Spent the rest of the day Thursday disconnecting things and getting the motor ready to come out, then pulled it this afternoon. The plan is to rebuild my existing motor at Colorado Component Rebuilders, and ditch the big turbo and Utec for something more suitable for a daily driver. I'm currently in the market for an excellent condition STi turbo (VF39, VF48, whatever...don't really care) and intercooler, and the PE1820, Utec, and APS top mount intercooler are for sale.
Here's what the car looked like as of about 14:30 this afternoon:
Spent a few more hours cleaning, and now it looks about a million times better!
I was really hoping that the blue smoke coming from the new car would be something easy. A bad turbo, or even a bad PCV valve. It seemed to be running okay, aside from the occasional flicker of the check engine light, and it wasn't making any unusual noises.
Wednesday night, I had a dream that I did a compression test on it, and the left front cylinder had no compression (that's normal, right?). Thursday was my day off, so I pulled the turbo and found a ton of oil in the intake and intercooler. The turbo inlet hose was soft and eroded from all of the oil. The turbo had no shaft play whatsoever and I couldn't find anything wrong with it. Bad sign. I pulled the plugs on the passenger side and everything looked okay, both cylinders passed the compression test with flying colors. There was hope. Pulled the plugs on the drivers side, and found this...
Left rear cylinder wasn't looking too pretty. Checked the compression, and...
I was offered a deal I couldn't refuse on another 2002 WRB wagon, so I decided to make it mine. It was super cheap, but it was smoking like crazy, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Photo stolen from the previous owner.
ENGINE: 650cc Injectors APS Large Top Mount Intercooler Blitz FATT Turbo Timer BPM Crossover Pipe BPM GT Turbo‐back Exhaust BPM Up‐pipe UTEC ECU with ProTune NGK Colder Spark Plugs PE 1820 Turbo STi Shortblock (installed November 2006) Tein Hood Dampers Vishnu Intercooler Hoses Vishnu Lightened UD Pulley Walbro 255 Fuel Pump (new when shortblock was installed)
TRANSMISSION: Kartboy Short Shifter w/comfort bushings RA Gearset STi Lightened Flywheel STi Tranny Mounts
SUSPENSION: Anti‐Lift Kit w/Comfort Bushings AMS Front Strut Bar Custom Skid Plate Group N Mounts GT Spec 3‐piece Subframe Megan Racing Coilovers Perrin Rear Solid Endlinks Progress Rear Adjustable Swaybar w/mounts STi Replica Rear Strut Bar Whiteline Adjustable Lateral Links Whiteline Front Endlinks Whiteline Front Sway Bar Whiteline Steering Rack Bushing Stop Tech Front Big Brake Kit
INTERIOR: 2005 USDM STi Gauge Cluster Megan Racing Pillar 3‐Gauge Momo Shift Knob (blue/black leather) Red Interior Lighting Color Change STi V8 Front Seats 20% Tint
EXTERIOR: Clear Side Markers Hella Supertones JDM Pink "i" Grill Badge Modded Headlights Painted Fog Light Cover Screens Roof Rail Deletes STi Hood Scoop STi V8 Painted Sideskirts WHEELS / TIRES: Rota Tarmac II (royal black) with Hankook Icebears 225/45/R17 – Not currently on the vehicle, but included Rota Tarmac II (bronze) with Kumho Ecsta All‐weather 225/45/R17
I've put about 300 miles on the wagon now since the tune. Aside from a strange high idle issue, it's running really well and seems really happy. Changed the oil yesterday, but forgot to save some to send to Blackstone. So far, it looks like I'm averaging 200 miles per tank and 14 miles per gallon.
On an unrelated note, my Bimmerforums Secret Santa sent me an excellent gift. If you're still stalking me, thanks again, Secret Santa. :) Need to fab a bracket and stop at Radio Shack, then I will install.