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Old 02-08-2008, 02:40 PM   #1
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Default ej22e n/a tuning questions

I have a 98 impreza with a 2.2 L engine. I have only done moderate work to the engine itself. Is it worth trying to build this engine any further? I'm not looking for a gargantuan amount of power, just something I can flog the heck out of every once in a while without any worries. However, I am really short on cash. What 2 do? I heard that this is one of the toughest engines subaru built. Is that true?

Here's my current setup...







I know there will be some flaming, That's been my experience thus far. I just want honest opinions.

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Old 02-08-2008, 02:49 PM   #2
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Looks like you put a lot of work into the exterior. I like it.


Start learning about Enginuity. There is an Enginuity tuning thread somewhere in this N/A forum. All you need is a tactrix cable ($75), a windows laptop, and the ability to read up on the proper tuning methods.

I used Enginuity and it really made a difference in torque throughout the powerband.
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:55 PM   #3
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Looks like you put a lot of work into the exterior. I like it.


Start learning about Enginuity. There is an Enginuity tuning thread somewhere in this N/A forum. All you need is a tactrix cable ($75), a windows laptop, and the ability to read up on the proper tuning methods.

I used Enginuity and it really made a difference in torque throughout the powerband.
I was pretty sure Enginuity does not support pre-05 ECU's, maybe you know something I don't though.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:51 AM   #4
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siic mirrors bro
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Old 02-09-2008, 12:23 PM   #5
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No RomRaider (formerly Enginuity) for you......

Not much you're going to be able to do with the motor as it sits. You could find a good EJ25 shortblock and put your EJ22 heads on it for a high compression frankenstein motor....but outside of some sort of swap....you're looking at minimal gains.

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Old 02-09-2008, 03:12 PM   #6
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I have, in the past, added an aluminum flywheel, light weight pullys, and Delta re ground cams to a 2.2. It felt very strong, especially compared to the 1.8 that was in there previously. This was in a 95 coupe that went on a diet.
I also cleaned up the ports, in the bowl area under the valves. and had an intake, headers and an exhaust. At the same time I also owned a 2003 with the 2.5, a much heavier car. The 95 felt faster.
The 2.5 swap is much easier and probably can be done for just about the same cost. And in the end have more power.
If you want to save the 2.2 get a pully,and reground cams from delta. If it is time for a timing belt change there is your excuse as it is not much more work.
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Old 02-09-2008, 06:47 PM   #7
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This might sound pretty weird but I had a 99' 2.2L w/ 2.5 DOHC heads. I was running the 2.5 injectors and it pulled really hard. I "raced" my friend with a Nissan Sentra SER with I/H/E, from a 40 mph roll to 80 and he only put one car length on me, The timming was off and it ran rich to 3500 RPMs. If you were to put a fuel controller on it to fix that little problem with the fuel and have the timming set correctly you should have alot of power. Just my two cents.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:14 PM   #8
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I think you should find yourself a used EJ25 shortblock. Just like Jay said, throw your EJ22 heads on it with some cams and a complementing exhaust system. But keep in mind the EJ22 heads will run out of steam up top, especially since you would be shoving 300 cc's more air through them.



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Old 02-09-2008, 10:23 PM   #9
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Wow. A lot of good ideas! Keep them coming! Still unsure.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:25 PM   #10
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maybe you could try getting a SAFC to scale fuel or something then run meth so you can run uber timing

in reality though its cheaper to go turbo then anything..high hp n/a is way expensive for EJ motors
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:27 PM   #11
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Will the Ej22e hold up to boost? I'm only talking about nine or ten pounds which isn't exactly "low boost". I have stock internals and top end, bigger injectors and a fuel pressure regulator, with a msd ignition system (minus the box, that's next week ). What would I have to do to keep her together. The engine has 152,000 on her. Ideas ? ? ? ?

Thanks everyone for the input so far!!
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:32 PM   #12
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what engine management are you using? most n/a ecu's wont be able to compensate for anything above atmosphere or maybe 1 psi more in terms of fuel ratio (even if your injectors can). I like how you say you are short on cash but still ask about turbo-ing the little old lady. :-)
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