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June 03, 2017, 08:35 PM #150

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Took the foz to JP Subaru this week for the CVT fluid change. I tried to bargain off my future first born. $450 for the service and oil. OUCH! But, it was quick service, they didnt do anything more or less and didnt hammer on it during the road test. Considering I'm set for another 100,000kms, $450 isnt that bad.

We worked on Matts Forester. TLDR. Its fixed!

He was full on ready for a MT swap, I told him to hold his horses, lets pull the pan and see if something is wrong internally. That lead to him sourcing a tranny from Subaru Gerry, I did a bunch of cross referencing on the USDM vs JDM, Phase 1 vs Phase 2, Studying what solenoids can be swapped and or boughten. Turns out its like $300 or so for a solenoid. Gerry hooked us up at $400 for a USDM 4EAT. The plan was to swap it in if needed.

After work on Monday we dropped the Automatic Trans Oil Pan. This was my first time in a trans, so it was touch and go for me, but I do know subarus.. Luckily Matt has been in a VW for sometime and has had lots of trans experience... but not autos. We dropped the pan, fluid went everywhere. The previous owner had been in it and Red RTV'd the **** out of the pan gasket. Goop everywhere. The oil was brown and burnt, but there was very little trans wear. After cleaning ourselves and the area up, we got to take a peak at the Solenoid Valve body/block. Where he hit a rock and bent the pan during the offroading venture, was the Clutch solenoid. Sheard the connector off and there was no way to repair it. So we grabbed fluids, filters, food, did an oil change on his forester and dinked around until Gerry got home and then we used my grocery getter to pick up the new-to-us transmission. The one we grabbed was the same tranny, but was a minor revision. He had a S1AA, and we got a C2AA. We got back to the shop around midnight, stripped the new tranny, pulled the new 2-4 Clutch Shift Solenoid, tested it and installed. What we didnt realize was that RTV takes 24 hours before its cured... damn. I layed a nice thin gasket out of Black RTV, and we reinstalled everything.

The next day we filled the transmission up with Castrol Transmax, took it for a rip around the block. The transmission is shifting again, smoother than when he got the car.

He now has a parts transmission and might even be willing to sell parts if anyone needs for a Phase 2 4EAT.

Back to The Foz, I have started the audio portion of the build. Subwoofer box is built and curing as I type. More to come on this as I tackle it slowly
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    June 05, 2017, 12:33 PM #151

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    Originally posted by Colby

    Back to The Foz, I have started the audio portion of the build. Subwoofer box is built and curing as I type. More to come on this as I tackle it slowly
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      July 07, 2017, 09:26 PM #152

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      Nothing more than a small tuning and maintenance update for The Foz this time.

      I changed the Differential fluids today with Castrol 75-90 Full Synthetic, first time doing this so I am not sure on how to "read" the oil and residues. Interestingly, both front and rear diffs were low. I am unsure how much oil gets eaten or escapes through the breather, but I'd wager they were at 75% of full. Boy, were they black and throughly used; The front looked like it may have had some water dilution too. It almost looked like it was grease in spots on the magnets...

      Engine Oil was changed at 7,000 instead of 10 and it was real bad. I suspect it was from all the hard driving since I started the tuning with Torqued. A new fill of Pennzoil Ultra Platinum and I should be good for the rest of the summer. Oh, also did another seafoam to the fuel to help clean the injectors and keep it running smooth. $12 piece of mind,

      We are on to Revision 17 of the map. The CVT and the FA20DIT is apparantly a **** combo, the trans lugs the motor and the DI is extremely tempermental with knocking. Whenever I use Manual or SIDrive - Sport Modes, there is next to nothing and it performs like the WRX would. The CVT is always keeping fuel economy in mind instead of running a safe RPM. Luckily the motor is extremely adaptable and versatile with the timing, AVCS, and knock strategies. The Grimmspeed 3 Port EBCS is extremely consistant with its controlling and hasn't spiked more than .5 PSI. The stock controller had as much as 5 PSI for spikes - Target is 18 PSI, Achieved was 23 PSI. Overall the tune is about the same performance as the COBB OTS Stage 1, however its extremely safe on the tranny and the motor. Considering that I have added a few hundred pounds of weight, bigger tires, heavier wheels, reduced the aerodynamics and witht he tune she is a bit quicker than stock, Id say its a win-win. She isnt fast, but shes quick... enough. Torqued adjusts some stuff and the Feedback Knock goes wild, antoher and the Fine Knock goes crazy. Its like a magical balancing act that is fighting him with every revision.

      Most likely nothing more for a while, until the audio gets finished and I head out west for a weekend later in August/Sept
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        July 08, 2017, 04:10 AM #153

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        Wow that's a lot of revisions. You should post up some logs. I'm interested to see what's going on.


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          July 08, 2017, 08:33 AM #154

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          Wow that's a lot of revisions. You should post up some logs. I'm interested to see what's going on.


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            « Reply #154 on: July 08, 2017, 08:33 AM »