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Old 12-29-2017, 08:37 PM   #1151
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For the second time this week, an FT86 showed up with a misfire and a melted plug. Similar scenario, car has a built motor is force inducted and is running e85 (flex fuel).

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

So, thinking cap on... time to hypothesize outside the box.

I could be wrong, but if the direct injector seals were failing it would cause a misfire. As the cylinder heats it could exasperate the leak. As the piston drops into the cylinder it could draw air into the cylinder through the leaking seal, causing a lean condition and increasing cylinder temp. Then as the piston rises into the cylinder to build compression the leaking seal lets air out as well, dropping compression.

Basically a cascading event (like a snow ball rolling down hill) that just gets worse. One thing leads to another, leads to another until we have a catastrophic failure.

I am going to replace the seals on this car (the owner has authorized the work). If it works on this car, it could well work on the other too.

If it works I will be stocking up on direct injector seals (currently I keep two full sets in stock) with the anticipation that many more will be failing.

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Old 01-02-2018, 06:54 PM   #1152
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99% of the time the request is to go lower. Every now and then, I get the request to go up, not down. This 2011 WRX was in need of new struts. The rear was also sagging pretty bad after 100k miles of carrying a bike (hitch mount). So, today I replaced all four struts with new Pedders and added a Subtle Solutions 1" lift to the rear. Fender gap is more even now (and is even better with the added weight of the bike on the back) and the owner should not have to worry about "bottoming out" getting to the bike trail.



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Old 01-03-2018, 09:27 PM   #1153
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Performed an oil change, installed a set of KW V1 coil overs and aligned this 2008 WRX today. Hope the customer likes the new "altitude". The ride with the KW's is amazingly good for a lowered car.





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Old 01-04-2018, 09:08 PM   #1154
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Started up this freshly rebuilt engine and began the break in process today. 2008 STi. 9.0:1 compression on this build. Dom 1.5XTR turbo. Added the new Radium fuel rails, dampeners, FPR and lines while building the engine.

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Old 01-05-2018, 07:55 PM   #1155
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2010 STi. Just competed the 90k service (including new spark plugs), timing belt/water pump replacement and clutch replacement. All done and ready for the customer in 2 days time. Dropped off Wed, picked up this morning.

Yes, we can resurface factory OEM flywheels for all Subies. Yes we can resurface the flywheel and have the complete clutch replacement done in the same day. Standard operating procedure here. Drop the car off at 830am and it will be ready by 530 pm the same day. Even if we are resurfacing an OEM flywheel.

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Old 01-08-2018, 08:16 PM   #1156
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Update:

The two FT86 that rolled into the shop in the same week with misfires and melted spark plugs...

One owner gave us the go ahead to explore our hypothesis and replace the direct injector seals. This was a 2014 FRS. In the cylinder with the worst compression, changing the seals gained 35psi of compression. The cylinder is now back in range. The car ran normally for 3 days of intermittent testing and we returned the car to the owner.

The second owner gave us the go ahead based on the first owners positive results. This car is a 2014 BRZ. We were able to replace the seals today. Same scenario. We gained 35+psi of compression in the worst cylinder. Upon initial start up and testing we have no misfires. We still have some more testing to do prior to calling it "good". Delicious Tuning will be stopping by on Wed to verify some data for us and update the current tune (swapping from a 3BAR MAP sensor to a 4BAR MAP sensor so we need new scaling). Hoping for a clear bill of health on Wed afternoon.



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Old 01-09-2018, 10:15 PM   #1157
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Going back to bikes again today... We received our order of rear shocks and a front fork kit for the Rebel 500 from Ohlins today. According to our rep, this is the first set delivered to the USA. We will be working to get these installed before the weekend, so testing can commence (yes, I am getting a bit giddy, lol).

Rear shocks are preload, height, compression and rebound adjustable.

Front fork kit is preload adjustable.

This should be a HUGE upgrade from the OEM non-adjustable (and under damped) set up.







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Old 01-10-2018, 10:21 PM   #1158
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How not to install a rear trunk wing on your BRZ/FRS (or any car for that matter). Note the wing mounts are crooked on the trunk. Note the wing is mounted directly to the trunk lid with ZERO reinforcement. Note the wing is mounted with bolts an nuts, not even any washers. Note the bolt holes are leaking and water is entering the trunk through the drilled holes. Note the wing is tearing off the trunk, literally separating the steel that makes the trunk lid. Note the rust (it has been happening for some time). Keep in mind it is very possible for this wing to separate from the car at speed. It would be a lethal object to a car or person behind you.

I dont shake my head at this type of work, it makes me want to scream. This is DANGEROUS to yourself and others. You could KILL an innocent person. Ridiculously poor judgement.













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Old 01-11-2018, 09:15 PM   #1159
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I was able to install the new Ohlins suspension on the Rebel 500 today. Initial low speed testing has been done. Now it is time to put some miles on the set up, get it dialed in and fully tested. You can already feel the vast improvement on the rough roads around the shop.

Weather report says its going to be around 80deg this weekend. Who could resist riding in a t-shirt in January???









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Old 01-12-2018, 11:28 PM   #1160
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An STi we built a while back. I dont think I ever posted any pix of it. The car made good power and pulled hard. A frequent visitor might remember the car as his own, lol.



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Old 01-17-2018, 09:39 PM   #1161
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Installed a set of Fortune Auto coils and Cusco rear lower control arms on this 2017 WRX today.







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Old 01-19-2018, 09:50 PM   #1162
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An FT86 (BRZ/FRS) came in with a timing issue. This one was different from the standard OCV failure, cam sensor spacing from camshaft, cam gear failure we have previously seen. Upon removal of timing components we found a small indent on the cam angle sensor pick up wheel. The small indent was enough to cause the cam sensor to pick up a second "TDC" causing absolute mayhem. I suspect the wheel was "damaged" during assembly of the engine, but I can not explain why it worked for some time prior to becoming an issue.

Ponderous.

Have a great weekend!

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Old 01-23-2018, 11:14 PM   #1163
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Swapped out a 20g and went back to a VF-43 (thanks to Pure Turbos) on this 2007 STi today. VF-43 turbo, Perrin inlet tube and OEM bypass valve return hose all installed today. Car was up and running, tested and handed over prior to closing.



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Old 01-26-2018, 08:49 PM   #1164
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Another engine that failed catastrophically for your viewing pleasure.

2005 STi (EJ257). Engine was previously built by another shop. They like to paint their work (rather than clean it well enough you dont need paint) and they like to use ACL/Orbit oil pumps. Well, this engine appears to have had an oil issue.

At this point we have at least one snapped rod (an unknown brand h beam using ARP 2000 hardware)and some bent valves. I wont know more until I disassemble completely.

Each head has a freeze plug applied and the block did too. But the block freeze plug came off with one of the holes that opened up in the block. I found the extra freeze plug in with the extra metal. I wonder if that counts as "removal" and voids the warranty???

Hope your weekend goes MUCH better than this engines week went. Be safe and have fun.















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Old 01-29-2018, 05:48 PM   #1165
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2011 STi. We found the inboard, right/front cv bearing/cup to be out of spec. This was causing an odd vibration at 70+mph under acceleration. Replaced the axle and seal and the vibration is gone.

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Old 01-31-2018, 10:17 PM   #1166
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A small and quick project from today. Installed a Perrin rear sway bar and end links on this 2015 WRX today. Also performed an oil change on a 2015 Outback and a 2017 Outback, checked out a 2007 STi for boost/knock/AFR, smoke tested/repaired vac leaks/replaced a faulty AFR sensor/oil change in a 2004 Forester XT and drained the fuel/filled with fuel and swapped out a failed AFR sensor on a 2015 BRZ. Busy day of smaller projects on multiple cars.



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Old 02-01-2018, 08:11 PM   #1167
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Performed a 60k service on a 2014 WRX today. This is the read diff drain plug. Ouch.

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Old 02-06-2018, 09:29 PM   #1168
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Check us out on Yelp!
https://www.yelp.com/biz/infamous-pe...ning-escondido

If you have been to the shop, please leave us a review.

Thanks!!!

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Old 02-07-2018, 09:16 PM   #1169
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They never should have stopped making this one. I would be driving one if I could find a good example to build.

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Old 02-10-2018, 12:56 AM   #1170
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2018 WRX STI RA. What appears to be the final Ej257 STi. I am sure they will get the $50k asking price. Is it worth it?

Something to ponder over the weekend.

https://www.subaru.com/2018-wrx-sti-ra

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Old 02-13-2018, 10:05 PM   #1171
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One broken rod, three bent rods and one damaged piston. At least the heads of this EJ257 were not damaged.

The engine is now back in one piece and almost ready to be dropped back into the car. Should have this one started up by the end of the week.









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Old 02-14-2018, 04:57 PM   #1172
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This 2005 WRX with a (now) hybrid EJ255 engine is ready for pick up. Tuning will be provided by Delicious Tuning on this build.

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Old 02-15-2018, 08:11 PM   #1173
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Installed and testing this Turbosmart turbo oil feed pressure regulator today. This should alleviate our over oiling issue with the turbo, meaning no more smoke.



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Old 02-20-2018, 11:10 PM   #1174
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Installed a new power steering rack, performed a 4 wheel alignment and more on this clean 2011 STi today. Dropped off this morning and ready for pick up this afternoon.





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Old 02-23-2018, 06:01 PM   #1175
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A 2005 STi with a freshly rebuilt engine. Break in driving has begun and this car should be ready for customer pick up on Monday morning. The break in/base map on this car was provided by Steve Gerhardt, who will be completing the final tune after break in is done. Have a great weekend!

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