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    This happened yesterday btw. I also drove the scooby from Phoenix AZ to my new home in Northern CA near sacramento.
    I have to fix ASAP cause I need to drive back to AZ on Saturday...

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    Did the smoke have any kind of a sweet smell to it? That would mean coolant. Oil feed lines are more likely to go in the WRX turbos, but coolant lines can to. Replace the line and see if that corrects it.
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    There are coolant lines running to the turbo and the upper reservoir. Replace the one that is leaking or make sure they are clamped on properly.


    Are you still making low boost too?
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    SO, Ive replaced the leaking lines, and topped off the lost fluids. Is there a special burping process that I must follow when filling the coolant? Its at the top and stays there.. I let the car warm up, cool down, then top off again, then warm up , cool off, Top.... etc. I just drove from Nor cal All the way to Phx AZ yesterday and she drove like a champ. Boosted fine i guess. It just seems, I dont know, not as strong as it used to... but it still boosts.
    Ps: Also just installed;
    -Tic Diff Lockdown Race kit,
    -Group n 5MT mount
    -5mt X-member Bushings
    -Energy Suspension MASTER hyperflex kits, (Cherry Blossom RED)
    Takes turns twice as well as before, and no more loose rattling control arms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus_Magnet View Post
    SO, Ive replaced the leaking lines, and topped off the lost fluids. Is there a special burping process that I must follow when filling the coolant? Its at the top and stays there.. I let the car warm up, cool down, then top off again, then warm up , cool off, Top.... etc. I just drove from Nor cal All the way to Phx AZ yesterday and she drove like a champ. Boosted fine i guess. It just seems, I dont know, not as strong as it used to... but it still boosts.
    Ps: Also just installed;
    -Tic Diff Lockdown Race kit,
    -Group n 5MT mount
    -5mt X-member Bushings
    -Energy Suspension MASTER hyperflex kits, (Cherry Blossom RED)
    Takes turns twice as well as before, and no more loose rattling control arms.

    Good deal. To burp it you just top off the upper reservoir like you did but you should run the heater on high. If it didn't overheat in AZ then job done IMO.

    The bushings etc. do make a nice improvement in the driveline (less clunking, maybe more power down) and to some degree on handling (much more stable and planted feeling, less "chasing the wheel"). I'm not sure if you've done sway bars but they of course make a bigger difference in actual handling (unless as it sounds your control arm bushings were actually shot). The steering rack bushings are nice too.

    Did you get the rear control arm ones pressed in? There is a guy here who sometimes loans out a really cool tool to do the on-board ones. I did the ALK on the front arms but haven't done the front bushing.
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    Funny you ask about the rears... I did the bigger forward/front bushing, but didnt have the time to do the one at the rear on the Knuckle. It looked like a B*tch.
    Yes, My control arms were SHOT! The car was rattling. Not good. I never should have let it get that bad. And the sway bars were also done. That is one thing that I could DEFINITELY tell the difference. Put it this way, Black burnt marshmallow, to Crisp Hardy cherry!
    Didnt do the Steering rack bushings though. Do they help alot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus_Magnet View Post
    Funny you ask about the rears... I did the bigger forward/front bushing, but didnt have the time to do the one at the rear on the Knuckle. It looked like a B*tch.
    Yes, My control arms were SHOT! The car was rattling. Not good. I never should have let it get that bad. And the sway bars were also done. That is one thing that I could DEFINITELY tell the difference. Put it this way, Black burnt marshmallow, to Crisp Hardy cherry!
    Didnt do the Steering rack bushings though. Do they help alot?
    The rack bushings improve feel but not performance. Less fussing with the wheel, no "memory steer" and more stable trajectory - I think it reduces fatigue on the highway and is noticeable on turn in precision and not having to micro-adjust all the time on long corners.

    It takes a bit of prying to get the rear one on the control arm. If you don't want to autocross the ALK is the best. Otherwise get the offset bushings from TIC (whiteline).
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