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Old 10-23-2008, 05:18 PM   #1
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So when you do a swap...you really think your done right? Second think that a lot. I'd figure after you get your swap running and you start driving your car...be ready with another $500-$1,000 for random things to go wrong.

I had an issue with a oil plug on the top of my engine leaking...just didn't tighten it when I was doing the swap...got that fixed...then my VSS sensor took a shart...luckly the same car is in the yard up here so I got it for $10. But now it's the kicker...

I decided to run stock motor mounts but was also curious just how much the engine would be moving with the stock 2.5 mounts on the ej20. Well I guess it's a lot!

I took my car to the Lake Superior Rally last weekend and did a little rally myself...but just noticed today that I had a smell coming from the hood. Seemed like my fitting may have come loose...I was wrong. The engine torqued and threw the metal coolant tank on of the engine into the hood. (pics soon) and snapped the fitting off the bottle that returns coolant to the over flow...so the legacy is down again...Oh and forgot to mention...snapped a sway bar just turning in a parking lot the other day too...so maybe I need to find a different DD and leave this thing for occasionally driving because it's too fun to drive to not get on it once in a while and the last thing i want to happen is the tranny in my legacy blowing out....

Anyone else finish up a swap and have this little set back continue to happen?
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:14 PM   #2
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I once had a swap go according to plan with no CELs or hiccups.
...Once.
there's always something to go wrong, you just have to keep on a somewhat accelerated maintenance schedule for a while.
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:31 PM   #3
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lol i looked at it...I'm going to have to weld it some way back on...I'm not on for giving in and getting a new bottle until I exhausted that option first lol
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:42 PM   #4
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99% of the issues come from installation, or a donor engine that wasn't in good health to begin with.
If you source a good engine/trans, and then have someone install and wire the swap correctly you should have a factory reliable (as good as that can be) car.

Many times I have had people ask me to do a wiring job or entire swap in their cars only to find out that the engine is being pieced together, or it is from a rollover/fire/100k+ car.

Lesson to be learned?
1) Pay up for a good engine from a reputable vendor, or pull it out of a wrecked car yourself.
2) Take your time with every part of the install. If it's your only car then expect to need alternative transport for a good amount of time.
3) I've learned this one before, some agree some don't. Install a stock engine, and THEN do mods. Diagnosing issues, or smogging the swapped car with modifications is either difficult or impossible.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:58 PM   #5
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oh i don't have emissions here first off lol...and the engine i drove. I just had to piece together the top end...

Overall she runs great, she's got a few mods, but I'm happy with performance...just needing to get a few bugs worked out...lol
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:23 AM   #6
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Yeah, I've been taking things (very) slow and steady with my project for just this reason, but I'm sure there will still be issues here and there even after it's "done".

I'd definitely recommend Group-N mounts to anyone swapping a 2nd gen Legacy, my IAC and expansion tank cap both touch the black heat blanket on the bottom of the hood so you really don't have any room for engine movement.

Having alternative transport is key too. If you're rushing things to try and get it done so you can drive to work tomorrow, things are going to go wrong.
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Old 10-25-2008, 05:07 PM   #7
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i got lucky and didn't have too many after swap problems, most of mine occured during the swap lol (mainly due to an incomplete donor car) goodluck w/ it and im sure you will have it all worked out, patience is the key
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:24 AM   #8
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lol thanks...buddy...and you dumped your Bd for an 02 bug...what's wrong with you? Thought you'd get a BE...sad sad sad day...
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Old 10-27-2008, 01:52 PM   #9
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lol yea ive always had a thing for the bugeyes....it was time for a change. Im loving it so far though
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:10 PM   #10
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BOOOOOO LOL just kidding
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