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Ordinary_Chap

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7,520 posts

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
rigga said:
TD based turbos are fine regarding stalling the turbo,they are very strong units in fact you can run one without a dv at all and there will be no issue,that can't be said for the vf series which are not so durable and will shatter the blades if subjected to the same forces........ your car comes with 440cc injectors as standard,decat the exhaust, larger intercooler, vf35 or similar turbo and a remap with ecutek and your looking at a easy 320hp plus and very reliable too.
Thanks

The car already has a full decat and a larger intercooler.

I suspect the intercooler needs to be replaced though as it has a large amount of bent pins, I'm just not sure how much affect that has on the car.

I need to read up on Turbo's as my knowledge is pretty limited, I understand in principle how they work but I don't understand the difference in like a 18g or 20g I've seen folk talking about.

Lee

rigga

4,115 posts

81 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
Td05 as used on the early imprezas is a 16g larger housings depending on increment size. would be 18g and then 20g ..... these are TD based turbos and not the vf series, the larger the turbo obviously the greater the power but more lag and maybe less enjoyable depending on your requirement as a driving experience

Ordinary_Chap

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
rigga said:
Td05 as used on the early imprezas is a 16g larger housings depending on increment size. would be 18g and then 20g ..... these are TD based turbos and not the vf series, the larger the turbo obviously the greater the power but more lag and maybe less enjoyable depending on your requirement as a driving experience
That what I've been told before regarding the TD based turbo's.

Once the car is fully up to health I may just carry out some upgrades!

Ordinary_Chap

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Friday 14th December 2012 quote quote all
So it's been a whilst since I wrote in this thread, however I've been hard at it renewing parts and bringing the car back up to health.

So its recently had;

- New Manifold - bit of a trauma this one, trying to identify which manifold to get and I had planned to get a Harvey Smith manifold but sadly he passed away recently from an illness. In the end I went with a ported manifold and it took the garage a lot of effort to change it as the studs were very, very badly corroded. So lots of heat and lubricant and sometime later it came off!
- New tires
- New rear pads
- All bodywork items now resolved baring refurbishing the wheels
- New stereo - Still need new speakers!
- New door cards
- Fixed passenger window
- Replaced cracked indicator lens

The car is now running and looking massively improved but I have recently developed a problem with front n/s wheel baring and possibly cv joint so the car is going in next week to identify the issue. The manifold change made a huge difference to the sound, how it runs and performance.

I'm still utterly loving the car even if its had a lot spent on it to bring it back to good health. Its temperamental, noisy, uncompromising, expensive and often rough but I've never loved a car like this one, ironically its also the cheapest car I've owned in 10 years but cost the most in its short period I had it.

I will post some more pictures soon.

Hopefully, I'm nearly there! smile
Lee

rb5er

5,200 posts

52 months

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Saturday 15th December 2012 quote quote all
Did you get brand new door cards? Mine have some small marks and I would love new ones but imagine they are very expensive.
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Ordinary_Chap

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rb5er said:
Did you get brand new door cards? Mine have some small marks and I would love new ones but imagine they are very expensive.
I didn't get new ones but they are completely immaculate. Cost £25 each.


rb5er

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Saturday 15th December 2012 quote quote all
Ebay?

Ordinary_Chap

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Saturday 15th December 2012 quote quote all
rb5er said:
Ebay?
No this time, my friend met a chap who was breaking a RB5 and he offered them.

I have, however, bought some things off ebay!


Ordinary_Chap

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Monday 17th December 2012 quote quote all
So the car was in the garage for some bits and pieces today including the wheel bearing/CV joint issue I suspected I had.

It actually turned out when the mechanic took the wheel off that the stood holding the baring in place wasn't secured properly when the two front wheel bearings where changed and it was working itself loose. The type of bearing my car has is one when the stood has a special indentation and the surrounded metal is supposed to be hammered down to lock the unit in place however it looks like that never actually happened as the metal surround showed now signs of anyone every doing that.

So on one hand it was a very cheap fix but on the other it could of been very bad.

However, I'm glad to say its now running wonderfully once more and I'm a very happy chappy!

Lee

mr hat

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Tuesday 18th December 2012 quote quote all
glad to hear your enjoying it, ported manifolds really help with the spool. sorry to hear about harvey thats terrible news, had heard he had been ill for a while. he will be sadly missed.

look forward to more pics, im still looking for another classic, hoping to get a mint v3 or v4 sti type ra or maybe a type r in the spring. wouldnt say no to a mint rb5 though.

Ordinary_Chap

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Tuesday 18th December 2012 quote quote all
mr hat said:
glad to hear your enjoying it, ported manifolds really help with the spool. sorry to hear about harvey thats terrible news, had heard he had been ill for a while. he will be sadly missed.

look forward to more pics, im still looking for another classic, hoping to get a mint v3 or v4 sti type ra or maybe a type r in the spring. wouldnt say no to a mint rb5 though.
Yeah I only spoke a couple of times with Harvey but seeing him often on the forums he always appeared to be a top man too me, he will be missed.

Next job is trying to get the radio done this week and then wheels when I have time in the new year. I was hoping to get them done before christmas but with work and the amount of time the car has spent in the garage doing other bits and pieces I've not got round to managing it.

Lee

Ordinary_Chap

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Thursday 10th January 2013 quote quote all
So the wheel bearing came loose again so I decided to have it changed.

Upon inspection the car actually needed far more parts and had the following done;

Wheel bearing
ABS sensor
ABS ring
Drive shaft
Drive shaft parts which I can't remember the name of!

And to add to the woes, I washed the car and a small amount of bubbled paint on the rear arch flew off frown

So this month I will probably get that done and the wheels refurbed and hopefully the car should be in good shape and then I can get to upgrades I want too do!

I adore the car and I enjoy it more each time I drive it, so all is good! smile

HonestIago

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Friday 11th January 2013 quote quote all
Ordinary_Chap said:
I adore the car and I enjoy it more each time I drive it, so all is good! smile
Just how I feel about my recently acquired MY00 PPP Wagon! Its totally standard so maybe not as sharp as an RB5 but still a hoot! Well cared for classic Imprezas are fantastically capable cars and have so much character which is sadly missing from more modern stuff. Nothing comes close for the money IMO and I plan to have mine forever!

Ordinary_Chap

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HonestIago said:
Ordinary_Chap said:
I adore the car and I enjoy it more each time I drive it, so all is good! smile
Just how I feel about my recently acquired MY00 PPP Wagon! Its totally standard so maybe not as sharp as an RB5 but still a hoot! Well cared for classic Imprezas are fantastically capable cars and have so much character which is sadly missing from more modern stuff. Nothing comes close for the money IMO and I plan to have mine forever!
You know I feel exactly the same. I love its character, the noise it makes even just moving along slowly and then at full power, popping, banging and the roar!

Its the oldest and possibly cheapest car I've owned over the last 10 years and its also by a long shot the car I've most loved! I normally treat cars as tools but this one I have an emotional attachment to!

There are very few cars that are as capable out on the open road and quite honestly, I've not found a car in the real world that can out perform it not that it matters but it does go to show how well engineered they are.

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HonestIago

985 posts

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Thursday 8th August 2013 quote quote all
Any updates on this you care to share? Saw an RB5 (low level spoiler non-WR) last week and they just look so right. smile

Ordinary_Chap

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HonestIago said:
Any updates on this you care to share? Saw an RB5 (low level spoiler non-WR) last week and they just look so right. smile
Hi, thanks for asking.

It's continued to have lots spent on the car replacing parts. I think I'm nearly there hehe although I just kept it going for a little while with critical maintenance (6 monthly service + anything it mechanically needed) as life got in the way but I've been back on it lately.

It's had front discs/pads, rear discs/pads, new wheel bearings on the rear, all new tires, new battery and other stuff I've forgotten.

It managed to get through its MOT last month which is a relief and is going in for some more work next week.

I also had the engine codes read when it was MOT'd as the engine warning light shows sometimes when going up a incline at low revs. It turns out because the car is 'missing' some cats the O2 sensor goes out of range.

The car could also do a with a different map as it pops, bangs and produces flames when changing gear at high revs. I think this combined with some unwillingness to work at low revs (2k or less) and running very rich shows something needs modifying.

So alas, its still a work in progress but I've been looking after the old girl well and spent a lot more on the car than its worth now which ordinarily I wouldn't but because the cost of the car was low and I love it, I'm willing to do it.

Lee smile


HonestIago

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Thursday 8th August 2013 quote quote all
Sounds like she could definitely do with a remap. I keep being tempted to get a bit more out of my wagon but it drives just lovely as a standard PPP car since having the air flow meter replaced so I am loathed to meddle!

I have also spent a small fortune keeping mine, and I keep telling myself its financially justifiable if I hang onto it long term. That said, I have accepted each MOT could potentially spell financial ruin!

Only real long term issue is the rusting arches and whether it's worth treating now or letting it get worse...would seem daft to spend £500-600 welding a c.£2k car. That said, there is nothing at all I could possibly replace it with for anything close to sensible money. These classic Imprezas really get under the skin! laugh

Ordinary_Chap

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Yeah mine needs some work on the rear arches now too (sigh), it had them done about 5 years ago but the rust is back.

They do get under your skin and cost a fair bit of money to keep going but every time I get in it and hear, feel it and enjoy a spirited drive on a summers day, the costs seem perfectly justifiable hehe

rb5er

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Thursday 8th August 2013 quote quote all
I'm so glad mine has only ever required routine servicing, cambelt and refurbed calipers in my 3 years of ownership. Spent a fair penny on a respray and uprated brakes though although this was my personal quest for perfection kicking in.

Ordinary_Chap

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So I was asked if I could feature in EVO (out today) with my car.

Unfortunately I couldn't make it as the car is having some work done so I had to say no but have offered my car up to be used in the future.

The article is pretty good, its called 'budget thrills' and is worth a read although the RB5 featured doesn't get a big part, the words about it are kind.

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