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Posted 18 December 2003 - 08:29 AM
Posted 18 December 2003 - 08:31 AM
i feel your pain, mine blew too at the worst time of the year:mad:
Posted 18 December 2003 - 09:25 AM
Posted 18 December 2003 - 09:34 AM
i've never replaced a head on one of these yet..
there were also 3 generations of heads.. the 1st gen heads cracked for sure when a head gasket was blown or it was over heated.. 2nd gen heads were a little better, and 3rd gen heads still cracked but it was never as bad..
in my RX i'm not going to mess with the head gasket as it has a gen1 head on it, and i'm sure thats the side that blew.. so i'd have to replace a head and a gasket, timing belts as well.. on top of that all my vacuum lines are hard as rocks and need replaced..
i'm just waitin until taxes come back and i'm stickin a complete new engine in there, to be done with it.. the new one will have gen 3 heads as well..
in my opinion, since your pulling the engine to do it, i would go ahead and change both gaskets.. as well as change the timing belts, water pump, oil pump, and reseal the engine.. cam seals, crank seals, etc.. theres nothing worse than doin all that work and 2 weeks down the road you get a rear mainseal leakin or somethin and have to pull it out again.. with that many miles it wouldn't hurt anyways..
my turbo wagon has 290k original on it, started using water, then failed inspection.. so its now a parts car, but if ya do al teh above, you should get many many more miles out of it..
Posted 18 December 2003 - 09:38 AM
Posted 18 December 2003 - 09:50 AM
Posted 18 December 2003 - 11:25 AM
I would advise you to do both HG's while you've got the motor out, and lay a straight edge on the heads to be ABSOLUTELY certain they didn't warp. Use your best judgement on the other items you'll encounter getting to the heads. I would probably do the "timing belt" maintenance items if it's been 20k or more since you've done them.
You'll probably be ok without doing anything more to the engine for a while. Don't forget to address the cooling system (or whatever caused the blown HG) or else you may be replacing those gaskets a 2nd time. I would probably replace all the hoses, t-stat, backflush etc. Getting the rad checked out at a shop would be a good investment too.
good luck, John
Posted 18 December 2003 - 11:41 AM
just a suggestion..
Posted 18 December 2003 - 01:11 PM
Posted 22 December 2003 - 08:10 AM
Posted 22 December 2003 - 08:23 AM
thats the one where the guy couldn't tell me what gen heads were on it..
let me know how that engine works out for ya, i may go that route myself..
Posted 22 December 2003 - 08:32 AM
1 question though, doesnt the jdm version have less hp than the usa version. i thought the jdm had 129hp and the us had 139hp? i dont know, it is an engine and it should work most importantly before the snow starts to fall.
Posted 22 December 2003 - 08:43 AM
the jdm model might acctually be rated at more.. not sure tho..
Posted 22 December 2003 - 08:50 AM
Originally posted by 86subaru
napa has a complete gasket set, around 200 bucks ,
yes i originally bought the set from advanced for 148. its a good complete set with all felpro gaskets, but my heads were cracked, so i got the new engine. ill just change the valvecover gaskets and maybe the rear main.
Posted 22 December 2003 - 06:56 PM
Just some info from a friend of mine who is considered the subaru guru at the dealership here.
Posted 23 December 2003 - 06:48 AM
Posted 23 December 2003 - 07:31 AM
i got a turbo engine in my wagon thats got 290k original.. it still runs fine, but was usin a little water last time i drove it on a trip.. i'd like to see how well its done on the inside tho.. i'll post about it when we get it apart, hehe.. might be awhile tho..
Posted 23 December 2003 - 11:00 PM
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