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Teh E36 M3
Teh E36 M3 Dork
1/25/13 12:33 p.m.
ValuePack wrote: In reply to EvanB: On SOHC EJ25 cars, interval is 105k. DOHC anything, EJ20 included, is 60k.

Just checked the manual for my '02 wagon and it says 105k. That's when I did mine, and it has been fine. Also, I don't think the EJ20's are interference so at worst case you won't kill anything. I got a belt kit from FCP import with water pump and all pulleys for a fair price. They often have sales too, so worth a shot.

ScottyB
ScottyB New Reader
1/25/13 1:16 p.m.

keep in mind you can also build your own Tactrix cable for $25 or so using an ebay VAGCOM cable. I'm not a genius, but i do have a soldering iron and some free time to read up on how to do it and experiment a bit, and that was all it took. i wasn't about spend that kind of money on my '05 RS when all i wanted to do was change a few values here and there, not do a comprehensive tune.

that said, i love being able to use Romraider to check out every aspect of the tune and change things as i need to. there's plenty of reading you can do on how to understand it all. i'm still a hack, but i've made some worthwhile improvements to how my scoob runs already.

i can send you a link to a separate project thread of mine if you're interested.

ValuePack
ValuePack SuperDork
1/25/13 6:36 p.m.
Teh E36 M3 wrote:
ValuePack wrote: In reply to EvanB: On SOHC EJ25 cars, interval is 105k. DOHC anything, EJ20 included, is 60k.

Just checked the manual for my '02 wagon and it says 105k. That's when I did mine, and it has been fine. Also, I don't think the EJ20's are interference so at worst case you won't kill anything. I got a belt kit from FCP import with water pump and all pulleys for a fair price. They often have sales too, so worth a shot.

Aplogies, my data is old. Foreign market EJ20s thru MY00 is 60k, US market EJ20 MY02+ is 105k. Odd to see that Subaru JP and UK is now recommending 45k for early cars.

golfsierra
golfsierra New Reader
1/26/13 4:08 p.m.

Alright, so the belts should be getting replaced soon then I will be moving on to actual modifications rather than up-keep. @SilverFleet how did the STi scoop fit on your WRX? I've read that there are problems with fitment to GDs

SilverFleet
SilverFleet Dork
1/26/13 7:56 p.m.
golfsierra wrote: Alright, so the belts should be getting replaced soon then I will be moving on to actual modifications rather than up-keep. @SilverFleet how did the STi scoop fit on your WRX? I've read that there are problems with fitment to GDs

The STI scoop is simple. You buy a 02-03 STI scoop, unbolt the old one, and bolt the new one on.

I think you are thinking of the 04-05 STI scoop. Those don't fit 02-03 cars. They make aftermarket ones that are in the 04-05 style, but they look goofy on the 02-03 cars. The one on this car is a JDM STI scoop:

golfsierra
golfsierra New Reader
2/1/13 12:43 p.m.

Nothing really substantial, but bought a Whiteline ALK from the NASIOC boards, couldn't resist the price! Also, been considering just keeping the stock appearance so it's a less assuming vehicle, I will be doing a splitter mod for the scoop soon.

AtticusTurbo27
AtticusTurbo27 Reader
2/1/13 2:00 p.m.
golfsierra wrote: Alright, so the belts should be getting replaced soon then I will be moving on to actual modifications rather than up-keep. @SilverFleet how did the STi scoop fit on your WRX? I've read that there are problems with fitment to GDs

Lot of wrong info in this thread. Timing belt interval is 105k. Buy the full gates or OEM kit with the water pump and all the bearings and tensioner. Also I recommend OEM accessory belts. Cheap part store ones stretch too much.

Any questions just ask, I track an 03 sedan.

golfsierra
golfsierra New Reader
2/1/13 3:51 p.m.

I was going to go for gate belts all around. What size rims/tires do you run?

golfsierra
golfsierra New Reader
3/22/13 2:47 p.m.

Long time since my last update, bought a set of four 205 Dunlop Star Specs. Getting new brake fluids and lines later this week, and 22mm sway bars. A local STi owner has an old VF39 he's selling, probably getting that too as this will most likely be just a DD fun car rather than trying to be competitive in AX. As a note (definitely not installing the VF39 till I have supporting engine mods, let alone chassis)

AtticusTurbo27
AtticusTurbo27 Reader
3/22/13 4:41 p.m.

You'll like the star specs! I run 17x9 +45mm wheels with 245/40/17's. did require rolling the fenders to clear without any rubbing. The swaybars will be a nice upgrade. My favorite upgrade so far has been steering rack bushings. I forget how numb the steering was until I get in a friends wrx. You can also do the sti solid steering knuckle to further improve steering feel. That's next on my list.

golfsierra
golfsierra New Reader
3/22/13 6:09 p.m.

Ah yes, I've been looking at Rack Bushings actually. Install seems like a pain, but worth it.

AtticusTurbo27
AtticusTurbo27 Reader
3/22/13 7:55 p.m.

I have the super pro ones. I actually managed to just undo the mounts and lower the rack slightly then push the bushing around it and into position without removing it. I remember disconnecting the steering knuckle but don't remember if it was necessary. Would be a good time to upgrade that as well anyway.

Ojala
Ojala Reader
3/22/13 10:30 p.m.

You just need to loosen the column from the rack. Be sure to mark the shaft so it goes back the same way. I didn't have a problem with mine, but a friend, who brought his car from one of Texas's northern suburbs (Kansas), drove me to drinking when we replaced his driver side rack bushing. Passenger sides no biggie though.

Check the VF39 carefully and you might want to keep in mind that any rebuilding of the IHI turbo is going to quickly put you over the cost of a decent MHI turbo. They are good turbos but used ones are super cheap for a reason.

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