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Old 09-14-15, 12:53 PM   #171
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The car is now at Infamous Performance in Escondido, CA. It's getting a rebuild done. It may not have been a ringland issue after all. It appears that the timing belt skipped a few teeth and a valve has come into contact with a piston. The bottom end is getting rebuilt with forged pistons.
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Old 09-19-15, 06:58 PM   #172
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1st week without my car. It's tough, especially when it's your daily driver and only car. It's the 1st time I've ever had a catastrophic failure on any car. I had cars down for maintenance or mods, but also at the same time I had another car that was equally as dependable. My old 4AG powered cars may not have been as powerful as my EJ, but you can rev the piss out of them for days. Hopefully with the new pistons and stronger timing belt, I can rev it just as hard.
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Old 09-23-15, 01:06 PM   #173
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After the teardown, #2 & #4 broken ringland. The block halve that houses #4 is too scored to bore out.
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Old 09-24-15, 04:59 AM   #174
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The cracked ringland symptoms for my car were oil consumption, slight loss of power, and smoke on boost. I had no smoke coming out of the oil cap. It had been progressively consuming oil for quite some time. It was a matter of time before she went. I'm surprised it lasted 80k miles.
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Old 09-25-15, 03:14 PM   #175
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Going forged CP bottom end with 9.0:1 pistons. I'll be using a new oem short block. The supporting parts will include the killer b motorsport oil pick up and windage tray, Fluidampr, and JE head gaskets.
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This stuff is getting expensive, but I think it will be worth it. It'll be like a new car again, but quicker. Just took the plunge for a Southbend Stage 2 daily driver clutch and Fluidampr.
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Old 10-09-15, 12:59 PM   #177
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I'm getting my car back tomorrow! Here's part of the damage. This is #4. #2 had cracked ringlands.
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damn that's insane
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Piston for sale, Like new condition. Dang.
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Piston for sale, Like new condition. Dang.
Crazy, isn't it? Most piston damage from cracked ringlands I've seen on the forums are small or pieces come off. Mine cracked and melted.
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