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Old 05-11-2009, 12:48 PM   #1
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Unhappy 98 outback engine swap

So here is my dilema I have a rod knocking on my 98 outback and so I am goig to need to replace my engine. I will have the work done at my dads shop so everything will be much cheaper than anywhere else. But I was wondering if it would be worth it to put a wrx engine in instead of the same thing. My dads main concercn is the ammount of time that one of his mechanics is going to have to spend on my car instead of a paying customers car. So what I want to know is has anyone done it and how much extra work would it be instead of replacing with the same thing.
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:13 PM   #2
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It's time consuming will require replacing harness and ECU.

BTW Subaru offer a remanufactured short blocks for your car, it's comes with oil pump, water pump, oil pan etc.
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:42 PM   #3
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The Phase 1 DOHC EJ25's are well known for two things. Headgasket failures and eating rod bearings.
The rod bearings fail because they are infact narrower than stand EJ series rod bearings. That is the ultimate issue that you could run into again. I still wonder what subaru was thinking when they put in a heavier piston, short rod ratio and narrower rod bearing

I'm assuming the car is pretty much stock however...?
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:23 PM   #4
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Yea everything is still stock I have replaced the heads twice already (the car has 233k miles) I think I should just say forget it and buy a new car but my dad says I should just replace the motor because I can't afford the wrx I want so that's where I got the idea to put a wrx motor in it.
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:59 PM   #5
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If you have the time and money a swap would save a lot of time and money over the WRX; especially with insurance.

I never did ask, is this an outback or an outback sport?
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:08 PM   #6
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It's the legacy outback
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:03 PM   #7
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A WRX swap isn't something that 'one of your dad's mechanics' is going to be able to handle, because of the wiring involved. Throw another ej25 in there and call it a day.
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