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I don't run the coolant expansion tank either but I still am using that port for one of the turbo coolant lines. I know I'm using both of the ports on the right side of the water pump. Here's a couple pictures.





 

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Website won’t let me quote you...

but I don’t need the extra ports for anything. Ideally, if I was running an aftermarket oil cooler, a single port water pump would be perfect, but that doesn’t exist (I don’t think). My turbo is oil cooled only, so I just need one port on the right for the heater core, and the one on the left for the oem cooler.

The unused ports are easy enough to cap off though. It’s the suction side of the pump. If I ever delete the factory cooler I’ll just cap that one like I did for the coolant tank.
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Got some parts gathered up to get me going. Still deciding on some things, like the oil cooler thing, and some other stuff, but I should be able to get some progress on the engine this weekend. I want to get it in the car before it gets too cold out, but I’m not gonna rush it.

Had to get a new sti pan. The one on my spare motor was so suck from the RTV I had to mangle it to get it off.



Changing up the exhaust slightly. I really want an EL header but don’t wanna pay for one, and didn’t want to stay with a 100% stock header, so this was a decent compromise.

Grimmspeed crosspipe, and I’m gonna DIY port the cast collectors. Should flow a little more. Time to burn out my Dremel. I’m sure it’ll love grinding cast iron lol.





 

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Built motor is going back to the machine shop. Multiple concerning things. So annoyed.

I’m about done with this shit. Lost all motivation over the last year. Not fun anymore. I try my best to avoid this stuff, but something out of my control always messes things up.
 

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Shit, that sucks. Mind sharing what they fucked up?
Not 100% sure if there’s actual problems yet. Something doesn’t seem right to me, and hopefully it’s nothing, but they want it back to take a look.

My main concern is where the oil pump bolts to the block. The case halves don’t meet perfectly for some reason. I took the oil pump back off to check something, and noticed damage to the mating surface of the pump. It was a brand new oil pump, so the block definitely damaged the pump’s surface. The damage is right where the seam of the block is. I can easily catch a finger nail on the seam. Should be dead flat.

I only noticed that because I took the pump back off to check another possible issue. So I’m lucky I found it, but still annoying. Obviously worried about the pump leaking and stuff. Photos below:







 

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Yeah, that doesn't seem right. It's like the put a chisel in between the case halves at the seam
 

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I feel bad not doing updates on here lately....even though I haven’t been doing shit. :lol:

Currently posting this on my way to the Rolex24. Long drive from PA. Definitely gonna start working on the cars again when I get back....but I’m pretty hyped for this race. Got an infield campsite, and plenty of DSLR batteries to shoot photos all weekend. First time going to the Rolex24 so should be a good time.





Minor car updates:

Coupe is still running good at 20psi. Just been having fun driving it on the weekends. There’s some more weight reduction I wanna do soon, and some general maintenance stuff.

The built motor is wrapped up and ready to go back to the machine shop.....still really annoyed about the whole situation. Haven’t had time to drop it off yet, because it’s hard to fit an engine in my vehicles, and the shop is 1.5 hours from my house. Hopefully it gets fixed and I can get it in the car by spring. Just want like 400-450whp.






My swapped sedan is almost ready for inspection finally. It’s been sitting with emissions problems for over a year now.....but I swapped to an 02 ecu so I can finally get it through inspection. Also started working on converting it to open source instead of Cobb.

Should finally be ready to daily soon, after swapping it almost 2 years ago. :lol:





And the brz is still the main daily....and I still love it. Slow, but so damn fun/enjoyable to drive. Handles so well. Still 100% stock too. No planned mods because I’m cheap/lazy.

Made me realize how nice a proper RWD chassis is. I’ll probably be getting another RWD car for a new project in the next 1-2 years. RWD is too fun.

 

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So the shop finally owned up to there being an issue?

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So the shop finally owned up to there being an issue?

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Replied to your text. But they think, based off the photos, that it happened after assembly between their shop and my house. But there’s no way that damage could’ve happened once the case halves were together. I think it happened before they assembled it.
 

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Dropped the motor back off after I got home from Daytona.......one month ago. Haven’t heard anything yet. When I dropped it off they said it would be ready to pick back up the next week, but here we are 4 weeks later with no update, not even a response to my email. People suck.

And technically, it’s been over 8 months since they started building it/I paid, and 4 months since I picked it up the first time.....but who’s counting?
 

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I just have no patience for poor customer service at this point. They can post stuff on their Instagram, but can’t reply to emails/phone calls? I won’t say the shop’s name, but you’ve all heard of them. Pretty disappointing honestly.
 

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That's disappointing. Hope it all gets sorted in your favor, and they do right.
 

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And the brz is still the main daily....and I still love it. Slow, but so damn fun/enjoyable to drive. Handles so well. Still 100% stock too. No planned mods because I’m cheap/lazy.
Freaking love my BRZ. Sorry to hear about your engine, how you get it worked out.
 

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That's disappointing. Hope it all gets sorted in your favor, and they do right.
Yea, hopefully. If it all goes to shit, I have a backup plan which involves a different car for a new project.

Freaking love my BRZ. Sorry to hear about your engine, how you get it worked out.
I never thought I’d like it as much as I do, but damnit I love it. :lol: Still amazes me how a slow car can be so fun. My friend almost sold his crosstrek after driving my BRZ on the way back from Atlanta cause he liked it so much.

One gripe, is that it’s harder to heel-toe in than my Imprezas. The pedals are too close or something. I can still do it, just a little more difficult for my clown feet.
 

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Love the thread, it's like a good book haha ups and downs. Suspense and excitement, great job! Excited to see the next update!
 

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Love the thread, it's like a good book haha ups and downs. Suspense and excitement, great job! Excited to see the next update!
Yea this thread is all over the place haha. New cars, damaged cars, wild animals, rust, diy, laziness, etc. little bit of everything.
 

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Long overdue update. Hope everyone is doing well and keeping busy.


Finally got the built motor back, again....it’s finally in and running.....but before I get to that stuff, a weight reduction update (to keep up with the title of the thread).

I FINALLY got the car into the 2500’s! Been a long time working on that. Still a lot more I can do, but pretty happy for now. I feel like I can easily get down to the low 2500’s/high 2400’s with some more work/money.





Here’s the last thing I did to drop into the 2500’s. I know I did other small stuff, but I can’t remember....plus I also added back stuff like the speakers and headunit for road trips.

Chopped up the rear bumper beam. Also removed the bars under the rear seats....because I have no rear seats. Will eventually make a light tubular rear bumper beam, but this is fine for now. Bumper beams are useless in accidents anyway.







Also got the BRZ deer damage fixed. Looking good again. Seriously love this car. It just drives so well. Got about 29,000 on it already.

 
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