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Old 02-14-2021, 02:09 PM   #151
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Saw your update on FB... Later down the road I would look at some APR wings.. you can make a front splitter from an old road sign if you have access to such a thing.. Attaching the splitter is usually individual based and have to be somewhat innovative... Glad its running ..when do you get to get it certified, inspection wise.. and is it a yearly deal or a once and done.. Smog used to be bi-yearly.. IIRC.. Steering wheel was a solid choice.. I like it.. gives it some more character..

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APR wings are expensive as hell! Sadly, a used NRG wing showed up for sale a week after I installed this one for half the price too

I'm going to have to skip the front splitter for now. I would have to design it to be removable if it sits any lower because it won't clear the tow dolly. I had to cut the stock bumper because it kept getting torn on the dolly.
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Old 03-16-2021, 07:58 PM   #152
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I guess i'm going to have to go back to using Imgur since the NASIOC photo service seems to be permanently unable to be uploaded to...

Some of the pics I promised of the Wing and Steering wheel. Also added a gurney flap to the spoiler, plus a fire extinguisher I've been meaning to install in the passenger foot well. Rather easy install too, just a aluminum bracket.

I also had to replace the boost controller. Found out after doing data logs with the Accessport that I was only getting 7psi of boost! No wonder the car felt not that much faster. After the new boost controller, back up to normal ~13psi of boost.

Good news too is that the Accessport OTS maps are CARB approved now! So I should be able to pass BAR inspection with the proper documentation for this.

I'm also trying out some new control links, the TSS fab ones. They pushed the rear tires out a bit more and I have -2 degrees of camber up front and out back now. Going to see how it does at an Autocross the end of this month and maybe a track day next month or in May.








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Old 03-29-2021, 06:14 PM   #153
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Finally got to test out the WRX swap in a race setting this weekend! First autocross of the season...



Ride along in a Miata for comparison:



Doubling the horsepower has indeed made a HUGE difference! The car is fast now for sure Its as fast as the fast G-Street cars now, and beating some other cars by a second I wasn't beating last season.

Its still not fast enough considering the class rules. I probably need at least another 100 or 200 horsepower plus wider tires to get a lot faster. I certainly would need a limited slip.

But for now, I'm going to keep working on getting the motor running properly. I also need to try it out on a track day and see how it does with heat and such. I did have to run the car back to back VERY quickly for my runs this weekend because of a small run group, and the car did heat up a bit and run funky.

Overall though, the changes to the rear of the car made a big difference on the handling for sure. It felt more sure footed and confident. The brakes felt better obviously not being rear discs instead of drums. The power delivery may be a bit lacking in low end torque because the boost kicks in a bit late in second gear, not sure what that means for how I should go about picking a different turbo in the future though...
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Old 03-31-2021, 12:18 PM   #154
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Cool stuff! I'll have to watch the videos later when I'm not at work! Very tempted to get my wagon out for a full on track day, but just nervous about the motor, as it's my daily and I already have a dedicated track car....
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Old 04-09-2021, 03:08 AM   #155
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Did a Tracknight today with the new motor. Car was driving great, was the fastest car in the run group instead of the slowest this time out!

Then the motor went boom... More info to come soon including video, but it didn't throw a rod out the block at least and make a mess on the track!
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Old 04-09-2021, 03:31 AM   #156
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Sorry to hear the motor is broken.
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Old 04-09-2021, 09:26 AM   #157
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Cool stuff! I'll have to watch the videos later when I'm not at work! Very tempted to get my wagon out for a full on track day, but just nervous about the motor, as it's my daily and I already have a dedicated track car....
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Did a Tracknight today with the new motor. Car was driving great, was the fastest car in the run group instead of the slowest this time out!

Then the motor went boom... More info to come soon including video, but it didn't throw a rod out the block at least and make a mess on the track!
WELL ****TT.......
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Old 04-09-2021, 04:59 PM   #158
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Some videos are up!

I'll start with the bad video first. You can see me noticing something is up as power started to disappear, then the dreaded knock...


But I did get a couple good laps in and the car was doing great as I mentioned. Its a bit light on the nose though, especially accelerating on the straight it felt like the front end was lifting. Probably need to add something to the front to keep it down after fixing the motor.

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Old 04-09-2021, 06:26 PM   #159
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Started the motor quick to record what its like. Not going to start it again for sure after hearing this! Engine will come out ASAP


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Old 04-09-2021, 08:38 PM   #160
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Ouch!
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Old 04-09-2021, 10:34 PM   #161
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sorry man...that sux.. Keep us posted..GL

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Old 04-09-2021, 11:45 PM   #162
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Sounds like the standard spun rod bearing. Run an aftermarket pan with a good AOS and it'll live a lot longer on the next engine.
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Old 04-10-2021, 11:54 AM   #163
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Sounds like the standard spun rod bearing. Run an aftermarket pan with a good AOS and it'll live a lot longer on the next engine.
Already have a Killer B pan kit on the car, I think I'm going to go with a COBB AOS after discovering they have CARB certification now which is awesome. I'll have to install it after the engine rebuild and BAR certification though just to be sure it passes.

Running both in the Autocross class I'm in AND SCCA Tracknights requires the car stay registered. Once its certified 50 state legal though I'll be good for doing a few extra things too.
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:31 PM   #164
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Got the engine out and disassembled pretty quick. Three days and about 8 hours total, not bad for me.

Sure enough plenty of copper bits in the oil. Spun cylinder 4 rod bearing. Good news is the heads look fine so I can just have those inspected/cleaned to see how they are doing and go with a new block of some kind.

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Now I just have to decide what 2.0 shortblock to go with... I still need to pass BAR inspection so it needs to be stock compression ratio (or at least run on a stock map and pass emissions). One of those EJ207 new short blocks would be nice if they fit the bill, but I suspect I'll probably wind up with just a factory EJ205 short block.

I have put out the word to my local shop to see if they can do a shortblock build, but I suspect it will cost 2x as much as an OEM block due to labor rates here.
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Old 04-14-2021, 10:19 AM   #165
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There goes the budget build...
Bummer!

Finally watched a few of your videos on youtube the other night, car was looking quick!!!

Good luck moving forward with the engine rebuild!
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Old 04-22-2021, 10:57 PM   #166
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Pics available from the track day...






The rear end alignment is clearly visibly better. Its -2.0 camber all around with a smidge of toe in up front and zero toe rear. I do have very very slight tire rub in the rear in EXTREME camber corners but it should be fine.

The engine is getting put back together now too, went with a factory short block. Heads were still good just needed to be cleaned. Spun #4 bearing and even #1 was starting to let go.

Also got a Group N power steering cooler, I'll have pics of that too soon.
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Old 04-23-2021, 01:36 PM   #167
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One more photo... The cameraman caught the exact moment I realized something was wrong with the car

You can see me looking down at the Accessport to see what it was saying because the car lost power suddenly.

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Old 04-23-2021, 06:12 PM   #168
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Do you have any plans for the new engine build?
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Old 04-23-2021, 07:28 PM   #169
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Do you have any plans for the new engine build?
Engine is already back together!








Just went with a factory EJ20 block. Don't really have the budget for anything else and this was both the quickest and easiest route to have a reliable motor that will pass BAR inspection.

Cleaned the heads as they were still in perfect shape from the rebuild. Got a new oil pump and oil cooler. Some new gaskets of course. Should have it back in this weekend.
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Old 04-24-2021, 01:47 AM   #170
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Glad you are well into it back to running, a factory sealed short block should be reliable. What oil do you use ?
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Old 04-24-2021, 03:24 AM   #171
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Glad you are well into it back to running, a factory sealed short block should be reliable. What oil do you use ?
Ill be starting off with Motul break in oil, then running Motul 5w40.
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Old 04-24-2021, 08:23 PM   #172
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Where you running that Motul 5w40 before or moving to that oil now ?
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Old 04-24-2021, 10:35 PM   #173
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Where you running that Motul 5w40 before or moving to that oil now ?
I was going to do an oil change with it after the track day LOL

I only put about 200 miles on the car since I put the motor in the first time. But it was the old short block which was the problem, just fixed up the heads and replaced gaskets. Thought I would make it a couple events longer but it is what it is
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Old 04-26-2021, 11:01 PM   #174
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Engine is up and running nicely. Need to break it in of course and monitor fluids see how its doing.
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Old 04-27-2021, 02:18 PM   #175
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If you don't mind me asking, what did the factory short block cost you?
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