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What color to paint head & valve covers?  

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  1. 1. What color to paint head & valve covers?

    • Both cherry blossom (Subaru Pink)
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    • Both hello kitty pink
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    • Heads no paint, covers cherry blossom
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    • Heads no paint, covers hello kitty pink
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    • Both no paint
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    • Profanity - why would do that?
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Given the amount of time I've been on this forum, I'm somewhat ashamed to admit I've never done any engine work on my car. Whether I was lucky or had lots of bucks to pay someone else is not relevant. Times have changed and I can no longer "outsource" my engine work. So bring it...

 

With that out of the way, my stage 4 wagon started blowing white smoke after a dozen or so hard slalom runs back in May. I limped it home. Then took it to my shop of choice for a second opinion. They agreed that the HGs were on the way out (little black floaties in the upper coolant tank), as well as the radiator being toast. Me, being somewhat paranoid and desiring to avoid more drama, parked it and bought another car.

 

Now, many months later, after, in a moment of weakness, confessing to Mrs Boxkita that I was trying to find a sponsor who would be willing to finance the conversion of said wagon into a racecar; I can choose to sleep in the car or I can sell it. As the days of sleeping in my car still do not bring good memories, I need to fix it and sell it. As noted above, a change in finances means I'm doing this job in my garage with my tools and likely borrowed tools and hopefully some more experience help.

 

Given my tendency to incur drama with this car, feel free to comment/suggest/heckle as you see fit. I'll try to share my adventures with pictures and words. Although I do have a deadline, so at some point, I may get frustrated and part it out.

 

So...

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Parts list:

Crank Seal: 806733030

Intake Cam Seal: 806742160

Exhaust Cam Seal: 806732160

 

Intake Cam Bolt: 13199AA000

Exhaust Cam Bolt: 13199AA010

 

Master Gasket kit: PN 10105AA720

Cam Gear Bolts: http://turninconcepts.com/tic-fu-cam-bolt-kit-single-avcs.html

Crank Pulley list: http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/crank-pulley-list-price-weight-part-s-221509.html FluidDamper - http://www.fluidampr.com/

Crawford AOS v2 GB - http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2683500

PW T-Bolts - http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4123347&postcount=3117

 

FuijBond/HondaBond - http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5318790&postcount=136

Tools list:

8mm-17mm, plus 22mm, 24mm deep, plus extensions & wobbly u-joint.

6mm 6-point 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch socket for the oil covers on the cam sprockets

14mm 12pt for the head bolts

17mm & 19mm open end wrench for the Company23 Cam Tool 1

22mm 6-point 1/2 inch for the crank pulley bolt

36mm wheel bearing socket for setting the cam seals with rubber mallet

5/16inch 12point socket for arp studs nut

 

 

T-25 Torx screwdriver for the fuel injector screws.

TorxPlus TP50 for flywheel nuts?

O2 sensor socket

set of metric hex bits so I can pull the pressure plate

a breaker bar

rubber mallet

 

What to buy threads:

MrTris rebuild list - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/engine-rebuild-shopping-list-226719.html

 

How to threads:

MrTris build thread - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/tris-build-thread-223568.html

Max Capacity build thread - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/got-some-new-stuff-engine-r-r-184106.html

Rebuild Head (JmP) - http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4812508&postcount=121

Rebuld head (YT) -

Replace Crank Pulley - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/install-lightweight-crank-pulley-224447.html

Remove Cam Bolts (TL) - http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4800753&postcount=74

Company23 CamTool usage - http://www.company23.com/download/Subaru%20Camlock%20Manual.pdf

Company23 Cam Sprocket tool usage - http://www.company23.com/download/Subaru%20Cam%20Sprocket%20Tool%20Manual.pdf

Replace Crank Cam Seals - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/replace-crank-cam-seals-222936.html

Replace Timing Belt - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/timing-belt-replacement-2-5t-106809.html

Replace Timing Belt (Video) - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/video-timing-belt-replacement-2-5t-229365.html

Remove Banjo Bolt screens - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/remove-all-banjo-filters-222758.html

HammerDown's version - http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4769949&postcount=2

Replace PW TMIC - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/processwest-intercooler-install-lgt-fitment-170515.html

CovertRussian's rebuild thread - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/covertrussians-05-lgt-build-thread-218363.html

Replace 2.8 LGT ratio with 2.4 STI - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/underdog-motorsports-2015-sti-steering-rack-swap-234351.html

Replace PS o-ring - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/power-steering-o-ring-fix-197481.html

FLuidDamper testing - http://www.motoiq.com/MagazineArticles/ID/2829/PageID/5561/Project-GD-STI--Improving-the-Fuel-System-with-Injector-Dynamics-and-Other-Details.aspx

OEM Gasket set - http://www.scoobymods.com/showthread.php/4th-gen-legacy-gt-engine-14437.html?t=14437

Starter Motor rebuild - http://www.scoobymods.com/showthread.php/diy-walk-through-ej2-x-14407.html?t=14407

Side Feed Injector R&R - http://www.scoobymods.com/showthread.php/4th-gen-legacy-2005-2006-14328.html?t=14328

Fuel Pump Control Module Wiring Upgrade - http://www.scoobymods.com/showthread.php/diy-4th-gen-legacy-gt-14434.html?t=14434

....Original thread - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/upgrading-your-fuel-pump-wiring-4th-gen-213570.html?highlight=FPCM+WIRING

Power Steering Pump Fluid Upgrade - http://www.scoobymods.com/showthread.php/diy-4th-gen-legacy-power-14640.html?t=14640

Fuel & Vacuum Line routing - http://legacygt.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=167975&d=1384657978

Turbo stud solution - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/no-more-stripped-turbo-tmic-threads-75715.html

 

Before Startup:

http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/diy-oil-system-priming-tank-214760.html

 

Shops:

Witch hunter Performance (for injector testing) - http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4803599&postcount=87

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Ordered List:

 

Purchased List:

[ame=http://www.amazon.com/Grimmspeed-Phenolic-Thermal-Spacer-3mm/dp/B0054RGIKU/]3mm Phenolic Spacers[/ame] - delivered

[ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CMF20O/]Mr Gasket 738G: [/ame] - delivered

cam gear bolts! $40 from TurnIn Concepts - borrowed from BMB until mine ship

Mishimoto X-Line radiator - delivered

Mishimoto hose kit (black) - delivered

OEM Subaru master gasket set - delivered

(6) cans of CRC brake cleaner - delivered (still owe MrTris)

(2) Blackstone oil analysis kits - delivered (still owe MrTris)

Infamous VenAir hoses (all 3 options) - delivered

Gates Racing TB Component Kit from Infamous

AEM DryFlow Panel Filter from Infamous

OEM Crank Pulley

(2) p/s pump o-rings

(3) OEM oil filters & gasket (need to return these)

PCV valve

(3) "black" oil filters & gasket - http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=181356739512

Hose kit from FreeRange Racing - delivered

(2) Napa "true black" RTV sealant/gasket maker. Had to buy a new one after destroying the first one with vise grips

07 Topfeed TGV, unmodified

SpecB front LCA, rear trailing arms, and upper rear arm

07 STI v25b heads - http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5177101&postcount=1 - 2007 sti v25b heads (unicorn heads :cool: ) with supertech springs, titanium retainers, inconel std size exhaust valves, std size intake valves, and stock cams. Cams were just polished, journals all line honed and polished a month ago, comes with all new cam cap bolts. The driver side head will need some new valves due to the timing belt tensioner failure. Nasioc post on the heads - http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1471829

GTSpec EL headers w/welded slip joints - http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5177101&postcount=1

Headlights w/5k HID installed - http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5177101&postcount=1

Headlights w/HID installed - by MrTris

Stock Y-pipe with muffler deletes welded on - http://legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php/wa-catback-straight-pipes-stock-249310.html

Company23 TB guide

Company23 Valve Spring Compressor

2 OEM HG - cause you need 2 not 1.

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Parts/Tools on loan:

Company23 cam wrenches - Boxman

Crank Pulley Wrench - Boxman

Crane Leveler - Boxman

Crane & engine stand - MrTris

 

Tools returned:

Cam Bolts from TiC - BMB

Company23 cam wrenches + overnight shipping - BMB

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John, FWIW, I don't think this is anything you can't handle with write ups that are here and else where. Pull the motor (easy enough, just some time), remove heads, have a shop R&R 'em, slap it back together.

"Bullet-proof" your OEM TMIC! <<Buy your kit here>>

 

Not currently in stock :(

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So, I'm driving home thinking about taking the car apart. Pretty soon, I'm thinking of what else I could do, too. By the time I got home, I'd ported/polished the heads, added ELH, racing radiator, Infamous hose kit, Crawford AOS, custom single outlet exhaust, put on the aero bits, and thinking about caging it. Then I remembered why I was doing my own engine work. G'damn lotto.
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So, I'm driving home thinking about taking the car apart. Pretty soon, I'm thinking of what else I could do, too. By the time I got home, I'd ported/polished the heads, added ELH, racing radiator, Infamous hose kit, Crawford AOS, custom single outlet exhaust, put on the aero bits, and thinking about caging it. Then I remembered why I was doing my own engine work. G'damn lotto.

 

You have a problem :lol:

 

Now pull your motor, g'dammit! Don't buy anything, just pull it and disassemble. Then figure out what you NEED to reassemble and buy those bits.

"Bullet-proof" your OEM TMIC! <<Buy your kit here>>

 

Not currently in stock :(

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You have read my thread haven't you...? only take apart what you have to. See my click here link...you should have seen it by now...your not new here.

 

The three of us can give you all the help you need.

305,000miles 5/2012 ej257 short block, 8/2011 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. CHECK your oil, these cars use it.

 

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You have a problem :lol:

 

Now pull your motor, g'dammit! Don't buy anything, just pull it and disassemble. Then figure out what you NEED to reassemble and buy those bits.

 

Kettle meet Pot... :lol:

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In for possible and inevitable future need to do myself. I have the same problem of thinking about all I want to do. I sketched out an priced a $20,000 fully closed deck engine build with all forged internals, larger cams, and all kinds of other stuff that would just end up causing damage to the car itself. Good luck with the HG repair.

2005 Vader Wagon

Material Tests on Ringland Failure Piston

I should have held off and purchased a wagon instead of the spec.B
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