EJ20G 2.5RS Resurrection

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    I picked up this swapped RS from a user that had it for sale on here a month or so ago. Just looking to show the progress!

    It needed/needs a decent amount of work, its rusty (which is a shame) but its a fun little car besides!

    Here is how I bought it, sitting outside since 2013
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    Lots of parts extra parts, not running, and rusty...
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    Very moldy interior
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    Bought it being told it was not getting fuel, so i did some digging.
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    I replaced the whole fuel pump assembly, but still could not get it to fire, I found a few more possible issues, and corrected them, one of which was the ej20g ignitor bypass (needed to be done to run GD coilpacks)
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    In the process of trying to get it started, it started to leak oil, from the turbo feed line.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Because it had a steel washer instead of a copper one.

    After that I redid the timing and it coughed into life.
     
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    Adjusted the IACV and got it to idle on its own, but it still misfired,

    Discovered the passenger side coilpack plugs were backwards, then it ran great!
     
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    The stock STI ej20g would have come with a TD05h turbo with a 90 degree inlet, the car came with it, but it had seen better days, installed on the car was a WRX tdo4, which seemed to have bad seals, or shot oil out of it from sitting. Regardless I had a VF28 on the shelf, so I installed that, and put the downpipe back on.

    Next step was to get the ancient nasty gas out of the rusty rusty tank, ever seen green 91/93 before?[​IMG]
    Yes it did go in my mouth.
     
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    The previous owner had a the original 4.11 transmission grenade, He replaced it with a JDM 4.44 trans but did not change the stock rear diff, The JDM engine/trans originally installed was a 4.11 to match the rear diff. So I needed to put a 4.44 rear diff into it, It had a rare oem rear diff skid plate!
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    Rusty rusty! [​IMG]
     
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    With that all done I removed the interior including most of the mouse nests and droppings, so I would not get sick. Had an okay set of sparco seats sitting around, so I installed those as well.
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    After that, the car needed a trunk lid, old dented one would not latch. I had an "okay" one laying around so I installed that as well
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    With that all done, and an oem fuel pump, and filter installed, I let it idle outside to filter out the rest of the nasty green gas out. [​IMG]
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    Rare pics circa 2009 of this car in its prime that I got from a friend that knew the original owner
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    Took her for a drive after that,

    Found out that the brake booster vacuum line was backwards, fixed that and had brakes again.
     
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    I picked up a v1-4 front bumper and JDM lightweight beam to save some wieght.
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    Rusty rusty car two of the 4 bumper beam bolts snapped.
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    Proper wheels? Yes?
    Added a JDM STI strut tower bar I had.
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    This car still has much to fix... [​IMG]
     
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    Rear wheels had aftermarket camber bolts, after a drive down the road after I put on the "loud exhaust" (stock STI catback installed on the car when i bought it, but it came with a 3inch catback with can that was on it back in 2009) I was able to hear something rubbing in the rear, Drivers side rear camber bolt was loose, and had tons of negative camber, odd with stock wrx struts, replaced it with a stock strut bolt and we were good to go.
     
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    Got it all registered and drove it to work for 2 days, on my way home it was angry like it was not getting fuel, and the walbro 255 I installed was very very loud.
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    One rusty fuel tank...
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    You can hear that fuel pump scream.
     
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    Putting in a stock fuel pump to get the FULL tank of 93 I just put in, out. then to clean the tank. That is a current update of the progress of this car. 1/14/20
     
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    Dayum Doc, that is quite the surgery you performed to bring it to life. And I thought that my RS had rust:eek:

    Excellent work and perseverance!:thumbup:
     
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    car is systematically rusting away to save weight, its anorexic.
     
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    Changed the oil, and it looked a little spicy, Going to change it again soon after putting about 150 miles on it. She has not clacked yet so we shall see.
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    Bringing another classic back to life! :cool: Sure, she might be a little crusty and rough around the edges, but they all deserve a second lease on life, if even there's only a glimmer of hope - especially coupes, but I might be a bit biased.

    Also, maybe it's just me (it's probably just me), but no sound on the videos?
     
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    Sounds works fine for me! Im happy to get her going again!
     
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    Put the turn signals in, new used stock fuel pump. Just need to be kind to it for a while to get this full tank of gas out in order to properly clean the tank before another walbro.
    Still runs good!
     
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