So, this weekend was very productive
Got my SVX running again, just in case...
Also got my 'Preza on some new rims!
So I elected to swap the 22T heads on yesterday, got started about 9am. I tore everything off the top of the block while I drained the 'coolant'.
Then I tinkered with my turbo oil feed and oil pressure switch.
I purchased a 3/8 BSPT to 4AN adapter on eBay and put that where the pressure switch was. Then, using the bushing from another engine, I put the pressure switch in a galley port on the rear of the block.
No turning back now.
I got the other head off as well. Then I cleaned the mating surfaces, and mounted the drivers side 22T head.
At some point I quickly cleaned up and ran out to O'Reillys to pick up my spark plugs that came in. I'll be using NGK Iridium BKR8EIX, same as Joejoe69 did in his 1.8T.
Then I was able to halfway bolt up the WRX exhaust manifold to see where the up pipe would line up so I could...
BAM! Little bit o time with an angle grinder fixes most anything.
Once I was satisfied that I had brutalized my crossmember enough, I slapped the other head on and then re-applied the timing gear.
From here on its all about the boost!
So after that I got the intake manifold back on and the sun started to get low so I cleaned up and went in.
All in all, I'm very happy with my Sunday. I've never done head gaskets before so I'm hoping I didn't mess that up too bad. I was able to get the old heads off and install the new ones without moving the block whatsoever. Didn't even have to jack up the sides, although it was tricky.
I'm debating on installing my RRFPR now or waiting to see what my AFRs are.
Still to do:
Install down pipe
Run turbo coolant lines
Cobble turbo inlet together
Drill and tap passenger head for exhaust stud
Install timing belt end covers
Reconnect fuel lines
Reconnect vacuum lines
Drill and tap ex. manifold for EGT probe
Relocate EGR canister
Heat wrap wiring harness