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Old 08-04-16, 03:29 PM   #1
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So my 2008 finally had a serious enough problem that I decided to take the plunge and get the motor "upgraded". I took it today to ET Tuning in Union, MO and met with Jon. Nice shop in the middle of nowhere. Saw many Porsches, a Lotus, a few Subarus, couple of race cars.

Funny thing about my car: I've had trouble getting people to believe me that it has a blown head gasket. The local dealership looked at it and said "Oh, no, it's fine." I said, "Why does the coolant go from an inch from the bottom of the expansion tank when cold to overflowing the top when hot?" and they said, "Oh, well, it's hot outside. It's gonna expand like that."

I took it to Jon and I told him what it's doing and he said, "Oh, well, it's hot outside. It's gonna expand like that." Then I popped the lid off the tank and he said, "Whoa! I think you got a blown head gasket!

Anyway, I'd like some suggestions or criticisms about what I'm planning. Currently I'm thinking I want:

Walbro 255 lph fuel pump
upgrade fuel rails (brand?)
Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors
Tune for 91 Octane and E85
MadDad whisper exhaust
MadDad V2 Downpipe
KartBoy exhaust hangers
MAYBE upgrade the turbo depending on what shape the old one is in
Manley Pistons
Subaru Group N engine mounts, transmission mount, and pitch stop
CryO2 intercooler water mist
upgrade the head gasket
K&N Drop-in Filter

I'm not sure what else I need. It already has:
Cobb AP
Mishimoto Radiator
Process West Intercooler (thicker than stock)
Samco upper and lower radiator hoses
Bilstein shocks
RCE springs (yellow, I think, it's been a while since I installed those)
SuperPro swaybars and endlinks
WRB Trunk Monkey


Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated, especially if you have tried a mod and can tell your experience with it. I may not read them very quickly sometimes as I work 7 days a week and I have 8 kids to occupy my time. Thanks in advance everyone!

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The report notes the driver was "alert and conscious" after the wreck. Too bad he wasn't before the impact.

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Old 08-04-16, 08:13 PM   #2
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OEM headgasket is the best performing I would focus on the tune to make sure you aren't detonating since knock leads to cylinder pressure spikes which lift heads. Get KillerB oil pickup, delete the air pumps while you are in there, might as well also get TGV deletes. IAG makes a great pair of fuel rails and get the Aeromotive FPR, grimmspeed EBCS. Throw in some EL headers too for extra safety against detonation and cylinders running too hot. If you are just sticking with the stock turbo then just get another OEM shortblock, if you are upgrading turbo then get a Stage 1 shortblock with just forged Manley pistons.
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Old 08-05-16, 08:07 AM   #3
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SPEAK ENGLISH!! Sorry....
Too many abbreviations.

KillerB Oil pickup was on my list, I forgot to put it on there.
I want to keep the UEL headers for now.
I'm not trying to go too huge on power yet because I want it to SEEM stock and not draw attention to it. Reliability is a big concern for me right now.
I may upgrade the turbo if the old one doesn't look too good when it's apart.

Any suggestions on vendors for these parts? Rally Sport Direct is where I usually get stuff. I'm looking for the best prices without buying one thing at a time.

Is the Aeromotive Fuel Pressure Regulator ORB-6 (part number 13109) or ORB-10?
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Old 08-07-16, 07:41 AM   #4
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So, nobody else has any opinions on this?
I'd especially like some feedback on the head gasket brand.
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OEM is an MLS gasket - use it.
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Here's what I've got ordered so far:

Maddad Whisper Catback
Maddad V2 Downpipe
AEM DryFlow Panel Air Filter
Injector Dynamics Fuel Injectors Top Feed 1000cc
Aeromotive Top Feed Fuel Rail System
Walbro Fuel Pump 255Lph
GrimmSpeed Master Cylinder Brace
GrimmSpeed Boost Solenoid
Killer B Motorsport Ultimate Oil Pickup
Nameless Performance Air Pump Delete Plates Blue
Gates Timing Belt Kit w/ Water Pump

Forged Pistons were mentioned but should I get forged rods also? I wanted the Turbo Tuff rods but the price is . I'm thinking ahead to when I want more power, but at the same time then I would need to upgrade the block anyway.
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Rods are optional if you are staying under 400whp. The Manley H-tuff are the best bang for the buck rods out there and can hold 600-650whp no problem. TurboTuff not worth it unless you are shooting for >700whp and have upgraded heads/cams with big turbo.
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Rods are optional if you are staying under 400whp. The Manley H-tuff are the best bang for the buck rods out there and can hold 600-650whp no problem. TurboTuff not worth it unless you are shooting for >700whp and have upgraded heads/cams with big turbo.
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If I were you, I'd get rods just because you're in there already. No sense in not doing it, then deciding you're over your power and want more. But have to crack the block back open to install rods. Do it once, do it right.

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Killer b oil pan baffle as well.
just helps sloshing and whipping oil on the crank only another 75 bucks. I would have got the killer b oil pan but my concern was it takes a lot of time to get to an acceptable running temp. i.e. I cant tell my wife to sit in the car for 5 minutes while the oil heats up.

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Killer b oil pan baffle as well.
just helps sloshing and whipping oil on the crank only another 75 bucks. I would have got the killer b oil pan but my concern was it takes a lot of time to get to an acceptable running temp. i.e. I cant tell my wife to sit in the car for 5 minutes while the oil heats up.
Got it. And some Kartboy hangers for the exhaust.
How important do you think it is to get gauges? (A/F, oil pressure, etc.)
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