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Old 02-09-2019, 03:03 PM   #1
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Default I need help! Spun rod bearing and the rebuild journey...

Hey guys! Unfortunately I am one unlucky dude. Bought a 2004 WRX wagon and a couple months after owning it the turbo started going out and then the rod bearing spun. The engine needs to be rebuilt. I have basic knowledge of cars and what happened, but I need advice on where to start so I can get my baby up and running again. All help is appreciated!!
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:37 PM   #2
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What's your budget?
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:28 PM   #3
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What's your budget?
Not a high budget.. Iím a high school student with the money Iíve been saving since freshman year and some help from my mom
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:11 PM   #4
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Not a high budget.. Iím a high school student with the money Iíve been saving since freshman year and some help from my mom
Get rid of the car and go buy a Corolla.

If you insist on fixing the car, contact your local tuner. They occasionally have short blocks lying around you can get from them cheaper than the dealership.

Dont buy anything major component from anyone out of state. Do everything locally.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:00 PM   #5
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Get rid of the car and go buy a Corolla.
This.
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:22 AM   #6
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Are you mechanically inclined or have any mechanic friends? Buy an IAG block stage 1 or whichever you could possibly obtain and try to install it yourself, if your willing to wrench..
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:27 AM   #7
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If you need both a turbo and a new short block you might be better off getting a used Corolla or Civic.

If you want to head down the rebuild root with a new (used) turbo (figure similar to your current so you do not need to upgrade the fuel system) I would plan for $4-5k at least.

I went down a similar route 2 years ago and spent around $7k CAD but upgraded the fuel system as well.

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Upgraded turbo / electronic boost controller
Fuel injectors/rails/fuel pump/FPR
SB rebuild (pistons/rods/rebuild kit/head bolts/timing belt/WP etc etc) and installation
Heads resurfaced
TGV deletes

I figured a total of around $7k in my mind and it came pretty close.

I think you can get work done cheaper in the USA.

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Old 02-11-2019, 11:51 AM   #8
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Spun bearing will need a new (replacement) long block. Or, new short block and your cylinder heads need to be completely cleaned out.
You also need a new oil cooler.

If you are not doing the labor, it can get $$.
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Old 02-11-2019, 11:56 AM   #9
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Don't sink good money into a bad motor. You're going to be $3,000 deep into fixing the engine before you know it.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:36 PM   #10
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Get a low mileage complete JDM engine. You can get it shipped for about $1500 bucks and drop it in and be on your way. It will come with a new turbo as well. JDM Racing Motors is a good trusted vendor.

Easiest/cheapest solution for you by far. If you have the drive, it's easy to pull a Subaru engine with basic tools and an engine hoist. And if you can get it out, you can put one back in. Replace the clutch while you are at it and get new hoses and stuff, replace the valve cover seals and anything else you feel like on the replacement engine. So add another $500 at least to get fluids, gaskets, misc. stuff.

If you need help, post a thread your regional forum and see if anyone can offer any advice/help. I bet you'd find a few guys willing to show you a thing or two.

And yeah, you should probably get a corolla, lol. But the WRX is a lot more fun!
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Old 02-11-2019, 11:02 PM   #11
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I can say going the rebuild/upgrade path can get expensive quick. i picked my car up with a blown engine cheep planing on a build. i have about 3k parts and machine work in my setup so far, but i have done all the labor myself.

If i could do it over, i would have started with a JDM set up to get it going so i could take my time and build my engine the way i wanted it. as stated, subaru engines are easy to pull and drop back in.
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:59 AM   #12
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Get rid of the car and go buy a Corolla.

If you insist on fixing the car, contact your local tuner. They occasionally have short blocks lying around you can get from them cheaper than the dealership.

Dont buy anything major component from anyone out of state. Do everything locally.
Bah, no. Source a low miles JDM turbo engine and turbo and swap in. Will probably cost less than a rebuild.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:47 AM   #13
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Bah, no. Source a low miles JDM turbo engine and turbo and swap in. Will probably cost less than a rebuild.
Sure. Buy a used, unknown mileage engine, and throw it in there and wish for the best. He will still need a tune.

Hes a highschooler on a budget.

Sourcing a jdm engine, turbo, and all the trimmings will still end up costing around 3k IF he actually knows what he is doing and has all the tools ready to go.

I've been down this road before.
Buy a used corolla/camry and turn this into your project car.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:50 AM   #14
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Sure. Buy a used, unknown mileage engine, and throw it in there and wish for the best. He will still need a tune.

Hes a highschooler on a budget.

Sourcing a jdm engine, turbo, and all the trimmings will still end up costing around 3k IF he actually knows what he is doing and has all the tools ready to go.

I've been down this road before.
Buy a used corolla/camry and turn this into your project car.
There are JDM engines he can swap in that won't require a tune.

But you are right about everything else.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:02 AM   #15
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There are JDM engines he can swap in that won't require a tune.

But you are right about everything else.
This is true.
But speaking from experience, these engines are so sensitive that it would be in his best interest to have a tuner dial it all in on the specific gas he uses to have it running optimally.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:48 AM   #16
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Get rid of the car and go buy a Corolla.

If you insist on fixing the car, contact your local tuner. They occasionally have short blocks lying around you can get from them cheaper than the dealership.

Dont buy anything major component from anyone out of state. Do everything locally.
Iím not gonna buy a corolla, I love the WRX and itís been my dream car since I was a little kid, plus Iím using all my money to rebuild it. Iím not about to buy another car and pay for registration and insurance. Especially as a high school student I think two cars is unnecessary since Iím going to college soon and moving around. Too much of a PITA.
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This is true.
But speaking from experience, these engines are so sensitive that it would be in his best interest to have a tuner dial it all in on the specific gas he uses to have it running optimally.
I have my car at my local Subie mech whoís also my good family friend. Heís going to help me with the new short block and oil pump/ pickup and teach me how to rebuild an engine. Thanks for all the help guys!! Btw... I love watching everyone argue over what I should do with my car itís hilarious. Iím 16 and I donít even do that lol.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:52 AM   #18
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Nah Iím good with my wrx. Thanks for the advice 😂😂
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:49 PM   #19
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I have my car at my local Subie mech whoís also my good family friend. Heís going to help me with the new short block and oil pump/ pickup and teach me how to rebuild an engine. Thanks for all the help guys!! Btw... I love watching everyone argue over what I should do with my car itís hilarious. Iím 16 and I donít even do that lol.
OK.....I have been watching this.

When I was 16, Al Gore had not invented the Internet (old joke......sigh....), I and others learned by reading paper books and/or doing it with possible blow ups, or asking the "grey heads..." about things.

I will hazard a guess why most peeps say to buy a Corolla, or similar, is that they (the car) tend to be boring......but granite solid as a DD and cheap to fix if you maintain it. We bought a 2001 Corolla for cheap for my daughters 1st car of her own. I did belts, radiator, fluid change and some many nor stuff since college is about 5 hours away.
Car buy was about $2100, we got a deal. Piece of mind parts were a couple hundred more (radiator and hoses due to age, fluid changes, recent tires and brakes, some stupid cosmetic stuff).
Soooooo.....roughly 1/2-2/3's to do the buy and good maintenance for you to do parts of an engine rebuild.....

I went through modding starting in the late 70's, myself and friends.
I blew stuff up, they blew stuff up.

Fast forward a few decades, I have 2 kids (a bit older than you.....), they learned from me working on house cars as well as customer cars. Yes, sometimes they worked with me on various cars.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:52 PM   #20
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Nah Iím good with my wrx. Thanks for the advice 😂😂
Oh, you're new, but at least put in a state (if in the US), Provence if in CA, country if somewhere else.
Maybe peeps can help out locally, some questions can be answered by your location.

Year, model, mods also help......some of us get tired of asking questions about a specific car.
You fill in location and car ONCE, you prevent possibly dozens of questions down the road.....
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:16 PM   #21
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I have my car at my local Subie mech whoís also my good family friend. Heís going to help me with the new short block and oil pump/ pickup and teach me how to rebuild an engine. Thanks for all the help guys!! Btw... I love watching everyone argue over what I should do with my car itís hilarious. Iím 16 and I donít even do that lol.
No one is arguing.

All trying to give you different perspectives. Alot of us giving you advice have been down this road before.
It is fun and it is a learning experience dont get me wrong. But it is expensive. I could have had some much nicer, better performing cars if I had not picked a old subaru to waste money on. Lol

Let us know what you total cost ended up being. I'm curious to know.

Good luck.

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I’m not gonna buy a corolla, I love the WRX and it’s been my dream car since I was a little kid, plus I’m using all my money to rebuild it. I’m not about to buy another car and pay for registration and insurance. Especially as a high school student I think two cars is unnecessary since I’m going to college soon and moving around. Too much of a PITA.
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Iím not gonna buy a corolla, I love the WRX and itís been my dream car since I was a little kid, plus Iím using all my money to rebuild it. Iím not about to buy another car and pay for registration and insurance. Especially as a high school student I think two cars is unnecessary since Iím going to college soon and moving around. Too much of a PITA.
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I have my car at my local Subie mech whoís also my good family friend. Heís going to help me with the new short block and oil pump/ pickup and teach me how to rebuild an engine. Thanks for all the help guys!! Btw... I love watching everyone argue over what I should do with my car itís hilarious. Iím 16 and I donít even do that lol.
You came here for help.

People are here trying to help you.

You "love watching everyone argue over what I should do with my car it's hilarious."

You're ignoring EVERYONE because a "Subie mech who's also a family friend" is helping you out now.

You're 16 and inexperienced. There's a reason a bunch of people said get a corolla/ civic and keep this as a project car. You're rolling around in a beat 15 year old econo car with a turbo. Best part? You're using ALL of your money to rebuild it. What happens when it needs maintenance? Or something else breaks? You're going to college soon and moving around? Yeah, better sink ALL of your money in your 15 year old car.
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:46 PM   #24
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Sounds like a fun project, good luck!
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:47 PM   #25
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This is true.
these engines are so sensitive
These engines are so sensitive you can even have a failure after a mere 15 years of use!

somebody must have lugged it right after 9-11 and it's been a ticking time bomb ever since

And then during the housing boom somebody probably didn't let the oil come up to full temp one day before driving

Then during an Obama inauguration party it was probably floored in 4th gear once

Then after the Deep Water Horizon oil spill it was lugged again

Then Trump became president and somebody put a cold air kit on it and didn't get a pro tune

And here we are, 3 presidents later. Spun rod bearing.
Kids these days.
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