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Old 06-03-2008, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default Timing belt service coming up, STi short block sitting on the shelf, what to do?

So, here is the problem...

I have a 2002 WRX with around 104,000 miles on it, and it is coming up on it's timing belt service. The motor runs like a champ, and I don't really consider 104k high milage, but I am the 4th owner of this car...which gives me some uneasy feelings from time to time. These feelings have lead me to prepare for the inevitable and purchase (for a steal!) an STi short block that will eventually be going into my car as a hybrid swap.

My original plan was to build the entire hybrid without cannibalizing my 2.0. I was going to buy a blown doner 2.0 motor for as cheap as I could find one, and pick the parts off of it that I would need for the swap. I would have a complete long block ready to go. The idea was to have as little down time as possible with my car. This is important because I do not have a spare car. It would also give me a spare motor to rebuild and either keep or sell.

That is an ideal situation that saves time, but requires spare money.

My other plan was to go ahead and cannibalize my motor, tear it down, send my heads out to be worked over (ported, polished etc...) rebuild it, and install. Depending on how long it takes to get the heads done...this could be about 2-3 weeks. In this case I would need to borrow a car from someone.

This is an ideal situation that saves money, but it requires spare time.

Simply put, the problem, as it always is, is time and money...and I have neither.

One question that keeps floating around in my head (and is the reason that I am typing all this crap) is that I feel like I am wasting money if I do the timing belt service on my car because I will be buying parts that I also need for my hybrid swap. (timing belt and water pump) Does this make sense, or am I being silly?

If I do decide to go ahead with the timing belt service, would it be okay to re-use the timing belt and water pump when I get around to my hybrid? I guess it would all depend on how many miles I put on the parts. Ideally I was hoping to use all new parts for the pumps and timing components of the new motor, but I am also on a budget. So, I am forced to look at prioritizing my expenses.

The third and final scenario is that I try to get as much life out of my 2.0 as I can. I do the timing belt service, continue driving my current motor around until the day it decides to quit on me, and then worry about all of this. In the meantime I can save money and pick up the parts that I want to use for the swap as I can afford them...rather than make sacrifices because I am impatient and want a 2.5 hybrid.

Anyway, I know this is kind of a rant, and I am not sure that I actually asked any specific questions, but I hope that it is apparent that I need some advice... maybe from someone that has been in my position.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:17 PM   #2
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I will be selling my short block here soon it has a knock and needs a rebuild there are some pics on my rebuild thread. I just got another instead of a rebuild.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:56 PM   #3
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scenario 3
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:36 PM   #4
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I'd say scenario 3 as well...seems most logical in the big picture.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:42 PM   #5
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:02 AM   #6
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#3 is probably best, but keep in mind it might last for as long as you want to keep the car. easily another 100k miles in there!
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:16 AM   #7
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Yoy know, if you are up for all that motor work, why dont you just do the Timing belt
yourself? Its not rocket science and you will save yourself a butload of cash and extend
the life of your current setup.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:14 PM   #8
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Yoy know, if you are up for all that motor work, why dont you just do the Timing belt
yourself? Its not rocket science and you will save yourself a butload of cash and extend
the life of your current setup.
...I was going to do the timing belt myself.

It is the idea having to buy parts that I am going to need for the swap twice.

Unless I can just reuse the new belt that I would buy to do the timing belt service.
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Oh..and you can also get it done ina half a day.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:18 PM   #10
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#3 is probably best, but keep in mind it might last for as long as you want to keep the car. easily another 100k miles in there!
I really have no plans of ever selling this car. Hope to be able to pass it on to a son or grandson.
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