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Old 06-03-2003, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default Pulling out my stock motor need advice

well I might be pulling my motor at my house and i do have a few guys that owns Hondas that have done a lot of swaps but b4 we go ahead and pull mine we all need to know as much info possible. if there anything help full that i should know about? example does the tranny come out too? do u pull the motor out of lift the car up and drop it out? how long would this job take? ect please let me know. thanks
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Old 06-03-2003, 07:32 PM   #2
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I'd highly reccomend that you get your hands on a copy of the factory service manuals for the car... you can buy them from most vendors that sell lots of parts ( www.subaruwrxparts.com , www.subaruparts.com, etc.)

Also, pick up the Haynes manual for the Legacy... about 90% of it is the same, and it has some tool reccomendations instead of using Subaru's "special tool" stuff.

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Old 06-04-2003, 05:16 PM   #3
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I hate Haynes with a passion. I actually threw my Haynes Legacy manual away. FSM's are what repair manuals should be.

Let me field a few of these questions. The engine will not come out underneath the car unless you remove the crossmember. Don't know if it would work even then as I have not heard of anybody actually doing that. You will want to either protect or remove your radiator so you don't stuff the block through it. The FSM says to drain A/C system and power steering system as well, but I haven't heard specifically about the A/C. Tranny stays in the car and the engine will pull away from it and then out. Undo a plethora of wires, bolts, etc, and then yoink the engine out from the top.

Time all depends on your experience. The guys in Oregon are doing entire swaps in a weekend. I'm figuring about a week for the physical swap of my engine.

8Complex is probably one of the best guys to ask. He pulls his motor to change a clutch

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Old 06-04-2003, 06:48 PM   #4
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get the service manual ..

more importantly than how to take it out it gives things like torque specs on how to put it back in ...
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Old 06-04-2003, 07:03 PM   #5
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I pulled mine out with the tranny attached....and it was pretty simple to do. You may want to have someone around with a similar car to look at when hooking stuff back up (don't ask why I suggest this ). We put the tranny back in before the motor and then regreted doing so for the 4 hours it took to get the tranny and motor to go together. If you can pull it as one and then put it back together as one, it will save you a ton of time. We actually got to the point where pulling the tranny back out was close to happening. I think we are doing a motor swap in mine soon to a lower mileage engine (I have 105,000) and plan on taking 2 days to do this. The radiator thing is most important during this, as you can do alot of damage to it by leaving it in the car. Anyway, it's not hard, just make sure you have the hoist chains secured (again....don't ask why I know this) and be patient!!

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Old 06-04-2003, 11:07 PM   #6
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thanks for the info guys =]
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Old 06-04-2003, 11:36 PM   #7
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Why are you pulling the motor out in the first place?
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Old 06-04-2003, 11:37 PM   #8
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cylinder 4 is dead =[
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Old 06-05-2003, 06:50 AM   #9
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i have lots of info for you and if you would like aim me at volcomite10 and i will share it all (what tools you will need etc..). where are you located first of all and what motor you planning on putting in. it took me 16 hours full drop both engines in out kinda thing. with no power tools and car lifted 21 inches. aim me for more info or e-mail me at adam@awjunkies.com.
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