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Old 02-26-2008, 11:39 PM   #1
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well to start off i say hello, i have made a few posts prior to this one, but its now time to learn. i have been reading threads religiously and am still in awe. the different combos of years, makes, and motors is a bit overwhelming so bare with me.

what i have- a beautiful 1999 Subaru Impreza 2.5rs with an auto trans
what has happened today 2/25/08- blew the motor... terrible knocking/slapping in cylinder 4

i brought it to a local Subaru dealer and they told me it was toast, quoted me 4500 dollars for a "reman" short block, reusing my heads and what not

another local subaru shop quoted me 2500 to do a rebuild, new pistons, rings etc.

i have some mechanic skills but not enough to do it myself. i am leaning toward putting a rebuilt ej25 back into the car, ebay special.
i am also continplating a swap, but nothing major...(i laugh at myself too)

basically im looking for advice, a turbo motor would be sweet in this car but maybe not practical for me money wise

here are a couple different options i was looking at so please steer me in the right direction.... i thank you all very much in advance

Jason from Michigan with a budget around $4000

1 http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SUBARU-96-99-IMPREZA-2-5RS-WRX-JDM-EJ20-TURBO-ENGINE_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33615QQihZ010QQi temZ200202913337QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

2 http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/EJ2-5-SOHC-Rebuilt-Engine-99-Forester-Impreza-Legacy_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ46098QQihZ020QQi temZ300200962318QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

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Old 02-27-2008, 05:25 AM   #2
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i would say find a good turbo engine and have it thoroughly checked. ebay isn't bad but have never done anything like that from there. in ur case, all else aside, do the $2500 option from the one shop and u will still have $1500 left for perfomance parts!! good luck.
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:16 AM   #3
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Do you plan on doing anything to the drivetrain? Any kind of high output turbo well eat your 4EAT for lunch during spirited driving. Probably won't last too long... just my $.02.
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Old 02-28-2008, 12:20 AM   #4
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thanks for the insight fellas, looks like ill be pulling the motor soon enough
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Old 02-28-2008, 12:31 AM   #5
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try looking in the car partout section on here you can pic up a wrx swap for under the $4000 limit you have and put it in yourself. or for a little more do an sti swap
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Old 02-28-2008, 03:37 PM   #6
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thanks again, i have decided to go with purchasing a rebuilt ej25 block and building up a naturally aspirated powerplant...start giving me ideas
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:35 PM   #7
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Junkman where about in Michigan are you. I could give you some help if you are in the area.
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:07 AM   #8
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commerce twp, zip 48382
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:21 AM   #9
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if you're gonna tear the block apart, take a dremel to smooth out some of the oil passages.
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:21 AM   #10
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I may be able to give you a hand if you need it. I live in Dearborn, by I94& Telegraph.
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:13 AM   #11
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Oh man... an STi swap would be so sweet.

Nevertheless you got a new motor, how exciting!

Dare I say: Spicy cams and frakenmotor? (2.2L Heads)

And make it run in 93 octane of deaaathhh... lol
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Old 03-02-2008, 08:51 PM   #12
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its going to be a project ofr sure. i am wanting to do a mild built 2.5 naturally aspirated motor
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