Dankberries 1993 Impreza ej23t/25d build

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Re: Dankberries 1993 Impreza ej23t/25d build

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Yeah that could be the problem if there's nothing else that you're seeing to be the issue.
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Re: Dankberries 1993 Impreza ej23t/25d build

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I've dedicated the impreza to driving in bad weather conditions.
Its pretty much my snow tank. With the lifted suspension and new general altimax studded snow tires this car absolutely dominates everything in its path.
Transmission feels great. Clutch feels great w/ new OEM flywheel. Already hit 700miles today.

Miss placed my clutch fork pivot pin plug and had purchased a new one:
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Also, I'm not f*ckin around this winter with cold starting problems, picked up a block heater:
Parts # A0910AS100
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Over the Xmas week and heavy snow in CO the impreza went on two successful rescue missions. Pulled two stuck vehicles and went on some serious snow rally hoonage. Good times :-)
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Re: Dankberries 1993 Impreza ej23t/25d build

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Which side does the block heater go in?

I ask because I tried removing the plugs in the bottom of the engine and while I got the side out for the oil cooler, the other side wouldn't budge.
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Re: Dankberries 1993 Impreza ej23t/25d build

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Legacy777 wrote:Which side does the block heater go in?

I ask because I tried removing the plugs in the bottom of the engine and while I got the side out for the oil cooler, the other side wouldn't budge.
It should be installed by the water pump/thermostat . I didn't realize theirs a plug by the oil cooler...run two block heaters?!

Photo from Maciek's build :
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That plug was seriously on there, I had to use a cheater and even then I was scared something was going to break:
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Re: Dankberries 1993 Impreza ej23t/25d build

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Last night and few times before , its been so cold outside that my wheels are freezing. When I go to move my car, i believe only two wheels move and the other two are frozen. Its the wierdest thing to feel.

The only way I can get it to free up is by launching the car.
My best guess is that my brake pads are freezing to the rotor. What's weird is none of my other cars do this..
Do they make wheel heaters? Is this normal?
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Last time I was in colorado in the winter my rear hubs froze in my 91 Toyota pickup. I suspect that the rear brakes didn't create enough heat to evaporate the water from the icy snow buildup. I just did donuts till they broke free, not sure this is the best method but it worked for me. ;)
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dankberries wrote:It should be installed by the water pump/thermostat . I didn't realize theirs a plug by the oil cooler...run two block heaters?!
There are only two plugs, one on each side. The plug on the pass side is used for the oil cooler. If your engine doesn't have the oil cooler you could put a heater in both plugs.


Regarding the freezing brakes, are the fronts or rears freezing? Are you using your ebrake? You shouldn't use your ebrake in freezing weather, especially slushy/freezing conditions.
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Re: Dankberries 1993 Impreza ej23t/25d build

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Legacy777 wrote:
dankberries wrote:It should be installed by the water pump/thermostat . I didn't realize theirs a plug by the oil cooler...run two block heaters?!
There are only two plugs, one on each side. The plug on the pass side is used for the oil cooler. If your engine doesn't have the oil cooler you could put a heater in both plugs.


Regarding the freezing brakes, are the fronts or rears freezing? Are you using your ebrake? You shouldn't use your ebrake in freezing weather, especially slushy/freezing conditions.
I'm not %100 sure, but I think the diameter of the block heater is larger than the plug/oill cooler. That's just what it looked like when I was under their. It may only fit by the thermo stat/water pump.

--The brakes, yes, I religiously use my e-brake all the time. I also park the car on a hill so I'm paranoid to leave it with no e-brake on.
I'm really not sure if its the front or back freezing as I have never been outside of the car to see it happen. Most likely the back but it felt, at least on one day, that both front and rear right side tires froze. The car in order to go straight..was completely sideways.

Almost everyday this winter I will drive through snow, slush , and other shityness. I get lots of build up and freezing.
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On the bright side for the fronts, thanks to having hardly any clearance between caliper and rim, I get no "snow in wheel build ups".
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Re: Dankberries 1993 Impreza ej23t/25d build

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Mount Evans - the road to the sky-14240 ft above seal level- Highest paved road in North America.

I took these pictures a few miles before the summit. When I got to the summit I experienced 100mph winds, blowing snow, 10ft visibility, falling trees, just absolutely horrendous conditions. They closed the road as I came off the summit. Epic hoonage.
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Re: Dankberries 1993 Impreza ej23t/25d build

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Its been a ruff few days :-| . To start, I developed a nasty hole in the flex section of my turbo up pipe:
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So I ended up sourcing some used parts:
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Unknown brand aftermarket ELH's w/ up-pipe in heat wrap.
I've really come to hate these headers I bought, fitment really sucked all around, they come very close to the oil filter, so close that I had to remove my oil filter sandwich plate(used for oil psi gauge). Any future oil filter change will inevitably leak oil onto the headers. I also very much dislike the donut style gasket fitting of the up pipe to header.
After the install I went for start up only to be surprised with a 100psi gushing geyser of oil :shock:
I guess the turbo oil feed line broke in the midst of the header install :smt013 :
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So now I'm working on the relocation of my oil psi sensor, ideally I would like to put it at the factory oil pressure sensor location but my oil gauge sensor is 1/8 NPT and does not thread into the factory oil psi sensor location .
I'm not sure, but I think the factory size is 1/8in BSPT? So I would need a 1/8in BSPT male to 1/8 NPT female adapter. I was having trouble finding an adapter in that size and ended up coming across this adapter used for on Evo's apparently:
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Its a M1? to 1/8in. NPT . I got to thinking i could remove the hole galley plug and swap this in if its the same size/pitch.

These new headers sound totally different, way more Honda..I hate it. Can't wait to get a different setup soon.

On a happier note, my fancy moroso AOS's came in the mail:
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Good catch on the UP and oil line. Could have ended badly.
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This is what you need to run the 1/8" NPT oil pressure sensor in the stock location.

http://www.deerfieldprecision.com/catal ... ucts_id=38

It's what I'm using with the AEM 0-100 psig pressure sensor

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More pics in the link below.

http://www.main.experiencetherave.com/s ... efault.htm
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Legacy777 wrote:This is what you need to run the 1/8" NPT oil pressure sensor in the stock location.

http://www.deerfieldprecision.com/catal ... ucts_id=38

It's what I'm using with the AEM 0-100 psig
Thank you Josh, that was very helpful. By chance can you confirm what the thread pitch and size is of the OEM sensor and also the galley plug that the sensor is threaded to?
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Re: Dankberries 1993 Impreza ej23t/25d build

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The oil psi thread adapter for an evo I purchased for $21 did not work:
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And a comparison of OEM Subaru oil psi sensor to 1/8in. NPT aftermarket:
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I will just go ahead and throw it out their, some of shit I do with this car would make the average person cringe.
I like to live on the wild side, for me that is what life is about.

Tomake up for the un fortunate problems that I was having over the last week, I got the wild hair in my ass to go out and be adventurous. I was invited by some of my friends with four wheeling rigs to go on a trip.
I of course opted to take the Impreza.
January in the middle of winter in Colorado in high altitude on four wheeling trails completely covered in snow, typically only snowmobile accessible during this time of year.

I went with a lifted Toyota Tacoma and a Jeep Rubicon. Both these vehicles where well suited for the conditions. The Rubicon being locked front and rear and also equipped with a winch. Toyota had some lift and tires.
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Let me tell you... the expressions from people's faces that were there in the area of the trail where that of astonishment. We where the only people in vehicles. Let alone a f*cking Subaru!

By the end of the day, everyone was cheering me on, people where shaking my hand and greeting me with excitement for the pure jaw dropping aww of the impreza's amazing abilities. I put everything to the test, to the maximum, and hung with best of them.

Of course not without some carnage.
I was going over this ice sheath when it suddenly collapsed and went down:
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Had to get winched out of this one lol
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This picture is no joke. This shit was 3ft + deep in spots.
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I lost both front fender well splash guards, lost a blinker, broke the turbo oil drain hose( luckily spotted this pretty quick before a catastrophe) and popped an intake coupler once. Really not to bad considering.

For the record, the pictures and video don't serve justice for how it really was!
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My buddys taco at full throttle to get through the snow:
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dankberries wrote:Thank you Josh, that was very helpful. By chance can you confirm what the thread pitch and size is of the OEM sensor and also the galley plug that the sensor is threaded to?

Based on the research I did when I was looking at this I believe the OEM pressure switch uses a 1/8" BSPT. I'm not sure what the oil gallery plug thread would be.
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Looks like a blast to go driving through the snow :)
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Picked up some Sti BBS rims to add to the collection. Really great condition 9/10. They are painted purple atm but I'm excited to paint them gold ! Always had a soft spot for these rims :-)
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I also found this adapter that I hope will work for my oil psi sensor:
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1/8in. BSPT male to 1/8in. NPT female:
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March 2017, went on a epic 4 Wheeling endeavor with my off road friends. Once again, I have done the impossible and taken a Subaru where no man has.
This 4 Wheeling trip was on a moderate to advanced trail and was completed entirely with out assistance with the exception of one spot on the trail. In that spot, everyone in the group required wenching. That being said, expresses the caliber of what I accomplished in the Impreza.
I completely realize that any normal person would never attempt such things in a car as the Impreza, but that's exactly what makes me different from the crowd. Maybe it's the Glee of telling you "I told you so" or maybe it's the personal satisfaction of knowing what you are capable of more than your vehicle, either way it sums up me and my motive and is what I draw personal satisfaction from.

I need to collect pictures from friends, but there are photos of the back of my Impreza 6ft off the ground. I plan to add such to the major coming build updates.

In the mean time here is a video to make you cringe:



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That's awesome!!!
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April 2017

The Impreza started loosing oil pressure. Found metal in the oil and proceeded for a rebuild. During the tare down of the motor I discovered 4 oil pump rotor plate screws had backed out substantially. I believe the Motor met it's fate to loosing pressure at the pump(note: that was a new OEM pump with backed out screws at 53k).
Regardless I managed 53,000 miles out of that motor which I consider fair for it's caliber and the abuse I've given it.

Also on tare down I discovered that my cam journals where beginning to become a bit scored. This would Mark the 3rd motor failure with these heads/motor. It was bad enough I decided that I would not use these heads for the rebuild.

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November 2017

I finished the rebuild and the car is back and terrorizing dirt Roads.

- I made the decision to transfer the heads from my Legacy Motor to the Impreza motor(I had bigger plans for the legacy anyway).
I upgraded the valve springs, seats, and retainers to supertech parts from the 2004 STi parts I had originally installed. I wanted to keep a strong spring setup with this motor because it's tuned to Rev. High. The supertech springs would match the supertech valves I already had installed.

- I also decided to build a new engine wiring harness from scratch, similar to my legacy(see legacy build journal). All new wires, terminals, pins, and a permanent conversion to COP from wasted.

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- Not pictured, I swapped out the vf39 turbo with a rebuilt Mitsubishi td05 with P&P I had sitting on the shelf. I also exchanged the OEM oil and coolant lines for stainless braided lines and AN fittings.

- Not pictured, during the rebuild, with the removal of my mishimoto radiator It decided to start leaking from the core. I replaced the mishimoto with an OEM radiator from my legacy SS.

- Not pictured, during the rebuild, I replaced the headers with a different EL header I had laying around, I also replaced the exhaust from turbo back with a cheap eBay unit.

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September 2018

- I purchased and installed a primitive racing differential guard and front skid plate. I also purchased some Sparco wheels 16x7 5x100 in white color.

October 2018

- I entered in the season final SCCA Colorado Rallycross event.

The track layout was the largest course created of the season, I believe it was over a mile in length. It was a blast to race and the competition was solid. Despite setting the second fastest lap time of 70 cars, I missed making podium due to an encounter with 5 cones on my last lap in the last turn, thus deducting from my overall time. Regardless it was a truly amazing time and the car did very well and went without a single issue.

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January 2019

- I modified the cheap eBay exhaust system to allow for maximum ground clearance. this included shortening the DP by close to 4 inches and reworking upward angles to the mid pipe with pie cuts and welds.

- I purchased a new Cusco rear LSD unit.

successfully installed the unit into an open r160 carrier with minimal modification. Purchased new carrier and pinion bearings, seals, O-rings, Cusco LSD fluid, and respective new HD axles. Preload torque and backlash set to OEM specs. LSD set to 100% initial torque and 1.5 way.

- I entered in the SCCA Roaring Fork Snow Rally Time Trial Event.

I placed 1st in division of AWD studded tires and ran the fastest track time of 60 cars in all categories.

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That snow rally looked fun!
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