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Old 01-26-2008, 04:51 PM   #1
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Question 98 forestor older engine swap

I just found a junked 98 forestor for 1 dollar, usual plague of overheating, no cures, needs engine. Body, as the usual story goes is great and inspectable. This is the only way I would be looking to have one sit around until work is done. This year I have learned is notorious for very bad engine, especially my car killing locale.

What N/A engine would be of choice? I have a good idea already, and it would be an older engine stepped up just so slightly to be close to the 165hp, but would like specific year opinion instead of generalization.Somebody must be dealing with this same problem year car that stays looking good and premature driveline demise somewhere...
Thanks for replies. I hope this thread does not disappear with suby negativity as the motivation. NASOIC can be real can it not?
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:15 PM   #2
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just about any subaru engine will fit. I would check the classifieds for some one who has swapped their 2.5L NA car to a turbo and is selling their old parts. complete engine, wiring harness and ecu. Guys who have done more swaps could chime in here and go into other options also, like a 2.5l shortblock with 2.0/2.2 heads and what ecus will run those set ups. The plague of over heating is more then likely head gaskets. it is fairly common.
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:25 PM   #3
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Sounds to me like someone is throwing away a perfectly good car that just needs to have the head gaskets done. "No cure" means that whoever is selling the car is clueless. The cure is new head gaskets and the engine will be good for as long as you own it.

But, if you insist on replacing the engine, then as flstffxe said, any EJ-series engine will fit.
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:51 PM   #4
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The Phase I EJ25 had overheating issues, but the new revised HG seems to have fixed that problem.

part # 11044AA610 is the new 4-layer MLS HG that subaru uses.

If you can fix the car for a couple hundred then you have a pretty cheap car.



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Old 01-28-2008, 08:16 AM   #5
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This year I have learned is notorious for very bad engine, especially my car killing locale.
Yeah.. bad for a Subaru.. which isn't bad at all. As was said.. look into replacing the head gaskets. You may need to get the heads shaved since it's been allowed to overheat.

If you're still leery of the engine after fixing it.. sell it for a massive profit. Even with a busted engine, that thing was worth two thousand (assuming the mileage is semi reasonable).
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Old 02-10-2009, 01:05 AM   #6
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cant shave the heads on a subaru the intake want line up
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Old 02-10-2009, 01:32 AM   #7
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Shaving heads doesn't take that much material off. There are plenty of built motors running around with shaved heads.
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Old 02-10-2009, 01:33 AM   #8
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cant shave the heads on a subaru the intake want line up
Yes you can, done it many times
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Old 02-10-2009, 03:59 AM   #9
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just rebuilt my 2.5 out of my 98 forester, took a couple days but it went smooth and was about 350 to 400 bucks. kind of want to sell it now though. good luck with the motor!
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:57 AM   #10
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Where is this car? I need a better DD for my better half......

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