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Hi lads,

I've a forester xt 2.0l turbo that overheated and I think damaged the heads. Before I get everything stripped down I was wondering if there is any other heads that will work in the wrx/sti range that would be the same as what I've already got (for sourcing reasons) and what other heads would give me gains if any? (Might be a easy upgrade if I'm going to the trouble of putting another head on)

Not sure just yet how bad things are but I may start getting prices together to see what option are available depending on the damage.

Also I'm not interested with huge power here and don't want to start rebuilding everything to deal with it. Turbo and exhaust with a remap is as far as I'll go. 300bhp max if even.

Thanks Dan
 

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If you seriously overheated this engine you might think about getting a rebuilt engine replacement. Too often new heads on a badly overheated engine does NOT do it. People still complain of temperature spikes and bubbling coolant tanks. Boxer engines do not tolerate being overheated.
 

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Hi there.

Would new or re skim heads not do the job? What other problems arise with the engine been over heated? If the block is straight and no sign of damage would it not be ok to use..?

Rebuilding the original block with new heads or reconditioned heads,new head gaskets and studs not be the same as a whole engine rebuild in terms of fixing the problem that we have in the first place?? Wouldn't seem right to me to rebuild the block if not broke but please share your info.

Thanks for reply.
Dan
 

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Hi Danoc. You have access to one of the best Subaru guys in the country at Skyrne over in Meath. Phil Whelan at Automoto is the guy to speak to on 086 877 3524 and do so before you start panicking over heads and blocks, get it from the horses mouth. He did an great job on my Foz last year for an excellent price and what Phil doesn't know about Subarus isn't worth knowing. Also he's an honest fellow too. Give him a call and see what you think yourself but make sure it is Phil you contact because there is a shifty character operating North of the Dublin off the N3 who also claims to specialize in Scoobys, and shifty is being polite. I'm down the butt end of Wicklow by the way.
 
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