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Old 01-01-2019, 01:36 PM   #1
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Default Full EJ drivetrain swap into Loyale

hey guys, been searching for weeks on this topic, can't really get anywhere useful so here we go.

I have a 1992 Loyale sedan FWD with EA82 1.8l N/A engine, 3 speed trans, next to rust free, perfect interior, and 41,000 original miles.

What I want to do, is swap the entire EA drivetrain for an EJ series, turbo, and end up with full time awd in a lightweight chassis. This is not my primary vehicle, I have a garage, time, and experience wrenching, and a spare td04 to play with.

I found a video on youtube about an sti swapped GL10, (which for those not in the know, is the predecessor to the Loyale, basically the same car but it was carburetted) Originally, this car was FWD, same as mine. The owner swapped in a JDM ej22T, STI 6 speed trans, and most importantly, a rear diff. There is a very short part of the video which showcases this fine rear end but he does not divulge any information past the point of saying it basically dropped in without too much difficulty, and that Subaru in their infinite wisdom had block off plugs in the chassis so there was no difference in production between the 2wd and 4wd models. Essentially all he had to do was "find the right parts and take out the plugs"

I know the design of the rear end between the 4wd models and awd models is different in mounting location, but I am curious if anyone out there has swapped out the powerless rear end of a loyale/old gen, to an awd model with ej 5 speed trans?? Largely the rear of a 4wd loyale and 2wd loyale are the same, with the exception of a diff mount, hubs, and axles. Impreza has the sort of bat wing shaped subframe mount. Going off of eyeball measurements from my previous 95 GC awd, it should be around the same size for the swap.

I understand this is not an easy proposition, nor do I expect it to be. However I am up to the challenge. Ideally I'd like to swap in an early impreza full drivetrain, turbo the dual port 2.2l with stock wrx parts, and have some fun with a lightly turbo'd classic.

thank you for any information you can provide

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Old 01-01-2019, 01:50 PM   #2
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No, I have not done your swap.
Yes, Subaru is sorta "Legos".

Likely most will bolt over, likely need to swap some cross members into the process.
OBDI vs, OBDII, I would likely assume you are looking to swap the ENTIRE harness from newer to older.
Last I did was from a 05 STi swap in an 04 RS to a 03 WRX chassis.
We swapped pretty much everything (bumper to bumper.....blue tape and markers are your friend!).

Yours is likely even more involved.
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Old 01-01-2019, 04:29 PM   #3
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yes, very involved so it seems. I have seen plenty of folks just do the ej22 swap into the EA platform, and keep the trans it has. So I think there's a way to keep the non obd system in there, but Im not against swapping over all the wiring. From what I hear, the EA82 swaps are easier than EA81, because the widths are largely the same across the EA82 and EJ things. there are differences with the axle shafts and stuff but the engine and trans will physically fit at least so bonus there.
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Old 01-03-2019, 06:22 PM   #4
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Point your browser towards www.ultimatsubaru.org/forum

The answers to your questions are closer than you think...

(Check me out on IG: @TempleOfFuji, I have an '87 GL turbo coupe with a '93 WRX hidden underneath... )
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:49 PM   #5
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Very cool, looking forward to some pictures.
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