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Old 01-23-2006, 10:52 AM   #1
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Default Old school subie specialist shop in the Puget Sound area?

Hey guys, i found a EA81 for my brat that looks like it is going to be a winner. It has the carter/webber carb on it but it also came with the hitachi setup, since it was working fine with the carter/webber i am going to leave that on for now. But it sure is nice to have a hitachi setup to fall back on.

Does anyone know of a local shop that would know the ins and outs of a older subie motor? I would like to make sure this motor is going to go the distance prior to throwing it in. While i feel more than comfortable with removing/replacing a motor, the guts of it are pretty much alien to me.

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Old 01-23-2006, 12:32 PM   #2
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Erik... What exactly are you looking for them to do? DO a rebuild? (new bearings, etc...) Or just take a look at it??

I'm sure glad you found one, I was having some sorry luck.
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Old 01-23-2006, 12:37 PM   #3
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Erik... What exactly are you looking for them to do? DO a rebuild? (new bearings, etc...) Or just take a look at it??

I'm sure glad you found one, I was having some sorry luck.
I just want it looked at. I have a unknown quantity that i would like to get verafied as a good motor prior to putting it in. Should i even do this? I guessi dont want to be that guy who puts a motor in half a dozen times before he finally gets it right. I dont want easy to fix when the motor is out issues to arise when the motor is in.

This motor has 72ish k on it and looks like a good deal, i just want to make sure.
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Old 01-23-2006, 12:59 PM   #4
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In that case...

I would probally take it to the local machine shop/engine rebuilder, and see if they can do a leakdown test on it.

With 72k on it, that thing is still a baby!

Anything more than that, you are talking about dissassembly, which while not necassarily bad...will incure more cost that may not be necassary.

You could always just reseal the engine yourself. Might call Smart Service and see what they would charge, prepare to be shocked though Good work costs money.

Step one though, is getting it leak down tested. Then from there you can decide to go further or not.

Oh... and I'm that guy. I think I've had the engine in & out of my RX about 10 times now.
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reseal? you mean regasket?
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Old 01-23-2006, 07:37 PM   #6
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Yeah... sorry.

New front seals, rear main seal, head gaskets, etc...
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