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Old 09-24-2003, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default Wacky wondering about WRX to Legacy engine swap...

Ok guys,

I have a bone stock '93 Legacy L AWD sedan with 190K miles on her. The auto trans was replaced 100K miles ago and is still going strong. I my house she is referred to as "Supercar".

I got a wacky thought about buying a used WRX longblock with turbo, pulling my stock 2.2L engine and dropping the 2.0L into my Legacy to make her a 'Bionic-Car'.

As there are tons of easy & cheap aftermarket power boost parts for the 2.0L turbo I'm thinking an engine sawp might cost a few bucks but should be a direct swap with possibly a few engine mount mods.

I'm wondering if anyone has done such a mod prior and if so how hard/easy & costly was it?

Any info and/or opinions are appreciated...

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Old 09-24-2003, 04:52 PM   #2
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Should be fairly easy, just need a 1st gen legacy turbo cross member. Once you have that, everything should bolt right up.

You need the obvious.. ECU and whatnot for the WRX engine.
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Old 09-24-2003, 05:31 PM   #3
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Should be fairly easy, just need a 1st gen legacy turbo cross member. Once you have that, everything should bolt right up.

You need the obvious.. ECU and whatnot for the WRX engine.
Cool... just the info I was looking for.

If I decide to do it I'll probably pick-up a salvage WRX and pull everythign over minus the transmission. The ECU and all assorted bits will come with.

Finding a Gen I Turbo much less its cross member might be a challenge though...

Thanks for the info!

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Old 09-24-2003, 09:48 PM   #4
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WRX swap is a lot of work. Turbo legacy swap is basically drop in. Even the wire harness matches up (a few extra leads or wires need swapped).

S-Squared has a turbo legacy right now that I purchased. They are refreshing the engine in preparation to drop into my legacy wagon. Its a low cost swap but you end up with the block that the WRX owners dream about.

Here is a perfect donor... http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=2433703020
It had the turbo 5 speed/clutch as well!
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Ciper,

That is another option...

How easy/hard & cheap/expensive is it to mod a Turbo legacy to make say 250HP thats streetable & reliable?

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Old 09-25-2003, 08:20 PM   #6
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bump.....lucien2 wants to hear more about this option
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Old 09-25-2003, 08:28 PM   #7
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It wouldn't be hard at all to mod a 2.2 turbo to that level of power. Put on a intercooler, fuel cut defender and a boost controller and you're pretty much there. Maybe a straight through style exhaust and a safc (or whatever there called) for a little extra protection.
Just making anything more than that will be nothing but a bitch. That's where your turbo/injectors/fuel pump will cut out on you. Not to mention 2.2 turbo heads are said to flow like ****. So if you're willing to upgrade all this stuff then go for it.
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Old 09-25-2003, 08:37 PM   #8
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OMG...this sounds like a fun winter project.
I could end up with two racers, on for dirt and the other for road.



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