evo already you sally + 1.

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Old 01-18-2006, 03:28 PM   #10
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this happened to my completely stock '02 turbo wagon last winter.. bumper to bumper warranty had just expired.. i made a stink, called SOA, dropped my name (hey sometimes it's nice to be somewhat famous) and they got it covered under the powertrain warranty. i just hope it doesn't happen again this year
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Old 01-18-2006, 05:21 PM   #11
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Yeah, really feels like they should have done a recall. The gas smell was unbelievably strong.
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