Re: Baron's '05 STi journal - **motor is pulled...now to mod...**
Pictures of the valves?
Pictures of the valves?
I'd like to see pictures of the valves too. I won't know more than Jason but I'm curious to see the "excessive" wear.Local guy is coming by tonight to get my old pan from me. I like that the 06+ doesn't have the stupid drain plug baffle; the magnetic tip on my plug won't run into anything
The heads will be at Daly's for a bit longer as I dropped by last week since they asked me to come by. When they were pulling the valving apart, they noticed that some valves had more wear than expected for having low mileage and wanted to me come look before they kept going with what was agreed for work - old-world nice guys, really. They were surprised with the wear they found and asked if the car seemed like it was down on power or if the compression wasn't right. Though I wasn't able to check this myself, the car always felt strong, and the dealer said compression was healthy when I bought it - I know, can't always trust what they say.
After looking at the valves(some of the faces were concave/curved inwards!) and talking to them about what's next, it was decided to have them do a valve job; it's the right thing to do at this point. They are going to try and save some of the valves, but Mike could tell just by looking that a few will need to be replaced. So I stopped over a second time to give them the cams, cam caps, sealant, buckets, and new OEM valve seals. They are going to set lash and fully assemble them before giving them back to me.
Fun times. It's getting colder out and I hate it. Still need heaters for the garage.
The faces of the valves were worn, or the seating area/stems?Stupid me, I didn't take any when I was there. But it was quite clear that some of the faces were in fact worn down more than they should have been. Granted we're talking thousandths here, but it was still noticeable enough.
Not bashing the shop or their work, but if they're not familiar with Subaru's, I wouldn't want them doing any work for me, regardless of how reputable they are. I had to replace my block and have my heads completely redone because the first guy I worked with on my build (before I went to Moore) had the heads and block work done by machine shops who built big money drag engines.
It's definitely going to come down to the capability of the shop to adapt their processes, instead of treating every engine the same way.On one hand I can see where you are coming from because of your experience, however I disagree as a whole. My favorite local machine shop has a large reputation of building road race and drag race V8's and does quite a few of the local Subaru shops machining as well. They have done a bag up job on short blocks/heads that I've taken to them. I trust them to machine any of my builds.
Experience varies of course.