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Old 04-19-2018, 02:08 PM   #101
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Yep, that's the one. Plenty of good youtube videos and Nasioc posts on how to replace it.
Actually, the 02 WRX gasket is round. Verify fitment.
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Old 04-19-2018, 02:18 PM   #102
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Actually, the 02 WRX gasket is round. Verify fitment.
Thanks. Ordered from Quirk on EBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-1990-20...72.m2749.l2649


I'll check my service manual today.
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Old 07-10-2018, 12:55 PM   #103
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Food for thought: Im not sure which one you broke but the round purge valve can be bypassed and eliminated very easily. The electronic solenoid Ive seen deleted but is much more involved. Could save you $ to remove it altogether then replacing it.
This is what I finally decided to do. Eliminated the purge valve but had to buy a new solenoid as one of the vac nipples on it was broken. Quite expensive part for what it is Also not fun to replace with the intake manifold on as the hard line from the fuel tank is way the hell under there. In any case fixing that vac leak obviously improved how the car runs though I'm still having trouble with low idle. I've fixed or replaced all the usual suspects so I'm not sure where the problem lies. I guess I need to run all the remaining lines to look for leaks though there aren't many old ones left.

On the e-tune, well I had a lot of issues on my end with the software and really I've gotten very frustrated with it and let it go. ShinjiML has been great and very helpful but I think I'm just going to go with a Cobb AP.

As for what to look at next, it will likely be the steering rack and coupler. It feels so lazy and the wheel feels unresponsive due to the rubber coupling. A new 04 STi rack is pricey but I think is the right move.
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Old 07-10-2018, 04:11 PM   #104
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Love the build sir. Looks clean!
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Old 07-13-2018, 10:12 AM   #105
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...but I think I'm just going to go with a Cobb AP.
Now I am rethinking this. The engine has 167,xxx mi on it and the original plan was to go to about 200K, or when the next timing belt change is due, and then swap out the engine. That's not that far away now and an AP is $650 which is just shy of what a steering rack costs. Think I'll go that route. So if I were going to do a shopping list:


04 STi steering rack, shaft coupler and Whiteline steering rack bushings.
Tires for those gold JDM Rays wheels.
4pot/2pot brake upgrade with rotors/pads/lines

New carpet/mats
JDM grille
Bolster the worn driver's seat cushion w/some quality foam
Upgrade headunit and speakers

JDM EJ205 w/AVCS, VF48, EL header
5 spd rebuild w/STi short shifter vs 6spd JDM swap (though I would like to keep the long 3.70 gear)

Respray the car.

And of course keep replacing any rubber lines, gaskets, etc., as needed.

All in that should be another $15-20K but would result in a very enjoyable bugeye wagon

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Old 07-21-2018, 03:18 PM   #106
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Brake pedal had gotten mushy so I bled the brakes for the first time on a car by gravity drain. I won't use any other method from now on though it does take awhile.

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Added additional refrigerant to the AC as it was taking too long to blow cold. I can smell gear oil when the AC is on now in the cabin. Have to research that but I'm assuming it's the PAG oil for the compressor for some reason. Can't be good.
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Old 11-20-2019, 11:16 AM   #107
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Great build thread!

New to the WRX world, my son just picked up his first car a 05 WRX sedan and have been going thru it.

Lots of great info here, will be going thru the mounts and suspension bushing come spring and will use the Group N stuff.

As for your gear oil smell we had leaking valve covers dripping on the down pipe and with the air on the smell was bad. Fixed the valve cover gaskets and it's a lot better.

This weekend will be fixing front axle seals as they are leaking as well.
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Old 12-10-2019, 07:06 AM   #108
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Thanks TBone69.

I see it has been a year and a half since I have posted. Life gets in the way. Still have the car but haven't done anything else to it. Drive it once a week or so and still plan on making the upgrades. Next thing to do will be the steering rack upgrade to 04 STi rack then see about an engine swap. I had made some calls but no one wants to screw with 205's. May just go with 257 and 6 speed swap.
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Old 12-10-2019, 09:57 AM   #109
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You should be looking at an ej207 swap, straight drop in, wire AVCS, smile.
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