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General Subaru / Re: Wondering if this site is still working
« on: August 07, 2019, 11:31:31 AM »
Well it seems that the forum doesn't like my post!  I've emailed it to myself from my phone, copied it directly to the forum, got a http error 500 or something of the like.

I copied it into word. saved, copied back to forum, no change.

I've managed to write "testing, testing" - and that posted.  Even shortening my post that I want to put on the build thread it still comes up with this http error.  And I'm back on the work computer running chrome.

Hopefully we can get this sorted, I've not had this issue before!



Your Rides / Re: Redback Brumby
« on: August 07, 2019, 11:25:24 AM »
Testing testing...

General Subaru / Re: Replace your PVC valve if having issues
« on: August 07, 2019, 10:54:57 AM »
Update on this one - it's not the PVC valve, it wasn't an inlet manifold gasket. I think I just need to suck it up a realise that this engine is probably consuming oil or running rich, I'm not sure which one. No blue smoke so it's not loads of oil.

Rings are possibly toast since the engine sat for a number of months with the sump and crank case full of water...



General Subaru / Re: Wondering if this site is still working
« on: August 07, 2019, 10:52:42 AM »
Well, I've tried to post in a couple of my threads via my phone using safari and no dice...

I'm currently on my staff computer that's using a chrome browser.



General Subaru / Re: Replace your PVC valve if having issues
« on: March 14, 2019, 09:50:21 PM »
Interesting. I've never heard of anyone replacing a PCV for this reason but it does make logical sense that it would effect predetonation.

Hey Phiz,

While it's certainly helped it's not completely solved the issue.  I'm now wondering if I've got a compromised inlet manifold gasket that's letting air into one bank, leaning out the air fuel mixture.

It's still getting me around town without an issue so I'm not really phased at the moment.

I'll keep this updated as I work things out as they happen ;)



Victoria / Lerderderg 4wd day 24FEB19
« on: March 01, 2019, 09:02:09 PM »
Lerderderg 4wd day trip report - 24FEB19

Attendees: Nachaluva Matt - 2.2 equipped SF foz; "L series" Matt in his SH foz with 28 inch tyres; 1WD_Foz Nick - 2.2 equipped SF foz on roadies; El Freddo Bennie - 2.2 equipped L series with custom box and roadies (Ruby Scoo).

We met up at the start of O'Brian's Rd at about 8am:

We cruised in, dropped on to an offroad track, got out of the way of an arrogant single vehicle charging up the track then I backed Ruby Scoo into a tree and cracked the rear right tail light.  Nothing too serious, just frustrated at myself.

We did a couple of good long climbs that were a good warm up, then hit a number of "commuter" tracks: Nachaluva:

...until we hit digger's track.  There were a number of holes with water in them, one in particular that Nachaluva had a crack at - and only cracked his exhaust in the mid pipe in the damage department:
video courtesy of 1WD_Foz

At another point on this track we dropped over this little rock step.  It gave me a good opportunity to get some snaps of the foresters:

"L series" Matt:

1WD_Foz Nick:

"Forester action": :P

Nachaluva Matt:

Just before we crossed the river/creek at the bottom of the valley, we turned around to do a rocky climb on the track we had just come down.  It was interesting how different it felt on the way up compared to the bouncy feeling experienced on the way down.

We hit the main road again then shortly up the track veered off to the blue gum track link shortcut, where I snapped a pic of this sign, as it is one of the good ones:

The annoying ones were the road closed to all vehicles other than management vehicles.  The okay ones were the rare conservation zone road closed signs.

 Then we had lunch on the shortcut track:

Then we were off to one of our old favourite set of tracks, or a track off ratcliffe to be precise - Number Two firebreak track.  Near the start of the firebreak track:

Properly dropping into the valley.  Someone had carved up that track in the wet, leaving some deep ruts to negotiate on the way down, worst section is up around the corner the vehicles just came down:

From the river it looks like this:

^ Just after it disappears into the tree canopy, it does a slightly greater than 90* right hand turn, maintaining the same steep gradient you see here, and it has a rocky outcrop with some small steps in it for good measure ;)

I went first in Ruby Scoo - I assumed that we were going up it without too much thought, even after walking the track.  I was still on road pressures as I'm tired of spiking/cutting side walls on roadies.  They went well and didn't wheel spin much which I was happy with.

Those images are pretty rare to me - I'm usually driving and not taking pictures like these (Thanks "L series" Matt!).

And here's "L series" Matt in his SG - backing down to have another go at his approach to the corner:

I don't have any further pics of this event due to videoing others doing the climb that still needs editing, but here's a few videos from 1WD_Foz:

My climb:

"L series" Matt's go, and second attempt before he stalled out on the rocky outcrop.

Ruby Scoo towed/snatched Matt's SG up the track where his factory low range could do everything as it should.  I don't have any pics of this, but it'll be in the video once I've got it sorted.

1WD_Foz Matt's go:

And this standing start off from the rock outcrop:

Nachaluva Matt's run - piece of cake:

This was an awesome climb and definitely the highlight and most challenging stuff we did on the day. 

From here we cruised around sort of aimlessly.  I was navigator but didn't have a paper map with me so was relying on maps on an app with a phone that had patchy reception.  And there was a no through road sign and the challenge was accepted.  Which "allowed" us to end up on Lloyd track - a seasonally closed track with a track around the gate.  This got us into an area that seemed to be comp truck spec in the mud.  I rode the ruts, then was forced to drop into them, glad that they were smaller in this section as I made it through but I did damage the exhaust.

"L series" Matt followed and ended up like this:

In the mean time the forester "twins" made their way around a large bog hole that allowed them to access a track that avoided the rubbish that I put Ruby Scoo through.

Then Matt's SG followed after getting out of the rut and managing to turn around:

And the last image of the day: Nachaluva Matt cruising up the last of the rutted stuff for this section. 

We ended up popping out just southish of Woodend.  Airing up occurred, some reminiscing and stories were shared and we all left with a half smile - half not due to leaving the tracks, the other half for hitting the tracks!

A good day had.  Thanks for those that made it.  Condolences to Venom who planned/organised us all for the trip then fell ill the day before. 

Oh, and "L series" Matt was dubbed this due to his SG being a kind of blue like my L series, even though it's way taller!

I hope you all enjoyed the read/pics.



Your Rides / Re: 1999 SF Forester
« on: February 26, 2019, 10:29:41 PM »
Sounds like you've got some plans for it mate!  (ignore my post in your old L's thread!).

Those ratios you talk about are referring to the centre diff output to front/rear.  "Locked" in the centre would actually be 100/100 not 50/50 as it's always referred to.  Locked puts equal power to the front and the rear.  The DCCD (I don't know what this means) is an electronic device that manipulates the centre diff device as to how much power is shared front to rear etc.  I think it has a built in bias of 40:60 front to rear but I could be wrong.

LSD = limited slip diff.  Front, avoid tightly wound up clutch LSDs - they'd be a nightmare to drive in the wet.  Torsten or Helical LSDs work well in the front end.  Get one if the budget allows for it!

Rear, shove what ever you want in there, including options for a locker in an R180 diff.  But you'd have to change the diff ratio in the gearbox to 4.44 to find an R180 that will work with your gearbox - there are literally zero R180s with 4.111:1 diff ratios - which is what your forester runs now.

Low range:  your stock low range is better than the standard EJ25 and EJ22 low range!  Yours is 1.477:1 ratio.  The dodgy one is 1.19:1 ratio.  The best one out there is found in the NA L series 4wd boxes - 1.59:1.  Phiz has done a write up on the conversion process on his home page here.  Very well worth the effort but you need to shave the crown wheel on the diff for the 4.111:1 and even more for the 4.44:1.  Again, the gains offload are well worth the effort!

Centre diff, if not going with the DCCD, look for the 20kg centre diff - hard to find but apparently worth it.  I think they're found in STi boxes - 4.44:1 diff ratio in the same box too.  A mate in the ACT has this 20kg rated centre diff and he loves it.  Yours is the bog standard 5kg unit.  I don't know if you can DIY upgrade these or not.

Mind blown/brain dribbling out of your ear?  Sorry about that :P



Your Rides / Re: Gutsy
« on: February 26, 2019, 10:09:55 PM »
Sounds good!  Got any pics and details of your plans??

Drop an EJ22 long block in ;)


General Subaru / Re: Replace your PVC valve if having issues
« on: February 26, 2019, 10:08:35 PM »
What do you think the new PCV valve is doing?  The EA81 besides being on the low power side they keep going even on only two cylinders for 300kms.

The EA81 is bullet proof and one of the best engines Subaru produced, only proceeded by the EJ22.

As for the PCV valve, I reckon the new one is closing properly and not allowing excessive crank case oil vapour into the intake manifold when the engine is under load and in light throttle positions.

But I reckon I've still got a vacuum leak - and it could be an intake gasket on the RHS head.  I need to investigate this more.



General Subaru / Replace your PVC valve if having issues
« on: February 01, 2019, 11:27:03 PM »
So I had a massive pinging issue with my EA81 brumby when ambient temps were near 25*C.

I decided to replace the PVC valve as this was probably never done. When I pulled the old one out it seemed to work fine and almost put it back in but decided to put the new one in since I’d removed a pile of stuff to get to the old one anyway.

Result?  Massive difference!  One the recent 45*C day here, I was able to drive around with very little detonation occurring. There were a couple of situations that it could be induced - but it was nothing like the detonation I used to get. Very happy!

So if you’re having an issue like this, look at swapping the PCV valve with a genuine unit.

I reckon the rest of my issue is in the carb’s shaft play.  We’ll see what happens there in time.



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