Where do I begin!? Probably with when I purchased my STi, which was back in June 2014. Just graduated from Sac State in May with a degree in mechanical engineering. I didn't even have a career yet, was just doing an internship (for my now current employer) and decided I had to have this one. lol. Smartest dumb decision I have ever made cause I love the car, it's honestly my dream car since high school, but that being said, it blew up on me in January 2015. AAAAHHHHH! "What the hell is ringland failure? I bet that's not even real, probably just something vaping hipster kids blame for poor driving habits and an irresistible urge to be unique right?" Well that was wishful thinking on my part. Scouring the web I slowly started to understand the problem with Subarus and what ringland failure actaully was; how it happens and what can be done to prevent it. Never driving a Subaru, let alone an STi before, I had no idea that my perfect car was actually a ticking time bomb. I wish there was a guide to buying used performance cars, but since there isn't I learned the hard way just how expensive they can be... Luckily I have a great friend named Chuck Salerno, who allows you to park your Japanese sports car along side European works of art, confusing customers left and right for 2 months. Huge shout out to his parents Ben and Janet Salerno for letting me rebuild my car at Salerno Motorsports in Rocklin CA, using their equipment and all of Ben's knowledge made my life so much easier I can't even express. Never take shortcuts! As much as of a pain in the ass that whole experience was, I don't regret it. The tear down made me learn so much about the car; I chose to go the OEM short block route after I confirmed Cylinder 4 ringland failure. It was faster and cheaper than machining the old block, which did seize up, future plans to make it a 2.6L monster track engine. All of my internet research directed me get the 08 oil pump which is 11mm, Group N motor mounts, ARP head studs, and biggest investment the Cobb Accessport V3. Oh, and about taking shortcuts, obviously money dictates a lot of decisions when it comes to rebuilding a vehicle, race car or daily driver. But being cheap is never usually the mindset one needs to have when rebuilding a catastrophically failed motor. I got off relatively painlessly, just some minor inconvenience and another $50 head gasket, but lesson learned otherwise. Fast forward Today I have 1 track day on the car and there's about 15,000 miles on the new shortblock and is running strong. Chassis is at 55,000 miles and climbing; currently a daily although I do not wish it to be. I put my heart and soul into rebuilding this car, plan on having it for years to come. Might end up as a full on race car, maybe a rally car, no telling what the future holds. All I know is that I will be holding onto this car, and this story.
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