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Old 05-18-2020, 11:18 PM   #1226
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Thank you. I did notice oil in the intercooler on the cold side. Not really a red flag in my book but this thing over a decade old. Thoughts?
The motor is around 15 years old now, so you may want to replace a bunch of the gaskets, reseal the oil pan, replace the water and oil pump, and timing belt.
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Old 05-18-2020, 11:22 PM   #1227
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The motor is around 15 years old now, so you may want to replace a bunch of the gaskets, reseal the oil pan, replace the water and oil pump, and timing belt.

I do appreciate the feedback and that is the plan. In your opinion would it be a good idea to throw head studs in it alongside the maintenance items? Iím not planning on splitting the halves, just trying to figure out what else to do before I get to to the track
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Old 05-19-2020, 01:39 AM   #1228
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I do appreciate the feedback and that is the plan. In your opinion would it be a good idea to throw head studs in it alongside the maintenance items? I’m not planning on splitting the halves, just trying to figure out what else to do before I get to to the track
Headstuds are not necessary, but a new set of head gaskets would save you a ton of grief in the future.
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:00 AM   #1229
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Headstuds are not necessary, but a new set of head gaskets would save you a ton of grief in the future.
If you go and do the gaskets you might as well do the studs, what good is it to use 15 yr old pre torqued stretched head studs again... Not trying to start anything just saying
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:18 AM   #1230
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Agree

Iím kicking myself for not installing my headstuds when my engine was out (I had even purchase them so double silly) - it was a time thing for me

Headstuds are insurance for big cylinder pressure (ie 24psi plus with the big timing that ej207ís love and need) - I know some people have had success up to 30psi on stock headstuds but I think thatís extemely lucky.

I guess for me it will be done when I do cams but if youíre there itís worth doing studs as well.

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Old 05-21-2020, 09:00 AM   #1231
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Its kinda comical that the EJ207s continue to be sold from vendors as " 60,000 mile engines " when I have barely seen any cars under $12,000 - $14,000 listed in Japan with below 60,000 miles or 100,000km.

While these engines are great they are now getting to the age where if they are a higher mile engine they will require a complete gasket kit and lots of hoses replaced.

When I get around to building a backup engine it will likely be V10 EJ207 based and a completely new rebuild.
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Old 05-21-2020, 03:28 PM   #1232
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If you go and do the gaskets you might as well do the studs, what good is it to use 15 yr old pre torqued stretched head studs again... Not trying to start anything just saying
Around stock boost pressures, headstuds are not "necessary", but more a nice to have if you have extra money to spend. However, if one intends to run a ton of boost, sure do it, but keep in mind the weak spot is the open deck.

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Its kinda comical that the EJ207s continue to be sold from vendors as " 60,000 mile engines " when I have barely seen any cars under $12,000 - $14,000 listed in Japan with below 60,000 miles or 100,000km.

While these engines are great they are now getting to the age where if they are a higher mile engine they will require a complete gasket kit and lots of hoses replaced.
I agree, the age of the v7-v9 is pretty old now and it's unlikely there's many actual 60K engines being sold, but higher mileage.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:19 PM   #1233
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Thank you all for the input. The install will be a winter project for me. I wanted he engine for quite some time, just want to get input from individuals that have dealt with them in the past. The plan is to re gasket it, replace all wear items, and anything else that is recommended. Everything that is said is appreciated.
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