Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Friday May 29, 2015
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Subaru Models > Legacy Forum

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-27-2010, 01:15 AM   #1
subieguy2
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 149771
Join Date: May 2007
Location: IL
Vehicle:
2010 WRX Sedan

Default Replace or rebuild engine?

OK so recently I obtained a 97 Legacy GT for free...yes that's right $0. I helped a friend do a lot of work to his wrx...and he signed the title over to me for all the times I helped him out or as he puts it...saved his butt. He's a good guy and I was glad to help...but this was too good of a deal to pass on.

OK so the kicker to this is that the engine has a spun rod bearing. Found some pretty good size metal shavings in the oil pan. So I pulled the engine.

I am not wanting to do anything that is going to cost me a lot of money (so no sti swap for the time being)...would I be better off to rebuild the engine or just buy an engine from a junkyard or something? I have never rebuilt a motor....so keeping that in mind any suggestions? If I buy one from a junkyard is the motor I pulled worth anything in it's current state?

oh and btw...I have a short block out of a 03 wrx that also had a spun rod bearing (which was also given to me by another buddy)....maybe rebuild that and do a hybrid with the legacy heads and such?

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
subieguy2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Old 04-27-2010, 06:39 PM   #2
Jonathan
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 4021
Join Date: Feb 2001
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Natick, MA USA
Vehicle:
1999 Legacy GT Ltd
Quick Silver Metallic

Default

My vote would be go for the junk yard motor.
Any pre 2000 Legacy EJ25 motor will work, although you could also go with a pre 1999 EJ22 motor as well.

If you are pulling an EJ25 motor from an Impreza RS or a Forester You need to make sure these motors are from a pre 1999 model year (Unlike the Legacy they were manufactured in Japan, where they swapped to the Phase II MAP EJ25 motor a year earlier).

Usually they will give you a 30 day warranty, although it would be even better if you could listen to it run and possibly do a quick compression check.

It might not be a bad idea, given you will have no service history on the motor, to do the following:

New timing belt, tensioners, cam seals, water pump, thermostat, belts and hoses... maybe valve cover gaskets if there appears to be a leak.

It maybe a little extreme but replacing the head gaskets with the motor removed from the car could save you a fair amount of grief and aggravation down the road.
Jonathan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Replace or rebuild? fragment Built Motor Discussion 10 05-25-2009 02:25 PM
Replace or rebuild? DrSaabaru Built Motor Discussion 10 04-08-2009 10:59 PM
02 WRX Engine. Rebuild , Replace or upgrade toecutter Built Motor Discussion 16 03-13-2008 11:12 PM
replace or rebuild 5 speed ??? wagpig Forester Forum 4 01-30-2006 08:17 PM
Replace or rebuild 4EAT on 98 Leg GT? cfwdfw Legacy Forum 5 09-04-2004 09:12 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2015 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2015, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.