klurejr

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from Oceanside, CA

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    • The end of an Era

      1 year ago

      klurejr

      Life is full of beginnings and endings, sometimes you are glad something has ended, such as Junior High School, sometimes you are upset that something has ended.

      This is a story of the later.

      It has been a few weeks and I still struggle to find the right words to match my emotions. Should I really feel this way about a car? Metal, plastic and glass?

      Can I honestly say it meant that much to me? Does this devalue my relationships with flesh and blood?

      I am not sure I can answer those questions, but I do feel both a huge loss and in the same breath feel a sigh of relief. How is that possible?

      My STI is gone. I had to sell her and for much less than I wanted to.

      You may have read my last article about my struggles trying to save the poor girl, after nearly 12 years of ownership I was just trying to give her a new lease on life and the entire thing backfired into a horrible spiral of blown turbos and gritty oil.

      In that last post I outlined some of the options presented to me. I made the decision to take the middle option as I could not afford to purchase a brand new bottom end for the car and the shop was hopeful.

      So I added another $2100 on top of over 5 grand already spent and pushed my 6 month total to around $8k. But if it runs good for another 5-6 years it is worth it right?

      Here is what they did:

      • New Oil Cooler
      • New Oil Pump
      • Oil Galleys in the Cam Gears sent out for professional cleaning
      • Turbo Re-build
      • Deep clean of the intercooler (oil was in it for some reason....)
      • Fresh Oil Change
      • Full inspection and testing

      When I picked up the car the shop guys were super positive. "Dodged a bullet" was actually uttered. I spoke in depth with the mechanic who did all of the work and he was very detailed and very optimistic I could keep the car a long time.

      I was on top of the world, by car had been saved from the brink and I would be able to drive her for a long time yet to come.

      Is 1800 miles a long time?

      I still commute to work everyday on my motorcycle, so the STI only saw a little bit of use on nights and weekends, trips to the store, etc. and occasionally down to work on days I just felt like driving instead of riding. So it took a few months to work up to 1800 miles.

      My wife was out of town one weekend and I needed to use the car for something and noticed one of my tires was flat. Filled it up, but it had a slow leak. Took it in to the tire shop and they refused to fix it.

      But hey, I had dodged a bullet and wanted to keep this car forever right? I went with the cheapest tires I could get at the time because I was not really interested in spending a bunch more money on the car so soon after the recent work. Just under $500. These should do the trick for the time being and the investment was worth it because I had just Dodged a bullet right?

      Right?

      Wrong.

      About 200 miles later on a Thursday night when heading home from a meeting I heard an awful sound from the engine. Rod Knock.

      Perhaps I had dodged the first bullet, but the second one hit hard, 1800 miles after the first was dodged.... 

      I was devastated. I was able to limp the car home. I had a trusted mechanic come to the house and listen to the motor to confirm my suspicions, but yes, the bottom end was toast.

      This was the last straw, the final hurrah. It was time to move on. I needed the money for something else and we had no more funds to put into the STI. I had to let go, and so I did.

      There is one silver lining to this story. The man who bought her runs a small lot and shop and specializes in Subaru's about 50 miles away from where I live. He already had a new block set aside for such a project and was looking for a car just like mine. Because the rest of the car is in such good shape, his plan is to rebuild the engine and tune it up a bit for his brother to drive. He mentioned his brother tends to only have a car for a year or so until he gets bored and wants something different..... so I have already expressed interest to be the first to buy her back when the day comes.

      But for now it is the end of an Era.

      Goodbye STI.

    • Motorcycles - A Love Story

      2 years ago

      klurejr

      I finally got the desire to put up a new blog post on my blogger site. I gave myself some time on the back of a motorcycle before I started sharing any feelings on the subject.


      Lemme know what you think.


      http://socalroadwarrior.blogspot.com/2017/01/motorcycles-love-story.html

    • klurejr's new little buddy

      3 years ago

      klurejr

      On Monday April 4th, 2016 at 4:35 in the afternoon my wife and I welcomed a new addition to our home. Our first child, Joseph Andrew.

      How long until it is okay for me to get him his own STI?

      :p

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    • When it Rains - Slow down and pay extra attention....

      3 years ago

      klurejr

      This was scary, as I entered the intersection I heard something to my left and when I looked I saw this white truck barreling towards the intersection. I feel bad for the people he hit, but I am glad they were there to stop him from plowing over me.

      I wonder if he was looking at his phone.....


      https://youtu.be/RyLL1NkOFhQ


      Stay safe out there.

    • Videos from my Motorcycle Trip last summer

      3 years ago

      klurejr

      I got the first one done just a few weeks after the ride, but due to business of life I did not have time to get to Day 2 and 3 until today. Here they are:

      day2

      https://youtu.be/1Lyw5lv-IhY

      day3

      https://youtu.be/l4j-gU6Gxxg

      And day 1 in case you did not see that one yet:

      https://youtu.be/S86WVESLIRM

      This is the link for the entire playlist:

      https://youtu.be/S86WVESLIRM?list=PLTtaH-nTxQ3s1Hma4TAWjusqIwSe7tby4

    • A son

      3 years ago

      klurejr

      My wife and I have been married for 18 years and found out a few months ago that she is Pregnant. Today I can announce that we will be having a son. Pretty stoked!

    • New lanesplitting Laws proposed for Cali

      in Forums > New lanesplitting Laws proposed for Cali | Follow this topic

      klurejr

      I am going to link two articles since they tie in pretty close to each other.

      California Law Article:
      California Could Finally Put A Lane-Splitting Law On The Books

      UC-Berkley Study Article:
      UC Berkeley Study Finds Lane-Splitting Is Safe If You're Smart


      I like this, I think both the Study and the Proposed California Law that seems to reflect some of the studies findings could pave the way for more States to adopt similar legislation.

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    • Hiking

      4 years ago

      klurejr

      youtu.be/gt7Ti1Hb11c

      Ford Canyon Trail, White Tank Mountains, Arizona.

  • About Me

  • Comments (497)

    • klurejr

      7 years ago

      Cool!

    • dedalus5150 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      I found this picture lulzy, and then I saw something....
      AdH3L.gif

    • TheAlbacor

      7 years ago

      Well, if you like coffee stouts, one of the best rated in the country is from a brewery here in WI. It's definitely the best coffee stout I've personally tried:

      Central Waters' Brewhouse Coffee Stout

      I used to be really into porters and stouts, dark beers in general. Recently I've been getting really into IPAs for some reason.

    • TheAlbacor

      7 years ago

      Definitely. Craft beers are a favorite of mine too. Plenty of microbrews here in WI and a friend who recently moved out to Cali says that there are a ton out there too. Any recommendations for a guy who typically likes wheat ales?

    • TheAlbacor

      7 years ago

      Was looking up RISK:MGS Edition because I saw a local game store advertising it and came across a small review of it you did.. that's the weirdest shit I've had happen to me on the internet in forever...

    • burgundy

      7 years ago

      The FZ1 is a great bike. Restricted R1 motor, simple suspension, but it works for it. Suzuki SV1000 would be a good choice too. Its a 1000cc V Twin, which means its a torquey lil guy. You can put GSXR suspension on it and absolutely RIP on those things. My second bike was an SV650. The balance of a V Twin vs an inline 4 is so much difference. The inline 4 sits so wide it throws a bit of the balance off.... the V twin would be MUCH more fun in the canyons, IMO. I could rip curves faster on my old SV than most of the supersport bikes. Not sure if that was my complete lack of brain and oversized balls at the time, or how well I had the bike set up... I like to think mostly the bike setup, though.

    • burgundy

      7 years ago

      Umm, all around sportbike forum, I can't say there is one. Most I know of are either make/model related, or sport related (drag or road course)... Not sure what your price range is, but I really think you should find a Kawasaki Concours to test drive. I think the 2006+ ones are the super nice ones. They are very sporty for what they are, super reliable, and VERY comfy.

    • Zerotide2

      8 years ago

      Ruby's @ Oceanside pier. Was out there doing a little surfing... visiting my uncle who just finished remodeling his house in La Jolla.

    • Zerotide2

      8 years ago

      Was up in your neck of the woods last week. Had dinner at Ruby's.

    • IA3471

      8 years ago

      If you come across it, Atwater Block's vanilla java porter is one of my faves, definitely worth a try. I'm pretty partial to the Stone smoked porter as well, but I do generally like Stone anyway.

    • sven

      8 years ago

      Yeah, the runs are pretty short I suppose, but that's the east coast for you. I'd love to go out to the west coast either next year or the year after. I have a friend who goes to Park City almost every year and he tells me how nice it is out west. All I know is that I need to get in better shape before I head out there so I'll be making some more trips to Vermont. I'm hoping that I can get in 1 or 2 more this season.

    • sven

      8 years ago

      The mountains in Vermont are not as big as those in California. Per Mt. Snow's website:

      Summit: 3,600 ft
      Vertical Drop: 1,700 ft.

    • Jaybird FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      hey man, sorry about getting back to you. Yes, both trucks are mine. My images havent been updates for a while nor has my account for that matter. I use the name Jaybird on a number for forums so if you want to see if Im real about the truck heres a few links to my build thread.

      forum.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic.php?t=29433

      krawltex.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=5763

      The pic in my sig is the same as my sig pick on the first link. Second link shows what happened to the truck in my sig as well which has inturn turned my toyota into a dd status. I understand the fakes out there and what to know if I truely own these trucks. In a few of those pics you will see the rodeo and the toyota next to each other too so I hope you are happy in knowing I do own these trucks. lol.

    • LouisWu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      I'm beginning to think that's the right choice. smiley0.gif

    • EmThree

      8 years ago

      I win at the internet.

      Access here at the track isn't the best...

    • EmThree

      8 years ago

      Drink this!

    • EmThree

      8 years ago

      Drink this!

    • EmThree

      8 years ago

      Drink this!

    • EmThree

      8 years ago

      Drink this!

    • EmThree

      8 years ago

      Drink this!

    • EmThree

      8 years ago

      Drink this!

    • Wolfmother

      8 years ago

      I mean "I know"

    • Wolfmother

      8 years ago

      I no. No tutorial or instructions. Check it out on YouTube, very addictive game.

    • stlranger

      8 years ago

      Ah ok. Yeah those in bed hooks come in handy. Lots of people put them up at the top, but that doesn't do any good if you want to strap something down in the bed that's shorter than the bed rails.

    • stlranger

      8 years ago

      Wow. I can't get my dog to sit still in the cab for just a few miles.

      I wouldn't be able to trust my dog in the back of a pickup bed. I'd be afraid she'd jump out and go chasing after squirrels or people or something.

    • stlranger

      8 years ago

      Ah ok. Wasn't sure if they were from a particular game or what. I agree, its an awesome picture. Such simple costumes too.

    • LouisWu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Yeah, I did. I read that article thoroughly before I posted. Pretty fascinating stuff. smiley0.gif

    • LouisWu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      lol - seems to me you could do a shot of beer, chase it with a shot of scotch, same flavor, a tenth the cost. smiley0.gif

    • haloguru2552

      9 years ago

      hahaha, yeah i suppose. Good luck with getting her fixed!

    • haloguru2552

      9 years ago

      Well that's good...I hope you get her fixed someday.

      Was she all paid off?

    • IA3471

      9 years ago

      Yeah, that went right over my head, lol...

    • IA3471

      9 years ago

      Yeah, now that it's summer-ish, might be a good idea... I usually just stay mildly burnt for the first few days and then it turns into a glorious tan that wards off sun and evil.

    • lowsky

      9 years ago

      So I finally got my STI and I love it! Drove it for 2 weeks and the spindle in my turbo broke pieces fell into the engine and now my engine is done. Thank god its a new car and Subaru is taking care of it but it doesn't bode well for the quality of parts they put in. Have you heard of similar problems or experienced anything like this?

    • LouisWu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      The one at home isn't Ben Folds - it's Merton. Folds loved it so much he did a tribute to it at the concert. smiley0.gif

    • sven

      9 years ago

      That snowboarding video you posted was awesome. I think I need a few more sessions before I get really comfortable on a board and not be so spazy.

    • HaloHero23

      9 years ago

      Had it off the lot for about a half mile and that was no where near enough road for that beast.

    • stlranger

      9 years ago

      That tremor that came after the quake in Illinois is the first time I've ever felt any kind of shaking. So it freaked me out to have my glass of milk start shaking in my hand as it was resting on the kitchen table. That freaked me out.

      But like you said, you grew up around it and are used to smaller quakes and tremors the rest of us in the Mid-West would freak out over.

    • stlranger

      9 years ago

      ok. for some reason I couldn't remember where in California you were at.

      A couple years ago we had a quake hit in southern Illinois that was felt here in St. Louis... at least by some people. I didn't feel it. I must have been in a truck at work cause I didn't feel a thing except for the aftershocks when I got home.

    • kokopelli73

      9 years ago

      Just saw your ad banner - awesome pic! smiley0.gif

    • skidogallard

      10 years ago

      I've just gotta say that I love your AWD picture. So many people where I live have big lifted trucks that have probably never been off the road in their lifetime.

    • EmThree

      10 years ago

      Stick Figure is great. Very relaxing, very cool. Makes me want to move out to California, man.

    • FalcoChick

      10 years ago

      When you're parked and hanging out on a main road, and you don't want to be sitting in the car, there are few better options. Plus it's fun to see how people react.

    • kokopelli73

      10 years ago

      Check to make sure the distributor cap is securely attached. I had a similar issue a few weeks ago when I was cleaning out the engine bay; I knocked the distributor cap loose from the alternator without knowing. What sounds like the exact same thing happened to me before I could figure out what I had done.

    • Wolfmother

      10 years ago

      They've been around for ever, but I always thought it was weird. Cinnamon sohld be on doughnuts and muffins, that's it.

      How wrong I was!

    • squall_born

      10 years ago

      Nice Subaru. I b jealous!

    • klurejr

      10 years ago

      awesome!

    • BobSalawalatski

      10 years ago

      I finally saw your ad just now.

      It looks great sitting at the top of the page, haha.

    • EmThree

      10 years ago

      Sounds sweet. I've been wanting to make one myself. I was thinking of using the front end of the Audi S5 or R8.

    • EmThree

      10 years ago

      I'm liking the banner. What did you use to make it?

    • mynameisTODD FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Yeah Im doing good I dont think Im coming back to WoW Im moving in with my fiancee and leaving town so things have improved quite a bit. If I ever do come back I'll probably just be playing and doing heroics and random raids.

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