Originally Posted by Matt Monson
Lastly, 90% of the people who read this do not have the skills or facilities to do a swap like you and I do. A good shadetree can swap his Ej25 cams in 6-8 hours and have his car back on the road after a weekend in the garage. A swap takes on average 40-100 hours, and is not for the faint of heart. One thing to consider is audience. I too have done an old skool WRX swap for under $2000, and that included the car. But I don't go around bragging about it and treating it as commonplace. Dirtbag swappers like you and me are the exception, not the rule.
Points taken.... except the one about facilities. My work is all done in a rain soaked alley in urban Vancouver. Facilities, no. Dirtbag swapper, all the way.
But I must warn you - I've got the dirtbag's low$$ power swap underway...
EJ25 DOHC, w/turbo manifolds, w/a VF10 running no boost control (direct manifold fed wastegate actuator - 5PSI), no intercooler, modified NA subframe all running on a MAF based OBDI 1.8 NA ECU with a low$$ programmable look up table based MAF AFR compensator (which can be adjusted to pass emissions).
..... but that's another thread in another forum I guess!!