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Old 09-02-2003, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default My EJ205 engine swap is done!!:)

Hey you guys I thought I would let you guys know that I finished my engine swap about two weeks ago. i planned on taking pics in the two weeks that it has been but I have been unable to get a hold of my friends digi-camera. Well I hope to have some picks up for you. If you guys have questions about fitment or certain parts that can be used, let me know. I hope to have pics of my ugly yet quick car up soon.
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Old 09-03-2003, 02:13 PM   #2
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Which radiator, hoses, and fans were used? How was the clearance between the radiator fans and the crossover pipe?

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Old 09-03-2003, 11:04 PM   #3
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I used the stock 1.8 radiator, hoses and fans. there's not a ton of room between the engine and the fans but I can fit my hand down in there. I'll show you once I take the pictures.
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Old 09-04-2003, 02:46 PM   #4
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Homemade WRX- Im looking into swapping an EJ20 into a '99 2.5RS. Can you list for me what I would need to do this(aside from the engine, tranny, wiring harness and ECU).
Did you use a WRX crossmember? I've heard these are needed.
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Old 09-04-2003, 07:18 PM   #5
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Hi, Yes you do need to swap out the lower front crossmember. You can use either a WRX or Turbo Legacy one. I didn't have to change out my tranny. My stock tranny bolted right up although I am planning on swapping an STI tranny in. You'll need to modify you exhaust most likely. I went ahead and bought the Borla cat back and the stock downpipe. I then had a gap left in the piping (about 2.5-3 ft) and had an exhaust shop patch it up. The mounts didn't line up exactly and needed some coaxing. I went ahead and purchased an ACT clutch kit and installed that. When you are installing and doing all of the wiring be sure to buy the fuel pump controller. It is extremely easy to hook up and keeps your car from killing your gas by running super rich. All in all the only part that needed serious changing (other than the engine duh) was the lower front crossmember.
If you have any other questions feel free to ask, Micah
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Old 09-04-2003, 09:48 PM   #6
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how about the dash?

did you have to use wrx dash?

how are you planing on fitting the sti 6 speed into a gc frame? i hear the tranny tunnel is not big enough.

How about the sifter linkage for Sti tranny?
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Old 09-05-2003, 12:02 AM   #7
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I used my stock dash and I never said I was using an STI 6-speed tranny. I'm going to be using a 5-speed STI tranny from the UK. There I can get one for any model year I want and I'm looking to get it off of a 96(the last year they made them with mechanical speedometers).
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Old 09-05-2003, 12:32 AM   #8
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FWIW, the 6MT will fit with a little massaging.

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Old 09-10-2003, 12:59 AM   #9
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FWIW, the 6MT will fit with a little massaging.

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what the hell does that mean?
what is a "LITTLE MASSAGING"?

will a stock shifter linkage work, or do i need an sti one?
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Old 09-10-2003, 01:02 AM   #10
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No it wont work... and your going to have to do some tunnel work to get it to fit.

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Old 09-10-2003, 01:49 AM   #11
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The 6MT is significantly larger than the 5MT in all aspects. Because of this, some clearancing is needed within the transmission tunnel to get everything to fit properly.

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Old 09-10-2003, 07:29 AM   #12
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Congrats man! How does it run? When I sold you the motor I thought it would take you longer than it did to swap it. Did you do the electrical yourself? Good job man!
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Old 09-10-2003, 10:33 AM   #13
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yeah It took longer than expected for the non included engine electronic parts to arrive at my house. All in all it was only 45-55 hours of work with occasional interuptions. Why didn't you tell me the engine was from a wrecked car?!!!!
Thanks, Micah
And yes the work was done by a friend and me.
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Old 09-11-2003, 05:56 AM   #14
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I did, it was part of the ebay description!
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Old 09-11-2003, 01:32 PM   #15
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not the listing I read.... I read that thing about 100 times before I bought it. If I knew it was wrecked and didn't include the needed parts to make the car run I wouldn't have bought it for that much.
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Old 09-12-2003, 05:17 PM   #16
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bad business...

all though any time you buy an engine on E-BAY or any other auction site you should assume it was from a wreck or the owner abused it.
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Old 09-12-2003, 05:33 PM   #17
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yeah it figures.....shame on me... Oh well it runs.... but the crank apears to have a slight woble
Well now I guess I really should go ahead and build the internals.
Take it easy, Micah
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Old 09-12-2003, 06:23 PM   #18
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Nice job glad to hear about these swaps and people doing them themsleves. Well what boost are you pushign stock around 12? How does it run top end any problems? Be very gentle with the speedo cable I already had to replace that once and trust me not fun car goes crazy without it. Also, trackattack you can get ahold of me I can tell you all that you need and how to do it. I would go with the legacy crossmember for all you guys debating which one to use.
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Micah,
Nice to job finishing your project. Sorry to hear of your donor motor
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I'm glad I didn't end up selling it to you because that would not look to good on my behalf, also because the car is a ton of fun.
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Old 09-12-2003, 07:50 PM   #21
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yeah it figures.....shame on me... Oh well it runs.... but the crank apears to have a slight woble
How so? Are you looking at the pulley wobbling? Because you see a some of that wobble on stock, unwrecked WRXs.
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Old 09-12-2003, 10:31 PM   #22
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yeah the pulley wobbles but doesn't appear to be bent or warped in anyway. So does this happen on non-wrecked WRX engines?
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Old 09-13-2003, 04:40 AM   #23
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congrat hm wrx!i am truly envious of you well how hard was the wiring...any tips or in depth info you can give me.i have a 95 impreza L awd.i to will want to do this swap.i plan on going with the jdm ej20t from nippon motors.i know about the cross members will need to be swaped and so on.the swap portion wont be to bad but the wiring is what im concerned about.well any info will help.and again congrats!
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Old 09-13-2003, 12:53 PM   #24
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The wiring wasn't really that difficult its was just extremely time consuming. If I were you or If I could do this all over again I would transfer the electronics formt the WRX in to my dash and have very few wires to solder.

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Old 09-13-2003, 04:48 PM   #25
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If I could do this all over again I would transfer the electronics formt the WRX in to my dash and have very few wires to solder.

hey man thanks although im not exactly sure what you mean by this.maybe im just being vauge.hmmm could you run that by me one more time...in noob term thanks.
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