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Old 09-07-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default EJ20 w/VF48 into 1998 Forester

I bought a 98 Forester last fall and drove it for a couple weeks and discovered it had bad headgaskets (big surprise, I know). I was going to just get the heads resurfaced and replace the headgaskets until I happened across an 02 WRX on my local craigslist. It came with the motor and transmission and it was pretty cheap, so I decided to go get it,



Instead of just replacing the headgaskets on the Foz (where's the fun in that? ) I thought I might as well just get rid of the pos Forester 2.5L,



And put in the WRX EJ20,



So, I pulled the 2.5L,







And got to work...

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Old 09-07-2012, 05:44 PM   #2
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Jeez, look at that dirty engine bay, gross!



Really nasty. So I decided to strip the engine bay,





Clean up some problem (rusty) areas



And repaint the engine bay,



On to the interior...
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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Got the dash off,



Locating dash harness,









Removed the dash bar,



Time to get the dash harness out of there...
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:02 PM   #4
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Unplugging,





Getting closer,



Got it out! Whew! PITA.



Now what? Get ahold of Brian at iWire.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:12 PM   #5
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Since the Foz is going to be motivated by forced induction the old crossmember had to go.



Out of there!





Sourced a crossmember from an early-90s turbo Legacy.



Better get that bolted up...
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:05 PM   #6
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Whew, been busy! Got the crossmember bolted up...



Decided I'm going to run e85 (got an e85 station just a few blocks from my house), so a fuel pump swap was in order (along with injectors and a tune).

Out with the old fuel pump..









And...
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:10 PM   #7
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...In the with new. Actually, it's a used Walbro I bought from a fellow NASIOC member...





Old pump off...


New pump on...



New pump in...



Stay tuned...
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:18 AM   #8
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Dude, as awesome as this is, your pictures are all out of wack.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:25 AM   #9
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Dude, as awesome as this is, your pictures are all out of wack.
How do you say?
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:16 AM   #10
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Dude, as awesome as this is, your pictures are all out of wack.


As you were,



Keep going
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:15 AM   #11
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Long time, no post. Busy, busy, busy!

Time for updates...

Now that the Walbro fuel pump is installed, it's time to focus on the engine...

Got the EJ20 up on the engine stand:

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Old 03-18-2013, 10:19 AM   #12
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The stock TD04.



Say by-bye!
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:21 AM   #13
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Here today, gone tomorrow.



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Old 03-18-2013, 10:28 AM   #14
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The VF48 I'm going to be using:

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Old 03-18-2013, 10:44 AM   #15
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Before I install the VF 48, have to take care of the hotside. I'm going to run EL Fujitsobo headers and an Invidia uppipe.

First things first - I need to wrap the headers and the uppipe:



Done!



Well, not quite...going to spray 'em with some silicone protectant:

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Old 03-18-2013, 10:54 AM   #16
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Now they're done!



Installed:



Seems like something's still missing...

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:41 AM   #17
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VF48 installed:



On to the injectors...need to get rid of these:



And put in some ID 1000s (for the E85):

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:59 AM   #18
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Next: colder plugs:





Torque 'em proper:

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Old 03-19-2013, 08:50 PM   #19
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nice thread, I'm doing a wrx into my sf foz soon too
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:39 AM   #20
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Sweet swap! I'm building a 22T to swap in my 95 L wagon. It's going slowly and expensively, lol.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:43 AM   #21
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nice thread, I'm doing a wrx into my sf foz soon too
It's fun. But it can get a bit more expensive than you were expecting.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:08 AM   #22
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Installed TGV deletes:



Replaced the stock inlet with a Samco piece:



Larger intercooler:

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Old 03-20-2013, 02:52 PM   #23
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SWEET, subscribing.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:22 PM   #24
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Nice project!
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:06 AM   #25
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Thanks!

Meanwhile...I had sent the Forester dash harness and the WRX engine harness off to Brian K. at iWire to be merged. Brian did an amazing job and was a great help when it came time to reinstall the harnesses:





Whew! Glad THAT's done!
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