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Old 10-03-2012, 05:03 PM   #16
WRXt4cy
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Member#: 172698
Join Date: Feb 2008
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Des Moines, IA
Vehicle:
11 STi BW 8374 E85
02 v8 Spec C E85

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Chiming in as another person who has done a rebuild with zero prior experience or training. I've developed a good mechanical ability over time so I had that going for me. Other than, I rebuilt a buddy's EJ257 in my garage with nothing more than common tools, a few specialty tools, the factory service manual and tons and tons of reading up on proper techniques. The engine fired up on the first try and is running strong today 15k miles later.

My best advise I can give is to read up on everything you need to know and be able to do every set of steps in your head before actually doing them. Do not take any shortcuts and do everything by the book, even if some things seems silly like the damn torquing procedures Subaru has come up with.

Also - stay as organized as possible. I have pretty severe ADD, so I tagged and bagged every nut, bolt, part, etc and organized things into bins. It made re-assembly so much better especially since I had 6 month gap between tear down and rebuild due to the owner's lack of funds for parts/machine work.
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