This engine is one tight fit. Can't even get a socket wrench in there with a long extension. Had to use the short extension by itelf and you have to put it in the hole before putting the socket wrench on because it won't fit with it together.
Tried removing the forester A/C compressor and bolting in my 91SS compressor because it was still hooked up and had pressure in the lines and I didn't want to remove the lines and let it all out. I ended up removing the lines anyway because I found out after removing the forester compressor that they're not the same. The forester one is smaller in size and the mounting brackets on the bottom are about 1/3 as long.
Then I though I could use the forester one but the hoses are different and they won't fit the forester compressor. Now I don't know what to do. I really want A/C for the summer time, it's nice to have.
The 91SS is too big and doesn't clear the intake manifold.
My new crank pulley installed. Just a touch of rust in the belt grooves. Nothing too serious.
What's this connector for? It's right above the tranny off the engine bay harness. At first I thought it went to the connector on the top of the tranny but that one is also female and I found the male connector for that but can't find anything that goes into this female one.
There's a cam sensor that has a longer single row connector that I didn't see a connector for. But I'm not sure if it's the right year of sensor since I bought it from another member.
Did a little test fitting with 2 of my intercoolers. Didn't bother trying the 02-03 intercooler because it was the same size as the black one.
As you can see the forester intercooler doesn't even come close to fitting. That throttle body is way too long. It would fit if I completely chopped off the outlet on the intercooler but then I obviously would have nothing to attatch to.
The 06-07 intercooler fit's nice and snug. That throttle body still is causing a problem though. The hose comes up about 2 inches short of the turbo outlet.
I tried the samco intercooler hose but I think it's made for the earlier intercoolers 02-05. It didn't quite fit, I had to yank on it pretty hard and tighten the clamps down before letting go because it's about 1cm too short on both ends that go on the inlet pipes.
It sits a bit high in the back but I think I can remove that head shield bracket for the turbo that it's hitting and get it down another half inch to an inch.
On second thought, maybe not with this stupid clutch resevoir sitting so tall.
Ran into another problem with the hood. It doesn't close. It'll get one click but not the second click of the latch. It's hitting the coil pack. That intake manifold spacer isn't helping but it would still be hitting without it because it's not THAT tall.
Not sure what I'm doing to do about that, I guess I'll have to look at the hood and see if I can cut it where it's hitting. That's crazy.
Popped that ball into the socket on the short shifter after adjusting it to about the length of the WRX shifter. Just a tad bit longer. Longer on the bottom means short shifts right? The shifts seem decently spaced apart.
Only problem is, the shifter is tilted pretty far back. I believe this is due to the WRX shift linkage that I installed. I believe I read a write up on it by another member on the board even though he used an STI shift linkage.
Actually now that I think of it, it may be because this shifter is mounted behind the pivot point and not between the pivot point. On top of that, the stock shifter is angled on the bottom segment and this one is straight down making me thing that may be causing my problem. The combination of those two. I guess I'll just have to see how it feels when I drive it but it's kind of weird now.
Neutral is closer to where 4th should be.