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Old 08-08-2018, 07:43 PM   #1
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Default Swap Engine EJ20E to a New XT FA20 2.0L in Subaru Legacy 95 MT

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I am very interested about swapping my old EJ20E engine of my 95 Subaru Legacy MT for an XT FA20 2.0L - Brand New (originally used in 2016 Subaru Forester 2.0XT car).
The fact is that understanding the Forester uses a CVT transmission, I don't know if I could set directly this engine to my 5 speeds Manual TRansmission of my Legacy. If you know how to do it, I'll appreciate it a lot.
So, I want my car keeps its MT, but I am open about listening any advise you have about this engine swap project.
Finally, this FA20XT is capable to reach 250 BHP, my old engine EJ20E only give me 116 BHP. It is A LOT and I love this power, so I am crazy to test it in my car.
Thank in advance for your recomendations!
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Old 08-08-2018, 10:31 PM   #2
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From what I know, and I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, Subaru doesn't make a whole lot of changes between engines and transmissions and models. In other words, you can very well mate the new block to it.

Reliability of the transmission with the increase of power may be another question as it was put into a model with only 116hp, although it's probably the same transmission from similar era WRX's and they put out much higher hp without much reliability issues or concerns.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:35 PM   #3
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From what I know, and I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, Subaru doesn't make a whole lot of changes between engines and transmissions and models. In other words, you can very well mate the new block to it.

Reliability of the transmission with the increase of power may be another question as it was put into a model with only 116hp, although it's probably the same transmission from similar era WRX's and they put out much higher hp without much reliability issues or concerns.
id say that for the ej stuff you are correct, butt he new fa is a different animal. I dont think there is anybody that has put one in a older car yet. but yeah you could be the first, just hope you got lots of time and money on you hands
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The FA20DIT will bolt up to your old 5-spd, yes.

I know I-wire has a swapped FA20DIT in a GC but last I bugged them, they still weren't selling it as a service.

I will say, knowing the newer engine and CAN architecture, be ready to swap a lot of the donor car over.

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id say that for the ej stuff you are correct, butt he new fa is a different animal. I dont think there is anybody that has put one in a older car yet. but yeah you could be the first, just hope you got lots of time and money on you hands
The engine itself may be different in many ways compared to the EJ25, but the 6-speed is the same as the STi, which has an EJ25 motor. Someone has swapped an FA20 WRX 6-speed into an older EJ255 WRX and it fit. Unless I'm missing something, which is possible, I'm confident the FA20 should bolt up to your older drivetrain.
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The engine itself may be different in many ways compared to the EJ25, but the 6-speed is the same as the STi, which has an EJ25 motor. Someone has swapped an FA20 WRX 6-speed into an older EJ255 WRX and it fit. Unless I'm missing something, which is possible, I'm confident the FA20 should bolt up to your older drivetrain.
Excellent, thanks! So, for me main problem and concern is to understand if this new engine will match my old drivetrain, of course I will have to change radiator, a lot of wire connections, but that in video sounds incredibly!!! I am gathering as much parts as possible, in order to start when I have everything ready. So, if you can figure what could needing, I'll appreciate it a lot. I have 0 experience with FA's.
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