Well it’s been a while and COVID got in the way of finances a bit but car is almost complete now and I’m infinitely poorer. Car was MOT’d a couple of weeks ago (only advisory was loose battery so located a NOS battery clamp) however car wasn’t settled on idle and a bit too rough on boost - caused by the change in compression with the new JDM short block and not being adjusted by using the right sized head gasket (now has a RCM .78mm gasket) which has annoyed me a little given I wanted to keep it original. Anyway I was left with two choices do the engine again or a remap - link g4 was suggested but I’ve opted for a ESL daughter board just given it retains Subaru fault codes and safety bits. Plus it comes in cheaper so win win for me but I know a lot really rate the g4.
I’ve reconciled my want to keep this stock by suggesting we aim for the PPP WR numbers of 240bhp and 260lb ft a bit lower in the rev range (3500 versus 214lb ft at 4000 on the UK turbo) which I suspect is what the Japanese WRX had anyway before the regs detuned them here so don’t expect that to put any stress on the stock parts by having to much torque available or a lot of torque available too low so it was always stressing the car. Car can happily make more for sure.
Once the ESL fit and tune is done and I have it back here I’ll get some more pics up.
I purchased a 2013 Outback earlier this year and all was good. However, a couple of weeks ago I started to get intermittent power steering issues. Essential the ps would drop out and the only way to get it working would be to pull over and turn the engine off and the ps would be back. A couple of days ago it packed up completely. I’ve checked fuses, wiring and everything else I could think of. Nipped it down to my local Subaru specialist for coding and no codes were recorded. Any ideas?