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Offline DLiedle

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2005 Subaru WRX DNR?
« on: May 01, 2017, 08:37:51 PM »

I have a 2005 WRX which I'm the second owner on and have had since 2006.  It's now at 120k miles and a recently suspected head gasket blow turned out to be cracked cylinder heads. 

The car has served me well and holds a certain sentimental value.  Couple that with the fun upgrades that can be made makes my plan to rebuild the car not as my daily driver but as my "fun" car for favorable weather. 

Given the damage to the engine, my question is now:

*Is it better to buy a new long block engine? 


*Buy new cylinder heads and simply bolt back onto the original block?

Any leads on where to purchase either item from a reliable source would also be a help.

Thank you!

Offline bspec

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Re: 2005 Subaru WRX DNR?
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2017, 11:14:10 AM »
If you're not into doing all of the research yourself, or if you're not handy, then Russ's Garage is the place to go in Omaha. I'd also recommend talking to your tuner before buying anything. Talk to Graham Gaylord at Boosted Performance if you don't currently have one. I've heard good things about Outfront Motorsports and IAG for blocks. After 120k, I'd recommend doing the block as well. That way, you don't have to worry about spending a ton of money to just have old worn out parts destroy your nice new build.

In short, before spending any money, talk to experts and do a ton of research. Read as much as you can on both nasioc and iwsti to learn from those who came before you.
the bottom line is this, people just need to realize that when they buy cheap CO's [KW on down], they are buying cheap, poorly engineered shocks for the sake of having height adjust-ability. - whitetiger on