09-16-2011, 04:57 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Calgary Alberta (near)
1997 Legacy outback now powered with 97 JDM WRX.
Finally all put together and driving around.
Some points, in no particular order:
It took longer than I thought.
Wiring was a bit of a pain, even though I had Ritewire do a "merge" --I should have done it myself.-Get all the ECU pinouts PRIOR to buying the replacement engine, and get everything from the donor engine..
WOW it pulls way harder than I thought it would.
The stock legacy steering rack would not bolt to the 05 sti crossmember I bought, so I got an sti steering rack.. so, I had to use a combo of power steering hoses.
The clutch reservoir had to be cut down to make room for the intercooler.
With a little bit of custom plumbing I used the stock legacy radiator, and kept the stock turbo cooling reservoir, no overheating. (but I am in Canada).
The joint between the steering rack and steering column had to be made.
Everything works!.. A/C, cruise, and all that, the only thing I don’t have is OBD II.
HD clutch is a must.
Turbo flywheels and stock Leggy flywheels are not the same.
The engine bay is FULL.
I kept the stock downpipe and just had a shop do the rest in 3in pipe.. not to expensive but effective.
Did I mention---WOW it pulls way harder than I thought it would?
As long as you stay away from the giggle peddle a reasonable amount, the fuel mileage is not that much different than the stock 2.5 was.
I kept the stock boost control.
The pillar pod for a 93 chev fullsize truck fits this vintage of outback reasonably well, as long as you don’t mind doing a little cutting of the pillar pod.
That little hood scoop looks so much better when you know there is an intercooler under it .
nobody expects anything from an old outback wagon... SURPRISE!!!
Legacy tie rods and STI tie rods are different.
Would I do it again?.. YES!! In a flash..
contact me if you have any questions.
Last edited by CBXJ; 09-16-2011 at 05:19 PM.