Last week spelled disaster my 2011 WRX and I. A blown ring land was found to be the culprit of my excessive vibration and skipping when I started the car. Thankfully it helps to be a part of the finest supplier of performance products in the industry!
Our mechanic Kyle started on Friday by pulling the motor and completely disassembling it. He confirmed that it was a blown ring land; which was good news consider what else could have gone wrong. I.e.: a bent valve, or numerous other issues that could have arisen. Flash-forward to Monday with the motor apart, now it was time to go over to see Scotty from Ballistic Motorsports who had a set of Wiseco Pistons in stock for my motor. What luck! Scotty was able to get the pistons in, and what a pleasant surprise it was that the clearances were really, really good. I seriously lucked out catching this early on! Scotty does great work and he can be found here.
Next up was Tuesday and the installation of Killer B oil pick up. I figured while the motor was out it would be a good idea to try and eliminate all points of failure, since the car is my daily driver! The killer B oil pickup is a really nice piece. It is 3D CAD Designed and Track tested. It is also CNC manufactured; TIG welded throughout, and had 3 times thicker tubing. It’s a great piece and really helps eliminate the failure of the stock oil pickup.
That brings us to today, the fateful day! Kyle finished up the motor work and also installed a Gimmick Motorsports Turbo inlet, a new throw out bearing, and a special treat, a brand new timing belt. The whole team really came together to help me out this time, and I’m extremely proud to be a part of this group.
So in the end the list looked like this:
Killer B Oil Pickup
Wiseco Forged Pistons
Gimmick Motorsports Turbo Inlet
All new fluids
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