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Old 07-15-2016, 11:51 AM   #1
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Back in November, I purchased an 02 WRX for $900 and an AR15 receiver set. The car was in excellent condition inside and out, but, the cog idler had seized and threw the timing.... YAY bent valves and no compression!!!





So, present day, I called around for prices to rebuild the heads. The only local shop gave me a quote of $800 per head (!!!) if I supplied the parts. Wasn't happening on my budget. So, I did what a lot of you would do, researched. I found the JDM swaps to be the most cost effective.



All the while, I had picked up some other items along the way. The car is to be a daily, but, my long commute demands something fun and reliable (relatively).





I have some other parts not pictured, some I purchased, some that the PO had installed. They include an AEM short ram, Skunk2 cat back, Cobb downpipe, heatshield, and 3 port EBCS, Grimmspeed up and cross pipes, Group N complete drive train mount/bushing package, and a Competition Clutch light flywheel and stage 2 clutch, I'm mid swap now.





Future mods include sway bars and endlinks, different intercooler (STI or Grimmspeed), 19T mod (and associated fuel upgrades), 4/2 pot brakes, and some more suspension/drive train mods. It will be a daily but will also see the occasional autocross.

Feel free to offer suggestions, advice, tell me to go **** myself, whatever.
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Old 07-15-2016, 12:08 PM   #2
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Go **** yourself I wish I had found a black bugeye when I was searching.
Seems like its going to be a sick car though. You staying with the stock turbo ?
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Old 07-15-2016, 12:31 PM   #3
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Go **** yourself I wish I had found a black bugeye when I was searching.
Seems like its going to be a sick car though. You staying with the stock turbo ?
Yeah, the 19T mod down the road is still a "stock" turbo, just a different compressor wheel (if I remember right... I work thirds, I'm tired and drinking.), this should keep the power band in the low to mid range which is where I want it.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:41 PM   #4
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I's suggest ditching the AEM short ram and going back to the stock intake. It's great the first pull or two if ambient air temps are cool but then it just starts sucking in hot air from the engine bay and killing your power. I monitored my intake temps when I was getting tuned for my 20gxt and after driving on the freeway or on a hot day intake temps would shoot all the way up to 160 C.

Yes it sounds awesome but it's not worth it at the expense of the power loss when things heat up. It didn't really cause as much problems when I was running a TD04 but once I went bigger it had to go. After tuning for the stock intake spool wasn't affected and I ended up gaining power.

Nice find!
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:02 PM   #5
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I's suggest ditching the AEM short ram and going back to the stock intake. It's great the first pull or two if ambient air temps are cool but then it just starts sucking in hot air from the engine bay and killing your power. I monitored my intake temps when I was getting tuned for my 20gxt and after driving on the freeway or on a hot day intake temps would shoot all the way up to 160 C.

Yes it sounds awesome but it's not worth it at the expense of the power loss when things heat up. It didn't really cause as much problems when I was running a TD04 but once I went bigger it had to go. After tuning for the stock intake spool wasn't affected and I ended up gaining power.

Nice find!
The intake was a PO item, I'm not a fan.
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:20 PM   #6
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Go **** yourself I wish I had found a black bugeye when I was searching.
Seems like its going to be a sick car though. You staying with the stock turbo ?
cars not black its mid night pearl.. its more dark blue with some sparkles
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:07 PM   #7
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cars not black its mid night pearl.. its more dark blue with some sparkles
This.
I'm debating a respray at some point in the near future. I just don't know what color.

Also wanted to get a different exhaust. I'm not into the big cans like I used to be, something more subtle would suffice, i.e., a Cobb.
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Old 07-16-2016, 10:34 AM   #8
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Making some progress!
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Old 07-17-2016, 08:48 PM   #9
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It's in and it runs. But alas, I'm a dumb **** and fail to push the fork back to engage the throw out into the clutch. Removing the intercooler tomorrow and doing that. My engine came from JSPEC auto and the guy was great to work with, didn't change any pulleys out, just intake and exhaust manifolds.
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Old 07-17-2016, 09:00 PM   #10
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more info on this evil black rifle
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Old 07-17-2016, 09:16 PM   #11
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love black GD's, keep the good work sir!
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Old 07-17-2016, 09:55 PM   #12
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more info on this evil black rifle
It wasn't evil. It was cerakoted in FDE, everyone knows evil rifles are black...
ETA: it was a bare receiver set from Aero Precision. I had a sweet build planned but I couldn't pass on this WRX.
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Thank you sir. It's not black per se, it's a dark blue/purple. It looks darker than it is because it needs a ****ing bath desperately.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:07 PM   #13
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Alright all, I've ran into an issue and would like some input. Took the car our for its maiden voyage today...

The clutch slip is ****ing awful. Where could I have screwed up, what could I have missed?

Engine swapped, new clutch and flywheel installed. It just feels like the thing never fully engages.
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Old 07-20-2016, 02:31 PM   #14
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What is this "new clutch"? Brand and line. I see the new flywheel in pics, but no clutch/flywheel info. I pray you didn't get an eBay special and you read the post titled Clutch & Flywheel FAQ before buying....
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Old 07-20-2016, 03:18 PM   #15
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What is this "new clutch"? Brand and line. I see the new flywheel in pics, but no clutch/flywheel info. I pray you didn't get an eBay special and you read the post titled Clutch & Flywheel FAQ before buying....
Hey unabomber, it's a Competition Clutch stage 2 mated to a Competition flywheel. I did read the FAQ, like 5 times. I have noticed the Competition Clutch brand isn't recommended, but, I've seen members use them with success.
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Old 07-28-2016, 03:21 AM   #16
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Maybe poor prep before install on clutch? Dirty surface on the flywheel?
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Old 07-31-2016, 02:50 AM   #17
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Don't overlook an issue like a rear cv axle popped out of the diff making it feel like a slipping clutch as the AWD tries to compensate. Does the speedometer jump up while the slipping is happening?
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:39 AM   #18
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Don't overlook an issue like a rear cv axle popped out of the diff making it feel like a slipping clutch as the AWD tries to compensate. Does the speedometer jump up while the slipping is happening?
The speedo only climbed after I ditched the Competition Clutch and went with an exedy oem and resurfaced flywheel. The competition clutch never worked right for me.

I had over looked the axles until this morning. I went prodding around to find the front passenger shaft was destroyed. I've never driven the car since I bought it, so I had no idea. Replacing that this weekend, hopefully that solves it. Good idea, this is why I came to NASIOC.

On another note, while I had the motor out again this past weekend, I took the liberty of installing all the goodies from Turn In Concepts; shifter bushings, short shifter, and the linkage update. Mother of God did that change the feel. Every thing is so much more precise. Highly recommended to all. Install wasn't terrible, but it certainly isn't easy, especially since I lacked any knowledge of how the assembly functioned. A quick tip for future installs, knock the roll pin out of the linkage first, there is little room to undo the bolt and nut on the shifter side of the linkage under the car. Live and learn.
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:53 PM   #19
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New note for today, I had to get some new clips for my grille, I lost the other ones when I disassembled the front fascia a while back. FastWRX had them in stock, but I couldn't justify the shipping on a $6 item, so... I grabbed some TiC rear diff mount bushings to combine with the Perrin rear subframe lockdown kit. I need to get this whore ready for an autocross event in September that my work is putting on.
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:12 PM   #20
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Uh, it's Midnight BLACK Pearl.

It's black with blue metal flake in it.
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Old 08-06-2016, 11:37 PM   #21
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Well guys, it happened. I went to change the front cv axle and thought it was a 1/4" punch, got the pin out no problem; the punch however, won't budge. As I saw someone on this forum write, "if you use a 1/4" punch, you'll regret it."
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:52 PM   #22
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900!!! what a steal, looking forward seeing the progress. hows the interior?
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:31 PM   #23
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900!!! what a steal, looking forward seeing the progress. hows the interior?
The interior is great with a few exceptions.

1. The PO installed a cluster gauge pod, but, he only put a boost gauge in, so there's an empty spot.
2. The PO had a turbo timer installed, for which he cut part of the left hand cup holder out of the dash.

I wanted to keep the exterior and interior factory-ish. So I want to remove the frog eye gauge pod and replace the panel with an OEM one, and install the SPT set of gauges where the clock is. I also want to replace the panel he cut on the dash.
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Old 08-09-2016, 03:04 AM   #24
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Well guys, it happened. I went to change the front cv axle and thought it was a 1/4" punch, got the pin out no problem; the punch however, won't budge. As I saw someone on this forum write, "if you use a 1/4" punch, you'll regret it."


Do not use a 1/4" punch lol Had to use a torch and it came out in two pieces. Now I might actually get some miles on this thing.
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