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Old 07-09-2019, 01:52 PM   #3
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Join Date: Nov 2002
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Location: Orange County CA
2004 WRX wagon


Originally Posted by knightangle View Post
So this is something I’m seriously considering. I just graduated college and just got a full time job in accounting. Trying to counter that boringness with an exciting car.

I did a JDM swap with my tax return this year cause I thought I blew my engine (it was the ac pulley hitting the TB cover) I’m just a paranoid tard.

ANYWAY! I want this car to be as reliable as possible. The engine I got from and had great compression and roughly 50k miles on it.

I f***ing love this car guys, it is a friggin blast! But I get nervous driving it long distances cause it’s old.

My goal is anywhere from 350-400 hp in the most reliable way possible. I don’t want to send rods through heads, spin a bearing, blow a gasket, worry about any of that.

I spoke with guys at signalmotorsports in Salem MA about what I want and they say I don’t need a full blown built engine.

With those goals in mind what’s the best way to go about it? I plan on doing a full mishimoto cooling system and have my exhaust picked out, turboXS and Tomei. (Still reading and learning about turbos).

I know the stock internals are only good for around that much power (or so I’ve read) and I don’t want to ruin that.

In the end if I wanted to take it on a road trip to see my grand parents or go for a drive too and through the mountains I could with out having to worry.

Thanks for your help guys!

Ps. I know it’s not all over night and of course saving for it is part of it. Doesn’t hurt to get a head start and thinking of my options now and planning for it
207 swap wih a bigger turbo, doesnt get much better than that.. espeically for reliability.. to be honest, a stock block will always be more more reliable than a built one. the built one you have to worry more about the machinist haveing a bad day or not.
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