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Old 03-03-2009, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default 1999 legacy gt getting a usdm ej20

well i bought this legacy in the end of december and drove it for about a month before the head gaskets began to leak. after that it was about another month before i had to trailer it home. i have been doing alot of reading about putting a turbo engine and decided the the most simple and cheapest way to get the car back on the road is to use the usdm ej20. i found one and bought it 2 days ago. the guy i bought it from told me the the car had about 17k on it and some bolt ons. the car wasn't tuned right and the engine gave up. he said he limped it home and the next day did a leak down test and it showed the cylinder 1 was bad. so here i am. i was going to swap out the whole dash with a wrx dash to make the wiring easier but after reading a lot i found that it is not as simple as it is for the imprezas. it was said that alterations need to be made to the fire wall so i think i am going to steer away from that. just to let everyone know i am on a limited budget. isn't everyone. I guess why i am starting this is so people can follow me with no motor yanking or swapping experiance and i hope for people to chime in and give advice. because a lot will be needed. any advice will be welcome so don't be shy. my name is nick and i am north of pitt so anyone who wants to help out is welcome. if you help beer is free. i guess the next step is to get this motor fixed. how much do you think it should cost to put in a new piston and timing belt on a yanked engine?
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Old 03-04-2009, 11:23 PM   #2
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Please use capital letters and paragraphs. It's really hard to read what you wrote.

If there is a piston that is cracked or broken, the block might be toast depending on how much damage was done to the cylinder wall. There isn't really any good way to tell how much it will cost without tearing it apart and checking out the damage.
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:58 AM   #3
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also, swapping the dash isnt going work in the legacy. It can be done and has, but its way more work then just doing the wiring. Plus it doesnt line up right and leaves about a half an inch gap on the sides.. i believe if you search on here a few times, you might find them.
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:44 PM   #4
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i saw that. the more i see those gaps the less i like it. also i do like the stock look. i'm just gonna send it away. i need to find a wrx wiring harness and another legacy gt one and have them merged. that way when i swap them out i can do it while its all fresh in my mind. sorry no caps and tabs. not the typing type. i am a slow typer and i dont have the patience.
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:59 AM   #5
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I am doing the exact same thing, but mines a 96. The engine I got was from a friend of mine. He lost compression in a cylinder, but still made like 350hp with it. Turns out to be a cracked ringland, didnt do much damage to the cylinder however. I ball stone honed it and now its good to do. As far as wiring, if you don't know what you are doing, its probably overwhelming. This is what you have to look forward too.

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Old 03-07-2009, 02:42 PM   #6
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i saw that. the more i see those gaps the less i like it. also i do like the stock look. i'm just gonna send it away. i need to find a wrx wiring harness and another legacy gt one and have them merged. that way when i swap them out i can do it while its all fresh in my mind. sorry no caps and tabs. not the typing type. i am a slow typer and i dont have the patience.
zephyr (i believe thats how you spell it) can di the wiring for you. He knows his stuff and his prices are reasonable. Plus he usually has a good turn around time.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:37 AM   #7
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game on! So Zach and I just dove into the wrx engine, neither of us have even seen one apart so we went for it. I took a bunch of pics and I will post them soon but we got the drivers side head off. wow those cam gears were hell but we finally got them. when i bought the engine the guy told me a cylinder was bad that the shop had told him from a leak down test. ill put up pics tomorow but its looks way minor. No valve damage. Sweet!
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:52 PM   #8
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also, swapping the dash isnt going work in the legacy. It can be done and has, but its way more work then just doing the wiring. Plus it doesnt line up right and leaves about a half an inch gap on the sides.. i believe if you search on here a few times, you might find them.
I just did a driveline swap and it looks sweet, the gap is not bad at all and can be creatively filled.
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