I'd hope 6 years isn't considered long. 🙂Dang that's not bad. 6 years is a pretty good lifespan.
That Forester is sweet too!
My thinking as well. Reading around though you'd think that 304SS headers that see good heat fail pretty quickly.I'd hope 6 years isn't considered long. 🙂
Here's more on the Forester... Stock long block and trans with 110k+ miles.
('06-'08) Matt's '06 FXT - Page 30 - Subaru Forester Owners Forum
I get that whining too every couple years. I just replace the o-ring on the return side of the pump. I think it dries out because I don't drive the car enough. My rack has a slow seep too. It's on and off and it's been like that since I bought the car. The lower part of the rack is a bit wet, but it never drips and I don't ever notice a drop in the reservoir. Anyway hopefully you got your issues sorted out.We will see. Hoping that's the thing! It was definitely doing some whining even just going lock to lock on flat ground with sticky tires. Right now the biggest hope is that it isn't something with the rack.
I'm not sure how frequent 304 cracking actually is. I do know it's not as thermally stable so it expands and contracts more than 321. Coating 304 may make it more likely to crack too. I want to say I paid about $1850 out the door for my header with the coating and an EGT bung. It took about two weeks to arrive. I think Chris was in a good mood. He knocked some percentage off and through in free shipping. I had already purchased a killer b bottom end at that point too. I really like that header. I wanted that design because I wanted all the response I could get for STU when I built the car. When Harvey tuned it he said boost came in a few hundred RPM sooner than a similarly equipped car without a Killer B header and torque was 20 ft/lbs above the average. Horsepower was about average which surprised him.I think the base header with up-pipe, with EGT bung is about $1800. Then sounding like either $250 ish for Swaintech (with reported issues and a LONG wait time... 8-10 weeks or more) or order from RSD and get it coated by a local shop for $500-$700. And then, of course, the cost of a retune to get the most from it.
It sounds like ELH is such a great mod for a ton of reasons but that's a lot of money to pay for the performance gain. There's always the option of going a cheaper route, say a Tomei for $700 or even a MAP (same 4-1 style as Killer B) for about $1k. But then they are just 304 SS and I'd really rather not buy something that seems virtually guaranteed to crack at some point in time.
Yeah, that's really good advice. I really do love the way you've built your car. Definitely an inspiration to me with how clean and well thought out everything is.Yes I do use the EGT. It was part of my build plan since the beginning.
I have a handheld wideband O2 reader and a port in my down pipe, but haven't had cause to use it.
I'm not sure what to tell you to do about the header. Only you'll know whether or not you'll be happy with what you purchase. I will say don't buy anything twice. If you plan on keeping the car forever make sure you'll be 100% satisfied with the header you decide to go with.
It's funny, she was really hesitant to bring up the idea at first. She was worried I'd be upset that she had the same car. The way I see it though, these are really special cars. If she loves them enough to want one then that's awesome.Hey nice...always great to see someone finally get their dream car. Grats to her.
Haven't heard of those before, I'll have to check them out. The biggest thing that bothers me is how it now hangs an inch or two lower than before.Those exhaust "expanders" they rent at the auto parts stores should be long around to reach down there if you unbolt it. They won't make it perfect but can help push it back out some. Heat it up first.