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Old 07-05-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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Default What to do? What would you do?

I have a 1994 impreza 1.8 with an auto. This is my beater! I use this car for hauling parts, going fishing, going in the woods, mudding and whatever I don't want to use my nice cars for. I have lots of parts so I can't decide high compression 2.5, turbo the 1.8, wrx swap or whatever. Should I leave the auto or install a 5spd? What would you do? I already have a forester xt and a wrx so it is just a fun car I don't want to make this a race car.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:26 PM   #2
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One word:

Tracks




http://www.americantracktruck.com/




Because F-YEA!
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:36 PM   #3
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Those trax are really cool I have a friend with some but that wouldn't work for my everyday stuff.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:42 AM   #4
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For that being a 94, a simple EJ25D swap would be super easy, relaible and add roughly 55HP at the wheels. That'd be my suggestion. Not as much work as a turbo kit, though folks have successfully boosted EJ18s with little to NO extra engine management.

Keep the auto if it still shifts alright. For a beater, it's kind nice to drop it in D or 1 to crawl around berms or rutty trails.

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Old 07-06-2013, 02:18 AM   #5
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I love my hybrid higher compression 2.5 block and phase 1 2.2 heads with the original steel borla single port header . Has pad style and hla rocker assembly for the heads with the delta 230 hp cams in it and with the heads combustion chambers widened to match the 2.5 bore.

I like it because it feels like a stroker and it just pulls all the way to 6500 redline (ej25d NA ecu) in 2nd, while 3rd is where I really notice it. 1st gear is pretty crazy...

For you, if you wanted to experiment I would do this:

-ej251 NA shortblock in good condition
-phase 1 dual port exhaust 2.2 heads (slightly widen the combustion chambers to match the 2.5 bore) with the roller rocker and solid adjuster assembly so you can run the delta 200 torque grind cams
-Obx equal length header or borla uel knock off and a decent cheap catback
I believe you could switch over to like a 2.2 ecu from a 96 impreza??

This would be a very torquey setup...
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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^^^ that is one of the builds I am thinking about.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:52 PM   #7
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I like the EJ25D swap with keeping the auto. Cheap, fast enough and reliable.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:03 PM   #8
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I love my hybrid higher compression 2.5 block and phase 1 2.2 heads with the original steel borla single port header . Has pad style and hla rocker assembly for the heads with the delta 230 hp cams in it and with the heads combustion chambers widened to match the 2.5 bore.

I like it because it feels like a stroker and it just pulls all the way to 6500 redline (ej25d NA ecu) in 2nd, while 3rd is where I really notice it. 1st gear is pretty crazy...

For you, if you wanted to experiment I would do this:

-ej251 NA shortblock in good condition
-phase 1 dual port exhaust 2.2 heads (slightly widen the combustion chambers to match the 2.5 bore) with the roller rocker and solid adjuster assembly so you can run the delta 200 torque grind cams
-Obx equal length header or borla uel knock off and a decent cheap catback
I believe you could switch over to like a 2.2 ecu from a 96 impreza??

This would be a very torquey setup...
I run a 25D block, 22E single port heads, 200 grind cams with the SLAs, MSD coil, GS phenolic spacers, williaty intake, single port 2" UEL, 370cc JECS injectors, and PP6 piggyback fuel management tuned by Pre.

Spanks on WRXs out of the gate, but lacks that top end that a spinny whirlygig offers. Sounds beastly too, perfect power for a GF chassis IMO, but I'm pulling it out to swap (And selling it, shameless plug) an EJ205.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:17 AM   #9
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I do alot of Subaru work but I haven't built a na monster yet so that is appealing to me. I also have a 2.1 stroker shortblock in the shop and was thinking of throwing nos on it since I have that laying around. IDK
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:29 AM   #10
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I do alot of Subaru work but I haven't built a na monster yet so that is appealing to me. I also have a 2.1 stroker shortblock in the shop and was thinking of throwing nos on it since I have that laying around. IDK
If you want more info about my build then pm me
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:49 AM   #11
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Hey I know it's somewhat off topic but I'm new to site and it won't let me post my own thread sooooo quick question I was wondering what parts I can use from other subaru models to help build my 1998 subaru legacy gt limited I just wanted to know for buying kits and looking at parts to put in the engine aswell as all around also I found less kits for my car and more for others so if I know what interchangeable then I can buy thenlooking for no mods to engine to make the parts fit
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:46 PM   #12
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Yeah I'm in a similar situation. I have a 2000 wagon with a 2.2 that's a beater.

Anyways it's leaking from the rear main seal, oil pan, and cam shaft. I'm interested in trying the 2.2 heads on a 2.5 block, any idea how much this would cost?
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:53 AM   #13
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:09 AM   #14
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So I'm starting to toy with the idea of doing this work myself. I've replaced my CV Joints, struts, the starter and some misc. sensors on the car. How hard would it be to do myself?

So to do the oil separator plate/main seal I'd need to pull the engine which I've never done before.

What else would I need as far as tools?
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:40 PM   #15
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Do you have to do anything? I'd just try to keep it as reliable as possible so you don't get stuck on your next fishing trip or mud run.
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:50 PM   #16
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:00 PM   #17
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Why not an EG33 swap? If you want to play NA, play with displacement. Also the flat 6 exhaust note is sexy. EG33s are cheap, make good power, and are rock solid. You'll do a little fab work and have to run an aftermarket ECU, but you'd be doing similar with a hybrid setup anyways.
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