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Old 02-09-2004, 03:57 PM   #1
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Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: connecticut
2005 WRX

Cool help a newbie and give me a hand, please

Hello. i'm new to the subaru secen, so please bear with me.
I recently purchased a 1990 gl wagon awd/5sp.
I bought this car, wanting to an ej20t swap. However, after some research, for my year/model, this seems not possible.
Here is my question,
Can any other turbo motor fit in
my engine type is
Engine Type: 1.8L H4 MFI/FI.
Thanks for any info provided.

p.s. i did use the "search" button, trying to figure things out, but i couldn't find any info relating to this model.
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Old 02-09-2004, 04:03 PM   #2
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It can and has been done, actually. No it wouldn't be easy, and no it wouldn't be cost-effective. But it can be done. I believe someone in this very forum has done it, might wanna search again. You would have to swap both the engine and transmission in this case, because a EJ-engine won't bolt up to your tranny...

Your current engine is an EA82. You could swap in an EA82T, would be much easier than a EJ20 swap. But keep in mind, EA82T's have a reputation as bad as 96 Outbacks about blowing their headgaskets. Might wanna be careful before you put a Joe P. MBC on there running 13 lbs!

Just take your time and find out as much as you can. If you do things right, you could have a WRX-whoopin 80's wagon!
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Old 02-09-2004, 04:26 PM   #3
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hmn. I just bought sport compact, and it has article on how to swap ej20t into other subaru models. My year/model wasn't listed, but i thought it was little odd.(95 and new legacy model) And yes, if i do decide to do the swap, i would replace the motor and the tranny.
Thank you very much for the info. I'd better research some more. who knows, i may end up with boosting wagon soon. (hopefully. ) oh yeah this would be my spring/summer project. it's tooo freaking cold here in connecticut to be working on cars.
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Old 02-10-2004, 01:03 AM   #4
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You can find more info on EJ swaps by checking out some Australian web sites. There is a guy up in the Seattle area (Corky) who put an EJ20T (not sure what year) in an 87 RX 3dr which is the same bodystyle as your Loyale.

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