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Old 04-08-2004, 11:30 AM   #1
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So my mechanic has a 2.0 turbo out of a 98 wrx, I currently have a 2.2 sohc with a few mods. I am wondering if it is possible to make my current engine turbo, (my friend has a turbo and an intercooler) What else will I have to do to make this turbo kit work. My mechanic wants like 4 K to do the swap, which sound expensive to me. So is there any way to do this at a reasonable cost? What is the best method? Thanks for any advice.
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Old 04-08-2004, 01:15 PM   #2
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If you are including labor, that is a super cheap swap. I-speed is like twice that. Rallispec charges about $3500 just for labor. Do the swap. Your current engine isn't worth the trouble unless you can afford to replace it once you blow it up...
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Old 04-08-2004, 01:16 PM   #3
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Oh, and the '97 and '98 WRX EJ20K's are the best non-STI engines you can get, IMO...
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Old 04-09-2004, 04:24 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice, will be done by the summer times hopefully.
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Old 04-10-2004, 02:20 AM   #5
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if you put a WRX engine in a RS can you still pass smog normally?
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Old 04-10-2004, 02:52 AM   #6
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if you put a WRX engine in a RS can you still pass smog normally?
If you do the COMPLETE swap (full ECU, wiring harness and everything) and its a newer engine than the one the car came with, it will pass not only smog but the state refs.

However, passing smog you really dont need much, just use the stock WRX exhaust and you should be home free (IE get past the sniffer test at the station, since AWD cars are excluded from going on the dyno)
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Old 04-10-2004, 04:27 PM   #7
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If you do the COMPLETE swap (full ECU, wiring harness and everything) and its a newer engine than the one the car came with, it will pass not only smog but the state refs.

However, passing smog you really dont need much, just use the stock WRX exhaust and you should be home free (IE get past the sniffer test at the station, since AWD cars are excluded from going on the dyno)
You guys get excused from the dyno? Up here we awd have a special lane dedicated for us. A 4W dyno and they use this controller that taps into the ecu and temporarily disables, or rather control the tcs.
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Old 04-10-2004, 09:06 PM   #8
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if you put a WRX engine in a RS can you still pass smog normally?
in cali no, it must be out of salvaged USDM vehicle and you must have the title to the other vehicle
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Old 04-10-2004, 11:04 PM   #9
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in cali no, it must be out of salvaged USDM vehicle and you must have the title to the other vehicle
Almost all the swaps that we have completed have been certified by the CA state ref. Only one ref station (in Fremont CA) asked to have a letter from Subaru verify that the ECU was actually a Subaru ECU. Geez...only in Fremont.

Other than that, no verification was required to get the other cars the new smog vehicle sticker.

Is there other stricter rules in other states?

Other than that, in CA 4wd vehicles are indeed exempt from the new dyno smog machines. The smog dyno here are only 2wd and they oly do basic load test for the smog test. The law will probably change in the future. But until then...it's all gravy.

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Old 04-12-2004, 02:26 AM   #10
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im on the same boat kind of....i posted the same question on the Turbo L thread but not sure if anyone's gonna check that old post...so im just gonna post it here too....I have got a 2.2Na motor, 96 coupe with an AUTO tranny. Where should i go from here? I'm gonna save up, but should i turbo this, drop in an ej20? blah blah blah? how much money am i looking to spend for both set-ups? i also saw like an ej20 on ebay for like 800 bucks, twin turbo for 1300 and a link to work with these motors for 1500....can anyone give me information on this link? that would be like 2300 for a 220hp at the crank engine. is this a reasonable price? i know wiring is the biggest issue with the motor swaps, would i just drop the engine in, and plug the link in like a radio harness? could i keep my auto or maybe swap for a wrx auto? my dad just wants me to keep my car auto....hate that but wat can i do...
oh yea, i hope im not jacking ur thread, its basically the same question
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