It is rods, dad confirmed 100%. Its like a slappy noise maybe hard to describe. not high pitchedIf it's a higher pitched ticking, it might be the lifters. Rods make more of a "clunk", it's a deeper sound.
Hmm. Would that plug and play with my ECU?I wouldn't recommend a 2.5 due to the large cylinder bore. The walls are thinner and they are prone to cracking. I recommend either a 2.3 (-'04 T5 as SB recommended) or a 2005-2009 2.4 T5 (B5244T5). The 4T5 is a great motor because you get the smaller 81mm bore like the 2.3s have, but a longer stroke. Plus forged rods are a nice additional safeguard compared to the older engines.
No. T9 is exhaust vvt only.It's 99% plug and play. The only real difference with the 4T5 is that you'll have the intake VVT disconnected. IIRC, the T9 also has intake VVT, so that's basically the same deal.
Don't know why I remembered the T9 having intake VVT. But yes, the hub will have to be locked somehow.No. T9 is exhaust vvt only.
For dual camshaft engines with cams not being actuated you need to actually delete and lock the cam or it will flop back and forth from full retard to full advance, not idea.
Timing belt was fine, looked really new. If not i still have my other one which is new. Did the banjo bolt again, new intake/exhuast manifold gasket, thermostat housing gasket, cleaned the oil trap. Another thing to note about running rich is that i threw a catalytic converter code which hadn't happened again after installing the 200 cell cat.Did you do a timing belt, pcv, and all the seals while it was out?
Yeah, probably should've but we were trying to be able to have it back up and running so i could drive to work lol.Nice!
I would have done the PCV and timing belt while it was all out, but those aren't too hard to do with everything in place.