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Went for a quick drive up the block without a P/S pump or alternator belt and everything seems just about normal. I do need to fix something in the steering column, or rack. The column has play like a tilt column, even when locked.

Took off a pair BBS, one needed a flat repair but the space savers looked so good I threw them all 4 on....damn I love it! Temporary but I love the look.



 

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found the issue to the wonky steering I experienced last drive. The column adjustment was off preventing the proper seating needed for stability. I still plan on replacing this bushing collar.





after the 02 P/S pump arrived in poor shape, I sourced an 05 sti pump & bracket, had to hit the dealer for the adjustment bolt/tensioner assembly. Using the SPUSA P/S line kit, I was able to situtate everything, all fitted, bled and working correctly.









as for today, it was an interesting waste of $20. Excited to cruise this thing to get the brake and light inspection done, I washed it up to hit the gas station. $30 on 10 please, just a half tank cruise feeling eerie. As the meter approached $20, I hear Niagara falls in the distance..... as I peek under the car, I just see streams of gas pouring from side B of the tank. Idiots I thought, hopes and dreams fleeting, but I was the bigger idiot for not noticing the second hole in the tank. Well back home we go for the fix, after alerting staff, I drove home watching every bit of that 20 leave a trail of all the way back to my driveway.


please ignore temporary plate swap LOL #thuglifechoseme


hit autozone once more for their "tank repair", I like the jb weld stuff better but is more susceptible to fuel during initial application.


after finding the side markers in the trunk, I decided to tackle that install as well, which lead me to an ABS harness damage and repair.


side markers on and functional.
 

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Picking up where we left off yesterday, more gas. First day on the open road in the books. 62 miles of round trip fun and 1 thumbs up, we are back at home.





Things to sort:
Purchase Denso MAF
Exhaust Gaskets
Compression Test
Tune Up
Find Boost Leak
Rear ride height/Suspension pre-load
Braking (needs pads & rotors)
Alignment/Steering wheel position
Headlight Bulb Retainer
Trade hood or hood scoop :lol:
 

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Ouch, sorry to see the second fuel tank hole. Luckily it was caught before anything happened.
Agreed, glad all it took was spent gas and no injuries.


Small Update:
New engine time?? after finding this fouled plug and "0" compression on cylinder 3 I've decided to put it may be time for a new engine vs servicing it. I've spoken to an importer and they have the twin turbo ej20, would anyone happen to know if the LONGBLOCK is plug and play? or will I need to do the usually cam gear swap?

 

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Just returned from checking out the two engines, one was ID'd as a phase II and the other a phase III. After some more reading, I've learned the "EJ20TT (ej206/208)" Phase III differs so much so, it is the least likely candidate for a simple 02-03 wrx cross over.

By ID'ing the cylinder heads (on the phase II starting with a B, phase III is H), I have come to understand their cam sprocket is possibly the exact match to the USDM V7 WRX sprocket found in OP's link. Thank goodness the timing cover was cracked on that engine I guess lol.

the drawbacks: increased C/R, which is not a HUGE concern but it is, the need for plugging coolant and oil lines from the LEFT side turbo (marginal cost increase), valve covers are different than the USDM wrx so replacement/service parts may differ (future maintenance stress), and lastly the injectors are side feed vs top (the basic cut and solder will cure that, it's only 2 wires).
EJ25 Engine Installation Guide | Element Tuning

BH5A - 8.5:1 Compression - "Phase-II", or V5/6 generation.
BH5B - 8.5:1 Compression - "Phase-II", or V5/6 generation.

Being the "rebuild what you have type," armed with this info. I have a convoluted choice of preference to make. Budget replacement or budget rebuild....ugghhhh
 

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had some phone with the iPhone and tried to make some youtube content. I've officially named her "faye." I'll expand on that overtime. As for the build one more video will go up tomorrow talking about the ISB failure for the 5spd.
 

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PT.II is up w/ leak down results. One more vid and it's back to pics until we stir up some new content. Trying to get my boys at the shop involved.

 
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